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I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps

Tour Reference: VN-15031

15 Days

8 March - 28 March 2015

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 8 - 9 March) – Enroute

Report to Los Angeles International Terminal by 8:30 p.m. and proceed to ticketing counter.  Depart for Taipei and lose one day crossing the International Dateline.

Day 3: (Tuesday, 10 March) – Ha Noi

After a short layover in Taipei, we depart for Vietnam.  At Ha Noi's Noi Bai Airfield, we proceed through immigration, retrieve our bags, clear customs, and 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) and the John McCain Monument.  Afterwards we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.
Meals: B (in flight) /L/D          Hotel: Skylark

Day 4: (Wednesday, 11 March) – Ha Noi to Hue

This morning we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh House, and the One Pillar Pagoda.  After an early lunch, we head back to Noi Bai to catch our flight to Phu Bai Airfield.  Upon landing, we explore the area south of the airstrip.  We then board our motorcoach and turn north on Highway 1 past Camp Hochmuth for a short ride to Camp Eagle, home to the 101st Airborne in I-Corps.  Continuing north, 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, Hue University, Treasury, Public Health Building, Provincial Capital Building area, and the Church of the Redemptress.  We then arrive at our hotel (which was the ARVN BOQ during the war) on the southern bank of the Perfume River for the evening.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Huong Giang

Day 5: (Thursday, 12 March) – Hue to Dong Ha

Today we take a relaxing Dragon Boat cruise up the beautiful Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc Tombs.  Driving back to Hue, 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 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.  Next we head north on Highway 1 and stop at Camp Evans.  Soon we enter Quang Tri City where we visit Long Hung Church, La Vang Basilica (site of a 1798 appearance of the Blessed Virgin), and Bo De School all in the Quang Tri City area.  Those sites provide a shocking and violent reality of the 1972 Easter Offensive battles.  We also stop at Ai Tu Airfield (Quang Tri Airfield).  Our last stop of the day is in Dong Ha at the Lew Puller School.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Saigon Dong Ha

Day 6: (Friday, 13 March) – Dong Ha

This morning we walk to the Dong Ha Bridge (destroyed by John Ripley which stopped the initial NVA advance during the 1972 Easter Offensive).  Boarding our motorcoach we head north and then east, passing through Mai Xa Chanh and My Loc before we arrive at the north side of Song Cua Viet.  Taking the new beach road north along the Tonkin Gulf, we cross over the mouth of the Song Ben Hai (the river that was the only true physical demarcation between the North and the South) to explore the intricate maze of tunnels in the NVA artillery village of Vinh Moc.  After lunch in a beachside café on the Tonkin Gulf, we head west to Highway 1.  Returning south, we walk across the Peace Bridge into South Vietnam.  Our next stops are Gio Linh Forward Outpost which overlooks the DMZ, and Alpha Two Fire Support Base (FSB A-2).  Continuing our journey, we head west and make a special stop at a wounding site (YD-201-719).  Next are Hill 28 and Alpha Three Fire Support Base (FSB A-3).  We stop to climb Alpha Four Fire Support Base (FSB A-4), better known as Con Thien (the Hill of Angels).  A-4 was also the western anchor of the McNamara Line.  Next we pass through Charlie Two Fire Support Base (FSB C-2) and Charlie Three Fire Support Base (FSB C-3) before stopping at the Cam Lo Bridge.  At Cam Lo Village, we turn east on Route 9 and return to our hotel in Dong Ha.  Today we have traversed the four quadrants of Leatherneck Square: Dong Ha, Gio Linh, Con Thien, and Cam Lo.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Saigon Dong Ha

Day 7: (Saturday, 14 March) – Dong Ha to Lao Bao

This morning we head west on Route 9 and with our first stop at Camp Carroll, (the artillery plateau).  Crossing the Khe Gia Bridge, we stop at the Rockpile where we gear up and hike to the northwest side of the Razorback in search of a noteworthy wartime cave.  On Route 9 we come upon other sites that were of military importance during the war, including the Four Gates to Hell, Vandergrift Combat Base (LZ Stud), Ca Lu, and the Hairpin.  At Khe Sanh Village, we head north to Khe Sanh Combat Base where we spend ample time exploring.  We also stop at the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, overrun in the first ever NVA tank assault.  Co Roc Mountain soars to the heavens just across the Laotian border.  Tonight we stay in the Laotian border town of Lao Bao in somewhat Spartan accommodations.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Sepon

Day 8: (Sunday, 15 March) – 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 A Loui we stop for a hike up FSB Goodman.  Later, we turn west for a stop at Hamburger Hill.  We then visit the A Shau Special Forces Camp.  Heading north back toward A Loui, we turn east on Highway 547.  Before returning to Hue City, we make stops at FSB Bastogne and FSB Birmingham.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Huong Giang

Day 9: (Monday, 16 March) – Hue

Today is a well-deserved free day to relax by the pool, for personal exploration, or to heal our aching bones from the climbs up FSB Goodman and Hamburger Hill yesterday.  Breakfast is included, but lunch and dinner are on our own today.  You can roam the fascinating shops on Le Loi Street until late at night.
Meals: B/_/_           Hotel: Huong Giang

Day 10: (Tuesday, 17 March) – Hue to Hoi An

We bid Hue goodbye this morning 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.  Next is a stop for a rest and photos at Elephant Pass, followed by a special stop at a 101st Airborne railroad site.  At Lang Co fishing village, we walk across the bridge separating Dam Lap An from the sea.  We then head up the breathtaking Hai Van with a stop at the Pass of the High Clouds to explore old French and Chinese bunkers and take in a view of Da Nang and the bay.  Continuing down the Hai Van to sea level, we visit Red Beach II where the Marines made their first amphibious landing, in March 1965.  We pass through Dog Patch as we enter Da Nang City and make a quick photo stop at China Beach on the South China Sea.  After we drive through the MMAF (Marble Mountain Air Facility) area we complete this day’s travels with a tour of a silk and wood carving factory.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Green Heaven

Day 11: (Wednesday, 18 March) – Hoi An

This morning we travel west and parallel to the southern edge of Go Noi Island.  We stop for visits to Liberty Bridge (south) and An Hoa Regimental Combat Base.  We also make a special visit to the 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.  On our way back, we arrive at Hill 119 for a hike to the top of this 1st Recon outpost.  We complete our day with dinner back in Hoi An.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Green Heaven

Day 12: (Thursday, 19 March) – Hoi An

Today is our last free day in Vietnam.  You can 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.  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 to sample some the many restaurants and night spots.
Meals: B/_/_           Hotel: Green Heaven

Day 13: (Friday, 20 March) – Hoi An to Da Nang

This morning, we head back north and visit a marble carving shop.  We then climb Marble Mountain to explore the VC hospital area located deep within.  After lunch we arrive at our riverside hotel.  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           Hotel: Brilliant

Day 14: (Saturday, 21 March) – Da Nang to Ha Noi

After an early breakfast, we head to Da Nang Airfield for our flight to Ha Noi.  Our only visit today is the fascinating War Museum with its Dien Bien Phu exhibit and American artifacts.  After lunch, we prepare for the journey home and more last-minute shopping.
Meals: B/L/D          Hotel: Skylark

Day 15: (Sumday, 22 March) – Departure

For those opting for one of our fabulous post tours, your day begins as we bid our new friends a happy journey home.  After breakfast, those heading home transfer to Noi Bai Airfield for the flight to Taipei.  Departing from Taipei, we gain a day enroute to the continental United States by re-crossing the International Dateline, arriving in Los Angeles at approximately 2:55 p.m. this same day.
Meals: B/L/D (in flight)

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