One of the most special features in this Gourmet Vietnam tour is that you can cook Vietnamese traditional dishes by yourself so that you can do it again for your beloveds when you come back home. Together with the guidance of experienced chefs as well as friendly locals, you can surely prepare good Vietnamese dishes. From what you have learnt from this tour, you will clearly feel the Vietnamese culture hidden inside the food’s taste, flavor and color.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Your gourmet experience begins in Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on your flight arrival time an optional city tour or visit to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels can be arranged.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Enhance your culinary skills with a fun cooking class in Saigon and prepare some traditional Vietnamese dishes at the Mai Home Cooking Centre. The experience begins with a fascinating visit to the market where chefs will introduce you to the various ingredients.Then, it is back to the cooking centre for a ‘hands on’ cooking lesson. After the class, it is time to enjoy your delicious creations. At the completion of the experience you will be presented with a handbook that contains all the recipes you have experimented with so you can impress your mates at home!
Day 3: Mekong Delta – Le Jarai Cruise
Head to the Mekong Delta to enjoy a relaxing Mekong cruise on the converted rice barge Le Jarai. Sail through the broad waterways and small creeks of the Mekong River, enjoy a sumptuous three course lunch and see traditional rural life including a local village, communal temple and traditional matt weaving at a local farmer’s house.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An
Today we fly to Danang and drive to the quaint fishing village of Hoi An. Go on a walking tour of this beautiful town, be inspired by its fascinating architecture, dine in its many gourmet restaurants and get some retail therapy at one of the many tailor shops.
Day 5: Hoi An
This morning take a tour of the markets before cruising downriver to a villa set in lush tropical surroundings for a cooking class. Relax with a glass of wine as you savour your wonderful creations. Spend the afternoon lazing on the beach or exploring the town. Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We board the ‘Red Bridge’ for a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival explore the cooking school’s herb garden and learn about Hoi An’s famous dishes. The Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dish yourself. Included is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving, which is an art in itself. After the lesson, sit down and enjoy your creations. After the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of the school’s 20 metre swimming pool.
Day 6: Hoi An – Hue
Make the scenic journey to Hue and spend the afternoon on a guided tour of this former Imperial city. Explore the Citadel and catch a boat down the Perfume River to visit ancient temples & pagodas. This evening you will have the opportunity to chat with one of the city’s chefs who will explain the history of Hue’s cuisine and traditions. This engaging experience is followed by a fabulous authentic Hue dinner fit for an emperor.
Day 7: Hue – Hanoi
In Hanoi, set out on a ‘street eats and market tour’ with a local chef and learn all about the unique delicacies of North Vietnam. Enjoy dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in Hanoi which specializes in the famous fish dish, ‘Cha Ca’.
Day 8: Hanoi
Visit our favorite cooking school in Hanoi and enjoy the delicious lunch you have prepared. In the evening dine at a well known Hanoi restaurant which Offers a mix of Vietnamese and Western fusion dishes.
Begin your culinary experience with a trip to Chau Long Market and enjoy a guided tour with the chef of Hanoi Cooking Centre. Once you have completed the cooking class you are free to feast on your tasty creations. Before departing the Hanoi Cooking Centre, you will be provided with printed recipes for future use.
Day 9: Depart Hanoi
Enjoy the day at your leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.