Vietnam with Tiffany Derry

January 19 - 28, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Heart & Soul of Vietnam

A cultural and culinary exploration with Chef Tiffany Derry

January 19 - 28, 2024

One departure only and likely to sell out — reserve your spot!

10 Days, 9 Nights

Best of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

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$7,000

per person based on double occupancy; includes two internal flights

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You are gliding along the Mekong Delta past vibrant bands of floating markets, savoring freshly harvested dragonfruit and pineapple from the prows of passing boats. Tonight, it’s Hoi An’s best street food, egg-meringue coffee at a neighborhood café and fresh tam huu rolls and crispy banh xeo pancakes in the kitchen of a local family. Tomorrow, you trade boat for bicycle and peddle gently past emerald rice paddies and ancient villages. Many people have visited this magical place; nobody has experienced it quite like this. You’re experiencing the true essence of Vietnam — pure immersive bliss — and it’s impossible to get enough of it.

With us on this incredible adventure is Chef Tiffany Derry, the force behind Roots Southern Table and a Top Chef all-star. Tiffany is a passionate disciple of Vietnamese cuisine, and she’s excited to return to the country that’s so deeply shaped and inspired her cooking. Her sense of fun and adventure make her the perfect partner for tasting everything Vietnam has to offer — and then tasting some more!

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 have plenty of time to eat and shop through Hoi An’s fabled markets. This isn’t a mere vacation — it’s an 10-day discovery of one of the world’s most delicious destinations.

Discover

French-inspired food and architecture, traditional fishing villages and ridiculously good street food

Connect

With Vietnamese culture, local chefs and bakers, artisans who've been practicing their craft for generations

Savor

Incredible street foods and desserts, flavors you never knew existed—or had the courage to try

Explore

Rev scooters through markets, tour on rickshaw cyclos, and wander through ancient temples and ruins

3 Reasons to Travel with Tiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry is a force. Listening to her speak — as a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, or a spokesperson for the James Beard Foundation’s sustainability efforts — and it’s hard not to feel inspired and motivated. She’s the brain and soul behind her company, T2D Concepts, a showcase of restaurants, spices, and apparel. Above all she’s a traveler at heart, a wanderer who believes that the more we explore the world, the more we realize how much we truly have in common.

Traveler at Heart

Tiffany's first trip outside the U.S. was to France at the age of 18. It's when her love of travel and food collided — and she’s never looked back. Tiffany leaves her Texas home base at least once a year to explore the world, often through its food and cuisine culture, and brings back inspiration for her restaurants in Dallas and Austin.

Vietnam is Love

Tiffany loves southeast Asia, but she really loves Vietnam. From the French influences and traditional regional cuisines to the market-fresh ingredients and incredible street foods, Vietnam is the best. And the fish sauce? “C’mon! Give it to me!!”

A Force for Good

Growing up in the South, field-to-table eating was not a trend but simply a way of life for Tiffany’s family. Today, when she’s not in the kitchen or traveling as an ambassador of Southern cooking, she’s working to address food waste with the James Beard Foundation.

Your Experience

“I love the French influence in Vietnamese cuisine, the breads and herbs, balanced with the fish sauce.”
Tiffany Derry

Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

“Every time you travel the world, you realize we're closer together, more alike than apart.”
Tiffany Derry

Day by Day

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most mesmerizing cities. Today is about settling in, maybe exploring the ancient and deeply photogenic city center on your own—past pillared gates and incense-filled altars dedicated to Confucius—and perhaps a snack of Hanoi-style bun cha, a crunchy minced pork served over vermicelli noodles with lemony fish sauce.

Lunch today is at Koto, a non profit hospitality training organization for at-risk youth. It’s an opportunity to dive head-first into grassroots Vietnam and experience a version of Hanoi that might go overlooked without Tiffany at our side. After, we’ll explore the Temple of Literature, an 11th-century Confucian temple which is commonly referred to as the first University in Vietnam.

Inspired by its manicured gardens and stately gates, we’ll make our way back to our hotel for some rest and relaxation before our incredible welcome dinner at La Table Hanoia, where Michelin-star chef Alain Dutournier crafts a superbly delicious, playful menu—think saffron potato risotto with lobster bisque sherbet—in a stunning modern setting. Our meal is a joyful celebration, filled with flavors and adventures we’ll remember for years to come.

Day 1: Hanoi Highlights

  • Arrivals throughout day
  • Temple of Literature Visit
  • Welcome dinner at La Table Hanoia
  • Stay at Hotel de l'Opera in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

This morning we dive straight away into Hanoi’s crooked lanes and centuries-old buildings, sampling the best street foods Hanoi has to offer, including pho tiu (Vietnam’s original beef and noodle soup) and cà phê trúng (creamy egg coffee). 

Next, it’s time to relish in the magic of water puppetry. This is not the standard tourist show; instead, we’re exclusive guests with a chance to meet the artisans and masters of this ancient craft. Then we’re off on a cyclo ride through Hanoi’s graceful Old Quarter, its crooked tree-lined lanes framed by old guildhalls and skinny, colorful houses stacked together. We’ll be dropped off at one of the city’s renowned Bia Hoi, the outdoor pubs serving fresh draft beer to locals until their taps run dry.

This evening we’ll dine in postmodern style at the local Ly Club—think playful and only-in-Hanoi remixes of Vietnamese specialties like beef in bamboo and ‘whistling’ duck.

Day 2: Hanoi Highlights

  • Hanoi street food
  • Old Quarter cyclo ride
  • Dinner at Ly Club
  • Stay at Hotel de l'Opera in Hanoi

Day 3: Hue

Say tạm biệt (farewell) to Hanoi; after breakfast we’ll head to the airport for our short flight to Hue, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. Our first stop is the Royal Home of Tha Om and its stunning grounds, followed by lunch at a restored royal home in a sumptuous garden setting and a visit to the former residence of a Nguyen Dynasty princess. Keeping with they royal theme, we’ll end the afternoon at the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage site, strolling the gardens of this former royal court.

Tonight’s dinner is a treat: at Phu Mong, a gracious garden house dedicated to recreating the authentic cuisines of Hue’s royalty. We’ll dine on vegetables sculpted into shapes of plants and animals, as well as local specialties like banana blossom salad and banh khoai (fried rice pancakes). Back at the hotel’s sheik mansion bar, we’ll gather for a casual nightcap with Tiffany.

Day 3: Hue Highlights

  • Short flight to Hue
  • Royal homes & citadel visit
  • Private dinner at Phu Mong
  • Stay at La Residence in Hue

Day 4: Hue

Our day starts with a leisurely bike ride, wending our way through verdant rice paddies out to Thanh Toan, a 17th-century village just outside Hue where ancient ways are very much intact. We’ll explore its rural market, clan shrine houses, and famous tile-roofed bridge. After lunch we’ll drive to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb and visit Vu Di Tea House to savor traditional teas steeped in the region’s centuries-old tea culture.

Back in Hue, we’ll have time for a short boat trip down the picturesque Perfume River to visit the majestic Thien Mu seven-story pagoda, the city’s best-preserved religious monument and a local icon. After some downtime we’ll reconvene for a dinner by cyclo, as Tiffany guides us through the flavors of Hue, from vegetarian street food to rice with river clams and sizzling ground-pork on lemongrass skewers. Don’t be shy about dessert: The region’s famous sweet soups — made from lotus seed, kidney bean, and purple yam — await!

Day 4: Hue Highlights

  • Bike to Thanh Toan
  • Vu Di tea house & Thien Mu pagoda
  • Street-food dinner tour
  • Stay at La Residence in Hue

Day 5: Hoi An

We’re off to Hoi An, jewel of central Vietnam, via the famous Pass of the Ocean Clouds. At the top of this mighty mountain pass we’ll have stunning horizon-wide views over the turquoise sea below.

We’ll check in to our stunning Hoi An hotel and, after lunch, set out to explore the city’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This picturesque riverside town was a major trading port for centuries, and mansions built by merchants line the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. We’ll stop to admire temples, artisan workshops, and the bustling fish market, and visit the home of a master lantern-craftsman to learn more about the history, shape, and color of the lanterns, and have a chance to create our own.

Dinner is at the iconic Mango Mango fusion restaurant. Duc Tran, the Vietnamese-American chef and owner, left Vietnam on a boat at age 15, settled in Texas, and cooked and surfed his way around the world before returning home to open his own artful, award-winning Hoi An restaurant.

Day 5: Hoi An Highlights

  • Transfer to Hoi An
  • Old Town lantern workshop
  • Dinner at Mango Mango
  • Stay at Hotel Royal in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An

It’s market day, and we’ll tour Hoi An’s bustling trading post by boat. The experience is a celebration of every sense: the vibrant colors, the cacophony of sounds, the exotic fruits and vegetables. Then it’s off to a gourmet cooking class with local legend, Ms. Lu, to create our very own lunch of local specialities: crab wontons, papaya salad, and muc nhoi thit (squid stuffed with pork).  

The afternoon is ours to explore before meeting back up for a Hoi An favorite: a street food tour by vintage Vespa. We’ll zoom through the bustling streets to an islet lit by dancing lanterns, then dismount our Vespas and hop onto a boat for a slow river cruise, joining locals for a few cold brews and starters. After disembarking, we’ll settle in for our main course—fiery Vietnamese barbecue at one of the city’s most innovative kitchens.

Keep a close eye on Tiffany as she’ll walk us through the nuances of Hoi An barbecue and let us in on a few secret ingredients that make these sauces sing.

Day 6: Hoi An Highlights

  • Market visit & cooking experience
  • Vespa street-food tour
  • Boat ride & dinner
  • Stay at Hotel Royal in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An

We’re hopping back on our bicycles this morning for a leisurely ride out to Cam Thanh village, past lush green rice paddies and water buffalos grazing along the canals. We’re here to experience some of Vietnam’s centuries-old traditions. First, in the coconut-palm water forest off Cam An, we’ll try our hand at fishing and crabbing in a traditional “basket boat” before heading to Tra Que, a small farming community where we’ll visit the village garden and meet local farmers, rolling up our sleeves and assisting them as they harvest ripe vegetables. After a juggernaut of morning, we’ll reflect and pause for Vietnamese-style self care—an herbal foot massage to revitalize our tired muscles.

As midday approaches we’ll join Tiffany alongside a local family—we’ll be honored guests in their home—to prepare lunch and learn the techniques behind some of Hoi An’s most delicious traditional dishes. We can expect a genuine, delicious country meal.

In the evening we’ll meet up for dinner at Morning Glory, with elevated house specialties like shrimp mousse on sugarcane skewers, or smoked eggplant with minced pork in a banana leaf, from their bustling open kitchen. 

Day 7: Hoi An Highlights

  • Bicycle ride to Cam Thanh
  • Basket-boat fishing 
  • Lunch in local home with Chef Tiffany
  • Stay at Hotel Royal in Hoi An

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we’re up bright and early for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). We’ll head straight from the airport for an immersive tour of this fabled city, zipping through the bustling streets, stopping to take in thought-provoking monuments like the Burning Monk Memorial and reveling in the French architecture.

After lunch at Cuc Gach Quan, a lovingly restored restaurant inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s vegetable stall, we’ll head to Chinatown to visit Thien Hau temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century to honor the Goddess of the Sea. Afterwards, at one of the city’s famed herbal medicine shops, we’ll meet a local herbalist who will share some of the secrets of traditional Chinese medicine. 

We’ll travel by moto taxi to a bustling hẻm (alley) packed with food vendors who have spent decades perfecting their special dishes, then rub shoulders with hairdressers, motorcyclists, children and grandmothers as we wander from stall to stall sampling local specialties like snails in coconut milk, sizzling pancakes with turmeric, and crab fried noodles. Tiffany will be leading the charge and sharing her own favorites with us at every turn. 

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

  • Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • City tour & herbalist meet-up
  • Street-food dinner tour
  • Stay at Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

After an adventurous urban day, we dive into rural Vietnam. Southwest of Ho Chi Minh City are the spidery tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, where the bulk of the country’s produce and rice comes from. We’ll glide through the waters on a private boat, then dock on Tan Phong Island and mount bikes for a short cycling tour through the shaded roads of the village. Lunch is an unforgettable experience, a banquet of delicacies sourced along the Delta, prepared in a local home by our hosts in collaboration with Tiffany.

After our time in the countryside, it’s back to the city for a night of celebration. Our farewell dinner at Hoa Tuc, a former opium refinery and beautifully restored Art Deco row house, is a joyful reminder of our time together in Vietnam with Tiffany. After dinner, the night is yours to explore—maybe you’ll venture into chic rooftop bars for a nightcap in this enchanting city that never sleeps. 

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

  • Mekong Delta cruise
  • Lunch with local family & Tiffany
  • Farewell dinner at Hoa Tuc
  • Stay at Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Day 10: Departures

It’s time to bid goodbye to Vietnam, Chef Tiffany and our new friends. With all that we’ve experienced and tasted, we know it won’t be long before we return. 

Day 10: Departures Highlights

  • Airport transfers

Where We Sleep

Art-filled design hotels in Hue and Hoi An, a luxurious retreat in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City—our accommodations are stylish, modern takes on traditional Vietnamese styles.

Hotel de l'Opera

Hanoi

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.

La Residence

Hue

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 Royal

Hoi 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 Saigon

Ho 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.

Street food was the star of this trip. I felt like I was on an awesome adventure with a group of friends.
Lindsay S.
I loved Vietnam. I was charmed by the people and seduced by the cuisine.
Janice B.
I was blown away by how flawlessly Modern Adventure executed this trip. You exceeded my every expectation.
Joan P.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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). 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before September 21, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 22, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after November 20, 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). 

  9. 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.

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