13 Days
Duration
Easy
Physicality
Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong, Hue, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh, Cai Me, Cai Lay
Location
Year-round
Dates

Luxury Cycling Hanoi to Saigon

From north to south, Vietnam’s a contrast of distinctly local cultures, and our local guides make sure you don’t miss a beat. In the Hoi An market, exploding with more produce than the mind can process, we wade into the crowds to barter and buy. On the backstreets near the Citadel, we bike with trusted friends. Then, in a private home, we sit down to dinner with royal descendants. (luxury resort), our every whim is catered to with a smile.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pedal past ancient pagodas and through the charming Old Town streets of Hanoi
  • Cruise among the dramatic karst outcrops of Halong Bay
  • Cycle to imperial tombs and living Buddhist temples around Hue
  • Explore the Mekong Delta by bike and boat
  • Discover French colonial charm and Viet Cong tunnels around Saigon
  • Fuel your legs with the best home-cooked Vietnamese cuisine

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Day 1 – Hanoi
Enjoy a quick transfer to your hotel and relax –or warm up those legs with a stroll along the lively backstreets of the capital, and perhaps try your first bowl of pho, the noodle soup that’s practically a national institution.
M Gallery de L’Opera | Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 – Hanoi
Ease yourself into cycling mode on a half-day tour from West Lake, largest of several in the centre of Hanoi –a great way to get a feel for this city that melds ancient Vietnamese culture with French colonial style. Pause on the shore of West Lake to watch the crowds arriving at Phu Tay Ho (Tay Ho Pagoda), and stop to admire the Golden Lotus Temple (Kim Lien Pagoda). Join the pedalling plethora of people in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter and settle in to watch the dragons and fireworks of a traditional water puppet show.
M Gallery de L’Opera | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Hanoi / Halong
Watch artisans at work creating the unique folk art of the village of Dong Ho, a little east of Hanoi, then saddle up for the ride along the dike of the Duong River to the 17th-century Buddhist temple of But Thap, known for its superb carved wood sculptures and four-tiered tower. Savour a home-cooked lunch in a traditional village house before driving on to Halong Bay, its turquoise waters studded with hundreds of spectacular karst outcrops.
Royal Lotus Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Halong Bay / Ninh Binh
Sail among the craggy islands and tree-clad outcrops of Halong Bay on a five-hour cruise, stopping to delve into some of the many caves riddling the limestone, and refuel with a delicious seafood lunch. Back on dry land, head south for a taste of 21st-century Vietnam in the lively small city of Ninh Binh.
Emerald Resort | Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Ninh Binh / Hue
Take a short ride via a floating bridge to Hoa Lu, a 10th-century capital that’s now little more than ruins bar a pair of attractive restored temples. The big draw is the spectacular setting: a succession of limestone outcrops rising dramatically from the flat rice fields. Savour more home-cooked fare before discovering the art of rice-grinding, then board a traditional bamboo sampan for a cruise along Van Long reservoir in the shadow of craggy, verdant hills. An afternoon flight from Ninh Binh whisks you to Hue, the fascinating old capital of the Nguyen emperors in the 19th and early 20th century.
La Residence | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Hue
Explore the historic treasures of this World Heritage site, cycling to Ho Quyen –the arena where emperors would watch tigers and elephants face off –the impressive imperial mausoleum of Tu Duc, and Vong Canh Hill, the perfect spot for drinking in sweeping views of the Perfume River. Delve deep into a pine forest to find the tranquil Tu Hieu Pagoda –try to time your visit for one of the regular chanting sessions –followed by a visit to the tomb of Minh Mang, the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. This afternoon, rest those cycling legs with a relaxing cruise down the Perfume River, or wander the walled precincts of the old Imperial Citadel.
La Residence | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7- Hoi An
Time for a first splash in the South China Sea at the little beach town of Lang Co, with its palm-shaded strand and sheltered lagoon, before boarding a bus to the top of the scenic Hai Van (‘Sea Cloud’) Pass –if your breath isn’t taken away by the views, it will be by the exhilarating downhill ride to Thuan Phuoc Bridge in Danang. Drive on to Hoi An to spend the afternoon exploring the restored merchants’ houses and beautiful Japanese covered bridge in the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, or ease those cycling muscles with a massage back at your hotel.
Anantara Hoi An | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – Hoi An

Explore the idyllic countryside around Hoi An during a ride through the rice paddies to Tra Que, a 200-year-old village known for its fine vegetables;chat with the farmers and enjoy a delicious lunch –and a much-needed foot massage –then amble the charming streets of Hoi An.
Anantara Hoi An | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City
Prepare for a change of pace with your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll explore the key sights of downtown Saigon on foot with an expert guide. The fascinating blend of French colonial architecture, venerable pagodas and modern construction is a big part of the charm, as you’ll discover at the National Assembly, the gingerbread-house Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral and, curiously, the central post office –an almost baroque monument.
Pullman Saigon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – Ho Chi Minh City
Get beneath the surface of Vietnam’s history –both literally and figuratively –with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a labyrinth built north of Saigon by the anti-colonial Viet Minh in the 1940s. By the mid-1960s, when the Viet Cong were based in the tunnels, many thousands lived in this huge subterranean network which stretched almost to the Cambodian border and contained kitchens, hospitals and schools. Roam the area by bike, and experience the claustrophobic sensation of squeezing into the Ben Duoc or Ben Binh tunnels with an expert guide.
Pullman Saigon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – Cai Lay / Cai Be
Venture west from Ho Chi Minh City into the rural heart of the broad, lush Mekong Delta. Set out on your bike at Cay Lai to cycle through timeless villages towards the trading post of Cai Be, a wonderful base from which to explore the delta. Pedal through fruit orchards, stopping to chat with villagers and getting a river-level perspective from the deck of the local ferry.
Homestay at Ba Duc’s house | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Cai Be / Ho Chi Minh City
The market’s buoyant at Cai Be –well, it’s a floating market! Bob between the stalls to learn about the local specialities –coconut candy, rice popcorn, rice wine and handicrafts –before driving to Ho Chi Minh City for a final night in Vietnam.
Pullman Saigon | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13- Ho Chi Minh City / Departure
Bid farewell to the bustle of Saigon and head to the airport for your flight back to the Home.

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