Active Vietnam

Vietnam

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Active Vietnam

Cycling in Vietnam is one of the best ways to explore the country. In Vietnam cycling is possible on roads along the coast, like from Vung Tao to Danang or Nha Trang. In Hanoi, cycle to Ninh Binh and Cuc Phuong National Park and nearby Bat Trang village, famous for producing ceramic vases. Also discover Mai Chau valley, a rare haven, with near lush tribal villages. In Saigon, take cycling tours to Mekong delta and Cat Tien National Park. 

This active tour of Vietnam begins in Hanoi. Take a comprehensive tour of the city then transfer to Ha Long Bay. Aboard a luxury cruise to see Karst mountain formations. There will be opportunities for, swimming, diving or kayaking in the clear waters of Halong Bay. Transfer to Hoi An and take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village. One day visit Champa ruins in My Son, then time permitting cycle along Vietnam’s picturesque country roads. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY ACTIVE VIETNAM TOUR…
And, experience cycling through flower gardens and alongside lotus lakes.
 

We Love
  • This 11-day tour can be customised for any travellers; adventure enthusiasts, romantics or families
  • The Emeraude is as transporting as time travel. And the vessel's history is as captivating as a fine old yarn. A painstaking recreation of an old vessel with love and passion beyond belief
  • Sofitel Legend. Baby sitting and connecting rooms available for families
  • The award winning Nam Hai located on the Hoi An beach has an 18-hole golf course and its serene spa is rated among the world's best. A perfect place to relax
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. AwimAway can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • Take your visa seriously. Ensure that you print visa-on-arrival pre-approval paper.
  • Some hotels in Ho Chi Minh City may ask to hold your passport
  • Wi-Fi is everywhere, at least in the cities and major tourist destinations.
  • Vietnam has more rooftop bars than any other country we’ve visited.


 

Active Vietnam – Bike & Kayak This tour is designed for active travellers but can be taken by others as well. It combines nicely with touring elsewhere in Southeast Asia e.g. Cambodia, Vietnam or Thailand.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, My Son, Saigon
(11 Days. Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi Meet and greet on arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 3 nights stay.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel – Premium Room (Nil)

Day 2 & 3 – Tour
Hanoi Full-day private guided tour of Hanoi. First visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Nearby visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country'. See also the One Pillar Pagoda, and hear the legend about how it was constructed as a memorial to the love of an emperor in the 11th century. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and now Vietnam's first university.

Spend the next day biking and/or hiking through rural villages outside the city. Cycling on the banks of the Red River on a quiet dyke road you’ll pass through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to gain a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. After lunch at a local restaurant (own account) we will take in lotus gardens (subject to seaons) as we ride along the water’s edge to Tran Quoc, one of the most revered Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam, before returning to our hotel.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel – Premium Room (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Halong Bay Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check in on board the luxurious M/V “Emeraude” for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. It is now universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.

The cruise commences with and a lavish buffet lunch. Then weather permitting, visit the Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). Watch a Vietnamese cuisine demonstration will take place on the sundeck and attend a happy hour with complimentary canapés followed by an evening movie show. A scrumptious International buffet dinner is served at the restaurant.
Onboard M/V Emeraude – Superior Cabin (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Cruise
Halong Bay Wake up in the morning and practice Tai Chi in the morning on the sun deck with one of our instructors. Spend your day, swimming, diving or kayaking in the clear waters of Halong Bay. Discover for yourself the pristine corners of the mythical Dragon Bay, with the option of relaxing walks on the small islands. Participate in kayak expeditions, safely supervised by our professional guides, to explore the lagoons and caves for hidden treasures. There is a lot to do and explore or just experience the beauty of the region and relax.
Onboard M/V Emeraude – Superior Cabin (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Transfer
Hanoi Spend your morning practicing Tai chi or swimming in the clear waters of the Halong Bay. After an energizing western breakfast, check out from M/V Emeraude and transfer to Hanoi. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel – Premium Room (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Hoi An Transfer to Saigon airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival meet your private guide and tour the Cham sculpture museum in Danang, which houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artefacts anywhere in the world, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Chams are descendants of the great kingdom of Champa and are known for their beautiful textiles and patterns.

Hoi An is a UNESCO-listed riverfront town with colourful historic homes, charming cafes and bustling silk and fish markets. In the afternoon, take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village along picturesque country roads to visit a farm and learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients. Alternatively, explore the beautiful back streets and learn about the history of Hoi An. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
The Nam Hai Resort, One-bedroom Villa (B)

Day 8 – Tour
My Son With your private guide, take an early morning drive through rolling countryside, passing through small towns, often journeying alongside the wide reaches of the Han River. The last few kilometres of the journey are rather bumpy and we walk the final 500m through lush hillsides, before emerging into the main site of My Son, which translates literally as "Beautiful Mountain".

My Son is an imperial city of the Champa Empire (4th-12th century). It is a large complex of over 70 religious structures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your private guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son while you wander around this historic site. Return to Hoi An and take a private guided tour of the ancient city and a boat trip to explore villages famous for making pottery.
The Nam Hai Resort, One-bedroom villa (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Saigon After breakfast, take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival you will meet our representative who will escort you to your hotel.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (B)

Day 10 – Tour
Saigon Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels built first as a defence against the French and later expanded during the American (Vietnam) war. It’s a thrilling experience to crawl through this amazing system and later to try your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

Return to Saigon and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. After lunch (own account), take a tour accompanied by your private guide to visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Continue to Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon, when it was known as Rue Catinat.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Saigon Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals (B)
 

 
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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low-cost carriers to Vietnam.  Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.

When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period, it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.

From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north.  A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second-high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.