Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up from the airport then transfering to the hotel. Check in the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisur surrounding Hanoi Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi cooking tour and city sightseeing (B,L,D)
Today, our guide will come to pick you to Hanoi cooking center at 8:30AM.
The course begins with a brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the ingredients of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Afterwards, walk to the Chau Long Market and enjoy a market tour with the Hanoi Cooking Centre chefs who will highlight some of the daily produce sold, such fruits, vegetables, meat, silk worms, etc. Surely, this market visit will provide you with endless photo opportunities. Return to the Hanoi Cooking Centre and get started. The chefs will explain how to prepare the various dishes on the menu. Printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruits, green bean cake, quail eggs, etc. can be taken home after the class. Enjoy the meal you prepared and visit the Hanoi Cooking Centre shop where you may find useful cooking utensils, recipe books, spices…
After lunch, we have a half of day for Hanoi city tour. Starting from Museum of Ethnology to Temple of Literature, end up in Hoan Kiem Lake. From there you can take a cycle around Hanoi Old Quarter or enjoy Water puppet shows there. After that, our guide will take you to Ngon Restaurant where you can enjoy the taste of Vietnamese food in tranditional asmosphere.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi – Hal o ng Bay (B,L,D)
Have breakfast in the hotel before starting the trip.
Around 08.00 AM, drive to Ha Long Bay with 4 hours travelling for the overnight cruise on a deluxe junk. Begin with a seafood lunch then explore some limestone caves. In the afternoon enjoy a swim or relax in the sun on the top deck or try your hand at some kayaking.
Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B,L)
This morning continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak. At around midday, the boat will return to the main harbour before transferring to an awaiting vehicle for return transfer directly to the airport.
After an hour, arrival at Hue city. Our guide will pick you from there and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Hue cooking tour and city sightdseeing (B,L)
The morning begins with a hands-on cooking class at Tinh Gia Vien restaurant, highlighting the regal flavors of Hue cuisine as we prepare our own midday meal.
In the afternoon, we take boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu, one of the ancient beautiful pagoda and Ming Mang Emperor's Royal Tomb. Transfer back to the hotel. Free at leisure.
Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B,L)
This morning we drive to Hoi An, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the Eastern Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum and drive to the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. At leisure for the rest of time. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An cooking tour (B,L)
We start the day (8:45am) with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe as our meeting point. Visit Hoi An's colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we have a chance to explore the cooking school's herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An's and Vietnam's well-known dishes. The cooking class is an interesting and fun way to learn about the local cuisine - the class runs for about an hour and 15 minutes, and includes demonstrations from the school's chefs as well as the chance for us to help prepare some dishes. Included in the demonstration is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
Free at leisure by your own to explore the ancient town of Hoi An or shopping at tailor shops. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An departure (B)
Upon your flight ticket, our driver will take you to the airport in Danang city.
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