8D7N Epicurean Gourmet in Vietnam
Warm-up your taste buds for an epicurean gourmet adventure in Vietnam. This trip will provide you with many unforgettable and remarkable sensory experiences that will allow you to indulge in the diverse foods in the country. On this trip, explore organic ingredients from the local markets, attend private cooking classes, dine in Michelin-star restaurants and absorb the different cultures, tastes and aromas.
- Join a private cooking class with a popular restaurant in Hanoi: Go on a cyclo to the market tour and return to the cooking studio to create a four-course meal.
- Experience a unique Michelin-star dinner from the famous French Chef Alain Dutournier. Come to enjoy a choice of traditional French dishes and the best cocktails in town at Press Club Hanoi.
- Embark on a Gourmet Tour with an Aodai Rider: Hit the streets for a dose of local street food in Da Nang and ride your way to the city's secret food spots on a motorbike. Guided by a professional team of Aodai-wearing female bikers, youFre in for the ultimate Vietnamese experience as you roam the town's seediest parts all in the name of good food
- Live Like a Local in Hoi An: Embark on a countryside tour of Hoi An and have a taste of local life on a Vespa. Zoom past beautiful rural countryside and ride through the breath-taking sceneries of rice paddies. Learn from friendly local families the art of mat weaving, farming, and how to make (and eat) the perfect Banh Dap rice crackers.
- Private Dining and Romance Enjoy a candlelit pavilion in a secluded corner of the resort overlooks the river. Your waiter for the evening stands ready to serve your chosen menu. Enjoy a degustation of modern Vietnamese fare - prawn ceviche with papaya salad, clay pot pork belly braised in star anise - or design your own menu in collaboration with the chef.
- Private Tour and a Seafood Dinner on a Floating Restaurant: With its sparkling waters and far-reaching horizons amidst a beautiful rural setting, Tam Giang Lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia, has captured the hearts of tourists and numerous photographers for its scenic views.
Day 1: Hanoi
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam.
Today, you will arrive in Hanoi. Upon arrival, your friendly guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel. You may enjoy your day at leisure.
Situated in the heart of Hanoi with its leafy boulevards and lakeside pagodas, this colonial-style hotel is ideally placed within walking distance to the famous Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem (the Lake of the Restored Sword) and a number of art galleries and handicraft shops.
In the evening, enjoy a quintessential dining experience at Grill 63. Grill 63 offers the finest cuts of steak, paired with a variety of premium wines. With a modern aesthetic, Grill 63 is ideal for special occasions or romantic dinners with the scenic Hanoi view on 63rd floor.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been Hanoi's legendary landmark since its establishment at the turn of last century. It is just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter. Dine at Le Beaulieu (French), at Spices Garden (Vietnamese) or at angelina (European and New World), or simply enjoy Le Club’s old-world atmosphere, and frequent jazz performances. Also a must is the infamous Bamboo Bar or a unique Path of History tour conducted by accredited historians.
Accommodation: 5* Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi
This morning after breakfast, start your day with a private cooking class with Highway4, a popular restaurant in Hanoi (or similar) that receives outstanding reviews for its tasty menu. Then, hop on a cyclo to the market tour – a lifesaver if it’s a particularly sweltering day! After the market tour, return to the cooking studio to create a four-course meal.
Following which, continue your journey on a city tour of Hanoi. Visit the Old Quarter, Hanoi Opera House, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda.
This evening, enjoy dinner at a Press Club in Hanoi. Situated in the splendid surroundings of Hanoi’s French quarter, near Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House, Press Club gives you the chance to experience a unique Michelin-star menu from the famous French Chef Alain Dutournier. Come to enjoy a choice of traditional French dishes and the best cocktails in town
Accommodation: 5* Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 3: Halong Bay
This morning, visit a pearl workshop before embarking on the cruise and learn how the Halong bay pearl is made. Then, arrive at the private guest lounge by Genesis.
Embark Genesis Regal Cruise enjoy set menu lunch with delicious local seafood while the cruise glides between the numerous small islands and the bay. In the late afternoon, explore 3 underwater caves. In this activity, guests have the choice of kayaking or sitting on boats rowed by the locals.
In the evening, join the “sunset party” on the open top deck of the ship. Then, enjoy dinner and soak in the warm and cozy ambience.
Tonight, unwind at your own leisure and enjoy activities such as films; playing chess, reading books, listening to music, trying your luck with squid fishing, tea culture learning, or enjoy the starlight of the night sky in the bay on the sundeck.
Accommodation: Onboard cruise on Genesis Regal Cruise
Day 4: Hanoi – Danang
This morning, enjoy a light and nutritious breakfast. Then, visit a floating house at one of the fishing villages on Halong Bay. Understand the information about culture, history of the place by locals. Take a last look of the Bay and feast on a delicious buffet brunch while cruising back to the harbour.
Arrive back in Hanoi in the afternoon and head for the airport to board a domestic flight to Danang.
Upon arrival in Danang, your friendly guide will meet you. Thereafter, hop into your private transfer and check into your accommodation and spend the rest of your day at leisure.
At Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, enjoy the very best of Vietnam at the award-winning InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a luxury five-star beach resort nestled in the heart of Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve in Danang City. Delve into the soul of Vietnamese culture and heritage with our nearby cultural and natural sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue Imperial City.
Accommodation: 5* InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Day 5: Danang
Today after breakfast, head for Ba Na Hills. Then, take Ba Na Hills’ record-breaking cable cars over waterfalls and lush forest. You’ll soon arrive at the Golden Bridge, modelled like two giant hands holding a delicate golden thread.
Then, take another cable car to Ba Na Hills’ French Village. If you are up for a breezy ride, hop on the Alpine Coaster (optional), a luge ride that gives you complete control over the brakes and speed. The largest indoor arcade in Vietnam, Fantasy Park.
This evening, embark on a Food Tour with an Aodai Rider in Da Nang. Hit the streets for a dose of local street food in Da Nang and ride your way to the city's secret food spots on a motorbike. Guided by a professional team of Aodai-wearing female bikers, you're in for the ultimate Vietnamese experience as you roam the town's seediest parts all in the name of good food. Ready your taste buds because there will be 5 food stops waiting for you!
Along the way, you'll pass by Da Nang's iconic bridges – Dragon, Love, and Han River Bridges – overlooking the gorgeous Han River opposite the pristine beaches in town. You can buy souvenirs to take home at the Night Market before you float in the air on the Sun Wheel, the 4th largest ferris wheel in the world offering a spectacular view of the city. Don't forget to pay a visit at the Da Nang Cathedral, a 70m high Gothic-style church known to locals as the candy-pink cathedral.
Accommodation: 5* InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Day 6: Hoi An
This morning after breakfast, go on a journey to explore the roads less travelled of Hoi An. Embark on a countryside tour of Hoi An and have a taste of local life on a Vespa. Set off from Café Zoom in Hoi An and ride over the bridge to Cam Kim island and along the riverside into the beautiful rural countryside. Stop by an Ancestral House and a traditional boatbuilders yard before we set off to explore the sleepy island villages. Ride through the breath-taking sceneries of rice paddies.
Next, learn from friendly local families the art of mat weaving, farming, and how to make (and eat) the perfect Banh Dap rice crackers.
After snacking on rice crackers, visit a local café to fuel up on local drip-coffee & learn the art of coffee roasting. Then we make our way to the coast at the Thu Bon river mouth, along roads lined with Casuarina Pine & Cashew Nut Trees. Finally, it’s up high and over the new bridge offering spectacular panoramic views of Hoi An, which takes us to the water coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and then on to a local lunch in a restaurant at a picturesque location (seasonal)
Then, check into your accommodation for the night. Anantara Hoi An Resort boasts an enviable setting, less than a kilometre from the historic quarter of Hoi An, in lush gardens fronting the Thu Bon River. This evening, enjoy private dining and romance at Anantara.
A candlelit pavilion in a secluded corner of the resort overlooks the river. Your waiter for the evening stands ready to serve your chosen menu. Enjoy a degustation of modern Vietnamese fare - prawn ceviche with papaya salad, clay pot pork belly braised in star anise - or design your own menu in collaboration with the chef.
After which, you may wish to proceed for a 50-minute massage for up to two people (to be utilised only once during stay)
Accommodation: 4* Anantara Hoi An Resort
Day 7: Hue
This morning, join a food tour around the city and get to experience the complete authentic taste of Vietnam’s former imperial city. Enjoy your foodie adventure by walking or riding a Vietnamese cyclo, a three-wheel bicycle taxi, driven by locals.
In the midst of your food binge, you can also hunt for souvenirs and trinkets at the famous Dong Ba Market and Night Market. Fill your appetite in this immersive journey to the belly of Hue culture.
In the late afternoon, travel to the quiet and beautiful province of Thua Thien Hue to enjoy a private tour and a spectacular seafood dinner on a floating restaurant on the Tam Giang Lagoon. With its sparkling waters and far-reaching horizons amidst a beautiful rural setting, Tam Giang Lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia, has captured the hearts of tourists and numerous photographers for its scenic views.
Upon arrival, have a relaxing cruise along the lagoon and experience fishing with the locals! By 5:00 pm, roam around the area to find a good spot to watch the sunset, a time where the lagoon is at its most beautiful state. As the sun sets, gaze in wonder at the wondrous sight of golden waters and pink skies. Afterwards, savour a sumptuous seafood dinner on a floating restaurant with your travelling party.
Then, check into your accommodation, Alba Wellness Resort By Fusion. Located at the source of the Alba hot spring and natural mineral drinking water, the Alba Wellness Valley offers exceptional health and well-being experience through professional services and luxury products.
Accommodation: 5* Alba Wellness Resort By Fusion
Day 8: Hue/ Danang - Singapore
Head for the airport in Danang for your flight back to Singapore.
Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.
This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.