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Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
A full day to explore Hanoi’s magnanimous history. In the morning, we visit the International Friendship Village for Vietnam veterans and Agent Orange’s victims. (Vietnam Friendship Village provides medical care, physiotherapy, vocational training for Vietnamese children, young people, and veterans considered the patients of Agent Orange. Friendship Village Project USA (VFVP-USA) offers opportunities for US citizens to be one part of the national community, aims to heal the injuries by war and creates a cooperative exchange cultural model culture based on interest, friendship and respect for each other together)
We depart for Quang Tri Province in the early morning. Upon your arrival in Quang Tri, the province that was most fiercely destroyed during the war, you’ll visit the bombed school, Doc Mieu Base, Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and Vinh Moc Tunnel to deeply understand the harsh war in Vietnam and study how Vietnamese people lived, fought and sacrificed during the wartime.
After lunch at the local restaurant, you’ll visit the Khe Sanh Military Base, which is the old American base at one of the most important battles of the Vietnam War.
Pay a visit to Truong Son National Cemetery, Vietnam’s largest war cemetery. It is comprised of about 10,300 graves of North Vietnamese soldiers and civilians who died in defense of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Overnight in Hue.
Take a morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then we'll come to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance with strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges. Overnight in Hue.
Drive along the coast, via mountain to Hoi An with a stop en route at the photogenic village of Lang Co Beach. Visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang which houses the world’s finest collection of Cham artworks before proceeding to Hoi An. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Pay a visit to one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterward enjoy free time to further explore the old town. Overnight in Hoi An.
My Lai, in the central Vietnamese district of Son My (150 km from Danang) was a watershed in the history of modern American combat and a turning point in the public perception of the U.S.-Vietnam War.
On March 16th, 1968, the angry and frustrated men of Charlie Company, 11 Brigade, American Division, entered the village of My Lai. The “search and destroy” mission degenerated into the massacre of over 300 unarmed civilians including women, children and the elderly. Lt. William Calley ordered his men to enter the village firing. There were no reports of opposing fire.
This day trip to the historic My Lai sight from Danang or Hoi An allows you to visit the museum, meet the local villagers and tour around the village before going back to Hoian. Overnight in Hoi An.
Depart for Da Nang to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the morning, you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. (The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the countryside of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces and helped to counter the growing American military effort).
Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the Reunification Palace (photo stop), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Depart for the Mekong Delta. Arrive in Thanh Phong Village (Ben Tre), where occurred a massacre by a platoon of seven Navy SEALs in 1969. Meeting with the villagers and talking with living witnesses. Transfer to a riverside resort, a boutique resort nestled in lush vegetation on the peaceful Ham Luong River. Overnight in Ben Tre
This day we will take part in a community project or charity activities in a village nearby. Back to the resort for dinner and overnight.
In the morning, take a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge where you will board your boat and begin your trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. The cruise will stop first at a brick-making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Then cross the An Hoa River, where you will take a sampan trip through narrow canals and enjoy the peacefulness of the region. The sampan will take you to
visit a local home to get to know about their daily activities: fishing, planting and harvesting fruit orchards.
Enjoy fresh fruits and tea before heading to visit a rice noodles factory that produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular breakfast dishes in the region. Overnight in Ben Tre.
Breakfast will be served at the resort, then take a boat trip to Tai Phu canal and stop to visit a coconut processing workshop before taking a bicycle to the busy local market of My Long. After that, cycle to visit the local Phuoc Long Tu temple and war memorials. Then cycle to Phong Nam village and your boat will take you back to the resort.
Enjoy lunch, take some time to relax before checking out and enjoy a final cruise down the river before making your return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Free time until departure to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a flight back home.