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Forbidden Purple City Tours

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Forbidden Purple City
This royal structure, 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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Historical & Heritage Tours

Hue Heritage Day Trip With Lunch From Hoi An

Spend the entire day exploring the culture, history and traditions of Hue on this memorable tour from Hoi An. Follow your expert guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch as part of this journey through time.
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Hue Heritage Day Trip With Lunch From Da Nang

Spend the day touring Hue's culture, heritage and traditions on this memorable tour that showcases the best of the city's top attractions. In addition to checking out historic landmarks, religious temples and city streets, you'll savor a traditional Vietnamese lunch as part of this all-inclusive tour.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-day Tours

Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Half-day Tours

Half-Day City Tour of Hue by Cyclo

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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Half-Day Royal Hue Tour

Let an informative local guide provide insight into Hue's royal past on a personalized tour of the UNESCO-listed Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City. Learn about the former home of the Nguyen Emperors who ruled Vietnam from the 18th century until the mid–20th century. You’ll also visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda), considered one of Hue’s best-known Buddhist landmarks.
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Cultural Tours

HUE CITY TOUR via HAI VAN PASS & LAP AN LAGOON from DA NANG or HOI AN ( PRIVATE)

• Enjoy the most dramatic panoramic views of Hai Van Pass with 500 meter high with sea level. • Disover the war bunkers on the top of the pass and take nice photos of Lang Co beach & Da Nang city • Enjoy the stunning view of Lap An Lagoon and stop to take nice photos • Visit the former royal capital of Hue from 1802 to 1945 ( the last feudal system of Viet Nam with Nguyen Dynasty ) • Visit the most majestic Khai Dinh Tomb & Thien Mu Heavenly Lady Pagoda • Enjoy the best local authentic food 
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Full-day Tours

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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Historical & Heritage Tours

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

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

City Tours

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
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Ports of Call Tours

Private Shore Excursion to Visit HUE ROYAL PALACE & KING TOMB from CHAN MAY Port

Hue City TourLocated on the bank of Song Huong- Perfume River; Hue, the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam, is 700 km southern Hanoi, 1100km northern Ho Chi Minh City, and only a few miles from the sea. Not until 1945 was Hue the national capital, the political, cultural and religious center of Vietnam under the control of Nguyen Dynasty. Most well-known for its historic values; Hue had been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.- Visiting Hue Imperial Palace where Nguyen Kings Living and working.- Visiting Thien Mu Pagoda , Khai Dinh King Tomb
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Cultural Tours

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Hue City Tour Via Hai Van Mountain , Lap An Lagoon, Perfume River, Royal Palace

8:00am. Our tour guide and driver pick you up from your Hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang city. Our route is via the Hai Van Pass , we will have a brief stop there for you to take photos from this summitOn arrival in Hue, we visit the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction, which contains the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor’s Private Residence. Hue has been known as the Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors rising to glory during their reign from 1803 – 1945.After our tour of the Citadel, we will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda . One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime. Next , We do 30 Minute Boat Trip on Perfume River, Then, Lunch at Local Restaurant, After That we will visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Finish the Tour & send you Back hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang city
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Car Service in Hue with Driver

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
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  • 8 hours

Air Tours

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Vietnam Allure Travel is proud of being fully licensed travel company. We are delighted to introduce the best selling tour package each month: 15 Days Majestic Vietnam. This tour takes you to the quintessential destinations from north to south of Vietnam including: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Hue, HCMC, Mekong Delta. We are sure you will be desirable when book with us. We guarantee to help you save time and money also provide the best experience in VietnamCheck it out now
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  • 15 days
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Multi-day Tours

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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