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Discovering Ho Chi Minh Trails

Discovering Ho Chi Minh Trails

Price: 2,130 $

Tour code: SD-03

Trip Duration: 13 days 12 nights

Operating: Upon request

Schedule: anoi –Mai Chau –Thanh Hoa- Yen Cat -Nhu Xuan–Tan Ky–Kim Lien–Vinh- Dong Loc – Huong Khe - Phong Nha National Park – Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh – A Luoi - Hue – Hoi An

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Itinerary: Discovering Ho Chi Minh Trails
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Places of visiting: Hanoi –Mai Chau –Thanh Hoa- Yen Cat -Nhu Xuan–Tan Ky–Kim Lien–Vinh- Dong Loc – Huong Khe - Phong Nha National Park – Dong Hoi – Khe Sanh – A Luoi - Hue – Hoi An
RATE: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person based o­n twin/ double shared room. Apply for Private Tour.

Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Supp
Land Tour/ pp 2,530 2,375 2,130 400

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi ( D)
Arrive at Hanoi airport and be me by our guide, transfer to your hotel. Dependent on your flight, we can take an optional guided stroll through Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter. In the evening, enjoy some traditional Vietnamese cuisine at one of the city's finest restaurants. Overnight in Hanoi. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 - Hanoi - Mai Chau ( B, L, D)
We depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau village. An early lunch will be served at Poom Coong village before we jump on our bikes and cycle on a mixture of good single-track paths and undulating rough jeep trails to the Thai Village of Cun Pheo. The views are remarkable as we pass through village, hot springs, suspension bridges and across rice paddies.  Overnight in homestay
Day 3- Mai Chau –Thanh Hoa – Yen Cat ( B, L, D)
Our early morning journey takes us away from the river and through the range of mountains that stretch from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong to Hoa Lu. Although we have tarmac all the way, the riding can get a bit tough due to the undulating terrain. At Ngoc Lac, we get on a bus and transfer our weary legs to Nhu Xuan. Overnight at a local hotel in Nhu Xuan. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4 - Nhu Xuan - Tan Ky - Kim Lien – Vinh ( B, L, D)
Today the ride will be on the newly built two-lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. There is not a lot of traffic however, and the road makes for smooth fast riding. A must-see enroute is the birthplace of Uncle Ho at Kim Lien village. From Kim Lien, we'll most likely transfer by bus or car to Vinh City. (Note due to the total distance some sections you will be transferred by vehicle, depending on the strength of the group and cycling conditions). Overnight in hotel.

Day 5 - Vinh - Pho Chau - Huong Khe ( B, L, D)
After breakfast, the shuttle will bring us back to Ho Chi Minh Highway. We disembark at Pho Chau, where our cycling begins. The roads today wind their way through lush jungle and beautiful villages nestled in the shadow of the historic Truong Son Mountain range. We reach Huong Khe at the end of the day, a remote town in Nghe An province. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6 - Huong Khe - Phong Nha National Park ( B, L, D)
After breakfast, we continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. From Huong Khe, the landscape is amazing, the road tranquil. We ride up to 80km and then transfer to Phong Nha National Park. Overnight in a standard National Park Guest House. 

Day 7 - Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - Quang Tri DMZ ( B, L, D)
Moderate After breakfast we'll vist the spectacular Phong Nha cave by boat and then wander through the cavern. Exploring the cave generally takes a few hours and then we return to the hotel. Here we get back on the bikes and travel toward the small town of Dong Hoi. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8 - Dong Hoi - Khe Sanh(B, L, D)
Branching temporarily from the Ho Chi Minh highway, we visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels; a 2.8km labyrinth where the Vietnamese hid from American troops during the War. 30km from Dong Ha we start cycling again across the DMZ. The road is quite flat and makes for good cruising! Enroute we will pass relics left over from the war and end up in the Vietnam/Laos border town of Khe Sanh, where some of the bloodiest battles took place.  Overnight in hotel.

Day 9 - Khe Sanh - Asau – Aluoi ( B, L, D)
After exploring the former marine base of Khe Sanh, we start to pedal to the Dakrong Bridge and then turn off into the Southern section of the HCM Trail. We begin our ascent back into the mountains along an extaordinary remote road to the tiny town of A Luoi. The route passes through dense forests and some wild landscapes. A Luoi is home to a multitude of ethnic minorities and the infamous Hamburger Hill. Overnight in hotel

Day 10 - Aluoi – Hue ( B, L, D)
Moderate After breakfast, we leave the HCM Trails for good and pedal 60km for Hue. The ride is relatively easy as the terrain is flat. The landscape is dotted with quaint villages, jungles and rivers. We finish our ride at the Bach Ho Bridge and hop on a bus to transfer the last. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11 - Hue City Tour - Pass Hai Van - Danang – Hoian( B, L)
Today cycle via Lang Co beach before hitting the beautiful coastal roads and climb the Hai Van Pass on the way to Hoi An. The centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. We take a walking tour to see the wooden-fronted houses that belonged to the town's prosperous merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderful market. Five kilometers from the centre of town is Cua Dai Beach, popular with both locals and visitors alike for its warm sea and beachfront seafood restaurants. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12 - Hoi An - City Tour & Leisure ( B)
Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or your own shopping. Overnight in hotel

Day 13 – Hoian - Transfer to Danang Airport for departure ( B)
Spend a relaxing morning at your leisure before driving to Da Nang for a the departure flight or other optional tour with Itour Vietnam.

All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival, departure flights of passengers and real situation.
Remark: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

-All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
-Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
-Entrance fees
- Meals as indicated  in the program, please inform on other needs or vegetarian diety
- Homestay in Mai Chau
- Local English or French speaking tour guide with good knowledge and experience (other language upon request).
- Mineral water and wet towel

Not included.
- Visa
- International and domestic airfare
- Single room
- Tax
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses, travel insurance
- Everything’s not mentioned in the tour
- Tips for driver and tour guide

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