Historical Hanoi City Tour

Temple of LiteratureImperial Citadel of Thang LongHo Chi Minh Complex
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Trip code: HN1B

Departure Point: Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Styles: Classic Journeys

Duration: Full day

Trip overview

Discovering Hanoi, the city of thousand-year civilization, the “City of Peace” with its Temples, Pagodas and French styled boulevards. Including in the tour is a fascinating cyclo ride to discover the 36 ancient Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter with its ancient buildings and old cultural features; and an unforgettable water puppetry show.

Trip Inclusions

    • English speaking guide
    • All private transportation
    • All entrance fees
    • Water puppet tickets

Trip Exclusions

    • Personal pocket-money
    • Drinks
    • Insurance
    • Lunch

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    Tour itinerary

    1
    Day 1 Full day to explore the historic city of Hanoi (N/A)

    Depart the hotel to visit the Temple of Literature, or Quoc Tu Giam. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam first university and was established within a temple to educate Vietnam royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

    Especially, we have chance to get closer to an inscription of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme – Bia Tien Si or Stone stele records of imperial examinations of the Lê and Mạc dynasties. This is a collection of 82 stone stelae that contain the names and related information of doctoral laureates who passed the imperial examinations during the reign of the Lê and Mạc dynasties from 1442 to 1779.

    The 82 stelae were made from stone in the form of tortoise-mounted tablet since tortoise was traditionally considered a symbol of longevity and everlastingness in Vietnamese culture. Preserved in good condition in the Temple of Literature, the collection was recognized by UNESCO in 2010.

    Next we visit Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains reflect a unique South-East Asian culture between influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.

    We also visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples.

    Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary (Viewed from the outside; closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov.)

    Enjoy a break with lunch at your own expense.

    Afterwards we continue to Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake area and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.

    Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’ area. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.

    Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

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