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This weekend getaway in Hue will take you to the grandeur of its royal past and beyond. Stand in awe at its glorious monuments, dine in ancient restaurants, and get an insight of traditional fishing techniques.
Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.
Hue half day city tour
Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Drive from your hotel to visit the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui and the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture showcases elements of eastern art and western design.
Royal martial arts & dinner at Ancient Hue Restaurant
Transfer from your hotel to Ancient Hue restaurant. Set in a lush garden, the peaceful Ancient Hue site boasts a ceremonial gate backed by 8 protective pillars. More than just a restaurant, Ancient Hue has 5 distinctive ancient houses offering a glimpse of the city’s splendid past. Enjoy a great cultural feature inherited from the Nguyen Dynasty, Royal Martial Arts performance at the restaurant’s courtyard. Witness a 30 minutes long performance of different techniques of martial arts, a reminiscent of the past heroic plots of Vietnamese patriots against colonialists’ oppression. Then savor in an unforgettable dinner at the restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
Hue city tour by cyclo and electric cart
Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Drive to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. From there, you are picked up by electric cart to enter through the towering main gate where you will see the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court.
Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. Then, take a cyclo ride to Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-story tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. Returning to your hotel by car.
Tam Giang Lagoon Survival Overview
Lunch at a local restaurant. Around 14:00, take a short drive to Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest of its kind in South East Asia and certainly the most picturesque place to explore. Wander around the ancient village. Call by a hospitable fisherman’s home showing the weaving of typical fishing tools, bamboo sampan before following him on a boat ride across the beautiful lagoon. Admiring the authentic lifestyle of boat dwellers, learning how the whole family “eat, pray, love” and survive on a house-boat through generations, is an eye-opening experience. Paddle gently alongside the unique system of aqua-culture farm before initiating in the original techniques of fishing. Keep your fresh catch, and continue visiting a vegetable farm for a special “farm to table” dinner cooked with the host.
Overnight at the hotel.
Hue garden houses
Garden houses are an important heritage of the lives of former aristocrats in Hue as most garden houses have a connection with the Imperial Court. Some are the descendants of royalty or mandarins; others received patronage from the royal family. Visit An Hien garden house, situated 30 minutes out of town and originally the residence of Emperor Duc Duc’s 18th daughter. The house is an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Massive pillars support a large tiled roof, with the family altar in the middle. A large rectangular lily-pond separates a screen, designed to keep out evil spirits, and the house.
Lunch at Princess Ngoc Son's former home
Another classic example of a garden house is the former home of Princess Ngoc Son, a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Princess Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh - when she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Hue specialties prepared by the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue’s fascinating past.
Then, transfer from your accommodation to the airport with guide.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Jan 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$878|
|1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018||$878|
|1 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018||$892|
|1 Jan 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$892|