Type of tour:Guided
Duration:9 Nights
Distance:57 Miles/day average
Dates: Daily: upon request Oct 1-Dec 31, 2014; Jan 1-Apr 30, Oct 1-Dec 31, 2015
Tour price:US$2495
Start city:Ha Noi, Vietnam
End city:Ha Noi, Vietnam
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North Eastern Vietnam
Vietnam: Journey to Sapa

Tour Description: Guided

Home to numerous ethnic tribal groups, Vietnam's northeastern mountains offers some of the country's most dramatic scenery and spectacular cycling. This journey through the area takes in mountain trails, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, villages of stilt houses and colorful markets. Explore Hanoi's ancient quarter and discover the old French hill station of Sapa, perched in the cool hills.

Beginning in Hanoi, you work off your jetlag by enjoying some walking tours through the ancient streets and neighborhoods of the city, exploring old temples and colonial avenue. After transferring to your delightful Mai Chau lodge in the foothills, you warm up with some easy riding and then head off to the mountains. The cycling on this trip is not long, but it is challenging, with plenty of climbing followed by dramatic descents, rolling through a lush valley dotted with what the French called the Montagnard, or mountain tribe, villages. Pedal past tea plantations and rice paddies, watching the water buffalo till the fields and the villagers going about their daily live.

Several more days of challenging yet invigorating cycling fill out the balance of the trip. These rides offer some of the best, mixing spectacular landscapes with exciting bicycling routes. You take a day off in picturesque Sapa to explore the markets or simply stroll to quiet streets. Sapa was a favorite getaway spot for the colonial French settlers, who enjoyed the cool air and beautiful scenery. Spend your evenings in simple, clean hotels in the country, complimented by deluxe accommodations in Hanoi, Sapa and Mai Chau. It's a journey you'll remember for a lifetime.

Giving Back:
Guests often ask what they can do or bring to help people in the region. We suggest purchasing school notebooks and colors after you arrive in Vietnam to give to children in the remote villages you'll visit. You can also bring reading glasses (2 to 3.75) to pass out to elderly villagers, to help them continue to lead productive lives.

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