The Citadel (Dai Noi) Tours

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Constructed in 1804, this massive fortress designed for the Gia Long Emperor, is surrounded by a zigzag moat and defensive barrier that’s 21 meters thick. But visitors to this citadel-in-a-citadel-in-a-citadel won’t need to swim across rivers or scale towering walls to get a look inside. The Imperial Enclosure is accessible by crossing one of the 10 pedestrian bridges into the once royal land. Pass through Ngo Mon (Noon) Gate, once reserved for those in power, then wander through Flag Tower (Cot Co) and stare up at the nation’s tallest flagpole before weaving through the Nine Dynastic Urns representing different Nguyen kings.

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The Citadel is an easy walk from numerous hotels in Hue and also accessible by bike. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes or consider hiring a rickshaw to experience the entire complex. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Hours: Open Daily from 7:30am - 5pm.
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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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Hue Citadel Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of ancient Vietnamese emperors and their one-time home, the Citadel, during this flexible-length cycling excursion in Hue. Spend your morning biking to the Citadel and then exploring this sprawling royal complex on foot, admiring its beautiful architecture and the vegetable gardens that now populate its grounds. In the afternoon you’ll cycle to the ancient An Hien house, observe a prayer ceremony of monks at Thien Mu Pagoda and enjoy a sunset over the Perfume River. Your cycling trip includes a guide, round-trip hotel transport, cycling equipment and water.
  • Duration: 8 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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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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Half-Day Hue Bamboo Paper Artist Experience and Countryside Biking Tour

Hop on your bicycle and set out for a full day of culture and adventure. Ride to the Citadel, then on to Truc Chi Garden for a class in bamboo paper art. After lunch, cycle into the countryside to see local life in action. Visit a local market and if you like, go fishing with the villagers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Car Service in Hue with Driver

Rent a car with an English-speaking driver and visit sites such as the Hue Imperial and Royal tombs. This tour is perfect for those who want prefer more control over how long they want to visit each attraction without the feeling of being rushed that some shared tours offer.
  • 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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  • Duration: 10 hours
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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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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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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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  • Duration: 1 day
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Da Nang and Hue Full-Day Tour from Da Nang

Combine the sights of Da Nang and Hue on a private full-day tour and learn about Vietnam’s royal Nguyen Dynasty. A personal guide accompanies you by private transport to the Marble Mountains to explore Huyen Khong Cave and a stone cutting village before continuing on to Hue via Hai Van pass. After lunch overlooking the Perfume River, see attractions including the royal tombs and Hue Citadel in the UNESCO-listed Imperial City plus Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 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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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 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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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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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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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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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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HUE HIGHLIGHTS and VIETNAMESE LOCAL CUISINE at THA OM GARDEN HOUSE

If you’ve only got limited time in Hue, see the best of the Imperial City on a full-day tour that includes a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Without the hassle of advance planning, you’ll tick off highlights such as Dong Ba Market, the UNESCO-listed The Citadel (Dai Noi), and the Tomb of Ming Mang. Exploring with a guide means you’ll be party to cultural and historical information that you may otherwise have missed, while included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless experience.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Private Tour: Hue Imperial City and Tinh Tam Lake by Cyclo

Add a twist to your sightseeing tour by visiting Hue’s UNESCO-listed landmarks by traditional cyclo. Hop on-board with your private guide for a 4-hour tour, gliding around the serene Tinh Tam Lake and exploring the highlights of Hue Imperial City. Learn the rich history and heritage of the one-time capital as you marvel over landmarks like the Flag Tower, Noon Gate and the Nine Dynastic Urns. This private tour also includes hotel pick-up.
  • Duration: 4 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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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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