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Journey through Vietnam

An unforgettable Far East adventure awaits in the breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam where we’ll travel by bike, boat and rickshaw, meeting with local friends and exploring a myriad of wonders like Hoi An’s Old Town—a UNESCO site—Hanoi, Hue and the Cu Chi tunnels.

  • 13 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
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Why You'll Love This Tour


Journey through Vietnam

With an unforgettable blend of bustle and reverie, color and contemplation, Vietnam makes an indelible impression on travelers, who never fail to find the Vietnamese people warmly hospitable, genuinely curious, and always ready to share their lives. We’ll cycle along the Perfume River, through rice fields and farms, on beach roads and through fishing villages. Our senses will be gloriously filled with the movement and magic of daily life. And our many experiences with local people in their treasured temples, exceptional restaurants, and heartfelt memorials will touch our spirits, making this trip an unforgettable encounter with generous, resilient humanity.

Cultural Highlights

  • Cycle the banks of the Perfume River, lined with colorful sampans and houseboats.
  • Discover Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a walking tour.
  • Delight in an enchanting water-puppet performance, a uniquely Vietnamese art form.
  • Ride in a cyclo through the bustling Old Quarter, filled with vendors and shoppers.
  • Visit Saigon, Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and Non Nuoc village.
  • Explore the underground passageways of the dramatic Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Pedal in the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta, thick with orange and mango trees.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is suitable for beginning cyclists and ideal for regular recreational cyclists. Roads are carefully selected but in general are not of the same standard as in Europe or the U.S.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 - 4 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Hanoi Jan 66°  Feb 67°  Mar 72°  Oct 82°  Nov 76°  Dec 71°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Hanoi Jan .7  Feb 1.1  Mar 1.5  Oct 3.9  Nov 1.7  Dec .8

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  • 9 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts
  • 22 meals – 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

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  • 12 nights: 10 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts and two nights in flight
  • 23 meals – 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
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  • The option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Halong Bay – 2 nights (1 night in Hanoi and 1 night in Halong Bay) for only $595 • Post-trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia – 3 nights for only $895

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DAY 1: Depart from home

Depart from home and travel to Vietnam. The particulars of your arrival are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, claim your luggage and clear customs. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your Hanoi hotel.
If you have any problems locating the representative, please go to the Information Counter in the Arrivals Hall and call our representative’s hotline number, 0 913 237 040.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Hanoi during your stay.

Please note: This transfer has been pre-arranged by VBT and does not require direct payment. Please confirm with the driver that this transfer has been pre-paid. If the driver requests funds from you, this is not your scheduled transfer and you should not take it.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Hanoi / Orientation tour

VBT No-Air Package guests: Please plan to arrive at your Hanoi hotel by 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to arrive before 2:00 p.m, please contact VBT during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at 800-245-3868 to inform us of your arrival time, or contact the hotel on the day the tour begins to let them know when you will arrive. The hotel will pass the message on to your Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, your morning is free to do as you please. While choosing your activities for the day, you may wish to keep in mind that a guided tour of the city is included later in the program, featuring visits to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house, and One Pillar Pagoda. You may wish to visit different sites on this day to avoid duplicate activities later in the trip.

VBT Pre-extension guests: Greet the day on deck while the sun rises over Halong Bay. After breakfast, visit a limestone grotto and then cruise back to Halong city and Halong wharf. Transfer by shuttle back to your hotel in Hanoi (about 3 hours), where you join the main tour.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby for a short walking tour around this historic city of lakes, tree-lined boulevards, and French Colonial architecture. Later, return to your hotel to meet your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Dine with the group at the hotel.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: B, D

DAY 4: Explore Hanoi / Water puppet performance

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing Tai Chi by the lake, families out for a stroll, and street vendors setting out their wares. Return to the hotel for breakfast before embarking on a tour of the city, including visits to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house, and One Pillar Pagoda.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel for a rest or a swim. In the late afternoon, pick up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the Old Quarter. Here shops sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware. The next stop is a small theater, where we watch a mesmerizing water-puppet performance. Afterward, we dine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5: Fly to Hue / Imperial Citadel / Warm-up ride

After breakfast, explore on your own before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hue.

From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam’s Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. On arrival in Hue, we transfer to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Our walking tour here takes us inside this walled fortress to the Imperial City and the Forbidden City.

After we check in to our Hue hotel, attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel’s dining room.

Please note: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. You will receive the same bike-type and bike-size in both locations, and your leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 13 miles (20 km)

DAY 6: Visit Forbidden Purple City and Imperial City

This morning, we shuttle from the hotel to our ride’s starting point, then we’ll cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. We pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda. After touring the pagoda, board a local boat to enjoy a relaxing cruise along the river. As we conclude our river idyll, drivers will be waiting to transfer us to the ancient Imperial Citadel. Within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lies the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. We’ll leave our bikes and enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After an included lunch and a short transfer, continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods, and wars, and it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly local experience. Continue riding to the Hue Sport Center before transferring by shuttle back to the hotel.

Tonight we get another view of the city’s splendid past. Our dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprised of five authentic 19th- and early 20th-century Hue houses.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 11, 14 or 25 miles (18, 22.5 or 40 km)

DAY 7: Cycle coastal roads / Shuttle to Hoi An

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches in the whole country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down towards the South China Sea, affording stunning views of pristine coast on one side and towering mountains on the other. The Lang Co peninsula and the nearby Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass form a natural border between the city of Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue province. Excellent views from the top of the pass are available, if the weather allows, all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, we will pedal through local communities where you will see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you. Today’s route will have some undulating hills and will cross a series of bridges covering small rivers flowing down from the mountains before finishing nearby Tam Giang lagoon.

We’ll eat lunch in Lang Co. Then we’ll transfer up the Hai Van pass (“Pass of the Ocean Clouds”), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot) mountain ridge. For those who like a challenge, you may like to climb the pass by bike. For those who prefer the coast, China Beach, the infamous landing place of French and American troops into Vietnam, is another cycling option as the final route into Hoi An, the historic trading town.

We’ll arrive in Hoi An and check in to our hotel on Hoi An Beach. Try one of the local restaurants for dinner this evening.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 16, 21 or 37 miles (26, 33 or 59 km)

DAY 8: Cycle through Thuan Tinh / Walking tour of Hoi An

After breakfast, begin cycling with the Thu Bon River on your right, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As we bike through Thuan Tinh Ecological Village, we can stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. We’ll continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past a fishing farm before our ride takes us back to Hoi An for lunch.

After lunch, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, and a Chinese temple. Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 13, 19 or 32 miles (21, 30 or 51 km)

DAY 9: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Independent exploration

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at our resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, transfer to the centrally located Majestic Hotel, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam’s liveliest city. The rest of the day and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: Non-Biking Day

DAY 10: Cycle the Mekong Delta

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to Tan An town in the Mekong Delta area. Then start cycling through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit, and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Our ride today ends when we stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, we’ll transfer back to Saigon (about 2 hours), where we’ll visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture, which blends elements from the Renaissance period with Romanesque style, French decorative flowers, and Japanese enameled tile.

Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 24 miles (38 km)

DAY 11: Explore the Cu Chi tunnels / Cycle to Hoc Mon

After breakfast, shuttle (about one hour) north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. We arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm’s way. After our visit, we’ll continue to cycle to Ben Nay for an included lunch, and then ride on to Hoc Mon, where the van waits to shuttle us back to the hotel.

This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 24 miles (38 km)

DAY 12: Discover Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Depart for home or begin Post-trip Extension to Cambodia

This morning, set out on a walking tour to visit the former Presidential Palace, the site of the former U.S. Embassy, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall (Hotel de Ville), the Historical Museum or the War Remnant Museum, and the Rex Hotel, famous for the regular press briefings that became known as the “five o’clock follies” during the U.S./Vietnam War. Enjoy a last Vietnamese lunch together in one of the city’s great restaurants before spending some free time shopping or exploring on your last day in the country.

This morning, set out on a walking tour to visit the former Presidential Palace, the site of the former U.S. Embassy, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall (Hotel de Ville), the Historical Museum (or the War Remnant Museum), and the Rex Hotel, famous for the regular press briefings that became known as the “five o’clock follies” during the U.S./Vietnam War. Enjoy a last Vietnamese lunch together in one of the city’s great restaurants before spending some free time shopping or exploring on your last day in the country.

VBT No Air Package guests: Your trip ends in the late afternoon at our Ho Chi Minh City hotel. You are responsible for your own transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. You can book a taxi (approximately $6-$9 USD, depending on traffic) directly from the hotel. Please confirm the fare with your driver in advance to ensure the most direct route to the airport (about 30 minutes, 7.5 miles)

VBT Air Package guests: Your afternoon is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own. Meet in the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for transfer (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. Most flights depart just before midnight. You arrive one day later in the U.S.

VBT Post-Trip Extension guests: Meet in the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for your transfer (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, claim your luggage and clear customs. Then meet your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer (about 20 minutes) to your Siem Reap hotel, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort
Meals: B, L

DAY 13: Arrive home

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Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort

Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor is set among tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue. It is the closest hotel to the stunning ruins of Angkor Wat. The resort is located near traditional markets and is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Combining French and Khmer architecture to provide refined, elegant accommodations, the hotel features 238 rooms, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, five restaurants, three bars, and the Phokeethra Country Club, a world-class 18-hole golf course.

Halong Sails

Halong Sails Vietnamese junks comfortably sleep 12 to 20 guests (depending on configuration) in quaint cabins with twin beds and a private bath. On board, savor fresh local seafood, vegetables, fruit, and Vietnamese rice wine. And embark on small bamboo boats to explore a few of the 775 islands in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All cabins have air-conditioning.

Hotel Majestic

Established in 1925 as Saigon’s finest hotel, the Majestic has gone through several incarnations over the years. In World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French Colonial structure as a military barracks, and it was frequented by foreign correspondents during the Vietnam War. Today, it remains a hotel of tradition, hospitality, and elegance. Hotel Majestic is located within walking distance of the beautiful Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Markets, reflexology boutiques, and other related therapy boutiques, as well as most major commercial office buildings.
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Melia Hanoi Hotel

A 5-star hotel ideally situated in Hanoi’s city center, Melia Hanoi Hotel is within walking distance of all major attractions. It features two restaurants, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. The lobby lounge is spacious yet cozy. Located on the ground floor, it serves snacks and drinks and comes alive with music by Melia Sunshine Quintet in the evening. Its El Patio Restaurant on the ground floor is a spacious modern restaurant with a Mediterranean feel. And elegant El Oriental Restaurant specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, with an emphasis on fine seafood.
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Pilgrimage Village Hue

The Pilgrimage Village in Hue is a boutique resort constructed of natural materials and set amid a lush green forest of palms. Its thatched-roof villas evoke a historic jungle village in a tranquil setting. The Vedana spa offers various massages and other body work to relax your muscles. In its Junrei Restaurant—a large traditional house supported by indigenous laterite-clay columns—dine on carefully prepared fusion cuisine. The Candle Bar offers a quiet space to unwind with fellow walkers. Each room features two private terraces, air-conditioning, satellite television, minibar, daily flowers, and a fruit basket.
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Boutique Hoi An Resort

Boutique Hoi An Resort sits in an ideal location on Hoi An Beach, just 5 minutes (3 miles) by complimentary hotel shuttle from Hoi An town center. Guests may choose to unwind by the pool surrounded by tropical gardens. Each room at this hotel offers views of the sea and a private balcony.  Enjoy the spa, the private beach, and the poolside bar. Rooms are generous in size and offer clean, contemporary furnishings.  Free Wi-Fi is offered in all guest rooms and public areas.
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