5 days / 4 nights 
Duration
Vietnam
Destination
Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue
City
VCE-ADV-5D
Tour Code

This tour will allow you to discover the beauty of Central Vietnam. Hue was the ancient capital during Nguyen Dynasty, and there you will feel that history is surrounding you in any of its locations: The Citadel, Thien Mu pagoda, the Royal Tombs built by the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty aside the banks of the Perfume river… The Imperial Capital City is a little gem that deserves to be discovered.

Hoi An is an ancient port town on the Thu Bon River designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture, as this was an important port for both Vietnamese and foreign traders (Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese…) The old city remains still with the same appearance, giving you the impression to be travelling to the past.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Da Nang/Hue
DEPARTURE TIME 8AM
RETURN TIME
WEAR
INCLUDED
4-nights accommodation including breakfast
Meals as indicated in itinerary  
Private tour with English Speaking Guide
All entrance fees, boat excursions as per itinerary
Land tour and transfers with A/C vehicle
NOT INCLUDED
International and domestic air ticket
Visa
Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Drinks, tips and other personal expenses
Extra charge for Christmas, New Year or Public Holidays
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Day 1: Danang to Hoian (L)

Welcome to Danang. We will meet at the Danang airport and then your tour will start with a visit to the Cham Museum, the biggest collection in the world when it comes to Champa artwork and sculptures. Built in 1915, the collection covers a wide array of periods, from the 7th to the 15th centuries. After your visit, depart Danang for a scenic drive to Hoi An, stopping for lunch en route. Previously known as Faifo, Hoi An was an ancient port town. A picturesque riverside town, Hoi An is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 2: My Son excursion (BL)

This morning we will visit the My Son Sanctuary, a center for spirituality and worshipping when the Chams ruled this area. Explore the elaborate remains of these impressive tower-temples. In the afternoon, tour of the Hoi An town, one of the best places to discover genuine Vietnamese architecture. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter, seeing the ancient homes and merchant houses still filled with local vendors. See the Japanese covered bridge and visit a lantern workshop.

Overnight in Hoi An.

3

Day 3: Hoi An to Hue (BL)

This morning is at leisure to relax or explore the town by your own. We suggest you to take a cyclo ride to the riverfront area and enjoy of a good cup of Vietnamese coffee. This afternoon, drive north to Hue through the dramatic Hai Van Pass. The highest pass in the country, Hai Van is the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. We will stop to admire the spectacular views, as well as a visit to a fishing village near Lang Co Beach. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 4: Hue (BL)

We will start the day going by boat down to the Perfume River, heading to the Dinh Market where they make paper mache, and then visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda). This elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower is one of the oldest pagodas in the country. Built in 1601, it is Hue’s most widely recognizable monument and one of the prettiest religious buildings in the country. After the cruise we will visit a local home to enjoy a lunch repast of local dishes with the family. Next it will be the time to explore some small country villages where they produce the trademark Vietnamese coco hats, and incense. Pass by the “Phuong Duc” where people produce bronze products, though not as active as the past, it is still a wonderful example of how a traditional Hue handicraft village is. Late in the afternoon we will visit the Tomb of Tu Duc. The longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, the king Tu Duc designed and built this elegant tomb for use it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. It is one the most beautiful works of the Nguyen Dynasty Royal architecture, and lies on a boundless pine forest with mounts and lakes. Back in Hue we will visit the Imperial Citadel, a vast 400-hectare complex built in 1800’s that was modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, with a 9.6 km wall and a surrounding moat. Though it was almost completely destroyed through war, today you can still see the monuments to life during the 19th century Nguyen Dynasty. View the Flag Tower and the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, one of the ten entrances to the complex. In the spacious courtyard area you will find the Dien Tho Palace (the Palace of the Supreme Harmony) and Thai Hoa Palace (throne hall) where the Emperor would meet foreign rulers and other high-ranking dignitaries. Explore the heart of the Imperial City, site of the ‘Tu Cam Thanh’ (Forbidden Purple City). Only members of the royal family, the Emperor’s concubines, and trusted senior mandarins were allowed to pass in these palaces and the Emperor’s private chambers. This sightseeing finishes this afternoon with a visit to the large and popular Dong Ba market, where we will be able to buy local food dishes, as well as the symbolic Vietnamese bamboo Phu Cam conic hats, called Non.

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 5: Depart Hue (BL)

Enjoy free time in Hue before you are transferred to the Hue airport for your departing flight.

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