Flavours of Vietnam Tour

Flavours Of Vietnam

This private culinary tour is an in-depth exploration of Vietnam’s most authentic food and cultural experiences. Vietnam is a gourmet paradise well-known for its exotic cuisine that differs between the Southern, Central and Northern regions of the country. Experience a Vietnam culinary tour that incorporates cultural highlights, cooking classes and dining in gourmet restaurants along the way.

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nights-white 12 days/11 nights
from £1615 per person

Vietnam

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HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – CAN THO – FLOATING MARKETS AT CAI RANG – HUE – HOI AN – CUA DAI – HANOI – HALONG BAY

flights Flight to Ho Chi Minh

 
Day 1  
You arrive at Ho Chi Minh airport to a warm welcome from your local guide, who will escort you to the awaiting transport and onwards to your hotel. The afternoon is free at leisure.

nights  4* Grand Hotel or similar (B)

Day 2
The morning is devoted to discovering the culinary delights of Ho Chi Minh City. The cooking class begins with a stroll through the market to select your ingredients. Going to the market is also a good opportunity for you to experience the daily life of the Vietnamese people. After that you learn to cook some local dishes with the assistance of the chef. Lunch gives you the opportunity to taste what you have just made and to sample additional dishes prepared by the cooks. In the afternoon, you visit some of the historical sites of the city: including Cho Lon and Thien Hau Pagoda, the former Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House.

nights 4* Grand Hotel or similar (B, L)

Day 3
Today you are taken from Ho Chi Minh to Cai Thia Canal in Cai Be District, a journey of about 2.5 hours, where you start your excursion deep into the Mekong Delta area. Feel the daily rhythm of life as well as the peaceful atmosphere by experiencing the many activities of the locals, such as taking local ferries to cross small canals and rivers. You can then cycle for about 2 hours on small lanes passing by a local church, local market, a brick kiln and lush orchard gardens. You make a stop en-route at a local house where you can sample seasonal fruit along with tea and honey and even local wine. You take a boat trip to another local house to enjoy lunch after which you experience a leisurely trip in a rowing boat along the small Cay Da canal and further explore the area. You then continue your journey to Can Tho by road and check in to the hotel late afternoon.

nights 3* Nam Bo Boutique Hotel or similar (B, L)

Day 4
Today you board the Mystic Mekong (non-private boat) for a cruise to the lively, colourful floating markets of Cai Rang. Breakfast is available as soon as the sampan departs from the Can Tho old market and you can enjoy the scenery of daily life on the banks. After breakfast, the Mystic sampan cruises into the heart of Cai Rang floating market where you see a maze of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables or groceries to sell. Leaving the floating market, the Mystic sampan takes you to a husking factory where you have a chance to discover how rough rice is made into white rice in Vietnam. Or you may pay a visit to a local orchard instead for fresh fruits. Then the Mystic cruises back to Can Tho city to arrive at the old market before 10 am. You disembark late morning and then continue to Vang Xam where you can take a bike ride along small roads and lanes of the local villages, discovering fruit orchards on the way. After lunch (own expense) you head via a Cao Dai Temple to Ho Chi Minh Airport (180km – 4-4.5 hour driving) for a brief 1-hour flight to Hue. On arrival in Hue you are transferred to the hotel for check in.

nights 5* Pilgrimage Village (B)

Day 5
This morning, you visit the impressive Imperial Citadel of Hue. Following the visit, you ride towards the ancient Phu Mong village, 2 km from the Citadel. After that, you continue towards an ancient garden house called Xuan Vien Tieu Cung which is located about 4km from Hue city and was built in 1894. Originally the residence of Pham Huu Dien (a minister of Rite under the Nguyen dynasty), it has now been passed down to his granddaughter. You enjoy a cup of green tea, fresh fruits from the garden and stories that are full of humour before continuing on your bike journey. After lunch at a local restaurant, you visit Minh Mang tomb – one of the most beautiful tombs in Hue. Finish your day with a walking tour around Dong Ba Market. Your guide will introduce you to some typical local foods of Hue people. Back to your hotel in the late afternoon and and the rest of the day at leisure.

nights 5* Pilgrimage Village Hotel (B, L)

Day 6
In the morning, you transfer to the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. You then depart for Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass to view one of the most beautiful panoramas in Vietnam. You also stop at the quiet, white sandy beach of Lang Co. We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon. Check in at the hotel.

nights 4* Boutique Hoi An Hotel or similar (B)

Day 7
The small streets of Hoi An are ideal to wander through on foot or by bike. Cars and motorbikes are forbidden in the entire area, which allows you to peacefully enjoy some of most important sightseeing of Hoi An such as Chinese temples, traditional houses, the Japanese bridge and daily active life of local people. You wake up in the early morning, and a guided tour allows you to appreciate further the true value of this legacy of over 800 historical monuments. The city itself has been listed UNESCO World Heritage. The tour ends with a cup of coffee or tea at a special teashop with a staff of deaf waiters. Back to the hotel and the rest of the day is free at your leisure.

nights 4* Hoi An Hotel or similar (B)

Day 8
In the morning, you take a boat trip to Cua Dai (approximately 30 minutes). Upon arrival, you join in the daily activities of the local fishermen. Afterwards, you take a coracle (round basket boat) for a tour to the mangrove forest of coconut trees. You disembark at around 10 am and spend the rest of your time exploring the town. Later you meet up with your guide and transfer to Danang airport for your short flight to Hanoi. You then transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.

nights 4* Silk Path Hanoi Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9
Today you enjoy a full-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the traditional stilt house, and the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature also known as the First University of Vietnam. In the afternoon, you pay a visit to Museum of Ethnology to learn about Vietnam’s diverse culture, after which you take a walking tour to explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You then have the chance to discover the street food of Hanoi under guidance of our local guide. This tour takes 3.5 hours and starts in the late afternoon until dinner and includes Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan, around which dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes and you can sample as you go. Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring Hanoi Old Quarter.

nights 4* Silk Path Hanoi Hotel or similar (B)

Day 10
This morning you leave Hanoi and head straight to Halong Bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin (180km – 3.5 – 4 hour driving). Arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on board.

nights Overnight on board 4* Indochina Sails (B, L, D)

Day 11
An early morning rise to admire the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After a tea break, the boat continues to cruise quietly through the spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this isolated bay’s spectacular scenery and unique island. Return to Halong harbour after a brunch for a transfer back to Hanoi. On the way back, you stop to enjoy the charm of Phu Lang, a pottery village where you wander the paved streets along the Cau river and perhaps practice your hand at pottery, or visit the handicraft workshops of avant-garde artists.

nights 4* Silk Path Hanoi Hotel or similar (B)

Day 12
The morning is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departures flight. Your room is at your disposal until noon.

flights  Flight to London Heathrow

International Flights
Internal flights
Return transfers in Vietnam
Bed & Breakfast
4 lunches, 1 dinner
English speaking guide
Cruise as described
Other activities as per programme
Site entrance fees
ATOL protection
Flight & hotel taxes

Flight upgrades
Regional UK departures
5* Hotel upgrades
Tour extensions
Additional hotel nights
Bespoke tour variations

HO CHI MINH

MEKONG DELTA

CAN THO

FLOATING MARKETS AT CAI RANG

HUE

HOI AN

CUA DAI

HANOI

HALONG BAY

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