Vietnam with Meg Galus
Reserve Your Spot | February 11 - 18, 2022Book Now
Culture, Flavor & Adventure
Discover one of the world's most delicious destinations with pastry chef Meg Galus
February 11 - 18, 2022
One departure only—book soon, spots are limited
8 Days, 7 Nights
Best of Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hoi An
Thousands of mopeds snake around as you cling to the back of yours as you zip through a market overflowing with the most delicious street foods, all competing for your attention: bánh bèo rice cakes, bánh uót spring rolls, and fresh noodles prepared a dozen ways. Be sure to save room for dessert: French-inspired pastries to fruit-forward sweets, chè puddings with fresh durian and coconut jellies, steamed cassava and colorful bánh bo cakes. These are the true flavors of Vietnam—and it’s impossible to get enough of them.
Our culinary comes accompanied with the perfect companion: Meg Galus, Chicago’s brilliant and award-winning pastry chef. With Meg by our side, we’ll get hands-on with local chefs and bakers, cacao producers and chocolate makers. Bite by bite, we’ll experience Vietnam’s rich culture and French-inspired flavors.
This journey is like a perfectly crafted banh mi, packed with exceptional local experts, then garnished with adventure. We’ll eat very, very well, of course, sleep in supreme comfort, float the Mekong Delta’s canals, taste our way through the markets of Hue and Hoi An, and relax on a beach as we celebrate and watch the sun dip below the horizon.
French-inspired food and architecture, traditional fishing villages and ridiculously good street food
With Vietnamese culture, local chefs and bakers, 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
Rev scooters through markets, tour on rickshaw cyclos, and wander through ancient temples and ruins
3 Reasons to Travel with Meg Galus
You could say Meg's culinary career began when she was just a kid, making her parents order dishes from menus she drafted in her childhood basement. Today, Meg is Chicago's brilliant and award-winning pastry chef—she's a three-time James Beard Awards finalist, and the Chicago Tribune’s “Pastry Chef of the Year”—known for her creativity at Michelin-starred Boka restaurant. Vietnam with Meg will be a tasty tour of the country’s best foods, with plenty of room for dessert.
She Loves to Create
Before Meg became a chef, she earned a theater degree and performed semi-professionally in Chicago. She likes how being a pastry chef mirrors theater life, working with a team to create something special each night.
Meg’s goal with desserts is simple: Make people happy. She enrolled in pastry school after realizing her theater career wasn’t bringing her the joy she wanted.
Meg isn’t one to rest on her laurels. She’s forever a student, taking classes and broadening her skills in the kitchen. She loves to travel the world, tasting new flavors and bringing them home to incorporate into her desserts.
Myst Dong KhoiHo Chi Minh City
Think “Myst” as in mystery. It’s full-blown luxury in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's historic center. Tropical plants sprout from the windows of its Cubist-style tower set along a wide curve of the river. You enter an industrial lobby, benefitting from iron beams reclaimed for the old shipyards. The Asian-themed restaurant is by a rooftop lap pool, with more city views. The artful, cozy rooms have all the comforts you'd expect.
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 Meg Galus
What does the price include?
Seven 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, 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; 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 the Hotel De l’Opera in Hanoi, Vietnam. The closest airport is Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Our last day is in Hoi An, Vietnam. The closest airport is the Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nan. 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 $1,200 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 October 14, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after October 15, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after December 13, 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).
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.