From the colorful dragon boats that glide across the Perfume River to the sparkling skyscrapers that tower over Saigon, Vietnam is home to a breathtaking assortment of architectural and natural wonders. But what you see is only half the story—there’s a world of history, culture, and tradition that’s best experienced through taste, not to mention what’s arguably the best street food on the planet. On this nine-day journey, we’ll explore Vietnam through its unique cuisine, tasting our way across North, Central, and South Vietnam by way of steaming pork belly meatballs in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the white rose dumplings of Hoi An. Along the way, we’ll learn from local chefs, sample street eats, and savor freshly caught seafood. Between bites, we’ll meet with artists, authors, veterans, and friends to learn about the history of these different regions. Come with an eager palette, an empty stomach, and, possibly, a flexible return ticket—once you’ve had a taste of this place, it’s difficult to say goodbye.
This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Several parts of the tour involve some longer walks, including up and down stairs and on uneven ground. There will also be an optional cycling opportunity in the countryside.
When planning your travel, we recommend that you arrive in Hanoi by 3 p.m. on February 10 and depart from Ho Chi Minh City anytime on February 18, or if taking the extension, depart from Siem Reap, Cambodia anytime after 5 p.m. on February 21. If you'd like assistance booking flights, let us know and we'll connect you to our flight specialists.