Day 1: Hanoi arrival. You are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. If time permits we enjoy a short cycle excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi-Lao Cai. This morning we enjoy a half day city tour, seeing the the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minhâ's house on stilts. The complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. The next stop of our trip is the impressive Ethnological Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minorities, some of which we will see on our forthcoming days. We also visit the Temple of Literature and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. The reminder of the day is free for your own exploration of Ha Noi until transferring to the rail way station for a night train to Lao Cai. The train conditions are very basic however we will travel in soft sleeper class which is compartment for 4 passengers. Overnight on board. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Lao Cai-Sa Pa. Pick up at Lao Cai station then transfer to Sa Pa. Check in and have breakfast in the hotel. After lunch trek to Cat Cat and Sin Chai village of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way .Back to the Hotel for dinner and enjoy the night in Sapa town. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Sa Pa-Lao Cai. A long but fantastic days biking, mixing single-track paths and jeep tracks as we descend 2500 meters to the Chinese border and our hotel at Lao Cai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Lao Cai-Bac Ha. Quiet lanes, a boat trip through the Blue River gorge, riverbank single-track and an alpine road climb, combine to make an epic days ride to the village of Bac Ha. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Bac Ha-Can Cau. Staying for 2 nights in our hotel, we take a day ride to the colorful Can Cau tribal market. A tarmac ride in followed by a dirt and single-track route on the return. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Bac Ha-Xi Man. Breakfast in the hotel and begin our ride directly from our hotel. Today we will bike across one of the most remote parts of northern Vietnam. At first we tackle a steady climb of 6 km on good paved road but then turn into short section of jeep track. After around 3 hour riding we will have a picnic lunch wherever we find good for that. After lunch we continue riding to Xin Man, a small and busy town near Chinese border. Xin Man is around 75 km from Bac Ha and the biking in the afternoon is not less challenging than the one in the morning. We will climb for the first hour or so up to a plateau at 2500 m, where we have fantastic view before hitting rough paved road for a steady descent into Xin Man. During the biking we will have regular stop for break, snack and taking photo. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Xi Man-Hoang Si Phu-Ha Giang. Today we take a gentle ride covering 90 km from Xin Man to Viet Quang town. The ride takes us down to a bridge over the main river and for the next 40 km we ride along a quiet road that gently climbs and follows the river upstream to Hoang Shu Phi, a quiet town at 1000 m. Have a break in town for snack and refreshment then continue with downhill quiet road 60 km to Viet Quang. We will have a late light lunch in Viet Quang town then take a bus transfer to Ha Giang town, the capital of Ha Giang Province which is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops. Dinner and overnight in Ha Giang town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ha Giang-Bac Me. Time to explore the local markets of Ha Giang before our beautiful but easy ride to the remote village of Bac Me. Overnight local hostel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Bac Me-Ba Be Lake. An epic cross-country ride, following a succession of paths, connecting mountain villages that end at Dan Dang. Finish with a boat transfer to Ba Be National Park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Ba Be-Cao Bang. Today is one of most challenges day throughout the trip. Some skills are required on this road. Driving up to the top of the Binh Nguyen Pass with lunch en route. From the top, get on our bike again for a going downhill and arrive Cao Bang in late afternoon. Dinner at a restaurant and over night at hotel in Cao Bang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Cao Bang-Quang Hoa. After breakfast, we are cycling through the most beautiful road up to Trung Khanh and Tra Linh towns with visit to villages en route. Arrive in Quang Hoa at the end of the day. Dinner and over night at the village in Quang Hoa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Quang Hoa-Lang Son. From valley of Quang Hoa, we follow the most beautiful route up to Dong Khe with stop at villages and for photos. Our driver is waiting for us at Dong Khe for driving to Lang Son with stop That Khe for lunch. Arrive Lang Son in late afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant and over night at the hotel in Lang Son. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Lang Son-Tien Yen-Ha Llong Bay. Full day cycling and driving from Lang Son to Ha Long via Tien Yen. Arrive Halong in late afternoon, board on traditional junk and the boat cruise to the most isolated areas for spending the night. Swimming and relaxing on the beautiful beach. Dinner and over night on board. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Ha Long Bay-Hanoi. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the best of the bay. The Junk continue to cruise through the bay. Lunch on board before back to the Harbor for driving back to Hanoi. Dinner free and over night at the hotel in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 16: Hanoi Departure. Free until transfer to the airport for flight out. End of trip. Includes: (B).
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