At 08:30, be transferred from the hotel for a morning discovery of the descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty and how their ancestor’s traditions are kept alive in modern times.
Start the trip at An Dinh Palace, the private residence of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second last and the last emperor until 1955. It was built in 1917 with French architectural styles. After the war, the building was seriously damaged and it was recently restored as part of a German Government aid project. Get an overview of the life of a Royal family through the bedroom, entertaining rooms and book room.
Then head to a private temple which is not open to public. Learn how the younger generations worship their emperor ancestors and observe the preservation of the original wooden panels of poems. There is a chance to learn the family’s interesting secret recipes to whiten skin and make blush powder for the Queens and the concubines.
Then, hop on a 15-min cyclo ride to Tran Dinh Son museum, the first private museum in Hue, right at a “nha ruong” - traditional Royal house, once belonged to the Mandarin of King Minh Mang to contemplate his grandson’s valued collection of daily used items.
All flower drums, vases, pipes, lime-pots, bowls, dishes, wine vessels, and teapots, etc, were used by the Kings and then now well preserved by his descendants. Then transfer back to the hotel to freshen up.
This evening, leave the hotel in Hue at 16:00 to explore the charm of Hue scenery and enjoy local hospitality on a Vespa. Hop on a Vespa scooter and zip through lesser-known roads to picturesque stops before heading to Vong Canh Hill.
The hill top offers a panoramic view point over the Perfume River and the royal valley where various royal family members of the Nguyen Dynasty rest in peace. Enjoy an aperitif while contemplating the river landscape and sunset on sunny days.
Continue on the Vespa to visit a local family where dinner is hosted and family stories are shared. This is a typical traditional family with three generations living together under one roof. The family takes pride in preserving their customs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
After the introduction, the host presents and explains typical local culture features such as the practice of ancestral worship, daily family routine and the value of family ties in a Vietnamese' perception.
Then, join the host in preparing foods before sitting down for a cozy meal. Hue is famous for its cuisine and the host has a select menu of local specialties. More family stories to come during the meal time.
Say goodbye to the family and be transferred back to the hotel at about 20:30.
Overnight in Hue.