11 days Viet Nam veteran cycling expedition tours
Exploring the Demilitarized Zone can today be comfortably achieved by joining one of various organised tours starting daily from Hue . Together with a local guide the most famous war settings, as khe Sanh Combat Base, The Rockpie , Ho-Chi-Minh-Trail, Doc-Mieu-Station or the Vinh Moc Tunnel are visited on a full-day trip. On the way from Doc-Mieu to Vinh Moc on the route 1A, you’re crossing Ben Hai River next to a bridge that was frequently bombed during the Vietnam War.but which still exists today.
Although the Vietnam War ended decades ago, walking outside marked tracks can still be dangerous because of numerous unexploded ordnance devices…
Without a doubt, cycling is definitely one of the brilliant way to explore the alluring country, experiencing excited activities, and enjoy outstanding natural scenery. Admire picturesque cliff limestone mountains in the north Vietnam or swimming in emerald water on crystal sand beach. Tasting fresh seafood in oriental architecture restaurant.Inaddition to, the cyclist have unique experience in exploring world Heritage roads such as Phong Nha natural Haritage, Hue Cultural, Hoi An and My Son Cultural Heritage sites. Cycling and visiting countryside of Hue and Hoi An former trade port is brilliant way to disclose the scenic beauty and quaint villages. Cycling along the coast to admire stunning scenery, meet and talk with school kid on the way from and to school with big sound hello you.
Day 1: Hanoi –Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport,Indochina Explore Tours guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Da Nang city – Ride to Hoi An.
Day 3: Hoi an Back road
Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel ride single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, cannals to vibrant Hoi An Town.take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai for swimming in imposing sandbeach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Trail hotel
Day 4: Hoa An – Da Nang – Hai Van Pass – Lang Co Beach – Hue Imperial city
Our second full day of cycling beckons! After a hearty breakfast, we cycle back towards Danang and head further north. We visit Red Beach, the site where American Marines first landed in 1965. We then ride over Nam O Bridge, a crucial bridge in the fight for Danang, and over the steep Hai Van Pass. This is our first major climb and if it’s a humid day will be hard work! Hai Van Pass has been a vital military strategic foothold for centuries, and was used by French and American armies in the Indochina War and Vietnam War; bunkers and fortifications dot the hillsides. Continuing north, roughly parallel to the coast, we reach the imperial city of Hué. We have a short drive for part of this route, to avoid a very busy stretch of road. Night in hotel; Cycle approx. 120km/75 miles
Day 5: Hue – Hamburger Hill – Aluoi – Khe Sanh.
Leaving the coast behind us, we head inland into rural countryside. Vietnam is a very long, thin country, and we traverse it today from the coast almost all the way to its border with Laos, and then ride north. Today is tough day and the first section out of Hue is driven to avoid the traffic. This is an area of beautiful dense jungled hills, and it’s easy to imagine how supplies coming via the Ho Chi Minh trail travelled undetected. This area – around the A Shau Valley and A Luoi – saw some fierce fighting in the late 1960s. One of the most famous is the Battle of Hamburger Hill (1969) which saw many casualties on both sides where we will have a short stop. Riding north, roughly parallel to the border, the road we will follow was part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.We continue to Khe Sanh, where we spend the night. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 80-100km/62 miles; Drive approx. 1.5 – 2 hours
Day 6: Khe sanh – DMZ – Dong Ha.
Our day starts with a visit to three major historical points Khe Sanh Combat Base, Ta Con airfield and Lang Vei. All of which were scenes of major battles in 1968 and your guide will be to hand to talk to you about it. We then ride east, leaving the Laos border behind us, cycling through forested hills, coffee and banana plantations. The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) lay along the 17th Parallel, which marked the divide between North and South Vietnam. Situated along the DMZ were a string of combat bases, observation posts and air fields, remnants of which we can still see as we ride towards the town of Dong Ha. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 70km/43 miles
Day 7: Dong Ha – Vinh Moc – Dong Ha.
Today also focuses on the DMZ, but our route takes us north of Dong Ha, crossing the Ben Hai River and the 17th Parallel. We ride to the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an incredible complex of tunnels that were dug by local people to evade the constant US bombing of the area. The tunnels are still in very good condition and saved the villagers’ lives. After visiting them, we ride south again, returning over the Hien Luong bridge (also known as the Peace Bridge), where there is a striking memorial to the victims of the War. Back on the southern side, we proceed to the Truong SonNational Cemetery, a vast burial-ground with over 10,000 Vietnamese graves – many of them nameless – for the soldiers and civilians who died protecting the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Before returning to Dong Ha for the night, we visit other sites including the US bases at Con Thien and Base Fuller. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 90km/56 miles
Day 8: Dong Ha – Quang Tri – Hue
Leaving Dong Ha, we ride south on flatter roads again, passing more towns and villages than we have seen over the past few days. We stop to visit Ai Tu airfield and Quang Tri; the 1972 ‘Battle of 81 Days and Nights’ for the Citadel here is famous for the huge amount of ordnance dropped by the US. We also visit Long Hung Church, a Catholic Church in which American troops sought refuge as part of the battle, to no avail. It has been left as it stood after the battle, with scars from grenades and bullet-holes, and is a poignant place to hold our ceremony. Continuing south, we head towards Hué on the section of road known as the ‘Highway of Horror.’ Thousands of local refugees – most of which were old people, women and children – were cut down by communist NVA troops when they were trying to flee south. We stop at Truong Phuoc Bridge, where the worst of the slaughter occurred, and pay our respects to mark the atrocity. Continuing south, we return to Hué. The Battle of Hué (1968) was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the War, and we spend the remainder of the day visiting strategic sites around the city before hopping off our bikes one last time. Night hotel; Cycle approx. 85km/53 miles
Day 9: Hue city tours
Following to breakfast, you will cycle leizurely to explore Hue city and citadel and royal toImperial Citadel and & tomb Architecture. Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestiged city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign.
Day 10: Hue – morning flight to Hanoi
A short morning flight up to the bustling northern city of Hanoi. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the challenge either by wandering the tangled streets that make up the Old Quarter, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or watch the world go by in one of the many cafes! We meet again in the evening for dinner to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel
Day 11: Hanoi Departure
Having hearty breakfast in hotel. Relax by your own untill transfer to Noi Bai Air port to take international flight back to your home. Our service will be finishedl right after you have been check in. Thanks for your joining a life time cycling holiday with us.
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 10 lunches, 10 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transporttion
Domestic flight from Hanoi – Dang Nang , Hue – Hanoi.
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Fruit and snack for cycling days
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Indochina Explore Tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
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