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    Hue remained Vietnam’s capital until 1945, when Bao Dai, the last of the Nguyen emperors, abdicated from the throne. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the Perfume River that flows through the centre of the city. On the north bank of the river is the Imperial Citadel, built in a similar style to Peking’s Forbidden City, enclosed by 10-metre thick walls and surrounded by a moat. A few km’s further up the river is perhaps Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, with its distinctive seven-storey octagonal tower. The elaborate mausoleums of the Nguyen emperors, more like palaces than tombs, are scattered around the countryside on the outskirts of Hue. The mausoleums of Vietnam Emperors Tu Duc, Khai Dinh are particularly impressive being extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lakes.

    We say: ‘Certainly one of the highlights of Central Vietnam, Hue has a wealth of cultural highlights. Despite this a full day, or ideally a day and half, will be sufficient time for most visitors, often eager to head further south to charming Hoi An.’

    Perfume River Cruise
    Take a cruise along the Perfume River, during which your expert guide will explain the eight relatively intact royal tombs scattered along the river valley. Each was built when the emperor was still alive and was meticulously planned right down to the last detail.

    Imperial Cuisine
    For lunch, dine like the Hue royals at Tinh Gia Vien, a wonderful old Hue-style garden villa on a quiet side street. Formerly the residence of a princess, the restaurant was converted by a bonsai enthusiast, and serves Imperial cuisine.

    Citadel Tour
    Explore Hue’s landmark attraction, the Citadel. Originally constructed in 1804 as the seat of imperial government, it is comprised of six-foot thick brick ramparts and 10 fortified gates, all encircled by a 100-foot wide moat.

    Royal Museum of Fine Arts
    Built in 1845, this wooden palace houses relics and fine art from the Nguyen Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty in Vietnam. The museum’s extensive collection includes 150-year-old glass paintings, court robes, head gear, ceramics, plus musical instruments, utensils and other decorative artifacts made from precious stones, bone, ivory, enamel and bronze.

    Vietnam Golf Trail

    Vietnam Golf Trail

    16
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hoi An Da Nang → Da Lat → Saigon
    The Vietnam Golf Trail is a Golf Lifestyle Experience™ journey includes Hanoi, Halong Bay, Danang/Hoi An, Dalat, Nha Trang and Saigon. All of Vietnam’s top golf courses from north to south are included in this Vietnam golf package.   Golf highlights include Danang Golf Club, Montgomerie...
    Vietnam Adventurer (15D)

    Vietnam Adventurer (15D)

    15
    Days
    Saigon → Long Xuyen → Vinh Long → Hoi An Da Nang→ Lang Co → Phu Loc → Hue → Hanoi → Mu Cang Chai → Sapa → Muong Hum → Y Ty
    Vietnam, stretching over more than 1650 km from North to South, offers an incredible variety of landscapes and population: floating markets overflowing with tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta, ancient trading posts, old ruins of the last imperial capital of Vietnam, colorful ethnic markets...
    Holiday Vietnam (13D)

    Holiday Vietnam (13D)

    13
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon → My Tho → Mekong Delta
    This Family Holiday Vietnam tour takes you to experience the sheer excitement of Vietnam. You visit busy cities, scenic bays and river deltas for a fantastic mix of things to see and do which will keep the whole family entertained. Mixing with the friendly...
    Hanoi to Hoian Expedition (11D)

    Hanoi to Hoian Expedition (11D)

    11
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Pu Luong National Park → Mai Chau → Ninh Binh → Quang Tri → hue → Hoi An Da Nang
    A fascinating journey exploring Northern and Central Vietnam – areas particularly rich in World Heritage Sites: dramatic Halong Bay, fabulous former imperial capital of Hue, the charming old port town of Hoi An and the ancient ruined city of My Son, but as usual...
    Hanoi to Hoian (9D)

    Hanoi to Hoian (9D)

    9
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang
    We'll travel from North to the Central to visit the key cultural and historical locations of Vietnam. You'll see the sights, placed in context by experienced professional guides, and interact with local people in cities, towns and hamlets throughout the tour. If you wish,...
    A Food Adventure

    A Food Adventure

    12
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon → Can Tho
    Chop, slice and eat your way through Vietnam, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet. From pho and ancient buildings in Hanoi, banh khoai and imperial citadels in Hue, banh xeo and lantern-lit streets in Hoi An and banh...
    The Complete Vietnam (15D)

    The Complete Vietnam (15D)

    15
    Days
    Saigon → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue → Dong Hoi → Vinh → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Sapa → Hanoi
    This in-depth journey traverses Vietnam from south to north – travel from fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, via the tranquil hill tribes of Sapa and stunning Halong Bay and Ninh Binh Province – dubbed ‘Halong Bay on land’....
    Saigon to Hanoi (17D)

    Saigon to Hanoi (17D)

    17
    Days
    Saigon → Da Lat → Nha Trang → Quy Nhon → hoi An Da Nang → Hue → ninh Binh → Cat Ba Island → Hanoi
    As Vietnam opens its doors to welcome the world at large, many people have no idea of the stunning visual beauty and traditional culture that lie beyond the threshold. To many, the name Vietnam brings to mind only haunting images of a devastating war...
    Vietnam’s Southern Charms (12D)

    Vietnam’s Southern Charms (12D)

    12
    Days
    Saigon → Can Tho → hoi An Da Nang → Hue → Con Dao Island
    This luxury tour of Central and Southern Vietnam allows travelers to see a different side of this fascinating country. From elegant colonial cities to pristine beaches to bustling floating markets on the Mekong, this exciting 12-day luxury itinerary gives visitors a comprehensive overview of...
    Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritages (14D)

    Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritages (14D)

    14
    Days
    Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue → Quang Binh Phong Nha → Saigon
    Snaking sinuously down from the high mountains on the border with China in the north to the steamy Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is a land of many contrasts. Perhaps it is fitting that its array of UNESCO World Heritage sites are so...
    Flavors of Vietnam

    Flavors of Vietnam

    10
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hoi An Da Nang → Hoi An → Hue → Saigon
    This 10 day tour takes us from North to South Vietnam while taking in a myriad of culinary delights in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. The tour begins in Hanoi with a city tour and a cookery lesson...
    Cycling Hue – Hoi An (5D)

    Cycling Hue – Hoi An (5D)

    5
    Days
    Hue → Hoi An Da Nang
    Vietnam's narrow waistline may be short in girth, but is loaded with possibilities. Discover the grand tombs of the Nguyen kings as well as the Imperial Citadel in Hue, before cycling the infamous Hai Van Pass, commonly regarded as the best coastal road in...
    Senses of Central Coast Vietnam (7D)

    Senses of Central Coast Vietnam (7D)

    7
    Days
    Hue → Hoi An da Nang
    This 7 day tour features Central part of Vietnam covering Hue, Danang and Hoi An. Step back in time to explore former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth,...
    Vietnam & Myanmar Contrasts

    Vietnam & Myanmar Contrasts

    16
    Days
    Saigon → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue → Hanoi → Halong Bay → Yangon → Inle Lake → Bagan
    In recent years, both Vietnam and Myanmar have had times when they were closed off to the outside world. Today, visitors can explore the highlights of these two wonderful...
    Indochina Panorama

    Indochina Panorama

    16
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon → Phnom Penh → Siem Reap
    This memorable journey visits the main highlights of Indochina, including enchanting towns, bustling cities, historic temples, ancient monuments and spectacular...
    Indochina In-depth

    Indochina In-depth

    23
    Days
    Chiang Mai → Pak Beng → Luang Prabang → Vientiane → Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon → Can Tho → Chau Doc → Phnom Penh → Siem Reap
    A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and...
    Enchanting Vietnam: Da Lat to Hue (8D)

    Enchanting Vietnam: Da Lat to Hue (8D)

    8
    Days
    Saigon → Da Lat → Buon Ma Thuot → Kon Tum → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue
    Prepare to be spellbound by the ancient wonders and scenic beauties in Vietnam. Start the tour off in Dalat, a city where French and Vietnamese history blend together to create an atmosphere unlike any other. Next, find a sense of calm while trekking along...
    Southern and Central Vietnam by Bike

    Southern and Central Vietnam by Bike

    15
    Days
    Saigon → Ben Tre → Can Tho → da Lat → Nha Trang → Quy Nhon → Hoi An Da Nang → Hue
    This exciting journey is perfect for the avid biker looking to explore the beautiful countryside of Vietnam. Full of culture, history and picturesque landscapes - this is the ride of a lifetime. The 15-day itinerary begins in Saigon and travels through Cu Chi, Go...
    Cycling Vietnam

    Cycling Vietnam

    15
    Days
    Hanoi → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Quang Ngai → Kon Tum → Da Lat → Nha Trang → Saigon
    Chart your own path through Vietnam on this epic cycling adventure spanning north to south. Visit some of the country’s main tourist attractions while also veering far off the beaten path. From the labyrinthine streets of the capital Hanoi, to the bright lights and...
    Angsana Lang Co

    Angsana Lang Co

    Angsana Lang Co is a sublime resort hotel experience, this modern retreat features magnificent scenes of unspoiled natural beauty and is in close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town and the Cham Kingdom Sanctuaries at My...
    Banyan Tree Lang Co

    Banyan Tree Lang Co

    With mountains as the backdrop and a seafront view, Banyan Tree Lang Co’s incredible natural surroundings are mirrored in the exquisite design of the villa resort. Designed with the opulence of past Vietnamese dynasties in mind, each guest villa features a private pool overlooking...
    La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

    La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

    Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, this graceful Art Deco building La Residence Hue has uninterrupted views of Hue's Imperial Citadel, just across the...
    Pilgrimage Village Hue

    Pilgrimage Village Hue

    Offering a different experience to the other, centrally located hotels we recommend in Hue, the Pilgrimage Village is located 4km out of...
    Eldora Hotel Hue

    Eldora Hotel Hue

    A fairly new and most welcome addition to Hue’s hotel offerings, Eldora boasts an enviable location within easy reach of the city’s tourist highlights, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. As city hotels go, it couldn’t be more...
    Moonlight Hotel Hue

    Moonlight Hotel Hue

    This central Hue hotel manages to balance the best of both worlds, with a convenient downtown location overlooking the Perfume (Huong) River. The Citadel is immediately across the river, and many of Hue’s restaurants, monuments and markets are close...
    Romance Hue Hotel

    Romance Hue Hotel

    Another of Hue's very solid first class hotel choices, the Romance Hue may not be grand or fancy, but what it does it does well; namely, offer a good level of accommodation at a very welcome...