Highlight: Huế originally rose to prominence as the capital of the Nguyễn Lords, a feudal dynasty which dominated much of southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century. In 1775 when Trinh Sam captured it, it was known as Phú Xuân. In 1802, Nguyễn Phúc Ánh (later Emperor Gia Long) succeeded in establishing his control over the whole of Vietnam, thereby making Huế the national capital.
Huế was the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bảo Đại abdicated and a Communist government was established in Hà Nội (Hanoi), in the north. While Bảo Đại was briefly proclaimed “Head of State” with the help of the returning French colonialists in 1949 (although not with recognition from the Communists and the full acceptance of the Vietnamese people), his new capital was Sài Gòn (Saigon), in the south.
Brief Itinerary: 50km cycling (L)
Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993, this city is famous for its magnificent architecture. It’s citadel, palaces, pagodas and royal tombs frame a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River.
In the morning we’ll cycle to visit the Hue Citadel and Imperial City. Then, we’ll bike upstream aside the legendary Perfume River. Along the way Vietnam Bike Tours’ll stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda, then continue to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside where we’ll find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. We’ll take some time to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs. After exploring the splendid gardens and ornate architecture of the tombs, we’ll return to Hue to end the trip.
Support vehicle to carry gear, luggage, first aid
English speaking tour guide
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
All biking gear (bike, helmet, tool kit, water cage)
Water, snacks, soft drinks, and fresh fruit on cycling days
Departure Dates: Daily
Group Size: Minimum of two and maximum of ten cyclists