Day 5: Hue - Free day
If you are history buffs, Hue will easily be high on your Vietnam must-see list. This capital of Nguyen emperors is packed with temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas or at least the remains of those that successive armies didn’t manage to completely destroy. The north bank of the beautiful Perfume River is host to its share of hotels and restaurants offering Imperial- style cuisine for which the city is rightly famous.
Day 5 Optional Excursion I: Hue City with Pagoda, Tombs, and Imperial Citadel by Car (lunch included)
Departure from your hotel at 8:00AM. Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and then transfer to the boat landing for a leisurely boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Huế. Continue driving through scenic road to Tombs of King Minh Mang & King Tu Duc. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex.
Enjoy a delicious lunch with Hue Specialties at the lush green garden restaurant near Tu Duc King Tomb. After lunch, visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam's last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, etc. Your tour will end at your hotel around 5:00 pm.
Day 5 Optional Excursion II: Joined Hue - Vespa Scooter Tour & Home Visit (1/2 Day)
Our guide and Vespa rider will meet you at hotel or transfer to Vespa Café. After briefing, we start to ride from the new city to the old city. We pass Truong Tien Bridge and Dong Ba Market.
Discover the old city when we ride Vespa inside Hue Citadel, glimpse charming streets and trading activities. You also see the back of the citadel before keep riding out to the greenery garden houses. Follow the small roads in the rural area, we pass by local houses, vegetable gardens, schools before we stop at Thien Mu boat landing for a break and taking pictures when the sun is going down. Riding to the west to Vong Canh Hill for a wonderful view of mountains and Perfume River. Stop at the incense making village is optional.
On the top of the hill, you contemplate the landscape while drinking Champagne, local beer and soft drinks.
Ride your Vespa on its way to visit Doan family. After the introduction, the host presents and explains typical local culture features such as the practice of ancestral worship, daily family routine and the value of family ties in a Vietnamese' perception. Then you join the host in preparing your foods before sitting down for a cozy meal. Hue is famous for its cuisine and the host has a select menu of local specialties. More family stories to come during the meal time. After finishing dinner, we say goodbye to the family. Get on Vespa and ride back to your hotel in the city.