OVERVIEW

Cycle stunning paths, visit best landscapes and sights, meet people and get insights into local life, culture and traditions. From hustle and colorful Hanoi to beautiful valley of Mai Chau, stunning terrace fileds of Pu Luong nature reserve, tropical rain forest of Cuc Phuong, dramatic karst mountains of Hoa lu – Tam coc to rice paddies, quaint traditional villages and ancient temples in the Red River Delta… Each day of the trip is a big chapter of a book about Vietnam, its land and people. You will see more than anyone can do and have more joy than you expect. Let pedal your way and discover Vietnam country at its best.

Highlights
  • Stunning Mai chau valley and home stay Thai traditional house on stilts
  • Trekking along terraces of Pu Luong
  • Ride under tropical foliages of Cuc Phuong National park
  • Boat rowing amongst jutting karst and rice fields of Tam Coc
  • Explore the bird sanctuary and farming experience in the Red River Delta
  • First hand experience at the traditional painting village
  • Ride off from beaten tracks and discover hidden charm
Trip Length: 9 days | Trip Style: Active | Trip Theme: Nature, Culture & Local life | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi/Hanoi
Places visited: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong NP - Hoa Lu & Tam Coc - Red River Delta land
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Itinerary Details

Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Met and greeted at the Noi Bai airport upon arrival take a short transfer downtown to check in hotel.
Enjoy some time to relax before you take an orientation walk around the city center center to get adapt with local atmosphere and traffic. Your guide will give you some brief information about the city and help you to get your bearings.
Soak up with sights and sounds and discover the real taste of Hanoi at your welcome dinner in one of the finest local restaurant.
Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Hanoi orientation tour
welcome dinner
Hotel in hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countryside, Vietnam

Breakfast is at the hotel then start your day by cycling thru the Old Quarter along narrow streets where you will catch the sight of Hanoi everyday life.
Cross the Red River on the Long Bien Bridge which was built from 1902 in French architecture style the same with that of Eiffel tower in Paris.

Keep riding thru country villages on little paths and get out to a very peaceful and beautiful green land where you meet with people at work on their farm in traditional ways.
Get to Bat Trang traditonal ceramic village where you will take visit to some of workshops and have a chance to observe the working process of local artisans on their way to create beautiful ceramic stuffs that famous in the country and international market.
Hop back on your saddle and ride along the dyke back to Hanoi center for lunch.

After lunch, ride to visit the Ho Chi Minh Memorial coplex that consists of the Musoleum (view from outside), the Presidential Palace, Uncle Ho's stilt house and the One Pllar Pagoda near by.
From here you will take your ride along the bank of the West Lake , visiting flower villages and the 6th century Tran Quoc Pagoda that built on the Gold Fish Island.
Back to the hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi

(Cycling distance: 45km)

Summary of inclusions

Hanoi cycling
country & Hanoi city Sightseeing
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in hanoi
Cyling vietnam
Hoa Binh lake, vietnam

After breakfast, depart on a vehicle transfer westwards out of the hustle city to Hoa Binh province, home of mountain landscapes and beautiful hill tribe culture.
At the bottom of Thung Khe Pass, jump the saddle and cycle for more than 20km past spectacular karst cliffs and lush rice fields along the little sinous country path to a village by the bank of Hoa Binh Lake where you will make a stop for lunch and perhaps, take a swim in the emerald green water of the lake. Continue your way on the little path along the lake side then make another stop to visit a nature waterfalls which is hidden behind tropical canopies and bamboo forest.
After the break continue onward to Mai Chau where you will check in accommodation for the night.
Later, take a leisure ride around the valley, visiting villages and enjoy local interaction.
Overnight in Mai Chau.

(Cycling distance: 45km - 70km)

Summary:

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cycling hoa binh - Mai chau
Sightseeing en route
Breakfast & lunch
eco lodge in mai chau
mountain cycing vietnam
Pu luong, vietnam

Enjoy the scenery of local life in the morning and catch for you some interesting shots of sunrise on mountains.
After breakfast, jump back on your saddle for your ride to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. This distance though not very long, just 50km, but it is quite a challenging as half of the lenght toward the end is mainly going uphill. In return, it is very rewarding as you will ride along most spectacular landscapes and get for yourself stunning view of mountains and valleys. Of course, support vehicle is avalable to flag down anytime.
Arrive in Pu Luong at noon. Check in accommodation and lunch.
This afternoon, after a break, take a trek descend into the beautiful valley where you walk around and along tumbling rice terraces, trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation, weave between roads and farmland, wild fields, ponds and rivers, reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain and savor the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spots.
Get pick up by vehicle at the end of the trek and transfer back to the accoommodation.
Evening is at your leisure.
Overnight in Pu Luong.

(Cycling distance: 50km, trekking: 12km)

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cycling Mai Chau - Pu Luong
pu luong trek
Breakfast & lunch
ecolodge in pu luong
Cycling cuc phuong NP, vietnam
Cuc phuong NP, Vietnam

After breakfast, get transfer downhill to Ninh Binh. After two hour drive, at the end of main road, you will get on your bike and ride for 15km along little country road passing hills and farmlands toward the Cuc Phuong National park.
Lunch break then cycle through the jungle along the little paved road to the NP centre with stop to visit the Cave of Historic Men. At the centre of the park, you will take a 6km trek along dense tropical forest to visit thousand years old tree.
Cycle back to the park entrance, check in acoommodation and enjoy a rest.
Dinner and overnight in Cuc Phuong.

(Cycling distance: 50km, trekking: 6km)

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cycling ninh binh
trekking cuc phuong np
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
hotel in cuc phuong
Cycling Vietnam
Boat rowing in Tam Coc, Ninh binh, Vietnam

Get up in the sounds of original jungle. Breakfast in the park’s restaurant and take a visit to the Primate Rescue Center where endangered monkeys from illegal trade and hunting are rescued and cared before they will be released back to their jungle home.
Following, start your ride from the National park along country lane thru rustic villages and rice fields to Hoa Lu ancient capital. Visit the ancient temples dedicate to Kings of the Dinh Dynasty and Early Le Dynasty from 10th and 11th century.
After lunch, paddle your way on village road to Tam Coc. Board a sampan for a leisurely rowing trip to explore the dramatic limestone karst mountains jutting out from the green rice fields giving the place other name, ‘Halong Bay on land’
Overnight in Tam Coc - Ninh Binh.

(Cycling distance: 50km)

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cycling ninh binh
boat rowing tam coc
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in ninh binh
cycling vietnam
Red River delta, vietnam

After breakfast, take transfer to Nam Dinh city where you will take a visit to Pho Minh Pagoda, a beautiful Buddhist temple that built from 1262, the Tran temple dedicate to Kings of Tran Dynasty which ruled the country from 1225 to 1400 and known for their 3 glorious victories over the Mongol in the 13th century.
After lunch in a local restaurant, get on your bike and ride your way thru marvelous rural landscape of villages and rice paddies along the Red River to Hung Yen province before reaching the Stork Island village in Hai Duong province.
Check in home stay in a typical local house then then take a boat rowing trip on the lake around the island and enjoy the countryside scenery at sunset amongst the call and flap of thousands of birds.
In the evening, after dinner, you will have a chat with the local host to learn more about their life and culture.
Overnight home-stay in Hai Duong

(Cycling distance: 50km)

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cycling red river delta
lake & bird sanctuary visit
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
homestay local house
Red River delta, vietnam
Country children, Red River Delta, Vietnam

Join with your locals for morning chanting at a local pagoda and ride to visit a noodle making village (if you wish).
After breakfast, say goodbye to your host and get cycle your way on country path passing charming villages and lush paddy fields.
Embark on the vehicle and transfer to visit Nom ancient village and then the Dong Ho traditional woodwork paiting village here you will have a chance to talk with the most famous artisan in this field of art - Nguyen Dang Che and learn about the very typical traditional arts of Vietnam.
After lunch, continue with your bike along river bank to visit But Thap Pagoda, an ancient pagoda built from 13th century with famous pen-shape stone stupa (with which the pagoda got the name) and a masterpiece of woodcarving - thousand hands Goddess of Mercy.
Slowly ride on the bank of Duong River and enjoy the beautiful scenery of country side until you get picked up by bus for a short drive back to Hanoi.
Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

(Cycling distance: 55km)

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Support vehicle
cyling rural villages
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in hanoi

Today is departure day so no activities planned. Free at leisure until check out time and get a transfer to the airport for your onward flight or continue with another Travel Authentic Asia’s wonderful experience. Happy travel!

Summary of inclusions

Breakfast
private airport transfer

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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs

Inclusions

  • Support vehicle (include a carrying truck for group larger than 5)
  • Good Trek 450 Mountain bikes
  • Helmet & biking gloves
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking – biking guide
  • Homestay permission
  • First-aid kit
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary can be tailored to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

 
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