The Great Vietnam Bike Ride

Duration: 12 Days
Route: Hanoi - HaLong bay - Hue - Hoi An - Quang Ngai - Nha Trang - SaiGon
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An unforgettable charity cycling trip from the North to South of Vietnam, supporting the Saigon Children's Charity

Price AUD $2,550
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An unforgettable charity cycling trip from the North to South of Vietnam, supporting the Saigon Children's Charity Cycling through Vietnam is one of the best ways to explore this mesmerising country.

Cycling provides the opportunities to meet the locals and experience their culture in a way that would not otherwise be possible. Even better, you will be helping the most disadvantaged children in Vietnam receive a decent education - eliminating them from the cycle of poverty.

So come with us, and get active as we travel from the North to the South (from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh) down country lanes, past stunning beaches and over spectacular mountain passes. And all that exercise gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in the delicious Vietnamese cuisine!

Highlights

  • A welcome Gala Dinner - Degustation style, with 20 signature courses.
  • 15-minute scenic flight over Ha Long Bay.
  • Overnight luxury cruise in Ha Long Bay.
  • This two-wheeled adventure will show you all the different aspects of this country – natural landscapes, small villages, amazing food, ancient ruins, along with the region's liveliest cities.
  • End the bike riding with a hot spring retreat.
  • Visit a shelter sponsored by the Saigon Children's Charity.
  • Gala Dinner at the conclusion of the tour.

Day 1 - Arrive in Vietnam - Saturday 22nd April 2017


Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam.

On arrival at bustling Hanoi airport, The Great Vietnam Bike Ride Team will greet you. You will then be transferred to the hotel where you will be able to relax before enjoying a special Welcome Dinner.

The Great Vietnam Bike Ride team will give you a brief about our ride and what to expect.

After dinner, you can relax or come on a night tour of Hanoi.

Location: Hanoi

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel


Day 2 - Cruising on Ha Long Bay - Sunday 23rd April 2017


This morning, enjoy an International Buffet Breakfast.

We will then check out and make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ha Long Bay. This is truly one of the most exquisite locations in the world!

On arrival, we will be greeted with welcome drinks before flying for 15-minutes around the beautiful Ha Long Bay. An authentic Vietnamese buffet lunch will be served on the Ha Long Bay Cruise.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy one of the many exciting activities such as visiting the stunning Sung Sot cave, energetic kayaking or visiting a pearl farm.

In the evening, a European-style buffet will be served. After dinner, you might like to try your hand at squid fishing or just relax with a few drinks by the bar, drinking in the stunning views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Accommodation: 4-star Cruise



Day 3 - Making our way to Hue - Monday 24th April 2017

Wake up today and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise over Ha long Bay. After breakfast, we continue exploring the sights of Ha Long Bay. We then return to port, say farewell to Ha Long Bay and make our way back to Hanoi for the night flight to Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location:Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel


Day 4 - The Bike Ride Begins - Tuesday 25th April 2017


Today we will experience a relaxed day of riding around the Imperial city of Hue. You will visit the Hue Citadel, home to 13 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last Dynasty in Vietnam.

We will then bike ride to Thien Mu Pagoda “the land of the peace” – one of the iconic symbols of Hue.

In the afternoon we will take a short bike ride over the Perfume River to the tombs of the Nguyen Kings, including Tu Dec Emperor’s tomb.

We’ll then head back, stopping to get some organic coffee and then on to the hotel for some leisure time, perhaps even a massage for those tired legs?


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Location: Hue

Ride Length: 30 - 40 km

Difficulty: Easy

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

Day 5 - The Hai Van Pass - Wednesday 26th April 2017


Today’s ride is a little more challenging, meandering through the local hillside area, enjoying some of the most picturesque and breathtaking scenery you may have ever seen. At times challenging, at others easier, we will wave as locals pass by, going about their daily business as we breathe in the crisp, fresh air of the countryside.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Location:Hue - Hoi An

Ride Length: 90 km

Difficulty: Hard

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

Day 6 - The Ancient Town of Hoi An - Thursday 27th April 2017


We start the day on a guided tour through the ancient town of Hoi An, stopping for lunch. There’s the opportunity for some shopping, purchasing compact lanterns or silk wares. It is amazing what you can fit in your back pack! The afternoon is at your leisure – your perfect opportunity to purchase some bigger items, perhaps some exceptional tailor made clothes? You can also shop, cook, drink and explore. Hoi An is a genuine gem of a town, unlike any other!

You may also like to play 18 holes of golf on Asia’s number one’s golf course, Montgomery Links. There’s bragging rights for when you return home!

Tonight, we will be having dinner at a riverside restaurant, watching stars twinkle on the river or perhaps enjoy a lantern festival, something both locals and tourists embrace. After dinner discover the lantern lights in the Old Quarter, another stunningly unique experience!


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Hoi An

Ride Length: 30-40km

Difficluty: Easy

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel


Optional Activity
• 9 or 18 holes of golf on Asia's No. 1 Golf Course - Montgomery Links

Day 7 - Beautiful Costal Ride - Friday 28th April 2017



Today we ride along the majestic coastline where we will stop at Son My (also known as the hamlet of My Lai). We will visit a memorial for the villagers who were killed during the Vietnam War. The My Lai site is a small rural settlement, surrounded by simple thatched huts, quilted rice paddies and farmers with conical hats going about their day-to-day routines. We continue to cycle to Quang Ngai where we will enjoy dinner at the hotel after our long ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location:Hoi An - Quang Ngai

Ride Length: 70 km

Difficulty: Moderate

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

Day 8 - Jungle Adventure - Saturday 29th April 2017


Today we travel by bus for two hours to reach our start destination in the jungle. We will pedal along quiet roads rarely visited by tourists. There are two significant slopes today (10-12%), but the best scenes can be seen behind you after making the challenging journey to the summit. Lunch will be fresh seafood at the fishing village along the road, then we will reach Qui Nhon in the late afternoon. Dinner will be at a renowned local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Location: Quang Ngai - Qui Nhan

Ride Length: 90 km

Difficluty: Hard

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel


Day 9 - Hidden Roads - Sunday 30th April 2017


After breakfast, we will ride from the hotel on the hidden roads until to the CU Mong Lagoon. We may collect some fresh shrimps there for lunch. After lunch, we will loop back toward the main highway where you will have the option of cycling or transferring by vehicle to Tuy Hoa.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Location: Qui Nhan - Tuy Hoa

Ride Length: 80 km

Difficluty: Moderate

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel


Day 10 - The Hot Springs - Monday 1st May 2017


Depart from the hotel for a 20 kilometre ride past a network of lush rice fields which blanket the valley. We will immerse ourselves in the ocean view around the Vung Ro Bay before meeting the pass, which is the natural border between the two provinces of Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa. You will then descend to stunning Dai Lanh Beach where you will stop for a refreshing swim and some snacks.

Next we will continue pedalling along the coast for three kilometres and then turn on to the Hon Gom peninsular road for the final twenty kilometres to celebrate your cycling adventure.

Now for the highlight of the day, a Hot spring retreat to rejuvenate your body and refuel your energy!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Location: Tuy Hoa - Nha Trang

Ride Length: 70 km

Difficluty: Moderate

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

Day 11 - Gala Dinner - Tuesday 2nd May 2017


Today there is free time to relax before we depart to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). Upon arrival, we will visit a shelter sponsored by the Saigon Children’s Charity.

Tonight we will enjoy a Gala Dinner in Saigon, benefitting the Saigon Children’s Charity that we visited earlier.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Location: Nha Trang - Saigon

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

Day 12 - Departure - Wednnesday 3rd May 2017


Today, you have free leisure time to enjoy your final day in Vietnam. You might like to do some last minute shopping or just drink in the stunning locale. In the evening our team will take you the airport where we will farewell you.

We have tailored this experience for all bike-riding abilities so we have the accompanying bus should your legs tire. Cycling is such a special way to enjoy the many wonders of Vietnam; we know this will be a life-changing and unique experience you will relive in your memory for the rest of your life.

Meals: Breakfast
Location: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)


Rate:

AUD $2,550 incl gst
per person, twin share,
including meals, 4-star accommodation and bike hire

* Want an independent tour and private tour, please email us at: info@footstepstravels.com to get more information and assistance.

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