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Private Tour: Hanoi City Full-Day Tour including Cyclo Ride

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    This full-day private tour of Hanoi showcases the best of a city known as the “Paris of the East”. Travelers will kick off their morning with a stop at the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where they will get an up-close look at the former leader’s stilt-house residence, mausoleum and Presidential Palace before exploring the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Afterwards, visitors with journey to the Temple of Literature, which was constructed as an homage to the great thinker Confucius. Travelers can wander the grounds of the first university in the nation, which dates all the way back to 1070! The historic halls are lined with decorative turtle backs inscribed with the names of university graduates. Five impressive courtyards with paths once reserved for the Emperor are now open to the public. Check out the statue of Confucius in one of the courtyards and marvel at the bronze storks standing atop resting turtles meant to guard the academic. Because Ho Chi Minh Moausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, travelers will tour the Hoa Lo Prison instead. 

    Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in comfort and style before touring the Museum of Ethnology. Championed as the top museum in the country, this impressive hub of culture and history offers up plenty of information about the 54 ethnic minorities that make up this nation. From there, travelers will head to Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island in the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This striking architectural masterpiece dates back to the 13th century.

    Visitors will end the day on an hour-long cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where an expert driver will navigate the narrow streets and back alley passes. Travelers can comb through the wares at tiny shops and quiet storefronts before returning to the hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from all centrally located Hanoi hotels
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Tour returns to original departure point at approximately 4:30pm
    Inclusions
    • Private Hanoi full-day tour
    • Hotel pickup and drop off by private air-conditioned vehicle
    • English-speaking guide
    • One-hour cyclo ride
    • Vietnamese lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    • Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Presidential Palace Historical Site
    • Entry/Admission - Ngoc Son Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Literature & National University
    • Entry/Admission - Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Dress code applies for mausoleum, no bare knees or shoulders permitted
    • Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays. On these days, visitors will tour Hoa Lo Prison instead
    • Please note: From 05th Sep – 05th Dec 2016 the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be closed for the annual renovation. Presidential Palace and the Resident of the complex remain opened at normal schedule for your visit.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My wife and I went to Hanoi for our Honeymoon and this was our first activity. This was an incredible way to start our vacation and an amazing way to learn about the city. I also have to note that we had the pleasure of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

    Honestly the most waste of my money. The tour guide first took us to Ho Chi Minhs complex- lines were so long( thousands ) Our Guide did not know where to go. He told us don’t worry- he was trying to get through the ropes...More

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    Van_Nguyen21, Client Experience Officer at Buffalo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

    Dear F336OXbarbarab, Thank you for taking a moment to share this review here on TripAdvisor. We're very sorry that your experience was not a great one. We have taken serious note of this situation, and used all such comments as an opportunity to improve our...More

    Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

    We had the lovely Tuan and excellent driver Xum(?)for our 4 day stay in Hanoi including overnight cruise on Halong Bay. He was very attentive and knowledgeable about all aspects of the various tours/trips and we felt they became more like friends!More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Sara T
    Van_Nguyen21, Client Experience Officer at Buffalo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Dear Sara T, Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are thrilled to learn that you had an enjoyable time in Vietnam with Buffalo Tours and loved the company of our tour guide - Mr.Tuan We are looking forward to helping you in...More

    Reviewed 30 April 2019

    Enjoyed the full day tour to all the great sites of Hanoi City. Traffic is crazy and the Cyclo ride was quite a adventure through the Historical district. Love all the historical sights and also visit the Museum where they held the Americans prisoners. Certainly...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

    Excellent tour led by Jenny. She was professional, on time, and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the different sites (and she kept a good pace, knowing that it was very hot and humid today). Went to a great local restaurant (Grandma’s) with delicious food, and the cyclo...More

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    AnhH256, Client Experience Team at Buffalo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

    Dear Kristoffer, Thank you so much for spending your time to share your beautiful feedback. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable tour,especially safe experience on the cyclo ride in Hanoi with Buffalo Tours. We have sent your great words to your...More

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    Susan G
    2 October 2019|
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    Response from kseow | Reviewed this property |
    No you need to arrange with the tour company to pick you up from the cruise ship -take you thee fort eh tour and return you back to the cruise ship.
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    Response from Suzan B | Reviewed this property |
    Because it's a private tour, you are able to say what time you want to leave in the morning. We were able to choose a time between 8 and 9.30 on booking. But if you want to visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, you need to... More
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