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Luxury Culinary tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 days)
Hanoi, 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
(7 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, 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)

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

Flavors of Southeast Asia

(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

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

Every lover of Asian cuisine, from "foodie" to chef, will appreciate this journey into the spice markets and frying pans of Southeast Asia, tailored, of course, to your tastes and expertise. Flavors of Southeast Asia features each region's main cultural attractions as well as food-focused touring, shopping for distinctive local goods and artisanal food products, a variety of dining experiences, and cooking classes, if desired. 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. Enjoy a walking tour through Singapore's Southern Ridges and Gardens by the Bay, and also learn about Peranakan (Straights Chinese) heritage through museums, galleries, shops and tastings. There will be ample free time to enjoy the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore, one of the world's most luxurious resort hotels.

Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s most dynamic city. With an expert private guide and driver, 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. One day, opt to take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colorful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple. One day, climb on the back of a scooter driven by a local expert, and enjoy a street food tour in different districts around Saigon. Upon request, we can also arrange activities such as meeting with historians, visits to private homes, private musical performances, cyclo tours through backstreets, a private excursion to the Mekong Delta, and private cooking classes.

Next, transfer 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. While in Hoi An, enjoy a market tour and a cooking class focused on local specialties such as cao lau noodles. Also 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 the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples; a visit to a village that specializes in making Hoi An’s colorful lanterns; an excursion to My Son, the ancient ruins of the once-powerful Cham civilization; 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.

Spend the next two nights in Hanoi, Vietnam’s fascinating capital and intellectual center. During private touring with your expert local guide and private driver, 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 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 tour around Hoan Kiem Lake and leafy backstreets where beautiful French colonial-era buildings have been transformed into upscale restaurants. Other options include visiting museums such as the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. One day take a street food tour to sample local flavors such as pho (noodle soup) and cha ca (spicy fried fish). Also see Hanoi’s renowned water puppet show, or attend a performance at the landmark Hanoi Opera House. Additional special interest touring can be arranged upon request, such as cyclo rides, cooking classes, in-depth street food tours and other culinary tours, meetings with prominent artists and art gallery owners, biking through the nearby countryside, a visit to a local village filled with beautiful historic architecture, meetings with prominent historians, private meditation sessions in an ancient temple, and more.

Spend several days in rural Chiang Mai in northern Thailand at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Visit revered mountaintop temples, the royal family’s Winter Palace, an elephant camp, and local hill tribe villages. One day, enjoy a chef-led market tour followed by a cooking class. Learn to prepare a variety of Thai dishes.

Conclude with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. With your own private guide, enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony. Explore colorful markets selling textiles, flowers, food and crafts. Visit small museums and interesting local neighborhoods. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.

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 2 nights. Afternoon private Vespa street food tour
Day 5 Saigon
Full-day private city tour
Day 6 Saigon – Hoi An
Private transfer to airport for flight to Hoi An. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour
Day 7 Hoi An
Morning private market tour and cooking lesson
Day 8 Hoi An
Morning private excursion to farming village and lunch in local home
Day 9 Hoi An – Hanoi
Private transfer to Danang airport for flight to Hanoi. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour by cyclo. Evening water puppet performance
Day 10 Hanoi
Morning private street food tour
Day 11 Hanoi – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. VIP airport assistance and connecting flight to Chiang Mai. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
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
Morning Thai cooking lesson and market tour
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 city tour
Day 16 Depart Thailand
Private airport transfer

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

$15,365 Per person (double occupancy)
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Floating market near Bangkok, Thailand Local produce market in Vietnam The Nam Hai in Hoi An Cooking school at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand Spices for curry at Thai cooking class
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