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Vietnam by Bike and Boat

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 25 people
Destination(s): Vietnam  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: March - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2490 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2490 Euro (EUR)

Vietnam is a country full of originality, overwhelming nature and mysterious monuments of times gone by. It is a country full of contrasts, with bustling, vibrant cities and rural districts where time seems to have stood still. Experience 2 weeks of Oriental flair and discover by bike and boat this fascinating country at the other side of the world. Admire the lush green rice fields and meet the friendly water buffaloes, visit colorful temples and pagodas and let the emerald-green waters of the South China Sea and the incredible cave formations enchant you. In Central Vietnam you can explore the impressive monuments of the Vietnamese emperors as well as the historical town of Hoi An - a World Heritage site - and in South Vietnam the expansive water labyrinth of the Mekong Deltas.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday: Arrival in Hanoi. Arrival at Hanoi airport. There, a transfer bus is waiting to take you to your hotel in the heart of the old city center. Despite its 3 million inhabitants, Hanoi appears provincial and traditional. The historical Old Town quarter is considered one of the best preserved in all of Southeast Asia. On your first walk through the lively colorful streets the Asian flair will impress you. You meet your fellow travelers during our first dinner together. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (D).

Day 2, Monday: Hanoi – Island of Van Don (approximately 33 km/21 miles by bike). After breakfast the bus is ready to take you along extensive rice plantations to Van Don Island. After lunch you make your first biking tour on Van Don. Along dirt paths you cross the heavily wooded center of the island and then reach the coastal road which offers you a first glimpse onto the bizarre rock world of Bai Tu Long Bay. Later you check in on your junk and enjoy the first crossing on the classic wooden boat with the wooden carved dragon at the prow. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3, Tuesday: Islands of Tra Ban and Quan Lan (approximately 10, 29 km/6, 18 miles by bike). In the morning your boat takes you to the island of Tra Ban where you bike on narrow paths through the green rice fields, see the water buffaloes so typical for Viet Nam and on the other side meet up with the boat. During lunch on board, a brief crossing takes you to Quan Lan Island. On your second bike tour of the Day you explore this island famous for its brilliant white sand and the extensive, totally untouched beaches. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4, Wednesday: Ha Long Bay (kayaking day). You spend the morning on board and enjoy the unique beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay. During the crossing you pass the famous "floating villages" which give you a close insight into the traditional life of the fishing families. In the afternoon you explore this craggy fairytale world by kayak - the best way to reach caves, lagunes and quiet bays. The lookout at Titop Island offers you in the evening the unforgettable view onto the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay.Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5, Thursday: Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay (kayaking day). This day begins with a visit to the "Amazing Cave", one of the largest and most beautiful caves at Ha Long Bay and one which really deserves its name. Let yourself be enthralled by the beautifully illuminated limestone formations. Afterward we take leave of our junk and move with our luggage onto a smaller ship taking us to the bay of Lan Ha. From there we start once more on a kayak excursion that takes us to a picture-book beach. There we have lunch and then plenty of time for swimming in the emerald-green sea. In the afternoon we are picked up at the beach and taken to a small landing on Cat Ba, from where a bus transfers us to our resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6, Friday: Island of Cat Ba (approximately 20 km/12.5 miles by bike). Early in the morning, the transfer bus takes you back to the small landing, where you left the ship the previous Day. A one-hour crossing brings you and your bikes to another small landing place. From there you bicycle to a remote village inhabited by the Viet Hai, an ethnic minority. You leave your bikes there and continue on foot on a fascinating guided walk through this primary forest that will amaze you with its wild pristine flora and giant colorful butterflies. The destination is one of the island's highest mountains which, on a clear Day, presents a grandiose view across Ha Long Bay and the entire island. Then you bicycle back to the boat and end the Day quietly on the private beach of the Sunrise resort. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7, Saturday: Islands of Cat Ba (26/16 miles by bike). After visiting the local market, the morning bike tour takes us to the center of the island and back to Cat Ba Town along the island’s panoramic coastal road. Here we have lunch and enough time to refresh waiting for the Hydrofoil, which will take us back to the mainland. From there a bus transfers us back to Hanoi. In the evening we are free to stroll through the lively streets and lanes of the capital. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 8, Sunday: Hanoi – Hue (approximately 10 km/6 miles by bike). In the morning you fly from Hanoi to Hue which is prettily located between hills and rice fields at a bend of the Perfume River. The spiritual heart of Vietnam beats here, in more than 300 temples and pagodas. In the afternoon you bicycle through this ancient imperial city to visit the expansive citadel with the "Forbidden Purple City" which was once exclusively reserved for the Ngyen dynasty. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 9, Monday: Hue – Perfume River – Hoi An. We begin the Day with a leisurely boat trip on the Perfume River. On the way we visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, which is part of one of the most influential monasteries in Vietnam. Afterward a transfer bus takes us to one of the famous Vietnamese Emperor’s graves. After lunch we continue by bus to Hoi An. En route we make a brief stop at the Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. Hoi An, once the most important port of Southeast Asia, has a delightful old center inviting us to stroll around in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10, Tuesday: Hoi An (approximately 17 km/11 miles by bike). The sightseeing tour of Hoi An, which is a World Heritage site, is the highpoint of this morning. Our tour guide takes us around this picturesque little town with its abundance of historical buildings, many dating back as far as the 16th century and which, despite changing fortunes, have survived unscathed. Still before noon we bicycle to the ancient pottery village of Thanh Ha, were we can admire Vietnamese craftsmanship and perhaps even try our own hand at pottery making. After a break for lunch we bicycle on to Cua Dai Beach whose white sands extend for more than 30 km. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 11, Wednesday: Ho Chi Mihn City. Early in the morning you transfer to Da Nang and fly to Ho Chi Ming City, formerly Saigon. The city is the vibrant heart of the south. On a guided tour through the rapidly growing metropolis you visit the town hall, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum commemorating the Vietnam War. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 12, Thursday: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (approximately 20 km/12,5 miles by bike). After breakfast transfer to Can Duoc where you board your ship, which takes you first on an interesting cruise along the Cho Gao Canal and then on to the Mekong River. Along the route you can admire the luxuriant flora of the Delta and enjoy glimpses into the local life so closely interwoven with the river. In the afternoon you tie up at My Tho and explore Thoi Ton Island where you can enjoy exotic fruits and all sorts of handicrafts. In the evening the ship takes you to Cai Be where you spend the night.Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13, Friday: Mekong Delta – Islands of Vingh Long and Traon (approximately 30 km/19 miles by bike). In the morning you cross over to Vingh Long Island and under palm-shaded paths you cycle around the island. You continue by boat to Traon Island where you have once more the opportunity to explore the surroundings by bike. Later on you enjoy the excellent cuisine on board and the wonderful evening atmosphere in the water labyrinth of the Mekong Delta. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14, Saturday: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City. During breakfast the ship takes you to Can Tho, where you transfer to a small boat taking you to Cai Rong, the most famous floating market of the Delta. Make sure to have your camera at the ready before getting caught up in the unique atmosphere of the merchants on their gaily painted boats. The following cruise through the small tributaries of the Delta completes your visit in the south. After lunch on board of the Conchinchine you check out and are transferred back to Ho Chi Mingh City. Saturday evening individual return flight from Ho Chi Mingh City or additional overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Tour package: EUR 2490
- Single cabin (1 person, 1 cabin): on request.

Price Includes:
- 14 day trip / 13 nights of which 5 overnight stays on comfortable ships in spacious, air conditioned double cabins and 8 overnight stays in excellent hotels (at least 3 stars ranking)
- Catering as specified in the itinerary
- Guided bicycle tours, walks and kayak tours
- Domestic flights (see description)
- All city tours and entrance charges to National Parks, museums, etc.
- English speaking guides
- Rental bikes (specifications vary between locations).

Price Excludes:
- Outward flight to Hanoi and return flight from Ho Chi Minh City
- Drinks on board and in hotels
- Single room and single cabin charge (prices upon request).

Dates 2011:
- March 20
- April 3
- October 30
- November 12.