the Vietnam tour
EXPLORING THE BATTLEFIELDS OF VIETNAM
- HANOI - HUE - ASHAU VALLEY - DANANG - LANG CO - SAIGON -
NOV 25nd - DEC 5th 2023
Death once rained down from the Marble Mountains, filling the picturesque bays and valleys of Vietnam with misery. The limestone caverns contain the rocky outpost that was the secret command center for this mad, main stage of the Vietnam War.
Carpets of barbed wire, 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.
Destinations: Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta.
Tour Dates: November 25- Dec 5th, 2023
Flight departure: [Nov 23] Flight return: [Dec 6]
Flight departure [your major gateway] > [HKG], Flight Return [HKG] > [Home]
The Vietnam Tour | Map & Outline
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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
Vietnam | Daily Itinerary
- - | November 25th
Overnight flight to Hong Kong.
[Breakfast and Dinner will be Served on Board]
Day 1 | 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 Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter before dinner at the Press Club Restaurant. [Overnight – Hanoi (B, D)]
Day 2 | November 27th
Another exciting day in Hanoi 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. Embrace the chaos of Hanoi traffic, as we venture off to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. [Overnight – Hanoi (B, D)]
Day 3 | 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 filled with captured US military tanks and equipment open on display. After exploring the 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 this evening. [Overnight – Hue (B, D)]
Day 4 | 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 with some local specialists in the area, meet some Vietnamese War Veterans, and hear their incredible stories. [Overnight – Hue (B, L, D)]
Day 5 | November 30th
After breakfast, embark on a full-day trip to the former battlefields along the Vietnamese DMZ. Under the terms of the 1954 Geneva accords, Vietnam was split 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. We will be visiting some historic sites here such as the Khe Sahn, Hien 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 6 | December 1st
Da Nang, 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, officially marking the America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Along the way we will stop over at Lang Co Beach, South China Beach, Cham Museum and Marble Mountain. After, checking in to our hotel in Hoi An, we will take a walking tour of the Japanese Bridge and the ancient houses of this historically significant port. [Overnight – Hoi An (B, L, D)]
Day 7 | December 2nd
Today enjoy a full-day visiting the former Chu Lai Base, or Cam Doi Base in the Quang Ngai province before a visit to pay our homage at My Lai, the scene of the massacre of civilians on March 16th 1968. [Overnight – Hoi An (B)]
Day 8 | December 3rd
We transfer to the airport in Da Nang for our 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 Palace, War Museum, China Town and finally, the Notre Dame Cathedral which will conclude our day. [Overnight – Saigon (B)]
Day 9 | December 4th
This morning, we will start our guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels. By 1965, 250km 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 30-40 km outside of 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 10 | December 5th
Today, a river cruise 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 been on. [Overnight – Saigon (B, D)]
Day 11 | December 6th
Depart for Saigon Airport to fly to Hong Kong.
[B, D served on board]
*Please note - this itinerary can be customised for private groups
*Final itinerary is subject to changes & review *
Thinking about arranging a custom pre-tour or post-tour extension to your in Cambodia, Thailand or Laos? We encourage it!
Should you have any questions regarding your flight, insurance, or travel extension options, contact our host travel agency:
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TRIP EXTENSION OPPORTUNITY
The Battlefield Tours is offering a 9 night, 10 day post-tour extension to explore
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.
Extend your tour & continue exploring South East Asia - choose from our following extensions:
Minimum Tour Capacity:
4 Travellers per 8-seater coach
Maximum Tour Capacity:
25 Travellers per 50 seat coach
This Tour Includes...
Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:
Some Lunches (L), as per itinerary
Some Dinners (D) & drinks with dinner, as per itinerary
Single Room Supplement
Gratuities owed to tour staff (may we suggest 15 usd per person per day)
Travel Insurance (please contact your travel agent or DH Tour if you need assistance booking medical or trip cancellation insurance)
Roundtrip Airfare YYZ > SGN //
HKG > YYZ
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
Battlefield Tour Manager throughout
Online Custom Map Kit & Resource
Online Custom Map Kit & Tour
Resource & Info Guide
All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes
The Vietnam Tour
Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto
Per Person, land only
**Air is available from all major Canadian cities - please contact your Travel Agent for more information**
TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Initial Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately
Your Remaining Balance: Due 90 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:
Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]
Mail to: 2289 Fairview St., Suite 321, Burlington ON L7R 2E3
Early registration is recommended for this battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 25 travellers, we suggest you register as soon as possible to hold your space
No payment is required to register - An initial deposit of $500 CAD (non-refundable) will be called upon to reserve/secure your spot.
Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure