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Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle
Gain an authentic understanding of Vietnam's storied past through this journey across the North. Hit two birds with one stone as you encounter the country's beauty in its mountains, seas, architectural structures and genuinely friendly people. Throughout the tour you'll be guided by English-speaking locals who are well-versed in the history, culture and customs of the area. There's a cornucopia of things to see and do on this heritage tour. It's a good mix of seeing historical sites, coastal cycling with fantastic sea views, river cruising on the Perfume River, visiting untouched settlements and tasting local delicacies.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance155.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.1 miles
With a history spanning over 4,000 years, this heritage tour fuses the beauty of Vietnam’s central landscape with a glimpse into its rich, evocative past. Concentrated to just 250 km (155 mi), the journey envelops the area surrounding the Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. At Hue, the former Imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, step into the past to enjoy manicured gardens and the sprawling complex of stunning palace buildings. Cycle onwards to My Son, built by the kings of Champa between the 4th and 14th centuries and now the site of the most extensive Cham remains.
Cruise the Perfume River and enjoy the tropical scent of the flowers from which it gets its name. Then sidle up to the impressive seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Through quiet country lanes, you'll make your way to Phuoc Tich, an untouched settlement of 500-year old 'ruong' houses, symbolic of the region. Surrounded by a backdrop of lush greenery, explore the beautiful village to catch locals making colorful incense and pottery.
Nearing the end of the trip, visit southerly Hoi An, a port city famous for its colonial influences and has worked hard to preserve its highly traditional culture. The Ancient Town still stands as a historical example of graceful architecture cut through with canals. Most importantly, you'll get to sample age-old Vietnamese dishes and local delicacies. For a genuine understanding of Vietnamese life and culture, look no further than this heritage tour.