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Vietnam Culinary Discovery

Small group tour
12 days - From US$2655*PP

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.

Inclusions

  • 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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SEPTEMBER 3rd
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SEPTEMBER 14th
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OCTOBER 29th
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NOVEMBER 26th
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DECEMBER 7th
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DECEMBER 24th
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JANUARY 4th
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US$2815*

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

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 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.

Hotel:

Overnight boat

Wake up and watch the sun rise over Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat.

Hotel:

Tirant Hotel

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.

Days 5-8:

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

Hotel:

Moonlight Hotel

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.

Hotel:

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.

Days 9-12:

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.

Hotel:

Palace Hotel

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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Vietnam Culinary Discovery reviews verified by Reevoo

Accommodation
9.5
Content of holiday
10.0
Tour leader, if applicable
10.0
Local guide(s)
10.0
Value for money
10.0
Overall Rating
10.0
Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

TREVLYN

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Couple
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Sorry, rated tour leader and we had local guides. The pros are the level of knowledge of the guides and for the most part the selection of places to visit. In addition, our Hanoi guide (Tam) was really fabulous. His knowledge was high and he was willing to share his insights (which were significant) with us.
The largest downside we find with Insider Journeys is the exclusive tie to the US dollar. We are Canadians and would love to book and see expenses in Canadian dollars.

The only other downside was not with the culinary, but after. The three day section of the Mekong Delta. I think we may have read the description incorrectly. We thought we would literally journey down the Delta to Cambodia. When, in fact, we covered much of the same ground as the end of the culinary tour. And, the end of the culinary tour took us to better places. It was virtually the same, except for staying in the smaller towns.

While not exactly a negative, the cooking course in Saigon was not as great an experience as the ones in Hanoi and in Hoi An. It was good, but just not at the same level as the other two.
Confirmed traveler: December 09 2015
Published on: January 27 2016
10 out of 10

Elizabeth

San Francisco, CA Family
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Great tour guides. Wonderful sites. Excellent cooking schools
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed traveler: July 22 2015
Published on: August 27 2015

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