9-day Vietnam Gourmet Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 9 Days

tour highlights

  • Feeling the metropolitan pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and experiencing its highlights
  • Enjoy the cooking class at Vietnam Cookery Centre
  • Visiting the imperial city of Hue and Experience the Royal Cuisine of Hue
  • Taking time out in Hoi An, a small, traditional town boasting tailors and riverside dining
  • Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Join the cooking class at Hanoi Cooking Centre with market visit
  • Cruise the magical Ha Long bay and savor fresh food's being served onboard


tour details

Vietnam is a foodie’s paradise, and part of the pleasure is discovering the endless variety across northern, central and southern cuisines. Your Gourmet Vietnam tour will include stops at highly regarded restaurants and cooking schools, along with some must-see cultural highlights. Eat your way through Vietnam, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet. Experience all of Vietnam’s iconic sights, spend time cooking with some of the country’s top food experts and get a true taste of Vietnam on this delectable gourmet journey.

Meet on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Formerly known as Saigon, todays Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the "Pearl of the Far East" and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.

In the evening, embark on Lady Hau Cruise for a perfect 2.5 hrs. Dinner cruise on Saigon River. Enjoy breath-taking views of some of Saigon's most famous landmarks & buildings in the city central area as well as the panoramic view from the river of the colourful and picturesque Saigon skyline while enjoying a quality dining experience. Boarding time from 19:00 hrs. and disembarkation at 21:30 hrs.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included:Dinner on Lady Hau Cruise
GOOD MORNING SAIGON

06:00: Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the park opposite to the New World Hotel to see and join the locals, practicing Tai Chi. After your "exercise", visit the north entrance of Ben Thanh Market to witness the busy morning hours with sellers setting up their stands and commencing business (fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, flowers, etc.).

Continue your tour by walking along Saigon's streets and admire some of the city's most important landmarks. Experience the morning glory of Saigon as the city awakes and enjoy a bowl of the famous "pho" noodle soup for breakfast as well a traditional Vietnamese coffee or tea.

COOKING CLASS AT THE VIETNAM COOKERY CENTRE

A visit to Vietnam is a memorable experience and with the help of the Vietnam Cookery Centre you will be able to bring back home some of those memories. Prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes and re-experience authentic delightful Vietnamese cuisine together with your family and friends.

In the morning course, you will learn more about the most popular Vietnamese dishes. You will be taught the correct blending of the many ingredients and spices to create the famous "nuoc mam" (fish sauce). You will also learn more about the cooking of the multitude of different rice.

Apart from the preparation and cooking under the Chef's guidance, you will be introduced to the traditional Vietnamese kitchen with cooking utensils, which still resemble the Vietnamese way of life. You will learn about the oriental science of Yin-Yang (even applied in cooking) and the history of Vietnamese cuisine with its roots in the Imperial City of Hue and its various influences from both Western and other Eastern cultures. Finally you will understand the intricacies of the Vietnamese dining etiquette and the technique to master the chopsticks!

In the evening, have a guided stroll through the Ben Thanh area. Listed by the Food & Wines Magazine in its late January 2012 edition as one of the ten best places in the world for street food, here one can find all southern delicacies.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch prepared during the cooking class
In the morning, have a half-day Saigon City Tour. You will visit the bustling Cho lon (Chinatown), Thien Hau pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in the area and colourful Ben Thanh Market. Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station.

Visit the Reunification Palace which is renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975

Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, experience the Royal Cuisine of Hue during a sumptuous dinner at local restaurant.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at restaurant
Royal dinner at restaurant
Have a full day city tour today. Your first stop will be the Hue Citadel situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River. Built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Continue your tour with a visit to the garden house of Mr. Phan Thuan An, the famous Hue study researcher, who will give a brief lecture on Hue's history and culture.

In the afternoon, visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs, considered to be two of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king's personality and style.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant
In the morning, visit the Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts. Located in the former imperial capital of Hue, it is dedicated to Vietnam's imperial past and arts of that era.
Visit Dong Ba Market where you can choose the local specialties and souvenirs. Hue conical hats have been inspiration for generations of poets and are travellers' favourable souvenir.

Have lunch at Tha Om garden house. After lunch, transfer to Hue / Phu Bai Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, pick-up and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at Tha Om garden house
This morning, have hands on cooking class at the Hanoi Cooking Centre designed by chef Tracey Lister, co-author of the books KOTO-A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam and Vietnamese Street Food.

The course begins with a brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the ingredients of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Share the experience of Vietnamese cuisine through the eyes of the international chef. Afterwards, walk to the Chau Long Market and enjoy a market tour. The chefs will highlight some of the daily produce sold, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, silk worms, etc.

Return to the Hanoi Cooking Centre and get started. The chefs will explain how to prepare the various dishes on the menu. Printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruits, green bean cake, quail eggs, etc. can be taken home after the class.

Enjoy the meal you prepared and visit the Hanoi Cooking Centre shop where you may find useful cooking utensils, recipe books, spices, etc.

In the afternoon, take a half-day Hanoi City Tour. You will visit the historic Ba Dinh Square, see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from the OUTSIDE, then visit One-Pillar Pagoda and then visit the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch self-prepared at the Hanoi Cooking Centre
08:00 hrs. Pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Halong City. Upon arrival, embark on an overnight cruise and set sail on a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch is served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.

In the afternoon you will start to discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as "Dragon descending to the sea". Depending on each cruise's itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave, have some swimming. Kayaking is available at a surcharge

When the sun sets, your boat will drop anchor for the night. You may attend a cooking demonstration before having dinner.

After dinner, you may choose to enjoy fresh air on the sundeck or playing board games or retiring to your cabin for a comfortable night in the bay

Accommodation on-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner on-board
Early riser may join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck (depending on each cruise's programme) and enjoy watching the sunrise in the Bay. Afterward your boat will weave its way back to Halong pier. Upon disembarkation, pick up and transfer to Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, check in the hotel and have free time for your own discovery of Vietnam's wide array of street foods which has won the hearts of international chefs and make Vietnam their second home.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast on-board
At leisure until transfer to Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight.

If your flight departs in the afternoon or later, you can fill your time by picking one of our wide ranges of day excursions in and around Hanoi at a surcharge.

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel

includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Our tour guide on-board the overnight boat in Halong Bay
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for night-time services, especially applied for transfers with arrivals after 23:00 hrs and arrivals or departures before 06:00 hrs.
  • Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

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