(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
This private culinary tour is an in-depth exploration of Vietnam's most authentic food and cultural experiences.
Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital and intellectual center. One day, meet a culinary expert to tour one of Hanoi's excellent markets and sample local street food specialties like bun cha (barbecued pork with noodles) and pho cuon (fresh herb and beef rolls). Another day, enjoy a private Vietnamese cooking class with a renowned chef and learn to prepare northern Vietnamese specialties. Also enjoy private cultural touring of city highlights such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the House on Stilts, and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Take an in-depth tour of Hanoi's incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. Explore Hoan Kiem Lake and leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants.
Continue to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Tour the Imperial Citadel, a large complex that includes the remains of the Forbidden Purple City, where the emperor and his family once lived. See the beautiful gardens and traditional architecture at the royal tombs along the Perfume River. Also tour colorful Dong Ba Market, and learn about local ingredients and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda. One night, you might like to dine on traditional royal cuisine, which emphasizes refinement, small portions and beautiful presentation.
Next, visit Hoi An, an atmospheric port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxury beachfront resort, and experience the best of this centuries-old town during private touring. Visit the vibrant morning market, where stalls are piled high with fresh fish and produce. Explore the colorful backstreets, and tour well-preserved historic homes, temples, the Japanese Covered Bridge and other interesting attractions. Perhaps visit a local tailor for custom-made silk clothing, a Hoi An specialty, and enjoy a boat ride on the river. Also visit the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples. One day, visit a farming community famous for vegetables, and learn how locals prepare them in a private home. Another day, enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lau noodles. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as visits to local villages, an excursion to the Cham ruins in My Son, biking through the countryside, or a silk lantern-making lesson at a Confucian temple. There will also be time to relax and enjoy your resort's beautiful architecture, spa and beach.
Finally, travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam's most dynamic city. One day, enjoy a private market tour and cooking lesson and learn to prepare southern Vietnamese culinary specialties. Another day, enjoy an evening street food tasting tour in different districts around Saigon. Also enjoy in-depth cultural touring. Visit interesting neighborhoods like Cholon (Saigon's Chinatown) and explore busy markets and temples. Learn about the city's history while touring French colonial-era landmarks, as well as the mid-century Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. If desired, browse the boutiques of Vietnamese designers and renowned art galleries and museums. Along the way, enjoy opportunities to stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or snack on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich).
Fast-track airport assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Morning private market and culinary tour. Afternoon flexible private touring and shopping. Evening water puppet or opera house performance
Morning private market tour and cooking lesson
Hanoi – Hue
Private transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private tour
Hue – Hoi An
Morning private vegetarian cooking lesson and lunch at a pagoda. Private transfer to Hoi An resort for 3 nights
Morning private excursion to farming village. Afternoon private cooking lesson
Half-day private tour
Hoi An – Saigon
Private transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Evening street food tour
Morning private market tour and cooking lesson. Afternoon private city tour
Saigon & Mekong Delta
Full day private excursion
Private airport transfer
La Residence Resort & Spa
The Nam Hai
Park Hyatt Saigon
Per person (double occupancy)
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
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Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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