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Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

1. Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

After meeting your guide in the city center, head out on a river cruise along the Perfume River in a traditional Dragon Boat to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda temple in Hua. Next, visit the Citadel and learn more about the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last dynasty. See stunning artefacts in the Royal Antiques Museum, marvel at the architecture of the Noon Gate, and wander through the Ancestral Temple and Thai Hoa Palace. Then, experience the hustle and bustle of the Dong Ba Market and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Later, head to the Minh Mang tomb and experience the fusion of traditional Vietnamese and modern European architecture at the Khai Dinh tomb. Next, visit a conical hat village, where you can see local artisans creating these traditional hats and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir. Your final stop will be at an incense stick village where you will see incense being created.  Get dropped off in Hue city center in the evening.

Hue City Full-Day Tour

2. Hue City Full-Day Tour

Discover the sights and sounds of Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the banks of the delightful Perfume River, where you will find amazing citadels, fabulous palaces, and royal tombs. Many of the sites can be reached by river, and on this full-day private tour a boat cruise is part of the program. You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide, who will take you down to the river for your cruise. Sail along the romantically named Perfume River, seeing Hue’s best-known religious sites, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue your journey by land, visiting the Imperial Citadel, from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. See the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, 9 Dynastic Urns, 9 Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. After a break for lunch, visit Khai Dinh King’s Tomb and discover the blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Then visit Minh Mang King’s Tomb, where one is sure to be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. Continue to conical hat village, an incense stick-making village. The guided tour will give you a deep understanding about the king’s philosophy of geomancy, and how this affected royal life.

Hue City Tour and River Cruise

3. Hue City Tour and River Cruise

Your private, English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel. Once you’ve exchanged greetings, you will get into your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to begin your exploration of this culturally rich region. Your first stop is, of course, the Citadel where the last king of Vietnam, Bao Dai, stepped down in August 30th, 1945. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is guarded by an ancient moat and thick stone walls. The vast Citadel encompasses the Imperial City, Forbidden Purple City, and the Royal Theatre, so stretch those legs and get ready for a morning of exploration! Making your way well off the tourist track, you will visit some locals including the inspiring Ms. Thuy who specialises in making Vietnam’s world famous conical hats. Situated in a quiet area, visiting Ms. Thuy’s house is a true exploration of rural Vietnam and a fascinating insight into the skill of conical hat making, as well as the interesting life of this friendly and open woman. Next up is the tomb of King Tu Duc, the most popular and impressive of all the royal mausoleums. It houses courtyards, pavilions, temples and chambers. Your tour guide will tell you all about its fascinating history and the king’s life of imperial luxury, from his 104 wives to the unfortunate ending for the 200 burial servants!  Just before lunch, you will visit Bunker Hill which overlooks the Perfume River and boasts amazing panoramic views. The area served as a great military vantage point by providing secret observation posts for the surrounding territory. Many bunkers still remain so you’ll have the chance to get up close and investigate them. Then you will have lunch and recharge your batteries at a serene nunnery pagoda and then head off for to your next destination: Tiger Arena, an ancient colosseum where tigers and elephants would fight to the death all in the name of royal entertainment. The final leg of your tour today takes us to the iconic seven story Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue city. From here you will board a classic dragon boat and cruise down the Perfume River back towards the city, where your guide will take you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hue, Vietnam

We loved this tour and had such a great time! Our guide Xi was fantastic: she was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun, spoke great English and was so kind. We were worried about travelling with our 1 year old child but Xi (and our tour mates) were so kind and helpful to her and made it perfectly workable, we needn’t have worried at all. All of the sites we visited on the tour were very interesting and we left with a much better understanding of Vietnamese history and culture. Lunch included various courses of Vietnamese dishes. This was a great tour, don’t hesitate to do it! And you’ll be very lucky if you get Xi as your guide :)

my tour guide had a difficult job with the terrible weather. However she moved the order of visits around perfectly. She was caring, very informative and a lovely person to meet. Good luck to her in the future - she deserves this

The day tour was well-paced and well-organised. The curated activities were interesting and we enjoyed the sumptuous lunch. Our guide Ms Hong Ngoc was knowledgeable and very engaging.

The driver Den was great. He took us to all the places as described. We enjoy the sightseeing and drive. He delivered us safely as per the trip

The journey was comfortable and the driver friendly and attentive at all times.