Hue, Vietnam
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Private Excursion of Hue from Hoi An or Danang City

1. Private Excursion of Hue from Hoi An or Danang City

Hue (pronounced ‘hway’) was the capital city of Vietnam where the Nguyen dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. Hue owes its charm partly to its location on the Perfume River. This location is also the destination of palaces, pagodas, tombs, temples, culture, and cuisine, as well as history and heartbreak — as such, the city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This private excursion gives you an opportunity to explore not only the Imperial Citadel of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Perfume River but also a chance to meet local people in a rural village. Your tour guide will pick up you at your hotel and upon arrival in Hue, you will visit locations and sites such as Haivan Pass, Langco Bay, the Khai Dinh Tomb, the Minh Mang Tomb and the Conical Hat Making Making Village. After having lunch, you will visit the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum, and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. After your visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, you'll board a dragon boat for sight-seeing along the Perfume River. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at the hotel you were picked up from.

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Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

2. 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.

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Hue Excursion from Chan May Port

3. Hue Excursion from Chan May Port

You are welcomed at Chan May port with procedure assistance to exit from the cruise and drive through northward to Hue. Today you will spend the day in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 till 1945. We will start the visit to the Imperial Citadel where preserving many traces of the Nguyen emperors during 19th century, continue to  Thien Mu pagoda, Hue's biggest Buddhist temple standing on the bank of the poetic Perfume River with its notable seven-floor tower. After lunch, we will go on to the Tomb of King Tu Duc with atypical old oriental  design, and mingle with Hue people in their exciting life at Dong Ba market (if time available) before driving back to the port for our departure. End of our services.

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From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

4. 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.

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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.

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Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

6. 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.

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Da Nang: Full-Day Hue City Tour

7. Da Nang: Full-Day Hue City Tour

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, from where you will venture toward Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit locations and sites such as the Haivan Pass, Langco Bay, the Khai Dinh Tomb. Following lunch, you will visit the Royal Citadel, as well as the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank, the Forbidden City. Whilst there you will gain a deeper understanding about the last dynasty of Vietnam, the Nguyen Dynasty, as you visit old royal tombs and the Hue Citadel. You will also be provided with the opportunity to visit one of the most famous monasteries in Vietnam, Thien Mu Pagoda, and other historical sites. This is a comprehensive tour, including round-trip transfers, lunch tickets, all entrance fees, and the services of a professional tour guide.

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Hue Photo Tour by Motorbike

8. Hue Photo Tour by Motorbike

The Hue photo tour is a new experience for tourists and offers a different way to explore the amazing landscapes to take wonderful photos of Hue. The program will depend on the date you book, as the tour will be organized around the seasons, giving you the best opportunity to take photos. When you book this tour you will be sent details of the program. The tour aims not only to capture pictures of Hue but also the local people, going about their daily life. Morning and evening are some of the best times to take photos in Hue, therefore we would advise either an early start or a late finish.

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From Hue: Tour Discovering Paradise Cave

9. From Hue: Tour Discovering Paradise Cave

Be picked-up from your hotel in Hue City Center and transfered to Quang Binh province by bus. On the way, stop to take photos and visit La Vang Holyland. Around 11:30 AM, arrive at Quang Binh Province. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, begin the excursion to discover Paradise Cave, a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Its length is 31 kilometers. The widest spot is about 150 meters. Its beauty is praised by tourists in Vietnam. Along the way, see wonderful stalagmites and shimmering stalactites. The cave is simply spectacular. After, head back to Hue city on the Ho Chi Minh trail, via Truong Son martyrs cemetery. Drop off at routed hotel in Hue City Center. End of tour.

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Explore the Famous Phong Nha Cave on a Guided Tour from Hue

10. Explore the Famous Phong Nha Cave on a Guided Tour from Hue

Begin your full day tour with a 6:45 AM pick up from your hotel in Hue and depart for the 2.5 hour journey to the Phong Nha Caves. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, before boarding a boat to cruise along the river to reach Phong Nha Cave. The deeper the vessel navigates into the caves, the more magical your surroundings will become and you can marvel at the phenomenal natural aspects in your sight. Marvel at the formations that have been created over millions of years. After journeying by boat for another 700 m, a large dry passage appears and you can disembark the boat onto dry ground to explore the cave on foot for another 500 m. Seize the chance to discover the remains of the Cham altars and inscriptions inside the exciting cave, before returning to Hue in the late afternoon and arriving back at your hotel around 6.00 PM.

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What people are saying about Hue, Vietnam

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 191 reviews

We only booked the evening before at 6 p.m. and had a nice confirmation directly via the whatts app. The trip with Mr. thý was an incredibly impressive experience. We were picked up right on time at the hotel in the old town, and received totally nice. We got an incredible amount of information about Vietnam, the DMZ, people's attitudes and contexts in mega good English. The lunch was simply an incredibly great and delicious experience. the car and driver were well looked after, safe and very careful .... would book it again !! We were back at the hotel at 6.30pm.

Everything as scheduled. Punctual pick up at the hotel, step by step. Then arrived in Hue and visit the pagoda, then to the imperial citadel in the right time and without stress ... then an excellent lunch a very nice restaurant and last visit to the tomb of Khai Dinh and then the return ... good The driver is good and prepared the girl (perfect English) who acted as our guide

Our Guide "Tom" was so cool, we learned do much about Vietnam. His English is very good and we couldn't imagine a better Guide for this Tour. We were only three people, so he has much time for our questions. The van arrived and drop us off in time. Tom bought us some Mango and Sandwiches as a snack between. The day was perfect and we would recommend the tour to everyone.

My driver was great, very friendly and personable. We joined another group since I was solo and met very nice people.

The tour was very good. The guide had sense of humor. The lunch was delicious.