Country:
Vietnam
Travelcode:
3VN000214_EN17

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:

    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 Church Boutique 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 Church Boutique 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)

    Individual arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. 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. You take a walk through the streets and in the afternoon you visit the famous water puppet theatre- a traditional Vietnamese form of art. Today you get to know your fellow travellers when joining the dinner together. Overnight you stay at the hotel.

    Day 2: Hanoi – Halong City – Trà Bản Island, approx. 15 km, (B, L, D)

    After breakfast your shuttle bus takes you past the vast rice fields into direction of Halong Bay. . During the transfer we take a short break from driving to enjoy our fist small bike tour. A local farmer along the way offers us the opportunity to try local fruits, to strengthen us before we continue on our bikes. Lunch is served in Dong Trieu, after which we continue with the shuttle bus to Ha Long City. Here we are welcomed on board the Junk and we depart on a longer crossing to a quiet bay in front of the Island of Trà Bản.

    Day 3: Trà Bản Island and Quan Lan Island, approx. 10 + 29 km, (B, L, D)

    After breakfast a transfer by tender takes you from the Junk to a small jetty on the island of Trà Bản. Narrow paths and expansive rice fields pass by as you cycle across this virtually tourist free island. A common sight are the Vietnamese water buffaloes grazing as you pass, you may even come into conversation with one of the local farmers tending to their fields. After a pleasant tour you will meet the ship once again for lunch while you cross over to Quan Lạn. Your next destination, Quan Lan, lies only a few meters away from Tra Ban as the crow flies. On your second bike tour of the day you will discover the brilliant white sand Isle and the expanses of untouched sandy beaches for which Quan Lan is so well known for. That evening you leave behind the Bai Tu Long bay and cover the first miles across the sea in the direction of Halong Bay.

    Day 4: Ha Long Bay, Kayak-day, (B, L, D)

    After breakfast you continue your cruise to the magic Halong Bay. After lunch you get an introduction into kayaking and spend the afternoon kayaking this craggy fairytale world. You paddle into Luon Cave. Through the beautiful gate, you’ll see a round lagoon lake with flat surface and luxuriant vegetation in all four sites. The cliffs are high and dangerous with lot of monkeys running around and under peaceful water surface. Before dinner you visit the so-called Amazing Cave on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on your comfortable junk.

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

    This morning you disembark the Junk with your baggage and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha bay. Here you will climb into kayaks and paddle to a magnificent beach where the midday meal awaits you. After lunch and a lengthy relaxing swim break in the emerald green waters, a small boat will pick you up from the beach and take you to the island of Cát Bà. Here a short transfer will take you to your hotel where you will have time in the afternoon to unpack, relax at the pool side or at the beach.

    Day 6: Cát Bà Island – Viet Hai Village, approx. 20 km, (B, L, D)

    Early in the morning a transfer will bring you to a small dock. A one hour crossing will bring you to yet another small jetty. From here you will start a cycling tour to a small tribal village of the Viet Hai minority. Parking the bikes here, a guided walk will take you through the protected old-growth forest where not only the untouched flora but also the large and colourful butterflies which inhabit it will leave you astounded. The aim is to reach the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breath-taking views of the Ha Long bay and the rest of the island. After the walk a bike tour will take you back to the boat which will bring you to the comfort of the Sunrise Resort. Here the evening can be enjoyed on the hotel’s very own sandy beach.

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

    After breakfast you will depart the hotel for a further bike tour on Cát Bà. During the tour you will be able to experience the hustle and bustle of the local market life and take a visit to the information centre at the national park which will inform you further on the diverse flora and fauna of the region. After lunch at the hotel a taxi boat will take you to Hai Phong where a bus waits, to take you to the nearby airport. In the late afternoon your flight to Da Nang departs, from where you have only a short transfer with the shuttle bus until you reach your Hotel Resort in Hội An.

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

    Today you have the possibility to observe the daily life of the local farmers. In the morning you 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 special kind of speciality! Your host prepares the meal together with you and explains the special ingredient. The afternoon can be spent individually: A stroll through the picturesque old town or a relaxing afternoon bathing at the white beach of Cua Dai.

    Day 9: Hội An – Huế, (B, L)

    The morning in Hội An is free to your disposal. You will check out of the hotel first in the early afternoon and hop on the shuttle bus to Huế. En route you make a brief stop at the Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. Afterwards you make a short stopover on Lang Co Beach. If weather conditions allow you can stay for a refreshing swim, before you continue back to Huế. After checking in to the hotel you visit one of the most popular emperor’s graves, which lies not far away from the town centre.

    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. 30 km) (L, D)
             
      Meet at Siem Reap airport in the morning, and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap for check in.
      We go for a 10 km cycle tour from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat, stopping to explore the temple complex and to enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, cycle an additional 17 to 24 km on the Small Circuit between Angkor Wat and Phnom Bakeng, with stops at the Death Gate, Victory Gate, Terraces of Elephants and Leper King, and Srah Srang. We watch the sunset from Phnom Bakeng. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner with traditional Apsara dance. Overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 2 (Mon) Siem Reap – Phnomh Kulen (Cycle tour aprx. 35 km and 2 hours by foot) (B, L)
      After breakfast a cycle tour leads us to Phomh Kulen. Along a calm dust-road we will pass different temples and monasteries before parking our bicycles on the Rattanak Tey pagoda. From here we discover the hill Phnomh Kulen by foot. It is known as the cradle of Angkors culture. We move all the way up the hill - partly climbing stairs. On the way we find many picturesque places for breaks. Up there we enjoy a pick nick close to a waterfall where we might as well take a refreshing swim. Afterwards we hike back to our bicycles and a transfer vehicle will bring us back to Siem Reap.

      Day 3 (Tue) Angkor Wat by bicycle (Cycle tour aprx. 50 km) (B, L)
      Following breakfast, we start a full day of cycling to explore the temples in Siem Reap and the surrounding area. We will take a newly paved road 25 km to Banteay Srei and you will notice a distinct change in the scenery as you cycle through the verdant countryside. The trails today offer not only an excellent ride, but also many points of interest, and our guide will stop often to point out local temples, pagodas and villages. We will visit Kbal Spean (River of 1,000 Lingas) and a hike to the top gives a great view of the riverbed carving its way through the plains. We stop for a picnic lunch in the shade before continuing to Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back to town, a must-see is the Landmine Museum. The owner, Mr. Ra, is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines and relies entirely on visitors donation to fund his work. Return to Siem Reap in the afternoon and overnight in town.

      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 € 640,-
      single room: € 940,-

      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.

  • information

    DATE

    Arrival day: Sunday

    Tour dates: April 9., October 29., November 05./12./19./26.

    Dates Angkor Wat: April 23.-26., November 12.-15., 19.-22., 26.-29., December 03.-05., 10.-13.


    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.
    • 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
  • Choose Categories

    09.04. - 23.04.17
    29.10. - 12.11.17
    05.11. - 19.11.17
    12.11. - 26.11.17
    19.11. - 03.12.17
    26.11. - 10.12.17

    Extras

    Discount is not possible
     
       
    Bicycle & equipment
    rental bike vary depending on location  incl.
       
    Additonal Module Angkor Wat
    double room 640
    single room 940
       
    Additional day Hanoi incl. guided city tour  
    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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