From US$2485* PP
Trip code: VCD-C-12 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Hanoi's Old Quarter, Halong Bay overnight, Hoi An Old Town, Imperial Palace, Mekong Delta FINISH
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.
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.
Hotels: Tirant Hotel, Overnight boat
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.
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. 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
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