As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike. The city hosts more cultural sites than any city in Vietnam, and boasts more than 1,000 years of history, and that of the past few hundred years has been well preserved.

  • Hanoi's history, culture, religion and tradition: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Hoa Lo Prison, Temple of Literature, Museum, Old Quarter, French Quarter
  • Hanoi's food (specialties)
  • Exploring every single corners of Hanoi by motorbike
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Itinerary Details

08h00 Ship dock at port (Halong international cruise port – new port to replace tendered port)
Pick up at port gate - Ship arrange free shuttle to port gate (transfer 5 minutes)
Depart for Hanoi - the heart of Vietnamese nation, transfer takes 2.5 hrs.(using the new highway Halong - Hanoi)

Part 1: Hanoi Classical Romance & City’s highlights

Arrival Hanoi, Drive through bustling streets lined with French colonial style structures on your way to Ba Dinh Square to visit Ho chi minh complex where you’ll witness the impressive marble and granite tomb of the nation’s founding father – Ho chi minh final resting-place..

From there, take leisurely walk through tranquil carp-filled ponds and well-tended gardens leading to the humble stilt house, where "Uncle Ho" once lived and One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure is small but has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Next, visit to a Confucius temple -Temple of Literature founded in 1070 to honor Vietnam’s finest scholars. This place is considered as Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite.

Lunch: Take walking tour that will introduce to you some of Vietnam’s finest authentic street foods. Our guide take you wandering to some typical places, market to get overview Vietnamese food, talking with artisan foodstuffs, street food vendors, stall holders, hear stories of the ingredients and history of Hanoi’s food culture and sample Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Tasting Hanoi “ Pho” or “Bún chả” - one of the oldest favorites of north Vietnam cuisine … and finish the food tour at a nice coffee shop famous with the “egg coffee” in the Old Quarter.

After that, visit Hoa Lo Prison - Known widely by the nickname ‘Hanoi Hilton’ given to it by the Americans during the Second Indochina War, Hoa Lo Prison was originally established by the French colonial government in 1896 for the purpose of detaining political prisoners and formed part of a northern network of ‘unjust and cruel prisons’. Many leading Vietnamese revolutionaries were incarcerated here during the French colonial period, Between 1964 and 1973 the prison’s inmates included several captured American pilots, notably Senator John McCain and Douglas 'Pete' Peterson, America’s first Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Stroll around the Old Quarter discovering a number of Vietnamese handcrafts & shopping Stop at a local nice coffee shop famous with the “egg coffee” in the Old Quarter.
Part 2: Parts Unknown & Backstreet Adventures

Riding through the maze of zigzagging backstreet and narrow alleyways & markets Diving into the rivers of motorbikes and Hanoi street symphony.

Travelling with all your senses heightened: Watching, Hearing, Touching, Tasting, Smelling…

Experiencing the GOOD, the BAD, the WEIRD and even the UGLY of the city as it is what it is.

Experiencing different slides of life behind the scene, the hidden part of the iceberg, the parts unknown & train tracks.

Meeting people where they live, work, learn and pray.

Part 3: Happy Hours & Hanoi Food Culture

Eating at random street-side eateries & authentic local restaurants

Experiencing Family’s heirloom food and special delicacies

Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter

Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture

Try local specialties with influences from French and Chinese cuisine

Enjoying Hanoi egg coffee and taking in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake from a hidden café.

Return to the cruise, drop off at tendered port at around 23h00 pm
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Van & Group size:

  • 1 pax: Private 4 or 7 seat van
  • 2 – 3 pax: Private 7 seat van
  • 4 – 8 pax: Private 16 seat van
  • 9 – 15 pax: private 29 seat van
  • 16 – 20 pax: Private 35 seat van
  • 20 – 25 pax: Private 45 seat van

Packing lists:

  • Summer time: Comfortable shoes or sandal, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Winter time: Warm clothes, Comfortable shoes or sandal, camera

Meals: If requested for drinking & lunch & dinner on day 1, extra 10 USD/person/meal

Pick up & Drop off:

  • Pick up: Pick up at the back ground of the international passenger station where electric car/shuttle drop you. (Ship will dock at New international cruise terminal then by the ship, there are lots of shuttle waiting to take passengers out). Just get in one of them. Shuttle will take you to the shuttle to the back yard of the cruise passenger’s station, guide pick you up at the place shuttle drop you
  • Drop off: Same place as pick up

Travel Insurance: Local travel insurance included on the entrance ticket.

Payment methods: Need a refundable deposit (30%) by either Pay Pal or Credit card, to process your booking. - Balance can be paid in USD cash on arrival to our guide. If the ship skips port(s) due to unforeseen circumstances, no fee charge but requires you to inform us 12 hrs. in advance so that we have enough time in advance to release services reserved for your group

If the ship skips port(s) due to unforeseen circumstances, no fee charge but requires you to inform us 12 hrs. in advance so that we have enough time in advance to release services reserved for your group
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Rates applied from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2020

Number of Persons 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 - 10 10 - 13 14 - 16
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs


  • Private van transfer with aircondition
  • Excursion as mentioned with all entrance fee included
  • Lunch at street food tour
  • English Speaking guide through the trip
  • Mineral water (01 bottle/person) & tissue on coach


  • Requested drinking
  • Tip for guide and driver
  • Any other services not mentioned at inclusions portion

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10 hours/ From US$ 80
12 hours/ From US$ 80
24 hours/ From US$ 80

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