50 Years of Freedom Anniversary Trip
From $6,599.00 USD
Join us on the 50 Years of Freedom Anniversary Trip including travel to Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River. It's a celebration of freedom with true American heroes.
50 Years of Freedom Anniversary Trip
Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River
12-nights Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap ~ February 17-March 1, 2023
with optional 3-night Hanoi Extension
Please join us for a very special Cruise and Tour taking place in 2023. It's a celebration of freedom with true American heroes. From February 17 - March 1, 2023, you have the opportunity to join a dozen former POWs who will be returning to Vietnam for the 50th Anniversary of their release and return to freedom.
It’s difficult to put into words just how meaningful this 50th Anniversary of Freedom Cruise and Tour will be for the POWs and those members who are joining them. Retired Air Force Colonel Bob Certain, himself a former POW, worked with Brennco to design the Hanoi land package, which includes visits to the Hanoi Hilton Museum, John McCain marker, Kham Thein B52 Memorial, and Son Tay Prison camp.
At the farewell dinner, we will be joined by a former Vietnamese MiG pilot. This trip is about forgiveness and closure, and what could epitomize those emotions more than dining with your former enemy. And of course, it is a celebration for those brave American POWs who 50 years ago had their freedom restored.
You can take part in this historic journey and accompany these former POWs for an expedition which promises to be two of the most emotionally significant weeks of your life. Only a few rooms remain on the all-suite Mekong Jewel so please contact us now to learn more.
Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.
Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new, often surprising visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia's thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.
Debuting in January 2020, the Mekong Jewel is the newest and most luxurious ship on the Mekong River. This all-suite Super Ship includes two dining venues: one main restaurant and an al fresco eatery on the upper deck. The Mekong Jewel replaces the Mekong Navigator and was constructed with sustainable, eco-friendly materials, and features a swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room, gym, hair salon, nail bar, two lounges and a library.
OPTIONAL 3-NIGHT HANOI EXTENSION REVISED ITINERARY
$1,499 pp double occupancy, $2,199 single occupancy
DAY 13: MARCH 1, 2023
Check out of your luxury hotel and head to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Noi Bai International Airport, you will be met by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Intercontinental Westlake Hotel. After an escorted orientation walk of the neighborhood, you have the remainder of the day on your own.
DAY 14: MARCH 2, 2023
After breakfast, our day starts with a Hanoi city tour with visits to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex. B52 Lake Huu Tiep and Victory Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on to the Hanoi Hilton Museum, John Mccain marker, Kham Thein B52 Memorial and the Hanoi Hilton Museum. Our day ends with an exciting electric cart ride to the Old Quarter of Hanoi followed by a guided walk through the quarters. Dinner is on your own this evening
DAY 15: MARCH 3, 2023
After breakfast, today we have a full day tour to the outskirt of Hanoi to visit the vestige of Son Tay prison camp and then the ancient village of Duong Lam. After a day of sight-seeing, we return to our hotel. This evening we have a farewell dinner with a SAM operator OR a MiG pilot (to be confirmed later).
DAY 16: MARCH 4, 2023
After breakfast, check out of your luxury hotel and head to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to home. Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final ay-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.