Special Forces  -  I-Corps
20 May - 03 June, 2018
15 Days
Price: $3,795.00
Tour Reference: VN-18052
Ground Only Price is: $2,800.00 *
Deadline for registration is January 08, 2018
Someone sneaking around in the jungle.
Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 20 - 21 May, 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, 22 May, 2018) Taipei to Ha Noi

After a short layover in Taipei where we endure the Big Speech, we depart for Ha Noi, Vietnam.  Landing at Noi Bai Airfield (heavily bombed during the American War), we proceed through immigration, retrieve our bags, clear customs, and board our waiting motorcoach.  We then cross the Red River and its dikes to explore the Ha Noi environs, where we visit the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and stop at the John McCain Monument.  Tonight, we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.

Meals: B (in flight) /L/D

 
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Day 4: (Wednesday, 23 May, 2018) Ha Noi to Hue

This morning we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House, and One Pillar Pagoda.  Next is the fascinating War Museum with its Dien Bien Phu exhibit and American artifacts.  We then head back to Noi Bai to catch our flight to Phu Bai Airfield.  Upon landing, we travel north on Highway 1 and enter Hue City (the old Imperial Capital of Vietnam) and arrive at our hotel (the ARVN BOQ during the war) on the southern bank of the Perfume River.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 5: (Thursday, 24 May, 2018) Hue to Dong Ha

Our first stop today as we head north on Highway 1 is Camp Evans.  We later come upon the My Chanh Bridge.  It was here that the ARVN held the line against invading NVA forces during the 1972 Easter Offensive and from which they launched their counterattack to drive Ho's forces back toward the DMZ.  North of here is the section of Highway 1 known as the 'Highway of Horror.'  During the NVA's 1972 Easter Offensive, thousands of local refugees - most of which were old people, women, and children trying to flee south - were mercilessly slaughtered by communist NVA troops and artillery.  The north side of the bridge is where the worst of the massacre occurred.  Massive numbers of people were trapped because the downed bridge prevented escape.  Soon thereafter we enter Quang Tri City where we visit La Vang Basilica (site of a 1798 appearance of the Blessed Virgin).  Returning to Highway 1 we stop at Long Hung Church, a 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, stopping at Ai Tu Airfield (Quang Tri Airbase).  Our last stop of the day is the Lew Puller School.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 6: (Friday, 25 May, 2018) Dong Ha to Lao Bao

This morning we travel north and west passing through Alpha-3 and then hiking up Alpha-4, better known as Con Thien (A-110), but often referred to as The Hill of Angels.  A-4 was the western anchor of the McNamara Line.  Crossing Bastard's Bridge (aka The Washout), we drive through Charlie-2 and Charlie-3 before stopping for photos at Cam Lo Bridge.  Crossing south of Route 9, we explore Special Forces area at Mai Loc (A-101).  Back on Route 9 (the main U.S. supply route from the coast to Khe Sanh), we turn westbound toward the border with Laos.  Crossing the Khe Gia Bridge, we stop at the Rockpile where we gear up and hike to the northeast side of the Razorback.  Returning to Route 9 we come upon other sites that were of military importance during the war, including Vandergrift Combat Base (LZ Stud), Ca Lu, and the Hairpin.  As we enter Khe Sanh Village, we stop for lunch.  Next, we venture north to Khe Sanh Combat Base, home of the longest siege of the war, where we spend ample time exploring.  Originally, the Khe Sanh base was a Special Forces (A-101) jungle outpost.  The area grew into a major military base and airstrip under LBJ and was the scene of a 77-day siege in 1968, as well as many vicious hill battles in 1967-68.  Our last stop is Lang Vei Special Forces Camp (also A-101), 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 7: (Saturday, 26 May, 2018) Lao Bao to Hue

After breakfast, we return east on Route 9 for a short while and then head south deep into the Da Krong and A Shau Valleys.  Just before the Special Forces Camp at A Loui (A-102) we stop for a hike up Hamburger Hill.  We then visit the A Shau Special Forces Camp (also A-102).  Heading back north for a short distance, we turn east on Highway 547.  Before arriving at Hue City, we stop at FSB Bastogne.  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/_

 
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Day 8: (Sunday, 27 May, 2018) Hue

This morning, we begin our study of the 1968 Tet Offensive battle for Hue.  The Battle of Hue was one of the longest and bloodiest of the war, and we spend our day visiting strategic sites in the fighting.  We start in the southern city.  We follow the actions of 1/1 and 2/5 covering, among others, the football stadium, the former MACV Compound, Tran Cao Van Street, Joan of Arc Girl's High School, Hue University, Treasury, Public Health Building, Provincial Capital Building area, and the Church of the Redemptress.  Famous for its university, this town, known for open and radical thinking, is also home to the high school that graduated Ho Chi Minh, General Giap, and President Diem.  After lunch, we enter the Citadel with its ramparts and towers, and visit sites specific to the northern battle, including the Chuck Meadows and Dong Ba Gates and Phase Line Green.  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 9: (Monday, 28 May, 2018) Hue to Tam Ky

This morning we enjoy a relaxing Dragon Boat cruise up the beautiful Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda.  It was from this pagoda that in 1963 Monk Thich Quang Duc was driven to Saigon where he immolated himself in protest to the SVN government's oppressive treatment of the Buddhist people.  We then bid Hue goodbye and head south on Highway 1.  We pass by Dam Cau Hai, one of the largest lagoons in all of Southeast Asia, encompassing 112 square kilometers.  Father south we enter the Lang Co fishing village where we stop for a seafood lunch.  Afterward, to help digest our exotic repast, we walk across the bridge separating Dam Lap An from the sea.  We then head up the breathtaking Hai Van, stopping at the Pass of the High Clouds to take in a view of Da Nang and her 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.  Continuing down the Hai Van to sea level, we cross Nam O Bridge spanning the Song Cu De which flows out from Elephant Valley.  We then visit Red Beach II, where U.S. Marines made their first amphibious landing in Vietnam in March 1965.  Continuing south on Highway 1, we pass by the Da Nang Airfield and other interesting sites before arriving at our Tam Ky hotel for the evening.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 10: (Tuesday, 29 May, 2018) Tam Ky

Today's long journey takes us south and west.  Departing very early, our first stop is the Special Forces Camp Minh Long (A-108), followed by SF Camps Ba To (A-106), Gia Vuc (A-103), Ha Thanh (A-104), and Tra Bong (A-107).  Our final stop will be the B-11 Detachment area at Chu Lai Airbase.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 11: (Wednesday, 30 May, 2018) Tam Ky to Hoi An

Another long day takes us along back roads through vast mountain ranges to Special Forces Camp Tien Phuoc (A-105).  Travelling toward Laos and ever deeper into the unforgiving mountains, we come to Highway 14 which we take south to the old French fort, airfield, and Special Forces Forward Base Camp at Ngok Tavak (A-105).  Here, on this Memorial Day, we take time to remember those Americans who paid the ultimate price.  Backtracking north, we stop at the airfield and Special Forces Camp at Kham Duc (A-105).  Making our way back to the coast, our final stop is a wood-carving and silk shop as we arrive in Hoi An.  Hoi An, a beautiful 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 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 12: (Thursday, 31 May, 2018) Hoi An

Today is a well-deserved free day for a little R&R.  You can relax by the pool or you may want to roam by yourselves the streets and shops of this ancient port city, founded in 1595 and formerly known as Faifo, where Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese traders once walked.  By the late 1700's, 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.  Be sure to sample some of the local night spots.

Meals: B/_/_

 
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Day 13: (Friday, 01 June, 2018) Hoi An to Da Nang

After breakfast, we travel to the Special Forces Camp of Nong Son (A-105) and then SF Camp Thuong Duc (A-109).  We then head to the Marble Mountain area and stop at a marble carving shop.  This area is famous for their stone-sculpture industries.  These Marble Mountains are visually-striking monoliths that rise from the flat coastal plain and 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.  Our last stop is My Khe Beach on the South China Sea.  My Khe was better known as "China Beach," which was used as an in-country 'R&R' facility by U.S. troops.  Tonight all hands are required at our very special Farewell Dinner at the most famous restaurant in Da Nang, the Kim Do.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 14: (Saturday, 02 June, 2018) Da Nang to Saigon

This morning, we head to Da Nang Airfield for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (still referred to as Saigon by most Vietnamese).  Touching down at Tan Son Nhut Airfield, we collect our bags and board our motorcoach.  We will pass by the old ARVN National Headquarters and head into the center of the city.  We visit Reunification Hall (the old Presidential Palace), Notre Dame Cathedral, and pass by the former U.S. Embassy location which now houses the new U.S. Consulate.  After lunch, you can prepare for the journey home, relax, or imbibe with a little last-minute shopping on our own.  A great place to shop is the old Tu Do Street (now Dong Khoi Street) to find fascinating gifts to bring home.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 15: (Sunday, 03 June, 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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