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Perfume River (Song Huong River) Tours

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Perfume River (Song Huong River)
The Perfume River (Song Huong River)—so-called due to the aroma released by blooming flowers in autumn—provides visitors with a wealth of activities. The river affords spectacular photo opportunities at sunrise and sunset, and it is flanked by cycle and walking paths that offer a cooling escape from the humidity of Hue.
 
The Basics
Most one-day Hue sightseeing tours—which provide an easy way for travelers to visit more attractions in less time—include a cruise on the Perfume River by dragon boat, an ornate vessel that resembles its namesake. Travelers can combine sailing on the Perfume River with a visit to the famous Citadel (Da Noi) and the Thien Mu Pagoda, a 7-tiered temple on the banks of the river.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A must for nature lovers and history buffs.
  • If you’re visiting the river at sunset, make sure you use plenty of insect repellent, as mosquitoes are rife at dusk.
  • Prices for dragon boat rides vary greatly so be prepared to barter if the initial price seems unreasonable.
 
How to Get There
The river divides the city in two, so wherever your Hue accommodation is located, you’re probably close to the river. You can reach the river by bike, bicycle-rickshaw, or taxi. If you’re visiting from Hoi An or Da Nang for the day, trains to Hue run regularly and take about one and a half hours.
 
When to Get There
During autumn, when blossoms emit a sweet smell, the river is at its most beautiful. Visiting at sunset allows you to watch the city change from day to night and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot some fireflies in the mangroves.
 
Cycling Along the Perfume River
For active travelers, cycling along the Perfume River is a must. The route, which benefits from the cool river breezes, passes the ancient Thien Mu Pagoda, emerald rice paddies, and elaborate tombs. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make a stop at an abandoned water park.
Address: Hue, Vietnam
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Full-Day Perfume River Cruise and Hue Citadel Tour

Full-Day Perfume River Cruise and Hue Citadel Tour

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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.
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  • 1 day
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US$99.00
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US$99.00

Sunset on Perfume River and Ancient Hue City Tour by Bike

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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

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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US$61.54
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US$61.54

Hue: Thien Mu Pagoda by Dragon Boat

Hue: Thien Mu Pagoda by Dragon Boat

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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 cruise, passing the Dong Ba Market and the Truong Tien Bridge, then jumping off to explore the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.16
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US$46.16
per group

Hue City Private Tours Include Imperial City ,Royal Tomb, Perfume River Cruise

Hue City Private Tours Include Imperial City ,Royal Tomb, 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. - Private Hue full-day sightseeing tour with river cruise - Take a private tour of Hue Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Enjoy a scenic river cruise on the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda - Explore Hue’s Royal Tombs: Tu Duc Tomb or Khai Dinh Tomb - Eat a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant - Hotel pickup and drop-off by private, air-conditioned car
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$114.24
Price varies by group size
From
US$114.24
Price varies by group size

Shore Excursion: Hue City,Royal King Tomb,Perfume River:CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port

Shore Excursion: Hue City,Royal King Tomb,Perfume River:CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port

PROGRAM : Our tour guide pick you up from CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port .Please give us Your Pick up & Drop off Time to pick up as your cruise ship schedule. Then Transfer to Hue city,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. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. 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. 30 Minute Boat Ride on Perfume River Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. We will send you back to the port on time.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$143.59
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US$143.59

Cruiseship Tour: Hue City,Royal King Tomb,Perfume River:CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port

Cruiseship Tour: Hue City,Royal King Tomb,Perfume River:CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port

TOUR PROGRAM : Our tour guide pick you up from Entrance Gate of CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port (Please give us Your Pick up & Drop off Time to pick up as your cruise ship schedule and you walk a few steps from the ship and meet our guide holding your name on the sign Then Transfer to Hue to 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. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Next, Visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601,Then we do 30 Minute Boat ride on Perfume River Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. We will then begin our drive back to the port on Time (One Hour Before Departure ).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$129.81
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US$129.81

Shore Excursion from CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port to Visit HUE CITY & PERFUME RIVER

Shore Excursion from CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port to Visit HUE CITY & PERFUME RIVER

TOUR PROGRAM : Our tour guide pick you up from CHAN MAY or TIEN SA Port (Please give us Your Pick up & Drop off Time to pick up as your cruise ship schedule and you walk a few steps from the ship and meet our guide holding your name on the sign A4. Arrive to Hue and 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. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Then we do 30 Minute Boat Trip on Perfume River. Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. We will then begin our drive back to the port and we will have you back at least one hour or more before departure.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
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US$153.85

Shore Excursion from CHAN MAY Port to Visit HUE city, King Tomb, Perfume River

Shore Excursion from CHAN MAY Port to Visit HUE city, King Tomb, Perfume River

TOUR PROGRAM : Our tour guide pick you up from CHAN MAY Port ( Please give us Your Pick up & Drop off Time to pick up as your cruise ship schedule and you walk a few steps from the ship and meet our guide holding your name on Welcomed Board. Arrive to Hue and 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. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Then You do Boat ride on Perfume River. Next,Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. We will then begin our drive back to the port and we will have you back at least one hour or more before departure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
From
US$153.85

Shore Excursion to visit Hue City & Perfume River from Tien Sa or Chan May Port

Shore Excursion to visit Hue City & Perfume River from Tien Sa or Chan May Port

TOUR PROGRAM: MINIMUM: 2PAX – 8:00 a.m( or Depending on Cruiseship Timetable, Please let us know your arrival & Departure Time to arrange well ).Pick up at Entrance Gate of CHAN MAY or TIEN SA port ( You walk about 10 minutes to go ENTRANCE of CHAN MAY to meet our tourguide ).Our Tour guide will hold a welcome Board with your name . – 10:00. Arrive to Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction, which contains the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor’s Private Residence. – 12:00. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. t monks and followers., - 12:30 : Take 30 minute boat trip on perfume River – 13:00 : Authentic LUNCH in Hue – 14:00: Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. – 16:30 :Return to the ship for sure.before departure time one Hour ( Flexible )
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$148.72
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US$148.72

Shore Excursion: TIEN SA or CHAN MAY Port :Hue City Tour,Perfume River,King Tomb

Shore Excursion: TIEN SA or CHAN MAY Port :Hue City Tour,Perfume River,King Tomb

TOUR PROGRAM: - 8:00 a.m : (or Depending on Cruiseship Timetable, Please let us know your arrival & Departure Time to arrange well ).Pick up at CHAN MAY or TIEN SA port ( You walk about 10 minutes to go ENTRANCE of CHAN MAY to meet our tourguide ).Our Tour guide will hold a welcome Board with your name . – 10:00. Arrive to Hue City and visit the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction, which contains the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor’s Private Residence. – 12:00: Visit Thien Mu Pagoda.Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. - 12:30 :Take 30 minute boat trip on perfume River – 13:00 : Enjoiy Authentic LUNCH in Hue city – 14:00:Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. It took 11 years to build – 16:30 :Return to the ship for sure.before departure time one Hour ( Flexible time )
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$145.00
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US$145.00

Private Shore Excursion - Hue Citadel,Royal King Tomb,Boat Trip on Perfume River

Private Shore Excursion - Hue Citadel,Royal King Tomb,Boat Trip on Perfume River

TOUR PROGRAM: MINIMUM: 2PAX – 8:00 a.m(or Depending on Cruiseship Timetable, Please let us know your arrival & Departure Time to arrange well ).Pick up at Entrance Gate of CHAN MAY or TIEN SA port ( You walk about 10 minutes to go ENTRANCE of CHAN MAY to meet our tourguide ).Our Tour guide will hold a welcome Board with your name . – 10:00. Arrive to Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction, which contains the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor’s Private Residence. – 12:00: Visit Thien Mu Pagoda.Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. - 12:30 :Take 30 minute boat trip on perfume River – 13:00 : Authentic LUNCH in Hue – 14:00:Visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.Took 11 years to build – 16:30 :Return to the ship for sure.before departure time one Hour ( Flexible time )
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$145.39
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US$145.39

Shore Excursion to HUE CITY & PERFUME RIVER fromTIEN SA DA NANG or CHAN MAY port

Shore Excursion to HUE CITY & PERFUME RIVER fromTIEN SA DA NANG or CHAN MAY port

Minimum : 2 Pax Per Booking. Our Tour guide and driver will pick you up at TIEN SA or CHAN MAY port (Please provide us with your pick up & drop off time as detailed on your cruise ship schedule to arrange well). Our Guide will hold welcomed board with Your name. Then Transfer to Hue city. We arrive in Hue and 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. Next,Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Take a 30 minute Boat trip on Perfume River. Lunch at Local Restaurant with Set Menu Then we head to Visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Return to Your cruiseship on Time. Finish your Trip
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
From
US$153.85

Full-day Hue City, Perfume River, and Thien Mu Pagoda Bike Tour

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.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$134.62
Price varies by group size
From
US$134.62
Price varies by group size

Hue City Tour and River Cruise

Hue City Tour and River Cruise

The national capital until 1945, Hue still retains its imperial charm and many of its building are a testament to this era. Explore the city’s most significant sites with the help of your English speaking guide, such as the Citadel, Tiger Arena, the tomb of King Tu Duc, and experience traditional conical hat making!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$97.44
Price varies by group size
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US$97.44
Price varies by group size

Hue City Small Group Tour (Max 12 Pax)

Hue City Small Group Tour (Max 12 Pax)

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Rather than exploring as part of a huge group, receive personalized attention on a small-group tour of Hue, the historical capital of Vietnam. Ideal for first-time visitors and time-pressed travelers, this tour transports you between dispersed landmarks, including the Thien Mu Pagoda and the far-flung Tomb of Khai Dinh, and ensures you benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.00
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US$52.00

Half-Day Hue City Tour

Half-Day Hue City Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$57.70
Price varies by group size
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US$57.70
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Best of Hue City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Best of Hue City Sightseeing

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.00
Price varies by group size
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US$81.00
Price varies by group size

Handicraft Villages Tour from Hue Including Lunch on Dragon Boat and Bike Ride

Handicraft Villages Tour from Hue Including Lunch on Dragon Boat and Bike Ride

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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.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.30
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US$34.30

Full-Day Hue Bike Tour Including Dragon Boat Ride

Full-Day Hue Bike Tour Including Dragon Boat Ride

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.00
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US$56.00

Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

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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.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.00
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US$62.00

Hue City Imperial Royal King Tomb Private Tour from Hue

Hue City Imperial Royal King Tomb Private Tour from Hue

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. Full-day Hue city sightseeing tour Observe daily life at Dong Ba Market Ride a dragon boat and visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) See the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel and learn about the Nguyen Dynasty Enjoy lunch and a look at the royal tombs Minivan transport from selected hotels included
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$109.04
Price varies by group size
From
US$109.04
Price varies by group size

Hue City Tour from Chan May Port

Hue City Tour from Chan May Port

As emphasizing culture and history, Hue City tour promises to bring you back to the golden days of Nguyen dynasty by the excursion on Perfume river throughout ancient citadel and craft traditional villages which are recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$137.00
Price varies by group size
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US$137.00
Price varies by group size

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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US$194.88
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US$194.88

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