Flavors of Vietnam

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  • Duration: 12 DAYS
  • Location: HANOI - HALONG BAY - HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY
  • Places: PRIVATE TOUR
  • Prix: Culinary
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From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, explore the sites with more than just your eyes by experiencing the true flavors of Vietnam. Learn the secrets behind these mouth-watering dishes with visits to fresh markets and hands-on cooking classes. Explore the labyrinth of alleyways in Hanoi and learn the flavors that make Hanoi such an iconic gastronomic destination. Having a delish breakfast while cruising to shimmering waters of Ha Long Bay, a must-visit destination when you are in Vietnam. Then savor the unique dishes that you can only find in Hoi An, walking to a series of the town’s best eateries and dig into a bowl of aromatic cao lau noodles, taste banh can crackers topped with pork and salads, or the beautiful white rose dumplings. Ending your journey with unique experiences in Ho Chi Minh City, witnessing its amazing blend of European, Vietnamese as well as Chinese culture through its beautiful architecture,  crawling inside the fascinating underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels and dining in the dark, without your sight as every other sense becomes stronger, those will be memories that last a lifetime. 

DAY 1: WELCOME TO VIETNAM – HANOI ARRIVAL (B)

Your trip begins with arrival in Vietnam. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by the private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.  You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and products’ variety are splashed all over this area.  After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep. 

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI COOKING CLASS WITH MASTER CHEF  (B/L)

Cooking with instructions and guides from our professional chef Mai, the Master Chef of some 5-star hotels for 15 years as well as a Vietnamese woman having both a traditional and modern beauty with a profound knowledge in English and tourism

We will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8:30 am and we will then have one-hour-walk to the local market. You will be fascinated by the sounds of the bustling market as well as the smells of fresh local ingredients there. While you are having a look at the daily life of local people, Chef Mai will show you how locals chose the best raw materials that promises to be a very interesting experience. Next, you will be introduced some kind of Vietnamese dishes and explained how to prepare them.

Afterward, you will come to the Chef’s home for your cooking class. When everything is ready, Mrs. Mai will instruct you to cook some Vietnamese traditional dishes. She will also show you how to harmonize between the Vietnamese species and your own taste so as to cook the best foods for you and your family.

Your lunch will be served with what you have self-cooked, along with Vietnamese traditional foods prepared by the Chef.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI VESPA TOUR (B/L/D)

Today will begins as all good tours should, by sampling the authentic local café culture in the heart of the Old Quarter, then darting through the busy streets to explore the famous French colonial style St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

We then set off for an intimate ride through the city’s iconic narrow streets to the picturesque ‘Art Street’, where we learn about local artist’s murals showcasing a mix of traditional Vietnamese culture and modern ‘social’ influences.

We then ride out of the city to the Long Bien Bridge, a magnificent structure built over a hundred years ago which spans the Red River and connects the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien Districts. This magnificent structure also provides shelter to locals living on floating homes. Only motorbikes and bicycles can traverse here and this is truly an experience off the beaten track, so off we go! (weather permitting)

It’s back on the Vespas for a fun ride past the West Lake to Ngoc Ha Market and a stroll around this vast, bustling marketplace taking in the vibrant atmosphere that typifies Ha Noi.*

After a short ride on your comfortable vintage Vespa’s toward Huu Tiep Lake, we explore the grounds of a 400-year-old temple, followed by a short walk through traditional local market streets to see the B52 crash site at the lake. This US bomber was shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of Ha Noi, a poignant reminder of Vietnam’s recent history.

Our final ride takes us along the riverside as we zoom past the ancient dyke wall, beautifully decorated with mosaic artwork to our final destination. A tranquil green oasis at a miniature Kumquat farm (seasonal) or we learn about the ancient tradition of making tea at the home of a Vietnamese Tea Master.

From the final stop, we will drop guests back at their hotel and bid them a safe farewell.

Afterward, our driver will take you to Cau Go Restaurant  - one of the most famouse restaurant in Hanoi for dinner.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 4: HANOI – HA LONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D)

 In the morning, check-out from hotel and get picked-up by the Cruise. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous Limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or relax for the day.

Overnight on cruise

DAY 5: SUNRISE ON THE SUNDECK - BACK TO HANOI (B/L)

Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 6: TRAVEL FROM HANOI TO HOI AN - FLIGHT INCLUDED (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, have free time until our driver will meet you for a transfer to the airport for your next flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in have some leisure time in Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 7: HOI AN FOODIE TOUR (B/L)

You will be met and transferred by private car/van/bus to the farming village that is about 4 kms from the the center of Hoian where you can learn more about the daily life of the local farmer. Then back to Hoi An and indulge yourself in foodie heaven with the local unique cuisine.

Start our foodie exploration with a lot of well-known local dishes such as White rose, Banh Beo, Banh Nam, My  Quang, Hoian special pancake, bbq pork rolls with vegetable, and the must-try banh my, and so on.

End our tour with the best Vietnamese coffee before you have free time to explore Hoian at night by yourself or going back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 8: HOI AN COOKING CLASS AT RED BRIDGE RESTAURANT  (B/L)

Have a breakfast at your hotel then our driver will pick you up from your hotel. Then we start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café

Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool - towels and showers provided.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 9: TRAVEL FROM HOI AN TO HO CHI MINH CITY - FLIGHT INCLUDED (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, have free time until our driver will meet you for a transfer to the airport for your next flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in have some leisure time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 10:  DISCOVER THE VIBRANT CITY AND DINING WITH ALL FIVE SENSES  (B/L/D)

Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeingthe beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars. Then we will transfer you to the restaurant for Lunch. Return to your hotel.

Afterward, our driver will take you to the “Noir. Dinning in the dark’ restaurant, an upscale and unique dining experience in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 11:  EXPLORE THE FANTASTING CU CHI TUNNEL -  DINNER WITH MUSIC ARTIST (B/ D)

Have breakfast at hotel and get ready for your tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. The trip will take approximately one and a half hours driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by a video about how the tunnels were constructed and how people survived in the harsh conditions of the wartime. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the specially constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, native Cu Chi tapioca will be served. Return to your hotel. In the evening, driver will take you to the restaurant for dinner with Mustic Artist.

Taking time to talk with Music artist will give you have chance to understand more about the variety of Vietmamese music. With a private space for musics and conversations, enjoy delicious and sophisticated dishes would be an elegant nightlife to make you feel comfortable and enjoyable. This is a special way for you to not only learn about music, but also an opportunity for you to know more about the diversity of Vietnamese culture and people.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 12: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can free to visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones.  Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.

DESTINATIONHOTELWEBSITE
HanoiHotel D’Opera Hanoihttp://hoteldelopera.com/
HuePilgrimage Villagehttp://www.pilgrimagevillage.com/
Ho Chi Minh CityThe Myst Hotelhttps://www.themystdongkhoihotel.com
Hoi AnLa Siesta Resort and Spahttps://lasiestaresorts.com/

INCLUSIVE:

Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

All transportation mentioned above

Domestic flight from Hanoi to Hoi An and Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax, operated by Vietjet or similar

Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)

Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

Experienced English speaking guide

Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

√ Vietnam visa letter approval

Tissues and water on coach

Service charges and government tax

Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service

24/7 hotline support guaranteed

No extra charge after services confirmation

EXCLUSIVE:

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Travel insurance

X Public holiday surcharge (if any)

X Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person)

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Other services not mentioned above

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