Vietnam

Culinary Tour

A Taste of Vietnam

Summary

Type: Culinary Tour

Duration: 14 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Halong Bay
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An
Hue



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    A Taste of Vietnam - Itinerary

    Vietnam can justifiably claim to have some of the best cuisine in Asia, if not the world and this trip lets you sample and cook some of its best dishes. Join your chefs at the local markets and shop for fresh produce and ingredients – an experience in itself!

    Each region of Vietnam has its own distinct cuisine – from the signature Cha Ca fried fish and Bun Cha in the north to the subtle dishes of Hue to the spicy broths and meat dishes of the south. And throughout the country there is a plentiful supply of sumptuous seafood. This trip is a gourmet’s delight!

    Day 1

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    In the evening

    Overnight in Hanoi.



    Day 2

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    Take a day tour to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Then explore the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism.

    In the afternoon

    Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Hanoi

    Hanoi
    In the morning

    Transfer to the Hanoi Cooking Centre before a guided walk around Chau Long Market and pick up the ingredients for the cooking class. On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal and a chance to chat with the chefs.

    In the afternoon

    Free afternoon at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 4

    Hanoi – Halong Bay

    Hanoi – Halong Bay
    In the morning

    Drive through rice paddy fields to Halong Bay. Board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay.

    In the afternoon

    Enjoy a seafood lunch and a swim (if weather permits). Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea with dinner on board.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 5

    Halong Bay – Hue

    In the morning

    Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay before returning to the wharf.

    In the afternoon

    Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Hue. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

    In the evening

    Overnight in Hue.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Hue

    Hue
    In the morning

    Take a morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then take a car to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc.

    Embark on a boat cruise on Lake Pichola with breath-taking views of the city by sunset. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) on the lake are magnificent. We visit Jag Mandir Island. This evening we enjoy dinner at Restaurant 1559 AD near Lake Pichola.

    In the afternoon

    In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Hue – Hoi An

    In the morning

    Drive along the coast and via mountain passes to Hoi An with a stop en route at the photogenic village of Lang Co Beach. Visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang which houses the world’s finest collection of Cham artworks before proceeding to Hoi An.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Hoi An, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

    In the evening

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Hoi An

    In the morning

    Pay a visit to one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market.

    In the afternoon

    Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Hoi An

    Hoi An
    In the morning

    Experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of the Hoi An Market on a personally-guided tour with the chef of the Red Bridge Restaurant. Interact with the stall holders and purchase fresh ingredients for the day’s meals. After completing the shopping, take a boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Learn about Vietnamese herbs and spices, local ingredients, and the art of food decoration. The chef will demonstrate how to prepare some of Vietnam’s most delicious dishes. Guests then have an opportunity to prepare their own meals under the Chef’s guidance. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal of Vietnamese and Hoi An specialities.

    In the afternoon

    Afternoon at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Hoi An

    Hoi An
    In the morning

    Free time at leisure in beautiful Hoi An.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

    Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
    In the morning

    Depart for Danang for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival transfer to the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels during the war.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the Reunification Palace (photo stop), Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and the Quan Am Pagoda.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Ho Chi Minh City

    In the morning

    After breakfast, it’s a short drive to the Vietnam Cookery Centre (please note: the school is not open on Saturday or Sunday) for a morning cookery class to learn the secrets to preparing some of Vietnam’s best-loved dishes. En route you’ll stop at the central market with the chef, in order to learn about the various herbs and ingredients you’ll be using.

    Once at the school, the chef will demonstrate how to prepare some typical dishes before you are given the opportunity to try for yourself. Once you’ve completed a variety of dishes, it’s time to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour! Everyone receives a cooking manual and certificate on completion of the course.

    In the afternoon

    Afternoon at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 13

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City
    In the morning

    Drive to Cai Be and take a boat cruise to the Cai Be River. You will have a chance to observe the lively activities of local merchants trading their produce from laden vessels. Visit a village where you will see some family run businesses that produce rice cakes and rice paper.

    In the afternoon

    After eating lunch at a local house, you will proceed to Binh Hoa Phuoc islet for a sampan ride before disembarking at Vinh Long for your drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 14

    Ho Chi Minh City

    In the morning

    Departure transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast
    • Lunches and/or dinners as specified in the itinerary
    • All Internal transportation plus airport transfers
    • Entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Qualified English speaking Regional Guides
    • Boat cruise in Hoi An and Mekong Delta
    • Overnight in Halong Bay on junk boat
    • Cooking Class in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
    • Mineral water on tour

    What's Not Included?

    • International flights
    • Vietnam visas
    • Travel insurance
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned in itinerary
    • Tips, laundry and other expenses of a personal nature

    Accommodation Information

    DESTINATION 4 Star Hotels 5 Star Hotels
    Hanoi Silk Path (Deluxe) Movenpick (Sup)
    Halong Indochina Sails Jasmine
    Hue Saigon Morin (Colonial Deluxe) La Residence (Sup River View)
    Hoi An Boutique Hoi An (Superior) Palm Garden (Deluxe Garden View)
    Ho Chi Minh City Liberty Central City Point (Premier Deluxe)< Intercontinental Asiana (Deluxe)

    A Taste of Vietnam Summary

    Details

    Type: Culinary

    Duration: 14 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Halong Bay
    Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Hoi An
    Hue
    FROM
    £1729
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
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