From: 11 – 21 August 2017
Fully Inclusive Land package at $3,500* per person
Single Supplement at $1,250

Escorted by Australian military history expert and battlefield guide, Rod Margetts.

One of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966. The battle saw 108 ANZACS engage and defeat a Viet Cong and North Vietnamese force estimated between 1,500 and 2,500 strong.

VietnamThe 51st Anniversary Tour commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and all Australians who served during the Vietnam War. Our 11-Day tour takes in the major Australian locations and actions, with visits to the Cu Chi tunnels, Nui Dat, Binh Ba and the Long Hai Hills.  Plus you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a country that has breathtaking natural beauty, with an incredible heritage that is utterly compelling.

This tour will appeal to anyone who wishes to explore a part of Australia’s rich military history and enjoy the history and culture of an exciting and colourful land.  Vietnam Veterans who spent their operational tour in Phuoc Tuy Province will have time to see all of Saigon and experience the Mekong delta way of life. (Read the 50th Anniversary Tour Review by Rod Margetts for more information about the 2016 Battle of Long Tan tour).

Please note: In conjunction with the 51st Anniversary Long Tan Tour, we will also be operating the Road Less Travelled (Vietnam Northern Extension Tour) and the Dien Bien Phu (Pre-Tour) which are both available in conjunction with this tour.

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Long Tan – 50th Anniversary Tour Highlights:

  • The high-octane Ho Chi Minh City. It is a place of stark contrasts, from the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets. Enjoy a guided walking tour of historical landmarks of this fabulous city: the Opera House, City Hall, the Post Office and Notre Dame Basilica.
  • The former Presidential Palace, site of the iconic photo of the North Vietnamese tank breaking through the gates in 1975.
  • Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market with its wide range of clothing and classic souvenirs.
  • VietnamCuChiTunnelsCủ Chi, where an immense network of connecting underground tunnels provided a Viet Cong base close to Saigon.
  • Vung Tau, the wartime site of the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group and an R and C location familiar to many. The area became home to a hospital, RAAF units, engineers, transport, ordnance and service corps units.
  • Cable car ride to the top of the former Radar Hill for the stunning panoramic view and a visit the White Palace.
  • Australian_troops_during_Operation_Hammer_SVN_1969_(AWMBEL690382VN)Visit the area of the 1 ATF base at Nui Dat, then onto Binh Ba, site of the major 5 RAR action during Operation Hammer in June 1969 (Pictured).
  • Tour the eastern side of the 1 ATF tactical area of responsibility, which includes Long Tan, the Fire Support Base at The Horseshoe and the infamous Barrier Minefield.
  • 50st Anniversary Commemorative Service for the Battle of Long Tan. This is expected to commence at 3:30pm on August 18.
  • MekongVisit the provincial capital of My Tho which was an important market town founded in the 1680’s in the Mekong Delta.
  • Explore the mighty Mekong by boat, observing river life and sampling many local delicacies, including elephant ear fish. Visit orchards and local produce farms and experience local village life.

Please Note: There are various restrictions in place for services at Long Tan – No Medals or military uniform can be worn, No flags can be raised, No music can be played and Speeches must be kept low key and brief. Final arrangements are to be advised once all details of the day’s activities are known, and are subject to change by the Australian and Vietnamese governments.

Your Long Tan Battlefield Tour Includes:

  • Fully escorted by Australia military history and battlefield specialist, Rod Margetts.
  • All meals as listed on the itinerary, which have been specially selected to enable you to experience the best local cuisine.
  • All battlefield excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary.
  • Plenty of Free Time. We understand that you might want to have a break occasionally.
  • Accommodation is in 5 Star Luxury Hotels, expect for one night in My Tho, which is the best available 4 Star accommodation in town.
  • Services of an english speaking guide throughout your tour.
  • Ground transport in deluxe air-conditioned coaches.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Boronia Travel cap, ticket wallet and luggage tags.

Extras:

  • Single Supplement available at $1,250.
  • *Prices are listed as per person. Prices are based on current costs and exchange rates, and are subject to change.
  • Boronia Travel Centre uses Singapore Airlines for their Vietnam Tours, and have access to the most competitive discounted airfares available from Australia.
  • Upgrade airfares to business and first class available upon request.
  • In conjunction with the 51st Anniversary Long Tan Tour, we will also be operating the Road Less Travelled (Vietnam Northern Extension Tour) and the Dien Bien Phu (Pre-Tour).
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Meals Included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1, 11 August – For those members travelling on our group flights you will be met by our local guide at Ho Chi Minh City Airport and transferred to the hotel for check in. Tonight join your fellow tour members for a welcome dinner at the hotel. D
Overnight: HO CHI MINH CITY 

Day 2, 12 August – Begin today with a guided walking tour of nearby historical landmarks: the Opera House, City Hall, the Post Office and Notre Dame Basilica.  Stroll down Dong Khoi Street (originally the Rue Catinat; Tu Do Street during the war) to the river.  Lunch at the Majestic Hotel. This afternoon visit the former Presidential Palace, site of the iconic photo of the North Vietnamese tank breaking through the gates in 1975. The remainder of the day will be free to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner own arrangements. B L
Overnight: HO CHI MINH CITY 

Day 3, 13 August – This morning we take a coach tour through the wider Ho Chi Minh City area, stopping in the old Chinese quarter of Cho Lon  before visiting the War Remnants Museum. Following lunch, we visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market with its wide range of clothing and souvenirs. The remainder of the day free will be free for shopping and sightseeing. Dinner own arrangements. B, L
Overnight: HO CHI MINH CITY 

Day 4, 14 August – After breakfast we travel out of the city to the Cu Chi tunnels, the area of 1 RAR’s Operation Crimp in January 1966. Following a tour of the tunnels and lunch at a local restaurant we will return to our hotel. The remainder of the day free for personal sightseeing and preparation for our departure to Vung Tau tomorrow. Dinner own arrangements. B L
Overnight: HO CHI MINH CITY 

Day 5, 15 August – After breakfast, we drive south to Vung Tau, wartime site of the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group and an R and C location familiar to many. Check in to the Imperial Hotel, on the site of the former Badcoe Club at Back Beach.  Then tour the town of Vung Tau, including a cable car ride to the top of the former Radar Hill for a panorama of the area. Remainder of the day is free to settle into our accommodation for the next four nights. This evening Dinner will be at the hotel. B L D
Overnight: VUNG TAU 

Day 6, 16 August – This morning tour the western area of the former Phuoc Tuy Province.  First visit Ba Ria, capital of the now Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province.  Then drive, via Hoa Long, to the area of the 1 ATF base at Nui Dat.  Later drive north to Binh Ba, site of the major 5 RAR action during Operation Hammer in June 1969. Return to Vung Tau in the afternoon. Dinner own arrangements. B L
Overnight: VUNG TAU 

Day 7, 17 August – Today we tour the eastern side of the Australian Task Force tactical area of responsibility.  Beginning this morning with a visit to the Long Tan Memorial Site, we then continue on to the site of the former Fire Support Base at The Horseshoe.  We drive south through the location of the infamous Barrier Minefield, into what was the Minh Dam Secret Zone in the Long Hai Hills.  There, visit the museum and, perhaps, take the climb to the heights for a view of the surrounding area.  Continue west, through the area of 6 RAR’s Operation Bribie in February 1967, on the way back to Vung Tau. Lunch at Long Hai beach. Dinner own arrangements B L
Overnight: VUNG TAU 

Day 8, 18 August – Today we commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the battle of Long Tan. This morning is free for local sightseeing in Vung Tau. Following lunch, drive to Long Tan for the 51st  Anniversary Service, commencing at 3.30 pm.  After the completion of the service, we will return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Please Note: There are various restrictions in place for services at Long Tan – No Medals or military uniform can be worn, No flags can be raised, No music can be played and Speeches must be kept low key and brief. Final arrangements are to be advised once all details of the day’s activities are known, and are subject to change by the Australian and Vietnamese governments.  B L D
Overnight: VUNG TAU

Day 9, Friday 19 August – Following Breakfast we drive to Ben Tre and begin exploring the Mekong Delta considered the rice bowl of Vietnam. Travel by boat along the mighty Mekong observing local life and the various village industries of the Delta. Lunch will be in a quite Mekong Delta village where you will sample local specialties such as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp. Following lunch we will return via a relaxing sampan trip along the narrow canals, to our coach. Moving on to My Tho, a provincial capital and important market town founded in the 1680’s, we will check into our overnight accommodation at the Forever Green Resort. Dinner will be at the hotel. B L D
Overnight: MY THO

Day 10, 20 August – This morning we will return to Ho Chi Minh City. This afternoon is free for last minute shopping and a final look at this bustling city. Dinner own arrangements. B L
Overnight: HO CHI MINH CITY 

Day 11, Sunday 21 August – After Breakfast we bid farewell to our fellow tour members. Those returning to Australia will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh airport for their onward flight. Those taking the option of the Road Less Travelled extension tour will transfer to the airport for the flight to Danang. (See the Road Less Travelled itinerary.) B

Please note: Itinerary subject to change according to prevailing circumstances.

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Caravelle--the-Heart-of-SaigonThe Caravelle Hotel

The Caravelle Hotel is one the first luxury hotels to reopen its doors in post-war Saigon, and is Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5-star address located right in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The rooftop Saigon Saigon Bar is a spectacular spot for a cocktail. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor.

The Imperial HotelThe Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel is the only 5 Star hotel in Vung Tau City. Located only 150 m from Bai Sau Beach, it features 6 dining options and free Wi-Fi. Guest rooms at Vung Tau Imperial Hotel overlook the ocean, pool or city. Each well-furnished room is equipped with a TV with cable channels, and private bathroom with a bathtub. Recreation facilities include a beach club, 3 swimming pools and a luxurious spa. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor.

Forever Green Resort V2Forever Green Resort

Forever Green Resort is the ideal base to discover nearby Vinh Trang Temple and the Rach Mieu Bridge, as well as everything the local area has to offer. It is a beautiful complex with restaurants, ecological gardens, and entertainment areas including a spa, karaoke rooms and bars. Highly Recommended on Agoda.

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Our tour members depend on us to provide a once in a lifetime battlefield experience combined with exceptional customer service. We do our best to meet and exceed their high standards, which is what you’d expect from Australia’s leading battlefield tour company. Here’s what our past passengers say about our efforts…

“What a great tour it was! It’s taken me a while but just wanted to says thanks, and to let you know how fantastic the tour to Vietnam was. The organisation was incredible, everything ran like clockwork. We got to see amazing sights, enjoy amazing company, and at the same time we were able to get an insight into the Vietnam war, Ho Chi Minh, and the Vietnamese culture. The hotels were all great, and the food was sensational.

Rod did an amazing job, and even though he wasn’t well for a few days, didn’t miss a beat. The Vietnamese guides were great, especially Chi who took us to a rooftop bar on the last day to try the most amazing Vietnamese coffee. Once again thanks to the team.”
Kay and John Woolnough

“It is extraordinary to find someone who is so experienced, helpful and willing to offer assistance…”
C Kelly, Aspley

“Our battlefield trip was wonderful and will stay in our minds forever.”
A Griffiths, Farrer

“We had a wonderful time with lots of interesting and enjoyable stories to tell…”
G Hickingbotham, Gisborne

“It was everything I had hoped for and more.”
I Surplice, Middle Dural

“Thank you for your organisation of the best, and I do mean the best tour I’ve ever been on.”
R Thompson, Stradbroke Island

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