North – West Mountain Cycling Tour

Detail Itinerary

Sapa - Vietnam Travel PackagesDay 1: Ha Noi
You are met at Noi Bai airport for your first night in Ha Noi. This bustling city will enchant you with its fusion of European, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. After you check into hotel, we stroll across the road to the ‘Au Lac’ cafe for late night refreshments in the courtyard. O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi – Son La
Morning coach departure to transport you to Son La, your starting point for seven days of cycling adventure. The scenery along the way will whet your appetite for what’s in store. Plenty of stops are scheduled along the way and a great opportunity to get to know your fellow cyclists. O/N in Son La.(B, L, D)

Day 3: Son La – Tuan Giao
Cycle Son La to Tuan Giao (90 km). A stunning day of cycling through a region populated by the Black Thai mountain people. An early climb in wild rugged terrain gradually transforms into a meander through cultivated crops and friendly villages. A late afternoon climb will reward you with mountain vistas that go on forever and a final exhilarating descent to Tuan Giao. O/N in Tuan Giao.(B, L, D)

Day 4: Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu
Cycle Tuan Giao to Dien Bien Phu (81 km). Just when you thought the cycling couldn’t get better it does. We cycle through picturesque gorges, lush forest and farming communities with plenty of chances to greet the locals. One word of warning though, is wary of a challenge to ‘drag race’. This is where the barefooted young boys and girls on their rickety single speed bikes put us to shame. However their cheeky grins will remain a treasured memory long after the pain of defeat has subsided. O/N in Dien Bien Phu.(B, L, D)

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau
Cycle Dien Bien Phu to Lai Chau (100 km). In 1954 Vietnamese nationalists overran the French Garrison stationed here and effectively drove the French out of Vietnam. An early morning excursion to the war museum is definitely recommended, especially when the tour is given from the personal perspective of our guide, Tran. Day after day of fabulous cycling continues with a late arrival into Lai Chau. Dinner and drinks are served at local hotel. O/N in Lai Chau.(B, L, D)

Day 6: Lai Chau – Tam Duong
Cycle Lai Chau to Tam Duong (106 km’s). Today’s ride has some of the most spectacular scenery in Vietnam as you follow the Nam Na River. A great day to get lost in your thoughts and the rhythm of cycling. We spend the night at the simple Phuong Thanh Hotel with some of the most charming and friendly staff we have been lucky to meet in Vietnam. O/N in Tam Duong.(B, L, D)

Day 7: Tam Duong – Sa Pa
Cycle Tam Duong to Sa Pa (73km). An amazing day of touring is in front of you, with sections that have been voted the ‘best downhill’ and the ‘toughest climb’ on tour. The final climb is breathtaking in its grandeur, length and sense of remoteness. It will take you over the highest pass in South East Asia with glorious views of Mt Fansipan, the tallest mountain in Vietnam. At the top we take a short break and as you gaze into the distant valley below you will be filled with a sense of achievement that does not come often or easily. O/N in Sa Pa.(B, L, D)

Trekking toursDay 8: Sa Pa
Rest day in Sa Pa, truly unique and it would be unforgivable to not spend a full day here. A former French hill station, you will marvel at the towering mist covered hills, terraced rice paddies and alpine streams. Combine this with the hill tribe people, particularly the delightful H’mong girls selling handmade silver jewellery, and bustling markets, and you will understand why it is our favourite destination in Vietnam. Explore, laze around the indoor pool or hike to one of the minority villages, the choice is yours. O/N in Sa Pa.(B, L, D)

Day 9: Sa Pa – Lao Cai
Sa Pa to Lao Cai (35km). After all the mountains you have climbed, this day of complete downhill will almost (but not quite) make you feel guilty. Once in Lao Cai we travel to the border crossing with China where in 1979 the Chinese invaded Vietnam before being driven out. We have dinner in town before travelling overnight on the train back to Ha Noi. Stay up late in the dining car sipping on Sa Pa wine and swapping stories and experiences with you new best friends.(B, L, D)

Day 10: Ha Noi
Saddle up for a cycle tour of Ha Noi (20 km) exploring many of the small back streets and merchants of the Old Quarter. Prepare to be swept up in the sea of riders and motorcycles circling Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Ha Noi, and cycle respectfully past Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. This night a celebratory dinner is held at ‘Indochine’ one of Ha Noi’s finest Vietnamese restaurants. O/N in Ha Noi.(B, L, D)

Kayaking in HalongDay 11: Halong Bay (Sea Kayaking)
We depart at 8:30am this morning, driving 2 hours to the seaport of Hai Phong. We’ll stop for breakfast along the way, then board the express boat to Cat Ba Island. From here we board a small boat for a 20-minute ride to our private base camp. We’ll settle into our beachs huts, take a refreshing dip in the sea, or a walk along the whitesand beach while our guides prepare a delicious spread of fresh local seafood and vegetable dishes. Afterwards he’ll give a discussion on gear and safety, demonstrate the basic paddle strokes and outline our paddling route. Now it’s time to slip into our sleek kayaks and set out for an afternoon of paddling. We’ll return to base camp for a fresh water shower and a great dinner before retiring to our cozy huts for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Halong Bay (Sea Kayaking)
Today is a full day of paddling, exploring the bay at a leisurely pace, with time to take a closer look at the amazing karsts. We’ll explore the labyrinth of caves that lead to stunning lagoons, paddle to floating villages to see this unique way of life, and stop to chill out at one of the many beaches here. We’ll be met by a support boat, which we’ll board for lunch, then return to the sea and spend the remainder of the afternoon paddling. The support boat will pick us up late afternoon to motor us back to the base camp for dinner. Overnight at our cozy base camp. (B, L, D)

Rock Climbing in HalongDay 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Sea Kayaking)
Early risers can revitalize with a morning dip in the ocean before breakfast. We can enjoy a last paddle of the bay or merely hang on the beach and chill in a hammock with a good book. The paddlers return to base camp in time for lunch, then we all cruise back to Cat Ba Island, passing floating villages and markets along the way. We take the express boat back to Hai Phong then bus back to Hanoi, arriving in Hanoi at 7.30 pm. Overnight in a comfortable hotel. (B,L)

Day 14: Ha Noi – Departure
Free time for shopping or at leisure until your flight home.(B)

Included
* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc?
* Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
* A/C transfers and transportation.
* Boat trip mention in itinerary
* Mountain bicycle 24 or 27Speed (LA bike or Trek bike. etc?)
* Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
* Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
* Spare bike
* Cold water box, small fresh towel.
* Mineral water drinking.
* Seasonal fruits.
* Snacks

Excluded:
* International airfares
* Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
* Items of a personal nature
* Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
* Mineral water beyond that supplied
* Optional excursions
* Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
* Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
* Visa fees
* Departure taxes
* Tipping for guiding

Note
This itinerary allows for 05 field days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 60 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.

What to bring:
1. Bike Helmet
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves
6. Professional Pedal
7. Sun block
8. Camera + Film
9. Insect repellent
10. Original Passport
11. Wide brim hat
12. Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use our bottle)

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