Southern Vietnam War History Tour

  • Moving Memorial at the Long Tan Cross
  • Tours of the Australian and Kiwi Baracks & Bases
  • Battlefield Tours
  • Mekong Delta full day tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Mekong Delta
  • Vung Tau
  • Long Tan

7 DAYS

SCHOOLS TOUR

FROM

$ AUD / $ NZD

"This is an excellent tour for student's studying war history" Tracey - Head of School Tours

An in-depth Vietnam War History Tour that will give students a vivid insight into the recent conflicts in Vietnam and leave them with an appreciation for how a nation can forgive and move forward.

  • DAY 01

    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    The group will be greeted at the Saigon airport by the Wide Eyed Tours team and transferred by airconditioned bus to the hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. An afternoon Sai Gon city tour will include the absorbing War Remnants museum, the historic central Post Office, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace.

  • DAY 02

    Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

    Today’s Cu Chi Tunnels tour begins with a 1.5 hour drive to the countryside. Upon arrival the students will be shown a short propaganda film that was produced in 1969. Then they will have an opportunity to experience life in the tunnels and crawl through sections under supervision of the trained local Cu Chi guides. The tour will leave a lasting impression of the desperation and ingenuity of the Cu Chi guerrillas. Arriving back in Saigon ready for lunch and then plenty of free time in the afternoon for shopping.

  • DAY 03

    Saigon to Mekong Delta

    This active full day tour to the Mekong Delta is full of fun and exciting new foods to try. The students travel by airconditioned bus for 2 hours to the city of My Tho where they will board a long narrow boat to explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta. During the tour they will sample fresh tropical fruit grown in the Mekong and enjoy a lunch of specialties from this region, including Elephant Ear fish. The group will return to Saigon late in the afternoon for a rest before dinner.

  • DAY 04

    Saigon to Vung Tau

    A 2-hour bus journey takes the group to the coastal town of Vung Tau, host to thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops during the war in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. The students will visit the White Palace the reclining Buddha pagoda and the markets of Vung Tau. There will also be some time to enjoy the beach.

  • DAY 05

    Vung Tau to Long Tan and Nui Dat Tour

    Today the students become immersed in the Australian and New Zealand military history in Vietnam and travel to the township of Baria, the Long Tan Battlefield and Nui Dat. They will attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross and visit the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Also included will be a visit to the local school where the students can donate school supplies and meet the children.

  • DAY 06

    Vung Tau to Saigon

    With no activities planned on this day the students can spend the day exploring the beach before having lunch in a local restaurant. Then it is time to board the private airconditioned bus for the return journey to Saigon. Free time in the afternoon can be spent by last minute souvenirs before a final farewell dinner.

  • DAY 07

    Saigon Departure Day

    It's time to say goodbye to your Vietnam Adventure. You might have a little time for shopping before your transfer to the airport. The transfer to the Saigon airport will take 45 minutes in a private airconditioned bus.

About the Tour

This Vietnam War History Tour begins in Saigon with a city tour of the major attractions on the day of arrival. The following day the tour travels to the Cu Chi Tunnels where the students will be amazed by the tenacity of the communist guerrillas and where they can scramble through the narrow tunnels themselves.

The tour continues down the fascinating waterways of the Mekong Delta to marvel at the colourful life upon the water and enjoy the vast range of mouth watering locally grown tropical fruits.

From Saigon the group travels to Vung Tau and Nui Dat where the Australians and Kiwis were stationed during the Vietnam War. This tour includes a ceremony of remembrance at Long Tan for those who lost their lives in 18th August 1966 at the battle of Long Tan. Returning to Saigon for a final dinner in this modern cosmopolitan city.

About the Battle of Long Tan

On 18th August 1966, in a rubber plantation 40km south-east of Saigon, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded. Casualties for the North Vietnamese numbered in excess of 245.

The 18th of August is regarded as Vietnam Veteran’s Day in Australia and New Zealand. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan in 1966.

Accommodation

Students will stay in shared rooms in clean and secure three star accommodation. Teachers and supervisors will have private or twin rooms in the same hotels as students.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • English Speaking Local Guides
  • Local Tour Leader
  • Free places for teachers and supervisors
  • All tour entrance fees
  • Most meals

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This is a school trip. An amended version is available for adults.

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