Vietnam Culinary Discovery
Small group tour
12 days -
Just as Vietnamese cuisine is all about balance, so too is this journey. Experience guided tours through local markets, test your skills in cooking schools, and enjoy lavish meals at some of the country's best restaurants. From Hanoi and Halong Bay to the historical charms of Hue and Hoi An, and on to the buzzing streets of Saigon, uncover the diversity of Vietnam's culinary traditions.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night cruise accommodation
- breakfast daily
- 7 lunches and 4 dinners
- 3 cooking classes
- 2 internal flights within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers
- local English-speaking guides
- return transfers
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Small Group Tour Itinerary
HANOI & HALONG BAY
On arrival in Vietnam's capital, transfer to your hotel before you sample your first taste of delicious Vietnamese cuisine that night. Enjoy an instructive cooking lesson at the Hanoi Cooking Center and then visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Try some of Vietnam's unique fresh beer 'bia hoi', at one of Hanoi's bia hoi establishments. Embark on an unforgettable overnight cruise on World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, including a seafood feast on board. The next day, return to Hanoi.
Wake up and watch the sun rise over Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat.
One of the best Old Quarter hotel options, this property is a great budget choice in Hanoi. Each room is well-appointed and comfortable. Enjoy the small rooftop swimming pool and relax at the rooftop cafe with fascinating Old Quarter views. The great location, comfortable rooms and friendly staff make this a great choice in the Old Quarter.
HUE & HOI AN
Embark on a street and market tour of Hanoi. Fly to the former imperial capital, Hue, and explore the city's historic sites, including the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Take a brief walking tour through the streets to see local dishes with the opportunity to sample local delicacies. Drive through spectacular coastal scenery towards Hoi An with a stop at Marble Mountain, and discover the town's many charms on a walking tour. Uncover the local cuisine in a full-day cooking class at Ms Vy's Cooking School, before a street food tour the following morning
This hotel is one of Hue's newest additions. Located in an excellent area with many local eateries and shops all around, it offers good standard rooms with big windows and comfortable beds. Prices represent good value and there are extra facilities like a small swimming pool and fitness room. Service is warm and friendly and the hotel is an excellent base for Hue touring on a budget.
Ancient House Resort
This locally-styled hotel is a 20 minute walk from the center of town and a short drive to Cua Dai beach. The hotel is laid out in a Hoi An architectural style with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere amid tropical plants. Rooms are modest in size yet comfortable and quiet, and set around a central pool.
SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam's largest city and home to a myriad of culinary opportunities. Visit the Chinatown markets and then spend a day cruising in the Mekong Delta sampling local produce straight from the orchard. Learn to cook some South Vietnamese specialties at a half-day cooking school and then stroll along historic Dong Khoi Street. Visit the city's key sites including the Reunification Building and the War Remnants Museum before a fun farewell dinner. On your last day, enjoy some free time until your departure transfer.
A landmark in central Saigon, this hotel has recently been refurbished in a contemporary style. Every room has good amenities, and most have balconies with views over the city center towards Saigon River. A small rooftop pool offers great vistas with a fun atmosphere, and the innovative restaurant is popular with guests and visitors alike.
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