Day 01: Arrival in Hanoi
Pick-up at the airport by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel in Ha Noi.
Hanoi – the Capital City of reunified Vietnam – is a charming city with its authenticity, its big avenues or shadowed small streets, liveliness, endowed with numerous lakes and well-taken care public parks.
A pedicab ride thru the colonial quarter with its historic buildings and thru the 36 busy streets and guilds of the ancient quarter, north of the Restored Sword Lake.
Welcome Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02: Hanoi
Breakfast in the hotel. Take a walk in the presidential quarter to have a look at the French governor’s ancient Palace including the visit of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house on-stilts, the one-Pillar Pagoda, the literature Temple. Lunch in town. In the afternoon visit the Museum of Ethnology inaugurated in 1997, which holds a rich collection of objects and documents recounting the habits and customs of 54 different ethnic groups of Viet Nam.
Not to miss: the water puppet show in the evening.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong (no riding)
After breakfast, departure for Halong Bay. A restful day is waiting for you aboard a comfortable junk in heavenly landscapes of Halong Bay. Welcome aboard at noon. Lunch on board with seafood.
HALONG BAY is one of the most magnificent landscapes of the world known as the 8th wonder of the world. The general view of rocks and water gives a very impressive sight.
Cruising in the bay to visit the Thien Cung Grotto ( the heavenly Palace Grotto ) and the Dau Go Grotto (the Grotto of the wooden stakes). The latter is divided into 3 compartments adorned with stalactites and stalagmites which assume the shapes of animals and human beings.
Opportunity to have a swim in a quiet creek or on the Titov beach.
Splendid panorama in the Bay at sunset.
Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 04: Halong – Hoa Lu (no riding)
Breakfast aboard. Cruising on to discover other limestone rocks. Landing after lunch on board. Coach ride to Hoa Lu. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 05: Hoa Lu – Thanh Hoa (60km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Boat ride in Thung Nang, next to Hoa Lu ( known as the Halong Bay on land ), a new site not yet affected by tourism. It is a particular sight of amazing beauty. A marvellous ride in rowboats threading your way between lotus ponds and limestone rocky mountains. Splendid poetic landscapes, the harmony between human and nature. Get in touch with the peasants to discover their daily activities. Back to the boat deck. Lunch on the spot. Cycle or coach ride to Thanh Hoa. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 06: Thanh Hoa – Vinh (148km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Vinh. Lunch on the way. Visit of the local Markets on the way. Arrival in Vinh. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 07: Vinh – Dong Hoi(198km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Dong Hoi. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi(90km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Phong Nha Grotto, about 50km in the North-West of Dong Hoi. Boat trip on the Son river to visit the Phong Nha Grotto, one of the most beautiful in the world, in the Ke Bang national reserve, recognized as world heritage by UNESCO. Lunch on the spot. Get back to Dong Hoi. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 09: Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh Trail – Hue (190km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Hue along HO CHI MINH Trail, a very famous trail during the American war. Lunch on the way. Crossing the DMZ zone at the 17th parallel and visiting the famous sites such as Vinh Moc Tunnels, Ben Hai river, Truong Son national Cemetery. Arrival in Hue. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Hue
Breakfast in the hotel. Boat trip on the Perfume river to discover the royal burial valley of the NGUYEN Dynasty. During the boat trip, stop to visit the heavenly Lady Pagoda which looks down on the Perfume River in the middle of the sacred valley. Visit the Mausoleum of king Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel. Lunch in town. Overnight in the hotel.
Option: Enjoy the traditional music and royal dance Show at the Duyet thi Đuong royal theater in the imperial City.
Day 11: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (150km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Hoi An, crossing the Hai Van pass (Cloudy pass) which offers a magnificent panoramic view on the heavenly Lang Co peninsula, and over the bay of Da Nang. Many photo-stops on the pass. Lunch in Da Nang. Visit of the Cham Museum in Da Nang, founded in 1915 by the Far-East French School which holds the most important collection of Cham Sculptures in the world .
Then cycle on to Hoi An. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12: Hoi An
Breakfast in the hotel. Early morning visit of the Fish Market. Then strolling in the narrow charming streets to discover the ancient city – ancient port of the Cham in the 16th – 17th centuries. Lunch in town. Boat trip on the Thu Bon River to Cua Dai river mouth to watch the sunset. Back to town.Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13: Hoi An – Quang Ngai (120km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Quang Ngai. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 14: Quang Ngai – Quy Nhon (195km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Qui Nhon, ancient territory of the Cham. Many stops to take pictures of the Cham Towers
along the way. Dinner and overnight in a hotel by the seaside.
Day 15: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang (229km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Nha Trang. It’s one of the most beautiful cycling distance along the coast of the central VietNam. Lunch on the way. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 16: Nha Trang
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Oceanographic Institute and its aquarium. Founded in 1923, the Oceanographic Institute holds an aquarium and an exhibition Hall displaying more than 20.000 samples of sea animals The 23 pools of the aquarium hold a great variety of richly colorful marine species,specially the sea-horses. Visit of the Po Nagar sanctuary, a beautiful site of Cham Towers and then the fishermen’s village Xom Bong. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in the hotel.
– Lounging in the sun on the beautiful beach of Nha Trang.
– Cruising in the bay of Nha Trang ,including a swim on the beach and Lunch with seafood on the island “Hon Tam” ( opportunity of diving in the sea, snorkeling, or playing water sports).
Day 17: Nha Trang – Phan Rang (110km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Phan Rang. Lunch on the way. Visit of the Cham Towers Po Klong Garai, about 7 Km in the West of Phan Rang city. Dinner and night in the hotel.
Day 18: Phan Rang – Da Lat(110 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Da Lat, crossing the ” Beautiful Views” Pass which gives a wonderful panorama. Many stops to take pictures. Arrival in Da Lat – the eternal spring city. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 19: Da Lat
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Railway Station including a short ride by train from Da Lat to Trai Mat (5 km). After lunch, visit of the ancient Bao Dai Palace, a big villa in the 30’s turned into a Museum, nowadays. Discover the Truc Lam Pagoda called the ” Meditation Institute”. Strolling in the market filled with flower and fruit stands, located in the french quarter of this highland station. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 20: Da Lat – Bao Loc
Breakfast in the hotel. Early departure for Bao Loc. Lunch in Bao Loc on arrival. Tasting coffee and jasmin or lotus flower scented tea. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 21: Bao Loc – HCMC
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycling to Sai Gon. Many photo-stops along the way. Lunch on the way. Arrival in Sai Gon in the late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 22: HCMC (no riding)
Breakfast in the hotel. Take a walk on Dong Khoi Street ( Ex- Catinat). the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office, the City Hall, the Opera, the China Town with the Heavenly Lady Temple and you’ll be strolling in the chinese herbalist quarter to have a look at the activities of Saigon. And finally, visit of a Lacqueware factory. Farewell Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 23 : FREE DAY
Option 1: Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnel
Coach ride to Tay Ninh, about 100 Km in noth-West of Ho Chi Minh City, a bordering province of Cambodia . Visit the Holy-See of the Caodaism,a typical vietnamese religion in the Mekong delta . You’ll attend the Noon Mass, a very interesting ceremony during which the priests wear different colorful dresses.
Lunch in Tay Ninh . On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, stop at the Cu Chi Tunnels to discover “The Underground Village” which used to be Headquarters of the south Viet Nam Liberation Front, to understand more about the last American War, the patriotic feelings , the courage of the guerrilla resistants, and the worse and incredible condition of life that the revolutionary soldiers had to suffer. Get back to the hotel.
Option 2: Mekong – Delta
Set out for Tien Giang. Boat trip along the canals of Tien Giang and Ben Tre which criss-cross the orchards of the Mekong delta. Discover the unusual villages, covered with fruit trees on the islands. A region of lively beauty – peaceful landscapes, luxuriant vegetation’s with unexpected scenes of daily life. Visit of a handmade confectionery. Get back to Sai Gon and overnight in the hotel.
Day 24: HCMC / Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time untill the transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. End of our services