From: 6 – 11 August 2017
Fully Inclusive Land package at: $1,360* per person
Single Supplement at $400
Escorted by Australian military history expert and battlefield guide, Rod Margetts.
This tour provides an in depth look at the climactic battle that effectively ended French rule in Indochina. Visits to the significant historic sites of the battlefield explain why, after nearly 100 years of colonization and nine years of war, French forces were defeated in 1954 by the Viet Minh under the brilliant leadership of General Vo Nguyen Giap (pictured). Having achieved what was considered impossible, by placing artillery on the rugged surrounding ridges, the Viet Minh pounded the French positions until the French capitulated with the loss of 3,000 men.
With overland travel between Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu, the tour passes through one of Vietnam’s most ethnically diverse regions, home to some 30 different Hill Tribes minorities. Overnight stops at Son La allow time to absorb some of this colourful culture. The route taken, through thick, mountainous forests is spectacular and provides an insight into the difficulties faced by Viet Minh in bringing up supplies for the siege.
This is a pre-tour to the 51st Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Tour, and may also be combined with the Road Less Travelled (Vietnam Northern Extension Tour). Together, these tours cover the end of French colonial rule, the subsequent American involvement and Australia’s contribution in the long Vietnam conflict. A visit to the US Marine Corps base at Khe Sanh, during the Road Less Travelled tour, provides an interesting comparison between two very similar battles which had very different results.Enquire Now
Dien Bien Phu Tour Highlights:
- Meet the women of the traditional H’mong Thai communities. The H’mong are famous for their embroidery and the wide variety of costumes of the various branches.
- A visit to Son La’s Old French Prison & Museum, which was a French penal colony where anticolonial revolutionaries were incarcerated (pictured).
- Tour the battlefield area of Dien Bien Phu, with visits to the museum, the cemetery and other monuments.
- The bunker of General Giap, the Vietnamese commander of the Dien Bien Phu campaign.
- A visit to the bunker headquarters of the French commander, Colonel Christian de Castries, which has been re-created where bitter fighting took place (pictured).
- Time to explore the beautiful and bustling city of Hanoi.
Your Dien Bien Phu 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 4 Star Hotels, or the best available accommodation in a town.
- Services of an english speaking guide throughout your tour.
- Ground transport.
- All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Boronia Travel cap, ticket wallet and luggage tags.
- Single Supplement available at $400.
- *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 Dien Bien Phu Battlefield Tour, we will also be operating the 51st Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Tour followed by the The Road Less Travelled (North Extension Tour) as optional extensions to the tour.
Meals Included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1, 6 August – Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. This afternoon is free to explore the city. D
Day 2, 7 August – This Morning we depart Hanoi for Son la, with lunch enroute. Along the way you will see women of the H’mong, the Black and the White Thai minorities in traditional costumes. After arrival and check in at Son La we will take a short sightseeing tour of the town, including a visit to the Son La Museum and Prison. Dinner this evening will be at our hotel. B L D
Overnight: SON LA
Day 3, 8 August – After breakfast, we travel to Dien Bien Phu, with lunch on arrival. After check in we will commence touring the battlefield area, with visits to the museum, the cemetery and other monuments. Dinner this evening will be at our hotel. B L D
Overnight: DIEN BIEN PHU
Day 4, 9 August – This morning we visit the bunker headquarters of the French commander, Colonel Christian de Castries; A1 hill, the former French strong point Eliane 2 where bitter fighting took place; Doc Lap hill, formally the Gabrielle position; and Muong Thanh Airfield. After a visit to the headquarters of General Giap, and lunch, we travel back to Son La. Dinner this evening will be at our hotel. B L D
Overnight: SON LA
Day 5, 10 August – After a visit to the market this morning, we depart for Hanoi, with lunch enroute. This evening is free to explore the bustling city of Hanoi. B
Day 6, 11 August – After breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel to Hanoi Airport for your onward flight. Those taking the option of the 51st Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Tour will transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. B L
Please note: Itinerary subject to change according to prevailing circumstances.Enquire Now
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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