Tailor-Made Culinary Vietnam Experience

Luxury Vietnam Culinary Experience

Our Tailor-Made Luxury Vietnam Culinary Experience gives you a trip focussing on the culinary delights of Vietnam. You will see some of the main highlights of this amazing country along with visiting local markets, haggling with the best for ingredients and then learning how to cook what you buy. You will stay in some of Vietnam’s best hotels and your tours will be private with your own specialist guide to ensure you get the most from your trip. This special tailor-made culinary Vietnam experience holiday is ATOL protected for your peace of mind and we ensure your trip lets you discover the culture, history and local cuisine while we take care of everything else and making sure you visit the must see places such as Halong Bay and the famous Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh and Angkor.Experience Vietnam in Luxury and Style with this special tailor-made culinary trip of a lifetime that definitely offers a trip with a difference.

To book call – 01252 641989 or email holidays@exploretravelandcruises.com

Luxury Vietnam Tailor-Made  Detailed Itinerary Luxury Vietnam Culinary Experience

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival- in flight meals
Fly to the charming capital of Hanoi.  On arrival you will be met by your private guide and driver for transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi  -cooking class and City tour – (Breakfast–Lunch–Dinner included)
Morning, we embark on a cooking class run by KOTO Restaurant, an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for underprivileged young people. All the staff you meet at this café have come from poor backgrounds. We begin with a visit to a local market where you can see for yourself the amazing range of fresh ingredients available in Vietnam. You will experience the lively process of choosing the right ingredients, getting the right price and sealing the deal in the hectic, Hanoi environment. We also stop a moment to sample some market breakfast fare and if we are lucky, watch the making of Banh pho (fresh rice noodle pancake roll.) We then head back to the restaurant, where you will make your own dishes with fresh, tasty ingredients. In the afternoon we head out on a sightseeing tour of Hanoi visiting the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying homage to Ho Chi Minh.  We will have time this evening to enjoy a unique performance of the Water puppets. Welcome dinner at local restaurant ( ½ bottle of wine or 2 beers per person). Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Boarding and check-in with welcome drink, then the cruise starts through Cho Da, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi and Hoa Cuong limestone islets while a lunch is served on board. Then visit Sung Sot Grotto, the “Cave of Surprises”, before taking a swim in Titov Beach or Soi Sim Beach’s pristine waters. The vessel then cruises further to reach its overnight anchorage location near Ho Dong Tien or Luon Cave. Enjoy the sunset from the sundeck or while swimming; then a dinner will be served on board. Evening is devoted to relaxing in that peaceful piece of a setting, or to experience night-fishing from the boat’s deck. Overnight on board

Luxury Vietnam Day 4: HALONG Bay to Hue (B,D)
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, then a small boat will take you to visit Luon Cave. Back on board the cruise heads further to Bai Tu Long’s bay passing by Hon Gai’s floating town to view the daily lives of the locals. Lunch is served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time. End of the cruise.
Transfer directly to the airport for a short flight to Hue, Pick up then transfer to hotel for check in, Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue City Tour (B,L,D)
A short walking along Perfume River then enjoy a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue visiting the Citadel Palace.In the afternoon, visit Tu Duc & Khai Dinh Tomb.In the evening enjoy the Royal dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue
Day 6: Hue to Hoi An (B,L,D)
Today you will go to the Danang via Hai Van Pass which has been of major strategic importance in this history of Vietnam, and for a long time represented a major barrier to any land army that attempted to move between the northern and central regions of the country. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, host of the BBC motoring programme Top Gear, featured the pass during the show’s 2008 Vietnam Special, calling the road “a deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the best coast roads in the world.” You will then visit the Cham Museum. Then continue on to Hoian to check in to your Hotel. Dinner at Hotel. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 7: Hoi An City Tour (B,D)
The day will start with a visit to the Japanese bridge. The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An is a beautiful example of the Japanese architecture of the period. Connecting Tran Phu St with Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, the Japanese Covered bridge was constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community of Hoi An, in order to create a link with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was constructed with a roof so that it could be used as a shelter from both rain and sun. Then on to visit Tan Ky Ancient House which was constructed almost two centuries ago as the home of a Vietnamese merchant. The owner of the house has preserved its interior design and old furniture, as well as many relics of the prospering trade and cultural exchanges among the Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese during the late 17 century and so is of great Vietnamese historical and cultural significance. Then on to see the Quan Cong Temple, also called Ong Pagoda by the Hoi An people or Trung Han Quan Cung by the Chinese. This temple is one of the typical architectural constructions built by the Minh Huong people (Chinese immigrants) together with Viet people. It was recognised as a “National Historic and Cultural Site” on 29 November 1991.The temple was built in 1653 and dedicated to Quan Cong, a prominent mandarin of the Han Dynasty, who lived in the time of “Three Warring Kingdoms” (3nd century AD). He was a talented and virtuous general, a symbol of courage, loyalty, piety moderation and righteousness in the feudal time of China. Though restored many times in the temple’s original structure has been kept almost the same. Afternoon, free time to do shopping with a lot of silk shops.Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoi An cooking class (B,D)
Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure in the morning.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy with cooking class in Hoian to learn more about Vietnamese traditional food. We meet our local chef for a guided tour through the markets in Hoi An, where we assist with buying (and haggling for!) food for our culinary adventure. After walking down to the pier, we enjoy a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Restaurant, where our chef will show us how to prepare some of the exotic local dishes. Because of its position as Vietnam’s historic port on the South China Sea, Hoi An attracted a multitude of traders and merchants from around the world, such as various Chinese groups, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch and their influences can be seen today all around town and have indeed been a major contribution to the uniqueness of Hoi An’s cuisine. Overnight in Hoian.
Luxury Vietnam Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B,D)
This day, transfer to Danang for a short flight. Upon arrival, pick up then transfer to Hotel for check in. A short City tour to visit the war Museum then enjoy walking along main street to see the Church, post office.In the evening dinner at hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
Day10: Ho Chi Minh to the Mekong Delta (B,L)
This day, going to Caibe  to see the local floating market then visit the local traditional jobs like pop corn, pop rice coconut candy work shop. Continue enjoy a boat trip to see the garden with tasting local fruits. Lunch will be served in the garden.Back to Saigon for overnight.
Day11:  Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnel – Saigon(B,L)
This day, visiting the underground complex was built from French domination and was developed during American war. Cu Chi, was the Viet Cong’s underground fortress dug beneath the jungles of South Vietnam. At its peak the Cu Chi tunnel network covered some 250 kilometers – from the Cambodian border in the west to the outskirts of then Saigon.
In the afternoon you will stop to visit China town with the whole sale market.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day12: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Free Day (B, D)
Free at leisure to shop around the centre.
In the evening in joy a farewell dinner. (1/2 bottle of wine or 2 beer per person.)
Luxury vietnam Day13: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Departure (B)
Free at leisure until time transfer to the airport for flight home.

Good to Know
Holiday Cost: from £2999 per person in 5* hotels depending on dates of travel
Vietnam Visa (can be arranged in advance)
What is not included in your itinerary: any optional tours, drinks unless specified in the itinerary, camera fee, tipping, personal expenses, Travel and cancellation insurance
Surcharge for peak season will be added to the prices for hotel when required.
If at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavour to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

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Tailor-Made Culinary Vietnam experience

12 Nights/13 Days
Price: Was £3499  Now from only £2999 per person
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