Explore the 1,000-year-old university at the Temple of Literature Discover the soul of Vietnam inits traditional tea arts. Visit the so-called“HanoiHilton”–the infamousHoa Lo Prisonthat housed POWs during the Vietnam War Strollalongthe legendary Sword Laketo admire the reflections of its stunning bridge and Ngoc Son temple Marvel at the largest and oldest church inHanoi, famous for its resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris Eat lunch like the locals do and taste our traditional Pho
Dive in to the sights, sounds, and smells of our bustling city on ourHanoicity tour, a sure way to cross off some of the majorHanoi highlights. Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature.Originally built in honour of Confucius byKingLyThaiThong 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 untilKingGia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoito Hue at thebeginning of the 19thcentury. Drop in to a traditionalteahouseto taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas,andlisten tothousand-year-old storiesexplaining the significance of tea leaves tolocal cultures.Tea iseven betterwhenservedwith some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seedsandgreen bean cake. Continuing on ourHanoitour, we’ll headtotheHoa Lo Prison museum.Usedby French Colonistsfor political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “HanoiHilton”byAmerican pilots during VietnamWar (1954-1975).Famous ex-prisoners of warinclude Pete Peterson(the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995), and US Senator John McCain. Ournext stop will be the largestand oldest church inHanoi.St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886with anarchitectural style often compared to theNotre Dame de Paris, thisGothic Revival churchisnot only a religious site,butisalsoa popular photo shoot backdrop forlocal teenagers. We’ll continue tothe heart ofHanoi- the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent The Huc Bridge and Ngoc SonTemple.Experience the spiritualharmonyofdifferent religionscoexistingin 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 explorationofthe area or our tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book ourHanoi Morning Highlights group tour.) This 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.
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.
Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
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If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Pick up at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.
Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem lake.
Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History
01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022
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