Treasures and Tastes of Vietnam

Treasures and Tastes of Vietnam At a Glance

Located in More of Asia's Vietnam Region

Designed to showcase the wonderful range of fresh cuisine on offer across Vietnam
12Days/11nights
Hanoi - Saigon

Couples only

Mainland

No

Full Service Resort

Some Meals

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Treasures and Tastes of Vietnam

Vietnam offers the traveler an array of incredible sights, sounds and now tastes on this special package designed to showcase the wonderful range of fresh cuisine on offer across Vietnam.

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner indicates what meals are included on the day.

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Day 1 & 2

Day 1 Hanoi (D)

Arrive Hanoi. Your local English speaking guide will meet you at the arrivals hall of Hanoi airport

for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a brief walking tour introduces the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Tonight an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine as your local guide escorts you to dinner at KOTO restaurant, where special education in hospitality is taught to street kids and the under privileged. This is a great chance for you to give back to the underprivileged while enjoying a great meal.

Day 2 (B)

After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a half-day city tour to visit some of Hanoi’s historical sights.

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minhs house, where he preferred to live simply - behind his Palace! One Pillar Pagoda is a small but significant pagoda with a Buddhist representation of the world and the Temple of Literature which was originally built in 1070.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Hanoi further or simply to shop for the many bargains and items on offer.

Tonight tickets are included for the Water Puppet Theatre – a traditional form of entertainment that originated in the rural areas. (non-guided). We suggest you also check out the night markets, a bustling mix of shopping and dining.

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Day 3 & 4

Day 3 Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Depart Hanoi for the coast where you board a private sailing boat to

discover the area known as the ‘land of 3000 islands’. Rising from the sea the islands offer a wealth of opportunity for the local people.

On your cruise you’ll enjoy freshly caught seafood and local food from the region.

Your visit includes exploring the beauty of this area up close and lunch and dinner are served on board.

Day 4 (B)

Continue cruising Halong Bay before a late afternoon transfer back to Hanoi and on to the airport for the evening flight to Hue. On arrival in Hue, transfer on arrival to your hotel.

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Day 5 & 6

Day 5 Hue (B,L)

A tour of Hue begins with a boat trip along the Perfume River, before visiting the Tu Duc or Khai

Dinh Tomb and the Imperial Citadel, a day exploring the early history of the Imperial rulers of Vietnam.

Lunch today is a fabulous local dish - a specialty restaurant serving a twist on the popular local pancake – enjoy fresh ingredients served in a pancake with local dipping sauces.

Day 6 Hue - Hoi An (B,D)

Discover the spectacular Hai Van Pass, rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. This scenic road winds alongside the coast, your driver/guide will stop for photographs along the way. On arriving in Danang a stop is made to visit the Cham Museum which hosts a collection from the Cham people who used to live in the area. Another stop is made at the fascinating Marble Mountain, and then at China beach you may stop for a swim if you wish.

Tonight enjoy Dinner at a Riverside restaurant featuring a sampling menu of the local cuisine

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Day 7 & 8

Day 7 Hoi An (B)

A walking tour takes you around and inside the historic old buildings of this World Heritage site.

Afternoon at leisure. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town featuring cobblestone streets filled with cafés, art galleries, markets, and tailors.

You may like to get some clothes or shoes tailor made or pick up some great art and souvenirs. Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach nearby, you can hire a bicycle or a car & driver to get there, or choose to stay beachside – please ask for prices based on beachside resort options.

Day 8 Hoi An (B,L)

This morning a half-day Cooking Class at Red Bridge Cooking School teaches you some wonderful dishes to bring home to impress your friends.

You’ll learn how the fresh ingredients are prepared and used in popular dishes such as spring rolls – delicious!

Afternoon at leisure

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Day 9 & 10

Day 9 Hoi An to Saigon (B,D)

This morning transfer through to Danang for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On arrival transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure, you may like to wander the main boulevard to visit Ben Thanh market or enjoy the cafés, shops and restaurants around your downtown hotel.

This evening a special treat as your local guide escorts you to enjoy the wonderful Steam Boat dining

The Steam Boat is a fantastic way to dine – cooking your food right at your table – fresh and delicious!

Day 10 Saigon (B,L,D)

This morning tour to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, 30km outside of Saigon, showcases one of the most intact monuments from the war. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war.

A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside. On the way back to Saigon a visit is made to a lacquerware factory where this beautifully art is produced on site and offers you the opportunity to view pieces being created.

In the afternoon visits are made to the key sights of Saigon including the bustling Cholon (China Town) wholesale market, the ornate and wonderful Thien Hau Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral and if time allows the War Museum.

Dinner tonight – a wonderful showcase on what we term a BBQ dinner. Unlike our BBQ’s at home, the Vietnamese BBQ is a common sight around the country – tiny charcoal tubs at your table with your choice of meats and vegetables for you to BBQ and taste – all in fantastic outdoor settings.

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Day 11

Day 11 Mekong Delta (B,L)

1-day Mekong Delta tour. This morning drive through the ‘fruit-bowl’ of Vietnam to the Mekong River.

A private boat trip explores the tributaries, visits Orchards and Bonsai Gardens and local 'home industries'.

The Mekong is the fruit bowl of Vietnam and tons of fresh produce is produced here and carted by boat up River to the cities. You'll get to sample the wonderful array of fruit as well as enjoy freshly caught fish and produce from the region.

On arrival at My Tho a boat trip takes you across the River to explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. Visit orchards and sample the wonderful array of fruit and goodies made at local home industries. Lunch is followed by a short boat trip to Ben Tre province - here you have the opportunity to walk through a coconut plantation and fruit orchard. Then travel by 2-wheel tractor to a Bee farm and visit some typical local houses. Enjoy a local specialty, a drink with honey and lemon juice, Bee-wine or honey with tea. Travel along a small canal by rowing boat back to Ben Tre province for the return to Saigon with a photo stop enroute at the colourful Cao Dai Temple.

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Day 12

Day 12 (B)

At leisure until your transfer(driver only) to the airport for your outbound flight.

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