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Hue, Vietnam UNESCO sites

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Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

1. Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

Travel back to the Nguyen Dynasty on a multi-stop tour from Hoi An and Da Nang to Hue. See the Imperial City, the Mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh, and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Get a taste of Hue cuisine during lunch at a local restaurant. Following pickup in Hoi An, the journey to Hue begins by crossing one of the best coastal roads in the world, the Hai Van Pass. Take advantage of a 30-minute stop at the peak and 5 minutes to take photos at Lang Co Beach.  After a final round of pickup in Da Nang, visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture constructed between 1920-1931. Then, enjoy lunch at a local specialty restaurant serving Hue-style dishes.  With a full stomach of local cuisine, continue to Hue’s main attraction, the Imperial Citadel. Once the home of the Nguyen Emperor, the citadel also contains the Forbidden Purple City. Explore Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s largest pagoda. Built in 1601, it is the subject of many local folk rhymes and is considered the unofficial symbol of Hue. Finish the day with drop-off back in Da Nang and Hoi An.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

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

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. See the purple forbidden city, explore temples and places of worship, and enjoy a boat trip along the perfume river. 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. See the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. 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 with origins dating back to 1601. Admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   Next, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Explore 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 Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Sightseeing

3. 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.

Hue City Full-Day Tour

4. 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: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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.

From Hoi An or Danang: Private Day Trip to Hue

8. From Hoi An or Danang: Private Day Trip to Hue

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.

Hue: Imperial City Guided Walking and Pedicab Combo Tour

9. Hue: Imperial City Guided Walking and Pedicab Combo Tour

The tour guide will meet you directly at your hotel lobby and you will then depart from the city centre and head to the Huong River. Begin with a walking tour along the river. Here you will be able to admire wonderful views along the river banks, and learn more about the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty.  Next stop is the Imperial City of Hue. The guide will lead you around the expansive site and share interesting stories and facts as you go. Discover the forbidden city and the gated courtyard, as well as several gardens, pavilions, and theaters. After visiting the Imperial city, hop on a pedicab to explore the area around the Citadel. Make several stops at interesting places along the way, such as the Fine Art Museum, and the beautiful royal garden of Tinh Tam Lake. See many old monuments that feature sophisticated architectural patterns in harmony with nature.

From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

10. 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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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Good experience to visit Vietnam historical sites. Although the trip to Hue lasts about 2 and half hours, the sites are near to each other. This makes the 4 to 5 hour stay at Hue enriching and fulfilling. The guide is comprehensive and accommodating. She also introduces a good restaurant for my self-paid lunch.

Albeit the weather was bad (raining all day), our guide Nuong was terrific. We were the only 2 people on the tour so it was very private. Nuong did a great job explaining the history and importance of Hue imperial palace which we would otherwise not have known.

Guide was A++ with perfect English and always happy to answer any questions we had about Vietnam and the city of Hue on the way. Unfortunately we were struck with a fair bit of rain but had a great time and learnt so much

Nice mix of sites - but concentrating mainly on the Imperial Citadel. The guide was fun and informative.

Well curated tour. Great lunch. Really helpful guide.