Hue was unified Vietnam's capital from 1802 to 1945, during the rule of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. It was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre. The imperial citadel used is comparable to Beijing's forbidden city, but most of it was destroyed during the bloody fighting which followed the Tet offensive in 1968. It is still an interesting sigh.
Day 1: Arrival - Hue. On arrival Phi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Hue was once Vietnam’s feudal capital from 1802 to 1945. This small and quiet city is widely known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs. The sightseeing tour of Hue begins with the Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive; however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B)
Day 2: Hue. The beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mange, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Hue – Danang – Hoi An. Heading out of the town, we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The route is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. The view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. Along the way, we make stop in Danang City for a visit to the display of Chum’s sculptures before continuing on to the sensational Marble Mountains and the China Beach. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Hoi An – Danang - Departure. The tranquility and charm of Hoi an with its low tiled houses and assembly halls scattered along the small streets make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. After breakfast, we will have time strolling around the ancient town to explore the lively market and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum and the many temple and pagodas of Chinese appearance. The tour ends after your transfer to Da Nang Airport for departure. Includes: (B)
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