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Cycle Vietnam

10 days  |  Hanoi to Saigon  |  from USD $2,799  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Uncover the highlights of Vietnam and then hop on the saddle from Hue to Hoi An to take in the sights on two wheels, passing by terraced rice paddy fields, charming villages, beautiful coastline and fish farms en route.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you and your family to explore the city, with its picturesque tree-lined avenues, scenic lakes, ancient pagodas and bustling old town, all which are easily accessible by foot.
Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2

Hanoi – Halong Bay. Take a moment to picture in your mind some two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation seeming to float on top of pristine emerald coloured waters and you have the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive will take us to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will enjoy a junk boat cruise.

Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course, opt for a swim in the divine waters or hop in a row boat for a visit to 'Dark & Bright Lagoon'. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served – delicious for even the pickiest of eaters!
Overnight: Deluxe Junk Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Wake up to the peaceful serenity of Halong Bay this morning, followed by a calming Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional Vietnamese massage. After exploring a hidden grotto beneath towering cliffs, we will sail to the port for our journey back to Hanoi.

Arriving back in the capital we will enjoy a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the famous Old Quarter, made up of an complex maze of intertwining alleyways and backstreets lined with small houses, handicraft workshops and street food vendors, for a quintessential Vietnamese experience. Later its back to the hotel for some time to refresh and relax before heading to the trains station in the evening to board our overnight journey (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) to Hue on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Imperial Hue - Cycling

Upon arrival to Hue we will make our way to the hotel for check-in and a hearty breakfast in preparation for the day ahead. Gearing up we will hop on our bikes for a cycle out to the old Imperial Citadel where we’ll discover the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin. We will then continue our bike ride 12 kilometres into the countryside to the eccentric Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings. Here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. If time permits we will also cycle to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most iconic landmarks in Hue.

Cycling details
Distance: 30 kilometres
Duration: 4 hours
Grade: Easy
Transportation: Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Road: Flat dirt and paved roads

Overnight: Hue  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Setting out in the early morning we will take to the back roads on our bikes, cycling past rice fields, small villages, colourful markets and fish farms en route to Thuan An Beach. Here we will cycle along the coastal road, taking in Cemetery City and a village famous for its fish sauce. After three hours of cycling we will arrive at Phuoc Tuong Pass where transport will be waiting to take us to Lang Co beach for lunch and some well-earned relaxation. After lunch we will continue on to Hai Van Pass by transfer, taking in amazing views with time for a photo stop. If you’d like to continue cycling we can hop back on our bikes and follow a coastal road into Hoi An.

The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a bygone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here. Upon arrival we will enjoy a short walking tour through its streets and in the evening will enjoy the ambience of the town.

Cycling details
Distance: 30 kilometres (with an optional extra 40 kilometres)
Duration: 4 hours
Grade: Easy
Transportation: Cycling (Mountain Bike) and transfers
Road: Flat dirt and paved roads

Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

A bicycle ride into the countryside, will take us to a local farm in Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens by raking, sowing and watering greens. Later we will cook a lunch made up of local delicacies and will enjoy our culinary masterpiece while soaking up the clean air and country views. Cycling back to Hoi An in the afternoon we will make a stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le well. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Cycling details
Distance: 8 kilometres
Duration: 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace with photo stops
Grade: Easy
Transportation: Cycling (Road Bike)
Road: Flat dirt and paved roads

Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Today we will venture off the beaten track on our bikes to discover the day-to-day life of the local people here. Passing through fishing villages, shrimp farms and rice paddy fields we will make our way to Bach Dang river pier, where we’ll board a cruise of the stunning Thu Bon River. Disembarking at Duyen Hai we will continue our journey by bike on back roads through Binh Minh, Binh Dao and Binh Trieu to Tam ky town where we will stop for lunch.

Later we will take a short bus ride to the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Area, travelling over dirt tracks and paved roads through the countryside passing through charming villages en route. We will continue on to Sa Ky Fishing Port My Khe Beach and My Lai, where we’ll pay our respects at a memorial dedicated to the villagers who lost their lives here during the Vietnam War. After visiting the memorial and a museum we will head back to Hoi An by bus.

Cycling details
Distance: 30-60 kilometres (can be customised)
Duration: 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Transportation: Cycling (Mountain Bike) and transfers
Road: Flat dirt and paved roads

Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hoi An - Saigon. An early morning flight will take us to Saigon today, where we will then continue on to the Mekong Delta by road. Known as the ‘Rice bowl of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is brimming with rice paddy fields, colourful fruit orchards, enchanting villages and bustling floating markets. Travelling by sampan from Vinh Long, we will cruise downstream through a maze of waterways, witnessing the activity of everyday life along the way. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children playing in the water, we will stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Later we will enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Can Tho - Saigon. This morning we will pay a visit to the colourful floating market of Cai Rang. Here vendors have their boats piled high with goods, from melons, pineapples and fresh greens, to sacks of rice and children’s toys. Browse, barter and admire the hundreds of brightly coloured boats lining the banks here before continuing back to Saigon by road.

Once called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, old and new collide in this modern city as gleaming sky scrapers, glamorous restaurants and designer shops stand side-by-side with colonial era landmarks and post-war remnants. Here we will enjoy a walking tour of the city taking in some of Saigon’s most famous landmarks, including the impressive red-brick Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure – Saigon has plenty of fun to offer all ages!
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Monday. This morning is free for you to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your departure transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Why not opt for a relaxing foot massage, bargain for goods at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace.

Alternatively, those with a bit more time to spare can extend their stay and opt to join us on a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, where there will be the chance to explore a vast network of underground tunnels and hideouts that were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about booby traps, climb through trap doors, or even test your skills with an AK 47 at the firing range!

Cu Chi Tunnels - go underground!

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the 1960’s. Often lead by a relative of a Viet Cong fighter in green fatigues you’ll walk the bush trails discovering grass covered trapdoors, ingenious, yet gruesome booby traps and hidden underwater entrances in rivers. There is also an opportunity to go underground and pop off a few rounds at the firing range. Our Cu Chi Tunnels bolt-on includes return transportation to and from Cu Chi, guided tour and 1 night accommodation in Saigon.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.

Bhaya Classic Junk Boat, Halong Bay
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. All cabins feature large windows creating a bright and airy atmosphere as well as scenic views. Facilities and services onboard include a dining room and bar, a sunbathing area on-deck, masseur and small library. This boat departs from the port of Halong City and plies its route through the karst peaks of Halong Bay during their journey and overnight stay on the water.

Huong Giang Hotel, Hue
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Contemplate the beautiful city of Hue with the panoramic views afforded by this award-winning hotel. The well-appointed rooms blend traditional architectural styles with modern facilities including satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the chain of restaurants and bars cover a variety of international cuisine.

Hoi An Riverside Resort, Hoi An
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

Opened in 200, the Hoi An Riverside Resort offers travellers comfortable accommodation in an excellent location. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with crisp white linens and private balconies looking over the river. Wi Fi is available throughout the resort and an onsite Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. A variety of cuisine and beverages are available at the restaurants and bars incliding exclusive riverside dining at the Song Do Restaurant. Well located on the river in Hoi An.

Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel, Can Tho
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

This 4 star hotel provides well appointed rooms with professional service and friendly staff to make your stay a comfortable one. Rooms are decorated with high-grade wooden furniture and come with complimentary internet as standard. The two restaurants provide extensive menus with the rooftop restaurant offering magnificent views of the city, whilst the massage centre is the perfect end to a busy day.

Asian Ruby Luxury, Saigon
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

In an excellent location, the Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel is contemporary in design and friendly in nature. Guest rooms are bright spacious and benefit from luxury hard wood floors and excellent amenities. Meals are served in the restaurant and there is also a bar for a refreshing tipple at the end of a great days sightseeing. Perfectly located just a few blocks from the Opera House, the War Remnants Museum and Reunifications Hall.

Trip Highlights

Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ancient Quarter
Hue - ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery
Saigon - ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
Halong Bay - UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets
Hoi An - UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
Mekong Delta - a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
Can Tho - lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market


9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Danang - Saigon
Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta and Saigon
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 10
Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
Mountain bikes for days 4, 5 and 7. See image on day 7 of the itinerary. Locally made road bike for leisurely riding on day 6.
Bicycle Helmet, though you may wish to bring your own.
Spare bikes - 1-2 for use if required.
7 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin.)
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - swim, kayak, explore caves and floating villages
Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta
Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Maximum group size: 24 travellers
Tour guide riding with you, Support vehicle and driver/mechanic accompanying all rides
Snacks, fruits, 2 mineral waters and towels per person on cycling days

Not Included

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $40-50 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Supplementary Prices

Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation Hanoi
USD $85
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Post Tour Accommodation Saigon
USD $65
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Tour Details
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 1
Tour Bolt-ons
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Cu Chi Tunnels
USD $179 / 2 days
Sojourn to Sapa
USD $969 / 5 days
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.