Hanoi Half-Day Tour to Historic Sites

This half-day tour was designed for those wanting to understand more about Thang Long- Hanoi with the places not included in a normal city tour. The capital is more than 1000 years old and Hanoian is always proud to have such a stubborn city during the wars. We will visit Thang Long ancient Citadel, a cultural complex that comprises Thang Long Imperial City during the dynasties of King Ly, King Tran, and King Le, and Hanoi Citadel during the Nguyen Dynasty. Through the ups and downs of Vietnamese history, the remains of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are roughly where the Hanoi Citadel lies today. We will bike on the most beautiful street in Hanoi named  Phan Dinh Phung with hundreds of big trees. One place you should not miss is Huu Tiep Lake. Located in an area of Hanoi called Ngoc Ha (Flower Village), an American B-52 that was shot down during the Christmas bombing in 1968 (1972) sits rusting in a small pond surrounded by a busy market. And, the last place to go was Hanoi Botanical Garden. Here, you can see local people jogging, doing exercise, and couples taking wedding photos.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Hanoi Capital, Vietnam
  • Departure Time

    Please arrive by 2 PM.
  • Return Time

    Approximately 5 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Bottles of drinking water
    English Speaking Cycling Tour Guide
    Entrance Fees
    Fruit & Snacks
    Hotel pick up and drop-off
    Mountain Bike Trek Marlin 5/6 and Helmet
  • Not Included

    Boat or Ferry Transfer
    Car/ Taxi Transport
    Gratuities (optional)
    Hotel Homestay Room, Double Base
    Meals as Mentioned
    Personal Expense

2 PM: Departure

Meet up at your hotel. After a short brief information about the traffic and how to ride a bike in Hanoi, we started to cycle to Thang Long ancient Citadel located in Hoang Dieu St. We will visit Doan Mon Gate, Kinh Thien Palace, Hau Lau, and The Northern Gate. Keep walking north, we will see house D67, an underground tunnel that enabled the military to flee to other parts in case of a raid. There, you can understand how the Vietnamese military fought to protect the capital and that’s the place where General Vo Nguyen Giap used to work and live.

Next Historical Tour

After visiting Thang Long Citadel, we continue cycling to Huu Tiep Lake and see the B-52 Memorial. A B52 was shot down by North Vietnamese SA-2 surface-to-air missiles during the Christmas Offensive of December 1972. Visiting Ngoc Ha Market is also available. It takes a very short distance from Huu Tiep Lake to Hanoi Botanical Garden where we will take a stroll around the central lake and enjoy fresh air. This was known as the lung of Hanoi and was created in 1890 by French landscape architects. The park is not only a haven of tranquility for nature lovers in the noisy and hectic city but also serves the inhabitants, especially in the morning and evening hours as a place for sportive activities.

5 PM:Return

We go back to your hotel by bike, tour ends.

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History Of The City

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, holds a storied history dating back over a millennium. Originally founded as Thang Long in 1010 AD, it evolved into a thriving cultural and political center. Enduring colonial occupation and war, including the Vietnam War, Hanoi emerged resilient. Today, it blends its rich heritage with modernity, showcasing historic landmarks alongside bustling streets and vibrant markets  

Tour Review Scores And Score Breakdown

This half-day tour of Thang Long-Hanoi was an eye-opening experience, offering a deeper understanding of the city's rich history and resilience. Exploring sites not typically covered in standard tours, such as the Thang Long ancient Citadel and the poignant Huu Tiep Lake, provided valuable insights into Hanoi's past. Cycling along Phan Dinh Phung and ending the tour at the serene Hanoi Botanical Garden added a touch of tranquility to the journey. Highly recommended for those seeking a unique perspective on Hanoi's heritage.

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