1. Vietnam
  2. Thua Thien-Hue
  3. Hoi An
  4. Imperial City, Hue

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

Product ID: 180770
Discover the ancient imperial city of Hue, exploring all of the historic attractions that were once home to the Nguyen Dynasty.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
Skip the line through express security check
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Please be ready for pickup in your hotel lobby 30 minutes before pickup time. Your guide will ask the receptionist to meet you. Pickup is available from accomodations in Hoi An and Hue City Center.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Journey to Hue along one of the world's most scenic roads
  • Marvel at the home of the Nguyen Dynasty Emperors
  • Explore tombs and pagodas dating back centuries
  • Enjoy local specialty dishes unique to Hue City
  • Benefit from a small-group tour for no more than 12 people
Full description
Your trip begins with pick-up between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM 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. Between 8:00 and 8:30, guests from Da Nang will be picked up. 

Your first stop will be a visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a stunning blend of Western and Eastern architecture constructed between 1920-1931. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local specialty restaurant serving Hue style dishes. 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 to many local folk rhymes and is considered the unofficial symbol of Hue. Cruise along the Perfume River by Dragon boat, taking in the peaceful scenery on arrival back into the city center. Arrive back in Da Nang at around 6:30 PM, and Hoi An at around 7:15 PM. 
  • High-quality transport
  • Experienced tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Local lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup in Hoi An and Danang (if far from the city center, please specify)
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks during lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Bring your camera, sunscreen and comfortable clothing
• Dress appropriately to the weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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This was a great tour with an excellent knowledgable guide named Sunny. She had very good English, and was friendly. The ride to Hue was great through the mountains and there were great views through the Hai Van Pass. We saw several sights in Hue including the Imperial City, a pagoda, and a tomb. Included a boat ride and an excellent lunch. Everything was on time and well-run. I highly recommend this day tour.

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January 9, 2020

You want to see too much in a short time, it would have been better to devote half an hour more to the Citadel of Hue, ten minutes more to the pagoda on the river of perfumes and skip the imperial tomb that sincerely disappoints with the previous beauties. Overall, however, a recommended excursion

December 18, 2019

As always on day tours it felt a bit rushed...the guides could give some information on the 2 hour drive there as we were given no free time at the Imperial city.. just information then 1 or 2 photos then onto next area. I didnt even get a photo of the enclosure wall it was so quick.

October 29, 2019

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Product ID: 180770