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Tastes of Vietnam 12 Days – Exclusive Culinary Tour – 4-Star and 5-Star Option

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  • Ha Noi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel
  • 12 Days 11 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction

Good food is a good mood. This Tastes of Vietnam 12 Days – Exclusive Culinary Tour – 4-Star and 5-Star Option tour will instantly lift your mood with the most luscious dishes around Vietnam. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, explore the sites by experiencing the true flavors of Vietnam. Learn the secrets behind these mouth-watering dishes with visits to fresh markets and hands-on cooking classes. Your tour begins with the charming capital, Hanoi, touring the city’s “must-sees” and diving into Hanoi’s deep-rooted food culture by visiting local markets and sampling street fares in hidden alleys with a local food expert. You can catch the good options for Cha Ca, Bun Cha, and Pho, the signature of Vietnamese food that will come up to anyone’s mind when coming to Vietnam. 

Have delicious meals while cruising to the shimmering waters of Ha Long Bay, a must-visit destination when you are in Vietnam. Then savor the unique dishes that you can only find in Hoi An, walk to a series of the town’s best eateries and dig into a bowl of aromatic Cao Lau noodles, taste Banh Can crackers topped with pork and salads, or the beautiful white rose dumplings. End your journey with unique experiences in Ho Chi Minh City, witnessing its amazing blend of European, Vietnamese as well as Chinese culture through its beautiful architecture, crawling inside the fascinating underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels, and dining in the dark, without your sight as every other sense becomes stronger, those will be memories that last a lifetime. The delicious Flavors Of Vietnam – Vietnam food tour ended full of flavors.

Places You’ll See
Itinerary

Day 1WELCOME TO VIETNAM – HANOI ARRIVAL

Your trip begins with your arrival in Hanoi. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check in to the hotel and get over the jet lag. You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and various products are splashed all over this area. After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 HANOI COOKING CLASS WITH MASTER CHEF (B/L)

Today’s tour begins at 08:30 or 15:30. Travel to Chef Ai‘s House for the start of an exciting Hanoi cooking class. Meet with Ms Ai, who is passionate about Vietnamese cuisine, with about 15- year experience and in top 5 of Master Chef Vietnam 2014.

Together, head to the neighbourhood’s wet market, walking distance from her house. See the variety of goods on offer, learning from the chef about their uses in traditional cuisine and purchasing items for the day’s cooking class. As well the marketplace is a fabulous place to observe local ways of life and learn about how Hanoi’s residents shop for fresh produce.

Armed with the necessary ingredients, return to Chef Ai‘s family home. Once in the kitchen, the chef will share the secrets behind North Vietnam’s most popular foods. Using Chef Ai‘s recipes, slice, dice and cook delicious dishes.

Once ready, sit down and feast on the home cooked meal bringing the culinary adventure to a close.

Day 3HANOI VESPA TOUR (B/L/D)

Explore more of Hanoi today in style from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you for a ride through the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter, admiring its famous landmarks such as the Opera House and the narrow Train Street. Head toward Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to see the President’s PlaceParliament House, and other government offices while your guide shares stories about the history of Hanoi. Pass Huu Hiep Lake and the crash site of the US plane shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of Hanoi—a poignant reminder of recent history. Then ride along the calm and beautiful West Lake to see the Monument to John McCain. Your next stop is an idyllic hidden village on an island in the Red River, where you can meet a resident family and learn more about local life. Then it’s on to a nearby kumquat farm, where the small trees are grown as a traditional gift for the New Year, symbolizing luck, health, wealth, fertility, and peace. Stop for some famous “egg coffee” at a local coffee shop, then head back to the Old Quarter via the Long Bien Bridge. This magnificent structure was built over a hundred years ago and connects the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. The tour finishes with a hearty lunch at a local restaurant and a transfer back to your hotel.

In the evening, our driver will take you to Ly Club Restaurant – one of the most famous restaurants in Hanoi for dinner.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4HANOI – HA LONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D), BUS

In the morning, check out of the hotel, and get picked up by the Cruise team. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. 

On arrival at the pier, you will board the cruise and enjoy the fantastic views of limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. Have an utterly delicious seafood lunch and enjoy the time at the sundeck exploring the Bay. 

The cruise will stop in a secret place where you will spend time kayaking or swimming, so you can explore the karst grottoes closer. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise

 

Note: In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be cancelled without notice. We will consider other replacement tours or a refund based on the specific circumstances.

Day 5SUNRISE ON THE SUNDECK - BACK TO HANOI (B/L), BUS

Rise early today to view the sunrise at the wonder of nature with breakfast served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class on the sun deck will awake your mind and muscles.

Then head off to visit the limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration return to the boat to check out and enjoy the brunch while the cruise is sailing back to the harbor. Later you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hanoi. 

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6TRAVEL FROM HANOI TO HOI AN - FLIGHT INCLUDED (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, and have free time until our driver will meet you for a transfer to the airport for your next flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in has some leisure time in Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7HOI AN FOODIE TOUR (B/D)

This evening you will explore Hoi An’s off-the-beaten-path highlights and taste the most remarkable dishes of this charming town. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to a local farming village about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the town center. Here you can learn more about the daily life of the local farmers before getting back to Hoi An and immersing yourself in a foodie’s paradise with the flavorful local cuisine. Start your culinary exploration with a selection of well-known local dishes such as white rose dumplings, banh beo (steamed rice cakes), banh nam (rice dumplings) my quang (flavorful rice noodles), Hoi An pancakes, barbeque pork rolls, and the famous banh mi sandwich. Wrap up your food tour with the best Vietnamese coffee before exploring more of Hoi An by night or heading back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8HOI AN COOKING CLASS AT RED BRIDGE RESTAURANT (B/L)

Meet your guide at the hotel around 8:15 am and start this beautiful day with a welcome drink at Hai Cafe. Then visit Hoi An’s colorful market to experience its amazing sights, sounds, and aromas. Interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Next, you’ll board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On the way, get a close-up view of local river life and keep your camera ready for the many scenic photo-ops. Visit the school’s herb garden, then learn about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s most well-known dishes. The two-hour cooking class starts with Red Bridge chefs demonstrating each dish before you prepare the same dish by yourself. After a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration), you’ll sit down for a delicious lunch. Later we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9TRAVEL FROM HOI AN TO HO CHI MINH CITY - FLIGHT INCLUDED (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, and have free time until our driver will meet you for a transfer to the airport for your next flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After hotel check-in has some leisure time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10DISCOVER THE VIBRANT CITY AND DINING WITH ALL FIVE SENSES (B/L/D)

Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, which was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the historic Central Post Office. Continue to the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of both the Indochina wars. Then we will transfer you to the restaurant for Lunch. Return to your hotel.

This evening you’ll awaken all five senses and experience a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch, and sound at Noir: Dining in the Dark Saigon. Start with a welcome drink while listening to the restaurant’s concept and mission. Proceed to the dining area to savor a unique fine dining experience in the complete darkness as you work your way through an exquisite, multi-course set menu.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11EXPLORE THE FANTASTING CU CHI TUNNEL (B)

Today you’ll take a deep dive into Vietnamese history and explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, used as a shelter for Vietnamese soldiers during the war. After the 1.5-hour drive to Cu Chi, you’ll learn about how the tunnels were constructed and how they helped people survive in the harsh conditions of wartime. Wander the remaining tunnel systems which include the living areas, kitchens, and bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers. You’ll also spot hidden doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels. Finish the tour with special tea and cassava (guerilla food during the war) and join your driver for the transfer back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can free to visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home.

Trip Ends.

Accommodation

Hotel List

4-star hotels

  • Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar
  • Halong Bay: La Pandora Cruise or similar
  • Hoi An: Silkotel Hoi An or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh: Alagon Sai Gon Hotel or similar

5-star hotels 

  • Hanoi: Apricot Hotel or similar
  • Halong Bay: Doris Cruise or similar
  • Hoi An: Palm Garden Hoi An or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh: The Myst Dong Khoi or similar

Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

What's Included
Inclusive

Domestic flights

– Hanoi to Hoi An (with 20 kg luggage allowance) 

– Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (with 20 kg luggage allowance)

Guide

  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • French/German/Spanish/Russian/Chinese speaking guides are available upon request. The surcharge will be applied

Meals

As per the tour program:

B=breakfast

L-Lunch

D-Dinner

 

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let Vietnam Tour Fun know the food option that you prefer.

Transport

– Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services by private car

– Air-conditioned bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay (2-way)

– Private round transfer between Ho Chi Minh and Cai Be

– Private cars for the excursions

Additional Services

– All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

– Tissues and water on coach

– Service charges and government tax

– 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

International flights and departure taxes

Travel insurance

E-visa

Others

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec, 31 Dec and 21 Jan (Tet)

X Public holiday surcharge (Christmas and New Year, Tet holiday) if applicable

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person)

X Services not mentioned above

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FAQ

Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Final payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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