Back Country Roads
Although we tend to associate Vietnam with war, this tour will show you the absolute peaceful tranquility of this exotic country. With its beaches, mountains, valleys, dense jungles, rivers, lagoons, cities and villages, Vietnam offers all that is beautiful in the world.
We will ride through back roads, side roads and areas not traveled by tourists, but nonetheless we will not leave out the must-see important sites along the way.
Culture, history, interaction with the locals, stories of war,
and intoxicating nature … all on two wheels.
Day 1: Welcome!
Landing in Saigon and meet for welcome dinner.
Day 2: Good Morning Vietnam!
Day tour in Saigon and its surroundings. We will explore the Củ Chi tunnels, that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat and were of great importance to them in their resistance to American forces. We will then return to Saigon for a a tour of its’ main sites and the War Museum.
Day 3: Nha Trang
We take a domestic flight to Nha Trang, a coastal resort city known for its beaches, pick up our bikes and easy-ride along and around the coast.
Day 4: Nha-Trang to Dalat (160K/100M)
We will begin to leave the coastal landscape behind and head into the mountainous area in the center of the country. But beware!!!! The surroundings are so spectacular that it is hard to concentrate on the road and your riding (but please try!).
Day 5: Dalat to Lak Lake (160K/100M)
A day to remember on the side roads, between remote authentic country villages where people still live traditional lives. Passing through these villages, we will meet the people living on the shore of the lake which ethnically differ substantially in their faith and way of life. We will spend the night on the shores of the charming and pastoral lake – Lak Lake.
Day 6: Lak Lake to Boon Ma Tut (110K/70M)
In the morning we will hang around the lake and most likely take a dip too. Later we will ride to the an area known for its cultural wealth in Vietnam, about 44 different ethnic groups live here. It is also the same area where the coffee crops are considered the best in the country. We will arrive in the town of Buôn Mê Thuột, well known for one of the decisive battles that took place between the North and South Vietnamese army in 1975.
Day 7: Buon Me Thuot – Day of Rest
Not to far away from the coffee plantations are beautiful waterfalls where we will be able to cool off and enjoy the lovely pools under the falls. We will return to Buon Me Thuot for the evening.
Day 8: Buon Me Thuot to Kon Tum (230K/140M)
The longest day on the tour in terms of miles, beautiful roads, wet green jungles, tree plantations, changes in altitude, villages of the Bahnar tribe, simply a beautiful long day which will end in the city of Kon Tum, close to the border with Cambodia and Laos.
Day 9: Kon Tum to Kham Duc (180K/110M)
Today we will ride the historically significant Ho Chi Minh trail, coined “one of the great achievements of military engineering of the 20th century.” The views around each bend and curve reveals all that happened here which makes it impossible to remain indifferent.
Day 10: Kham Duc – Hue (270K/170M)
What a beautiful day in the mountains we have in store for us today. Riding along the Ho Chi Minh trail deep into the forests and between the hidden villages cross mountain passes and valleys. We will end the day on the Perfume River in the imperial city of Hue with its’palaces and shrines of the Forbidden Purple City that was once the emperor’s home.
Day 11: Hue to Hoi An (140K/90M)
After a short tour of the old city in the morning, we will head out over the mountains, through the woods and above the clouds on “Monkey Mountain.” Breath-taking views of mountains on one side and the sea on the other, simply a pleasure to ride. We will stop at the temples in Da Nang, and continue riding the coast until we cross the finish line in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoi An
We will rest today with a tour of the old city of Hoi An, but not before parting and saying thank you to our motorcycles that took us through this amazing unforgettable adventure.
Day 13: Halong Bay
Domestic flight to Hanoi and then off to Halong Bay – on the list in 2010 as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World with its emerald waters and limestone islands. Our last night will be an experience for the books, as we hop on board a ship and cruise through this unimaginable landscape.
Day 14: Halong to Hanoi
We will continue our cruise through spectacular views, visiting floating fishing villages and more. In the early afternoon we will depart Halong and head to Hanoi where we will have the afternoon to roam and break bread for the last time together at our farewell dinner.
Day 15- Departure
- Experienced tour leader on motorcycle
- Chase/support vehicle and luggage carrier with mechanic
- Entrance fees to scheduled sites along route
- Motorcycle rental and Liability Insurance
- 13 nights in unique top of the line boutique accommodations
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Local Guide
- International Airfare
- Tips ( 50 Euro per person)
- Personal expenses
- Travelers insurance
- All services not specified in the “included” section
$3,650 – $6,650