WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Your 4-day one-way tour takes you from Danang to Hue with transport by air-conditioned private vehicle. An experienced private guide, all entrance fees, and airport/hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Some meals are also included while others on your own, giving you the flexibility to decide where to eat.
DAY 1: DANANG – HOI AN
Begin your tour early in the morning in Danang with pickup from your hotel or the airport. With your private guide, travel by air-conditioned minivan to several area sights, starting at the Cham Museum. The Kingdom of Champa ruled in this region from the seventh to 18th centuries, and this museum contains the world’s largest collection of Cham artifacts. Explore the museum with your guide, who points out the blend of French colonial architecture with Cham elements and provides informative commentary about exhibits that showcase altars, garudas, apsaras and images of Hindu deities.
DAY 2: HOI AN – MY SON
After breakfast at your hotel, head southwest about 25 miles (40 km) to a verdant valley to visit My Son, the former capital and religious center of the Champa Kingdom. A UNESCO World Heritage site, My Son once boasted more than 70 temples, but many have been badly damaged, leaving only 20 structures still intact. Follow your guide through the temple complex, and learn about the culture, architecture and history of this important site.
Return to Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant, and then take a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town, another World Heritage site, with your guide. Learn about the history of this port town, which dates back more than 2,000 years with influences from Hindu, Arab and Chinese traders.
Take a leisurely stroll on pedestrian-only streets to see highlights such as wooden houses that once belonged to prosperous merchants, the Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda, a local market, Fukien Assembly Hall, and shops that sell silk, handicrafts, antiques and more.
Afterward, you have the evening free to explore on your own and have dinner. Overnight: Hoi An
DAY 3: HOI AN – HUE
In the morning, drive across the Hai Van Pass, a scenic route that takes you past red-tiled villages with fruit orchards and views of the coast. When you arrive in the city of Hue, check into your hotel, and then start your discovery of this former imperial city with a visit Tu Duc tomb. Constructed between 1864 and 1867, Tu Duc tomb is an impressive royal mausoleum designed by the Emperor Tu Duc himself. Learn about the emperor's enjoyment the expansive grounds before his death, from riding boats on the lake and hunting on the tiny island to relaxing at Xung Khiem Pavilion.
Have lunch, and then take a boat ride along the Perfume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Admire the 69-foot-tall (21-meter) octagonal tower, Thap Phuoc Duyen, and next to it, two pavilions, one of which is set on the back of a turtle.
When your boat returns to the city center, head to the World Heritage–listed Hue Citadel, built between 1804 and 1833. Cross the moat that encircles the site, and enter through one of 10 fortified gates.
Your guide shows you around the distinct sections of the citadel, such as the Imperial Enclosure, temple compounds, Mang Ca Fortress, gardens and the 122-foot (37-meter) Flag Tower (Cot Co) that rises above the entire complex. Learn about the Nguyen dynasty, who ruled from the citadel until the early 20th century and was the last ruling family of Vietnam. If time permits, stop by the colorful Dong Ba market for a glimpse of daily city life. Overnight: Hue
DAY 4: HUE
You have the day free until your transfer to the airport.