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Hanoi Sunrise Cultural Food Tour
Your Hanoi Tour begins at sunrise
Hectic and historic, graceful and grand, Hanoi is a city full of character - and there's no better time to see it than in the early morning.
On this tour you'll wake up and get swept up in the buzz during the morning rush. Watch Hanoi's residents performing their morning exercise routines on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake and perhaps stretch tired limbs in a tai chi class.
Grab a bowl of pho for breakfast then discover the secrets of the country's famous cuisine during a cooking class. Soak up the city's culture on this fascinating Hanoi cultural tour.
Please Note: This tour will not be available until July 31, 2012. The electricity system at the cooking class venue has broken down and is under repair.
With your local guide you start your Hanoi cultural tour bright and early with a walk to visit Hoan Kiem Lake (or "Lake of the Restored Sword") to experience early morning Hanoi.
Hanoi history and legend has it that in the mid 15th century the Gods provided the Emperor Le Thai To a magical sword to defeat the Ming dynasty Chinese invaders. Following the victory the emperor was boating on the lake when a giant tortoise reared up and took the sword, returning it to its rightful owners.
Today the lake is a gathering place for the residence of Hanoi doing their morning exercise. For those wanting to interact during your Hanoi tour you can join in on the morning activities such as tai chi. After an energetic start to the day you'll enjoy a traditional local breakfast – “real flavor of Pho” followed by a Vietnamese coffee at a roof top café in Hanoi’s old quarter overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake.
Your local guide will then take you to a family run Vietnamese restaurant for a cooking class where the chef will introduce a traditional Vietnamese kitchen and the finer points of cooking local food, and is something you can't find on other Hanoi tours. Your first step in your cooking school is a walk to Hang Be food market to learn about Vietnamese cooking ingredients, from hot chili to fresh vegetables and meats.
Once back at the restaurant your chef with the help of your local guide will teach you to cook a number of special Vietnamese dishes...no Hanoi travel experience is complete without tasting some local specialties. You will learn skills to take home with you to impress your friends. Following your lesson you'll sit down to a feast.
At the end of your Hanoi cultural tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.
48 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour includes hotel pick up. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Travelers should be 12 years or older for this trip. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 800-816-4909.
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