As the sun gently dips in the sky and the hustle of the day begins to slow, a new American tradition is brewing – the delightful charm of afternoon tea. This quintessentially British pastime is steeping into the hearts of Americans, infusing moments of tranquility into the hustle and bustle of the everyday American lives.
When traveling abroad, tea time becomes more than just a pause in the day; it transforms into a journey of cultural exploration and sensory delight.
Tea time, in essence, is a journey within a journey, a small adventure within a larger one. And isn’t that what travel is all about?
Of all the destinations we’ve traveled to, these are four on-tour tea experiences we have absolutely fallen in love with.
Ⅰ. Once Upon A Time In Hanoi | Vietnam
Immerse yourself in the elegance of French Colonial architecture of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi as you indulge in a world of flavors. Savor the delicate pastries, each a masterpiece of culinary art, as you sip on a perfectly brewed cup of tea.
This is not just a tea break, it’s a sensory journey into the heart of French gastronomy.
FYI, they also feature a dangerous chocolate buffet. You have been warned.
Ⅱ. The Great Flower Hall | Taiwan
Step back in time in the majestic Qing Dynasty banquet hall of Wufeng Lin Family Mansion. As traditional music fills the air, let the aroma of freshly brewed tea transport you to a bygone era. Paired with delectable pastries, this is a tea experience that transcends the ordinary.
Ⅲ. The Turkish Riviera | Türkiye
As you sail along the stunning Turquoise Coast on a private charter, let the taste of Turkish black tea awaken your senses. Feel the gentle Aegean breeze and let the mesmerizing hues of the sea and sky etch an unforgettable memory of your Turkish adventure.
Ⅳ. A Date with History | Japan
Step into the world of the legendary One-Eyed Dragon, Date Masamune, as you savor fresh matcha in Kanrantei, his historic tea house. It’s name meaning “place to view ripples on water“.
Paired with local seasonal confectioneries, this tea experience is a dive into the rich history and culture of Japan.