An Insider's Tour of Vietnam

Your hosts: Linh Huyen, Ambassador of Traditional Art, Vietnam, and her husband, Richard di San Marzano.Special Exclusive Tour August 24-September 5, 2025.

We are delighted to present The International Kitchen’s exclusive, all-inclusive new itinerary created by Linh Huyen, Ambassador of Traditional Art, Vietnam, and Richard di San Marzano, who both lived in Saigon as a child and who conducts one of our favorite culinary programs based in Spoleto, Italy.

Our inspiration is to revive an experience of the fabled magic of ‘The Grand Tour,’’ and for you to discover in depth Vietnam’s vibrant culture, which is so manifest in the music and the arts, in the rich folklore and fascinating traditions, in the spell-binding verdant landscape, and of course, in the wonderfully varied and delicious cuisine of this beautiful land.

Hanoi skyline cityscape at twilightThe itinerary is the result of years of in-country knowledge and experience to create an authentic and carefully curated tour. Linh Huyen will lead the tour and share her love for and profound knowledge of Vietnamese culture, which is unrivaled as a distinguished opera singer and composer, and the creator of Hon Viet, The Soul of Vietnam, a culture show that was performed over 60 times at both opera houses and was ranked the best attraction in Saigon on Trip Advisor when performed in 2011 and 2012. She is also a cook of some repute, and in fact, regional local cuisine will be featured throughout the tour. For those interested, there will be a hands-on cooking opportunity.

You will be treated to the very best of Vietnamese hospitality with the most select of 5-star hotels. Come join us on this one-in-a-lifetime chance to explore this beautiful land!

Highlights of Our Grand Tour of Vietnam

Explore the beauty of Vietnam on this exclusive five-star tour curated by Linh Huyen, Ambassador of Traditional Art of Vietnam. Your tour will include:

  • 12 nights in the most select 5* hotels
  • tours to see traditional Vietnamese historical sites
  • exclusive art and music performances
  • a selection of expertly selected restaurants for lunches and dinners
  • a Mekong River cruise,
  • and more!


Aerial view of beautiful skyscrapers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Day 1 – Saigon

  • We check into the storied Hotel Majestic overlooking the Saigon River for four nights.
  • Welcome cocktails and introductions as well as our welcome dinner.

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Bui Vien Street.Day 2 – Saigon

  • Leisurely Breakfast followed by an introductory talk about the trip ahead of us!
  • Morning stroll along Dong Khoi, once famously known as Rue Catinat in the French period. We will visit the French built Opera House and have a tour of the Fine Arts Museum, conducted by Richard, who has curated several exhibitions there.
  • Lunch, and a break before our booking for a revitalizing massage of a quality that Saigon is renowned for – essential pampering of the first order to rejuvenate and relieve jet lag!
  • Tonight is devoted to Cai Luong Opera, the melodic traditional opera of the South of Vietnam and with historical origins in the Mekong Delta.

Ho Chi Minh City Hall in VietnamDay 3 – Saigon

  • Following a leisurely breakfast and start to the day, we continue exploring the city with options for specialized shopping, and we visit Antique street and the nearby market area.
  • Lunch is at a favorite restaurant of Linh Huyen.
  • After a post lunch break in the later afternoon we take a tour of the War Remnants Museum.
  • At 6:00 pm we have a hands-on lesson in the preparation of a classic Saigon meal, and tonight we dine on some of the most beloved local specialties that we have prepared. Anyone not interested in directly participating may offer encouragement from the sidelines with an aperitif in hand!

Sailing the Mekong River in VietnamDay 4 – Mekong River Cruise

  • This morning we rendezvous with a special shallow draft boat and embark on a cruise of the mythic Mekong river, visiting the enchanting but less accessible estuaries. We anchor for lunch and are treated to river songs that have been handed down for many generations, and which gave birth to Dan Ta Tai Tu. as recognized by Unesco.
  • The 5,000 km long Mekong begins in Tibet, and from the Himalayan mountains crosses through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao, and Cambodia. The Mekong is a great fertile delta that plays an essential part in Vietnam’s history and culture, and this mighty river almost never fails to leave a profound impression on visitors.
  • Dinner at the Majestic tonight on our final night in Saigon.

Hoi An ancient town at sunsetDay 5 – Saigon to Da Nang – Hoi An

  • Breakfast, and time to do any last minute things in Saigon before checking out.
  • Transfer for our 90 minute afternoon flight to Da Nang, and then drive to nearby Hoi An for check in the Anantara Hoi An Resort.
  • Settle in and enjoy time to relax before dinner at the resort.

Cau Lau, in Hoi An, VietnamDay 6 – Hoi An

  • Today is devoted to luxuriating in a stunningly beautiful location.
  • Take a morning stroll in and around the truly picturesque town of Hoi An. Your lunch will teach you about the famed dish ‘Cao lay’, amongst other local specialties.
  • The afternoon is devoted to relaxation, swimming and massage.
  • Dinner overlooking the Perfume River.

Beautiful views from Hai Van Pass between Danang and Hue in central VietnamDay 7 – Transfer to Hue

  • Today we take the extraordinary coastal road to the ancient capital of Hue.
  • Following our golden rule of a leisurely breakfast, we check out and begin our exploration of one of the most dramatically scenic coastal roads in the world.
  • The Hai Van pass is a breathtaking and unforgettable road trip, and Marble Mountain is one of several memorable stops we will make along the way.
  • Reach Hue in the late afternoon and check in to the Azerai La Residence for 2 nights.
    There is time to relax and freshen up before a very special dinner of the much loved Hue specialties.

Friendly vendor at the market in Vietnam.Day 8 – Hue

  • A leisurely start to the day with some free time before we set off to explore Hue, the once Imperial capital as well as the center of the Annam administration . We will learn much about the fascinating history of this center of kingdoms. Of special note is our visit to the historic and vibrant food market, after which we will participate in a cooking class devoted to the renowned specialties of the old capital. You will, of course, then enjoy the results for lunch!
  • In the afternoon, we will be treated to a private recital of the rhythmic and beautiful traditional percussive songs of the Hue. We have an afternoon break before visiting a theater to meet the stage artists and experience a rehearsal of Hat boi, an experience not to be missed.

Sunset view of the Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi, VietnamDay 9 – Hue to Hanoi

  • Leisurely breakfast and free morning.
  • Transfer to the airport for an early afternoon flight to Hanoi.
  • Arrival and transfer to the Oriental Jade Hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight.

Hanoi Train Street, a famous tourist destination in VietnamDay 10 – Hanoi Old Quarter and Opera House

  • Leisurely breakfast.
  • Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world and its streets in the old quarter bare testimony to its history. These stunning streets feature ancient pagodas and well-kept colonial buildings with new surprises around every corner.
  • Take a tour of the magnificent French-built opera house, and explore Hanoi’s famed old quarter.
  • Following lunch, we take a break and in the afternoon visit the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Dinner and overnight.

Dining in Hanoi, Vietnam.Day 11 – Perfume Pagoda – Evening Performance

  • This morning we visit the Perfume Pagoda, one of the most important Buddhist temple complexes, situated in a mountain setting on the outskirts of Hanoi.
  • The afternoon is devoted to more pampering, and this evening we attend a mystic Hau Dong Performance. This is a type of spirit possession ritual conducted with solemnity, and it has profound spiritual and matriarchal meaning. The performer is believed to communicate with the spirit world, and the event is a truly unique experience.
  • Then we go to dinner!

Vietnamese water puppetsDay – 12 Hanoi

  • Breakfast and free morning in Hanoi. You can discuss what you would like do, either alone or with your new friends.
  • This afternoon we attend the wonderful Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, a show that is worthy of its reputation as a must-see experience.
  • Tonight we have our final dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day 13 – Departure

  • Breakfast. Check out and transfer to the airport.


Trip Details

Included in the 12-night exclusive tour


Twelve nights accommodation in the most select 5-star hotels

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 11 lunches
  • 12 dinners

Classes & Instructors

Your two cooking classes will feature authentic Vietnamese recipes, allowing you to further explore the rich flavors of this beautiful land. Your tour will also feature market visits and food tastings to round out your culinary explorations.


  • Guided tour of Saigon, including the Fine Arts Museum
  • Cai Luong Opera performance
  • Excursion to Antique Street and the War Remnants Museum
  • Mekong river Cruise
  • Drive along the coast road to Hue
  • Visit of Hue, Ancient Imperial capital
  • Tour of Hanoi, including the Old Quarter and the French Opera House
  • Visit of Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Visit of the Perfume Pagoda
  • Hau Dong Performance
  • Water Puppet Theater

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) airport to your hotel
  • Transfers during the week for your internal flights
  • Departure transfer from your Hanoi hotel to the airport


  • Massages as indicated
  • Internal flights within Vietnam

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Gratuities (including for massages)

Accommodation Information

Hotel Majestic Saigon:
Hotel Majestic Saigon has been a historic luxury destination in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City since 1925. Featuring 175 deluxe rooms and suites with marble bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the picturesque Saigon River. Enjoy exquisite dining, upscale amenities, and legendary service, or unwind with signature cocktails and stunning river views at the renowned M Bar, one of Saigon’s top rooftop destinations.



Anantara Hoi An Resort*:
Nestled along the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort offers boutique luxury just steps away from Hoi An’s historic quarter. Enjoy charming garden or river view rooms and suites, riverside dining, spa treatments, and sunset river cruises. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son ruins, artisan villages, and A Bang Beach. Rooms and suites feature classic decor, natural light, and private balconies or terraces with daybeds, perfect for relaxation amidst serene surroundings.



The Azerai La Residence:
Placed perfectly on a two-and-a-half-hectare estate with a 200-meter frontage along the legendary Perfume River, Azerai La Residence, Hue features 122 rooms and suites. The resort’s centerpiece is a 1930s colonial mansion, once the residence of the French Resident Superieure, complemented by contemporary wings built in 2005. The blend of art deco architecture and modern design, along with lush tropical gardens and a salt-water swimming pool, is a luxurious retreat full of elegance and tranquility.



The Oriental Jade Hotel*:

The Oriental Jade Hotel offers 120 premium guest rooms and suites with stunning views of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Cathedral, and the Old Quarter. Situated on Hang Trong Street, it provides an ideal base for exploring Hanoi’s historic center. Guests can unwind at O’Spa Lotus, work out at the state-of-the-art gym, or take in the panoramic city views from the outdoor rooftop pool.



Grand Tour of Vietnam Pricing and Tour Dates

Find pricing and tour dates for this one-time only luxury grand tour of Vietnam, and contact us to reserve your spot!


12-night Program

US$7450 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$1870 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance payment due 90 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Minimum of 8 participants needed to confirm.

Grand Tour of Vietnam Tour Dates

This exclusive Grand Tour of Vietnam is available one-time only, August 24-September 5, 2025, for a minimum of 8, maximum of 16 participants.


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