"Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness." — Dean Karnazes (who ran 50 marathons in 50 days)
Dean would appreciate the challenge of this tour, or should we say the bittersweet mix of ultra-high mileage, fantastic scenery, and great food? This annual trip is designed for off-season base miles. But before we get labeled another "bike tour" company, this tour is equally about the natural and cultural highlights of Vietnam, the north, central and south, including Vietnam's splendid cuisine.
Join Iron Chef Champion and Los Angeles chef Neal Fraser and Discovery team rider Tony Cruz for a variation of our original culinary cycling adventures, Iron Chef Vietnam, pedaling through the scenic country roads along Vietnam's northern river valleys along the "Ho Chi Minh" trail (now thankfully the paved Ho Chi Minh Highway), then heading south along the picturesque coast and into the central highlands in and around beautiful Dalat for — as many of our past traveler's have said — the experience of a lifetime.
Neal has been eating his own food for so long that his waistline has almost doubled from when he was a champion cyclist, but he's recruited old friend and teammate, Tony Cruz, a United States Pro Champion and Olympic team rider. Judging from past trips, however, Neal might just be putting on the pounds instead. Vietnam features some of the most delicious and innovative cuisine in the world, and Neal and local culinary guides to will reveal the hidden delights of Vietnamese food.
There are few culinary adventures on par with Vietnam. This trip will highlight the distinctive cuisines of each region with a mix of activities, including hands-on cooking, kitchen and market visits.
Please note that despite having a professional road racer, this tour is suitable for all levels of ability as well as those of higher levels of fitness who will be accompanying daily training rides with Tony Cruz.
Can't make this trip? Customize your own, contact for us planning a trip to your friend's or family's preferences, including a side visit to hike into Phong Nga National Park to explore the astonishing cave complex, including Hang Ken Cave, Hang En Cave, and Song Doo Caves, which are some of the largest ever discovered in the world.
About Neal Fraser
A Culinary Institute of America graduate who has worked with Thomas Keller at the Checker's Hotel in Los Angeles, David Burke at the Park Avenue Café in New York, and Wolfgang Puck, Neal now serves as Partner and Executive Chef at the trend-setting Grace Restaurant serving his New American cuisine in an atmosphere perfectly designed to complement the ambitious flavors of one of Los Angeles' most revolutionary culinary talents. Neal is also an Iron Chef Champion, defeating Cat Cora in a televised pork cookoff. He was also published in the Wall Street Journal for his mother's day pancakes. Neal's cycling biography includes Southern California District Road Race Champion and he has also cycled on this Vietnam tour.
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Road Bicycling with Full Support
13 Days & 12 Nights
Advanced, high-mileage cycling
95% Good Condition Paved Roads
Local Guesthouse and Hotel Accommodation
Maximum Group Size: 12
Landcost: From $4,880
Single Supplement: $1,280
Private Custom Tour (Except August)
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi to Cuc Phuong Park
Day 3 Cuc Phuon to Ben Sung
Day 4 Ben Sung to Huong Khe
Day 5 Huong Khe to Dong Hoi
Day 6 Dong Hoi to Hue
Day 7 Hue to Hoi An
Day 8 Hoi An to Qui Nhon
Day 9 Qui Nhon to Nha Trang
Day 10 Nha Trang
Day 11 Nha Trang to Dalat
Day 12 Dalat to Mui Ne
Day 13 Mui Ne to Saigon
Day 14 Depart Vietnam
Post Tour: The Mekong Delta
Post Tour: Temples of Angkor