On this 10-day culinary tour, you will learn much about the charming capital of Hanoi, HCMC, Hue, Halong Bay, and more. Not only that, but after sampling the country’s finest cuisine, you will become your own chef as you take part in cooking classes. You will get to know all about the local cuisine by sampling and creating a variety of local dishes… and hopefully, be enticed to come back for more!
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi ‘s Specialties (B/L/D).
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Hue – Spicy Corner (B/L/D)
Day 5: Cooking Class – Boat trip and Royal Banquet (B/L/D)
Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L/D)
Day 7: Hoi An – Fusion Cuisine (B/L/D)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)
Day 9: Mekong Delta – Exotic food (B/L/D)
Day 10: Departure (B)
- Admire beautiful natural landscapes
- Discover Hanoi famous sites and enjoy Hanoi cuisine
- Learn about the art of traditional Vietnamese cuisine
- Explore a breath-taking Halong Bay World Natural Heritages by ocean junk
- Immerse in local life and cuisine at Mekong Delta
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
Hanoi, the present day capital of Vietnam, is a city of tree-lined boulevards and lakes. It boasts a unique blend of French colonial buildings and Chinese inspired architecture. You will have a full day to explore this fascinating city and visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature, the Lake of the Restored Sword and the bustling “Old Quarter”, with its 36 ancient streets. You’ll have lunch at “Cha Ca La Vong” and enjoy seasoned fish. In the evening, you can take in a performance of the famous water puppets, followed by dinner at the Ly Club restaurant which is a well-restored colonial villa erected in the 19th Century in the same period as the renowned Long Bien Bridge. Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. Welcome on board and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. Swim on a quiet beach or lie on the sundeck. Visit an interesting fishing village and meet fishermen here. At sunset, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a wonderful water tunnel. Back on board. Enjoy cocktails while savoring the sunset, and later unwind at the restaurant. Overnight on board
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Checkout is at 11:45 am. Boat arrives at the harbor by noon for the drive back to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you’ll transfer to the hotel and settle in. In the evening, you will take a cyclo ride to Ancient Hue restaurant for dinner. Food in Hue is spicy, with considerable use of chili, reflecting its imperial roots. It is often presented in carefully displayed small servings, a kind of Oriental nouvelle cuisine. You’ll then spend a restful evening in Hue.
In the morning, you will meet Mrs. Cuc, the owner of Y Thao Garden House, who will take you to Dong Ba central market. She will provide instruction on how to choose food for your cooking lesson at 9:30 at Y Thao Garden House. You must pay careful attention, because you will be preparing your own lunch! In the afternoon, you will travel by Dragon Boat on the romantically named Perfume River which leads to the Thien Mu pagoda, standing on the riverbank with its seven-story tower. You will then transfer by car to the Imperial Citadel, from which the Nguyen emperors once ruled Vietnam. Then you’ll have a royal banquet dinner before an overnight stay Hue.
In the morning, you will drive to visit Tu Duc Mausoleum with its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Leaving Hue mid-morning, you’ll enjoy a scenic journey on Highway One. The road passes by vivid green fields of rice and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co with its blue lagoon and deserted sandy beaches. Then you will experience climbing over the dramatic Pass of Mountain Clouds. Lang Co is well known for its fresh seafood restaurants and a lunch of locally caught shrimps and squid on the edge of the lagoon is a must. Once over the mountain pass, the road drops down to Danang. You’ll stop off at Danang to visit the famous Non Nuoc Beach, once a ‘rest and recreation’ resort for American servicemen. You’ll also and pass by the sacred Marble Mountains whose caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Upon arrival at the former trading port of Hoi An around five in the afternoon, you’ll go to your hotel and stroll down to the picturesque river front for a refreshing drink before dinner at Full Moon Restaurant. It is located in a meticulously restored colonial property (run by a French expatriate) and is the perfect end to your day before you retire for the evening.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hoi An was a major Asian trading center and much remains as it was then. A morning walking tour of the ancient town center will take you to former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful market. For lunch at Ancient Faifo restaurant, you can try the local specialty “cao lau”, a delicious soup made with noodles, pork and greens. This is an original dish found only in Hoi An and made using the water from the town’s ancient well (duly boiled).
In the afternoon, you will have a private cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant. Then, you will visit Hoi Ans colorful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise for 25 minutes along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, you will explore the cooking schools herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes.
The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours. Each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chefs, before you prepare the same dish yourself. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, you will sit down and eat exactly what you have cooked for your dinner.
You will transfer to Danang Airport after breakfast for the early flight to Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now officially known. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll have a lunch of “pho” on Pasteur Street. Next up is a half day city tour which includes the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Cholon, the city’s lively Chinatown. You will enjoy the dinner on cruise on Saigon River. Overnight in HCMC.
Next you will have a full-day trip to the watery world of ben Tre in the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of HCMC. You’ll take a boat trip along the narrow waterways, overhung with dense vegetation, and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. You can try the local specialty of Elephant’s Ear Fish at a riverside restaurant. This will give you a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who work, rest and play on the mighty Mekong and its numerous tributaries. TRansfer back to Saigon.
You’ll then have dinner at one of HCMC’s best-known restaurants, Hoa Tuc restaurant. The cuisine of the south uses many herbs and spices and has been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India, among others. Curries using coconut milk are an example of this influence. The south also has a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the cooler north. You experience all of this before retiring for a restful overnight stay.
The morning is free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight.
Tour price includes
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- All private transportation with guide
- Accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast
- Experienced English-speaking guide.
- Cooking class
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets.
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes
- International flights & departure taxes
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season surcharge if any
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas & New Year if any
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.
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