Hanoi has been emerging as a prime tourist destination ever since the Vietnamese government opened it up to the outside world several years ago.
Spend the day in this charming city with its eclectic mix of French, Chinese and Southeast Asian influences in everything from the food to the architecture. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is rapidly making up for time lost after the ravages of war. The layers of history will reveal periods of different nationality occupation and offer glimpses into the resilience of these proud people.
Your journey begins as you are picked up from port for a comfortable, scenic ride to the capital city of Hanoi. Enjoy an overview of Hanoi as you ride along Thanh Nien Boulevard, passing Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Central Square to take photos. At the Temple of Literature, originally the site of the country's first university, you will see stone tablets from old successful Vietnamese scholars. Learn about Confucianism, the revered ideology that dictated Vietnamese education and culture.
After a delicious lunch of typical Vietnamese fare you will continue to Ngoc Son Temple, or the Temple of the Jade Mountain, located on Hoan Kiem Lake. Keep out your camera for a shot of the perennially photographed red wooden Huc Bridge, then take a tour of the Old Quarter via an electric car to experience local life in this chaotic maze of 13th century streets full of vendors, artists and people practicing tai chi.
Book this very special private tour now for an unforgettable look inside the fascinating city of Hanoi, a city that is fast on the move into the future.
Please Note: Passengers will be granted a Vietnam visa by the cruise line. Some of the cruise lines include the visa within the cruise package. However, if a visa was not included in your cruise package, you pay may purchase one directly onboard. The cost can be up to $50 US per person, depending on the cruise line.
Reviewer: Monica Rose
Our guide Long, was super energetic and clearly loves his city. Best way to experience it is through the eyes of a native. Prepare yourself to not understand everything, as most of our guides in Asia do not have an excellent command of our language, but they do quite well...just don't expect to understand all. Long was very good at realizing when we didn't understand something and tried explaining a different way. We even had lunch at Bun Cha Ha Noi, a restaurant made famous by the late Anthony Bourdain and of course President Obama. In the end Long wanted to give us the full flavor of his city by having us ride on Rick Shaws, but our group was very tired and we opted to head back to the ship. It was a very through journey. Thank you Long for making it great!