Group Guided 15 Days / 14 Nights
Riding a mountain bike along the byways of Vietnam is a most rewarding way to experience the beautiful scenery of coast, plains and highlands, plus interact with the local people.
Arrive Hanoi and transfer to your hotel near the old quarter of the city. Trip briefing at 5 pm followed by dinner and tickets to a performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppet theatre.
Visit the Mausoleum and humble wooden cottage of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. Walk through the grounds of the magnificent Presidential Palace, then continue to the Temple of Literature. The afternoon is free to explore the Old Quarter. Each street is named (in Vietnamese of course!) after the goods that they trade in e.g. Silk St, Iron St, Biscuit St, Shoe St etc. After an early dinner, board the Reunification Express for an overnight train journey southwards to Hue. Accommodation is in four berth sleeper compartments.
Arrive Hue early morning to begin cycling. Ride through the ancient capital of Hue known for the magnificent architecture of its royal tombs, pagodas and temples along the Perfume River. Stop to visit the old Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Imperial Museum. The royal relics of the Nguyen Emperors on the outskirts of the city are an easy ride from our hotel.
Drive 30 km out of town to begin the day’s cycling on a highway. Traffic can be heavy in some parts but it is a fantastic way to see the surrounding countryside, past endless rice paddies and children screaming out ‘hello’. We cycle 30 km of gently undulating countryside. After lunch, cycle to Da Nang then on to the World Heritage town of Hoi An. The old streets of Hoi An are charming at night with lanterns hanging from shop fronts and lively street cafés.
Untouched in any of the wars, the port of Hoi An retains influences from Chinese, Japanese, French and even Portuguese and British traders who stopped here. Full day to explore Hoi An: take a boat ride from Thu Bon River into the South China Sea to nearby islands; visit the silk merchants or take a cooking lesson on Vietnamese dishes.
Cycle to the town of Tam Ly for a picnic lunch, then onto the district of Song My and My Lai where there is an evocative memorial for villagers who died in the horrific massacre during the American War. The scene of simple thatched huts, quilted rice paddies and farmers with conical hats going about their day to day routines is one of peace and tranquility despite the deep scars of the past. Continue riding to Quang Ngai..
Today is a more challenging ride inland towards Quang Nam and the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Overnight in Kon Tum.
Today’s cycle is on an excellent road of undulating and scenic uplands of the Western Highlands. Pass coffee plantations and national parks enroute to Buon Ma Thout, capital of Dac Lac Province.
Cycle along valley floors before turing onto Route 27 which takes us up towards Dalat. The scenery and terrain along the way is breathtaking. Dalat is situated 1500m above sea level attracting a cooler climate.
A morning visit to King Bao Dai's Summer Palace followed by a most unusual guest house (the Crazy House needs to be seen to be believed). This afternoon relax, explore the lake area, the markets, or seek out some of the impressive French architecture.
Our final cycle day, whilst undulating it is mostly downhill towards the coast and Nha Trang.
Today enjoy the clear blue waters and relaxed ambience of Nha Trang. We explore nearby islands by local boat.
After breakfast fly to Ho Chi Minh City. An afternoon walking tour past some of Ho Chi Minh's famous sites; the Fench colonial Town Hall, the Rex Hotel, Notre Dame Cathedral, the former U.S. embassy, the President's Palace (also known as the Reunification Palace) and an optional visit to the War Crimes Museum.
Take a two-hour drive from the city to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels, home to 5,000 VC troops during the Vietnam/U.S. War.
Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
7 days moderate cycling - approx 400+ kms You will be able to decide for yourself how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 60 -100 kms. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. If the uphill sections become too arduous, you can take the minibus and resume cycling on the other sideBreakfast daily, 7 dinners, 6 lunches
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