4 days Hue to Hoi An
Hue, My Son Temples, Hoi An
This trip allows us to get a deep appreciation for these beautiful regions and their people. We visit the historical and charming town of Hue.
This ancient city has extensive relics of Vietnam's fascinating heritage. Splendid tombs, ornate pagodas and the remains of a once magnificent Citadel.
Next stop is Hoi An, a delightful fishing town, its narrow streets filled with colourful latterns, tailors, art galleries, traditional houses and much more. Come and discover all in one trip - Hue to Hoi An.
Day 1 Hue sightseeing
Hue is well-known for its beauty and isolation. Sitting on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam, Hue served as the capital during the Nguyen Dynasty, from 1802 until 1945.
The city still remains the historic and cultural epicenter of Vietnam, retaining its imperial feel thanks to a clutch of royal palaces, shrines and theaters all housed in the UNESCO Complex of Hue Monuments. One of the top landmarks is the 19th-century Thien Mu pagoda.
Let’s the royal past come to life among the ruins of the Imperial Citadel. In the morning, we explore the Citadel, a fortress surrounded by a moat that has a 10km (6 mile) perimeter!
The site enclosed the land of eight villages and cover 6 km2 – sufficient area to house the Emperor and all his family, courtiers, bodyguards and servants.
After lunch, we enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume River. En route we call in the Pagoda of Thien Mu, tomb of Ming Mang and time permitting we explore the tomb of Tu Duc. Tonight we spend the night in a hotel. (Lunch is included).
Day 2 Hue / Hoi An
We begin with a drive through coastal rice paddies, then traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass along the mountains en route to Hoi An (about 4 hours).
Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major trading port with the West from the 15th to the 19th century.
Hoi An's Old Town is brimming with handmade lanterns, rickshaws, graceful low-rise merchant houses, tailor shops and fresh markets.
Today it has been well restored to look exactly as it did more than a century ago, giving it an old-world feel full of nooks and crannies to explore.
On arrival in Hoi An we take a delightful stroll along the narrow streets and a visit to a local temple or some traditional Vietnamese houses.
We have some free time in Hoi An. Hoi An is very much a shopping mecca. Why not browse the paintings, woodwork, ceramics, embroidery all made by the locals?
The city is also famous for its talented tailors who work with beautiful fabrics for a good price. The night is spent in a hotel. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 3 Hoi An
Early in the morning we explore the market of Hoi An. This is followed by a delightful stroll along the narrow streets and a visit to a local temple or some traditional Vietnamese houses.
We return to our hotel for breakfast. After that we cycle around some fishing villages and along Cua Dai Beach.
Following our lunch in a local restaurant we enjoy a cycling ride past paddies to the village of Tra Que. Here, we meet local people at work.
Tonight we dine in a beautiful local restaurant by river. We stay overnight in the same hotel. (Breakfast and lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4 Hoi An / My Son Temples
After our breakfast we walk at a leisurely pace, with many beautiful Japanese houses and Chinese temples lining the narrow lanes. Parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago.
We also head out to spend the morning at Cua Dai beach. This beach is known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand and views of the Cham islands.
Afternoon finds us driving to My Son Temples, World Heritage-listed temples that reflect the rich cultural traditions of the Cham civilisation.
From there we take a short hike to explore the very former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second century and the thirteenth century.
Late in the afternoon we return to Hoi An for the night in the same hotel. The tour is complete in Hoi An. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Easy cycling and walking with:
- a 4-6 km walk on Day 1.
- a 2-5 km walk on Day 2.
- a 4-6 km walk on Day 3.
- a 7-9 km bicycle ride on Day 3.
- a 2-3 km walk on Day 4.
Our experienced and friendly tour guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- hotels (4 nights).
- 3 breakfasts.
- 3 lunches.
- 1 dinner.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- $326USD per person for a group of 2 to 4 people.
- $268USD per person for a group of 5 to 8 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- tour guides.
- entrance fees.
- permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
- other personal expenses.
What to take:
Pack essentials for 4 days, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
Take a small day pack for cycling and walking.
We also recommend packing: first-aid kit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...