Your day-by-day itinerary

Jeanette trying some local Vietnamese food in Hanoi

Days 1-3

Street Food of Hanoi

Hanoi is a capital city crammed with character. Motorbikes zip through tangled streets, food hawkers serve up steaming bowls of pho and fruit stalls spill onto shady boulevards. You’ll stay in the heart of the atmospheric Old Quarter and during your stay you’ll embark on a culinary and cultural journey through Hanoi with your private guide. You’ll learn all about local legends, admire the ancient architecture and taste a range of delicacies from grilled pork to vermicelli dumplings as you wander the streets of the Old Quarter.

Lend a Hand in Hue

Days 3-5

Lend a Hand in Hue

Help with the local harvest, pick your own lunch and amble along the banks of the Perfume River in Hue, where history lingers in the streets. Most travellers whizz through Hue, racing around the citadel, tombs and monuments before moving on. This trip is different. You’ll stay in Hue city and escape on a day trip into the peaceful countryside where you’ll experience helping out a farming family for the day.

Colourful lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

Days 5-8

Classic Hoi An & Cooking Class

Watch lanterns twinkle along the river and meet the local tailors in Hoi An, Vietnam’s most atmospheric town. A jumble of crumbling Chinese shop houses, artist studios and riverside restaurants, it’s crammed with charm. The pace is slow and the food is scrumptious. In recent years, Hoi An has become something of a national treasure with its day dreamy, timeless atmosphere.

Customers and locals cooking together

During your stay you will help support a local not-for-profit organisation in Hoi An as well as learning some new skills. The Lifestart Foundation helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people become self-sufficient. You will take part in a traditional painting class and learn how to make a traditional miniature lantern. For your Hoi An cookery lesson you’ll visit the colourful market with your experienced guide and with your shopping bags full you’ll board a boat to your riverside cookery school. Here you’ll prepare your very own traditional Vietnamese dishes so you can impress your friends back home.

customer riding on the back of a vespa scooter with driver

Days 8-10

Scooting through Saigon

Scoot through Saigon on a vintage Vespa, searching for hidden street food hotspots. Zip through the backstreets after dark, sample the best traditional snacks in the city and listen to live music as you sip on Vietnamese coffee. It’s a night tour and foodie adventure rolled into one. After all, Ho Chi Minh is a city that comes alive as night falls. You’ll stay in a comfy hotel near the central market.


Speak to our Vietnam specialist, Miles

“Vietnam is as chaotic as it is calming, which is precisely why I love it! I’ve been spoiled for choice with its incredible landscapes and phenomenal pho"

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