Honestly the best guide ever – in all the world. Hoang (guide) was like travelling with a friend.
From past to present this magical tour of Hanoi showcases the connection between the people, community and the past that has shaped them.
Let this magical tour take you from past to present Hanoi, showcasing the connection between the community and its people. Hanoi’s history flows through strength, conflict, stamina, and pride. On this specially crafted tour, you’ll discover the events of Vietnam’s history and how they have shaped Hanoi’s society today.
Why choose this tour?
Experience a combination of culture, history, and society
Travel in modern, air-conditioned comfort
Let your English-speaking guide enlighten you on old and new Hanoi
$84 per person
Daily 8 AM
Pick-up from selected central city hotels 15 minutes prior to start time
Half day (5 hours)
- Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
- Delicious, local lunch
- Gratuities (tips)
- Drinks with lunch
- Mausoleum entry
What to Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Light comfortable clothing (layers if needed in winter, Dec – Feb)
About the Guide
Local, English-speaking guide
Overview of Your Tour
Hoa Lau Prison
After your hotel pick-up, we’ll begin by discovering the incredible role women play in Vietnamese society. The past hill-tribe culture, costumes, and life are on display at the Women’s Museum along with the incredible story of the brave women who helped during times of conflict. Continuing the tour, we’ll next head to the Hoa Lau Prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton as it once housed US Senator John McCain. An enlightening exploration into bravery and compassion.
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 and is Vietnam’s first university. It is one of several ancient Vietnamese sites dedicated to the philosopher Confucius, showcasing pavilions, courtyards, and passageways that were once used by royalty. It has also seen thousands graduate in what is now a memorial to education and literature. This is one of Vietnam’s most treasured and picturesque sights.
One Pillar Pagoda
We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at KOTO, a non-profit organization that offers education through hospitality to the underprivileged. By dining here, you are helping young lives get a fresh start. The final stop on our journey through Hanoi is Bao Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese people. Touring the historic mausoleum will allow you to learn more about the great man Ho Chi Minh and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. End your tour with a drop off in town if you’d like to stay in town, shop and explore, or take a return transfer to your hotel.
*Note: Entry inside the Mausoleum is not included.
Check out what our guests are saying
Viet’s (our guide) knowledge of the country and history is extensive, his English language excellent. We loved his humour, efficiency and kindness in dealing with older clients.
Would just like to thank you guys, we recently did a tour though Vietnam which could not have gone any better, your guides, hotel location, tour selection all to clock work, you said it, it happened.
The guides & drivers were exemplary, polite, on time and understanding of our needs. Certainly, no language difficulties. They were truly amazing.
Our trip has been an amazing experience for two ladies who have never done anything like this before. Excellent.