Get an in-depth insight into the vibrant city of Hanoi

Spend two memorable days experiencing the eclectic Vietnamese capital, famous for its beautiful lakes, modern fusion of French and Asian architecture and complex tangle of streets. Visit several must-see Hanoi highlights including a mausoleum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, the Museum of Ethnology and the enthralling Temple of Literature, before learning the finer points of bargaining at one of Hanoi’s spirited marketplaces. Pick up more tips, this time of the tasty variety, during an active cooking class and celebrate the end of the adventure by feasting on your own creations. This is a tasty introduction to a remarkable city.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
20kg pp per trip


  • Cook up a storm of traditional dishes in a cooking class


Welcome to Vietnam’s exotic capital. Buzzing with motorbikes, rickshaws and beeping traffic, take it all in with a stroll along the city’s sweeping boulevards. Admire the women in cone-hats as they sidestep past, balancing lifesize lady-liberty-scales across their shoulders. Visit the site where Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945. Explore the Temple of Literature – originally built in honour of Confucius and now a university. A trip to the Museum of Ethnology in the afternoon is an excellent insight into the diverse cultures of the 54 ethnic groups that inhabit Vietnam. Step back in time this evening on a walking tour of the Old Quarter.
Start the day with an early morning walk around the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, where legend has it that the Emperor Le Thai To was provided with a magical sword by the gods, which was soon snatched by a giant tortoise! Nowadays, there is less reptilian activity – it’s more of a spot to find residents working out in the early morning Hanoi sunshine. In fact, why not glide on over get Tai Chi’d with the locals? Slurp down some Pho and get kick-started with a delectable Vietnamese coffee before heading to a classic cooking class followed by a fiery feast!
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1 breakfast, 2 lunches
Private Bus, Taxi
Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Cooking class (including local market visit and lunch)
  • Hanoi - Guided tour
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
  • Temple of Literature


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