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Journey through Vietnam

Stays in the capitals of the former North and South Vietnam frame this journey into modern Vietnam—and its centuries-old past.

  • 14 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 37 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Perfect for those trying a bike vacation for the first time.
  • Airfare Packages Available

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Journey through Vietnam

Generous included tours reveal a rich imperial history, while scenic cycling along the Perfume River and the Mekong Delta carries you into a lifestyle that marries the present with the traditions of old. You’ll also meet warmly welcoming people as you browse a local market, embark on a delightful river cruise, visit local villages, and enjoy a cooking class. There’s no better way to experience this bicycle-loving culture!

Please note: This vacation requires US and Canadian citizens to purchase a Vietnam Visa prior to traveling. More information available on our FAQs page.

Cultural Highlights

  • Explore in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter on a cyclo (rickshaw) ride
  • Visit One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s iconic temples, on a guided walking tour
  • Delight in uniquely Vietnamese entertainment: a water puppet show
  • Hear your footsteps echoing through the Imperial Citadel, a vast walled fortress, on a guided tour
  • Cycle past centuries of history, including Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb
  • Embark on a luncheon cruise on the Perfume River, with views of dragon boats, sampans and traditional houseboats
  • Experience a slice of daily life at a local village and market
  • Behold stunning views of pristine coast and towering mountains as you cycle one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country
  • Cycle through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms and local artisans around Hoi An
  • Join a guided walking tour of Hoi An, a historic trading center
  • Fill your senses at Hoi An’s central market accompanied by a chef and learn about Vietnamese cuisine
  • Tour the herb garden and enjoy hands-on cooking class at a local culinary school
  • Delve into the orchards and rice paddies of the agrarian heartland of Vietnam on a scenic roll along the Mekong Delta
  • Interact with a local Vietcong before entering the notorious Cu Chi tunnels

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 – 37 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Hanoi
Jan  66º/58º  Feb  67º/60º  Mar  72º/65º  Oct  82º/73º  Nov 76º/66º  Dec 71º/60º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Hanoi
Jan .5  Feb 1  Mar 1.5  Oct 4  Nov 1.5  Dec 1

What’s Included:

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  • 10 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts
  • 25 meals—10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 10 nights in 4- and 5-star resorts
  • PLUS: 1 extra night in a 5-star hotel in Hanoi and 2 nights in flight
  • 26 meals—11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
  • ALL overseas transfers
  • The option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions:
    Pre-trip: Bangkok, Thailand – 2 nights from only $595*
    Post-trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia – 3 nights for only $1,095*

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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 VBT City Information that includes recommendations on what to see. Please note: Unless you have been significantly delayed, your 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. If you have been delayed by 12 hours or more, your transfer should still be pre-arranged but you may be asked to pay.  In this instance, please keep your receipt.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel

Day 3: VBT Bicycle Vacation begins / Hanoi / Orientation tour

VBT Bicycle Vacation only 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 and Pre-extension guests: Your morning is free to do as you please.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District.

Later, return to your hotel to meet with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

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 with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: B (for Air Package guests only), 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.

Later this morning rejoin your trip leaders for a walking tour to see more of this lively city. After lunch at a local restaurant, you return to the hotel for a rest or a swim.

In the late afternoon, pick up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride, returning to the Old Quarter. The shops in the Old Quarter sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware. The next stop is a small theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Afterward, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

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

Day 5: Fly to Hue / Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City / Warm-up ride

After breakfast, transfer 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, transfer to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress to the Imperial City and the Forbidden City.   Within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lies the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City.  You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check in to your Hue hotel, enjoy a lunch on your own, in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool.  At 2:30 pm, attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to 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. Your Trip 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: Cycle the Country Villages/ Dragon Boat ride on the Perfume River

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River, then 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. You’ll arrive by bike at the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

Tonight you get another view of the city’s splendid past. Your dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprising 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 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 of landscape 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. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

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

Lunch is in Lang Co. Then 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 choose to climb the pass by bike.  Those that prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at the oyster fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass.

You arrive in Hoi An by van and check in to your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L, D
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 you bike through Thuan Tinh Ecological Village, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. Youcontinue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past a fishing farm before your ride takes you back to Hoi An for lunch.

Later, 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: 12, 19 or 31 miles (19, 30 or 49 km)

Day 9: Hoi An / Red Bridge Cooking School

Board your bike and head into Hoi An town. Meet up with your chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas. This is your chance to learn about how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then sit down and enjoy what you have created in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 5 miles (8km)

Day 10: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Independent exploration

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and have 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 11: 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. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Saigon (about 2 hours). 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 12: 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. You 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 your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van waits to shuttle you 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 13: VBT Bicycle Vacation ends / Depart for home, or begin your optional 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). 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 Bicycle Vacation only guests: Your trip ends in the mid-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). We recommend flights departing no earlier than 6:00 p.m.

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. VBT provides you with VBT City Information 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

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2019
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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 problem locating the representative, please go to the Information Counter in the Arrivals Hall and call our representative’s hotline number, 0-913-237-040.

Please note: Unless you have been significantly delayed, your 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. If you have been delayed by 12 hours or more, your transfer should still be pre-arranged, but you may be asked to pay. In this instance, please keep your receipt.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel

Day 3: VBT Bicycle Vacation begins / Hanoi / Orientation tour

VBT Bicycle Vacation only 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 and Pre-extension guests: Your morning is free to do as you please.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District.

Later, return to your hotel to meet with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

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 with your VBT Trip Leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi Hotel
Meals: B (for Air Package guests only), 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.

Later this morning, rejoin your Trip Leaders for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District. After lunch at a local restaurant, you return to the hotel for a rest or a swim.

In the late afternoon, depart the hotel by shuttle for the short trip to a small theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Afterward, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

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

Day 5: Fly to Hue / Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City / Warm-up ride

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your 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, transfer to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress: within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lie the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check into your Hue hotel, enjoy a lunch on your own, in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool. At 2:30 p.m., attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your Trip Leaders. Then, participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to 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. Your Trip Leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 12.3 miles (19.6 km)

Day 6: Cycle the Country Villages/ Dragon Boat ride on the Perfume River

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River (30-45 minutes), then 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 authentic local experience.

You’ll return by bike to the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

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

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Hue
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 15.6 or 12.2miles (24.9 or 19.5km)

Day 7: Cycle coastal roads / Shuttle to Hoi An

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down toward 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. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, pedal through local communities where you see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you.

Pause for lunch in the village of Lang Co. Then, 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. Those who like a challenge may choose to climb the pass by bike. Those who prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at the oyster fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass.

You arrive in Hoi An by van and check into your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 16.1, 16.5 or 20.3 miles (26, 26.6 or 32.7 km)

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

This morning’s cycling route crosses the Thu Bon River, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As you bike, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. You continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms, mat weavers and any number of examples of local livelihood. You’ll stop at a shady and scenic point along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch.

There is a second ride option in the countryside after lunch, or you may shuttle back to the seaside resort for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Later, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes Hoi An remarkable today is that its Old Town has been beautifully preserved, the streets still lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas and colorful communal halls. 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: 12.1 or 18.6 miles (19.5 or 30 km)

Day 9: Hoi An / Red Bridge Cooking School

Board your bike and head into Hoi An, where you’ll meet up with the chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then, meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas. This is your chance to learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then, sit down and enjoy what you have created in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river.

Hotel: Boutique Hoi An Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 4.7 miles (7.6 km)

Day 10: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Independent exploration

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, transfer to Da Nang and the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, transfer to the centrally located Hotel Majestic, 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
Daily Options: Non-Biking Day

Day 11: Cycle the Mekong Delta

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to the town of Tan An 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. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Saigon (about two hours). Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 23.7 miles (38.1 km)

Day 12: 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. You 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. You will also explore a rice-paper workshop before getting down and dirty in the tunnels.

After your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van waits to shuttle you 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: 23.4 miles (37.6 km)

Day 13: VBT Bicycle Vacation ends / Depart for home, or begin your optional Post-trip Extension to Cambodia

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your Trip Leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

VBT Bicycle Vacation Only guests: Your trip ends after breakfast 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 day is at your leisure. 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. Flights may depart in the morning or late evening, and typically arrive in the U.S. the following day.

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. VBT provides you with City Information 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

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Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort

The Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Resort 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 and 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. A/C is available.

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 and other therapy boutiques, as well as most major commercial office buildings. A/C is available.
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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 of the city’s 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, the lounge serves snacks and drinks and comes alive in the evening with music by the Melia Sunshine Quintet. Its El Patio Restaurant is a spacious modern restaurant with a Mediterranean feel. And the elegant El Oriental Restaurant specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, with an emphasis on fine seafood. A/C is available.
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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 bodywork to relax your muscles. In its Junrei Restaurant—a large traditional house supported by indigenous laterite-clay columns—dine on artfully prepared fusion cuisine. The Candle Bar offers a quiet space to unwind with fellow travelers. 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 is ideally located 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 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. A/C is available.
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The Sukhothai

A tranquil garden paradise in central Bangkok, the luxurious Sukhothai Bangkok offers extra spacious rooms featuring teakwood furnishing and Thai silks. A 10-minute walk from Lumphini MRT Subway Station, it provides a 100-foot infinity pool, pampering spa services, and free WiFi. Seven dining options are available. Recognized as the “Best Restaurant in Bangkok” by Travel and Leisure magazine, the hotel’s Celadon Restaurant serves delicious authentic Thai cuisine. Fitted with elegant wooden floors, the air-conditioned rooms are equipped with large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Nespresso coffee makers. Modern bathrooms come with separate bathtubs and rain showers. A relaxing menu of massage and facials can be enjoyed at Spa Botanica. To get a full workout, guests may exercise at the 24-hour fitness center, or play a game of tennis and squash.
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