IMPERIAL HUE

  • Port

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR94.0

  • Duration in hours

    9.5

  • Shore excursion code

    6984

Description

You will leave the port aboard a coach for a two-hour drive along the scenic National Route 1 . Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit King Tu Duc's Mausoleum, one of the most majestic of the royal tombs. Located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong Village, 8km from Hue City, Tu Duc Tomb is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs. People say that Tu Duc Tomb is a must in every tour to Hue City. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. The construction of Tu Duc’s tomb requires an incredible amount of money and labour, thus resulted in a rebellion of workers. Therefore, the tomb was renamed as Khiem Lang, in comparison with the former name: Van Nien Co (expresses the wish to be permanent). In addition, all the constructions’ names were changed to bear the word Khiem (Modesty) in their names, as the king wanted to express his humility.. After visiting the mausoleum you'll stop at Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda for an inside visit. The pagoda was built during the seventeenth century, on Ha Khe Hill on the left bank of the Perfume River, and was rebuilt several times. It now covers an area of 4 hectares and features several noteworthy works and valuable objects: Phuoc Duyen Tower with seven tiers, each of which was dedicated to the worship of one of the reincarnations of Buddha; the Dai Hong Chung Bell, which was cast during the eighteenth century and weighs 2,052 kilogrammes; and a marble stele 2.3 metres high and 1.2 metres wide, which was carved in 1715 and is mounted on a marble tortoise. Boarding the local boat and cruise on Perfume River towards to the restaurant. Perfume River (Huong River), Hue derives from Truong Son Mountain. The two springs namely Ta Trach (Left Tributary) and Huu Trach (Right Tributary) meet at the junction of Bang Lang fork and create the Perfume River. Perfume River is truly a priceless godsend to Hue City. The Perfume River Cruise is 30km long and that is from Bang Lang to Thuan An estuary. In this region the stream runs very slowly. Beautifully as well as mysteriously the color of the Perfume River becomes darker when it runs along the foot of Ngoc Tran Mount - the Jade Cup Temple. Upon arrival of local restaurant, you will enjoy an Imperial Court-style lunch with delicious Vietnamese specialties. Your tour will then continue with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, whose design was based on that of Beijing's Forbidden City. It is made up of three separate walled enclosures: the Exterior Enclosure, the Imperial Enclosure and the Forbidden Purple City. Unfortunately, the Royal Citadel sustained heavy damage during the war and many of its majestic buildings were destroyed. However, since being recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, considerable restoration has been carried out to recover its overall magnificence, and you will find it a fascinating place to explore. The Five Phoenix Watch Tower, where the king used to sit during grand royal rituals, is especially interesting.


What you need to know

Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Space is limited, so please reserve early. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. The coach ride between Da Nang and Hue takes about 3 hours. Don't forget to bring mosquitoes repellent.