Taste of Vietnam 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Some call it the world’s first real fusion kitchen, others are simply won over by its simplicity and originality. Whichever way you look at it, there is no denying the French culinary influences that have shaped the Vietnamese cuisine into what it is today.Taste of Vietnam offers you the very best that Vietnamese cookery has to offer on an amazing journey through this fascinating country. Not only will we show you the diversity on offer in the Vietnamese cuisine but you will also learn to make some staple dishes of each region yourself through our carefully selected cooking classes. This sample program shows you the difference in cuisine from North to South, both in top-end restaurants and authentic street food experiences.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/D)
Arrival in Hanoi. Hosted dinner at a local house.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi- Lunch with famous Chef (B,L,-)
For breakfast, you enjoy a bowl of the famous phở bò (beef) or phở gà (chicken) noodle soup,Vietnam’s number one dish. We make a city tour with Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature. Lunch at Anh Tuyet restaurant. Ms Anh Tuyet is regarded as the best Chef of Hanoi’s cuisine.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi- Halong (B,L,-)
Today we transfer to Ha Long Bay for a luxury overnight cruise in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You have lunch with fresh seafood, attend a cooking demo and food-carving class on board while observing the stunning surrounding landscapes in magnificent Halong Bay
Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong- Danang (B,Brunch,-)
Spend the morning continue cruising on the bay. After brunch, we will leave the cruise and then transferred to Noi Bai airport for flight to Danang. Arrival in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Tour (B,L,-)
This morning we head to the market. The Chef will lead us to the market and explain about herbs and spices used in local cuisine. We attend after that a cooking class to learn to prepare some special local dishes. Lunch with foods prepared by ourselves. Transfer back to town for a Walking Tour with Phuc Kien Assembly Hall of the former Fukienese community, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Tan Ky ancient house.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An - Hue (B,L,-)
This morning we leave for Hue. On the way we have a visit to Museum of Champa Sculpture to see the diverse collection of Champa sculpture dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries. We will stop on Sea and Cloud Pass, the border of Hue and Danang city. Lunch at Lang Co beach resort. Arrival in Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Day 7: Dalat - Bird Watching (B/L/-)
For breakfast we have the very famous Bun Bo Hue(beef noodle in Hue style) at a local restaurant. We then make a city tour with the sights in Hue: Dong Ba market, the Imperial City. We enjoy a boat trip along Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. After lunch, we will visit colorful interesting Incense,Conical hat making Village. We then drive to Tu Duc Tomb, an amazing tomb complex completed from 1864-1867. We make a stop for tea break at special local café shop: Vi Da Xua. Dinner atMadame Ha’s Tinh Gia Vien restaurant, a great meal in a beautiful setting. Overnight in Hue
Day 8: Hue- Saigon (B,-,-)
Today we take a short flight to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon
Day 9: Dalat - Saigon (B/-/-)
Reunification Palace War Remnants Museum Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon Post Office Giac Lam Pagoda FITO Museum Ben Thanh Market
Day 10: Dalat - Saigon (B/-/-)
Today we drive to the Mekong Delta. On arrival in Cai Be town in noon, we enjoy a boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market, this whole sale market of agricultural products. Along the way we stop at small handicraft and candy factories. We cruise our private boat through an intricate and bustling maze of waterways and canals. Lunch with the popular “Elephant Ear Fish” and “Green Claw Shrimp” at the home of a local Bonsai gardener before further exploring the delta. We get to our home stay in the afternoon and then go for a stroll around the village, learning more about charming rural life in South Vietnam. Prepare an authentic family dinner and then enjoy the meal with a local family.
Overnight at home stay Vinh Long.
Day 11: Me Kong Delta- Saigon (B,L,-)
After breakfast with the friendly hosts, we take the boat to the wharf. On the way to the wharf, we will visit a nursery garden, enjoy fresh tropical fruited from garden and then see a ceramic workshop. On arrival in Vinh Long city, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 12: Saigon Departure (B,-,-)
Free until be transferred to airport for our next flight.
Tour Price: Available on request
Tour Price Inclusions:
09 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)
2Days/1Night cruise on boat in Ha Long Bay (shared cabin on shared boat)
01 Night at local family house (home stay) in Vinh Long (simple facilities)
All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):
Local ENGLISH speaking guides
·All entrance fees as program
Private boat trip in Hue, Vinh Long
Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food):
·Daily breakfasts at hotels
·01 dinner at Ms. Quyen
·01 cooking class in Hoian with Lunch
·01 luch at Lang Co Beach Resort
·04 Lunches + 01 Dinner at local restaurants
·01 Brunch, 01 Lunch and 01 Dinner on boat in Ha Long
02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
Added value from 15 Paying Pax up: 1 Tour Leader Free Of Charge based on twin-sharing room (exclusive of airfares and other surcharges)
Tour Price Exclusions:
Airfares (international and domestic)
Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
Visas to Vietnam
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Early check in or late check out
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Optional excursions and activities
Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
Peak season surcharges if any
Any other items not mentioned in the ‘Tour Price Includes’ section above