I Corps Vietnam Tour Brochure 12 days
Highlights: This tour program is available for individuals, small groups or families. The cost depends on the number of travelers
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I Corps Vietnam Tour Brochure 12 days
Travel Style: Vietnam Veteran Tours from Hanoi
Itinerary: Hanoi – Hue surrounding – Danang – Hoian – Quy Nhon – Saigon
Highlights: This tour program is available for individuals, small groups or families. The cost depends on the number of travelers, whether you want Superior class hotels or Deluxe class hotels, and whether you want us to include Trans-Pacific flights. Some of our clients want to utilize their frequent flier points. For a decade in the mid-20th century, the central region of Vietnam, identified as I Corps by the US military, was a battleground from the beaches along the South China Sea to the rugged mountains bordering Laos. Americans serving in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force fought communist forces on the land, on the waterways and in the air above this volatile region.
- Day1 Arrive Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your downtown hotel. After time to freshen up, enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter of “36 Streets and Wares.” Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner of traditional Hanoi dishes. (D)
- Day2 Hanoi/Hue
After breakfast, begin sightseeing tour of this capital city including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (subject to availability), Ho Chi Minh House, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Afternoon, visit to the Army Museum, the Hoa Lo Prison, Lake of Restored Sword. Then transfer to the airport for the evening flight to Hue. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B, L, D)
- Day3 Hue
After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride down the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then drive to the Imperial Citadel where US Marines fought a month-long battle during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Visit the Hue Military Museum. Lunch is at Tropical Garden Rest-aurant. Afternoon visit to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Tu Duc & Khai Dinh Royal. We end the day at the Dong Ba market before driving back to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a home-hosted dinner at the restored royal home of Ms. Vinh Tu. (B, L, D)
- Day4 Hue
An early morning departure for important sites along the DMZ. Heading north on Hwy 1, the infamous “Street Without Joy” to Dong Ha. There we turn west and climb into the mountains on Hwy 9. Passing through Cam Lo, we detour on our route west to Con Thien and Camp Carroll. On a hillside overlooking the famed Rockpile, we can see the washed-in remnants of foxholes and bunkers. We continue on to the site of the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp overlooking the Laotian border. It was here that NVA tanks were first employed against US forces in February 1968. Doubling back on Hwy 9, we pass through the town of Khe Sanh again and then drive north of the town to a coffee plantation that was once the site of the USMC Khe Sanh Combat Base. Here we can see the remnants of the last airstrip that was constructed here and visit a museum that presents the current “official” Vietnamese version of the incredible battle for this corner of Vietnam. Returning to Dong Ha, we have opportunities to photograph Montagnard villages along the roadway. Depending on the time and wishes of the group, we may drive a dozen kilometers north of Dong Ha to the river that once marked the border between North and South Vietnam.We return through Quang Tri to Hue. (B, L, D)
- Day5 Hue
Today we venture west along Route 512. Passing the sites of Fire Support Base Bastogne and Fire Support Base Birmingham, we enter the A Shau Valley. Many significant actions took place here including Operation Delaware and Operation Dewey Canyon. Perhaps the best know battle was during Operation Apache Snow, better known as Hamburger Hill. We will visit Hill 937 where this action took place. Later, we return to Hue. Many “photo ops” today as we pass a number of Montagnard villages. (B, L, D)
- Day6 Hue/Da Nang
After breakfast, we drive south on Hwy #1 over the Hai Van Pass into DaNang. After lunch in DaNang, we check into our DaNang hotel. After-noon is free at leisure and dinner is at hotel. (B, L, D)
- Day7 DaNang/Hoi An
Today we explore the region around DaNang. We visit Monkey Mountain peninsula where remnants of our long ago base are still visible. Then we go to My Son, a collection of Champa Kingdom temples in the infamous Arizona Territory. As we travel in the area around DaNang we will visit as many of your special places as we can. Later we check into our hotel in Hoi An, an ancient fishing village that was once Vietnam’s major port. (B, L, D)
- Day8 Hoi An
We drive north to Marble Mountain where we can climb the stone steps to the caves overlooking China Beach and shop the marble shops at the base. Returning to Hoi An we will visit some of the craft shops and tailors famous for the 7-hour suits, jackets, shirts and dresses. Our guide takes us on a walking tour of this very old and picturesque fishing town. (B, L, D)
- Day9 Hoi An/Quy Nhon
We drive south on Hwy. #1 today. We see the village of My Lai and Chu Lai, once a USAF base and now a civilian airfield. We continue to Quy Nhon, with stops to see rural crafts, special places and photo ops along our route. Arriving in Quy Nhon, we check into our seaside hotel. Lunch is at a local restaurant and dinner is at hotel. (B, L, D)
- Day10 Quy Nhon/Saigon
We double back up Hwy. #1 today to Phu Cat, a former USAF airbase that remains a military base (MIGs – not Phantoms now) and doubles as Quy Nhon’s civilian airfield. At leisure until we transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Saigon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at the Majestic Hotel Rooftop Garden Restaurant overlooking the busy Saigon River. (B, L, D)
- Day11 Saigon
A morning tour of Saigon highlights. We begin at the US Consulate, former site of the US Embassy. On the grounds we see a plaque honoring the Soldiers and Marines who died defending the Embassy on 31 January 1968. This is the only monument honoring US forces in Vietnam today. (Note: subject to Consulate staff schedule). Then we visit the Colonial Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Hall (former Presidential Palace), War Remnants Museum and a picturesque temple in the Cholon district of Saigon. After lunch at the Rex Hotel Rooftop Restaurant, we have free time for shopping at the nearby Ben Thanh Market, in the shops on Nguyen Hue Boulevard or in the upscale shops along Dong Khoi Street (former Tu Do Street). Tonight, a Farewell Dinner on a floating restaurant cruising up and down the Saigon River. (B, L, D)
- Day12 Saigon
We transfer to Tan Son Nhut Airport at midmorning for our flight home to the USA. Crossing the Int’l Dateline, we arrive back in the USA the same day.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
– Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
– Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
– Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.
Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
Re-check the services you would like to book then click “Submit Booking” (“Send My Inquiry” for Land Tours) to navigate to the final step. At the final step, fill your necessary information in the detail information form.
Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.
Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.
The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:
Step 1: Check Rates
Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.
Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.
Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).
Step 2: Book Extra Services
This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.
Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.
Step 3: Submit Booking
Here you can review, add or remove your booking items, complete and submit your booking form.
After your booking is submitted, the system navigates to a ‘Thank you page and send you an automatic email listing all the services you requested.
Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.
Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit
1. Check availability :
After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.
Notice: our email may go to your spam mailbox, please check your spam mailbox if you don’t receive our response in one working day.
After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:
If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information
If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.
Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.
Step 5: Final Payment
The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.
The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.
Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.
At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.
The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit
Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.