HUE PRIVATE TOUR
The Imperial City of Hue is some 2 hours+ from Da Nang and is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a historic centre for food, religion, culture, royal palaces and tombs. From 1802 to 1945 Hue was the national capitol of Viet Nam.
Our full 10 hour private tour starts from your hotel at 7.30am and, in our modern air conditioned vehicle with my professional driver, we drive over the stunning 21km Hai Van mountain pass - made famous by the BBC's 'Top Gear' programme who described it as; 'a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world'. Climbing to the summit and weather permitting we see reminders of my country's recent past, Red Beach 2 in the distance where in 1965 the US Marine Corps made its famous landing and at the summit a bullet scarred French Fort. We make frequent comfort stops to freshen-up.
Passing Lang Co bay at the end of the pass we arrive in Hue and begin our city tour at the amazing 19th century Citadel of Hue which surrounds the original Imperial City, palaces and shrines. More recently in 1968, and during the Tet Offensive, the Siege of Hue resulted in enormous damage to both the city and Citadel - you will see rebuilding works to this day.
With difficulty we must leave the Citadel and its intriguing history to visit the very special Thien Mu (Fairy Lady) pagoda overlooking the Perfume River which at 7 stories high it is the tallest religious building in Viet Nam - original construction started in 1601. I am happy to arrange a boat trip along the Perfume River from city to the pagoda if you wish.
There are 7 Imperial tombs to the Nguyen kings along the Perfumed River and surrounding countryside. In our last dynasty these kings ruled for 143 years until 1945. So we continue on and visit the beautiful tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the most majestic tomb of Khai Dinh. I feel these best reflect the dynasty's difference in mind set, life style & art.
Returning to Hue city we visit Dong Ba market, an amazing place where you can observe the daily life of local people. And a perfect choice to see and try local foods!
We must eventually say good bye to this most famous of historic S.E. Asian cities and return via the 'quick' route through the Hai Van tunnel, opened in 2005. On a good day this can save up to an hour on our outward journey over the pass! During the tour you will be offered a choice of beautiful Vietnamese food and drink at excellent local restaurants if required, and at the end of your memorable day you will be returned safely to your hotel.
My 'Hue Private Tour' fee includes;
- a full 10 hour private guided tour in English
- all entry fees
- cold, bottled mineral water
- moist towelettes
- use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver
- Perfume River boat fares
My fee excludes;
- meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)