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Hue Walk of Imperial City

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Start time: 08:00 & 14:00
Lac Thien Restaurant, 6 Dinh Tien Hoang street
Min Age : 8+

Deluxe Tour

$20

Highlight

  • Step back into Vietnam's feudal era and learn story of Nguyen Dynasty
  • Visit highlights of Hue Imperial City such as Phoenix Tower, Museum of Antiquities and the Hall of Supreme Harmony,...
  • Learn the sad fate of Purple Forbidden city during Vietnam war battle
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Hue Walk of Imperial City | Vietnam during Nguyen Feudal Era

If you think of visiting Hue Imperial City with a guide, the Hue Walk of Imperial City Tour fits you perfectly!

Gia Long Emperor, the first founding father of Vietnam, started Nguyen Dynasty in 1802. From there, 12 more Nguyen Emperors continued to rule Vietnam in the Citadel of Hue.

In this heritage of Nguyen, you learn the best of Vietnam in term of art, architecture, culture and so much more.  

The problems are…

The Hue Imperial City walking tour has become a standard feature of a visit to Hue ancient city. However, it’s gotten a bit cookie cutter, and, at times the imperial palaces of Nguyen feel more like a quiet reproduction than a living kingdom. 

Furthermore, many travelers feel disappointed at the limited information on sites. Thus, we developed the new walking tour that takes both the history and the solemnity of the site seriously.

If Nguyen history intrigues you, join our small group experience.

Through a collection of old documents, we help you to understand the heritage of Nguyen and many untold stories of the Vietnam War.

Since it’s a restricted walking area, visiting Hue Royal Palace by foot guarantees more of an educational experience to many travelers.

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This is NOT just a tour in Hue, it's a lesson of peace...

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Hue Imperial City Tour Itinerary

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08:30The Rise Of Nguyen

Firstly, your Hue Walk of Imperial City will start with an introduction to Gia Long at the Thuong Tu Entrance. Interestingly, you will be learning of his amazing life story in early 19th century.

Similarly, our Hue Expert Guide will brief to you the oriental layout of Hue Citadel and the impact of Vietnam War on site.

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09:30Nguyen Monarchy System

Secondly, you will start to do a walking tour inside the Hue Citadel to the Ngu Phung Tower. Later on, to the Thai Hoa palace. Here, your charming expert will explain the Nguyen Imperial Architecture .
Furthermore, are you curious of how this monarchy system worked, their five hierarchy classes and the role of women during Nguyen Empire? Your Hue expert guide will eagerly explain to you through many interesting stories.

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10:00The Achievement Of Nguyens

Because the achievement of Nguyens is best told at The To temple. Therefore, this is the must-visit temple in Hue Imperial City. Furthermore, if you wonder how their lives ended, this well-kept temple is great for you to explore.

On a side note, you will also visit the famous Cuu Dinh and Hien Lam Cac at this site.

10:30The Elderly Residences

Your Hue Imperial City Guide continues with the Dien Tho and Truong Sanh Residence. Surprisingly, they are famous for their artistic works and stunning landscapes.

10:30The Battle of Hue

Unfortunately, the two wars with France and America destroyed much of the Purple Forbidden City of Hue. However, our expert guide with visual documents will help you to understand what happened in Hue Forbidden City during the Tet Offensive.

S/he will also take you to visit the Harem of Nguyen’s ruins. Trickily enough, most visitors while walking alone can’t seem to find where it used to be. But don’t worry, we know best about the Hue Imperial City!

11:00The Nguyen Sum Up

Finally, your Hue Walk of Imperial City will end at the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. You will learn the glory of Nguyen Dynasty through their valuable treasures.

In conclusion, you will never learn so much about Nguyen History in half a day than in this unique Hue walking tour. Let’s sign up with us now.

7 Useful Tips to enjoy Hué Walk of Imperial City

1. Deluxe and Standard: which one to choose? 

Firstly, we offer two wonderful walks in Hue Imperial City. While with the deluxe tour, we focus on Nguyen achievement and what happened in Hue Citadel during the Tet Offensive.

The standard Hue Walk of Imperial City, on the other hand, helps to see the most ornate palaces. Also, there is wonderful photo opportunity on both tours.

Therefore, if you are unsure of which tour to book for the best value of your money, contact our travel consultant for the best advice.

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2. Hue walking area

Inclusively taken place in Hue Imperial City and Hue Forbidden City, its total walking distance is about 2,1 kilometers. In addition, there is a small walking tour of Hue Citadel at the beginning as well.  

3. Hue Imperial Citadel Dress code

As a must, you need to cover your shoulders and wear short at least over the knees. Thus, we have to refuse you if your clothing is not appropriate on the day. 

4. Hue Imperial Citadel entrance fee:

There is no entrance fee for Hue Citadel tour, however, when you do visit the Hue Imperial City: 

  • Adult: 150,000 VND
  • Children under 12 years old: 30,000 VND
5. Hue Imperial City Guide to save costs:
  • Buy combo ticket: For instance, it saves you at least $5 each person if you plan to visit other Hue attractions after the tour. Consequently, options are:
    • Hue Imperial City, Minh Mang and Khai Dinh for 280,000 VND/ person. 
    • Hue Imperial City, Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tomb for 360,000 VND/ person. 
  • Plan and read ahead: please book ahead of time if you wish to do this tour with us. After all, your trip is more meaningful with a local friend to explain details of this Hue unique place. Besides, to have a better understanding of the place before your visit, read more:
6. Hue Imperial City opening hours

are from 07’00 to 17’30. However, it’s better to visit in the morning as it’s quieter and pleasant. On a side note, our tours start at 08’30 and 14’00 in the winter time. 


7. What to prepare of Hue Walk of Imperial City Tour:

good walking shoes, water and good camera. Moreover, we will provide you with conical hat or poncho depends on the weather. 

8. How much is a taxi from Hue center to Hue Citadel?

We do not offer pick up service for Standard tour, thus, you shall pay around 60,000 VND ($3) from your hotel in the city to The Citadel. Also, it depends on where you stay, the amount will increase $1 or $2 per taxi ride. 

 

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Standard Tour

$17

Highlight

  • Experience the BEST Hue walking tour visiting best palaces in Hue Imperial City
  • Focus mainly on the architecture of Nguyen Dynasty
  • A budget walking tour for students and shoe-string travelers
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Hue Walk of Imperial City Tour| Vietnam during Nguyen Feudal Era

The standard Hue Walk of Imperial City offers a budget Hue city tour half day for visitors who want to sight-see Hue Imperial City with a local guide.

Interestingly known as a maze of palaces, monuments and royal gardens, visit Hue Imperial City would require you to spend at least 5 hours. However, our local guide will cover the most beautiful palaces in the old kingdom of Nguyen Dynasty in 3 hours. 

Finally, this fits well for visitors who enjoy landscapes and learn JUST about good amount of information with a very reasonable price.

On a side note, the standard Hue Walk of Imperial City is the best Hue tourist attraction for photography lovers. 

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Can this tour be done for us to join a Hue Food Tour at 17’30? – Absolutely!

Itinerary

08:30The Vauban Design In Hue Citadel

Firstly, your Hue Imperial City Walking Tour will start with our guide from Hue introducing to you about Gia Long. His brilliant Vauban idea on Hue Citadel made it masterpiece of Vietnam architecture. Subsequently, you will be standing at Thuong Tu Entrance to learn about its function during 143 years of ruling by Nguyen Dynasty.

09:30The Nguyen Imperial Style

Because your second stop will be at The Ngu Phung Tower and Thai Hoa Palace, you will be learning the one-of-a-kind Nguyen Imperial Architecture. Furthermore, an interesting introduction about how the Monarchy government worked. Also, do you wonder role of Eunuchs and women during the feudal era? All will be told as here.

10:30The Purple Forbidden City

Most importantly, we take you to visit the Purple Forbidden City. Why is it so called Purple? What happened to it during the Tet Offensive? Similarly, your local Hue guide will surely answer all these questions for you at Kien Trung Palace.

11:00The Soul Building Of Nguyen Dynasty

Finally, our Hue walking detour continues with a visit to the next 5 most outstanding architectures. The first two are: Duyet Thi Duong, Thai Binh Lau. Finally, the rest are Truong Sanh and Dien Tho Residence.
To sum up, your walk in Hue Imperial City will end at the soulful The To Mieu.
This is proudly praised as the most beautiful walking route in Hue by our clients. Therefore, your eyes are guaranteed to see and hear amazing things in Hue.

7 Useful Tips to enjoy Hue Walk Imperial City Tour

1. Deluxe and Standard: which one to choose? 

Firstly, we offer two wonderful walks in Hue Imperial City. While with the deluxe tour, we focus on Nguyen achievement and what happened in Hue Citadel during the Tet Offensive.

The standard Hue Walk Imperial City Tour, on the other hand, helps to see the most ornate palaces. Also, there is wonderful photo opportunity on both tours.

Therefore, if you are unsure of which tour to book for the best value of your money, contact our travel consultant for the best advice.

WhatsApp Us

2. Hue walking area

Inclusively taken place in Hue Imperial City and Hue Forbidden City, its total walking distance is about 2,1 kilometers. In addition, there is a small walking tour of Hue Citadel at the beginning as well.  

3. Dress code for Hue Imperial City

As a must, you need to cover your shoulders and wear short at least over the knees. Thus, we have to refuse you if your clothing is not appropriate on the day. 

4. Entrance fee for Hue Imperial City:

There is no entrance fee for Hue Citadel tour, however, when you do visit the Hue Imperial City: 

  • Adult: 150,000 VND
  • Children under 12 years old: 30,000 VND
5. Hue Imperial City Guide to save costs:
  • Buy combo ticket: For instance, it saves you at least $5 each person if you plan to visit other Hue attractions after the tour. Consequently, options are:
    • Hue Imperial City, Minh Mang and Khai Dinh for 280,000 VND/ person. 
    • Hue Imperial City, Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tomb for 360,000 VND/ person.
  • Plan and read ahead: please book ahead of time if you wish to do this tour with us. After all, your trip is more meaningful with a local friend to explain details of this Hue unique place. Besides, to have a better understanding of the place before your visit, read more:
6. Hue Imperial City opening hours

are from 07’00 to 17’30. However, it’s better to visit in the morning as it’s quieter and pleasant. On a side note, our tours start at 08’30 and 14’00 in the winter time. 


7. What to prepare of Hue Walk of Imperial City:

good walking shoes, water and good camera. Moreover, we will provide you with conical hat or poncho depends on the weather. 

 

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What to consider before booking

Deluxe Tour

$20

Tour Guide

  • Government Licensed Guide

Included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Free water
  • Free pick up one way from your hotel
  • Rain coat if rainy

Tour Content

  • Focus on the many stories of Nguyen Emperors and Tet Offensive battle
  • Story route: cover 6 main palaces with unique stories.
Deep content9/10
Sightseeing8/10

Standard Tour

$17

Tour Guide

  • Local Guide

Included

  • Entrance Fees
  • No pick up and transportation
  • Free water
  • Conical hat ONLY during the tour if sunny
  • Rain coat if rainy

Tour Content

  • Focus on the architecture of Nguyen.
  • Sightseeing route: cover 10 most unique architecture in Hue Imperial City.
Deep content6/10
Sightseeing9/10
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Luke Carsons

Family Traveller

A great way to understand so much more about the Imperial City site. It’s huge, and without a guide I think you’d be wasting a lot of your time. Our guide “Tomato” was informative and very personable.

June 12, 2019

Zev C

Couple Traveller

We did the Hue Imperial City tour with Thu who is also the CEO of BeeBee Travel and what a wonderful experience it was!
The venue itself is breathtaking and one of the most beautiful and fascinating royal complexes we have ever visited. It is without a doubt a must and in itself worth the visit to Hue. The splendor of the complex is in great contrast to the grim reality of war as many parts of the city were destroyed or damaged by the savage fighting and bombardment during the so-called Tet offensive of 1968. The Vietnamese government has done great reconstruction and replication work and more is in store. It is just hard to reconcile this historic and cultural treasure with the horrors of that war.
Thu was an extraordinary guide speaking great English (somewhat rare in Vietnam) and extremely knowledgeable. She was both professional and very friendly and invested great efforts in making our tour worthwhile. Part of the great pleasure of meeting her was in getting valuable insights into the life of contemporary Vietnamese, their hopes and dreams and their views on the history of their country. We have had a number of good guides in Vietnam but Thu stands out. A truly impressive young Vietnamese woman.
We highly recommend this tour, which is also great value for money and suggest you cross your fingers to get Thu as your guide. I would venture to say that all the tours and options offered by BeeBee Tours are first class.

May 31, 2019

Lori Falk

Family Traveller

Hello Thu,
We had a wonderful tour with Trang and appreciated her welcoming attitude and knowledge of the Imperial City. She is a delight! Would you remind her to send me the water buffalo pictures?
She’ll know what I mean.

Thanks again.

February 9, 2019

Helen Bygate

Couple Traveller

I just want to report that we have had two excellent tours today.
Tran (please forgive my spelling) this morning was great and we learnt such a lot from her
Ngoc this evening gave us another great food experience.

I have paid both the tour guides today in your dong currency

Warmest Regards
Hellen

February 5, 2019

Dianna Agron

Solo Traveller

Great story telling
Our English speaking guide was a charming young and educated woman well versed in history who made the life of people in Vietnam during the Dynasty of Emperors come alive.

January 2, 2019
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