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4 Days Central Vietnam Culinary and Culture Tour

Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Food, Culture, and Culinary Holiday in Vietnam

The central region of Vietnam is a showpiece of the country's rich history, from the ancient Sa Huynh culture centered in Quang Ngai province to the devastation of war in the former DMZ or demilitarized zone. At the heart of Vietnam is Hue, the imperial capital of the Nguyen kings. A few hours south, the charming old town of Hoi An makes for an exquisitely relaxing break.

Highlights

  • Take a walking tour exploring Hoi An ancient town
  • Participate in cooking class and go on street foods tour
  • Visit Imperial City, Hue, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
  • Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program included
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and mineral water
  • Services of a local English speaking guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Da Nang International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00

You will have the option to choose to stay in three or four-star hotels during this tour on a double or twin room basis.

Three-star hotels

Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa - Superior Room

On your first two nights in Hoi An, you will stay at the Superior Room of Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa. It is a three-star luxury hotel with a restaurant, spa, and swimming pool and discreetly located in the center of the world heritage town of Hoi An. Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa offers visitors a luxurious experience in the heart of Hoi An. It is a home from home and offers all the luxuries you need for an exquisite holiday. The Superior Room is fitted with a two single beds for two persons and en-suite bathroom. These rooms are available with a balcony or with a big window.

Duy Tan Hotel - Superior Room

On your third night in Hue, you will stay at the Superior Room of Duy Tan Hotel. The hotel is located in the center of the poetic city of Hue with 138 three-star rooms. Being well-equipped, Duy Tan Hotel is really a comfortable place for those who comes Hue for a sightseeing, relaxation, or business.

Four-star hotels

Hoi An Central Hotel - Deluxe

On your first two nights in Hoi An, you will stay at the Deluxe Room of Hoi An Central Hotel. It is the place where you enjoy the feeling of traveling back to the golden days of the Ancient Faifo. Its colonial architecture, together with an exceedingly contemporary update of the traditional designs, will fill your senses with nostalgia and your heart with excitement. Come and let yourself deeply connect with the soul of modern Hoi An. Each Deluxe Room is inspired by Hoi An architecture heritage. All rooms are looking at the Ancient Town. Have a seat by the balcony and take in the tranquility of Hoi An for yourself.

Eldora Hotel - Deluxe City View

Since opening in April 2014, Eldora Hotel has become a luxury icon in the heart of Hue City, delivering distinctive service featuring French artistry and graciousness.

Eldora is the best four-star boutique hotel which embodies the very essence of colonial elegance and blends it with modern conveniences, affording guests a truly singular experience. The well-appointed luxury bedroom feature distinctive the Renaissance elements and include furnishings made of luxurious materials, immersing guests in the mystique of the 'premier of luxury'.

The hotel is equipped with well-appointed rooms decorated in bright colors, features wooden floors, neoclassical style furnishings, and lavish amenities. Every details have been carefully designed to ensure “personal touch“.

Note

If the hotels mentioned in the list above have been fully booked, you will be booked at other similar hotels.

Program

Day 1: Da Nang arrival - Hoi An

  • Meals included: dinner

On your arrival at Da Nang airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driver who will take you to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. After checking into the hotel if the room is already available (the check-in time will be at 2 p.m.), the day is free at leisure, you can discover the ancient town sparkled by lanterns at night. Spend the night in Hoi An.

Evening food tour

Zip off the usual tourist trail, and straight into foodie heaven. A local food-loving guide will uncover hidden treasures and snacks favored by locals, such as bread, sweet soup, and savory coconut pancakes. Next, go to Hoi An center and wander around the food stalls, where you might find amazing greasy coconut filled donut, amongst other fried crab and much more.

Then, head to the heart of Hoi An ancient town, sit on authentic boat on Hoai river in the evening and release flower garlands like a local. You also listen to interesting daily stories from boatmen. If you join this tour on Thursday and Saturday, you can also play traditional folk games like bai choi (bingo game) and dap nieu (blindfolded game). Next, you will taste Vietnamese coffee. After the tour, you have the option to return to your hotel, or on Pub Street, where you can experience Hoi An bar life.

Day 2: Tra Que vegetable village and cooking class

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

You will be met at the hotel’s lobby. Set of to a bicycle ride trip to Hoi An’s colorful central market. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. So, make sure your camera is handy. Bike to Tra Que vegetable village.

Enjoy welcome drink and some rest, and then, walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields, using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago, no electrical machinery here. Go to the restaurant and work together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked.

Recipes:

  • Tra Que vegetable salad Tam Huu dish
  • Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake)
  • Hoi An spring rolls

Then, ride back to the city, take a walking tour to visit Hoi An Ancient town with its Hoi An’s Museum, many of the town’s renowned ancient houses which boast remarkable architecture, Assembly Halls of Chinese influence, a handicraft workshop, and of course the Japanese Covered Bridge. Return to your hotel.

Day 3: Hoi An - Hue

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Transfer out of Hoi An to Hue City; you will go through the beautiful and famous summit of Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. Upon arrival in Hue, stop to visit Khai Dinh Tomb - it has an area smaller than others, but it is more sparkling and sophisticated as it is between western and oriental architecture. Have lunch at local restaurant with local bún bò Huế (Hue beef noodle).

Afterward, head to the beautiful Imperial Citadel, a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993. Here, you will see the Imperial City and Forbidden City, the home of previous emperors. Enjoy the various palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences, colleges, Flag Tower, and Noon Gate. Take a dragon boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Check in your hotel, overnight in Hue.

Day 4: Hue biking tour and cooking class - departure

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel. Get started biking to the Thanh Toan village, on the green shaded roads, passing by the communal houses along the rivers, canals, and the rice fields. Stop at Thanh Toan restaurant for a soft break. Stroll through the village to visit the Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge, an agriculture tools museum and local market. Bike back to Thanh Toan restaurant to see the farmer’s activities in their garden and learn how they grow many kinds of vegetables, then join a cooking class.

Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese foods that may include Fig mixed with shrimp and pork, Lot leaves with grilled beef, and pancakes. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked including braised fish, vegetables with beef, white rice, and dessert (fruit or lotus seed sugar soup). Return to your hotel by bicycle. Take a private car transfer to Phu Bai airport for your next flight. End of services.

Location

This tour will take you exploring Central Vietnam.

Hoi An

Hoi An is a destination with two faces - the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An's heritage as a trading port, the town's tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans, including some of Asia's best bespoke tailors.

Hue

In Hue, the mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern.

The royal citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war. Yet, it still retains a sense of grace and majesty even today. Modern Hue is a delightful city of wide boulevards and period buildings set in a picture-postcard landscape. The university is renowned as one of the country's finest, and the local cuisine is regarded by many as the best in Vietnam.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • Boat trips as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned on the program
  • Cooking class and street foods as mentioned
  • Mineral water for daily serving

What's not included

  • All flight tickets
  • Hotel early check-in / late check-out
  • All drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess luggage
  • Tipping
  • Personal expense and any other expense not mentioned

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Da Nang International Airport Airport transfer included: Da Nang International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

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