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VCT-1: Vietnam Veteran Tour 16 Days (From Ho Chi Minh City)


VCT-1: Vietnam Veteran Tour 16 Days (From Ho Chi Minh City) 16From: 25,875,000 VND equals 1.150USD

Vietnam war had passed away but the memories are still living in any soldiers. Our Vietnam Veteran Tour is a chance for veterans who had been in Vietnam in the war and now willing to come back to revisit old battlefields. This is also a great chance for you to know more about Vietnamese people, unique and authentic culture and beauties as well as the speedy changes of the country after the war time. Designed for senior tourist and veteran, who care about Vietnam war history, the 02 week trip will offer you the chance to visit the historic battle field in Iron Triangle, Hamburger Hill, DMZ, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Cu Chi Tunnel....

+ Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights

+ Destinations: Ho Chi Minh Mekong Danang Hoi An Hue Quang Tri Hanoi Halong Bay Hanoi

+ Travel style: Vietnam Classic Tour.

+ From: 25,875,000 VND equals 1.150USD.

+ Main ideal:

- Visiting many solemn places in Vietnam from South to North

- Feeling the historic atmosphere in museums of Hanoi

- Remembering the war time in the old battlefields of Quang Tri and Vung Tau

- Enjoying the beauty of Halong Bay with limestone caves and islets

- Experience one of the most important part in the history of Vietnam, the Nguyen Dynasty with unique buildings

+ Overview for program:

By Day

Destinations

Activities

Meals

Day 1

Arrival Ho Chi Minh

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, have welcome dinner at loca restaurant…

D

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh

Visit Cu Chi tunnels in the countryside and the highlights in the Vietnam war…

B, L

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh

Visit iron tringle – war zone D during Vietnam war

B, L

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau

Drive to Vung Tau, explore the top attractions: Long Hoa pagoda..

B, L

Day 5

Vung Tau – Ho Chi Minh

Free to explore Vung Tau beaches. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city

B

Day 6

Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An

Fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Da Nang, drive to Hoi An and have a…

B

Day 7

Hoi An

Free day to relax in Hoi An

B

Day 8

Hoi An - Hue

Drive from Hoi An to Hue, visit the imperial citadel

B, L

Day 9

Hue – Quang Tri

Drive to Quang Tri, visit DMZ, Vinh Moc tunnels

B, L

Day 10

Quang Tri - Hue

Drive back to Hue, visit the sightseeing arround the Hue city.

B, L

Day 11

Hue

Drive to the Ho Chi Minh trail, visit Huamburger Hill

B, L

Day 12

Hue - Hanoi

Fly from Hue to Hanoi, visit the top attractions

B

Day 13

Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Transfer to Ha Long Bay, explore the world natural heritage…

B, L, D

Day 14

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy last moments on the bay. Transfer back to Hanoi

B, L

Day 15

Hanoi

Free day to relax in Hanoi

B

Day 16

Hanoi - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your next flight.

B

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh city (D)

Welcome to Vietnam - Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to the hotel in the downtown. After doing the check in, you will be free on your own to walk around the city center to get acquainted with the liveliness of this young city.

In the evening, you will have welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam Veteran Tour 16 Days

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh (B/ L)

08.30 AM: After breakfast at hotel, your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. A one and half hour drive takes you to Cu Chi Tunnels where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing an web-like tunnels system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops.

After the lunch in the local restaurant, in the afternoon, you will have a city tour including the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. The tour also includes the War Remnants Museum, the Old Post Office, Chinatown and Ben Thanh Market – the central market for the city and one of the liveliest areas.

About 04.30 PM, the tour finshes and you will be dropped off at your hotel and then you are free to relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh (B/ L)

Continue our city tour with a prosthetic clinic in Thu Duc and the ward of Long Binh before visiting an industrial park. Afterward, we will proceed to Binh Duong Province and visit the Iron Triangle which had been known as the War Zone D during Vietnam War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau (B/ L)

Depart to explore Vung Tau with Long Hoa Pagoda. Long Hoa Pagoda was built 283 years ago and located on the foot of Chan Tien Mountain. During war, the pagoda wasn't destroyed and now its structure is still unchanged from the very first time. Then we will proceed to White Palace or Villa Blanche, a Western style villa located on a hill of the seaside of Vung Tau. During the French colonial days, it was used as the resort for French governors and the place for meeting and party of the French-support administration of Bao Dai. You will visit Niet Ban Tinh Xa, Nirvana Meditation Retreat and Thich Ca Phat Dai, a Buddhist shrine. You will also visit a French-built light house and the giant Jesus Christ statue as optional choices. Overnight in Vung Tau.

Day 5: Vung Tau – Ho Chi Minh (B)

Free time to explore Vung Tau city, it is your time to take a dip in the blue sea or walk around to explore the local life. In the afternoon, we drive back to HCMC

Vietnam Veteran Tour 16 Days

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An  (B)

After breakfast, 02 hour prior to your flight, the private driver pick you up at your hotel, transfer to the airport for flight to Danang.

Upon arrival in Danang Airport, the local guide will welcome you at the airport, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An to check in.  Have lunch by your own before our walking tour around the town.

The highlight of today is to discover the Hoi An Ancient Town which was recognized as a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO. Immerse yourself in the great charm of this lovely town and explore some of beauty spots there like Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung House, Japanese Bridge and cultural showrooms in Hoi An. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Today is a totally free day on your own to discover the charming town, or bike to the countryside. Immerse yourselves in the peaceful nature and the friendliness of the local residents. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 8: Hoi An - Hue (B/ L)

A morning drive will take you to Hue, the old capital of Vietnam and visit the citadel of the Nguyen dynasty, the last feudal regime of Vietnam.

We will be on 4 –hour journey from Hoi An. The winding road begins as we make our way up the Hai Van pass. The breath -taking view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes.

When in Hue, you will check in the hotel then have a delicious lunch in an authentic Hue restaurant before taking a citadel tour. Hue Citadel was built between early 19th and 20th centuries by Nguyen's Lords. This unique complex has a long and thick walls surrounding and many buildings insides which served the emperor and his family. After traveling around the ancient citadel, you will be free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue – Quang Tri (B/ L)

North of Hue is the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, and Quang Tri province, where much of the fighting occurred. This area still bears the scars of the massive bombardments that took place - the few remains of the many camps and combat bases, the barren ground pockmarked with craters, and the tens of thousands of graves in the National Cemetery, are solemn reminders of war. Nearby is the Vinh Moc Tunnels Complex. Overnight in Quang Tri.

Vietnam Veteran Tour 16 Days

Day 10: Quang Tri - Hue (B/ L)

Today we drive back to Hue and take a Perfume River boat trip to 16th century Thien Mu Pagoda considered as the oldest pagoda in Hue. Inside, you can see a 21-meter-high tower called Phuoc Duyen, the symbol which is associated with Thien Mu Pagoda and an old car, the relic of a dead monk. Then enjoy a tour of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh's Tombs - the two kings of Nguyen Dynasty and incense making village. Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue (B/ L)

Drive to the Ho Chi Minh Trail - a complex web of jungle paths that enabled communist troops to travel from North Vietnam to areas close to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Aluoi and Asao, Pako and Tari ethnic national villages, and Hamburger Hill where a fierce battle occurred. You will stop by at A Shau Valley area for recalling of your past memory.

Drive back to your hotel in Hue. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue - Hanoi (B)

Free until the private driver picks you up at your hotel, transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi.

You will be welcome and transferred to the hotel from the airport by our tour guide. A city tour will open your day and Army Museum will be the first stop. Army Museum or Vietnam Military History Museum is the most prominent historical collection of Vietnam War. Outside, there are many military vehicles and weapons, some are captured by Vietnam, and some are Vietnamese weapons. Inside the museum, there are many documents; images of the Vietnam War, the statues of generals and many other artifacts...then travel around the Imperial Citadel where Vietnam's army headquarters were situated during the French War.

End of the tour is Water Puppet Show in the Old Quarter, which will bring you percious chance to spend on traditional folk art of Vietnam and learn more about the life in countryside.

Day 13: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/ L/ D)

08.00 AM: Our driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands.

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, we will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/ L)

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise.

Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.

After breakfast, we will explore one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the bay with magnificent scene.

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

Halong bay cruise

Day 15: Hanoi (B)

Today you will have free time to discover more about Hanoi Capital. Maybe you like enjoying the low-paced ambiance of Hanoi deeply by having a cofee and watching the locals on their daily lives or relax in your hotel.Overnight stay in Hanoi..

Day 16: Hanoi - Departure (B)

Today is your free time at your leisure to enjoy last moment in the North of Vietnam. About 03 hours before your flight, we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with us, hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to see you again!

Notes:

- The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

- Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should be sent before your departure date.

Tour Price:

- US$ 1.150 / per person.

- Single Supplement: US$550 (Occupy room alone)

The cost of the trip includes:

- Accommodation- Hotel (15 nights) and Cruise (1 night).

- Transportation – Private car, Plane, Walking, Boating, Cruise.

- Domestic flights and government taxes

+ Fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Danang (01 hour 20 minutes)

+ Fly from Hue to Hanoi (01 hour 20 minutes)

- Meals listed on the itinerary (15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners).

- English speaking tour guide (Other languages upon requests)

- Entrance fees.

- Permits during guided excursions.

- Water on coach

The cost of the trip does not include:

- International flights to/from Vietnam.

- Visa stamp fees

- Early check-in & late check-out surcharge

- Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the program.

- Goverment tax, beverages

- Travel insurance

- Personal Expense

- What not mentioned clearly

- Tipping is at customer’s discretion.

- Departure time and meeting point: as requested.

What to take:

- Pack essentials for 16 days, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes. Take a small day pack for walking, hiking and trekking.

- It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: towel, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...

Child Policy:

- Child from 0 – under 3 years old: FOC

- Child from 3 – under 5 years old: 50% of adult fare

- Child from 5 – under 7 years old: 75% of adult fare

- Child from 7 – under 11 years old: 90% of adult fare.

- Children from 11 years old: 100% of adult fare

Remark:

- Please be informed that the quotation does not imply or constitute availability.

- The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

- Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date. Food will be prepar by local Restaurant with local food.

- After trip the local guide always expect the guests tip about 3$/day

- Surcharge 20 per cent of price /pax if travel date fall on Lunar New Year (30 Dec, 1 - 3 Jan according to Lunar Calendar)

Cancellation Policy:

- All cancellation must be made in writing

- Any cancellation at 30 Days prior to arrival date: No charge

- Any cancellation between 29Days – 15 Days prior to arrival date: 50% of tour fare charge

- Any cancellation between 14Days – 3 Days prior to arrival date: 75% of tour fare charge

- Any cancellation less than 3 Days : 100% of tour fare charge

- As mentioned on particular booking and depends on each period



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