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Saigon to Hanoi Cycling Holiday

16 nights from £2520.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Explore white sandy beaches and observe the simplicity of Vietnamese village life
  • Visit the former imperial capital of Hue and the beautiful old trading town of Hoi An
  • Ride through the battle scarred landscapes
  • Immersing yourself in the rich cultural history of Vietnam
Saigon to Hanoi Cycling Holiday
16 nights from £2520.00
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WE LOVEOff the Beaten Track Adventure
Vietnam is a beautiful country with a large proportion of it untouched. This makes riding through the landscape a truly special experience as you observe the wonders of the country's natural environment from tranquil countryside to spectacular rivers and forests.
WE LOVEThe People
The fascinating history of Vietnam reflects in the kind locals that you will meet along your journey. Become fully immersed in their traditional lifestyles, simplistic ways of living and rich culture for a truly fulfilling experience.

What's Included

Day By Day Saigon to Hanoi Cycling Holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival

You will meet your fellow cyclists and tour guide in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where you can bond over dinner at the Temple Club Restaurant.

Day 2Ho Chi Minh to Cu Chi Tunnels to Ho Chi Minh

After a short transfer you’ll cycle to the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels, a network of underground tunnels and a core part of the Vietnam’s army military and operations base. These tunnels played a crucial in supporting the army’s communication network as well as being used to store food, weapons and medical equipment.

Total distance25km
Day 3Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat

Today will start early so you can catch the short flight to Dalat, a former French summer resort and now popular honeymoon destination. After checking into your hotel, cycle along rural lanes, past Xuan Huong Laketo and bold flower fields to the Old French Railway Station. You’ll have views of the majestic Mount Langbian and even have time to explore Dalat in the evening.

Total distance35km
Day 4Dalat to Nha Trang

Fill up at breakfast as a big day lies ahead. You’ll conquer some challenging climbs en route to the province of Nha Trang. The tranquil scenery of mountains make these climbs enjoyable, whilst a stop off at at a community house, home to a mountain tribe gives you insight into another life. Enjoy a lively evening in Nha Trang.

Total distance100km
Day 5Nha Trang

Take a break from cycling and enjoy a boat trip to beautiful islands, perfect swimming and snorkelling. Today’s culture will come in the form of the Pa Na Gar Cham towers, built between 7th – 12th century. Half of the original towers are still in use as places of worship. If you fancy a day off from exploring, you will have the option of staying on the beach.

Day 6Nha Trang to Tuy Hoa

Once out of Nha Trang, and after a transfer, you’ll be on the coastline passing though fishing villages to Dai Lanh Beach. After lunch and a swim on the beach it’s time to start the afternoon ride. Touching the base of Da Bia Mountain there will be a few soft climbs then flat land, ending on country lanes amongst rice paddies and local villages.

Total distance85km
Day 7Tuy Hoa to Quinhon

Today’s riding transports you to another land, with a route parallel to a railway, on an isolated area with spectacular views. You’ll ride through the hills and tribal villages with children playing and animals all the way to Quinhon.

Total distance70km
Day 8Quinhon to Quang Hgai

Experience the ocean breeze and serene Vietnamese villages covering the coastline en route to Tra O Lagoon, the largest wetland in the province of Binh Dinh. You’ll ride along Highway 1 to finish the day in Quang Ngai, where you’ll stay for the evening.

Total distance70km
Day 9Quang Ngai to My Lai to Hoi An

The first point of call this morning is the Thien An pagoda before riding to My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres in the Vietnam War. This afternoon you’re free to explore historic Hoi An. Soak up the atmosphere and vibrant streets and make sure you stay out late enough to see the town light up with lanterns lining the river at night, a truly beautiful sight.

Total distance50km
Day 10Hoi An

This mornings ride will take you to My Son, a 4th century centre of Cham civilisation. The journey to My Son will be scenic and although multiple temples were destroyed during the war the remaining ones are still sure to impress. You will take a transfer back to Hoi An.

Total distance54km
Day 11Hoi An to Hue

Prepare yourself for the toughest day of the trip but we promise it will be worth it. Beginning with a steady climb up Hai Van Pass, the road Jeremy Clarkson called a ‘deserted ribbon of perfection’. The road offers spectacular views before a long and smooth descent. The 44km road to Hue, Vietnam’s former capital, is along the coast.

Total distance100km
Day 12Hue to Ninh Binh

Starting with the tombs of Khai Dinh, you’ll then cycle onto the Thien Mu Pagoda. Built in 1601 it’s one of the tallest religious building in Vietnam with a famous marble turtle. Enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River then it’s time to cycle to the Ming Mang Mausoleum. You will sleep on an overnight train to Ninh Binh.

Total distance30km
Day 13Ninh Binh to Cuc Phuong National Park

Leave Ninh Binh and head for an early lunch, then cycle through magnificent karst mountains, surrounded by rice paddies. After exploring temples you’ll move onto Cuc Phuong National Park where you’ll stay the night.

Total distance60km
Day 14Cuc Phuong National Park to Hai Phong

In the morning you’ll go on another cycle around the park to further appreciate its charm and tranquillity. Next you’ll cycle east crossing pineapple plantations, before heading to Haipong. Today you will see the contrast between north and south Vietnam.

Total distance60km
Day 15Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island

To reach Fulong on Cat Ba island, you’ll take a ferry. Located within the famous Ha Long Bay this heavenly island prides itself on its luscious green hills green, crystal clear sea and soft sand. Once off the boat, you’ll immediately start today’s cycling. After lunch you’ll be free to explore this paradise island.

Total distance26km
Day 16Ha Long Bay to Hanoi

After a short ride it will be time for one of the trip’s highlights, a cruise around Ha Long Bay. Legend has it this majestic series of towering limestone islands, iced with mini rain forests and surrounded by turquoise ocean was created by a dragon who swept down to the sea from mountains. You will then get a transfer back to Hanoi where you will have your final dinner together.

Total distance22km
Day 17Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.

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What to Expect

Exploring the length of Vietnam gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in different and varying regions. From century old Hanoi, you will visit Hue, Vietnam’s old capital city, the ancient town of Hoi An and roads and passes to take your breath away. From the battle scarred landscapes of central Vietnam to the glistening beaches of the south, this is a trip that showcases all Vietnam has to offer.

17day holiday
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60km avg
Expect to ride an average of 60km per day

How's the Weather? in Vietnam

The Dry SeasonNovember to April
Vietnam’s vertical geography gives it a number of weather patterns so bear this in mind when riding through the country. The north is best cycled in the cool dry months between November and April or May to July whilst the south's dry season begins in November and ends in May with late February to May being slightly hotter, with higher humidity. Central Vietnam's dry season is between January and late August.
The Wet SeasonMay to October
The north's wet season is between August and October whilst the south's wet season runs from May to early November with June to August receiving the highest rainfall of the year.

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