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Hanoi City Tour Fullday


Tour Itinerary

7:00 - 7:30 Start from Halong City, where your ship anchored. Your ride from Halong Bay to Hanoi through villages and countryside will give you as much a taste of Vietnam as the bustle of city life. As in other parts of Asia, life revolves around the family and often several generations are living under one roof. The transition from an agricultural society to that of a more industrialized nation has sent many people to seek their fortune in the cities. Yet the countryside is beautiful, whether barren or flourishing with rice paddies. Motorbikes, often with multiple people hanging on, are everywhere.

Upon your arrival, you will stretch your legs at the Temple of Literature, which was the first university in Vietnam. During 1076to 1779, almost 2400 doctors graduated. In 1484 Emperior Le Thanh Tong started the tradition of printing the names of the laureates of the university on stone steles, which were placed on top of stone turtles.

Our belief in tasting as part of an intro to a culture will be apparent at the Wild Lotus. This converted colonial mansion sets the stage for a menu that takes you on a journey of Vietnam dishes. You may have eaten Vietnam food before, but not in Hanoi!

We will allow you time to walk off your lunch at the Lake of Restored Sword, the site where legend has it that in the mid-15th century, a turtle gave the Emperor Le Loi a magical sword that he used to drive the Chinese out of Vietnam before the turtle appeared to take the sword back. The Ngoc Son Temple is on an island in this lake, and is a meditative spot accessed by a footbridge.

We will follow this with a vist to highly admired Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which was designed with the assistance of Musee de l'Homme in Paris. It features a fascintaing colleciton of art and everyday objects gathered from Vietnam's diverse tribal people. This visit will show you the diversity of this small country as well as why so many other countries have tried to occupy it unsuccessfully.

No one should leave Hanoi without a cyclo (pedicab) tour. Cyclos are pedal rickshaws that are unique to Indochina, and they have been used throughout the colonial era and still, to this day. It takes 2 minutes to understand that you will flow with this amazing traffic and then you can enjoy the various charming colonial buildings, Hanoi's Old Quarter - 36 streets named after 36 wares which were traditionally sold there. You will have time to do a little walk and see one of the tube houses, the long and narrow style homes in this neighborhood.

With much to think about, 17:00 you will begin your return to Halong Bay and your ship. Arriving in Halong Bay at about 20h30.

What is included

• Visit the Temple of Literature
• Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Pagoda
• Tour Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
• Cyclo tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter, with stop at a tube house
• Lunch included; beverages extra
• All entrance fees
• Private driver, licensed guide

Note: Deprature time and return time can be change depending the ship arrival and departure time.

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