Here's your chance to visit these popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as the unofficial Imperial capital symbol, Thien Mu Pagoda.
Your journey starts as your private guide escorts you to the famed Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The Citadel is actually a system of three walled circles that enclose the Imperial City. Hidden inside the Imperial City is the Forbidden Purple City, reserved exclusively for the Emperor and his family. The perimeter of the Citadel is guarded by a moat, as is the Emperor's Palace. Any unauthorized person who managed to slip through the elaborate wall gates, cross the moats and enter the Forbidden Purple City was put to death.
Head to Dong Ba market, the largest one in Hue, and put your bargaining skills to the test while you mingle with the locals. Take a break at a unique garden house and swap stories with the owner as you sip on Hue Imperial Tea, then continue on to the Royal Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Divided into a temple area and a tomb area, the tomb complex was completed before Tu Duc's death and used by him as a residence in his final years. Tu Duc's remains are not encased there, however, but are in a secret location known only to the 200 laborers who were beheaded after their return from burying the king.
Board a small boat for a ride up the peaceful Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda; built in 1601, this seven-story religious building is the tallest in Vietnam. Inside this pagoda is the Austin car that carried Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc on his way to his self-immolation in 1963.
Along the way you will have the opportunity to dine on traditional Hue delights while you listen to a traditional music performance showcasing northern tunes and southern melodies.
Grab your camera and get ready for a cultural adventure that you will remember for years to come. Book your spot today.
Please Note: Passengers will be granted a Vietnam visa by the cruise line. Some of the cruise lines include the visa within the cruise package. However, if a visa was not included in your cruise package, you pay may purchase one directly onboard. The cost can be up to $50 US per person, depending on the cruise line.