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Soak in Vietnam's royal past in its former Imperial capital of Hue. Enjoy a meal at the former home of a princess, sample street food and cook with one of the gurus of Vietnamese cuisine: celebrity chef Nhu Huy.
Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.
Hue garden houses
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.
Dinner at Princess Ngoc Son's former home
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 artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Princess 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 lunch of traditional Hue specialties prepared by the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue’s fascinating past.
Overnight at the hotel.
Cooking class with celebrity chef Nhu Huy
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel and take you to the venue for this class. 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 take 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 of Imperial Citadel & Thien Mu Pagoda
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, your 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.
Then 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.
Hue traditional culinary tasting
Hue is famous not only for the thousand-year- old history but also for its diverse traditional food culture. Today immerse yourselves in this interesting culinary tasting tour around Hue city. Your first stop will be at Me Xung sweets workshop. Me Xung is a perfect combination of sesame, crushed peanuts and handmade malt, and is one of Hue’s famous desserts. Then drive to Ba Do's house to learn how to make some other Hue’s specialties such as banh beo (small steamed rice cake), banh nam (steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaves), banh bot loc (clear shrimp and pork dumpling). Enjoy the dishes you have made while chatting with the owner to understand more about Hue’s food culture. Complete your day by tasting Hue royal tea. Once served only to the Royal family in ancient times, royal tea has now become widely enjoyed throughout the country. The royal tea includes a variety of herbs such as: artichoke, chrysanthemum, sweet grass, kudzu, ginseng, apple, liquorice, jasmine, and more. Learn from the host who will explain the benefits of drinking royal tea, and learn how make a cup of royal tea yourself before returning your hotel.
Then you have time for free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018||$696|
|1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019||$708|
|1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$708|