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Taste of Vietnam Tour 12 days
Taste of Vietnam Tour 12 days
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12 days
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Depart from:
Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Tour route:
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
Tour code: VNL6
Tour Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Tour route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
Brief itinerary:
Day 1 Hanoi arrival – Discover food street tour
Day 2 Hanoi Cooking Class & City Tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay by car overnight on Cruise (breakfast + lunch + dinner)
Day 4 Halong Bay – Fly to Hue (brunch on cruise)
Day 5 Hue City Tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 6 Hue- Danang – Hoian Ancient Town by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 7 Hoian Cooking Class – Walking Tour (breakfast + lunch)
Day 8 Hoian – Danang Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (breakfast + lunch)
Day 9 HCM City Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels (breakfast + lunch)
Day 10 HCM City – Mekong Delta – Homestay by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 11 Cai Rang Floating Market – HCM City by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Departure (breakfast)

Tour price includes:

  • A private tour package for your group.
  • Accommodation based on twin/double sharing room
  • Meals are mentioned in the program (B: Breakfast – L: Lunch – D: Dinner)
  • Cooking class fee with chef
  • Private transportation with air conditioned on tour
  • Halong Bay Cruise
  • All entrance fees
  • Mineral water and tissue
  • Private experienced English or French speaking guide. Other languages guide upon on request.
 Tour price excludes:
  • Individual expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic air-fare (we will offer price case by case (Hanoi –Hue/ Danang – Saigon)
  • Meals and drink other rather than specified.
Day 1 Hanoi arrival – Discover food street tour
Welcome to Vietnam! This is the start of your big adventure. You are picked up at the Noi Bai airport by our tour guide and head to your hotel in the centre.
In the evening, our tour guide will escort you to street food tour of Hanoi. It is great chance to taste many type of famous food here. Overnight stay in Hanoi
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Day 2 Hanoi Cooking Class & City Tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
In the morning, the tour guide take you to the cooking class in Hanoi. Passing a local market and learn about ingredients, flavors and see how the local prepare for meals. Next is a short talk on the art of Hanoian gastronomy, vegetables, herbs & spices & learn how to prepare & use them. Our Chef will share to you her pride of Vietnamese cuisines and the secrets how to make it good. Enjoy the local food in Hanoi capital.
In the afternoon you will explore Vietnam’s charming city with its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War); West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay by car overnight on Cruise (breakfast + lunch + dinner)
After breakfast at the hotel. The tour guides pick you up and travel to Halong Bay. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay.
Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as you sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s numerous islands. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white sanded beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (if the weather will be suitable). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. Overnight on Cruise.

Day 4 Halong Bay – Fly to Hue (brunch on cruise)
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax watching the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore the nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for brunch then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City, where your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport to catch your short flight to Hue. Meet local tour guide and check in hotel. Overnight stay in Hue.
 
Day 5 Hue City Tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
Spend an entire day touring Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. Continue visit vibrant Dong Ba riverside market
After lunch time, you take boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and then Minh Mang Tomb and Tu Duc Tomb. Overnight stay in Hue.
 
Day 6 Hue- Danang – Hoian Ancient Town by car (breakfast + lunch)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive south to Hoian over the 500m high Hai Van pass. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hoian – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, we will stop over to visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain. Overnight stay in Hoian.
 
Day 7 Hoian Cooking Class – Walking Tour (breakfast + lunch)
In the morning, enjoy a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. Meet at the Hai Scout Cafe in Hoian’s Old Town. From there we will head to Hoian's colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for today’s cooking class. Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 25min cruise along the Hoian River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Discover the school's herb and vegetable garden before starting your cooking lesson. The class runs for about an hour and 15min and includes demonstrations from the school's chefs as well as time to help prepare traditional dishes. At the end of class, enjoy an introductory lesson in the art of Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
In the afternoon, take a walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Rest of the day you are free at leisure. Overnight stay in Hoian.

Day 8 Hoian – Danang Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (breakfast + lunch)
Have breakfast at the hotel then  take the flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the early afternoon and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. You will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the City Post Office. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.


Day 9 HCM City Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels (breakfast + lunch)
This morning you leave the city for Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class. Here you have chance to study variety of many kinds of flora and herbs and mushroom before starting your cooking lesson. The class runs for about an hour and 15min and includes demonstrations which will help you gain insight into the diversity of the Vietnamese cuisine, as well as time to help prepare traditional dishes. After indulging in your creations, visit Cu Chi Tunnels, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight stay.

Day 10           HCM City – Mekong Delta – Homestay by car (breakfast + lunch)
Today journey out of Saigon to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to an island in the middle of the Mekong. Explore a small local village by bicycle, before heading to your homestay. Spend the afternoon shopping for ingredients for tonight’s dinner with the house matriarch. Then learn to cook traditional cuisine as you help the family prepare the evening meal. Overnight stay at local house.

Day 11           Cai Rang Floating Market – HCM City by car (breakfast + lunch)
Wake early and have breakfast with the family, before heading to the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous orchards and sample some of the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to HCM city for overnight stay.

Day 12           Ho Chi Minh City Departure (breakfast)
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.

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