Hue served as Vietnam’s capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City. Both were heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968 when the Communists took the city from the South and held it for 3 weeks. Now thanks to UNESCO funding, much of the City is being faithfully restored to its former glory. The Imperial City, created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, has many palaces and temples inside.
The tour is split into a morning and afternoon schedule, with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Our tour starts with a trip to the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. The Citadel was closely modeled along the lines of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Later take a cruise on the Perfume River to see Thien Mu pagoda After lunch, we will set out on a tour of the Emperor’s residence is a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors by visiting two of the most impressive Royal Tombs.