Rating in Vietnam
$ 2459

Flavours of Vietnam

Culinary
Culinary
min $ 2459
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Hanoi, Hue, tp. Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2459
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  • Overview & dates
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

Discover the beauty, charm and elegance of Vietnam whilst exploring its wonderful food culture. Take a boat on the mighty Mekong River, visit the historic but vibrant cities of Hanoi and Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and explore the atmospheric towns of Hoi An and Hue. Learn Vietnamese culinary secrets from passionate local chefs, try your hand at making coconut candy and meet local honey wine producers. Learn about modern rice noodle making and finally take a tour of some of the Mekong Delta's floating markets.


GROUP DATES

  • 21 Oct 2018 to 03 Nov 2018 - £ 1,945 - AV
  • 28 Apr 2019 to 11 May 2019 - £ 1,945 - AV
  • 20 Oct 2019 to 02 Nov 2019 - £ 1,945 - AV

If these dates do not suit you but you are interested in this tour, please contact us for alternative dates.

AV - Available
GD - Guaranteed
LM - Limited places left
OR - On request (contact us for status)
CL - Closed for bookings


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HIGHLIGHTS

Take a cruise along Halong Bay

Historic cities of Hué and Hoi An

Learn traditional techniques from expert chefs

Hindu temples of My Son Sanctuary

The contrasting histories of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi

Discover the vast Cu Chi Tunnels

The beauty of the Mekong Delta


PLACES VISITED

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hué - Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta Hanoi
Halong Bay
Hué
Hoi An
My Son Sanctuary
Ho Chi Minh City
Cu Chi Tunnels
Mekong Delta

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date21 Oct 2018 -- 03 Nov 201828 Apr 2019 -- 11 May 201920 Oct 2019 -- 02 Nov 2019

Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Hanoi

In the morning take a cookery class. In the afternoon explore the city and watch a water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Your morning will be spent preparing typical North Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of a chef. In the afternoon, explore Hanoi including its Museum of Ethnology and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Later in the evening watch a traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Sitting on the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's capital is the second largest city in the country. Steeped in an intriguing history, many of Hanoi's historical monuments and palaces have been destroyed by both civil war and foreign aggression, although some do still remain - for example the Temple of Literature, which is Vietnam's first university and was built as a tribute to Confucius. It is home to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which was built by the Ly Dynasty in the 11th Century on an old Chinese Fortress. Hanoi is famous for its lakes, in particular Hoan Kiem Lake, also called the 'Lake of the Restored Sword', which is linked to the legend of the magic sword when the Golden Turtle God reclaimed Emperor Le Loi's magic sword, Heaven's Will. 

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in the country. It is both a research centre and a public museum with the aim of preserving and presenting the cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam through the display of tribal art and artefacts.

Located on a peaceful islet in Hanoi’s West Lake, Tran Quoc Pada is the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Built in the sixth century, this temple was relocated to its current position in 1615. The serene waterside setting provides the perfect backdrop for the numerous sacred statues that are dotted throughout the pagoda’s grounds.

Day 3 : Hanoi

Guided day tour of Hanoi. Sample Vietnamese street food. Overnight in Hanoi

Day tour of Hanoi including visits to the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Mauseleum. Take a walk in the Old Quarter and sample a selection of Vietnamese street food. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the site where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on 2nd September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum it also incorporates distinct Vietnamese architectural styles such as a sloping roof. The gardens contain flowers and plants from all over Vietnam. The body of Ho Chi Minh, embalmed and protected by a military guard at all times, lies in the central chamber.

Devoted to Confucius, the Temple of Literature is set amidst immaculate grounds that are divided into five courtyards. The temple has a great academic history and possesses engraved stone tablets that feature the names of its top performing students, some of which date back to 1070.

Day 4 : Halong Bay

Depart for Halong Bay. Explore the bay via a traditional Vietnamese boat. Participate in an on-board cooking demonstration. Overnight on the cruise boat

Depart for Halong Bay, one of the planet's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites. Board a traditional Vietnamese boat to explore the bay. Overnight on the cruise boat. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is a collection of magnificent limestone islands rising from the ocean. Several of the islands have grottos inside them which have been decorated by 19th Century French tourists and some of the paintings and messages can still be seen today. It has been the backdrop for many sea battles and Kublai Khan’s Mongol boats were defeated there in 1288.

Day 5 : Halong Bay

Continue your cruise around Halong Bay. Return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Enjoy the views of the bay and your surroundings as you continue on your leisurely cruise around Halong Bay. Go for a swim and explore one of the Bay's biggest caves. After disembarking, return to Hanoi for overnight stay. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 6 : Hue

Fly to Hué. In the afternoon explore the town and sample its street food. Overnight in Hué.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your flight to Hué. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will start a Hue street food tour, discovering the city through cyclos. The cyclo tour lasts around 4 hours, and during this, you will visit many famous street restaurants. You will have a free evening. Overnight in Hue. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Once the capital of feudal Vietnam, Hué is known for its historical monuments and is home to the Imperial City. Along the Perfume River lie the tombs of the rulers of the Nguyen dynasty including Minh Mang, Tu Duc and Khai Dun as well as the Thien Mu Pagoda, regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. It is also home to the Dong Baa Markets, the largest marketplace in central Vietnam which has all the typical features of a traditional Vietnamese market.

Day 7 : Hué

Learn to cook Royal Hue cuisine at a cookery class. Boat trip along the Perfume River. Overnight in Hué.

In the morning you will have a hands-on cooking class at a famous restaurant where you will learn about Royal Hué cuisine. The dishes you prepare will be served to you for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc King and then proceed on a boat trip along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight in Hué. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Day 8 : Forbidden Purple City - Danang - Marble Mountain

Visit the Forbidden Purple City. Drive to Danang and Marble Mountain. Overnight in Hoi An.

After breakfast visit the Forbidden Purple City. Check out, then drive to Hoi An, passing through some spectacular scenery. Stop in Danang to visit its Museum of Cham Sculpture and explore the villages around Marble Mountain, where skilled stone artisans practice their craft. Continue to Hoi An for overnight. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


The Forbidden Purple City can be found at the centre of the Imperial Enclosure, a structure that resembles the Forbidden City of Beijing. Build by the Nguyen Dynasty who ascended the throne in 1802, this city was intended solely for the emperor’s use. The Forbidden Purple City has been victim to many natural disasters and was heavily damaged during the war with the U.S.

Day 9 : My Son - Hoi An

Visit My Son Sanctuary. Afternoon walking tour of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

After breakfast visit My Son Sanctuary. In the afternoon return to Hoi An and and take a walking tour through the city visiting Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and a vibrant local market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Once the country's trade centre, Hoi An is steeped in history. Shipwrecks that have been recovered show that Vietnamese and Asian ceramics have been transported as far as Sinai, Egypt. Foreign influence can be seen in the buildings and streets of the city. Nearby are the ruins of  My Son, Cua Dai Beach and China Beach, which is a hot spot for activities such as windsurfing and snorkelling. It is home to many ruins and pagodas, which have given it UNESCO World Heritage Site Status and there is archaeological evidence of a port being there since the 2nd Century BC.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of ruined and partially ruined Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and built in the 4th Century by the Champa. It is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temples in South East Asia and its importance is compared to other temple complexes such as Angkor Wat, Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. It is thought that My Son was the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina until much of it was destroyed by US bombs during the Vietnam war.

Day 10 : Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Buy ingredients at a market for your cookery class. Later fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Join your teacher for a visit to a local market in search of ingredients for your cooking class. After, you will be taken to the cooking school by boat, where you will prepare Vietnamese dishes that have been strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine. The dishes you prepare will be served to you at lunch. Later, return to Hoi An. In the afternoon fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a rich military history. Named after the Communist leader, the French colonial influence is reflected through the Western Style buildings and French Villas. It is home to the Reunification Palace, the archives of the Vietnam War, and the Ben Thanh market. It has become a sprawling, rapidly growing city that is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. It is also home to the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, which was named after the Pagoda in Bac Giang and is the first pagoda in Vietnam to be built in the traditional Vietnamese architectural style, but in concrete. 

Day 11 : Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

Take part in a cooking class. In the afternoon visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning you will take part in a cooking class and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine as well as the culture and history of Vietnamese food. In the afternoon visit Cu Chi Tunnels, used throughout the Vietnam War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding places during combat. Part of a larger tunnel network that underlies much of the country, at its peak the Cu Chi tunnel system stretched from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border and allowed the Viet Cong to maintain control in the surrounding rural area as it allowed them to make surprise attacks. The tunnels also feature constructive living areas and kitchens as well as field hospitals and command centres.

Day 12 : Mekong Delta

Depart for Can Tho. Board a boat to My Tho and visit the famous Floating Fish Market. Continue to cruise to Ben Tre. Overnight in Can Tho

After breakfast, depart for Cai Be. You will board a private boat and cruise along the Mekong River. After a short cruise along the river, you will check-in to the lodge and enjoy lunch on the riverbanks. After lunch, you will have a cycling tour of Tan Phong island. This evening you will have a Vietnamese cooking class.  Overnight in Cai Be. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Day 13 : Ho Chi Minh City

Visit Cai Rang Floating Market. Continue to Binh Thuy Ancient House. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

After an early breakfast, visit Cai Be Floating Market. Continue the discovery of Mekong Delta visiting handicraft villages and Cai Be market on land. Later, return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 14 : Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your onward flight.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your onward flight. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED All internal flights Airport pick-up & drop-off Some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) Ground transport and drivers Local guides Accommodation
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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