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Best of Hanoi City Full day - Private Tour

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9.4Excellent - 26 reviews

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Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city, has many corners to discover, customs to learn, new sensations to feel, and many experiences to live. That is the result of centuries of exciting history, including fight and peace stories, mystical and legendary stories, stories that will captivate you. We will learn about those stories by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Literature Temple, and Hoan Kiem Lake. History is also reflected in the city's daily life and present. We will witness Hanoi's bustling rhythm will be observed in the charming Old Quarter. Discover Hanoi with us!

Best of Hanoi City Full day - Private Tour Route Map
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Temple of Literature - Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi Old Quarter - Tran Quoc Pagoda
Departure:  Daily departure from Hanoi
Daily departure from Hanoi
Category:  City Tours

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the final resting place of the greatest Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and the first University of Vietnam
  • Learn about the diverse ethnic groups that populate Vietnam at the Museum of Ethnology
  • Get the chance to discover Hanoi's amazing Old Quarter aboard a cyclo

Itinerary Expand all

Full Day: Temple of Literature - One Pillar Pagoda - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum


  • 8:00: We will pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter. Then go to the Temple of Literature, also known as Quoc Tu Giam, to view the first university of Vietnam. It was originally a school for princes and royal descendants but eventually changed into a school for high-achieving commoners.
  • Keep going until you reach the One Pillar Pagoda, an important landmark for the people of Hanoi. Visitors to the pagoda can view the surrounding terrain, related with historical imagery as if transporting us to a heroic past to commemorate and be grateful for their outstanding merit.
  • Located not far away is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the complex was initially dedicated to honor Confucius (Khong Tu). Afterward, it became Vietnam’s Imperial Academy – a prestigious school for top academics.

NOTE: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museums is closed on Monday and Friday, so there will be other alternative options if you depart on Monday and Friday

  • Lunch at a restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine, we hope it meets your taste!


  • Visit the Museum of Ethnology - a one-of-a-kind museum devoted to Vietnam's 54 officially recognized ethnic groups. In this museum, you will have an opportunity to view artifacts, films, and photographs that describe the daily lives, costumes, clothing, and farming implements with customs, habits of many ethnic minorities around Vietnam.
  • Returning to Hanoi's Old Quarter, it's time to say bye to our guide. 

Optional: You can choose a one-hour cyclo tour or a water puppet show.

  • Our tour will end around 16:30, and get dropped off at your hotel. 

The One Pillar Pagoda, A Significant Emblem For The Hanoi People

The One Pillar Pagoda, A Significant Emblem For The Hanoi People

Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: NA

Important Notes:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museums is closed on Monday and Friday so there will be other alternative options if you depart on Monday and Friday.
  • We suggest a small, lightweight pack for cameras, extra film, ad drinking water.
  • Please dress modestly for the temple visits. Non-sleeve shirts and short trousers are not allowed inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Price & Inclusion

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Superior Class
US $68/pax

US $136

Booking Policy

Price Includes

  • 1 Lunch
  • Car
  • NA (1 night)
  • Private transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at hotel.
  • English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages on request
  • Cyclo tour for one hour
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • All taxes & services charge.
  • Lunch at Vietnamese restaurant

Price Excludes

  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
  • Travel insurance
  • Electric Car/Water Puppet Show
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 7 days prior: 10% of total rates.
  • From 4 to 7 days prior: 50% of total rates.
  • Less than 3 days prior: 100% of total rates.
  • No-Show: 100% of total rates.

Children Policy

  • Child under 4 year old: FREE of charge, limit 1 child/ booking
  • Child from 4 - 11 year old: 75% charge
  • Child from 11 year & above: 100% adult rate

Customer Reviews

Excellent 26 reviews
Traveler rating
Score breakdown
  • Itinerary 9.2
  • Food/Drink 9.4
  • Tour guide 9.6
  • Enter/act 9.2
  • Transportation 9.5
Excellent - Natalia Bogumila
Great service

The hotel offered was excellent and offered very good service and accommodation. The food at the hotel and the recommended restaurant were also very good. Your service meets and exceeds our expectations.

Excellent - Mr.William Koo
wonderful day in Hanoi

Again, the tour guide exceeded expectations. He pays attention to details such as our diet and even give us some recommendations for dinner and massage tonight. The driver was also excellent, very safe and punctual. Lunch today was just average, the dishes were flavorful, but the meat was too tough. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the Vietnamese hospitality.

Excellent - Mr Choi & mr Lee
Amazing !!!!!

Very good service, thanks a lot.
Guide - Mr Tom is very funny.

Excellent - Ms.Bichha Kato
Wonderful Guide

I thought that the cruise and both tours in Hanoi were very good. Our tour guide, Tom, in Hanoi did a wonderful job. He was knowledgeable, yet sincere and approachable

Excellent - Mr.Sean Dee

we are enjoying it very much. Tony is a great guide. Thank you

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For the private day city tour highlights, since I will be scheduling a Monday tour which means the Mausoleum will be closed, is it possible to add the hao lo prison to the itinerary?


Yes you can change from Mausoleum to Hoa Lo prison, or add some extra if you want to go to extra place for city tour

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