Vietnam with Aaron Barnett
One Departure Only | May 24 - 30, 2021
Heart & Soul of Vietnam
Soak in Vietnam’s culture and cuisine with award-winning chef Aaron Barnett
May 24 - 30, 2021
One departure only—book soon, spots are limited
7 Days, 6 Nights
The very best of Vietnam from Hanoi and Hue to Hoi An
You’ve never smelled herbs this fresh. Basil, lettuce, spring onion, perilla, Vietnamese mint, cilantro—they’re competing for your attention in the best way possible. You carefully and quietly wander through this pristinely manicured herb garden, one of the oldest in the region. Generations of families tend to their rectangular plots, picking, pruning and watering everything just so. Next, you’re steps away dining on dinner prepared by a famous chef sourcing the most delectable ingredients from where you were just standing. You toast the farmers, the chef and the flavors. This is the true essence of Vietnam—and it’s impossible to get enough of it.
Our trip comes accompanied with the perfect companion. Chef Aaron Barnett’s two Portland restaurants, St Jack and La Moule, tap into his French Canadian routes. They also led him to compete on Chopped, becoming a StarChef Rising Star and winning Eater’s Restaurant of the Year. He’s ready to explore Vietnam, its rich culture and French-inspired flavors with you!
This journey is like a perfectly crafted banh mi, packed with exceptional local experts and artists, then garnished with adventure. You’ll leave as wide-eyed as you arrived, with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Vietnam cuisine and heritage.
Colonial French-inspired food and architecture, traditional fishing villages and ridiculously good street-food
With Vietnamese culture, meet people who've been practicing their craft for generations
Incredible street market food, sampling flavors you never knew existed—or had the courage to try
Rev scooters through markets, tour on Cyclos and wander through ancient neighborhoods
3 Reasons to Travel with Aaron Barnett
Chef Aaron Barnett is Portland’s French cuisine visionary. His two restaurants—St Jack and La Moule—channel his foodie parents and his own French Canadian roots. Aaron is a master of nouvelle cuisine with the accolades to back it up: he's competed on Chopped, been a StarChef Rising Star and won Eater’s Restaurant of the Year. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better companion to experience the French-inspired flavors, and the ridiculously delicious street foods, of Vietnam.
Down to Try Everything
Vietnam's cuisine is rich, bold and flavorful—and sometimes not for the faint of heart. Aaron competed on Chopped with a basket of bizarre foods and even enjoys taking down pickled herring straight from the jar.
French With a Twist
As a kid, Aaron would come home to ducks hanging from the ceiling and dinners of snails and frog’s legs. He's worked in many kitchens, including San Francisco's famed Gary Danko, always breathing new life into French staples.
All the Senses
Aaron curates the soundtracks at his restaurants with as much passion as the menus themselves. It's the same attention and care that make him a superb travel companion.
Hotel de l'OperaHanoi
Our boutique, Old Quarter home base is perfectly situated, a block from the city’s favorite gathering place at Hoan Kiem Lake and the namesake opera house. When not exploring the walkable streets outside, you can relax in the pool or have a cocktail in the quiet, fountain-filled atrium.
An Art Deco masterpiece built in 1930, situated on the banks of the Perfume River. Its stunning architecture embraces the past while incorporating contemporary twists. Whether you choose to kick back poolside or meander through its tropical gardens, La Residence is an absolute oasis of comfort.
Hotel RoyalHoi An
An impeccable retreat facing the bucolic Thu Bon River and just a stroll away from Hoi An’s ancient Old Quarter. Relax in expansive rooms or at their serene pool, admire their brilliant gallery, or just take in the views from the highest rooftop bar in the city.
People Love Modern Adventure’s Vietnam
Book Vietnam with Aaron Barnett
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at 8:30am on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Hotel De l’Opera in Hanoi, Vietnam. The closest airport is Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). We recommend arriving on or before Sunday, May 23, to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our last day is Sunday, May 30, 2021. The closest airport is the Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nang, Vietnam. Your flight home can be scheduled to depart at anytime on this day.
What travel documents are needed?
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa before traveling into Vietnam. It is your responsibility to obtain this required travel document; please visit the Vietnam International Travel Information page on travel.state.gov for step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a Vietnamese visa. Additionally, a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival is required. For citizens of other countries, please check with your local Vietnamese embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before January 24, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after January 25, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after March 25, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.