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Saigon To Hanoi Cycle & Food Tour

Saigon to Hanoi Cycle & Food Tour

Saigon to Hanoi Cycle & Food Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

Amazing cycling with great food and varied scenery

FROM

NZ$4,271

DURATION

18 Days

Our Saigon to Hanoi cycle tour is graded moderate:

Moderate grading: Medium length rides suitable for the leisure cyclist who exercises regularly and has good mobility. Fitness is more important than technical ability for this level, as the road surfaces will be mostly smooth and the hills relatively gentle. Distances of between 50-80 kms per day.

As it will be hotter and more humid than you’re used to, you’ll get maximum enjoyment if you are of average to good fitness. If you haven’t biked for a while, we suggest you add biking a couple of times a week for around 30-40km, to your fitness regime about 6 weeks before going on the trip. The longest cycle day can be 90km, however you always have the option to travel in the support vehicle if necessary. Most days are between 30km and 70km in length, with a total of 11 full biking days and 3 half days.

*All our tours are non-smoking

Our fascinating Saigon to Hanoi Cycle and Food tour is an in-depth journey of Vietnam, exploring back roads, beautiful scenery, and sampling all the local food. Combine it with our Bangkok to Saigon Cycle and Food tour for a taste of three amazing countries.

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 18 days from Saigon to Hanoi
Trip focus: A moderate to challenging cycle tour exploring Vietnam in-depth
Accommodation: 17 nights standard hotels
Transport: cycle, van, flight
Group Size: Maximum 12 + tour leader, Minimum 6
Single supplement: NZ$924 per person
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Truck support from 05 passengers up for cycling days
  • Mechanic support from 7 passengers up
  • Bicycle rental and helmet
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and soft drink for biking days
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fees where required in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast
  • Simple first aid kit

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (phone, laundry, shopping and so on)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters.
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion
  • Optional Kayak trip in Hoi An

If you choose to book both the Bangkok to Saigon Cycle and Food Tour and the Saigon to Hanoi Cycle and food tour back to back, we will be able to do so at a discount of NZ$175 per person based on Twin share and NZ$458 on a single rate. Please let us know at the time of booking.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY SAIGON, STREET EATS AFTER DARK

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. If you do arrive before check in time, you can leave your luggage at reception and go out and explore Saigon city.

Free at leisure till early evening for food tour.

SAIGON STREET EATS AFTER DARK

This evening, meet up with your foodie guide for a tour briefing before setting out to discover some of the best street food gems you can imagine. Join the queue at a local banh mi shop for some of the best bread in Saigon. Drive or walk to a banh cuon eatery (steamed rice flour crepe filled with pork). Next, sample banh trang nuong, a pizza-like snack from Dalat loaded with interesting toppings. Indulge your sweet tooth at a nearby dessert stall selling delicious chuoi nep nuong (grilled banana with coconut milk). Your final stop will be at a busy eatery famous for its fresh grilled seafood, best washed down with a cold local beer. Return to your hotel in the late evening.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2 – SAIGON VESPA TOUR AND CU CHI TUNNELS BY ROAD

Discover the real Saigon like a local on the back of a vintage-style Vespa, seeing local sights and some of the city’s historic landmarks.

From Saigon, take a 2hr drive northwest to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches.

In the evening, transfer from your hotel to the restaurant sample the delights of Vietnamese cuisine, and toast the start of what will be an unforgettable journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.

DAY 3 – SAIGON to MUI NE

After breakfast, enjoy your 4 hour transfer to the beach town of Phan Thiet city. Check into the hotel and enjoy half day riding along the coast. Your ride begins at your hotel on a relatively flat route passing through desert-like scenery with sand dunes and coastal views. There are great photo opportunities along this stretch of the route. Overnight at a beach resort in Mui Ne.

Cycling distance: Approx 45km.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4 – MUI NE to PHAN THIET to BAO LOC to DALAT

Drive out of town, cycle to Bao Loc (500 metres above sea level), and following highway 28 where there is less traffic and fantastic views. You will see amazing rice fields, an ethnic village (K’ Ho minority), the National Forest of Ma Lam, Da Mi Lake, banana and tea plantations. Finish cycling in Di Linh, and transfer to the unique city of Dalat. At 1,475 metres above sea level, Dalat is a temperate region dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests.

Cycling distance: Approx 50km.
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 – DALAT to LAK LAKE to BUON ME THUOT

Departing Dalat, enjoy a full day in the saddle exploring the region’s amazing hillside scenery. The first 17 km is downhill to Tanung, continue to ride on flat roads and rolling hills to Thanh Binh. You are now on larger roads with a couple of passes to tackle. The road between Dalat and Lak Lake winds over two mountain passes and the riding is quite challenging, but worth the effort. As you approach Lak Lake you will have a great view of the town and the lake. Take the opportunity to rest here and admire the view, after which you can transfer in the support van to Buon Me Thuot.

Cycling distance: 45km
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6 – BUON ME THUOT to NHA TRANG

Following breakfast, head out on Road 26 to the coastal town of Nha Trang. The ride is over undulating hills with some stunning scenery; we take plenty of stops to absorb the beauty of coffee plantations, Earkrong Buk River and mountains. Stop for lunch at Ea Knop before descending towards the coast. When you arrive at Highway 1, the shuttle will take you the last 30 km of this scenic coastal stretch past turquoise waters and scarlet fishing boats, to Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Cycling distance: Approx 50 Km
Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7 – NGA TRANG

Enjoy a half-day cycling into the countryside on a 30 km loop. Starting with a short drive and a boat trip, cycle through villages on tiny roads and quiet lanes, stopping off at points of interest en-route. There are plenty of sights, sounds and smells to absorb. Lunch will be a picnic and there will be options to sample local restaurant food if your wish. Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beaches of Nha Trang where you spend the night.

Cycling distance: Approx 30 Km
Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 8 – NHA TRANG to TUY HOA to QUY NHON

The gentle ride today takes you to the coastal resort of Doc Let. There will be time to relax on the beach before transferring away from Highway 1 to Dai Lanh Beach. From here the ride is along the coastal road passing rice fields, shrimp farms, salt farms, and coconut palms. On arrival at Tuy Hoa, take the air-conditioned bus to Qui Nhon.

Cycling distance: Approx 50km
Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 – QUY NHON to QUANG NGAI

Cycling the back-road through several little villages and a range of scenery you will find the road is mostly flat with just two small climbs. On reaching Highway One we will drive to Quang Ngai, passing the small town of Sa Huynh, a pleasant fishing backwater perched on a broad curve of palm fringed, golden sand. Continue the transfer to the site of the My Lai massacre. The My Lai site is in a small rural settlement, surrounded by simple thatched huts, quilted rice paddies and farmers with conical hats going about their day-to-day routines. The mood set by these surroundings is one of peace and tranquility despite the deep scars of the past. After a guided tour of the museum, we continue cycling on quiet roads passing My Khe Beach, local villages, a school and a lively local market. Overnight at Quang Ngai.

Cycling distance: Approx 50 km
Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10 – QUANG NGAI to HOI AN

After breakfast, transfer to Tam Ky city –the capital of Quang Nam Province, then hop on your bikes to cycle along the central coast of Vietnam, passing several rice fields, old villages, and fishing port until you reach Hoi An.

Cycling distance: Approx 50 km
Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 – HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE

After breakfast, start cycling along the Thu Bon River where you have a chance to take photographs of many fishing boats and small houses. Continue biking through Thuan Tinh Ecological village and take the opportunity to see areca-nut gardens, family shrines and local villagers going about daily life. Keep on cycling along quiet inland trails, passing water-coconut palm trees, fishing farms and rice paddies to reach Cua Dai Beach. Cam Thanh is a local fishing village with charming ocean views, many kumquat gardens and corn fields. On your return to Hoi An town, you may wish to stop by Tra Que village where many farmers cultivate herbs and vegetables. Help water the plants or fertilize the land if you have no problem getting your hands dirty and then enjoy lunch with your host. Return to Hoi An after lunch and then enjoy walking tour in the afternoon.

Cycling distance: Approx 20 km
Difficulty: Easy

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12 – HOI AN - ORGANIC FARM VISIT AND COOKING CLASS

This morning, meet your guide and transfer to the picturesque Co Co river for a bamboo basket–boat ride to Thanh Dong village which is the first and only organic farm in Hoi An. Get your hands dirty in the fields sourcing your own vegetables for the class, before continuing on a short bamboo basket–boat ride through the peaceful water coconut forest to a riverbank restaurant looking out rice fields. On arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, take part in traditional Vietnamese folk games as balance Bamboo Bridge, pot smashing then join in a hands–on cooking class. After the cooking class, savour the dishes you have prepared. Bid farewell to the chef before transferring back to your hotel.

The remainder of the day can be yours to explore or you can take an optional Kayak tour at an extra cost

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13 – HOI AN to HUE

Today you travel north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. Leaving Danang, commence cycling on a flat road by the beach before tackling the Hai Van Pass (also known as the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’). The views here are stunning and worth the 580 metre climb. If you prefer to avoid this you can always take a lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top, it will have been worth every moment as you effortlessly glide back toward the coast. Lunch break is at Lang Co Beach, then after a short transfer continue cycling along coastal the road passing through small villages and timeless rural scenes to Thuan An. Here you transfer to our city center hotel, and overnight in Hue.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 14 – HUE CYCLE TOUR AND TRADITIONAL CULINARY TASTING - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

At 7.30am, departure for a cycle tour of Hue. Visit the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, cycle to the pier where you cross the Perfume river by ferry with your bikes. Continue cycling to the Thien Mu pagoda. Return to your hotel for quick refresh and check out.

At 11.00am depart for Hue traditional culinary tasting (approx. 3 hours). Hue is famous not only for the thousand-year-old history but also for its diverse traditional food culture. Today emerge yourselves in this interesting culinary tasting tour around Hue city.

Depart to the Hue Station and board a train to Hanoi (SE4, Livitrans shared cabin 4 berths, 15:31 04:50). Overnight on train.

Cycling distance: Approx 25 km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 15 – HANOI CITY TOUR

Arrive into Hanoi station early in the morning (4:50am). Our guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check in and having breakfast before enjoying a half day city tour.

Commence the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. After that, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s House where he lived and worked. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life, then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre – a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 16 – HANOI to HALONG BAY

Depart for a 3 1/2 hour drive to Halong Bay with a quick rest stop at Dai Viet Center – the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Tuan Chau wharf, break time for photo taken before register and welcome drink will be served on board of Glory Legend. As you settle into your cabin and cruise through the bay, lunch will be served on deck. In the evening, take part in a cooking class demonstration organised on the sundeck, learn how to make spring rolls and enjoy Happy Hour on board. Deluxe dinner will be served afterwards. The rest of the evening will be your leisure time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 17 – HALONG BAY to HANOI (OVERLAND)

Wake up early to catch up the sunrise on the upper deck with a cup of tea or coffee. Take part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Then you will visit Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling takes on numerous shapes and forms before having brunch while cruising back to Tuan Chau Wharf. Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi. Opt to visit a traditional pottery workshop en route. Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Meals Included: Brunch and Dinner

DAY 18 – DEPARTURE DAY

Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight

Meals Included: Breakfast

TESTIMONIALS

BikingSightseeingCultural ExperiencesFood and CookingPlaneTrainBoatNature

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The delights of fine Vietnamese cuisine
  • Coastal cycling with stunning views and varied scenery
  • The French hill station of Dalat
  • Relax at the holiday town and beach of Nha Trang
  • World Heritage listed town of Hoi An
  • Swim and relax on Vietnam’s beautiful beaches
  • The old Imperial capital of Hue
  • The unique limestone mountains of Tam Coc
  • Primate rescue centre at Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Discovering the backroads of Vietnam by bike
  • Organic Farm visit and Cooking class

DATES

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Dates for 2021 TBA TBC
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