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                            Vietnam Veterans Tour
 
                         11 Days/ 10 Nights Land Only
 
         Guaranteed Daily Departures From $1599 per person twin share
 

  We have many variations of this tour... hey, you know where you want to go, tell us and we will redesign the tour to suit you. The tour
 below takes in all the Australian camps and battle zones and then takes you north to witness some of the major areas of conflict around
 the DMZ, then deep into the north to see the Capital of Hanoi. Our local guides are especially trained to be adaptable and seek out the
areas you want to visit, at the pace you want to travel. The feedback we have had from previous participants on this kind of tour has been
     remarkable and moving. If you have been wondering as to whether it is a good idea to go back... the answer we always get is a
                                                               resounding YES
         

Day 1 Saigon                                                               Day 4 Vung Tau
Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Transfer to your selected hotel.     Morning at leisure. By vehicle from Vung Tau to Saigon
Overnight in Saigon.
                                                                           Day 5 Danang
Day 2 Saigon                                                               Transfer for your flight from Saigon to Danang. . Journey south along
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. Never discovered by American forces,          the coast, past arid plains dominated by rocky mountains. Stop at My
the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the              Lai, the site of an infamous massacre of Vietnamese civilians, an
American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground          event which turned the tide of popular opinion in America against the
network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts,        war. The Son My Memorial was erected to memorialize the victims,
hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through       with a museum nearby. Overnight in Danang.
the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly
disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture            Day 6 Hue
inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to                    By vehicle from Danang to Hue. Journey north along Highway 1 over
accommodate tourists. Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with     the Hai Van Pass and past Phu Loc and Phu Bai. Hai Van Pass: an
the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. Yet within    incredible mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views.
this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the       Sightseeing in the Old Imperial City; a vast complex built in the early
beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is District 5, the   19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The
huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'.         original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide
Visit Military Museum: US, Chinese and Soviet material is on display,      moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to
including a Cessna A-37 of the South Vietnamese air force and a US-        bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that
built F-5E Tiger with a 200mm nose gun still loaded. The tank on           remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen
display is one of the tanks which broke into the grounds of the            Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant
Reunification Palace on 30 April 1975. Visit the Reunification Palace:     Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon
the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, it was          Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area
stormed by tanks on 30 April 1975, signifying the fall of South            of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho
Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state. Overnight in         Residence, where the Queen mother lived, visit Thai Hoa Palace, the
Saigon.                                                                    magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and
                                                                           the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites. Visit Dong Ba
Day 3 Vung Tau                                                             Market: a local market near the Imperial City. Overnight in Hue.
By hydrofoil from Saigon to Vung Tau. Excursion to Australian War
sites around Vung Tau. Explore the sites around Vung Tau which             Day 7 Khe Sanh
played an important role in the Australian experience of the Vietnam       By vehicle from Hue to Dong Ha. Excursion to DMZ (Demilitarized
war. Sites visited include the Australian War Memorial, Nui Dat and        Zone). Quang TriI: the town was once an important citadel city. During
Long Phuc Tunnels, as well as Long Tan and Long Hai hills and              the war, it was heavily bombed and not many of the original buildings
tunnels. Overnight in Vung Tau.                                            of the time are left. Vinh Moc Tunnels: 2.8km of tunnels built by the
villagers of Vinh Moc, who lived in one of the most heavily bombed         and French-style edifices. Visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai
places. The people began tunneling by hand into the red clay earth         Dinh: this was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was
and made the tunnels their home. Khe Sanh Combat Base: site of the         constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the
most famous siege of the American War in Vietnam. Khe Sanh sits on         slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. It has a long
a barren plateau surrounded by vegetation-covered hills, often             staircase flanked by dragons. Thien Mu Pagoda: just outside of Hue,
obscured by mist and fog. Doc Mieu Base: located on a low rise south       on the bank of the Perfume River, this was a hotbed of anti-
of the Ben Hai River - part of the former Mc Namara line - this base       government protest during the early 1960s. Behind the main sanctuary
was once part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent        of the pagoda is the Austin motorcar which transported the monk
infiltration across the DMZ. Today, you can still see the remains of       Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation. Tomb of
bunkers, craters and shrapnel. Ben Hai River: once the demarcation         Emperor Minh Mang: a complex built in 1840 by King Minh Mang,
line between North and South Vietnam. Cua Tung Beach: a long               known for its magnificent architecture, military statuaries and elaborate
secluded stretch of sand where the last emperor, Bao Dai, used to go       decorations. It is perhaps the most beautiful of Hue's pagodas and
on vacation. Truong Son Cemetery: a memorial to tens of thousands          tombs. Overnight in Hue.
of North Vietnamese soldiers from transport and construction who
were killed in the Truong Son Mountains along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.       Day 10 Hanoi
Con Thien Fire Base: US marine corps base established to stop              Transfer for your flight from Hue to Hanoi. Discover the old quarter of
infiltration across DMZ. In 1967, the North Vietnamese forces crossed      Hanoi by cyclo (1 hour). It is also called 36 streets most of which are
the DMZ and besieged the base. Camp Carrol: established in 1966            named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there. Visit the
and named after a US marine corps captain who was killed whilst            Temple of Literature: a peaceful series of walled courtyards and
trying to seize a nearby ridge. Today bits of military hardware and lots   graceful gateways, this monument is one of the best-preserved
of rusty shell casings litter the ground. The Rockpile: named after a      examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and
large pile of rocks, where there used to be a US marine corps lookout.     dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first
Dakrong Bridge: built in 1975-6 with assistance from the Cuban             university. Overnight in Hanoi.
government. Lang Vay Special Forces Camp: a camp established in
1962 and attacked and overrun in 1968 by North Vietnamese infantry         Day 11 Hanoi
backed by nine tanks. All that remains are some overgrown remains of       Visit One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot Thu Du): built in 1049 by
numerous concrete bunkers. By vehicle from Dong Ha to Khe Sanh.            Emperor Ly Thai Tong and restored in 1922, then burned by the
Overnight in Khe Sanh.                                                     French in 1954 and restored in 1955. The pagoda which is a Buddhist
                                                                           representation of the world in the form of a lotus coming out of the
Day 8 A Luoi                                                               water, contains a statue of Quan An, the Goddess of Mercy. Visit the
Sightseeing around Khe Sanh. Visit Lang Vay base, Khe Sanh base            Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: in the tradition of Lenin and Stalin before
and Ta Con airbase. These old American bases are the sites of one of       him and Mao after him, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass
the most important battles (or diversions) of the Vietnam War. By          sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has
vehicle from Khe Sanh to A Sao and A Luoi. Overnight in A Luoi.            become a site of pilgrimage. Visit Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House: Near the
                                                                           Mausoleum is the two room stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived from
Day 9 Hue                                                                  1948 until his final days. Visitors also pass the simple three-room
By vehicle from A Luoi to Hue. Hue served as the capital of Vietnam        bungalow where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954-8, which
for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings     has been preserved in the same condition and may be viewed through
                                                                           the windows. Transfer to airport for your onward flight
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