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Trails of Vietnam
- Style: Guided Small Group Cycling Tour
- Duration: 14 days/13 nights
- Starts in: Hanoi
- Cruise and kayak along the emerald waters and limestone peaks of Halong Bay
- Dip into traditional Vietnamese culture by trekking through lush hill tribe villages
- Walk and cycle on a tour through historic towns Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi
- Dig a little deeper into Vietnam’s history by crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Sample local produce and float through the Mekong Delta by boat
Day 1 Hanoi
Arrive into Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Hanoi at your leisure, in the evening meet with your tour leader and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and an optional group dinner.
Day 2 Hanoi to Ta Bac
This morning transfer to Hoa Binh Province (4 hrs) and travel up and over the Troung Son Mountain Range. Upon arrival enjoy a cooked lunch before an afternoon trek and a visit to a limestone cave.
Day 3 Ta Bec
Most of today is spent trekking amongst hilltribe villages. Enjoy the peaceful countryside and take in the splendid views of the Da Reservoir and its turquoise waters.
Day 4 Ta Bec to Hanoi
A short trek back to the roadside via another culturally colourful village. Head onto Hanoi for your city tour and visit Hao Lo, the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter, the Centuries old soul of Hanoi. The afternoon is free, perhaps sit back and enjoy the views from a lakeside café?
Day 5 Hanoi to Halong Bay
Early start today as you transfer to Halong Bay, A boat awaits you ready to cruise along the legendary Halong Bay. Soak up the enigmatic atmosphere this karst scenery creates. A seafood lunch is served on board and the evening is yours to unwind upon tranquil waters.
Day 6 Halong Bay to Hue
Return to port and transfer to the Hanoi train station, board the Reunification Express for the overnight train ride to Hue.
Day 7 Hue
Arrive into the cultural and historical centre of Vietnam, Hue mid-morning. Hue has impacted several poets in its time and serves as a reminder of Vietnam’s imperial glories. In the afternoon, jump on one of the local bikes and cycle to the Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. Explore the palaces, halls of the Mandarins and the remains of the Forbidden Purple City. With walls six miles in length, the Imperial Citadel is the most outstanding sight in town.
Day 8 Hue to Hoi An
After breakfast visit Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum before driving to Da Nang. Pass through the beautiful Lang Co peninsula and travel the Hoi Van Pass.
Day 9 Hoi An
This morning you will take a walking tour of Hoi An. Often described as a living museum, Hoi An boasts more than just grace and atmosphere. Wooden merchant houses and pagoda-style temples line the streets, architecturally reflecting the Japanese, Chinese and European influences on the town. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure.
Day 10 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, known for its French colonial landmarks. A 1½ hr drive takes you to Cu Chi tunnels. Crawl through the infamous and intricate system of tunnels and experience the spirit of guerrilla warfare!
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be
Drive to the small market town of My Tho, hop on to your bikes and follow the Mekong River through quiet back roads towards Cai Be, sample some of the local produce before your transfer back.
Day 12 Cai Be to Mekong River
Start early today for a boat trip along the Bassac River towards Cai Rang, the largest and liveliest floating market in the Delta. Float through a maze of boats, rife with fruits, vegetables and plants and watch the techniques locals use to make a living. Return back to the hotel for breakfast before you begin your cycle ride to Vinh Long through scenic landscapes. Later transfer by motor boat to an island in the middle of the Mekong River where you’ll be staying the night.
Day 13 Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City
Cruise by boat along the Cai Be Floating Market before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast your tour comes to an end.
Departs:Selected departures 2020.
- Return transfers in Vietnam
- 8 nights simple hotels, 1 night boat, 1 night standard homestay guesthouse, 2 nights basic house/longhouse & 1 night sleeper train
- Experienced tour leader
- Various transportation including bus, boat, sleeper train, plane and bicycle
- 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
- International flights
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