The Imperial City of Hue is some 65km north of Chan May port 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 capital of Viet Nam.  Our full 8 hour private tour to Hue aims to give you a snapshot of Vietnamese history, it's people, and Viet Nam today from within this historic city.   

We start our tour by greeting you at Chan May port gate, and in our modern air conditioned vehicle with my professional driver we make our way past the lagoons of Thừa Thiên-Huế province arriving at our destination in around 90 minutes - we shall make frequent comfort stops during the day to freshen-up if required.

Our city tour has to start 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.

We must eventually 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.  If time permits we may arrange a private boat trip along the Perfume River from city to Pagoda.

There are 7 Imperial tombs to the Nguyen kings along the river and surrounding countryside.  In Viet Nam's last dynasty these kings ruled for 143 years until 1945.  We visit the most beautiful tomb of Emperor Tu Duc (1829-83).  Located in a narrow valley 8 km from Hue in Duong Xuan Thuong village, Tu Duc's tomb is one of the most beautifully designed complexes and is embedded in a lush pine forest.  Tu Duc had the longest reign of any Nguyen dynasty emperors.

Returning to Hue city we visit Dong Ba market, an amazing place where you can observe the daily life of our local people.  And a perfect choice to see and try local foods - during the day you will be offered either a typical Vietnamese lunch at an excellent local restaurant, or snacks along the way if required.  This is something we will discuss on our way to Hue as we are conscious you may have dinner on-board when you sail!

We must eventually say good bye to this most famous of historic S.E. Asian cities and, at the end of your memorable day, we retrace our steps and return you safely to port in plenty of time for your ship's departure.

My 'Hue Private Shore Excursion' fee includes;

  • 'Meet & Greet' at Chan May port 
  • a full 8 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 

My fee excludes;  

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

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