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Vietnam War


16 days from £3,495pp

About the tour: Vietnam War


Tour Introduction

Delve deep into the history of the Vietnam War, as we explore some of Vietnam’s most famous regions, seeing stunning scenery and discussing the impact that the 19 year war had on the country. We begin in Hanoi and journey through to Ho Chi Minh city, visiting places such as ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Dien Bien Phu along the way. We discuss topics such as the First Indochina battle and the My Lai massacre and visit battlefields sites including Red Beach 2, the battle site of Ap Bac and the Vinh Moc Tunnels. Visits to cemeteries and museums further add to the experience and allow us to envision what the men fighting here went through during the 19 year, Vietnam War.

Tour Includes


  • 12 nights hotel
  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • 1 night on board a junk in Ha Long
  • Flights to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers in Vietnam
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Fully escorted in Vietnam with a specialist Historical Guide
  • Entrance fees for all sight-seeing tours as specified in the itinerary
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi.

Day 2 - War Remnants Museum

Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, we visit private war remnants museum and enjoy a talk with veteran Nguyen Manh Hiep. Having taken great pains to visit old battlefields and scrap stores during the last quarter of a century, veteran Nguyen Manh Hiep has collected about 1,000 wartime memorabilia and pictures, which he displays at his private museum. The museum showcases wartime souvenirs and is a familiar destination for many people, especially veterans from the Tri Thien military zone.

Vietnam War Museum

Vietnam War Museum (2)

Key Visits

  • War Remnants Museum

Day 3 - Hanoi

A full day to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, we visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to explore the Military Operation Bunker (General Command Headquarter) and the D67 bunker – also called the Central Military Commission Bunker inside the Hanoi Citadel. In the afternoon, visit the 'Hanoi Hilton', nick name of the Hanoi prison where American pilots were kept during the war. Continue driving to sites related to the December 1972 B-52 bombing of Hanoi: the Kham Thien Street and the B-52 Memorial Lake, stop by the Downed Aircraft Memorial commemorating McCain’s shoot-down and capture.

Included meals: Breakfast

B-52 Memorial Lake

B-52 Memorial Lake (3)

Key Visits

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Military Operations Bunker
  • D67 Bunker
  • Hanoi Prison
  • Kham Thien Street
  • B-52 Memorial Lake

Day 4 - Dien Bien Phu

Transfer to Noi Bai airport for our flight to Dien Bien Phu where the last First Indochina battle happened in 1954. Upon arrival at Dien Bien Phu airport, which was in the centre of the Dien Bien Phu Headquarter, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum where photographs, war documents, weaponry and other items are displayed. Continue to the Dien Bien Phu war cemetery and the French soldier war memorial before exploring the local central market (time permitting).

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Dien Bien Phu War Cemetery

Dien Bien Phu War Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum
  • Dien Bien Phu War Cemetery
  • French Soldier War Memorial

Day 5 - Muong Phang Headquarter, Christian de Castries’ Bunker

Drive to Muong Phang to visit the headquarter of Dien Bien Phu campaign. Explore the tunnel network, the bunker system where General Vo Nguyen Giap, his comrades and his Chinese advisors used during the campaign. Explore the watch tower on Pu Ca hill where you have a panoramic view of the Muong Thanh valley including the Dien Bien City and hills where former bases of the French army located. Return to Dien Bien City to visit the bunker of the French commander Colonel Christian de Castries before returning to our hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Recovered French trenches

Recovered French trenches (1)

Key Visits

  • Muong Phang
  • French commander Bunker

Day 6 - Dien Bien Phu

We start our morning with a visit to the former French fortified hills where fierce fighting happened, such as Him Lam hill (Beatrice), Doc Lap hill (Gabrielle) and A1 hill (Eliane 2), before our return flight to Hanoi.

Included meals: Breakfast

Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu (2)

Key Visits

  • Dien Bien Phu

Day 7 - Ha Long Bay

We travel through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay where we board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy lunch while cruising. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (Please note, today's itinerary is subject to change without prior notice by the cruise operator).

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay (2)

Key Visits

  • Ha Long Bay

Day 8 - Ha Long Bay Boat Cruise

Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Transfer to Hanoi with a stop by Pha Lai Bridge.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay (2)

Key Visits

  • Tourist Junks in Halong Bay

Day 9 - Dong Hoi

Early morning, transfer to Hanoi airport for the flight to Dong Hoi. In Dong Hoi we visit Khe Gat Air Strip, Eight Ladies Cave, Ho Chi Minh trails, and Paradise Cave.

Included meals: Breakfast

Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave (2)

Key Visits

  • Dong Hoi
  • Khe Gat Air Strip
  • Eigth Ladies Cave
  • Ho Chi Minh Trails

Day 10 - Hue, DMZ

After breakfast, we drive to Hue visiting some significant war sites around the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Our first stop is the fascinating Vinh Moc Tunnels which villagers constructed to escape from frequent bombings. Continue to the Hien Luong Bridge which, for many years ,served as a symbol of the divided nation. Proceed to the Dakrong Bridge which was on the former Ho Chi Minh trail before visiting the former US Marine Base at Khe Sanh. Our next stop is Citadel, which changed hands several times, before seeing the Highway of Terror. We continue to Hue and to our hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Vinh Moc Tunnels

Vinh Moc Tunnels (5)

Key Visits

  • Hue
  • Hien Luong Bridge
  • US Marine Base at Khe Sanh
  • Citadel

Day 11 - Hoi An

This morning we take a boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, then visit the Imperial Citadel. In the 1968 TET offensive, Hue was considered as the bloodiest battle place. Continue to Vong Canh Hill before driving to Hoi An via the Red Beach 2 (where the US marines official landed, beginning America’s military role in Vietnam, crossing the line from advice and assist to warfare), My Khe Beach (known as China Beach for GI’S R&R). Arrive in Hoi An and our hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

Included meals: Breakfast

My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach (3)

Key Visits

  • Hoi An
  • Thien Mu Pagoda

Day 12 - My Lai Massacre

Drive south towards the former Chu Lai air base with stops at the Nui Thanh battle memorial. Continue to visit the site of My Lai massacre before driving back to Hoi An where highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Afterwards, enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

Included meals: Breakfast

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (1)

Key Visits

  • Nui Thanh Battle Memorial
  • My Lai Massacre

Day 13 - Saigon

We take the early morning flight from Danang to Saigon. Arrive in Saigon and drive to Cu Chi, where we will walk through the jungle area in Ben Duoc, known as 'the Mushroom' to US soldiers. Here we will have a chance to learn how Cu Chi guerilla fighters survived and resisted during the Indochina and Vietnam War. Try some of the tubers and tea that many tunnel-dwellers lived on After the tour, we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City, making stops en route to view rice paddies and rubber plantations to learn about some of the agricultural products of Vietnam. We return to our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City with a chance to visit Reunification Palace.

Included meals: Breakfast

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels (2)

Key Visits

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 14 - Ap Bac Battle Site, Boat Cruise, Ho Chi Minh City

Depart for the Mekong Delta. We start our visit with the major Battle site of Ap Bac which happened on 3 January, 1963, during the Vietnam war. We arrive in My Tho, once famous for the U.S. Brown Water Navy in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a boat cruise along the river and take a short walk to a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience an exciting ride to visit a local house where you will enjoy tea and taste home grown fruits. Board a sampan and drift along the narrow, tree-lined canals for further exploration of the Mekong Delta. After lunch, we visit the Secret Ammunitions Bunker and War Museum, and, time permitting, we visit the Dong Tam Snake Farm which was the main 9th infantry Division base camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

North Vietnamese Tank

North Vietnamese Tank (1)

Key Visits

  • Ap Bac Battle site
  • Boat Cruise
  • War Museum

Day 15

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your overnight flight to the U.K.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Arrival in the U.K.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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Hotel

You will stay at hotels detailed, or similar:
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, Hanoi (2 nights)
Muong Thanh Holiday Dien Bien Phu Hotel, Dien Bien Phu (2 nights)
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, Hanoi (1 night)
Indochina Sails Junk Boat (1 night)
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, Hanoi (1 night)
Sun Spa Resort & Villa, Dong Hoi (1 night)
Muong Thanh Holiday Hue Hotel, Hue (1 night)
Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An (2 nights)
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (2 nights)

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Your Flights

Flights are available from Heathrow. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880. 

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