- Duration: 12 DAYS
- Location: HANOI, HALONG BAY, HUE, HOI AN, HO CHI MINH CITY
- Places: PRIVATE TOUR
- Prix: Culinary
Vietnamese food is as interesting as its culture. The country marks itself among the healthiest (and tastiest) cuisines in the world. The words fresh, vibrant, light, and tasty come to mind when speaking of the country's cuisine. Join us on the journey from the North to the South, learn to cook local foods the right way with master chefs. After the trip, you can cook Vietnamese foods better than the average citizens. Start your trip in Hanoi - the capital of the country. It's one of the most ancient capitals in the world, you'll therefore experience culture clashes of Western and Eastern. Just like what you will learn here with the chef Mai.After that, a trip to the east of the country: the magnificent Halong Bay. Spend a night cruising through corridors of beautiful islets while sipping your glasses of wine is a scene. Board a flight to Hue - the muse of poets and songwriters. A famous cook whose name is familiar even in the USA and Europe: Ms. Nhu Huy - is the guide. Blend in with the locals in the markets, you will learn how to choose the best ingredients for your dishes, as well as cook them yourself. A private car takes you to Hoi An - the heaven of Vietnamese cuisine. Soak yourself in the slow pace of life here, as well as the hospitality of the locals. Sit in the basket boat, learn how to fish using a traditional net with local fishermen.Meet chef Duc Tran - a figure that reached the legend status here in the land of cooks. Go to local markets with him and you will know how to make mouth-watering dishes. This is an exclusive experience. After that, go to the bustling Ho Chi Minh city. Here, learn how to make a 4-course meal with Southern standards. Certainly, the lesson with chef Hong makes sure you understand all region's ways to cook Vietnamese food.
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 - HALONG 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 4: 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 5: TRAVEL FROM HANOI TO HUE (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 Hue. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in have some leisure time in Hue.
Overnight in Hue
DAY 6: COOKING CLASS WITH THE GASTRONOMY ARTISAN - Ms. Nhu Huy (B / L)
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to the venue for this class. To describe this celeb gastronomy artisan, there are simply not enough words. She is well-known in the country as well as in the UK, France, Belgium, and the rest of Europe. Being the head of the professional cooking department in several Universities, author of several cooking books, cuisine presenter for Vietnam and London television, and receiving the most precious prize of most talented Vietnamese Woman, Ms. Nhu Huy has great culinary treasures to share with you. What better way to experience a fascinating culinary tour than to have the artisan take you out for a stroll around the market to enjoy the tantalizing sights, smells and flavors of local produce? Then get to her home for a private hands-on cooking class of traditional Hue cuisine.
DAY 7: TRAVEL FROM HUE TO HOI AN BY PRIVATE CAR (B)
Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the 3 hours trip from Hoi An to Hue by private vehicle.
Upon arrival, you will have free time. You could spend time at the beach or explore this romantic and charming town.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 8: ONE DAY BEING A LOCAL FARMER (B / L)
Today your English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel around 8:00 am and take you for a cycling trip to the countryside and rivers around Hoi An. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. After that, you will board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen. Enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also take a paddleboat trip in a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat down the waterways of a coconut palm paradise.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 9: HOI AN COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF DUC TRAN (B / L)
Have breakfast at your hotel. Today you have a chance to learn about local cuisine from the master on an exclusive cookery class with Hoi An chef Duc Tran - local character, restaurateur, and all-round food legend.
At the forefront of Hoi An's thriving, innovative restaurant scene are a number of local chefs who have gained something of a celebrity status. Perhaps foremost amongst this group is the charismatic Chef Duc Tran, proprietor and head chef at a number of trong in town, including Mai Fish, Mango Mango, and the Mango Room. Duc's restaurants are famed for their fabulous fusion of Vietnamese and international cuisine inspired by his worldwide travels and immersion in the Hoi An food scene.
For one of the most exclusive foodie experiences in Vietnam, let Chef Duc take you on a half-day culinary journey. Pay a visit to Hoi An market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam, before returning to the restaurant to craft them into mouth-watering and visually stunning creations.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 10: TRAVEL FROM HOI AN TO HO CHI MINH CITY (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 11: HO CHI MINH COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF (B / L)
Have a breakfast at your hotel. Then our driver will take you to cooking class. Afterward, f ollow our Chef through the vibrant Ben Thanh market to purchase a selection of ingredients for your cooking lesson. At 9:40 am our Chef will bring you back by Taxi to our cooking class. Hands-on Cooking Class from 10am till 1pm
In a warm atmosphere, participants cook all together following step by step our Chef and everyone has their own material and ingredients for a better understanding of cooking techniques.
You will discover Vietnamese kitchenware to cook and enjoy a tasty 4-course meal. MSG and “Knorr powders / enhance flavors” are of course forbidden!
We will adapt the menu to vegetarians or for people with food allergies, let us know your booking in advance so we can teach you.
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 visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.
√ Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
√ All transportation mentioned above
√ Domestic flight from Hanoi to Hue and Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax
√ 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 tax charges and government requirements
√ Exclusive and personalized single agent / single customer service
√ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
√ No extra charge after services confirmation
X Beverage, Personal account, 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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