Vietnam Bike And Boat Tour – 15 Days

Lifestyle Cycling Cruise Tour Of Vietnam from $4913 NZD
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15 Days

Treat yourself on a 15 day Vietnam Bike and Boat Tour! Experience two weeks of Oriental flair and discover fascinating Vietnam – a country full of contrasts and ever-changing landscapes, with bustling, vibrant cities and rural districts with deep rooted traditions where time seems to have stood still. 

Explore the rocky limestone formations of famous HaLong Bay while sailing on a traditional ‘junk’. Get really close to this unique landscape with easy cycling, while guided kayak excursions will take you into incredible caves. Admire the lush rice fields, see water buffaloes at ‘work’, visit colourful temples and pagodas and let the emerald-green waters of the South China Sea enchant you. In Central Vietnam you can explore the impressive monuments of the Vietnamese emperors as well as the historical town of HoiAn – a World Heritage site. In South Vietnam the expansive water labyrinth of the Mekong Deltas awaits.

Hanoi to Saigon

Hanoi
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Please check availability with us before booking
  • Group size is 10-20
  • EUR700 single room surcharge (guaranteed in hotels only)
  • Pre tour night in Hanoi can be arranged
  • Post tour package (4 days/3 nights) is available in Cambodia
  • This tour is invoiced in EUR
The biking is easy, with an average daily distance between 17km-30km. You'll stay in comfortable (3 star+) hotels for 10 nights, plus 4 nights on a comfortable floating hotel in HaLong Bay (2 nights) and the Mekong Delta (2 nights).

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Hanoi

Cycling: none

Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your Vietnam bike and boat tour! On arrival at Hanoi Airport a shuttle bus transfers you to your hotel in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter. This historic old town is considered one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. Despite its three million inhabitants, Hanoi retains its charm and offers both a rural and traditional atmosphere. We may take a walk through the colourful and bustling streets and later in the afternoon you'll be treated to a water puppet show - a traditional Vietnamese form of art. This evening during dinner, get to know your fellow travellers.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Hanoi to Ninh Binh to Hoa Lu to Tam Coc

Cycling: approx. 22 km + 10 km

After breakfast we leave Hanoi in our bus and travel in the direction of the rural province of Ninh Binh. That’s where we start our first bike ride alongside vibrant green rice fields to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam. After exploring this fascinating historical site with its well-preserved relics of past dynasties, we continue on our bikes through Vietnam's most spectacular landscapes. After stopping in the quaint village of Tran An where we can try some local specialties for lunch, we continue to Tam Coc from where a traditional row boat takes us into the heart of a hidden valley. Finally today we visit a local bird sanctuary where every evening the flock of birds returning to their nests is a spectacular sight. Tonight we stay in Tam Coc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Tam Coc to Ha Long Bay

Cycling: none

This morning a 4 hour shuttle bus transfer takes us to Ha Long Bay, arriving in time for a delicious lunch on board our boat. As we set off on our voyage, we cruise through the impressive island world of Ha Long Bay with its bizarre rock formations. In the afternoon we visit one of the numerous cave systems which were formed over many hundreds of years. Here you will find weird and wonderful shapes in the stalagmites and stalactites! In the afternoon we can join a guided kayak tour of a hidden lagoon where we may see some wild monkeys who live on the rocky outcrops. We spend the night on our boat anchored in the Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Island of Trà Bán and Bai Tu Long Bay

Cycling: 25 km

After an early breakfast we 'jump ship' and travel by hydrofoil to the island of Trà Bán, a unique place untouched by modern day tourism. The island offers us an insight into the earlier, traditional life of its inhabitants; its as if time had stood still. A common sight are the Vietnamese water buffaloes grazing as we pass. We may even meet some of the local farmers working in their fields, greeting us with their kind smiles. After a relaxing picnic lunch the hydrofoil will take us back to the pier where our Junk awaits. A relaxing cruise through the island world of Bai Tu Long Bay tops this eventful day off. This evening you may like to sit under the stars for a while.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Bai Tu Long Bay to Lan Ha Bay to Cat Ba

Cycling: none (kayaking day)

We'll disembark the Junk and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha Bay for a guided kayak tour along the lagoon-like shoreline. Our first stop is a beautiful hidden beach. After lunch and a lengthy relaxing swim, our kayak tour will take us past floating houses to Cat Ba, our next destination. A short transfer takes us to a beautiful resort, where you can spend the evening at the hotel’s very own sandy beach or at the pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

CatBa to VietHai Village to CatBa

Cycling: approx. 20 km

An early transfer delivers us to a small pier. Then a 1 hour ferry boat ride takes us to another pier from where we cycle through a National Park to a small village of the VietHai minority. Now on foot, we'll be guided through a protected old forest. The aim is to reach the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breathtaking views of Hạ Long Bay and the rest of the island. After the walk we'll cycle back to the boat which takes us back to Cat Ba City. Tonight we stay in a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

CatBa Island to HaiPhong to HôiAn

Cycling: none

After breakfast a water taxi will take us to Hải Phòng from where we'll be transferred to the nearby airport. Our morning flight is to Đà Nẵng and on arrival we hop on a shuttle bus for the short ride to our Resort Hotel in Hội An. Here we can relax in the river-side palm tree gardens of the hotel before a stroll through the picturesque old town of Hoi An with its wooden-fronted houses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

HôiAn

Cycling: approx. 17km

Today we have the opportunity to observe the daily lives of the local farmers. In the morning we cycle to TraQue - a small village in the suburban area of Hôi An. The name of this place originates from a sweet vegetable often used by the locals to spice their meals: a totally new and interesting speciality! Our host prepares the meal with us and explains the special ingredients. The afternoon can be spent at leisure: stroll through the picturesque old town or relax at the white beach of CuaDai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

HôiAn to Hué

Cycling: approx. 20km

After breakfast we shuttle to the former imperial city of Hue via Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. After a short stopover (and lunch) on Lăng Cô Beach, we have the opportunity to cycle all the way along the coastline to Thuan An beach. Decide for yourself how many kilometers you wish to travel by bus or by bike. If weather conditions allow, we can stay for a refreshing swim, before continuing to Huế. After checking into the hotel you have the evening to explore the city at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10

Huế

Cycling: approx. 23 km

Today is dedicated to the old imperial city of Huế, situated between rolling hills and rice fields along a bend in the Perfume River. The spiritual heart of Vietnam beats here, with more than 300 temples and pagodas. In the morning we'll visit the rambling citadel (once reserved for the emperors of the Nguyen-Dynasty). After a late lunch we leave city life behind and explore the rural surroundings by bike as we ride alongside water channels and rice fields to the canopied bridge of Thanh Toan. After a day of incredible cultural and scenic impressions, we have a free evening in Hué.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11

Huế to HoChiMinh City to Mekong Delta

Cycling: 20 km

After breakfast we fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to Mỹ Tho, where we check-in to our boat and cruise along the Mekong river towards CaiBe. During this short boat ride the flourishing nature of the delta is evident as well as the river related life of the inhabitants. In the afternoon we cycle along the river mouth, exploring a number of the Mekong river arms and channels as well as the scattered islands within. We can also try exotic fruit and see different local handcrafts. Later your boat will take you for a sunset sail towards Cai Be, where you will spend the night on anchor.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

Mekong Delta: Cái Bè and Islands of Vinh Long and Traon

Cycling: approx. 30 km

In the morning we cross over to Vingh, Long Island, where we cycle under palm-shaded paths. We continue by boat to Traon Island where we again have the opportunity to explore the surroundings by bike. Later on we sample the excellent cuisine on board and relax in the wonderful evening atmosphere of the Mekong Delta's water labyrinth.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

CầnThơ to HoChiMinh City

No cycling

During breakfast the boat takes us to CầnThơ where we can visit one of the last floating markets of Vietnam. Our cultural experience of Southern Vietnam is rounded off with a visit to the region's largest farmer's market. Make sure you have a camera at the ready, as the colorful fruit stands are incredibly photogenic. After an early lunch we are transferred back to Hồ Chí Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14

HoChiMinh City

No cycling

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the large and modern centre of Vietnam. On a guided tour we learn about this growing megacity, the town hall, the cathedral Notre Dame, the main post office and other important sights which characterise the city’s history. The afternoon is free so you may like to buy some souvenirs and dive into the crowded Benh Thanh Market. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and guides. Overnight stay is in a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15

Departure from HoChiMinh City

Cycling: none

Its time to say goodbye to your fellow group members as the tour finishes after breakfast this morning.

Meals:

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 10 nts in 3-4 star hotels, 4 nts on boat (air con & ensuite)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English speaking tourguide(s)
  • Airport arrival transfer (day 1)
  • Airport departure transfer (day 15)
  • Bus and boat transfers as listed
  • Bike Hire (various models)
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water while cycling
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay (guided)
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing as per itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam travel visa (required prior to arrival)
  • Single room surcharge (hotels only)
  • Airport transfers (if not on arrival & departure days)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses and drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Optional insurance for hire bikes
  • Tips for guide(s) and support crew