Day trip

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

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38 reviews

Activity provider: Hoi An Express
Day trip

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Activity provider: Hoi An Express
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Journey through Hue’s eventful past as you explore its ancient imperial architecture including the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Da Nang City Center (except Son Tra Peninsula)
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Journey through Hue’s most prominent tourist attraction, the Citadel
  • Savor a delicious local lunch
  • Take a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Explore an Emperor’s tomb
Full description

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. See the purple forbidden city, explore temples and places of worship, and enjoy a boat trip along the perfume river.

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City.

See the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. Discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   Next, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Explore the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor.

Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip
  • Lunch
  • Bottled drinking water
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Every child must be accompanied by an adult; please book adult tickets for any additional children
  • Please note that you must cover your arms and legs when visiting the Hue Citadel
  • The journey from Da Nang to Hue lasts around 3 hours
  • You can choose from either a group tour or private tour for this activity
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4.5 /5

based on 38 reviews

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Excellent tour but the guide didn't give much information, she left the group to wander around and find things for ourselves. She did point us in the right direction though and in fairness there is an awful lot to see in a single day trip so she can't be faulted for hurrying us along

March 29, 2023

We were lucky enough to have the sweet and knowledgeable guide Viet, whom we had met on a previous trip. Viet could tell a lot about the Citadel, a huge area. It was also a great experience to see the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, which is really beautiful. It is clear to see why it has cost both so much time and money to build this one.

March 5, 2023

I felt it was worthwhile booking this guided trip as the guide was very good and explained clearly about the sights. The drive to Hue over the pass held some great views, the boat trip fun and the lunch was actually very good. We also enjoyed the final part of the trip to the tomb. I had originally planned to go by train but this tour enabled us to do it properly in one day, something not possible by train. I had wanted to visit Hue for some time and this guided trip from Da Nang was a great way to do it.

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August 25, 2022

Product ID: 287130