From 8:00 am to 8:30 am, our tour guide will come to pick you up at your hotel. We will take you to 3 tombs of 3 Kings from Nguyen Dynasty: Tu Duc, Minh Mang, Khai Dinh.
Our first stop is the Minh Mang Tomb. This is the final resting place of the 2nd emperor of Vietnam. This tomb is special in the way its architecture blends in seamlessly with its surroundings and landscape (Minh Mang was a staunch believer in Confucianism).
The next one is Khai Dinh Tomb. Though difficult to access (the tomb itself is located 127 steps from street level), this elaborate tomb is well worth a visit due to its mix of architectural styles. Khai Dinh spent a lot of time in France which is reflected in some European influences on his tomb. The complex also features an imperial audience court featuring twelve stone “bodyguards”.
The last tomb we visit today is the one of Tu Duc. This tomb was built for the fourth emperor of Vietnam. Incomparable in size and luxury, the sprawling complex was also used as the Emperor’s second home.
After that, you will have chance to visit making inscense village and have lunch at 1:00 pm.
After about 1 hour for having lunch, we will head back to the city and visit the Imperial City of Hue or the Citadel.
Despite being heavily bombed in Vietnam War, the Citadel still stands impressive and is definitely one of the highlights of Hue. This attraction will just get better and better as the government has been restoring destructed buildings within the imperial city walls. The grounds are huge, and you can spend a fair few hours wandering through the gardens, lakes, ruins and buildings.
At 4:45 pm, we will go to visit Thien Mu pagoda – a historic temple in the city of Hue in Vietnam. Its pagoda has seven stories and is the tallest religious building in Vietnam. From here you can see the panorama of Hue city with Huong river flows along.
At the end of this tour, you will have a boat trip along Huong river, from Thien Mu pagoda to go back to the city. We will drop you off at your hotel by 5:30 pm.