You’ll begin the tour by setting out from your hotel in Hue with your local guide and faithful 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. Outside the imperial walls, you will visit Dong Ba market which is situated right on the bank of Huong (Perfume) River and is the largest and busiest market in Hue. Here you are encouraged to browse through the arrays of shops and take in all the sights and sounds of daily local life.
After lunch you’ll continue the tour with a relaxing boat trip. The motorized dragon boat cruises along the Huong River until it reaches the waterfront steps of Thien Mu Pagoda. Here the boat trip ends and you’ll disembark to explore the pagoda. In addition to the impressive view of the river and the Phuoc Duyen Tower, the pagoda keeps on display the old Austin car used by bonze (Buddhist monk) Thich Quang Duc whose self-immolation In Saigon 1963 shocked the world even long after wartime. The exploration of the city’s heritage continues with a visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Ming Mang, the powerful monarch who ruled from 1820-1840. His mausoleum is a stunning complex which gives acute insight into the skill and craftsmanship of Vietnamese art and architecture. That’s all for today; it’s now time to return to your driver and return to your hotel.
- Private vehicle.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees: Imperial City, King Minh Mang’s Tomb
- Boat trip.
- Lunch at a local restaurant.
- Wet tissue and drinking water.
- Tips for boat staff.
- Tips for driver and guide.