Intrepid Urban Adventures

Private Hanoi Morning Highlights of the City

Hanoi 5 hours

Dive into the sights, sounds, and smells of our bustling city on our Hanoi city tour, a sure way to cross off some of the major Hanoi highlights. Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honour of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century. Drop into a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas, and listen to thousand-year-old stories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake. Continuing on our Hanoi tour, we’ll head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum. Used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995), and US Senator John McCain. Our next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photoshoot backdrop for local teenagers. We’ll continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place. We then stop for lunch for a traditional bowl of Pho before ending the tour, which is definitely a must-do while you're in Vietnam. You may then continue your own exploration of the area or our tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

  • Explore the 1,000-year-old university at the Temple of Literature
  • Discover the soul of Vietnam in its traditional tea arts
  • Visit the so-called “Hanoi Hilton” – the infamous Hoa Lo Prison that housed POWs during the Vietnam War
  • Stroll along the legendary Sword Lake to admire the reflections of its stunning bridge and Ngoc Son temple
  • Marvel at the largest and oldest church in Hanoi, famous for its resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris
  • Eat lunch like the locals do and taste our traditional Pho
  • Local English speaking guide
  • One-way transportation
  • Temple of literature ticket, hoa lo prison ticket
  • Ngoc son temple entrance fees
  • Vietnamese green tea with green bean cake
  • Traditional noodle pho for lunch

Pick up at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.

Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem lake.

The private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Not included:
Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.

COVID-19 Health & Safety:
While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.
However, please be aware of local government requirements, such as regulations in many countries that require people to be vaccinated before engaging in tourist activities such as staying in hotels, eating indoors, and visiting attractions.

DIGITAL: Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Quận Hoàn Kiếm, Quận Hoàn Kiếm, 11007 Get directions
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