Day 1: Hanoi. Early flight in required. This morning, spend a few hours exploring Hanoi by bus and on foot. Drive to West Lake for fresh coconut juice and croissant on a pontoon café, to shake away any jet lag that you might have. Continue out on to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to visit the exterior of the final resting place of president Ho Chi Minh, his old residence and one pillar pagoda. Then enjoy a tour by bike through the vibrant street scene of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Hanoi became Vietnam's capital in 1010, and still has many preserved ancient architectural works including the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, a bike fitting will set your equipment for the journey and you might have time for a short test-ride through Hanoi. Before dinner there will be a full trip briefing. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B).
Day 2: Hanoi (Cycling - 35 km). For early risers, head to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the local Vietnamese practice their morning Tai Chi and then enjoy a local breakfast of Pho Bo (beef noodle soup) in the town. Or, return to the hotel for a continental breakfast. The morning ride features a cycle through the outskirts of Hanoi. Running alongside the Red River, you pedal on a dike path, a fascinating introduction into life outside the big capital. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at your leisure. After an early dinner, transfer to the train station for the overnight ride to Hue. Overnight on board the train. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Hue (Cycling - 45 km). In the morning, arrive in to Hue, Vietnam's cultural capital. Our cycling journey takes you into town and across the Perfume River to Hue's Imperial Citadel, where you can explore this sprawling complex, rich with history, on foot. Cycle out to the countryside along dirt tracks to the Mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Ride past relics and ruins until you reach the end of your journey at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda situated on the banks of the Perfume river. In the evening, enjoy the delicious flavours of Hué cuisine at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Hue - Hoi An (Cycling - 100 km). Today provides a classic days cycling. Starting just outside of Hue you will begin riding along a picturesque, very narrow peninsular road from Thuan An beach to Vinh Loc. You will then hop on a local ferry to cross the Perfume River estuary before joining the legendary Highway 1 at the base of today's 3 hill climbs! Reward your hard work with a swim at Lang Co Beach and re-fuel with lunch as there is one more hill of the day - the Hai Van Pass. Challenging, yet manageable, this ride is full of breathtaking views. After the climb, relax as you transfer by van the rest of the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax over dinner and drinks or perhaps a traditional massage for sore muscles! Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (Cycling - 60 km). Set out for a challenging ride from the outskirts of Hoi An on a quiet back road to the famous Cham Towers of the, "My Son". "My Son" was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, between the 4th and 12th centuries, and more than 70 towers and temples remain rising majestically from the rice paddies. The ride is through a remote area where very few tourists venture, and surrounded by stunning views. You will arrive tired but triumphant at these most wonderful towers and enjoy a picnic lunch before transferring back to Hoi An for dinner. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang (Cycling - 30 km). After leisurely breakfast, enjoy some free time in Hoi An before cycling side roads via the Marble Mountains to Danang for the short, afternoon flight to Nha Trang where 10km of white sandy beach await! Upon arrival, visit the "SOS Children's Village" and learn about the wonderful work being done to help disadvantages children in the area. Afterwards, there may be time for a sunset stroll along the beach or a massage before hopping in to a local cycling (or trishaw) for your ride to dinner. Overnight in Nha Trang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Nha Trang - Dalat (Cycling - 100 km). This morning, transfer past the busy traffic of Highway 1 to the Po Klong Garai Cham towers. Start riding from here along 40kms of flat road, after which it is up, up, up, all the way! The road is quiet and shady for the most part as you pedal steadily upwards, past the roar of crickets and fluttering butterflies. The ascent exceeds 1000meters, but it is possible to conquer all the climbs with a steady pace, determination and good use of gears! As you near Dalat, the journey is rewarded as the temperatures begin to cool and lush green fields and hills fill your vision. Overnight in Dalat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City (Cycling - 80 km). Rise early for a not-to-be-missed Dalat cycling loop. Pedal the quiet back roads in the shadow of Langbian Mountain, stopping en route to visit a flower farm, and enjoy great views of Dalat. Then, let the fun begin with the ride to Ho Chi Minh City - downhill all the way! Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon by the locals, is a busy, buzzing city. Look beyond the towering buildings and you will uncover tragic reminders of past wars, unique local art galleries, and small vibrant markets. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City. Depart early for the drive to Cu Chi Tunnels where you can explore this amazing network of underground tunnels used for years throughout the American war. Then, its back on your bikes for one last ride, this time along country roads around Saigon. Return to Saigon with plenty of time to browse the central Ben Thanh market, visit the War Remnants Museum or take a bike ride around the city for an up close view of street life. Reflect on the week's journey as you enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City. The day is at your leisure until transferring to Ho Chi Minh City's airport for your onward flight. The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, the strength of the group and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set. Includes (B).
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