1st RECON
5 March - 19 March, 2017
15 Days
Price: $3,595.00
Tour Reference: VN-17032
Ground Only Price is: $2,600.00 *
Deadline for registration is December 5, 2016
Tour Registration Closed
A Marine RECON patrol near the DMZ
and Laos Boarder.  1967
Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 05 - 06 March, 2017) – Enroute

Report to Houston Intercontinental Airport by 8:00 p.m. and proceed to ticketing counter.  Depart Houston, TX on our flight to Taipei.  Lose one day crossing the International Dateline.

Day 3: (Tuesday, 07 March, 2017) – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

After a short layover in Taipei, we depart for Vietnam.  We arrive at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhut Airport will pass by the old MACV HQ, the U.S. Army's 3rd Field Hospital on the way to the center of the city and our hotel.  After a short rest and shower we visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office.  Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.

Meals: B (in flight) /_/D

 
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Day 4: (Wednesday, 08 March, 2017) – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

This morning we are up early and heading northwest to Tay Ninh to visit the Cau Dai Temple for the Noon Ceremony.  We will pass near Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain).  After lunch, we will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels complex.  On our way back to Saigon we will pass close to the Iron Triangle and through the Hobo Woods.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 5: (Thursday, 09 March, 2017) – Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An

This morning we have an early morning flight from Tan Son Nhut Airport to the coastal town of Chu Lai.  On arrival we visit the Operation Starlite Area, Crescent Beach, Ky Ha, Hill 43.  We will travel onward to the coastal town of Hoi An.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 6: (Friday, 10 March, 2017) – Hoi An

Today we depart early for LZ Baldy and LZ Ross.  Heading up the Que Son Pass, we view LZ Ryder before heading down into Antenna Valley taking ample time for exploration.  Upon our return to Hoi An, we stop at a silk and wood factory.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 7: (Saturday, 11 March, 2017) – Hoi An

Hill 488 - For those who do not go to 488:  Today is a free day for shopping and exploring the streets of Hoi An, lying by the pool, or sunning at the beach.  Lunch and Dinner on our own.

Meals: B/_/_

 
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Day 8: (Sunday, 12 March, 2017) – Hoi An to Da Nang

Today we head south on Highway 1 and cross the Song Thu Bon.  Turning west, we parallel Goi Noi Island.  Stopping at Hill 119 for a climb.  We continue on to My Son Holyland located deep in the foothills of the Que Son Mountains.  My Son is the site of Trakieu, the ancient capital of the Cham Kingdom and contains ruins dating back to the 5th Century.  We continue to An Hoa Combat Base and return to Highway 1 and head north to Marble Mountain where we visit a marble carving shop and climb Marble Mountain to explore the VC hospital area located deep within.  Continuing north we drive through the old Marble Mountain Air Facility (MMAF), stop at China Beach on the South China Sea, and visit Monkey Mountain for a photo op before checking into our hotel on the Han River.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 9: (Monday, 13 March, 2017) – Da Nang

Today we head west to visit Dai Loc, Hill 37, Hill 65, Thuong Duc and Liberty Bridge (North End).  As we return to Da Nang we stop at Hill 55, the 7th Marine Regimental Hill.  We visit Camp Reasoner.  Dinner is on our own tonight.

Meals: B/L/_

 
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Day 10: (Tuesday, 14 March, 2017) – Da Nang

Today we take boats west on the Nam O River passing by Dong Den and on completion we visit Ba Na.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 11: (Wednesday, 15 March, 2017) – Da Nang to Hue

Departing early this morning, we pass through Dog Patch as we leave Da Nang City.  We make visits to Red Beach 2 and Nam O Bridge, before heading up the Hai Van with a stop at the Pass to explore old French bunkers and take in a parting view of Da Nang and the bay.  Continuing down the Hai Van, we make several interesting stops along the way north before reaching Phu Bai and Camp Eagle.  Soon thereafter, we enter Hue (the old Imperial Capital of Vietnam) and begin our study of the 1968 Tet Offensive battle for the southern city.  We follow the actions of 1/1 and 2/5, covering, among others, the former MACV Compound, Tran Cao Van Street, Joan of Arc Girl's High School, ARVN BOQ, Hue University, Treasury, Public Health Building, Provincial Capital Building area, and the Church of the Redemptress.  We then arrive at our hotel on the southern bank of the Perfume River for a relaxing evening.  After dinner, you can roam the fascinating shops on Le Loi Street until late at night.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 12: (Thursday, 16 March, 2017) – Hue

This morning we take a relaxing cruise up the beautiful Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc Tombs.  After lunch we visit the Citadel, with its ramparts and towers, and visit sites specific to the northern battle, including the Chuck Meadows and Dong Ba Gates.  We finish at the Imperial Palace gate blown by 1/5, which allowed the ARVN to enter and lower the NVA flag that had flown from the main flagpole for 24 days.  We then visit the Forbidden City, home to the ancient emperors.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 13: (Friday, 17 March, 2017) – Hue to Dong Ha

Today we head north on Highway 1 toward the DMZ.  We pass through Quang Tri City and visit Long Hung Church, Bo De School,and the Lew Puller School as we come into Dong Ha.  At the Song Bo Dieu we walk over the Dong Ha Bridge (destroyed by John Ripley which stopped the initial NVA advance during the 1972 Easter Offensive).  Continuing north we stop at Gio Linh FSB Forward (Alpha 2).  We then head west to visit Con Thien (the Hill of Angels) and south to Cam Lo Bridge.  The four quadrants of Leatherneck Square are Dong Ha, Gio Linh, Con Thien and Cam Lo.  At Cam Lo we turn west on Highway 9 to visit Camp Carroll, the Marine and Army artillery plateau.  We continue west past the Khe Gia Bridge then the Rockpile and Razorback.  After lunch in Khe Sanh village, we head north to the Khe Sanh Combat Base where we will spend ample time exploring.  Next is the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, overrun in the first ever NVA tank assault.  We overnight in Dong Ha.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 14: (Saturday, 18 March, 2017) – Dong Ha to Hue

This morning we head back to Hue and the relaxed comfort of our riverside hotel.  Our afternoon is free and lunch is on our own, but tonight all hands gather for our very special Farewell Dinner.

Meals: B/_/D

 
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Day 15: (Sunday, 19 March, 2017) – Hue to HCMCDeparture

We have an early morning departure today from the Hue/Phu Bai Airfield to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhut Airport.  Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, those heading home have a flight to Taipei.  Departing from Taipei, we gain a day enroute to the continental United States by re-crossing the International Dateline, arriving in Houston at approximately 23:05 the same day.

Meals: B/L/D (in flight)

 
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Tour Pricing Information

Tour Price: $3,595.00 / Per Person is based upon Double Occupancy (2 people per room)
Single Supplement is $598.00

Ground Only Price: $2,600.00 / Per Person is also based upon Double Occupancy (2 people per room)
Single Supplement is $598.00

Tour Price Includes:

  1. International roundtrip airfare from our Houston, Texas gateway.
    • Ground Only Tours - International roundtrip airfare is not included.
  2. Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation.
  3. Vietnam airfare.
  4. Vietnam Visa Processing and fees.
    • Ground Only Tours - Vietnam Visa Processing and fees may or may not be included.
  5. Hotel Accommodations throughout tour.
  6. Virtually all meals, as indicated in itinerary.
  7. Historical Trip information packet, containing maps and other information pertaining to your tour.
  8. Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed.
  9. Services of our experienced Directors & English--speaking local guides.
  10. Gratuities (NOTE: VBT American guides are prohibited from accepting tips.)
  11. Bulk-baggage handling.
  12. Emergency Medical, Evacuation, Repatriation and Hospitalization Insurance included in each tour.

Why choose Vietnam Battlefield Tours?

Here's just a few reasons:

  1. VBT - We use only highly-experienced U.S. Marine Corps & U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran guides.
  2. VBT - Runs 15-day tours which ensures unrushed touring.
  3. VBT - Has all-inclusive pricing. (Beware of hidden charges forced on you by other tour operators).
  4. VBT - Gets you to places other companies cannot access.
  5. VBT - Our tours are designed for customization based on participant's requests (no off-the-rack tours).

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