5 Days Vietnam Food and Culture Tour

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay

5 Days Vietnam Food and Culture Tour

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam Culinary Tour, Cycling & Sailing Holiday

Each day is a new adventure journey, with new flavors waiting to be explored. This journey is designed for you to explore the culture and culinary of Vietnam in general and of Hanoi, Halong, and Hoa Lu - Tam Coc in particular. Discovering unique food and living style of these most highlight destinations will give you a unique experience in this beautiful country with long traditional history.

Highlights

  • Hanoi food tour
  • Cruise to Surprise Cave
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Visit temples of Dinh and Le King
  • Bay cruise with authentic Vietnamese lunch and dinner
  • Boat trip along Tam Coc Grottoes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Cycling trip
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Your accommodation is based on choice and you will have options of 3 and 4-star hotels and cruise ships.

Aclass Legend, Halong Bay - 3-star cruise ship

  • En-suite luxury bathroom with shower cubicle
  • Electric shaver outlet (220 voltage)
  • Full bathroom amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Life jackets
  • Safety deposit box
  • Two complimentary bottled of mineral water
  • Umbrellas
  • Wardrobe
  • Welcome drink on arrival

Glory Cruise, Halong Bay - 3-star cruise ship

  • Air conditioning
  • Bath towels
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Desk
  • Emergency hammer
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Life jacket
  • Magazines
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private toilet
  • Slippers

Golden Cyclo Hotel, Hanoi - 3 stars

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Cable channels
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi available in all rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Hardwood/Parquet floors
  • Linens
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Sitting area
  • Slippers
  • Tax and breakfast included
  • Telephone
  • Toilet
  • Towels
  • Wardrobe/Closet

Lan Vien Hotel, Hanoi - 4 stars

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • King or twin beds and a choice between bathtub and shower setups
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone

Pelican, Halong Bay - 4-star cruise ship

  • Bottle of water daily in room (complementary)
  • Full luxury bathroom amenities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Safety suite (Life jacket, fire extinguisher)

Sealife, Halong Bay - 4-star cruise ship

  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Complimentary mineral water bottles
  • Hair dryer
  • In-house phone, Wi-Fi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Life vests
  • Private jacuzzi (only on executive suite)
  • Safety box
  • Slippers
  • Stand shower
  • Stocked mini-bar / snack
  • Toilet
  • TV with plugged-in USB
  • Wardrobe

Sun Way Hotel, Hanoi - 4 stars

  • Complimentary tea / coffee making facilities, two bottles of mineral water per day in the room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and cable internet access in room
  • Complimentary use of hotel’s gym, sauna, and steam bath
  • Hair-dryer
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Telephone
  • Wide selection of international cable TV channels

Services and facilities

  • 3 meeting rooms
  • 24-hours room service
  • Airport transfer services
  • Complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi internet services
  • Fully-equipped business center
  • Health spa and fitness center
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Tour and travel services

Day 1 - Hanoi walking tour, cooking class

  • Arrive to Hanoi and check in to your hotel.
  • Join Hanoi street food walking tour. Walk around Hanoi, one of the worlds greatest street food cities. There's no better way to unlock the hidden secrets of the Old Quarter and its cuisines than through this unique walking tour.
  • Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trails, getting to know the local lifestyles on the street at various amazing food stalls at add up to your real experience of the city.
  • Later on, you will join in a cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese traditional dishes.

Day 2 - Cruising

  • 07:45 - 08:15 You are being picked up from your hotel in Hanoi.
  • Drive to Halong city through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
  • 10:00 Stop on the way for refreshments.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf where you will take a break. Tuan Chau lounge is the perfect place to take amazing photos.
  • 12:30 Transfer by tender to the cruise.
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Check in and enjoy a welcome drink while receiving cruise briefing and safety instructions.
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Start cruising and enjoy lunch with Vietnamese and international dishes.
  • 15:10 - 16:30 Travel by bamboo boat or kayak to Luon Cave. Enjoy quiet space and pure air and you will feel truly relaxed. If you are lucky, you will have chance to see monkeys on islands.
  • 17:15 - 17:50 If the weather permits, visit the beautiful Soi Sim Beach and take a swim. Also, you can reach on the top of Soi Sim Beach to have a panorama view of Halong bay.
  • 17:50 - 18:15 Return to the cruise.
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Enjoy happy-hour (buy two drinks and get one free).
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Take a cooking class on sundeck and you will learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls.
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Dinner consisting of deluxe Vietnamese and international set menu
  • 21:30 - 23:00 Enjoy one of the activities available on board.
  • You will spend the night on the cruise.

Day 3 - Cruise

  • 06:15 - 06:45 Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck.
  • 07:00 - 07:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries are served in the dining room.
  • 07:45 transfer by tender to the Sung Sot cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the cruise.
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Return to the cruise and check out.
  • 10:00 Have brunch while cruising towards the pier through Halong Bay. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
  • 11:30 Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau pier not before saying goodbye to the crew.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.
  • 14:00 Halfway, stop over to visit a ceramics workshop.
  • 17:00 Arrive in Hanoi.
  • Free evening to relax or to explore more of the surroundings.

Day 4 - Excursion

  • Visit the two remaining old temples of the Dinh and Le King. Learn about the history of the countries foundation of the Great Viet after being liberated from thousands of years of Chinese domination.
  • Next, start your biking trip. You will cycle along rural paths passing through three tunnel grottoes until you reach Tam Coc.
  • Enjoy Vietnamese lunch in Tam Coc.
  • After lunch, take a three-hour boat trip meandering along the canals (two people per boat) through the three tunnel grottoes called Tam Coc. Enjoy the landscape of green rice field among mountains and rain forest of the national special preservation zone.

Day 5 - Departure

  • Time to say goodbye!
  • Boat trip on canals passing through three tunnel grottoes Tam Coc
  • Cruise to Sung Sot cave (Surprise cave)
  • Cycle along rural paths passing through three tunnel grottoes until you reach Tam Coc
  • Halong bay cruise. Despite many new hotels being established on the islands, experienced tourists recommend new ones to spend at least one night on board a boat. By this way, they could admire the bay much closer up in a more special manner
  • Swim at Soi Sim beach
  • Tender trip to Tuan Chau pier
  • Visit to the two remaining old temples of the Dinh and Le King
  • Walk through Hanoi

This retreat will take place in Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam. Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of north Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc provinces to the north, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to the south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho to the west.

Crossing Vietnam Tour will give you a unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people. They ensure the food is handled hygienically and they provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants and families as they buy food items directly from them.

Hanoi street food tour

You eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snacks from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi's Old Quarter, you tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon, at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes, where you can observe the local life which has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. You will sit down with Hanoi local people and sample various meat, vegetable, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. Its then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk; this specialty is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi's best kept secrets, Banh Mi 25, a hidden street food restaurant where you can taste the top ten street foods in Hanoi. This hard-to-find cafe is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You can try Vietnamese rice wine and the famous egg coffee or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!

  • Enjoy happy-hour at the cruises bar
  • Massage on the cruise (prior booking)
  • Play cards or chess
  • Relax reading magazines
  • Squid fishing
  • Watch movies and Vietnamese cultural films
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 Tai Chi class
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat trip along Tam Coc grottoes
  • Cycling trip along Tam Coc tunnels
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Tender transfers
  • Airfares
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN). Crossing Vietnam Tour will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Crossing Vietnam Tour opens their doors to you and your friends, promising tours into Vietnam’s heart, ensuring that each day will create amazing memories.

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