Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome at the airport by your local guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, climb into a traditional cycle (pedicab) for a 90 minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Briefing with cycling tour Leader. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi city. Full day cycling tour of Hanoi’s finest sites, including: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, the One-pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh and Tran Quoc pagodas, and the Fine Art Museum. After lunch, visit the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology. After finish the Museum, you will start to test your bike with assists of our mechanic to make sure you will have a comfortable and good bike for the journey. Return to the hotel. Dinner at restaurant and overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Hanoi-Bat Trang-Ancient Temple-Hanoi. Morning, we will leave Hanoi and cycle along the top of dike road, rice field and villages of the Red River Delta to one of the most beautiful ancient Temple located right on the bank of Red River. Picnic lunch in the garden of the Temple. Afternoon, you will return to Hanoi with stop at Bat Trang ceramic village, we can visit the most famous artist and his family, we might have a chance to paint on some of productions. Shopping is easy and recommended here. If it is heavy for your hand luggage, shipping is possible. Arrive back in Hanoi just in time for a shower before dinner at a restaurant in town. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Hanoi-Hoa Binh. In the morning we cycle out of Hanoi and head for Hoa Binh town. Along the way we will make several stops, the first of which is the Van Phuc silk village, approximately 12 km southwest of the capital. From Van Phuc we continue on to the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum. Our third and final stop is at the Dau Pagoda, whose origins date back to the 3rd century. From Dau Pagoda we cycle the remaining 50 km to Hoa Binh town, where we spend the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Hoa Binh-Mai Chau. Today we set off for Mai Chau town. As the road becomes very steep in parts we combine cycling with driving in the support vehicle. Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we move to the nearby White Thai village of Lac where we have lunch in a traditional stilt house. After lunch we take to our bikes to discover some of the neighboring villages in the valley. Later we return to the village of Lac where we spend the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Mai Chau-Hoa Lu. In the morning, we say goodbye to the family and leave Mai Chau on vehicle, start biking from Man Duc to Hoa Lu as we savor the beautiful scenery along the way (150 km mix of biking and driving). Visit the famed Dinh and Le Temples upon arrival in the citadel town of Hoa Lu, an early capital of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hoa Lu. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Hoa Lu-Hai Phong. We will start the day with a relaxing boat trip to visit Tam Coc, a stunning area known as "Halong Bay of the rice paddies". Hop on your bike and start heading for the colonial port city of Haiphong, visiting the Keo and Dau Pagodas on the way (160 km mix of biking and driving). Arrive Hai Phong late in afternoon, check in hotel. Dinner and over night at hotel in Haiphong. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Hai Phong-Ha Long (kayaking). Morning, we leave Hai Phong for Halong Bay on our bike, crossing 2 ferries boat and arrive around noon. Leave our bikes behind and board a traditional wooden junk and begin an exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruising to the first point, a floating village of fishermen. We’ll have safety instruction before get on our kayaks. Paddling for 2,5 hours through the most dramatically limestone formation, giant cave, beaches and hidden lagoons. Relax on a small beautiful beach upon on arrival. Dinner and overnight on the comfortable and charming junk. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ha Long-Kayaking-Hanoi. The views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. After breakfast on board we continue cruising and make stop for second paddle. We circumnavigate the island, observing some secluded lagoons and enjoying last swimming opportunity. In late morning we regroup at our escorted boat for two hour cruise to Halong Pier. Here we meet up with out waiting for vehicle for return journey. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Hanoi departure.Free until transfer to the airport for flight out.
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