Travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on one of the most fascinating train journeys on earth - aboard the Reunification Express. Out of service for most of the 20th century due to war, the re-establishment of the rail link in 1975 symbolised unity between the Vietnamese people. This trip is far more than just an ordinary rail journey. Chugging along, there's plenty of stops to explore stately Hanoi, the natural wonder of Halong Bay, majestic Hue, charming Hoi An, the beaches and islands of Nha Trang and dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the scenic, historical, cultural and culinary highlights of this marvellous country. 'All aboard' for a ride you'll never forget!
Days 1-2 Hanoi
Get lost in the whirl of colour, commotion and horn-blowing traffic. Visit the father of modern Vietnam's mausoleum and end the day at a water-puppet show.
Days 3-4 Halong Bay
Have breakfast with the kids at the Blue Dragon Charity before leaving the frenetic pace of city life behind to Halong Bay. Swim among the soaring karsts, shimmy into limestone caves and be rocked to sleep by the boat bobbing on the water. Returning to Hanoi, travel overnight on the Reunification Express, bound for Hue.
Days 5-6 Hue
Imagine the opulence of imperial Vietnam within the Thai Hoa Palace, see the scars of former wars in the Forbidden Purple City or discover the legacy left behind by the fussy Emperor Tu Duc's tomb. Relax aboard a Perfume River cruise.
Days 7-9 Hoi An
Travel through coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co before heading into the mountains and crossing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Take a step back in time in the ancient streetscapes of Hoi An. Here there are centuries-old family homes to explore, the wonderful Japanese Covered Bridge to wander across and bowls of mouth-watering cao lau to try.
Days 10-12 Nha Trang
Devour a delicious seafood lunch, float in basket boats, then dive into the sparkling waters of the South China Sea.
Days 13-15 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a relaxed cyclo tour through the city. Later, take a rowboat along the Mekong Delta. Learn the secrets of longan honey from a family of beekeepers, gain insight into rural Vietnamese life on a village visit before ending the adventure back in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.