Hanoi Half-Day Tour

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Visitors to Vietnam should not miss out on a holiday in Hanoi, a 1,000 year-old capital and a low-rise city of lakes and peaceful parks. A Hanoi holiday is a pleasant, unhurried experience of exploring the historic Old Quarter with its arts and crafts bargains and strolling the streets of the French Colonial sector. Our half-day Hanoi city tour will be a perfect introduction to this thriving city.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Although it is Vietnam’s modern-day capital, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses invite exploration, while its many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. The essence of Hanoi is perfectly wrapped in this 4-hour excursion through this 1,000-year-old capital to solidify the pleasantness and an unhurried experience.

Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi with our guide and driver to start this half day excursion through Hanoi and visit the renowned sights and landmarks of the millennium-old capital of Vietnam. 

Hanoi was founded in 1010, and became the official capital of independent Vietnam in 1954. Today, ancient crumbling buildings dating from the 11th century lie scattered among grand French colonial residences, while shrines and monuments to Vietnam's first president, Ho Chi Minh, sit in the shadow of modern high-rise buildings.

Your day will include stops at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his former residence, the One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. The temple was founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Six years later, Vietnam's first university was founded here to teach the children of royalty and aristocracy (generally called mandarins). It is a serene retreat from the busy streets outside.

Finally have a short walk in Hanoi's famous Old Quarter. The streets of the Old Quarter preserve age-old customs, where trade takes one back half a century, and temples, pagodas and monuments reflect the historic character of Vietnam. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild.  Still a thriving community of sellers today, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street.  Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter's paradise! After this last visit, we will bring you back to your booked hotel.

Inclusions for Hanoi Half-Day Tour

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Exclusions for Hanoi Half-Day Tour

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations, otherwise supplementary charges will be applied
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Child pricing can be applied for only 1 child per booking. All other travelers pay adult rates

Please note: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is open in the morning only and will be closed every Monday and Friday as well as the months of October and November for annual maintenance.

This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.

Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hanoi city centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the capital, harbour and the Hanoi International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.

The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City is closed very afternoon, on Mondays and Fridays and during the months of October and November. Visits to the Mausoleum are restricted to outside visits only and/or alternative sightseeing may need to be offered.

Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal. We appreciate your understanding on this.

This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.

Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.

We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.

Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.      

Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.

It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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5 reviews by the users

  • A little disappointing. Our guide was more interested in checking her phone and talking to the driver. Only found out as we did the tour that Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum is closed on Fridays, would have been good to have found that out earlier. Took us to shops to look at things we weren't really interested in, we got the impression the shop was owned by her friend. We were hoping for a tour of Hanoi, to learn about the city, not shop

  • Really enjoyed the afternoon tour, only slight problem, the Ho Chi Min Mausoleum is not open in the afternoon

  • The tour was fine, but we were told to confirm the booking and advise the pickup hotel location 24 hours before the tour - but the tour provider was closed over the weekend - somewhat inconvenient for an 8AM Monday tour! Viator was useless in locating the tour provider, in the end our hotel was able to find an after hours number and sorted everything out on our behalf - credit to VinPearl, they were fantastic!

  • Our guide was fantastic! We had a great tour! He was very knowledgeable and friendly!

  • A great tour that hit all the highlights we wanted to see in Hanoi even on the day before Tet, when many tours were not operating!. Our guide, Vanessa, was absolutely fantastic -- she made the experience personal, fun, informative, and she shared beautiful photos taken during the tour. Highly recommended!

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