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Hanoi French Quarter Tour- Private Tour

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Stop At: St. Joseph's Cathedral, 40 Nha Chung Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Address: 40 Nha Chung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi is considered to be one of the symbols of Hanoi. It’s a late 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. The architecture of St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi is designed in the style of medieval Gothic Europe.

The church and colonization are inseparable and the church has played an outsize role in Vietnam’s modern history. It is not only a regular place of worship activities of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, but St Joseph cathedral Hanoi is also a popular tourist destination in Hanoi, attracting a large number of tourists inside and outside to visit.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hoa Lo Prison, 1 Hoa Lo St Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

Hoa Lo prison was built in Hanoi by the French, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. The French called the prison Maison Centrale – literally, Central House, a traditional euphemism to denote prisons in France. It was built for housing Vietnamese political campaigners and was completed in 1913. Apparently razed one of the local outlying craft villages when they picked out the site for this, Hoa Lo prison was the largest of the French Indochinese prisons.

This was also kept many documents and files of the communist soldiers. Hoa Lo Prison has intact with many precious materials, science display, and the attractive spot for many domestic and foreign guests to Hanoi. Post Buttletin (the U.S) has an article on Vietnam’s tourist highlights Hoa Lo prison is a destination not to be missed when come to Vietnam.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, Around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Turtle Tower is one of Hanoi’s most iconic attractions, symbolizing the patriotic pride of the local population. The tower is a combination of European and Asian architecture – with gothic arches at its first two storeys combined with the hip roof of Vietnam architecture.

During the French colonial period, on the top of the Turtle Tower, a version of the Statue of Liberty (1890-1896), was placed by the French. However, it was removed when the Tran Trong Kim regime gained control of the city in 1945. During the French rule, the local people would often hang Vietnam’s revolutionary flag from the tower in order to show their defiant spirit.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Trang Tien Plaza, 24 Hai Ba Trung, Q, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi Vietnam

Trang Tien street are familiar to most of Hanoian, which was known as a beautiful street and has the development from the early days of Hanoi through the French period to the present time. Trang Tien is a busy shopping area, featuring bookshops, galleries and boutiques. On this street, Trang Tien Plaza, which was elaborated in elegant French style of architecture, is the first high-end luxury shopping center in Hanoi with various popular international authentic brands under one roof.

Located on 35 Trang Tien street, Trang Tien ice cream can be seen as the most popular ice cream brands in Hanoi, which is a great treat for everyone to enjoy, especially in hot summer days in tropical countries like Vietnam. Ice cream was introduced by the French during the First Indochina War, and this brand was opened in 1958, not long after the French left Vietnam.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hanoia Metropole, 56 Ly Thai To, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Address: 15 Ngo Quyen street

Standing the test of time and being considered the most beautiful colonial era hotel, Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole is recognized as Hanoi’s legendary landmark for its contribution to the city’s heritage.

The hotel has been a prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901 when it opened as the first official luxury residence and hotel in the city during the French colonial period. It boasts a rich history, was constructed with a French Colonial architectural style by two talented designers.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hanoi Opera House, 01 Trang Tien, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Address: no 1 Trang Tien, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem

Hanoi Opera House was a historical evidence of Vietnamese social and cultural development under French rule, a vestige for an architectural development stage dating back to the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries in Vietnam. The theatre has seen many significant historical events associated to the August Revolution and the early years of Vietnam

Hanoi Opera House embraces the European architectural style under the Renaissance period with the Italian-made marble floor, copper chandeliers and exquisite French murals on the ceiling, thus making the place one of Hanoi’s singular architectural landmarks.

For a long time, Hanoi Opera House has been a rendezvous for those who love theatrical performance and traditional songs and music, symphonies, opera and classical opera. It is also a tourist attraction for local and foreign visitors.

Duration: 15 minutes
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Departure Point
St. Joseph's Cathedral, 40 Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Snacks - We will have an amazing ice cream!
  • Entry/Admission - St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Trang Tien Plaza
  • Gratuities
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It was a nice morning with Lara. She told us a lot about Hanoi and the french. She gave us also some tips with the food and where to buy the best ice cream (we also tried it in our tour *yummi*). We can highly recommend to do the tour with Lara, especially if you don't know what
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The tour was interesting. We got a lot of information and our guide was very patient to answer all our questions. I admire how she was able to find her way around the city and show us around easily in this chaotic and busy city.
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I had a fantastic tour with steve. he‘s an amazing guide with a huge knowledge. i saw a lot of nice buildings/places and learned fascinating facts about the country. i can highly recommend the walking tour.
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Great tour! Steve was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Vietnamese history and the French Quarter. He was friendly and we had a fun time touring together. Highly recommend
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We did the French Quarter walking tour with Mina who was an excellent guide.She showed us some highlights of the French Quarter including the Hoa Lo prison, the Women's Museum, a heritage house, and the original egg coffee. Definitely recommend!
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