Europe

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseMagnificent Europe15 On Application From $7,295.00
CruiseDouro Delights11 On ApplicationContact Us
CruiseParis to Bordeaux11On Application From $8,595.00

Magnificent Europe – Amsterdam to Budapest

On APT’s 15 Day Magnificent Europe River Cruise, glide from Amsterdam through five countries to Budapest. From mighty rivers to superbly engineered canals and stream-like waters that wind through tranquil valleys, APT has left no course uncharted in creating their outstanding range of unforgettable river cruises. Fine dining, incredible sightseeing, the highest levels of personal attention, stunning accommodation; they’ve considered – and included – every last detail. Even if you have visited Europe before, nothing quite compares to the new experiences and fresh perspectives awaiting you on a river cruise with APT. Offering an unrivaled way to discover Europe and designed specifically for Australians, you’ll enjoy the dedicated services of an APT Cruise Tour Director, all sightseeing experiences, a range of complimentary onboard beverages and many inclusions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Reception tonight.
14 Night Stay: one of APT's luxurious Aria or Concerto river ships.
Day 2: AmsterdamChoose from two activities today. Perhaps cruise Amsterdam's canals aboard a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans. Tonight. attend a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Cologne, Bonn, AndernachBe joined by a local guide for a tour around the historic city of Cologne or travel to Bonn for a tour. Later, explore Namedy Castle, before sitting down to a lavish banquet held in ballroom.
Day 4: RüdesheimVisit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley.
Day 5: MiltenbergArrive in Miltenberg and stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample delicious local fare.
Day 6: WürzburgThe architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show as you stroll through the city to Würzburg Residence. Or, travel along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg for an enthralling tour.
Day 7: BambergExplore Bamberg's World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings.
Day 8: NurembergDelve into Nuremberg's history on a city tour that includes a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds
Day 9: RegensburgWalk the lovely streets of Regensburg with a local expert guide today.
Day 10: Passau, Salzburg, LinzTake an exquisite rail journey aboard the Magestic Imperator to Salzburg today. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside.
Day 11: Melk, DürnsteinTour Melk Abbey, one of the world's most famous monastic sites, or enjoy a walking tour through the town. Then, either ride a bicycle or cruise to Dürnstein.
Day 12: ViennaSoak up the elegance of the city during a guided tour. See the exquisite Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and much more. After dinner, head to the City Palace and attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.
Day 13: ViennaPerhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, join an excursion to Bratislava or visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzan horses
Day 14: BudapestJoin a local guide for a tour of Budapest. Among many highlights, you'll see Heroes' Square and superb Fisherman's Bastion. This evening, set off on a twilight cruise.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart BudapestDisembark and transfer to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
14 Night Cruise, Expert APT Cruise Director, touring, all main meals on board, range of beverages, transfers, port charges, tipping

Douro Delights

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Porto, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida
Day 2: PortoOn a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.
Day 3: Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-RiosTake a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement, as well as 15th to 19th-century architecture. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous wine before dinner.
Day 4: Caldas de Aregos, RéguaDock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the estate on a tour, followed by a tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum.
Day 5: Régua, Lamego, PinhãoTour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. After, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.
Day 6: Pinhão, Vila RealTake a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Barca d’AlvaTravel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you makew the most of your last night on board your stylish river ship.
Day 8: Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, MadridDisembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Stay: Three Nights: Westin Palace Madrid
Day 9: MadridEnjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.
Day 10: MadridEnjoy a choice of activities in Madrid today. Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delecatable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artisits including elázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively you may wish to explore Bernabéu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.
Day 11: Depart MadridAfter a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique experiences in up to 11 destinations, Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors, Return airport transfers, port charges and tipping, Finest dining - a total of 25 meals.

Paris do Bordeuax

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Paris

Arrive in the romantic city of Paris and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Day 2: ParisEnjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge.
Day 3: ParisPerhaps join a culinary walking tour, discover Montmartre or take a tour through The Louvre.
Day 4: Paris, Bordeaux, Embark ShipTravel by train to Bordeaux and on arrival, transfer to your river ship. After settling in, delight in a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
Day 5: CadillacToday you will have your choice of sightseeing. Perhaps tour Cadillac, before exploring Saint-Macaire. Alternatively, visit Sauternes where you’ll tour two historic châteaux then try the region’s famous dessert wine. Tonight, visit Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre. Be greeted by the current owners of the Sabran-Pontevès family, descendants of the original owners. Enjoy a private tour of the lovingly restored interior, before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the traditional music from a three-piece Baroque band.
Day 6: PauillacTake in the stunning sights as your ship threads its way along the Gironde estuary, which cuts alongside the historic vineyards of Aquitaine. On a visit to one of the few remaining family-owned cooperages, you’ll get to see how wooden wine barrels are produced and learn the fascinating secrets of this time-honoured craft, followed by a wine tasting with your very own oenologist. Later, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 7: Blaye, BourgDiscover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel. Later, perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house or sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour.
Day 8: Libourne, Saint-ÉmilionIn Saint-Émilion, head beneath the village to visit the Monolithic Church and the underground cellars of Les Cordeliers. Then sample some macarons and Les Cordeliers’ sparkling wines.
Day 9: Libourne, BordeauxPerhaps join a guide for a tour of Bergerac to discover the wonderfully restored Old Town. Another option is to tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 10: BordeauxTake in the sights of Bordeaux on a tour.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, BordeauxBe transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages and cities, Transfers, port charges and tipping
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Laos & China

The Mekong River flows through six countries and on this section of the river three smaller Pandaw cruise ships cover from Vientiane in Laos to Jinghong in Yunnan, South-West China, stopping in Chiang Rai province of North Thailand and Keng Tung State in the Shan Hills of Burma.

Highlights include the French colonial Laos capital of Vientiane, the temple city of Luang Prabang and the Menglun botanical gardens of Yunnan. We stop at several remote tribal villages to be warmly received and see local handicraft production and experience day to day rural life.

But the most exciting part of any Upper Mekong river expedition must be the river cruise itself that passes through dramatic scenery with the river weaving through mountains and forests, gorges and rapids.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.



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Enjoy a three country expedition as we traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Burma at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane (the old French capital) and so redolent as L’Indochine Pandaw will be the first river expedition since pre-war days to cross all Laos.

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This cruise makes it possible for travellers to sail on the mighty Upper Mekong River, all the way from Vientiane to China. This is an incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition discovering charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, the Golden Triangle and a very different emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan province.

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Vietnam & Cambodia

The Mekong River flows through six countries and Pandaw Cruises are proud to now offer river cruises through all of these, though sadly not joined up due to the natural barrier of a waterfall on the Laos Cambodia border.

Our most popular route remains from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. With this you see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples.

We pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with floating markets, bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong river with its delightful rural life.

We explore the Tonle River to the edge of the Tonle Lake and spend a couple of days tinkering in Phnom Penh, with its temples, palaces, museums and buzzing night life not to mention shopping.

Perhaps the most exciting moment of this voyage is a visit to the Dolphin grounds at Stuc Treng. Only we can go there because of the special shallow draft design of our river cruise ships.

Also in Vietnam we ply the Red River system that flows down from Tonkinese Alps to Hanoi and on to Halong Bay. This small ship river cruise provides an illuminative insight into North Vietnamese life and culture.

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Take in the striking cultural contrasts of the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of rural Cambodia on board Pandaw Cruise. Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Cruise the mighty Mekong River to Cambodia's bustling capital Phnom Penh on a 3 night cruise.

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Depart Cambodia's bustling capital Phnom Penh on a 4 night Pandaw Cruise to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Pandaw Cruises.
Set sail with Pandaw Cruises along the mighty Mekong River through the tranquility of rural Cambodia and into Vietnam and into the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon.

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Combine the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap with Cambodia’s bustling capital city Phnom Penh with a Pandaw Cruise expedition on the Tonle and Mekong Rivers.

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Combine the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap with Cambodia’s bustling capital city Phnom Penh with a Pandaw Cruise expedition on the Tonle and Mekong Rivers. Cruise as far as Kratie, where only Pandaw ships can navagate and discover the dolphin grounds and the national park protected areas.

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There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia.

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Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by Pandaw Cruise river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

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Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by Pandaw Cruise river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

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Pandaw River Expeditions

Pandaw River Expeditions Fleet information & picture Galleries

Cruising Asia’s most famous Rivers; the mighty Mekong, Red River, Irrawaddy River and the Chindwin – a Pandaw River Expeditions is not an ocean cruise. Dressing up for dinner is not compulsory nor is there a ‘captain’s table’!

The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal, more like a party on board a private yacht than a cruise ship. Mostly everything is included in the pre-paid price and there are no hidden extras for shore excursions. Even most of your drinks are included in the price of your ticket!

With a crew passenger ratio of 1:2 there is an incredibly high level of personalised service and care. For all these reasons, passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.

Pandaw River Expeditions have 15 vessel’s cruising in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) with itineraries ranging from short 3 night cruises to the longer 10-14 nights.

Pandaw’s popular, mostly unique colonial-era character ships, are well known for their friendly and efficient crew and definitive style. There is an itinerary that will fit any budget or style you may wish for.

All of the Pandaw River Expeditions ships have ultra-shallow drafts which enable travel to remote areas, otherwise unreachable by other passenger-carrying vessels.

Our Pandaw River Expeditions experts have travelled to most Pandaw destinations and know the ships and area very well. You are very welcome to call and discuss in detail the variety of itineraries on offer.

Below is a photo gallery of all 15 ships, click the below ship name and find out more about each vessel!!!

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Central Vietnam Discovery by Bike

Vietnam offers cyclists a host of remarkable riding opportunities, and this tour takes full advantage of that. As you make your way from the energetic city of Ho Chi Minh along the coast to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning natural wonders, through mountains and countryside to Hoi An, you’ll experience everything from historic monuments and citadels to small fishing villages, the caves of Phong Nha, and countless rice fields. Explore Hue’s Imperial City, cycle the scenic Hai Van Pass, and check out the ruins of My Son as you visit these must-see locations as well as authentic off-the-beaten-track spots. You’ll see all the beauty and learn much of the history of Vietnam. Hop on your bikes and join us for this ultimate Vietnam experience.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Welcome to the fascinating city of Ho Chi Minh, also known by its former name Saigon, famous for ending the Vietnam War when it fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975. In addition to its historical significance, Saigon is Vietnam’s most populated city, full of activity and home to classic examples of French colonial architecture and an innovative culinary scene.

We will meet in our hotel at 3 pm for a briefing and introduction before heading out on a special nighttime tour of the best food Saigon has to offer. This night will delight foodies and skeptics alike, with a stop for drinks at a local cafe, tasting of a variety of specialties at two different restaurants, a visit to a coffee shop with live music, and a taste of Vietnamese nightlife at a local bar. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!

Riding: 35km cycling – This morning we’ll head to the airport for a short flight to Dong Hoi before we take to our bikes. Dong Hoi is a pleasant seaside port town with hardly a tourist in sight, and we’ll spend our morning pedaling through its bright river valley. After lunch, we’ll ride to Chay Lap where we’ll stay in the night at a farm homestay amidst towering hills and lush greenery. This is a unique opportunity to delve into Vietnamese culture in this rural setting of untouched farming land.

Head underground into the mysterious Phong Nha cave and underground rivers that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day’s cave exploration requires an hour of trekking, but the unique rock formations of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park are ample reward for your efforts. We’ll make our way along the stalagmites and stalactites, past the beautiful reef and sandbank, to the spectacular underground lake.

The afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy a drink by the pool at our farmstay, or explore this incredibly fertile and unspoiled area nestled far from the bustling cities and crazy tourist scenes of much of this Southeast Asian country.

Riding: 30km cycling – Once we’ve taken a train ride to Hue, we’ll warm up our legs with a scenic bike ride through the countryside. We’ll pass friendly locals hard at work, a variety of animals grazing in their pastures, and the peaceful surroundings of this rural area. Pedal past the peaceful Lap An lagoon tucked into the landscape like something out of a movie! Tonight make your own way around the historical city of Hue.

Riding: 30km cycling – A day of historical exploration awaits as we hop on our bikes and cycle to some of the highlights of this ancient city. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial City for a tour of its citadel and grounds, then head to the sacred tombs of former Vietnamese emperors, such as the opulent 19th century Tu Duc tomb along the river. This evening we will enjoy dinner in a private home, with the chance to taste proper Vietnamese cooking and hear the stories of this delightful family.

Riding: 50km cycling – Today we’ll transfer out of Hue to the starting point of our ride. Make sure to get a good stretch before you pedal along the Hai Van Pass. This 21 kilometer stretch of road, with 10 kilometers of steady, achievable climbing, traverses part of the Truong Son mountain range of Vietnam, and as it winds its way through the mountains, the route provides spectacular views of the coast down below.

Have your camera at the ready to snap some pictures of this idyllic blue and green scenery as you rest along this climb. We’ll pedal to an ancient Buddha statue set on a headland near Da Nang City before transferring the rest of the way to Hoi An. Once in the city, we’ll take to the streets for a walking tour of the Old Town and a wonderful dinner together there.

Riding: 25-45km cycling – Early this morning you’ll have the option to kayak along the Thu Bon river as the sun rises above the city of Hoi An. If you can get yourself up, the experience is totally worth it! Later we’ll pedal across the river into the countryside, passing through small traditional villages, onto dirt pathways past family farms and rice fields, exchanging smiles with workers along the way.

After renewing our energy with a snack, we’ll cycle on towards the ruins of My Son: another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll have the chance to wander through these ruins built by the Cham people who were originally Hindu and later evolved to practice Islam. The Cham kingdom was eventually conquered by the Vietnamese and then the Khmer, but the ruins of this sacred sanctuary remain in good shape, though covered in moss. We will transfer from My Son back to Hoi An.

Riding: 50km cycling – This morning we will transfer an hour to the small, provincial city of Tam Ky before beginning our bike route that brings us back along the coast towards Hoi An. Take a peek above the handlebars, and catch a glimpse of headstones and graves that dot the landscape along the sand dunes and waterways. Once we’ve reached the Cua Dai bridge that spans the Thu Bon River, we’ll take a boat back to ancient Hoi An. Tonight let’s make the most of our last Vietnamese meal together at our farewell dinner.

Our tour concludes today with a transfer back to the Da Nang Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 01USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
March: 28USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
May: 09USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
June: 20USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
August: 01USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
November: 14USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 20USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
March: 27USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
May: 09USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
July: 03, 31USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
November: 13USD $2,400.00USD $3,290.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cycle from the South to the North

Some of the highlights of Vietnam are the stunning and diverse geography of towering mountains, picturesque coastline and endless green rice fields, the delicious cuisine, the friendliness of the people, and the intrigue at such a long culture of independence and national pride.

Our bike trip showcases the best of all these aspects of the country. We take a classic cycling route between the commercial hub of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the capital of Hanoi. We then add the trademark Grasshopper touch to it by cycling on the most charming back road and trails experiencing the real countryside.

Our newest addition to the itinerary includes a ride near Phong Nha, made famous by the recent discovery of massive cave systems. There’s even a day of cave exploration for outdoor adventurers.

With minimal driving and maximum cycling, this is a truly unique bike trip. We spent months mapping out the best route so that you can take just two weeks to see the full range of this amazing country.

With many kilometers of stunning beaches and dramatic coastal roads, as well as some of the freshest seafood going, this trip is an indulgent experience. We are never far from a beach and stay in comfortable hotels to make this trip one of our most luxurious adventure tours.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

We meet in the bustling commercial capital of Vietnam. We’ll head out and explore the culinary side of the city this evening and have a group briefing on the trip ahead.

Riding: 20km cycling – After a morning flight to Quy Nhon, we spend the afternoon pedaling around this idyllic seaside town and learning about the work of a dedicated lady who has single-handedly established a center to provide vocational training for young, disabled Vietnamese.

Riding: 75km cycling – Today we start our cycling journey properly as we leave Quy Nhon on a quiet back road along a sand dune peninsula with great views back over the bay and the mountains. We see lots of coast today as we undulate along the well-made road with friendly villagers waving and cheering us on as we pedal past. We’ll take a short drive at the end of the day to get us into the tiny village of Tam Quan.

Riding: 85km cycling – A varied and highly enjoyable day lies ahead of us. We spend the morning riding along the coast then head inland to take in an array of new scenery.

We’ll pedal down some quiet roads, then ride along a railway road and pass farmers tending to rice fields and looking after water buffalo. Our home for the night is Quang Ngai, a small city of little note. Even so, the comfortable hotel, nice river view and a swimming pool make Quang Ngai a pleasant place to stay.

Riding: 85km cycling – We start today with a visit to one of Vietnam’s more sobering sites, the My Lai Massacre Memorial. It was here that the tragic massacre occurred that, once exposed, caused a turning point in American public opinion towards the American-Vietnam war. From here we get our bikes and pedal around the village. Along the way we may stop for a visit to bamboo basket workshop. This traditional form of craftsmanship is harder to find in cities, yet these skills still flourish here in the village. We enjoy a lunch of the freshest seafood possible and stay in the town of Tam Ky.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today will be a highlight of your cycling on this tour. First we’ll park our bikes at the hero mother statue for an insight into the past. The hero mother in question was a lady who lost 11 sons, her husband and her grandson to the American-Vietnam conflict. This story underscores the terrible losses suffered by all people involved in war. From here, we ride dirt roads through sleepy fishing villages with friendly faces popping out to say hello. Duck and chicken farms are also present through today, so we can stop and learn a little about this particular means of income generation. We then take a boat ride to reach Hoi An, a fitting way to enter this ancient port town.

Today is a free day for you to enjoy Hoi An. We offer an optional morning ride of the town and the surrounding countryside, but you might prefer to sleep in.

Hoi An has a long history dating back as far as the first century, but is known mostly for its role as a trading port for Chinese and Japanese sea merchants during the 17th and 18th centuries. The beauty of the town was miraculously spared the damage that many towns suffered during the American-Vietnam war. Today Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage listed town that cannot be compared to anywhere else in Indochina. It is an intriguing, photogenic old town, located just a short distance from a beautiful beach where you can sit and sip a coconut.

Riding: 70km cycling – Beginning at the hotel in Hoi An, we’ll take a short drive to Red Beach in Danang. After a strong Vietnamese coffee, we’ll hit the bikes.

Our scenic day of cycling from Danang starts near the base of the iconic Hai Van Pass, a 10km long climb along a winding road with a gradient averaging 5.8%. At the top, we enjoy amazing views over the coast before we take the thrilling descent into the charming beachside town of Lang Co.

Lunch Today will be at a small, local, delicious eatery. Fully refueled, we continue riding along a quiet stretch of road and then by the largest salt-water lagoon in Vietnam

At the end of the ride, we will transfer directly to our hotel in Hue by van, avoiding the congestion on the edge of town.

Riding: 30km cycling – One of Vietnam’s most beautiful and historic cities, Hue does not get anywhere near the tourist attention it deserves. The city center and countryside are a historic showcase of culture and architecture.

Our biking today takes us to many of the important historic sites of the city – from the Tombs of ancient rulers to the remnants of the stunning Citadel. Before lunch, we’ll relax on a lovely small boat heading back to Hue on the Perfume River.

The ride today includes a bit of up and down through the city and countryside. Early afternoon we’ll arrive back to our beautiful hotel where’s there’s time to enjoy the pool or the on-site spa.

Riding: 40km cycling – We hop in the van this morning to make up some time heading towards the former borderline between North and South Vietnam.

Near the DMZ we set up the bikes and headed off to explore this area of significance during the American & Vietnamese war. The bridge across the Ben Hai River marks the former dividing line between North & South. We continue cycling a scenic route along the coast, now showcasing dramatic bluffs to the small village of Vinh Moc. During the war, villagers here created an elaborate tunnel system where commerce and life thrived underground as battles raged along the DMZ.

Later in the day, we will hop back in the van for the drive to Phong Nha. The flat coastal countryside quickly gives way to rolling hills and the impressive sight of karsts, the small craggy mountains for which the region is known.

Tonight is the first of three at the beautiful, remote Chay Lap farm stay for an authentic experience. There’s time for a cold beer or a glass of wine, and enough light to capture what will be the first of many memorable photographs of this region.

Riding: 65km cycling – After breakfast this morning we’ll head out for an exploratory ride up and through the breathtaking Phong Nha valley. Our route takes us along the old Ho Chi Minh trail. You’ll enjoy pedaling with these idyllic surroundings.

There are a couple of steep climbs through the Phong Nha National Park, but after Hai Van Pass you’ll be well prepared. The support van is always ready to assist just in case.

Following a snack and a rest stop, we descend down to the town of Phong Nha for lunch. We continue to wind through the beautiful valley, taking a local ferry to cross the river and make it back to Chay Lap by late afternoon.

Today is about below ground, not above. Cave exploring is the main reason more and more visitors flock to the region. While on your tour, your Grasshopper guide will discuss cave options and make recommendations based on your physical ability and interest. Our preferred full day cave exploration requires an hour’s trekking. This cave exploration is unforgettable and undoubtedly a highlight of the trip. Also, weather conditions above ground may dictate which caves we explore underground.

We take a morning flight to Hanoi. In the afternoon, we walk the streets of this buzzing city with its constant clash of new and old and the continuing theme of delicious, plentiful food. We then celebrate the end of our adventure over dinner.

There are no activities planned today and you can depart any time you wish. Should you wish to travel to Halong Bay, please inquire with our staff at the time of booking and we can offer travel advice.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 16USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
May: 18USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
August: 17USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
March: 15USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
May: 17 USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
August: 16USD $4,100.00USD $5,160.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Transport:GT Avalanche Sport or E-bike
Flight:Air Ticket: Ho Chi Minh City / Quy Nhon - Phong Nha / Hanoi
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Angkor to Saigon by Bike

Travel from Angkor to Saigon by Bike – A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam. The contrasts you see along the way are what make this an educational, enjoyable and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia. This is one of our easier cycling tours with hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. The biking is interrupted by a boat ride down the Mekong River and finishes off with two full days of pedaling through the intriguing Mekong Delta. If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina scenery, culture, and cuisine, this is the ride for you.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Drive to Kampong Thom & Cycle Sambor Prei Kuk

Riding: 55km cycling – After we pick you up early from the Siem Reap hotel, a 2 and a half hour drive awaits to reach the neighboring province of Kampong Thom. After a bike fitting, we mount our bikes and start pedaling towards the set of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk for an exploration. These 7th-century ruins are in remarkable shape despite being swallowed by the jungle, and the remoteness of their location provides a unique and off the beaten track experience. After we escape the hottest part of the day, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and are rewarded by a delicious local meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – This morning we begin a little later for a 3-hour drive to Oudong Mountain which was once the capital of Cambodia, where we will find a nice temple on the summit and breathtaking views. After a Cambodian style picnic, and we will enjoy a ride on bumpy village roads and trails. We will pedal our way through rice paddies and farmland, passing the smaller Basset Mountain. From here, once we cross a railway line, the views shift quickly. If you are willing to bike in traffic, cycle straight onwards to the night’s accommodation. For those who would prefer a ride, the support vehicle is there for the transfer. Tonight we will eat by the Tonle Sap River, near where the country’s three main rivers converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we saddle up and make our way through the nearby Mekong islands where we will cycle through friendly villages, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of more recent temples. This ride shows you another side of the Phnom Penh area that will be a unique cycling and cultural exploration.
Phnom Penh’s history is far from uneventful. The French settlers transformed this collection of wooden shacks into a thriving city in the 19th century. In 1975, this changed quickly with the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh was left to decay. Recently it has become a center of rapid development and growth. Explore the capital city with the help of your guide, and enjoy a late afternoon walk for a cultural exploration of this city.

Enjoy a reinvigorating rest day. Spend your morning exploring Phnom Penh or lounging by the pool, then board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc- a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish. Enjoy the views as we float towards the next leg of our adventure.

Riding: 75km cycling – Today we begin our exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a short ferry ride, we will cross canals by bridge and boat and cycle our way through the maze of waterways. Observe the fertile delta lands that are used for food production, and watch the locals hard at work to grow, harvest, or transport these products as we pedal past. We’ll be cycling on small, paved canal roads that allow for only cycling or motorbike travel. We will arrive in the large town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – We finish up our cycling on canal paths that provide an intriguing final day of exploration. Pedal through the scenic countryside that hosts many small canals and large crops such as otherworldly jackfruit. We will ride past mat weavers and wooden boat builders today before enjoying another delicious lunch. The day ends with a relaxing boat ride as we arrive into the busy town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

Spend the early morning exploring the floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll be impressed by a wide variety of boats and markets selling a huge array of fresh vegetables and fruit. After our morning meal, we will board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. Enjoy lunch and a short walking tour of the city and its main historical sites before the tour concludes. Saigon is an exciting city and is certainly worth a couple of extra days if you have time to spare.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05, 17USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
February: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
July: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
August: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
September: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
November: 22USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
December: 27USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Bikes in a full range of sizes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Saigon & Bangkok Explorer

Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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Angkor to Hoi An by Bike

This Cycle Angkor to Hoi An adventure links two of the region’s famous locations, the Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire with the historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. The journey between offers an amazing diversity of landscapes and overnight stops: from the Mekong Basin and remote areas near the Lao border, to the area surrounding the Ho Chi Minh Trail; from the Vietnamese highland coffee country, to the beautiful coast. Great bike touring, activities and an amazing array of scenery awaits.

The most recently opened border between Cambodia and Vietnam sits in the triangle area where the Laos, Cambodian and Vietnam borders meet. We make use of this strategic location to offer a satisfying and different cycle route between these two iconic destinations. This tour shows you the great, non-touristy areas, off the beaten track and with some very memorable bike touring in between.

765 Km riding. On this bike tour the terrain is a mixture of sealed and unsealed secondary roads. We rarely cycle on main roads or highways and if we do, it’s only for a few kilometres to get to the next turn. The majority of the ride is on small roads through the villages with minimal traffic. The road surface can at times be rough and broken, depending on seasonal conditions. In most cases, there is a comfortable line through the puddles or potholes and it makes for more interesting riding than a perfect road. There are some hills involved in this tour. These are a maximum of 8km long at any time. Most are shorter at around 3-4km in length. The gradient would not exceed 10% at any time. There is one day in excess of 100km in distance. The mixture of adventurous cycling, kayaking and travel in relatively remote areas, makes this a slightly more challenging tour than most of our Cambodian adventures, so we have rated it at four out of six stars.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 20km cycling – Early check-in at 13:00 is available. After a chance to unpack, the group convenes for the first, gentle ride of the tour. We start with a bike fitting at our Siem Reap headquarters then ride up along the Siem Reap river, stopping at the Royal Gardens, to reach the Angkor Heritage area. We pedal back trails and paths, stop briefly at Angkor Wat itself, then the iconic Bayon temple. We conclude the ride at the moat of Angkor Thom and take a peaceful cruise on a rowboat with Canapes and bubbly to celebrate the start of the adventure. Dinner is had back in town and there is time for a trip briefing in amongst all the action.

Riding: 70km cycling – Our cycling route today takes us on brilliant back trails and secondary roads through landscapes of coconut and palm trees and into a dry zone leading up to just near the Kulen Range. Here we find Banteay Srey, known as the lady temple. After taking some time to see the intricate and unique carvings here in orange-pink sandstone, we pedal on to the waterfall at Kbal Spean. Here, after a short walk, we can enjoy the cool water of the falls and the shade. In the late afternoon, we visit the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Center, a facility that is home to rescued wildlife species that are rare throughout Cambodia now. Here we see enormous birds, cheeky Langur monkeys, gibbons and we can often hear Hornbills overhead. A drive of one hour takes us to the small town of Anlong Veng where a simple, but adequate hotel awaits us.

Riding: 85km cycling – This morning you have the opportunity to try a couple of typical Cambodian breakfast items, but we’ll have the essentials on hand also. The ride starts out with a pedal through town and a short diversion to the now abandoned home of the infamous Ta Mok, one of the senior Khmer Rouge figures. From there, we’ll find a secondary road that takes us east, with the Dangrek Mountains on our left for most of the morning. About halfway through, we join a more substantial road, but still with minimal traffic. The areas through which we cycle have only been opened up in recent years by this road and we see some communities starting to put down roots, often Military families who have been encouraged to move here as part of a border protection presence. Sra Em is the commercial hub for these communities and where our comfortable hotel with a pool is located.

Riding: 70km cycling – Today we ride, then hike up an ancient staircase to Prasat Preah Vihear, a temple and a location that has been a source of angst and tension between Cambodia and its larger, richer neighbor: Thailand. In 1962 an ICJ ruling confirmed Cambodia as the owner of the temple, but tension has continued over disputed land surrounding the temple. Nonetheless, the temple is now in a peaceful situation, set atop the mountain range and offering views out over the plains. It is a beautifully designed, ancient Hindu temple, built during the time of the Khmer empire. We climb to the top to explore this UNESCO wonder, then descend to our accommodation for the evening.

Riding: 60km cycling – We start off riding today on a recently opened, dirt road which will eventually form part of the Dragon Road, a perimeter trail that will run from the Vietnamese border in the Northeast to the Gulf Of Thailand in the Southwest. As the day wears on, we board the support vehicle for the drive into our destination of Stung Treng. This is a sleepy town at the junction of the Mekong and the Srepok Rivers. The riverbank is a great place to see out the day with some snacks and curious conversation with the locals.

Riding: 10km cycling – It’s time to trade our bikes for kayaks as we paddle instead of pedal. We first drive north towards the Lao border where our kayaks await. This is a highly enjoyable and memorable experience. Paddling downstream, pass through the flooded forests that are made possible by the river’s passage over falls to the north that oxygenate the water and make a range of plant, bird and fish life possible in this area. We paddle for around four hours, but thanks to the currents of the Mekong, you can take it easy on the paddle and just enjoy maneuvering the craft through the forest. We finish up a little after lunch and then travel by motor-boat to reach the exit point. We then finish off the day on our bikes as we ride along a beautiful section of Mekong trail back to Stung Treng.

Riding: 90km cycling – We start out in a boat today as we shuttle up the Srepok River, one of the Mekong tributaries. After an hour and a bit on the boat, we meet the road and then take to bikes again for the ride up into the highlands of Rattanakiri. The hills are certainly not steep, but there are quite a few so today can be a challenging but rewarding ride. We finish off at the Rattanakiri Lodge in Ban Lung where the sense of style through the property, bringing a sense of old world charm.

Ban Lung, the capital of Rattanakiri Province, is becoming a more lively place as the population grows. The local market is buzzing with activity, and where often one can see more unusual produce than you might on the flatlands. The province is known for its forests and minority peoples. The unfortunate fact is that there has been deforestation over many years, so things are not as green as they used to be. There are still some nice walks, though, and probably the easiest way to do these is to do an organized trek out of the hotel. Alternatively, you may just like to rest and make good use of the pool.

Riding: 70km cycling – We have a very different ride today on a well-paved surface as we ride up further into the highlands to the Vietnamese border. We are now in the neighborhood of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and while we won’t actually ride the trail due to its challenging terrain, we will get a feel for the kinds of conditions that it takes in. A sleepy border post sits in wait for us to enter Vietnam. After farewelling the Cambodian support crew, we continue in the vehicle to reach Kon Tum. This area is home to a number of ethnic minorities with their own traditional farming techniques. We take an afternoon ride to get a feel for the area which is also known for coffee production.

Riding: 45km cycling – We will spend another night in Kontum tonight and will spend the day cycling the trails and backroads of the area. We’ll see a coffee plantation and visit some minority villages where we can learn a little about the tribal customs and beliefs and some of their farming practices. This will be yet another off-the-beaten-path cultural experience.

Riding: 90km cycling – Today is a ride to remember. A 1-hour vehicle transfer to set us up with an achievable distance, then some great riding. After a few rolling hills, we cycle into a thrilling descent, taking us down out of the hills onto the flatlands. Some amazing views can be seen over the side of the mountains and on a clear day you may even see the ocean. After our descent, we are in a very different country with rice becoming the main crop and the density of villages increasing. We’ll park our bikes and enjoy lunch here in the town of Ba To before transferring the remainder of the distance to the bustling regional capital of Quang Ngai in the late afternoon.

Riding: 100km cycling – As Quang Ngai’s working populace head on their commute by motor-scooter, we will be pedaling towards the coast. Along the way, we encounter a point of tragic history at the My Lai Massacre site. It was here that one of the most barbaric incidents of the US-Vietnam war took place and when uncovered by the media had a profound effect on US public opinion over the war. After learning a little about this, we continue on a ride along the coast, a very different feel to our previous days. Tam Ky is a smaller town with a pleasant hotel and great local food.

Riding: 55km cycling – Saving the best for last! This is a great ride to finish with. We first cycle quiet roads right along the coast, passing tiny fishing communities and village markets and schools. Late morning, we arrive at a river where a boat is waiting to take us into our destination. We arrive by boat into the UNESCO listed Hoi An Old Town, an introduction that few people have the pleasure of experiencing. A short pedal has us at our final lunch, then it is farewell and off to your hotel for some well earned, relaxation time.

The tour concludes today. Breakfast is included and checkout time at the hotel is noon. We will have a car waiting to take you to the nearby airport in Da Nang, but you may wish to stay on in this lovely little town, Hoi An. We have some excellent day rides if you haven’t yet had your fill.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12USD $3,350.00USD $3,950.00
July: 19USD $3,350.00USD $3,950.00
November: 01USD $3,350.00USD $3,950.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03USD $3,350.00USD $3,950.00
October: 31USD $3,350.00USD $3,950.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Transport:Top quality, well maintained Cannondale (Cambodia) and GT (Vietnam) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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