Perfume River

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Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

1. Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

After meeting your guide in the city center, head out on a river cruise along the Perfume River in a traditional Dragon Boat to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda temple in Hua. Next, visit the Citadel and learn more about the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last dynasty. See stunning artefacts in the Royal Antiques Museum, marvel at the architecture of the Noon Gate, and wander through the Ancestral Temple and Thai Hoa Palace. Then, experience the hustle and bustle of the Dong Ba Market and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Later, head to the Minh Mang tomb and experience the fusion of traditional Vietnamese and modern European architecture at the Khai Dinh tomb. Next, visit a conical hat village, where you can see local artisans creating these traditional hats and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir. Your final stop will be at an incense stick village where you will see incense being created.  Get dropped off in Hue city center in the evening.

Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

2. Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

Start your tour at your own hotel lobby or accommodation in the Hue city center, where your guide will be meet you. From there, walk with your guide to the city boat station to board the famous sunset dragon river cruise. Explore all the beautiful areas along the river banks and glide past the authentic old local houses, villages, churches, pagodas, and green fields. Sit back and relax while you enjoying the breathtaking romantic sunset view over the Perfume River, which flows through the heart of Hue City. Stop and go to the top of Ha Khe Hill of Thien Mu Pagoda to enjoy more great views of the sunset from a different angle. Finish your tour in the evening and let your tour guide walk you back to your accommodation in Hue City.

Hue City: Exploring Hue City By Car and Private Dragon Boat

3. Hue City: Exploring Hue City By Car and Private Dragon Boat

The friendly driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby to begin your day tour of Hue. Visit Thanh Toan Bridge, a wooden arched bridge with a tiled roof and unique architecture. Then, move on to the Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Lang Tomb, to appreciate its unique architecture that blends both modern European and Vietnamese influences. Next, you will see Minh Mang tomb, located in La Khe Bai Village, Huong Tho commune. The solemn and quiet architecture set in a poetic landscape demonstrates both the Emperor's strict nature and deep beliefs. Afterwards you will head to Hue's most famous attraction, Hue Citadel. Visit this imperial palace to learn more about the history of the Nguyen dynasty. After this you will go to the Thien Mu Pagoda - the oldest pagoda in Hue - located on the banks of the Perfume River. Finally, you will get to ride on the dragon boat and cruise back along the Perfume River for about 40 minutes to reach the city center. Then, your driver will meet you at the boat station and transfer you back to your hotel in Hue.

From Hoi An or Danang: Private Day Trip to Hue

4. From Hoi An or Danang: Private Day Trip to Hue

Hue (pronounced ‘hway’) was the capital city of Vietnam where the Nguyen dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. Hue owes its charm partly to its location on the Perfume River. This location is also the destination of palaces, pagodas, tombs, temples, culture, and cuisine, as well as history and heartbreak — as such, the city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This private excursion gives you an opportunity to explore not only the Imperial Citadel of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Perfume River but also a chance to meet local people in a rural village. Your tour guide will pick up you at your hotel and upon arrival in Hue, you will visit locations and sites such as Haivan Pass, Langco Bay, the Khai Dinh Tomb, the Minh Mang Tomb and the Conical Hat Making Making Village. After having lunch, you will visit the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum, and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. After your visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, you'll board a dragon boat for sight-seeing along the Perfume River. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at the hotel you were picked up from.

Danang or Hoian: Transfer to Hue City with Sightseeing

5. Danang or Hoian: Transfer to Hue City with Sightseeing

Explore Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son) – have a hiking tour on the moutains – visit some caves and Buddihist temples. Museum of Cham Sculpture – Learn more about Champa ancient people, Hai Van Pass –the most beautiful road pass – the stunning view from the top; enjoy the best coffee in Vietnam with great view, Lang Co beach – a famous beach of Vietnam next to Haivan pass, it is a popular stop for tourists on the Hue-Danang route, Fishing village: Visit a lot of fishing boat on the lagoon where local live and move around for fishing. Then go straight to Hue city.

Hue by Night on Motorbike Tour

6. Hue by Night on Motorbike Tour

Discover Hue on a unique tour that takes you through the city at night on a motorbike. Pass by all of the city's highlights while learning about them from your expert guide. Enjoy the Hue Royal Show and take a ride on a dragon boat. This five-hour tour begins with a vegetarian dinner at the best vegetarian restaurant in Hue. Continue afterwards to the Citadel to admire its ancient architecture and learn about the history of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then enjoy the Hue Royal Show which introduces the beauty of Vietnam's traditional dress "ao dai". After the 1.5-hour show, continue by walking along the Perfume River, visiting the night market close by, and experiencing a 20-minute dragon boat trip to see the lights on the famous river. End the tour by enjoying a drink and even try on some costumes at the Royal Pavillon.

Hue Countryside Tour by Motorbike

7. Hue Countryside Tour by Motorbike

Would you like to have a unique and unforgettable experience exploring life in the Hue countryside? Experience the real life of Vietnamese people, learn about their customs and lifestyle. Moreover, you will visit the most authentic villages to see the real Vietnamese rural life. If you want to get away from the noisy and busy city, this tour is your perfect choice. On the back of a motorbike, travel to the wonderful Hue villages, to see the agriculture culture. In addition, you will feel relax with the peacefulness of Hue countryside. So if you want a relaxing, fun and new experience, this is definitely the tour for you. This tour is designed to get you out of the busy city center of Hue and into the beautiful countryside, something few tourists get to experience. Travel through the smaller Hue districts to a teahouse on the outskirts of Hue. Later, go to a viewing point for a breathtaking view of the Perfume River, then bike through spectacular rice fields.

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What people are saying about Perfume River

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 11 reviews

It was an excellent, complete and versatile tour

It was nor es su to find a Tour frontera Hoi An to Hue which could offer us what we wanted. We find it here. Our tourguide Ha Thanh showed grear enthusiasm and sympathy. He provided us a lot of information answering widely all of our questions. He adapted the tour to our wishes avoiding crowded hours. Definitely a wonderful tour

The transfer from Da Nang to Hue went well. Upon agreement, the driver will stop at the sights and wait there. You have enough time to explore them. It would be good to book in good time in order to be able to clarify departure and other details beforehand. As stated in the description, tickets are not included.

Since it was low season I was alone and had a private tour. It was really amazing and you see great place. It is good to see the countryside. Also my guide, Von, was really nice and I had a great time. I would highly recommend

Was a great tour with simultaneous transfer. Especially our guide (Mr.D) was super friendly & spoke good English so that we could learn a lot along the way.

Very comfortable and enjoyable and both the guide and the driver made it all easy even with a small kid that won’t keep quiet and a 3-month old!