Meet your private guide at your Hanoi city hotel, then start your comprehensive tour at Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. Enter the walls to explore elegant architecture, and take in stunning views of the lake that surrounds the tiny island temple.
Walk across a slender causeway to Quan Thanh Temple, one of Hanoi’s Four Sacred Temples; enjoy the shade of towering trees and find the temple's famous bronze statue and bell. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where locals and visitors line up to see the leader’s preserved body in a glass sarcophagus—the grand building is a dramatic contrast to Ho’s traditional stilt house which stands right next door. Before leaving the mausoleum stop by the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century Confucian temple that has long been a symbol of Hanoi.
Take in beautifully preserved Vietnamese architecture at the Temple of Literature, where formal gardens and pavilions mark the site of Vietnam’s first national university. Pause for a traditional Vietnamese lunch in a city center restaurant, then finish your day with a 1-hour cyclo tour of the Old Quarter, where the narrow streets overflow with color and local life.