Travelling from north to south on Vietnam’s famous Reunification Express train, this itinerary offers an opportunity to explore much of this friendly and vibrant country and immerse yourselves in a wealth of activities and experiences for the whole family.
Cruise on a traditional junk
Sleep overnight on a train
Paddle in a bamboo basket
Cycle through rice paddies
Try fishing Vietnamese-style
Explore a floating village
Explore Hanoi by cyclo, unwind as you cruise on a traditional junk through the network of islands and peaks in Halong Bay and watch fishermen go about their day.
An overnight train journey on the famous Reunification Express takes you to the old imperial capital of Hue on the Perfume River. Visit the ancient trading town of Hoi An and enjoy white sand beaches. Cruise gently along the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and have a go at catching fish with the locals.
For an even greater learning experience, we offer the opportunity to extend the trip to include Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples. Alternatively, you may prefer a bit of family beach time on the tropical island of Phu Quoc. Contact us for details.
Day1: Depart the UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day2: Arrive Hanoi
After arriving in Hanoi, meet at the group hotel and the afternoon is free for you to settle in, relax or explore the surrounding area.
Day3: Hanoi: cyclo ride and puppet show
Visit some of Hanoi’s fascinating sites, including the Temple of Literature. Then enjoy a cycle rickshaw tour through the Old Quarter and witness the hustle and bustle of this charming town and its maze of streets. Visit the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple, set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake. Finally watch a water puppet show, a delightful performance of music, puppets and songs, before transferring back to your hotel.
Day4: Halong Bay cruise on a junk
Drive to the spectacular World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, where you will board your boat and cruise among dramatic limestone peaks. Swim in the sea and explore caves filled with stunning stalagtites and stalagmites before spending a peaceful night on board the sailing junk.
Day5: Return to Hanoi; overnight train to Hue
Wake up early to watch a stunning sunrise over the tranquil bay. The junk then sails around the island, back to the port and returns to Hanoi where you board an overnight train to Hue.
Day6: Dragon boat cruise on Perfume River
After arriving in Hue, probably the most beautiful city in Vietnam, and transferring to your hotel, visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely Dragon Boat cruise along the timeless Perfume River, stopping at one of the oldest and most significant pagodas in Hue and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
Day7: Scenic drive to Hoi An
Journey along the coast, past the beautiful beach of Lang Co and over the Hai Van Pass, to arrive at the charming river port of Hoi An, when there should be time for an introductory tour of this ancient town. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved.
Day8: Village visits by bicycle & boat
Cycle out into the countryside through rice paddies and arrive at the village of Tra Que, where you’ll be introduced to the history of the village. Later, return to Hoi An and board a river cruise to meet the local fishermen and enjoy the experience of river net fishing with the locals, before paddling a unique bamboo basket boat as you explore the area’s coconut palmed waterways.
Day9: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Transfer to Danang Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. This busy city is an interesting blend of old and new, east and west. In the afternoon, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and Old Post Office on a guided tour, before visiting the Ben Thanh market, a thriving food and clothes market.
Day10: Mekong Delta by boat
Head south into the Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam’s ‘breadbasket’, which produces more than enough rice to feed the entire country. After a scenic drive to Vinh Long, take a boat through the floating market to an ancient house, observing typical Mekong Delta rural life and beautiful landscapes along the way. Then return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day11: Cu Chi tunnels tour & fly back to the UK
Visit the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex, first used as guerrilla base during the independence war against France, and learn about its history. In the evening you’ll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Alternatively, why not extend your stay in Vietnam with an extension to Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, or some family beach time on the tropical island of Phu Quoc?
Angkor Wat - 5 days: Complete your family holiday with a few extra days in Cambodia exploring the fascinating Angkor Wat temple complex. Fly to Siem Reap where you will be guided around the best parts of the temples. There’s also the chance to take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake.
Phu Quoc - 4 days: After exploring the wonders of Vietnam from north to south, this undiscovered gem of a tropical island is the perfect way to finish your holiday. Enjoy the boutique hotel, La Veranda, which offers an array of facilities and is perfectly located beside the beach. Swim in the pool, take a snorkelling trip or explore the local area. Phu Quoc is the perfect tranquillity to ensure you return home feeling rejuvenated.
Day12: Arrive UK
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,139per adult,£1,099per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,145per adult,£1,829per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
We spend seven nights in hotels of a 3* standard, all with en suite facilities, on a twin share basis (mostly air conditioned). One night is spent on a traditional junk in Halong Bay. Cabins are on a twin share basis; an extra bed can be placed in the cabin for a child. The junk has all mod cons and is a fully-equipped vessel. The en suite cabins are cosy with tiled bathrooms and hot water, and air conditioning is available if the temperature is uncomfortable. Breakfasts usually consist of bread with butter and jam, eggs and fresh fruit; lunch and dinner offers an opportunity to sample an array of fresh seafood. One night is spent on an overnight sleeper train. Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are comfortable and safe; cabins are air-conditioned soft sleepers with four berths (upper and lower), with simple bedding provided (mattress, blanket and pillow), and there is a western-style toilet at the end of the corridor.
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 2 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£1,006 for an adult,
and from £730 for a child aged 11 and under.
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.
For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.