Day 1: Hue arrival
You will be picked up at the airport by our company representative and transferred to your hotel in Hue. You have the rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
Day 2: Hue
In the morning you will be met at your hotel and take a short drive to explore the massive Hue citadel built in 1832, along with the Eastern citadel containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This Royal Residence was destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, but thanks to the great work on renovations by a well-known local artist, we are able to see and learn more about the Nguyen dynasty.
The trip continues to the Minh Mang Mausoleum located on the Cam Khe mountain by the top of Perfume River. It was constructed within three years, from 1840–1843 by about 10,000 workers and artists. The Minh Mang emperor was the 2nd king under the Nguyen Dynasty who was strengthening country relationships, and he changed the name to Dai Viet as he was working for more power and influence both regionally and internationally. As we continue the trip, you will board the Dragon boat to cruise on the river downstream in order to visit charming Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601, sitting atop of Ha Khe hill at the riverside, hidden behind the seven-layered Phuoc Duyen Tower. Overnight in Hue.
Day 3: Hue – Danang – Hoian old town
Upon leaving Hue you will drive south to Hoian; originally a Cham seaport, and influenced throughout the centuries by traders from many various countries and cultures. The scenic road you will travel hugs the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes of Lang Co Beach. You will have the opportunity to stop en route to visit Non Nuoc Beach, Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe, and the Cham Museum in Danang City before reaching the Hoian Old Town.
The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional buildings, along with Chinese and Japanese influences. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, including the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200-year old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market. In the afternoon we include these on our walking tour past many low-tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 4: Hoian – Danang – Departure
Today you have free time at leisure to relax in Hoian before a transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi in connection with your ongoing international departure flights. The trip ends after your transfer to Danang airport.