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15 Days Vietnam Luxury Culture and Culinary Holidays

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Ha Noi - Hue - Halong - Mekong - Hanoi

15 Days Vietnam Luxury Culture and Culinary Holidays

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Ha Noi - Hue - Halong - Mekong - Hanoi

Luxury Culinary Vacation in Vietnam

Vietnam is an extraordinarily varied and beautiful country and a luxury Vietnam holiday offers you a chance to explore not only its cultural and historical past but also its spectacular scenery filled with endless stretches of white-sand beaches and shimmering paddy fields. During this holiday you will discover the marvels of this Asian country. You are going to immerse yourself in its culture and traditions. From the daily local life to historical places, passing through astonishing natural scenarios, colorful markets and exciting people.

Highlights

  • Food market visits
  • Cooking demonstration
  • City historical guided tours
  • Spa treatments with champagne
  • Cruising along Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
  • Visit to a lacquer workshop
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh city arrival

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city, youll be met and driven to your hotel.

Youll have time to relax after your journey before a welcome dinner.

Youll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh city

A free morning in Ho Chi Minh city to spend as you wish.

In the afternoon, your private car will arrive to take you to one of the most luxurious spas in Ho Chi Minh city for soothing massages, refreshing facials and health and rejuvenating body treatments, all with natural products.

In the evening, a glass of champagne will await you at level 23, the Saigon Sheraton Hotels signature bar. Its the current hot spot in Ho Chi Minh city offering a wide variety of exciting dining options and overlooking the entire city with breathtaking 360-degree views.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh city orientation

Time to explore Vietnams commercial metropolis!

Youll visit the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh city, packed with every conceivable commodity.

Youll also call in at the Jade Emperor temple. In there is one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries.

After a light lunch and super views in the Saigon bar on the top of the famous Caravelle hotel, youll tour Cholon, Vietnams Chinatown.

Youll finish your day with a visit to a lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product.

Youll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong delta

At 07.30: pick up at hotel and drive along scenic countryside to Cai Be, stopping en route at Cao Dai temple.

At 10.00: on board at Cai Be princess pier in Phu An hamlet.

Upon embarkation on Cai Be princess boat, clients are welcomed with fresh cotton towels.

The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. Your sampan will proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be.

During a 40-minute cruise, you will be able to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the Mekong river still remain unknown to many people.

Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea.

Back on board, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market.

Further, others stops will allow you to see a traditional bricks and tiles factory and how the locals are using palm leaves for houses.

Cruising 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be beautiful church, we will have a visit at some interesting home factories to see not only how rice paste is made, but also rice cookies, coco candies, as well as longan fruits drying process.

Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards.

After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at approximately 15:30 at Ba Bon bridge where our private transportation vehicle will take us back HCMC.

Back to hotel in HCMC at around 17:30.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang

After breakfast, youll be free until your driver arrives at your hotel to take you to the airport. Youll then connect with the flight to Nha Trang.

When you arrive, your private minibus will be waiting for you and then transfer you to your hotel, which will overlook the sea.

Youll spend the night in Nha Trang.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 6 - Free day in Nha Trang

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 7 - Free day in Nha Trang

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 8 - Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An

In the morning, youll be free until your private car arrives to take you to the airport for a flight to Danang.

Upon arriving in Danang, youll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham museum before leaving for Hoi an.

After lunch, youll have a guided visit to the ancient town of Hoi an.

Youll spend the night in Hoi an.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 9 - Hoi An rural life

After breakfast, youll ride a bicycle through the rural scenery of Hoi An to a small village located on the banks of the Tra Que lagoon, 3 kilometers northeast of the old town. Youll join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables.

Youll then return to the old town to learn how to make silk lanterns at a local house. Youll also be able to view the complex process of creating Hoi An-style lanterns.

Your lunch will be prepared by the family.

Youll spend the night in Hoi An.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 10 - Hoi An - Hue

In the morning, your car will arrive to drive you to Hue. On the way, youll cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van. The views from the top are excellent, you should be to see Lang Co beach and village and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south.

Upon arriving in Hue, your guide will take you on a tour of Hues ancient citadel, once the seat of the emperors of the powerful Nguyen dynasty that ruled Vietnam from approximately 1800 to 1945. Youll begin with a stroll around the area between the citadels massive walls and the defensive moat, now filled with lotus flowers. Youll then enter via the noon gate to wander around the Thai Hoa palace, the pavilion housing the nine urns of the Nguyen rulers, and the remains of the royal palaces and then back across the river to modern Hue and the bustling Dong Ba market.

Youll spend the night in Hue.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 11 - Hue - Hanoi

Your morning will be free until your car and driver arrives to take you to the airport for your noon flight to Hanoi.

When you arrive, youll be met by our guide and driven to your hotel in Hanoi downtown.

In the afternoon, youll wander around the colonial quarter in a cyclo to discover the citys architectural mixture of French colonial style, social realism (mostly public buildings designed or influenced by the USSR), pagodas and communal houses with many Chinese features, merchants residences, tube dwellings, modern buildings and vernacular houses.

Youll spend the night in Hanoi.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 12 - Hanoi orientation

Youll have the whole day to explore Vietnams capital city. Your guide will take you to the temple of literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory.

After lunch, youll call in at the serene Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanois Ho Tay (west) lake.

The center of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son temple and the bustling old quarter, is a magnet for visitors, noisy and hectic, but definitely a must-see attraction.

The old quarter is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture with its traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.

Youll spend the night in Hanoi.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 13 - Hanoi - Halong bay

VM Travel works with its new partner, Starlight Cruise team. Cruises are floating resorts, with the things all offered in a resort. You meet with other people from different places but same tastes and interests. Cruise is the only place to live yourself. All you need is to lie down and be completely pampered. Enjoy some great shows one after the other.

08:00 pick up at your hotel in Hanoi by private car then transfer to Halong city.

Your heavenly journey across Halong bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnams most fascinating wonder.

As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by paradise crew and cruise manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort aboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings.

Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the bay of the descending dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.

You will attend our chefs cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

Defined to be one of the highlights of your paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world (extra charge applied).

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 14 - Halong bay - Hanoi

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn.

Start the day enjoying some paradise delights with a colorful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.

Your paradise cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10:30 and 11:00.

Upon arrival, private car will transfer you to Hanoi.

The rest of time at leisure.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 15 - Hanoi departure

After breakfast, youll be free until your driver arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.

Meal plan: breakfast.

This retreat will take place in the exotic land of Vietnam Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam.

This package includes 21 meals: daily breakfast at hotel, 7 lunches and 2 dinners.

Exclusions

  • Wine and beverages on day 13 dinner.

Hoi An

On your free afternoon we recommend you strolling in the town or lazing on the beach in Hoi An.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang offers a variety of activities for a short break. You can join a boat party of tourists for a fun visit to some of the islands. The beach is long, busy in front of the town but almost deserted further away. There are good diving facilities and reasonable coral and marine life, we usually direct visitors to the PADI 5-star Rainbow diving center.

There are many restaurants along the beach offering good Vietnamese and international food. A 10-minute taxi drive takes you to the Thap Ba hot spring spa, there you can wallow in mud, shower in spring water, and bathe in a large hot mineral water swimming pool set in beautiful gardens for just over 3 USD, cheap at ten times the price!

On you second day in Vietnam, you are getting ready for a lifetime memory in a luxurious spa in Ho Chi Minh City for soothing massages, refreshing facials and health and rejuvenating body treatments, all with natural products. The herbal steam bath is designed to revitalize the skin and stimulate the bodys circulation and metabolism.

The treatment includes a gentle massage using hydrating lotion leaving your entire body velvety soft and revitalized. Deep tissue massage aids in maintaining proper body function by improving circulation, flexibility and re-energizing the body-mind connection. This spa treatment is included in the price.

On board the Paradise Peak cruise on day 13, you can take advantage at leisure of the spa, beauty and massage services surrounded by a stunning setting in motion. Treatments are not included in the price.

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
  • Boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets as per the program
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airport

The nearest airport to the location is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Australia

    "We got picked up from the hotel. Our guide, Tanh Binh, was wonderful and courteous in showing us the different places and explained in details that which required thus making the tour very interesting. We had quite a bit of rain, heavy at times. Binh still patiently guided us. This tour required a lot of walking. Must be fit to enjoy it all. "

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  • Review by A traveler

    "My driver Thomas was on time for pick up and even a little early. I scheduled a private car from Hoi An to Phong Nha(very long distance) with a stop in Hue. He was very friendly and helpful. We stopped at 3 different places in Hue and he gave me time to look around for myself. I specifically asked for no tours. We even stopped for lunch at a local spot in Hue. We finally reached Phong Nha not too late. I would highly recommend this service to anyone else visiting Vietnam. "

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  • Review by Stephan W

    "Very pleasant trip from Hoi An to Hue with Johnny as our driver! Car was very comfortable with complimentary water and wifi. As we drove, Johnny gave us some cultural insights to our surroundings. He kindly allowed us to stop and take pictures on the mountain up to Hai Van Pass as well as at the top (beautiful views and American bunkers). We also stopped by an oyster and pearl farming village at a rest stop where Johnny recommended us to wait for 20 minutes to take a picture closer to sunset. While waiting, we were greeted by local people and enjoyed a coffee with the lake view. Overall, great experience and we would highly recommend to those with a bit of time (overall journey was about 4 hours). "

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia

    "Just concluding our private lot driven trip from Hoi An to Hue with Mr Bao. En route, we stopped at Marble Mountain, a stone carving mountain village, Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass and a US bunker! We had a delicious lunch on Mr Bao's advice, were given water, free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable ride in a lovely vehicle with air conditioning. Mr Bao had my door for me every time we exited and entered the car - very gentlemanly! A great way to get from A-B, highly recommend!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "From the initial booking with VM Travel the month before (thank you, Pansy, for the wonderful, prompt communication for the month before our arrival), through our full-day tour on June 23, 2016 with Kenneth, we were completely satisfied with VM travel! Kenneth, our guide, was prompt, fluent in English and extremely interesting on all aspects of the tour. He knows his History! He was also very accommodating and personable. Thank you so much for the fascinating tour of Hue for our family of 4."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Zealand

    "We arranged for VM Travel to meet us at the airport, transfer us to our hotel and provide a full day city tour and the La Chu countryside by bicycle. This was a fantastic day although possible overly ambitious for travelers in their mid sixties in 35 degrees Celcius temperature and covering close on 30 kilometers. Nevertheless, it was great and included a cooking class and foot massage. Driver, Mr. Trung, and guide, Mr. Binh Tran, were excellent and very considerate with rest stops."

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  • Review by a t from Poland

    "You can completely trust the VM Travel agency. Services at a high level and interesting sightseeing program. Special thanks to the guide Tommy!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany

    "Thank you VM Travel for the valuable recommendation to book the Hue day tour and additionally the "Hue - Hoi An tour" instead of a simple transfer. Anytime we felt safe with our sensitive drivers. Thank you also to Hue tour Guide Hong for detailed explanations and perfect timing. The day tour was announced up to 20 persons but we were only 6 in the tour what was perfect. I absolutely can recommend VM travel. We did all bookings one day in advance and everything worked well. Perfect! "

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "We booked directly with this company when we arrived in Hue. We were a group of 4 and we signed up for a group tour of the Citadel, wood bridge, 2 tombs, lunch and a garden. We ended up being the only 4 people on the tour that day and it was great. Our tour guide was Danny. We got a better rate by booking directly with the tour company."

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  • Review by Patrice K. from Netherlands

    "Great Hue city tour! We booked a small group city tour in Hue with VM travel but as we were the only persons to book for that day, it turned out to be a private tour. Lien speaks excellent English, is very funny and knowledgeable and energetic. We visited lovely sites and got a good impression of Hue in just one day. The driver was also very friendly, smiling the whole day and courteously rushed to open my door every time we got out of the car. A highly recommend tour! Also booked a transfer from our Hoi An hotel to Da Nang airport with VM travel and the driver was well on time and no problems there."

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  • Review by Tony N

    "We went on a tour with Lien and Phuc and had a lot of fun together! They were flexible to adjust the program to our preferences and brought us to places we would never have gotten to by ourselves. All costs were included, except the entrance fee for the temple. You don't have to worry about driving with the motorbike, since safety comes always first. Lien is very entertaining and authentic, and we had no problem with understanding each other, moreover, she became a friend to us and we would not want to miss that ride!"

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  • Review by traveler from United States

    "We booked a private car from Hue to Da Nang With VM Travel. The agents were friendly, the car was in good condition and the driver was kind. They recommended it over the bus. It was a good recommendation as we had more freedom to stop at beautiful places along the way. We visited at "Elephant Springs" and "Lang Co Beach" which were absolutely beautiful. A big thanks from Ely and family."

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  • Review by traveler from Australia

    "What is not to love about the infectious, youthful, and dedicated enthusiasm of this group of women? They studied together, and now the young lady who started the company The Queen of Hue Lien, employs the ladies from her course to run the tours with her. Lien provides tours which cater to the needs of her clients. Ie she is constantly researching and training herself and her staff in delivering a top quality product. She is the one and only, the original Hue-by-motorbike tour guide! We started off our day (on the Hue City Motorbike Tour) being picked up by motorbike and being taken to a caf for salted coffee (delicious), then drove out of town to a number of temples, experienced a demonstration of traditional harvesting techniques, relaxed on a covered bridge with friendly locals, traversed a rice field, learned the "I love Hue" dance, had lunch at a fantastic local vegetarian restaurant, stopped off to try sugar cane juice, before being dropped off at our hotels in the afternoon. Its a fantastic, enjoyable and entertaining day. The girls were friendly, informative, and unfailingly polite. We truly loved our day out with the Hue Lady Riders!"

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  • Review by traveler from Singapore

    "We went on a tour with the Hue Lady riders to the various tombs around Hue - including Kai Dinh, Minh Mang and Tu Doc. Although riding in the traffic was harrowing, our lady riders, the friendly and sweet Lien and Thuy, made us feel safe and the ride was comfortable on their motorbikes. They took us to a great vegetarian lunch and we learnt a lot about Hue and their lifestyle, which was very interesting. We could take our time to explore the various tombs, especially for the larger ones like Minh Mang and Tu Duc, which was nice. They were very sensitive to our needs as well, and we enjoyed the tour very much!"

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  • Review by traveler

    "There are only positive things to say about Lien and her team of Hue Lady Riders. We did a sightseeing tour and it was amazingly fun from start to finish. Our two teenagers also just loved the tour and the view from the scooters. The Lady Riders were all exceptionally genuinely friendly, and very lovely to spend a few hours with. You really felt that you were making friends with some very nice people. They were also excellent and safe riders. The leader, Lien is a firecracker and the perfect person to get you really excited about what Hue has to offer. Do yourself a favor and book this tour. Do not miss this! It is a safe and excellent way to see a lovely city and its surroundings."

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  • Review by Tien P

    "This is a great tour with enthusiastic tour guide. Not only discovering the charming and peaceful of Hue's beauty, but also get to know the history and friendship of Hue's citizen. My family had a great time during just 1 day tour with VM, especially as they all are professional and always smile make me feel very comfortable during the trip."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Found VM travel online and booked airport transfer via chat with Mr. Lien. He was very responsive and helpful. The driver was very polite and punctual."

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