This tour is perfect for anyone with an interest in food and drink! It showcases the must-see highlights of both countries as well as offering a first-hand experience of the burgeoning world of craft beer in Asia, complemented of course by the flavours of Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.
Starting in the metropolis of Tokyo you'll experience where the locals eat and drink on a high energy street food tour, before jumping on the shinkansen to Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto. Here you will explore the city on two wheels and sample some of our recommended craft beer bars. Your final stop in Japan is Osaka where there will be the opportunity to sample some of Japan's finest foods and it's nightlife.
Travelling onward to Vietnam, this stage of the trip introduces you to Vietnam's highlight destinations - Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Over the next 8 days, enjoy the traditional beer making processes of bia hoi in the north of the country and the emerging craft beer scene of the south.
This is a dynamic holiday designed to show you the highlights of these two contrasting destinations. If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
Tokyo - 3 nights
Day 1 - arrive Tokyo
Day 2 - Tokyo, City Tour & Street Food Tour
Day 3 - Tokyo
Kyoto - 2 nights
Day 4 - Tokyo, Kyoto
Day 5 - Kyoto, Backstreets by Bike
Osaka - 1 night
Day 6 - Kyoto, Osaka Street Food Tour
Hanoi - 3 nights
Day 7 - Osaka, Vietnam: Hanoi, Hanoi After Dark Vespa Tour
Day 8 - Hanoi, 'Old & New' City Tour
Day 9 - Hanoi, Street Food & Beer Tasting Tour
Hoi An - 2 nights
Day 10 - Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An
Day 11 - Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights
Day 12 - Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon Craft Beer Vespa Adventure
Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City, 'Old & New' City Tour
Day 14 - depart Ho Chi Minh City
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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.
Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.
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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
A brand new hotel addition in the heart of the up-and-coming, lively Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, the Hotel Gracery has the advantage of a wide and varied range of shops, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.…
Hotel Vista Premio
When it comes to city hotels, it’s all about a central location and the Hotel Vista Premio certainly ticks this box. Tucked away in a quiet side street, just off the main Kawaramachi Dori road, the city’s highlights are on the doorstep...
Cross Hotel Osaka
This modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach...
A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake...
Ancient House Resort
While the Ancient House Resort, located on the outskirts of Hoi An's UNESCO protected old town, does not offer the same level of facilities as, say, the Four Seasons, it nonetheless has a charm and personality that our guests just keep falling in love with....
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
Sister to the Liberty Central at Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh's latest riverside hotel, the Liberty Central Riverside doesn't disappoint...
As much of an art gallery as a hotel, the Park Hotel is a ‘Design Hotel’. Thought-provoking design and architecture are an essential element of the property.…
A well-received and smartly presented hotel with superb views across Osaka, the Swissotel Nankai offers reliable, good value accommodation within easy reach of the city’s many attractions...
Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation...
Hoi An Chic Green Retreat
A lovely and personal boutique hotel in a rural but convenient province beyond the town, the Hoi An Chic marries a sweet contemporary style with an eco-friendly ethos...
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
When researching a city hotel it’s all about a central location and the new Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint certainly ticks that box...
Originally built in the early 1960’s and an iconic property of the time, the Palace Hotel was razed to the ground in 2009 and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 2012 with a more up-to-date look...
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Situated in a secluded old district in central Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency is conveniently close to several important temples and the National Museum, as well as key transport hubs for exploring the city and beyond...
The St. Regis Osaka
Boasting the largest hotel rooms in Osaka, some of the best views over the city and an enviable location in the heart of Midosuji, Osaka’s most exclusive neighbourhood, The St Regis is arguably the most sought–after property in town...
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Opened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city...
Anantara Hoi An
Formerly known as the the Life Heritage Resort, the Anantara Hoi An is set on the banks of the De Vong River in the French Colonial quarter on the outskirts of Hoi An old town...
Hotel des Arts
New hotels are opening up in Ho Chi Minh City on a frequent basis and existing properties are investing in makeovers to compete, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Step in Hotel des Arts...
Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.
These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).
- After a indulgent couple of weeks you could extend your trip down to Phou Quoc island off the southern tip of Vietnam for some rest and relaxation on one of the countries finest beaches.
- From Kyoto, you can take very special, cleansing trip up the mountain for an overnight stay in the seat of Shingon Buddhism.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
While many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
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Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas, New Year and Cherry Blossom) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.
- English speaking, local guide
- All accommodation listed
- All train tickets and rail passes as listed
- Luggage forwarding service as listed in Japan
- 4G Wi-Fi To Go Package in Japan
- Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles in Vietnam
- Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
- All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals listed
- International flight reconfirmation.
- Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
- Flight from Osaka to Hanoi
- Entry visas
- International airport departure taxes
- Any meals not listed in the itinerary
- Drinks, other than water on activity days and limited beer sampling on guided tours
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
- All other services not listed in 'inclusive'
All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.