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12th CAV
08 April - 22 April, 2018
15 Days
Price: $3,795.00
Tour Reference: VN-18042
Ground Only Price is: $2,800.00 *
Deadline for registration is January 08, 2018
12th Cavalry Air Assault
Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 08 - 09 April, 2018) Houston to Taipei

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, 10 April, 2018) Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City

After a short layover in Taipei where we endure the Big Speech, we depart for Vietnam.  We land at Tan Son Nhut Airfield (once the busiest airport in the world) and proceed through immigration, retrieve our bags, clear customs, and board our waiting motorcoach.  We head into the center of Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by most Vietnamese) and point out sites such as the National ARVN Headquarters, the U.S. Army 3rd Field Hospital, and MACV.  We finish our day at the US Embassy compound (now the US Consulate) to see the place where the Viet Cong sappers blew a hole in the compound wall and gained access to the Embassy grounds during the 1968 Tet Offensive.  Our final stop today is the Notre Dame Cathedral.  Across the street we can pick up amazing gifts at the Old Post Office.  This evening we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.

Meals: B (in flight) /L/D

 
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Day 4: (Wednesday, 11 April, 2018) Saigon to Tay Ninh

Early today we depart north on Thunder Road (QL-13) for Tay Ninh Province, visiting Phuoc Vinh, Quan Loi, and An Loc.  On our way to our hotel in Tay Ninh City, we explore sites of importance to the 12th CAV in the Fishhook area, as well.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 5: (Thursday, 12 April, 2018) Tay Ninh to Saigon

Today, we visit Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain), followed by the Noon Ceremony at the Cao Dai Holy See Temple.  Next we visit the Cu Chi Tunnel complex.  On our return to Saigon, we pass through the Filhol Rubber Plantation, Ho Bo Woods and Boi Loi Woods.  We then investigate the Iron Triangle.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 6: (Friday, 13 April, 2018) Saigon to Pleiku

This morning is free.  At noon, we check out of our hotel and take a tour of Reunification Hall (the old SVN Presidential Palace), followed by a visit to the War Remnants Museum.  There is no lunch today, but after an early dinner, we depart Tan Son Nhut on our flight to Pleiku.

Meals: B/_/D

 
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Day 7: (Saturday, 14 April, 2018) Pleiku

Today we head north on Highway 14 to Dak To for a visit to the airfield and a viewing of Hill 875 and the areas where vicious pre-Tet battles took place in November 1967.  On our way back, we stop in Kontum.  Kontum was one of the major objectives of the 3-prong 1972 Easter Offensive attacks by the NVA (DMZ in I-Corps; Kontum in II-Corps; and An Loc in III-Corps).  We will also visit the Wooden Church and a Montagnard Orphanage before we return to Pleiku for the evening.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 8: (Sunday, 15 April, 2018) Pleiku to Qui Nhon

Today we travel east on Route 19.  We stop at Mang Yang Pass, site of the 24 June 1954 annihilation of the French Group Mobile 100 armored column for a look.  We then continue east to An Khe Town.  After visiting sites in the An Khe area, we begin our descent to the coast, stopping at An Khe Pass, where we spend a moment taking in the view.  Arriving in Qui Nhon, we check in to our hotel and have dinner.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 9: (Monday, 16 April, 2018) Qui Nhon to Quang Ngai

We begin our day very early as we travel north on Highway 1 (QL-1).  Our first objectives are the intersection with DT-631 and then up 506 Valley to LZ Pony and LZ Bird.  Back on Highway 1 and stopping at LZ Uplift, we head east to Hoa Hoi.  Next is the Bong Son Bridge and LZ English and Tam Quan.  We overnight in Quang Ngai town.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 10: (Tuesday, 17 April, 2018) Quang Ngai to Hoi An

Our only stop today is a wood-carving and silk shop as we arrive in Hoi An.  Hoi An, a beautiful and well-preserved ancient trading port, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its temples and architecture show the different cultural influences of its time, and its lovely early-1600's Japanese covered bridge is unique.  Luckily for Hoi An, its importance waned long before the War, and it was left essentially isolated and relatively untouched.  You can relax by the pool or you may want to roam by yourselves the streets and shops of this ancient port city, formerly known as Faifo, where Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese traders once walked.  The town ceased to be an important trade harbor when its inlet shoaled and the port was moved north to Da Nang.  Shopping is excellent here and is one of the best places for tailor-made clothing.  There are literally hundreds of amazing little shops in this town.  Dinner is on our own today.  Be sure to sample some of the many local restaurants and night spots.

Meals: B/L/_

 
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Day 11: (Wednesday, 18 April, 2018) Hoi An to Hue

This morning we drive north on the beach road and stop at an interesting marble carving shop, as this area is famous for their stone-sculpture industries.  The Marble Mountains here are visually-striking hills that rise abruptly from the flat coastal region - these mountains are home to Buddhist shrines and numerous caves.  A little farther north we pass through the site of the Marble Mountain Air Facility, a U.S. helicopter base during the war.  We also stop at My Khe Beach on the South China Sea for photos.  My Khe was better known as "China Beach" and was used as an in-country 'R&R' facility for U.S. troops.  We make a quick photo stop at Red Beach II (where the Marines first landed in 1965).  Next, we make our way up the breathtaking Hai Van Pass (Pass of the "High Clouds"), stopping at the top to explore old French bunkers and to take in parting views of Da Nang Bay.  The Hai Van Pass had been a vital strategic military foothold for the Chinese for centuries, and was used by the French during France's Indochina War, and by the U.S. in America's Vietnam War.  Bunkers and fortifications dot the hillsides here.  Later, about eight miles before entering Hue, we pass by Phu Bai Airfield and soon enter Camp Eagle for a look-see.  We then enter Hue City (the old Imperial Capital of Vietnam).  After lunch, we 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 old Shell Gas Station, the former MACV Compound, Tran Cao Van Street, Girl's High School, Hue University, Treasury, Public Health Building, Provincial Capital Building area, and the Church of the Redemptress.  We then enter 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.  Next, we visit the Forbidden City, home to the ancient emperors.  Finally, we retire to our hotel on the southern bank of the Perfume River for a relaxing evening.  Be sure to enjoy the hotel pool.  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, 19 April, 2018) Hue to Lao Bao

This morning we head north on Highway 1 to visit Camp Evans.  Soon thereafter we enter Quang Tri City, stopping at LZ Sharon.  Returning to Highway 1 we stop at Long Hung Church, a Catholic Church in which ARVN troops sought refuge during the 1972 Easter Offensive invasion from the North and in which NVA troops sought refuge as they retreated during the ARVN counter-attack.  The church has been left as it stood after the battle, with scars from grenades, rockets, and bullets.  We also visit Bo De School, which provides a shocking and violent reality of the 'Battle of 81 Days and Nights' for the city and its Citadel.  The battle is infamous for the huge amount of ordnance fired by both ARVN and NVA forces.  We then cross the Quang Tri Bridge, passing through the Ai Tu Airfield (Quang Tri Airbase).  After lunch in Dong Ha, we proceed west on Route 9 (the main U.S. supply route from the coast to Khe Sanh), passing Cam Lo, Camp Carroll, the Rockpile, and LZ Stud, before arriving at Khe Sanh Combat Base.  After exploration, we continue west on Route 9, passing LZ Snapper to the south and then arrive at Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, overrun in the first-ever NVA tank assault.  Co Roc Mountain soars to the heavens just across the border.  Tonight, we stay in the Laotian border town of Lao Bao in somewhat Spartan accommodations.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 13: (Friday, 20 April, 2018) Hue to Lao Bao to Hue

Backtracking on Route 9, we turn south at the Da Krong Bridge via Highway 14 (the new Ho Chi Minh Trail Highway) passing through the Da Krong and A Shau Valleys.  We stop at A Loui and A Shau Special Forces Camp before heading east on old Route 547.  We pass FSB's Bastogne and Birmingham before arriving at our hotel in Hue City.  Tonight, dinner is on our own.  You may want to grab a pizza or a burger at the DMZ Bar, just a short walk from our hotel.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 14: (Saturday, 21 April, 2018) Hue to Ha Noi

After breakfast, we catch our plane at Phu Bai Airfield and fly to Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital city.  Landing at Noi Bai Airfield (heavily bombed during the American War), we board our motorcoach and cross the Red River and its dikes to explore the Ha Noi environs.  We visit the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh House, and the One Pillar Pagoda.  We will also stop at the John McCain Monument.  We then prepare for our homebound journey, do some last-minute shopping on our own, or just relax in the lounge and reflect on the adventures of the last two weeks.  Tonight, all hands are required at our very special Farewell Dinner.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 15: (Sunday, 22 April, 2018) Hue to Ha Noi to CONUS

After breakfast, we bid goodbye to our friends who have opted for one of our fabulous post tours.  The rest of our group will then transfer to Noi Bai Airfield for our flight to Taipei.  Departing from Taipei we gain a day by re-crossing the International Dateline, arriving in the continental U.S. this same day.

Meals: B/L/D/D (in flight)

 
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Tour Pricing Information

Tour Price: $3,795.00 / Per Person is based upon Double Occupancy (2 people per room)
Single Supplement is $598.00

Ground Only Price: $2,800.00 / 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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