The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hue in central Vietnam is a must see destination. The eclectic and mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers, as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war). Even so, it retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.
Modern Hue is a delightful city of wide boulevards and period buildings set in a picture-postcard landscape. The local university is renowned as one of the country’s finest and the local cuisine is regarded by many as the best in Vietnam.
Day 1 – Arrive Hue
Arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 2 – Hue (B)
Commence your day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring this wonderful monument take a cyclo tour through the ‘Old City’ ending at Tinh Tam lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. From here drive onto Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601 before departing to the Mausoleum of Tu Duc. Built decades before its occupant’s death, the tomb was used as a palace retreat before its final use as the emperor’s resting place. Finish up the day at Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design but accented with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Day 3 – Hue – Departure (B)
Your private car, driver and guide remain at your disposal until your onward international flight or domestic extension.