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Taste of Vietnam tour
Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Taste of Vietnam Trip
Cultural Culture Taste of Vietnam package

Taste of Vietnam

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking during an interactive class.
  • Sample several famous Vietnamese dishes on a walking food tour.
  • Savor some of Hanoi’s finest food during dinner inside a restored 19th-century French Colonial mansion.
  • Explore Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour.
  • Participate in a lantern-making experience at an organization that benefits local artisans.
  • Discover the 19th-century palaces and shrines of Hue’s Imperial City.
  • Cruise along the famous Mekong Delta, rich with natural wonders.
  • Overnight on a luxury junk boat and cruise the waters of Halong Bay.

Short Description

Bask in the serenity of Vietnam’s rural paradise, and watch history dance along limestone pillars, across renewed cities, and over emerald green waters. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, this is Vietnam at its very best.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
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Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

Destinations

Vietnam

Cities & Attractions

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh

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Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Hanoi, Vietnam’s dynamic capital city.

Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay

Journey to Halong Bay and board a luxury junk boat for an overnight cruise - the perfect vantage point for soaking up the spectacular landscape. Once on board, enjoy a feast of fresh seafood as you sail past vistas of low green mountains, small villages and hundreds of islands and limestone peaks jutting out from the sea. Disembark to discover the wonders of nature, history and archaeology in the mysterious Tien Ong Cave. Back on board, sit back and relax as the sounds and peaceful sway of the boat lull you to sleep.

Day 3 Hanoi

Rise early to circuit the “Lake of the Restored Sword,” Hoam Kiem Lake. Become mesmerized by Tai Chi practitioners moving along the waterfront in this peaceful respite as the city comes to life for the day. Later this morning, take a step back to Imperial times on a walking tour through the Old Quarter. Follow the meandering streets, decorated with temples and pagodas, and feast on the history before you. After working up an appetite, enjoy a walking food tour including some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes like banh mi and pho. At the end of the tour, enjoy coffee and views of Hoam Kiem at a hidden rooftop café.

Day 5 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Awaken as the fog gently lifts above the emerald surface of Halong Bay. The day begins with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, as the boat makes its way to one of the bay’s floating fishing villages. Here, it’s your choice! Explore a floating village by traditional row boat -OR- see it from the seat of a kayak! Cruise back to the harbor and return to Hanoi to board your flight to Hue.

Day 6 Hue

A full day of discovery awaits in Vietnam’s Imperial capital city of Hue. Stop at the mausoleum of Tu Doc, an elaborate royal tomb dedicated to the former emperor. At the shores of the Perfume River, board a traditional dragon boat and sail to Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic temple that dates back to 1601. After a thrilling cyclo tour through the city, conclude the day with a tour of Hue’s impressive citadel.

Day 7 Hue - Hoi An

On your way to Hoi An, travel the coast and countryside via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Pause for a glimpse of the quaint fishing village, Lang Co. Finally, arrive in the trading port of ancient Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a walking tour of the old town, stroll by such incredible sights as the ornate Chinese-style temple Phuc Kein Assembly Hall, and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. End at the vibrant riverside market on the banks of the Thu Bon. Enjoy another memorable meal tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 8 Hoi An

Explore the flavors of Hoi An today. Embark on a river basket boat journey along the Thu Bon River to your kitchen for an immersive cooking class! Learn how to catch fish and crabs in the river, and grind rice into flour. Then use your ingredients to cook four classic Vietnamese dishes which you’ll enjoy for lunch afterward. Once you’ve learned the secrets to some of Vietnam’s cuisine, embark on a soulful experience at Reaching Out Vietnam. Celebrate the work of a talented team of artisans that create original pieces of sustainable and fair-trade products. Here, amongst new friends and enlightened minds, you’ll take part in an immersive lantern-making experience. A significant part of Hoi An’s culture, lanterns symbolize luck, happiness, and wealth. Working together, you’ll create colorful beacons of prosperity in a place that is a beacon of hope for the community.

Day 9 Hoi An

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the magic of Hoi An. Walk along the canals that cut through Ancient Town and discover an architectural melting pot all around you. You’ll find history is very much alive in this beautifully preserved city on the central coast. In the afternoon, consider an optional tour exploring the Hoi An countryside by vintage Vespa.

Day 10 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Leave Hoi An and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the energetic urban capital formerly known as Saigon. On an eye-opening city tour, see the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral,* and the Reunification Palace. Then, head over to explore treasures from local vendors on display at the Old Market in District 1.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

Today we take to the waters of the famous Mekong Delta. As you sail along, your guide will delve into the history and culture of the region. Lush tropical gardens and islands, floating markets and the bustling energy of these expansive waterways give an intriguing peek into everyday life. Discover the region’s cottage industry with a visit to a coconut candy factory, and learn how this confection is made. Enjoy lunch featuring southern Vietnamese cuisine before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City

Embark on a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City before your farewell dinner at a local restaurant – a renovated Art Deco-style villa.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Ends

Return home with a wealth of incredible memories of your journey through the rich cultures of Vietnam.

Day 2 Hanoi

Enjoy a walking tour this morning through the French Quarter. You’ll also see the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. This historic site, dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs, is now a museum which tells the story of Colonial history from the Vietnamese perspective. Later, discover decades of Vietnamese art treasures at the Vietnam National Art Museum. This evening, attend a traditional water puppet show that welcomes you to Vietnam with its incredible display of artistry and folklore. Afterward, dine in one of Hanoi’s best restaurants located in a restored Colonial mansion.

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