Flavours Of Vietnam Tour

Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Start Date: Contact us
Depart: Hanoi
Rate from: $560 P/P

12-Day Vietnam Cooking Tour - North to South Vietnam tour

Visiting
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoian
  • Mekong Delta
  • Ho Chi Minh City
Experience
  • Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Cooking Lesson in Hanoi
  • Discover Halong Bay and overnight on boat
  • Scenic boat cruise on the Perfume River in Hue
  • Walk sightseeing in Cua Dai Beach, Hoian
  • Experience the life of the Mekong Delta people.
Price Details
Class 2 Pax 3 - 5 Pax 6 - 8 Pax 9 - 10 Pax
Cost/pax Please contact us for details
  • Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
  • Private car/mini van
  • Private boat in Mekong River
  • All entrance fees
  • English or French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
  • All meals as per program.
  • International Flights
  • All optional excursions and meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Souvenirs
  • Visa costs
  • Pre- and post tour accommodation
  • Drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
Flavours Of Vietnam Tour - Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi (D)
The Pre Departure Meeting is held at 6pm on Day 1, and will take place in the hotel foyer. This gives you a chance to meet the local Kumuka Tour Leader and the other people who will be in your group during the tour. After the meeting, the guide will escort you to dinner at Cha Cha, a local restaurant serving ha noi's speciality fish dish.

If you arrive early, you are free to start exploring ha noi. There are plenty of interesting sights such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, where Uncle Ho is laid out in state, surrounded by immaculately dressed soldiers. Next door is the Presidential Palace where Ho refused to live, choosing instead a small stilt house beside a lake. Close by is the One Pillar Pagoda. Another highlightt is the venerable Temple of Literature. The Army Museum is a must for all visitors. Not only does it cover a crucial period of Vietnamese history but also it is comparatively well laid out and provides a large amount of English explanation. If you have time, another optional visit could be taken to the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the National Fine Arts Museum or why not stroll around ha noi and admire the beautiful French architecture.
Day 2: Hanoi - Cooking Lesson, Tour Old Quarter (B, L)
If you are an early riser, do not miss the opportunity to take a walk around the lake first thing and you will witness Vietnamese people of all ages carrying out their regular exercise routines. Tai Chi, badminton, power walking or jogging are some of the activities on show. If you have the energy why not join in.

Today we have a half day cooking lesson and morning market tour. At midday we will sit down and enjoy the fruits of our efforts – there are several menus to choose from and each menu consists of 3 dishes to prepare.

In the afternoon we will explore ha noi’s old quarter with a cyclo ride touring the old quarter streets.
In the evening, you may like to go to a Water Puppet Show. This ancient art form dates back over 1000 years, but was virtually unknown outside of northern Vietnam until the 1960’s. It originated with rice farmers who carved the puppets from water resistant fig tree timber, m
odelling the puppets on the villagers themselves, animals and mythical creatures.
Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Today we head out on the 4-hour drive to Halong Bay. This trip allows us to catch a glimpse of Vietnamese rural life as we pass lush green paddy fields.

Halong Bay was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.

With more than a thousand limestone peaks, Halong bay is one of five World Heritage-listed sites in Vietnam. Once we have settled on board our traditional junk, we can begin our cruise around majestic Halong Bay accompanied by a delicious lunch.

After lunch we have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then our captain will find a secluded spot where we can swim in the clear waters of the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck or try our hand at some kayaking. After we have finished exploring for the day we retire to the junk. We can relax on the top deck using the sun-tanning area or enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. In the evening our cook will prepare a splendid meal comprising of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare, as we weigh anchor in the heart of the bay. For those that are interested there is the opportunity to do a spot of night fishing from the boat.
Day 4: Halong Bay & The Reunification Express (B, L)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. We return to Halong for the drive back to ha noi, and should be back in the capital at around 4pm. You will have day rooms to freshen up in before boarding the Reunification Express for the overnight train to Hue. Our accommodation for the night is in 4-bed sleeper carriages. Please note that depending on the group size, you may be sharing a cabin on the train with other members of the group or with other travellers.
Day 5: Hue - Citadel, Local market (D)
We arrive into Hue early morning and transfer to the hotel. The morning is free at leisure.

After lunch we enjoy a half day city tour and visit the local riverside market. The tour includes a visit to the Citadel. Within it’s outer walls lies the Imperial City containing dynastic temples with the Royal Palaces of the Forbidden Purple City at its epicentre.
Dinner is at a local Hue restaurant featuring the delicacies of the region.
Day 6: Hue - Buddhist Pagoda, Typical Buddhist Lunch, Perfume River by Dragon Boat (B, L)
Today we visit a Buddhist Pagoda to see the daily life of the nuns. We then go to a local restaurant featuring vegetarian Vietnamese food and eat a traditional Buddhist lunch.

After lunch we take a cruise along the romantic Perfume River. This gives us the chance to view how the Vietnamese work along the river, and maybe visit a couple of Pagodas and Mausoleums.

In the evening, there is an optional imperial dinner and chance to don traditional royal costumes.

Please note:On some occasions the Buddhist nuns may not be available due to religious commitments. In this case we will still tour the Pagoda but without meeting the nuns.
Day 7: Hue to Hoi An via Cua Dai Beach- Hoi An Walking Tour (B, L)
We leave by road after breakfast and drive via the scenic Hai Van Pass also known as the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”. The drive to Hoi An takes about 5 hours, passing spectacular coastal scenery and stopping along the way at Cua Dai Beach for some photos or a swim.

After checking into the hotel, we will have lunch in the ancient town, followed by a walking tour. Hoi An is a picturesque town. Its ancient core is a rich architectural fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European dating back to the 18th Century. Hoi An is a firm favourite with travellers and most find it difficult to tear themselves away.
In Hoi An there are Chinese Assembly Halls, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Merchants Houses and f ascinatinglocal markets. Hoi An is full of tailor shops, so if you get in quick you can have your clothes made here. It truly is an intimate town with superb cultural as well as shopping opportunities.
Day 8: Hoi An - Cooking School (B, L)
Today we rise early to shop at Hoi An’s riverside market for our lunch ingredients before spending the morning in a cooking demonstration at one of the many great Cooking schools. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Hoi An further.
Day 9: Hoi An - Mekong Delta (B, L, D)
This morning we take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City where we transfer directly to the Mekong Delta. We’ll stop in My Tho for coffee for our first taste of life in the amazing Delta. We arrive in Can Tho in the afternoon, before an evening meal at a local restaurant.
Day 10: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon River Dinner Cruise (B, D)
This morning we take a sampan cruise around Cai Rang floating markets, learning more about local life in the Delta.

In the afternoon we return to Ho Chi Minh City, then at 7pm we board the Bonsai boat for a dinner cruise along the Saigon river.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. French colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards are permanent reminders of the city’s recent past. The energy that Ho Chi Minh City permeates will rub off on the most fatigued of travellers.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels, City Tour (B, D)
After breakfast we drive to the Cu Chi tunnels. On arrival at the tunnels your guide will fill you in on the background as to how these tunnels came about. You then head into the bush where the guide will point out the lethal booby traps that the Vietnamese invented to capture American soldiers. Then into the tunnels. We drop to our hands and knees and squeeze underground for an insight into life as a tunnel dwelling resistance fighter. As we negotiate a very short stretch of the system, keep in mind that people lived here for months on end.

We return to Saigon in the afternoon and take a short tour of the city. This will take in the War Remnants Museum , the Reunification Palace and the Ben Thanh Market.

The remainder of the day is free before a decadent farewell dinner at the Temple Club restaurant.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
The tour finishes after breakfast.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Vietnam Anz Travel can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

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