Hue and the Perfume River
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: cmy-001
Discover the historic natural beauty of Vietnam during this orientation tour of Hue, and a delightful cruise on the Perfume River.
Depart Chan May Port for the 1-hour and 45-minute drive to Hue, the former Imperial City of Vietnam during the 19th century. Upon arrival, a visit will be made to Thien Mu Pagoda, the symbol of the city and one of the most holy pagodas in all of Vietnam. Founded in 1601 AD, the Thien Mu Pagoda was the scene of anti-government protests during the early 1960s. Today, by contrast, it is home to a more serene setting that features bonsai gardens and monks delivering incantations in the main temple.
Next, you will embark a dragon boat in front of the Heavenly Lady Pagoda for a cruise on the Perfume River. Along the way, you will take in the scenic views and photo opportunities on both sides of the river. A stop will be made to visit the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, considered the most brilliant Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty.
On the 1-hour and 45-minute return drive to the city, you will stop at a restaurant in the citadel for a Vietnamese buffet lunch accompanied by traditional Imperial music and formalities. After lunch, a visit will be made at the Royal Citadel, built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804. From here, you will proceed to the impressive Noon Gate, followed by the Palace of the Supreme, which has been impeccably restored to its original grandeur with regal red and gold columns, and lavish furnishings. From here, you will walk to the Imperial Enclosure, where the Emperor's official duties were once carried out. A citadel within a citadel, the Forbidden Purple City was reserved for the private life of the Emperors. From 1802 to 1945, 13 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from the Forbidden City.
Your tour will conclude with a stop at Dong Ba Market, the largest and oldest market in the city, which features a variety of items and handicrafts for sale. Some time will be made available to browse through the market before returning to the ship.
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary.