The Culture and Cuisine of Vietnam 10 days
We are taking you around Vietnam, from the South (starting in Ho Chi Minh City), to Central Vietnam (with the highlights of Hue and Hoian) and ending in the North (Hanoi).
It is said that Vietnamese culture expresses itself differently in these three parts of the country. This is clearly reflected in the culinary life of local residents in each area. During the tour, travelers will discover the fascinating landscape and taste traditional Vietnamese food in the best authentic restaurants. Nothing is more wonderful than combining these dining adventures, along with luxury accommodations at 5-star hotels, where you can experience Vietnam-style service.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrival in HCMC (D)
When you arrive at the airport in HCMC, you will be greeted and have private transfer to the Park Hyatt Hotel Saigon for a two night stay. You will have free time in the afternoon and evening to explore, and perhaps have drinks in the Club Lounge, before dinner at Vietnam House. Here, you will see that the cuisine of the South uses many herbs and spices and has been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India, among others. Curries using coconut milk are an example of this influence. The South also has a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the cooler North.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will depart for a half day city tour, including the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Cholon, the city's lively Chinatown. Traditional "pho" shall be served for lunch at a local café on Pasteur Street. You will have free time until evening drinks in the Club Lounge, followed by dinner at Nam Phan restaurant. The elegant Nam Phan restaurant offers a menu of beautifully presented Vietnamese cuisine, described by the owners as "high-end", with classical dishes and modern interpretations all freshly prepared to order by the resident team of professional chefs.
Day 3: HCMC - Danang (B,D)
After breakfast, you will have private transfer to the airport a flight to Danang for a one night stay at the Furama Beach Resort Danang, recently voted the best beach resort in Vietnam. You will have free time for the rest of the day to enjoy the resort amenities, before enjoying dinner and wine served at the hotel.
Day 4: Danang - Hoi An (B,D)
After breakfast, you will have private transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre in the 17th and 18th century and many of the original buildings remain. You will enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the 400 year old Japanese covered bridge and the colourful local market area of this unique city, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rest of afternoon is free before dinner at the famous White Lantern restaurant for a five-course meal featuring Hoi An's unique cuisine.
Day 5: Hoi An (B, D)
Day 6: Hoi An - Hue (B,D)
You will depart Hoi An after breakfast and head to your hotel in Hue for a two night stay. On the way, you will stop at the Tu Duc Mausoleum to view its traditional Vietnamese architecture. You will have free time for the rest of the day, before enjoying a cyclo ride to the Tinh Gia Vien restaurant for dinner. Food in Hue tends to be spicier than in most other parts of Vietnam, and represents a kind of Oriental Nouvelle Cuisine.
Day 7: Hue (B, L, D)
Day 8: Hue - Hanoi (B,D)
You will transfer to Hue Airport for a flight to Hanoi and private transfer to the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel for a two night stay. Depending on flight times, in the late afternoon you may take a cyclo tour to the lovely Nam Phuong restaurant set in a beautifully restored French Colonial Villa. The chefs serve up Northern Vietnamese specialties, and there will be a traditional folk show during dinner.
Day 9: Hanoi (B,D)
You will have a full day tour of Hanoi, including the Fine Arts Museum, French and Chinese influenced architectural sites, the Lake of the Restored Sword and the "Old Quarter.” You will then have dinner at Le Tonkin restaurant, which specialises in preparing authentic Northern Vietnamese cuisine. You may then enjoy drinks afterwards at Vertical bar nearby.
Day 10: Departure Hanoi (B)
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|Luxury Category / Luxury 5-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi||Grand Luxury|
|Hue||La Residence Hue||Deluxe Riverview|
|Hoi An||The Nam Hai resort||One bedroom villa|
|Ho Chi Minh||Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel||Park room|