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On this tour through Vietnam, you will experience an insider's view to Vietnam. Traveling with the award-winning Lac Viet Travel, winner of repeated Sport and Tourism gold medals presented by the Vietnam National Administration of Culture, you will discover many interesting sites throughout the country.
The tour starts in Hanoi, where you can walk through the Old Quarter's 36 streets that span a 2,000-year history and represent the soul of the city.
From there, you will visit the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart and citadel wall that connects Hanoi's to the main port Haiphong. Ha Long Bay, literally translated as "Descending Dragon Bay," is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, well-known for its monuments and architecture.
Another highlight is Hoi An, a city on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, that possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and controlled the strategic spice trade, becoming very wealthly. The final stop of the tour is Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon, which the capital of French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975.
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Day 1: Arrival in HanoiUpon arrival at the airport in Hanoi, you will meet with a tour company representative and head to your hotel in the city center. The rest of day is free to do whatever you would like.Meals included: dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (19 miles/30 km)The day begins with breakfast at hotel followed by a Hanoi city tour by bike. You will visit the main boulevards of Hanoi, Temple of Literature, DongXuan market, the Old Quarter, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar pagoda. You then continue biking around West lake to the Ethnology Museum. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi and Pagoda - Mai Chau - Hoa Binh (38 miles/60 km)On our first full day tour, we will head out on our bikes to the ancient Thay and Tayphuong pagoda, built in the 8th century and located in the northern countryside. From there, you continue for the last 31 miles (50 km) of the route to the village of Mai Chau. After lunch at local restaurant, you can relax in Mai Chau. Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Mai Chau homestay.
Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi (32 miles/50 km)After breakfast, you ride through the foggy scenery of the beautiful west region of Vietnam. Enjoy some trekking along the trails and a picnic lunch. You then return to the homestay to check out and leave for Hanoi (by minibus transfer-approximately 4 hours).Meals included: breakfast and lunch (dinner on your own).Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong, Overnight Cruise in Ha Long Bay.Today's itinerary is as follows: 8:00 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi; depart to Halong Bay.11:30 AM - Arrive in Halong. Following check-in, have lunch on board and start fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, where you will visit Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, and Sung Sot Cave. There will be time for a swim at Soi Sim Beach or Titov Beach.7:00 PM - Enjoy dinner on board.9:00 PM - Fishing or relaxing on board.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight on board the Huong Hai Junk.
Day 6: Return to Hanoi via junk and then fly to Hue7:30 AM - Sunrise with coffee, tea or milk.8:00 AM - Visit Luon Cave on a small bamboo boat, then cruise on the junk past Man's Head Island and Tortoise Island.9:00 AM - Arrange luggage and check-out.9:30 AM - Brunch.11:30 AM - Arrive to the Halong wharf.In the late afternoon, you will transfer back to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, the guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue (18 miles/30 km) After breakfast, you will bike to Thien Mu Pagoda following the Perfume River and visit Hue's sights including the Imperial Citadel, Mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. You will also have free time to tour the DongBa market and TruongTien bridge.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (80 miles/130 km) Following breakfast at the hotel, you begin a morning bicycle ride to ancient Hoi An via Hai Van pass (1,600 feet/500 m high). This ride has some steep and short hills. We will ride about 50 miles (80 km) of the route on the way to Lang Co beach.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An and Cui Dai beach (13 miles/20 km)Enjoy a walking tour of the old streets of Hoi An, where the mix of Japanese and Chinese architecture reflects its past history as an important trading port. In the afternoon, you will cycle to CuaDai beach (3 miles/5 km).Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Danang - Ho Chi Minh FlightAfter breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Once in Ho Chi Minh, you will check in at hotel and take a city tour by bus. Admire the main boulevards of Old Saigon, Notre Dame Cathedral, the splendid Post Office, the bustling BenThanh market, ChoLon China town and ThienHau pagoda, followed by dinner on boat cruise.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be (20 miles/32 km)Transferring out of the busy city of Saigon, your tour car will drop you between My Tho and Cai Lay, where you start your day's cycling adventure. Starting at small ferry, where you leave behind the bustling city, you will cycle on a beautiful country roads. Stop to try some durian, a special fruit of the island.
Cross the water again, and you find yourself on Tan Qui island, an unspoiled part of the Mekong where people welcome you with a big smile and say "Hello" along the way.
Finish the morning ride and take a boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market, where local people trade their fruits from boat to boat. After lunch, enjoy another amazing ride in orchards and through villages deep into the Mekong delta. Finish the day at a beautiful home to rest for the night.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight at Ut Trinh homestay.
Day 12: Cai Be - Saigon (16 miles/25 km)The roosters will wake you up in a peaceful morning of the Mekong. Enjoy a hotel cup of Vietnamese coffee before taking a boat ride to see the Cai Be floating market and local industry villages, where you can learn how to make pop rice and coconut candy.
The cycle tour will take you to different parts of the Mekong, where you can see people working on farms and gardens. You finish your bike ride at Vinh Kim, a famous fruit center of Mekong delta. Lunch in My Tho and transfer back to Saigon by minibus. You will have free time to relax or explore Saigon on your own.Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Saigon.
Day 13: Saigon - Cu Chi (19 miles/30 km)Following breakfast at hotel, at 8:00 you will bike to the famous Cu Chi tunnels about 43 miles (70 km) from Saigon, of which you will cycle about 19 miles (30 km). You return to Saigon by minibus (approximately 2 hour transfer). Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Overnight in Saigon.
Day 14: Departure from SaigonAfter breakfast at hotel, you have free time until the transfer to the airport. End of tour. Meals included: breakfast.
Daily: year-round, 2016 (minimum 2 participants)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Category A:4-star hotels and homestays (sample list)
Chalcedony Hotel, Hanoi
Homestay, Mai Chau
On board the Huong Hai Sealife Ship, Ha Longwww.huonghaisealifecruise.com/
Romance Hotel, Hue http://romancehotel.com.vn/en/
River Beach Resort, Hoi Anhttp://www.river-beachresort.com/default.htm
Golden Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)goldenhotelsaigon.vn/en/
Homestay, Vinh Long
Category B: 3-star hotels and homestays (sample list)
Authentic Hotel, Ha Noi
Huong Hai Junk/Bai Thao Cruise, Ha Longwww.huonghaihalongjunk.com
Romance Hotel, Huehttp://romancehotel.com.vn/en/
Thuy Duong, Hoi An
Blue Diamond, Saigonwww.bluediamondhotel.com.vn/
Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with:
Helmets:Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival
The average daily distance for this tour is around 31 miles (50 km). However, on day 8, you will be cycling about 80 miles (130 km), which will be more challenging, but is also mixed with a few rest days.
Approximately 57% of the tour is on roads shared with traffic, 25% on quiet roads, 15% on dirt or gravel roads and 3% on dirt trails. This tour is primarily flat and appropiate for road bikes.
Tour StartNearest airport: Hanoi, Vietnam
Tour EndNearest airport: Saigon, Vietnam
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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.
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