Biking 14D/13D: Saigon to Hanoi - See 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 Tour code

 VBT: VCT14B - SGN - HAN

 Duration

 14 days/ 13 nights

 No. of cycling days

  8 full days + half-day

 Distance

 480 - 540 km

 Minimum ages to ride

 14

 Group size

 Mi: 02 - Max: 12

 Tour meets

 in HCM

 Tour ends

 in Ha Noi

 Road surface

 Mixed dirty track, concrete path and hilly country back roads

 What's included

 What's not included

- Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists and luggage

- Personal travel insurance

- Truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes, tool kits

- Single accommodation

- New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brakes

- Other personal expenses

- Helmets, new bottles of water

- Drinks are not included with any meal

- All entrance fees and boat rides

- Visa to Vietnam

- Flight from HCM to Dalat

 

- Flight from Dong Hoi to Ha Noi

 

- B = 13 Breakfasts, L = 14 Lunches, D = 7 Dinners

 

- Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits and facial tissues

 

- 1 night on cruise in Ha Long bay

 

- 12 nights: double room & twin share

 

- Experienced English speaking bike guides

 

- Pick up & drop off at hotels

 

Dates

Destinations

Activities

Distance

Meals

 Day 01

 HCM - Dalat

 Flight + Cycling

 25 - 45 km 

 L/D

 Day 02

 Dalat - Nha Trang

 Cycling + transfer

 30 - 90 km 

 B/L/D

 Day 03

 Nha Trang - Island

 Boat trip

No cycling 

 B/L/D

 Day 04

 Nha Trang - Quy Nhon

 Cycling + tranfser

30 - 80 km 

B/L/D

 Day 05

 Quy Nhon - Quang Ngai

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 90 km 

B/L/D

 Day 06

 Quang Ngai - Hoi An

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 90 km 

B/L

 Day 07

 Hoi An - My Son

 Cycling - transfer

25 km 

B/L

 Day 08

 Hoi An - Hue

 Cycling + transfer

30 km 

B/L

 Day 09

 Hue - Quang Tri - Dong Hoi

 Cycling + transfer

30 - 60 km 

B/L

 Day 10 

 Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

 Cycling + transfer

25 - 40 km 

B/L

 Day 11

 Phong Nha town

 Phong Nha Cave

by Van/Bus + boat 

B/L/D

 Day 12

 Phong Nha - Ha Noi

 Air port In/Out + Flight

  No cycling 

B/L

 Day 13

 Ha Noi - Ha Long

 Transfer + Cruise

Stay on cruise 

B/L/D

 Day 14

 Ha Long - Ha Noi

 Cruise + Transfer

Return to Hanoi  

B/L


Day 01: Saigon - Dalat
You will have an early morning flight to Dalat, our team will meet you at Lien Khuong airport for first day of cycling. Then a 20 minute by vehicle will take you rural village. We will bike along back roads through rural villages, ride past real countryside of the highlands, pepper and rubber plantations, pine forest.

  • 25 - 40 km, moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 02: Dalat - Nha Trang 
The back roads through Hon Giao Pass, lush green of pine forest made beautiful landcape amongst valley on the ways. Ride rolling hills through Hon Giao Pass and enjoy 29 km down hills before lunch serving by waterways. In the afternoon, we ride on the back roads, cycle past sugar cane fields, rice-paddy and end up today at highway 1A.

  • 40 - 90km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 03: Boat ride to Island - Stay on beach
Nha Trang is knew with warm weather all year rounds and also with sandy beaches in central provinces. A full day boat trip for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on beach cannot be missed. You will be equipped with swimming tales, snorkeling gear before our boat taking you coral Island. Then boat riding to mini beach for lunch. After lunch you can relax on beach as long as you wish. Return to hotel and free to explore city of Nha Trang by your own.

  • No cycling
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 04: Nha Trang – Qui Nhon 
The distance between Nha Trang to Quy Nho is very far there is not enough time ride all the ways. Our bike guide will cut off some and choose the best for today' ride A 30 km bike ride in the morning allow you get close to locals at their home, and along villages through rice fields and salt fish farms before you have seafood lunch served by the beach. A short transfer you to starting point of cycling in rural of Tuy Hoa town for the afternoon biking. A moderate riding on hilly back roads amongst sweet potato, tapioca fields before you cycle on trails through fishing villages. You will have an hour transfer you to city of Quy Nhon by vehicle in late afternoon.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 05: Qui Nhon – Quang Ngai 
A 30 minutes transfer by vehicle to back roads near fishing village as to avoid traffic heavily in town. Ride on hilly back roads by huge lack and sand dunes. Stop for lunch at seafood restaurant at small town on the way. An hour and half transfer as to avoid getting hot after lunch then we continue cycling on hilly beautiful oceanic country roads along 40 km blue sandy local beaches. Our support vehicles will take to city of Quang Ngai in late afternoon.

  • 40 - 90km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Quang Ngai – Hoi An 
Stopping at memorial of My Lai before we ride 30 km in the morning. After we have chicken rice served, we get back on bike to explore traditional villages on paths, see buffaloes on rice paddy, ride past bamboo monkey bridges and stopping at handmade wooden boat before we share space with locals on small ferry boat to Hoi An town.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 07: Hoi An - My Son
Take a pleasure cycling on paths to My Son Site. Share the paths with kids cycle to school, See activities of local markets on bike and experience ancient architecture of My Son and its history before return to Hoi An by vehicle.

  • 30km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 08: Hoi An - Hue 
An opportunity for you to challenges the Hai Van Pas after an hour driving from Hoi An. Take a little time to warm up your body before we bike uphill to the peak of Hai Van Pass. Right here you could see the big difference of condition of weather. You are also can see many old American bunkers on the peak of Hai Van Pass. Then cycle down hills to restaurant by the Lang Co beach for lunch. Then travel by off roads to the oceanic country roads. Keep riding onward through fishing villages, traditional residential architecture of houses and the ancient burial-ground of Hue (ghost city is called by locals) to Hue city.

  • 30 - 80km, easy/moderate/hard
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 09: Hue city tour – cycling to Dong Hoi 
After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the Purple city before we start biking to Quang Tri. Most  route today are flat but very unique because we almost ride through traditional villages, remote fishing villages, rice paddy fields and numerous ancient temples on country back roads. Then we will continue cycling to Cua Tung beach. If time permitted, we continue biking to Vinh Moc tunnel before a transfer to Dog Hoi city.

  • 30 - 60km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10: Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh Trails - Phong Nha 
In the morning we explore fishing villages of local on paths along ocean, and some paths of the jungle near mountain range. In the afternoon, cycling the back roads of countryside of Phong Nha, bike through ride paddy, and cycling on single track alongside river to Phong Nha.

  • 30 - 60km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 11: Phong Nha caves exploration 
 In the morning our team will accompany with you by vehicle to Paradise cave. Spend an hour and half to explore this cave before lunch lunch serving by river. Then jumping off  zip lines to enjoy mud bath, return by kayaking for another exploration of Phong Nha cave by boat.

  • No cycling
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 12: Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - fly to Hanoi
After having breakfast, we depart from Phong Nha by vehicles  airport of Dong Hoi for a domestic flight to Hanoi. Our team in Ha Noi will meet you at the Noi Bai airport and will take you to the hotel. Free to explore Ha Noi city by your owned.

  • Fly to Ha Noi
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 13: Ha Noi – Halong Bay
Set-off an early morning and travel by van/bus to spectacular World Heritage site of Ha Long located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It takes about three hours and half. There is thousands of Islands with many famous caves, grottos and sandy coves. Board a boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves, enjoy swimming. Dinner on board, enjoy live music and at dancing bar and spend a peaceful night on cruise. 

  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 14: Ha Long - Ha Noi 
Enjoy sunrise with tea, coffee before a breakfast serving. A visit floating villages by bamboo boat, stop at some Pearl Farm before returning to the cruise. Your lunch is on board while the cruise move slowly back to Hon Gai dock. The cruise trip will finish it journey 11:45 am. You will relax on van/bus driving back to Hanoi city around 4:30pm.

  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Reviews

Calvin Scott Dick from Canada

Overall, I thought this trip was great! Dat was fantastic guide, friendly, helpful, professional – and did a great job of introducing us to Vietnamese culture through some legends, food and explaining about agriculture.. What would have been nice is if we had more days with definite goals (I like cycling from one landmark to another landmark) even though it is difficult to balance with showing us the variety in the country personally. I would have like to learn more about how to say words properly(sh) in Vietnamese and maybe more still about the culture/history but I think that the balance was probably good. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Edmund Peter Dick from Canada

The tour was very good – an excellent way to see many parts of the country in a two week period. Dat was an exceptional guide. It is hard to think that that someone else could be better. He was very helpful in many ways, often doing more to help us than we would expect. The biggest problem we faced was arriving at the hotel and finding it closed during th Tet holiday. It was nice that things worked out as well as they did. If we were American, the tour value would be exceptional, but our Canadian dollar has fallen a lot in the last few months so I can only say good. For what we received, it was certainly reasonable. If someone else,asks me, I will recommend your company – especially it Dat is the guide. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

Ed Dick Nancy family of 5 from Canada

Hi Van, On behalf of myself and my family I would like to say thank you to you and your crew for making our holiday in Vietnam a success. The itinerary you planned for this trip, both the types of riding that we did and the activities involved, fit our needs perfectly - and Dat was an absolutely excellent guide - friendly, energetic, and both very knowledgeable and very helpful. When things didn't go quite perfectly (like when the hotel we were booked into in Nha Trang was closed) we correctly had complete confidence that things would work out. Overall, your support team took great care of us. Because of the ages and commitments of our boys, this was the trip of a lifetime - it will very probably be the last time we will ever have to be together on a holiday excursion like this. I am happy to say that we picked the right country, the right company to help us, and the right tour! As I said in my written evaluation, if anyone asks, it will be easy for me to recommend Vietnam as a destination and Vietnam Backroads as a tour company. I hope that it is alright to add a couple of thoughts. On your website I see that there are some pictures and videos of various tours. I have many pictures to go through from our trip. If you are interested, after I go through them I can send you five or six of ours that you can add to your collection if you wish. A year and a half ago, Nancy and I did a bike trip in Albania that was advertised as a UN World Heritage Site tour. (also an excellent adventure) In reflecting on your tour, I wonder whether you might wish to consider using a similar title to describe the tour we took. As we visited five UN world heritage sites (more than we saw in Albania), it would be a very accurate description and perhaps would draw more attention to the tour, at least for certain people. 10 - 23 Feb, 2016

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