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Culinary Experience Package

Tour code: 20180602-60

Start: 02-06-2018

Location starting: Vietnam

Time: 11 Day(s) - 10 Night(s)

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Tour Code: VTE 010
Duration: 11 Day(s) - 10 Night(s)

Day 01: Ha Noi (D)
Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the first Vietnamese welcome dinner. Over night in Ha Noi.

Day 02: Ha Noi (B, L, D)
A full day to explore One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature, the Lake of the Restored Sword and the bustling 'Old Quarter', with its 36 ancient streets. Lunch with traditional Vietnamese Cha Ca La Vong, a traditional Vietnamese fish gourmet dish, then visit the museum of Ethnology. Dinner and enjoy Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 03: Ha Noi - Cooking Class (B, L, D)
Proceeding to a Vietnamese restaurant set in a colonial villa to learn Vietnamese preparation and execution to learn about “Nuoc Mam,” a fermented fish sauce that compliments most Vietnamese dishes and spring rolls. Enjoy Ha Noi on your own. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 04: Ha Noi - Ha Long (B, L, D)
An early start for the 160km drive to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO Site, where 3,000 rocky islands emerge from the emerald green waters. Embark a Chinese-styled junk with comfortable cabins, received Welcome Drink and set sails towards the landing place of the legendary dragon. Refresh then enjoy a lavish lunch of fresh seafood whilst the boat glides on the emerald water and past inspirational karst formations. Leave the boat for a while to visit the wonders begotten by rock, wind and water over million years in the Cave of Marvels. Continue to the top of Titov Island and breathe in the panoramic view of the whole bay down under. Then row a bamboo boat into the quiet water of Luon Lagoon, seeking the mischievous red-buttock monkeys up on the rugged cliff. Kayaking (your own cost) and swimming are optional and recommended to further explore Ha Long. A special dinner will be served around 1900. You can try your lucks in fishing or just relax. Overnight on board in Ha Long.

Day 05: Ha Long - Ha Noi - Hue (B, L, D)
Breakfast and continue cruising to other majestic islands. Get ashore about noontime and return to Ha Noi for an early evening flight to Hue. Enjoy dinner in Hue city where the cuisine is slightly spicy with considerable imperial influence. Overnight in Hue.

Day 06: Hue (B, L, D)
Visit Dong Ba central market and shop for ingredients for cooking classes. Guide will explain how to choose the best ingredients for lessons. Lunch is the food which is prepared. Then travel by Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River to Thien Mu, the most reverred pagoda in Middle Viet Nam. Proceed to the Imperial Citadel, the base of the last dynasty in the country. Finally a Grand Royal Banquet will round off the evening. Attendants be dressed in regal costumes, serves the grand banquet to the delights of traditional court music. Overnight in Hue.

Day 07: Hue (B, L, D)
Drive to visit Tu Duc Tomb, a burial complex on a serene hill then learn a lesson on Vietnamese thoughts on life after death and seeing more of Viet Nam’s traditional architecture. Leave Hue mid-morning for a scenic journey, passing by vivid green fields of rice and the photogenic fishing village of Lang Co, climbing over the dramatic Pass of Mountain Clouds. Stop off at Da Nang to visit the famous Non Nuoc Beach, then the sacred Marble Mountains whose caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Drive to Hoi An and check in to the hotel. There will be time to stroll down to the picturesque riverfront for a refreshing drink before dinner, located in a meticulously restored colonial property. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 08: Hoi An (B, L, D)
A morning walking tour of the town’s ancient area takes in several former merchants' houses, the 400 years-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Cao Lau, the local specialty of noodle, pork and greens will come for our lunch. The whole afternoon is free shopping or water activities. The highlight of this evening is a sumptuous five-course meals featuring Hoi An's unique cuisine at the White Lantern Restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 09: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)
Catch an early flight to Saigon, the biggest and most dynamic city in Viet Nam. Like many locals and have Pho noodle for lunch on Pasteur Street before heading for the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Dinner at one of Saigon's best-known restaurants, Viet Nam House. The restaurant can be likened to a live book on Southern taste: Lot of herbs, spices, and strongly influenced by gastronomy of Cambodia, Thailand and India. There’s also a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables for wow. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho ( B, L, D)
Journey to the watery world of My Tho in the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Saigon. Take a boat trip along the narrow waterways overhung with dense vegetation and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. Savor the Delta’s fare of Elephant's Ear Fish, Rice Ball, etc; at a riverside restaurant. Back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the chef's cooking demonstration in the fairy, open-plan kitchen of Indochina Restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Breakfast and free shopping till Departure. End of Service.

* The package price includes:
 - Accommodation with daily breakfast on twin- sharing basis
 - Private transportation by air-conditioned and high quality cars or coaches
 - Well-experienced English speaking guide
 - Vietnamese meals as stated in the itinerary (B for Breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner)
 - Sightseeing admission fees

* The package excludes:
 - Airfare
 - Entry visa fee at arrival
 - Personal expenses
 - Travel insurance
 - Compulsory Gala Dinner, New Year Eve, Lunar New Year Eve, Christmas Eve etc. 

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