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Embrace the royal past of the imperial city of Hue, dine in heritage houses and learn from acclaimed chefs in memorable cooking classes. Close your trip in the serene cobbled streets of Hoi An.
Upon arrival Phu Bai Airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Garden houses visit
Garden houses are an important heritage of the lives of former aristocrats in Hue as most garden houses have a connection with the Imperial Court. Some are the descendants of royalty or mandarins; others received patronage from the royal family. Visit An Hien garden house, situated 30 minutes out of town and originally the residence of Emperor Duc Duc’s 18th daughter.
The house is an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Massive pillars support a large tiled roof, with the family altar in the middle. A large rectangular lily-pond separates a screen, designed to keep out evil spirits, and the house. Another classic example of a garden house is the former home of Princess Ngoc Son, a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artefacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire.
Meal hosted at former home of Princess Ngoc Son
Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh –when she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it
is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its
original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings.
The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a
fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former
Royal Empire. Enjoy a dinner of traditional Hue specialties prepared by
the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue’s fascinating past.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Cooking class with gastronomy artisan Ms Nhu Huy
To describe about this celebrated gastronomy artisan, there are simply not enough words. She is well-known in the country as well as in UK, France, Belgium, and the rest of Europe. Being the head of professional cooking department in several Universities, author of several cooking books, cuisine presenter for Vietnam and London television and receiving the most precious prize of most talented Vietnamese Woman, Ms. Nhu Huy has great culinary treasures to share with you. What better way to experience a fascinating culinary tour than to have the artisan takes you out for a stroll around the market to enjoy the tantalizing sights, smells and flavors of local produce? Then get to her home for a private hands-on cooking class of traditional Hue cuisine. Share her life and experiences, and enjoy what dishes you have made.
Cyclo city tour Citadel to Thien Mu
Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Start from your hotel with a 10-minute cyclo ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, driver will pick you up and drive to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.
Evening food tour
You will be picked up at 17:30 at your hotel and head to a local market to observe the evening trading activities. Your guide will walk with you through the local streets and stop at the food stores to taste some specially selected traditional street food such as rice noodle soup with fish, Hue cakes, grilled pork chop, and Hue hot and spicy noodles soup - one of the most typical cuisines of Hue.
You will also have an opportunity to taste another important branch of Hue’s cuisine, vegetarian dishes, which are inherited from a long and strong Buddhist background in the area. Wrap up your interesting food tour with a sampling of Hue-style desserts such as sweet soups, yogurt or Sugarcane juice. Transfer back to your hotel later in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel.
Food tour with Ms. Nhu Huy
After breakfast, step out and explore the delicious world of Hue food with the celebrated gastronomy artisan, Ms. Nhu Huy. She is a professor, author of cookbooks, food television presenter in Vietnam and Europe and the recipient of several prestigious Talent awards in Vietnam. Start off with a visit to the local market to see the sights and sounds of daily life. Ms. Nhu Huy will share some advice of how to select the freshest produce and ingredients necessary for Hue food.
Later, visit several villages which each specialize in a different popular dish. During the day, sample many wonderful foods including com hen (mussel rice), banhbeo, banhnambanhloc (varieties of soft rice cakes), Hue sweet soups. These dishes are not merely considered local food, but an indispensable culinary trait of Hue. Continue to the local restaurant Huyen Anh that serves Hue specialty of banhuot and grilled pork. End the trip at Nhu Huy's house to taste more local food then return your hotel.
City tour Tu Duc & Khai Dinh
Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Drive from your hotel to visit the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui and the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture showcases elements of eastern art and western design.
Royal Martial Performance & private royal dinner at Ancient Hue Restaurant
Transfer from your hotel to Ancient Hue Restaurant. Set in a lush garden, the peaceful Ancient Hue site boasts a ceremonial gate backed by 8 protective pillars. More than just a restaurant, Ancient Hue has 5 distinctive ancient houses offering a glimpse of the city’s splendid past. Enjoy a great cultural feature inherited from the Nguyen Dynasty, Royal Martial Arts performance at the restaurant’s courtyard.
Witness a 30 minutes long performance of different techniques of martial arts, a reminiscent of the past heroic plots of Vietnamese patriots against colonialists oppression. Then savor in an unforgettable dinner at the restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, meet with your guide at hotel and transfer to Hoi An via Hai Van pass. Arrive in Hoi An, you will be transferred to Ancient Faifo Restaurant for lunch before heading to your hotel.
Silk making & a rustic meal on the river
This afternoon, drive to the Hoi An Silk Center to get an insight of the entire production of silk from silkworm to fabric. Upon arrival, stroll through the garden of mulberry trees as the expert guide will walk you through the history of the silk and procedure of making silk threads. You can help harvest mulberry leaves, silkworms and even watch as silkworms weave their cocoons. You will see how cocoons are transformed into silk thread and how the silk is treated and refined to become ready for clothing. There is also a chance to watch Champa women using ancient looms to make silk textiles. The tour will end with a hands-on demonstration of how to decipher fake versus real silk.
Cam Thanh Village is now an urban ward of Hoi An city. Surrounded by peaceful villages, idyllic rivers and lush water coconut palms, this little port town supplies seafood, vegetables and rice for the area. Take a short drive away from the hustle and bustle in downtown to Co Coriver. A rowed basket boat ride will bring you to the floating stationary bamboo raft. Indulge yourself in a relaxing BBQ meal while enjoying sparkling river with glassy surface under the sunlight or sunset, cool breeze and immerse water coconut jungles. Transfer back to hotel afterwards.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Hue → Hoi An||145 km||3h|
Private cooking class with Mr. Duc Mango
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of SE Asia. Chef and proprietor Duc Tran from Mango Mango restaurant creates eclectic and innovative flavors reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and extremely talented chef with in depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a culinary journey embracing a combination of refreshing flavors, beautiful presentations as well as a visit to Hoi An Market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam. Join Duc in an intimate hands- on learning at his boutique restaurant, and reward yourself with a wonderful meal at the end of the class.
Buffalo cart and farming life on the rice fields tour
Discover Hoi An countryside by a fun buffalo cart ride passing by rice paddies and vegetable farms at Cam Thanh village. Your guide will explain the methods of farming in the area and the produce grown before getting your hands dirty and venturing into the rice fields - you may like to borrow the farmers’ clothing provided by the villagers. Join the friendly farmers to learn the traditional farming methods including ploughing, ranking soil, transplanting rice and scooping water. Sip a cup of tea with the farmers before returning to your hotel.
Private evening sidewalk food tour
The tour takes you off the beaten path to get a unique glimpse into daily life in this lovely city and discover some unforgettable cultural & historical attractions along with interesting and tasty street food. This evening, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to the meeting point where your local foodie is waiting to take you on a private walking food tour.
Stroll through zigzagging alleys to explore real neighborhoods and indulge in Hoi An’s best foods at places which have been making these delicacies for generations. We’ll try foods such as white rose, bread, and banana sweet soup and coconut pancakes. Next, go to the local Hoi An market and roam around the food stalls where you can find amazing Cao Lau noodles and much more. Finally, gather at a local house for a home-hosted dinner. Then walk to the heart of Hoi An ancient town, sit on a local boat cruising along Hoai River and enjoy the view of Hoi An at night while floating lanterns are released.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Half day walking tour
Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.
Making lanterns with Mr Huynh Van Trung
Silk lanterns, the simple yet colorful handicraft is now an essential part of Hoi An culture. The lantern is inspired and hand-made by local artisans and is meant to bring good fortune. It has really made a comeback thanks to an experienced man Mr. Huynh Van Trung who was born in a traditional lantern making family. Trung inherits valuable skills in making lanterns from his father the well-known artisan Huynh Van Ba. Chat with him for a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try creating your own lantern and take it home as a souvenir. Lunch at Brother cafe.
Then transfer to the
airport for your departure flight.
|Hoi An → Da Nang||29 km||45min|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$2148|
|1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019||$2340|
|1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$2215|