|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||28 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Mar 9; May 11; Oct 12; Nov 9; Dec 7, 21, 2014 (private departures available for groups of 2 or more)|
|Start city:||Ha Noi, Vietnam|
|End city:||Ha Noi, Vietnam|
This exceptional tour is a mix of culture and relaxation. Vietnam is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands continue to yield new species and exotic wildlife. Its islands and beaches are among the finest in all of Southeast Asia and its cuisine is excellent. This new Highlights Multisport tour provides you with the opportunity to experience it all firsthand.
You begin the journey in the country’s capital, Hanoi, exploring its history and cultural exhibits. Experience the old French Quarter by cyclo, a bicycle taxi. Then a quick flight takes you to central Vietnam, where you will spend several days exploring the beautiful historic cities of Hue and Hoi An. Your bicycle tour leg also heads into the western mountains for a spectacular ride along the new Ho Chi Minh Highway, with its quiet ethnic villages and broad sweeping landscapes. This winding road follows the old wartime Ho Chi Minh Trail.
The final leg switches gears, leaving land behind for a cruise by junk, a flat-bottom sailing vessel, through the turquoise waters of UNESCO World Heritage, Ha Long Bay. Here you swap your bicycles for sea kayaks to explore the many karst limestone islands. The junk features all the amenities for comfortable evening accommodations, including air conditioned rooms with en suite facilities. Your sea kayaks allow access inside the islands by paddling through caves to their hidden interiors. It is a journey unlike any you have taken before.
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Day 1: Arrival to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel in the old French Quarter. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, dine with the group at the Seasons of Hanoi restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi
Explore Hanoi by van, foot and cyclo, a pedal powered taxi. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, with its informative displays about Vietnam's history, culture and ethnic minorities. Roll through the historic streets of the French Quarter via cyclo and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at dinner.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley (30 miles/50 km)
This morning we will bypass Hanoi's hectic traffic, shuttling to the quiet town of Man Duc. Mount your bike and pedal off into the lush hill country. The landscapes are magnificent and your cycling follows the easiest route through the mountains, not over them. A short climb at ride's end takes you into the Mai Chau valley and your lodge sitting at the edge of bright green rice paddies.
Overnight in Mai Chau Valley.
Day 4: Mai Chau Valley - Ninh Binh (26 miles/40 km)
After breakfast, we will cycle around the valley a bit exploring quaint little villages with their traditional houses, perhaps visiting the local market where the ethnic Tai sells their handmade cloth. You will take another shuttle, as your next destination is too far for a day's ride, then enjoy an late afternoon spin through the karst scenery surrounding Ninh Binh.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninh Binh - Hanoi (20 miles/32 km)
Bike from the hotel to Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam, which dates back to the 8th century. Visit the temples and climb some hundred steps to the top of a mountain for a great view over the Ha Long Bay rice fields. Next, bike through an amazing area of limestone mountains uprising on rice paddies. After 1 hour of riding you'll reach Tam Coc. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then an interesting rowboat trip on river to explore the Ha Long Bay on the rice paddies before driving back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Hue (18 miles/30 km)
You'll take a morning flight to Hue. In the afternoon, cycle a backroads loop through Hue's lush countryside on a mix of footpaths and quiet country lanes. Visit the Imperial Citadel at your leisure. After exploring the ruins of this grand monument to the emperors, ride the backstreets along the banks of the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the Ming Manh mausoleum and loop back across the river to Hue via the funerary monument to Khai Dinh.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue - Hoi An (47 miles/80 km)
Begin riding off the beaten track for 25 mi/40 km along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. Hop on a local ferry to cross the estuary of the Perfume River before joining Highway 1. From here, transfer or cycle the first of the day's three hill climbs. After the first two (moderate) climbs of 2-3km each, cruise down to balmy Lang Co Beach for a rest/swim and lunch before tackling the final hill of the day - the Hai Van Pass, or 'Pass of Ocean Clouds'. With a new tunnel through the mountain diverting highway traffic, the 11km of this leg will be natural and quiet. The gradient is moderately challenging and the views are breathtaking! Transfer the rest of the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An (25 miles/40 km)
The morning is dedicated to the discovery of rural Vietnam. Cycle from Hoian and set out to meet the locals and discover daily life in the Vietnamese countryside. After a meal with a local Vietnamese family, set out for a 3 miles (5 km) cycle ride on an unspoiled beach. You will cycle along the water's edge on the hard sand, where you might come across local fishermen setting out to sea in their traditional basket boats or bringing in their nets. After some time to relax and enjoy a swim, set out to cycle the few remaining kilometers to join the mouth of the Thu Bon River where a boat will be waiting to bring you back to Hoi An. Take some free time in the afternoon for relaxing in Hoi An. In the evening dine in the local restaurant, Ancient Faifo.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An - Noi Bai
Say good bye to Hoi An and proceed with a short flight to Hanoi. From Noi Bai airport, transfer to hotel and the rest day is at your leisure. Relax or shop if you wish.
Overnight in Noi Bai.
Day 10: Noi Bai - Ha Long Bay
After breakfast, depart for Ha Long Bay, natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival in the city of Ha Long, you'll transfer to a traditional deluxe junk for a cruise among the karst islands. The boat is one of the more traditional varieties that sail through the magnificent bay. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board while the captain heads out for the horizon. There will be time to enjoy kayaking in the afternoon before dinner on the junk.
Overnight on the junk.
Day 11: Ha Long Bay
After breakfast, transfer to taxi boat and enjoy a whole day of cruising and kayaking to Man's Head Island, Tortoise Island and Luon Cave, a beautiful crater-like lagoon encircled by towering cliffs, which is only accessed via the half-submerged 98 ft/30 m tunnel cave. Paddle to visit the fishing village, Cua Van. Enjoy a delicious lunch, then cruise to the unusual Ba Ham Lake, another crater-like lagoon in two sections. The afternoon will be spent at Three Peach Beach, a stunning swimming spot. Return to the junk for dinner.
Overnight on the junk.
Day 12: Ha Long Bay- Hanoi
After breakfast, continue kayaking to explore the wonder of Ha Long Bay. Paddle to Duck Islet and the Ba Hang area. Cruise on the junk back to Ha Long City, passing Bai Tho Mountain and Chopstick Islet. Enjoy a last delicious lunch on board. Arrive in Ha Long around noon, then transfer back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is free for your leisure in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Departure from Hanoi
Stay to enjoy more of Hanoi on your own or transfer back to the Hanoi airport.
Mar 9; May 11; Oct 12; Nov 9; Dec 7, 21, 2014 (private departures available for groups of 2 or more)
|Scheduled departure dates|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Golden Lotus Luxury
Mai Chau Lodge
Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Prince Junk or Red Dragon Junk
Bikes available to be rented:
Equipment included with bike rentals:
Pedals and Seats:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. You can also bring your own saddle, and the guides will help you swap them out.
Helmets are NOT available for rent on this tour; we recommend that you bring your own for safety and hygiene purposes.
Water bottles are not included on this tour. For hygiene and ecological reasons we recommend that you bring your own water bottle.
This tour follows roads that are paved and shoulders along some of the route with moderate to light traffic. Pavement is a bit coarse and suitable for touring, sport road and performance road bikes with wider tires (25 or wider)
The terrain is a mix of flat and small rolling hills, with hilly conditions along the Ho Chi Minh Highway. The maximum daily elevation gain for the tour is 600 feet (182 m)with a maximum percentage grade of 5%.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam
Nearest train station: Hanoi, Vietnam
North American travelers will need to make connections to Hanoi in either Narita, Taipei or Bangkok.
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Vietnam is touted as the "hidden gem" of Asia, but it’s been unveiling its intriguing sites and stories to a growing number of visitors over the past decade. From its scenic landscapes to its bustling cities, visitors are enchanted by this beautiful country. Hanoi, the capital, is a fabulous destination, with ancient architectural wonders including temples and pagodas. The capital of Vietnam for more than a thousand years, its centuries-old cultural relics are remarkably well preserved. Along with its vibrant cities, visitors are amazed by Vietnam's wide range of landscapes, including mountains, beaches, forests, and rivers. Vietnam has a significant national parks system that offers visitors biking and hiking opportunities, and rural areas are also filled with architectural relics from ancient dynasties waiting to be explored.
Pedalers Pub and Grille provide imaginative bike tours for cycling enthusiasts in Asia, Alaska and the Pacific. Enjoy fully supported rides through dramatic landscapes, boutique lodging and hearty meals featuring regional cuisine. Discover the country through the knowledge and stories of local cycling guides, enabling you to return home with an understanding of the local culture.
Strengths of Pedalers Pub and Grille include longer rides for cycling enthusiasts, local staff in each destination, imaginative routes and great value with first class accommodations at moderate tour prices. Among their numerous awards and distinctions is being placed in the top ten bike companies of the world-wide National Geographic Traveler Magazine, along with the National Geographic Adventure Magazine and Best Tour Operators on Earth. They have also been featured in 50 Tours of a Lifetime in 2010 for their Northern Highlights trip in Thailand.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Notice of cancellation must be made in writing and mailed to Pedalers Pub & Grille. The Date of Cancellation will be the day we receive your written notice of cancellation. Cancellations by phone or email will not be considered as valid notice.
Cancellations received before 45 days prior to the scheduled start of the ride will forfeit the deposits paid. Any monies paid in excess of the deposit will be refunded.
Cancellations received less than 45 days prior to the scheduled start of the ride will forfeit all payments made. No refunds will be made.
Our cancellation policy is strictly enforced with no exceptions including medical and family emergencies, deaths in the family, weather or civil unrest. Please note:
• There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.
• Single supplements are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees.
• Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications as needed.
• On the rare occasion when Pedalers Pub & Grille must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement.
• Pedalers Pub & Grille is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellation or illness.
• Guests who fail to complete the Rider Questionnaire prior to trip departure will not be allowed to join the trip and will be subject to Pedalers Pub & Grille standard cancellation policy as described above.
• We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to cover non-refundable items in the event situations force you to cancel your travel plans.
After you sign up
Once we have processed and accepted your application, you will receive a notice of confirmation. In this confirmation will be additional details, such as access codes to your online rider information, meeting times and suggested flight times. You will find all of the information necessary to plan for your ride in the Pedaler's Biergarten area of our website. Here in addition to ride information, forum and a variety of tips & suggestion, you will find a Guest Questionnaire that MUST be completed in order to participate on the trip. Please note that in respect for our environment, we do not print a ride handbook and prefer to present this information online. If you do not have access to the internet please let us know.
Transferring to a different date
If you find you need to change your departure, you can request your booking be transferred to a different departure date without penalty up to 45 days prior to the originally booked tour's departure date. Requests for transfers to a new date made less than 45 days prior may be considered based on circumstances and if approved will be subject to a $100 rebooking fee per person, otherwise our normal cancellation policy applies. Requests for transferring your booking must be made in writing.
If you find you need change plans again and transfer your booking a 2nd time, there will be a $100 handling fee per person applied for the 2nd and all subsequent transfers. If after you have transferred a booking, you find you have to cancel completely, the cancellation penalty will be the higher of the tours on which you held reservations.
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Youth on Tours
Family Multisport Tours - Children from age 8 on up are welcome on our Family Multisport tours. We feel that this is the minimum safe age for the activities during the trips.
Bike Tours - Youths from age 16 on up are welcome on our standard Bike Tours. Children under the age of 16 will be considered on a case by case basis. If a family with younger children wishes to join a date, we will contact guests already registered on that date and with their OK, will accept the family's booking. Youths must share a room with a family member or have a private room (single supplement applies).
Guests are responsible for: choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and state of health; arriving at the trip start with the clothing and gear recommended in the Ride Handbook, and with a bicycle suitable / suitably maintained for the ride; respecting the laws and customs of regions visited; following environmental guidelines and regulations while on the trip in accordance with leader directions; and respecting the rights and privacy of other trip members. Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time prior to or during the trip if, in Pedalers Pub & Grille's opinion, an individual's behavior or physical condition is not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of other trip members.
Pedalers Pub & Grille Limitations of Liability
Pedalers Pub & Grille is not liable for bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): physical exertion for which a guest is not prepared; forces of nature; travel by plane, train, auto, boat or other conveyance, or by bicycle, kayak, horseback, foot or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention once provided. Pedalers Pub & Grille is also not liable for expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) not specified as included in the trip cost but which may be required to get to or from a trip start or end. Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications as necessary to improve the trip's quality or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests. Guests grant Pedalers Pub & Grille express permission to take photographs or make film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, as well as approving such use by third parties with whom Pedalers Pub & Grille may engage in joint marketing, without financial remuneration.
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This right to privacy extends to our trip rosters. It is entirely voluntary to have your personal information listed on the trip roster. You will have the opportunity to select this option while completing our Rider Questionnaire after you are registered. The trip roster will display name, city, state, email, phone and the answer to the About Me question. If you elect not to appear on the trip roster, you will not receive a copy of the trip roster.