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Hit all the highlights along this stunning coastal route, from the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An to the stunning beaches of the coast and everything in between. Vietnam will not fail to amaze and thrill along the way. Both the natural beauty and the friendliness of the locals will make the experience unforgettable.

 

Notes

  • There is surcharge for travelling on Lunar New Year, Christmas, regional New Year, Tet and other public holidays throughout the region please check with your consultant for date confirmation.
  • Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible to.
  • Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.
  • Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.
  • All flight times are local.
  • All cycling and trekking/walking distances displayed are approximate and subject to the guests’ ability and availability of the route, the guide will use his discretion to ensure safety and comfort for all participants.
  • All Destinations: Our guides are briefed not to promote or recommend any specific shopping outlets, curio stores, gem factories or outlets. INDOTREK operates a strict policy on this matter. Should your guide recommend any form of shopping or any other commercial activity outside of what may have been included in this itinerary, INDOTREK can accept no responsibility should you decide to accept any such recommendations.

 

Disclaimer

Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose a similar hotel in the same category and discuss with you for your final approval as the price may change.

Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check in is after 14:00pm. Early check in and late checkout is subject to availability only.

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

 

Singles Joining – If you are joining a trip as a solo traveler please add the single supplement to the trip price. If you are willing to share a room please let us know and we will do our best to find someone for you to share with, we will inform you before finalizing the final payment of the trip.

 

BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY

A non-refundable deposit of 30% of total trip cost per person is required to confirm your tour. Please note that the full balance, as indicated on our confirmation which will be sent to you, is due 45 days before your departure date. If you are booking within 45 days of your departure date the full amount is due when booking. Failure to pay by the due date could be considered as a cancellation on your part and we reserve the right to impose cancellation charges as detailed below (These are default conditions unless you have a predetermined, overriding agreement with us).

 

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Itineraries

Day 1

Saigon arrival (Flight ticket will be advised later/Own ticket)

Rendezvous at your hotel in Saigon in time for a pre-trip group meeting at 18:00. You can arrive at the joining hotel any time today as no activities are planned. But please remember that hotel check-in times are after midday – unless the hotel has some rooms already available. If you do arrive early, you can leave your luggage at reception and we would encourage you to get out and explore Saigon city. Before leaving the hotel, please look in the reception area for a notice advising your tour leader’s name, mobile phone number and other helpful local information. Your leader will be happy to escort you to a local restaurant to sample the delights of Vietnamese cuisine and toast the start of what will be an unforgettable journey.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Saigon City Tour

Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, it’s a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. A walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must. Transfer to Dong Khoi Street, or Rue Catinat as it was known in the time of the French occupation, to discover some of the beautiful French colonial buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Appreciate the splendidly restored exteriors of the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville which are still two of the finest buildings in Saigon. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower. The former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, is a short drive away and reveals the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Continue to the City Hall (the former Hotel de Ville) which was completed in 1908 by the French. It remains as one of the most stunning colonial monuments especially when floodlit at night (outside visit). Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break and observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal interaction with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives. In the afternoon, drive to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the American war through a local’s eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Head to China town to visit Thien Hau temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century to honor the Goddess of the Sea. The temple’s ornate interior courtyard is always full of life as worshippers from the local Chinese community come to offer their prayers. Take time to make a wish, write it on a small card and attach it to one of the incense coils in the local custom. Continue your visit to FITO, the first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam, offering an insight into how traditional medicine was used in the past.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Saigon – Mui Ne

After breakfast, enjoy 4 hours transfer to the beach town of Phan Thiet. Check in the hotel and enjoy half a 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. 45 Km.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4

Mui Ne- Phan Thiet- Bao Loc- Dalat

Drive out of town, cycle to Bao Loc (500 metres above sea level), following highway 28 where there is less traffic and fantastic views. You will see amazing rice fields, an ethnic village (K’Ho minority), and 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 Da Lat. At 1,475 Metres above sea level, Dalat is a temperate region dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests. This French Hill Station was once known as `Little Paris`. The surrounding hills provide South Vietnam with a more temperate climate to grow flowers and vegetables such as apples and carrots.

Cycling distance: Approx. 50 Km.
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5

Dalat – Lak Lake – Buon Me Thuot

Departing Dalat, enjoy a full day in the saddle exploring the region’s amazing hillside scenery. The first 17 kilometres 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. The road may seem almost vertical but the views over the coffee plantations are spectacular. After a slow uphill ride of less than 10km (remember the support vehicle is on hand) you will reach the summit and then coast down the other side. The second Chuoi (Banana) pass begins soon after, but is less challenging and mostly downhill. Ride past many examples of beautiful wooden houses with piles of coffee beans drying in the sun. As you approach Lak province to explore Jun ethnic minority villages. The village is located by the Lak Lake and home to the M'nong Rlam People who live in long houses. Enjoy an optional elephant ride through Lak Lake where you will have a great view of the town and the lake and 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: 45 Km
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Buon Me Thuot – 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; 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 HW1 at Ninh Hoa, the shuttle will take you the last 30km to Nha Trang. After driving this scenic coastal stretch past turquoise waters and scarlet fishing boats, you will arrive in Nha Trang holiday town. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Cycling distance: Approx. 50 Km
Difficulty: Moderate.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Nha Trang

Enjoy a half-day cycling into the countryside on a 30km loop. Starting with a short drive and 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. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beaches of Nha Trang where you spend the night.

Cycling distance: Approx. 30 Km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meal: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Day 8

Nha Trang- Tuy Hoa - 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. Few tourists stop on this stretch of road, so you will be a novelty to the local people - it is a great experience. Vietnamese are some of the friendliest people imaginable, and choosing to see their country by cycle will delight them. On arrival at Tuy Hoa, take the air-conditioned bus to Quy Nhon. Overnight in Quy Nhon.

Cycling distance: Approx. 50 km
Difficulty: Moderate.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Quy Nhon – Quang Ngai – Hoi An

Cycling the back-roads 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 1 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. Speckled with blue fishing boats, this sleepy village is a convenient and relaxing place to rest en-route to points north. 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 tranquillity 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. Then we will transfer to Hoi An.

Cycling distance: Approx. 50 km
Difficulty: Moderate.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

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. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Cycling distance: Approx. 20 km
Difficulty: Easy
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Hoi An - 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 meter 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 the coastal 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
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Hue city tour

Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Start from your hotel with a 10-minute ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, the vehicle will take you to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. In the afternoon, hop on your bike ride approx. 30 km to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcase elements of eastern art and western designs. Continue to the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of Feng-shui. Transfer back to your hotel with an optional stop en route at an incense stick making house if time permitted.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Hue – Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Commence the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and 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. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House where he lived and worked. It is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. 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.

NOTE: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid-November for maintenance (the closed period is subject to change by the Mausoleum Management). Ho Chi Minh’s House is closed on the afternoon of Monday & Friday. An alternative visiting sight in the city can be arranged without surcharge if time permits.

Meal: Breakfast

Day 14

Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overland)

Depart for a 3.5 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 cruising through the bay, lunch will be served on deck. You will have the opportunity admire famous Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Cock, Saddle rock before arriving at Vung Vieng village. It was once the fishing village, however most of them have moved on land for their children’s future due to the lack of education system and access to vital information. This will allow a closer look into the lives of local fishermen before you transfer to the place for relaxing on sundeck or enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits). In the evening, take part in a cooking class demonstration organized on 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. Overnight on junk (joined boat – private cabin, 2 persons per cabin) (Lunch, Dinner).

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Halong Bay - Hanoi (Overland)

Wake up early to catch 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.

Meal: Brunch, Dinner

Day 16

Hanoi departure

Free time at leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Meal: Breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking local guides.
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and support truck for cycling days (from 05 pax up).
  • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • Snack and fresh fruit for cycling day.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Mechanic support from 07 pax up.
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • Basic first aid kit.
  • International flight to Saigon/from Hanoi .
  • Visas where required.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out. This is for guidance only.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.

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