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Your cycling holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle | Guided Group

Total Distance 156 miles (250km) | Average distance per day 31 miles (50km)

This stunning bike ride will enable you to discover Vietnam’s rich culture. The tour fuses the beauty of Vietnam’s central landscape with a glimpse into its rich, evocative past. You will explore the area surrounding the Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. At Hue, you will enjoy beautifully manicured public gardens and the beautiful sprawling complex of palace buildings. Then you pedal on down the coastal road to My Son, built by the kings of Champa between the 4th and 14th centuries.

Cruise the Perfume River, enjoying the tropical scent of flowers from which it gets its name, up to the impressive seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Through quiet country lanes, we make our way to Phuoc Tich, an untouched settlement of 500-year old 'ruong' houses, symbolic of the region. Surrounded by a backdrop of lush greenery, explore the beautiful village to catch locals making colourful incense and pottery.

Wander southerly Hoi An, a port city famous for colonial influences, which has worked hard to preserve its highly traditional culture. The Ancient Town still standing as a historical example of graceful architecture cut through with canals.

What not to miss

  • Delicious dishes and local delicacies.
  • Explore enigmatic Vietnam.
  • Graceful urban architecture and lush landscapes.

What’s included

  • Bike hire
  • Support vehicle
  • Tour leader and guide(s)
  • Most meals (as indicated)
  • Good quality accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks
Your cycling holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Emm Hotel, Hue

4-star

‘ÊM’ in Vietnamese means ‘tranquility and comfort’, and the extra ‘M’ stands for ‘Modern’, which perfectly describes the fresh, contemporary, creative vibe.

Lang Co Beach Resort, Lang Co

3-star

This hotel is a one-minute walk from the beach. The rooms are elegant and well fitted. The resort has a large outdoor pool and a private beach area.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An

4-star

The resort & spa is within a 5-minute walk of the ancient town of Hoi An. It provides a blend of Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities.

Your cycling holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle | Guided Group

6 Nights / 7 Days


Day 1

Arrival in Hue.

You will start the tour in Hue, the old capital of the Ngu Yen Dynasty. We meet in the early afternoon for a tour of the Imperial Citadel, modelled on the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive you will nevertheless gain a clear understanding of how the royal family lived during the peak of their rule. You will then end the day with some traditional Vietnamese food for dinner.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Round tour Hue’s Tomb | Distance 19 miles (30 km) | Elevation +179m / -179m.

You will ride to a pier where you will meet our boat for a cruise on the Perfume River to the seven-story Thien Mu pagoda that has become the iconic symbol of the city. Then it's back on the bikes for a ride through the rolling countryside to Ming Mang mausoleum. After a walk through this extensive complex, you will cycle back across the Perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

Round Tour Hue Countryside | Distance 31.25 miles (50 km) | Elevation +144m / -145m.

You will cycle a country loop of Hue through lush countryside on a mix of footpaths and quiet country lanes to the traditional village of Phuoc Tich. The route follows back roads passing through many untouched villages and local markets. Along the way you will come across a Catholic village, perhaps see locals making colourful incense or cutting bamboo into useful items. A highlight of Phouc Tich are the many homes that date back 200 years and follow traditional feng shui design. Enjoy a traditional lunch with Uncle Ho Van Te and learn more about this rich and culturally significant village. In the afternoon loop back toward Hue along quiet country lanes.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4

From Hue to Lang Co | Distance 41 miles (65 km) | Elevation +122m / -125m.

Today you will leave Hue and follow the coast south. During the ride you will pass roads shaded by coconut palms, and dunes scattered with mini mausoleums. These colourful graveyards are comprised of broken tiles, and dishes inlaid to create symbols of life beyond this life in the form of lotus flowers, dragons and cranes. You will then ride to Phuoc Tuong Hill and ultimately transfer the final 40 km to Lang Co Beach. Here you will have lunch and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the resort and beach.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

From Lang Co to Hoi An | Distance 35 miles (55 km) | Elevation +791m / -788m.

The hardest cycling day lies ahead, with a 7-mile climb and an ascent of 550m to the top of Hai Van Pass. It is a gradual gradient with many switchbacks and the superb views at the top make it well worth the effort. The reward is a downhill to Danang, your destination for lunch. After lunch you will have a flat and very scenic ride to Hoi An. After a brief stop at the beach you will continue down this country road to Hoi An. This city was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese traders and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Round Tour Hoi An | Distance 31.25 miles (50km) | Elevation +179m / -179m.

On day six, you will ride out on small village roads to My Son, the ancient centre of Cham civilization. The ride is worth the effort as you cycle along scenic country back roads past paddy fields passing many pretty villages. Eventually you will arrive at My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city from the 4th to the 14th century. Although many of the temples were destroyed by American bombs, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors. The afternoon will be spent visiting the site. In the afternoon you will have the option of transferring by bus back to Hoi An or riding back.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7

You will go for a walk through the market this morning. This will be also a perfect opportunity for you to try some local foods. We then say “tạm biệt” before you make your way home or extend your stay in Vietnam.

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Map

Your cycling holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle | Guided Group

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
20 August - 26 August 6 £1040 Enquire Now
23 December - 29 December 6 £1098 Enquire Now

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
18 March - 24 March 6 £1098 Enquire Now
22 April - 28 April 6 £1098 Enquire Now
20 May - 26 May 6 £1098 Enquire Now
17 June - 23 June 6 £1098 Enquire Now
22 July - 28 July 6 £1098 Enquire Now
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23 December - 29 December 6 £1098 Enquire Now

Tour Only Prices 2020

2020 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
16 March - 22 March 6 £1098 Enquire Now
20 April - 26 April 6 £1098 Enquire Now
18 May - 24 May 6 £1098 Enquire Now
15 June - 21 June 6 £1098 Enquire Now
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21 December - 27 December 6 £1098 Enquire Now


Extras

Single room supplement: £203

Bike Hire: Included

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle | Guided Group

Total Distance

156 miles (250km)

Average distance per day

31 miles (50km)

Average climbing per day

283m

About

  • Staff ratio one to three
  • Guaranteed departure from 2 people
  • This tour can also be self-guided

Suitability

This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. This trip is not too arduous, and so riders with less experience are more than welcome, although the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it.

Bikes

Inclusive for this tour and are well-known makes of hybrid or mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.

Support

We will be supported by air-conditioned vehicles that have been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicles follow us the whole time and are always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

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