• Travelcode: 214

Vietnam by Bike + Boat

Halong Bay & Mekong Delta

  • Discover Vietnam by bike and barge - a fascinating and mystical country with overwhelming nature and mysterious monuments.
    Explore the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s "rice basket" and get great perspective of Vietnamese life on the river by biking and boating around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, from village to village. Island-studded Ha Long Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders. Discover this mystical landscape of limestone karsts by boat and bicycle as we cruise on a traditional junk through the emerald sea.
    Explore in Central Vietnam the impressive monuments of the Vietnamese emperors as well as the historical town of Hoi An - a World Heritage site.
    Vietnam’s colour, chaos, and natural beauty underscore its contrasts with bustling cities like Hanoi, a fascinating blend of east and west, and sleepy villages where time has stood still.

     

    Tour profile / Level 1-2

    The cycle routes require a certain level of fitness which one should have required by regular cycling trips. The bike routes have a length of approx. 25 km / 16 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be crossed without time constraints. The roads are mainly asphalted, but good accessible natural roads are crossed as well. Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.

    • Additional day in Hanoi - PRIOR tourstart

      ADDITIONAL DAY IN HANOI

      Use the opportunity to arrive one day early at Hanoi. Enjoy the sightseeing in a bustling city with tree lined boulevards, French Colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples.

      Please keep in mind that the first day of the additional modul covers some time for your journey to Vietnam as well some spare time to enjoy the town on your own. On the 2nd day (which is as well the 1st day of your Boat + Bike Tour Vietnam) is made to show you the beauty of the Vietnamese capital on a guided tour.

      Day 1 (Sat) Arrival in Hanoi
      Arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. Despite the three million inhabitants Hanoi offers a rural and traditional atmosphere. The historic old town district is considered as one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. The colourful and bustling streets contribute to the Asian flair. The choice is yours today. Treat yourself to some fine food. You will find everything close to your hotel: from Vietnamese and French haute cuisine to plain but delicious meals out of little cook shops. Overnight stay in your hotel.

      Day 2 (Sun) Guided tour through Hanoi (B, L)
      After breakfast your guide and your shuttle bus are ready to show you the best sights of the Vietnamese capital. On your excursion you follow the tracks of the most famous Vietnamese person: Ho Chi Minh. Even decades after his dead he is still fondly called Uncle Ho. We visit Ho Chi Minh Museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh and the very modest Cottage he used to live and work in. The afterwards visited monumental marble and granite mausoleum, where Uncle Ho has found its final resting place is in a total contrast to his life and contrary to his last wishes.
      We continue with the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the best known religious Vietnamese buildings and the Temple of Literature, known to be the first National University of Vietnam. Your guide takes you to the Museum of Ethnology after an invigorating lunch. Here you can learn about the various demographic groups, their way of living and the different types of houses used by Vietnams 52 ethnic groups.
      After you have visited Ngoc Son and Ba Kieu temple a guided walk through the bustling Old Quarter and sprawling Dong Xuan Market completes the sightseeing tour.

      Back at the hotel you meet your fellow-travellers at 5:30 pm for a short talk followed by dinner.

      Hotel:
      You stay at the Golden SIlk Hotel or a similar Hotel which is located only a couple of minutes away from Lake Hoan Kiem in the middle of the old part of Hanoi.

      Catering:
      Breakfast and lunch (during sightseeing tour) are included within the tour price. Dinner on Sunday is already part of the regular Vietnam tour.

      Included services:
      •    Overnight stay (incl. breakfast) in a double room at the Golden SIlk Hotel (or in a hotel of equal value)
      •    Guided tour through Hanoi
      •    Lunch as described in itinerary
      •    Support vehicle with air-condition
      •    Bottled water
      •    Entrance fee to museum    
      •    English speaking tour guide

      Price per person in double room: € 120,-






    Day 1: Hanoi (D)

    Arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. Despite its three million inhabitants, Hanoi’s traditional charm is pervasive. The historic old town district is considered as one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. The colourful and bustling streets contribute to the Asian flair. We may take a walk through the streets and meet your fellow travellers in the late afternoon at our hotel. During the dinner and a visit to the famous water puppet theatre - a traditional Vietnamese form of art – we get to know our fellow travellers better. Overnight we stay at the hotel.

    Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc approx.35 km (B, L, D)

    After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us in the direction of the rural province of Ninh Binh. That’s where we start our first cycling tour along vibrant green rice fields to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam. After exploring the fascinating historical site with its well-preserved relics of past dynasties, we continue our cycling tour, which takes us through Vietnam’s most spectacular landscapes. On the way, we are able to admire some traditional pagodas. We complete the day with a traditional rowing boat trip on the Tam Coc River. Overnight stay in Tam Coc.

    Day 3: Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)

    After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us to Ha Long City, where we enjoy a delicious lunch on board of our boat. As we set off on our voyage, we embark on our first boat trip through the impressive island world of the Ha Long Bay with its bizarre rock formations. In the afternoon we visit one of the numerous caves, which were formed in the course of the millenniums. Let your imagination run wild in the formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well as the crudely shaped cavern walls where creative thinking will bring the subterranean chambers to life. At the end of the day we climb the most famous and beautiful viewpoint of the UNESCO protected Ha Long Bay. From here we can gaze far over the rocky fairy tale world. We spend the night on anchor.


    Day 4: Island Trà Bản – Bai Tu Long Bay , approx.25 km (B, L, D)

    After an early breakfast we navigate our way to the island of Tra Ban, a unique place untouched by modern day tourism. The island offers us an insight into the earlier, traditional life of the island inhabitants; as if time had stood still. A common sight are the Vietnamese water buffaloes grazing as we pass, we may even come into conversation with one of the local farmers tending to their fields who greet us with their kind smiles. For lunch we enjoy a relaxing picnic together. In the afternoon, the hydrofoil will take us back to the pier where our junk awaits us. A relaxing cruise through the island world of the Bai Tu Long Bay tops this eventful day off. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a nice sundowner.  

    Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay (Kayak-day) (B, L, D)

    This morning we disembark the Junk and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha Bay, where we are able to take part in an introductory lesson in kayak touring. As soon as you feel secure with your tandem partner, you are able to take a guided tour through the lagoon-like shoreline landscape. With a bit of luck, we will be able to observe monkeys that live on the steep rocks with lush vegetation and occasionally their curiosity will bring them down to the shore. Today’s beach destination is beautiful beyond imagination.  After lunch and a lengthy relaxing swim break in the emerald green waters our Kayak tour will take us past floating houses to Cat Ba, the next destination of our journey. A short transfer takes us to a beautiful resort, where the evening can be enjoyed on the hotel’s very own sandy beach or at the pool.

    Day 6: Cát Bà Insel – Việt Hải Village ,approx.15 km (B, L, D)

    Early in the morning a transfer will bring us to a small dock. A one hour crossing will bring us to yet another small jetty. From here we will start a cycling tour through the national park of the island to a small tribal village of the Việt Hải minority. Parking the bikes here, a guided walk will take us through the protected old-growth forest where the wild, unspoilt nature rules. The aim is to reach the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breath-taking views of the Hạ Long Bay and the rest of the island. After the walk a bike tour will lead us back to the boat, taking us back to Cat Ba City. Overnight stay in a hotel.

    Day 7: Cát Bà Island – Hải Phòng– Hội An , approx. 35 km (B, L)

    7th Day (Sat) Cát Bà Island – Hải Phòng– Hội An (aprx. 22 mi./ 35 km) (B, L)
    After breakfast a taxi boat will take us to Hải Phòng where a bus waits to take us to the nearby airport. In the morning our flight to Đà Nẵng departs. On arrival a short transfer with the shuttle bus will bring us to our Hotel Resort in Hội An. Here we are able to relax in the river-side palm tree gardens of the hotel before we start your first stroll through the picturesque old town of Hoi An.

    Day 8: Hội An , approx.17 km (B, L)

    Today we have the possibility to observe the daily life of the local farmers. In the morning we cycle to Tra Que - a small village in the suburban area of Hội An. The name of the place originates from a sweet vegetable often used by the locals to spice their meals: a totally new and foreign speciality! Our host prepares the meal together with us and familiarises us with the exotic ingredients. The afternoon can be spent individually: A stroll through the picturesque old town or a relaxing afternoon swim at the white beach of Cửa Đại.

    Day 9: Hội An – Huế, (B, L)

    After a late breakfast we will check out of the hotel and will make our way, on board the transfer bus, to the former imperial city of Hue. En route we make a brief stop (incl. lunch) at the Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. Afterwards we have a short stopover on Lăng Cô Beach. If weather conditions allow, we can stay for a refreshing swim, before we continue back to Huế. On our way we have the chance to visit one of the UNESCO protected emperor’s tombs of the former Nguyen dynasty, located on the outskirts of Hue. After checking into the hotel the evening offers us some leisure time to explore the city for ourselves. 

    Day 10: Huế, approx. 21 km, (B, L)

    This day 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. By bike and by foot you first visit the Dong Ba Market, where you are able to catch interesting insights in the variety of regional products. On the north shore of the Perfume River you continue your way to the old town of Bao Vinh, where you can still see and feel the trading activities of the capitals former past. On your way you visit the rambling citadel, which once was reserved for the emperors of the Nguyen-Dynasty. A late lunch in one of the regionally typical restaurants gives the daily program its perfect finish. The rest of the afternoon is free and can be spent strolling through the alleys of the town.

    Day 11: Huế – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta, approx. 20 km (B, L, D)

    After breakfast you have a flight to Ho Chi Minh City with a subsequent transfer to Mỹ Tho, where check-in on board the ship takes place. The ship takes you along the Melong in the direction of Cai Be. During the short trip you cruise along the Mekong and can enjoy the flourishing nature of the delta as well as the river related life of the inhabitants. North of Ben Tre you have a relaxing and short cycle tour. Back on board lunch is served. In the afternoon the schedule includes the discovery of the green island Ngu Hiep and you have the opportunity to try exotic fruits while being astonished by different local handcrafts.

    Day 12: Mekong Delta: Cái Bè – Islands of Vĩnh Long und Traon, approx. 30 km, (B, L, D)

    In the morning you cross over to Vingh, Long Island, where you cycle under palm-shaded paths around the island. You continue by boat to Traon Island where you again have the opportunity to explore the surroundings by bike. Later on you can enjoy the excellent cuisine on board and the wonderful evening atmosphere in the water labyrinth of the Mekong Delta.

    Day 13: Cần Thơ – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

    During breakfast the ship takes you to Cần Thơ, where you will be transferred to a small boat taking you to Cái Răng, the most famous floating market of the Delta. Make sure to have your camera ready before getting caught up in the unique atmosphere of the merchants on their vibrantly painted boats. The following cruise through the small tributaries of the Delta completes your visit in the south. After lunch on board of the Conchinchine you check out and are transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

    Ho Chi Minh City, former Saigon, is the Boomtown and the modern centre of Vietnam. On a guided city tour you learn about the growing megacity, the town hall, the cathedral Notre Dame, main post office and other important sights which characterize the city’s history. In the afternoon you have the possibility to buy some souvenirs and dive into the madding crowd of the Benh Thanh Market. A farewell-dinner with your fellow passengers and all travel guides is planned in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.

    Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    Individual departure after breakfast or extended stay in Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap.
    • Additional Module Angkor Wat AFTER tour

      ADDITIONAL MODULE ANGKOR WAT - 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

      The extensive establishments of Angkor Wat are surely part of the world wonders and are perfect for an extension of your Vietnam holiday. The programme consists of less difficult cycle tours, some distances covered by foot and of course mostly of sight seeing of the impressing establishment. Use the opportunity and do not miss out on Angkor Wat.

      Day 1 (Sun) Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap and bicycle tour countryside
      (Cycle tour aprx. 35 km) (L, D)
             
      Our guide will meet us at Siem Reap airport in the morning and transfer us to the hotel in in the city for check in. After arrival we enjoy a guided ride through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap to the floating Village of Kompong Phluk, located on the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake. We are able to explore this great ecosystem in canoes, listening to the calls of the macaque monkeys while observing the flora beneath the lake’s surface. Back at the hotel we enjoy some free time before we meet again for our evening meal accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance. The night is spent in Siem Reap.

      Day 2 (Mon) Siem Reap – Temple Exploration (Cycle tour aprx. 35 km and 2 hours by foot) (B, L)
      After a nourishing breakfast we spend the day cycling through the friendly Cambodian countryside, visiting a selection of temples along the way. Our first stop is the Ta Prom Temple, commonly known as the Jungle Temple, where the mighty tree roots fight to reclaim the ruins. We continue on to the Bayon Temple and pass the twin temples, Thommanom and Chau Say Thvoda, the Victoria Gate, the Lapper King and the Terraces of Elephants on our way. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at the famous Angkor Wat temple before cycling on to Phnom Bakeng to enjoy the picturesque sun set. We spend the night in Siem Reap.

      Day 3 (Tue) Angkor Wat by bicycle (Cycle tour aprx. 35 and 2 hours by foot km) (B, L)
      Today we combine biking and hiking to explore Siem Reap and its surroundings. We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and ride 36Km to Mt Kulen. We follow an enjoyable quiet dirt road via Kravan temple, Bantey Kdei, Sras Srang and Phnom Bok. On arrival in Rattanak Tey Pagoda, we leave our bikes and continue on foot to the top of the mountain. After 88 steps we reach Pres Ang Chup and stop for a short break. A well-earned rest gives us strength to climb the 100 steps to big Nevena (Pres Ang Thom,) passing over the river of 1000 Linga. A picknick lunch at the waterfall replenishes our energy before returning to the pagoda where a transfer vehicle takes us back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4 (Wed) Farewell (B)
      Breakfast and afterwards free time until airport transfer.

      Included services:
      •    4-day trip/ 3 overnight stays in a very good (at least 3 star) Hotel in Siem Reap
      •    Support vehicle with air -condition                        
      •    Catering as described in itinerary
      •    Guided cycle tours, hikes as described in programme
      •    All local conducted tours, city tours and entry fees for national park and museums
      •    English speaking tour guides
      •    Water and snacks/ fruits during excursions
      •    Rental bike

      Price per perrson:
      double roomr € 690,-
      single room: € 990,-

      Not included services:
      •    Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (1 way = 190 euro)
      •    Single room / single room surcharge: 300 euro
      •    Drinks
      •    Visa to Cambodia (20 $ at entry)
      •    Personal costs
      •    Meals not described in itinerary
      •    Tips





    Important Information:

    Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
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    ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Hanoi (HAN), Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

    • Please note that you have to book your outward flight to Hanoi and the return flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
    • If at all possible, the outward flight should land before noon on the arrival day. The return flight should in no case take off before 8 pm.
    • Should you book the additional days in Siem Reap you may book the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap with us and may fly home directly from Siem Reap. Should you need a return flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City we are pleased to help you with this as well.
    • Please check the arrival time in Ho Chi Minh City before booking the connecting flight to your onward destination. Vietnam Airlines often offers cheap fairs for connecting flights – in this case it would be profitable to book the whole package; considering an early flight to Siem Reap.

    VISA REQUIREMENTS

    In order to enter Vietnam, foreigners need a passport valid for at least 6 months and a valid visa to be obtained from the Vietnamese embassy.

    The following documents must be submitted either in person or by mail:

    • passport (original document, not a copy!)
    • completed application form
    • current passport photograph (1.5 x 2.3 inch/ 4 x 6 cm)
    • visa fee as a non-negotiable check or in cash
    • and a sufficiently prepaid envelope for registered mail

    Please take into account that the processing takes ca. 2 weeks. Please contact the Vietnamese embassy or foreign office in your home country for exact information. For Cambodia the Visa can be issued during entry for 20 USD and 2 more passport pictures.


    INOCULATION

    There are no absolutely required inoculations for Vietnam. The institutes for tropical diseases, however, recommend a vaccination against hepatitis A and under certain circumstances also against typhoid. Since some of these inoculations have to be repeated, you should plan these in plenty of time.

    A sufficient tetanus protection as well as an inoculation against polio and diphtheria (single vaccination, so-called three-way combination) should also be guaranteed. A prophylactic malaria treatment is not absolutely necessary. We recommend that you see your family doctor or a doctor for tropical diseases at least two months before the trip in order to get the necessary advice. 


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 10 person
    Maximum: 22 person


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Helmets:
    Helmet use is mandatory on this bike ride. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet.

    Children:
    We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and with previous cycle tour experience are able to master the cycle-tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 cm (5 ft.)

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  • Included services:    
    • 14 nights of which 5 overnight stays on comfortable ships in air conditioned double cabins and 9 overnight stays in very good hotels (at least 3 stars ranking)
    • catering as specified in the itinerary (B = breakfast; L = lunch and D = dinner)
    • domestic flights (see description)
    • guided bicycle tours, walks and kayak tours
    • all city tours and entrance charges to National Parks, museums, etc.
    • english speaking guides
    • rental bike (the bikes vary from destination to destination)
    • airport transfers on official arrival and departure day
    • road book, maps and information material per cabin
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    11.03. - 25.03.18 SUN
    25.03. - 08.04.18 SUN
    28.10. - 11.11.18 SUN
    04.11. - 18.11.18 SUN
    11.11. - 25.11.18 SUN
    18.11. - 02.12.18 SUN
    25.11. - 09.12.18 SUN

    Extras

    Discount is not possible
     
       
    Bicycle & equipment
    rental bike vary depending on location  incl.
       
    Additonal Module Angkor Wat
    March 26.-29., April 08.-11.04., November 11.-14., 18.-21., 25.-28., December 02.-05., 09.-12.
    double room 690
    single room 990
       
    Additional day Hanoi incl. guided city tour  
    March11./25., October 28., November 04./11./18./25.  
    double room incl. 1x night/breakfast (per person) 120
    single room on request
    additional day wihtout guided city tour on request
       
    Flight (one way)  
    Ho Chi Minh CIty - Siem Reap 190

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR
  • VIETNAMESE-JUNKS (Ha Long & Bái Tu Long Bay)

    It is easy to feel at home on the junks: The saloon with its upholstered wicker furniture and colorful carpets feels like a living room. For each meal the tables are lovingly set and the folded cloth napkins are a piece of art. The crew - in their brilliant white uniforms - greet you warmly with a welcome drink because hospitality is rated very highly in Vietnam.

    CABINS

    The boats have 5 - 9 guest cabins furnished in Far Eastern Style to give off the right Asian flair. All cabins have individually regulated air conditioning. The cabins are located between decks, with doors opening to the outside. The large cabin windows guarantee a good view at all times. Each cabin has its own tiled bathroom with shower and WC. On the large sundeck you can avail yourself of deckchairs with comfortable padded matting. Here you can relax while the boat cruises through the fascinating island world and Vietnam’s red flag with the yellow star flutters above your head


    LE COCHINCHINE (Mekong-Delta)

    In the Mekong Delta you sail on the "Cochinchine", one of the largest and most modern ships in the region. Its shape is reminiscent of the traveling barques of the famous river delta in southern Vietnam. The journey of the 27 m long and 6.5 m wide, comfortable wooden boat is protected by the watchful dark eyes on red ground painted on the prow. Three times a day the generously proportioned saloon turns into a dining room with beautifully set tables.

    CABINS

    The ship has 10 completely wood-paneled double cabins with double or two single beds. Each cabin has a tiled bath with shower and WC. There is, of course, also a large sundeck with padded deckchairs - probably the best place to experience first hand the lively activities in the many tributaries of the Mekong Delta.


    HOTELS

    In Hanoi, on Cat Bay Island, in Hue and Hoi An (Central Vietnam) and in Ho Chi Minh City you spend the night in very good 3 - 4 star hotels.

    Catering:
    Catering as specified in the itinerary (B = breakfast; L = lunch and D = dinner)

    Bicycles:

    21-/24 speed mountain bike


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