Tours : Battle

TO SOMEONE WHO INTERESTED IN MILITARY HISTORY FIELD OF AMERICA - 18 Nights - (Code: VSE.VET-02)

TO SOMEONE WHO INTERESTED IN MILITARY HISTORY FIELD OF AMERICA - 18 Nights - (Code: VSE.VET-02)

This tour not only cover the battlefields, but also Vietnam's historical sites. There will be ample time to experience Vietnamese culture and enjoy the country's beauty.

DAY 1: SAIGON - ARRIVAL [ DINNER]

Arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Sai Gon. Warmly welcome by our tour guide and transfer to the Rex hotel, an officer hotel (BOQ) during the war and the most famous of French built hotel in Sai Gon. From the rooftop garden of the Rex, at the hub of Sai Gon's downtown, you can look down Le Loi Street to the former RVN Parliament Building on Dong Khoi street, welknown during the war as Tu Do Street, City tour of Sai Gon includes the Presidential palace. The War Remnants museum (formerly American war crime museum) old US Embassy, central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral on what was called John F.Kennedy Square.

Overnight in Sai Gon.

DAY 2: SAIGON - TAY NINH AND IRON TRIANGLE [ BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER]

Iron Triangle, sites of the 173rd Airborne and 11th  Armored Cav bases. Staging area for 503rd Airborne Brigade at Ben Cat. Lai Khe, home of the 1st  Infantry Div on the Thunder Road No 13. Cu Chi Tunnels, located, in part, directly beneath HQ of ihe 25th Infantry Division. It was from the Cu Chi tunnels that Saigon was attacked at Tet, 1968. Opportunity to crawl into the tunnels-bring your flashlight. Also, We will visit the "Holly See" of the Cao Dai religion, their fantastic art deco temple and compound with its formal gardens. Observe the worship service, view murals of the history and theology of this unusual religion. This is a religion found only in Vietnam. The Cao Dai was a paramilitary force in combating the French, and when ARVN forces under the Diem presidency defeated them, they brought their army into alliance with the South Vietnamese government. Back to Sai Gon for dinner. Overnigth in Saigon.

DAY 3: SAI GON - CHINA TOWN - MY THO - CAN THO  [ BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER]

Two days one night will get you deep into Mekong delta to My Tho, Dong Tam (former base of the "brown water navy"), Vinh Long, Can Tho. Cruise the mighty Mekong River and recall the hazards of this sub-tropical Jungle 30 years ago. Tropical fruits orchards, me Island of Coconut Monk, floating market, and river life will make this an unforgettable 02 days. A morning trip take you cruise in the bustling China town, including the most impressive Thien Hau temple, ChoLon market area. Leave China town for a drive on HW1 to typical southern Sai Gon.
After lunch we drive to My Tho, a town belonging to Mekong delta. Take the boat cruise on Mekong River and enjoy tropical fruits on Coconut Island around. Then back to dry land for a drive by Dong Tam to Can Tho city, the hub city in Mekong delta, enjoy the atmosphere in the green of the Mekong delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 4: CAN THO - SAIGON [ BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER]

After breakfast, take a sampan on Mekong river, this really is the way to experience real life of the country people, the Cai Rang floating market (really colorful and bustling place on water), stop at one of the many fruit orchards to taste the fresh and exotic tropical fruit, a cruise along the narrow waterway overhung with dense vegetation, and romantic sight of the green water palm, will absolutely relax your mind. Back to the hotel. Checkout then leave Can Tho for Saigon. Overnight in Sai Gon.

DAY 5: SAIGON - NHA TRANG [ BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER]

Enjoy a whole day driving through Xuan Loc, Phan Thiet, Phan Rang and Cam Ranh Bay. Heading up north for Phan Thiet. The landscape between Phan Thiet and Phan Rang changes to an aid semi-desert with sandy soil and prickly pear cactus, which is called dragon fruit. Many opportunities for taking photographes at the rubber plantation, dragon fruit garden and see how it is on process. Check in hotel on arrival. Overnight in Nha Trang.

DAY 6: FREE DAY IN NHA TRANG [ BREAKFAST]

Spend a relaxing day, Optional is not include in price for snorkeling, jet skiing, swimming on Tam Island or visit the Oceanographic institute - the first and biggest Marine Research Center in Indochina. The Ponaga Cham Tower (to learn culture and history of Champa people one of the 54 ethnic minority in Vietnam). Overnight in Nha Trang.

DAY 7: NHA TRANG - BAN ME THUOT [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will start going to the Central Highlands. A 220-Km Trip takes you to the central Highland, en route visit Dray Sap waterfall, and many photograph opportunities taken along the way. Arrive at Ban Me Thuot, elephant training center and coffee plantation. Then visit Khai Doan pagoda and  Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary. Over night in Ban Me Thuot.

DAY 8: BAN ME THUOT - PLEIKU - KONTUM [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Drive northwards through the highland to Pleiku and from Pleime to Dakto including site of Battle of Pleime and NVA Kontum. Opportunity to visit several Montagnard villages. Explore areas from Pleime to Dakto including site of Battle of Pleime and NVA retreat route past LZs Albany and X-Ray, and Rocket Ridge named for the many B52 bomb craters. Then head the road to Kontum; it was the site of a major battle at Easter, 1972. Overnight in Kontum.

DAY 9: KONTUM [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

We will explore the site of the battle in Dakto at Easter, 1972, the skull slope, and the Phoenix runway. In the afternoon you will visit the Wooden Church, and its orphanage behind the Church (unfortunate children will be happy to receive your kindhearted visit), and a village of hill tribe people. Spend your second night in Kontum.

DAY 10: KONTUM - QUI NHON [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Drive from Kontum to Qui Nhon, supply depot of the first Log command, via An Khe, a major military area where you could find the 1st Cav among other units. Stop at Quang Trung museum at Tay Son. Qui Nhon also was an R&R location with the Red Beach recreation area. Free time for you at the beach. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

DAY 11: QUI NHON - QUANG NGAI [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Driving up north to Quang Ngai, see petroleum farm and ammunition dump near Qui Nhon. Along way is Phu Cat airbase, LZ English, Bong Son, Duster Hill, and Duc Pho. Arrive at Quang Ngai; significant site is in store for you today, My Lai (Son My) Massacre Memorial. Overnight in Quang Ngai.

DAY 12: QUANG NGAI - DA NANG [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Heading north, Chu Lai a home base of 3rd Marine Div. Tam Ky, Hoi An ancient town. It was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries and its architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years, here the atmosphere is like home sweets home. Take a walking tour of the ancient town center to visit the former merchants' homes, the 400 - year old Japanese covered bridge, the Chinese temples, and the colorful market. Then transfer to hotel.  Overnight at hotel in Da Nang.

DAY 13: CITY TOUR DA NANG [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Take a city tour includes old airfield, Nguyen Van Troi Bridge -built by US, now named for VC Martyr who tried to blow up former Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, Marble Mountains, Cham museum. The rest of tfie day is at your leisure. Overnight in Da Nang.

DAY 14: DA NANG - HUE [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Leave Da Nang for Hue, the scenic route climbs over the Hai Van pass (the pass of ocean clouds) before descending down to the wonderful photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Stop at Red Beach where the first U.S. Combat Marines landed in 1965.
Along HW1. Phu Bai airfield was home of the 1stMarine Div. Upon your arrival in Hue. check-in hotel. Sightseeings for you today are the Citadel and the Flag Tower; the city was once Vietnam's Capital from 1802 to 1945 ruled by 13 Emperors under the Nguyen dynasty. Traditionally, it also has been one of Vietnam's main cultural, religious and educational centers. Visit Imperial Citadel, which was mostly consirucled in 1804 by Gia Long, known as the first Emperor who established the dynasty. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 15: CITY TOUR HUE [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Take a morning boat trip on the romantic Huong River (known as Perfume River)  to the best-known religious site, Thien Mu pagoda, the oldest and most important Buddhist shrine in Vietnam. Here you will see the Austin car driven by the Monk to his immolation in Sai Gon to protest the anti-Buddhist repression of president Ngo Dinh Diem. Keep on cruising up stream to the most majestic of royal tombs is the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang. Off the water to drive to the elaborate mausoleum of Tu Duc Emperor, the gaudy and crumbling tomb of Khai Dinh. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 16: HUE - DONG HA [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Drive up North Highway, pass the Camp Evans (20 tank regiment) and fire support base Nancy (258th M.C. Brigade): continue to the battle site of Quang Tri. Then pass Ai Tu combat base and airfield of the 3rd ARVN Div. HQ. Then next reach Dong Ha to enter the Leatherneck Square bounded by Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Con Thien, and Gio Linh. Visit the Truong Son NVA Cemetery; recall the Operation Buffalo. Con Thien fire support base, continue up HWI across the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River, which demarcated North and South Vietnam. Visit the Doc Mieu base in the DMZ before returning to Dong Ha for an overnight.

DAY17: DONG HA - HANOI/ OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Leave Dong Ha for Khe Sanh, we have a ride parallel to the DMZ along route No 9 to Khe Sanh. Pass series of the fire support bases, the Rockpile, and the Dakrong Bridge where the joint of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Tour Khe Sanh base, an indoor and outdoor museum, a French fort, battle sites and military camps. Take an overnight train to Ha Noi.

DAY 18: ARRIVE IN HANOI [ BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/DINNER]

Your train will arrive in Ha Noi where you will see the city that was bombed by American B-52's. View "Uncle Ho" preserved under glass in his mausoleum. Visit Ho Chi Minh's home/office on stilts, the Ho Chi Minh museum, and the Temple of Literature (where the oldest University was built in Vietnam and the Shrine to Confucius). Evening enjoy me performance in the water puppet theater (unique to Vietnam). Overnight in Ha Noi.

Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closed on Monday and Friday and from September to November closed for maintenance.

DAY 19: DEPARTURE [ BREAKFAST]

Morning is at leisure until transfer for a flight back to the United States and home. Depending on your final destination, most will arrive home the same day as departure; however, some may arrive in the morning of the next day.