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Vietnam Revealed - Battlefield Tour: Hanoi to Saigon

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 2,999

Explore the battlefields of the Vietnam War on this tour from Hanoi to Saigon. Visit the Hanoi Hilton, learn about the Tet Offensive in Hue, venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City, and see the Reunification Palace and Pho Binh Restaurant in former Saigon.


This 10-day Vietnamese vacation takes you through the country to explore the battlefields of the Vietnam War. It features first-class accommodations, small group tours, and is a great tour for history buffs.

Your trip across Vietnam begins in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. Upon arrival, you’ll meet up with your guide and head on an introductory tour through the city, learning about Hanoi’s historical role as the capital of North Vietnam and the French colonial presence that has made it one of the most attractive centres in the country. The next day, you’ll venture through the city’s war history, starting at the Hanoi Hilton, where American POWs like John McCain were held captive during the war, and ending at the Army Museum, where you’ll learn all about the wars with the French, Chinese, and Americans.

From Hanoi, fly to the centre of the country and Hue, the former home to the Nguyen Emperors that ruled the country during the Middle Ages. In Hue, you’ll explore the bloodshed and tragedy of the 1968 Tet Offensive and relive the battle of Hue in the company of a survivor of the battle. A city tour the next day will take you to other historical highlights, from the Grand Tomb of Emperor Thu Duc to the Thien Mu Pagoda, a seven-storied Buddhist tower overlooking the Perfume River.

Pass into the former DMZ, which used to divide North and South Vietnam prior to 1975. You’ll visit the former American military base at Khe Sanh and venture into the VInh Moc Tunnels, where an entire village was constructed underground to avoid bombings. In the afternoon, learn about the bomb disposal efforts of Project RENEW before ending at the Old Citadel of Quang Tri, site of the Easter Offensive in 1972. Before leaving Central Vietnam, stop by the attractive colonial port of Hoi An, where you’ll stroll across the Japanese Covered Bridge and explore the pedestrian-only streets of Vietnam’s most attractive city.

The final stop on your exploration of the Vietnam War is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Start at the Pho Binh Restaurant, where Viet Cong commanders planned the Tet Offensive, before exploring the Reunification Palace, the former palace of the South Vietnamese president and the last stronghold of South Vietnamese resistance. The next day, head on a speed boat cruise to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Viet Cong had an extensive infiltration network of tunnels they could use to attack installations in the south. On your final full day in Vietnam, join with a Viet Cong veteran to gain a new perspective on the battles of the Vietnam War before returning to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the colonial mansion of Henry Cabot, former US ambassador to South Vietnam, and join a culinary workshop held by war veterans.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to fly back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,999

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Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by a Goway local representative and transferred to your hotel. Here you will meet your historian, Chuck Searcy, and your Vietnamese guide for a tour briefing. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

O'Gallery Majestic Hotel

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    O'Gallery Majestic Hotel



    O'Gallery Majestic Hotel and Spa is a 4-star luxury hotel of Oriental Hospitality Group (OHG) which epitomizes polished extravagance with a sophisticated blend of moss black, gold and beige white. With the design of spiral stairways, high ceilings alongside curated set pieces extending authentic shout-outs ...

    O'Gallery Majestic Hotel and Spa is a 4-star luxury hotel of Oriental Hospitality Group (OHG) which epitomizes polished extravagance with a sophisticated blend of moss black, gold and beige white. With the design of spiral stairways, high ceilings alongside curated set pieces extending authentic shout-outs to both Hanoian chic and the ultra contemporary feature prominently on its premises, possibly upstaged only by supremely hospitable, reassuring staff always ready to extend an exceeding measure of warmth and friendship.

    Our hotel offers an available inventory of 65 guest rooms in aggregate; higher tier suites come equipped with individual standing balcony, outdoor tea table and terrazo bathtub. A gym with adjoining swimming pool exist in one corner of the seventh floor. Located in the basement of the hotel, our top chefs at Jasmine Restaurant will bring you the typical flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Bar
    • Coffee Lounge
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Gym
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Hanoi

Hanoi has over 1000 years of history making the capital city a charming place to begin our tour. Today you will get to explore the traces from the war, beginning with the 'Hanoi Hilton', where American POWs were imprisoned throughout the war. You will then head to Truc Bach and Huu Tiep Lakes in Ngoc Ha village, to see the remains of crashed B52 bombers. You will be driven to Thang Long Royal Citadel, and visit the underground war bunker in the same compound that played an important role in the American war. The trip concludes with a visit to the Army Museum. This repository of Vietnam's military history includes war propaganda, photographs and documents from the Chinese, French and American Wars. Tonight you will enjoy a dinner hosted by a local Vietnamese veteran who will share with you his experiences.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Hanoi - Hue

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The imperial capital of the Nguyen Lords dates from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Hue’s splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel contribute to its undeniable royal charm. You will follow the traces of the 1968 Tet Offensive, a battle for control of the city. You then pass by the Citadel and visit sites specific to the northern battle. At Dong Ba Gates you will meet Mr. Nguyen Dac Xuan, a culture researcher and survivor from the bloody battle in Hue. You visit Mr. Xuan’s house to participate in a discussion to gain a deeper understanding and learn from his first-hand experiences.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Saigon Morin Hotel

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    Saigon Morin Hotel



    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to ...

    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to its century-old glory, Saigon Morin Hotel is once ready to live up to its reputation as the choice of celebrities, intrepid adventures and businessmen. The Hotel offers everything a discerning traveller would expect form a world class hotel without sacrificing the old world charm that made the Saigon Morin Hotel legendary.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 4

Hue - City Tour

Today you follow the traces of the Tet Offensive, with visits to the old Shell Gas Station, the former MACV Compound, Hue University and the Church of the Redemptorist to better understand the battle. Hue is the center of Buddhism in Vietnam and you will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, a seven-storied tower pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. You will then finish at the grand tomb of the former Emperor Thu Duc, a sprawling complex with ancient architecture and verdant gardens.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Hue - A Luoi - DMZ

This morning you depart for the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a 3-mile strip of land on either side of the Ben Hai River. Established after the first Indochina War, the zone functioned as the dividing line between North and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. You will stop at places of military significance just south of the DMZ including the former American military base at Khe Sanh, the Rockpile, Camp Carroll, Dakrong suspension bridge, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp and more. You will explore the Vinh Moc Tunnels, where a village was constructed underground by local people to avoid bombing. In the afternoon you will stop at the Quang Tri Provincial Mine Action Centre for a briefing about Project RENEW. You will learn about the clean-up operations conducted by the explosive ordnance disposal teams, which have already destroyed more than 50,000 bombs throughout Quang Tri Province in the last three years and reduced accidents to nearly zero, keeping today's children and adults safe. You will visit the Old Citadel of Quang Tri, the site of a bloody battle during the Easter Offensive in 1972 before checking in to your hotel in Quang Tri this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Muong Thanh Hue Hotel

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    Muong Thanh Hue Hotel



    The bright and welcoming Muong Thanh Hue Hotel is centrally located in historic Hue, across the road from the Hue ferry terminal. Along with 110 contemporary rooms, this Hue hotel offers conferencing facilities for up to 280 delegates, an outdoor pool, gym and spa, plus ...

    The bright and welcoming Muong Thanh Hue Hotel is centrally located in historic Hue, across the road from the Hue ferry terminal. Along with 110 contemporary rooms, this Hue hotel offers conferencing facilities for up to 280 delegates, an outdoor pool, gym and spa, plus mouth-watering dining options including a lounge bar and private dining room overlooking the Perfume River. This unique hotel is just 20 minutes from Phu Bai Airport and five minutes from the Dong Ba market and other Hue attractions.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pets Accepted
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Quang Tri - Hoi An

This morning you depart early for a scenic drive to Hoi An. En-route you will stop at a number of different battle sites to see the Hai River, the Hien Luong Bridge and the 17th Parallel. You will check in to your hotel on arrival and then enjoy a walking tour of the Ancient Town. Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An (known then as 'Faifo'), was a prosperous trading port, attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships. Today this World Heritage site is recognised for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine. Hoi An's narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many sights, including the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

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    Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort



    Almanity is an oasis for the soul and a rejuvenating retreat for the weary traveller and a rejuvenating retreat for the weary traveller. Almanity is located in the heart of Hoi AN ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Resort is charming and poetic, welcoming ...

    Almanity is an oasis for the soul and a rejuvenating retreat for the weary traveller and a rejuvenating retreat for the weary traveller.

    Almanity is located in the heart of Hoi AN ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Resort is charming and poetic, welcoming and unassuming. Every detail of the resort is designed to relax our guests and reflect our passion for creating an unforgettable experience. We pride ourselves in offering something unique; personal journeys that connect our ancient culture with modern Vietnam. Join us in the spa for a modern interpretation of ancient fables, or take a journey into local culture and cuisine with our chefs as guides.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Fitness Centre
    • Kids club
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Hoi An - Saigon

This morning you will be transferred to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it is known locally. Upon arrival, you will transfer to the Pho Binh restaurant, where VC commanders gathered during the war to plan the 1968 Tet Offensive. After lunch, you head to a secret weapons chamber used by the VC and then visit a shrine to US Embassy guards killed in the 1968 Tet Offensive, outside today’s US Consulate. You continue to the former CIA building (outside visit only), where helicopters evacuated the last remaining US citizens in April 1975. You will also visit the Reunification Palace for a guided tour of the former headquarters of the South Vietnamese Government and presidential residence. We then head to the rooftop café of the iconic Rex Hotel, for a drink and a spectacular view of downtown Saigon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Saigon Prince Hotel

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    Saigon Prince Hotel



    Located right in the heart of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Prince Hotel, formerly known as Duxton Hotel Saigon, is a luxury 4 star boutique hotel offering a refined and relaxing environment for business and leisure travellers alike. As well as a range ...

    Located right in the heart of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Prince Hotel, formerly known as Duxton Hotel Saigon, is a luxury 4 star boutique hotel offering a refined and relaxing environment for business and leisure travellers alike.

    As well as a range of deluxe rooms, executive rooms and suites, the hotel also has a restaurant, bar, gymnasium, swimming pool, spa and business centre, along with several meeting rooms.

    The Saigon Prince Hotel is situated on Nguyen Hue Boulevard, within easy walking distance of many of the city's most famous attractions including Ben Thanh Market, the Opera House, the Hotel de Ville, and Saigon River. The hotel is also ideally located for those who want to experience the city's bustling nightlife, from cheap and cheerful street food vendors to chic cosmopolitan nightclubs and lounge bars.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 8

Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh

This morning, you board a private speed boat for a cruise to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This ingenious complex is an immense network of interconnected tunnels used by the VC for protection during combat. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication centers and supply routes. You will visit the underground villages with a VC veteran who once lived there. With the help of your translator-guide, you will listen as the veteran recalls how he survived the living conditions of the subterranean hamlets where lack of air, food and water made conditions almost unbearable. After lunch, head to Tay Ninh province where you will visit battlefields including Phuoc Vinh and An Loc before returning by road to Saigon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Mekong Delta

While the Mekong Delta is most famous for its agriculture, this tour shows a different perspective of the region. In Ap Bac hamlet, you visit the site of a battle that took place here on a forgotten field. You will meet with a VC veteran who once took part in combat. You will be invited to his home to hear about his experiences during the war and how he has adjusted to life after. Enjoyed over a homemade lunch, your guide will be there to help translate and communicate with him. You will then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch. This afternoon you will follow a lane dotted with colonial-era mansions until you reach a gate, behind which lies a truly enchanting villa. Home to Henry Cabot, the US Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, the villa is now a private residence and has been fully restored to its former glory – a beautiful mix of Vietnamese, French and American architecture. You will take part in a 1.5-hour workshop with local Vietnamese veterans with Chuck Searcy and our guide moderating. The topic will be The Vietnam War through Veterans’ Eyes. After the workshop, a fusion of traditional Vietnamese and western cuisine will be served in the magnificent dining room and it will be a chance to relax and reflect on your journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Saigon Departure

Sadly our journey ends today. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Oct 26

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Personally escorted by US Vietnam War Veteran, Chuck Searcy
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Flights from Hanoi to Hue and Danang to Saigon
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tips to your Historian and Driver

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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