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Discover both the cultural delights and natural charm of Vietnam with this inspiring tailor-made tour. Cycle through rural villages, cook up authentic cuisine and explore both Hoi An and Hanoi with local guides, before a night spent cruising among the spellbinding beauty of Lan Ha Bay.
Board a bicycle for a cycling tour of riverside Hoi An, stopping to meet local farmers and sampling delicious farm-to-table cuisine
Enjoy a market visit and authentic cooking class at Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai
Explore Hanoi with an engaging guide, including a visit to the iconic Temple of Literature and a walking tour of the enchanting Old Quarter
Spend your final night in Vietnam aboard the luxury boat Ginger, enjoying Tai Chi, village tours and bamboo rafting as you cruise through Lan Ha Bay
Experience the best of Vietnamese cuisine while in Hoi An. Board a vintage Vespa for a foodie tour of the city, stopping to sample local favourites at street food establishments, before hopping on a boat for a cruise along the Thu Bon River. You will stop at three different waterside spots, enjoying everything from fresh seafood and hearty hotpot, to traditional Vietnamese desserts, all while spending time with the welcoming locals.
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Check-in for four nights at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai, a place where architecture, culture and nature harmonise. After a couple of days to settle in and embrace the facilities, it’s time to explore the delights of Hoi An by bicycle, joining a guide for a cycling tour to meet local artisans and farmers. You will also head out on a foodie tour of the city, travelling on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter to sample sumptuous street food specialities, as well as boarding a boat to visit various local restaurants. More culinary delights await on your next day in Hoi An as you create vibrant Vietnamese cuisine at the hotel’s very own Nam Hai Cooking Academy. After heading out on an immersive culinary excursion, return to the kitchen to create four delicious local dishes. Later that afternoon, embark on a fascinating walking tour of Hoi An, led by an engaging local guide. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot.
Take a private car transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi. From here, take a private car transfer to Meliá Hanoi.
After settling into your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Hanoi. Highlights include the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century, and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, offering an insight into the various ethnicities of Vietnam through the eyes of the country’s women. The afternoon ends with a walking tour through the charming Old Quarter, where each street is named after the goods originally sold there – from silk to silver.
Take a private car transfer to Tuan Chau via the new highway, crossing over the longest bridge in the whole of Southeast Asia! From here, transfer by speedboat to the boat Ginger.
Set off for your one-night cruise of Halong Bay and its lesser known Lan Ha Bay, characterised by striking karst scenery. Disembark at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island and hop on bikes to explore, meeting local villagers as you go. Back on board, enjoy an interactive cookery class led by Ginger’s chef, learning how to create authentic Vietnamese dishes, before a delightful dinner. This evening, you could catch a movie on the cinema screen or join the crew for night-time squid fishing. Wake up early the next morning and enjoy Tai Chi on the sundeck, absorbing beautiful views over the bay. Then, cruise to Tra Bau, a simply stunning and secluded spot that you can explore further by kayak or bamboo boat. Enjoy your final hearty breakfast on board before returning to the pier and disembarking Ginger.
Take a private car transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to the UK.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
The flat, quiet roads around Hoi An are ideal for exploring by bicycle. Your adventure starts with a short boat trip crossing the river from Hoi An, during which you will have a chance to take photographs of many fishing boats and country villages. On arrival, start cycling along quiet inland trails to discover how wooden river boats are made, as well as learning the secret art of weaving the area’s colourful straw sleeping mats. You will stop for lunch at Tra Que Vegetable Village, observing local farmers working the organic fields, using traditional methods that date back hundreds of years. The rich soil from this village produces some of the most flavoursome vegetables and herbs in all of Hoi An. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, spend time to help water the plants or fertilize, the land before cycling back to your hotel.
Discover Hoi An’s exciting nightlife from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Starting out at Café Zoom Hoi An, sample the delicious street food dish of ‘banh can’, while sipping a cocktail or cold beer and watching vendors set up their street food stalls. After sampling other local delights, head to An Hoi Islet and board a traditional boat for a slow cruise to Cam Nam Island, where you will join the locals for a seafood starter. Take another leisurely ride along the banks of the Thu Bon River on your way to a lively local restaurant, where you will enjoy hotpot and learn the art of Vietnamese wrap ‘n’ roll. Continue to the final destination, a modern Vietnamese restaurant nestled in the rice paddy fields. Here, enjoy some barbecued favourites, grilled over a charcoal brazier right at your table! Finish your foodie tour with a sweet “banh flan”, a light and delicious local dessert.
Located 30km south of Danang, the sublime riverside town of Hoi An is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colourful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse local markets and the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets, and perhaps make a purchase or two.
Join a bilingual guide for a half-day tour of the highlights of Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling capital city. Visit the Temple of Literature, the country’s first national university built in the late 11th century, boasting strikingly well-preserved traditional architecture. Next, continue to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, a contemporary museum that showcases the role of women in the country’s society and culture – including their wartime contribution. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the photogenic Old Quarter, where each street is named after the goods originally sold there, from silk to silver. Explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses, enjoying a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life. If you please, spend some time at your leisure shopping or exploring the Old Quarter, and if you’re hungry, your guide can give you recommendations on where to eat.
Join an overnight cruise across the serene waters of Lan Ha Bay, the lesser known extension of famed Halong Bay. Discover the wondrous scenery of quiet waters dotted with limestone pillars and tiny islets cladded with forest vegetation rising from the emerald sea of the gulf of Tonkin. Your luxurious floating home sets sail around noon for a unique journey. Along the cruise, spot an ancient lighthouse, built by the French over 100 years ago, before heading deeper and further south into the maze of Lan Ha Bay. Relax on the sun deck and enjoy views of the fascinating scenery, take a plunge in the pool, or enjoy a treatment in the Lady Ginger Spa.
Disembarking at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island, hop on your bicycle for an active tour, spotting local inhabitants doing their daily work, passing their homes, and visiting the village school. Back on board, the chef will host an interactive cooking class in the open kitchen at the restaurant. Learn about local ingredients, preparation and cooking of particular dishes to imitate easily at home, before enjoying dinner in the dining room.
November to April is when these areas experience the least amount of rain and pleasant temperatures, making it a wonderful time to visit.
8 NIGHTS FROM £3,500 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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