Red River Delta 3-Day Bike and Boat Tour from Hanoi

Red River Delta 3-Day Bike and Boat Tour from Hanoi

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What You'll Do
  • Cycle the green paddy fields and farms of Vietnam's Red River Delta
  • Cruise among the karst mountains and caves of Ngo Dong River
  • Meet endangered primates in the Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Discover ancient pagodas of the Dinh and Ly dynasties
  • See the dramatic limestone islets and islands of Ha Long Bay from the land
Explore the vibrant Red River Delta by bike and boat on a 3-day tour from Hanoi, and marvel at a landscape formed by the silt-laden waters of the Red River. Discover historic pagodas of the Ly Dynasty, meet endangered monkeys, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the picturesque river tributaries that wind their way through the limestone mountains of the Red River Delta on this 3-day adventure tour from Hanoi, and learn about the dynasties that left behind majestic pagodas as evidence of their legacy. The bike and boat route is designed to take you off the main roads as much as possible, exploring scenic back roads and peaceful settlements.

Go to the traditional pottery village of Bat Trang, discover ancient temples, and marvel at the karst mountains of Ha Long Bay as they rise dramatically from rice fields. Cycle to the ancient capital of Han Lu, and spend the night in the rain forests of Cuc Phuong, Vietnam's first and largest national park.

Day 1: Hanoi - Thai Binh - Ninh Binh (L, D)
Your adventure starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi and a short transfer out of the city to avoid the traffic. Then, start pedaling alongside a dyke of the Red River to get comfortable with cycling in Vietnam.

Your first stop will be the village of Bat Trang, known for its handmade ceramics. After you've met some of the local artisans, continue south into the heart of the delta, passing traditional villages and rice fields en route. Stop for lunch at a local pagoda and learn about the religious traditions of the region. Meander through the Delta to Thai Binh, where you will visit the 11th-century Keo Temple of the Ly Dynasty. Then, a short drive to Ninh Binh will take you to the Yen Nhi Hotel for your overnight stay.

Cycling Distance: 36 Miles/60 Kilometers

Day 2: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong (B, L, D)
After breakfast, board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the Ngo Dong River to a 15th-century temple. Float through 3 natural caves as you rest your cycling legs and see rural Vietnam from a different perspective. Take in the dramatic limestone karst mountains jutting out from green rice fields.

Disembark the boat to climb up to the Bich Dong Pagoda complex. Then, hop back on your bike after lunch for a flat ride to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Ly dynasties. Enjoy stunning views of the rice fields dotted among the forest-covered mountains. Overnight at the Cuc Phuong Guest House in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam's largest national park.

Cycling Distance: 36 Miles/60 Kilometers

Day 3: Cuc Phuong - Hanoi (B, L)
This morning you will explore Vietnam's first national park looking for some of the 97 species of mammals that inhabit the park. Cycle to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center to get up-close to native monkeys and gibbons, including the critically endangered langurs that were saved from wildlife smugglers and are being rehabilitated to return to the wild.

Continue cycling to the small and peaceful town of Chi Ne on the banks of the Boi River. Enjoy a farewell lunch before your transfer back to Hanoi for an estimated late afternoon arrival.

Cycling Distance: 36 Miles/60 Kilometers
What's Included
  • Bike hire
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Hanoi
  • Support bus
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
What's Not Included
  • Flights to and from the start and finish points
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Pick-up from hotels in Hanoi (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• The bikes used are lightweight alloy mountain bikes with 24-27-speed gears, v-brakes, Shimano components, and front suspension. The distance cycled each day is not long and the terrain is gentle. An air-conditioned support bus travels behind the group, and you can cycle as much or as little as you like. However, it is advisable to have a modicum of fitness
• Please ask If you need help or advice arranging flights
• Most nationalities require a visa for Vietnam. They can be obtained from any embassy worldwide and are valid for a single 30-day stay. You must specify your arrival date and it is from this date that the 30 days are calculated. Be sure the dates match your travel plans and that the visa is stamped directly into your passport as it will not be accepted if it is stapled in or loose. You can obtain a pre-approved entry visa online before arrival in Vietnam for a fee, however the visa is still issued on arrival at international airports

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