Essential Vietnam Bike Tour

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Overview

This tour gives an excellent introduction to Vietnam. We cover some classic highlights of Vietnam from Saigon through Vietnam’s coastline and Halong Bay ending at Hanoi. Dive into the thick of things in Vietnam where old school meets the new and lush countrysides and pristine beaches go hand in hand with bustling wet markets, charming old towns, and trendy young cities.

Explore Hanoi, temples, pagodas, and imperial citadels, visit fine old merchant houses or seek out some of the world’s best warm water beaches.

Start

Ho Chi Minh | 13:00hrs

Finish

Hanoi

Lodging

casual

Level

easy

Avg. dist. cycled

40km Or 24mi

Suitable for

Age: 9+

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 14

Highlights

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Hoi An

Discover Why Hoi An is considered to be an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlaceHotelMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Ho Chi MinhLiberty Central Saigon RiversideD
DAY 2Ho Chi MinhLiberty Central Saigon RiversideB,L30km / 18micycling
DAY 3Fly to Hoi AnHoi An Travel LodgeB,D30km / 18micycling
DAY 4Hoi AnHoi An Travel LodgeB
DAY 5HueThe ScarlettB,L80km / 49micycling
DAY 6Overnight Train To Ninh BinhTrainB,L,D25km / 15micycling
DAY 7Cuc PhuongCuc Phuong Resort & VillasB,L,D50km / 31micycling
DAY 8Hai PhongHuu Nghi HotelB,L,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 9Cat Ba IslandLittle Cat BaB,L,D30km / 18micycling
DAY 10HanoiSilk Path Boutique HotelB,Lkayaking
DAY 11DepartureB

Accommodation - Casual Inns

Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.

We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh

Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs.

Today explore some of the most popular sites - Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum, China Town (Cho Lon in Dist 5), Thien Hau Pagoda, Landmark 81 building and Jade Emperor Pagoda. It gives you an excellent introduction to the city’s history with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.

Meals: D
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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh

Today bike to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels. A shuttle transfer of about 90min brings us to the Tan Phu Trung village. After a short ride through narrow rural trails, take a ferry to a nearby island and bike past typical rural hamlets, rubber plantations, and paddy fields. Another ferry brings us closer to Cu Chi Tunnels. Our guide takes us on a walk through the tunnels and shares anecdotes along the way. Try the famous Cassava with green tea and peanut dip, the food of soldiers living in the tunnels during the war. After lunch at a local restaurant by the Saigon river, shuttle back to the city. Saigon-Cu Chi 25km.png

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
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Day 3: Fly to Hoi An

A short flight brings us to Hoi An.

Post-lunch, get ready to ride along the Thu Bon River through shrimp and coconut farms where the VC lived during American War towards Cua Dai beach. Get on a local ferry for a short ride to Duy Hai Fishing Village (island). A short distance away is the lovely town of Thuan Tinh, set among rice fields and coconut groves. Visit a strawberry garden, sample strawberry tea, and perhaps buy homemade strawberry wine. Also, witness live silkworms in various stages of maturity. Later check out Thanh Ha ceramic village and then take an hour boat journey back to Hoi An for dinner here.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
Accommodation: Hoi An Travel Lodge
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Day 4: Hoi An

The architectural beauty of Hoi An will captivate you as this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a melange of Vietnamese, European, Chinese, and Japanese monuments in an unhurried, timeless setting.

Today you can plan your own day, and enjoy the enchanting Hoi An town at leisure. A paradise for shoppers, a walk through the town gives a feel of an open-air museum. Spend the rest of the day as you wish – beach, shopping, exploring – whatever! or experience more of Hoi An by kayak.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Hoi An Travel Lodge
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Day 5: Hue

We avoid riding on Da Nang’s busy roads and transfer straight away to the point, 5km before the climb. Bike on over gradual hills in the coastal ride to climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay and of wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains, and pine forests. Ride the downhill with utmost care and stop for lunch by a delightful lagoon. A short transfer brings us to Phuoc Tuong where we ride the undulating mountain terrain and cross the gorgeous estuary of the Perfume River. Recharged, ride through the backroads and beaches of this region towards Hue, a must-visit in Vietnam. Hoi An-Hue Part1.PNG Hoi An-Hue Part2.PNG

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 80km / 49mi
Accommodation: The Scarlett
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Day 6: Overnight Train To Ninh Binh

Today take your bicycle out for a leisurely loop around the imperial town of Hué. Ride past the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleums, and the merchant’s houses along the banks of the Perfume River and through quiet lanes with lush gardens.

In the evening, take an overnight train to Ninh Binh. Hue Loop.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 25km / 15mi
Accommodation: Train
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Day 7: Cuc Phuong

Our representative picks you up at the railway station and transfers you to the restaurant for a quick freshen-up. A short cycling ride along the river brings us to Trang An, known as Halong Bay on land. The landscape is largely dominated by limestone mountains, rivers, caves, and pagodas. Here we take a boat ride and get to experience the magical scenery dotted with natural and cultural wonders.

We take a break at the ancient city of Hoa Lu for a quick temple tour and then continue riding toward Cuc Phuong National Park through the stunning landscape. Nin Binh-Cuc Phuong National Park.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 50km / 31mi
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Day 8: Hai Phong

In the early morning hours, visit the Cuc Phuong National Park, an important site for biodiversity in Vietnam.

It’s a long day interspersed with transfers and rides. Cycle past a spectacular mountain range with karst cliffs, terraced rice fields, and a typical agricultural landscape, ending at Hai Phong. The experience is truly unique as we get to experience a good change in landscape. Tra Vinh-Can Tho.png

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Huu Nghi Hotel
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Day 9: Cat Ba Island

A quick ferry journey amidst spectacular limestone mountain scenery brings us to Cat Ba Island. After lunch, get on the bike for a loop around the island. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the limestone mountains. Cat ba island Loop.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
Accommodation: Little Cat Ba
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Day 10: Hanoi

After a hearty breakfast, get on board a smaller boat and take a journey to the more remote and secluded parts of the Lan Ha Bay waters and islands. Trade your boat with a kayak and explore the lagoons, the coral reef, beaches, and limestone peaks.

Ferry to Halong City and shuttle to Hanoi.

Meals: B,L
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Day 11: Departure

Please make arrangements as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: B
Accommodation:

Dates and Prices

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consists of the below bike as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.

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GT Avalanche Sport

mountain

Included in your trip price

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Trek X-Caliber

mountain

Included in your trip price

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

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