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  • Ha Noi - Ha Noi
  • 10 Nights / 11 days

Cycle the NE Highlands of Vietnam 10night/11day

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Tour Highlights

  • Magnificent scenery in one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam
  • Get off the beaten track to places not often visited by tourists
  • Enjoy the fun and challenge of mountain cycling
  • Meet people from Ethnic Minority tribes
  • Let the charm of Ha Long Bay speak for itself as you cruise the area
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Ha Noi
Vibrant and exciting Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a buzzing city that oozes self-assurance. Because it was bombed far less during the war, its Old Quarter remains intact - with each street devoted to different wares, from shoes to chicken's feet, conical hats and deities. Sit back in the elegant French quarter and observe the city on parade; watch traditional water puppetry, or join a  public Tai Chi session on the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the centre of the lake is a beautiful Chinese temple, reached by crossing an ornate red bridge. You may also wish to visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex and the Temple of Literature. 
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2 Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh Province is a rural area just 2 hours by road from the capital city of Ha Noi. Ninh Binh town is a local town with limited to offer the tourist except perhaps as a base for exploring the fascintating and beautiful countryside surrounding it. The most famous and most popular destination in Ninh Binh is Tam Coc. Tam Coc is famous for being the core starting point for joining a river trip. You will board a small rowing man that is propelled by a local lady. You travel through glorious countryside dotted with kimestone Karsts and travel through caves carved out by nature. 

The Province also has an intriguing Pagoda carved into the core of a karst, an ancient Palace from days of former glory, the first National Park ever designated in Vietnam and ample space to relax and revel in what nature does when left to her own devises. 
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Youwill be greeted at the airport by our Vietnam Travel Centre representative andtaken directly to your hotel to rest or explore as you choose. Ha Noi is thecapital city of Vietnam and the second largest city next to Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon).  It is a 1000 year old city that is packed full of diversity,character and vitality. The heart of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake where localsand tourists alike sit, walk or join in with daily Tai Chi and exercisegroups. To the north of the city is the Old Quarter where an ancient styleof living among the narrow streets and tiny buildings dominates. To the southof the Lake is the elegant French Quarter with its wide tree lined boulevardsand Colonial style architecture. Aftera rest and lunch, you can enjoy a Cyclo ride around the central area to get asnap shot of this vibrant and busy city. After the cyclo ride, you can enjoythe unique traditional Water Puppet show accompanied by talented localmusicians playing traditional instruments. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. Overnightin Ha Noi.
Day TWO +-
  • Day 2: Cycle tour of Ha Noi (B/L)
After breakfast, your guide arrive to take you to West Lake in the north of the city. Here you will start your cycle tour. After visiting some local Pagodas and seeing the old colonial architecture of this area, you will start the circular tour of West Lake, the largest of Ha Noi's lakes. From the south of the lake, you travel to see  the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh was the revered Vietnamese leader who still commands huge great respect throughout the country.  The Mausoleum is in a commanding and impressive setting adjoining the Palace and government buildings. In the same development there are also the Museum, some lovely gardens, a Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh's last house before he died. From here, you cycle to the Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Vietnam. It was established in honour of Confucius and, for 6 centuries was the centre of learning for the Mandarins, the intellectuals, the administrators and politicians of the day when Vietnam was strongly connected with China. For lunch, you will be taken to a local restaurant to try the famous Ha Noi Pho, a delicious noodle soup.  The time after your cycle tour will be at your own leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day THREE +-
  • Day 3: Ha Noi - Ninh Binh (B/L)
After a 2 hour drive, you arrive in Ninh Binh and take to the bikes for a tour of this remarkable area. It is often called the 'inland Ha Long Bay' due to the magnificent karsts that dominate the landscape. During the day, you will visit Trang An....a river trip that takes you down an avenue of karsts and through the cave structures underneath the karsts. You will also visit the padoga that has been built into one of the karsts and, depending on time, you may also be able to visit the local national park of Cu Phuong. You can decide on the day with your guide what degree of cycling you want to do and where your preference of places to visit are. Lunch will be taken en route and included in the tour price. At the end of the day you will travel back to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi. 
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  • Day 4 Ha Noi - Ba Be National Park (B/L/D)
Today is an early start to head northeast from your hotel in Ha Noi. The drive takes you through undulating terrian of tea plantations to Thai Nguyen city, After Thai Nguyen, you start to get a glimpse of rural Vietnam which sets the tone for the days ahead. We will have lunch at Bac Can, unload the bikes and cycle off the highway to a quiet road with great views of small villages of Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic minority people along the way. We will arrive at Ba Be Lake in the afternoon. After checking into the basic guest house in the village of Pac Ngoi in the Ba Be National Park, we have dinner and retire. Biking Distance: 50 km
Day FIVE +-
  • Day 5: Ba Be National Park (B/L/D)
We will spend the day on and around the beautiful Ba Be lakes. We start by loading the bikes onto the boat for a fun cruise and some cycling to visit a cave, a waterfall and just to marvel at the beauty of this spectacular and totally unspoilt area of Vietnam. After lunch, we take to the canoes. At the end of the day, there is a short bike ride to connect with the transport to take us back to the guest house for dinner and some time to relax. Biking Distance  15km (easy cycling)
Day SIX +-
  • Day 6: Ba Be – Cao Bang (B/L)
We say goodbye to Pac Ngoi Village and Ba Be Lakes and by 7.30am are on the way to Ha Hieu and start biking on the dirt roads for about 60 km towards Nguyen Binh, There is a challenging climb up Phia Den mountain pass to a level of 1,200 meters. We have a picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon, we cycle on paved roads to route. In the afternoon, we cycle on paved roads to Nguyen Binh to connect with our transport to travel to Cao Bang arriving  late afternoon at the hotel in Cao Bang Town. There is time for a short rest before dinner at a local restaurant. Free time to relax. Overnight in Cao Bang town. Biking Distance 70 km
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  • Day 7: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang (B/L)
You'll have a 7:30 am wake up call to head out of town on the bikes into the most remote northern region of Cau Bang Province. Well paved roads (~ 89 km) scenically traverse Trung Khanh before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfall – the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (though not full of water in the dry season). Late picnic lunch, swimming (if possible), and a rest near the waterfall. On the way back, we have more cycling planned. Our routes include probably the most isolated places in Vietnam very near the Chinese border, as well as a meandering ride along one of the idyllic streams created by the Ban Gioc waterfall. You can visit the hill tribe villages and meet the locals. This is a magnificent part of the country that is not often visited. You will need to make sure that you have charged your battery in your camera for the day!  Back to Cao Bang to overnight at the hotel. Biking Distance 80 km
Day EIGHT +-
  • Day 8: Cao Bang – Lang Son - Ha Noi (B/L)
After breakfast,  at your hotel and on the bikes by 7:30 am for a beautiful morning ride and a (~ 67km) mountain traverse at That Khe, conquering 3 mountain passes. Transfer to Lang Son for lunch and take a rest before driving back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi in the late afternoon when you will be taken to your hotel. The rest of the day and evening is at your leisure. Biking Distance 60 km
Day NINE +-
  • Day 9: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (by car) (B/L/D)
This morning, you will depart for Ha Long Bay. The four hour drive to the bay passes through Vietnamese countryside and lush rice paddy fields. Arriving at the port around noon, you will be welcomed by the boat's crew, offered a drink, given a briefing and shown to your cabin. You then set out on this fascinating cruise into this bay that features thousands of limestone karts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Savour a fresh, local seafood lunch while cruising on to Bai Tu Long Bay. Stop in between for a swim, visit the mysterious Thien Canh cave and relax on a secluded beach. You will also get the opportunity to kayak and explore the bay up close. Return to the boat to enjoy a relaxing sunset and more culinary delights that your chef prepares for you. Overnight on board.
Day TEN +-
  • Day 10: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L)
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of the karst landscape. Enjoy breakfast in the fresh morning air of the bay and then visit the Vong Vieng fishing village on a rustic row-boat. This hundred year old village is set in the most tranquil settings and you will be awe inspired by the simple ways of the villagers. Meet the locals, visit a floating school and discover how oysters are farmed here. Later you can go for a swim in the middle of the bay. Enjoy lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to port. On arrival back at the Port, you will be taken back to your hotel in Ha Noi. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. 
  • Day 11: Ha Noi - Outbound Flight (B)
Your day isat your leisure to further explore this exciting city or relax at your hotel. 

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