Vietnam War

16 days from £4,259pp

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 with one checked-in suitcase
  • 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 sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi.

Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, we have the option of joining an orientation cycle ride around Hanoi Old Quarter and then walk along the Long Bien Bridge which was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War or spend the afternoon at leisure in Hanoi.

Vietnam War Museum

Vietnam Fighter Plane (2)

Key Visits

  • Hanoi

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. We 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, we visit the 'Hanoi Hilton', nick name of the Hanoi prison where American pilots were kept during the war. We continue on to sites related to the December 1972 B-52 bombing of Hanoi: the Kham Thien Street and the B-52 Memorial Lake, stopping by the Downed Aircraft Memorial commemorating McCain’s shoot-down and capture.

Included meals: Breakfast

B-52 Memorial Lake

B52 Remains in Hanoi (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 battle of the First Indochina War took place in 1954.

Upon arrival and transfer to your hotel we take an afternoon visit to the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum where photographs, war documents, weaponry and other items are displayed.

We 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 Headquarters, Christian de Castries’ Bunker

This morning we visit Muong Phang, the headquarters of Dien Bien Phu campaign.

We explore the tunnel network and bunker system used by General Vo Nguyen Giap before visiting Dien Bien City and hills where former bases of the French army are located. We 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 in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. DBP is a city in northwestern Vietnam, best known for the battle during the First Indochina War. (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 took place, such as Him Lam Hill (Beatrice), Doc Lap Hill (Gabrielle) and A1 Hill (Eliane 2), before our return flight to Hanoi and an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Old tanks in Dien Bien Phu

Old tanks in Dien Bien Phu (2)

Key Visits

  • Old tanks in Dien Bien Phu

Day 7 - Ha Long Bay

We travel through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay where we board a cruise that takes us amongst the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. We enjoy lunch and 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

Beautiful sea landscape in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. (2)

Key Visits

  • Ha Long Bay

Day 8 - Ha Long Bay Boat Cruise - Dong Hoi

We spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. We transfer to Hanoi airport with a stop by Pha Lai Bridge for the flight to Dong Hoi. We arrive in Dong Hoi and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ha Long Bay


Key Visits

  • Ha Long Bay Boat Cruise

Day 9 - Dong Hoi

This morning we visit the Khe Gat Air Strip, Eight Ladies Cave and Ho Chi Minh trails. After lunch in Dong Hoi we travel to the fascinating Vinh Moc Tunnels which villagers constructed to escape from frequent bombings. Continue to the then Hien Luong Bridge which, for many years served as a symbol of the divided nation before arriving in Dong Ha for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh Trails

Ho Chi Minh Trails (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). Proceed to visit the Con Tien Base and 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 Quang Tri Citadel, which changed hands several times, before seeing the Highway of Terror and Bo De School. We continue to Hue and to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

US Marine Base at Khe Sanh

US Marine Base at Khe Sanh (5)

Key Visits

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

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 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) and 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

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda (4)

Key Visits

  • Hoi An
  • My Khe beach
  • 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

Gate of Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Hoi An, Vietnam (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

Ch Chi Tunnels (2)

Key Visits

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 14 - Ap Bac Battle Site, Boat Cruise, Mekong Delta

We depart for the Mekong Delta. We start our visit with the major battle site of Ap Bac then arrive in My Tho, once famous for the US Brown Water Navy. Here we enjoy a boat cruise along the river and take a short walk to a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. We visit a local house where we enjoy tea and taste homegrown fruits. After lunch, we return to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Secret Ammunitions Bunker and War Museum, before an hour talk with a Vietnam War Veteran (subject to availability).

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

North Vietnamese Tank

Viet Cong Tank (2)

Key Visits

  • My Tho Boat Cruise
  • Ap Bac Battle site
  • War Museum

Day 15

Morning at leisure before transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your overnight flight to the U.K.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Arrival in the U.K.

Copies of the passport photo page are required to be sent on to the local authorities in Ha Long Bay to gain permission to stay on board a cruise in this area.

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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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)

Junk Boat (1 night)

Sun Spa Resort & Villa, Dong Hoi (1 night)

Sai Gon Dong Ha (1 night)

Eldora 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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