Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour From Hue

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Overview

Vietnam's Demilitarized Zone was established by the Geneva agreement in 1954 as a dividing line between North and South in the outcome of the first Indochina War and ran roughly on the 17th parallel north latitude. During the American War it was the scene of heavy fighting. The area is, as so many parts of Vietnam are, blessed with the natural beauty and spectacular mountainous and jungle landscapes. Experience the remnants of war in this sadly tragic region still known by many as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Names such as Khe Sanh, the Rockpile, Ben Hai River and Quang Tri still evoke deep emotions of the war to this day.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Leave Hue in the morning after hotel pickup for the drive along Route 1A into Quang Tri province.

From your guide, hear a bit about the history of this region of Vietnam. At the end of the defeat of the French in 1954, Vietnam was divided into two areas along the 17th parallel. Ho Chi Minh and his army controlled the North, and President Diem, backed by the United States, controlled the South. Elections that were promised never eventuated, and hence began a path of civil strife that led to American military involvement in South Vietnam. Throughout the war in the 1960s and 1970s, the DMZ region became one of the heaviest bombarded regions in the history of warfare, culminating in the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh and the complete destruction of Quang Tri by North Vietnamese forces in 1972.

Today, while there is little physical evidence of the fighting, the region remains scarred from its damaging effects. Many of the hills are scattered with rock and shrub from the intensity of artillery fire and chemical defoliants. On your full-day tour, go back in time and visit some sites of those fierce battles that still echo in the present, including the Hien Luong Bridge across the Ben Hai River, marking the 17th parallel, the 'physical' demarcation line between North and South Vietnam.

Situated along a scenic area of coastline, the fascinating tunnels at Vinh Moc were initially built in the late 1940s as a resistance hideout against the French and were extended and enlarged during the Vietnam (American) War in order to accommodate civilian families trying to survive the aerial bombardment. With your guide, you'll also visit the American Con Thien combat base and Carroll Camp artillery base, and see Route 09 connecting Laos and the Dakrong suspension bridge that offers scenic views.

Your day tour ends with return to Hue in the late afternoon.

Inclusions for Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour From Hue

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees 
  • Lunch (set menu)

Exclusions for Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour From Hue

  • Drinks
  • Surcharge during TET (Vietnamese New Year)
  • Transfers from hotels located outside of the city center (additional fees apply)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Please note: a surcharge applies for the tour guide during TET (Vietnamese New Year)

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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