The Northern Gourmet

  • Destination: Vietnam
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price: $1510

Taste the finest cuisine of the North and stay at the selective accommodation while immerged in the culture of traditional Hanoi.
Travel Vietnam designed this trip for those who love nature, culture and want to know in depth the cuisine of Vietnam.
Start from Hanoi – the elegant Capital City of Vietnam and explore one of Vietnam’s top attractions – Halong Bay, which translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’. You will experience the unforgettable view of blue water intermingled with over two thousand limestone islets.

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city. Upon arrival, your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center to check in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel. Later in the afternoon take a walk in the Old Quarter with the guide and enjoy great shopping in the boutiques around St Josephs Cathedral. Savor a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s famous restaurants. Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Day 2

Hanoi City Tour

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Hanoi’s globally reputed cuisine was the starting point for opening the hotel school of cookery. Veritable immersion in local culture, the experience starts with a stroll in the local market accompanied by the Spices Garden Chef, to discover Vietnamese ingredients, their flavors and see how local prepare for meals. This is followed by a cookery demonstration in the hotel kitchen where everyone plays an active role. After class, lunch is served in the Spices Garden Vietnamese restaurant to sample the different dishes.
In the afternoon you will explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple. Then enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Day 3

Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

After breakfast at hotel, your driver will meet you at hotel at 8:00 A.M to take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to the extraordinary World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.
Welcome on board and set sail through Bai Tu Long Bay while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area around Mat Quy islet, Am islet. Mid-afternoon, get to Cua Van fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo boat row to through the village with a museum and a school among floating homes. Visit Tien Ong cave then back on board to enjoy sunset cocktails and canapé. Dinner is served on board.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Halong Violet Cruise

Day 4

Halong Bay – Drive to Hanoi – Departure

Start the day early to enjoy a Tai Chi class on top deck with an opportunity to admit the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the sea. After that, you can choose to go to Soi Sim beach for swimming or join your chef for cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine art. On the way back, take deep cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay, passing Pearl Farm, Phao Dai islet, Tam Cung cave, Hon Xep islet, Dau Moi temple, opportunity to cruise through famous L’Indochine movie site (subject to tide condition). Enjoy buffet brunch on board before arrival to the dock.
Transfer to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi for your departure flight. Safe Journey.

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Inclusions
Accommodations at the top luxury hotels/ cruises in Hanoi & Halong Bay
Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
Transportation by private car with AC
English or French speaking guide
All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.