Private Tour: Discover Hue Citadel
11 - 12 Hours
Lang Co, Thien Mu Pagoda, the royal tombs of Tu Duc....
Hue Citadel , set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital – the World Cultural Heritage, capturing much of tourists’ attention.
The poetic and beautiful Hue of Vietnam was chosen to be the capital of the Southern Kingdom under Nguyen Lords’ Dynasty, and officially became the nation’s capital under Tay Son Dynasty, King Quang Trung. The citadel palace complex is located on the North bank of Huong River (Perfume River), inside Hue city. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). It was said to be protected by the two sand dunes: The Con Hen and Con Da Vien on the Perfume River, as “dragon on the left, tiger on the right”. If you are in Hue, please join us in this small journey exploring the beautiful feudal palace, the inspiration for numerous artists ever stepping inside!
The very first stop-over is the exterior circle, the Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue capital citadel), which started to be constructed in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and was completed in 1832 under the sovereignty of Emperor Ming Mang. Over the past 200 years, it has still maintained original with nearly 140 small and large constructions. With a square shape, it is almost 10km in circumference, 6m high, 21m thick, with 10 entrances. On the top of the walls, 24 bastions are established for defensive purposes. Besides, the Citadel has an ancillary gate connecting the Tran Binh Bastion called the Tran Binh Mon (Peaceful protector Gate).
Spread regally along the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is the destination to come to grips with Vietnam’s imperial past. A vibrant and cultured city with the seat of emperors from 1802 until 1945. This trip is to visit the most interesting sites of Hue including the Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda, and Tu Duc Mausoleum.
Start 7:00 am: A tour guide and vehicle picks you up at the hotel and drives to Hue. There will be a stopover to enjoy the majestic views of the coastline and Danang city from Hai Van pass and the scenic fishing village of Lang Co. On your arrival at Hue, you will pay a visit to the Forbidden Purple City. (If time permit, pay a visit to Dong Ba market) Next, experience lunch at a local restaurant, after, you will take a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the royal tombs of Tu Duc. This is the most impressive historic site in terms of size, architecture, and culture among the 13 kings of the Nguyen’s dynasty which lasted from 1802 until 1945. You will then return to Hoi An, at your accommodation to conclude the trip.
Kindly note that, this timing is for REFERENCE only. It may be changed due to weather or other actual conditions, but visiting the sites remain the same.
- Transportation, tour guide, entrance fee, lunch, boat trip, mineral water.
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary, tipping, personal expenses.
- Under 05 years old children: free of charge.
- 05-10 years old children: 50% charge of full price.