Embark on a scenic drive with stunning panoramic views, passing by small thatched villages, communal temples and rice paddies still worked by water buffaloes.
On Cam Ke Hill, you will find one of the most impressive tombs in Hue. Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb is renowned for its architecture, which fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. With your guide enjoy a stroll through the tranquil UNESCO World Heritage site. Your next stop is at Thien Mu Pagoda, the ‘Heavenly Lady’, Vietnam’s most revered and visited Buddhist shrine. During the 1960’s, the pagoda was a hot bed of anti-government protest, however today it is a serene sanctuary where monks recite sutras in the main temple. In front of the Heavenly Lady, board a dragon boat for a leisurely cruise along the Perfume River. During the imperial era, the river waters were flavoured with attars and essences: hence its name.
Relax at a local restaurant and experience Vietnam’s formal ‘imperial cuisine’ and regional specialities served as a buffet luncheon. After luncheon, admire the Imperial Citadel, built between 1804 and 1835 by Gia Long, the first Nguyen Emperor. Entering the Citadel through the ancient Noon Gate, your guide will host you on a walking tour to explore the Royal Library, and the complex’s central pavilion and the Palace of Supreme Harmony.
Before returning to the ship, enjoy a little free time to explore Dong Ba Market, the largest and oldest market in Hue.
This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour includes approximately three hours of walking. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket are recommended. The journey time between Chan May and Hue is approximately 1½ hours.