Enchanting Vietnam can be characterized with the following words: overwhelming nature, an active business population, many temples, a moving history and last but not least its friendly and hospitable people. Have the famous tailors in Hoi An make you a tailor-made jacket or try to cope with the thousands of little scooters in the bubbling capital Hanoi. Colours, smells and flavours all welcome you and will turn this journey into an unforgettable experience!
Hanoi is the second largest city of the country. In former years the French proclaimed Hanoi to become the capital of French occupied Indochina. Following independence Hanoi became the capital of North Vietnam. Wide boulevards and old villas, but also typical products like baguettes still remind us of the French influence. Nevertheless the Vietnamese kitchen has prooved itself to have become very tasteful and attractive.
In North Vietnam, where mountain people live amidst beautiful and vast landscapes and countless rice fields, Mai Chau has become an ideally suited alternative for Sa Pa, the northwest market town of Vietnam. It lies closer to Hanoi and offers similar tourist experiences to people with less time to travel.
March 7-17, 2020
April 18-28, 2020
October 10-20, 2020
November 7-17, 2020
December 5-15, 2020
Prices: (depending on actual inflation rates)**
€ 1.525,= per person, with groups between 15 and 24 people
€ 1.450,= per person, with groups of at least 25 people
The event will be organised with a minimum number of 15 participants. In case the event has to be cancelled, you will be informed not later than 4 weeks before the scheduled departure dates. When the minimum number of participants is registered, you will be informed directly on the exact dates the event will take place, including details regarding the travels involved.
You can register for this trip as a group as well as individually.
** Also see Price and Travel Info
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DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
International flight to Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi a bus transfer will bring you to the hotel, from where you may start to get to know the city sometime in the afternoon. Attractive options are a visit to the literature temple, the Ho Chi Min Complex and the Anthropology Museum. A nice walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake certainly is an additional option fort his afternoon.
DAY 3 (B-L-D)
After breakfast we leave for a 65 km bus transfer to Mai Chau. Along the way we will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Vietnam and have lunch in a local restaurant.
Following lunch we start our first and easy mountain bike tour to the Hoa Binh Reservoir. The views here are magnificent with the green lake far out in the distance and the mountainous surroundings to the left. We will stay overnight in the village Poom Corp, where we will find our lodgings in a boardinghouse with the same name.
DAY 4 (B-L-D)
Today 75 km mountain bike tracks will take us over paved and unpaved roads along and through beautiful natural territory. One of these routes offers us 15 km challenging mountain biking, in which we cover a difference in height of 500 m. Highlights of today’s program will entail a short boat trip on the river Ma, biking between various villages and a visit by bike to the Pu Luong Natural Reserve.
We stay the night in a local Thai homestay on poles in the village of Khu Muong. This village is located amidst limestone mountains and slopes covered with countless rice fields; probably one of the most beautiful locations we will get to enjoy during this trip!
DAY 5 (B-L-D)
Today we bridge 225 km from Pu Luong to Do Luong. We cover 100 km by mountain bike and the additional distance via a bus transfer.
We start our mountain bike tour along a small path connecting up to Cam Thuy, from where smooth asphalt roads take us along the HCM highway to Ngoc Lac, Lam Son and Yen Cac. Finally we arrive in Do Luong where we will find our tonight’s lodgings in a local hotel.
DAY 6 (B-L-D)
Today’s 116 km mountain biking will last the whole day. We will start slowly, however, around Tan Ky stage, during the war the absolute starting point of the historic Ho Chi Minh trail, used as a cross road for military supplies and heavily bombarded by American planes. We stay for lunch in Tri Le, continue towards the Huong So stage and enjoy our tonight’s lodgings in a guesthouse nearby.
DAY 7 (B-L-D)
A bus transfer will take us up the mountain to the Kheve Crossing, which connects the HCM Trail with Highway 12. From east as well as from the western side this highway leads to the Truong Son mountains, where a fast 25 km mountain bike tour to Pheo is followed by a 20 km stage to Da Deo Pass. After lunch we will mountain bike to Xuon Zoon and on completion of today’s 100 km mountain bike tour we will find our lodgings in Dong Hoi City.
DAY 8 (B-L-D)
Our total distance today will be 232 km, of which 100 km is covered by mountain bike. Most of the territory consists of roads even inaccessable for mountain bikers, so we additonally rely on a bus transfer. The morning’s program will take us from Dong Hoi to Dakrong, whereas in the afternoon we will mountain bike to Aluoi. Here we stay overnight in a local homestay.
DAY 9 (B-L-D)
Of the 200 km we will cover today, 100 km of mountain biking will take us through beautiful coniferous forests and plantations of Eucalyptus trees that originate from the period immediately after the war. We pass along Truong Son National Cemetery and continue towards Hue. From here a bus transfer will take us tot he hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 10 (B)
Today’s morning program may find you relaxing on the beaches of Hoi An. In the afternoon we will take an inland flight to Hanoi, where a bus transfer will take us to the hotel.
DAY 11 (B)
After breakfast a bus transfer takes us to Hanoi International Airport for our flight back to The Netherlands.
N.B. Optional programs our available to extend your stay either before or after the trip offered here.
Prices:(depending on the present inflation-rate)
Groups of 15-24 people: € 1.525,= per person
Groups of 25 people or more: € 1.450,= per person
All meals mentioned in the DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Dutch and English speaking guides
All national transfers mentioned in the DAY TO DAY PROGRAM, including luggage transfers
Not included in the price:
International flight of € 650,00 (depending on the booking date; early booking might yield a lower price)
International transfer mountain bikes: € 200,00
All meals that aren’t mentioned in the DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Travel- and Health Insurances
Travel cancellation Insurance
Additional visa costs
Lodgings based on 2 people sharing a hotel room. Upgrades and individual arrangements (with extra costs) are available upon request
Either you arrange your own visa or ask FIT Adventure Sports Travels to do this for you, by indicating so in your final reservation. To apply for a visa you need a passport, valid for at least 6 months following departure to China.
Pre-travel participants meeting
Following reservation or booking for the trip FIT Adventure Sports Travels invites you to attend a pre-travel participants meeting. Here you will receive detailed information on background, program and various apects about this trip. Also you will have ample opportunity to ask questions and gather additional documentation.
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Our vision and mission
FIT Adventure Sports Travels offers you the opportunity to turn your endurance sport into an adventure. We organise sports travels in areas of natural beauty, almost untouched by (mass) tourism and in doing so, offer you the unknown and unexpected. You will experience basic outdoor living in foreign countries, combined with local standards of modern life circumstances. We closely work together with local people and create employment. Thus avoiding, that people leave the country side for a life in the city and doing so, preventing that old traditions and cultures get lost.
Reviews and evaluations of former participants in our sports travels include reactions such as:
‘Sheer amazement because of the natural surroundings and the constant variety in traveling experience, from traditional to modern’
‘Wonderful surprises regarding the acquaintance with the every day authentic life of the local people’
‘You start out as an indivual, but you will finally end up as a group’
‘I enjoyed very much the constant focus on individual performance levels’
‘No extreme sports is forced upon you, but you gradually learn to reach your own maximum level of performance’