Duration: 15 Days
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh
Tour Route: Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Quang Ngai – Kon Tum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot – Dalat – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – night train to Hue
Day 3: Hue
Day 4: Hue – Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An – Quang Ngai
Day 7: Quang Ngai – Kon Tum
Day 8: Kon Tum – Pleiku
Day 9: Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot
Day 10: Buon Me Thuot – Dalat
Day 11: Dalat – Mui Ne
Day 12: Mui Ne
Day 13: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – Cu chi Tunnels
Day 15: Depart Ho Chi Minh
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival we will be welcomed and transferred to our hotel. In the evening we will have dinner in a local restaurant with the opportunity to sample some specialty dishes of Hanoi. Afterwards we will see the famous Water Puppet show at The Water Puppet Theater on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 2: Hanoi – night train to Hue (B)
This morning we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex which consists of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his house on stilts, and the outside of the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda and the impressive Temple of Literature. The remainder of the day will be free to explore the Old Quarter. After a late check-out from our hotel and dinner, we will transfer to the train station for our overnight journey on the Reunification Express to Hue.
Day 3: Hue (cycling around 40km) (B, L)
We will arrive at Hue in the morning and transfer to our hotel. After breakfast we will meet our additional crew who will be driving the support vehicles. We will also be introduced to our bicycles. We will receive a briefing on how to ride the bikes and how to handle the traffic in Vietnam. We will then set out for our first ride in to visit the old Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Imperial Museum before lunch. In the afternoon, we cycle to the eccentric Tu Duc tomb. Time permitting we will then cycle to Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 4: Hue – Hoi An (B, L)
We will drive out of the city then cycle on the Highway through some little passes to Lang Co beach where we will have lunch. Afterwards we will drive to the top of the Hai Van Pass, admiring the wonderful views as we ride to Danang, then by bus to the charming old city of Hoi An. In the evening we will take a short walking tour through the old streets of Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An – Free with below suggestion (B)
We will have a short walking tour around Hoi An to visit some of the beauty spots such as the 200 year old Tan Ky House, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall and the Japanese Bridge. The high quality silk found in Hoi An can be made into clothes by local tailors within a couple of hours. You may even join a local cooking class to learn about some of the sumptuous Vietnamese dishes. There are plenty of distractions to keep you busy during a full day in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An – Quang Ngai (cycle 65km) (B, L)
Leaving the charming town behind, we will take a short boat trip to cross the Thu Bon River to Duy Hai village where we start the cycling through many fishing villages on the way along the coast to Ha Lam town that we keep take our bus to Tam Ky town for lunch. After lunch we drive to our hotel in Quang Ngai town and cycle to My Lai massacre which is now a museum of The War Remnants in Quang Ngai province. Tonight we spent the night in the hotel.
Day 7: Quang Ngai – Kon Tum (70 km) (B, L)
We start our day with cycling inland along the highway 24 up to Ba To town, Dak Rve and Kon Tum, this road with some challenge for us and there not much traffic on the way.
Day 8: Kon Tum – Pleiku (cycling around 49km) (B, L)
This morning we take our bus out of Kon Tum before we start cycling. We spend a pleasant day on gentle rolling hills passing numerous small villages and rubber plantations. Pleiku is situated 600km from Saigon and 200km from Buon Me Thuot. Overnight stay at Pleiku.
Day 9: Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot (cycling around 80km) (B, L)
Today’s part-cycle ride is on an excellent road, Highway 14, taking in 197 kms of undulating and scenic upland. We pass by coffee plantations and national parks on our way to the largest town in the Western Highlands, and the capital of Dak Lak Province. Overnight Buon Me Thuot. Cambodia bike Vietnam.
Day 10: Buon Me Thuot – Dalat (cycling around 80 km) (B, L)
We leave Buon Me Thuot early in the morning by bus out of the biggest coffee city in Vietnam. Our journey today is on a fine road with little traffic. The road is narrow but quite good, the view, with its vast coffee and rubber plantations, will take your breath away. Overnight stay at Dalat.
Day 11: Dalat – Mui Ne (cycling around 80km) (B, L)
Today we take the bus a short distance before commencing our cycle ride down the coastal route. This offers wonderful ocean views with a climb up some quiet roads through rolling hills and remote Cham villages. After lunch we will continue cycling to Mui Ne. Overnight at Mui Ne beach.
Day 12: Mui Ne (B)
At your leisure
Day 13: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
The morning is at your leisure. This afternoon we will drive by bus to Ho Chi Minh City (about 4 hours) Overnight stay at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – Cu chi Tunnels (B)
Early this morning we will travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is about a 2 hour drive. These tunnels are part of a network stretching a distance of 250km. They enabled resistance fighters to move around unobserved. We can go down into a section of the tunnels which have been maintained. In the afternoon there is free time for last minute shopping in Saigon before leaving Vietnam.
Day 15: Depart Ho Chi Minh (B)
Trip will conclude after breakfast. Our vehicle will transfer us to the airport to take our flight home.