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5 Days Hue and Hoi An Culinary and Culture Holiday in Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

Sightseeing and Culinary Holiday in Vietnam

From the ancient Sa Huynh culture centered in Quang Ngai province to the devastation of war in the former DMZ or demilitarized zone, the central region of Vietnam is a showpiece of the country's rich history. 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.


  • Set off on a walking food tour in Hue
  • Participate in a cooking class at Tra Que village
  • Take dragon boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Ride bicycle to Hoi An’s colorful central market and meet the local sellers
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and drinking water
  • Private transfer, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • 4 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Phu Bai International Airport
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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

Duy Tan Hotel - Superior Room

On your first two nights 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.

Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa - Superior Room

On your next 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.

Four-star hotels

Eldora Hotel - Deluxe City View

On your first two nights in Hue, you will stay at the Deluxe City View room of Eldora Hotel. 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“.

Hoi An Central Hotel - Deluxe

On your next 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.


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


Day 1: Arrival at Hue

Upon arrival at Hue airport, your tour guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel. Overnight at Hue city.

Day 2: Hue city tour and walking food tour at night

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

In the morning, take the dragon boat trip on Perfume River to visit the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by car to visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty - Citadel, and Dong Ba market.

In the afternoon, visit Emperor Khai Dinh and Emperor Tu Duc’s Mausoleums. Stop on the way to visit conical hat and incense stick making village to see how the local people make conical hats and incense sticks.

Hue walking food tour (departure time: 5:30 p.m.)

Walking along Hue’s streets to see Hue city night’s life, Trang Tien Bridge, Ho Chi Minh Memorial House.

Try street food:

  • Beo cake (literally water fern cake), Nam cake (steamed shrimp rice cake), Nem Lui
  • Bun Bo Hue - Hue Beef vermicelli
  • Banh Khoai - Hue fried pancake with shrimps, pork, eggs and bean sprouts

Trip ends, free walking exploring night market in Hue city.

Day 3: Hue - Hoi An

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Today, you will be driven to Hoi An. You will visit Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum, and the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. On the way, view the coast and Da Nang from the top of the Hai Van Pass.

Have lunch at local restaurant with local food in Da Nang (My Quang - Quang noodle). You will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, check in upon arrival and have some free time on your own.

In the afternoon, you take a light excursion to go around the tiny town of Hoi An and visit the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, renowned Chinese Temple and Vietnamese former merchants houses. Your guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics. Enjoy the mix of peace and alive nightlife in Hoi An in the evening on your own.

Day 4: Cooking class at Tra Que vegetable village

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

You will be met at the hotel’s lobby. Riding bicycle 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.


  • Tra Que vegetable salad Tam Huu dish
  • Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake)
  • Hoi An spring rolls
  • Transportation: bicycle
  • Departure time: 08:00 a.m. and 14:00 p.m.
  • Duration: four hours
  • Activities: cooking Vietnamese food

Day 5: Hoi An - Da Nang - Departure

  • Meals included: breakfast

Today is free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport to catch your next flight. End of services.


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.


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.


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

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Food tours in Hue
  • Cooking Class at Tra Que village
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water

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: Phu Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Phu Bai 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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