2,5 hours walking tour inside Hue Imperial city

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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: vietnam, vietnam

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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* Imperial city is the second round inside the Citadel. This complex is 3600 square metres, includes over 50 constructions which was built by Kings of Nguyen dynasty.
So a good tour guide will make you understand deeper its history!

* Matthew who will guide you on this tour, is very popular tour guide on Airbnb and his passion, knowledge are the highlights.

* You will be refunded 100% if the tour do not reach to your satisfaction

* Not only history, culture, architecture but also character of Hue people are all what you will gain on this short trip

What's Included

Bottled water

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 6
  • ADULT: Age: 7 - 90

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Imperial city is the second round inside the Citadel. This complex is 3600 square metres, includes over 50 constructions which was built by Kings of Nguyen dynasty.
It takes at least 2,5 hours to go around.

This tour traces the history of the Nguyen dynasty from its earliest days to the last when Bao Dai king announced his abdication.

You also get the understanding about the design and architecture of my entire beautiful city that did by the founder of Nguyen Dynasty - Gia Long.

Hearing stories about royal life in the Forbidden City as you traverse the temples, buildings, and residences.

With a great passion for Huế, I will do my best to show you Imperial city tour and more

Please note that this tour does not include Entrance ticket (200.000vnd per person)

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included


Best Experience in Hue!
WilliamBurcher, 26-09-2022
I wish every city, town and village had a Matthew.
He is the perfect host, guide and companion to get to know Hue with, and besides that just a genuinely honest, friendly guy!

I only had two nights in Hue, and I really wanted to immerse myself properly in the history of the place having done a lot of wandering somewhat aimlessly around temples and historic sites in other parts of Vietnam, so I booked Matthew's Imperial City tour for my first morning there. Since I was fortunate enough to be the only one booked that morning, Matthew offered to pick me up direct from my hotel in central Hue and drive me to the Imperial City gate where we were supposed to meet. He was really chilled and good-natured about doing this (and in catering to every other question or little request I put to him throughout the morning), making it seem like the most natural thing in the world; more like a friend or family member I was visiting than a guy busy running a business!

Once the tour got going, Matthew's specialist knowledge really came into play, not only effortlessly reeling off names of historical figures and dates (he speaks perfect English), but also weaving in more mundane details to ground the stories of these many lofty characters in their more relatable human experiences. Matthew's passion for the subject is also obvious, making his enthusiasm in relating all this very infectious. He was also never rattled when I asked him to repeat something I'd missed or put it in a wider historical/regional context - his response was always quick and considered. At the same time, he was happy to ease up on the history whenever I changed the subject while walking between sites - chatting about his family, hobbies, and life in Hue in general - so that I also ended up learning more from him about contemporary Vietnam than I got from most of my other interactions with local people during my short trip.

A HUGE plus for me was how much of a foodie Matthew is, and we quickly bonded over our shared love for food/eating as a lens on real local life while travelling. I confess, this was an ulterior motive for me when booking his tour, as I had seen excellent reviews of his Hue food tour but my own restrictive itinerary prevented me from taking it...Suffice to say, his extensive knowledge really comes through on this front, too (he was a professional chef for some years), but more than that he shows a pure and genuine love for the individuals and families behind the small local businesses that make the real, home-style Hue cuisine. This resonates massively with my own approach to food, and we quickly bonded over our shared belief in food/eating as a way to relate to the local community, whether travelling or at home. I had actually taken another food tour just after I arrived in Hue the night before, and this was fine, covering all the obvious local favourites, but the three meals I had (breakfast, lunch AND dinner) on my second and last day in Hue, all on Matthew's recommendation, were each more of a fascinating, satisfying and delicious experience than most of the meals I'd had during my entire prior week in Vietnam.

So, all of that just to say: if you get the chance to take his food tour as well, do it! It will undoubtedly surpass your expectations, especially if you're really looking to learn how to 'eat like a local', while also covering some new ground in venturing outside the city to more rural environs.

I'll just add that I'd seen he also does a Hue city/tombs tour, which I'd definitely have done following on from and as a complement to his Imperial City tour if I'd had more time in Hue. I see now that he also offers a cycling tour out of the city on Airbnb, which I'd be fascinated to take for more of his insider perspective on rural local life.

In short, whatever your interests are while staying in Hue, Matthew is the ideal guide.
Insightfull tour in Hue
liviab990, 21-09-2022
We had an amzing tour with Matthew through the old city! He knows so much about the history, the historic sites and the location. I can truely recommend this insightful tour!
History and Sightseeing
Dumbinchen, 17-09-2022
We really enjoyed this tour by Matthew. He is very motivated and has a huge knowledge. Since we are very interested in history we asked hin many questions and he didn‘t get tired answering them. He has an University backround in history what helped explaining us the complex history of the emperors in Hue. After the tour you have learned a lot and have seen beautiful buildings. Without a guided tour you may not understand the connection, architecture or origin of the buildings in the citadel. We were very imperessed by the concepts of Feng Shui in the complex for example.
Beautiful and very interesting tour! Matthew is a great story teller
minouqueb, 15-09-2022
We first had a coffee with Matthew in a beautiful place opposit the Citadel. This was very nice and he already gave us a lot of information about the history of Vietnam. The citadel is stunning and it was very interesting to go through it with Matthew. Highly recommended! We also recommend to go and see the tombs up the river with Matthew. He knows everything and is a great story teller
Must-do experience in Hue
jelsg19, 04-09-2022
Matthew was an excellent guide! With great stories and a genuine appreciation and knowledge of the historical site, it was an enjoyable morning. Hue is beautiful, and being able to understand the history behind it all made it all the more exciting. Highly recommend Matthew as a guide for anyone stopping by Hue.

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