Hue City Experience

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

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tour highlights

  • Discover Hue's magnificent and historic architecture
  • Explore the Imperial City including the marvellous Hue Citadel
  • Admire the beautiful Tu Duc Royal Tomb
  • Get a taste of Hue's rich artistic history
  • Wander the UNESCO listed Hue Royal Complex

tour details

Located in central Vietnam, Hue is the former capital of Vietnam’s last dynasty and has 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. Your tour begins with a visit to the Imperial City of Hue and the Hue Citadel, designed exclusively for the Emperor and his household. This 200 year-old citadel provides an insight into the architecture of the time. The Hue royal complex is a sight to behold and is officially recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You’ll conclude your tour with a visit to the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, considered one of the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue.

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.

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.

Continue your tour with a visit to Tu Duc Royal Tomb, considered to be one of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. The emperor Tu Duc held the longest reign during the Nguyen Dynasty and his tomb is situated on Van Nien Hill, 5 km outside of Hue. His corps however is not resting inside the tomb and to this day, no one knows the actual burial site. After the emperor's death, his remains were taken to a secret location and the 200 servants who had buried Tu Duc were beheaded to ensure that Tu Duc's final resting place remained a secret.

Tu Duc's biography was engraved in stone by the emperor himself. The tablet is housed in the Stele Pavilion. The Stele weighs 22 tons and is the largest in Vietnam.


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

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