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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

Hue, Vietnam

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Hue on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its scenic surroundings. Pleasure your palate with exotic ingredients at the Dong Ba Market; explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City on a guided walking tour; and absorb the sacred atmosphere of a local nunnery as you enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Conclude your tour with a tranquil cruise down the Perfume River (Huong River) and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Hue with scenic cruise on Perfume River
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City
  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda including the Tiger Arena
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience
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Local English-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Vegetarian lunch at local pagoda
Local tea and snack
Boat trip along the Perfume River
Citadel and Tu Duc Tomb entrance tickets

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at centrally located hotels in Hue.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Hue, the former national capital, was seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. During your tour, you will experience the history and beauty of this city that is considered a must-see location in Vietnam.

Begin with a tour of the Dong Ba market, an exciting market filled with colorful sights, sounds, and smells. You will be introduced to local vendors and traditional foods.

Then, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder of the Citadel, a majestic walled city replete with regal tombs, sacred temples and ornate pagodas. Delve into the fascinating past of the complex as your guide offers historical narration. 

Afterward, head to a local pagoda for a classic Vietnamese vegetarian lunch. Sated, head to a small village that is known for its incense production. Then, arrive at the famous Thien Mu Pagoda where you can view the perfume river. After visiting some of Hue’s most impressive tombs, you will visit the Tiger Arena to learn of the past brutality and eccentric emperors of the 20th century. 

Conclude your tour with a calming cruise down the Perfume River, an enchanting stretch of waters thronged with stunning scenery and impressive bridges. Disembark your boat then return to your comfortable coach for the journey back to the center of Hue city.
Stop At:  
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
We will pick you up at hotel in Hue. Start your Hue city tour with a visit into the streets and wander over to the Citadel. It's within these two metre-thick and 10 kilometre-long walls that you'll find several of the city's best sites, from the many ornate pagodas to the Forbidden Purple City.  Afterward, stop at a local tea house to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas, and learn more about traditional art tea served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake. Enjoy a traditional meal and have the chance to chat with the monks to learn more about Buddhism and gain an insight into their daily lives. 
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vong Canh Hill
Passing a village that specialises in making incense stick and conical hat and stop at Vong canh hill with American bunkers to take photos.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tomb of Tu Duc
Visit one of the impressive emperor's tombs.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Thien Mu Pagoda
We'll then pay a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a sprawling temple complex that is perched on a hill overlooking the Perfume River.  After a day taking in the many sights, end it with a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Perfume River. Take in the magic of this meandering river before ending ourHue tour back in the centre of the city.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dong Ba Market
Visit the colourful Dong Ba market, which will energise your senses with its sights, sounds, and smells. This is the ideal place to soak up everyday Vietnamese life, and your local guide will show you to some of the traditional foods, and introduce you to the local vendors. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that your wear modest clothing with shoulders and knees covered
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Indochina

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What is the social distancing policy during Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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lovely guide, took us round the...
Steve F
, Apr 2018
lovely guide, took us round the city, explaining many cultural facets of the people. and landmarks. had a good day, unhurried, tour was optimised to our requirements. thanks wonderful day.
We took this tour on 16/12/17 and...
Sherin T
, Jan 2018
We took this tour on 16/12/17 and had a very pleasant time- considering the weather! The lady guide was prompt and very polite, and even searched around for umbrellas when we forgot to take ours. The tour helped us understand historical Hue very well. It would have been better though, if we could have spent more time in the Imperial city as there were parts of the city we didn't visit. The food served was delicious. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
Great guide. Saw most of points of...
Robert K
, Dec 2017
Great guide. Saw most of points of interest in 1 day!
Overall a great experience and...
Jaclyn P
, Aug 2017
Overall a great experience and exactly as advertised. Tour company left message with hotel regarding my pick up time. Guide was on time, friendly and entertaining to keep my elderly father motivated while walking through all the sights. Expect a bit of walking. The vegetarian lunch at a monastery not open to public was quite special at the quiet and serene setting.
The Tour was a very comprehensive...
Veronica S
, Aug 2017
The Tour was a very comprehensive coverage of Hue and its history. The guide Ms Van was very enthusiastic. She even called up the hotel the day before leaving a message for the pickup the next day. She was very detailed in her presentation and spoke very good english. I would recommend this tour and this guide.
An excellent day tour taking in many...
David W
, Jun 2017
An excellent day tour taking in many of the historic sites in and around Hue. The tour included a traditional Vietnamese lunch which was delicious. The tour guide was very informative and was happy to travel at our pace. The cruise on the Perfume river was not quite as expected as the boat was fairly basic with a very loud Diesel engine, but fun nonetheless.
If you want to learn Vietnams...
Christopher B
, May 2017
If you want to learn Vietnams history - do this tour. We were staying at the La Residence, OMG best hotel eva. This tour is a long and hot one, so take water. I personally loved this tour as it explained everything that I had done in high school about this gorgeous country. Did you know Asian Elephants are smaller then African's? Their royal family and culture, between Chinese and them. Hope you have a great tour guide like we did. Sorry can't remember her name, but extremely knowledgable.
Hue is a haunted city with a dark...
jennifer f
, Feb 2017
Hue is a haunted city with a dark and tragic past. Our guide, Von Ho, tempered this awareness with terrific wit and a wry charm. It was an absolute pleasure sharing in her pride of Hue and its people while touring the sites she shared. Highly recommended.
Van Ho is an amazing guide. She...
, Feb 2017
Van Ho is an amazing guide. She explained both the past and present political and social views of the local community. Each stop was explained before we arrived and it's historical significance. We looked at each site and could fully grasp what we were looking at and why. Lunch was amazing. Each dish was explained to us, how it was made and how to eat it. We ended the day feeling we had spent the day with a friend and had an understanding of the history and culture of Hue. Van allowed us to explore each site with her at our own pace. There was no rush. An excellent guide makes for an excellent tour.
Awesome tour and...
Gustavo M
, Feb 2017
Awesome tour and guide! Although this was to be a small group tour, we had it only for my and my partner. A private tour in the end. Our guide VAN HO was very knowledgeable and kind. In the day of the tour, I was feeling miserable with a big flue. Van Ho took the time, slower down the pace and delivered a fantastic journey in Hue. We got everything that was promised and even a strategic stop and a pharmacy! LOL She was worried and caring about us all the times, plus kept pushing me to find the strength to visit all venues and kept me interested in everything. So, tour was superb and my special thanks to our driver and mainly to VAN HO who was a fantastic company and guide - and photographer as well. - Boat accommodation, meal, and crew was superb! So I do recommend this tour and would love to go back for a longer stay a 2-night cruise maybe. Kindly yours, Gustavo Mauro.

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