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Hue Ancient City Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Hear tell of the emperors that once presided over the Royal Palace
  • The impenetrable Citadel conceals a forbidden city
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Hue.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Hue

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    A World Heritage site, Hue, in Vietnam has an interesting mix of history and culture waiting to be explored. Visit the Citadel-a moated, a walled fort constructed during the early 19th century. Within these walls lies the forbidden Purple City, once home to the royal family. Appreciate the beauty of the Royal Palace. Visit the tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Tu Duc’s tomb is built in the form of a sprawling complex and is about seven kilometres away from Hue. Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb is an aesthetic blend of French and Vietnamese architecture. This city tour will acquaint you with the history and culture of Vietnam.

    Itinerary

    You will pick up from your hotel for Hue Ancient City Tour.

    Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.

    Visit the Old Imperial City, located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10km and were surrounded by a wide moat.

    Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure.

    Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites.

    Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Venture into the countryside around Hue to the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances.

    Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds.

    Afterwards visit the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

    Lastly, visit Vinh Tu garden house with Introduction by House Owner.

    At the end of tour, you will dropped to you hotels.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • All transfers within the journey
    • All entrance fees
    • English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)

    Exclusions

    • Visa fees
    • Visa-approval services
    • Airport taxes
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Hue City

      Had another awesome day with our tour guide (sorry I have forgotten her name). The Hue Citadel, House of Garden, and other tomb were visited were all amazing. Our tour guide was...

      Adam Trew