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Vietnam Food Adventure

  • 10 Days 9 Nights
  • From $3,999 (Valued up to $4,799, -20%)
  • 2024
  • International & Domestic Vietnam Airlines Airfare
  • Special Cuisine
  • Accommodation 4 ⭐️ Hotels5 ⭐️ Hotels Option Available

Overview

Uncover the culinary delights of Vietnam on this 10-day small-group gourmet tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover vibrant Vietnamese flavours – including two magnificent dinners at Michelin restaurants – and enjoy meals at local restaurant in Hoi an, Hue. Explore the rich history of Vietnam, from the storied streets of Hanoi and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An Old Town to the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels and bustling markets of Ho Chi Minh City. Plus, take a luxurious overnight cruise through the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay.

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Highlights

  • 02 Dinners at Michelin restaurant + 01 street food in Ancient Hue. Breakfasts at 4 ⭐️ hotels + daily lunches & dinners with special local cuisine.
  • Uncover Ha Long Bay – Natural Wonders of the World – on luxury cruise.
  • Explore thousand-year-old capital Hanoi on cycle tour and city tour.
  • Experience Vietnam’s most liveable city Da Nang with dinner at Michelin restaurant.
  • Enjoy Hoi An & Japanese Covered Bridge – bewitching ancient town drenched in yellow.
  • Visit Hue – the land of imperial sites and ancient culture.
  • Learn about the history of the Vietnam war at Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Discover the most bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Sydney / Melbourne / Perth – Hanoi – Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Hanoi Tour (By Bus)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight On Cruise (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 5: Hoi An Tour (By Bus)
Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (By Bus)
Day 7: Hue Tour (By Bus)
Day 8: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (By Bus)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – Back to Sydney / Melbourne / Perth (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Sydney / Melbourne / Perth Hanoi Arrival (No Meal)

Departure from Sydney / Melbourne / Perth, upon arrival Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to
your hotel. Hanoi is a charming and richly historic city of lakes, shaded boulevards, and verdant public parks. The city centre is like an architectural museum, with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a provincial French town from the 1930s.

21:00: enjoy welcome drink and met our tour guide to have briefing itinerary.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal included: None

Day 2Hanoi Tour (Breakfast / Welcome Dinner)

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is rich with culture thanks to an eclectic mix influence including French, which is evident through the fine old colonial buildings and tree lined boulevards. Meet your local guide in the morning to discover the city, taking in sights including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, The President Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house – on – stills and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy traditional local fare for lunch before visiting the Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first university, built in the 11th century), Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Then you will enjoy with the water puppet show in the front of Hoan Kiem lake.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal included:

Day 3Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight On Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breakfast, our tour guide and driver pick you up from hotel to transfsfe to Halong Bay – the number one destination of Vietnam.

Itinerary for Victory cruise (4 ⭐️)

11:30 – 12:15 : Arrive at Halong International Cruise Port.

12:30 – 13:00 : Embark on Victory. Check-in, enjoy welcome drinks and cruise briefing.

13:00 – 14:30 : Enjoy lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way.

15:30 – 16:30 : Explore the well – hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.

17:00 – 17:30 : Return to boat – Swim or relax on sundeck.

18:00 : Anchor for overnight in Cong Do area.

18:15 : Pre-dinner cocktail party (complimentary “Halong sunset” cocktail with snacks).

18:30 – 19:00 : Cooking class in restaurant or outdoor.

19:30 – 21:00 : Savour a delicious set dinner in restaurant.

21:00 – 23:00 : Night time squid fishing or relax and enjoy fresh air. Overnight in Cong Do area

Itinerary for Paradise Elegance (5 ⭐️)

12:00 – 12:15 : Arrival in Tuan Chau Island and check-in at Paradise Suites Hotel. Transfer to Paradise Elegance cruise by Electric cart.

12:30 : You will be given a short briefing about your cruise itinerary and safety regulations while sipping your welcome drink aboard the Paradise Elegance.

13:00 – 14:30 : Time to enjoy your lunch at Le Marin Restaurant while Paradise Elegance passes by beautiful islets of Halong Bay.

14:30 – 15:30 : Visit Tung Sau pearl farm. You will have the chance to explore the process of pearl cultivation or experience kayaking*.

15:45 – 16:45: Visit Titop island – the island is named after the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Stepanovich Titov. You can either choose to hike the mountain to get an overview of Halong Bay or swim at the beach on the island.

17:15 – 19:00 : At sunset, Paradise Elegance will anchor overnight. It is the perfect time to enjoy Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free) and a cooking class on the notable Vietnamese dish while being serenaded by a live music performance by Philippines band** at L’Odyssée Sundeck or Piano Lounge.

19:00 – 22:00 : Savor your Western set Dinner, which is prepared by our talented chef, at Le Marin Restaurant.

20:30 – 23:00 : After dinner, indulge in drinks* at Piano Lounge, join the squid fishing at the back of the boat or enjoy fantastic movies in your cabin.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Lunch and dinner on cruise

Day 4Halong Bay Hanoi Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast / Brunch)

Flight time from 16:30 on ward

Itinerary for Victory cruise (4 ⭐️)

06:30: Enjoy sunrise on the Bay. Morning Tai Chi session on sundeck.

06:45 – 07:45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in restaurant.

08:00 – 08:30: Transfer to bamboo sampan boat to visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village. Rowers are
local people wearing traditional costume.

09:00 – 09:30: Check out of cabins. Start cruising towards the port.

09:30 – 10:30: International buffet brunch served in restaurant.

10:30 – 11:00: Disembark and return to Hanoi to take flight to Danang.

Itinerary for Paradise Elegance (5 ⭐️)

06:30
Tai Chi on L’Odyssée Sundeck
Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on L’Odyssée Sundeck, followed by a light breakfast in Le Piano Bar.

07:30
Ti Top Island
You will visit popular Ti Top Island, where you can go swimming or hike to the top for another
stunning, panoramic view of the Bay.

08:30
Breakfast Buffet at Le Marin Restaurant
Back on board, a buffet breakfast will be served as we once again cruise past Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves and Fighting Cocks Islet before your bill settlement, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island.

10:30
Disembark at the Tuan Chau Marina where our tour guide and driver are waiting to return to Hanoi. to take a flight to Danang.

Upon arrival at Danang airport you are met and transferred to a restaurant for dinner before checking into your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Notes: Due to cruising conditions, itineraries may change without prior notice. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant/bar area, but internet connectivity is limited due to the geography of Halong. Thank you for your understanding.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Brunch on cruise.

Day 5Hoi An Tour (Breakfast / Dinner)

After breakfast at the hotel, tour guide will take you to Hoi An ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge. A beautiful bridge was built by the old Japanese in the 16th century as the Sword on the back of Namazu- a sea monster that has been making earthquakes in Japan. Our tour guide will tell you the beautiful architecture and stories about this wonderful bridge. After that, we will go to visit Tan Ky old house. It is a 200-year-old Vietnamese merchant house with the fabulous architecture of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese.

Our tour guide will explain to you how beautiful it is in Fengshui and the settings of this ancient house. Then we will go to visit the Fujian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien Assembly Hall). It is a typical Chinese Assembly Hall where the Chinese Businessmen worship the Goddess Mazu- the sea mother who helps and rescues people in accidents on the Ocean.

After the beautiful Chinese clubhouse, we will go to the local handicraft space to learn how to make Hoi an lantern. The locals there will guide you on how to make the typical traditional lantern of Hoi An.

After making the beautiful lanterns, you will keep what you made to be your souvenir. Last but not least, we will go to visit Hoi an market. It is the biggest market in the ancient town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 6Da Nang Hoi An Hue Tour (Breakfast / Dinner)

This morning, you’ll be transferred to Hue via Lang Co Beach and via Hai Van Pass. After lunch at local restaurant, you board a boat for a relaxing cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu
Pagoda. Then check in to the hotel for your leisure. Then you are free.

Have dinner in royal style and enjoy “royal dishes” that served only the King in the past.

Overnight in Hue.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Dinner at local restaurant

Day 7Hue Tour (Breakfast / Dinner)

After breakfast, visit The Imperial City, a walled palace and well-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. In the early 19 th century, Emperor Gia Long constituted geomancers to souse the best location to build a new palace and citadel and this site was chosen. Tens of thousands of laborers were recruited to dig the ten-kilometer moat and earthen walls that form the outer perimeter of the citadel. We continue our trip to visit Ming Mang tomb – one of the most majestic constructions of Emperors under Nguyen dynasty before enjoying the street food in Hue by cyclo with typical street food in Hue.

Bun Bo Hue – Noodle soup in Hue style is the top pick for everyone want to taste Hue specialties food. This is full flavor of lemongrass and shrimp paste, served with beef, pork, meat ball and salad, chili on the side. Bánh Khoái is a crepe made from rice and egg yolk. It’s topped with green onion, fish sauce, peeled boiled shrimp, thinly slices of grill beef, thinly slices of fat and bean sprouts. The special taste of

Bánh khoái – comes from the sauce which only can be made by talent cook. The most famous brand of Bánh khoái is Thuong Tu. You can come to Banh Khoai Lac Thien at 6 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue city.

Nem Lụi Hue – Barbecued pork is a Hue specialty which you can see anywhere in Hue. To eat, dinners use rice paper to wrap herbs, pineapple, bean sprouts, green banana, chili. Then the roll is dipped in a special sauce made from dozens of ingredients such as oil, pork liver, winter melon powder, cinnamon, star aniseed, coconut cream.

Bánh bèo or Bloating Fern-shaped Cake is a savory cake eaten with dipping fish sauce. Rice flour mix is steamed in a small bowl before being topped with shrimp, ground pork, deep-fried pork fat, ground dried tiny shrimp, a mix of chopped green onion and oil.

Fruit mixed or juice and enjoy local beer at walking street.

Then you are free. Overnight in Hue.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Dinner by street food

Day 8Hue Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Flight time from 10:00 – 12:00

There is some free time for your own exploration in Hue until we transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival, you’ll be met and followed by our tour guide to visit the Reunification Palace, the former place of President Thieu and his predecessors.

Today a museum and venue for official receptions, it features the private rooms of the president, the “War Room” form where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in 1975.

Near by more iconic city landmarks, the Post Office, and the Notre Dame Cathedral (closed for renovation – visit outside only), which were built between 1877 and 1883. Built in Neo-Romanesque style, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Final site for the day is Ben Thanh market, where a wide selection of goods is on offer. Then you are free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meal included:

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnel (Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

In the morning, we head to Cu Chi Tunnels which are in an area known during the American War in Vietnam as the ‘Iron Triangle’, on account of the strength of its Communist insurgency.

Cu Chi was also the conclusion to many caravan paths that traced down from the Chinese border, across mountain borders with Laos and into the Mekong Delta, which later became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The network, which is several storeys deep in some parts, includes trapdoors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. After lunch time we back to Saigon for your free time. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meal included:

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City Departure Back to Sydney / Melbourne / Perth (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel, you are free to relax until we transfer you to the airport for your flight out.

Meal included: Breakfast at hotel.

Notes:

Check out time: 12:00. You can leave your luggage at the hotel and come back at 17:00 to transfer to the airport for your flight departure. During your free time you can visit some attractions in Saigon as below:

  • Central Post Office
  • The Independence Palace
  • Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
  • Bitexco Financial Tower
  • Ho Chi Minh Squares
  • Ben Thanh market
  • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

End of services.

Have An Enjoyable Journey!

Tour Prices & Hotels

Tour Prices

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Land + Airfare from Sydney & Melbourne & Perth
* Our Add-on Interstate Surcharges from Brisbane/ Adelaide & New Zealand to Sydney/ Melbourne will be the BEST to create through Airfares.
Group size (Min.2 person) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person $ 3,999 $ 4,699

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Superior Class 4 ⭐️

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi The Q hotel Deluxe
Halong Bay Victory Cruise Deluxe
Hoi An La Pavillion Luxury Superior Garden
Hue Eldora Hue Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Central Palace Deluxe

Deluxe Class 5 ⭐️

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Grand Mercure Deluxe
Halong Bay Paradise Elegance Deluxe Balcony
Hoi An Little Oasis Deluxe
Hue Silk Path Grand Hue Classic
Ho Chi Minh City Caravelle Saigon Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure from Sydney & Melbourne on 08 May, 05 Jun, 20 Jul, 07 Aug, 04 Sep, 23 Oct, 20 Nov 2024.

Departure from Perth on 21 May, 18 Jun, 30 Jul, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 08 Oct, 05 Nov 2024.

* Our Add-on Interstate Surcharges from Brisbane/ Adelaide & New Zealand to Sydney/ Melbourne will be the BEST to create through Airfares.

We tailor-made holidays to your schedule with the best prices for small private groups.

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Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Sydney / Melbourne / Perth
  • 02 domestic airfares: Hanoi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
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Cruise

  • 02 days 01 night on cruise in Ha Long (shared cabin on shared Cruise)

Meal

  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in itinerary
    • Breakfast at hotel
    • 01 lunch, 01 dinner and 01 light breakfast, 01 Brunch on cruise in Halong
    • 02 dinners at restaurant with Michelin Chef or Michelin restaurant
    • 01 dinner street food in Hue
    • 02 dinners at local restaurant

Drink

  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

Tour guide

  • Local English-speaking guides:
    • Hanoi: 1 guide
    • Halong Bay: 1 guide in house of cruise (your tour guide will not escort you on board)
    • Hue – Hoi An – Danang: 1 guide
    • Saigon: 1 guide

Transport

Transfers & type of vehicle for each group will be as below:

  • 2 pax: private car of 7 seats and shuttle bus of cruise from Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • 3 – 6 pax: private van of 16 seats
  • 7 – 15 pax: coach of 29 seats
  • 16 – 24 pax: coach of 35 seats
  • 25 – 30 pax up: coach of 45 seats

Tour Exclusions

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa to Vietnam (Clients can click here to apply E-visa online or contact VN Holidays team to help with service fee.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional Tour
  • Entrance fee to Hoi An town
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Meals, drinks, tips, and all not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages,…)
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking

Other Information

Notes

Please kindly note that Australian passport holders need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam.

The visa-free stay period is counted from THE DATE OF ENTRY. Please apply E-Visa to Vietnam at least 15 days before the date of entry. Vietnam e-Visa validity is 90 days, multiple entries.

For Vietnam visa it can be easily obtained online via this link: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn

Changes

  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

Special requests

  • Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.

VN Holidays' Responsibility

  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices.
  • VN Holidays is not responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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