This Vietnam veteran’s tour is for war veterans who wish to revisit places of historical importance from the Vietnam War and see just how much the country has recovered and grown since this time. The itinerary is based on advice received from past Vietnam veteran tours. We have received very positive feedback from our Vietnam veteran tours bookers, We can customize an itinerary to suit your budget, personal preferences and trip duration.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive HCMC and check into the famous Continental Hotel. Enjoy a city tour including the Reunification Conference Hall (formerly the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace), US Embassy grounds and the War Remnants Museum. In the evening enjoy a welcome to Saigon Dinner.
Day 2: HCMC
Travel towards the Iron Triangle with a visit to a prosthetics clinic in Thu Duc, and tour Long Binh, a former base that today is an industrial park. In the evening enjoy a dinner cruise on Saigon River.
Day 3: HCMC – Vung Tau
Drive around three hours to Vung Tau. Visit the Long Tan Cross, Horse Shoe and Long Phuoc Tunnels en-route .After lunch, visit Nui Dat (SAS Hill) then continue on via Ba Ria to Vung Tau beach to relax.
Day 4: Vung Tau – Ho Chi Minh City
Continue to explore Vung Tau, Long Tien Pagoda and Bao Dai Palace. Return to HCMC in the late afternoon and enjoy at leisure.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh
Visit the Cu Chi underground tunnel system, and then continue to the fascinating Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province. Overnight stay in HCMC.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An
Fly to Danang and drive to Hoi An. Afternoon walking tour of the Old Town.
Day 7: Hoi An
Free day at your leisure.
Day 8: Hoi An – Hue
Drive to Hue and enjoy lunch in an authentic Hue restaurant before visiting the Forbidden City to explore the remnants at the Citadel and its open air war museum. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 9: Hue – Quang Tri – DMZ
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 tunnel complex.
Day 10: Quang Tri – Hue
Today we drive back to Hue and take a Perfume River boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda (16th Century). Enjoy a tour of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh’s Tombs (4th and 12th Century Kings of the Nguyen Feudal Dynasty) and incense making village.
Day 11: Hue – Ho Chi Minh Trail
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 HCMC. Also visit Aluoi and Asao, Pako and Tari ethnic national villages, and Hamburger Hill (former US military base).
Day 12: Hue – Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi and visit the Army Museum and the ancient Citadel where Vietnam’s army headquarters were situated during the French War.
Day 13: Hanoi
Visit Hanoi’s historic sites such as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’, B52 lake, John MC Cain’s parachute site, the B52 museum, Ho Chi Minh museum, Presidential Palace, and the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam dating back a thousand years ago. Take a cyclo tour, before going on an easy walking tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter. End the day with a traditional meal and Water Puppet show.
Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Drive three to four hours to Halong Bay for a relaxing two-day cruise on a traditional junk. Enjoy lunch as you begin cruising through thousands of limestone islands. In the afternoon, you have the option of exploring limestone caves and floating fishing villages.
Day 15: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Continue cruising in the morning and enjoy lunch on the way back to the pier, for your afternoon transfer to Hanoi.
Day 16: Hanoi
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.