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From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

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

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. 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, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also 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, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, 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 City Full-Day Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

4. From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

Your private tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hue. You will then set off to Phong Nha. On the way, you will make a rest stop at the famous Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River, where the border between South & North Vietnam was located during the war. Next, you will stop by a local restaurant where you will tuck into authentic Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, sail along a river by boat to reach the iconic Phong Nha Cave. This cave is truly a marvel of nature and is hidden away in the dense jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam. Admire the dramatic rock cliffs and wealth of flora and fauna in the area. After visiting the cave, you will start the return journey back to your hotel in Hue, where you will arrive at around 7.30 PM.

Hue City: Exploring Hue City By Car and Private Dragon Boat

5. Hue City: Exploring Hue City By Car and Private Dragon Boat

The friendly driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby to begin your day tour of Hue. Visit Thanh Toan Bridge, a wooden arched bridge with a tiled roof and unique architecture. Then, move on to the Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Lang Tomb, to appreciate its unique architecture that blends both modern European and Vietnamese influences. Next, you will see Minh Mang tomb, located in La Khe Bai Village, Huong Tho commune. The solemn and quiet architecture set in a poetic landscape demonstrates both the Emperor's strict nature and deep beliefs. Afterwards you will head to Hue's most famous attraction, Hue Citadel. Visit this imperial palace to learn more about the history of the Nguyen dynasty. After this you will go to the Thien Mu Pagoda - the oldest pagoda in Hue - located on the banks of the Perfume River. Finally, you will get to ride on the dragon boat and cruise back along the Perfume River for about 40 minutes to reach the city center. Then, your driver will meet you at the boat station and transfer you back to your hotel in Hue.

Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

6. Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

Take a drive from Hoi An to Hue by private car, stopping at scenic views and important landmarks along the way on an 8- to 9-hour excursion.   After pickup from your hotel in the Hoi An city center, start your trip with the highlight: a visit to My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries. Even partially ravaged by time and war, these gorgeous ruins are still worth a trip.   Next, stop at the Marble Mountains, famous for their image of rocky peaks rising above homes and resorts. Here, you’ll learn about Buddhism and see religious architecture that exists in harmony with nature. Continue on to Hai Van Pass, where there are vestiges of an ancient fortified gateway. At the peak is a rest station where you can take a break and enjoy a coffee. Just 60 kilometers from Hue, you’ll stop at the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Sample some local seafood before continuing on to Lap An Lagoon, surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range, an incredibly popular tourist destination.   Your last stop will be Hue Fishing Village, located on a bio-diverse lagoon full of rare and valuable marine products. Locals here survive by catching fish and shrimp and selling them to local markets.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hue.

Hoi An: Transfer to Hue Private car

7. Hoi An: Transfer to Hue Private car

Hoi An to Hue by private car is the best way to see all of Hue's must-see attractions, including the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial Citadel, and Hue Royal Tombs, which are all Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also get the opportunity to stop at breathtaking sights such as Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, and Lap An lagoon with an English-speaking driver. The nonstop transport from Hoi An to Hue by private car will take approximately 3 hours (the distance between Hoi An and Hue is about 140 kilometers). It will, however, be worthwhile to make a pit stop at the most magnificent attractions to soak in the scenery and take some great photographs (takes about 5 to 6 hours). Along the way, we will visit some famous attractions such as: -Marble Mountains - a cluster of 5 lime and marble mountains that represent 5 basic elements to create the Universe. Enjoy the fabulous views and wonderful Buddha statues in the beautiful caves. You will be amazed by Nature's creation. -Hai Van pass is the most challenging TopGear road in Vietnam with fabulous panoramic views of Hue and Da Nang. -Lang Co Beach is located in Lang Co Bay, which is considered the world's most beautiful bay. Our courteous driver will pull over to the appropriate pass foot for you to take panoramic photos. -Lap An Lagoon – a brackish lagoon with 800 square hectares, fresh oyster farms, and a rustic fishing village. After stopping at all of the attractions along the way, the knowledgeable driver will drop you off at your Hue city homestay or hotel.

Hue & Hoi An Transfer: Private Car Sightseeing Trip

8. Hue & Hoi An Transfer: Private Car Sightseeing Trip

This 7-hour tour begins with hotel pickup. Along the way to Hoi An there will be stops for sightseeing at An Bang Cemetery, home to more than a thousand tombs and stretching from the 8-meter gates down to the sea. Continuing on, enjoy the verdant trees, crystal waters, and cloud-covered mountains of Lap An Lagoon. Nestled between Phu Gia Pass to the North and Hai Van Pass to the South, this oyster-farming village should not be missed. Just 60 KM on from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world, with a sloping beach and fine, clean sand.    The car winds its way through Hai Van Pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. The American and French bunkers along the pass provide panoramic views of the city, the perfect spot for a much-welcomed break with the locals. Last but not least, marvel at the rock peaks of the Marble Mountains and follow the curvy road upwards, past large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. Here you can learn about Buddhism and witness the harmony of nature and religion.   After a full day of touring, drop-off will be provided in Hue or Hoi An.

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

9. 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.

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

10. Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

Choose between a shared or private tour to explore Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s premier attraction. On your morning tour of the site, you’ll see the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the Citadel visit, you’ll have a short break for lunch, followed by a boat trip on the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. This is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself on fire in protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. Your final visit of the day will be to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed using feng shui principles, and built to blend in with its natural surroundings.

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4.3 / 5

based on 384 reviews

The transfer from Da Nang to Hue went well. Upon agreement, the driver will stop at the sights and wait there. You have enough time to explore them. It would be good to book in good time in order to be able to clarify departure and other details beforehand. As stated in the description, tickets are not included.

Wow what an AMAZING tour! My guide was a very nice enthusiastic young guy who spoke very good English, was interested and knew a lot to tell. Stopped at many places along the way for fantastic pictures, felt very safe and really enjoyed it! Huge recommendation!

The driver Den was great. He took us to all the places as described. We enjoy the sightseeing and drive. He delivered us safely as per the trip

A well-planned and amazing tour, the lunch was amazing

The guide was incredible, really great experience!