Day 1: Day tour in Hanoi
Today visit in the fascinating 36 –street quarters of the city, enjoying the atmosphere of an age-old town and the unexpected views of moss-grown traditional architecture among the modern facades of shops, hotels: an old Buddhist pagoda, a family chapel, or an old, graceful house nestling under a frangipany tree..
The people of Hanoi still somewhat preserve their traditional style of life. You find here roadside tea stands that cannot be found any longer in any other cities in Vietnam, flower and fruit vendors walking from house to house crying their wares.. Hanoi also boasts the best foods of Vietnam: “pho”, “chả cá” [grilled chopped fish], fried pork rolls.. Also enjoy the best opportunities for shopping here. O/n Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi- Mai Chau (80km cycling) (L, D)
Shuttle from Hanoi to Luong Son. Get on your bike and start cycling for 80km on Highway 21 to Mai Chau. Do not miss the chance for a look at the system of dikes along the Red River. For ages since the ancient times the Vietnamese have been building hundreds of kilometers of these dikes to ward off the floods of the rivers. From Kim Boi district on, stunning limestone karsts and green hillside gardens start to appear on both sides of the road. Mai Chau is home to the Thai group. Unlike the Viets who chose to inhabit the plains and consequently were deeply influenced by the Chinese culture, this ethnic group keep to the mountainous areas, live in houses on stilts and preserve well their traditional customs. Enjoy their home-made wine in clay jars, to drink with long stalks, steamed sticky rice with pork..You can also do some shopping here for the mountaneer’s products , ethnic brocade bags, bamboo-woven utensils.. Cycle around to visit the local waterfalls, rock cemeteries.. O/n Mai Chau.
Day 3: Mai Chau- Cuc Phuong (80km cycling) (L, D)
Cycle on Highway 15 to Cuc Phuong. Along your way enjoy the breath-taking scenery typical of limestone terrain of the North. Cuc Phuong is Vietnam’s first forest is home to an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Visit Cuc Phuong Primate Rescue center to see the great help the center’s staff have given to the preservation of the rare, endangered kinds of animals and vegetations here.
Day 4: Cuc Phuong- Ben Sung (80km cycling) ( L, D)
On this biking lap, enjoy cycling part of the way through the fantastic green rain forest of Cuc Phuong for Lam Kinh. This place saw the famous national hero Le Loi’s successful insurrection against the Chinese domination in the 15th Hochiminh Trails through mystic primitive forests on to Ben Sung for your overnight stay. O/n Ben Sung
Day 5: Ben Sung- Vu Quang (80km cycling) (L, D)
From Ben Sung you shuttle to Yen Cat and from here keep on biking on the Hochiminh trails passing different sites related to the Vietnam War: Ru Guoc, Linh Cam, Dong Loc, Thanh Chuong, Pho Chau..These sites underwent fierce bombardments from the American Airforce during the war in their efforts to destroy the Vietcong infiltration line of supplies to the South. Your today’s cycling tour ends in Vu Quang. This district boasts the Vu Quang 55-ha National Park in Ha Tinh province. It possesses many rare species of animals and vegetation that exist nowhere else but in this place. O/n Vu Quang
Day 6 : Vu Quang- Dong Hoi (80km cycling) (L, D)
Shuttle on Highway 12 from Vu Quang to Khe Ve. From here you again bike through real primitive forests. Cross the Da Deo pass whose sloping road is a challenge to your strength and cycling skills, but the soothing feelings of nature close at hand never fails to be a real prize for you. Stop for lunch near Khe Gat, then without leaving the green foliage of the local jungle, you continue to Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park. Cycle on to Dong Hoi, capital city of Quang Binh province. O/n Dong Hoi
Day 7: Dong Hoi- DMZ- Hue (80km cycling) ( L, D)
Shuttle on Highway 1A to Ho Xa town and start your DMZ tour from here by to see how a whole village of 500 people could manage to live in a small underground area for months through the American fierce bombardments during the Vietnam war. From this tunnel, cycle along the seacoast to Tung Estuary. Stop along the road to visit some fishing villages and possibly have some interactions with the local fishermen. Visit Quang Tri citadel known for the 1972 summer battle between the US forces and the NVA who for the first time got involved in a large-scale battle in the South. Shuttle to Hue. O/n Hue.
Day 8: Day tour in Hue (40km cycling) ( L, D)
Begin the day tour by taking a boat trip up the Perfume River. On the way, dock at a landing stage at Nguyet Bieu village for biking around to visit the village communal house, and listen to the villgage traditional chief about the annual worship services. Move on in your boat to visit Minh Mang tomb. From this site keep biking to visit the other royal tombs in Hue: Khai Dinh, Tu Duc. On the way also visit handicraft villages for incense sticks, bronze casting.. You also visit the royal citadel on the northern bank of the river. O/n Hue.
Day 9: Hue- Vinh Hien- Hoian (80km cycling)
Starting from Hue, you bike through interesting farming villages in the outskirts then explore sites on the coastal road along the bank of Thuan An Lagoon, the ghost town of An Bang, the royal-recognized Thuy Van pagoda.. Enjoy lunch at Lang Co then cycle over the Pass of Clouds to Hoian. On arrival Hoian
The end of tour.
- Hotel accommodation on a twin sharing basis using 2 and 3 star hotels
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast), (L = :Lunch ) and (D = Dinner )
- Mountain bicycle & helmet
- Support all transfers and transport.( Van or Bus )
- Services of an English speaking tour leader throughout
- Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
- Reasonable supply of bottled water in ice box on vehicle
- Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable,sightseeing fees.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping.
- Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
- Any airfares
- Any airport taxes
- Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Fees
- Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners
Group size: is minimum 2 and maximum 10 travelers.
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.