All About this Tour
Two weeks like you have never experienced! Traveling from Saigon to Hanoi once in a lifetime is a must for all bike-lovers!
From the busy Ho Chi Minh City, to a cruise on Halong Bay including on the way authentic ethnic minority villages, seaside, jungle, two former capital cities, two National Parks, two UNESCO sites, and much more, this trip showcases all features of our beautiful country. You will step into the South, Central, Coast and North parts of Vietnam. The first two days will start on a rather gently path by staying in Saigon and its surroundings. Then, challenges will start to arise in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Discover the unknown Pleiku and Kon Tum, surrounded by mountains, coffee and pepper plantations as well as authentic ethnic groups proud of their cultures, these are the definition of off-beaten tracks, a paradise for cyclists! The next part of the journey will take place on the Central Coast by going through cultural and historical sites (Hue, Hoi An, My Son, My Lai…) before heading to the North of the country. While Ninh Binh and its National Park will keep you amazed, Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay will leave you wordless. You will pedal on dirt tracks throughout cassava plantations, rice paddies as well as smooth roads on the coast and, of course, you will meet some challenges along the way (Hai An Pass and some though climbs) Yes, there will be sweat, but it will be absolutely worth it! After such efforts, you will be able to relax on many boats and cruises along the way.
Day 1 Saigon (Dinner)
For your first day in Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon, you will meet the team of mechanics, drivers and guides that will accompany you throughout your journey from Saigon to Hanoi. Additionally, a bike fitting will be organized followed by a tour briefing and a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon 25 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
After a short transfer away from the busy city, you will cycle around 30km through small communities, rubber trees and village industries where you will get the chance to observe locals working in the field and taking care of their livestock. In Cu Chi, you will be accompanied through the historical and technical aspects of the tunnels used by the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. You will then be transferred back to the City and visit the must-see Museum of War Crimes in the afternoon.
Day 3 Saigon – Pleiku 50 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
This third day will start with an early flight to Pleiku in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This region is known for its mountainous landscape, its coffee and pepper plantations as well as its ethnic groups proud of their culture, language, ways of living and traditional clothes. The region is not touristy at all which will enable you to see the Real Vietnam by Bicycle including local encounters, authentic food and a unique glimpse of how natives live. After arrival, you will go with our team for a half-day ride in Gia Lai Province.
Day 4 Pleiku – Kon Tum 60 km (Breakfast, Lunch)
You will first be transferred by bus (1h) to the Ia Ly Pass, a breathtaking area between stunning green mountains and a vast man-made Lake. From there, you will cycle 60km to Kon Tum City. Your journey will be filled with dirt roads through cassava, sugar cane plantations and rice paddies, a great day for mountain bike lovers! Throughout the day, you will experience 1300m of climb and 1090m of descent on rolling hills to Sa Tay. The day will finish by an hour-long bus transfer to your hotel in Kon Tum City.
Day 5 Kon Tum 50 km (B, L)
This day will be entirely about discovering the unknown Kon Tum and its surroundings! Your guide will introduce you to different ethnic minorities present in the province and will even take you to authentic villages where you will be able to admire the magnificent 15m high traditional community halls, the Rong Houses. This 5th day’s 50km ride will go so fast as you experience the Kon Klor Bridge, Dak Bla River, the traditional gong music, try the Central Highland’s gastronomy, taste the local coffee and maybe the local rice wine?
Day 6 Kon Tum - Quang Ngai 80km (B,L)
Our team will drive you up to the Mang Den Pass (1h), get your camera ready for the splendid view offering an amazing panorama from its high altitude, Mang Den is also famously known by both the Buddhist and Christian religious community for its worship sites. Once in Mang Den, you will hop on your bike and start cycling 80km downhill in the direction of Quang Nhai. On the way, you will meet 1718m of climbs and will enjoy 2520m of descend. You will then be picked up by our driver for an 1.5 hours transfer to Quang Ngai.
Day 7 Quang Ngai - My Lai - Hoi An 50 km (B,L)
In the morning, you start cycling with a first stop at My Lai where "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War" took place with hundreds of civilians massacred. You will get a guided visit of the historical site and museum before getting back on your bike to continue the journey. You will cycle mainly on smooth roads through small authentic fishing villages filled with colorful boats. After lunch, our bus will pick you up to get directly to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its preserved architecture reminding its time as a trading port between the 15th and 19th century. In addition to its unique atmosphere and inimitable buildings, the city is nowadays famous for its colorful lanterns enlightening the Old Town at night. The end of the day will be yours to explore this amazing city.
Day 8 Hoi An – Rest Day (B)
Enjoy this rest day at the beach or in the city’s Old Town. Do not hesitate to ask your guide for suggestions.
Day 9 Hoi An - Hue 100 km (B,L)
We hope that you will be ready for some challenges because this ride is not going to be easy but it will be the most rewarding one of the entire trip! You will commence the day with a short transfer out of the city. You will then go on your bike and ride along the coast up to Danang and its China Beach popular from soldiers during the Vietnam War to sunbathers nowadays. Then, it is time to climb the renowned Hai Van Pass. The climb goes gradually up to 480m with many switchbacks and offers a stunning view on nature overlooking the South China Sea followed by an extensive smooth descent to your reward: Lunch! In the afternoon, our team will take you to the seaside for 44km before getting to Hue, the old capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Day 10 Hue - Ninh Binh 30 km (B,L,D)
This day will be all about getting to know more about Hue’s history by visiting its must-see sites namely the An Cuu (Perfume) River, the tombs of Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen dynasty and the Vong Canh hill, this 43 m high hill offer a stunning panorama of the Perfume River. Furthermore, you will cycle you to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda, the highest religious building of the nation and the symbol of the city. Finally, you will be able to enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Perfume River back to Hue before packing up, eating dinner with our team and boarding an overnight train to Ninh Binh, “Halong Bay on earth”.
Day 11 Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National Park 60 km (B,L,D)
You will get to Ninh Binh in the morning before being transferred to a local restaurant for an early lunch. In the afternoon, you will bike across the region’s breathtaking landscape of karst mountains and rice paddies. Our guide will take you to Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries where you will visit splendid ancient temples. Then, you will continue cycling to the Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam's first and largest natural reserve. You will spend the night in the National Park.
Day 12 Cuc Phuong National Park - Hai Phong 60 km (B,L)
You will begin the day by cycling around this preserved environment before visiting the primate rescue center. On the way out of the park, you will be able to cycle through pineapple plantations before traveling across local villages and farmlands. At this point, you will be able to differentiate the Northern and Southern landscape, houses, people and even clothing. Our bus will be waiting for you at the Highway 1 for a transfer to Hai Phong, one of Vietnam’s major harbors.
Day 13 Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island 26 km (B,L,D)
You will board a ferry to Fulong on Cat Ba Island, south of Halong Bay. On the island is one of Vietnam most wonderful natural resources: Cat Ba National Park. Once on Cat Ba Island, you will hop back on your bike for a 26km ride on the island’s only road. After lunch in town, you will be free to discover the rest of the island. You will spend the night on the island.
Day 14 Halong Bay – Hanoi 22 km (B,D)
For your last day with our team, you will go for a short ride in the morning before boarding on an unforgettable cruise throughout Halong Bay. The UNESCO site is made of 1,600 islands and islets mainly uninhabited due to its spectacular fauna and limestone karsts. It is said that Halong Bay was created by a powerful dragon traveling from the mountain into the sea. At the end of the cruise, you will get transferred to Hanoi for some free time. For this last evening together, our team will invite you for a farewell dinner, a lovely time to remind ourselves about everything we have done on this amazing trip! We hope to see you again soon!
- Accommodation with breakfast (3 star on average)
- Meals as the itinerary mentioned
- Experienced English cycling tour guide
- High quality mountain bike available in all sizes (Cannondale, Trek...) + helmet
- Local guides
- Flights : Saigon - Pleiku
- Transport by private car with AC
- Truck to carry bikes and mechanic from group of 5pax +
- All entrance fees, performances , boat tours
- Water, drinks and snacks
- Tips for the local team
- Travel insurance
- Domestic and International flights
- Vietnam Visa stamp fee
- Alcohol & other personal expenses.
- Others not mentioned above
Please note that this is our standard tour offering 3-star hotels or similar establishments. Budget as well as luxury options are available as well, do not hesitate to contact us directly by email for more information.