The Dynasty Trails of Ancient Hue

The Dynasty Trails
of Ancient Hue

Royal opulence from Vietnam’s Nguyen rulers awaits along or nearby Hue’s rustic Perfume River.
From wandering through the final resting places to admiring the essence of the nation’s
last dynasty, its remaining highlights are woven perfectly into one day.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The ancient town of Hue has had a turbulent and rich history. Once it was an imperial city, later on, under the Nguyen dynasty, which ruled from 1802 to 1945, it became Vietnam’s imperial capital. Nowadays, Hue is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Vietnam.

Straddling the Perfume River, this mysterious, sombre city is a historical dream comes true, with numerous 19th-century ruins, royal tombs and an excellent museum. Its historical part was declared a World Heritage site in 1993 by UNESCO.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Dynasty Trails of Ancient Hue

08:00 - 17:00

Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hue and drive you to the embarkation point for our cruise over the Perfume River. A short boat cruise on the often romantic-depicted Perfume River will take you to the legendary Thien Mu Pagoda, which is not only a landmark but also one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Thien Mu Pagoda (namely Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda), also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagodas in Hue city.

We continue to admire the majestic centre piece of Hue for which this central Vietnam town gained its name and fame. Dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, Hue’s Imperial Citadel comprises of several inner and outer courtyards, each with its own purpose and characteristics. Taking a dominant place in the heart of Hue, the Citadel was severely damaged during the Vietnam War with devastation still shown throughout the citadel. Popular areas are the Flag Tower, the various imperial buildings and public areas of the various emperors ruling from here. The morning ends with a leisurely stroll around the central Dong Ba market.

Having lunch in a local restaurant, we continue to admire the peaceful and impressive sepulchres of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, perched on the river’s southern banks. Tu Duc’s tomb is located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village and is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of royal architecture. Our next visit brings you to the tomb of Khai Dinh, situated 10 km away from Hue. The construction of this royal tomb started in 1920 and took almost 11 years to complete. It is one of the most criticized of all the final resting places of the Nguyen dynasty.

The afternoon ends with a visit to the local handicraft street. Those interested will be thrilled to find out how the famous conical hats and incense sticks are made by hand. We end the day with a transfer back to your Hue hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply;
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hue’s City Centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Hue’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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