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Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

1. Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

Choose between a shared or private tour to explore Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s premier attraction. On your morning tour of the site, you’ll see the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the Citadel visit, you’ll have a short break for lunch, followed by a boat trip on the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. This is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself on fire in protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. Your final visit of the day will be to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed using feng shui principles, and built to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Hue City Tour and River Cruise

2. 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.

Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

3. Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

Catch the best sights on your journey from Hue to Hoi An or from Hoi An to Hue with a private transfer service. Drive along the Hai Van Pass and stop to explore the Linh Ung Pagoda while riding in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van with a professional driver.  The journey begins at 8:00 AM in Hue or Hoi An. If traveling from Hue, the itinerary will go as follows: Pickup from your hotel with a stop for sightseeing at Hue Fishing Village on the shores of the Tam Giang Lagoon. See how the locals live catching fish and shrimp from the lagoon. Next, visit the Lap An Lagoon and Oysters Farming Village, nestled between Phu Gia Pass and Hai Van Pass. Admire the verdant trees, clear waters, and cloud-covered mountains surrounding the village.  Just 60 km from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co. The Lang Co beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world for its gently sloping beach filled with fine sand. Ask your driver to make a stop and fall in love with the white sand beach and turquoise waters.  Next, drive along the Hai Van Pass – one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam – and admire the green trees and beautiful water below. On the top of the pass, see the vestiges of an old fortified gateway. Continue to Linh Ung Pagoda, the highest statue of Lady Buddha in Vietnam. The trip would not be complete without a stop at Marble Mountain, whose famous rocky peaks rise above the homes and resorts of Da Nang Beach below. Take the lift to the top and admire the large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. The total journey, with stops, takes between 6 and 7 hours. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Hoi An: Transfer to Hue Private car

4. Hoi An: Transfer to Hue Private car

Hoi An to Hue by private car is the best way to see all of Hue's must-see attractions, including the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial Citadel, and Hue Royal Tombs, which are all Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also get the opportunity to stop at breathtaking sights such as Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, and Lap An lagoon with an English-speaking driver. The nonstop transport from Hoi An to Hue by private car will take approximately 3 hours (the distance between Hoi An and Hue is about 140 kilometers). It will, however, be worthwhile to make a pit stop at the most magnificent attractions to soak in the scenery and take some great photographs (takes about 5 to 6 hours). Along the way, we will visit some famous attractions such as: -Marble Mountains - a cluster of 5 lime and marble mountains that represent 5 basic elements to create the Universe. Enjoy the fabulous views and wonderful Buddha statues in the beautiful caves. You will be amazed by Nature's creation. -Hai Van pass is the most challenging TopGear road in Vietnam with fabulous panoramic views of Hue and Da Nang. -Lang Co Beach is located in Lang Co Bay, which is considered the world's most beautiful bay. Our courteous driver will pull over to the appropriate pass foot for you to take panoramic photos. -Lap An Lagoon – a brackish lagoon with 800 square hectares, fresh oyster farms, and a rustic fishing village. After stopping at all of the attractions along the way, the knowledgeable driver will drop you off at your Hue city homestay or hotel.

Private Tranfer from Hue to Danang and Hoi An City

5. Private Tranfer from Hue to Danang and Hoi An City

Be collected from your accommodation in Hue and travel in a private car to the pretty village of Lang Co, famous for its golden sand beach. Get breathtaking views of the landscape as you drive to a eucalyptus oil village, and then cross the Hai Van Pass in the Annamite Mountains. Be rewarded with one of the finest views in Vietnam. Continue to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, and learn all about the ancient culture of the ethnic Cham people of Vietnam and Cambodia. See the beautiful beach of My Khe where US marines stayed from 1965 to 1973. Visit the stone carving village of Non Nuoc, and end with a nature walk on Marble Mountains south of Da Nang city. Discover the mysterious caves and Buddhist temples scattered across the limestone hills. End the trip in Hoi An.

From Hue: Vietnam's DMZ Full-Day Group or Private Tour

6. From Hue: Vietnam's DMZ Full-Day Group or Private Tour

Embark on a guided full-day tour and discover the historically important Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the Quang Tri Province and get a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War on the local culture. Choose from a shared group tour or a private tour.   Get picked up by your driver and guide at the lobby of your hotel in Hue central and then travel to the town of Dong Ha, stopping to visit important historical sites along the way.  Arrive at Dakrong bridge located along Highway 9 and the starting point of Highway 15, one of the main branches of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Admire the bridge’s graceful architecture against beautiful backdrops of rivers and mountains. Next, visit the Khe Sanh Combat Base, a United States Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) used during the Vietnam War. Enjoy a lunch break at a traditional restaurant and then head off to Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River, an important landmark in the splitting of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954. Make your last stop at Vinh Moc tunnels, an underground miniature village, now a museum, which is the largest historical tunnel in the DMZ of Vietnam.

Hue City by Cycle Rickshaw: Half-Day Private Tour

7. Hue City by Cycle Rickshaw: Half-Day Private Tour

Climb aboard a cycle rickshaw in Hue City and experience the former imperial capital of the Nguyễn Dynasty via an iconic Vietnamese mode of transport. Vietnam’s version of the trishaw or cycle rickshaw, the 3-wheeled cycles are pedaled by a driver, with you in front! Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and whisk you around the city’s most impressive sights, starting with Tinh Tam Lake (Lake of the Serene Heart), one of the most famous beauty spots of Hue and a former tributary of the Perfume River. Explore the Imperial Citadel, a sprawling complex of pavilions, moats, temples, and museums. Check out the central Flag Tower, built during the reign of Emperor Gia Long. Then see the entrance gate of Ngo Mon, where the Emperor would address his officials. Discover the Nine Dynastic Urns in front of the Mieu Temple, and Nine Holy Cannons of the Nhan and Quang Duc Miradors. Get panoramic views of the Citadel and city from your unique mode of transport, providing a different view of Hue life.

Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

8. Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and head to the first stop of the tour, Minh Mang Tomb. The site is considered one of the best examples of Nguyen Dynasty architecture and artwork, and is set within a beautifully landscaped garden. Next, proceed to Khai Dinh Tomb. This tomb is situated in the Chau Mountains, in between scenic pine, cassava, and sugar cane farms. The tomb's architecture is a blend of East and West. It took eleven years to build and was completed in 1931. Then, continue to Tu Duc Tomb, located in an area of rolling hills and pine trees 7km outside Hue. The tranquil grounds are filled with trees, ponds, and pavilions where Tu Duc used to write poetry. Emperor Tu Duc had his tomb built 16 years prior to his death and actually wrote his own biography prior to his death. The last stop of the trip will be the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest religious structure in Hue and is also one of the most impressive. It was constructed during the 17th century to worship the legend of a local woman with spiritual connections. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation in Hue city.

From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

9. From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

Start with pickup in the morning from your accommodation in Hue. From there, head to Dong Ha town where the local guide will board the vehicle to begin the tour. The first stop is Doc Mieu Base, one of the front lines. Learn how the Americans set up a group of firebases on a ridge of hills looking across the DMZ and the Ben Hai River. Gain a deeper knowledge of the history and listen to meaningful stories from your English-speaking guide. Continue to the next stop, Hien Luong Bridge. This bridge is located in the 17th Parallel and during the Vietnam war, it was bisected between South and North Vietnam. Go to the last stop and one of the main highlights, the Vinh Moc underground tunnels. Hear how they were used as a refuge to survive from all the bomb attacks during the war. Before heading back to Hue City, stop by a local restaurant to have an authentic Vietnamese lunch ( you pay for yourselfs). The tour ends with a drop-off service back to your accommodation.

From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

10. From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

Start the tour with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Hue and depart on a round-trip private experience to the Vinh Moc tunnels. With the careful guidance of your friendly driver, your first will visit will be to La Vang Holy Land, considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics in Vietnam due to its history and iconic statue of Mary. Next, see the Hien Luong Bridge, the bridge spanning the Ben Hai River that connected the former North and South Vietnam and symbolizes the unity between the two warring areas of the country. Arrive at the main attraction of the tour, the Vinh Moc tunnels, a complex of underground tunnels that were strategically made and sheltered hundreds of villagers during the war. After stopping at all destinations on your Hue to Vinh Moc tunnels trip, your driver will take you back to Hue city and drop you off at your hotel.

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Visita guiada con Ms. Nhu y Mr. Trung (conductor) excelente. Dedicamos unas 4h a visitar las 3 tumbas, una pagoda y una tiendecita local. La visita fue muy enriquecedora para conocer la historia de los diferentes emperadores de Hue y sus curiosidades. Además, intercambiamos aspectos y tradiciones culturales entre Bcn y Vietnam. Al finalizar nos recomendaron un lugar de comida típica. Sin duda, repetiríamos! Muchas gracias a ambos!

guide was very friendly and knowledgeable transport was very clean and comfortable saw a lot and learned a lot whole day was very enjoyable

Driver picked us up on time at agreed pick up point. Very nice driver who tailored the trip to our needs.

Great guide who gave us a really exciting tour! Very nice driver with great tips for the evening.

Very interesting and enjoyable Trip with English speaking Driver