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Explore the essential Hue City

The former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam, Hue is located in central 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. 

Experience the best of this historic city on our half day tour.

Your first stop will be the Imperial 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 three 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 recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

After exploring the citadel you will have the chance to visit one of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue - the Minh Mang Royal Tomb, the Tu Duc Royal Tomb or Khai Dinh Royal Tomb.

Essential Information

  • Duration: Half day tour
  • Useful Information: Tours depart daily from Hue hotels in the morning and afternoon.

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