Vietnam with Spike Mendelsohn
December 1 - 10, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heart & Soul of Vietnam
A cultural and culinary exploration with Chef Spike Mendelsohn
December 1 - 10, 2023
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
10 Days, 9 Nights
Best of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
A crisp char and salty ocean spray fill the air. The sun is setting behind you, silhouetting the countryside. You dig into a scallop, grilled to perfection, and gaze out across the golden calm waters. This hasn’t been just a vacation to Vietnam—you’re on the homestretch of a nine-day discovery of one of the world’s most delicious destinations. You’ve met local artists, sampled street food from the back of a scooter, and even surfed for an afternoon with the same chef who has made this trip so unforgettably joyful. Many people have visited this magical place. Nobody has experienced it quite like this.
With you is acclaimed chef Spike Mendelsohn, a Top Chef and Iron Chef contender best known these days as an award-winning restaurateur for his Washington DC concepts (Good Stuff Eatery and PLNT Burger to name just a few). Spike has worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs — Gerard Boyer, Thomas Keller, Sirio Maccioni, Drew Nieporent — but it was his time learning to make Vietnamese food from his mentor Michael Bao that catapulted him into the wonderful world of Vietnamese cuisine. Spike hasn’t looked back since.
This journey is like a perfectly crafted banh mi, packed with immersive experiences and garnished with delicious adventure. Dive deep into Vietnam’s regional cuisines, explore Hanoi’s street markets, walk ancient lanes in Ho Chi Minh City, discover central Vietnam’s Imperial roots in Hue and shop through Hoi An’s fabled markets. This isn’t a mere vacation — it’s a deep and personal discovery of one of the world’s most delicious destinations.
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 Spike Mendelsohn
What does an esteemed chef, DC food-policy advocate, and burger maestro like Spike have to do with Vietnamese food and culture? Literally, everything. Spike is a walking encyclopedia of the best food stalls, where to set up for the beach barbecue, and where to find the fresh markets that are the lifelines of Vietnamese foodie culture.
Spike learned how to cook Vietnamese food from his mentor, Michael Bao, the Iron Chef and master of cuisine. During Spike’s time at the Culinary Institute of America, he drummed up enough money to get a group of students and him to Vietnam to hone their craft. Spike’s love for this part of the world is deep, and deeply personal.
Street Food Bingo
Spike can rattle off things you never knew you had to try from Vietnam’s famed street food culture: sugarcane juice, turmeric crepes, breakfast dumplings that melt in your mouth. And street food only scratches the surface of what we will discover with Spike leading the way.
Force for Good
Through his work with organizations like CARE and DC Central Kitchen as a chef ambassador and contributor, Spike landed the position as the first chairman of DC’s Food Policy Council. Spike continues to partner with groups like Wholesome Wave and Food Rescue US to make a positive impact on our food system.
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 for a sundowner and enjoy the panoramic views of 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
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What does the price include?
Nine nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; 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; 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 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 $1,500 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 August 3, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 4, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after October 2, 2023 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.