Eight days in Vietnam including six days of mountain biking through stunning scenery in the northwest mountains near the border with China
This is an example of one of our tailor-made cycling holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam cycling vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us.
The "Cycling Vietnam's Mountain Tracks" tour has been designed for travellers looking for a physical challenge and authentic cultural experiences. The route doesn't require a high level of skill, but good stamina is essential. For a detailed itinerary and more information about cycles, gradients, safety precautions and so on, just send an enquiry to us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This adventure holiday includes a brief glimpse of Hanoi , an overnight railway journey, visiting at least a dozen different ethnic minority communities en-route, unspoilt traditions and customs, local markets, Dien Bien Phu City , wartime relicts
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... time to recover from your flight and a welcome dinner before boarding the overnight train to Sapa.
Meals: one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel, evening pickups for your meal and railway station
Familiarising in Sapa: 1 day cycling around the area
A modest 30k ride to meet explore of the many ethnic minority villages around Sapa - a bit 'touristy', but lots to see and do.
Meals: one breakfast and one lunch
Escort/guide: from arrival at railway station to hotel and return
Heavens Gate and beyond:
4 days cycling westward to Dien Bien Phu
This is where you leave the commercial world. After an authentic local market, the route twists and winds along bumpy roads and rough tracks against a magnificent panorama of mountain scenery. As the tortuous bends and gradients appear around the corner, small villages come into view down in the terraced valleys. The many different hill communities see few visitors, but most are eager to meet foreigners.
There's plenty of time to hike to some of the nearer villages or relax alongside the multitude of springs and torrents, or cool down in the larger pools. The clear air and tranquil setting seems light years from the rush and bustle of Hanoi .
As the mountains dwindle in size, the highways and buildings of Dien Bien Phu come into focus and the materialistic world reappears.
Meals: four breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners
Escort/guide: from arrival at railway station to hotel and return
Dien Bien Phu and departure: 2 days
Apart from the French, few people outside of Indochina are aware of the significance of this small mountain city. For Vietnamese people, it is revered as the battle that finally drove the French colonialists from the country. It's well worth a few hours looking around the war relicts and historical sites. Then, after lunch, you'll board the afternoon flight to Hanoi . Depending on your flight time on the next day, you may have some time to wander around the capital until your car arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport.
The prices for this sample tour are per person in US$:
These prices are valid until October 31, 2015. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.
Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
13 - 16
*Supplement for single occupancy
Please note that all our tours are priced in United States Dollars, in accordance with the established trading practices for tourism products within Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Equivalent quotations in £, Euro, Australian AUD are obtainable on request calculated at our prevailing exchange rate.
At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.
* 'Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.
Our prices include:
Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin room.
Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver (On the whole trip you will have a supply car, which can give you a lift whenever you feel tired).
The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. Your biking trip will be escorted by a well-trained biking guide. (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests' return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
Train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai (good local standard, soft four-berth cabin with air-conditioner Fanxipan Express/Tulico Carriage).
One way flight tickets: Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi , including airport taxes.
Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants and picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
Good quality mountain bikes for all biking days in the programme
Drinking water and local fruit for all biking days in the programme
VAT and other taxes
Our prices do not include:
International flight tickets and airport tax.
Dinners except as specified above.
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
Camera fees (if any)
Hotel list for Mid-range standard:
Hanoi : Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel (*** boutique hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, stylish furnishings and decoration art - Lotus Deluxe room)
Sapa: Bamboo Hotel (***local standard hotel standing on the side of the mountain - good views - Superior room)
Tam Duong: Muong Thanh Hotel (***local standard hotel with swimming pool, Superior room)
Paso: Lan Anh II Hotel (local standard, First Class room)
Muong Lay (Lai Chau): Lan Anh I Hotel (local standard, First Class room)
Dien Bien: Him Lam Hotel (***newly built hotel/resort beside Khuoi Pha lake, 2km from city centre, Superior room)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.