Hue City Tour and River Cruise

Full-Day Tour

Private Groups

UNESCO Heritage Site

The national capital until 1945, Hue still retains its imperial charm and many of its buildings are a testament to this era. Explore the city’s most significant sites with the help of your English speaking guide such as the Citadel, Tiger Arena, the tomb of King Tu Duc, and experience traditional conical hat making!

Highlights

Visit a local market and countryside

Explore the Imperial Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the Tomb of King Tu Duc & Tiger Arena

Enjoy panoramic views on Bunker Hill

Witness incense and conical hat making!

Experience a vegetarian lunch at the nunnery pagoda

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Tour Details
Price

From $50 per person.

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  • 1 person $155
  • 2 people $95 per person
  • 3 people $85 per person
  • 4 people $75 per person
  • 5 people $65 per person
  • 6-9 people $55 per person
  • 10 + people $50 per person

Please note – Children up to 3 years old are free of charge, while children 3-11 years old will be required to pay 75% of the adult rate. Please see our FAQs page for further pricing details.


Season

We operate all year round, except for Vietnamese New Year, which runs from February 11th-14th, 2021


Trip specifications

The tour is recommended to start at 7:30 am. However, this is a private tour so we can be flexible to meet your interests.


Pick-up & drop-off

We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Hue City Centre. If you are staying out of the city we can collect you for an extra charge depending on the distance. Please get in touch for prices.


Included
  • All Entrance Fees
  • All Taxes
  • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • Two Bottles of Water
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Full Lunch – please note we can cater to any dietary requirements just be sure to get in touch beforehand

Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Booking fees

What to bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Light Jacket

What to wear

Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times.

Itinerary
Visit A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Your private, English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel. Once you’ve exchanged greetings, you’ll transfer to a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for your exploration of this culturally rich region. The former seat of the Nguyen Dynasty and Vietnam’s capital city up until 1945, Hue is a fascinating city with much to explore! Our first stop is, of course, the Citadel where the last king of Vietnam, Bao Dai, stepped down on August 30th, 1945. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is guarded by an ancient moat and thick stone walls. The vast Citadel encompasses the Imperial City, Forbidden Purple City and the Royal Theatre, so stretch those legs and get ready for a morning of exploration!

large temple with water

 

Visit A Local!

Making our way well off the tourist track, we’ll visit some locals including the inspiring Ms. Thuy who specialises in making Vietnam’s world-famous conical hats. Situated in a quiet area, visiting Ms. Thuy’s house is a true exploration of rural Vietnam and a fascinating insight into the skill of conical hat making, as well as the interesting life of this friendly and open woman.

Next up is the tomb of King Tu Duc, the most popular and impressive of all the royal mausoleums. It houses courtyards, pavilions, temples and chambers. Your tour guide will tell you all about its fascinating history and the king’s life of imperial luxury, from his 104 wives to the unfortunate ending for the 200 burial servants!

large temple with stairs leading up

 

Cruise Down Perfume River!

Just before lunch, we’ll visit Bunker Hill which overlooks the Perfume River and boasts amazing panoramic views. The area served as a great military vantage point by providing secret observation posts for the surrounding territory. Many bunkers still remain so you’ll have the chance to get up close and investigate them.

We’ll have lunch and recharge our batteries at a serene nunnery pagoda and then head off for our next destination: Tiger Arena. Tiger Arena is an ancient colosseum where tigers and elephants would fight to the death all in the name of royal entertainment.

The final leg of our tour today takes us to the iconic seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue city. From here we’ll board a classic dragon boat and cruise down the Perfume River back towards the city, where your guide will take you back to your hotel.

front of boat with dragon head

 

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