Vietnam with Jamie Bissonnette
December 5 - 15, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heart & Soul of Vietnam
A cultural and culinary exploration with chef Jamie Bissonnette
December 5 - 15, 2024
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
11 Days, 10 Nights
Best of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
The royal city of Hue is electric—mopeds sashay through narrow lanes between market stalls while barbers hawk haircuts from streets bathed in neon. You’re lost in all of it and overcome by the exquisite aroma of street food that seems to set the table for the night ahead. You note lemongrass wafting from simmering broths, the sweet-chili char of pork skewers and egg coffee steaming from mocha pots. This is the magic of Vietnam—mornings of soulful meditation and sun-kissed bicycle rides give way to vibrant market tours and joy rides on vintage Vespas. Every day here begins like a new chapter in a fairy tale, and your next adventure is just around the bend.
With you on this incredible journey is Jamie Bissonnette, the James Beard Award-winning chef and whiz kid responsible for some of Boston’s buzziest restaurants. Jamie’s stylish Cambridge eatery—Little Donkey—was so wildly successful that he opened up a second location in Bangkok, while Toro, his Barcelona-style tapas bar, has racked up legions of devout followers throughout the Northeast. With a deep passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients and ethical nose-to-tail cooking, Jamie is the ultimate guide to Vietnam’s flavors and profound culinary traditions.
This journey is like a perfectly crafted banh mi, packed with immersive experiences and garnished with unhurried adventure. Dive deep into Hanoi’s street markets, walk ancient lanes in Ho Chi Minh City, cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay, and have plenty of time to eat and shop through Hoi An’s fabled markets. This isn’t a mere vacation—it’s an 11-day discovery of one of the world’s most unforgettable destinations.
Unparalleled food and architecture, traditional fishing villages and ridiculously good street food
With Vietnamese culture, local chefs and families, artisans who've been practicing their craft for generations
Incredible street foods and desserts, flavors you never knew existed—or had the courage to try
Bustling markets on revving scooters and rickshaw cyclos, and wander through ancient temples and ruins
3 Reasons to Travel with Jamie Bissonnette
Jamie Bissonnette is a force to be reckoned with. The James Beard Award-winning chef is the mastermind behind some of Boston's most successful restaurants, renowned throughout the industry for his nose-to-tail cooking and unrivaled ability to bring both nostalgia and innovation to a plate. He’s also a bit of a punk rock star, but we’ll get to that below.
Fed by Travel
Jamie credits his inspiration in the kitchen to his passion for travel. His innovative small plates at Little Donkey showcase flavors he’s encountered across the globe, and he loves preparing ingredients using techniques he discovered on his travels.
Vietnam by Taste
Jamie’s no stranger to Vietnam; he even worked on a cruise ship there years ago. On his days off, his passion for cuisine led him winding through alleyways in search of the best street food and most authentic flavors.
Punk Rock Roots
Before becoming a chef, Jamie played bass for a slew of different punk rock and metal bands. While he doesn’t play much any more (his dog isn’t a fan), his cooking is a reflection of his hardcore roots: bold, fearless, and thrumming with energy.
Hotel de l'OperaHanoi
Our boutique Old Quarter home base is perfectly situated, a block from the Hanoi'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.
Hôtel des Arts SaigonHo Chi Minh City
With smooth lines and sumptuous curves inspired by the principles of Feng Shui, this airy, art-filled hotel combines timeless glamor with a very 21st-century sense of whimsy. Take tea at the Café des Beaux Arts, nestle down in the library with a book, or head to the rooftop saltwater pool for a refreshing dip — then perch on a waterside barstool to drink in panoramic views of the sun setting above the city below.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
per person based on double occupancy; includes two internal flights flights from Hanoi to Hue, and from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
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What does the price include?
Ten nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; transportation to the trip’s starting and ending points; two internal flights from Hanoi to Hue and Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, hands-on workshops; 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; 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 Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), where we’ll transfer to Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi. Our last day is in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The closest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).
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 $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. 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 August 7, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 8, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after October 6, 2024 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).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.