Bicycle Cruise Vietnam

Bicycle Cruise Vietnam (15 Days/14 Nights, approx. 212 km )


Vietnam is a thrilling country full of contrasts, overwhelming nature and mysterious monuments of times gone by; a country 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 Delta.

Attention: This web page has been updated for the season 2019. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the season 2018.

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Highlights of the tour
Culture: The citadel of the ancient emperor city, Huế, testifies the power of Vietnamese emperors
Nature: The fruitful Mekong Delta is the rice paradise of Vietnam
Activity: Kayak tour
Culinary: Tropical fruits of all sorts are a delicacy you should not miss out on
Souvenirs: Tailored, silken clothes are a beautiful and also convenient souvenir

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) Arrival in Hanoi (D)

Arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. Despite its three million inhabitants, Hanoi’s traditional charm is pervasive. 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. We may take a walk through the colourful, lively streets and meet your fellow travellers in the late afternoon at our hotel. During a visit to the famous water puppet theatre – a traditional Vietnamese form of art – and the dinner in a local restaurant we get to know our fellow travellers better. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

2nd Day (Mon) Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Van Long) – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (aprx. 14 mi./22 km + 6 mi./10 km) (B, L, D)

After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us in the direction of the rural province of Ninh Binh. That’s where we start our first cycling tour 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, which takes us through Vietnam‘s most spectacular landscapes. Along the way we stop in the quaint village of Trang An Farm where we are able to try some local specialties for lunch. After lunch we continue by bike for a few kilometres to Tam Coc with the most spectacular view onto limestone karst peaks looming out of serene rice paddies. Here we leave the bikes and board a traditional row boat, which takes us into the heart of a hidden valley. The last activity for today is a visitation of a local bird sanctuary. Every evening the flock of birds returning to their nests is a spectacular sight. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tam Coc.

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

After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us in about 4 h to Ha Long Bay, where we board our traditional wooden junk. As we set off on our first boat trip through the impressive island world of the Ha Long Bay with its bizarre rock formations we enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. In the afternoon we are able to enjoy kayaking and with a bit of luck, we will be able to see some wild monekys at play. If you’re keen on, walk up to the summit of Ti Top Island to catch the panoramic view over Halong Bay or visit one of the numerous caves, which were formed in the course of the millenniums. Let your imagination run wild in the formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well as the crudely shaped cavern walls where creative thinking will bring the subterranean chambers to life. We spend the night on anchor.

4th Day (Wed) Insel Trà Bản – Bai Tu Long Bay (ca. 16 mi./25 km) (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast we jump ship and navigate our way to the island of Tra Ban via hydrofoil, a unique place untouched by modern day tourism. The island offers us an insight into the earlier, traditional life of the island inhabitants; as if time had stood still. A common sight are the Vietnamese water buffaloes grazing as we pass, we may even come into conversation with one of the local farmers tending to their fields who greet us with their kind smiles. For lunch we enjoy a relaxing picnic together. In the afternoon, the hydrofoil will take us back to the pier where our junk awaits us. A relaxing cruise through the island world of the Bai Tu Long Bay tops this eventful day off. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a nice sundowner. We spend the night on anchor.  

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

This morning we disembark the Junk and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha Bay, where we are able to take part in an introductory lesson in kayak touring. As soon as you feel secure with your tandem partner, you are able to take a guided tour through the lagoon-like shoreline landscape. With a bit of luck, we will be able to observe monkeys that live on the steep rocks with lush vegetation and occasionally their curiosity will bring them down to the shore. Today’s beach destination is beautiful beyond imagination. After lunch and a lengthy relaxing swim break in the emerald green waters our Kayak tour will take us 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 at the pool.

6th Day (Fri) Cát Bà Insel – Việt Hải Village (aprx. 12.5 mi/20 km) (B, L, D)

Early in the morning a transfer will bring us to a small dock. A one hour crossing will bring us to yet another small jetty. From here we will start a cycling tour through the national park of the island to a small tribal village of the Việt Hải minority. Parking the bikes here, a guided walk will take us through the protected old-growth forest where the wild, unspoilt nature rules. The aim is to reach the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breath-taking views of the Hạ Long Bay and the rest of the island. After the walk a bike tour will lead us back to the boat, taking us back to Cat Ba City. Overnight stay at a hotel on Cát Bà.

7th day (Sat) Cát Bà Island – Hải Phòng– Hội An (B, L)

After breakfast check out. A taxi boat will take us to Hải Phòng where a bus waits to take us to the nearby airport, where our morning flight to Đà Nẵng departs. On arrival a short transfer with a shuttle bus will bring us to our Hotel Resort in Hội An. Here we are able to relax in the river-side palm tree gardens of the hotel before we start your first stroll through the picturesque old town of Hoi An with it’s wooden-fronted houses, the Japanese covered bridge and a lively market. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hội An.

8th day (Sun) Hội An – Tra Que – Hội An (aprx. 11 mi/17 km) (B, L)

Today we have the possibility to observe the daily life 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 place originates from a sweet scented vegetable often used by the locals to spice up their meals: a totally new and foreign speciality! Our host prepares a meal together with us and familiarises us with the exotic ingredients. The afternoon can be spent individually: 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.

9th Day (Mon) Hội An – Huế (aprx. 25 - 28 mi./40 - 45 km) (B, L)

After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and will make our way, to the former imperial city of Hue by bike. A transfer bus will pick us up en route and 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 this wonderful coast, past coconut palms, to Thuan An beach. Decide for yourself how many kilometers you wish to travel by bus or by bike. If weather conditions allow, we can stay for a refreshing swim, before we continue back to Huế. After checking into the hotel the evening offers us some leisure time to explore the city for ourselves. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hue.

10th day (Tue) Huế (aprx. 14 mi/23 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. In the Morning we visit the rambling citadel, which once was reserved for the emperors of the Nguyen-Dynasty as well as the Thien Mu-Pagoda, the cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam. After a late lunch we head back to the hotel to prepare ourselves for the afternoon’s cycle tour. It is time to leave city life behind and explore the rural surroundings of the city of Hue. We cycle through bamboo groves and small villages to the Thanh Toan covered bridge. The cycling route leads further on local paths, through rural village, rice fields, to local market with interesting daily activities. After a day of cultural impressions, we are free to enjoy our evening as we please. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hue.

11th day (Wed) Huế – Hồ Chí Minh City– Mekong Delta (aprx. 12.5 mi/20 km) (B, L, D)

After breakfast we have a morning flight to Hồ Chí Minh City with a subsequent transfer to Mỹ Tho, the entrance of the delta, where check-in on board the ship takes place. The ship takes us along the Mekong in the direction of Cái Bè. During the short trip we cruise along the Mekong and can enjoy the flourishing nature of the delta as well as the river related life of the inhabitants. In the afternoon we take part on our first bike tour along the river mouth, exploring the surroundings of a number of the Mekong river arms and channels and the scattered islands therein. Take the opportunity to try exotic fruits while being astonished by different local handcrafts. In turn your Junk will take you for a sunset sail towards Cai Be, where you will spend the night on anchor.

12th day (Thu) Mekong Delta: Cái Bè – Islands of Vĩnh Long und Traon (aprx. 19 mi/30 km) (B, L, D)

In the morning we cross over to Vingh, 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 can enjoy the excellent cuisine on board and the wonderful evening atmosphere in the water labyrinth of the Mekong Delta. Overnight stay aboard.

13th Day (Fri) Cần Thơ – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

During breakfast the ship takes us to Cần Thơ. Where we can visit one of the region’s most famous floating market, rounding off our cultural experience of Southern Vietnam. Make sure you have a camera at the ready, as the colorful fruit stands are incredibly photogenic. The following cruise completes our visit. After lunch on board of the Conchinchine we check out and are transferred back to Hồ Chí Minh City. Overnight stay at a hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City.

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

Hồ Chí Minh City, former Saigon, is the Boomtown and the modern centre of Vietnam. On a guided city tour we learn about the growing megacity, the town hall, the cathedral Notre Dame – a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, the main post office which is influenced by Renaissance architecture and other important sights which characterize the city’s history. The afternoon is at your own disposal. Grab the possibility to buy some souvenirs and dive into the madding crowd of the Bến Thành Market. A comfortable evening meal together allows us to reflect on the events of the vacation and to farewell our engaged tour guides. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City.

15th Day (Sun) Departure (B)

Departure after breakfast or prolongation in Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap.

Ships

Vietnamese Junk Garden Bay 2 (Ha Long Bay)

It is easy to feel at home on the charming junks. For each meal the tables are lovingly set and the folded cloth napkins are a piece of art. The boat provides 11 elegant furnished guest cabins. All cabins have individually regulated air conditioning. The cabins are located between decks. The large cabin windows guarantee a good view at all times. Each cabin has its own 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. 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.

Rental bikes

Bikes in Vietnam

Due to the fact that specific destinations of the journey are connected by domestoc flights, you’ll get four different bikes.

In the Ha Long Bay as well as in the Mekong area you’ll bike the Trek 4300 MTB with anti-lock disc brakes.

In central Vietnam, where we won’t have long biking distances, the bikes are rather basic.

If you don’t want to give up your own usual saddle (without seat post) or your own clipless pedals, we ask you to bring them. The tourguides can mount them on the rental bikes.

Since the bikes are usually without a carrier and it’s important to drink enough on the bike rides, we recommend you to bring a backpack hydration. Small bottles can also be transported in the provided handlebar bags. In most cases the tour guide also carry smaller water supplies for refilling.

Journey

Journey and Arrival

A trip to Vietnam and a holiday spent there requires a certain amount of preparation in regard to formalities.

In order to avoid time pressure while going through the formalities, you should have booked your trip to Vietnam at least two months before commencement of the tour.


How to get to Vietnam - Flights

It is recommended that you book your flight through your travel agent. 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 arrive before noon on the arrival day. The earlier a flight is booked the better the chances to find a reasonably priced ticket. Please let your travel agent inform you what is best in your specific case.

Should you book the additional days in Siem Reap you may book the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap with Islandhopping and may fly home directly from Siem Reap. Should you need a return flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City Islandhopping would be pleased to help you with this one 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 fares 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
– a sufficiently prepaid envelope for registered mail

Please take into account that the processing takes aprx. 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.

Extended stay

2-days Additional Programme in Hanoi

Use the opportunity to arrive one day earlier in 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 and offers as well as 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.

1st Day (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.

2nd Day (Sun) Guided tour through Hanoi (B, L)

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: Hồ Chí Minh. Even decades after his dead he is still fondly called Uncle Hồ. We visit Hồ Chí Minh Museum dedicated to Hồ Chí Minh and the very modest cottage he used to live and work in. The afterwards visited monumental marble and granite mausoleum, where Uncle Hồ 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.

Hotel
You stay at a hotel which is only a couple of minutes away from Hoan Kiem Lake in the middle of the old part of Hanoi. This hotel will be the same like the first hotel of the regular tour.

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

Not included in the tour price:
• Surcharge for a single room (on request)
• Drinks at the restaurant
• Meals not described in itinerary
• Visa
• Personal costs
• Tips

Base package price
120 euro per person in a double room

Participants:
Minimum:2 

Additional Individual Nights in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Should you wish to spend a day or more in Hanoi prior to our tour, we gladly help in booking additional nights for you.

As well as in Hanoi as in Ho Chi Minh City we like to recommend the hotels of our regular tour.

The Golden Silk Boutique Hotel in Hanoi

Rising over the heart of Hanoi‘s central old quarter and famous Silk Road, with a 3-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, Water Puppet Theatre, St Josephs Cathedral, Night Market, Hanoi Post Office, Trang Tien Plaza shopping center etc.

The luxury and impressive designed Golden Silk Boutique Hotel features stunning views and gracious style – a remarkable luxury experience, even by Western standards with graceful Asian style.

Prices:
– Double room incl. breakfast: from 45 euro per person/night
– Single room incl. breakfast: from 75 euro/night

In case the Golden Silk boutique hotel is fully booked we will accommodate you in an equivalent hotel in the same quarter.

The Grand Hotel in Hồ Chí Minh City

One of the oldest hotels In Hồ Chí Minh City since 1930 and completely restored in 1997, nestled in Saigon‘s scenic riverside area and within walking distance to major commercial and entertainment addresses.

Since 2012: Inside this French colonial style hotel, you will find 230 luxurious guestrooms and suites with panoramic views of Saigon River and HCMC, recreation area, Western & Asian restaurants, Rooftop Grand Cafe, Bars etc, as well as friendly and professional staff.

Each of the spacious rooms offers AC, hairdryer, snack bar, TV, coffeemaker and electric kettle, safe and WiFi. Noble bathroom are made of marble. A well-spaced wellness & spa area with outdoor pool, whirlpool and in-house coiffeur offers everything to relax.

Prices:
– Double room incl. breakfast: from 60 euro per person/night
– Single room incl. breakfast: from 100 euro/night

If you like to book one of the above mentioned hotels, please send an e-mail to: info@islandhopping.com.

4-days Additional programme in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) - 120 km/75 mi. by bicycle (4 days / 3 nights)

The extensive establishments of Angkor Wat are certainly 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.

1st Day (Sun) Ho Chi Minh City (Flight) – Siem Reap (Cycle tour aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (L, D)   

Our guide will meet us at Siem Reap airport in the morning and transfer us to the hotel in in the city 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.

2nd Day (Mon) Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Temple Exploration (Cycle tour aprx. 22 mi./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 Victoria 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.

3rd Day (Tue) Siem Reap – Phnomh Kulen (Cycle tour aprx. 31 mi./50 km; hiking aprx. 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 Mt 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.

4th Day (Wed) Farewell (B)

Breakfast and afterwards free time until airport transfer.


lterations

On account of unpredictable weather conditions as well as organisational requirements we reserve the right to change routes.

Requirements (Level 2 – 3)
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.

Catering
The price includes catering as specified in the itinerary which at all stages of the journey comprises of local and regional cuisine (B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner).

Visa requirements
Please contact the Cambodian embassy or foreign office in your home country for exact information.

Hotel
During your stay in Cambodia you live at Natura Hotel & Resort or in a comparable hotel. Nestled within private gardens, Natura Resort offers elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms and views onto the garden and swimming pool. Botanical Garden Restaurant serves a selection of Asian and Western vegetarian dishes and an outdoor salt-water swimming pool invites to relax.

Prices and services for the Siem Reap package

Base tour price
690 euro per person in a double room

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 tour programme
• Guided cycle tours and hikes as described in programme
• All local conducted tours, city tours and entry fees for national park and museums
• German and english speaking tour guides
• Water and snacks/fruits during excursions
• Rental bikes
• Experienced english speaking tour guide

Not included in the base tour price
• Flight Hồ Chí Minh City – Siem Reap (one way = 190 Euro)
• Drinks
• Visa to Cambodia (30 $ at entry)
• Personal costs
• Single room / single room surcharge (300 Euro)
• Tips

If you would like to book the Siem Reap module, please make a request in your Vietnam online-booking-form.

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin/double room)

2,890 euro

Included services

• 15 day trip/14 nights of which 4 overnight stays on comfortable ships in air conditioned double cabins and 10 overnight stays in very good hotels (at least 3 stars ranking)
• Catering as specified in the itinerary
• 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 bikes (the bikes vary from destination to destination)
• Airport transfers on official arrival and departure day

Additional optional services (on request)

• Single room or single room charge: 700 euro (single rooms are only guaranteed for overnight stays at the hotels, not on the boats)
• Insurance for rental bike against theft and damage: 20 euro for the whole trip (not insured: crossly negligent damages)
• Sightseeing package Hanoi incl. 1 overnight stay at a hotel incl. breakfast: 120 euro/person in a double room (itinerary & accomplishments below “extended stay”)
• Sightseeing package Siem Ream and Angkor Wat incl. 3 overnight stays at a *** hotel incl. half board: 690 euro/person (itinerary & accomplishments below “extended stay”)
• Individual airport transfers (if not on arrival and departure day): price on request

Not included in the base tour price

• Inbound flight to Hanoi and outbound flight from Ho Chi Minh City
• Drinks on board and in hotels
• Meals not described in itinerary
• Please bring a beach towel, if needed
• Valid Visa for Vietnam

Things to note

Inoculations

There are no absolutely required vaccinations 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 vaccinations have to be boosted, you should plan enough time to get vaccinated. A sufficient tetanus protection as well as anvaccination 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 you to see your family doctor or a doctor for tropical diseases at least two months before the trip in order to get the necessary advice.

Language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Itinerary Changes

On account of unpredictable wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to change routes.

Requirements (Level 1 - 2)

We have rated the physical demands of the cycling as grade 1 – 2. This is based mainly on the topography which is, compared to our Mediterranean tours, rather less demanding. The hilliest stretches are the first one on Trà Bản and the bike tours on Cát Bà. All other tours are without appreciable inclines. The difficulty of cycling in Vietnam lies mainly in the climatic conditions. However, by taking your time, using sufficient sun protection and drinking enough water you can easily adjust to this conditions. After a rainfall some routes, especially on the first cycle trip, are difficult to cycle. An alternative route may have to be used.

Helmet use and bringing own bikes

Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.

We do not recommend bringing your own bikes/MTBs. Transport of the bikes as well as the loading and unloading from the boats does make the bikes vulnerable to paint defects. Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for private bikes brought on the tour. Personal e-bikes are not permitted on board our boat due to weight restrictions, as well as liability concerns.

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 m (5 ft.).

Hotels and Ships

In Hanoi, on Cát Bà Island, in Huế and Hội An (Central Vietnam) and in Hồ Chí Minh City you spend the night in very good 3 – 4 star hotels.

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Participants

Minimum: 10
Maximum: 24

Bringing 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 m (5 ft.).

Catering

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

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
November 2018
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 18.11-02.12VietnamVietnam DschunkenHanoiHo Chi Minh City2790
March 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 17.03-31.03VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
 31.03-14.04VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
April 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 14.04-28.04VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 27.10-10.11VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
November 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 10.11-24.11VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
 17.11-01.12VietnamVietnam DschunkenHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book
 24.11-08.12VietnamVietnam Dschunken/JunksHanoiHo Chi Minh City2890 book

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