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Hue City Full-Day Tour

1. 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.

From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

2. From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

Your private tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hue. You will then set off to Phong Nha. On the way, you will make a rest stop at the famous Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River, where the border between South & North Vietnam was located during the war. Next, you will stop by a local restaurant where you will tuck into authentic Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, sail along a river by boat to reach the iconic Phong Nha Cave. This cave is truly a marvel of nature and is hidden away in the dense jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam. Admire the dramatic rock cliffs and wealth of flora and fauna in the area. After visiting the cave, you will start the return journey back to your hotel in Hue, where you will arrive at around 7.30 PM.

Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

3. Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

Start your tour at your own hotel lobby or accommodation in the Hue city center, where your guide will be meet you. From there, walk with your guide to the city boat station to board the famous sunset dragon river cruise. Explore all the beautiful areas along the river banks and glide past the authentic old local houses, villages, churches, pagodas, and green fields. Sit back and relax while you enjoying the breathtaking romantic sunset view over the Perfume River, which flows through the heart of Hue City. Stop and go to the top of Ha Khe Hill of Thien Mu Pagoda to enjoy more great views of the sunset from a different angle. Finish your tour in the evening and let your tour guide walk you back to your accommodation in Hue City.

Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

4. Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Discover the historic Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam, recognized by the Geneva Conference on 21 July 1954 on the 17th parallel, temporarily dividing the country into 2 states. Your guide will take you to Quang Tri province, where you will visit the Church of La Vang, and Dong Ha town, location of an important US Marine Combat Base, providing surveillance of the troops across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). See Doc Mieu base, part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ. Explore Hien Luong Bridge (Peace Bridge), built from steel by the French in 1950. At Cua Tung Beach, see where the Ben Hai River flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel. Explore the Vinh Moc tunnels complex deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about the ethnic minority people and see the Dakrong Bridge across the Dakrong River. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Continue to Rock Pile base for American long range artillery, and Khe Sanh combat base in the rolling mountains and forests of the valley.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

5. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

6. From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

Take the hassle out of your journey from Hue to Hoi An with a private car transfer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and dropped off in Hoi An at your desired location, with plenty of time for sightseeing on the way. Stop off at Lang Co beach, a popular tourist destination. This beautiful beach is situated on a lagoon, separated from the sea by the highway. Relax and enjoy some fresh seafood. Once you are back in the car, you will drive over the Hai Van (ocean cloud) pass along one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads. Enjoy incredible views along the series of hairpin turns, steep inclines, and breathtaking vistas.  Next you will see the Marble Mountains. This group of five limestone hills are named after five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, and wood). Thuy Son, the water mountain, is the largest of the five and boasts several caves, pagodas, and two viewpoints with spectacular views of Da Nang city. Afterwards, it is possible to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, to learn about this ancient art form (available upon request). Finally, you will be dropped off at a convenient location in Hoi An. 

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

7. 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.

From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

8. 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.

Hoi An: Transfer to Hue Private car

9. 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.

Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 488 reviews

We enjoyed our tour very much. Very good organization. Our guide spoke very good english and had a lot of knowledge about the history which he shared with us. Lunch was in a beautiful restaurant,nicely served,we didn’t like it that much but I believe that’s only because of cultural differences,for sure it was interesting. The ride on the boat was quite short though,not so interesting but I still reccomend it! Overall it was a nice trip and we learned a lot.

We were lucky to have a friendly, knowledgeable and attentive tour guide who gave us an excellent overview of the past and the present of the attractions in and around Hue. The tour is well-assembled, it collects impressive sights and keeps being interesting the whole day. Wonderful experience!

Loc was the best guide ever. He knew everything about the country and its history. He could answer every single question and his English was so good. The temples were stunning and so beautiful to see. I absolutely loved it! The lunch was excellent as well.

Recommended experience, our guide Qhân, he treated us really well and gave us a lot of attention. We have seen great places.

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