Essential Hue City & Perfume River Cruise

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

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tour highlights

  • Explore the fascinating sights of the ancient city of Hue
  • Discover the Imperial City and the Hue Citadel
  • Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hue Royal Complex
  • Visit the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, one of Hue's most stunning mausoleums

tour details

Located in central Vietnam, Hue is the former capital of Vietnam’s last dynasty and enjoys an elegant setting on the banks of the Perfume River. Founded as a royal city in 1687, Hue is known for its citadels, palaces, royal tombs and pagodas. Having preserved its cultural heritage, Hue is the perfect city to get a glimpse into imperial court life. As you explore the Imperial City, your first stop will be the Hue Citadel. Located on the banks of the Perfume River, the citadel was designed for the exclusive use of the emperor and his household and forms part of the Hue Royal Complex, which has been officially recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You’ll conclude your tour with a visit to the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, considered to be one of Hue’s most beautiful mausoleums.

tour description

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue was the former capital of the last dynasty of Vietnam and has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River surrounded by lush green hills. Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.

Enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Proceed to visit the Minh Mang Royal tomb, set amidst a lush pine hill by the river and considered to be one of the most beautiful mausoleums. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Explore the Imperial City of Hue. The first stop is the Hue Citadel. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Transportation in A/C vehicles
Entrance & boat fees
English or French-speaking local tour guide
(other language guides are available on request and surcharges apply)
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