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12-night Vietnam Food and Culture tour offers a delicious experience. You will go on a journey of Vietnam and of your own senses learning to cook some of Vietnam’s most famous meals as well as exploring markets and stalls, only taking a break from tasting to soak up the endless culture around you. Head on a Vintage Vespa food tour in Ho Chi Minh City, take it easy on the Mekong, take a tour with Vy, owner of two restaurants in Hoi An’s lantern lit streets, team up with a food expert in Hanoi for the ultimate street food tour and finish with lazy days on board a junk in Bai Tu Long Bay. Take a look and use this as a starting point for your own personalised holiday to Vietnam. Or we can start from scratch … call today!
Day 1: UK to Ho Chi Minh City
Fly overnight from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam! You will be met & transferred to downtown Ho Chi Minh City where you will be staying for 2 nights at the Silverland Jolie Boutique Hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring but save your energy for the evening when the city comes alive and you head out on an after dark private Vintage Vespa food tour of the city. Travelling like a local, you will join the plethora of mopeds whizzing around the city to enjoy all-you-can-eat food & free flow drinks at a mix of cafes, restaurants and live music venues. What a way to start your holiday!
Days 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Today we’ve included a private tour with one of our brilliant guides. Visit the War Remnants Museum & the former Presidential Palace. From there, stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. The afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Day 4 & 5: Mekong Delta
Today you will be collected and transferred to the Mekong Delta. Your journey into the Delta includes a ride on tri-motorcycle, a short cruise through the waterways, cycling in Phong Nam Village to meet locals and a 5-course lunch! For the next 2 nights, you will be staying at Mango Home Riverside, a peaceful riverside resort with relaxing charm, inviting swimming pool, and many activities on offer
Day 6: Hoi An
Today you will be transferred back to the city for a short flight to Da Nang where you will be heading to the picturesque town of Hoi An. You will spend the next 4 nights at the outstanding Maison Vy, a stunning little hotel, owner run by Ms Vy the owner of 2 amazing restaurants and cooking schools within Hoi An. You have the rest of the day to enjoy at leisure. We can arrange lots of different tours to suit your interests so contact us today to start planning!
Day 7, 8 & 9: Hoi An
You will have three days packed with culinary delights. You will join in a cookery lesson where you will go to Vy’s market and be shown how to create truly authentic Hoi An delights. You will also head out on a private street food tasting tour with over 30 dishes for you to sample. You will also have plenty of free time to explore the Ancient Town, countryside and beaches of Hoi An.
Day 10: Hanoi
Today you will catch a flight from Da Nang to the capital, Hanoi, where you will stay for 2 nights at the impeccable La Siesta Classic, situated right in the centre of Hanoi’s old quarter. A real favourite, clients love its outstanding service, little freebies and signature tea. This evening you will be introduced to a local family for a first-hand insight in to daily life in Hanoi all topped off with some fantastic hospitality and a variety of home-cooked, local specialities for you to enjoy.
Day 11: Hanoi
Today you will explore the key sights of Hanoi including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddist Pagoda on a private guided tour. In the afternoon, a local food expert will guide you through the extensive food markets sampling as you wander. You may find the best banh xeo (crispy pancake) or bun cha (fresh rice noodles with grilled pork) in Vietnam.
Day 12: Bui Tu Long Bay
Early morning you will be transferred to the port to board your Vietnamese Junk boat, Dragon Legend, to stay for 1 night with all meals included. You will putter across the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay – a stunning less-visited alternative to Halong Bay where you can swim, kayak or just lie back beside the pool and soak up the views. End the day with a massage at the on-board spa before enjoying dinner and retiring to your cabin for the night. If one night isn’t enough in this stunning bay, then why not add another and continue exploring?
Day 13: Hanoi / UK
Enjoy sunrise with a spot of Tai Chi before breakfast over-looking the water as you cruise back towards the bay. Back on land you will be taken back to the capital to enjoy the day at leisure, and to try and fit in as much Vietnamese food as possible before early evening falls and you are transferred to Hanoi international for your overnight flight home.
Welcome home! Time to test out your new culinary skills…
This Food and Culture idea costs from £2,498pp and includes – international flights (price based on London), all internal flights, all accommodation on a sharing basis, 12 nights B&B, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, land transportation by private vehicle with driver, all meals included on Bui Tu Long Bay Boat trip, English speaking local guide, 7 private tours, all entrance fees (as outlined above)
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