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Vietnam Cooking Holiday and Cruise

Explore the stunning Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the beauty of this amazing landscape on a relaxing cruise through the bay on board a classic Vietnamese junk. On this holiday, you will not only enjoy the view and relax, you will also learn about Vietnam's history and culture, as well as get a little taste of this country's fantastic cuisine.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class
  • Discover Ha Long Bay on board a cruise
  • Visit to Sung Sot Cave and a natural preservation zone
  • Kayak and swim in the gorgeous Ha Long Bay
  • Transfers to and from airport included
  • Enjoy delicious Vietnamese dishes
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), Vietnamese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 26

Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport

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Accommodation

Hanoi Gratitude Hotel

Hanoi Gratitude Hotel is a peaceful hotel with a homely feel. Set apart from the rest of other properties, it embodies pure luxury, promising a warm welcome and personal service, along with its superb location on old Hang Bong Street. It is within easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem Lake and major attractions. The latest gem is both modern in style, as well as an embodiment of the hidden charm of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The hotel has 30 spacious bedrooms, including suites and duplex rooms. The suites have modern and comfortable facilities with seating area. The duplex rooms are particularly good for families and groups of friends. Other facilities include a spa, gym, and movie room to help you relax even more during your stay.

V'Spirit Cruise

You will spend one night on board the V’Spirit Cruise, one of the best mid-range cruises available, with deluxe cabins with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is also a sundeck where you can enjoy the scenery and practice Tai Chi in the morning.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi

You will be picked up from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and taken to the hotel in Hanoi. A company driver will wait for you at the lobby. You will spend the night atHanoi Gratitude Hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

  • 08:00 After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and start the scenic, three-hours-and-30-minutes drive to Ha Long Bay, where you will enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break on the way
  • 12:30 Embark on a cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
  • 13:30 Savor a delectable lunch as you cruise among the limestone islands
  • 15:30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave, the most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay
  • 16:30 Return to the cruise
  • 16:30 Continue cruising to a quiet area while you enjoy beautiful seascape on the way
  • 17:30 Cooking class and sunset party on sundeck
  • 19:00 Dinner is served, you can socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around

Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

  • 06:30 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
  • 07:30 Have breakfast on board while the boat starts cruising to the natural preservation zone
  • 08:30 Kayak around the area or visit a floating house and learn about the daily life of the local fishermen
  • 09:30 Return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin
  • 09:30 Continue your cruise exploring the bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more
  • 10:30 While heading back to the harbor, watch a fruit carving demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch
  • 12:00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruises
  • 12:30 Transfer back to Hanoi Gratitude Hotel in Hanoi city center
  • 16:30 Arrival at Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi - Airport transfer

After having breakfast, you can visit the city or go shopping at Hanoi Old Quarter. Later, your driver will transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

Included excursions

  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Visit a floating house
  • Visit to a natural preservation zone
  • Visit to Sung Sot Cave

Location

This vacation will take place in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red River, with the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart. This city is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, where each street is named after the trade that used to take place there.

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy all meals as specified in the itinerary. While you cruise along Ha Long Bay, you will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and seafood. You will also enjoy a cooking class to learn about local culture.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

During the culinary holiday, you will have plenty of time to enjoy sightseeing in Ha Long Bay and explore Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Spa treatments

There is a spa at La Siesta Hotel in Hanoi, treatments are available at an extra cost.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee tickets
  • Kayaking
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi session
  • Transfer to and from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
  • Welcome drinks

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Additional tours
  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lisa Vietnam Travel will pick you up from the airport.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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