Gourmet Vietnam Tours 12 days 11 nights
Tour code: CLC103 | Tour Style: Classic Tours
One of the most special features in this Gourmet Vietnam tour is that you can cook Vietnamese traditional dishes by yourself so that you can do it again for your beloveds when you come back home. Together with the guidance of experienced chefs as well as friendly locals, you can surely prepare good Vietnamese dishes. From what you have learnt from this tour, you will clearly feel the Vietnamese culture hidden inside the food’s taste, flavor and color.Destination: Activities: Cruising, Walking, Cooking, Sightseeing
- Visiting local markets to learn about fresh products and herbs as well as experiencing the daily life of the locals
- Joining cooking classes in the North, Central and South of Vietnam with the experienced chefs’ support to cook Vietnamese traditional dishes by yourself
- Traveling to famous destinations in big cities in Vietnam: Hanoi Old Quarter, Halong Bay, Imperial City in Hue, My Khe Beach in Da Nang, Hoi An Ancient Town, Cu Chi Tunnels, Vinh Long floating market, etc
Hanoi Old Quarter, Halong Bay, Dong Ba Market, Thien Mu Pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, Cham Museum, My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cu Chi Tunnels, Cai Be Floating Market
Our guide will meet you up at Noi Bai International Airport and then take you to your hotel in Hanoi for check-in. A short city tour to visit local markets in Hanoi with our guide will help you to experience the daily life of the locals at first sight.
In the evening, you will have dinner with Vietnamese cuisine at one of the Hanoi’s best and most fashionable restaurants.
Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi City.
Day 02: Cooking & Tours in Hanoi (B/L)
Your gourmet Vietnam tour will continue with a cooking class in the morning. Firstly, the Chef of the restaurant will walk with you to a local market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients. After that, you will join the cooking class to prepare for popular traditional dishes. At the end of class you will be delighted by your own prepared meal which will be served as lunch.
In the afternoon, you will have a mini trip tour to discover the Hanoi Old Quarter by “xich-lo”, a bicycle-type taxi, for sightseeing. During this tour, you can learn more about “36 streets”, most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there as well as experience the daily life of Hanoians and enjoy local coffee. This second day will end with a performance of a traditional water puppet show in the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre located nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. Water puppetry is one of the traditional oldest arts of Vietnam in general and Northern in particular. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 03: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
After the breakfast with Pho (noodle), you will depart for Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s World Natural Heritages. On the way from Hanoi to Halong Bay, you will be surprised by the dramatic change in landscapes from city skylines to rice fields.
Reaching Halong Bay, you will embark into a boat and start your exciting five hour cruise passing majestic limestone karsts while the lunch with local specialties are surved. The jut upright out of the water, which creates a dramatic and mesmerizing landscape will make your lunch even more delicious. There are stops to visit a mysterious cave and leisuring time to swim in the deep blue water before a feast with fresh seafood is ready for dinner.
Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise.
Day 04: Ha Long - Hanoi (B/Brunch/D)
After a night on board, you will wake up early to enjoy the sun rising on the bay and taste your breakfast.After some more activities from the boat.
Brunch will be available for you before disembarking. You will be picked up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi by car. You will reach Hanoi at around 16:00. Overnight in Hanoi before catching a morning flight to Hue city the following day.
Day 05: Hue city tour (B/L)
Arriving in Hue, you’ll meet our guide and driver then head to the hotel for leaving luggage and having local breakfast. You will then start you’re the tour by visiting the citadels, palaces, tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty.
In the late afternoon, on the way driving back to the hotel in the city center, we'll stop for a while and experience the daily life of Hue inhabitants at Dong Ba market.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 06: Cooking Tours in Hue (B/L)
When staying in Hue, you cannot miss Hue cuisine – as well as Vietnam food quintessence. If you are gourmets, a cooking class at local restaurant in the morning will be an exciting experience for you. During three hours of the cooking class, we will learn how to create locals dishes using traditional ingredients and techniques. Finish with a delicious meal, tasting the food you have prepared.
In the afternoon, we will sit in a boat floating along Huong River, take glimpses along the green banks visiting Thien Mu Pagoda and Ming Mang Emperor’s Royal Tomb. After that, you will be back to your hotel and spend rest of the day as you wish.
Day 07: Hue – Danang - Hoi An (B/L)
On the next day of this Gourmet Vietnam Tour, we will drive to Hoi An, crossing Hai Van Pass with a magnificent view of the sea. We will stop at Lang Co Beach for a short rest then visit Cham Museum, picturesque My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountains before arriving in the charming town of Hoi An.
Hoi An is a peaceful town having a unique concentration of monuments of various architectures of Vietnam, China and even Japan. Let yourself join a street food walking tour to discover Hoi An Ancient Town and try some local specialties. Moreover, you can spend some time on shopping around as this ancient town has a large number of tailor shops. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 08: Hoi An Cooking Tours (B/L)
If you have ever tasted Cao Lau – a famous dish of Hoi An, you also should know one of the keys to its flavor is fresh raw vegetables from Tra Que village. In Hoi An cooking tour to visit Tra Que organic herbs village , you will have chance to become a real farmer and learn how the locals plant vegetables. After that, you will cook some Vietnamese dishes by yourself with the help of the local family.
Moreover, after turning back to Hoi An in the afternoon, you also join a cooking lesson. First, the chef will help you to boat to the market to pick ingredients for the lesson. Then you will turn back to the restaurant by cyclo and start your preparing three classic Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy dinner after lesson. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 09: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh city (Sai Gon) (B)
A cycling tour around Hoi An in the next morning will bring you one more chance to behold the ancient town and some of famous attractions. Then you will say goodbye to Hoi An, depart for Da Nang Airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have a short city tour to see how bustle and hustle this city is. In the evening, you will enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel in Saigon downtown.
Day 10: Saigon Cooking Tours - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
Another cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City is waiting for your cooking skill! In the morning, you will go to Vietnam Cookery Centre (Mai Home culinary center) to start your cooking class with an experienced chef. It’s time for you to learn more about the history and culture of Vietnamese cuisine. The lesson includes a market visit and lunch with the food you have prepared.
After enjoying your lunch, you will depart to Cu Chi Tunnels - an important base during the American War because of its strategic location. There you will understand the network of underground tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters, and weapon factories.
Spend some hours at Cu Chi Tunnel taking some nice photos, listening to interesting and magnanimous legends about Vietnam War then come back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at your hotel in the city.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Mekong Delta (B/L)
You will wake up early to stay in 3-hour-drive to Cai Be. On the route, you will stop at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break.
Upon arrival, you will embark on a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. After that, you will move to Vinh Long Province and see the diverse fish traps to learn more about the locals’ daily life.
The tour program on this day will offer you a cruise along small canals to take glimpses along the green banks then disembark to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. The lunch will be served at a local family or a bonsai garden.
In the afternoon, you have a 30 minute-short-walk around villages to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. In Mekong Delta area, you can see many of orchards and if you want you can stop and ask for some fruits. After that, you continue floating to visit the pottery workshop then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in late afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
You have free time until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight. You can go shopping or simply relax at your leisure.
A/C private Cabin on Cruise in Ha Long bay
3 star Hotels (accomodation)
Meals as mentioned in the program
All transfers and land transportation in private vehicles
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
All entrance fees
Daily mineral waters
Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
Meals, drinks and personal expenses and other meals not mentioned on the program.
Children from 5 to 10: 75% of adult's rate
Children over 10: Full rate
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Please DO NOT wear shorts or mini-skirts to show your respect when visit temples, pagodas and historical sites.
Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi Old Quarter is one of important reasons that make Hanoi allure many tourists over the years. It is famous for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount along with the diversity of products and even the daily life of Hanoians.
Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
A Natural World Heritage of Vietnam, Halong Bay is regraded as the paradise of sea and islands with thousand of lime-stone mountains and islets in various sizes and shapes. Lying entirely on the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is an ideal destination for cruising, kayaking and enjoying tropical charming beaches.
Dong Ba Market
Chuong Duong, Phu Hoa District, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Located near the eastern corner of Hue Royal Citadel, Dong Ba Market can be regarded as a symbol of Hue's culture. It is a largest market in Hue, providing Hue traditional craft products (including conical hats, scissors, pottery, rattan and bamboo products, etc) as well as Vietnamese cuisine and Hue specialties.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Owning its name derived from a legend, Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Hue. The pagoda lies on the banks of the Perfume River and is surrounded by flowers and ornamental plants. It is much well-maintained and very welcoming to all visitors.
Minh Mang Tomb
Cam Ke Mount, Hue, Vienam
Covering a large complex of 40 buildings, Minh Mang tomb is one of the most attractive destinations in Hue, reflecting immense beauty and symmetrical genius.The tomb also attracts visitors by its natural surroundings smartly improved as a background for its monuments.
Hai Van Pass
Da Nang City, Vietnam
Stretching 21 kilometers in length, Hai Van Pass is the most beautiful pass in Vietnam with one side is mountain and other is sea. Reaching the pass, you will have a chance to explore the spectacular nature and challenge yourself in conquering the high peak.
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue
Located on the foot of Hai Van Mountain, Lang Co Beach which stretches over 8 kilometers is among the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Endowed with pristine water and smooth sand layer, the beach is a an ideal place for relaxing and diving for many years.
02, 2 Thang 9 Street, Danang
Located in the intersection of Trung Nu Vuong and Bach Dang streets in Danang, the Cham Museum is well-known for its extensive collection of sculptures from the Cham civilization dating from the seventh to the fifteenth century. Whenever visiting the museum, you still perceive an individual atmosphere particular to this place, the reverie of reminiscences.
My Khe Beach
Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Danang
Being one of the most attractive beaches in Danang stretching over 9-km, My Khe Beach has long become a favorite destination for beach lovers seeking for relaxing moments playing with sand, gentle waves and tranquil water.
Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang
Consisting of a series of five marble and limestone formations, Marble Mountain (or Ngũ Hành Sơn in Vietnamese) looks like five fingers pointing to the sky. The highest peak of the mountain offers you stunning view over the town.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
The charming Hoi An - used to be a prosperous trading port in 15th century - still have many of its original streets and houses preserved intact. Peaceful lifestyle along with the harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture, Hoi An captures the heart of all visitors to this land.
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Hoi An, Quang Nam
Being a little charming village on the edge of Hoi An, Tra Que Vegetable Village is well-known for its sweet scented & green vegetables that spice up on the daily meals of Hoian people. Visiting the village, you will have chance to discover the daily life of farmers, their art of cultivating and watering plants and taste fresh vegetables of the village.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Coming to Cu Chi Tunnels - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels, you'll have a first-hand look at the Vietnam-American war history an better understand the fighting spirit for the national independence of the Viet Cong.
Cai Be Floating Market
Cai Be, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Located in the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam, Cai Be Floating Market gives you a chance to observe a unique part of daily life in this watery region. Not only watching the bustling environment, you can also experience as a local by reaching the boats and bargaining for whatever you wish.