Day 1: Arrival - Ha Noi. Arrive in Ha Noi and transfer to hotel. After bike fitting, take to a 3 wheel cycle for an orientation tour of the Old Quarter. Visit the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Fine Arts Museum and other interesting spots. In the evening dine at one of Ha Noi's top restaurants. Overnight at hotel .
Day 2: Ha Noi - Mai Chau - Van Village. Early morning transfer to Mai Chau a beautiful valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and picturesque rice paddies. After a local lunch take to the bikes and ride along a mix of dirt tracks and tarmac trails through Tai village and across rice paddies to Van village. The biking follows a river gradually upstream, though the ride appears flat! Overnight at home stay.
Day 3: Van Village - Xo village - Proom Coc Village. A more challenging ride today. Pedal from Van village to Xo for lunch. Bike up into the mountain and follow the contours of the mountainside before dropping down into the Mai Chau Valley and Proom Coc village. Overnight at home stay.
Day 4: Proom Coc Village - Cuc Phuong. Early morning transfer with some biking to Cuc Phuong National Park on country lanes and backroads. The scenery is timeless, and photo opportunities bountiful as you pedal through a working landscape of people and crops. Cuc Phuong is one of Vietnam's most important nature reserves and contains the country's largest area of primary forest. Visit the Primate Rescue Center and learn about the plight of endangered species such as the Cat Ba Langur. Overnight guest house.
Day 5: Cuc Phuong - Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh. After listening to the dawn chorus of Gibbon song, spend part of the morning exploring the flora and fauna of this unique national park. Leaving Cuc Phuong ride downhill to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Set amidst stunning scenery this area is known as the "Ha Long Bay of Rice Paddies". Transfer the last few km on Highway 1 to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Ninh Binh - Hai Phong - Cat Ba. An early morning transfer to Hai Phong to board a private boat and cruise to Fu Long. After a seafood lunch on board spend the afternoon cycling across this beautiful, fragile island. In the evening take a local fishing boat to explore the floating homes in the bay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Cat Ba - Ha Long - Ha Noi. A relaxing day off the bikes. Board our private boat for a cruise through Ha Long Bay. There will be lunch on board and plenty of swimming opportunities. In the afternoon arrive in Ha Long City and transfer directly to Ha Noi by road. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Ha Noi - Hue. The morning is at leisure in Ha Noi before transferring to the Airport for the mid afternoon flight to Hue, once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. After checking in to the hotel, explore the Imperial Citadel and the mausoleum of former emperor Khai Dinh by bike on part dirt tracks, part country lanes. In the evening enjoy unique Hue cuisine at a local Hue restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Hue - Hoi An. A classic day's cycling. Ride 40 km along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road from Thuan An beach to Vinh Loc. Hope on a local ferry to cross the estuary of the Perfume River before joining Highway 1 at the base of today's 3 hill climbs! Stop at Lang Co Beach for a rest/swim and lunch before tackling the final hill of the day the Hai Van or Pass of Ocean Clouds. Time permitting, ride to Da Nang along a new coastal road. Transfer the rest of the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Hoi An. Free day to rest and relax, shop and swim or take to the bikes and explore at your own leisure. An optional visit to My Son Cham Towers is possible. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Hoi An - Nha Trang. After a leisurely morning transfer to Da Nang for the mid morning train to Nha Trang. The railway follows the coast and meanders unexpectedly inland from time to time. It is a fascinating journey that is best experienced by train, as the road south on the main highway. is too busy for enjoyable biking. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Nha Trang - Da Lat. Another fabulous ride to Da Lat. The road is quiet and shady for the most part as you pedal steadily upwards, past the roar of crickets and fluttering butterflies. Feel the air temperature get cooler! The climb rises to over 1000m, but is possible to conquer with a steady pace and plenty of gears! Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Da Lat. Three options ride an off road loop through pine forests and local vegetable farms on exciting hard pack clay tracks or ride on-road in the shadow of Langbian Mountain, stopping en route to visit flower and organic farms. Alternatively spend the day relaxing in the colonial surrounds of the Palace Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City. Ride part way or transfer the whole way to Ho Chi Minh City. A fast ride downhill all the way, but with a little more traffic than usual. Time permitting arrive Ho Chi Minh City early afternoon and visit the War Museum and explore the vibrant street life. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure. At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the flight.
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