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SEE ALL EAT WELL: Vietnam

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SEE ALL EAT WELL: Vietnam

Vietnam - this land of surprises never fails to enchant us, especially when it comes to food. One of the selected packages in the Eat Well series, Vietnam tour will take in the country’s most highlighted destinations with the ultimate goal of promoting the best local flavors at each stop along the travel route. Taste dishes that you won't find outside of Vietnam and see areas that truly are authentic

DAY 1

HANOI ARRIVAL

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! You are greeted at Noi Bai Airport and then transfer to your hotel. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. This evening, your guide will give you a brief of the tour program as well as some advice about safety precaution when you are on tours. This will be the chance for you to know other members in the group. Meals: Nil Read more

Hanoi, 2 nights
DAY 2

HANOI CITY EXPLORER

After breakfast at hotel, head out to Ba Dinh Square and start the day with President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and house-on-stilts plus the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Next is a visit to the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to ask for blessings in their study. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles. Lunch at KOTO, a well-trained restaurant, with the slogan “Know One, Teach One”. KOTO is a non-profit center where disadvantaged youths are given job training. Drive through the busy city to visit Ethnology Museum, the place gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups. The large outdoor area features genuine houses and compounds built by various ethnic groups. Back to the Old Quarter in mid-afternoon, the place you must experience while in Hanoi. You will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Take a short walk to the central lake which is located at the heart of the city. Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi, with Tortoise Tower and Ngoc Son Temple on the lake's two islands. Return to Hotel for refreshment before heading out for a dinner at a cozy restaurant of Colonial style. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Read more

Hanoi
DAY 3

HANOI DRIVE TO NINH BINH , TRANG AN SAMP

Your journey continues to Ninh Binh. You first visit Hoa Lu, the capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam during the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, board a sampan for an extended journey along the winding river lined with trees and Trang An’s limestone mountains. You will stop at several small, historic temples which are the pride of the area’s inhabitants. The lush forests, clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance. Back to your Eco Lodge and spend free time at your leisure to explore the surrounding. Dinner at your own arrangement. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Ninh Binh, 1 night
DAY 4

NINH BINH - HALONG BAY: CRUISING DAY

After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by wind and the waves over the centuries. You will get to visit a cave and participates several activities on board such as “Master Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration. Lunch and dinner on board. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Read more

Ha Long Bay on cruise, 1N
DAY 5

HA LONG - HANOI - EVENING FLIGHT TO HUE

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay. Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village, you will take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters. Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out. Back at the dock at around 11 am, you will be met and transferred to a village where you will enjoy the water puppet show by local artirst, a traditional art form springing from rural society of the Red River Delta. Performed in a pool of water, the water surface is the stage, while the puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using bamboo rods and strings beneath the water surface. Enjoy the show, straight your legs and get to know the local life. After the show, you will straight transfer to Noi Bai airport where you will take a flight and continue your trip to Hue. Upon arrival, you are greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast, brunch Read more

Hue, 2 nights
DAY 6

HUE CITY TOUR

This morning, visit the Imperial City at Hue which is the remnant of a vast citadel. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Later take a boat ride up the romantic Perfume River, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river. The boat takes you to Thien Mu Pagoda, this 7-story octagonal tower is a symbol of Hue. Behind the pagoda are peaceful gardens and, somewhat incongruously, the old Austin car which transported Thich Quang Duc to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. Lunch at the restaurant that located near the ancient citadel in a peaceful suburb of Hue and surrounded by beautiful gardens. This afternoon, you visit King Tu Duc’s Tomb which is a sprawling compound centered around a lake and includes numerous separate memorials connected by pleasant walkways. The major portions of the tomb complex were completed from 1864-1867, along with future temple buildings that served as a retreat for Tu Duc and his many wives during his lifetime. Before coming back to the hotel, you will visit the only-in-Vietnam Royal arena names Ho Quyen. This is the only Royal Arena in Asia where fights between tigers and elephants were organized during the Nguyen Dynasty. A visit to the Elephant Shrine will tell you about the legends of the honored Elephants. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Hue
DAY 7

HUE – HOI AN: EXPLORE THE ANCIENT TOWN

After breakfast, check out and head to Hoi An. The route south from Hue hugs the coast before climbing Hai Van Pass. Stop to admire stunning views over Lang Co Beach and Da Nang City and continue along My Khe Beach to Hoi An. Spend an enjoyable lunch time at a quiet and cozy restaurant by the riverside surrounded by flower gardens, beautiful local arts and peaceful atmosphere. After hotel check-in and some time for refreshment, you spend the afternoon walking around the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th-century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An's unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Hoi An, 2 nights
DAY 8

HOI AN FREE DAY AT YOUR OWN LEISURE

Today will be free at your leisure to explore the town. You can cycle to the beach and relax or wander around the town with many choices of shopping and spa. Hoi An is a paradise for custom-made silk, fashionable clothing and accessories. Some tips for the day: Hoi An has so many nice spots to spend your time Have a Tea-break at Reaching out tea house at the ancient town, 131 Trần Phú Ancient Faifo is the Coffee and restaurant with best town view. Recommended for dinner as well. Spend time at Precious Heritage Art Gallery – Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau Enjoy a cocktail or lunch by the beach at Soul kitchen, An Bang Beach The Original Taste Of Hoi An Food Tour with Neville Dean Meals: Breakfast Read more

Hoi An
DAY 9

HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY

Have early breakfast this morning then check out, transfer to Da Nang airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel for checking in. This afternoon, you will visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. You can visit the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Walk to the central square where you will see all of Saigon iconic buildings. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon's Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks. The Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Ho, and many beautiful details. The rest of the day is free at leisure. You may wish to visit various shopping centers or some of the many nightime entertainment venues. Enjoy a special dinner – a feast for senses. Take away your sight sense, and experience a culinary journey through taste, scent, touch and sound. This is not simply dining, but rather a unique mind-altering culinary experience. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Read more

Ho Chi Minh city , 1
DAY 10

HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA

This morning, drive to the land of rivers, the Mekong Delta. The tour will start with a visit of Vinh Long market. This is the best place for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, and vegetables... Next stop will be the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries. Your boat will go along the floating village, there you will learn how to farm catfish on the Mekong river. Lunch will be served at a local house, have a cup of tea when enjoying the traditional music. This is definitely a highlight of the day with various dishes for you to fully experience the flavours of Mekong Delta cuisine. The food here is a special combination of different styles with its core being the Mekong river fishes, local herbs, coconut... - these are all the things to you will find in abundance in Mekong area. Check in your home-stay and spend some time for refreshment after the morning tour. In the afternoon, walk along the village to the local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn... Come back home-stay for a fresh shower and cook some dishes with the local owners. Enjoy your dinner & overnight at local house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Read more

Homestay Mekong, 1 night
DAY 11

MEKONG ENCOUTER – FLOATING MARKET

Bid farewell to your host after breakfast, get on-board to cruise to Cai Be floating market. Embark at Tan Phong island for a biking / walking on curvy lanes around the village where you are surrounded by local farms, houses, fruit farms, the daily life of Mekong Delta people just as lively and peacefully as it is for you to encounter. You can learn how locals make rice-net for spring-rolls, sew coconut-leaves for cottage roof and especially see how they weave the dried water-hyacinth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes... The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. Your boat journey ends at Cai Be town where you will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City by car, with lunch en-route at a peaceful local restaurant. Farewell dinner will be at a cozy restaurant located in a lane of Saigon which was a French villa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Read more

Ho Chi Minh city, 1 night
DAY 12

HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE

The day is free at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City for some last-minute shopping. Check-out time at hotel by noon. Airport transfer will be arranged depending on your departure time. We hope you have an enjoyable time in Vietnam.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Day 3
Location Ninh Binh
Day 4
Location Ha Long
Day 5
Location Hue
Day 9
Location Ho Chi Minh city
Day 10
Location Vinh Long
Hotel Homestay
Day 11
Location Ho Chi Minh city

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 09 nights’ accommodation in twin or double hotel room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • Domestic Airfares of Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh
  • 2Days/1Night on shared cruise in twin or double cabin in Ha Long Bay
  • 01 night at homestay in Vinh Long (simple facilities with standard services)
  • All meals included at “Eat well” standard
  • All transfers with air-con vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) as indicated in the program
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • Complimentary visa letter to Vietnam (applied for some specific citizens from US, AUS, HKG,… )

Package excludes

  • International airfares
  • Single supplement if stay in Single room
  • Visa stamping fee (if visa required)
  • Pre and post arrangements (transfer, tour, accommodation and other services)
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Drinks
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tipping Etiquete for tour guides and drivers which is an entirely personal gesture however we recommend you allow US$ 3 – US$ 6 per day per traveller)
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Insurances
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All not mentioned above

More information

  • The tour is guaranteed departure for group from 4 persons onward and maximum to 12 persons. Less than 4 persons, the tour subjects to be cancelled or additional surcharge will be required to have tour operated.
  • Hotels and cruise subject to change to similar ones of same category depending on availability
  • Rates shown on our English page are subject to changes to German/French/Spanish residents and for Tours with departure from within the EU due to applicable compulsory insurance policies for the respective country and local laws.
  • Peak season surcharges apply if travelling dates include dates from 15 Feb 2018 to 17 Feb 2018; 24 Dec 2018 and 31 Dec 2018

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