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From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

1. 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.

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: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

3. Hue: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

Visit the cultural epicenter of Hue with a private guide and unearth the city's history. immerse yourself in the Imperial City of Hue, which served as Vietnam’s capital from the early 1800s until the mid-1900s.  Explore the vast grounds, passing by the majestic entrance, the Noon Gate. See the Nine Holy Cannons, which are located on the ramparts just inside the Citadel said to symbolize the four seasons and the five elements. Continue to the Mieu and the Hung Mieu Temples. Also known as the Temple of Generations, learn how the Mieu was built as an ancestral temple to honor the ten emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. Walk a bit further north and see a smaller temple, the Hung Mieu Temple, built to honor the parents of Gia Long, the first emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. Next, stop at the Thai Hoa Palace. Hear stories about how this lavish hall was used for important ceremonies and official receptions. Take in the spacious palace with its 80 columns, ornate dragon details, and immense courtyard. See the scenic and newly-renovated Phung Tien Temple, which was once a place where the emperor, empresses, and other royal females came to worship the Nguyen ancestors. Admire the rocky pools, pass by the library, and take photos by the flower garden. Your final stop on this private tour will be the Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater, one of Vietnam’s oldest working theaters to date. It was restored and opened to the public in 2004 after many of its unique architectural elements and designs were replicated, making it easy for you to transport yourself back in time and imagine the former Vietnamese royals watching traditional performances.

Hue and Hoi An: Private Car Sightseeing Tour

4. Hue and Hoi An: Private Car Sightseeing Tour

This 7-hour tour begins with hotel pickup. Along the way to Hoi An there will be stops for sightseeing at An Bang Cemetery, home to more than a thousand tombs and stretching from the 8-meter gates down to the sea. Continuing on, enjoy the verdant trees, crystal waters, and cloud-covered mountains of Lap An Lagoon. Nestled between Phu Gia Pass to the North and Hai Van Pass to the South, this oyster-farming village should not be missed. Just 60 KM on from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world, with a sloping beach and fine, clean sand.    The car winds its way through Hai Van Pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. The American and French bunkers along the pass provide panoramic views of the city, the perfect spot for a much-welcomed break with the locals. Last but not least, marvel at the rock peaks of the Marble Mountains and follow the curvy road upwards, past large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. Here you can learn about Buddhism and witness the harmony of nature and religion.   After a full day of touring, drop-off will be provided in Hue or Hoi An.

From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

5. From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

This well-preserved walled city is a must for those who love history, beautiful architecture, and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. The day begins with a breathtaking journey from Hoi An through the Hai Van Pass. Once in Hue, the tour starts at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that more closely resembles a palace than a grave. After visiting the equally impressive Thien Mu Pagoda, you enter the Hue Imperial City, known not only for its architecture, but for its beautiful landscaping. After the guided tour, try a delicious local lunch, wander the ancient temples, browse the visitors center, and stroll through the elegant gardens.

Danang or Hoian: Transfer to Hue City with Sightseeing

6. Danang or Hoian: Transfer to Hue City with Sightseeing

Enjoy a bit of sightseeing on your transfer from Danang or Hoian to Hue city. Explore this charming city on the Perfume River and visit some of its palaces, pagodas, tombs, and temples while meeting some of the locals. Get picked up at your hotel or the airport in Danang or Hoian, visit places such as Haivan Pass, Langco Bay, and the Khai Dinh Tomb. Have a break for lunch, and then go see the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum, and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. End your trip at your hotel in Hue.

Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

7. Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

At 8 AM, get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi. Meet your private driver and climb into a comfortable modern vehicle. Set off for Hue City making a couple of stops for sightseeing and incredible natural scenery along the way. Drive through the Hai Van Pass where you will immerse yourself in a sea of clouds. Also, pass by the stunning Lang Co Bay, and Lap An Lagoon to take in the magnificent views. Arrive in Hue and meet your private English-speaking tour guide who will join you for the entire city tour. First, visit Khai Dinh Tomb - built for the 12th Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty and blending Western and Eastern architecture. Then, head over to Minh Mang Tomb, built on the west bank of the Perfume River and dedicated to Minh Mang and his empress. After this, stop for lunch in Hue at a local restaurant. Once you have refueled, continue the tour with a visit to the Citadel, also known as The Imperial City. Explore this Unesco World Heritage Site, a walled enclosure and the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Next, see the Thien Mu Pagoda - an impressive 7-story pagoda which is regarded as an iconic symbol of the city. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi An, returning by around 7:30 PM.

Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

8. Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang, and then travel to the former imperial capital of Vietnam to see the sights of Hue. Experience the natural beauty of the Hai Van Pass, and get stunning views of Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co Beach before arrival. Visit the ancient citadel to see highlights such as the Forbidden Purple City and Emperor's Private Residence. Continue to the 17th-century working Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of the city. See the car that belonged to a former monk who drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime's cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and their followers. After, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.

Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

9. Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

This tour takes a trip to the decadent Imperial City of Hue, a well-preserved walled city. Hue is a must-see for those who love history, complete with its beautiful architecture and Insta-worthy photo stops. Your tour will start at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that looks more like a palace than a grave. After an equally impressive visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a five-tier temple built in the 1700s, is the highlight of this tour: the Imperial City. Throughout your experience there will be plenty of time to wander the many ancient temples, browse exhibits at the visitors center, and stroll elegant gardens. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your Da Nang accommodation.

Hue Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Sightseeing

10. Hue Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Sightseeing

Explore the city of Hue on a half-day tour. Visit various local sights and attractions as you learn about the former imperial capital of Vietnam and see how people live there today. In the morning, begin with a trip to Dong Ba Market, where you can watch locals buying and selling goods. Then board a dragon boat made of teak wood and ride down the Perfume River. Upon arriving at the Thien Mu pagoda, get out and explore the historic tower. Next you will enter the Imperial Citadel, the home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then make your way to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum to see a collection of ornaments from that time.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Really good day exploring all the main things in Hue. Our guide was brilliant, told us lots of information and was really funny and personable. There was loads of food for lunch and the tour day was a good pace. Overall, fantastic tour and would recommend

Tom was very experienced and eloquent. He shared a lot of insights on the history, culture. Took good care of us too. Always checking in on us, ensuring we have the best experience. Thumbs up!

Very interesting tour, I was alone with Thi (tour guide) and a very experienced driver! It was a great day, I learned a lot about the country and its people! Should you have seen!

Was a great tour with simultaneous transfer. Especially our guide (Mr.D) was super friendly & spoke good English so that we could learn a lot along the way.

Very nice trip with a a very serviceminded driver Mr. Kin.