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Vietnam Food Tour

$2240

per person

Eat your way through Vietnam and experience its amazing cuisine on this food and culinary tour! Sample street food, cook with local chefs, and connect with locals as you travel to iconic sights and engage in enriching experiences. Vietnam has over 2000 miles of coastline and each region has something different to offer. The imperial cities of Hanoi and Hue offer you a glimpse into the old royal lifestyles. CNN named Hoi An one of the most picturesque towns in Asia. Explore Vietnamese cuisines that absorbed culinary influences from China, colonial France and neighboring countries. Get to know the heritage and how it influenced the cuisines. For all the foodies out there, this trip makes a fantastic and fun way to discover Vietnam and captures its unique and exuberant culture!

11 Days, 10 Nights: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


TRIP OVERVIEW (*UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

 ✦ Customizable Private Tour 
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Chau Long market
  • Truc Bach Lake
  • Old Quarter
  • Bach Ma Temple
  • Hang Be Market
  • Street Food Lunch Tour
  • Dong Xuan Market & Egg Coffee
  • Presidential Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh’s House
  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Temple of Literature
  • Ha Long Bay* (Overnight Cruise)
  • Hoi An Central Market
  • Organic Farm Tour & Cooking Class
  • Hoi Ann City Tour
  • Hoi An Ancient Town*
  • Family Chapel
  • Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Fukien Chinese Temple
  • Ceramic Museum
  • Chua Ong Temple
  • Hai Van Pass
  • Museum of Cham Sculpture
  • Hue Imperial Citadel*
  • Thanh Toan Village
  • Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Emperor Minh Mang Tomb
  • Dinner at the Home of Royal Descendant
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Tour
  • Hotel de Ville (City Hall)
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Central Post Office
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Saigon Cooking Class & Lunch
  • Walking Food Tour

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

BE INSPIRED AT THIEN MU PAGODA
Allow your mind drift with the flow of the serene Perfume River to feel the ambiance of Hue.

HISTORIC TOWNS & IMPERIAL CITIES

The hidden gems that showcase the rich culture that draws from Cambodian and Vietnamese emperors, the influence of the French, Chinese and Japanese, all well preserved here.

COOKING CLASSES & STREET FOOD TOURS

Get to know the locals and cuisine from visiting farms and cooking demonstrations. The long coastline provides plentiful fish and seafood, while the tropical climate offers an abundance of rice, vegetables and exotic fruits, from rambutans to mangosteens. Don’t forget to try everyone’s favorite Pho, Banh Mi, and Bah Xeo dishes!

HERBS AND SPICES
Vietnamese food is served with plenty of mint, basil and coriander; and a variety of sweet, sour and pungent dipping sauces.
Dancing in the park, Hanoi, Vietnam

GET TO KNOW THE LOCALS

Vietnamese are friendly and welcoming to travelers with open arms. Whether chatting up a local while awaiting your food or meeting a farmer in the countryside, they love to share their family stories and tales of daily life, letting you immerse and delve deep into the local life.


    1

    Hanoi

    Welcome to Vietnam! Your driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
    Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. This French colonial city is known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community with Chinese, French and Russian influences.

    MOBILE STREET VENDORS 
    Here the locals shop for fresh grocery every day and enjoy the door-to-door service without delivery fees.

    HANOI'S WEST LAKE
    Provides a tranquil escape from the bustling of Vietnam's capital and a view of Tran Quoc Pagoda.

    2

    Hanoi | City & Food Tour

    Our tour today begins a blast from the past. See Vietnam's traditional ways of life and replicas of old homes. Visit the wildly wonderful Chau Long market, Truc Bach Lake and stop to savor unique traditional specialties. Walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter; visit the Bach Ma temple and then the Hang Be market. An exhilarating mouthwatering lunch street food tour lets you taste the local specialties from dried beef salad (Nom Bo Kho), Hanoi Bread and Kebab rice noodles (Bun Cha) to fruits salad.
    Afterward, continue to bustling Dong Xuan Market, one of the biggest and oldest markets in Hanoi to taste the famed Egg-milk coffee. (Note: food selection is subject to change according to availability and weather) In the afternoon, visit the colonial Presidential Palace; Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Visit Hanoi’s first university, the 10th century Temple of Literature. Then the evening is free to relax on your own.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    TEMPLE OF LITERATURE
    Built in 1070, it hosts the Imperial Academy which is dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars.

    TURTLE TOWER
    Built to commemorate one of the greatest heroes of Vietnam, Le Loi, who founded the Le dynasty.

    PHO
    Can you tell the difference between the taste of northern pho in Hanoi vs the southern version in HCMC (Saigon)?

    3

    Hanoi - Ha Long Bay | Overnight Cruise

    Depart for your overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, often called Vietnam's eighth wonder of the world.  Ha Long means Descending Dragon. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the bay with adventure excursions such as kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Settle onto your deck chair and witness a spectacular sunset. Join in a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by a gourmet dinner onboard. Retire to your cabin to enjoy a restful night’s sleep as the waves lap gently against the hull. 
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    GORGEOUS CRUISE BOAT
    Overnight cruise, with inclusive activities, is the best way to experience Ha Long Bay.

    BAY OF DESCENDING DRAGON
    Passing islands named for their shapes including Stone Dog and Teapot islets.

    EMERALD  HA LONG BAY
    Towering limestone pillars & tiny islets, topped with forests, rise from the waters.

    4

    Long Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

    Greet the day with a sunrise Tai Chi lesson with a beautiful view of the bay. Breakfast on the boat followed by a choice of activities - an excursion to the most beautiful and largest sea cave on the bay or a visit to a floating village that was voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by Huffingtonpost.com.
    After Ha Long Bay, return to Hanoi airport for your flight to Danang then drive to Hoi An. Hoi An has been absorbing a rich cultural heritage from Chinese, Japanese and European traders since 16th century, no wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Brunch

    INCLUSIVE EXCURSIONS
    Kayak to hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages.

    CRUISE BY THE BAY
    Relax and witness spectacular a sunset and delightful dawns over the bay.

    5

    Hoi An | Organic Farm Tour & Cooking Class

    We combine the two of top attractions of Hoi An today - beautiful countryside and fabulous food. You will see sprawling green rice paddies, swaying bamboo and coconut trees, farmers donning the iconic conical hats, water buffalos trotting along the road and quiet riverside villages. You will cook with some of the world’s freshest ingredients and learn the secrets behind each Hoi An specialty,
    This morning we bike to Hoi An’s colorful central market. Chat with the stall sellers and get the inside tips about the ingredients to be used in our cooking lesson later. (Alternate transport is available if you don’t wish to bike). Continue biking to an organic vegetable farm in Tra Que village. A guided tour in the working farm that still follows traditional manual cultivation methods. Followed by a hands-on cooking class at the farm restaurant, where you will learn how to prepare authentic dishes like Tra Que vegetable salad, Tam Huu dish, Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake), Hoi An spring rolls. Finish off the class by enjoying your freshly prepared meal.
    In the afternoon, visit the Chinese ancestor worship Family Chapel, Japanese Covered Bridge, Fukien Association Temple, Ceramic Museum and Chua Ong Temple.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    THE BANK OF THU BON RIVER
    Relax and unwind at this picturesque historic town of Hoi An.

    JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE
    Built in 1593 by the Japanese trading community to link them with the Chinese quarter.

    FARMS AT TRA QUE VILLAGE
    The village grows 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, basil, cilantro and more.

    6

    Hoi An - Danang - Hue | Museum of Cham Sculpture, Imperial City of Hue

    Travel to Hue over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. En route, visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture including altars, sandstone pieces, and busts of Hindus gods dated between 7th to 13th century. The former Imperial City of Hue is celebrated for its great cultural and historical sites, and for its sophisticated cuisine.
    Step back in time in Imperial Citadel (a UNESCO World Heritage site) where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Visit the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    MUSEUM OF CHAM SCULPTURE
    Showcasing the world's best collection of Cham sculptures dating from the 7th to 13th century.

    HUE IMPERIAL CITY
    An ornate palace complex surrounded by towering fortress walls.

    THE IMPERIAL FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY
    Ornate details on the impressive gate in the old citadel of Hue.

    7

    Hue | Thanh Toan Village, Royal Descendant Visit

    Passing verdant rice paddies, we explore Thanh Toan village, home to a legendary market and a beautiful covered bridge. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the iconic symbol of Hue. Then the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.
    Visit the family home of the descent of Princess Ngoc Son, partake an exclusive authentic Vietnamese dinner, and an insight of their heritage.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch   Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    BE INSPIRED AT THIEN MU PAGODA
    Allow your mind drift with the flow of the serene Perfume River to feel the ambiance of Hue.

    8

    Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | City Tour

    Transfer to Danang airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Your driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel.
    In the decades since the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City has become a modern city with sleek skyscrapers while still retaining its elegant French architecture and broad boulevards. It is dotted with ornate temples and pagodas. Visit Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the amazing chandeliers at the elegant Central Post office. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh market offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic Vietnam. A great place to shop for local handicrafts, Vietnamese art and souvenirs. And to taste of delicious Vietnamese hawker food! Followed by shopping on Dong Khoi Street.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    SAIGON RIVER
    Saigon riverfront with the city skyline in the background.

    CENTRAL POST OFFICE
    The most handsome French-Colonial building in the city with cavernous interior.

    SAIGON DISTRICT 1
    This area boasts French-Colonial buildings and fashionable shops.

    9

    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Cooking Class

    Let’s take a glimpse into Vietnamese history and culture through a culinary experience.
    Start the day with morning market shopping for our ingredients. The chef decides the menu based on the availability of fresh ingredients. Return to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class using traditional
    Vietnamese kitchenware. Enjoy your own 3-course lunch and dessert, together with recipes to bring home. (Note: A private tour group of 4 or more will have a private cooking class. Smaller groups will join a public cooking class.)
    The rest of the day is free.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    FRIED BANH XEO
    A savory sizzling rice pancake stuffed with your choice of pork, shrimp, bean sprouts or vegetarian options.

    10

    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Foodie Walking Tour

    This morning is free to relax or explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own.
    In the late afternoon, embark on a foodie walking tour to savor some amazing food and local scenes. Taste Green papaya salad (Nom du du), broken rice (Com Tam), flan cake and Phnom Penh rice noodle soup (Hu Tieu), and a drink in Sonate Café. In between, watch locals engage in afternoon exercises and see the Pink Church which was built in 1877. (Note: Food selection is subject to change according to availability and weather) 
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    HERBS AND SPICES
    Vietnamese food is served with plenty of mint, basil and coriander; and a variety of sweet, sour and pungent dipping sauces.

    11

    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | End of Tour

    After breakfast, the tour comes to an end. Hotel check-out and transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Overview
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    HotelsWe carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.

    DestinationComfort Premium  Luxury  
    HanoiMedallion Hanoi  
    Ha Long BayGarden Bay
    Hoi AnLe Pavillon Hoian Boutique   
    HueMoonlight Hotel Hue orRomance Hotel Hue       
    Ho Chi Minh CityAvanti Hotel    
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing

    PRIVATE TOURS

    YearTour DatesComfort Premium Luxury
    2020Oct 1 – Dec 23$2,265$2,350$3,005
    2021Jan 1 – May 4$2,265$2,350$3,005
    2021May 5 – Sept 30$2,240$2,290$2,965
    2021Oct 1 – Dec 23$2,265$2,350$3,005

    Price Details

    • ‣ Daily departures.
    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • ‣ A deposit of $300 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 60 days prior to departure date.
    • ‣ Monthly installment plan is available - please inquire.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is HAN (Noi Bai International, Hanoi).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is SGN (Tan Son Nhat International).
    • ‣ Contact us for more detail and pricing.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels