SPLENDOUR AND MARVELS OF IMPERIAL HUE
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
A thrilling journey into the Imperial past of Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, which seduces and charms us with its monumental funeral complexes, temples and pagodas surrounded by magnificent gardens and featuring a mystical forbidden city that takes us back in time to the age of the Empire of Vietnam.
What we will see
- Panoramic tour of the hinterland
- Tomb of King Tu Duc: visit of the vast funerary complex
- Thien Mu pagoda with magnificent bonsai garden
- Phuoc Duyen tower, Dai Hong Chung bell
- Imperial-style Vietnamese lunch
- Imperial Citadel, UNESCO Heritage Site
- Belvedere of the Five Phoenixes
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on a coach and venture on a panoramic tour of the hinterland to admire the lovely landscapes of rural Vietnam.
- We reach the ancient city of Hue, once capital of Vietnam, and stop to visit the tomb of King Tu Doc, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque architectural examples of the Nguyen dynasty.
- We walk around the vast complex featuring a lake commissioned by the emperor as well as the graves of the other members of the royal family in a succession of monumental elements alternating with others more modest that seduce us with their melancholic yet magical aura.
- Our tour continues with a visit to the Thien Mu pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady), perfect expression of the mysticism that pervades the entire area and surrounded by a lovely bonsai garden. It was first erected in the 17th century on a hill along the left bank of the Perfume River but was rebuilt multiple times and now covers 4 hectares.
- We stop to admire the Phuoc Duyen tower with 7 storeys each representing an incarnation of the Buddha, the Dai Hong Chung bell, cast in the 18th century and weighing 2052 kg, and a marble stele built in 1715 that is two and a half metres tall and perched on a marble turtle.
- We get on a boat to enjoy an enchanting cruise along the Perfume River which, in this stretch, flows placidly for kilometres offering amazing views along the way.
- Back on dry land, we head to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch served in the style of the Imperial court.
- The next stop on our excursion is the Imperial Citadel: the layout was designed along the lines of Beijing’s Forbidden city and is made up of three sets of walls: the Imperial Citadel, the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. Despite being considerably damaged, it was massively restored to return it to its ancient splendour and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- We stop on the viewing platform in front of the main gate known as Ngu Phung, literally the Belvedere of the Five Phoenixes used when the Emperor appeared in public and for important official functions.
- After this amazing tour, we make our way back to the port by coach accompanied by a host of amazing memories.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
- Comfortable shoes and casual clothing are recommended.
- The coach transfer from Da Nang to Hue takes approximately 3 hours.
- Do not forget to bring insect repellent with you.