From US$2452* PP
Trip code: VCD-C-12 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Hanoi, Halong Bay Overnight Cruise, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Saigon FINISH
Just as Vietnamese cuisine is all about yin and yang, so this journey is one of balance. 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 - only a visit to Vietnam can truly reveal the diversity of the country’s cooking tradition.
DAYS 1-4: HANOI & HALONG BAY
On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, transfer to your hotel before you sample your first taste of delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the first night. Enjoy an instructive cooking lesson at the Hanoi Cooking Center and then learn all about Ho Chi Minh at his former home and mausoleum and visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Try some of Vietnam’s unique fresh beer “Bia Hoi”, at one of Hanoi’s local Bia Hoi establishments. Embark on an unforgettable overnight cruise on World Heritage listed Halong Bay including a seafood feast on board. Return to Hanoi for a street and market tour.
Hotels: Tirant Hotel, Overnight boat
DAYS 5-8: HUE & HOI AN
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, 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.
Hotels: Moonlight Hotel, Ancient House Resort
DAYS 9-12: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city and home to a myriad of culinary opportunities. Learn to cook some South Vietnamese specialties at a half-day cooking school and then stroll along historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, and see the sights of the city including the Reunification Building and the War Remnants Museum. Visit the Chinatown markets and then spend a day cruising in the Mekong Delta and try local produce, straight from the orchard. On your last day, enjoy some free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Palace Hotel
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