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196th Light Infantry Brigade
08 April - 22 April, 2018
15 Days
Price: $3,795.00
Tour Reference: VN-18043
Ground Only Price is: $2,800.00 *
Deadline for registration is January 08, 2018
196th LIB on the move
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.  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 visit the Cu Chi Tunnels complex followed by the Operation Cedar Falls area in the Iron Triangle.  Passing through Ho Bo Woods and Boi Loi Woods, we stop for lunch at Ms Tuyiet's Restaurant.  We then reconnoiter Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) before arriving at our hotel in Tay Ninh City.

Meals: B/L/D

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

Today we explore sites specific to War Zone C, to include Operations Gadsen, Junction City, and Attleboro.  After Tay Ninh West, we venture northwest to the villages of Lo Go and Xom Gina.  Other sites will be added as special requests come in.

Meals: B/L/D

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

After a leisurely breakfast, we arrive in time for the Noon Ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple.  We then return to Saigon and visit the fascinating War Remnants Museum. Tonight, dinner is on our own.  You can take a walk along old Tu Do Street (now Dong Khoi Street) for dinner in one of the many restaurants and later discover a myriad of little shops where you can find unusual gifts to bring home.

Meals: B/L/_

 
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Day 7: (Saturday, 14 April, 2018) Saigon to Tam Ky

This morning, we take a tour of Reunification Hall (the old SVN Presidential Palace).  This afternoon, we fly from Tan Son Nhut to Chu Lai Airfield.  After exploring the base area, we head north on Highway 1 to our hotel in Tam Ky.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 8: (Sunday, 15 April, 2018) Tam Ky

Very early this morning, we drive west toward the Laotian border to visit the battlefield at Kham Duc.   Upon our return, we stop at sites in the Que Son Valley of personal importance to those on the tour.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 9: (Monday, 16 April, 2018) Tam Ky

Today we explore high-ground areas west of Tam Ky and return to the Que Son Valley, to include a climb to the summit of LZ Center (Hill 348).

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 10: (Tuesday, 17 April, 2018) Tam Ky to Hoi An

This morning we traverse Route 535 from LZ Baldy to LZ Ross.  After stopping at Que Son Pass for lunch, we explore Antenna Valley.  Our last stop 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.

Meals: B/L/D

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

Today is a well-deserved free day.  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.  Lunch and dinner are on our own today.  Be sure to sample some of the many local restaurants and night spots.

Meals: B/_/_

 
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Day 12: (Thursday, 19 April, 2018) Hoi An to Da Nang

This morning we drive north on the new 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.  We climb to the top of the largest mountain and explore the VC hospital area located deep within.  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.  After lunch, we head up the breathtaking Hai Van to visit the Pass of the High Clouds and take in a view 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.  Coming back down the Hai Van to sea level, we visit Red Beach II, where U.S. Marines made their first amphibious landing in Vietnam in March 1965.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 13: (Friday, 20 April, 2018) Da Nang

This morning we visit sites in the Tien Sha Peninsula, the Deep-Water Port area, and Monkey Mountain.  Our afternoon is free and lunch is on our own, but all hands are required at our very special Farewell Dinner at the most famous restaurant in Da Nang, the Kim Do.

Meals: B/_/D

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

This morning we fly from Da Nang Airfield to Hanoi.  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.

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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