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Biking the Highlands Tour 8D



Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh arrival – Cu Chi tunnels – Dalat – Phan Rang – Nha Trang departure

Tour Duration: 08 days / 07 nights

Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.

Starts/Ends: Ho Chi Minh / Nha Trang

Tour Type: Adventure

Activity Level: Regular itinerary

Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)


Day 01: Arrive Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at your leisure. There is a welcome dinner with your guide, where you will learn more about the terrain and riding technique in Vietnam.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city tours – Cu Chi tunnels

After breakfast, head to Cu Chi to visit the incredible underground tunnel network built by Vietnamese guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam war. Once on the National Highway 22, drive a further 25km before we start to pedal our bikes for 30km on the slightly bumpy roads with rubber plantations and paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. Return to Saigon by van on another route. Back to Saigon Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past. Embark on a walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including a stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene’s ‘The Quiet American’, which reveals several colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People’s Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 03: Saigon – Dalat (Elevation gaining 500 to 1500 meters)

Leave Saigon after breakfast for Dalat. A highland haven dotted with lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and gardens, Dalat is Vietnam’s premier honeymoon spot. Established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Dalat, located on the Lang Biang Plateau with its French chalets, varieties of orchids and fresh vegetables, is reminiscent of an alpine town. The town suffered little from the years of war and its colonial houses have lost none of their charm. We take Highway 1 to Suoi Tien recreational park to start pedal power towards Dalat, passing Bao Loc pass and mulberry farms. We take a short break at La Nga Lake to see the floating houses, Di Linh tea plantation and Lien Khuong Waterfall. On arrival in Dalat around 5.30pm, check in at your hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

Day 04: Dalat – Loop 25 kilometers

Heading out through the old streets of Dalat, we pass several historical French villas along a pine tree-lined road and sweeping views of the town below. Pedal past several lakes, the Valley of Love, the city cemetery, Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, Bao Dai’s summer palace and Pasteur Institute before returning to the hotel. A walking tour around the center of this small town features in the late afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

Day 05: Dalat – Phan Rang

Leave Dalat for Phan Rang. The initial bumpy distance will be covered by bike before climbing Ngoan Muc Pass for photo opportunities. After going down the beautiful descent, we bike along paved roads for 60km to Phan Rang with views of coastline and white sand beaches. We will also visit the most beautiful Cham Tower in the country, built in the 13th century. On arrival in Phan Rang, check into the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Phan Rang.

Day 06: Phan Rang – Nha Trang

Leave Phan Rang in the morning for a drive to Nha Trang. After Phan Rang Highway One, we turn north and follow the coast past salt ponds and vivid green paddy fields to Nha Trang. Check into the hotel on arrival. Embark on half-day city tour on the bike in the afternoon to visit Po Nagar Cham  towers and Hon Chong, before returning via small countryside roads. Back to hotel for the night.

Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 07: Nha Trang

A morning cruise on the turquoise waters to visit offshore islands of Nha Trang bay as well as Tru Beach and Con Se and Tre islands. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel. After a seafood lunch return to shore, with the rest of the day free to explore the city or relax under a coconut palm on the sandy beach

Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 08: Nha Trang – Loop 40 kilometers

We take a bike ride from your hotel towards the west of the city to Dien Khanh, where we visit the Dien Khanh Old Citadel circa 18th century, before continuing to Khanh Vinh valley over a spectacular pass. On the way back, turn off to Suoi Tien spring for a rest. Afterwards, we take the National Highway 1 to ride back to the hotel in Nha Trang.

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