Perfume River (Song Huong River) Tours

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The Perfume River may have gotten its fame from the film Full Metal Jacket, but visitors to Hue traveled on this scenic body of water even before the movie’s 1987 debut. Each fall, blossoms from nearby orchards drop into the river, producing the unique fragrance that gives this river its name. The unpolluted waters offer cooling breezes for cyclists riding along the winding banks of local rice fields, and breathtaking views of Ngu Binh Mountain. Watch the sun go down and the city light up while you enjoy a cool beer on a late-afternoon dragon boat ride through Hue.

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The river provides interesting views of the city at any time of year, but only those who visit in fall months will be able to enjoy the river’s uniquely beautiful aroma. Dragon boat prices can vary greatly so be prepared to barter.
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Half-Day Hue City Tour

Explore a pagoda that helped make Hue a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a 4-hour city tour that includes a boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, hotel pickup and drop-off in the city center, and entrance fees. After visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, you’ll get a taste of Hue’s bustling modern culture at Dong Ba Market, where vendors display colorful produce, handicrafts, and local wares. Morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$20.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$20.00 USD

Full-Day Hue Bike Tour Including Dragon Boat Ride

Pedal your way around Hue’s imperial monuments and cruise along the Perfume River on this full-day bike tour, including hotel pickup. Board a traditional dragon boat for a scenic cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then cycle to Hue’s UNESCO-listed citadel, continuing over the landmark Thanh Toan Bridge, weaving through the rice fields and along the riverbank. Stopping to browse the Thanh Toan market and see the grand Khai Dinh Tomb.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$52.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hue Heritage Day Trip 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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$60.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Hue City Full-Day Tour

See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs. Visit Dong Ba Market; take a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda; and tour the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum and kings’ tombs with your guide. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$39.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Tour: Hue City Sightseeing Including Imperial City, Royal Tombs and Perfume River Cruise

Enjoy a journey through time on a private sightseeing tour of Hue City that includes all of the highlights. Explore the famed Hue Imperial City (known as The Citadel) and wander through Hue’s Royal Tombs with an informative guide. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site before relaxing on a short but scenic cruise along the Perfume River (Huang River). Once you arrive on shore, stop at two of the Nguyen Emperors’ most ornate tombs. Your guide will provide key insights into the city’s royal history and regal architecture.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$49.77 USD
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Hue: Discover Phong Nha Cave

On this Phong Nha Caves tour from Hue, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed complex of 14 grottoes in the limestone mountains of Ke Bang National Park. Used by the Cham people in the ninth and 10th centuries as Buddhist sanctuaries, the caves still contain the remains of altars and inscriptions. You’ll receive plenty of personal attention on this small-group tour, which also includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Best of Hue City Sightseeing

Relive the glory of the Imperial City and cruise the romantic Perfume River on this private 8-hour tour of Hue’s best bits. Stand in awe before the UNESCO-listed monuments of Hue Citadel; learn how the Perfume River earned its evocative name as you cruise to the Thien Mu Pagoda; and put your haggling skills to use at the Dong Ba Market. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), explore the grand Tu Duc Tomb and visit a crafts village where conical hats and incense are made.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Shore Excursion to Hue Imperial City from Tien Sa Port

With private shore excursion, you will explore famous high-light pots of Hue including Hai Van Pass, Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City, Dong Ba Market, Minh Mang tomb and have opportunity to enjoy local cuisine and experience local cultures and histories with an insider from Vietnam Shore Excursions.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$400.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$50.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Tour: Experiencing Hue's Street Food by Cyclo

Ride a cyclo through the streets of Hue and get a taste of its distinctive food culture. This 4-hour private tour departs your hotel in the evening in search of Hue’s traditional street food cuisine. Stop by local eateries that feature specialties such as clam noodles, ‘bun’ (vermicelli with grilled pork) and casava cake. Your own personal guide introduces you to traditional food customs while you slurp and savor.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$47.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Royal City Street Food Tour in Historic Hue

Vietnam’s street food is famous around the world, but it can be intimidating for first-time visitors to know what, where and how to eat it. This 3-hour guided tour offers an ideal introduction to Hue’s delicious street food, as you glide around the imperial capital on a cyclo and hop off to tuck into an array of local delicacies.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$43.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sunset on Perfume River and Ancient Hue City Tour by Bike

Departing from Hue, this 4-hour tour begins with a 2-mile (4-km) bike ride through the imperial city. Follow your guide along small paths to Bao Vinh, a village featuring traditional Vietnamese houses. Pedal to Dieu De Pagoda, then board a boat for a sunset cruise along the Perfume River. You’re served a complimentary cup of Vietnamese coffee or tea before cycling back to Hue.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hue: Deluxe group tour

Get an in-depth look at Hue on this guided group tour. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the Perfume River and boasts citadels, palaces, and royal tombs. The itinerary includes a dragon boat ride to the Thien Mu pagoda, the Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market, Khai Dinh King’s Tomb, and more.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

Lovers of good food will enjoy this sightseeing tour, which includes a cooking lesson. Visit many of the must-see sights of Hue, stopping in the middle of the day to prepare and eat a meal at the Thanh Hoan Eco Restaurant. This is the ideal way to get the most out of a short time in Hue, as a variety of sights and experiences are included, from historic sights to gastronomic delights.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Hue City Tour

Get to know Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, on a full-day city tour with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about Hue’s history as the religious, economic and cultural heart of the country under the Nguyen dynasty as you see attractions such as Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba Market and the tombs of emperors. You’ll also take a boat ride on the Perfume River.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$57.50 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Thuy Bieu Village Tour and Cooking Class from Hue

Enjoy a day away from busy Huế during this guided tour of Thuy Bieu Village. With a fast-paced itinerary, this tour is an easy way to see the best parts of Thuy Bieu in one day. Visit an historic pavilion by boat and take your time exploring the village by bike. The highlight of this tour is an authentic Vietnamese cooking class; return home knowing how combine flavours and textures to make authentic Huế food at home.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$55.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Hue: Thien Mu Pagoda by Dragon Boat

If you only have time for one day trip from Hue, make it a cruise down the Perfume River. Hop aboard a traditional dragon boat for a scenic 3-hour cruise, passing the Dong Ba Market and the Truong Tien Bridge, then jumping off to explore the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private City Tour in Hue Including Kings Tombs and Citadel

Dive into Vietnamese culture and history on a full-day private tour. With provided transportation, you're able to complete your comprehensive itinerary comfortably and avoid the stress of public buses. With your private guide on hand, enjoy an immersive and personalized experience not found on large group tours. Discover Thien Mu, Khai Dinh's Tomb, and more. In addition to complimentary admission to each attraction, you're also treated to a traditional Hue lunch.
  • Duration: Flexible
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$112.50 USD
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Perfume Pagoda Boat Trip Full Day (Private)

• Boat trip on the Yen Vy stream • Follow the Vietnamese Buddhists’ pilgrim way • Buddhist pagoda inside the mysterious Huong Tich cave • Visit the wonderful Heaven Kitchen (Thien Tru Pagoda) • Panoramic cable car ride
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$58.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Perfume River Cruise and Hue Citadel Tour

No visit to Hue is complete without a cruise on the Perfume River (Song Huong River). Combine a river cruise with a visit to The Citadel (Dai Noi), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a stress-free tour that’s designed with first-time visitors in mind. You’ll see highlights such as the Thien Mu Pagoda, enjoy a lunch of traditional Vietnamese dishes, and benefit from the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Handicraft Villages Tour from Hue Including Lunch on Dragon Boat and Bike Ride

Meet local artists and craftsmen on a full-day tour of the villages near Hue by dragon boat and bicycle. Learn to make paper lotus blossoms, ride through traditional communities, visit flower gardens, and soak up the rural atmosphere of the Vietnamese countryside, with round-trip hotel transfer, lunch, and all activities included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$34.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-day Hue City, Perfume River, and Thien Mu Pagoda Bike Tour

Cruising the Perfume River is a popular activity for visitors to Hue, but for an active alternative, opt to explore by bike. Cycle around Hue’s UNESCO-listed Citadel and Imperial City, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, then bike along the Perfume River to see the Thien Mu pagoda and Royal Nguyen Tombs.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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$97.50 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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Thuy Bieu Cycling Tour with Lunch

This full-day bike tour takes you to a sidewalk cafe to enjoy Vietnamese coffee before setting out for Thuy Bieu village. En route, you’ll ride to Ho Quyen (Tiger Arena) and Long Chau Temple with your informative guide. On arrival, view homes that date back more than 100 years, enjoy a home-style lunch, soak your feet in medicinal herbs and participate in candy making. Then relax on a dragon boat ride along the Perfume River back to Hue.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$54.00 USD
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Private Hue Ancient Town Full Day Tour

Explore the rich history of Hue ancient town, a former capital and popular destination straddling the Perfume River. See the 19th-century ruins and royal tombs of the World Heritage–listed Imperial City, starting with a river cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda). Peruse local handicrafts after a restaurant lunch and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. This full-day itinerary includes transport from hotels in Hoi An or Danang.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$76.30 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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