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11-Day Vietnam War Tour

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Introduction

On this 11-day tour, we trace the colonial, political, economic and ideological reasons behind the Indochina wars after WWII, mainly focusing on American involvement, visiting places where the most iconic battles and moments took place. Beyond the world-famous Cu Chi Tunnels and other battle sites we leave the beaten path and crest the mountains close to the border of Laos to see Khe Sanh Combat Base and other sites in the Demilitarized Zone rarely visited. Other highlights include Hanoi, the old Imperial City of Hue, the ancient city of Hoi An and the wide boulevards and historic French colonial buildings of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. This tour takes you to the heart of Vietnam, an ecologically and culturally diverse country with lush mountain valleys, scenic beaches, fertile deltas and a fascinating culture.

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Tour datesList price Layaway Early-Bird Book
  • Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 31, 2020
    $6,600
    $5,940
    $5,280
Single supplement : $650

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • 10 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels
  • 10 breakfasts 9 lunches 10 dinners
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • 1 glass of beer/wine at lunch and dinner
  • Welcome drink and tour orientation
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Luxury coach transportation
  • Airfare from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue
  • Airfare from Da Nang to Hanoi
  • Local expert guiding
  • 24/7 tour manager
  • All museum admissions
  • Free Wi-Fi at hotels
  • Tour-assist headsets
  • Online access to personalized My Trip account
  • All taxes and credit card fees
  • All departures guaranteed
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Itinerary

  • Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, passengers are greeted at the airport and taken to our hotel. There is an introduction to the tour and a chance to get acquainted over a welcome drink.

  • In the morning we discover the dynamic urban landscape of Ho Chi Minh City, brimming with street vendors, temples, shops and French colonial architecture in a fascinating blend of old and new. On our sightseeing tour we learn about the effects of the Vietnam War with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, then head on a walking tour of the Reunification Palace, the site of South Vietnam's surrender in 1975. The Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office and the Saigon Opera House are all beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.

  • The day involves a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a strategic base built by locals during the Indochina conflict from which the Viet Cong could operate close to Saigon. Located at the end of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, the complex encompassed 125 miles of tunnels, including hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. As we venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels, we learn about the difficult living conditions and the ingenuity required to maintain life underground. We wander past huge bomb craters, discover hidden entrances and see tiny chimneys that channeled smoke from underground kitchens.

  • We travel south to the Mekong Delta, the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, where approximately half of Vietnam’s food is produced. Upon arrival in My Tho, we hop aboard a private boat for a cruise on the mighty Mekong River to witness the daily life of villagers, who are more likely to travel on the river than on a road. We explore the maze of canals brimming with markets and tropical foods representing the locals’ livelihood as we gain insight into the region’s different industries.

  • Early in the morning we catch a commercial flight to Hue: the former capital of Vietnam and the battleground for one of the longest battles of the war. In the afternoon we explore the bunkers overlooking the Perfume River and explore some cultural attractions: the Imperial City and the Tomb of Tu Duc.

  • We explore the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone on a day trip from Hue to discover the battleground demarcation line between the Communist North and the Free South that divided Vietnam into two separate countries. We visit ethnic villages, the Khe Sanh Combat Base, walk part of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail and much more.

  • In the morning we travel to Da Nang through the Hai Van Pass: one of the most scenic roads in Vietnam, spotting many American-made bunkers on the way. On arrival we visit the breathtaking Marble Mountains, the Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang and famous China Beach, where American soldiers used to surf during the war.

  • Before heading north, we visit Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a well-preserved South-East Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. With an abundance of shops and wares, Hoi An is the perfect place to spend some free time and obtain some souvenirs. In the afternoon we catch a commercial flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

  • In the morning there is an optional visit to the Museum of Hoa Lo Prison that serves as a sobering reminder of the horrors of war, as well as a memorial to those who lost their lives during some of the most tragic periods in Vietnamese history. Infamously known to American POWs as the Hanoi Hilton, the prison was originally built to hold political prisoners during the French occupation of Vietnam and was later used by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon we explore Hanoi on a sightseeing tour, including the all-encompassing Vietnam Military History Museum.

  • In the morning we devote some more time to understanding the political and military turmoil of the country through the exhibits at the Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum and the B-52 Victory Museum. We take the afternoon to learn more about Vietnamese culture at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex or use this time as a chance to venture out into Hanoi and explore on your own.

  • After saying goodbye, our passengers are transferred to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for their return flights.