Encounter Vietnam's breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day small group journey. Two travel dates available.

February 5-21, 2020

This trip is currently full and has moved to a waitlist.

October 22-November 5, 2020

Itinerary, trip highlights and pre-registration form

Open for pre-registration.

At this time, elements of the tour scheduled for October 22-November 5, 2020 are still being finalized. Your deposit will be fully refund-able until all details, including pricing, are complete. Our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., will be in touch with you when the final tour details and tour brochure are available. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide whether you would like to convert your pre-registration to a confirmed booking, or to cancel and receive a full refund. Once your booking is confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined in the brochure will apply. You will then receive a complete confirmation packet.

Trip Details

Hosted by: Marty and Porter Halyburton '63

About this trip: Get acquainted with French-accented Hanoi and explore Ha Long Bay's stunning waterscape by boat. Enjoying a three-night interlude at a beachfront hotel, tour Da Nang's acclaimed Cham Museum and charming Hoi An. Visit a farming settlement and take a cooking lesson. Explore ancient Hue by traditional cyclo. Spending two nights in the storied Mekong Delta, experience river life at a floating market and on a sampan excursion. Finally, tour vibrant Saigon.

Discover Angkor Wat's amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

For more information, check out the trip brochure (PDF).

About your host: The Vietnam War and Vietnam have been the most significant influences in the lives of Porter Halyburton, Davidson '63 and his wife Marty Duerson Halyburton, Queens '64. 

After being shot down over North Vietnam in 1965, Porter spent seven-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, living in the infamous Hanoi Hilton and several other prisons. Listed as killed in action for one-and-a-half years, Porter's status was changed to POW in 1967 and his wife Marty became active on the home front with efforts to publicize the plight of the POWs and MIAs in Southeast Asia.

This will be Marty's eighth and Porter's seventh trip to Vietnam, where Marty has taught English as a second language, consulted for U.S. non-governmental charities working in Vietnam and, together with Porter, leading tours of the country they have come to love. They are excited to share once again with Davidson friends and family Vietnam's natural beauty, fascinating history, and culture, but most of all the warm hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

Join Marty, Porter and their favorite tour director, Thanh, for an incredible, once in a lifetime experience, seeing for yourself that Vietnam is not just a war, but an amazing and diverse country. Hear about the two great lessons Porter learned in captivity: the freedom to choose and the power of forgiveness.

James S Hirsch's Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam, published in 2004 by Houghton Mifflin, is a biography of Porter and African American cellmate Fred Cherry, available at your
favorite bookstore.

Questions? Contact Yolanda Gilliam at yogilliam@davidson.edu or 704-894-2559. 

For reservations and information, call Odysseys Unlimited toll-free at 888-370-6765.