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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: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

3. Hue: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

With an early hotel pick-up at 8:30 AM, guests will be asked to secure their luggage with the individual drivers before the adventure begins. The first stop is Thanh Toan Village, where the group can get a glimpse of daily small-town life and culture. After a quick coffee break, the tour continues on to the fishing village to learn about the coastal traditions of this area. With a break at the scenic Elephant Waterfall, the group can enjoy swimming and relaxing amongst stunning landscapes. As the group travels to Lang Co Beach, there is time to take in the famous Phu Gia Pass and peninsula views. Once at the beach, the group will stop for a local lunch and the opportunity to take photos. Da Nang Beach is world-famous for its history and beauty and is the perfect spot to capture unforgettable seaside memories. After lunch, the group will move on to visit the Marble Mountain, with climbing optional. Departing from the Marble Mountain, the group continues on to the final stop of Hoi An, where the tour ends.  

Hoi An or Da Nang: Top Gear Hai Van Pass Motorbike Adventure

4. Hoi An or Da Nang: Top Gear Hai Van Pass Motorbike Adventure

After pick-up at your hotel in the morning, prepare bike, bag, protection gear and meet other travelers at supplier's office. Depart and leave the city behind and head into the countryside. Take a short stop at Thanh Toan roof-tile bridge, one of oldest bridges in Vietnam. Visit a farm museum to see local Vietnamese rice harvesting methods. Ride further on the HW1 to visit Elephant Springs where you can swim in fresh spring water from the Bach Ma Mountains. Continue on to Lang Co Bay and enjoy local food at a boat-house on the lagoon. Now it's time for the highlight of the trip. Start seeing the best views from Hai Van Pass, and reach the top of the mountains where you can see all the way back to Hue or to Da Nang. Take short trek to the top for more beautiful views Ride down to Da Nang city, along the beach then visit Marble Mountains where you'll take a short trek. Ride back to Hoi An along the beach before returning to your hotel.o your hotel

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

5. 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.

Full-Day Hue City Tour with Entrance Fees and Lunch

6. Full-Day Hue City Tour with Entrance Fees and Lunch

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to begin your full-day excursion with a visit to a traditional hat and incense stick making village. Learn about the people and their work, and buy some of the products for souvenirs, if you like. See the Minh Mang tomb, said to be the most majestic of all of the royal tombs, renowned for its architecture that blends harmoniously into the natural surroundings. Khai Dinh tomb is unlike Hue’s other tombs, being a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Even the stone faces of the Mandarin honor guards are endowed with a mixture of Vietnamese and European features. After visiting the tombs, you’ll return to Hue city to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese dishes. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Hue citadel. See the tallest flag pole in Vietnam and the Ngo Mon gate where Bao Dai ended the Nguyen dynasty. You’ll also see Thai Hoa palace, the Hall of the Mandarins, and the Forbidden Purple City. Thien Mu pagoda, built on a hill overlooking the Perfume River, is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city. Cruise the beautiful Perfume River by dragon boat, enjoying scenes of daily life and a magnificent sunset on the river.

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

7. 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.

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.

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

9. 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.

From Hue: Tour Discovering Paradise Cave

10. 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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What people are saying about Hue, Vietnam

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

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

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.

Very informative and interesting tour. Very well organized.