DAYS MEMOIR OF THE WAR
Trip code: VNW13
Private tour: Departure from Hanoi with English or
French speaking guide.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Upon on arrival at Hanoi International
Airport you will be met and transferred to
which retains an air of French colonial
period despite wide scale rebuilding after
the war. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
Balance of day at leisure. Overnigt in
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B)
Visit of the capital with the city center,
comprised of traditional pagodas and
temples, colonial villas, and lakes set
along tree-lined streets which move at pace
much more congenial than Saigon. Visit the
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday,
Friday & whole months of Oct + Nov), and One
Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Army Museum,
the nearby flag tower and finish with a
taste of classical Vietnamese Culture at the
Fine Art Museum and the Temple of
Literature. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI - HUE (B)
At leisure until transfer to the airport for
flight to Hue, the former Royal City of the
13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Visit the
Imperial Citadel and recall the battle of
Hue during the Tet Offensive, when the NVA
held the city for 3 weeks. Overnight in Hue.
4 :HUE - KHESANH - VINHMOC - HUE (B)
Drive to visit the other sites of the former
firece battle fields on the DMZ including
the former American bases of Rock Piles,
Camp Carol and Khe Sanh. Take a short walk
on the Ho Chi Minh trail (now under process
to be the second trans-Vietnam traffic
line). Continue to view the war-torn ruins
of the Quang Tri church and the wreckage of
an American tank. Then visit the Vinh Moc
tunnels, dug to accommodate an underground
village safe from American air raids in the
north of the DMZ. Take a short photo stop at
the Hien Luong Bridge crossing Ben Hai
River, the former borderline between the
north and south Vietnam, and the site
of the former Doc Mieu artilery base on the
way to Dong Ha.Return to Hue for overnight.
DAY 5: HUE -DANANG (B)
Leave Hue for Danang, the fourth largest
city of Vietnam. City tour, recalling the
chaos of march 1975, when the Saigon
government abandoned Danang and countless
refugees fled the city. Also visit the beach
where the US marines first came ashore,
beginning major American involvement in
Indochina. Arrival & check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Danang.
DAY 6: DANANG - CHULAI - QUYNHON (B)
Morning visit to Hoi An. During the 16th
century traders stopped at this port when
traveling en route to Malacca in Malaysia.
Continue on the coastal plain to Chu Lai Air
Base and see the work of the Skyhawks. Stop
at the Son My district, scene of My Lai
Incident. Travel along the rugged Animate
mountains down to Route 1, sarcastically
referred to as “the street with joy” by
French soldiers. Evening arrive in Quy Nhon,
a major port and supply depot that kept
Route 1 open during the war. Overnight
in Quy Nhon.
DAY 7: QUYNHON-NHATRANG (B)
Leave Quy Nhon for Nha Trang, once the
headquarters of the US Fifth Special Forces
group in the second Corps. Arrival Nha
Trang, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight
in Nha Trang.
DAY 8:NHATRANG - DALAT (B)
Enjoy the turquoise water and fine sand
beach. Take a boat to nearby Bamboo island
for snorkeling, to the Mieu island for a
visit to a fish breeding farm and to the
Cham tower of Ponagar, a fine example of 2nd
century Cham architecture. Depart Nha Trang
for Dalat, a cool mountain resort. Its
lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forest and
gardens make Dalat one of the most enjoyable
places in Vietnam. Visit the Central market
and the Lake of Sights. Overnight in Da Lat.
9:DALAT - SAIGON (B)
Depart Dalat for Saigon, stop over to
visit a silk farm and mulberry plantations.
Evening arrive in Saigon, the former capital
of South Vietnam, which retains much flavor
from the war era. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 10:SAIGON (B)
Among the sights of graceful women in Ao Dai
and bustling streets, visit the busy
riverfront, the former Presidential Palace,
photo stop at the former US Embassy, the
Notre Dame Cathedral and the central market.
In the afternoon, visit some of the war
remnants such as the site where a Buddhist
monk immolated himself in protest of the war
and the church where President Diem was
assassinated. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 11:SAIGON - IRON TRIANGLE -CUCHI(B)
This morning we drive on National Route 13
past the town of Phu Cuong. Visit Phu Loi
base, used to relocate villagers. Trough the
Cau Dinh jungle, pass a staging area of the
503rd Airbone Brigade. At Ben Cat, see the
site of the bases of the 173rd Airborne and
the 11th Armored Cavalry. Arrive in Ben Suc,
the Northern tip of the iron Triangle, and
continue to Dau Tieng Reservoir and the
esoteric Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. Visit
the restored tunnels at Cu Chi before
returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in
Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 12:SAIGON (B)
Enjoy a free day in Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
13: DEPARTURE (B)
At leisure time until transfer to Tan
Son Nhat International Airport for
in shared twin rooms with air-condition and private
All transportation and transfers
as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,
airfares Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
and Tours with English speaking guide
fees, boat fees, cyclo fee.
Visa and visa arrangement
compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and
surcharges (which will be advised at time of
Tips & gratuities