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Tour price based on a minimum of 18 participants. The tour requires a minimum of 18 participants. We recommend you book your flight from Pittsburg to Houston with Gate 1 Travel to avoid any airline penalties. Gate 1 Travel can secure an airline reservation on your behalf without jeopardizing any losses towards airline tickets in the event the tour gets postponed or cancelled due to lack of participants.

Payment Terms:
Initial registration and payment: $200 per person on / or before 9 October, 2019
Final Payment: 25 November, 2019

Cancellation Terms:
Up to 101 days prior to departure: $200 per person
100 to 61 days prior to departure: $300 per person
60 to 31 days prior to departure: 75% of cost
30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost

Land rates are based upon group pricing. There is no refund for unused services.

To make a booking please click on the date above and follow the steps, or, if you'd prefer to book over the phone through a Gate 1 representative, you can do so by calling any of the following designated agents:
Victor Valentino: 1-800-682-3333 ext. 1049
Karina Avesian: 1-800-682-3333 ext. 1104
Donna Davis: 1-800-682-3333 ext. 1121

If any of the above agents are unavailable, call 1-800-682-3333 and speak with the next available reservation agent and mention file number 1736479

For additional information on the tour program please contact:

Todd Depastino via email:
or via phone at 412-886-8531


Porterage at airports, meals unless specified, optional tours,
gratuities to tour manager, local guides & coach drivers, and anything not mentioned in the package includes section.

VIETNAM - Visa required. Contact Vietnamese Embassy, 1233 20th Street, Suite 400, NW, Washington, DC 20036; Website: There are Vietnamese Consulates General in San Francisco, New York & Houston. Alternatively, you may obtain a visa through a fee-based service such as GEN VISA. Please note that GEN VISA is unable to assist passengers who choose to apply for their visas directly

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Join the Veterans Breakfast Club for a two-week guided tour of Vietnam, highlighting the battle zones of the war while also exploring Vietnam's history and natural beauty. We welcome veterans, their families, and anyone to join us. Todd DePastino will serve as Historian on the trip, providing the broader history and background of the places we'll see. We'll also learn from the Vietnam Veterans who will be traveling with us, stay in wonderful hotels, and have fabulous meals together.
If you have questions about the trip and what to expect, please contact Todd DePastino at 412-623-9029 or

Escorted Package Includes:

  • Round trip flights from Houston to Hanoi with return from Saigon to Houston on Eva Airlines*
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change until tickets are issued)
  • Internal flights Hanoi - Hue & Da Nang - Saigon
  • 12 nights accommodations at the following hotels:
    • 2 nights La Belle Vie Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • 1 night Royal Lotus Hotel Halong, Halong Bay, Vietnam
    • 2 nights Huong Giang, Hue, Vietnam
    • 2 nights Sai Gon Dong Ha Hotel, Dong Ha, Vietnam
    • 1 night Royal Lotus Hotel, Da Nang, Vietnam
    • 4 nights Paragon Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Breakfast daily, 9 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Arrival and departure group transfers from airport to hotel and vica versa
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager from arrival until departure
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Porterage of one piece per person on arrival and departure at each hotel
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Tips for includes meals
*We hold group seats on roundtrip flights from Pittsburgh to Houston with an overnight hotel on 19 February. If you wish to add please ensure you select this option once you are in your invoice.

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Depart USA. Cross International Date Line.

Day 2 - Thursday, February 06, 2020
En route to Hanoi

Day 3 - Friday, February 07, 2020 - Welcome and "Good Morning, Vietnam"
Arrive Hanoi. Meet local guide. Refuel with lunch. Keep moving until hotel check in is available. Hop on for an afternoon “cyclo” tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Lunch at local restaurant. Short break at the hotel - nap, catch up to social media back home, or wander through the area around the hotel. Evening Group dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Hanoi, Vietnam
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Saturday, February 08, 2020 - Fifty-four ethnicities - Two thousand years of history - Five decades of civil war
Morning visit to the Museum of Ethnology reveals a culture shaped by centuries of kingdoms and conquerors, including the one hundred years of French Colonial rule beginning in the 1800's and early 20th century emergence of Communism and conflict under revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Visit to the Museum of Ho Chi Minh Trail. Its imperative to understand the vital link provided by this rugged web of rail, roads, footpaths and waterways, over 9,000 miles, utilized by the North Vietnamese military, through Cambodia and Laos, to transport supplies, troops and equipment from North Vietnam to South Vietnam in support of the Vietcong. Attend the Water Puppet Show. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Hanoi, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Sunday, February 09, 2020 - The Imperial City and the “Hanoi Hilton”
Touring begins at the Ho Chi Minh House and the Imperial Citadel, dating back to the ruins of a Chinese fortress from the 7th century, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Visit the Hoa Lo Prison, which translates to “fiery furnace” or “Hell's hole.” US servicemen imprisoned there sarcastically nicknamed it “the Hanoi Hilton.” Drive to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening Group Dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Halong Bay, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Monday, February 10, 2020 - Cruising Halong Bay
Board a traditional Vietnamese “junk boat” to sail across the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin among rock islands and pillars and caves where an abundance of marine life thrives. Lunch aboard the cruise offers time to fully enjoy the views, hear the legends of mountain dragons and sea serpents, and learn of the geographical history of the “Karst” landscape. Return to Hanoi for evening flight Hanoi to Hue, duration is one hour. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Hue, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - The Tet Offensive - 1968
From January to March 1968, the longest and deadliest battle of the Vietnam War waged in and around Hue. Although communist-backed forces were eventually repelled by American and South Vietnamese troops, the Siege of Hue became a turning point in the war on several levels. Explore the locations of combat, where ancient temples and pagodas were reduced to rubble, and Medals of Honor were earned. Tour Hue Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a massive complex known as much for its rich architectural heritage as for its impressive landscaping. Marvel at the Forbidden Purple City and Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest religious structure in Vietnam. Group dinner.
Overnight: Hue, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - Toil and Tenacity in the Tunnels to Survive
Heading North to Quang Tri Province, stop at battle sites to see La Vang Church, Quang Tri Citadel, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge and the Seventeenth Parallel, the former borderline between North and South Vietnam. After lunch, continue along the coast, to Vinh Moc. As armies fought, and bombs fell, villagers across the beleaguered nation sought shelter underground, constructing intricate tunnel systems where young people fell in love, married, started families… children were educated, wounded were treated, and gods were worshiped. The remnants of the Vinh Moc tunnels gives a glimpse of how Vietnamese villagers lived for up to six years during the height of the US involvement. Other tunnel systems were used by the Vietcong, to shelter guerrilla fighters; we'll visit the Cu Chi tunnels near Saigon, later in the tour.
Overnight: Dong Ha, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - The Multiple Enemies along the DMZ
Moving west from Dong Ha, visit a place where the Ho Chi Minh Trail can be viewed from a bridge. Then “conduct a recon” in the shadow of “the Rockpile,” a 700' monolith protruding up from the floor of a narrow valley pass. The surrounding mountains, with jagged ridges and thick vegetation, proved advantageous to “Charlie,” using guerrilla like tactics, while the Marines' ground movement was impeded, and helicopter landings so perilous that the valley, littered with choppers that had crashed, was nicknamed “Helicopter Valley.” While Hue was deadly, the Battle at Khe Sanh was savage, a horrid mix of Napalm, rice paddies, artillery, and hand-to-hand combat. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Dong Ha, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Friday, February 14, 2020 - Da Nang - Airbase and American Combat Troops
Enjoy the lovely coastal countryside, views of the East Vietnam Sea and the Bach Ma National Park on our southbound drive to Da Nang. After lunch, notice the sagging shapes of decaying Quonset huts (access is prohibited) near the former site of the Da Nang US Airbase, visible from the road during the drive to Marble Mountains. In Da Nang, the Fifth Military Zone Museum offers a collection of vehicles, and artifacts left behind by the US divisions based in Da Nang during the war. After check in, wander the few blocks from the hotel to My Khe Beach, the 30 KM stretch of white sugary sand, called “China Beach” by the G.I.'s and used for “R&R” during the war. Group dinner.
Overnight: Da Nang, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Seat of South Vietnam's Government
Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After lunch, visit the Unification Palace, where the beauty of architecture and gardens shine while the wartime communication center and basement “bunker” are often overlooked.Nearby, the War Remnants Museum tells the history of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Vietnamese, who endured nearly five decades of civil war. Group dinner.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Sunday, February 16, 2020 - The Mekong Delta - River Patrols and Amphibious Operations
A river cruise on the Mekong River provides a view of the tangled underbrush, dense aquatic grasses and rice paddies that challenged the patrolling US “Brown Water Navy.” Today's Mekong region is a densely populated area (17 million) where house-boats, jet boats and small cruise ships share the waterways with local fisherman and floating markets. Enjoy the local flavor of Coconut Island, with its intriguing history as home to a monastery. The guide will spare you from the tourist “traps.” Dinner on own.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 - Monday, February 17, 2020 - Guerrilla Warfare in the Tunnels - Cu Chi Tunnels
During the war, soldiers with smaller frames were asked to be “tunnel rats” and a pay raise came with the “position.” Many declined. For those willing, a ruthless adversary awaited. Crawling through the narrow passages of the Cu Chi Tunnels, imagine their fear, wary of booby traps and trip wires, blindly hunting an enemy that knew the twists and turns of the elaborate tunnels. After lunch, stop at the Lacquerware Museum to admire a cultural tradition and craft; consult the guide before purchasing. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 - Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - FREE day to Explore Ho Chi Minh City
Take in a cultural experience, shop, visit other Vietnam-era locations or relax and reflect. Join the group for a Final Farewell dinner.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Goodbye, Vietnam
Morning - Transfer to the Airport.
Meals: Breakfast

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