1. Vietnam
  2. Thua Thien-Hue
  3. Hue, Vietnam

Hue City Tour and River Cruise

Product ID: 215256
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Explore the city’s most significant sites with the help of your English speaking guide. See the Citadel, Tiger Arena, the Tomb of King Tu Duc, and experience traditional conical hat making!
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Hue City.
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Visit local market and countryside
  • Explore the Imperial Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Tomb of King Tu Duc and Tiger Arena
  • Enjoy Panoramic Views on Bunker Hill
  • Witness local hat making
  • Cruise down the Perfume River and take in the local sights
Full description
Your private, English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel. Once you’ve exchanged greetings, you will get into your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to begin your exploration of this culturally rich region. Your first stop is, of course, the Citadel where the last king of Vietnam, Bao Dai, stepped down in 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!

Making your way well off the tourist track, you will 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! 

Just before lunch, you will 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. Then you will have lunch and recharge your batteries at a serene nunnery pagoda and then head off for to your next destination: Tiger Arena, an ancient colosseum where tigers and elephants would fight to the death all in the name of royal entertainment. The final leg of your tour today takes us to the iconic seven story Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue city. From here you will 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.
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Dragon boat
  • Lunch
  • All Taxes
  • Two bottles of water
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• Tours operate all year round, except for the Vietnamese New Year
• The tour is recommended to start at 7:30 AM
• This is a private tour so the start time is flexible
• Bring sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and a light jacket
• Please ensure you dress respectfully, knees and shoulders should be covered at all times

From US$ 95 per person

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Product ID: 215256