You’ll begin the tour by setting out from your hotel in Hue with your local guide and driver. The exploration of Hue starts with the walking tour in the Imperial City, the seat of the Nguyen monarchs throughout the dynastic reign from 1802 to 1945. You’ll see the most compelling parts of the complex including the Flag Tower, the Holy Cannons, the Gate of Ngo Mon, the Throne Hall and the Dynastic Urns. The next attraction is the Imperial Art Museum where priceless collections of antiques and artifacts are kept on display. The museum building itself is an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese timber frame architecture. This is indeed a must-see for all art lovers.
Next is a short drive to the beautiful An Dinh Palace located to the south of the city center. An Dinh Cung is a fascinating combination of French Rococo style architecture with local decorative ornamentation and was the private residence of multiple emperors dating back to the very early 20th century.
Your lunch that day will be booked at a beautiful garden home which offers an opportunity to understand the prestigious lifestyle once led by the mandarins of the Nguyen court. The mandarin homes, now kept by the descendants, are usually a little museum of furniture and household objects.
After lunch, you’ll continue exploring the city’s heritage by visiting the two mausoleums of King Tu Duc and King Khai Dinh. The tombs are different in style but are both stunning architectural works that showcase priceless imperial artifacts. After viewing the king’s mausoleums it’s that time again to return to your driver where he will take you back to your hotel.
- Private vehicle.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees: Imperial City, Imperial Art Museum, An Dinh Palace, King Tu Duc’s Tomb, King Khai Dinh’s Tomb.
- Lunch at a mandarin garden home.
- Wet tissue and drinking water.
- Tips for driver and guide.