Vietnamese cuisine is highly regarded as one of the world’s best, but few realize the variations that are found in the regional cuisines. Just like the country’s geographical divisions, the food can also be separated in to South, Central, and Northern style. Our experts in Vietnam have created this tour with a focus on food! As you travel up the coast on this twelve day tour, experience the best of Vietnamese culture, history, beaches, and food, all the while staying in luxury hotels. With exclusive cooking courses and meals at top restaurants, this tour is sure to please the taste buds.
Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants and overnight.
Ho Chi Minh City (B, L,D)
Explore Saigon life. From the flower market to the busy streets of a typical Vietnamese market, passing by the oldest quarter and Antique Street. In the evening, experience the night life from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter, stopping for street food sampling and Vietnamese coffee.
Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Day trip to the Mekong Delta town of Cai Be. There, board the Victoria boat and discover the colorful floating market. Taste Mekong specialty ‘elephant ear fish’ for lunch, then board your boat again to discover more beautiful river landscapes.
Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An (B, L)
Flight from Saigon to Danang, then drive to Hoi An. Discover the history of this ancient port town, its 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and its colorful market. Have local specialty food for lunch in “Morning Glory” restaurant. Evening at leisure.
Hoi An – Hue (B,L,D)
Drive from Hoi An to Hue, visiting Danang and the fishing village of Lang Co on the way. Discover the ‘Royal Cuisine’ of Hue, visit the ‘Old City’, the ‘Imperial Citadel’ then don’t miss the local Tay Loc Market, and dine an extraordinary Vietnamese meal at the private ‘Garden House’.
Visit in the morning the Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River, then taste local delicacies for lunch, before you visit Bao La and Phuoc Tich villages in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.
Hue – Hanoi (B,D)
Flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Take a walking tour in the Old Quarter, also know as the ’36 streets’. Continue the visit with the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar pagoda. Dine in the evening at La Verticale restaurant, experiencing the diverse flavors created by Chef and owner Didier Corlou.
Explore Chợ Hôm or Chợ Chau Long market to learn about ingredients used in local cuisine and to watch the buying and selling rituals of a Vietnamese market. Taste new Vietnamese delicacies throughout the day and enjoy lunch at one of Hanoi’s best bún chả establishments. Evening at leisure.
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. En-route, lunch will be served. Once aboard, cruise between the world-famous rock formations until diner, where you will anchor and enjoy a selection of fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. Overnight on Halong Bay.
Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)
Enjoy sunrise in Halong Bay with tea and coffee on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. As you return to Halong City, enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation, your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.
Hanoi Departure (B)
Today is departure day. You’re private car and guide will be at your disposal to enjoy some free time for last purchases or simply relax before your transfer to Hanoi’s Noi BaiAirport for onward flight.
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All Pricing subject to availability & per person sharing.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Vaccinations: No compulsory. Please check with your GP.
Visa: Required for Irish Nationals.You can obtain your visa at the embassy or online for a visa on arrival (air travel only). With online application, you will receive an electronic pre-approved visa letter which will allow tourists and business travellers to come to Vietnam and pick up the visa stamp at Vietnam airport, with a stay of up to three months.
Best time to Travel: When it comes to weather, it’s a tough call, as Vietnam’s climate is so diverse. For the best balance, we’d vote for the months of April, May or October.
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