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Luxury Culinary tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 days)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon


Gourmet Northern Italy
(10 days)
Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany


Flavors of Southeast Asia
(16 days)
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok


Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona


Culinary Tour of Mexico
(15 Days)
Merida, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende


Culinary Tour of China
(13 days)
Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong


Food & Wine of Austria
(8 days)
Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland, Styria


Culinary Tour of Japan
(7 days)
Tokyo, Kyoto


Food & Wine of Australia
(9 days)
Melbourne & Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide & McLaren Vale, Sydney & Hunter Valley


Thailand for Foodies
(9 days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai


India for Foodies—a Culinary Tour
(12 Days)
Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai


Food & Wine Tour of Switzerland
(7 Days)
Zurich, Basel & Alsace, Bern, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake Geneva


Food & Wine of France & Switzerland
(10 Days)
Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Lyon, Lausanne & Lake Geneva


Wine Tour of Hungary
(6 Days)
Eger-Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest


Food & Wine of Portugal
(8 Days)
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo & Evora


Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
(10 days)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul


Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mount Etna


Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)


Bordeaux to Basque Country
(9 days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country


Vietnam for Foodies

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, 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, take a culinary tour with a Vietnamese food expert to learn about typical Vietnamese cooking and ingredients, and to try several Hanoian street food dishes. Another day, enjoy a market tour with a renowned chef, followed by a Vietnamese cooking class. Learn to prepare local dishes such as fish marinated with beer and herbs, lemon chicken, and banana flower salad. 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. Also visit the city’s most important historical attractions, such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, House on Stilts and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Take a cyclo ride around Hoan Kiem Lake andexplore leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants.

Continue to scenic Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a luxurious, traditional junk-style boat. Sail among beautiful limestone islands, dine on fresh seafood, enjoy on-board activities such as tai chi at sunrise, and perhaps explore local caves, hike to a scenic overlook, go sea kayaking or visit a floating village.

Next, travel to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Tour the Imperial Citadel, a large complex that includes 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. One day, visit an ancient Buddhist pagoda to enjoy a vegetarian lunch with monks and learn about the monastic lifestyle in Hue. One night, you might like to dine on traditional royal cuisine, which emphasizes refinement, small portions and beautiful presentation.

Spend the next two nights in 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 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. One day, visit a local farming community famous for vegetables, and enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as vegetable spring rolls in a local home. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as a visit to a pottery-making village; a silk lantern-making lesson at a Confucian temple; biking through the countryside; and taking a sunset boat ride on the river. 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 with a chef in a historic home. Another day, enjoy a street food tour by Vespa in different districts around Saigon. Also learn about the city’s history while touring French colonial-era landmarks, as well as the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Experience the best of Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown, including a local market and busy temples. Sample local culinary specialties and see daily life in vibrant markets overflowing with spices, flowers, clothing, housewares and more. Perhaps stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or dine on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich). Another option is browsing the boutiques of Vietnamese designers and renowned art galleries and museums.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi

Fast-track airport assistance. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 2 Hanoi

Full-day private city tour, including culinary touring. Evening water puppet or opera performance

Day 3 Hanoi

Morning private market tour and cooking lesson

Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay

Private overland transfer to Halong Bay luxury cruise for 1 night

Day 5 Halong Bay - Hanoi

Sunrise cruise. Private overland transfer to Hanoi hotel for 1 night

Day 6 Hanoi – Hue

Private transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private tour

Day 7 Hue – Hoi An

Morning private city tour, including market visit. Lunch with monks at a pagoda. Private overland transfer to Hoi An resort for 2 nights

Day 8 Hoi An

Morning private excursion to farming village and lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon private tour

Day 9 Hoi An – Saigon

Private transfer to Danang airport and flight to Saigon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private Vespa street food tour

Day 10 Saigon

Morning private market tour and cooking lesson. Afternoon private city tour

Day 11 Depart Saigon
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
Halong Bay: Halong Violet Cruise
Hue: La Residence Resort & Spa
Hoi An: The Nam Hai
Saigon: Park Hyatt Saigon

Cost
$6,830 Per person (double occupancy)
 
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