Hanoi Free City Tour

Hanoi Free City Tour is made for you who want to really discover the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi!


Let’ see what you can get from Free Hanoi city tour!

  • Have the local feeling
  • Save time and money (Only pay for the transport, tickets during the tour)
  • A local who really knows the city

Tour Type: Local Life & Culture Discovery, Customized Tour, Guided City Tour


  • Duration: Half-day or Full Day
  • Time: 8.30 –12:00 or 14:00 –  17.30
  • Language: English
  • Type: Private Tour (Group tour if required)
  • Transportation: Walking, Taxi or (Private Car if required – Highly recommended)
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City Tour Guides: English Speaking Local University Students

  • Our guides are well-trained member from Hanoi Free Local Tours. Not only are they fluent in English, but also they have a wide background knowledge in Hanoi culture and history.
  • No matter are you a solo-traveler or with your group, you never feel lost in this crowded city once you go with us. Your guide – your local traveling partner will pick you and your friends/family up at the hotel you staying and take you to the best local street food stalls that only locals know in Hanoi.


Itinerary for the city tour
step icon We pick you up at your hotel or hostel
step icon We wander around Hoan Kiem lake and listen to its legend.
step icon Then we get inside St. Joseph Cathedral which is the largest church in Hanoi. Take a cup of ice tea near the church.
step icon It takes 5 minutes to go to Hoa Lo prison. You can see the brutality of the French during the war, and the humanity of Vietnamese government to American pilots
step icon We stop at some traditional eateries to have lunch with Bun Cha, Pho or other foods.
step icon We take a taxi to pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex:

  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
  • Ho Chi Minh museum
  • One Pillar pagoda
  • House on the stilts
step icon The final destination is Temple of Literature that is the first national university in Vietnam.
step icon We take you back your hotel or hostel.




Hanoi City Tour Introduction:

Going around the main destinations of the capital like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of literature, Hoa Lo Prison, Hoan Kiem Lake with a free local guide is a best choice for ones who would like to know more about the city, especially travelers.

This tour is organized by local university students who want to improve themselves by doing the volunteer job as a tour guide.

Full-Day Hanoi City Tour Details:

After picking you up at your hotel ( if it is in the Old Quarter), the Free city Tour will start with Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake).

  1. Hoan Kiem Lake ( 8:30Am pick -up at your hotel)

The heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, walk around the lake for sightseeing, enjoy an ice cream, or take a cyclo, a very fun way to travel to Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hanoi Walking Street opens from Friday to Sunday

Hanoi Walking Street opens from Friday to Sunday



2. Visiting St. Joseph’s Cathedral (9:30)

It is 100-year-old catholic church built by french in Hanoi, right in french quarter. Visiting this destinations, you will have chance to know more about the variety of religions in Vietnam, and also the little Paris in Hanoi.

French Quarter - Hanoi Where to go

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi

3. Hoa Lo prison: (10:20) 

A very famous political prison was built by french to arrest Vietnamese political prisoners, then Vietnam used to arrest American pilots during the war, including John Sidney McCain

John Sidney McCain III is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona since 1987. He was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama

hoa lo Prison It seems to be a historic museum with prison’s cells, guillotines and remains of Vietnamese prisoners. Besides, there are some rooms displaying tools and artifacts that American pilots had left when they were captured in Hoa Lo prison. More iconically, they called Hoa Lo prison as ” Hilton hotel” because of humanity treatment of Vietnamese government

4. Temple of Literature: 11:30Am

The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions.

things-to-do. Temple of Literature.

The beauty of The Constellation of Literature pavilion (Khue Van Cac) – the symbol of Hanoi

Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. No Vietnamese does not know Temple of Literature – the symbol of education. Especially, in exam season, it is Must-go place for students and their parents to go with a view to passing the exam with flying colors. Besides, there has a variety of ancient sirtes such as doctoral steles, pavilions and passageways that you only see here.


There are some destinations that you should pay a visit to at least once namely, Hoan Kiem lake, Hoa Lo prison, St. Joseph Cathedral, Long Bien bridge and Dong Xuan market,…

5. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: 13:30

Things to do in Hanoi - Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

A view outside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at night

It is the resting place of Ho Chi Minh who is our greatest president. The mausoleum is modeled on Lenin’s mausoleum in Russia.Hanoi Old Quarter: Packed with charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas, the Old Quarter, located near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District, is Hanoi’s major commercial district. Its heart and soul is exposed in the ancient commercial streets which are named after their original businesses dating back about 1,000 years.


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