Portrayal of Vietnam Bike Tour
This tour gives an excellent introduction to Vietnam. We cover some classic highlights of Vietnam from Hanoi through Vietnam’s coastline ending at Saigon. 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.
Hanoi | 13:00hrs
40km or 24mi
Wholesome ExperienceIndulge in the history, culture and cuisine of Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive and settle into your hotel. Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs.
Today walk the busy streets of Hanoi visiting some of the cultural and historical highlights of Hanoi. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which was constructed nearly a millennium ago, and is delicately elevated in a pond. Also visit the Temple of Literature, dating back close to a thousand years, is a wonderfully preserved piece of ancient Vietnamese architecture and stands to honor the scholarly achievements of the country’s academics and philosophers. Continue exploring the area around Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, old quarter including Ngoc Son Temple, which sits perched on a little island in the lake. In the evening, we convene over dinner.
Day 2: Halong Bay
Today we transfer you to one of the greatest sites in Asia – the spectacular Limestone strewn massif of Halong Bay. Arrive in Ha Long city, and board a traditional wooden junk boat.
Start with an excursion to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking.
Later visit the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken fascinating shapes.
In the evening, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit.
Day 3: Halong Bay
Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay or have an early morning swim. After breakfast, we transfer to the cruise explorer and go deeper into the bay.
Hike to the top of Titov Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay followed by a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters. Our next stop is Trong Cave in Bo Hon Island.
Later take a trip to Cua Van Floating Village, the largest of five remaining floating fishing villages in the Bay. Visit Cua Van Floating Village by bamboo boats, or you can opt for a kayak.
Day 4: Hanoi
If you rise early, we recommend a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai Chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Check out the cabin and cruise back to Tuan Chau Marina for disembarkation. Have a light lunch before taking a shuttle back to Hanoi. The evening is at leisure.
Day 5: Hué
Take an early morning flight and arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hué, gateway to Central Vietnam. Our guide meets at the airport and then transfers to your hotel for early check-in. 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.
Day 6: Hoi An
After a hearty breakfast, we take a short transfer out of Hue to the coast. Begin riding off the beaten track along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road. Cross the estuary of the Perfume River and from here, challenge yourself by cycling up the Phuoc Tuong Pass then take a short transfer to Lang Co and have lunch by the gorgeous lagoon.
Later, ride along the Lang Co Bay with spectacular views of winding paths, wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains, and forests, and bike on over gradual hills to climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. From the pass, go downhill to the base and shuttle to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 7: Hoi An
The architectural beauty of Hoi An will captivate you as this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a melange of Vietnamese, European, Chinese, Japanese monuments in an unhurried, timeless setting. Here, we ride to My Son, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. The initial riding is through the hinterland and the last leg has a bit of traffic, so ride carefully.
Day 8: Saigon
Transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Arrive in Saigon and settle into your hotel. Post-lunch, our guide meets you at your hotel for a walking tour to 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). This walking tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provides you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.
Day 9: Saigon
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, 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.
Day 10: Saigon
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All hotels as mentioned in the tour details (subject to availability). All options are personally reviewed.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
Immaculately maintianed bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.