Take advantage of Hue’s close proximity to Da Nang and Hue on a day trip that includes a journey across the Hai Van Pass, voted one of the most scenic roads in the world. A guide takes care of all logistics—include hotel pickup and drop-off, and lunch—and leaves you free to appreciate the imperial history of Hue. Plus, traveling in a small group ensures you receive undivided attention from your guide.
Tick off two of central Vietnam's top attractions in one day
An ideal choice for time-pressed travelers
Travel to Hue via the world-famous Hai Van pass without the stress of car hire
It's a long, but we knew this going in. It has a very compact timeline so we got to see everything on the itinerary. The van is comfortable, driver is polite and the guide is friendly. The guide provided some interesting history and background. Lunch was in Hue and at a restaurant that's fully packed. Delicious food, wished we had tried something more local for Hue. Overall, a good experience and the only complaint I have is the incessant talking between the driver and the tour guide. Especially on the 2.5 hours drive back, they just couldn't stop talking which made napping almost impossible.
HUE, it was very hot! We thought this tour is including dragon boat criuse. Other guests thought so too. Need refresh time.
Was that our missunderstood or any time schedule adjustments? However the guide was excellent.
This was a disappointing tour as there were several things in the write up which did not happen. Firstly this was a group tour in a minibus, yet the expectation was this would be in a car and the trip would be 10 hours not 12. We were asked to wait in the hotel foyer from 7am for pick up but were not collected until 7:50am, leaving us in the heat for nearly an hour before we started the tour. Then it took almost another 45 minutes to collect the last 2 people on the tour. The trip along the coast was nice but was very long in a minibus with suspension that requires attention. The stop at the fishing village was a necessary toilet break but really nothing inspiring. We were running late so were rushed thru the imperial tomb and then put on the Cruise up river to a Pagoda. Frankly there is little to nothing to see on the cruise and could be left off the tour, especially since the whole trip was designed for travellers to buy things on the boat. Note if they offer you a soft drink it is NOT free and you will have to pay for it. The Pagoda is in a nice location but compared to other temples in Vietnam is in poor condition and could be missed. This Pagoda was not on the travel itinerary. Lunch at Madam Thu was the highlight of the day and delicious. After lunch we went to the citadel which is impressive but again in need of restoration and in the 38+ degree heat was tedious. The whole itinerary would be better swapped around with the Citadel before lunch and the Cruise after lunch when it is hotter. Equally the preference would be to take the fast highway to Hue in the morning and get there when it is cooler and then take the 3+ hour scenic road home in the afternoon. Overall we felt it was much ado about nothing and after 2 weeks in Vietnam would have preferred another day on the beach or by the pool.
The main issue with this tour was the amount of the day we spent travelling. We knew that the drive was approx. 3 hrs from where we were staying in Hoi-An, but the amount of pick ups in Danang, and drop offs (in both Hue and Danang) meant that the travel was 4 hrs there and a similar amount of time the way back (despite the fact that it was meant to be quicker on the way back taking the shortcut).
Pick up time was also not specific- we were told they would arrive at our hotel between 7am and 7.30am, so to be waiting in the lobby from 7. They didn’t turn up until 7.28, so a little bit of forward planning from them to work out roughly when they would arrive would have given us an extra half an hour in bed!
Hue itself was good- we particularly enjoyed the imperial tomb, however the grand total of the costs for all activities was well under £10pp (including lunch, tickets etc.) so for us, the tour seemed expensive, even including transport costs.
Tour guide was nice, but did not have the best grasp of English and struggled to control the group of 14.
For us, Hue was worth a visit, but would recommend just getting a taxi for the day and then paying for the attractions yourself. For 2+ people this would be more cost effective and would also give you more time in the day to explore the city.