Red River Cycling Tours – 7 days

Red River Cycling Tours – 7 days

This is a mountain tour with some tough climbs and participants should be fit and experienced riders. The reward for riding in remote areas is empty roads and incomparable views. For those that enjoy riding in the mountains, this tour is the ultimate …

TOUR INFORMATION

Total Distance 550 km
Number of cycling days 6 full days and 3 half days
Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
Support Minivan to take care bikes and bikers
Group Minimum 2. Maximum 10.
Staff Groups of 8 or more a cycling leader plus a Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants.
Food all meals are included ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Binh ( 50 km )( B , L , D )

Day 3: Hoa Binh – Mai Chau ( 70 km ) ( B , L , D )

Day 4: Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong national park ( Ninh Binh) ( L,D) ( 70 km )

Day 5: Cuc Phuong park – Nho quan – Ninh Binh ( B,L,D) ( 70Km )

Day 6: Tam Coc – PhatDiem – Ninh Binh ( B,L,D) ( 60Km )

Day 7: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Halong (B,L,D) ( 80km )

Day 8: Ha Long – Cat Ba ( 30 km)( B,L,D)

Day 9: Cat Ba Island ( B,L) ( 30km )

Day 10: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Ha Noi (B,L) ( 40km )

Day 11: Ha Noi – Departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Pick up at the airport to hotel in Hanoi Central .

– ATS  Hotel 3*

Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Binh ( 50 km )( B , L , D )

in the morning we cycle out of Hanoi and head for Hoa Binh town. Along the way we will make several stops, the first of which is the Van Phuc silk village, approximately 12km southwest of the capital. From Van Phuc we continue on to the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum. Our third and final stop is at the Tram Gian Pagoda, whose origins date back to the 3rd century.
From Tram Gian Pagoda we cycle the remaining 50km to Hoa Binh town,Check in hotel and cycle to Muong village ( 10 km ) . Pedal back to Hoa Binh city . where we spend the night.

– Hoa Binh Hotel 2*

Day 3: Hoa Binh – Mai Chau ( 70 km ) ( B , L , D )

Today we set off for Mai Chau town. As the road becomes very steep in parts we combine cycling with driving in the support vehicle. Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we move to the nearby White Thai village of Lac where we have lunch in a traditional stilt house. After lunch we take to our bikes to discover some of the neighboring villages in the valley. Later we return to the village of Lac where we spend the night.

– Home Stay in Thai village.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong national park ( Ninh Binh) ( L,D) ( 70 km )
transfer to Man Duc and start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Cuc Phuong National Park.On our journey there are some opportunities to see ethnic minority people, all friendly and welcoming. Overnight in Cuc Phuong Guest house .

– Cuc Phuong guest house .

Day 5: Cuc Phuong park – Nho quan – Ninh Binh ( B,L,D) ( 70Km )

Following breakfast , We start cycle from the gate of Cuc Phuong Park to recharge your energy for 19km cycling to the centre of the park. We will start again around 9am and make a couple of stops along the way to visit the Cave of Ancient Man. We continue another 10km cycle to Nho Quan, we reach Hoa Lu, we are introduced to our bicycles. We then start cycling to visit the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. (12km), just passing scenes of local village life and rice paddies. At midday enjoy a long lunch break near Hoa Luu . We continues with a 1 hour cycle to Tam Coc . O / N in Tam Coc Villiage.

– The Long Hotel 2*

Day 6: Tam Coc – PhatDiem – Ninh Binh ( B,L,D) ( 60Km )
Heading out of Ninh Binh Town we embark on a boat trip in Tam Coc passing through the picturesque landscape of rice fields surrounded by limestone formations with magnificent caves. The afternoon we pedal south to visit Phat Diem church complex (40 km).and Cycle to Thai Vi temple and Bich Dong pagoda .Overnight in Ninh Binh.

– The Long Hotel 2*

Day 7: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Halong (B,L,D) ( 80km )
An early morning start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Hai Phong. Stop at PhoMinh pagoda and Tran Temple in Nam Dinh. The journey is long but road conditions ameliorated will allow you have more time at every stops. Today is a long day visit farmers at work and local homes. We continue our journey to Ha Long Bay (70 km) by minbus . Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and out crops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. Overnight in Ha Long.

– Ha Long bay – Hotel 3 *

Day 8: Ha Long – Cat Ba ( 30 km)( B,L,D)
Am : Breafast at hotel . Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam ‘s most impressive scenic sights. After a short transfer from the town, we embark on a cruise out to explore the world natural heritage dotted with some thousands of rock formations. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and a seafood lunch. Transfer to Tuan Chau island before landing to Cat Ba island .we will cycling 15 km more before transfer by van to hotel for check in .Overnight in Cat Ba island .

– Sun and Sea Hotel 2*

Day 9: Cat Ba Island ( B,L) ( 30km )
The primeval forest and the tranquil town make Cat Ba Island one of Vietnam ‘s delightful places. We spend a halfday cycling in Cat Ba, visiting the national park, the central market and the fishing port. The reminder of today is free to relax on a beach.explore local restaurant by yourself . Overnight in Cat Ba.

– Sun and Sea Hotel 2*

Day 10: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Ha Noi (B,L) ( 40km )
In the early morning we take public ferry back to Hai Phong. You can ride 15km on CatHai island before landing. Then we continue your bike trip more 30km then take a bus back to Ha Noi ), Overnight in Ha Noi.

– ATS Hotel 3*

Day 11: Ha Noi – Departure (B)
There is a free time to further explore Ha Noi. The tour ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure.

(End of Tour Program)

Tour price : Contact Us

Tour Cost includes:
* Bike ( Trek 4,300 ) and helmet
• All hotels (twin share or dorm ) and meals specified
• Cycle support by a/c vehicles
• Boat ticket back from Catba island to Haiphong
• Cruise from Halong bay – Catba island.
• All water and snacks whilst riding
• All entrances fee and sites mentioned
• Vietnamese English speaking guide
• All meals mentioned

Tour Cost excludes:
• International Flights
• Departure Tax
• Visa Fees
• Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
• Tips for guides.
• Personal travel insurance
• Any services not mentioned in itinerary
Things to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cylcing
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves

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