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I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps

Tour Reference: VN-15041

15 Days

12 April - 26 April 2014

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 12 - 13 April) – 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, 14 April) – 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.  After lunch, we will check into our hotel and have the afternoon off to rest from our flight.  Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner
Meals: B (in flight) /L/D          Hotel: Sky Lark Hotel

Day 4: (Wednesday, 15 April) – Ha Noi

Today we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House and the One Pillar Pagoda.  Afterwards, we visit the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton); the John McCain Monument; and the fascinating War Museum.  Later we head over (mission permitting) to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) for a command briefing on their efforts.  This evening we enjoy a visit (also mission permitting) to the Marine House, home of the U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard responsible for the protection of the U.S. Ambassador and the American Embassy.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Sky Lark Hotel

Day 5: (Thursday, 16 April) – Ha Noi to Qui Nhon to Quang Ngai

This morning we have an early morning flight from Noi Bai Airfield to the coastal town of Qui Nhon.  Upon arriving in Qui Nhon, we travel north on Highway 1 from the Qui Nhon airport towards Quang Ngai.  Along the way we will visit Duc Pho, Nui Dau, and the Long Wall of Quang Ngai.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Thien An Hotel

Day 6: (Friday, 17 April) – Quang Ngai to Hoi An

Today we travel north on Highway 1 to the Operation Starlite Area.  From here we continue on to Chu Lai and visit the Chu Lai Air Base, Crescent Beach, Ky Ha Helicopter Base, Hill 43, Hill 69 and Tam Ky Area and Hawk Hill before reaching Hoi An.  This evening you are free to roam the streets and shops of this ancient port city (formerly known as Faifo) where Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese traders once walked.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Hoi An Green Heaven

Day 7: (Saturday, 18 April) – Hoi An

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/_/_           Hotel: Hoi An Green Heaven

Day 8: (Sunday, 19 April) – Hoi An to Da Nang

Today we cross the Song Thu Bon.  Turning west, we parallel Goi Noi Island.  After stopping at An Hoa Combat Base and Duc Duc we 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.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Brilliant Hotel

Day 9: (Monday, 20 April) – Da Nang

Today we head west to visit Dai Loc, Hill 22, Hill 37, Hill 65, and Liberty Bridge (North End).  As we return to Da Nang we stop at Hill 55, the 7th Marine Regimental Hill.  From here we head 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 (now called the Eastern Sea by the Vietnamese).  Dinner is on our own tonight.
Meals: B/L/_           Hotel: Brilliant Hotel

Day 10: (Tuesday, 21 April) – Da Nang to Hue

Departing early this morning, we pass Monkey Mountain as we leave Da Nang City.  We make visits to Red Beach II 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           Hotel: Huong Giang Hotel

Day 11: (Wednesday, 22 April) – Hue to Dong Ha

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.  This afternoon we head north towards Dong Ha, stopping along the way at the Bo De School, Ai Tu Airfield, and the Lew Puller School.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Saigon Dong Ha Hotel

Day 12: (Thursday, 23 April) – Dong Ha to Hue

Today we head north on Highway 1 towards the DMZ.  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) and the Peace Bridge over the Song Ben Hai, the river that was the only true physical demarcation between the North and South.  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 Rockpile, the Razorback, and Khe Gia Bridge.  After lunch in Khe Sanh village, we head north to the Khe Sanh Combat Base where we will spend ample time exploring.  We return to Hue for the evening.
Meals: B/L/D           Hotel: Huong Giang Hotel

Day 13: (Friday, 24 April) – Hue

Today is a free day for shopping and exploring the streets of Hue or just lying by the pool.  Lunch is on our own today, but tonight all hands gather for our very special Farewell Dinner.
Meals: B/_/D           Hotel: Huong Giang Hotel

Day 14: (Saturday, 25 April) – Hue to Ha Noi

This morning we transfer to Phu Bai Airport for our flight to Ha Noi.  This afternoon you will have a chance to explore the Old French Quarter of Ha Noi.
Meals: B/L/D          Hotel: Sky Lark Hotel

Day 15: (Sumday, 26 April) – Departure

After a leisurely morning, we transfer Ha Noi’s Noi Bai Airfield for our 12:10 p.m. 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 3:30 p.m. this same day.
Meals: B/L/D (in flight)

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