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  • Location: Hue, Vietnam
  • Duration:  7-8 hours

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Take in the best of Hue’s art, architecture, culture and food on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings, including a Perfume River (Huong River) cruise! Try local ingredients at Dong Ba Market and go on a walking tour through the walled Hue Imperial City (Hue Citadel), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at a local nunnery for lunch and visit Bao Quoc Pagoda before a relaxing cruise down the majestic river. This tour operates with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience with your informative guide.


  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Hue with scenic cruise on Perfume River
  • Sample traditional foods at the bustling Dong Ba Market
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City
  • Eat lunch at a nunnery as you learn about Buddhism
  • Ride a bus to a village that produces incense
  • Visit the Bao Quoc Pagoda including the Tiger Arena
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

Perfume River in Hue

Filled with treasures from Vietnam's royal past – including temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas – Hue is a must-see destination! After meeting your guide upon hotel pickup, begin your small-group sightseeing tour at Dong Ba market – a feast for the senses. Soak up the energetic atmosphere as you explore the lively market, filled with fresh produce and local ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine. Watch everyday life in Hue unfold as your guide introduces you to the local vendors as well as some of the traditional foods.

After sampling some treats, meander with your small group to the high stone walls of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Citadel, the Imperial City. Inside of the palace complex, which features hundreds of royal tombs, ornate pagodas and temples, learn about Hue’s Nguyen Emperors who ruled the former capital of Vietnam until the early 20th century.

Follow your guide to the Forbidden Purple City in the center of the enclosure and marvel at the ruins of this former royal residence, badly damaged during the Vietnam War. After exploring the best sites in the massive complex, visit a local nunnery for a traditional lunch. You’ll have the chance to talk with the nuns and learn about Buddhism as you gain insight into their daily lives.
After lunch, take a short bus ride past rice paddies and small towns in Hue’s magnificent surroundings, and arrive at a village that specializes in making incense. Learn all about this ancient art before continuing on to one of the impressive emperor’s tombs.

Next, visit Bao Quoc Pagoda, a sprawling hilltop temple complex founded in 1670 and overlooking the Perfume River. Admire the stunning triple-gated entrance and seven-tiered pagoda before heading to the Tiger Arena. Learn about the brutality of the arena, where duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the emperor’s entertainment until the turn of the century.

Finally, hop aboard a boat for a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Perfume River, experiencing the enchantment of the meandering river before ending your tour and returning to your hotel in the city center.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Really enjoyed this tour!. It was due to be a small group tour, but in the event there was just me which was great! My guide was Ni, who was extremely knowledgeable and our driver was Tang, they were both really personable and did an excellent job. Cruising down the Perfume River in the Dragon Boat was lovely, very relaxing and great views. Bao Quoc Pagoda was amazing, as was the Citadel, and the Forbidden Purple City. After an interesting tour around the market, we went to see Incense, and Hats being made, and then went to a nunnary, where they served us a lovely meal. Would definitely recommend this tour. .

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We really enjoyed the tour was booked as a small group tour but there was just two of us. Highlights were the pagoda, tomb, a delicious lunch in a monastery and a tour with history of the citadel and imperial palace etc. friendly knowledgeable guide with great English would recommend, good value.

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