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Bicycling tours present an ideal combination of exercise, fresh air, sightseeing (often at your own pace), and ability to adjust your budget as well. Biking tours are particularly popular in Europe and North America, over terrain that ranges from easy to extra-challenging. Maybe the best part? On most bike tours you have a support staff ready to help if you need assistance -- and carry your luggage (and, at times, possibly you) during the day.

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Excellent 1,720 Great 533 Average 83 Disappointing 16 Terrible 7
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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Vietnam and Cambodia - Tailor made October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip was arranged by Thidara for our family of four - my husband, myself
and our two 20-something daughters.
We asked for a trip which incorporated sight seeing with some more
adventurous activities and some opportunities to do things independently.
The itinerary met our brief perfectly. We were able to see the main sights on
our list with interpretation provided by our excellent guides and also do
kaiaking, cycling and visiting a cave which was off the regular tourist
trail.
We travelled by boat, overnight train, plane, bicycle, tuck tuck as well as
dedicated minibuses with our trusty drivers braving the incredible traffic!
It was a fabulous trip which was made all the more enjoyable as all the
stress was removed due to the reliability of our guides and the detailed
organisation.
The two highlights had to be cruising and kaiaking on Halong Bay and seeing
Angkor Wat at sunrise, however learning about the history of both Vietnam and
Cambodia was also fascinating. Travelling south by road meant that we crossed
the DMZ and could visit the museum there. We also went to the War Remnants
museum in Ho Chi Minh.
We did a cooking class in Hoy An which was another must do. Our guide helped
us out with finding an excellent class which we thoroughly enjoyed.


We had four guides during our trip and all were excellent. Helpful,
informative and passionate about their country and its treasures.
It really added to the enjoyment of the trip that they were able to answer
our questions and guide us through the process of getting to know the culture
and lifestyle of this fascinating area.


Vietnam and Cambodia are great places to visit. They feel very safe and there
is so much to see and do.
The tailor made trip worked very well for us as we had our two daughters with
us who are 21 and 23. They enjoyed the freedom of being able to choose
places to eat in the evenings but were also keen to do all the activities


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Insight into how ordinary people in Vietnam live October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've been to Vietnam before, but this trip was completely different. This
time I felt that I was really getting under the skin of the country to
understand how ordinary people, rather than emperors or presidents, live. At
each of the homestays we had the opportunity to chat with the families we
were staying with and to ask them questions about things as varied as their
daily working routines, the pressures they faced, family structures etc. and
had the experience of staying in a typical family house.
In addition to that there was a packed agenda of sightseeing visits,
activities and eating that left me happily exhausted by the end of the trip.
The first homestay was (just) the best part of the trip. The family was so
welcoming, so obviously pleased to have us staying with them and so
interested in telling us about their lives that it got the trip off to a
great start and set the tone for the rest of it. Travelling there, amidst the
devastation caused by recent unseasonably heavy rain, was an experience in
itself.
Close behind this were: the trek from the first homestay to the second,
through the hills, with amazing views down mist laden valleys to the lake
where the second homestay was, and the dancing with the village dance troupe
in the evening at the second homestay (I was grabbed by the village flautist
to pair him in the dancing, probably because he thought that as a 64 year old
male I would be even worse than he was, but I reckon I - just - edged it!).


The group leader, Linh Vo, was outstanding. He had a compendious knowledge of
Vietnam and its culture, people history and food, which he communicated
effortlessly, coupled with personal experiences to bring it to life. His
organisation was immaculate: everything that was supposed to happen did
happen and at the time when it was meant to happen, with Linh on the phone
double and triple checking ahead to make sure that it did. He was clearly
well known, popular and much respected in many of the places that we visited,
which meant that we got extra-special attention that made a real difference
to my experience. He had a great sense of humour and was a terrific person to
travel with.


Vietnamese food is amazing. Make a list of all the food you eat, because at
the end you will want to look back on it and maybe cook some of it back home,
but if you haven't made a list (I didn't) you just won't be able to remember.
Make sure you try egg coffee in Hanoi.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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vietnam adventure October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
excellent trip with many highlights and brilliant guide --Son Nguyen
meeting the Hill tribe people in North Vietnam and the two home stays which
were both lovely


Son was brilliant and an excellent guide --- was fantastic


travel light --dont need to much luggage and move frequently so too heavy a
bag is a pain for all concerned !
mosquito repellent is needed as we were bitten quite a bit even though
mosquitoes were not immediately obvious -
bring a refillable bottle for water
go to some spin classes for the cycling --although distance not great it was
hard work in that heat =-!


altogether was a great trip and would recommend i!
we would certainly do another exodus trip if we travel to other destinations
and felt it was very well organised
leader was great and many thanks for looking after us so well!


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Wonderful adventure October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first Exodus trip and we were so impressed. The trip is action
packed and Vietnam has so much to offer. There was a reasonable level of
activity (walking and cycling and a kayaking trip), combined with a chance to
immerse yourself in the culture of the country and meet the local villagers.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to maximise their time in Vietnam
and get a really good feel for the country.
We went on a boat overnight on Halong Bay to see the stunning and famous
limestone rocks. The sunrise the next morning was breathtaking.


Our group leader, Thoa, was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and he is
a credit to Exodus. He looked after us very well, accomodated everyone's
requirements and showed us the best sights and great places to eat and drink
with the locals. All the travel arrangements were organised seamlessly and we
felt rather spoilt. He encouraged us all to try new experiences and was great
company.


This trip is very busy - a new location nearly every day and lots of
travelling. This worked really well for our group as there is so much to
discover in Vietnam but don't choose it if you want a restful trip.
The cycling and walking is manageable if you are active and great if you like
variety but probably rather tame if you do walk or cycle regularly as a
hobby.


This is a great value trip and I would really recommend it.
There was quite a bit of rain in the North when we travelled in August and,
although it didn't spoil our trip, its unpredictability may affect some
activities.


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Trails of Vietnam October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A busy trip, which gave a great overview of Vietnam, but with enough
activities so that It didn't feel a sightseeing tour. There were journeys to
be made but there was always a fun activity to look forward to. Vietnam is a
fascinating country, and we met lovely people along the way.,
We were a very small group ( only 4) and it was lovely to be invited into the
kitchen to eat at our first homestay. I enjoyed the buzz of cycling in Hue,


Thoa was a great leader. Everything was organised to perfection and we made
great use of our time. Thoughtful things like ordering a take away on the
train, and his attention to detail added to the trip. He is good company and
I learned so much about Vietnam from him.


Bring earplugs! Apart from the risk of snorers in the homestays, there is
also the risk of karaoke! The biking equipment is great, but padded shorts a
must. Be prepared for lots of action, as well as some long journeys. Leave
room in your suitcase for clothes from Hoi An.


Really enjoyable trip.. a great way to see and do a lot with comfortable
accommodation, plenty of activities and great food.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Biking & Cycling Tours and Travel Guide


Biking & Cycling Attractions & Landmarks Guide

What could be more exhilarating than exploring a country from the seat of a bicycle?

The call of the open road; the wind at your back; the views that lie ahead. Every sense becomes stimulated: You become acutely aware of the scent of freshly ripened strawberries, the panorama of distant mountains, the jolt from every bump or defect in the road, the thrill of smooth pavement, the song of a bird and the taste of salt on your lips.

Bicycle touring is truly about both the destination and the journey. It will take you at just the right pace to meet the people, enjoy the views and savor the food and the culture of your chosen destination.

And what better way is there to combine fitness with something as pleasant as a bicycle tour?

What Can You Expect from a Bicycle Tour?

The brochures show sunny days, smiling faces, gourmet lunches and plush accommodations. And while the sun may not always shine, the rest of the pictures can be a good reflection of a typical luxury bike tour (there are less plush tours for the budget-minded).

What is virtually certain is that you will immerse yourself into a new region that may come complete with new foods, wines and customs.

Fuel for the day's ride includes both food and vital information. At breakfast, maps may be disbursed and suggestions for the daily route and attractions are discussed. Somebody has already checked out the mechanical condition of your bicycle, but it's still OK to squeeze your tires and make sure that they suit your style.

Wining and Dining

Especially if it's an intended stopping point on your tour, you might find that your lunch has been prepared for you. (If you have dietary needs, notify your tour operator in advance.)

In many cases, welcome and farewell dinners are included as part of your tour. Depending on the tour operator and style of the tour, other meals may be on your own. But that provides the advantage of dining with whomever you want and at whatever time you want -- while enjoying the types of food and drink you prefer.

Don't think that because you are bicycling that you need forget about fine dining. Is there a Michelin rated restaurant in the area? How about a favorite wine that you would like to enjoy right where it is produced? What about a spectacular restaurant view that overlooks the region where you just bicycled?

Route Choices

Options provide guests with not only dining choices, but also with route choices. Are you looking for a leisurely shorter route with plenty of time for shopping, people-watching at a cafe or wine-tasting? Are you ready to challenge yourself and pedal long and hard to accomplish your own fitness goals? Do you want to take it easy one day and push yourself the next?

Keep in mind that your traveling partner, if you have one, needn't necessarily follow the same route and pace that you do. You’re likely to meet new people along the way and perhaps form new friendships in fellow cyclists or locals -- there’s just something about people on bicycles that makes them seem more approachable than other types of travelers.

At the end of the day, when you reach your final destination, you usually have free time to dine, explore or relax with your traveling partner, if you did take separate rotes or travel at different speeds.

Choosing Your Destination

Where do you want to cycle? Has following the Tour de France been a dream or yours? Or does Vermont immediately bring bicycling to mind? Perhaps you would like to enjoy a bike and barge tour or cycling combined with another sport. Maybe a long distance journey suits you best. 

You may be surprised by the number of appealing destinations. Popular destinations include France and Italy, but almost every country in Europe offers cycling. The Netherlands offers relatively flat areas, while Ireland takes you through those thousand shades of green.

Riding along canals or waterways, such as the Danube River, is another pleasant possibility. Of course both the U.S. and Canada offer varied terrain for exploration, but don't forget more far-flung cycling destinations like New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and parts of Asia.

Once you’ve weighed all your options and settled on the  right bicycle tour for yourself, you’ll have the advantage of knowing just what to expect – and chances are your adventure will be exactly what you had hoped for and dreamed about.

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Popular Continents:                  

Europe,  North America & Australia.

Popular Destinations:               

FranceSpainNew ZealandUnited StatesCanadaScandinavia & Ireland.

Popular Bike Trails:                  

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Austrailia - 243 km; Route of the Haiwatha, Idaho-Montana, U.S. - 24km; Route des Grand Crus,  Brugundy, France - 800km; Molesworth Road, Christchurch, New Zealand - 320km; Cycle Route 10, Amsterdam, Holland & many more.

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