Dates:

February 19/March 5, 2017

Duration:

15 days/14 nights

Ability level:

VERY hilly & adventurous. A great cultural experience!

Arriving:

Hanoi

Departing:

Hanoi

Price:

2.890 Euro per person
The above price is for a SINGLE room. For TWIN/DOUBLE room occupancy the price will be 2.490 Euro per person.

The SUPPLEMENT for the Halong Bay excursion (1 night on board + 1 night in Hanoi) is 500 Euro per person based DOUBLE room occupancy and 600 Euro p/person for a SINGLE room. This price includes a transfer to Halong Bay with private car + lunch, dinner and brunch on board + transfer back to Hanoi + overnight in Hanoi + Airport trasfer

Single supplement:

Deposit:

750 Euro

Bike rental:

400 Euro



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TOURS: Vietnam North/East Cycling Tour 2017

This Tour will start ONLY with a minimum number of 5 clients. In case 90 days before the start of this Tour we will not reach the minimum number of clients required we will reimburse you fully the deposit amount paid.

Vietnam North/East Cycling Tour (15 days/14 nights) - over 12,000 meters total ascent

People don't take trips, trips take people!

This is definitely an adventurous Tour through North West Vietnam. Most roads in Vietnam are tarmaced however occasionally we would come across some uneven surfaces hence the reason we use cyclo-cross bikes with threaded road tyres or hybrid bikes. Join us on this great Asian trip in land of smiley people and experience vibrant Hanoi, cycle through really stunning landscapes and villages of ethnic minority tribes. The women wear brightly coloured skirts, tops and hats, with each ethnic group favouring its own colour variation and design. Visit Bac-Ha’s colourful Sunday market, frequented by Tay, Nung, Dao, Flower H’Mong, Giay and Phu-La tribes. Finally (option) cruise beautiful Halong Bay on a luxury junk.

The route heads North from Hanoi into the remote northern provinces that extend to the Chinese border. This area contains some of Vietnam’s most spectacular mountain scenery and is populated by the greatest concentration of ethnic tribal groups in Asia. The route includes Ba-Be National Park, emerald lakes and waterfalls surrounded by lofty mountains. Heaven's Gate pass, Meo-Vac valley close to China, Bac-Ha Sunday market, Sa-Pa town and market, and, finally, as an option, a cruise and overnight stay on a luxury junk on world heritage Ha Long Bay. There will be some time at the beginning and at the end of the tour to explore Hanoi’s vibrant old town and to visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.

Anyone who has traveled to Vietnam will mention three things that stood out most: the friendly people, the scenery and the food. This biking trip emphasizes all of these with sightseeing from the vantage point of the saddle. And in Vietnam, outstanding riding is the best excuse to eat!

Due to the remoteness of some of the locations you will need to be tolerant of the standard of Hotels and recognize the local customs. All Hotels have free wi-fi.


Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Arrival in Hanoi, airport pick-up and transfer to your Hotel in downtown Hanoi. Welcome to Vietnam! Arriving at Noi-Bai International Airport, our local contact/guide and driver will greet and pick you up and drive you to the Hotel in the heart of Hanoi. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After checking-in, relax, assemble the bike and itinerary briefing with our guide for coming days. Enjoy a walk through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi followed by a welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Overnight at www.goldensilkhotel.com

Day 2: Hanoi, Thai-Nguyen, Bac-Son - 81 km

We leave the city of Hanoi in the morning after breakfast for a road transfer of about 200 km. We will be travelling along the busy National Road 3 via Thai-Nguyen and Bac-Can. Lunch stop in the vietnamese village of Bac-Can. Start cycling in Phu-Thong and enjoy a nice ride. Our first cycling day will start pedaling in Thai-Nguyen to Bac-Son town in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son in a vast valley surrounded by stretching mountains, quite a scenery. Overnight/homestay.
Distance of ride: 81 km
Elevation gain: 415 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 3: Bac-Son, That-Khe, Quang-Uyen - 125 km

Early breakfast and leave the Hotel around 8am on our bikes. We start cycling through incredible valley to visit one of the first historical relic Bac-Son museum where documents are displayed, pictures and somes objects relate to Vietminh revolution against French 27th September, 1940. We continue ascending a long climb to That-Khe junction for picnic lunch. After lunch, we keep riding on Route 3 heading to Cao-Bang. Upon Dong-Khe, the shuttle bus take us to Hotel. Dinner and overnight in Duy Huong Hotel.
Distance of ride: 125 km
Elevation gain: 650 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 4: Quang-Uyen, Ban-Gioc - 79 km

After breakfast in Hotel a quick visit to local market for some good photos. Then start riding across Gam river heading East to Ban-Gioc waterfall, we ride on tarmac road with stunning scenic beauty, fascinating mountain ranges dotted with hill tribal villages. We also conquer 7 km steep pass before descending to Quang-Uyen town. Upon arriving in Quang-Uyen, we cycle on undulating road through numerous hill tribal villages, stop for lunch enroute. After lunch, we continue riding on newly paved road to Ban Gioc waterfall. Dinner and overnight in Sai-Gon Ban-Gioc Resort.
Distance of ride: 79 km
Elevation gain: 600 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 5: Ban-Gioc, Cao-Bang - 93 km

After breakfast we start pedaling on the frontier road to Pac-Po where President Hochiminh used to live and working from 1940 to 1943, after 30 years living abroad. Time to visit Hochiminh historical relics such as Coc Po cave, Lenin spring water, Caremark Mountain. Keep riding on Hochiminh Route back to Cao-Bang; have lunch en route. Upon arriving in Cao-Bang, time to explore the city and relax before dinner. Overnight: Sunny Hotel.
Distance of ride: 93 km
Elevation gain: 700 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 6: Cao-Bang, Bao-Lac - 130 km

Today is long and tough day on the saddle, we conquer a long and steep pass and scenery is incredible. Early start from the Hotel, we kick off heading West, enjoying a tarmac road for first part. On the second part of the ride we will challenge a steep pass. Picnic lunch on route. Following lunch, we gradually descend to Bao-Lac on good tarmac overlooking magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our Hotel late afternoon we will have some time to relax before dinner.
Distance of ride: 130 km
Elevation gain: 1100 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 7: Bao-Lac, Meo-Vac - 70 km

We start off cycling along Gam River admiring stunning nature. Some amazing photos opps on the way. After crossing a bridge we will start ascending a long climb to Meo-Vac. Lunch enroute, after lunch, we continue challenging another pass blessed with limestone panoramas, extraordinary Nho Que river view. We ride down to Meo-Vac town staying overnight. Dinner and overnight in Hoa Cuong Hotel.
Distance of ride: 70 km
Elevation gain: 1120 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 8: Meo-Vac, Dong-Van, Yen-Minh - 70 km

Today is a great cycling day riding the incredible Ma Phi Leng pass enjoying picturesque mountain panoramas, magnificent terraces, and breathtaking scenic beauty. Experience everyday life and culture of H’mong, Dao hill tribes. Riding untouched areas, you will discover the Vietnam and China landmark. Our journey continues riding along the frontier line to Vuong Palace ( H’Mong king palace). Today we pass the road sign for the chinese border which is less than 10 km away (permits to pass through this area are already included in price and pre-arranged). Pass through Sung-Muoi village. Lunch break in Pho-Bang. Continue cycling downhill to Yen-Minh through Pho-Cao mountain pass which offers stunning scenery of Yen-Minh valley arriving at Thao-Nguyen Hotel mid afternoon. Check-in and relax …
Distance of ride: 70 km
Elevation gain: 1400 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 9: Yen-Minh, Ha-Giang - 92 km

Get ready for a challenging day! We will conquer two high mountain passes: Yen-Minh and Quan-Ba. We will start riding after breakfast at around 8.30am climbing Yen-Minh pass for 19 km. The steep road with several hairpins offers great views of the valley below. Snack-brake at the very top before the pretty long 18 km descent to Can-Ty. Another break, this time for lunch, just to recharge the batteries before the second quick climb: 5 km long Quan-Ba pass all the way to Heaven's Gate. Visit Nam-Dam village before lunch. After a really long scenic descent we will reach Ha-Giang. Check-in at the Lodge-type Hotel where we stay in individual bungalows overlooking the river.
Distance of ride: 92 km
Elevation gain: 1050 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 10: Ha-Giang, Tan-Quang, Hoang Su-Phi (Panhou) - 98 km

A relatively easy day on the bike today … leaving Ha-Giang rather early cycling to Ban-Me and around the valley. We will continue cycling on very good tarmac for about 55 km. Ride over the challenging Su-Shi pass. Pic-nic lunch a third of the way up. Continue cycling along a beautiful narrow country road to the Panhou Ecolodge where once again we sleep in individual thatched houses overlooking sculpture gardens. Check-in and relax before dinner.
Distance of ride: 98 km
Elevation gain: 920 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 11: Hoang-Su-Phi, Xi-Man, Coc-Pai, Bac-Ha - 74 km

Well now, another interesting day on the saddle! We may even come across a wild chicken hunter! We will start cycling after breakfast along a road that has great view over river Chay. We continue to climb for 1,200 meters over the period of the initial cycle ride. Finally we ride across the mountain pass to Bac-Ha. Overnight in the center of town.
Distance of ride: 74 km
Elevation gain: 1260 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 12: Bac-Ha to Luc-Yen - 135 km

Participate in Bac Ha Colorful Market on Sunday early morning. Come back Hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, we commence to ride out of Bac-Ha rown and then turn off passing many hill tribal villages, stunning landscapes, rice terrace, join again Route 70 to Pho-Giang for tea and coffee break. After refreshment, we continue to ride on newly paved Route 279 to Luc Yen, have lunch enroute. Keep riding on tarmac road to Luc-Yen Town for stay overnight (Anh Nguyet Hotel).
Distance of ride: 135 km
Elevation gain: 1110 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 13: Luc-Yen to Vu-Linh - 73 km

Following breakfast, we cycle on a narrow ondulating country route, passing stunning and lush valleys to Thac-Ba lake where the Dao people make their home around the lake. Overnight lakeside at the Vulinh resort. In the afternoon, you have time to relax, take a walk to some local villages or take a boat trip to explore fascinating Ba-Be lake. Have dinner and stay in Vu Linh resort.
Distance of ride: 73 km
Elevation gain: 180 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 14: Vu-Linh, Son-Duong, Tam-Dao, Hanoi - 92 km

After check out, we kick off to Son-Duong. You have chance to experience the daily life of hill tribal people, call at morning local market on side road to take some pictures for your trip. We also pass many green tea farm, gum tree and palm gardens which are on hill side. Upon arriving in Son-Duong, we stop for lunch in a local restaurant and after lunch we keep riding to Tam-Dao on newly paved road. Arriving in Dai-Dinh, the shuttle bus will transfer us to Hanoi. We will have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Golden Silk Hotel, Hanoi.
Distance of ride: 92 km
Elevation gain: 120 meters
Strava link of this ride available once you book this Tour

Day 15: Hanoi and Airport transfers or Halong Bay excursion (option) and overnight on boat

Breakfast at our Hotel in Hanoi and transfers to international Airport or (option) early transfer from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic enviroments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3.000 limestone "peaks" that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We will spend a day and a half, including overnight, on board, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the deck of a traditional vietnamese junk. Confortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and air-conditioned cabins with private bathroom. There will be plenty time to explore Halong Bay, swim and visit large rock formations and caves. This will be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Overnight on the boat

Day 16: Halong Bay, Hanoi

Awakening by the pleasant sound of lapping bay waters against our wooden boat, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck you can relax while taking in the breathtaking beauty of these rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. Later in the day car drive back to Hanoi and check-in at our Hotel. We will have enough time for some last minute sightseeing and shopping in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Overnight

Day 17: Depart Hanoi (only for people of the Halong Bay option)

We will arrange a transfer to the Hanoi International Airport for your flight home. Farewell!

What's included:

- Airport transfers, all transfers
- transportation of all bike bags/boxes
- all accomodations (Hotels, guest-houses)
- ALL breakfast
- ALL lunches
- ALL dinners
- Van support and snacks
- driver
- english speaking local guide