This morning meet your guide at your hotel and depart on your tour after breakfast. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Mondays and Fridays), as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969.The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens.
In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Your next stop will be the Temple Of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Continue on to Hoa Lo Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war). Your tour will also include the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake (one of the oldest in Vietnam) and Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty). You will also visit the Museum of Ethnology where you observe Vietnam's diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of artifacts and dress used in daily life.
Enjoy a one hour tour by cyclo, a chauffeur-pedalled tricycle. It's great to explore Hanoi, especially by cyclo, with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.
Attend a traditional Mua Roi Nuoc show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form especially designed for depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Mua Roi Nuoc literally means "puppets that dance on water." The tradition dates back as far as the tenth century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. When the rice fields would flood the villages, villagers would entertain each other using this puppet form.
Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch