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Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh) Tours

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Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh)
The Forbidden Purple City (Tử Cấm Thành), which sits at the center of Hue’s Imperial Enclosure, was once reserved for exclusive use by the emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Only eunuchs passed through its halls, since even his most trusted servants weren’t allowed beyond the gates. Today, this historic citadel sits mostly in ruins, destroyed during several wars throughout the nation’s history. Despite some recent rebuilding efforts, travelers can easily spend a long afternoon wandering paths that crisscross the grounds, exploring portions of the foundation, now overgrown with foliage, and examining the painting, woodwork and architecture that still remains. A 10 kilometer moat surrounds what was created to resemble the Forbidden City of Beijing, and 10 gates protect these once royal grounds.

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Be sure to catch one of the eight performances of traditional nha nhac dance at the nearby Hue Monuments Conservation Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.
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A Glimpse of Hue Tour

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

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See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.00
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$23.00

Full-Day Hue City Tour

Full-Day Hue City Tour

Spend a full day exploring UNESCO-listed Hue and relive the glory of the former Imperial capital. Get a taste of local life at the buzzing Dong Ba Market; cruise along the Perfume River to the sacred Thien Mu pagoda; then marvel over historic monuments like the Forbidden Purple City and Kinh Thanh Citadel. After lunch (own expense), discover the legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty with a visit to the elaborate Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00

Half-Day City Tour of Hue by Cyclo

Half-Day City Tour of Hue by Cyclo

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Travel around Huế by cycle rickshaw.  Local riders will take you from your hotel around Huế’s Imperial City, the former political, religious, and cultural centre of the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945.  Once home to the Imperial Family and Emperors of Vietnam, you’ll see the Citadel, Nine Holy Cannons, Nine Dynastic Urns, The Flag Tower, Ngọ Môn Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.24
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Hue City with 3 Imperial palaces private day tour

Hue City with 3 Imperial palaces private day tour

Highlights Immersing in tranquil atmosphere of poetic Hue City. Visit famous landmarks in Hue: Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, two famous tombs of Kings Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, Thien Mu Pagoda. Take a leisurely boat trip on Perfume River.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$194.88
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$194.88

Private Tour: Full-Day Hue City Tour Including Boat Trip on the Perfume River

Private Tour: Full-Day Hue City Tour Including Boat Trip on the Perfume River

Visit Thien Mu Pagoda by boat on a Perfume River (Huong River) cruise during this private tour. Learn about the Buddhist landmark from your own personal guide before a short drive to visit the tombs of Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, former Nguyen emperors. After a restaurant lunch of Hue cuisine, wander through the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City, both part of the UNESCO World Heritage site where you’ll learn about Vietnam's history. Private hotel transfers are included.
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  • 1 day
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$61.54
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Shore Excursion to HUE ROYAL PALACE & KING TOMB,PERFUME RIVER from CHAN MAY Port

Shore Excursion to HUE ROYAL PALACE & KING TOMB,PERFUME RIVER from CHAN MAY Port

Skip the crowded tour buses heading from Chan May into Hue and explore the remnants of this ancient capital at your own pace. Meet your guide at your cruise ship’s terminal – no hard-to-find meeting points on this tour – and take your own comfy vehicle into Hue on this private tour. Spend some time exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Imperial City, taking in the grandeur of this centuries-old palace while your guide provides personalized commentary.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.47
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Private Car Service in Hue with Driver

Private Car Service in Hue with Driver

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See the historic highlights of Hue your way with a private car service that allows you to create your own sightseeing itinerary. You’ll be able to explore the UNESCO-listed imperial city at your own pace and skip the hassle of car hire and navigation. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off mean that you don’t need to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
per group
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$49.00
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4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary

4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary

The city Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong River, just a few miles inland from Bien Dong. It is about 700 km (438 mi.) south of the national capital of Hanoi and about 1100 km (690 mi.) north of Ho Chi Minh City, the country's largest city, formerly known as Saigon.
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  • 1 to 4 days
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$666.67
Price varies by group size
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$666.67
Price varies by group size

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