North Vietnam Bike Blitz
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, a private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the center of Hanoi. After checking in, you can relax and get familiar with the city. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the evening, explore Hanoi's culinary scene, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, or simply unwind at the hotel. Get a good night's rest to prepare for your cycling adventures the next day.
Embark on a morning cycling tour that takes you to the iconic Long Bien Bridge, where you can capture photos of this architectural marvel designed by Gustave Eiffel. Pedal your way to the serene alluvial ground in the heart of the Red River and explore the enchanting landscape of this expansive island, adorned with lush plantations and vegetable farms. After cycling along winding paths through verdant gardens, make your way back to the city, passing by the picturesque West Lake and the charming French Quarter.
After a satisfying lunch, hop into a private vehicle for an afternoon exploration of Hanoi's renowned landmarks. Discover the revered Temple of Literature, a symbol of Vietnam's rich intellectual heritage, and delve into the enlightening exhibits at the Vietnam Women's Museum. To deepen your understanding of the country's history, visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison, a poignant reminder of the past. Finally, immerse yourself in Vietnam's traditional performing arts with a captivating water puppet show, bringing an end to a memorable day of cultural exploration.
Depart from Hanoi at 8:00 AM and embark on an exciting journey southwest to Hoa Binh Province, the gateway to the awe-inspiring mountainous region of northern Vietnam. Enjoy a scenic drive of approximately 3 hours from Hanoi, and arrive at Muong Khen, a charming town in Hoa Binh.
Experience the local way of life as you embark on a one-hour bike ride along back roads, immersing yourself in the picturesque farmlands and villages. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Muong Khen.
In the afternoon, your support vehicle will transfer you to the foot of Thung Khe Pass, where you'll hop back on your bikes and pedal along a breathtaking road that winds alongside the scenic Hoa Binh Reservoir. Take the opportunity to capture stunning photographs at any point along the route. When you reach Go Lao, you'll return to the support vehicle and head towards the captivating Mai Chau Valley.
Arrive at your accommodation in Mai Chau Valley, check-in, and unwind for the night.
After a delightful breakfast, immerse yourself in a full day of cycling through the enchanting valleys adorned with stilt house villages of the Thai ethnic minority.
Embark on a picturesque journey along country roads, soaking in the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before you. Begin by traversing the back roads of Mai Chau Valley, making your way through Na Meo towards Ban Xo.
Indulge in a delicious lunch served at a local house in Ban Xo, savoring the authentic flavors of the region. Energized and refreshed, hop back on your bike in the afternoon, ready to explore the winding paths that lead to Mai Hich Valley.
As you pedal along, be captivated by the beauty of Mai Hich Valley. In the late afternoon, arrive at your inviting homestay, where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality. Check-in and enjoy a well-deserved rest for the remainder of the day, immersing yourself in the tranquility of this charming destination.
Awakened by the vibrant symphony of domestic animals, including roosters, ducks, and pigs, in the nearby neighborhood, embrace the dawn as you begin your day.
Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the homestay before embarking on the next leg of your journey. Today's ride takes you towards the captivating Pu Luong Nature Reserve area. While primarily following the paved road, there will be opportunities to venture onto enchanting back roads, allowing for exciting discoveries along the way.
Relish a delicious lunch served at Hang village, replenishing your energy for the afternoon adventure. Continue your ride along the main road, meandering towards the picturesque Ban Don valley, your sanctuary for the night.
Arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon, where you will be warmly greeted and checked in. Take the remaining hours of the day to unwind and rejuvenate, immersing yourself in the tranquility of this serene setting.
After enjoying breakfast, it's time to check out and embark on a delightful 2-hour cycling adventure along the village roads. Marvel at the mesmerizing terraced fields and catch glimpses of stilt houses nestled amidst lush gardens, surrounded by majestic mountains and hills. During the morning ride, you'll also have the unique opportunity to witness the local community's traditional irrigation system, featuring simple yet effective bamboo waterwheels.
Lunch will be served at a restaurant along the way to Ninh Binh. In the afternoon, upon reaching Ninh Binh province, continue your exploration of the tranquil rice fields and serene villages by bicycle. Conclude the day with a memorable 1.5-hour rowing boat excursion at Van Long wetland, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of this reserve. Later, the support vehicle will transport you to the hotel where you can relax, enjoy dinner, and spend the night.
Start your day with an exciting cycling adventure in Ninh Binh. Head to Tam Coc's boat station and board a traditional sampan boat to explore the enchanting waterways and 3 tunnel-like caves amidst limestone karsts. After the boat ride, continue cycling through scenic countryside, passing rice fields, villages, and landscapes. Visit Bich Dong Pagoda for panoramic views, then cycle to Thai Vi temple, a peaceful spot for contemplation. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local eatery. Resume cycling to Hang Mua and lock your bike. Embark on a challenging hike, climbing steep steps and narrow passages. The reward is stunning panoramic views of Tam Coc's karst landscape, rivers, and fields. Capture the beauty and serenity at the top. Afterward, get picked up for the journey back to Hanoi to end your cycling adventure. Get ready for the relaxing cruise trip to Halong Bay the next 2 days!
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and driven to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the pier in Halong City, you will board the cruise ship. As you cruise through the mesmerizing limestone karsts and crystal-clear waters, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the bay. You will have the opportunity to visit a fascinating cave, where a guided tour will unveil its impressive formations. In the afternoon, you can choose to swim, kayak, or simply relax on the sun deck. As the sun sets, enjoy a delectable dinner on the boat, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on the cruise ship, immersed in the serene ambiance of the bay.
Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise over the bay. Participate in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to rejuvenate your body and mind. After a hearty breakfast, the cruise will continue to explore different areas of Halong Bay, allowing you to discover more hidden treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. A delicious brunch will be served on board as the boat gradually returns to the pier. Upon disembarking, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Hanoi and be dropped off at your hotel, marking the end of this unforgettable Halong Bay experience.
Please note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on the chosen cruise company and weather conditions.
Today marks the end of our incredible journey together. Depending on your departure flight time, you may have a busy morning preparing for your departure or have some leisure time to relax and perhaps do some last-minute shopping.
If your schedule allows, take this opportunity to walk and explore the vibrant streets and markets one last time, picking up souvenirs and mementos to cherish from your time in Vietnam. Indulge in the flavors of the local cuisine, soak up the atmosphere, and create lasting memories.
When the time comes, our team will ensure a smooth transfer to the airport, ensuring you reach your departure gate in a timely manner. As you bid farewell to Vietnam, take a moment to reflect on the incredible adventures, the beautiful landscapes, and the warm hospitality you have experienced throughout your trip.
Until next time!
Experienced English speaking tour guides
All meals on tour (All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with local Vietnamese food)
Accommodation on tour (twin share room in standard hotel or stay at homestay as mentioned in itinerary)
Hotel pick up/drop off before and after the tour
Air tickets and visa to Vietnam