This is the 12 days package tour if you would like to experience more of Vietnam and Vietnamese food and food culture. Vietnamese cuisine encompasses the foods and beverages of Vietnam, and features a combination of five fundamental tastes in the overall meal. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables and really different from the North to South. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.
StyleOriginal Classic Vietnam foodie tour
Duration12 Day Tour of Vietnam
Start PointHanoi city
Finishing PointHo Chi Minh city
Meeting PlaceAt the Church Boutique Hotel
Price$1,850 per person
TransportPlane, private vehicle, taxi, overnight sleeper train
AccommodationHomestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
ActivitiesHanoi: A Taste of Hanoi’s food walking tour; Teahouse visit with tea tasting with a Vietnamese teamaster; Overnight boat cruise – Halong Bay trip | Hue: Motorbike trip including lunch veg set menu at a monastery/nunnery; Imperial citadel | Da Nang: Craft beer brewery tour and tastings, starting December 2017 | Hoi An: Central food Market Tour and Cooking Class; Countryside Bicycle tour of Hoi an | Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum; City tour on a cyclo; Ben Thanh market; Craft beer tour on foot; Cooking class; Day tour to the Mekong Delta
Tour Dates:2017 Dates | 15 - 26 Nov | 1 - 12 Dec | 17 - 28 Dec |
2018 Dates | 1 - 12 Jan | 17 - 28 Jan | 1 - 12 Feb | 15 - 26 Feb | 1 - 12 Mar | 17 - 28 Mar | 1 - 12 Apr | 16 - 27 Apr | 1 - 12 May | 17 - 28 May | 1 - 12 Jun | 16 - 27 Jun | 1 - 12 Jul | 17 - 28 Jul | 1 - 12 Aug | 17 - 28 Aug | 1 - 12 Sep | 16 - 27 Sep | 1 - 12 Oct | 17 - 28 Oct | 1 - 12 Nov | 16 - 27 Nov |
Start Your Food Adventure in Hanoi
Let’s say CHÀO! And Welcome you to Hanoi, Vietnam. Your great trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm with your tour leader and your tour group. It will be a lot of fun with your new foodies travel mates and the first taste of Vietnamese cuisine. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, otherwise you can contact your leader. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Next head out for your first introduction to Vietnam’s lively culinary scene.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 2 | Hanoi
Start the day with a traditional breakfast of Pho Bo, a dish that originates in Hanoi and is designed to awaken the senses and prepare you for the day. Then it's time for a guided tour of the Old Quarter, where you will learn about Vietnam’s history, culture and lifestyle. You'll also sample the local coffee, typically served with ice condensed milk - or for the more adventurous - yogurt or coconut! Explore into some of Hanoi's hidden streets and visit one of the very few city's hidden teahouses, and learn about Vietnamese tea traditions from a true tea master and taste some amazing Vietnamese teas. In the evening, we will join into a Food Walking tour of Hanoi. Where you will have an opportunity to taste approximately 30 dishes along the way on our food walking tour, all of them are different and SO delicious. Moreover, our final destination of the tour will be a viewing place of Hoan Kiem lake where you can taste the wide selection of local delicacies we bought directly from the vendors as well as the well-known and adventure Egg Coffee of Hanoi.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Included Activities: Hanoi city walk + Tea house visit + Food Walking tour of Hanoi
Day 3 | Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast, you will be pickup by private minibus with the tour group from your hotel to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay (it’s about 195 km from Hanoi and approximately 4 hours). Halong Bay is a secluded harbor with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the turquoise waters of Bac Bo Gulf. This is one of Vietnam's most scenic regions. It spans an area of about 1,500 square kilometers and is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos that were created over thousands of years by waves and wind. You will be welcome here with a Vietnamese traditional lunch on a cruise. After lunchtime, you will start your adventure in Halong Bay with your local guide with a lot of activities: kayaking; visiting the floating village, caves,etc. You will spend the night on one of the traditional boats on the bay.
Note: We recommend you to pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for that night. Also, swimming in the bay directly from boats, is banned by the local authority. Kayaking is restricted to designated zones within the bay. There are increasing restrictions on the number of boats permitted to stay overnight in Halong Bay, which can sometimes result in a shortage of available vessels. To ensure all A Taste of Vietnam travellers continue to enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. In this instance, the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 overnight boat | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Included activities: Overnight- Halong Bay boat trip
Day 4 | Halong bay- Hanoi - Overnight Train to Hue
You will start your new day with having breakfast on the boat. After lunch, you will get onto the bus back to Hanoi (approximately 4 hours). You will have few hours for having a rest, and eating dinner with your new friends. Then taking an overnight train bound for Hue (approximately 12 hours). Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a rewarding experience. It's an efficient way to travel long distances and a great way to get a sense of the country.
Note: Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth, depending on seasonal variations and group configuration) with bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although you can bring your own sleeping things. Beside, you may share a compartment with some passengers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but you should take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese, snacks and fruit prior to departure.
Inclusions | Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train | Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 | Enjoy Your First Day in Hue
Hue is well-known as Vietnam’s former royal capital and its cuisine is considered by many Vietnamese as the best in the country. The food is influenced by its imperial heritage (small dishes and a focus on aesthetic presentation) and its strong Buddhist heritage (reflected in the high proportion of vegetarian restaurants in the area).
Enjoy a classic Hue breakfast at your hotel and then get on a classic mode of transport here in Vietnam, a motorbike 125CC style bike. This is the best way to experience Hue from the city to the countryside on a great motorbike trip with lunch included. Sitting safely on the back of a motorbike, start your tour of Hue by visiting the Imperial Citadel, which includes the Forbidden Purple City. Gaping holes left by bombs will give you an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the Vietnam war. Next, stop past Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery since 1601. Here you'll see a car that belonged to one of the self-immolating monks of the 1963 protests. Then take a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River( Sông Hương) the most romantic and peaceful in Vietnam (approximately 40 minutes) before getting back on your motorbike and heading to today's special lunch stop (in a nunnery). After lunch, visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to our tour Hotel. In the evening, you may take an opportunity to explore more about the food with your new mates or by yourself with some recommendation from your leader.
Note: The Perfume River trip may not be available during festival periods, in foul weather. In this case you will travel by land to reach the activities. Most groups will visit either a Buddhist nunnery or monastery and have lunch while in Hue. The lunch not only provides economic benefits to these institutions, which rely on donations to survive, but also gives an insight into the unique traditions and food of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast and lunch | Included activities: motorbike tour with lunch included
Day 6 | From Hue to Hoi An
Start your new day and have breakfast at our tour hotel in the dining room. After breakfast, we are whisked away on our private minibus from Hue to Hoi An. Go through coastal rice paddies and traverse the mountainous Hai Van Pass, one of the most beautiful pass in Vietnam.
We will stop off for one very unique swim spot along the way from Hue to Hai Van Pass. Take in the natural beauty and some relaxing time before we make take our bus ride to the top of Hai Van pass.
After making our way from Hai Van pass we touch down into the city of Da Nang. Here is where we get a chance to visit one of the country's newest craft beer makers. We stop into 7 Bridges Brewery for a behind the scenes look into how they make their craft beers. The tour will last approx one hour with tastings included.
After that we finish our journey to Hoi an. The beautifully restored Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.
In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a south-east Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. In the evening, you will have dinner with some first taste of real Hoi An's food with your tour group. Then you may have a walk to check out the sites and sounds of the night market. Otherwise, you can take a boat trip along a beautiful and romantic river in the heart of Hoian.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast | Activities: a walking tour and street food tour with your leader, to lead into dinner
Day 7 | Cooking Class in Hoi An
Begin your first full day in Hoi an learning about central Vietnamese foods, food culture and how to prepare and cook it with different vegetables, herbs and spices. First, you will have a market tour with your cooking class guide. From there, you'll be introduced to a wealth of produce. After purchasing some ingredients, head out onto a nice relaxing boat trip before arriving to your cooking class for a hands-on lesson in some classic central Vietnamese dishes. You’ll also pick up some cooking and cutting techniques that will put you in a good place to be able to recreate these dishes at home. Then of course it's time to feast on your creations. The rest of today is free for you to pick up any made-to-measure items, take the chance to do some shopping and perhaps get some clothes tailor made or perhaps try more delicious food in one of Hoi An’s many acclaimed restaurants.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch | Including activities: Local market tour and Cooking Class
Day 8 | Hoi An - Countryside Bicycle Tour
Hoi An ancient town is apparent in many pretty old buildings; and the canals, bridges and pagodas, rivers make its cosy and pleasant atmosphere. Many travellers have considered this town their favourite spot in Vietnam. So it’s a great way for you to see the town by bicycle, travel along the rice paddies, Cross the Bamboo Bridge, learn Vietnamese handicrafts, history, and customs, and share a few pleasant hours in the local way of life.
The traffic is so amazing and peaceful,. Take a half-free day to relax, shop or simply stroll around to take in the delightful ambiance. In the evening, perhaps enjoy some seafood by the water, or enjoy some really romantic time in some bars or cafe.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast | Including activities: Countryside bicycle tour
Day 9 | Fly From Hoi An to HCMC
Take the short flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Take a guided tour to get a feel for a busy, fascinating blend of old and new, East and West city. Enjoy your cyclo trip for your first seeing of the biggest city in Vietnam. Then, You'll go to the War Museum, GPO and Notre Dame Cathedral, finishing up at one of Vietnam’s most pulsing markets, Ben Thanh. After a break and freshing up yourself, we will take part in a great Walking Craft Beer tour in the heart of city. We will taste 10 different craft beers in 7 different breweries with finger foods along the way.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Included activities: A cyclo trip, a city tour and a walking craft beer tour
Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel and have some tea or coffee before taking part in a cooking class on southern Vietnamese cuisine. You will be guide for a market tour to get all the ingredients for your food. Head back to the cooking class and start making your food. After a few hours of cooking, sit down and enjoy the delicious feast you've prepared with new friends. Then let’s relax with a free afternoon yourself.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, lunch | Including activities: A market tour and a cooking class
Day 11 | HCMC- Mekong Delta- HCMC
Take a private bus out to the Mekong Delta (approximately 2–2,5 hours), then cruise up this mighty river on a sampan, a traditional boat and one of the most common forms of transportation in these parts. Glide past local farms and producers, set alongside a local family home. Enjoy your lunch here, your boat trip and a local fruit garden visit. Then jump back to your bus to return HCMC. Get some rest and shower with you hotel then taking part in a Farewell Dinner Party.
Inclusions | Accommodation: 1 night hotel | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Including activities: Mekong Delta trip
Day 12 | Departure Day from HCMC
Your trip comes to an end this morning. You're free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Inclusions | Meals included: Breakfast