Hanoi City Discovery and Cyclo Ride Full Day Tour
Meet and greet at your hotel at 8.00am. Today we discover Hanoi, Vietnam's gracious capital. Hanoi has been the political and historical centre of Vietnam for almost 1000 years and has a wealth of sights to explore. Heavily influenced by French colonial architecture, Hanoi is both historically beautiful and a vibrant capital city sure to entice you. We begin our Hanoi experience at the Old Quarter, cycling along beautiful tree-lined boulevards until we get to Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and where Ho Chi Minh first declared independence from French rule in 1945. Ho Chi Minh is without question one of the great figures of twentieth century history and this morning we'll take time to visit the 'Ho Chi Minh Quarter' for a look at the life of the father of modern Vietnam. We visit the humble house on stilts from which 'Uncle Ho', as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. We'll also view the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda and continue our tour by visiting Hanoi's first university - the Temple of Literature - dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is dedicated to Confucian worship.
Lunch will be served at KOTO restaurant. It’s a great place for meals and drinks closed by Temple of Literature. KOTO means Know One Teach One operating as a hospitality training school for disadvantaged young people.
After lunch, we drive to the outskirts of town to visit the excellent Ethnology Museum. Here you will learn more about the diverse ethnic minorities. Our last stop for the day is the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' - Hanoi's former central prison made famous first for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam's national liberation movement and later US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnamese airspace. The site of the prison was recently developed, however one wing has been retained as a museum. Finish your day with a relaxing walk around Ha Noi famous Hoan Kiem Lake. Return to your hotel at about 5.00pm.
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees and sightseeing fee as per itinerary
Local licensed and experienced English speaking guide (other language speaking guide on request)
Mineral water and tissue served on coach
Cyclo ride as per program