See this captivating country alongside the friendly locals, as you pedal past rice fields, visit local ethnic villages and explore imperial cities.
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Day 1: Hanoi
Highlights: HanoiYou will be met at Hanoi Airport (Please notify us of your arrival details). Today is designed to allow you settle in and relax after your journey. The Old Quarter, with its narrow streets where trades people can be seen working on the pavement, is well worth exploring. The Water Puppet show is also highly recommended - it is best to prebook on arrival in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi to Hue
Highlights: HueWe take the morning flight from Hanoi to Hue (c.1hr 15 mins). Hue,(pop.286,000) built on the banks of the Perfume River, is steeped in 3,000 years of history. Here we will meet our bicycling guide and fit you to your bike and then explore the Citadel and Forbidden City by bicycle. At dinner tonight we will be entertained with traditional music in the garden courtyard.
Day 3: Hue to Hoi An (pop.76,000)
Highlights: Hai Van Pass
We bicycle from town along a flat coastal road, through various fishing and agricultural villages. You will have your first experience of the friendliness of the locals, especially the children. Lunch is at Long Co Beach, an hour's drive. From here we tackle the Hai Van Pass, a very quiet road and the view from the top, and on the descent, is outstanding and well worth the effort. The support vehicle will be there, of course, should you prefer to shuttle. After a fabulous descent we reach Danang, where we'll board the van to drive to Hoi An (you are welcome to continue riding if you wish).
You may like to visit China Beach where American servicemen went for their R&R during the Vietnam /American War or a marble factory and view the exquisite workmanship.Hue to Hoi An: 142 km / 89 mi Lang Co Beach to Hoi An: 75 km / 47 mi
Day 4: Hoi An
Highlights: Explore Hoi AnToday is a day at leisure to explore this delightful town (dating back to 200BC) with its street side cafes, artists and markets. Explore the historic architecture of Japanese and French origin, take in the morning concert of traditional music or take a gentle ride((c.10km return) to fabulous Hoi An beach. There are wonderful pastry shops in the old town and excellent tailors who will make any garment to measure, including cycling jerseys, in just a few hours. A longer ride is also possible if anyone is interested.
Day 5: Hoi An to Sa Huynh
Highlights: Visit an ethnic village
We drive out of Hoi An town for about 45 minutes (25km) to the start of cycle section on Highway 1. The country side is pancake flat with green fields and we will sample a slice of rural Vietnamese life-look out for villagers harvesting rice. We start cycling (about 50km) on a quiet road hugging the coastline before a half hour vehicle transfer to Tam Ky for lunch. After lunch, an hour vehicle transfer (42km) from Tam Ky to Chau O Town. From here, we veer towards the coast to start our ride on country roads through Saky fishing village to My Lai. The route includes 12km of unsealed road; it is quite rideable but the support vehicle will never be far away. The ride finishes at My Lai at 4:00 pm; you may wish to visit the massacre memorial site (1968). Please discuss with your guide in the morning whether you wish to tour this site. We then continue driving 60km to Sa Huynh resort.
Morning Ride 50 km / 31 mi
Afternoon Ride 32 km / 20 mi
Day 6: Sa Huynh to Quy Nhon (pop. 260,000)
Highlights: Seaside resort
We drive to Tam Quan (15km, 9 miles) to commence cycling on an attractive minor road through rice paddies, salt making flats, mountainous area and later past shrimp farms. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the way. After lunch, continue riding to Tuy Phuoc town where we meet our vehicle and driving 30 km to Quy Nhon city. We will arrive between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Bicycling section: 88 km / 55 mi
Day 7: Quy Nhon to Tuy Hoa (pop. 202,000)
Highlights: Wonderful valley and coastal ride
Transfer 20 minutes out of the city for the start of ride at Café shop in Dieu Tri village. From here, we start cycling (about 60km) on a delightful quiet road to Me Trang café, though cassava and sugar cane plantations. A picnic lunch will be served when we arrive at Me Trang café. After lunch, continue riding 10 km to Chi Thanh town before reaching Highway 1 where our vehicle will transfer us (about 29 km) to Tuy Hoa city.
Bicyling Options:70km (44 miles)
Day 8: Tuy Hoa to Nha Trang (pop. 315,000)
Highlights: Vung Ro BayDrive out of Tuy Hoa city about 15 km to Tuy Hoa airport. Here we start cycling on quiet road to Vung Ro Bay then up to the top of Ca Pass (about 35 km). You will have a chance to enjoy jungle and bay views on both sides of the road up the pass. Have a short break at Vung Ro Bay for photographs and a recharge of energy levels before heading to the top of Ca Pass. Then we drive to Dai Lanh for lunch before transferring to Nha Trang city. Our last ride is about 17 km through Nha Trang city to the Novotel hotel for our overnight stay. Cycling Distance: 52km (32.5 miles)
Day 9: Nha Trang
Highlights: Rest DayToday there is the option of a boat trip to the islands. There will be time to swim and snorkel, so bring your "togs". Lunch will be at a lovely bamboo restaurant on an offshore island, returning to Nha Trang mid afternoon. There will be an opportunity to have a manicure or a relaxing massage while on the boat. There may be time to visit an ancient Cham Tower, a relic from the ethnic people who once ruled this part of Vietnam.
Day 10: Departure
Highlights: Thank youThank you for joining us to explore Vietnam.
HighlightsHoi An and Forbidden City, Scenic coastal rides, Local Vietnamese
IncludesUse of a quality 27-speed hybrid bicycle; 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners; superior lodging
Begin/EndHanoi / Nha Trang
Arrive/DepartHanoi Noi Ban Airport (HAN) / Nha Trang Airport (NHA)
Total Distance680 km (Much less actual riding due to shuttling on some stretches)
Daily Distance0-83 km
What to ExpectMost days the distance is too great to cycle the entire way and we will drive part way. This tour is a combination of cycling, sightseeing and exploring.
Most roads are paved but the road surface is sometimes rough. Most roads are paved but the road surface is sometimes rough. For this reason we only offer hybrid bikes.
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|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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