MHT takes our favorite Marines of the Marine Corps League back to I-Corps for MHT’s 55th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Tour plus Saigon & the Delta for a comprehensive tour of Vietnam and all of the operational area of the U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Tour Host: Johnny Baker - 2021-2023 MCL NATIONAL COMMANDANT
Tour Leader: Shayne Jarosz, USMC MHT VP
Go back to see ALL of I-Corps...join us no matter when you were there or if you just read about the heroes who fought in I-Corps throughout the war!
LtGen “Lew” Walt presided over the essential expansion of the Marine Corps effort during the Vietnam War. When he arrived in June 1965, the III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) amounted to a collection of battalions posted to a few key points in I-Corps, the tactical zone composed of South Vietnam’s five northernmost provinces. When General Walt left, replaced by LtGen Robert Cushman in June 1967, III MAF was a full corps with both the 1st & 3rd Marine Divisions, the Army’s Americal Division, and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, a reinforced air wing fielding more than 500 aircraft and helicopters plus a host of supporting units. General Walt’s forces were engaged everywhere from the coastal zone below the Central Highlands to a stretch of Route 1 the French had named “the Street Without Joy” to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Vietnams.
By 1968 General Cushman had 81,000 Marines, 32,000 soldiers, 22,000 sailors, 7,000 airman and 6,000 Korean Marines. In 1970, the U.S. Marines turned over control of the five northernmost provinces in South Vietnam to the U.S. Army. The Marines had been responsible for this area since they first arrived in South Vietnam in 1965. After the departure of the 3rd Marine Division from Vietnam in late 1969, the 1st Marine Division was the only Marine division left operating in South Vietnam.
Come back to walk the places that profoundly shaped the rest of his life 50 years ago--- places that have deep meaning for him --- places with names like: the “Arizona Territory”, Elephant, Happy & Antenna Valleys, Liberty Bridge, Cam Lo, Razorback, the Rockpile, Con Thien, Hoi An, Hanoi, Khe Sanh, Dong Ha, Route 9 & Hwy 1, Hue City, Con Thien, Leatherneck Square, Da Nang, An Hoa, the Que Sons, China Beach, the Hai Van Pass, and many, many more.
The highly experienced, Vietnam Veteran Battlefield Tour Leaders of Military Historical Tours have walked them all. We have an outstanding working relationship with the Vietnam government that allows us access to areas previously restricted to other travelers. Each tour is custom-tailored from our time-proven basic itinerary. This ensures the most complete tour package possible, taking you to the most important places of your particular time or interest in the war. Vietnam is eager to welcome the returning American veterans. The Vietnamese people are gracious and sincerely happy to have us with them again. The scenery is great, the food is delicious, and the hotels in which we stay are beautiful and very comfortable. Your family would love it, too.
And now the best part at only $ 3,295 per person, this tour is an outstanding value, making it not only affordable for you to travel, but also to bring other family members. You can invite your friends to come along, too. Together we will visit the sites at which we fought and which are written in our collective history. The price includes everything you see except your airfare, drinks and souvenirs. The single supplement is only $ 850.
If you need to visit any place in Vietnam that is not on the itinerary, please contact us and we will get you there!
Tour Price: $ 3,295
(Based on double Occupancy)
Single Supplement: $ 850
Tour Price Includes:
- Vietnam Visa Processing & fees
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- MHT Historical Trip information packet
- Admission fees to all sites & museums
- Services of experienced Battlefield Tour Leaders and English- speaking local guides
Airfare Not Included: Optional Airfare Available - Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown airport to Vietnam priced upon registration.
Don’t Miss the Dien Bien Phu Post Tour Only $995. 26 – 29 Apr visit the site of the French loss of Indochina.
13 & 14 APR SAT/SUN - (Day 1 & 2) Depart your home airport for flight to Vietnam—Cross International Dateline, lose a day. (International Air will be quoted upon registration and can be tied into domestic flights upon request.) Arrive Saigon and check-in for evening. Hotel: Le Méridien
15 APR MON - (Day 3) After a western style breakfast we will have an early departure for a full day of seeing the local site including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office, the Presidential Palace, the Army Museum and the former location of the US Embassy. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and as a final stop before returning to the hotel we will tour a lacquer factory to watch craftsmen at work. If time permits we will visit one of Saigon’s markets to shop for souvenirs. Hotel: Le Méridien (B/L/D)
16 APR TUE - (Day 4) Morning departure for the Mekong Delta to board a boat in the quaint provincial town of My Tho and then wind our way through the labyrinth of small canals bordered by tiny villages. After viewing the endless fields of rice paddies tended by peasants in their traditional conical-shaped hats we transfer to a sampan for a tour of scenic Thoison Island. We will have lunch on the island and view the unique pottery produced on the island. We finish the day by returning to Saigon for some exploration of Saigon’s markets before dinner. Hotel: Le Méridien (B/L/D)
17 APR WED - (Day 5) This morning we head for the famous Cu Chi Tunnel system. We then continue to the Michelin Rubber Plantation, Lai Khe, Dau Tieng, and Nui Ba Den. As we end the day in Tay Ninh, we will stop to see the fabulous Cau Dai Temple. We end the day back in Saigon where we have an opportunity to enjoy the city at night with dinner on your own. Hotel: Le Méridien (B/L)
18 APR THUR - (Day 6) We check out of the hotel and catch a flight to Da Nang. WE check into our hotel and enjoy Happy Hour by the pool with a night to see Da Nang by night. Hotel: Almanity (B/L)
19 APR FRI - (Day 7) Today we commence touring the Da Nang area to include Red Beach, Elephant Valley, Nam O, Hill 34, Dog Patch, and the old China Beach. We visit Marble Mountain and for the adventurous, we will climb to the top and see where the VC maintained a secret hospital throughout the war. We will also visit a marble carving shop before touring the ancient city of Hoi An and the many shops there. Hotel: Almanity (B/L/D)
20 APR SAT - (Day 8) Early morning departure for a full day's exploration of the western edge of the "Rocket Belt." We will visit sites along Route One. Sites we will visit include the Tu Bon/Vu Gia River Basin and Hills 55, 65, 37, and 52. We will also cover An Hoa Combat Base, Liberty Bridge, the Arizona Territory, Go Noi Island, Antenna Valley, and the Que Sons. We will visit as many operational areas and sites as requested including Chu Lai area, Hills 69 & 43. Dinner on your own. Hotel: Almanity (B/L/D)
21 APR SUN - (Day 9) After an early breakfast we depart Da Nang for Hue with stops at the Hai Van Pass, Lang Co and Phu Bai Airfield. We will commence a short city tour south of the Perfume River starting at the Phu Cam Canal and ending at Hue University. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/Dinner at Little Italy)
22 APR MON - (Day 10) This day we explore the north side of the Perfume River and discuss the battles for the Citadel and TT woods. We also visit the Forbidden City via the Dong Ba Gate and visit the airfield site within the Citadel. Later we take a short visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/Dinner at the DMZ Bar)
23 APR TUE - (Day 11) After an early morning departure we drive north to the DMZ with stops at Leatherneck Square, Cam Lo, “The Washout”, Con Thien, the Market Place, Gio Linh and the blowing of the Dong Ha Bridge. We continue west along Rt 9 with stops at Khe Gia Bridge, the Rockpile, Lang Vei and the Khe Sanh Combat Base. Lang Vei was where the NVA first used tanks against the Special Forces Camp. We continue on to the Laotian border before returning to the hotel for dinner. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D)
24 APR WED - (Day 12) Check out for flight to Hanoi that arrives in time for lunch before a visit to the John McCain Monument and the Hoa Lo “Hanoi Hilton) Prison. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L)
25 APR THUR - (Day 13) After breakfast we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and if time the army museum and the ethnicity museum. We return to the hotel to prepare for late evening flights. that day. Anyone with an early morning flight will checkout on the 26th. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/Dinner on own)
26 APR FRI - (Day 14) After breakfast, remainder depart Hanoi (cross international dateline) arrive in Los Angeles or your hometown same day. Hotel: Silk Path (B)
Marine Corps League Tour of Vietnam (13 - 26 Apr 2024)
- Product Code: 2408-VCT-MCL
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