Family Cycling Hue and Hoi An

Family Cycling Hue and Hoi An

Vietnam's narrow waistline may be short in girth, but is loaded with possibilities. Discover the grand tombs of the Nguyen kings as well as the Imperial Citadel in Hue, before cycling the infamous Hai Van Pass, commonly regarded as the best... Read More
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Tour Code : FCY5DHUE
Location : Hue Hoian
  • Luggage transfer
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 Adventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 8-15 cyclists, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations
  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Power bars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Easy: No experience necessary! All who are relatively fit and in good health can manage this grade.
  • Moderate: One must be in good health and athletic to partake in the moderate grade tours. If you regularly exercise, but have only a little experience biking, this grade is for you!
  • Challenging: Exactly as it sounds, challenging! Biking at this level requires one to be fit and experienced. Challenging biking tours involve extended biking in a mountain terrain at significantly higher altitudes.
  • Difficult: Bikers must be able to cope with difficult paths on steep mountainsides. Extremes of altitude and weather may also be encountered. Stamina is very important, as biking distances range from 50km to 100km per day. Experts only.

Maps Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 : FULL DAY CYCLING EXPLORATION IN HUE (L/D)

We start our tour in Hue, one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam and served as the political capital from 1802 to 1945 under the rule of the 13 emperors, the Nguyen Dynasty. To this day the city remains one of Vietnam's most important cultural, religious, and educational centers. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993 and attracts visitors from around the world.

Today we start cycling from the hotel to explore some of Hue’s most important cultural sites. First we stop at the Imperial Citadel, which is modelled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, you will gain a clear understanding of how the Royal family lived in the peak of their rule. After exploring the ruins we take a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, and continue from there to Ming Mang mausoleum, and then make a loop across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum of Khai Dinh.

Overnight in Hue

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: 30km

Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 : HUE GARDEN RIDE (B/L)

This morning we cycle in a countryside loop of Hue along back roads to visit the traditional village of Phuoc Tich.

Passing through many untouched villages and local markets, we'll come across a Catholic village, an incense making village and also a village where they make bamboo into many useful items. 

A highlight of Phouc Tich are the many homes that date back 200 years and follow traditional feng shui design.

Enjoy a traditional lunch with Uncle Ho Van Te and then spend time to learn more about the history of the village. In the afternoon, transfer back to Hue. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Overnight in Hue

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Phuoc Tich to hotel: 1 hours

Cycling distance for short option: 20 km

Cycling distance for long option: 40 km

Difficulty: Easy

Day 3 : HUE - HOI AN (B/L)

Today we leave Hue for Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds.

Driving through Danang we visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. In the afternoon hop on a bicycle for a country loop around Hoi An. Starting from Hoi An city centre, we ride through an array of back roads in peaceful villages with lots of vegetable farms. You can stop at a pagoda, have a cup of tea and have conversations with the monks (subject to availability). You can also join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed if you like.

Continue by overcrossing Cam Thanh islet and discover how locals turn coconut leaves into roofing for houses. Keep cycling along Thu Bon river, take a chance to paddle in a local basket boat known as a “thung chai”, before arriving at a fishing village where you can settle down beside a water coconut palm plantation and watch the sun setting over the horizon.

Overnight in Hoi An

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Hotel in Hue to Hoi an: 3hrs

Cycling distance for short option: 20km

Cycling distance for long option: 35 km (adds an additional 15 km in Hoian)

Difficulty: Very Easy

Day 4 : HOI AN - MY SON - HOI AN (B/L)

This morning, after breakfast, we transfer out of town to avoid the highway before cycling to the town of My Son. The ride is arguably one of the best rides of the trip and takes us along scenic country roads surrounded by rice paddies, through eucalyptus forest and passing many scenic villages. The road climbs away from the coast and gives you the opportunity to see a panoramic view from the mountain top.

As we ride along the road cuts though a gorge to the lush jungle alongside the Song Tranh River. Eventually we arrive to My Son, which was once Champa’s religious complex. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors.

We eat lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon we transfer back by bus to Hoi An. Spend  the rest of the day wandering around and enjoying the charm of Hoi An’s old quarter or relax at your hotel.

The town was known as Faifo to early western traders and was one of Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was an important point of call for Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese traders and the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past. More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past. There are over 844 structures of historical significance.

Overnight in Hoi An

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from My Son to Hoi An: 1.hr 30 mins

Cycling distance for short option: 20km

Difficulty: Easy

Cycling distance for long option: 54 km

Difficulty: Medium

Day 5 : HOI AN - DEPARTURE (B)

oday you will have free time to discover more of Hoi An town before your transfer to the Airport for your onward flight.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Hoi An to Danag Airport: 1 hr

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