Day 01 HANOI ARRIVAL (-/D/-)
Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your tour guide and a driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai International Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. After check-in and refreshment embark on one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter, a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Savor table delicacies for dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town.
Night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Cooking Class & City Tour (B/L/-)
This morning, your tour guide will take you to the cooking class. Discover the local market and learn about ingredients, flavors and see how the local prepare for meals. Next is a short talk on the art of Hanoian gastronomy, vegetables, herbs & spices & learn how to prepare & use them. The Chef will share to you her pride of Vietnamese cuisines and the secrets how to make it good. Enjoy the local food in Hanoi style.
In the afternoon take a city tour of Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour takes you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Temple of Literature, West Lake (including Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple) & Hoa Loa Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam war).
Evening’s highlight is Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 03: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Halong Bay, an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and of nature that turns thousands of dumb soulless stone islands into fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes, both familiar and strange to human beings. Thousands of islands emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world.
Arrive in Halong. Boat trip in the bay to visit grotto: Surprise, then have a sea-bath at Titov plage. Lunch with seafood on boat. Dinner and night on board.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner.
Day 04: HALONG BAY - HANOI- Fly to Danang-Hoian (B/L/-)
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax watching the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore the nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for brunch then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City, where your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport to catch your short flight to Danang. Your tour guide and driver will transfer you to hotel in Hoian, a destination with two faces: the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its luxurious resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch.
Day 5: Hoian Cooking Class - Walking Tour (B/L/-)
Today enjoy a half day cooking class in Hoian. Meet at the cooking course place in Hoian’s Old Town. From there you will head to Hoian’s colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for today’s cooking class. Today enjoy a half day cooking class in Hoian. Then Take a walking tour around the old sections (charming and wonderfully preserved, combining Chinese, Japanese and European influences
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch.
Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Fly to Nhatrang (B/-/-)
After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Danang Airport for a southwards flight to the beach city of Nhatrang. Upon arrival at Cam Ranh Airport, meet your tour guide and a driver, then visit the ancient Po Nagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda and Dam Market on the way to your hotel. Rest of the day, spend your free time on the beach. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 7: Nhatrang - Free at leisure (B/-/-)
With its turquoise sea, golden stretches of sand and idyllic islands, Nhatrang is tempting to spend your days just relaxing on the beach. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 8: Nhatrang - Dalat (B/-/-)
This morning, you will drive up-hills to Dalat with a stopover of rural Nhatrang on your way out for a peek of what countryside living in Vietnam is all about. You will reach the mountain town of Dalat, known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, after four hours on the road. An afternoon of sightseeing takes in the art deco former summer residence of Bao Dai – the last Emperor of Vietnam, the old Dalat Railways Station, the Central Market and famous XQ embroidery workshop. There will be the chance for a short walk around the Lake to get a feel for this delightful city in the evening. Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat
Day 9: Dalat – Fly to Saigon (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at the hotel then leave Dalat for Elephant Falls – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Vietnam Central Highlands. En route, visit a coffee plantation, vegetable farms, a cricket farm, a rice wine processing plant and a silk-worm factory. Stop at a hill tribe village of the K’Ho ethnic minority group, there, you will learn more about the important Gong culture (The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam) which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage. You can wander around the village and experience local lifestyles.
Return to the city for lunch. Transfer to Lien Khuong Airport and take your flight to Saigon. On arrival, your driver will pick you and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of the City.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
Day 10: Saigon Cooking Class & Saigon City Tour (B/L/-)
Enjoy a morning cooking class at the Vietnam Cookery Center. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for today’s cooking class. Your hands-on cooking course is conducted by a professional chef.
In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
Day 11: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Departure. (B/L/-)
Today you travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels is an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Tour ends at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Safe journey home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
End of programme.