This special cycling tour is great choice for you to gain insight into three World Heritage Site in the Central of Vietnam Hue Imperial Citadel, ancient Hoi An town and My Son Sanctuary. It’s time for you to enjoy the peaceful countryside, pristine beaches, beautiful nature and daily activities of local villagers as well as understand the life of people in North…
- Exploring the Vietnam’s World Heritage in the Central, Hue ancient capital and ancient Hoi An city.
- Chance to visit a typical Vietnamese village in the North Central region, Phuoc Tich village in Hue city.
- Visiting the main kind of house in Hue city, garden house.
- Learning more about Vietnam’s history by visiting almost historical sites in the region, King Khai Dinh’s Tomb, Imperial Citadel, Tinh Tam Lake, and Cham Museum.
- Discovering the special architecture of Thanh Toan wooden Bridge and An Dinh Palace with the stunning facade integrated by oriental and European designs.
- An opportunity to join in the daily gardening activities in Tra Que village in Hoi An and understand their life style.
Day 1: Cycling around Hue city (Lunch, Dinner, Guide) – Cycling distance: 30km
You will spend all today to discover the romantic Hue City. Join in a biking tour you will explore easily many cultural sites in Hue like Truong Tien Bridge and the World Heritage Site Hue Imperial Citadel. Next you will enjoy a cruising trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the typical symbol of Buddhism in Hue City situated in the bank of River. Continue your tour by cycling to visit the Tomb of King Minh Mang who had much important contribution on the stability and construction of Nguyen dynasty as well as expansion and strengthen national unity. You will find out the interesting thing that the overview of this Tomb shape like a person lies down in comfortable position with head leaning on Kim Phung Mountain and legs stretching out the River ahead. Your next stop is Khai Dinh's Tomb, the majestic tomb that shows the luxurious life style of King Khai Dinh.
In the evening, you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. The owner will prepare and serve a traditional meal based on the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine. You’ll spend the night in Hue.
Each Royal mausoleum reflects the personality of the Emperor it commemorates. The most majestic is that of Emperor Minh Mang, a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives, concubines and a small army of children. Planned by the Emperor and built shortly after his death in formal Chinese style, it’s opulent and exotic, and a good example of classic Sino-Vietnamese architecture.
The tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is an unprepossessing concrete construction on the side of a wide valley. Its interest lies in the uneasy combination of Vietnamese and European features, the use of fragments of ceramics and glass for decoration, and the striking views from the courtyard in front of the mausoleum.
The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Some have connections with the old Royal Imperial Court. Hue traditional architecture has long had close associations with the natural environment. The garden houses reflect this association. Each is highly individual - house and garden, people and scenery, plants, clouds and water co-exist and blend with each other in a harmonious context. The narrow streets and abundant flora give the garden house area a country village feeling.
Day 2: Visit Hue Garden (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) – Cycling distance: 50km
After breakfast, you will start cycling to visit ancient Phuoc Tich village. This 500-year-old village is considered as a typical Vietnamese village in the North Central region established in the 15th century. Riding through quiet country lanes you will have chance to enjoy the tranquil countryside and daily activities of villagers on the local markets. An exciting opportunity is for you to enjoy traditional lunch with local people and then spend time to learn more about this rich cultural village. After that, you will return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 3: Cycling from Hue – Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) - Cycling distance: 50-100km
After breakfast, you will take a bus for riding about 12km outside of Hue to Thuan An Beach. From here you will start biking along narrow peninsular road to visit Vinh Loc village. It's time for you to enjoy a picturesque countryside with large green rice fields, lush fruit trees and prosperous hamlets. Next take a ferry to cross the Perfume River and then continue cycling to explore the peaceful country for a visit to Lang Co Beach. Enjoy lunch and relax before transfer to visit another World Heritage ancient Hoi An town. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure. You will spend the night in Hoi An.
Day 4: Cycling to My Son (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) - Cycling distance: 45km
Itinerary: Today you will leave Hoi An town for a cycling tour follow Tranh River to visit one more World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, the ancient center of Cham civilization that ruled the Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century. Your guide will show you the remains of the remarkable brick towers, and explain their origins and purpose. Along the way you will have chance to soak into pristine nature with large rice fields and eucalyptus forests. In the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel by support vehicle. The remainder of the day will be your owns. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.
Once, the My Son Sanctuary was the spiritual capital of the Cham Kingdom that dominated SE Asia for nearly a thousand years. Its remarkable brick towers were badly bombed, but are still impressive, as is its remote valley setting. It’s set in a quiet, richly forested area, bisected by a clear stream. However, the tree cover is not complete, and the valley acts as suntrap, so good sun protection is important.
Day 5: Hoi An Departure (Breakfast, Driver pickup)
After breakfast, you will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy until the driver arrives to take you to the airport for the departure flight.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. For description, see below
- Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (supplement luggage van to carry bike and baggage).
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
- Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
- Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
- Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
- Simple first aid kit.
- VAT and other taxes.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.