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Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour

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Duration

3 hours

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English

Overview

Hanoi French Quarter is the second most popular hub in Hanoi, just after Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour brings you to the home to restored colonial buildings, government offices, embassies and personal residences with French architectural influences and if you’re into French architecture, a tour around Hanoi French Quarter is a perfect pick.

For the Hanoi French Quarter FREE Tour, you’ll wander around this area to enjoy the spectacular cultural and historical beauty of celebrated landscapes such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House, St.Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoa Lo Prison. And above all, this tour is FREE.

  • Free Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Private local partner who really understands the city
  • Can be customized to your wishes
  • EXTRA offers 8$ for water puppet show and $10 for cyclo tour
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Save your money (FREE tours) and avoid scams
  • Exploration of Hanoi French Quarter’s beauty
  • Real understanding and insight into Hanoi’s culture and lifestyle

Itinerary

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Pick-up

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel according the time arranged. Then, we’ll start our Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour.

Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake

After picking up you from your hotel, we start our tour by walking along Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Returned Sword Lake.

The pearl of Hanoi capital is noted as a popular spots for most locals. Wandering Hoan Kiem Lake, visitors enjoy the tranquil atmosphere which really helps you recharge your battery. You can also observe the peaceful view of locals doing morning exercises and recycling along the lake's roads full of green grass and flowers.

Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, tourists can be engulfed in the mysterious beauty of Ngoc Son Temple, the place to worship President Tran Hung Dao and the romantic setting of scarlet-painted The Huc Bridge, also known as Rising Sun Bridge.

St.Joseph’s Cathedral
St.Joseph’s Cathedral

The next destination of French Quarter Tour is St.Joseph’s Cathedral, the oldest Roman Catholic church of the capital. St.Joseph's Cathedral overwhelms tourists with its stained glass windows surrounding the church which still remain its intact beauty since the construction period.

Visiting St.Joseph's Cathedral, visitors seek sightseeing to release your soul from the bustling space of life in the capital. This church is considered as evidence of French architectural art.

Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison

Next, we’ll head to Hoa Lo Prison, also known as Maison Centrale or Hanoi Hilton. Hoa Lo Prison is a wonderful place for the ones who want to discover the grim history during the war of Vietnamese against the French and American.

This prison is regarded as " hell on earth", a symbol of colonialist exploitation full of brutality and torture as well as the bitterness of the Vietnamese group. The French colonialists proudly call this prison an unbreakable prison.

Wandering along the prison, foreign tourists can observe the brutal torturing methods such as the Cachot and the guillotine.

Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House

After exploring the Hoan Kiem Lake, we’ll continue to Hanoi Opera House.

Located in the heart of Hanoi capital, Opera House is a symbol of the architectural landmark with T-shape marble staircase and bright crystal chandeliers. This House was built during the French colonists' administration.

Hanoi Opera House is where skilled artists in Vietnam and from all over the world come to perform their masterpieces. This place is also suitable for taking gorgeous photographs.

opera house in the hanoi french quarter walking tour map

[Optional] Water Puppet Theatre (Only available for the afternoon tour)

Water Puppet is one of the traditional forms of the Vietnamese art performance. It tells you Vietnamese folk tales and legends recounting with authentic Vietnamese operatic songs and traditional musical instruments.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, one of the popular theatre of Hanoi city. So it is a great idea to watch this unique form of traditional culture art here!

[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater
[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater

Cyclo (also Xich Lo in Vietnamese) may not be familiar with you. This type of vehicle is the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam in the 19th century and still a representation of the Vietnamese way of life that you should not miss whenever visiting Vietnam nowadays.

Let's end your tour with a round of Cyclo in Hanoi French Quarter or anywhere you want to go nearby in 1 hour? Then you will be drop off at your hotel in the Old Quater

Drop-off

Before finishing the tour, our guide will take you to eat the famous Trang Tien ice cream – the most famous and longest ice cream brand of Hanoi. Or you can choose to taste the Egg Coffee or Egg Beer.

End the tour at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Say goodbye and see you again!

Included/Exclude

  • Tour guide (available with English speaking local guide)
  • Free Pick-up and Drop-off (Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter)
  • Transfer fees (Private car is recommended)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • Personal expenses (foods, drinks, tips)
  • Tips or gratuities for tour guides

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Notes
Student guide requires no charges! Guests should be nice to cover all fees for the guide!

Expenses: 120.000 VND $5/Pax The ticket price for attraction below are 30.000VND ($1.2/pax), Discount 50% for Student with ID card, Free for under-6-year-old Kids.

Transportation: You can take a taxi or bus. If you would like to book a private car ( call +84 97 707 7250 / +84 37 323 9787 to check )

Should Bring: Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Comfortable shoes, Cover-knee pants when visiting the temple
Payment & Cancellation
As AZ Local NPO Policy, you will pay for the expenses during the tour
Free Cancellation within 48 hours

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