Ultimate Vietnamese Experience

vietnam bike tour 29

9 days

From ₹1,08,000 pp dbl. occ.


Overview

This tour gives an excellent introduction to Vietnam. We cover some classic highlights of Vietnam from Hanoi through Vietnam’s coastline ending at Saigon. You get to experience Vietnam in a myriad of ways; kayaking, cycling, walking and cooking.

Dive into the thick of things in Vietnam where old school meets the new and lush countrysides and pristine beaches go hand in hand with bustling wet markets, charming old towns, and trendy young cities.

Explore Hanoi, temples, pagodas, and imperial citadels, visit fine old merchant houses, or seek out some of the world’s best warm water beaches.

Start

Hanoi | 13:00hrs

Finish

Ho Chi Minh City

Lodging

boutique

Level

easy

Avg. dist.

30km or 18mi

Suitable for

Age: 9+

Highlights

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Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayak through the islands of Halong Bay

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlaceHotelMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1HanoiSilk Path Boutique HotelDwalking
DAY 2Halong BayB,L,D
DAY 3Kayak & Shuttle to Ninh BinhTam Coc Rice Fields ResortB,L,Dkayaking
DAY 4Overnight train to HueTrain to HueB,L,D30km / 18micycling
DAY 5HuéThe ScarlettD25km / 15micycling
DAY 6Hoi AnHoi An Travel LodgeB,Dcooking
DAY 7Hoi AnHoi An Travel LodgeB,L30km / 18micycling
DAY 8Ho Chi MinhCinnamon BoutiqueB,Dwalking
DAY 9 DepartureB

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs.

Walk the busy streets of Hanoi visiting some of the cultural and historical highlights of Hanoi. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, which was constructed nearly a millennium ago, and is delicately elevated in a pond. Also visit the Temple of Literature, dating back close to a thousand years, is a wonderfully preserved piece of ancient Vietnamese architecture and stands to honor the scholarly achievements of the country’s academics and philosophers. Continue exploring the area around Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, old quarter including Ngoc Son Temple, which sits perched on a little island in the lake. In the evening, we convene over dinner.

Meals: D

Day 2: Halong Bay

Today we transfer you to one of the greatest sites in Asia – the spectacular Limestone strewn massif of Halong Bay. Arrive in Ha Long city, and board a traditional wooden junk boat.

Start with an excursion to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking.

Later visit the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave. This is the largest cave in Halong Bay, and the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years have taken fascinating shapes.

In the evening, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Kayak & Shuttle to Ninh Binh

After a hearty breakfast, get on board a smaller boat and take a journey to the more remote and secluded parts of the Lan Ha Bay waters and islands. Trade your boat with a kayak and explore the lagoons, the coral reef, beaches, and limestone peaks.

Ferry back to Hai Phong and shuttle to Ninh Binh. If time permits, we may get a chance to bike for a short duration towards Ninh Binh.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Overnight train to Hue

A short cycling ride along the river brings us to Trang An, known as Halong Bay on land. The landscape is largely dominated by limestone mountains, rivers, caves, and pagodas. Here we take a boat ride and get to experience the magical scenery dotted with natural and cultural wonders.

We take a break at the ancient city of Hoa Lu for a quick temple tour and then loop back to your hotel.

Later take an overnight train to Hue.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi

Day 5: Hué

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hué is your gateway to Vietnam. Our guide meets at the station and then transfers to your hotel for early check-in. Post lunch, take your bicycle out for a leisurely loop around the imperial town of Hué. Ride past the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleums, and the merchant’s houses along the banks of the Perfume River and through quiet lanes with lush gardens.

Meals: D
Cycling Distance: 25km / 15mi

Day 6: Hoi An

After a hearty breakfast, we take a transfer out of Hue to Hoi An. Appreciate the Lang Co Bay with spectacular views of winding paths, wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains, and forests, and cross over the climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. From the pass, go downhill to the base and shuttle to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The architectural beauty of Hoi An will captivate you as this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a melange of Vietnamese, European, Chinese, and Japanese monuments in an unhurried, timeless setting.

Today you can plan your own day, and enjoy the enchanting Hoi An town at leisure. A paradise for shoppers, a walk through the town gives a feel of an open-air museum.

In the evening, we again regroup and join over a classic Vietnamese cooking class.

Meals: B,D

Day 7: Hoi An

Ride along the Thu Bon River through shrimp and coconut farms where the VC lived during American War towards Cua Dai beach. Get on a local ferry for a short ride to Duy Hai Fishing Village (island). A short distance away is the lovely town of Thuan Tinh, set among rice fields and coconut groves. Visit a strawberry garden, sample strawberry tea, and perhaps buy homemade strawberry wine. Also, witness live silkworms in various stages of maturity. Later check out Thanh Ha ceramic village and then take an hour boat journey back to Hoi An for lunch here.

Spend the rest of the day as you wish – beach, shopping, exploring – whatever! or experience more of Hoi An by kayak.

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh

Transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Arrive in Saigon and settle into your hotel. Post-lunch, our guide meets you at your hotel for a walking tour to explore some of the most popular sites (Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum). This walking tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provides you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.

Meals: B,D

Day 9: Departure

Travel further as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: B

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details (subject to availability). All options are personally reviewed.

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

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