Landing in the Vietnamese capital, make your way to our 4-Star hotel in central Hanoi to meet your tour manager and fellow travelers.
In the afternoon, we embark on an enjoyable sightseeing tour of the city, beginning at the beautiful Sword Lake, where we view Ngoc Son Temple, a sacred space on an island built in the 19th century to honor a Taoist deity and a medieval general who defeated the Mongols. This tranquil temple displays traditional east Asian architecture, with decorative tiles and flamboyant finials. Afterwards, we relax at a coffee shop before continuing our tour in cyclos (similar to tuk-tuks). Hanoi was the capital of French Indochina during the first half of the 20th century and showcases fantastic colonial architecture. In the Old Quarter, we journey along lively streets dotted with vibrant markets and serene temples.
We return to our hotel for this evening for our first dinner together.