LTC’S JOHN POWELL & BOB HASSELBEIN ARE HEADING BACK FOR THE “DELTA TO THE DMZ” VHPA TOUR IN 2023!
Vietnam is often called the “Helicopter War” as it is very true Helicopters were a key combat multiplier during the entire Vietnam War for U.S. Forces and MHT is pleased to bring back the pilots, crew members and the soldiers, Marines, sailors they delivered into combat and who made such an impact to the places where they flew from and fought.
Tour Leader: LTC John Powell, USA(Ret) 1st/9th Cav
Tour Historian: LTC Bob Hesselbein, USAF(Ret)/ USA Cobra Gunships Vietnam
During the Vietnam War, the United States relied on the helicopter as never before. The helicopter's role in combat expanded enormously in this conflict as thousands of "choppers" rapidly transported personnel throughout the war zone. Heavily armed helicopters offered a fearsome component to ground operations as close air support. With there mobility and firepower “helos” would be the keys operations in Vietnam providing an abundance of both. Helos role in support activities must not be overlooked, as thousands of missions were flown to resupply and reinforce troops on the ground, to evacuate the wounded, and to offer countless other services for the war effort. The UH-1 "Huey" is the ubiquitous symbol of the American War in Vietnam. Without a doubt, the Vietnam War was the Helicopter War.
There are few times in a man's life when he has the opportunity to walk the places that profoundly shaped the rest of his life --- places with deep meaning for him --- like: Saigon, Cu Chi, Dong Tam, Phouc Vinh, Bien Hoa, An Loc, Long Bien, Da Nang, An Hoa, Quang Tri, An Khe, Pleiku, Route 9, Tay Ninh, Tan Bien, Song Be, China Beach, Hanoi, the Hai Van Pass, and many, many more.
The highly experienced, Vietnam-veteran battlefield guides 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. Our guides have been back to Vietnam dozens of times and are intimately familiar with the terrain, the battlefields, and the people. They have escorted American veterans and family members, aged 18 months to 84, all of whom had richly rewarding and highly memorable trips. 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 plentiful, and the hotels in which we stay are beautiful and very comfortable. Your spouse and children will love it, too.
And now the best part . . . at only $3,395 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 $895. If you need to visit any place in Vietnam that is not on the itinerary, please contact us and we will see if we can get you there!
Tour Price: $ 3,395
Based on double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $ 895
Ask about a Pre-Tour to Dalat
Tour Price Includes:
- Vietnam Visa Processing and fees
- First Class Hotel Accommodations throughout tour
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- MHT Historical Trip information packet
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced Tour Leaders, and English- speaking local guides
Airfare Not Included: MHT will do Optional Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your city or Los Angeles to Vietnam upon your request & registration
Siege of Dien Bien Phu Post-Tour Available 26 – 29 Apr for only $995. Ask for more info.
DA LAT PRE-TOUR ITINERARY
10-11 Apr (Day 1 & 2): ARRIVAL IN SAIGON
Depart on flight to Vietnam. Arrival in Saigon by evening flight. Pick up by A/C Van & guide from Tan Son Nhut Airport & transfer to Le Meridien for check-in. Hotel: Le Meridien Saigon – premier deluxe city view
12 Apr (Day 3): SAIGON – DA LAT
AM: Pick up from hotel A/C Van & transfer to the airport for flight SGN to Dalat. Arrive in Da Lat by noon, meet local English speaking guide & A/C Bus & transfer to local restaurant for lunch.
PM: Visit Sites: Tuyen Lam, Bao Dai Villa, Dalat Railway station, Dalanta Waterfall.
Hotel: TTC NGOC LAN - deluxe room (Meal: B/L/D)
13 Apr (Day 4): DA LAT
08:30 We will stop at Van Thanh Village, one of the largest flower growing villages in Dalat. Visitors will be able to take photos in the flower fields.
09:30 Coffee Farm in Lam Ha—Our Van passes through Ta Nung with wild pine forests & jungle landscapes. Visit a coffee farm & learn about the cultivation of beans & coffee production. Visitors will enjoy a cup of coffee (processed on the spot) in a shop whose windows face the beautiful Central Highlands.
10:00 Weasel Coffee Farm—If you are traveling with children or coffee experts, this is a very interesting experience as we see weasels producing the world’s most expensive coffee.
10:20 Organic rice wine making house—Visitors will learn about the process of brewing naturally-fermented rice wine & we will all sample a complementary glass.
10:30 Silkworm & Silk Weaving—We see the process from the beginning with white silkworms to the formation of their cocoons, until ready for spinning out the silk threads & weaving by machines. Take some photos & visit the showroom.
11:00 Explore the Elephant Waterfall—One of the Central Highlands most majestic & impressive waterfalls. Under the waterfall are giant green moss covered rock that appear like resting elephants. If you love the feeling of adventure & discovery, you can go along the cliff into the cave at the foot of the falls. You will never forget the roaring sound of wind & crashing water. The cool water is like a refreshing shower.
12:00 Linh An Pagoda—A temple on the top of the Elephant Waterfall with beautiful architecture. In the center of the temple is the giant smiling Maitreya Buddha that brings happiness to visitors.
12:30 Lunch at a local restaurant.
13:30 Cricket Farm—If still hungry, we visit a cricket farm & learn the process of breeding crickets & for the adventurous try some of the complementary crispy specialties.
15.00 Crazy House—Designed by a Vietnamese woman who blended nature & animals into her modern architectural design. Voted one of 10 most bizarre houses in the world.
Hotel: TTC NGOC LAN (Meal: B/L/D)
14 Apr (Day 5): DALAT–SIAGON
This morning we will enjoy the Central Highlands fresh air at the at the fun local market. After that, we check out of our hotel & catch our flight back to Saigon. Arrive back at Tan Son Nhut Airport, A/C Van pick up & transfer to the Le Meridien to join with the main group. (Meals: B)
13 & 14 APR SAT/SUN - (Day 1 & 2)
Depart Los Angeles for flight to Vietnam—Cross International Dateline, lose a day transfer. (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 Quy Nhon. The route up the famous Highway 19 is also remembered as a major French defeat and known as the “Death of GM 100” and the old 1st Cav HQ at An Khe. While overnighting in Pleiku we visit the old 4th Inf Div CP at Camp Enari & Holloway. Hotel: Kontum (B/L/D)
19 APR FRI - (Day 7) This morning we drive from Kontum to Da Nang seeing the military sites in Northern II Corps and lower I Corps. Hotel: Almanity (B/L/D)
20 APR SAT - (Day 8) Today we commence touring the Da Nang area to include Elephant Valley, Red Beach, 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/Dinner on your own)
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: Imperial (B/L/Dinner on your own)
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: Imperial (B/L/Dinner on your own)
23 APR TUE - (Day 11) After an early morning departure we drive north to the DMZ with stops at Camp Evans, and LZs Sharon and Nancy. We briefly stop in Dong Ha and then continue west along Rt 9 with stops at Camp Carroll, 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. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
24 APR WED - (Day 12) An early morning check-out finds us touring Leatherneck Square starting at Cam Lo, “The Washout”, Con Thien, the Market Place, Gio Linh and the blowing of the Dong Ha Bridge. After lunch in Dong Ha we make it back to Hue arriving early afternoon. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
25 APR THUR - (Day 13) Early morning flight to Hanoi. We start our tour with visits to the Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the John McCain Monument, and the Army Museum. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D)
26 APR FRI - (Day 14) After breakfast, we depart Hanoi (cross international dateline) arrive in Los Angeles or your hometown same day.
VHPA'S "Rotorheads Return" Helicopter Operations in Vietnam (13 - 26 Apr 2024)
- Product Code: 2404-VCT-VHPA
- Availability: In Stock