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Cooking Class Tours   
AMI-COOKTOUR05 - 7D6N - VIET NAM CULINARY TOUR

Highlight: Culinary tour combined with exploring. For whom to love the countryside.

Day 1: Arrival Ha Noi
 

Meal: D
   Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
   In the afternoon, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the stilt house of Ho Chi Minh from which he conducted much of the American War, and Ba Dinh Square, where he delivered the Declaration of Independence in 1945.
   Followed by the Temple of Literature, the and other sites as time and inclination permit, ending the day at the Lake of the Restored Sword.
   Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
   Overnight in Ha Noi.

   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, entrance fee, welcome dinner , Hotel.


Day 2: Ha Noi Cooking Class - Ha Long
 

Meals: B, L, D
   Today, you will join the first professional cooking class in Viet Nam. 08.00 Meet our guide and take a short cyclo trip through Hanoi's legendary Old Quarter.
   08.20 The market tour will give you an insight not just into the scents and flavours of Vietnamese herbs and spices but also market culture - how to bargain and where to buy your goods. The market place is the core of Vietnamese society.
   09.00 Transfer to Highway4 Restaurant by private car.
   9.15 At Highway4 get kitted out in your chef's outfit whilst our chef talks you through today's dishes. Then our chef will lead you through each dish, giving you plenty of opportunity to get involved and try your hand at reproducing the flavours.
   11.15 Dine on the dishes you have just prepared. We will also supply you with a recipe booklet containing all the information you need to reproduce an authentic taste back home.
   Class ends around 12:00 AM
   Back to your hotel and check out for Ha Long Bay.
   It takes around 3 hours from Ha Noi for reaching Ha Long.
   Dinner and overnight in Ha Long.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, cooking class, lunch, dinner , Hotel.


Day 3: Ha Noi - Ha Long - Sai Gon
 

Meals: B, L
   In the morning, 4 hours boat trip for Ha Long Bay.
   We will tour through the thousands of limestone islands visiting Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave.
   Back to shore for lunch then heading to Noi Bai Airport for the late flight to Saigon.
   Pick up at transfer to Hotel for check in.
   Overnight in Saigon.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, boat trip, lunch, flight HAN-SGN, pick up, Hotel.


Day 4: Saigon City tour - Cu Chi Tunels
 

Meals: B, L, D
   By road from your hotel to the Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is 70 kilometers North West of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnels system was created around 1948 to assist Viet Minh in their combat with the French. Building continued over the next 25years until it was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it could house up to 10, 000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, raising children. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been opened up for visitors.
   Return to Saigon for lunch at BUFFET NGON RESTAURANT.
   PM: Start a half day city tour at 14:00 to visit Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Giac Lam pagoda, Thien Hau temple and Ben Thanh Market.
   Dinner at Mi Tau Restaurant – Central foods.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner , Hotel.


Day 5: Sai Gon - Cooking Class
 

Meals: B,L,D
  Today, you will join a professional cooking class.
   8:30 – 9:30 AM : Market visit:
   A market visit with our Chef to a colorful market and a blending of ingredients and spices will help tourists to understand more food in Vietnam, and how to choose the appropriate ones.
   9:30 – 12: 00 : Cooking class participated:
   The participants will not have only to cook with all prepared food as usual, but they have also to work in team, to put their hands on preparation with Chef, to learn to make simple Vegetable Carving before they enjoy their cooking.
   In a few hours, tourists will learn how to cook the traditional dishes, to recognize different ingredients, to master the chopstick, to eat in Vietnamese style and they enjoy what they have cooked
   In the afternoon, the tour guide will take group to walk along some streets in the downtown for shopping or enjoying Vietnamese coffee.
   Dinner at local restaurant.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, cooking class, lunch, dinner, coffee, Hotel.


Day 6: Mekong One day trip
 

Meals: B,L,D
  Pick up around 8:00 AM for one day Mekong trip.
   First drive for My Tho, a small town which is just around 75km from Saigon, stays along Tien river.
   There, you will board the boat for your trip on Tien River for seeing Thoi Son, Long, Quy and Phung islands then on to Ben Tre province located on the other side of Tien River. You will disembark the boat for a smaller rowing boat to go to small branch of the river where you will see how a peaceful life is. Follow the tour guide along to the small village road through the orchard complete with different kinds of tropical trees as jackfruit, longan. You will see plenty of coconut trees in Ben Tre area.
   The tour will show you several workshops to see how local people brew wine from rice and how they make the coconut candy. You can taste the honey bee mixed with the tea and enjoy the tropical fruits. Take a motorcart throught the small road in Phu An Hoa village.
   Late lunch will be served at local restaurant with local cuisine in My Tho.
   After a long walking day, enjoy the foot massage at spa.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, boat trip, small rowing boat, motorcart, lunch, dinner, foot massage, Hotel.


Day 7: Sai Gon - Departure
 

Meals: B
  After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for home sweet home.
  Services: Drop off, English speaking guide.



Included:
-  Hotel: Room based on twin or double sharing with breakfast.
-  Meal: As mentioned in the itinerary. $US 10 per lunch and 12 per dinner/ person that already included 1 soft drink.
-  Transportation : Private transportation: 4-7 seats car for 2 -3 persons; van 16 seats for 4 – 8 persons.
-  Tour guide: English speaking guide to join the group for the whole trip in daytime as itinerary.
-  Entrance fees: All entrance fees as mentioned.
-  Cooking class:
Professional hand –on cooking class in Saigon with chef, including market visiting. Half day with initiation course at the Saigon Culinary Art center. www.vietnamsaigoncookingclass.com
In Ha Noi:
www.highway4.com/en/locations/hangtre.html
General information:
    + Cooking class on Sunday afternoon, please add $US 5.00 / person
    + Cooking class on National Holidays: please add $ US 10 /person
    + On Tet Festival and New Year, please add $US 20 /person
-  Cooking show: Will be organized in local restaurant to introduce the foods of Southern people in Mekong delta. Cooking by local chef.
-  Foot massage: Including foot massage only.
-  Local Insurance: Local travel insurance. USD1 .5 /person/day.
-  Boat trip: Boat trip in Ha Long Bay. (4 hours)
 Boat trip in Mekong , including small rowing boat
-  Water on board: One bottle of mineral water/ day trip.
-  Tax: 10% VAT – Domestic tax.

Not Included:
-  International insurance: We strongly advise the client to buy travel insurance from their country.
-  Flight: Not included any flight.
-  Visa or immigration stamp
 Not included!
 However, we can arrange visa on arrival at airport based on request.
 Information needed:
 - Full name which is exactly as in passport.
 - Nationality
 - Gender
 - Date of birth
 - Passport number
 - Issued date
 - Expiry date
 - Arrival date
 - One recent photo 4x6
 Price : $US18 / person as arrangement fee ( for single visa and one month only) . Client will pay $US 25.00/person at the customs for doing their visa upon arrival.
-  Other meals & drinks
-  Other services
-  Personal expenses: As tip, laundry, tel...


SEVERAL POINTS TO NOTE:
 1. We reserve the right to replace with similar properties in the same category according to the date we receive the booking. We will advise to you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we highly appreciate if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates
 2. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updating. In case of closing for construction or any reason, we will replace with similar point of interest
 3. Above itinerary is based on current checking of flight schedule. In case of flight change, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.
 4. No early check in or late check out are included except indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm
 5. We reserve the right to increase the transportation fare in case Vietnamese Government increased the petrol prices!

LAND TOUR PER PERSON IN USD:
Price valid from March 2011 until December 31, 2011.
Not applied on National Holidays, New Year and Tet festival.


Groupsize 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax SS
*** 936 695 603 547 183
**** 1044 803 711 655 291
**** 1239 998 906 850 486

DOMESTIC FLIGHT HAN – SGN: $US 113.00 / person/ one way. ( NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE)
The airfare is subjected to change without notice.




Hotel list:

Destination Hotel Website Room type
***
Sai Gon Lavender 3* www.lavenderhotel.com.vn ROH
Ha Noi Boss 3* www.bosshanoihotel.com Superior
Ha Long Ha Long Pearl 4* www.halongpearl.com Deluxe
****
Sai Gon Liberty Central 4* www.libertycentralhotel.com Deluxe
Ha Noi Sunway 4* www.sunwayhotel.com.vn ROH
Ha Long Ha Long Plaza 4* www.halongplaza.com Superior
*****
Sai Gon Majestic 5* www.majesticsaigon.com.vn Colonial room
Ha Noi Intercontinental 5* www.intercontinental.com ROH
Ha Long Novotel Ha Long Bay www.novotelhalong.com.vn Superior twin


Notes:
      - Booking Terms & Conditions
      - Itinerary can be tailored based on your requirements.
      - Please feel free to contact us for more information in details.


  
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