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Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour

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Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour

Scheduled Tour

Price from

2590 USD

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GHVP21

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Bike Tour Vietnam from the Mekong Delta to Hoi An

Breathtaking scenery blends with rich cultural traditions on the Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour. This cycling adventure takes in bustling Saigon, the vibrant Mekong Delta, the ancient imperial capital of Hue and concludes in Asia’s most desired colonial town, Hoi An. Bike touring here opens you to a deeper appreciation of the country's history, challenges you with a spectacular scenic climb and ultimately rewards you with a rich, authentic travel experience.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale CX3 or Cannondale E-bike

Your Guide
Knowledgable Vietnamese guide

Group Size
6 to 14

Accommodation
Comfortable Hotels

Activities
Ride/Walk/Kayak

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

Vietnam offers cyclists not only remarkable rides but truly life changing experiences. From the countless rice fields and canal paths of the Mekong Delta, to Hue’s Imperial City, riding over the iconic Hai Van Pass and concluding in charming Hoi An.

We’ve included must-see locations, off-the-beaten-track sites, all fueled by the food, charm and hospitality of a country on the move. Vietnam’s vitality, beauty, and charm come alive on this all-new, carefully-crafted tour.

Our expert local guides are all ready, the bikes are well-tuned, and your hosts and hotels are ready to roll out the welcome mat. The only thing missing for this ultimate, essential, Vietnam experience by bike.. you!

* If you are thinking of joining us in Vietnam check out our optional guided tour extensions below in Saigon (pre-trip) and Ha Long Bay (post-trip) so you can enjoy even more Grasshopper time.

The Riding - 255km total: Cycling on this tour is primarily along rural roads, canal pathways or quiet city streets. The riding is achievable for anyone who bikes occasionally as a commuter or recreationally on the weekends. The few times it is necessary to bike on busier roadways you will find that drivers beep their horns, just to let you know of their presence, The terrain in the Mekong Delta and in and around Hue and Hoi An is mostly flat with occasional small hills. Our route also takes us up and over Hai Van Pass, with vehicle assistance available. The pass is a sustained climb of 10km with a lovely descent of the same length immediately after. The gradient is not overly steep, and once you find a rhythm, it's an enjoyable ride with some great views.

E-Bikes: Pedal assist e-bikes are an available option on this tour for a surcharge of $290 p.p. If you would like to use an e-bike on your tour please select this option during the booking process.

Highlights

Explore small villages of the Mekong Delta along shaded pathways, sharing greetings with locals while sampling the bounty of fresh fruits

Cycle over Hai Van Pass from Hue to Danang to explore Hoi An, Vietnam's most  well-preserved and beautiful colonial city

Savor the foods that make Vietnamese cuisine world-famous, with subtle variations in all the regions we visit and dinners prepared in local homes

Marvel at the architectural genius of Hue’s Citadel, seat of Vietnam’s ancient capital - a guided experience and unforgettable sight!

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights in comfortable accommodation selected for high standards & local flavor
  • 7x Breakfasts, 7x Lunches, 6x Dinners
  • Healthy snacks, fruit & water during cycling
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Quality well serviced bikes and helmet for riding
  • Custom country jersey and water bottle that are yours to keep
  • Comfortable van for support and transfers
  • All tickets and entry costs included in the itinerary

Day to Day


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Riding:
30km
19mi
Meal:
L,D

This morning we transfer south from Saigon to the bustling river town of Cai Be. Today’s cycling takes us past endless green rice fields, farms and villages, connected by the gentle pathways of the Mekong Delta. We’ll visit a traditional Cao Dai temple, sample locally grown dragon fruit and Durian, and by late afternoon arrive in the bustling port city of Can Tho for the first of two nights.

Relax this evening onboard our private sampan, enjoying dinner and drinks as we cruise at sunset.

Riding:
50km
31mi
Meal:
B,L,D

We’ll be up early to visit one of the last authentic floating markets in Vietnam, here in Can Tho. After breakfast our cycling route leads to the small colonial town of Sa Dec, the setting of Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel, “The Lover.”  We will pedal along narrow, shaded paths and quiet local roads past farmers hard at work growing flowers, baking clay bricks, and transporting a variety of colorful fruits and veggies to market. We will not go hungry!

Riding:
15km
9mi
Meal:
B,L,D

A mid morning flight to DaNang and transfer north towards Hue. We stop for lunch along Lang Co lagoon before arriving at our hotel for the first of two nights. Changing into cycle gear we’ll head off for a short exploratory ride to nearby sacred tombs of former emperors. Geographically in the center of this long narrow country, Hue was perfectly situated to be the cultural and political heart of Vietnam and reveals both traditional and French colonial influences.

Enjoy dinner this evening at one of Hue’s most revered ancient homes, a gourmet escape set in a stunning architectural treasure.

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
B,L,D

Our cycling route today reveals ancient, historic Hue. We’ll bike to Thien Mu Pagoda, a seven-story structure overlooking the Perfume River. Onward to Hue’s Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site where ancient kingdoms held sway. The scale of the complex is stunning, even allowing that large sections were destroyed during the American war.

From here we’ll journey by boat along the river, continuing our cycling after lunch. The nearby countryside affords scenic routes past perfectly tended small farms, a historic covered bridge and vibrant local markets. Tonight a local family welcomes us for dinner to learn secrets of Hue’s cuisine and share stories with hosts.

Riding:
65km
40mi
Meal:
B,L,D

Get a good stretch this morning! We transfer out of Hue to the starting point of our ride, up and over Vietnam’s iconic Hai Van Pass. This 21 kilometer stretch of road features 10 kilometers of steady, achievable climbing as it traverses the Truong Son mountain range, providing spectacular views of the coast down below.

Safely over the pass we cycle towards DaNang, pedaling to a giant Buddha statue set on a headland above the ocean, before transferring to Hoi An. On arrival in Hoi An we’ll check in to our hotel then take to the streets for a walking tour of the Old Town followed by a delicious dinner with specialties of Hoi An. Tonight is the first of 3 nights in the historic center of Hoi An.

Riding:
45km
28mi
Meal:
B,L

Cycling from the hotel across the river, you will be passing traditional villages, farms and rice fields on the way to the ruins of My Son, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by the Cham people, a kingdom eventually conquered by the Vietnamese and Khmer, the ruins remain in decent shape, though covered in moss.

Returning to Hoi An by boat we’ll meet students from Streets International, a world-renowned culinary program supporting vulnerable youth in central Vietnam. Their food delicious, stories inspiring! This evening explore a few ‘hidden’ cocktail spots known only to locals, then you’re free to enjoy dinner on your own. Hoi An’s restaurant offerings are endless and your guides can help with suggestions.

Riding:
10km
6mi
Meal:
B,L,D

It’s a short walk from the hotel to the dock where our kayaks are tied up. We’ll paddle downstream along the Tu Bon River towards the sea, passing Hoi An’s waterfront and the edge of a mangrove forest. It’s 1.5 hours to the Red Bridge Cooking School where we will leave our kayaks to join one of their award winning cooking classes, which includes lunch, before transferring back to the hotel.

Late afternoon we’re on our bikes for the short ride to Tra Que, the town’s highly rated organic vegetable farm village. Our local hosts show us their farming techniques and prepare a signature dish for our group. From here it’s a short pedal to An Bang beach. A farewell dinner along the coast brings our Vietnam adventure to a delicious and scenic conclusion.

Meal:
B

An early breakfast allows time to cycle to our favorite Vietnamese coffee emporium, owned by one of Vietnam’s most decorated coffee roasters.  Our private coffee tasting offers a sample of both traditional and contemporary styles. We will cycle back to the hotel in plenty of time for final packing or strolling the Old Quarter.
Transfers to DaNang airport are available throughout the day.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
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28 Nov - 05 Dec 2021 Seats available

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12 - 19 Dec 2021 Seats available

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23 - 30 Dec 2021 Seats available

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27 Mar - 03 Apr 2022 Seats available

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01 - 08 May 2022 Seats available

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31 Jul - 07 Aug 2022 Seats available

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23 - 30 Dec 2022 Seats available

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This tour is created to show you some of the best of Vietnam, with UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Mekong Delta, vibrant cities, and plenty of cultural stops along the way. Interspersed on your visits to these incredible sites there is plenty of fun activities and cycling through the Vietnamese countryside. You are sure to leave this bicycle tour with a greater appreciation for Vietnam, its scenery, food, and people.

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