Flavours of Vietnam

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From $2834 per person* inclusive of 10% discount

Remarkably exotic and utterly intriguing, this land of gorgeous nature, rich culture and tantalising flavours is well worth exploring. Meet a traditional papier-mâché mask-making family in Hanoi’s Old Quarters, taste the world’s best street food on an evening walk through the old winding streets of Hanoi and meet with local families to learn about their way of life, sampling delicious authentic home-cooked meals. 

Departs 16 January, 20 February & 06 March 2019

  • DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM

    Meet the rest of the group in Hanoi and enjoy an evening of Vietnamese cuisine together at KOTO restaurant – a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills. (D)

    DAY 2 HANOI

    Today, your guide will lead you through Hanoi, where you’ll see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we join a family that produces traditional papier-mâché masks. This evening, Hanoi’s street food is on the menu as we tour the stalls and sample the local delicacies. (B,D)

    DAY 3 HANOI – NINH BINH

    This morning, we travel to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province. We’ll take a short boat trip through the Van Long Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rolling jungle hills. After a cooking demonstration and traditional lunch courtesy of a local family we’ll transfer to our hotel, where the afternoon is yours. (B,L)

    DAY 4 NINH BINH – HALONG BAY

    Today, we journey through lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where we board a traditional paddle steamer for an overnight cruise. We cruise along Halong Bay before enjoying a delicious dinner on the boat – and to rest our heads for the evening. (B,L,D)

    DAY 5 HALONG BAY – HUE

    After breakfast on board, the morning is yours to relax and explore. Later, we’ll head back to Hanoi to catch a flight to the imperial city of Hue. (B)

    DAY 6 HUE

    After a free morning we’ll explore Hue’s famous royal tombs and the illustrious examples of grand dynasties past: the garden houses. Before lunch we’ll take a boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. This evening, we dine at the 19th-century Tha Om Garden House, which is owned by a local historian. (B,L,D) Please note: There are 143 steps to the main chamber at Khai Dinh tomb. Those who have difficulty walking may choose to opt out of this part of the itinerary.

    DAY 7 HUE – HOI AN

    After a visit to the Cham Museum, we make our way along the Han Vai Pass (known as the ‘Pass of the Clouds’) on our way to Hoi An. This afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour before hopping on a boat trip along the Thu Bồn River. Tonight, a street eats food tour awaits! (B,D)

    DAY 8 HOI AN

    It’s time to put your skills to the test as we learn the craft of coloured silk lanterns at the Lifestart Foundation, a local social enterprise. (B)

    DAY 9 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY

    Relax this morning before we move on to Danang for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon we’ll head to the magnificent Opera House to see the spectacular A O Show – a fusion of Vietnamese culture and performance art. We’ll end the day with a culinary feast. (B,D)

    DAY 10 HO CHI MINH CITY

    Today’s journey begins with a ride to Cho Lon Chinatown, where we’ll hop on board a cyclo to take in the Cha Tam Church and the Chua Ong Pagoda. After a chance to see a traditional herbal medicine street and stock up on herbal teas we’ll visit the Reunification Palace, before lunching at Mandarine restaurant. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon. (B,L)

    DAY 11 HO CHI MINH CITY

    Today we set off on a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War. After, we meet in the evening in Ho Chi Minh City for our final dinner together. (B,L,D)

    DAY 12 HO CHI MINH CITY

    The tour ends after breakfast today, with free time to explore the city by yourself. (B)

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