Living Traditions Cooking Tour
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Living Traditions Cooking Tour

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Explore Vietnam's culinary world with sightseeing and cooking classes in Hanoi, Hoi An and Saigon; cruise on Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, and discover imperial Hue

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price 2,590pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Hanoi (4N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (1N) - Saigon (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Learn about Vietnam’s 20th century history in the Ho Chi Minh Quarter
Be inspired at the Confucian Temple of Literature
Stay overnight on a traditional junk boat amongst the karst peaks of Halong Bay
Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking at cooking classes in Hanoi, Hoi An and Saigon
Lose yourself in the idyllic, charming town of Hoi An
Pop down to the Mekong Delta to cruise through palm-lined canals and life on the delta

Day 1-2 Arrive Hanoi
Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 1-2 Arrive Hanoi
Day 3 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi brings together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Grab a cyclo for a ride through the elegant French Colonial Quarter before wandering the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll pass Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda. Find serenity at the Confucian Temple of Literature and explore the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. Attend a traditional water puppet show in the evening. (B,L)
Day 3 Explore Hanoi
Day 4 Cooking Class, Hanoi
Browse the fresh produce at the market with a Vietnamese chef and select the perfect ingredients to concoct your own delicious dish. Head to the kitchen to sharpen your skills before, with chef’s expert guidance, you’ll whip up a few Vietnamese dishes of your own to sample. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 Cooking Class, Hanoi
Day 5 Halong Bay
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk boat cruising amongst jagged karst peaks on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay. Named after an old legend, the translation of Halong is equally dramatic – ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and a vision of awe inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. A fresh seafood lunch is included during your voyage. (B,L)
Day 5 Halong Bay
Day 6 Journey to Hue
Fly to Hue. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past it is a dignified and scholarly city – cruise through it on an afternoon boat trip on the Perfume River to the old Thien Mu Pagoda. (B)
Day 6 Journey to Hue
Day 7 Imperial Hue
Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel. Based on Beijing’s Forbidden City, this magnificent centrepiece of Vietnam’s Royal Empire, though extensively damaged during the Vietnam War, still has incredibly well-preserved sections. Wander through the colourful Dong Ba Market to inspect the regional produce before seeing the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the French-inspired tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. (B)
Day 7 Imperial Hue
Day 8 Cooking Class, Hoi An
Head to the charming town of Hoi An via the picturesque Hai Van Pass. This afternoon stroll along Hoi An’s delightful streets, lined with tailors and lantern shops. Enjoy this wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place. Visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge and appreciate the unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. Board a boat for a leisurely cruise down the river to the cooking school. On arrival stroll through the herb and vegetable garden before learning about both Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s best-known dishes. Watch demonstrations and be introduced to the art of food carving before indulging your taste buds and consuming your creations for dinner. (B,D)
Day 8 Cooking Class, Hoi An
Day 9 Saigon & Mekong Delta
Transfer to Danang for your flight to Saigon. On arrival, journey to the city of Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong river. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals and catch a glimpse of daily life on the delta. (B,L)
Day 9 Saigon & Mekong Delta
Day 10 Cooking Class, Saigon
Join a local Saigonese chef at the bustling Central Market to gather the finest selection of vegetables and other ingredients for your hands-on cookery class. Working in a traditional Vietnamese kitchen, with stoves made of clay, you will prepare authentic southern dishes which you will taste when you’re done. This afternoon take a leisurely walk through the city, visiting the French colonial highlights, the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by the Reunification Palace before enjoying some free time. (B,L)
Day 10 Cooking Class, Saigon
Day 11 Depart Saigon
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 11 Depart Saigon

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Additional Price Information:

Tour departs any day subject to availability
Single supplement from £240pp
Land only from £1,830pp
4* hotels from £2,690pp
5* hotels from £3,190pp
Includes international flights and current taxes, domestic transportaion, accomodation, meals as stated, touring with guides and entrance fees and visa fees for UK passport holders.
Excludes tipping

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UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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What's Included

International flights and taxes
domestic transportation
accommodations as stated
meals as stated
touring with private guides
private car with driver
entrance fees for sights visited
price excludes flights and current taxes, visa fees and tipping.

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time to tour and who are interested in visiting the main and most iconic cities and sights in Vietnam. This tour is perfect for those interested in cooking and trying a plethora of Vietnamese cuisine. This is a private tour so there will be occasional opportunities to select the evening meal.

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