Vietnam is a thrilling country full of contrasts, with bustling, vibrant cities and rural districts with deep-rooted traditions and an irrepressible optimism. A country with ever changing landscapes and one of the most diverse cuisine cultures in the world. Spend two weeks actively exploring this fascinating country by boat and bike and immerse yourself in the vibrant far eastern flair. Explore the rocky fairytale world of the famous Ha Long Bay sailing on a traditional junk. Admire the lush green rice fields and meet the friendly water buffaloes, visit colorful temples and pagodas and let the emerald-green waters of the South China Sea enchant you. Explore in Central Vietnam the impressive monuments of the Vietnamese emperors as well as the historical town of Hoi An - a World Heritage site - and in South Vietnam the expansive water labyrinth of the Mekong Deltas.
1. day Hanoi Arrival
Arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. Despite its three million inhabitants, Hanoi's traditional charm is pervasive. The historic old town district is considered as one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. The colourful and bustling streets contribute to the Asian flair. We may take a walk through the streets and meet your fellow travellers in the late afternoon at our hotel. During the dinner and a visit to the famous water puppet theatre - a traditional Vietnamese form of art – we get to know our fellow travellers better. Overnight we stay at the hotel.
2. day Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, approx. 19 mi./30 km
After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us in the direction of the rural province of Ninh Binh. That’s where we start our first cycling tour along vibrant green rice fields to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam. After exploring the fascinating historical site with its well-preserved relics of past dynasties, we continue our cycling tour, which takes us through Vietnam‘s most spectacular landscapes. Along the way we stop in the quaint village of Tran An where we are able to try some local specialties for lunch. After lunch we continue by bike for a few kilometres to Tam Coc where we leave the bikes and board a traditional row boat, which takes us into the heart of a hidden valley. The last activity for today is a visitation of a local bird sanctuary. Every evening the flock of birds returning to their nests is a spectacular sight. Overnight stay in Tam Coc.
3. day Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay
After breakfast our shuttle bus takes us to Ha Long City, where we enjoy a delicious lunch on board of our boat. As we set off on our voyage, we embark on our first boat trip through the impressive island world of the Ha Long Bay with its bizarre rock formations. In the afternoon we visit one of the numerous caves, which were formed in the course of the millenniums. Let your imagination run wild in the formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well as the crudely shaped cavern walls where creative thinking will bring the subterranean chambers to life. In the afternoon we are able to take part on a guided kayak tour of a local lagoon around which, with a bit of luck, we will be able to see some wild monekys at play. We spend the night on anchor.
4. day Insel Trà Bản – Bai Tu Long Bay approx. 16 mi./25 km
After an early breakfast we jump ship and navigate our way to the island of Tra Ban via hydrofoil, a unique place untouched by modern day tourism. The island offers us an insight into the earlier, traditional life of the island inhabitants; as if time had stood still. A common sight are the Vietnamese water buffaloes grazing as we pass, we may even come into conversation with one of the local farmers tending to their fields who greet us with their kind smiles. For lunch we enjoy a relaxing picnic together. In the afternoon, the hydrofoil will take us back to the pier where our junk awaits us. A relaxing cruise through the island world of the Bai Tu Long Bay tops this eventful day off. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a nice sundowner.
5. day Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay (Kayak-day)
This morning we disembark the Junk and take a transfer boat to Lan Ha Bay, where we are able to take part in an introductory lesson in kayak touring. As soon as you feel secure with your tandem partner, you are able to take a guided tour through the lagoon-like shoreline landscape. With a bit of luck, we will be able to observe monkeys that live on the steep rocks with lush vegetation and occasionally their curiosity will bring them down to the shore. Today’s beach destination is beautiful beyond imagination. After lunch and a lengthy relaxing swim break in the emerald green waters our Kayak tour will take us past floating houses to Cat Ba, the next destination of our journey. A short transfer takes us to a beautiful resort, where the evening can be enjoyed on the hotel’s very own sandy beach or at the pool.
6. day Cát Bà Insel –Viet Hai village 9 mi/ 15 km
Early in the morning a transfer will bring us to a small dock. A one hour crossing will bring us to yet another small jetty. From here we will start a cycling tour through the national park of the island to a small tribal village of the Việt Hải minority. Parking the bikes here, a guided walk will take us through the protected old-growth forest where the wild, unspoilt nature rules. The aim is to reach the highest peak of the island which, on a good day, offers breath-taking views of the Hạ Long Bay and the rest of the island. After the walk a bike tour will lead us back to the boat, taking us back to Cat Ba City. Overnight stay in a hotel.
7. day Cát Bà Island – Hanoi
After breakfast a taxi boat will take us to Hải Phòng where a bus waits to take us to the nearby airport. In the morning our flight to Đà Nẵng departs. On arrival a short transfer with the shuttle bus will bring us to our Hotel Resort in Hội An. Here we are able to relax in the river-side palm tree gardens of the hotel before we start your first stroll through the picturesque old town of Hoi An.
8. day Hội An approx. 11 mi./17 km
Today we have the possibility to observe the daily life of the local farmers. In the morning we cycle to Tra Que - a small village in the suburban area of Hội An. The name of the place originates from a sweet vegetable often used by the locals to spice their meals: a totally new and foreign speciality! Our host prepares the meal together with us and familiarises us with the exotic ingredients. The afternoon can be spent individually: A stroll through the picturesque old town or a relaxing afternoon swim at the white beach of Cửa Đại.
9. day Hội An – Huế
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and will make our way, to the former imperial city of Hue by bike. A transfer bus will pick us up en route and takes us over the Cloud Pass, the weather line between North and South Vietnam. After a short stopover on Lăng Cô Beach (incl. lunch break), we have the opportunity to cycle all the way along this wonderful coast, past coconut palms, to Thuan An beach. Decide for yourself how many kilometers you wish to travel by bus or by bike. If weather conditions allow, we can stay for a refreshing swim, before we continue back to Huế. After checking into the hotel the evening offers us some leisure time to explore the city for ourselves.
10. day Huế approx. 12 mi/ 20 km
This day is dedicated to the old imperial city of Huế, situated between rolling hills and rice fields along a bend in the Perfume River. The spiritual heart of Vietnam beats here, with more than 300 temples and pagodas. In the Morning we visit the rambling citadel, which once was reserved for the emperors of the Nguyen-Dynasty as well as the Thien Mu-Pagoda, the cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam. After lunch in one of the regionally typical restaurants we head back to the hotel to prepare ourselves for the afternoon’s cycle tour. It is time to leave city life behind and explore the rural surroundings of the city of Hue. Following the narrow water runways and rice fields we embark on a round tour which will give us an insight into the life of the rural folk living outside of the city. After a day of cultural impressions, we are free to enjoy our evening as we please.
11. day Huế – Hồ Chí Minh City– Mekong Delta approx. 16 mi/ 25 km
After breakfast we have a flight to Hồ Chí Minh City with a subsequent transfer to Mỹ Tho, the entrance of the delta, where check-in on board the ship takes place. The ship takes us along the Mekong in the direction of Cái Bè. During the short trip we cruise along the Mekong and can enjoy the flourishing nature of the delta as well as the river related life of the inhabitants. In the afternoon we take part on our first bike tour along the river mouth, exploring the surroundings of a number of the Mekong river arms and channels and the scattered islands therein and take the opportunity to try exotic fruits while being astonished by different local handcrafts. In turn your Junk will take you for a sunset sail towards Cai Be, where you will spend the night on anchor.
12. day Mekong Delta: Cái Bè – Islands of Vĩnh Long und Traon approx. 19 mi/ 30 km
In the morning we cross over to Vĩnh Long Island, where we cycle under palm-shaded paths around the island. We continue by boat to Traon Island where we again have the opportunity to explore the surroundings by bike. Later on we can enjoy the excellent cuisine on board and the wonderful evening atmosphere in the water labyrinth of the Mekong Delta.
13. day Cần Thơ – Hồ Chí Minh City
During breakfast the ship takes us to Cần Thơ. Where we can visit one of the region’s largest markets, rounding off our cultural experience of Southern Vietnam. Make sure you have a camera at the ready, as the colorful fruit stands are incredibly photogenic. After an early lunch on board of the Conchinchine we check out and are transferred back to Hồ Chí Minh City.
14. day Ho Chi Minh City
Hồ Chí Minh City, former Saigon, is the Boomtown and the modern centre of Vietnam. On a guided city tour we learn about the growing megacity, the town hall, the cathedral Notre Dame, main post office and other important sights which characterize the city’s history. In the afternoon we have the possibility to buy some souvenirs and dive into the madding crowd of the Bến Thành Market. A comfortable evening meal together allows us to reflect on the events of the vacation and to farewell our engaged tour guides and caring crew. Overnight stay in the hotel.
15. day Ho Chi Minh City Departure or prolongation
Departure after breakfast or prolongation in Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap.
On account of unpredictable wind and weather conditions as well as organisational requirements we reserve the right to change routes.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass sich die Reisetermine für 2020 bis zum 15.09.2019 noch verändern können. Bitte fragen Sie bei Vorreservierungen/ Buchungen bis 15.09.2019 nach, ob der ausgeschriebene Termin noch aktuell ist.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
17.03. – 24.11.2019
bookable additional services
Prices are per person.
15.03. – 22.11.2020
- 15 day trip/14 nights of which 5 overnight stays on comfortable ships in air conditioned double cabins and 9 overnight stays in very good hotels (at least 3 stars ranking)
- 14 x Breakfast
- 13 x Lunch
- 10 x Dinner
- 2 Domestic flights (see description)
- Guided bicycle tours, walks and kayak tours
- All city tours and entrance charges to National Parks, museums, etc.
- English and german speaking guides
- Rental bikes (the bikes vary from destination to destination)
- Airport transfers on official arrival and departure day
Worth knowing about your Tour Vietnam
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
How to get to Vietnam - Flights
It is recommended that you book your flight through your travel agent.
Please note that you have to book your outward flight to Hanoi and the return flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
If at all possible, the outward flight should land before noon on the arrival day. The return flight should in no case take off before 8 pm, because off late tour ending (6 pm).
The earlier a flight is booked the better the chances to find a reasonably priced ticket.
Please let your travel agent inform you what is best in your specific case. Should you book the additional days in Siem Reap you may book the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap with Islandhopping- and may fly home directly from Siem Reap. Should you need a return flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City Islandhopping would be pleased to help you with this as well. Please check the arrival time in Ho Chi Minh City before booking the connecting flight to your onward destination. Vietnam Airlines often offers cheap fairs for connecting flights – in this case it would be profitable to book the whole package; considering an early flight to Siem Reap.
Journey and Arrival
A trip to Vietnam and a holiday spent there requires a certain amount of preparation in regard to formalities. In order to avoid time pressure while going through the formalities, you should have booked your trip to Vietnam at least two months before commencement of the tour.
In Hanoi, on Cát Bay Island, in Hue and Hoi An (Central Vietnam) and in Ho Chi Minh City you spend the night in very good 3 - 4 star hotels.
Junk LE COCHINCHINE Mekong-Delta
In the Mekong Delta you sail on the "Cochinchine", one of the largest and most modern ships in the region. Its shape is reminiscent of the traveling barques of the famous river delta in southern Vietnam. The journey of the 27 m long and 6.5 m wide, comfortable wooden boat is protected by the watchful dark eyes on red ground painted on the prow. Three times a day the generously proportioned saloon turns into a dining room with beautifully set tables. The ship has 10 completely wood-paneled double cabins with double or two single beds. Each cabin has a tiled bath with shower and WC. There is, of course, also a large sundeck with padded deckchairs - probably the best place to experience first hand the lively activities in the many tributaries of the Mekong Delta.
Catering as specified in the itinerary.
We have rated the physical demands of the cycling as grade 1 – 2. This is based mainly on the topography which compared to our Mediterranean tours is rather less demanding. The hilliest stretches are on Tra Ban and the cycle tours on Cat Ba. All other tours are without appreciable inclines. The difficulty of cycling in Vietnam lies mainly in the climatic conditions. However, by taking your time, using sufficient sun protection and drinking enough water you can easily adjust to this condition. After a rainfall some routes, especially on the first cycle trip, are difficult to cycle. An alternative route may have to be used.
Helmet Use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and with previous cycle tour experience are able to master the cycle-tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.)
Important facts for the booking
If you are interested in booking this tour we require the following details from every accompanying traveller:
- First and last names of guests (as seen in passport; no nicknames)
- Date of birth
- Height measurements for bike rental
- Bike insurance yes/no
- Contact number of guests while abroad
Passport (minimum 6 months validity):
- Type of travel document (passport/ID)
- Valid passport or ID number
- Validity of passport/ID
- Guests time of arrival
- How are the guests arriving? (for flights please include flight number and airline)
Additional Module Angkor Vat, 4 days/3 nights approx. 72 mi./115 km by bicycle
The extensive establishments of Angkor Vat are surely part of the world wonders and are perfect for an extension of your Vietnam holiday. The programme consists of less difficult cycle tours; some distances covered by foot and of course mostly of sight seeing of the impressing establishment. Use the opportunity and do not miss out on Angkor Vat.
1st Day Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (Cycle tour aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
Our guide will meet us at Siem Reap airport in the morning and transfer us to the hotel in in the city for check in. After arrival we enjoy a guided ride through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap to the floating Village of Kompong Phluk, located on the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake. We are able to explore this great ecosystem in canoes, listening to the calls of the macaque monkeys while observing the flora beneath the lake’s surface. Back at the hotel we enjoy some free time before we meet again for our evening meal accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance. The night is spent in Siem Reap.
2nd Day Siem Reap – Temple Exploration (Cycle tour aprx. 22 mi./35 km and 2 hours by foot)
After a nourishing breakfast we spend the day cycling through the friendly Cambodian countryside, visiting a selection of temples along the way. Our first stop is the Ta Prom Temple, commonly known as the Jungle Temple, where the mighty tree roots fight to reclaim the ruins. We continue on to the Bayon Temple and pass the twin temples, Thommanom and Chau Say Thvoda, the Victoria Gate, the Lapper King and the Terraces of Elephants on our way. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at the famous Angkor Wat temple before cycling on to Phnom Bakeng to enjoy the picturesque sun set. We spend the night in Siem Reap.
3rd Day Angkor Wat by bicycle (Cycle tour aprx. 31 mi./50 km) (hiking aprx. 2 hours)
Today we combine biking and hiking to explore Siem Reap and its surroundings. We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and ride 36Km to Mt Kulen. We follow an enjoyable quiet dirt road via Kravan temple, Bantey Kdei, Sras Srang and Phnom Bok. On arrival in Rattanak Tey Pagoda, we leave our bikes and continue on foot to the top of the mountain. After 88 steps we reach Pres Ang Chup and stop for a short break. A well-earned rest gives us strength to climb the 100 steps to big Nevena (Pres Ang Thom,) passing over the river of 1000 Linga. A picknick lunch at the waterfall replenishes our energy before returning to the pagoda where a transfer vehicle takes us back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.
4th Day (Wed) Siem Reap (Farewell) (B)
Breakfast and afterwards free time until airport transfer.
Accomplishments – Angkor Wat
• 4-day trip/ 3 overnight stays in a very good (at least 3 star) Hotel in Siem Reap
• Support vehicle with air -condition
• Catering as described in itinerary
• Guided cycle tours, hikes as described in programme
• All local conducted tours, city tours and entry fees for national parks and museums
• English speaking tour guides
• Water and snacks/ fruits during excursions
• Rental bike
Not included in the basic tour price
• Flight Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (1 way = 190 euro)
• Single room/single room surcharge: 300 euro
• Meals not described in itinerary
• Visa to Cambodia (30 $ at entry)
• Personal costs
• Service charge: 2 % of the total invoice value. This service charge is excluded for payments via bank transfers
Dates: 26.03./ 08.04./ 11.11./ 18.11./ 25.11./ 02.12. and 09.12.2018
Price Module Angkor Wat per person in doubleroom: 690.00 EUR
7 day Hotline Service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements
In order to enter Vietnam, foreigners need a passport valid for at least 6 months and a valid visa to be obtained from the Vietnamese embassy.
The following documents must be submitted either in person or by mail:
– passport (original document, not a copy!)
– completed application form
– current passport photograph (1.5 x 2.3 inch/ 4 x 6 cm)
– visa fee as a non-negotiable check or in cash
– a sufficiently prepaid envelope for registered mail
Please take into account that the processing takes aprx. 2 weeks. Please contact the Vietnamese embassy or foreign office in your home country for exact information. For Cambodia the Visa can be issued during entry for 30 USD and 2 more passport pictures.
There are no absolutely required vaccinations for Vietnam. The institutes for tropical diseases, however, recommend a vaccination against hepatitis A and under certain circumstances also against typhoid. Since some of these vaccinations have to be boosted, you should plan enough time to get vaccinated. A sufficient tetanus protection as well as anvaccination against polio and diphtheria (single vaccination, so-called three-way combination) should also be guaranteed. A prophylactic malaria treatment is not absolutely necessary. We recommend you to see your family doctor or a doctor for tropical diseases at least two months before the trip in order to get the necessary advice.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Hanoi has a large number of representative buildings from the colonial era. Rue Paul Bert, today the Trang Tien, Hang Khay and Trang Thi streets on the south side of Hoan Kiem Lake, was the splendor and boulevard of French Hanoi. Built in 1901, the opera house - now the Municipal Theater - was modeled after the Paris Opera, the presidential palace, built in 1906 as the palace of the Governor-General of Indochina. It is used today for official receptions. The Museum of Fine Arts served as an information center for the French.
Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son pagoda
The lake is about 700m long and was built as a reservoir of the Red River. This lake is Hanoi's most famous lake and separates Old Hanoi from the former French colonial district. The red Huc Bridge leads to a small island with the jade Mountain - De Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake "Lake of the returned sword" goes back to a centuries-old legend. Thus, a huge golden turtle living in the sea gave a poor fisherman a magic sword, which made him invincible. He used the sword to defeat the Ming Dynasty troops and became king in 1428. On a small island, the turtle tower was built in remembrance and gratitude to this event, which remains Hanoi's landmark to this day.
Water puppet Theatre Hanoi
A gorgeous colorful musical performance with 17 individual little stories. Beautiful dolls are guided through the water and tell their stories. Stories from rural life are presented, such as fishing, harvesting with water buffalo etc.
Ha Long Bay - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Halong Bay in northeastern Vietnam is known for its emerald-green waters and the thousands of towering, rainforest-covered limestone islands. Junk cruises and sea kayak trips pass by islands named after their forms.
Citadel of the former imperial city Huế
The old imperial city is located in its own enclosed area within the citadel. In it it is again divided by walls into several areas. At its center is the Forbidden Purple City. It was built on the model of the Forbidden City in Beijing, but significantly smaller. From the Forbidden Purple City and many other buildings of the old imperial city today only ruins can be seen. In the Vietnam War, heavy fighting raged in Hue in 1968. During the Tet offensive large parts of the old imperial city were destroyed.
Built in the 17th century, the Thien Mu Pagoda is located just outside the city, directly on the Perfume River, today with a private dock for the excursion boats from Hue. The pagoda is important, it is the unofficial symbol of the power of the old imperial city. Its landmark is the seven-staged Phước Duyên Tower, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.
Hội An is a city on the Vietnamese central coast, known for its well-preserved old town with numerous canals. The colorful history of the city is reflected in its architecture. The style and epoch mix includes Chinese shophouses and temples in wood construction, colorful buildings from the French colonial era and the typically Vietnamese narrow townhouses with their ornate façades. The Japanese Bridge, a covered bridge with pagoda, is a landmark of the city. But only at dark the small town on the river Thu Bon unfolds its true beauty. Then lanterns and dim lighting provide a very special light. There's nothing better than exploring Hoi An's night markets, watching floating candles by the river and sampling Vietnamese specialties in the excellent restaurants.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam, located in the south and known for its central role in the Vietnam War. It is also known for its French colonial landmarks, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the main post office from the 19th century.