JOIN MHT AS WE RETURN FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOST ICONIC BATTLE OF THE VIETNAM WAR, THE SIEGE OF KHE SANH COMBAT BASE AND OPERATION PEGASUS!
Small group size, personalized itineraries and memories of a lifetime!
On Jan. 21, 1968, elements of 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, came under heavy mortar, rocket and artillery fire at the Khe Sanh Combat Base in Quang Tri province, Republic of South Vietnam. In the initial volley, both of the combat base ammunition dumps were hit by incoming artillery destroying most of the Marines’ ordnance supply. The bombardment was constant and the Marines had 77 arduous days of hell ahead of them.
Tour Leader: Ron Dudek, USMC
In order to keep Marines fighting, Col. David Lownds, the combat base commander, estimated by mid-January that 60 tons of supplies per day were needed. This figure was later raised to 185 tons after reinforcements arrived and Col Bruce Meyers assumed command. Delivery of supplies was inhibited by impassible of nearby major roads and winter monsoon weather. Aircraft were subjected to anti-aircraft fire on approach and take-off, as well as North Vietnamese army mortar and artillery fire after landing. Despite the tremendous challenges, Marines found a solution and help on exposing the NVA to merciless air attacks. Throughout the siege, Marines enhanced their defenses daily patrols, halting enemy probes and effectively holding off NVA forces, in conjunction with air and indirect fire support. In conjunction with the Hill fights the previous year the siege of Khe Sanh proved a resounding defeat for the NVA unlike their success against the French at Dien Bien Phu. Go back and walk the ground at the places that shaped so many lives There are few times in a man's life when he has the opportunity to walk the ground of places that have deep meaning for him --- places with names like: Khe Sanh, Dong Ha, Rockpile, Route 9 & Hwy 1, Hue City, Con Thien, Leatherneck Square, Da Nang, An Hoa, the Que Sons, China Beach, the Hai Van Pass and more.
The highly experienced, Vietnam-veteran 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. Our tour leaders have been back to Vietnam dozens of times and are intimately familiar with the terrain, the battlefields, and the people. 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 would love it, too.
And now the best part . . . at only $2495 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 drinks, souvenirs and airfare. The single supplement is only $650.
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! We are always prepared to customize this itinerary. We will do all we can to satisfy your request.
Special Tour Price: $ 2,495
Based on double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement: $ 695
Tour Price Includes:
- Vietnam Visa Processing and fees
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoachs
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- MHT Historical Trip information packet, containing maps and other information
- Emergency Medical Evacuation, Repatriation and Hospitalization Insurance
- Admission fees to all sites, & museums
- Services of experienced Battlefield Tour Leaders, and English-speaking local guides
Airfare Not Included: Optional round-trip economy or business class airfare from your city or Los Angeles to Vietnam quoted upon registration
Don’t Miss the Dien Bien Phu Post Tour Only $995. 13-16 Apr visit the site of the French loss of Indochina or see the other outstanding post tours.
1—2 Apr Sun/Mon – (Day One & Two) 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 Da Nang. Hotel: Brilliant (D-Dinner)
3 Apr Tue – (Day Three) This day will be devoted to touring of Da Nang, Red Beach, Marble Mountain, China Beach, and the old Air Facility. Lunch and after a short tour of Hoi An. Hotel: Brilliant (B-Breakfast/L-Lunch/D)
4 Apr Wed – (Day Four) After breakfast, we start down Highway 1 with stops at LZ Baldy, Tam Ky, Hill 54, 69 and 43. We will visit the Chu Lai Air Base which is currently a commercial and military airfield.
Hotel: Brilliant (B/L/D)
5 Apr Thur – (Day Five) We begin our tour in the “Rocket Belt” west of Da Nang and proceed south of the "Rocket Belt" to visit the old AO's around An Hoa Combat Base, “Antenna” Valley, Liberty Bridge, the “Arizona” Territory, and the Vu Gia/Tu Bon River valleys. Hotel: Brilliant (B/L/- (D on your own))
6 Apr Fri – (Day Six) Our day begins with a drive north to Hue City, passing through Da Nang, over the top of the Hai Van Pass, and down through Lang Co and the Phu Loc Region - one of the prettiest and most photogenic in all of Viet Nam. We'll have plenty of time to stop along the way for any special requests. Upon entering Hue, we will conduct a walking tour of the battles areas south of the Perfume River, along with a full historical account of 2/5's, 1/5’s and 1/1's actions during the Tet Offensive in January-February, 1968. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
7 Apr Sat – (Day Seven) Today, we continue our study of the Tet Offensive in Hue with visits to important sites north of the Perfume River, to include Dong Ba Gate, the Main North Gate, the moats and walls leading to 1/5's heroic struggle to retake Phase Line Green and the Forbidden City Palaces. We will also visit the old Citadel airstrip - site of the ARVN's valorous efforts against an overwhelming NVA force. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D on your own)
8 Apr Sun– (Day Eight) An early start this morning as we proceed north on Highway 1 to the DMZ area. Next we reach the Khe Sanh area and head to the positions of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Battalions of the 26th Marines as well as 1st Bn, 9th Marines as well as Hills 861, 881 North & South, & 558. The primary points of emphasis will be the main compound of the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB). The 50th Anniversary Commemoration and Wreath Laying will be held at the KSCB. Hotel: Khe Sanh Hotel (B/L/D)
9 Apr Mon – (Day Nine) This morning, we complete our exploration of the KSCB Area of Operations. After lunch, we drive to Camp Carroll, the Rock Pile and The Hair Pin. In the afternoon, we tour "Leatherneck Square" to include Cam Lo, C-2, “The Washout”, Con Thien, Market Place, Gio Linh, The Peace Bridge and the Dong Ha Bridge over the Hieu Giang River, the site where the North’s 1972 Easter Offensive was temporarily halted by the famous action of then Capt. John Ripley, USMC. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
10 Apr Tue – (Day Ten) Return to Hue this morning with stops in Quang Tri, Camp Evans, LZs Sharron and Nancy. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/-)
11 Apr Wed – (Day Eleven) Morning flight to Hanoi and sites to include the National Army Museum, John McCain Monument, the Army Museum and other sites as time permits. We check into our hotel with a chance to enjoy Hanoi’s nightlife. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D)
12 Apr Thur – (Day Twelve) We finish our visit to Hanoi with a walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace plus a trip to the Hoa Lo Prison (“The Hanoi Hilton”). Remainder of the day for some last minute shopping and preparations for our evening flight home. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L)
13 Apr Fri (Day Thirteen) Cross the International Dateline (gain a day) arrive in the evening on the same day. (D on plane)
50th Anniversary of the Siege of Khe Sanh I-Corps 1968 (1 - 13 Apr 18)
- Product Code: 1804-VCT-KS
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