Classic Hanoi

Half-Day Tour

Local English-Speaking Guide

Iconic Landmarks

Experience the key historical sights of Hanoi, many of which are national treasures. Explore the history of the former leader, Ho Chi Minh, and the cultural connection with times past. A glimpse into Hanoi’s history on this half-day tour will offer you a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s recent history and the man who shaped it. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the great leader was laid to rest, admire the stunning One Pillar Pagoda and see the simple house Ho Chi Minh made as his home and led the country from. Continue to explore Vietnam’s first University, a beautiful place dedicated to Confucius and originally built in 1070.

Why choose this tour?

Explore Hanoi’s most iconic historical sights

Travel in modern air-conditioned comfort

Includes entrance fees

Must-do for first time visitors to Hanoi

Trip Information

$72 per person

Departure time

Daily at 8 AM

Meeting point

Collection from selected central city hotels, 15 minutes prior to the start time


Half day (4-5 hours)

Group Size

1-10 persons

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
  • All entrance fees

Not Included

Gratuities (tips)

What to Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable and modest clothing (i.e., no shorts above the knee or tank tops)

About the Guide

Local, English-speaking guide

Overview of Your Tour

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

large concrete mausoleumAfter picking everyone up, the tour begins with a visit to Ba Dinh Square to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an impressive granite building housing the former leader. Here, President Ho declared Vietnam an independent state on September 2, 1945. Many Vietnamese plan a pilgrimage to pay their respects to this great leader.
You’ll also see the impressive One Pillar Pagoda and the house where Ho Chi Minh preferred to live simply, away from the Presidential Palace.
Note: Entrance to the mausoleum is not allowed on Mondays, Fridays and certain times of the year. On these days, we will admire the structure from outside.

red oriental templesTemple of Literature

Continuing on our to the Temple of Literature: Vietnam’s first university, built in 1070 at the time of Emperor LýThánhTông. One of several temples in Vietnam dedicated to philosopher Confucius, this ancient site showcases turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards, and passageways that were once used by royalty. While visiting the Temple of Literature, you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands graduate in what is now a memorial to education and literature. Upon concluding the tour, we will drop you off either in the heart of Hanoi’s old quarter or back at your hotel, whichever you prefer.

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