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St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hanoi: Guided Half-Day City Highlights Tour with Transfers

1. Hanoi: Guided Half-Day City Highlights Tour with Transfers

Explore Hanoi and see its highlights on a morning or afternoon city tour by van. See the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and more. Begin your tour at St. Joseph's Cathedral to learn about religion in Vietnam. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. Then head to the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam built in the 10th century under the Ly Dynasty and greatly influenced by Confucianism. Make your way to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, before concluding your tour at St. Joseph's Cathedral to learn about religion in Vietnam. Continue the visit with Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and then head to Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place for the Vietnamese. The complex is a traffic-free area full of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas. Stop outside Ba Dinh Square and take a look outside the mausoleum, then continue to explore the One Pillar Pagoda. Next we pass by Hanoi Opera House. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. Let our guide help you capture this memory with some amazing photos. Our last destination is Cafe Minh, a local coffee places with the extraodinary egg coffee. Have a sip of the hot egg coffee while watching the Old Quarter and then head back to your hotel.

Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

2. Hanoi: Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour

Relax as your driver pedals you around the Old Quarter, home to many of Hanoi's highlights and unique architecture from the French colonial times. Enjoy an unobstructed view with your driver behind you so you can take plenty of photos. See the Opera House, Joseph Cathedral Church, and more. Pass By: Dong Xuan Market - Hanoi's largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories, household goods to foodstuffs and clothing... Pass By: St. Joseph's Cathedral is a Catholic church on Nha Chung Street, in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a late 19th-century Gothic Revival church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi. The cathedral is named after Joseph, the patron saint of Vietnam. The Church is an architectural marvel with its elegant neo-gothic architecture built during French colonization. Pass By: Hanoi Opera House is a project built by the French government in the early years of the 20th century. Its construction started in 1901 and completed in 1911. Hanoi Opera House proudly stands at the heart of central Hanoi as one of its most famous architectural and cultural symbol. Pass By: The Old Quarter in Hanoi is an intriguing neighbourhood, home to a mix of Vietnamese architecture, green spaces, ancient shops and fresh-as-it-gets street food — all of it easily explored on foot. At first look, these 36 streets can feel frenetic. Don't worry: Constant motion is part of the Old Quarter's charm. Grab a seat at a cafe and enjoy the action from a safe distance. You'll notice bicycle vendors selling fresh flowers and ripe fruit, old friends gathering for games of checkers, and cooks doing a roaring trade in steaming phở and bún chả. The longer you wander, the more you’ll be rewarded with moments in hidden alleyways, secluded pagodas, and cosy coffee shops. Here are some of the best ways to appreciate the Old Quarter’s lively atmosphere and secret spots. Pass By: Take in the beautiful view from Hoan Kiem Lake. Stop at each destination for a short visit or to take photos. Ride at the perfect pace to enjoy some of the 36 shaded streets of this historic district. Admire the products made and sold on each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather, or silver.

Hanoi: City Sightseeing Motorbike Tour

3. Hanoi: City Sightseeing Motorbike Tour

Head off on a motorbike tour to discover Hanoi like a real local. Hop on the back of the motorbike and let your driver/guide show you the main sights of the bustling city. Begin your tour and stop at landmarks like the historic Opera House, dating back to the 10th century. Move on to the St Joseph Cathedral and continue to Long Bien Brigde, the oldest, rustiest bridge built by the French in Hanoi. Arrive at the Ba Dinh district, with the Tran Quoc pagoda located right near the West Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi. Be overwhelmed by spectacular views, then stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the last resting place of President Ho Chi Minh, and see One Pillar Pagoda. Explore the Temple of Literature and take a short walk on the campus of Vietnam’s first university. Finally, stop by a coffee place and try out Hanoi's infamous egg coffee or simply zoom through the streets in style before tucking into a delicious local meal.

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Train Street & Hidden Gems

4. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Train Street & Hidden Gems

Explore Hanoi and see its highlights on a morning or afternoon city tour by van. Discover the famous destinations such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and also the hidden corners around Hanoi like Ma May Ancient House, Hang Buom Culture and Arts Center, and most especially the Train Street. Begin your tour at the Ancient House and wonder at the old style 19th century architecture. Then head to Hang Buom Culture and Arts Center, with variety series of exhibitions to honor Hanoi contemporary artists. A unique experience for those who loves art and beauty On the way to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place for the Vietnamese. The complex is a traffic-free area full of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas. Stop outside Ba Dinh Square and take a look outside the mausoleum, then continue to explore the One Pillar Pagoda. (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and for at least 2 months (June 15-August 15) for annual maintenance but you can still take pictures of the Mausoleum and walk around the area) Our last destination is the famous train street! Order yourself a cup of coffee while watching the train pass by right in front of your face! It's a life time experience that you will never forget that thrill rush feeling. Sometime the train schedule might be delayed so if you're lucky enough, you'll get to see the train. (The itinerary may change due to weather and operating conditions)

Hanoi: Instagram-Worthy Tour of City’s Most Scenic Spots

5. Hanoi: Instagram-Worthy Tour of City’s Most Scenic Spots

Start the tour while posing at St. Joseph's Cathedral and wandering around the central spots of the Old Quarter. Your professional guide will not only take special and cool shots for you, but also make your picture spectacular and unique. Next to the cathedral, you also can capture a nice shot at the Hanoi House Cafe with its ancient features surrounding you.  After that head on to Hanoi Big Opera House built by the French for 10 years, located near August Revolution Square. And we can't miss out on the Sword Lake with the Temple of Jade Mountain too. The next stop will be the Ceramic Mosaic Mural, the longest and the most colorful street which was built to celebrate 1,000 years of civilization in Hanoi. Keep moving to Long Bien Bridge with its old rustic beauty. Your next scenic spot will be West Lake with the panoramic view of the biggest lake in the city combined with oldest Buddhist temple, the Tran Quoc Pagoda. After that, you will pass by Ho Chi Minh Complex with the noble, sacred mausoleum and the ancient One Pillar Pagoda. Last stop will be the Train street with the train track and coffee shops along the two sides. You can capture some ashtonishing photos here. Some destinations may change or close due to particular reason (weather, holiday,...), but we assure to give you the best photos.

Hanoi: French Quarter Walking Tour

6. Hanoi: French Quarter Walking Tour

Indulge in a journey through Hanoi's enchanting French Quarter, where history, culture, and delectable treats intertwine to create an unforgettable exploration. Our Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour invites you to step into a world of architectural grandeur, vibrant streets, and culinary delights that have stood the test of time. ***Tour Highlights: - St. Joseph’s Cathedral: Begin your day with a visit to the awe-inspiring St. Joseph’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that transports you to a different era. Marvel at its neo-gothic splendor and absorb the serene ambiance that fills the air. - Hoa Lo Prison: Walk through history as you explore Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton." Uncover the stories that echo within its walls, shedding light on the challenges and resilience of those who endured its confines. - Trang Tien Ice Cream: Treat your taste buds to a delightful break at Trang Tien Ice Cream, an iconic establishment that has been crafting frozen treats for generations. Relish the unique flavors and soak in the vibrant atmosphere that surrounds this local favorite. - Opera House and Hilton Opera: Admire the graceful façade of the Opera House, a hallmark of Hanoi's cultural scene. Stand before the impressive Hilton Opera, a symbol of timeless luxury that seamlessly integrates modern comforts into the heart of history. - Hoan Kiem Lake Serenity: Experience the tranquility of Hoan Kiem Lake, a serene oasis in the heart of the city. Stroll along its shores and enjoy the refreshing ambiance that encapsulates the essence of Hanoi. ***Flexibility to Explore: Customize your journey by choosing optional stops, such as the National History Museum, to further enrich your experience of Hanoi's rich heritage. ***Join us on this captivating stroll through Hanoi's French Quarter, where history, elegance, and flavors intertwine to create an experience that lingers in your memory. Book now and immerse yourself in the charm of a district that has gracefully preserved its heritage while embracing the present.

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

7. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Start your tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, see the famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the local people doing business. Visit St.Joseph Cathedral and Hanoi Big Opera House. After that, arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour, on foot, with a professional tour guide to talk you through its history and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past by some of the majestic, historical buildings to the edge of West Lake. And definitely can not miss Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Followed by this, ride around West Lake, past some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, with a number of short stops for photo opportunities. Stop for lunch. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local food store. After lunch you will be taken to an infamous coffee place where they make our Vietnamese traditional egg coffee. Have a sip and the taste will carry you away. End of tour the guide will drop you off at your hotel

Hanoi: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

8. Hanoi: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Hanoi at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Hoa Lo Prison, Ta Hien Street, St. Joseph's Cathedral and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Hanoi: Traditional Ao Dai Dress and Non La Hat Rental

9. Hanoi: Traditional Ao Dai Dress and Non La Hat Rental

If you are looking for an authentic experience in Hanoi, don't miss out on this Ao Dai rental service. Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture wearing a beautiful Ao Dai of your choice strolling through the scenic streets of Hanoi. Wear your Ao Dai along with a Non La conical hat and get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Ao Dai is a deeply ingrained part of Vietnamese culture and mind. Seize the opportunity to wear an Ao Dai that has carried its national identity and spirit since its creation. An outstanding work of art, the Ao Dai is also popular in modern culture and worn by flight attendants, teachers, bankers, and students. Embark on a self-guided photo tour in your Ao Dai and take stunning pictures in front of famous monuments such as the Hoan Kiem Lake, Opera House, Cathedral or the Long Bien Bridge. Make your stay in Vietnam unique and memorable.

Coffee, History, and Architecture of the French Quarter

10. Coffee, History, and Architecture of the French Quarter

Join our Hanoi French Quarter Walking Experience to discover one of the most beautiful parts of the city. The historical area is the southern part of Hanoi and is full of culture and history that sets it apart from the rest of the city. The aim of the walk is to make you discover specific areas of Hanoi and provide in-depth information (history buffs welcome) in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Rather than a lecture, it will be more like a conversation! We will start with an explanation of Vietnamese general history in a French villa coffee shop, accompanied by a cup of authentic Vietnamese coffee. We will then give a brief overview of French influences in Hanoi, as well as the Vietnam War, featuring St. Joseph's Cathedral, Trang Tien Ice Cream, Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Post Office, Trang Tien Street, Hanoi Metropole Hotel, the very first university in French Indochina, and many more! You will learn about how Vietnamese society changed under French rule, exploring the good and the bad of this period. Feel free to ask your guide plenty of questions! Coffee and ice-cream are included.

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We really enjoyed our Hanoi afternoon tour with our excellent guide Travis! Eveything was according to itiniery, we got a lot of new and interesting info. Besides that, Travis made eveything more enjoyable and fun! Great job 💪

Mina was a friendly guide who was very knowledgeable and open to sharing about Vietnam’s developments. Enjoyed that the tour covered food as well and Mina had great recommendations for our trip.

the guide was very informative and didn't tire of my questions and I had many! he was patient and kind also which helps when one is navigating a new culture. I would highly recommend his tour.

Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Enjoyed all the places he (Aaron) took us. He also answered questions about Vietnam generally for us. Enjoyable trip!

The absolute best (and probably only real) way to experience Hanoi. The 2 lovely guides went above and beyond to provide us with an amazing experience