I-Corps Plus Itinerary (14 Days)

I-Corps Plus Itinerary (14 Days)

Day 1: Arrival Transfer and Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Hanoi.

Upon arrival, You will be welcome by our local guide and drive to hotel. Check-in then you are free until Welcome Dinner.

Day2: Hanoi City Tour and Water Puppet Show.

Today we visit the Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh House and the One Pillar Pagoda. Then take a Cyclo Tour through the Old Quater.  In the evening, enjoy Water Puppet Show. (B,L)

Day 3: Ha Long Bay

This morning we have 4 hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. This is Vietnam’s most famous and most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Ha Long’ means the dragon descending into the sea and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth. The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1600 limestone islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea.. Most of them are still intact from human activities thanks to their uninhabited and uncultivated characters.

Arrive at the Halong Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a boat for your unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong bay. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on board the boat in Halong Bay (private cabin on-board the join-in boat cruise). (B,L,D)

Day 4 : Halong Bay-Hanoi- Chulai

Enjoy the morning in the middle of Halong Bay as the sun rises on Halong and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards the port. Mid-morning the boat will return to shore. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the mid-late afternoon onward flight to Chulai Airport in Central Vietnam.

Upon arriving,  we go straight to hotel. Check in and free afterthat until dinner. Stay overnight in Chulai. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Chu Lai- Hoian

Today we travel north on Highway 1 to the Operation Starlite area.  We then visit Crescent BeachKy Ha, Americal Division HQ and Chulai Airbase.

At first, Chu Lai Airbase was only a “short airfield for tactical support (SATS)” was installed. The SATS consisted of a 1,200 m runway with an aluminum surface of interlocking lightweight metal alloy planking, a catapult and a carrier deck-type arresting gear. It also included a tactical airfield fuel dispensing system. The base of soft sand at Chu Lai caused much difficulty with the installation of the SATS, but the first landing of an A-4 Skyhawk was made on 1 June 1965, by Colonel John D. Noble, Commanding Officer of MAG-12 from Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMA-225) landed. The aircraft took off using jet-assisted takeoff rockets on the partially completed runway as the Seabees continued lengthening the runway. By mid-October 1965, the base was home to more than 80 A-4 Skyhawks from MAG-12.

After Chu Lai Airbase we will visit the Artilery Base before driving back to Hoi An.  Later we will have a walking tour. This evening you are free to roam the streets and shops of this ancient port city (formerly known as Faifo) where Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese traders once walked. (B,L)

Day 6: Antenna Valley

Today we depart early for LZ Baldy and LZ Ross.  Heading up the Que Son Pass, we view LZ Ryder before heading down into Antenna Valley taking ample time for exploration.   Upon our return to Hoi An, we stop at a silk and wood factory. (B,L)

Day 7: An Hoa Combat Base and My Son Holyland

Today we head south on Highway 1 and cross the Song Thu Bon.  Turning west, we parallel Goi Noi Island.  After stopping at Liberty Bridge, we drive to An Hoa Combat Base.

An Hoa Combat Base was first used by the Marines in January 1966 during Operation Mallard when the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines established a firebase there while the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and a Company from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines swept the surrounding area. 20 April 1966 the Marines returned to An Hoa on Operation Georgia, the 12th Marines reestablished a firebase while the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines provided security, the base would become permanent at this time as the Marines sought to pacify the area.

Leaving An Hoa Base, we make a special visit to the My Son Holyland located deep in the foothills of the Que Son Mountains.  My Son is the site of Trakieu, the ancient capital of the Cham Kingdom and contains ruins dating back to the 5th Century. As we return to Hoian, we stop at Hill 55, the 7th Marine Regimental Hill.  (B,L)

Day 8: Cycling and Fishing tours.

Today we will have A Non-Battlefield Day Tour.

We will take a bike ride through the countryside of Hoian to the Fishing village. At the fishing village, we will have a chance to interact with the local fishermen and they are very happy to show you their traditional tecniques for fishing. You may catch some fish or crabs or may be not. Then sit down by the river to enjoy your lunch with local foods. (B,L)

After lunch, ride back hotel and you are free.

Day  9: Hoian-Danang-Hue

 

Departing early this morning, we pass through Dog Patch as we leave Da Nang City.  we head north to Marble Mountain where we visit a marble carving shop and climb Marble Mountain to explore the VC hospital area located deep within.  Continuing north we drive through the old Marble Mountain Air Facility (MMAF), stop at China Beach on the South China Sea, and visit Monkey Mountain for a photo op before checking into our hotel on the Han River.We make visits to Red Beach 2 and before heading up the Hai Van with a stop at the Pass to explore old French bunkers and take in a parting view of Da Nang and the bay. Continuing down the Hai Van, we make several interesting stops along the way north before reaching Phu Bai and Camp Eagle.  Soon thereafter, we enter Hue (the old Imperial Capital of Vietnam) and begin our study of the 1968 Tet Offensive battle for the southern city.  We then arrive at our hotel on the southern bank of the Perfume River for a relaxing evening.  After dinner, you can roam the fascinating shops on Le Loi Street until late at night. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Hue City Tour

This morning we take a relaxing cruise up the beautiful Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc Tombs.  After lunch we visit the Citadel, with its ramparts and towers.  We finish at the Imperial Palace gate blown by 1/5, which allowed the ARVN to enter and lower the NVA flag that had flown from the main flagpole for 24 days.  We then visit the Forbidden City, home to the ancient emperors. (B,L)

Day 11: Hue- Hamburger Hill-Aluoi.

Today we head west to Aluoi where we will visit Hamburger Hill, AShau Combat Base and Rendez-Vous FSB. Lunch will be in Aluoi. After lunch, we will drive 100km along Ho Chi Minh Trails to Khe Sanh and stay overnight in Khe Sanh. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Khe Sanh-DMZ-Dong Ha

Today we will visit Lang Vei Special Force Base, overrun in the first ever NVA tank assault. Then we head east along Highway 9 (Route 9) to Dong Ha City. We will visit Con Thien (Hill of Angels), Rockpile, the marines observation base, the Razorback and Camp Carroll. We will visit Bo De Scholl,  Lew Puller School as we come into Dong Ha. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Dong Ha. After lunch, we continue north to cross Hien Luong Bridge over Ben Hai River. Stop for a walk then we drive to Vinh Moc Tunnels which were built by local people between 1965-1967 for shelters. After  tunnels we drive back to Dong Ha City for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Dong Ha-Hue and Farewell Dinner

This morning we drive along Highway 1 or known as Highway Of Horror back to Hue.  we  have a walk over the Dong Ha Bridge (destroyed by John Ripley which stopped the initial NVA advance during the 1972 Easter Offensive). Ai Tu Airbase and La Vang Church. We arrive Hue by lunch time. Our afternoon is free and lunch is on our own, but tonight all hands gather for our very special Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Day 14: Airport  Transfer

You are free until our driver pick you up to transfer to airport. (B)

End Tour.

 

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