“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”
– Kay & Jim D,
2017 and 2018
Trip dates available on request. Call or email for details
10 days/ 9 nights
20-40+ miles daily
Terrain:Moderate with some hills
Land Cost (current year):
Halong Bay Extension:
Price: US $495 2D/2N
Post -trip extensions:
Price: US $495 2D/2N each
Additional Airfare Saigon to Siem Reap: US $185
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.
Please note: we offer daily ‘non-cycling’ options for those who choose not to ride.
Pre-Trip Extension (optional):
Ha Long Bay - Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is a marvel often described as the eighth wonder of the world. This archipelago is an ideal introduction to the country and one that will not be soon forgotten. Your arrival night hotel in Hanoi is included. Next morning, after a shuttle to the coast where you will board a Chinese “junk” vessel to explore the over 2,000 limestone islands. Cruising through Halong 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 comfortable junk boasts large private cabins. This extension includes one night at the Intercontinental West Lake, and two days, one night cruising Ha Long Bay, meals (2B, 1L, 1D) and transfers.
Hanoi - Your arrival night hotel is included on arrival day. Dinner will be at a local restaurant, filled with locals. We’ll stay at the Intercontinental West Lake Hotel, ideally situated near the Old Quarter.
Hue - On the morning of Day 2, we meet at 9:00 am to enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s sites including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, museum and stilt house, and Hoan Kiem Lake district. We depart Hanoi on an afternoon flight for Hue, the religious and educational center of Vietnam. Our guide will give a cultural talk and overview of the history of Vietnam on this evening, before dinner. 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. We stay at the Orchid Hotel, located in the center of Hue, close to restaurants and cafes. Cycling distances: D3: 35 km; D4: 35 or 45 km
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 charming Ha Van Hotel, close to the old 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
Nha Trang - After a short flight to the bustling coastal resort city of Nha Trang, we will check in to the Novotel Nha Trang, a new hotel directly across from the beach. After lunch, 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 options include local restaurants or the Nha Trang Sailing Club with a hip vibe and superb beachside setting. Cycling distances: D7: 17 or 34 km; D8: 52.5 km
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 Hotel Du Parc, built in 1932 in French colonial style and completely renovated in 1992. 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 at one of the best restaurants in Dalat. Cycling distances: D9: 52km; D10: 50 km
EXTENSIONS DAYS 10-16:
Although the regular trip finishes in Dalat (with a flight to Saigon), we highly recommend continuing with our extensions to each of Mui Ne Beach, Saigon 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 Mia Resort located directly on the beach. 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/ 2D), transfers, guide, support vehicle, bike rental etc. US$495
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. We’ll stay at the historic Continental Hotel, in the heart of Saigon's shopping and dining districts. Dinner on this night will be at Quan An Ngon, a Saigon institution. On our second day, visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels north of HCMC and after lunch the War Museum and other sites. Dinner is at Temple Restaurant, recently featured in NY Times. Cycling Distances: D13: 60 km Includes 2 nights meals (2B/ 2D), transfers, guide, support vehicle, bike rental etc. US$495
EXTENSION- ANGKOR WAT DAYS 14+15:
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 the Pavillon D'Orient Hotel. 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 with breakfast daily, guide and transport for two days, and airport transfers. US$495 (flight from Saigon to Siem Reap- $185 and 3 day Temple Pass- $40 are additional)
DAY 16: Depart at your leisure for onward travel.
Map of the Area
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
- 10 nights lodging
- 10 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 Galaxy Hotel with breakfast
- Two day one night cruise in Ha Long Bay
- Meals (2B, 2L, 1D)
- Airport trasfer on arrival, and trasfers between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay
What is included: Mui Ne Extention
- Two nights at the Coco Beach Hotel with breakfast daily
- Bike rentals for two days, support vehicle and guide
- Meals (2B/2D)
What is included: Saigon Extension
- Cycling with guide between Mui Ne and Saigon
- Two nights at the Elios Hotel with breakfast daily
- Guided visit and transport to Cu Chi Tunnels
- Meals (2B/2D)
What is included: Angkor Wat
- Two nights at the Auberge Mount Royale with breakfast daily
- Guided visits for two days with transport and airport transfers
- Meals (2B/1D)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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