Vietnam Highlights

a 13 day multisport tour in northern Vietnam


 
Vietnam is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands continue to yield new species and team with exotic wildlife. Its islands and beaches are among the finest in all of Southeast Asia, and its cuisine is excellent. Our new Highlights Multisport provides you with the opportunity to experience it all firsthand.

We begin our journey in the country's capital, Hanoi, where we explore its history and cultural exhibits. Experience the old French Quarter by cyclo (bicycle taxis). Then head out into the country for a couple of days by bike through the dramatic landscapes of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh. A quick flight takes us to central Vietnam, where we will spend several days exploring the beautiful historic cities of Hue and Hoi An.

The final leg switches gears, leaving the land behind for a cruise by junk through the turquoise waters of UNESCO World Heritage, Ha Long Bay and swaps our bicycles for sea kayaks to explore the many karst limestone islands. Our junk features all the amenities for comfortable evening accommodations, air conditioned rooms with en suite facilities. And our sea kayaks allow us access inside the islands paddling through caves to their hidden interiors. It is a journey unlike any you have done before.
 
Traditional bridge in Hanoi
DAY

1/2
Arrive Hanoi, welcome dinner, Day 2 explore old French Quarter by pedicab & foot, enjoy Water Puppet Show.
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to our hotel in the old French Quarter. The rest day at your leisure. In the evening, we dine at Seasons of Hanoi restaurant.
Meals: D

We explore Hanoi by van, foot and cyclo (a pedal powered taxi). Among our stops is the Museum of Ethnology, with its informative displays about Vietnam's history, culture and ethnic minorities. You will roll through the historic streets of the French Quarter via cyclo and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at dinner.
Meals: B L D
View out the window at our bike tour's hotel in Mai Chau
DAY

03
Cycle through the lush countryside to picturesque Mai Chau, explore small ethnic villages & vast green rice paddies.
This morning we will bypass Ha Noi's hectic traffic, shuttling to the quiet town of Man Duc. We will mount our bikes and pedal off into the lush hill country. The landscapes are magnificent and our cycling takes the easiest route through the mountains, not over them. A short climb at ride's end takes us into the Mai Chau valley and our lodge sitting at the edge of bright green rice paddies.
Cycling: 30 mi /50 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
Karst outcroppings in ninh Binh
DAY

04
Explore local villages before shuttling to Ninh Binh, afternoon cycling through dramatic karst cliffs and outcroppings.
After breakfast, we will cycle around the valley a bit exploring quaint little villages with their traditional houses, perhaps visiting the local market where the ethnic Tai sells their handmade cloth. We will do another shuttle, as our next destination is too far for a day's ride, then enjoy an late afternoon spin through the karst scenery surrounding Ninh Binh.
Cycling: 26 mi / 40 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
Hoa Lu's ancient citadel
DAY

05
Visit Hoa Lu, Vietnam's 8th century capital, bike past green rices paddies and towering cliffs to Tam Coc.
Bike from the hotel to Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam date back from 8th century. Visit the temples and climb some hundred steps to the top of a mountain for a great view over the "Halong Bay on the rice field" After here we bike through an amazing area of Limestone Mountains uprising on rice paddies. After 1hr riding we reach Tam Coc. Lunch in local restaurant and then enjoy an interesting rowing boat trip on river to explore the Halong Bay on the rice paddies. Drive back to Ha Noi.
Cycling: 20 mi / 32 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L
Hue's Imperial Citadel
DAY

06
Fly to Hue, cycle through the surrounding countryside, visit old Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
We take a morning flight to Hue. In the afternoon, cycle a 'back roads' loop of Hue through lush countryside on a mix of footpaths and quiet country lanes. Visit the Imperial Citadel at your leisure. After exploring the ruins of this grand monument to the emperors, ride the backstreets, along the banks of the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the Ming Manh mausoleum and loop back across the river to Hue via the funerary monument to Khai Dinh.
Cycling: 18 mi / 30 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
Lunch stop at Lang Co Beach
DAY

07
Bike the peninsula to Vinh Loc, then onto Lang Co Beach, enjoy seafood, then cross the Pass of Ocean Clouds, overnight in Hoi An.
Begin riding off the beaten track for 40km along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. Hop on a local ferry to cross the estuary of the Perfume River before joining Highway 1. From here, transfer or cycle the first of the day's three hill climbs. After the first two (moderate) climbs of 2-3km each, cruise down to balmy Lang Co Beach for a rest/swim and lunch before tackling the final hill of the day - the Hai Van Pass, or 'Pass of Ocean Clouds'. With a new tunnel through the mountain diverting highway traffic, the 11km of this leg will be natural and quiet. The gradient is moderately challenging and the views breathtaking! Transfer the rest of the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cycling: 47 mi / 80 km, Terrain: flat & small hills with one big climb midway, Meals: B L D
Lantern shop in Hoi An
DAY

08
Cycle the surroundings of Hoi An. Lunch with a Vietnamese family in their home, discover local fishing styles.
This exceptional tour is a mix of culture and relaxation. The morning is dedicated to the discovery of rural Vietnam. We will cycle from Hoi An and set out to meet the locals and discover daily life in the Vietnamese countryside. After a meal with a local Vietnamese family, we will set out for a 5km cycle ride on an unspoiled beach. We will cycle along the water's edge on the hard sand*, where we might come across local fishermen setting out to sea in their traditional “basket boats” or bringing in their nets. After some time to relax and enjoy a swim, we will set out to cycle the few remaining kilometers to join the mouth of the Thu Bon River where a boat will be waiting to bring us back to Hoi An. Free time in the afternoon for relaxing in Hoi An. In the evening dine in Ancient Faifo Restaurant.
Cycling: 25 mi / 40 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
pagaoda from Hue
DAY

09
Fly from Danang back to Hanoi, enjoy the afternoon free to explore.
We say good bye to Hue and proceed with a short flight to Hanoi. From Noi Bai airport, transfer to hotel and the rest day is free at leisure. Relax and shopping if you wish.
Meals: B
Our private junk in Ha Long Bay
DAY

10-12
Set sail through Ha Long Bay on our private junk, enjoy sea kayaking amongst the islands of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last night back in Hanoi.
After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay. A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. Upon arrival at Halong city, we transfer to a traditional deluxe junk for a cruise among the karst islands. The boat is one of the more traditional varieties that sail through the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board while the captain heads out for the horizon. Cruise to discover Halong bay with breathtaking scenery and thousands of limestone outcrops. There will be time to enjoy kayaking in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight on junk.
Meals: B L D

After breakfast, we transfer to taxi boat and enjoy a whole day cruise and kayak. Following the boat to cruise to Man's Head Island and Tortoise Island. Paddling to explore Luon Cave ( Tunnel cave), a beautiful crater like lagoon encircled by towering cliff which is only accessed via half submerged 30m tunnel cave. Paddle to visit Cua Van fishing village. Enjoy scrumptious lunch then cruise to unusual Ba Ham Lake, another crater like lagoon in two sections. The afternoon will be spent at Three Peach Beach, a stunning swimming spot. Return to mother junk for dinner and overnight.
Meals: B L D

After breakfast, continue kayaking to explore the wonder of Halong bay. Paddle to Duck Islet and Ba Hang area. Cruise back to Halong city passing Bai Tho Mountain and Chopstick Islet. Enjoy the last delicious lunch on board. Arrive Halong around 12 p.m then transfer back to Hanoi. The balance of the day is free for your leisure in Hanoi.
Meals: B L D
vietnam bicycle freight
DAY

13
Say farewell to Vietnam as we head back to Hanoi Airport.
Depart Hanoi, several shuttles will be available back to the airport.
Meals: B

From Our Guests . . .

 We’ve been with a lot of biking groups over the years, but I have to say that this was one of the best. It’s nice to travel with a group that really puts thought into what they’re doing, and what can only be called zeal, as well. It was apparent from the first day onwards that they obviously love doing this. They consistently chose interesting, off-the-beaten-path bike routes. They warned us when some inclines might be too challenging, and offered a wide spectrum for our various abilities. They selected restaurants we never would have found on our own, and fed us some of the best food we’ve ever eater anywhere: not only grilled goat with crinkle cut French fries (!) but some of the best greens we’ve ever had (mustard greens with ginger and garlic) as well as pancakes stuffed with pineapple under a condensed milk sauce. Who ever knew condensed milk could be so savory!? We mingled with the locals, even playing hacky sack with some village boys, and were given all the time we needed to explore sugary beaches, highly varnished temples, and war memorials. We never felt rushed or pressured, and were encouraged to make our preferences known every step of the way. The lodging was far more luxurious than we expected, yet the whole trip was quite a bit more economical than others we investigated. Really, it was a dream trip from start to finish. When we got on the boat at Halong Bay, we couldn’t stop shaking each other and grinning. And by the end, well, you know how sometimes you get off a tour and feel you haven’t really left home? When we finished this one, we really felt we’d GONE AWAY AND BACK. Highly recommended, and deep thanks to our entertaining guide, Phan Van Dan. Keep singing those love songs, Dan!    
 What a fantastic time we had. The route was diverse and ever changing. The food was out of this world. The lodging was not only better than we expected – it was luxurious! And the best part of our journey, our guide Dan, was pure pleasure. He was ever cheerful, resourceful, curious, and knowledgeable. If only Dan would get a little more fit so he could keep up with me next time biking the Hai Van Pass, everything would be perfect.    
 Our tour was everything we anticipated and more. Mr Cuong, our guide was very knowledgeable and able to explain local customs and food. He was able to take us off the beaten path, through rural villages, back country roads, and rice fields. Mr Cuong had contacts everywhere we went and was able to get us the best seats in the restaurants. All of our hotels were first class, clean, and the staff was always friendly and helpful. And the food, we are adventurous eaters and in our opinion, the food was out of this world. We tried and enjoyed many new dishes. We had never kayaked before, yet kayaking around Ha Long Bay was a pleasurable way to finish a great vacation.    
 The Vietnam Multisport trip was a wonderful introduction to Northern and Central Viet Nam while keeping active. The variety of terrain, cultures, and history was very engaging. We highly recommend this trip. We were very pleased with our experience with Peddler's and in-country.    
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13 days (10 days active)
Inn to Inn
Level: B

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star    See some of our hotels

Tour meets and ends in Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)
Small paved roads, moderate traffic, mixed terrain

Total: 249 mi / 402 km
Daily Avg: 36 mi / 57 km


Scheduled Departures:
Tour Cost: $3495
Deposit: $400

Private Trips:
6 or more people: $3555
2 to 5 people: $4150
1 person: n/a

Extras:
Single Supplement: $675
Bike Rental: free of charge
(All costs per person in US $. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.)

More Ideas

Here are some other great bucket list trips to check out.

Comfortable Boutique Accommodation

Golden Lotus
New hotel tucked away in the Old Quarter just minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake.

Mai Chau Lodge
Small boutique lodge sitting on the edge of vast green rices fields backed up by towering mountains.

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Elegant villas in a region of towering karst outcroppings and cliffs.

Pilgrimage Village
Traditional, yet elegant Vietnamese village stylings in a garden setting.

Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
A fusion of modern and traditional architecture situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River.

Prince or Red Dragon Junks
Privately chartered junks, traditionally style but equipped with latest seafaring gear.

The hotels listed here are our preferred properties, but may not be available for all dates. When alternates are used, they will be of the same quality and style.

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