G. Hollands was a staff and line officer with the 27th Engineer Battalion.
His primary desire for his veteran tour to the road from the Perfume River to the Bo River which he constructed in 1969. The road began at a large bridge over the Perfume River west of Hue, continued west past the Tomb of Minh Mang, then west to Fire Base Bastogne, across the mountains to Fire Base Blaze, where the road crossed the Rao Nai…
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$1,780/per Person – Price is based on minimum of two persons traveling together, twin share or double bedded room at 3 Star hotel. Itinerary may change, depending on flight schedule, road and weather conditions. Domestic flights are NOT included.
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, G = Guide, DP = Driver Pickup)
Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (GP)
Arrive at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B, D, G)
You’ll free in the morning. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the center of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son temple and the bustling Old Quarter. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 3: Exploring villages around Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai (B, L, G)
In the morning, you’ll be picked up and driven to Bat Trang pottery villages, Dong Ho village – famous for its traditional paintings. After that, you’ll drive to Tam Tao village to enjoy its traditional Quan Ho music performed by villagers in the commune house. You will be free until your car and driver arrives to take you to Hanoi railway station in time to board the 10 p.m. overnight sleeper to Lao Cai.
Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa (B, L, G)
You’ll arrive in the early morning, where you’ll be met and taken up into the mountains by car to Sapa, Vietnam’s highest peak. After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be driven along a scenic valley to visit some of the H’mong ethnic minority villages. Later in the afternoon, you’ll return to Sapa for your overnight accommodation.
Day 5: Sapa free (B)
Your time will be your own!
Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha Ethnic market – overnight train to Hanoi (B, L, G)
After breakfast, your transport and guide will arrive to take you to visit Bac Ha market frequented by ethnic minority peoples. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Lao Cai for a shower and freshen-up before boarding the sleeper train to Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi (B, L, G)
You’ll arrive in Hanoi railway station in the early morning where you’ll be met and picked up to a hotel for breakfast and an opportunity to freshen up. After breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi for your overnight accommodation.
Day 8: Hanoi – Hue (B, D, G)
Your morning will be free until your driver arrives to take you to the airport for your noon flight to Hue. When you arrive, you’ll be met by our guide. You’ll pass through Huong Thuy village, north of which was Gai Le Combat Base and Camp Eagle where you were on duty. You’ll also visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Dong Ba market. In the late afternoon, you’ll have a chance to visit University of Hue, Imperial Treasure Building, French Quarter, Tiger/Elephant fighting area, Imperial Cannons. In the evening you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. You’ll spend the night in Hue.
Day 9: Hue (B, L, G)
Your morning will be taken up by a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, and a cruise along the Perfume River to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Tu Duc and Minh Mang. From there, you’ll return to Hue to visit Nam Hoa Village and the Catholic Cathedral and then return to your hotel to freshen-up. You’ll spend the night in Hue.
Day 10: Hue – DMZ – Khe Sanh (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, you’ll drive to Quang Tri province to tour the wartime ‘De-militarised Zone’, better known as the DMZ. You’ll visit the Old Citadel of Quang Tri, La Vang church, the Doc Mieu Base, Hien Luong bridge. the Vinh Moc and the Ben Hai river battle sites. Your car will take to what was once the Con Tien firebase as you requested. You’ll spend the night in Khe Sanh town.
Day 11: Khe Sanh – DMZ – A Luoi (B, L, D, G)
After an early breakfast, your car will take Khe Sanh combat base, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp and the Laos/Vietnam border and visit Dong Ap Bai (Hamburger Hill). You’ll spend the night in A Luoi.
Day 12: A Luoi – Hue (B, L, G)
In the morning, you’ll drive back to Hue and stop en-route to see Rao Nai Bridge, walk to Rao Nho valley for few kilometers. You’ll have a change to visit the FSB T-Bone on the way and some locations a long the road before you return to Hue via route 49. You’ll spend the night in Hue.
Day 13: Hue – Bach Ma (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, you’ll drive to Bach Ma National Park (60 km). You’ll stop along the way to see the “Hue Bridge-South”. After lunch at hotel, you’ll follow the Rhododendron trail and Five-Lakes cascade trail (6km in total) through evergreen forest to visit cascades and waterfalls. If time permit, you’ll visit the Pheasant Trail (2.5 km). You’ll spend the night in the park.
Day 14: Bach Ma – Danang – Hoi An (B, G)
After breakfast, you’ll walk 500m up the mountain to the summit for the views and, hopefully, the sunrise then your car will drive you to Danang. On the way, you’ll cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van. The views from the top are excellent. Upon arriving in Hoi An, you’ll have a guided visit to the Ancient Town of Hoi An. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.
Day 15: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B, G)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary. When you return, the rest of the day will be free. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.
Day 16: Hoi An free (B)
Time on your own.
Day 17: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (B, G in Ho Chi Minh City)
Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Danang airport in good time for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be free in the afternoon. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)
A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See . After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)
After breakfast at hotel, you’ll travel to Vinh Long. There, you’ll cruise on the Mekong River, visit Cai Be floating market, fruit orchards and some traditional cottage industries. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll spend the night.
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, G)
Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure.
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- Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double rooms.
- All pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified.
- Return train tickets: Superior standard four-berth cabin in ‘Victoria’ carriage.
- Boat cruise as programmed. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll cruise on a high quality wooden boat with good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
- Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicles with an experienced, safe driver.
- The services of an experienced English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
- Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants.
- VAT and other taxes.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Visas (we can help you on this)
- Dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Tips for guide and drivers
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