Private luxury tours in Culinary Travel

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Luxury Culinary Tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 Days)
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

Food & Wine Tour of Italy
(11 Days)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

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

Culinary Tour of India
(13 Days)
Chennai, Mumbai, Udaipur, Delhi

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

Culinary Tour of Mexico
(12 Days)
Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca

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

Food & Wine of Austria
(7 Days)
Vienna, the Wachau, Burgenland

Culinary Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

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

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

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
(9 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, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

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

Food & Wine Tour: Bordeaux to Rioja
(9 Days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country

Culinary Tour of Peru
(9 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira, High Atlas Mountains

Culinary Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Acre, Tel Aviv

France for Foodies
(12 Days)
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur

Flavors of Southeast Asia

(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

This private, food-focused tour of Southeast Asia features each region's main cultural attractions, as well as in-depth culinary touring, shopping for distinctive local goods and artisanal food products, a variety of dining experiences, and cooking classes. Accommodation is at some of the world's most extraordinary luxury hotels, all of which emphasize the local aesthetic and cuisine.

Start in Singapore, where Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences simmer in the same cultural melting pot. During touring, walk through the various ethnic quarters to see how each of these cultures contributes to the fabric of the city. Explore "wet" markets (where fresh meat, produce and live fish are sold), "dry" markets (spices, preserved foods, herbal medicine and other dry ingredients) and housewares markets (baskets and cooking utensils). In Little India, Chinatown and the Malay district, stop in some of the shophouses to sample local sweets and snacks. Visit the most interesting Chinese and Hindu temples, and learn about Peranakan (Straights Chinese) heritage through museums, shops and tastings. Also explore amazing contemporary structures such as the SkyPark observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands complex, and Gardens by the Bay, a wonderland of theme gardens, waterways, conservatories and “supertrees.” There will be free time to enjoy the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore, one of the world's most luxurious resort hotels.

Next, travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s most dynamic city. One 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 local culinary favorites, including Vietnamese iced coffee and banh mi (baguette sandwich).

Continue to 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 enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls and cao lau noodles. There will also be time to relax and enjoy your resort’s beautiful architecture, spa and beach.

Fly to 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). 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 KiemLake and leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants.

Next, spend several days in rural Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Enjoy a private cooking class with a master chef and learn the nuances of northern Thai cuisine through dishes like larb muang moo (spicy ground pork salad), khao soi (coconut milk-based curry noodle soup), and som tum (green papaya salad). During private touring, visit a revered mountaintop temple and see monks collecting their morning alms. Also browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. If desired, take an excursion to an elephant camp. In the evening, explore Chiang Mai’s bustling night market and its many street food stalls. Other optional activities can be arranged, upon request, such as golfing, hiking, shopping excursions, family activities, in-depth Buddhist experiences, and more.

Conclude with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. Visit the most important temples to learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony and visit palaces and noted museums. Explore colorful markets selling textiles, flowers, Buddhist items and crafts as well as unique floating markets selling fresh produce and snacks. One day, enjoy a private culinary tour of Bangkok. There will also be time to enjoy one of the world’s leading spas (located at your hotel), swim and shop for exquisite Asian art.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Singapore

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 Singapore
Full-day private cultural and tasting tour
Day 3 Singapore
Half-day private cultural and tasting tour
Day 4 Singapore – Saigon, Vietnam

Private transfer to airport for flight to Saigon. Fast-track assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 5 Saigon

Full-day private city tour. Evening Vespa street food tour

Day 6 Saigon – Hoi An

Private transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Private arrival transfer to Hoi An resort for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour of Hoi An

Day 7 Hoi An
Morning private cooking lesson and village visit
Day 8 Hoi An – Hanoi

Private transfer to Danang airport for flight to Hanoi. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon tour of Old Quarter

Day 9 Hanoi

Full-day private city tour, including historic highlights and market visit and culinary touring. Evening water puppet or opera house performance

Day 10

Morning private cooking lesson. Afternoon flexible touring and shopping

Day 11 Hanoi – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. VIP airport assistance through immigration and connecting flight to Chiang Mai. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights. Reservation for Chef’s table or traditional Khantoke dinner

Day 12 Chiang Mai
Option for sunrise alms-giving. Full-day private tour of town, temples and craft districts or private excursion to elephant camp. Private round-trip transfer to night market
Day 13 Chiang Mai

Sunrise alms-giving excursion and Thai cooking class

Day 14 Chiang Mai – Bangkok

Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour, including private longtail boat ride

Day 15 Bangkok

Full-day private cultural and culinary tour

Day 16 Depart Thailand
Private airport transfer

Singapore: Raffles Hotel Singapore
Saigon: Park Hyatt Saigon
Hoi An: The Nam Hai
Hanoi: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel
Chiang Mai: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

$17,965 Per person (double occupancy)