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Follow in the footsteps of one of Vietnam’s most famous men as you explore the streets Ho Chi Minh once did on this small-group adventure tour of Hanoi. Pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison. Follow your expert guide on a walking tour of the Old-Quarter and enjoy the expertise and knowledge that comes from being led by a local. 


  • An insight into the life of Ho Chi Minh
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton
  • Hotel pickup in a air-conditioned mini-van
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
  • Local English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at your Hanoi hotel and head out on a memorable tour of the city’s greatest sites. Kick things off with a visit to the famous Temple of Literature, which was built by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070 to honor the late Confucius. A university was later added to the original grounds, where children of local aristocrats were educated. 

Experience service at a traditional teahouse, where you’ll sample flavored green teas grown in the hills of Vietnam. Listen to thousand-year-old stories and learn about the significance of this drink on local cultures and traditions. Snack on sweetened lotus seeds 
and green bean cakes as you relax with fellow travelers. 

Pay a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed Hanoi Hilton by American pilots during the Vietnam War. This notorious prison was used by French Colonists for political prisoners until the mid-1950s. Your expert guide will share stories and history as you tour the grounds. 

After witnessing the horrors of war, take in the beauty of St Joseph’s Cathedral—the largest church in Hanoi. Built in 1886, this stunning structure has been compared to Notre Dame in Paris. Once you’ve explored the interior you’ll follow your guide to Hoan Kiem 
Lake where you’ll get an up close look at The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Continue to explore the area on your own, or ask your guide for assistance getting a taxi back to your hotel after this cultural tour of Hanoi. 

Customer Reviews

Elisabetta V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hong Anh was our guide. Extremely knowledgeable, cordial and eager to show the history of her native Vietnam. Beside the sites, which were simply amazing, we had a delicious lunch at a place where locals eat, followed by tea at a tea house where Anh proceeded to show us the proper way to serve and drink tea. Her English was very good as well.

Alexandra L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was a brilliant way to see Hanoi and it and #39;s main sites as well as learn about the city and talk to a local guide about their beautiful country.
You are rushed through a little bit, but you can always revisit any sites yourself and the guide always had a lot of information.

Alwaleed A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Trip was informative and fun. we enjoyed walking in the city and visiting all temples and museums. The food was so good :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Mr. Lee was how we addressed our tour guide who was very knowledgeable in topics relating to this tour. At the end, we had a good pho which was unassuming and really delightful. He went out of his way to show us where to buy local fruits despite the tour has ended.
Good person.

Doreenda United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of the questions we threw his way. The Pho we ate, too, was amazing!

Natalie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The guide was excellent in his historical and cultural information, conduct, hospitality in taking guests to local Pho bo eatery. Could not recommend him highly enough- thanks Cong. The behaviour conduct and what could be taken in (rules) were quite strict at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and a little confusing but Cong navigated us through. We had a nice and friendly group of Aussies and a Brit lady. Would recommend to others.

Patrick USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Valerie d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour and well worth taking. Very knowledgeable guide whose English was excellent. Small numbers so easy to get around quickly, and ask lots of questions.

Nancy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very good, included attractions not walking distance from old quarter, good craft store stop and very good guide

Irene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My husband and I were the only people on the tour and we had a great day with our fabulous guide Trois. He gave a great mini history lesson of Ho Chi Minh's life and work. Lunch was good but it is a LOCAL restaurant so be prepared - no fancy tables and chairs, no a/c. It was fine and the food was good. Ladies make sure your shoulders are covered and your top is not revealing when visiting the mausoleum, as this will be considered disrespectful. Highly recommend this tour (base company is Intrepid Travel).

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