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Duration: 15 days Visiting: Cambodia
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Angkor Wat in Style
See beyond what most get to witness at one of the modern wonders and most important religious monuments in the world. Visit Angkor Wat in true style, with a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution. Learn about Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilisation, as he brings to life the stories contained in the bas reliefs and murals. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom - an entire walled city and Capital of Cambodia from the 12th to the 16th century, and bigger than any European city at the time. In the evening, see a performance of the Phare Circus combining local traditions with new creative genres to form an amazing triumph of beautifully choreographed acrobatics and dance.
Ta Phrom, Ta Nei and Ta Keo
Journey into the hauntingly exotic atmosphere of Ta Phrom Temple, one of Angkor's jewels. Overgrown with fig trees and lush jungle, the magnificent roots of trees have merged over the centuries with the temple's huge stone blocks emphasising the forgotten city feeling. Then explore Ta Nei - a hidden oasis well off the beaten track. Finally, Ta Keo, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks'. Admire the overlapping terraces surrounded by a moat. Toast your time together with newfound friends with dinner at a local restaurant, including wine.
Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
This morning, head for your included flight to Vietnam, on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy some free time before a cocktail reception with traditional dance performances at the Art Salon Saigon. At dinner this evening, enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere with live music for a night to remember!
The best of Saigon
(Relaxed Start) Start the day sightseeing at high speed in our private chartered speedboat. See the changing faces of Vietnam from the glittering skyscrapers to the green paddy fields along the Saigon River. Your destination is the Cu Chi tunnels dug in 1948 for guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. Visit the underground villages with a VC veteran who used to live there. Back in the city, a leisurely walking tour takes in all of the highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral, and Gusatve Eiffel's Central Post Office, and over a cup of Vietnamese coffee, gain an appreciation for the street-side cafe culture.
Cruise the Mekong Delta
Cruise the Mekong Delta to see coconut production and processing and enjoy a taste of the freshest juice possible. See locals creaking bricks as they have for centuries with their small brick kiln. Take a tri-motor cycle along the village roads and stop at a rice noodle factory to see the most popular breakfast in the region being produced. Cruise on to Mango Home, and meet Mr Sau Tuong, a former soldier who fought the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Enjoy crispy rice paper made by his wife and chat about life in Vietnam today and throughout his lifetime.
Hue in royal splendour
In the morning, board your flight to Hue for an unforgettable journey. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the rice fields to Thanh Toan village to the agriculture museum for an insight into rice production. At night, enjoy the royal treatment at Ancient Hue Restaurant. Dress in traditional costume and savour an unforgettable dinner with typical dishes served to royalty.
Rise early to visit the UNESCO Heritage Listed Imperial Citadel in a private session before it opens to the public. A renowned local historian will take you through the towering main gates to hear about the intrigue of the former royal court. After breakfast, visit the royal tomb of Minh Mang. Later, meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts at an ancient temple and learn about the training activities of the practitioners. Attend a performance of different martial arts techniques. At Dong Thuyen pagoda, relax in the peaceful precinct, before enjoying a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns. Chat with the Buddhists and gain a better understanding of their beliefs.
Romantic Hoi An
Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass. During your walking tour of Hoi An, visit the old merchant's houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and Assembly Hall. Finally, visit the market with stalls brimming with local specialities. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon. Perhaps admire the spectacular sunset on a kayak trip along the poetic Thu Bon River, or board a local river boat to the Cua Dai Sea if you prefer a more gentle pace. In the evening, you can choose from a selection of fine restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
Learn from the locals in Hoi An
(Relaxed Start) Visit Cam Thanh Village, once a shelter for local people and soldiers during the Vietnam War, and now a village supplying seafood, vegetables and rice to the area. Board a bamboo basket-boat to ride to the Thanh Dong village and learn from the villagers how they cultivate and harvest vegetables. Join in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef and try the local delicacies that you make for lunch.
Hanoi street-food tasting tour
Board a morning flight to Hanoi where in the afternoon you will enjoy an electric cart ride, seeing the Opera house, French Avenues, Sword Lake and the Jade Mountain temple. Then, join a local foodie for a taste of the street-food culture. On your guided walk, learn about what locals love and try tastes of the very best including rice paper rolls, crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, com cake and other delights. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Cruise Halong Bay
Journey to Halong Bay to board your deluxe junk by lunchtime. Visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, and the Cua Van area. In the evening the choice is yours; participate in a cooking demonstration with the on-board chef, or relax on the top deck to watch the sunset.
Halong to Hanoi
Greet the day with Tai Chi on the upper deck or take an early morning swim in the Bay before returning to Hanoi. Stop at Dao Thuc village to meet a traditional artisan puppet maker and see a water puppet performance in a lotus pond. The art dates back to the 10th c with a live orchestra playing the accompanying music.
Exclusive Dinner at the History Museum
Start the day with a visit to the Temple of Literature, where you will meet a renowned scholar to hear about this institution - the first University for the sons of mandarins. Learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture before you tour the temple grounds. At night, join your travel companions for a truly special evening. Your Celebration Dinner will take place at the History Museum after it closes to the public, with a cocktail reception in the museum itself, before heading to the elegant courtyard to toast your newfound friends and enjoy dinner.
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Siem Reap (Central) - Cambodia
Set across from the Royal Palace, the Raffles Grand Hotel Dangkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the region. After careful restoration, the hotel offers beautifully landscaped gardens and the country's largest swimming pool, a peaceful oasis near the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Angkor.
Saigon (Central) - Vietnam
The Reverie Saigon is a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful interior designs, The Reverie Saigon also raises the bar for services and accommodations in Vietnam.
Hue (Scenic) - Vietnam
Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside, within a rustic village setting, surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet still near famous historical landmarks. The resort embodies the subtle connection of traditional, stylish and modern art concepts.
Hoi An (Central) - Vietnam
Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An.
Hanoi (Central) - Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel, located in the heart of the old city, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House.
Halong Bay (Cruise) - Vietnam
The majestic Jasmine Cruise Halong Bay epitomizes seafaring at its most stylish. Fitted out in the 1930s Indochina style, the Halong Jasmine features spacious cabins, restaurants, lounges and uninterrupted views of the emerald bay.