VIETNAM EXTENSION

Battlefield Tour

About Vietnam

Death once rained down from the Marble Mountains, filling the picturesque bays and valleys of Vietnam with misery. Nowadays, the limestone caverns are crowded with jubilant tourists eager for a peak inside the rocky outpost that was the secret command center for this mad, main stage of the Vietnam War.

 

Besides housing a huge guerilla garrison that operated safely yet within easy striking distance of the American forces in Danang, the mountain caves also offered sleeping quarters, kitchen and a full field hospital.
 

Carpets of barbed wire, massive lots filled with tanks and bomber fields dominated the view from these mountains in those tragic days. The sky was filled with the nauseous fumes of petrol, burning flesh and napalm. Now, the air is clear, filled with the chatter of children. And the view from this infamous outpost in Central Vietnam has become one of hope, and flourishing prosperity.

 

Underneath a canopy of greenery, upon a white sand beach stretching around a picture-postcard bay, sits the Furama Resort in Danang. Tranquility is the order of the day at Vietnam’s first luxury resort. Yet close your eyes, and the sand seems to shake. You can almost hear the last bomb blasts and cacophony of war.

 

Some of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War were fought in the shadows of these hills, and the grim imprints remain firm upon the sand. In fact, that’s part of the attraction for many visitors. In Vietnam, a country torn by over a century of strife, war memories are painfully prevalent.

The statue of Col. James H. Kasler in Momence, Illinois. Col. Kasler fought in WW2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War - where he was shot down and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 6.5 years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

VIETNAM EXTENSION | THE DASHBOARD

Tour Info

Tour Dates: November 25th, 2018 - December 5th, 2018

 

Destinations: China, Vietnam

Although a fairly new itinerary, we have been working with Vietnam for the last 10 years, organizing groups and learning all we can of their recent history and the horror that came with it. If you are interested in a fundamental understanding, and an insightful look at the effects of the Vietnam War, this tour might be of interest to you.

This tour provides a captivating narrative touching upon the horrors felt by Vietnam during the Vietnam War. By the end of the tour, you will learn that Vietnam has an incredibly rich and sorrowful history all of its own. Embrace a beautiful world with beautiful people matched with incredible food, and a breathtaking landscape before embarking on our Battlefield Tours Journey to the River Kwai. Explore with us this exhilarating world unlike any other destaintion in the Far South East. The people, the food, the landscape, the climate, and the beauty of it all will be sure to take your breath away, just as their incredible history has for our Battlefield Tours team, which we are eager to reveal for you day by day. 

By far a favorite, and different itinerary for The Battlefield Tours, but a dramatic and inspirational journey nonetheless. 

Organizer's Contact information

Your Land Operator - The Battlefield Tours - SAMANTHA COWAN p: 647-746-9862 e: samantha@thebattlefieldtours.ca

Our Travel Agent - DH Tours - KAREN BURWOOD p: 905-639-9954 e: karen@dhtour.ca

Vietnam Extension | Map & Outline

 
  • Take in the views of Hoan Kiem Lake, Perfume River, Ashau Valley & Lang Co
     

  • Visit the "Hanoi Hilton" where many American POW's were incarcerated 
     

  • See for yourself the Battlefields of Camp Eagles, the fire bases of Birmingham, and Hamburger Hill
     

  • Hike the breathtaking ruins of Marble Mountain
     

  • Explore the vast span under the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the notorious guerilla power base known as the Iron Triangle
     

  • Explore the history and beauty at the Reunification Palace
     

  • Cruise along the MeKong Delta 

Explore by scrolling through the cities we will be visiting, and zoom in to get familiar with where we will be visiting on this tour:

Day One | November 25th, 2018
Overnight flight to Hong Kong
[Breakfast and Dinner will be Served on Board] 
 

Day Two | November 26th
This morning, we will be taking a short flight to Hanoi, where you will be released into the wonderful chaos of the former French Colonial City. Our sightseeing tour will include the Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter before dinner at the Press Club Restaurant.
[Overnight – Hanoi (B, D)] 
 

Day Three | November 27th 
An exciting day awaits us as we explore the Vietnam Military History Museum, as well as the two sites where the wreckage of two B52′s shot down were reassembled on the spot.  We will also visit the Hanoi Hilton where many American POW’s were incarcerated – including John McCain – then we will truly enjoy the chaos of Hanoi traffic, as we venture off to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant for a real traditional, and phenomenal dinner.

[Overnight – Hanoi (B, D)]
 

Day Four | November 28th
Today we leave for our flight from Phu Bai airport to Hue City, the capital of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We will start our sightseeing city tour including the Citadel and a park hosting captured US military tanks and equipment open on display. After exploring the otherwise known forbidden purple city, we will then visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before touring outside of the City to view defence bunkers overlooking the Perfume River. Dinner at a local restaurant in town will entertain us later in the evening.
[Overnight – Hue (B, D)] 
 

Day Five | November 29th
After breakfast, we will head to the north of Hue to Ashau Valley. Along the way will stop over at some former battlefields such as Camp Eagles, The Fire Bases of Birmingham, A Luoi and the infamous Hamburger Hill. On this trip today you will be able to meet and exchange talks with some local Vietnamese war veterans and hear their incredible stories.
[Overnight – Hue (B, L, D)]
 

Day Six | November 30th
After breakfast, it will be a full-day trip to visit more former battlefields along the Vietnamese DMZ. Under the terms of the 1954 Geneva accords, Vietnam was split in two along the 17th parallel. The demarcation line ran along the Ben Hai River and was sealed by a strip of no-man’s-land 5km wide on each side known as the demilitarized zone or DMZ. We will be visiting some historic sites here such as the Khe SahnHien Luong Bridge, the Rock Pile and Camp Carrol as well as the Vinh Moc Tunnels before returning back the Highway No.1 for our drive back to Hue.
[Overnight – Hue (B, L)]
 

Day Seven | December 1st
Da Nang, currently the third largest city in Vietnam  is on today's agenda. On March 8th 1965, the US 9th Marine Brigade landed on Red Beach 2 in Da Nang, and officially marked the involvement of the American in Vietnam War. Along the way we will stop over at Lang Co BeachSouth China BeachCham Museum and Marble Mountain. Afterwards, we will check in to our hotel and eat lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we will then take our walking visit to the Japanese Bridge and view the ancient houses of this ancient and historically significant port.

[Overnight – Hoi An (B, L, D)]
 

Day Eight | December 2nd 
Today we will have a full-day of visiting the former Chu Lai Base or Cam Doi Base in Quang Ngai province before a visit to the My Lai, the scene of the massacre of civilians on March 16th 1968.

[Overnight – Hoi An (B)] 
 

Day Nine | December 3rd
We transfer to the airport in Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon. Upon arrival our driver will pick us up and transfer us to our hotel for check in. A City tour of Saigon including some former war sites such as the Reunification PalaceWar Museum, China Town and finally, the Notre Dame Cathedral which will conclude our day.

[Overnight – Saigon (B)] 
 

Day Ten | December 4th
This morning, we will start our guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed the Cu Chi and surrounding areas – just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the Iron Triangle. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that it allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, especially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Allegedly the old wooden targets resembled US Marines! Upon our return to Saigon, you will have some free time to explore the city on your own. 
[Overnight – Saigon (B, L)]
 

Day Eleven | December 5th
Today, a tour along the Mekong Delta where you will cruise through one of the most perilous battle areas during the War. Today, it is a scenic journey with delightful venues and islands and a chance to relax before returning back to your hotel for overnight. Take this day as a chance to reflect on what we've just explored, and the journey we have started.  
[Overnight – Saigon (B, D)] 
 

Day Twelve | December 6th
Depart for Saigon Airport to fly to Hong Kong.
[B, D served on board] 

 

TOUR END.

 

The Battlefield Tours and our host agency DH Tour can assist you with the arrangement of any custom pre-trip and post-trip travel.

 

Please indicate on your registration form your flight requirements, travel insurance and/or your request to add any custom travel extensions to your journey. Our office will contact you directly to arrange and price. Should you have any questions regarding your flight, insurance, or travel extension options, please contact Karen Burwood, our travel agent [(Office Phone) 905-639-9954 
 (Toll-Free) 1-888-597-3519 | karen@dhtour.ca ]

Vietnam Extension | Itinerary

If you have any questions or special requests - please let us know! 

 

TRIP EXTENSION OPPORTUNITY

The Battlefield Tours is offering a 9 night, 10 day post-tour extension in Hong Kong & Thailand! 

 

Fly to Hong Kong, China and explore the beautiful cultures and history of this amazing city, before flying to Thailand to see first hand battlefields and POW sites as well as The Bridge over The River Kwai.   

This Tour Includes...

This tour is fully customisable and comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions

Exclusions

All meals not listed on your itinerary

 

Gratuities to driver / tour manager
(may we suggest 5CAD per day for your driver and 7CAD per day for your guide)


Travel Insurance (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance booking medical or trip cancellation insurance)

Custom Travel Extensions (either pre-tour or post-tour) (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance with organising and booking)

 

Single Room Supplement

Round Trip Air Transportation from Toronto​

 

All inter Asia flights listed on your itinerary

 

Superior First class hotels & Porterage

 

Meals as per your itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

All Entrances as per your itinerary

 

Experienced and knowledgeable Tour Manager

 

Executive Coach

 

Online Custom Map Kit & Resource

 

Pricing

Vietnam Extension Only

$4250 CAD
$2750 CAD
$750 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

$6750 CAD
$5220 CAD
$1275 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

$3950 CAD
$2470 CAD
$525 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

**Air is also available from all major Canadian cities - please contact our DH Tour Travel Agent for more information**
 

 

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial Deposit: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately
Your Remaining Balance: Due by Saturday, August 28th, 2018 (70 days prior to departure)

METHOD OF PAYMENT

All funds will be collected by our host agency, DH Tour. If you would like to use your credit card, our agency will collect your payment details over the phone after you have registered. DH Tour accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, as well as cash and cheque payments. 
 

Personal cheques can be made to:

“DH Tour”

Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]

Mail to: 2319 Fairview St., Suite 609, Burlington ON L7R 2E3

Please review our Groups Terms & Conditions before booking with us.

 

Vietnam Extension W/ Hong Kong & Bridge Over River Kwai

Where to go from here

Register your seat on this tour

 

1-877-449-4652

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Your Host Travel Agent:
Signing up on one of our public programs? Battlefield travellers can contact us to register, answer questions, organise flights,

travel add-ons & insurance.

 

DH Group Tour
www.dhgrouptours.com

 dhtour@dhtour.ca
1-888-597-3519
 905-639-9954 

2319 Fairview Street, Suite 609
Burlington, Ontario
L7R 2E3
CANADA

Your Canadian Tour Wholesaler:
Are you a Travel agent, tour organiser, or looking to create your own custom group program? Get in touch with us directly.

 


Connection Custom Travel Inc.
www.connectiontours.ca

info@connectiontours.ca
1-877-449-6266
306-343-6266

840 Idylwyld Drive, Suite 209
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

SKL 6W7

CANADA

 

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