We say a fond farewell to the town of Hoi An today and drive north along one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam to the city of Hue.
Winding our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass, we will see some of the military installations left from times of war, now almost hidden in amongst the lush forest. On the way, we also stop at the Cham Museum.
Hue is the intellectual capital of Vietnam, with 12 schools of higher learning. Hue followed a more traditional and imperial way of life long after the rest of Vietnam became more influenced by foreign ideals. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will explore the town itself by cyclo, taking in the tranquil gardens and buildings from street level.
We will spend a little time at Tran Dinh Son Museum, with it's collection of everyday items belonging to kings of the past and experience how today's royal descendants are keeping the family’s traditions alive.
We will also take a guided tour at the Imperial Citadel. Emperor Gia Long is famous in Vietnam for uniting many small kingoms into the country that is now Vietnam. He built his capital in Hue more than 250 years ago, modelled this on the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The Imperial City of Hue was once an enormous complex full of all the executive and bureaucracy you would expect from a country’s capital, enclosed within a square fortress with 10 ornate gates and a wide moat. It was built in this particularly picturesque location as local beliefs held that the Perfume River and mountains would protect the site physically and spiritually.
This evening we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Indochine Palace, Hue