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I absolutely loved this trip!  The guides, both western and local were great.  I cannot say enough good things about your local guide in Vietnam.   He's such a passionate, caring individual with such attention to every detail.  His relationship with the drivers, with restaurateurs, with the western guide was clearly fantastic.  He's just a lovely wonderful person. All in all it was an experience of a lifetime!

Laurie M. Edmonton, AB; Vietnam Luxe

 

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2014:
Jan 6-15
Jan 26-Feb 4

Feb 11-20

Dec 17-26

2015:
Jan 5-14
Jan 25-Feb 3

Feb 10-19

Dec 16-25

 

Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details

 

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

10 days/ 9 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Hanoi/ Saigon

 

Accommodations:

Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi

Pilgrimage Village, Hue

Anantara Resort, Hoi An

Ana Mandara Resort, Nha Trang

Sofitel Dalat Palace, Dalat

Post trips:

Blue Ocean Life Resort, Mui Ne Beach

Caravelle Hotel, Saigon

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor, Angkor Wat

Activity Level:

Moderate
20-40+ miles daily
van supported

Terrain:

Easygoing/moderate

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $3450
Includes 10B/6L/8D

Single Supplement:
US $950

Bike Rental:
US $290

Pre-trip Extension:
Halong Bay
Price: US $795 2D/2N
single supp- $200

Post -trip extensions:
Mui Ne
Price: US $795 2D/2N single supp- $200

Saigon
Price: US $795 2D/2N single supp- $200

 

Angkor Wat

Price: US $795 2D/2N single supp- $200

Additional Airfare Saigon to Siem Reap: US $185

map of Vietnam

Trips by Destination

Vietnam, Biking Luxe

 

Enchanting, exotic, and fast becoming the most popular destination in Indochina, Vietnam features lush countryside, colorful village markets, dramatic beach coastline and friendly, engaging people. Whether cycling along rice paddies, walking ancient trails, or on the water visiting floating markets, our trip offers the best of this fascinating country.

Only Great Explorations:

• Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
• A ride you will never forget: your first- to the Imperial City of Hue
• Cooking course in Hoi An with an acclaimed chef
• Amazing dinners including a beach banquet in Nha Trang and Temple Restaurant in Saigon
• Luxurious hotels that will wow you immediately
• We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Please note: we offer daily ‘non-cycling’ options for those who choose not to ride on days.

Itinerary

Pre-Trip extension (optional):

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. This archipelago marvel is an ideal introduction to the country and one that will not be soon forgotten. Your arrival night hotel into Hanoi is included. Next morning, you’ll shuttle to the coast where you’ll board a luxurious Chinese “junk” vessel to explore the over 2,000 limestone islands. Cruising through the bay, there are optional stops where you can hike through cathedral caves and visit remote fishing villages with local school children who delight in rowing us through their ‘community on water’. Our luxurious junk boasts large private cabins featuring floor to ceiling windows, private balconies and large granite and glass bathrooms. This extension includes one night at the Hanoi Metropole, and two days, one night cruising Ha Long Bay, meals (2B, 1L, 1D) and transfers.

DAY 1:
Hanoi - Your arrival night hotel is included in the trip at the luxurious Sofitel Metropole in the French Quarter; we meet at 7:00 pm in the Metropole lobby and head to dinner at a restaurant that is a Hanoi institution.

DAYS 2+3:
Hue -On the morning of Day 2, we meet at 9:00 am to enjoy a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s sites including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, museum and stilt house, the Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake district. We depart Hanoi on an late morning flight for Hue, the religious and educational center of Vietnam. Arriving to our hotel, the Pilgrimage Village, we will be greeted with welcome drinks and then ushered to our sumptuous suites. Our guide will give a cultural talk and overview of the history of Vietnam on this evening, before dinner in the hotel dining room. Next morning, we start our day with a visit to Hue’s moated Citadel, a surreal world of deserted gardens and ceremonial halls. Constructed for the Emperor in 1804, it contained the famed Imperial Forbidden City, which was reserved for the private life of the emperor, eunuch servants and royal concubines. Along our ride, we will have a chance to meet a famed Hue historian and conservationist, whose family’s ancestry has links to a former emperor; a visit to his home - the former residence of a Nguyen Dynasty princess - will be a highlight. Afterwards, we boat down the Perfume River to visit the majestic tomb of Minh Mang. Cycling distances: D3: 35 km; D4: 35 or 45 km

DAYS 4+5:
Hoi An - Departing Hue, we’ll ride along Vietnam's Central coastline with an optional climb over Hai Van Pass at 460 meters (the descent is breathtaking); the road has no traffic as all of the vehicles now take the new tunnel through the mountain. In Hoi An, we stay at the Anantara Hoi An Resort, ideally situated walking distance from town. With its candle-lanterns, historical homes and quaint riverside setting, Hoi An is one of our favorite villages in Vietnam. Our guide will give a walking tour of the town finishing at a renowned tailor where suits/dresses are made to measure in less than 24 hours. Next day, we cycle from the hotel through the flower and vegetable gardens and lush countryside. We finish the day with a cooking course with one of the region’s top chefs. It will be one of your best meals in Vietnam! Cycling distances: D5: 30-40 km; D6: 30-40 km

DAYS 6+7:

Nha Trang - After a short flight to the bustling coastal resort city of Nha Trang, we will check in to the five-star Ana Mandara Resort. After lunch at the beachside restaurant around the pool, there will be a cycling option along a new coastal road that is gently rolling, freshly paved and traffic-free. Other options include sailing, snorkeling or simply relaxing pool/beachside. Dinner will be at a favorite restaurant where our guide will introduce us to ‘locals night’ with fresh seafood in a convivial setting. Next day our morning ride is one of the best of the trip, leaving you the afternoon to relax at the private beach of our hotel. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel's top rated restaurant and we'll enjoy a private beach banquet. Cycling distances: D7: 17 or 34 km; D8: 52.5 km

DAYS 8+9:

Dalat- Leaving the coast, we’ll welcome the contrast of Vietnam's Central Highlands, featuring spectacular waterfalls, pine tree forests and minority villages. Arriving to Dalat, we will be welcomed to the Sofitel Dalat Palace, built in 1922 in French colonial style; the spacious rooms boast clawfoot tubs, fireplaces and spectacular views. The next day's ride is usually a favorite of the trip (we always save the very best for last) with a ride that descends over 15 km and then rolls gently past orchards and flower gardens (we shuttle back up to Dalat). After lunch, we visit the local market, Bai Do’s palace and the ‘Crazy House Hotel’ and then finish the trip with a celebratory dinner in the candlelit formal dining room of the Dalat Palace. Cycling distances: D9: 52km; D10: 50 km

EXTENSIONS DAYS 10-16:
Although the regular trip finishes with a flight to Saigon, we highly recommend continuing with our extensions to each of Mui Ne Beach (2 more days of cycling and beach time), Saigon (another day of cycling and a day at Cu Chi tunnels and city sights, and Angkor Wat, Cambodia; you can choose these separately or together.


EXTENSION – MUI NE BEACH DAYS 10-11:
Mui Ne Beach - The 1400-meter descent from the highlands back to the coast promises to be an exhilarating day as we cycle our way down forested countryside, by bamboo jungles and past sparsely populated villages on a beautifully paved road. Arriving to Mui Ne, we stay at the enchanting Blue Ocean Life Resort. Cycle early the next morning on a scenic road hugging the turquoise coast, catching a glimpse of local fisherman bringing their fish to market. For those preferring to relax or sail out into the South China Sea, options are many. Mui Ne beach has recently become a Mecca for kite surfers and you can watch the aerial acrobatics from the comfort of the hotel or take a lesson and join in! Cycling Distances: D11: 53 km; D12: 30 km. Includes 2 nights, meals (2B/ 1D), transfers, guide, support vehicle, bike rental etc.

EXTENSION – SAIGON DAYS 12+13:
Saigon - From Mui Ne, we cycle a recently paved road that follows the coast south past idyllic beaches that are largely undeveloped. After lunch, we transfer into Saigon. You’ll stay at the historic 5-star Caravelle Hotel, in the heart of Saigon's shopping and dining districts. On your second day, a local guide will take you to visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels north of HCMC. After lunch you will have time to visit the War Museum and other sites. Your trip materials will have information on the historical sites, restaurant recommendations etc. Cycling Distances: D13: 60 km Includes 2 nights including breakfast both days, transfers, guide, support vehicle, bike rental etc. US$795. Note that the Saigon extension can be done without doing Mui Ne and it would include airfare from Dalat.

EXTENSION- ANGKOR WAT DAYS 14-16:
Angkor Wat - Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for two days of exploring the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat with local guide. You will be met on arrival and shuttled to the incomparable Raffles Grand Hotel, which has undergone a $70 million renovation and is unquestionably one of the finest hotels in Asia. Our local guide will take you to see the most important sites including Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and other temples that are among the most incredible wonders in the world. Price includes 2 nights at the Raffles Grand with breakfast daily, guide and transport for two days, and airport transfers. (flight from Saigon to Siem Reap- $185 and 3 day Temple Pass- $40 are additional)

DAY 17: Depart at your leisure for onward travel.
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  • Weather
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  • Map

Map of the Area

 

Ride Info

Da Nang Weather

 

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

What is included: Regular trip

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 9 nights lodging
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • wine receptions on first and final nights and drinks on us at two 'local night dinners'
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off  including flights between Hanoi-Hue and Danang-Nha Trang (see arrive/depart cities)

 

What is included: Ha Long Bay Extension (prior to Regular trip)

  • Arrival night hotel at Metropole Hotel with breakfast
  • Two day one night cruise in Ha Long Bay on luxury boat
  • Meals (2B, 1L, 1D)
  • Airport transfer on arrival, and transfers between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

What is included: Mui Ne Extention

  • Two nights at the Blue Ocean Life Resort with breakfast daily
  • Bike rentals for two days, support vehicle and guide
  • Meals (2B/1D)

 

What is included: Saigon Extension

  • Cycling with guide between Mui Ne and Saigon
  • Two nights at the Caravelle Hotel with breakfast daily
  • Guided visit and transport to Cu Chi Tunnels

 

What is included: Angkor Wat

  • Two nights at the Raffles Grand Hotel with breakfast daily
  • Guided visits for two days with transport and airport transfers
  • Temple pass and flights between Saigon and Ankor Wat are additional

 

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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