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    Vietnam by Bike + Boat

    Mysterious and overwhelming

    • Please note: You can only take part in this trip if you are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19!
      As of Oct 2022, subject to change.

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Rebooking FREE OF CHARGE until 28 days prior tour start; valid for all new bookings between May 01 and ***September 15 2021***. Valid for all tour-dates 2021 – the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Vietnam is a thrilling country full of contrasts, with bustling, vibrant cities and rural districts with deep-rooted traditions and an irrepressible optimism. A country with ever changing landscapes and one of the most diverse cuisine cultures in the world. Spend two weeks actively exploring this fascinating country by boat and bike and immerse yourself in the vibrant far eastern flair. Explore the rocky fairytale world of the famous Ha Long Bay sailing on a traditional junk. Admire the lush green rice fields and meet the friendly water buffaloes, visit colorful temples and pagodas and let the emerald-green waters of the South China Sea enchant you. Explore in Central Vietnam the impressive monuments of the Vietnamese emperors as well as the historical town of Hoi An - a World Heritage site - and in South Vietnam the expansive water labyrinth of the Mekong Deltas.

      Tour profile / Level 1-2

      The cycle routes requires 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 - PRE-tour


        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 module covers some time for your journey to Vietnam and offers 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: 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: Guided tour through Hanoi (B, L) - first day of the regular Vietnam by Bike & Boat trip
        After breakfast at 8 am 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 Vietnam’s 52 ethnic groups.

        After you have visited Ngoc Son and Ba Kieu temple a guided walk through the bustling Old Quarter with more than 1,000 traditional houses 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.

        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.

        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 in a good-quality middle class hotel
        •    Support vehicle with air-condition
        •    Guided tour through Hanoi
        •    Lunch as described in itinerary
        •    Bottled water
        •    Entrance fee to museum    
        •    English speaking tour guide

        Price per person in double room: € 120,-

        Single room upon request

      Day 1: Hanoi (D)

      Once you have arrived at Hanoi Airport, a shuttle bus takes you to the hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s old quarter. Despite its three million inhabitants, Hanoi’s traditional charm is pervasive. The historic old town district is considered one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. There may be time to enjoy a walk through the vibrant, lively streets before meeting your fellow travellers at the hotel in the late afternoon. During a visit to the famous water puppet theatre, a traditional Vietnamese art form, and dinner at a local restaurant, everyone has the chance to get to know each other better. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi. 

      Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc approx.30 km (B, L, D)

      After breakfast, our shuttle bus takes us in the direction of the rural province of Ninh Binh. This is the starting point of our first cycling tour which leads 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 through Vietnam‘s most spectacular landscapes. Along the way we stop in the quaint village of Trang An Farm where we try some local specialties for lunch. After lunch, we cycle on for a few kilometres to Tam Coc where we enjoy the most spectacular view of limestone karst peaks looming out of serene rice fields. Here we leave the bikes and board a traditional rowboat, which takes us into the heart of a hidden valley. The last activity for today is a visit to a local bird sanctuary. The flock of birds returning to their nests in the evening is a truly spectacular sight. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tam Coc. 

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

      After breakfast, we take a four-hour transfer to Ha Long Bay. Here we board a junk, where lunch is already waiting. Soon after we leave the harbour for our first boat passage through the spectacular UNESCO protected island world of Ha Long Bay with its wonderful, bizarre rock formations. Here we get a first impression of the lush vegetation of the islands and the numerous caves that have formed over the millennia in the bay. In the evening we enjoy a spectacular sunset. The night is spent on anchor. 

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

      After an early breakfast, we leave our floating hotel and hop on a hydrofoil which takes us to the island of Tra Ban, a unique destination untouched by modern day tourism. The island offers us an insight into the earlier, traditional life of the island inhabitants. Here it almost feels as though time has stood still. Along the way we pass by grazing Vietnamese water buffaloes and may even get into conversation with one of the local farmers tending to their fields, who greet us with kind smiles. For lunch we enjoy a relaxing picnic together. In the afternoon, the hydrofoil takes us back to the pier where our junk awaits us. A relaxing cruise through the island world of the Bai Tu Long Bay ends our eventful day. The evening can be spent enjoying the sunset and gazing at the stars. We spend the night on anchor.

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

      In the morning, we disembark the junk and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha Bay, where we enjoy a guided kayak tour around the lagoon-like shoreline. Our first stop is a beautiful hidden beach. After a picnic and a lengthy relaxing swim break, we continue with a kayak tour 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 by the pool. 

      Day 6: Cát Bà Insel – Việt Hải Village ,approx. 20 km (B, L, D)

      Early in the morning a transfer takes us to a small dock, from where we take a one hour crossing to another small jetty. Once we have arrived, we begin our cycling tour through the island’s national park to a small tribal village of the Việt Hải minority. We park the bikes here and enjoy a guided walk through the protected old-growth forest where wild, unspoilt nature rules. The destination is the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breath-taking views over the island and out to Hạ Long Bay. After the walk, we cycle back back to the boat, which brings us back to Cát Bà city. We spend the night at a hotel on Cát Bà.

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

      After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and take a speedboat to Hải Phòng, from where a bus transfer brings us to the nearby airport. Our flight takes us to Đà Nẵng, from where we travel a further 30 kilometres by bus to the resort in Hoi An. Once we arrive, we can relax in the hotel’s palm garden near the river before taking a first stroll through the picturesque old town of Hoi Han with its wood panelled houses. Overnight at the hotel in Hội An. 

      Day 8: Hội An- Tra Que – Hội An , approx.17 km (B, L)

      Today we have the opportunity to gain an insight into the everyday life and work 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 area originates from a sweet-scented vegetable often used by the locals to spice up their meals: a totally new and foreign speciality! We prepare a meal with our host who familiarises us with the exotic ingredients. The afternoon can be spent as you wish: A stroll through the picturesque old town or a relaxing afternoon swim at the white beach of Cửa Đại or at An Bang Beach. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hội An. 

      Day 9: Hội An – Huế, approx. 20 km (B, L)

      After breakfast we check out of the hotel and make our way to the former imperial city of Huế. Our transfer takes us over the Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. After a short stopover on Lăng Cô Beach (incl. lunch break), we have the opportunity to cycle all the way along the coastline to Thuan An beach. You can decide for yourself how many kilometres you wish to travel by bike or by bus. If weather conditions allow, we can stay for a refreshing swim before continuing to Huế. After checking into our lodge, the evening offers us some leisure time to explore the city for ourselves. Overnight stay at a hotel in Huế.

      Day 10: Huế, approx. 13 km, (B, L)

      Today is dedicated to the old imperial city Huế, charmingly situated between hills and rice fields on the bend of the Perfume River. It is here that the spiritual heart of Vietnam beats with more than 300 temples and pagodas. After breakfast, we head out on our first short bike tour to the small village of Thuy Bieu, typical of rural life in the Huế area. We then visit a local handicraft shop before cycling back to the hotel. Afterwards, we board an excursion boat that takes us along Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Huế ‘s most famous landmarks. We then continue by bike through the rural surroundings of Huế, visiting a small temple complex along the way. We return to Thien Mu Pagoda, passing small water channels and rice fields. After lunch, we visit the extensive citadel with its “Forbidden Purple City“, which was once exclusively for the use of the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. The evening can be spent as you wish with plenty of time to explore the lively centre of Huế. At 9:30 pm the transfer bus takes us back to the hotel. 

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

      After breakfast we catch a morning flight to Hồ Chí Minh City with a subsequent transfer to Mỹ Tho, the entrance of the delta, where we check-in on board the boat. We sail along the Mekong Delta in the direction of Cái Bè. During the short trip we cruise along the Mekong Delta during which we enjoy the flourishing nature and observe the river life of the locals. In the afternoon we head out on our first bike tour along the river mouth, exploring the surrounding river arms and channels with their scattered islands. Along the way be sure to take the opportunity to try exotic fruits and be astonished by various local handcrafts. Afterwards, the junk takes us for a sunset sail towards Cai Be, where we spend the night on anchor. 

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

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

      Day 13: Cần Thơ – Ho Chi Minh City, approx. 30 km (B, L)

      During breakfast, we cruise to Cần Thơ where we discover one of the last floating markets in Vietnam. We then visit the region’s largest farmer´s market, rounding off our cultural experience of Southern Vietnam. Make sure to have a camera at the ready, as the colourful fruit stands beg to be captured. After lunch on board the junk, we check out and take a transfer back to Hồ Chí Minh City. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City.

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

      Hồ Chí Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a boomtown and the modern centre of Vietnam. On a guided city tour we learn about this growing megacity, and visit the town hall, the cathedral Notre Dame, the main post office, influenced by Renaissance architecture, and other important sights which characterize the city’s history. In the afternoon, you are free to do as you please. Take the opportunity to buy some souvenirs and dive into the bustling crowds in the Bến Thành Market. A comfortable evening meal together allows us to reflect on the events of the vacation and to farewell fellow guests and tour guides. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City. 

      Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

      Individual departure after breakfast or extended stay in Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap.
      • Extension Angkor Wat POST-tour


        The extensive establishments of Angkor Vat 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 sightseeing of the impressing establishment. Use the opportunity and do not miss out on Angkor Vat.

        Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Flight) – Siem Reap (Cycle tour approx. 35 km) (L, D)       
        Our guide will meet us at Siem Reap airport in the morning and transfer us to the hotel 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: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Temple Exploration (Cycle tour approx. 35 km) (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 Victory 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: Siem Reap – Phnomh Kulen (Cycle tour approx. 50 km; hiking approx. 2 h) (B, L)
        Today we combine biking and hiking to explore Siem Reap and its surroundings. We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and ride to Phnom 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 picnic lunch at the waterfall replenishes our energy before returning to the pagoda where a transfer vehicle takes us back to Siem Reap. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.

        Day 4: Siem Reap (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 parks and museums
        •    English speaking tour guides
        •    Water and snacks/ fruits during excursions
        •    Rental bike

        Price per person:
        double room € 840,-
        single room: € 1.140,-

        Not included in the basic tour price
        •    Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (1 way = 190 euro)
        •    Single room/single room surcharge: 300 euro
        •    Beverages
        •    Meals not described in itinerary
        •    Visa to Cambodia (30 $ at entry)
        •    Personal costs
        •    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.
    • Arrival / Departure

      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 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 30 USD and 2 more passport pictures.

      ATTENTION!! Please be informed that entry requirements for Cambodia are ONLY valid if you booked the ADDITIONAL MODULE!


      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. 


      Minimum: 10 person
      Maximum: 20 person

      Additional information

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

      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.)


    • Included services

      • 14 nights of which 3 overnight stays on comfortable ships in air conditioned double cabins and 11 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 and walks 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

    • Dates


        Season / Period
        • S1   05.03. - 19.03.23
        • S1   19.03. - 02.04.23
        • S2   22.10. - 05.11.23
        • S2   19.11. - 03.12.23


        Discount is not possible  
        Bicycle & equipment
        rental bike vary depending on location  incl.
        Additonal Module Angkor Wat
        double room 840
        single room 1140
        Additional day Hanoi incl. guided city tour*  
        double room 150
        single room 180
        *Hanoi 2day incl. transfer airport - hotel, 1x nicht incl. breakfast, citywalk, entrances  
        Flight (one way)  
        Ho Chi Minh CIty - Siem Reap on request

        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.


        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

        Funan Cruise (Mekong-Delta)

        In the Mekong Delta you sail on the "Funan Cruise", 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.


        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.


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

      • Rental bikes

        Available for rent are 21- or 24 speed mountain bikes.

      • 5.3 24.03.2023 | Leonard S. Vietnam by Bike + Boat

        Great trip

        We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our Vietnam guide, Nam, was fantastic. Enjoyed most hotels. Hanoi can use an upgrade. We could have used a little more free time. George was very responsive during booking, but we could have used more time to make flight ...
        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 5
        • Travel documents 5
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
        • Accomodation 5
        • Board 5
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 5
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
        5.8 10.04.2018 | Daniel M. Vietnam by Bike + Boat

        Vietnam March 2018

        Very well organised tour with knowledgeable local guides and great variety of different activities. Good value for money and apart from the the few dinners which were pre-announced, all costs such as transfers and visits to museums are included
        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 6
        5.9 01.04.2018 | Neil U. Vietnam by Bike + Boat

        Excellent cycling tour to Vietnam and Cambodia

        This is perhaps the best trip we have ever taken. Bicycling through Vietnam and Cambodia, seeing its people and culture and enjoying its food were a life-changing experience. Both the cycling guide and the local Vietnam tour guide were among the best ...
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 6
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 5
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
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