DAY 1: HA NOI - ARRIVAL (--/--/ D)
On your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and driver who will bring you to Hanoi City. Hanoi is over 1000 years old and is currently the capital of Vietnam as well the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country. Hotel check in (early check-in is subject to hotel’s availability or supplement). Free at leisure. The welcome dinner is served at local restaurant and spend the night at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HA NOI CITY TOUR (B/ L/--)
Depart the hotel at 8.30 for the visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing the Mausoleum (the mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays and all afternoons and closed for reservation in Oct – Nov yearly – So if the visit on the time mentioned, you will only visit outside the mausoleum), the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Visit his former home, which illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. You will see then the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's 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. Lunch is served at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive to the picturesque West Lake to visit Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda. You will then visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. An alternative visit in case the Ethnology Museum on Mondays is the visit to the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum. The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women. Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society. Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more).
At the end of the afternoon, you will take a ricksshaw tour (cyclo for 1 hour) to visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. At the end of the day, you can take a walk through the charming Hang Be Street 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.
Dinner is at your own account and free at leisure. Spend the night at hotel in Hanoi.
Optional Tour at night: Food on Foot Tour Hanoi