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14 Days Gourmet Food and Cruise Tour in Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam

Cruise Tour Vietnam

If your two favorite parts of any good holiday are the food and the sunny white sand beaches, you may as well choose an itinerary that reflects your style. Viland Travel has collected all the best beaches in the country and all the best food spots as well, so you have the best Vietnamese experience.

Highlights

  • Cooking class in Hanoi
  • Visit to Ninh Binh and a boat trip at Three Caves
  • Discovering Mekong Delta with a boat trip cruise around
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay, bicycle trip in Hội An, and exploring Củ Chi tunnels
  • An overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay
  • Services of an English-speaking guide in each destination
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, a bottle of water
  • 13 nights’ accommodation

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9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, there will be 11 nights of hotel accommodation based on twin / double sharing, one night on Ha Long cruise, and one night on a train from Hanoi to Da Nang by a four-berth shared cabin.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - cooking class

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Viland Travel will greet you at the airport with a welcome signboard and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil Lake of the Restored Sword at its heart.

This afternoon, you will experience a Hanoi cooking class. Your guide will collect you from your hotel by taxi or motorbike to the class where you will then be taken to the market. You will meet the chef and experience a day in his life as you wander through the fresh food market. You will also learn some tips and tricks to ensure that only the finest quality ingredients are selected. You will then select all the ingredients needed for your class.

The chef will then accompany you as you make your way back to your place. You will stop along the way and get to sample a selection of street foods. During the lesson, the chef will teach you the secrets to creating decorations, to enhance the presentation of your dished, as well as some of the basic skills needed to master the knife skills required to be a chef. You will enjoy your food after cooking. Then, you will walk back to your hotel and stay overnight.

  • Meal: dinner

Day 2: Ninh Bình and Tam Cốc

Explore the ancient capital Hoa Lư, ruled by the Dinh and Le dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries. While it remained the active capital and fortress, during a time of much civil unrest and many conflicts with China’s south Han dynasty, it was never breached by any enemy army.

After lunch, set up high with a bird's eye view of the winding and twisting Tam Coc River, you’ll get into a small two-to-three-passenger boat with a local navigator. Your boatman / woman will paddle your boat up and back down the riverway that snakes along, in between the sheer limestone karsts jutting straight out of the rice field flatlands.

Paddling you along with both their legs and farms, you’ll pass through three low-ceiling caves, with wonderful stalactites looming just overhead. If you visit during the spring and summer months, you will witness the lush and vibrantly green thatched rice paddies on either side of the riverbanks. After that, you will be back to Hanoi and overnight.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - overnight on cruise

With over 1,600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s bay of descending dragons is a must-see destination for every traveler to Southeast Asia. Stay for one night in the bay aboard a Ha Long Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.

Wake early to meet your driver at your hotel for the transfer to the ports of Ha Long Bay. Relax on the 3.5-hour journey, be ready for two days and one night of exploring ahead. At the port, board your traditional junk boat and set sail through the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay. Admire the endless islands and jungle-clad limestone karsts of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and sit down to a delicious lunch on the sundeck of the boat.

In the afternoon, head off of the boat to visit vast caves and white sand beaches, hidden among the towering rock formations, and take to the water for a swim or a kayak. Then, attend a cooking demonstration with Viland Travel's chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam. In the evening, there is plenty of time to relax on the junk's sundeck, before a sumptuous dinner with your fellow guests.

  • Meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Ha Long - Hanoi - Night train to Da Nang

Take advantage of the cool morning breeze to start your day. Enjoy breakfast while you sail through the majestic peaks. Then, you will hike to visit a cave or panoramic sea views. Back on your boat, enjoy lunch then head back to the marina. Spend your last few hours soaking up the scenery before the journey back to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon then your driver will transfer you to the railway station for a night train to Da Nang. You will stay overnight on a four-berth shared cabin.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Da Nang - Hội An - free at leisure

Upon arrival in Da Nang in the morning, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to Hội An. You are free at leisure in Hội An for a break or take a bicycle to explore the ancient town. After that, you will stay overnight in Hội An.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 6: Hội An farming like the local

Cycle along a beautiful, narrow road to a local fishing village name Cam Thanh. In this village, you will stop at a rice paddy field, as well as a fish and shrimp farm. You will also have the chance to traverse the most dangerous bamboo bridges in Vietnam, an ancient cemetery, and holy temples.

Join in special farming work with the local farmers by plowing the field. Watch the locals make palm-thatched houses. They will use completely naturally sourced water palm tree materials and bamboo forest materials. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, reaching growth of up to one millimeter every 90 seconds. It’s a perfect renewable building material. Explore the water palm coconut paradise, paddle the traditional bamboo basket boat, and make souvenirs with palm leaves. After that, have lunch at the local home, learn how to make fresh rice milk and cook a traditional Hội An pancake (banh xeo). Then, overnight in Hội An.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Hội An - free at leisure

You are free at leisure in Hội An for a break or take a bicycle to explore the ancient town. You still overnight in Hội An.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 8: Hội An - fly to Ho Chi Minh City

You are free a leisure until your transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your driver will hold a welcome signboard with your name on and then transfer you to a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for check-in and stay overnight.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 9: Explore Mekong Delta (full day)

Over 60 million people depend on the Mekong Delta for their primary source of income or sustenance and it connects six different countries. Viland Travel will pick you up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City then transfer you to Mỹ Tho by a 2.5-hour drive. On arrival in My Tho, after visiting Vĩnh Tràng Temple, take a motorboat to enter My Tho city through Bảo Định Canal.

Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. Visit the coconut candy mill and take a boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals.

This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. After that, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Then, enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music, performed by locals. Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City for your overnight.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 10: Half-day Củ Chi tunnels

You will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the Củ Chi tunnels. The trip to Củ Chi tunnels will take approximately one and a half hours by bus. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by an introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions during the times of war.

Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the specially constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs.

You will also see and learn about the many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla fighters food during the war) will be served. There will be break time for relaxing or time for those who want to try their aim on the shooting range, firing the same model guns that were used in the war. After that, return to Saigon at around 13:00 and stay overnight.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 11: Ho Chi Mich City - fly to Phú Quốc island

You are free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for a flight to Phú Quốc island. Your driver will hold a welcome signboard with your name on and then transfer you to the hotel. You will be free at leisure to explore the island or enjoy a beach break. Then, stay overnight on the island.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 12 and 13: Phú Quốc island - free at leisure

You will be free at leisure to explore the island or enjoy a beach break. Then, stay overnight on the island.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 14: Phú Quốc island - departure

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home. This is the end of the services.

  • Meal: breakfast

Location

This Vietnam tour will take you to visit Hanoi, Ninh Bình, Tam Cốc, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Hội An, Cam Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, My Tho, Củ Chi tunnels, and Phú Quốc island.

Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.

Other landmarks include One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny temple atop a stone pillar, and the 11th-century Temple of Literature, once home to a Confucian academy. French colonial buildings dot the city, from the neoclassical Opera House to the Gothic Revival St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The mausoleum of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh and a museum at Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the Hanoi Hilton, which held prisoners of war) recall the Vietnam War. Cultural activities range from Tai Chi martial arts around Hoàn Kiếm Lake to traditional chamber music and water puppetry.

Ninh Bình

Ninh Binh has the oldest national park of Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park, located 100 kilometers from Hanoi, with a very wide range of species, both flowers and animals. Moreover, it is one of the best places for hiking in Vietnam, granting guests fresh air and natural scenes that city life can never offer. Bai Dinh Temple area is another treasure of the province, with a complex of pagoda, park, car parking area, and lake system. It is so much easier for visitors to go here. But the most famous place here is Phát Diệm Cathedral, which is the only stone church in the north of Vietnam, built by the French in the past, merely by stones placed on each other, without any stick material.

Ha Long Bay

Hạ Long, a city on Vietnam’s northern coast, is a jumping-off point for Hạ Long Bay, a broad inlet of dramatic, often mist-covered limestone islands. Replicas of traditional junk boats tour the bay and depart from the city’s Bai Chay District. Many of Hạ Long Bay’s islands are peppered with scenic lakes, caves, and grottoes. The largest island, Cát Bà, is home to Cát Bà National Park, a habitat for rare, endangered langurs; Hospital Cave, a secret 1960s wartime hospital carved into a cavern; and several beaches at Cát Cò Cove.

Da Nang

Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, located to the west of the city. Here the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains, five limestone outcrops that are home to pagodas and caves containing Buddhist shrines.

Hội An

The historic coastal riverside town of Hội An has been known to travelers for over 300 years. Hội An is now enjoying something of a renaissance as tourists flock to the once peaceful town. The ancient streets and temples have withstood this modern onslaught remarkably well, and Hội An remains a must-see on any tour of Vietnam.

The streets themselves - narrow and faced with formidable frontages of ancient shop-houses - together with the town's remarkable and eclectic architectural styles, evoke a feeling of times gone by, and it isn't difficult to imagine the town of three or four hundred years ago, bustling with trade and enjoying its economic and cultural heyday.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in Southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Saigon Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.

The story of wartime Saigon is told at the War Remnants Museum, the tunnel network at Củ Chi and Independence Palace, where North Vietnamese tanks famously breached the gates in April 1975. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens are home to elephants, tigers, and rare orchids. Native plants and animals may also be seen at the Cần Giờ Mangrove Forest, a mangrove forest at the mouth of the Saigon River. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is filled with incense and carved figurines and features elaborate statuary and a turtle pond.

Tien Giang

Tien Giang is a province located in the northeast of the Mekong Delta, along Tien River. Tien Giang Province shares border with Long An Province on the north, Dong Thap Province on the west, the East Sea on the east, and Ben Tre Province on the south.

Phú Quốc

Phú Quốc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It's known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phú Quốc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails, and wildlife. Duong Dong is the largest town, with day and night markets selling crafts, produce, and fish.

Stretching south of Duong Dong is Long Beach, a major resort area. Sao and Dam beaches, on the southeast coast, are less developed. Historical sites include Phú Quốc Prison, built by the French colonial administration and later used to house Viet Cong prisoners during the Vietnam War. Offshore are coral reefs and islets suited to scuba diving, snorkeling, and sea kayaking.

Food

During this tour, you will be served 13 breakfasts, five lunches, and two dinners. There will be a bottle of water per person during the guided tour. Please note that beverages are not included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoying beach breaks in Phú Quốc island
  • Exploring Hội An in your free time
  • Visit to the Marble Mountains in Da Nang

What's included

  • Cooking class in Hanoi
  • Visit to Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay on Land
  • Boat trip at Three Caves (Tam Cốc)
  • An overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay with cooking class on board
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • A farming experience like the locals in Hội An
  • Discovering Mekong Delta with a boat trip cruise around
  • Half-day tour of Củ Chi tunnels
  • Cooking demonstration in Hội An
  • Bicycle trip in Hội An
  • A bottle of water per person during the guided tour
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Land transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle including airports pick up and drop off
  • Services of an English-speaking guide in each destination
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times

What's not included

  • Beverages, tips, and personal expenses
  • Other things not mentioned
  • Peak season surcharge and compulsory dinner at the hotel for Christmas and New Year (the surcharge to be paid directly to the merchant base on the hotel policy)
  • Vietnam visa
  • Domestic and international flight ticket

How to get there

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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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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