The aroma of ginger and chili are exotic and fresh. The flavors of coriander and scallions are bright. From the decadent fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine to the captivating aroma of rich local coffee, you will find treasured tastes and majestic history on this custom tailored culinary tour of Vietnam. Delight in a variety of regional cooking classes and travel through the remains of an imperial city. Drift alongside splendid paddy fields and watch legend come to life in a stunning traditional...
Ho Chi Minh City - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, the Commercial Capital of Vietnam
Welcome to the vivacious commercial capital of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is a remarkable collection of modern luxury and historic culture, from the glittery skyline to the banks of the Saigon River. You can see Bitexco Tower rising over 796 feet tall and offering a 360-degree view of the entire city. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your hotel where you can settle in. You have the option of enjoying a half-day tour of the city or the far reaches of the Cu Chi Tunnel network located in the countryside. No matter which you choose you will find exceptional history and splendor. You find the continual presence of elegant architecture that dates back to the 19th century and the French Colonial power.
One of the trademark buildings that bring charm to the wide avenue in the city center is the Central Post Office. The building is located next door to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The church’s twin steeples rise 190 feet into the air. The Central Post Office was built in the later 19th century and contains looping arches and an intricately designed marble floor. You feel like you have been transferred to central Paris until you see the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh that hangs at the far end of the building and watches over the gallery. The artistic and polished structure was designed by Gustav Eiffel and continues to be filled with opulent painted maps and antique charm.
Ho Chi Minh City - Indulge in an Authentic Cooking Course with a Local Family
Ho Chi Minh City - Relax along the Mekong Delta on a Full Day River Cruise
Hoi An - Transfer to the Quaint Ancient City of Hoi An
Hoi An - Tour the Local Markets before Venturing Downriver for a Beachside Cooking Class
Hoi An - Make your Way to the Imperial City of Hue Where You Will Have an Afternoon Excursion through the Cityscape
Hanoi - Fly to Hanoi and Witness the Traditional Water Puppet Theater with Dinner at the Oldest Restaurant in the City
Hanoi - Experience your Final Cooking Class with Dinner at a Restaurant that also Serves the Community
Ha Long Bay - Journey to Ha Long Bay for an Overnight Cruise
Hanoi - Enjoy the Morning in the Spectacular Scenery of Ha Long Bay before Returning to Hanoi
Hanoi - Depart for Home
- Experience the bright and fresh flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, from countrywide dishes to regional favorites
- Enjoy various cooking courses that will teach you how to create the traditional tastes of different local cuisine
- Discover the ancient cultural tradition of the Water Puppet Theater
- Witness the exceptional splendor of the famous Vietnamese caves of Ha Long Bay
- See the tremendous culture of the Mekong River on a day tour along the celebrated waterway
- Relax on the beach outside of Hoi An as you taste the delicious flavors of the local seafood
- Dine in the various treasured restaurants of Hanoi, including one that helps to support local underprivileged children
From the South China Sea to the Mekong Delta, from the fabulous skyline of Ho Chi Minh City to the cultural traditions that radiate from Hanoi, Vietnam is overflowing with history and is home to some of the most treasured flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine. This 11-day expedition of flavor will show you iconic images and familiar dishes, from captivating pho to incredible imperial cities, the intense aroma of fresh grilled seafood to the charming 15th century architecture of a vibrant merchant city. The flavors of Vietnam are enticing and unforgettable.
Explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City on your first day in Vietnam. The commercial capital of the country is filled with remnants of the French Colonial past and is always energetic. You could also enjoy a half-day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels located in the countryside outside of the city. The following day you will experience the city like a local. Your guide will take you through the markets that the neighbors frequent in order to find the right ingredients for the days cooking. After a brief demonstration you will recreate traditional dishes in gracious comfort under your guide’s direction.
Spend the following day floating down the Mekong River in a traditional sampan before enjoying your delicious elephant ear fish lunch. Arrive in Hoi An and notice the quaint architecture and undoubted charm of the ancient fishing village. Visit the local market and then float down the river to come to a tremendous view of the ocean where you can sip a drink, indulge in your lunch, and watch the afternoon drift by. Leave Hoi An behind for the imperial grandeur of Hue. Tour along the Perfume River, visit the famous citadel, and in the evening delight in the cuisine that would make an emperor smile.
When you come to Hanoi you will watch the traditional Water Puppet Theater before dining on fantastic Cha Ca, pan-fried fish. The next day you will have one more cooking class to gather as much knowledge of the traditional bright Vietnamese cuisine as you can. In the evening you will dine at KOTO, a restaurant that helps underprivileged children in the area. When you come to Ha Long Bay you will have an overnight cruise along the celebrated waters. See the rising karsts and exceptional caves. Visit the local floating villages and kayak along the endless expanse of islands. Return to Hanoi and depart for home the following day.
$1,975 per person (excluding international flights)
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