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  • Step back into Vietnam's feudal era and learn story of Nguyen Kings
  • Walk around highlights such as Phoenix Tower, Hall of Supreme Harmony, The To Mieu, Ta Vu - Huu Vu,......
  • Explore Purple Forbidden city Hue and its hidden renovated palaces

The Imperial City of Hue Tour

If you wish to have a fantastic learning experience in Nguyen Kings’ Royal Palace, the Hue Walk of Imperial City Tour fits you perfectly!

As a leading history tour operator in Hue, we will take you on a journey of stepping back into Vietnam recent past and learning about Gia Long Emperor, the first founding father of Nguyen Dynasty in 1802. From there, story of 12 more Nguyen Emperors with their excellently artistic palaces will be told as you walk in the Citadel of Hue. 

Followed by only a handful of curious tourists like you, you won’t miss out any details as you enjoy interesting facts and anecdotes you would never find anywhere. 

You’re guaranteed to learn the best of Vietnam in term of art, architecture, culture and so much more in this heritage of Nguyen’s.

Because there is very limited information on sites in such a huge complex, our well-versed guide will cover the best royal palaces of Hue and even take you to renovated sites, which just opened to the public inside the Purple Forbidden City that are hard for you to find on your own.

Finally, for those of you who wish to learn more about the Battles of Hue during the Vietnam War, we explain to you why this Imperial Citadel guided tour in Hue is the number one choice for many history lovers.

Book our #1 Hue tour now!

* We give a discount if you have more than 2 people in your group. Contact us below!

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The Imperial City of Hue Tour Itinerary


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.

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.

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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Sheila Bostton

Couple Traveller

Imperial Citadel guided tour Hue
We booked our tour only two hours in advance, as our stay in Hue was very short. The tour was organised quick and without hassle. Our tour guide Ms. Linh was lovely, very knowledgeable, kind and conscious of showing objectively the two sizes in every part of history. I highly recommend her. Thank you very much again Linh.

November 1, 2019

Naty Sams

Couple Traveller

Best Hue city tour
We booked with Bee Bee Travel agency the tour for visiting the Imperial city of Hue, which it was fantastic. Our guide Linh know a lot about all the history of Vietnam and their several wars, dynasty, emperors… really interesting!
Linh came to our hotel to pick us up to go to the Citadel. We did the morning tour, starting from 8:30h to 11:30h more or less.
We highly recommend this tour with Bee Bee Travel!

October 24, 2019

Mary Vitaly

Couple Traveller

Amazing tour and friendly guide
We booked the deluxe tour and because it was just the two of us, we had a private tour. Our tour guide was My, she had a great amount of knowledge and is very enthusiastic! She had insights and funny facts we would not have known when visiting the imperial city ourselves. I would definitely recommend this tour!

October 19, 2019

Paul KM

Couple Traveller

Imperial city walking tour
Great walking tour with Bee Bee Travel. Ended up being a private tour with just the two of us and our guide who gave us some great insights into the history of the imperial palace and Vietnam. Easily the best tour we’ve had so far in Vietnam! Thanks a million!

October 18, 2019

Kayla Sung

Family Traveller

Fabulous Hue local guide
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of the Imperial City today . Our guide Lynh spoke very good English she had a wealth of knowledge and we learnt so much from her about the history of Vietnam and the Citadel and all the Emperors. Lynh new so much history that really made the day. Thank you Lynh for such a great day you are a great tour guide.

October 16, 2019
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