Monday, 19 March 2012

Vietnam food tours - Africa tours

Vietnam tours are food for thought

HELEN Wong’s Tours’ has a 12-day Vietnam Culinary Delights itinerary that has plenty to whet the appetites of food-loving travellers and budding chefs.

Beginning in capital Hanoi, it focuses on such delectable experiences as dining at La Verticale, set in a charming 1930s villa, owned by renowned and innovative chef Didier Corlou.

In contrast, travellers will also join a local farming family to enjoy a host of treats, learn how to make an authentic savoury pancake wrapped in rice paper and enjoy a simple home-cooked meal.

The package, which finishes in Saigon, also includes visits to the breathtaking Halong Bay and Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. It is priced from $4420 per person twin share.

It includes a host of benefits including flights from Australia and within Vietnam, five-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and most lunches and dinners and English-speaking guides.

For details phone 1300-788-328 or visit

More African tours

PIONEERING African experts Bench International are breaking new ground by introducing the first of a range of exclusive, fully escorted tours – a 17-day visit to Egypt.

The first tour will carry no more than 17 people and will depart Sydney on September 4. Similarly-packaged escorted tours of southern Africa and East Africa will follow.

Bench has been taking Australians on holidays in Africa for more than 40 years and will draw on Australians with an intimate, detailed knowledge of the various regions to act as escorts.

The inaugural tour will take in major Egyptian sites including the Pyramids at Giza, the Mediterranean city Alexandria, a five-day cruise along River Nile and a three-night cruise on tranquil Lake Nasser.

The tour will cost from $5595 and include return air fares from Sydney and many extras.

Details from Bench International at 1300-195-873 or log on to