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Vietnam Cycling Holiday
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We believe that seeing somewhere from a bike is the absolute best way of doing it and this is certainly true in Vietnam, perhaps more so than any other country in Asia. During this stunning cycling holiday, you will explore Vietnam’s finest backroads, interacting with local children cycling to school, smelling delicious wafts of street food cooking, seeing stunning scenery and feeling the incredibly varied Vietnamese weather on your skin.

Your journey will begin in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The city has managed to retain a lot of its historic charms while evolving in to a bustling modern metropolis. From here you will head north to the Cu Chi tunnels where you'll get a real insight into the Vietnam war from a local perspective. Next, it’s off to the stunning coastline at Miu Ne where you can enjoy a swim and a fantastic sunset across the South China Sea. From the coast, head inland to the former French colonial hill station of Dalat and then descend all the way to Nha Trang - famed for its 6km beach, crystal clear water and fantastic seafood.

From Nha Trang the route follows the coast north, riding through tiny villages, past rice paddies and well away from the tourist trail, before heading on to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hoi An. From here, travel to Hue where you will spend a couple of days exploring this fantastic area, before boarding a sleeper train to your final destination - Hanoi. You’ll spend a day in Hanoi exploring this fascinating city, taking in the sights and the sounds, before flying home at the end of the holiday.

It's nearly 1800 kms from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, so in order to fit in the best bits of cycling and to miss out some of the busier urban sections, this cycling holiday in Vietnam uses transfers to get you out of the cities and onto the quieter backroads. Don't let this put you off however - it just means you can save your energy for the great riding that can be found off the beaten track.

This holiday is ideal for a leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness. The cycling distances are between 20km – 100km per day on varying terrain, with some steep climbs occasionally included.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Group Size

In order to offer you as much choice as possible, we work with an expert partner for all cycling holidays. This is not an exclusive TD active Holidays tour. Your group will be made up of a range of travelers from different countries, who share in your passion for cycling. The group sizes are typically between 6 – 16 people. 

Terrain

The heat and humidity mean there is a reasonably leisurely cycling pace set for this holiday, and where possible we stick largely to quiet rural roads. While the majority of these roads are sealed, they are sometimes not in the best of condition and the verges particularly can give way to hard packed dirt. Where the main road is busy, we occasionally take dirt roads for a more scenic ride.

Cycling Route
 The route is a mixture of flat riding in the plains and hillier routes in the Central Highlands. There are occasionally more challenging climbs of up to 1000m where the support vehicle will be on hand for those who prefer a lift.
Cycling Guides
 All Cycling holidays have at least two guides, and support staff as appropriate. Our local Vietnamese team are some of the best in the business and are the experts in leading cycling trips in this amazing country. They will look after you to a very high standard – providing a great cycling experience and excellent customer service; from the very start to the very end of your holiday, you’ll be in safe hands.
Preparation & training

In order to get the most out of your trip, you need to choose a holiday of the right grade and make sure you‘re prepared. The amount of preparation and training you need to do will depend on your own experience, your level of fitness and the type and grade of holiday you are going on.

Bike Hire Included 

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own, we have bike hire included in our holiday cost. These bikes are typically from the Trek Marlin 6 (29ers), excellent mountain bikes featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good quality components. We include all necessary spares for the trip. If you need a helmet, please request at the time of booking, as there are a limited number available. 

Travelling with Your Own Bike

The vast majority of airlines will charge you to transport your bike. This amount varies from carrier to carrier, but we recommend always booking and paying for this in advance which will usually save you money compared to paying at the airport. Most airlines will also require your bike to be properly packaged for transport. Most commonly this will be in a bike bag or box specifically designed for the job. There is a wealth of options when it comes to picking the right box or bag for your needs. Please contact the airline directly for further information.

Other Cycling Equipment

If you are taking your own bike, it is imperative that it is in good mechanical order. If you are not mechanically minded, we advise you to take your bike to a local bicycle dealer for a service before you travel. Details of which spares you should take will be included in the Information Pack sent with your booking confirmation.

Bring clothes suitable for cycling in – specific cycling kit if you have it or simply normal clothes comfortable enough for exercising. It’s also a good idea to bring bottles for drinking water, sunglasses, cycling gloves, a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece / sweater for mornings and evenings. It is also a good idea to bring shoes suitable for walking along with your cycling shoes. If you've got cycling shoes with cleats - bring your own pedals. A basic packing list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Bring clothes suitable for cycling in – specific cycling kit if you have it or simply normal clothes comfortable enough for exercising. It’s also a good idea to bring bottles for drinking water, sunglasses, cycling gloves, a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece / sweater for mornings and evenings. It is also a good idea to bring shoes suitable for walking along with your cycling shoes. If you've got cycling shoes with cleats - bring your own pedals. A basic packing list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Helmets

While riding with us it is compulsory that you wear a helmet. If you don’t have a helmet or don’t intend to bring your own we may, subject to availability, be able to provide one on request. You will not be permitted to ride unless you wear a helmet.

Accommodation

Your accommodation for this trip is mainly 2-3 star rated, well-appointed hotels in central locations. The rooms will generally have air conditioning, an en suite bathroom, TV and a fridge. Most breakfasts are continental style buffets. You will also spend one night on the sleeper train, travelling from Hue to Hanoi. The train is comfortable and you will be in 4 person soft sleeper cabins with air conditioning. Bedding is provided for this journey, though some people prefer to use their own silk sleeping bag liner instead which can easily be purchased in Hue. Depending on the size of our group, we may sometimes need to share our cabins with other travelers using the same service. The train is equipped with a dining car, but most people also like to take along snacks.

Food

Locally prepared food is one of the great delights of traveling in Vietnam and you will be very well catered for throughout this journey. Simplicity is the key; freshness, seasonality and regionalism. Lots of rice and noodles and gently spiced dishes will be available for you to sample throughout your trip, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region’s delicious cuisine. Most breakfasts are continental style buffets. For the days where lunch is included, we provide either a picnic or go to small restaurants. With the help of our guides, you’ll be able to sample traditional local foods during evening meals. Each biking day also includes snacks, fruit and bottled water. Vegetarians and people with specific dietary requirements can be catered for – please indicate any specific requirements at the time of booking.

Vehicle Support

At strategic points (where access allows), you have the security of our support vehicle. In the vehicle there will be some space for tired bikers, allowing the chance of a well-earned break if needed. You will also be able to leave extra layers or spare kit here during the day meaning there is no need to carry any equipment other than that you would carry on a normal day ride.

Baggage allowance once you are in your destination

Once you reach your destination, your allowable baggage is one main piece of luggage per person other than your bike and a small day pack. Your main luggage should preferably be either a backpack / rucksack or ‘sports bag’ so as to assist in transportation between accommodations. The day pack may be useful for carrying your additional outer-layer clothing, camera and snacks (etc.) while cycling. Please note this allowable baggage allowance is not your airline baggage allowance. Fees may apply for luggage depending on the airline. Please refer to the holiday booking page for further details on airline baggage charges.

Personal spending money

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong although US Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops. All breakfasts and most lunches, as indicated in the itinerary, are included in the trip price. We suggest bringing approximately $3-400 to cover any additional costs, but this of course depends on the individual. We also suggest carrying with you some Vietnamese Dong and a small amount of US dollars in low denominations. You will find ATMs in all the big cities, but away from these areas, accessing money or changing currency can be slightly more time consuming and complicated. Travelers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some bureau du change but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of your trip that you are covered by a medical and personal accident insurance policy that includes repatriation to your home country and cover for all planned activities.

Holiday highlights

Hoi An

Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An is a cultural melting pot, with influences from the Chinese, Japanese and French. It is well known for its ancient old town, cut through with canals, and it is an example of an exceptionally well-preserved South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

The Presidential Palace, Hanoi
Construction of this palace began in 1900 and was completed in 1906. It was built for the French Governing General when Vietnam achieved independence in 1954. Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the palace but did still use it when important guests came to visit. There is a traditional Vietnamese stilt house built on the grounds of the palace.
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
This marvellous neo-Romanesque style building was established by French colonists in the 19th century. It is situated in the very heart of Ho Chi Minh City at the Paris Square. All materials necessary for the construction of the basilica were imported from France.
Ba Dinh Square
Ba Dinh Square is in the centre of Hanoi. In the past, it was the meeting point for events of great importance. There is a monument to the patriot combatants who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the Homeland.

Practical Information for this holiday

Group Size

In order to offer you as much choice as possible, we work with an expert partner for all cycling holidays. This is not an exclusive TD active Holidays tour. Your group will be made up of a range of travelers from different countries, who share in your passion for cycling. The group sizes are typically between 6 – 16 people. 

Terrain

The heat and humidity mean there is a reasonably leisurely cycling pace set for this holiday, and where possible we stick largely to quiet rural roads. While the majority of these roads are sealed, they are sometimes not in the best of condition and the verges particularly can give way to hard packed dirt. Where the main road is busy, we occasionally take dirt roads for a more scenic ride.

Cycling Route
 The route is a mixture of flat riding in the plains and hillier routes in the Central Highlands. There are occasionally more challenging climbs of up to 1000m where the support vehicle will be on hand for those who prefer a lift.
Cycling Guides
 All Cycling holidays have at least two guides, and support staff as appropriate. Our local Vietnamese team are some of the best in the business and are the experts in leading cycling trips in this amazing country. They will look after you to a very high standard – providing a great cycling experience and excellent customer service; from the very start to the very end of your holiday, you’ll be in safe hands.
Preparation & training

In order to get the most out of your trip, you need to choose a holiday of the right grade and make sure you‘re prepared. The amount of preparation and training you need to do will depend on your own experience, your level of fitness and the type and grade of holiday you are going on.

Bike Hire Included 

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own, we have bike hire included in our holiday cost. These bikes are typically from the Trek Marlin 6 (29ers), excellent mountain bikes featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good quality components. We include all necessary spares for the trip. If you need a helmet, please request at the time of booking, as there are a limited number available. 

Travelling with Your Own Bike

The vast majority of airlines will charge you to transport your bike. This amount varies from carrier to carrier, but we recommend always booking and paying for this in advance which will usually save you money compared to paying at the airport. Most airlines will also require your bike to be properly packaged for transport. Most commonly this will be in a bike bag or box specifically designed for the job. There is a wealth of options when it comes to picking the right box or bag for your needs. Please contact the airline directly for further information.

Other Cycling Equipment

If you are taking your own bike, it is imperative that it is in good mechanical order. If you are not mechanically minded, we advise you to take your bike to a local bicycle dealer for a service before you travel. Details of which spares you should take will be included in the Information Pack sent with your booking confirmation.

Bring clothes suitable for cycling in – specific cycling kit if you have it or simply normal clothes comfortable enough for exercising. It’s also a good idea to bring bottles for drinking water, sunglasses, cycling gloves, a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece / sweater for mornings and evenings. It is also a good idea to bring shoes suitable for walking along with your cycling shoes. If you've got cycling shoes with cleats - bring your own pedals. A basic packing list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Bring clothes suitable for cycling in – specific cycling kit if you have it or simply normal clothes comfortable enough for exercising. It’s also a good idea to bring bottles for drinking water, sunglasses, cycling gloves, a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece / sweater for mornings and evenings. It is also a good idea to bring shoes suitable for walking along with your cycling shoes. If you've got cycling shoes with cleats - bring your own pedals. A basic packing list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Helmets

While riding with us it is compulsory that you wear a helmet. If you don’t have a helmet or don’t intend to bring your own we may, subject to availability, be able to provide one on request. You will not be permitted to ride unless you wear a helmet.

Accommodation

Your accommodation for this trip is mainly 2-3 star rated, well-appointed hotels in central locations. The rooms will generally have air conditioning, an en suite bathroom, TV and a fridge. Most breakfasts are continental style buffets. You will also spend one night on the sleeper train, travelling from Hue to Hanoi. The train is comfortable and you will be in 4 person soft sleeper cabins with air conditioning. Bedding is provided for this journey, though some people prefer to use their own silk sleeping bag liner instead which can easily be purchased in Hue. Depending on the size of our group, we may sometimes need to share our cabins with other travelers using the same service. The train is equipped with a dining car, but most people also like to take along snacks.

Food

Locally prepared food is one of the great delights of traveling in Vietnam and you will be very well catered for throughout this journey. Simplicity is the key; freshness, seasonality and regionalism. Lots of rice and noodles and gently spiced dishes will be available for you to sample throughout your trip, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region’s delicious cuisine. Most breakfasts are continental style buffets. For the days where lunch is included, we provide either a picnic or go to small restaurants. With the help of our guides, you’ll be able to sample traditional local foods during evening meals. Each biking day also includes snacks, fruit and bottled water. Vegetarians and people with specific dietary requirements can be catered for – please indicate any specific requirements at the time of booking.

Vehicle Support

At strategic points (where access allows), you have the security of our support vehicle. In the vehicle there will be some space for tired bikers, allowing the chance of a well-earned break if needed. You will also be able to leave extra layers or spare kit here during the day meaning there is no need to carry any equipment other than that you would carry on a normal day ride.

Baggage allowance once you are in your destination

Once you reach your destination, your allowable baggage is one main piece of luggage per person other than your bike and a small day pack. Your main luggage should preferably be either a backpack / rucksack or ‘sports bag’ so as to assist in transportation between accommodations. The day pack may be useful for carrying your additional outer-layer clothing, camera and snacks (etc.) while cycling. Please note this allowable baggage allowance is not your airline baggage allowance. Fees may apply for luggage depending on the airline. Please refer to the holiday booking page for further details on airline baggage charges.

Personal spending money

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong although US Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops. All breakfasts and most lunches, as indicated in the itinerary, are included in the trip price. We suggest bringing approximately $3-400 to cover any additional costs, but this of course depends on the individual. We also suggest carrying with you some Vietnamese Dong and a small amount of US dollars in low denominations. You will find ATMs in all the big cities, but away from these areas, accessing money or changing currency can be slightly more time consuming and complicated. Travelers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some bureau du change but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of your trip that you are covered by a medical and personal accident insurance policy that includes repatriation to your home country and cover for all planned activities.

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart Dublin

Full Day

Depart Dublin

Begin your cycling adventure with an overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City

Full day

Welcome Meeting

Your trip starts in The Pearl of the Orient – Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel, after which you’ll have time to go out and independently explore this the city, before meeting your local expert guides and fellow guests in the early evening. After the welcome meeting, your guides will select one of the many nearby restaurants and accompany the group for their first taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Overnight

Accommodation

2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City & Cu-Chi Tunnels - 40 kms

Full Day

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu-Chi Tunnels - 40 kms

This holiday aims to include the perfect mix of cycling, culture and exploration. So as to avoid a busy section of traffic, there will be a transfer out of Ho Chi Minh City, before cycling along a series of rural backroads that will lead you through rice paddies and rubber plantations to the Cu Chi Tunnels. (Cycling distance: 40 kms). The Cu Chi Tunnels are a vast area of tunnels that were dug by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong, during the Vietnam War to avoid bombing and which also served as a base from which to operate the resistance movement. After a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels there will be a transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll have the chance to explore some of the sights, including a couple of museums that detail the events of the war.

Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne - 80 kms

Full Day

Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne - 80 kms

Following breakfast, there will be a transfer to the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City to the Dong Nai River. It is from here that today’s cycle begins. This morning’s picturesque route takes you past numerous rice paddies and rubber plantations as you cycle through several small towns and villages. After a well-deserved lunch at Cam My you will continue your ride on tranquil rural roads to Song Ray and thereafter to Ba To Lake. (Cycling distance: 80 kms) From here there will be a transfer to Mui Ne, a place famous for its beautiful white sandy beach. Once here, there’s surely no better way to end the day than watching the sun set over the ocean with a chilled beer. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be between 3 - 4 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Mui Ne

Day 5 - Mui Ne to Dalat - 65 kms

Full Day

Mui Ne to Dalat - 65 kms

Starting from the hotel, your initial cycling sees you follow the coastline before turning inland into the foothills of the Central Highlands. This rural route whilst remarkably quiet does have a few pre-lunch hills to test the legs. After lunch at a small roadside café specializing in noodle soup, you’ll be back on your bike and return to the quiet rural roads, that are fortunately flatter than those encountered earlier in the day. (Cycling distance: 65 kms) At the end of the ride there will be a transfer up into the higher reaches of the Central Highlands towards your overnight destination of Dalat. Along the way, pass-by an abundance of coffee and tea plantations as well as flower gardens and pine forests. This former French colonial hill station was founded over 100 years ago, as a resort town to escape the humidity of the coast. Whilst the French colonialists are long gone, Dalat still retains its colonial charm with a large number of magnificent villas reminding us of days gone by. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be approximately 3 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Dalat

Day 6 - Dalat to Nha Trang - 100 kms

Full Day

Dalat to Nha Trang - 100 kms

Today your cycling route will take you to the coast. Riding straight from your hotel, you will be soon climbing gently out of the town of Dalat. The route this morning heads through some stunning scenery and sees you riding deep in the Central Highlands through a mix of agricultural land, coffee plantations and lush tropical forest. Although the route contains a number of climbs, the stunning scenery throughout will spur you along, as will the thoughts of another well-earned lunch that will be taken at the top of the final climb. What goes up, must come down so after lunch you will continue on your bike with a stunning downhill cycle to the valley floor. The descent is on wide sweeping roads and loses 1500m in vertical height over 30kms. (Cycling distance: 100 kms). Once you’ve reached the plains, there will be a transfer to continue the journey to Nha Trang. With its lovely sunny climate, crystal clear blue waters, stunning 6km beach and fantastic seafood, it’s little wonder that Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach resort. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be approximately 2 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

2 nights in Nha Trang

Day 7- Nha Trang at Leisure

Full Day

Nha Trang at Leisure

After yesterday’s challenging ride, Nha Trang is the perfect place in which to relax and enjoy a full day at leisure. But for those with energy to spare, there are plenty of activities on offer to keep you busy. You could try out snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, a boat trip out to one of the nearby islands or visiting some of the interesting temples that are dotted around the city. There is also a vibrant nightlife scene and many places to dine in the evening. Whatever you choose today, they’ll be plenty of time to enjoy the everything Nha Trang has to offer.

Day 8- Nha Trang to Quy Nhon - 80 kms

Full Day

Nha Trang to Quy Nhon - 80 kms

Today you will have an early start to the day, beginning with a transfer to Co Ma Pass where you will begin cycling. The route today undulates along the coast, with the climbs generally short and not too challenging. The cycling route will take you to the beautiful fishing village of Dai Lanh, where after a short break at its beach, you will continue cycling to Ca Pass and Tuy Hoa for a lunch stop. In the afternoon you will board your bike again for a lovely ride that will take you through an area of rice paddies and small holdings. (Cycling distance: 80 kms). At the end of the ride there will be a transfer to the relaxed seaside city of Quy Nhon, which will be your base for the night. Dinner will be included tonight. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be between 2 – 3 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Quy Nhon

Day 9 - Quy Nhon to Quang Ngai - 80 kms

Full Day

Quy Nhon to Quang Ngai - 80 kms

The cycling today starts following a brief transfer to the outskirts of Quy Nhon. Today you will enjoy a morning ride along the coast to Phu My and Binh Duong. The ride is on small rural roads and doesn’t climb much above sea level for the duration of the day. It includes crossing the Nai Bridge (the longest sea-crossing bridge in Vietnam) as well as taking you through lots of small villages, where you’re likely be joined by locals using their bikes to get around. Lunch is included today en route. (Cycling distance: 80 kms). At the end of the ride there will be a transfer to Quang Ngai for an overnight stay. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be between 2 – 3 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Quang Ngai

Day 10 - Quang Ngai to Hoi An - 40 kms

Full day

Quang Ngai to Hoi An - 40 kms

Today’s cycling starts with a ride from your hotel down the coast to the site of the 1968 My Lai massacre, where you will visit the memorial and the museum. Afterwards it is time to get back on your bike and continue northwards, staying close to the coastline and riding on small backroads where possible. (Cycling distance: 40 kms). On reaching the Binh Thuan peninsular, there will be a transfer for the final leg of the journey to Hoi An, your home for the next two nights. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be approximately 2 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

2 nights in Hoi An

Day 11 - Hoi An Walking Tour

Morning

Hoi An Walking Tour

Hoi An was for three centuries one of the most important ports in Vietnam, visited by sailing ships from all over the world seeking trade in silk, ceramics and spices, but in the late 19th Century trade moved up the coast to Danang, and Hoi An returned to its sleepy existence. Today its fortunes are once again riding high following UNESCO’s listing of the Old Town as a World Heritage Site. Its quaint narrow streets are packed with ancient Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese styles of architecture. There will be a walking tour included which is a great way to explore Hoi An’s sites which include the Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to spend as you wish. Hoi An is the perfect place to take a leisurely boat trip, enjoy the wonderful cuisine on offer at some of the town’s numerous eateries, go shopping at the bustling local markets or visit the nearby beach. The choice is yours.

Day 12 - Hoi An to Hue - 70 kms

Full Day

Hoi An to Hue - 70 kms

This morning you will take the scenic route to Hue, through a region of Vietnam blessed with magnificent rural and coastal scenery. Transfer to Danang and start your ride from here with a gentle warm up, before taking on the winding ascent of the Hai Van Pass. At its summit you should be rewarded with stunning views of the South China Sea, before setting off on a superb descent. The afternoon’s ride takes you through beautiful rural scenery, which is characterized by numerous cemeteries with their ornate and highly decorative graves. (Cycling distance: 70 kms). At the end of the ride there will be a transfer to Hue, arriving in the late afternoon. Serving as Vietnam’s capital from 1801 to 1945, Hue has a serene and classic character. The total driving time for today’s transfers will be between 1.5 - 2 hours.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Hue

Day 13 - Hue City Tour by bike - 20 kms

Full Day

Hue City Tour by bike - 20 kms

Setting off straight from your hotel, today you will embark on a guided tour of Hue city by bike. The first stop is the Citadel where you will explore the Royal Walled City and Forbidden Purple Palace. The Palace’s splendid Ngo Mon Gate gives a hint of the destruction that has taken place over the years, but with the help of UNESCO and other NGOs, it is gradually being restored. After a visit to the Citadel, you will hop onboard a Dragon Boat and sail along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu – one of the oldest and most significant pagodas in Hue, and the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. From here you will pedal back to your hotel, where you have a chance to freshen-up. (Cycling distance: 20 kms)

Evening

Overnight train

This evening you will transfer to the train station for your overnight train to Hanoi. The train is comfortable, and you will be in 4-person soft sleeper cabins with air conditioning. Bedding is provided for this journey, though some people prefer to use their own silk sleeping bag liner instead which can easily be purchased in Hue. Depending on the size of our group, there may sometimes be the need to share your cabins with other travelers using the same service. The train is equipped with a dining car, but most people also like to take along snacks for the journey.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night onboard an overnight sleeper train

Day 14 - Hanoi City Tour

Full Day

Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi’s grand colonial buildings, together with the wide spacious boulevards and tree-lined lakes, ensure it is one of the most graceful and charming cities in South East Asia. Your guided tour here showcases some of Hanoi’s most interesting attractions, including the One Pillar Pagoda, the Soviet-inspired Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070, it was Vietnam’s first institute of learning and where candidates for the position of Mandarin were examined. Your final visit is to Hoa Lo Prison, which is better known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. The remainder of your time will be spent in the Old Quarter, north of the Hoan Kiem Lake. This is a great place to wander around and pick-up some last-minute souvenirs.

Overnight

Accommodation

1 night in Hanoi

Day 15 – At Leisure & Return Home

Full Day

At Leisure & Return Home

You will have some final time at leisure in Hanoi. This is the ideal time to grab your final taste of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and reflect on your time in this beautiful country. Later in the day you will transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 16 – Arrive Home

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Arrive Home

Arrive home to Dublin following your once in a lifetime cycling adventure to Vietnam.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Your accommodation for this trip is mainly 2 and 3 star rated, well appointed hotels in central locations. The rooms will generally have air conditioning, an en suite bathroom, TV and a fridge. Most breakfasts are continental style buffets. Picnics or lunches will be included en route, and dinner can be taken at your leisure and own expense at the hotel or at a local restaurant. There will also be one night on a sleeper train, travelling from Hue to Hanoi. The train is comfortable and you will be in 4 person soft sleeper cabins with air conditioning. Bedding is provided for this journey, though some people prefer to use their own silk sleeping bag liner instead which can easily be purchased in Hue. Depending on the size of your group, you may sometimes need to share your cabin with other travellers using the same service. The train is equipped with a dining car, but most people also like to take along snacks. The exact accommodation arrangements for your stay will be advised with your final documents approximately 10 days before departure. 

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  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

Our Promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully Protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad
  • We are a privately owned business and have been around for over 20 years
  • Licenced by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, TO 163 & TA 0692