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Tokyo tours, sights and activities

14D13N Highlights of Japan Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Takayama / Kanazawa / Hiroshima / Kyoto

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    Kyoto
    Origami, calligraphy, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japanese art of ikebana, flower arrangement, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, Daisen-in sub temple, Kiyomizu, Pure Water, Temple
    Hakone
    Shinkansen bullet train, Hida alpine region, sake breweries, hot spring onsen bath
    Takayama
    Miyagawa, morning market, Hida No Sato, Folk Village, Takayama Festival Floats, Museum
    Hiroshima
    Peace Park and Museum, ferry ride, Miyajima Island, The Floating Torii Gate, Mt. Misen
  • Comprising over 6800 islands spanning almost 378,000 square kilometers, Japan is a vast, varied and fascinating country. Home to a unique blend of modernity and tradition, wonderful natural scenery as well as warm and friendly people, it is no wonder many yearn to go to the Land of the Rising Sun.
  • The Japan tour starts in the vibrant and lively cosmopolitan capital, Tokyo. Experience and embrace a truly diverse city, from its cultures, temples, shrines, metropolitant feel and even some nature.
  • Speaking of nature, one of Japan's most iconic figures, Mt Fuji will also be focused on at the small mountainous town of Hakone. The town is famous for its onsen natural hot springs and has an abundance of soothing natural beauty. There will be ample time to soak it all in, whether by foot, cable car and by ship.
  • Hop onboard the world famous bullet train, zipping at up to 300 kilometers an hour to Takayama, winding through tall mountains and stunning gorges along the way. Sample some sake at a local brewery, visit the local market and indulge in the town's workshops in a unique and almost isolated town.
  • Another stunning train journey awaits alongside the Sea of Japan to Kanazawa. Bask in the tranquil and charming environment, perhaps the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country.
  • The next scenic train ride takes you to Hiroshima. The city has risen from the tragic past to proudly boast wide boulevards, a laid back ambiance and friendly people. Soak in the history and character of the city, visiting museums, parks and the Floating Torii Gate.
  • Board the bullet train one last time to Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. From castles to shrines and hands-on activities like Calligraphy or Origami experiences, Kyoto will surely leave a positive impression.
  • The final destination on this Japan tour is Nara, the former capital during the 8th century. Experience the city's main sites with the revered deer residents; believed to be the gods' messengers.
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  • Travel Haven

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    Luxury Travel Tailor Made For You With more than 18 years of experience in serving our clients and assisting travelers to embark on a memorable journey, you are assured of a remarkable holiday.

  • Day 1: Arrival - Tokyo
    Arrive in Tokyo, where you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with transferring by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
    Day 2: Tokyo (B)
    Today you will spend a full day taking in some of the many highlights Tokyo has to offer with a local guide by public transport.First stop is nearby Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. The shrine is a popular site for Japanese Weddings; if you are lucky you may see a bride and groom dressed in traditional Shintowedding attire.From old to new Tokyo as we then take a walk down Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance of each other.A short subway ride will then take us to Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji have many traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.We will then see Tokyo from a different angle as we take a cruise down the Sumida Gawariver by boat to Hamarikyu-Teien. This stunning former private garden of an Edo Period lord is an oasis surrounded by a sea of skyscrapers. Note: The order of this itinerary may change according to the location of your hotel. Overnight in Tokyo.
    Day 3: Tokyo – Optional Kamakura Day Trip (B)
    Today is a day at leisure for you to explore this amazing city. Make an early start to visit the world Famous Tsukji Fish Market, visit the electronics district of Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s world class museums and art galleries. Or, you can choose to make an excursion outside of Tokyo to the delightful seaside town of Kamakura. One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a home to many ancient temples and the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha. Kamakura is 1 hour by train from Tokyo. We will provide you with detailed information of all the options available to you. Overnight in Tokyo.
    Day 4: Tokyo – Hakone / Mt. Fuji (B/D)
    An early start today as you leave Tokyo behind and make the 2 hour journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt. Fuji and surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen (natural hot springs), and has natural beauty in abundance.Armed with your included Transport Pass, you can take advantage of the numerous forms of transport on offer throughout the Park. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this volcanic area, where you can eat an egg hard boiled in the sulfuric hot springs which make Hakone famous. If you do, it will add seven years to your life! A majestic replica pirate ship will sweep you across the Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago, and the Hakone Tozan ‘switchback train’ zigzags though the mountains, giving amazing views of the surrounding valleys. Throughout the day you will have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, however please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.Hakone offers many other options as well, including the Hakone Open Air Museum, featuring sculptures from world renowned artists set against the back drop of Hakone’s picturesque mountains. Of course, there are hundreds of onsen to try as well. We will provide you with detailed information of all the options available to you. Tonight, you stay in a traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors and onsen baths. This evening, relax in your yukata (lightweight kimono), and dine on a sumptuous kaiseki multi course meal, served by kimono clad waitresses. An onsen after dinner is highly recommended before you bed down on your futon. Overnight in Hakone.
    Day 5: Hakone / Mt. Fuji – Takayama (B/D)
    Time for one last soak in the onsen before undertaking the 4 hour train journey to Takayama. The first leg will be on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train, which reaches speeds of up to 300km/h. You will then change onto the Limited Express Hida Wide view for the one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan, winding your way through tall mountains and stunning gorges. Due to its previously inaccessible location nestled high in the mountainous Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan, allowing it to develop its own unique culture. This afternoon we recommend visiting one of the town’s many sake breweries for a taste of the local drop, its high quality due to the area’s clean water sources. Tonight, you will stay in Japanese style ryokan accommodation with hot spring onsen bath. Overnight in Takayama.
    Day 6: Takayama (B)
    After breakfast head up to the Miyagawa morning market with stalls selling local crafts and produce. This is a great opportunity to try some of the region’s delicious fruit and vegetables. A short bus ride will take you to Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings from the Hida region. There is also a workshop in the village illustrating how many of Japan's famous handicrafts are made, including wood carving, tie-dying, weaving, and lacquering. In the afternoon, you can visit the Takayama Festival Floats Museum, displaying floats from the famous Takayama festival, or simply wander through the beautifully preserved old town. Overnight in Takayama.
    Day 7: Takayama – Kanazawa (B)
    Another stunning journey today as you continues your train journey alongside the Sea of Japan to Kanazawa. In the 17th century this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts. This afternoon, we would recommend visiting the Nagamachi Samurai district, including a visit to the Saihitsuan Yuzen Silk Center, offering demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique as well as the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with tea-ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden and artifacts from the Edo period. Overnight in Kanazawa.
    Day 8: Kanazawa (B)
    The highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenroku-en Garden. Ranked one of the top three in Japan, its breathtaking beauty shines through in any season. A visit to the imposing Kanazawa Castle next door is also a must do. There are several Kanazawa lacquer ware and pottery galleries near the Park, as well as the impressive Museum of Contemporary Art. Kanazawa is also home to many interesting temples as well as a bustling seafood market. We can arrange for a volunteer guide to join you today. Overnight in Kanazawa.
    Day 9: Kanazawa - Hiroshima (B)
    Back on the train for the 4 hour journey to Hiroshima. Perhaps more than any city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history on 6 August 1945 it became the first target of an atomic bomb. However, Hiroshima has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, and rebuilt itself as one of Japan's most laid back, vibrant cities full of wide boulevards and Art Museums, great food and friendly, welcoming people. This afternoon, you will have time to visit your exploration of Hiroshima. Overnight in Hiroshima.
    Day 10: Hiroshima (B)
    This morning head to the Peace Park and Museum for a sobering reminder of the events 65 years ago. However, far from being a depressing experience the overriding theme of the Museum is one of hope and peace. In the afternoon, you can take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, a famous wooded island located in the Inland Sea near Hiroshima. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. Designated as one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views', the shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier like structure. Mere 'commoners' were not allowed to set foot on this holy place. You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt. Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Overnight in Hiroshima.
    Day 11: Hiroshima - Kyoto (B)
    Time for one last ride on the Shinkansen as you undertake the 2 hour journey by Shinkansen to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto. Kyoto is home to an astonishing 2000 Shrines and Temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sights. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the home of an instructor of one of Japan’s Traditional Arts. You will learn the basics of Origami (literally ‘folding paper’), calligraphy (learn how to draw kanji) and the Japanese Tea Ceremony. You will also be able to observe an instructor performing the Japanese art of ikebana (flower arrangement). Overnight in Kyoto.
    Day 12: Kyoto (B)
    Today you explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. You will start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle. This ornamental castle was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and‘chirping’ nightingale floors. Continue on to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. The final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. You will visit Daisen-in sub temple, which was founded in 1464 and has one of Japan’s best Zen rock gardens, perfect for a spot of Zazen meditation after a busy morning. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners. Finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, whose busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets and pickles.
    Day 13: Kyoto and Nara (B)
    This morning you will make the short 45min trip by train to Nara. For 74 years during the 8th century Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. We would recommend visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. You will also have time to wander through Nara Park, called Deer Park by locals due to the large population of tame deer living there. The afternoon is free for you to continue your sightseeing in Nara or Kyoto. Overnight in Kyoto.
    Day 14: Kyoto - Departure (B)
    After Breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure until your included transfer to Kansai Airport. If departing from Tokyo Narita airport, we can arrange a return ticket to Narita Airport (4 hours) as well as an additional night in Tokyo if required.
    • Our Services Includes:
      • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast.
      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
      • Airport Meet and Greet and return airport transfers
      • 7 Day Japan Rail Pass, PASMO Tokyo transport pass and Hakone Transport Pass
      • English-speaking local guide in Tokyo (1 day) and Kyoto (1 day)
      • All Entrance Fees and Transport on Day 2 and 12.
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    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • International and Domestic Flights (quoted separately).
      • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.).
      • Meals other than mentioned above.
      • Travel insurance. (We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance that covering emergency medical evacuation)
      • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
    • Pricing Note:
      • Reservations during weekends, peak periods and Japanese public holidays will be subject to Supplementary Charges.
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Porto tours, sights and activities

13D12N Complete Portugal

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Prepare to explore a country with a rich heritage whose varying landscapes dazzle travelers from all over the world. Wander through historic villages nestling beside castles. Explore the nature reserves where the clear waters of the rivers combine with the coolness of the meadows and the lush, green mountains. Take up the challenge and discover a country full of contrasts.

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    Luxury Travel Tailor Made For You With more than 18 years of experience in serving our clients and assisting travelers to embark on a memorable journey, you are assured of a remarkable holiday.

  • Day 1: Arrival - Porto
    Arrive in Porto and be welcomed by your driver at the airport. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in the city center and check in. Have some time to relax and during the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the famous Port Wine Cellars where you will have a tour and enjoy a wine tasting at Taylor while appreciating the sunset over Porto. Taylor's is now over 300 years old. It remains a family firm, completely independent, owned still by relations of the original partners. On the Atlantic coast at Porto are the ancient lodges where Taylor's priceless ports slowly reach their glorious maturity. High up in the Douro Valley is Taylor Quinta de Vargellas, one of the world's truly great vineyards, comparable in quality to Chateau Latour. Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman has won prestigious awards for their declared vintages. Recently the Taylor 1992 was awarded a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. The 1994 vintage also received 100 points and the Top Wine of the World award from the Wine Spectator. Overnight in Porto.
    Day 2: Porto - Guimarães - Douro (B)
    Have breakfast at the hotel and your guide will meet you to explore Porto. Tour starts with Porto’s unique historic center recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. With a narrow, labyrinth of pathways and traditional houses made of granite, the Ribeira Old Quarters’ boasts an astonishing number of monuments and curiosities. In this unique historic center you visit the city’s most prominent Gothic monument. Also known as the ‘Gold Church’ for its wealth of gilt woodcarvings, Igreja de S. Francisco was originally an austere Gothic temple built in the 14th century with three naves a tripartite apse with polygonal chapels. While roaming around the historical center streets there will also be time for a stop at LivrariaLello, one of Porto's biggest attractions, this Bookshop opened its doors in 1906, apart from the interesting facade it is the inside that really is astonishing and makes us want to stay there just to admire it! Time for lunch (not included) and then you will continue to Guimarães, where Portugal started to emerge, back in the 10th century. The Historical Quarter is where we will spend more time, which comprises a succession of squares of great formal value. This unique site was classified by UNESCO in 2001 and apart from that is also where local residents gather and spend time so you will have the chance to mingle. We will also visit the 10th century castle and the Dukes of Bragança Palace, at a time the King's residence up in the north, now the official Presidential home in the north. Continue towards the Douro and dinner and overnight on the Douro River.
    Day 3: Douro River (B)
    Your day will begin with a visit of Lamego City. This ancient city, hidden in the mountains, represents two periods of time. Moors and Christians fought ferocious battles over it. However, in 1057, Fernando Magno, great grandfather to the first king of Portugal, definitively took it for Christianity. This era survives in the tall castle tower, where on foggy days the soul of a Moorish princess is said to return to weep. After this visit, you will be guided to DOC Restaurant, where you will have lunch. Situated on the river bank, just touching the water, it is the project of renowned Portuguese chef Rui Paula and you try some of our traditional dishes with a special twist. After lunch, departure in direction to Pinhão where you will visit the villa and Quinta do Seixo. Dinner will be at the hotel. Quinta do Seixo is located in the Upper-Corgo, in the heart of the Douro Demarcated Region. Following the Douro River from Régua to Pinhão, one can easily discover this ancient property and modern winery perfectly integrated into the landscape. With a total area of 99 hectares, 65 of which planted with the traditional grape varieties of the Douro, Quinta do Seixo is one of the biggest estates of Sogrape in this region, producing both Porto and Douro Doc Wines. Overnight on the Douro River.
    Day 4: Douro - Coimbra - Batalha - Óbidos (B)
    Have breakfast and depart towards Coimbra, with its own very special mystique, the result of a past full of important events and of the memories of the many thousands of Portuguese who, dispersed around the country or abroad, remember the carefree, easygoing, hopeful years spenthere in their youth as students at the University. Your time here will be passed walking through the University grounds and entering the famous Library. The Joanine Library (Biblioteca Joanina) begun in 1717 at the instigation of King João V, its unique style make it Portugal’s most famous library. On the upper floor, the library has three rooms linked by arches of polychrome wood, structurally identical to the main doorway. In typical Baroque style, the rooms are full of tromp-l’oeildecorative features. The 250,000 books date from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and deal mainly with civil and canon law, theology and philosophy. There will be time for lunch in the center (not included) and the afternoon will be taken to visit Batalha. We will go directly to Batalha and start by visiting the battlefield and then seeing the movie, to understand how the Battle of Aljubarrota (between Portugal and Spain) happened and the importance of the victory, and the continue to the Monastery (built in honor of the Virgin Mary as a “thank you” for help on the victory). We will then take you to your hotel. Overnight in Óbidos.
    Day 5: Óbidos - Almeirim - Évora (B)
    Depart to Casal Branco, the beautiful estate of winemakers and horse breeders. You will have the chance to see and learn about the Lusitano Horse and then visit the winery finishing with a wine tasting and lunch. Near the Tagus River, Casal Branco Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. It has been creating Lusitano horses since the 19th century and producing top quality wines for more than one hundred years. Family, tradition and a big passion for what they do keeps it going and justifies there cognition that is continuously receiving. After lunch, we will continue our drive to Évora. You will have some time in the afternoon to relax or walk around the city by yourselves. Overnight in Évora.
    Day 6: Évora - S. Pedro Do Corval - Monsaraz - Évora (B)
    Today, we will be traveling to São Pedro do Corval and Monsaraz. São Pedro do Corval is a small typical Portuguese village widely renowned for its pottery which is of great quality and variety. You will have the chance to walk the streets, watch the artisans working and of course take some with if you want to. Lunch will be on your own either there already in Monsaraz, our next stop and the perfect place from where to appreciate the scenic views of south of Portugal. This small village is one of the oldest in Portugal, perched on top of a hill, surrounded by walls used for protection from the Moors and then from the Spanish, you can still breath tradition all over. Later on we will return to Évora for overnight.
    Day 7: Évora - Arraiolos - Lisbon (B)
    Being the most important city in the south of the country, Évora has a lot to offer (it is a UNESCO Heritage site also) and it can all be done walking through its narrow streets, mingling with the locals and watching how day to day is lived here. We will start with the remains of the Diana Temple, built during the Roman period in honour to Emperor Augustus. From there you will continue to visit the important Cathedral in late romantic/early Gothic style. The most impressive attraction of the city however is the Bones Chapel – a small chapel inside S. Francisco Church where all the walls and ceiling are covered with skulls and bones, you have to visit it to understand it! Lunch will be in Évora (not included) and on the way to Lisbon we will make a stop at the small village of Arraiolos. This is the place where the Arraiolos rugs come from, made by hand withwool, very colourful, usually symmetric and representing flowers and animals. You can still see women on this beautiful art and it it is a sunny day most likely they will be outside their houses working and chatting with neighbours. Continue the ride and overnight in Lisbon.
    Day 8: Lisbon (B/D)
    This morning, meet your guide for a full day tour of the city, including old town, Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. You will start the tour by going to the top of Marques Pombal to learn about Lisbon from that point. Travel by car from there, down Avenida Liberdade, and drop off in Rossio. Begin walking tour with explanations of the history and how things were in the past, continuing through the Baixa and walking to the Sé. After that, we will take the 28 Cable Car to Graça and the miradouro where the car will meet us and drive to Jeronimos and Belem Tower. Tonight, you will enjoy a Fado music Show (our traditional music) including dinner. Overnight in Lisbon.
    Day 9: Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Lisbon (B)
    Today, we will visit Sintra, which Lord Byron called “glorious Eden” and Cascais, once a fishing village, then the place where Kings and Princes from all Europe came for exile early on the 20th century, today a charming village and one of the best places to live in Portugal. Pena National Palace in Sintra was built by a German architect Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Schwege in a mixture of architectural styles. Richly decorated walls are all over the interior, covered either with tiles or painted walls. The palace remained one of the main royal family residencies for decades. In 1889 it was purchased by the Portuguese State, and after the Republican Revolution of 1910, the palace was classified as a national monument and transformed into a museum. The rooms were left exactly as they were when the last royal closed the front door. In Cascais, the idea really is to walk around the marina, the center of the village, try the great ice cream “Santini” (probably best in the World) and enjoy the sun. By the way, James Bond “On her Majesty's secret service” was shot here in Estoril, The Casino, The Palace Hotel and the road where you will go through were some of the relevant scenarios. Return to Lisbon will be on the route by the sea, you will enjoy the views of some nice beaches, the sea, a few small palace-like houses and of the Monument to the Discoveries when reaching the city. Overnight in Lisbon.
    Day 10: Lisbon - Algarve (B)
    The morning will be free for you to walk around the city, do some shopping or visit a Museum for example. There are quite a few options and on the previous day our guide will happily assist you choosing the ideal way to cease the day according to you taste. Early in the afternoon we will drive down to the Algarve, the most southern place in the country and the ideal one for a few relaxing days at the beach. Overnight in the Algarve.
    Day 11: Algarve (B)
    Algarve is where Portuguese go to the beach, but it is also so much more than that! In Portugal people go to the beach mainly in July and August, but because it has a great temperature year round it is a good place to go from early April to October. But there are many other options if you want to do something else, some of the alternatives include SPA, Golf, Water sports and Racing Cars. Overnight in the Algarve.
    Day 12: Algarve (B)
    The day is free for you to go to the beach or do some of our suggestions. New ones for today would be Bird watching, Fishing and Sailing for example. Overnight in the Algarve.
    Day 13: Algarve - Departure (B)
    Everything that is good must come to an end and today we will transfer you to the airport at the designated hour for your departure flight. Goodbye, have a safe return home! Fly Kerikeri to your next destination.
    • Our Services Include:
      • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
      • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
      • English speaking local guide
      • All entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    • Our Services do not include:
      • Meals other than mentioned above.
      • Camera/video entrance fees.
      • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
      • Travel insurance.
      • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.
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Jerash tours, sights and activities

7D6N Wonders of Jordan

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    Wadi Rum
    Wadi Rum, Wadi, by the, Old Bedouin Jeeps
    Amman
    Mamluk castle of Aqaba, Citadel Mount, archaeological museum, Roman theater, colonnaded street, Souqs, old shops of Amman, fruits and vegetable market strolling
    Petra
    Madaba, St. George, Church, Dead Sea, Petra
    Jerash
    Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Jordan River Mountains
  • The 7 day holiday to Jordan is one for the history lover who just wants to experience exactly what the ancient country has to offer. Arrive into Jordan’s capital, Amman and explore Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Red Sea which make this trip a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Arrive into Amman Queen Alia International Airport where you will be met by a tour guide and taken to your hotel where you will rest for the night. The next day you will take a tour of Amman, the financial, Governmental, and historic capital of the country where you will be able to visit such sites as the ancient souk, the amphitheatre, and the city’s citadel.
  • Wadi Rum is an absolutely amazing location, with awe inspiring desert scenery, colourful red and gold hills, and deep canyons. In the four by four vehicle you will be driven across the sand dunes to Lawrence of Arabia well. You will all find something to satisfy yourself in Wadi Rum.
  • Jordan is a country of history meets western influence, so if you are not quite ready to jump straight into Arabian culture, then maybe Jordan and the 7 day tour will ease you into things.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Amman Airport - Amman Hotel
    Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, meet and assist by J&B Airport staff through formalities and passport control and then proceed to your hotel in Amman for overnight.
    Day 2: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Amman
    Transfer to the northern parts of Jordan to visit Jerash that was known in the Roman eras as Pompeii of the East, it is one of the most well preserved Roman cities out of Rome in the world. Drive to Ajloun Castle overlooking the west bank of Jordan River Mountains; the castle that was built under the command of Saladin. Drive back to Amman for overnight.
    Day 3: Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Dead Sea - Kings Way – Petra
    Drive to the southern parts of Jordan toward of the jewel of the Crown: Petra. Drive through the Kings way, visit en route Madaba; the city of the mosaic, stop by St. George Church that accommodate the oldest mosaic map in the world featuring Jerusalem, Jordan River and surrounding areas. Continue to the Dead Sea; the lowest point on surface of earth for swimming and relaxing. Drive to Petra via Kings way for overnight.
    Day 4: Petra – Petra Visit – Petra
    Start full day visit of the second wonder of the world; Petra; the Red Rose City that was built by the Arab Nabateans and was lost for centuries until it was re-discovered in 1812. Drive to Amman for overnight.
    Day 5: Petra – Wadi Rum – Amman
    Transfer to desert of Wadi Rum where Lawrence once lived and fought against Turks, drive through the landscape of the Wadi by the Old Bedouin Jeeps, stop by a Bedouin family and share tea, leave the desert to Amman for free afternoon at leisure for relaxing, overnight.
    Day 6: Amman – Amman City Tour - Amman
    Start tour of Amman: walk through the old markets of the city, visit the Mamluk castle of Aqaba and then to Amman. Start a half day tour of Amman, visit the Citadel Mount overlooking the down town of the city along with the archaeological museum, step down to the old town of Amman to visit the Roman theater and the colonnaded street, walk through the Souqs and the old shops of Amman, enjoy the fruits and vegetable market strolling. Overnight.
    Day 7: Amman – Departure
    Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport or nearby land border for departure with full assistance.
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Jericho tours, sights and activities

8D7N Best of Jordan & The Holy Land

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    Galilee
    Jaffo, Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Druz, village
    Jericho
    Dead, Sea, Massada, swim, at the Dead Sea, Mount of Olives
    Amman
    Dead, Sea, spa treatment
    Jerusalem
    Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Kardo, mosques, markets quarter, modern Jerusalem, model of Old Jerusalem, Museum, Bethlehem
  • Arrive into Jordan’s capital city, Amman via Queen Alia International Airport and be met by a guide who will transfer guests to Jerusalem via Jericho and the Dead Sea, via Jordan’s infamous King Hussein Bridge. Guests will stop at the Mount of Olives to look out at the sea and town below, which is an awe inspiring experience.
  • Explore the Ancient capital city of Jordan, Petra where the Nabataens made their home. Pay witness to their magnificent Ancient architecture carved from towering red rose rock walls. Spend the night in a Petra hotel and savour the sights from the hotel windows. The trip to Petra will not be forgotten in a hurry.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Amman - Jerusalem (D)
    Arrival at Amman Airport, transfer direct to Allen by bridge (King Hussein Bridge), then to Jericho and Dead Sea, visit Massada and swim at the Dead Sea. Continue to Jerusalem with stop and lookout at the Mount of Olives – dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
    Day 2: Jerusalem (D)
    Full day walking tour in the old city of Jerusalem, visiting the main sights like Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Kardo, the mosques and markets quarter – dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
    Day 3: Jerusalem (D)
    Visit modern Jerusalem, model of Old Jerusalem, Museum and Bethlehem – afternoon, back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
    Day 4: Galilee (D)
    Drive to Jaffo, Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Druz village – Akko – then dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee.
    Day 5: Galilee – Amman (B/D)
    Breakfast, Madaba only 30 Km. south of Amman, this lovely town is home to St. George's Church which houses the Madaba Map, a 6th century Byzantine Mosaic Map showing ancient Palestine, Egypt, Jerusalem and other holy sites, Mount Nebo the most revered site in Jordan, Mount Nebo is presumed to be the site of Moses's death and burial place, on a clear day, Mount Nebo offers breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Atop Mount Nebo is a Franciscan Church with beautiful 4th and 6th century mosaics, Kerak Castle visit, Positioned on the routes of the ancient caravans that used to travel from Egypt to Syria, Kerak Castle, in it's day, was a strategic asset of great importance due to it's impressive defense fortifications and commanding position 1000 meters above the Dead Sea Valley, Petra hotel dinner & overnight.
    Day 6: Amman - Petra (B/D)
    Breakfast, full day tour to Petra, to the most famous tourist site in Jordan, Petra is the ancient capital of the Nabataens who built their city by carving magnificent buildings & tombs from the towering, red-rose rock wall, Petra hotel dinner & overnight.
    Day 7: Amman – Dead Sea (B/D)
    Breakfast, full day tour to Dead Sea, to the lowest point on the surface of the earth, the Dead Sea at 400 meters below sea level has a 33% salt content, which makes any plant or animal life impossible. Take a dip in its waters for a very unusual experience, or opt for a spa treatment, with Dead Sea mud and minerals at one of the area hotels. Amman hotel dinner & overnight.
    Day 8: Amman - Departure (B)
    After breakfast, transfer to Queen Alia International Airport.
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      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
      • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
      • English speaking local guide
      • All entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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4D3N Angkor Charm

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  • Starting with the early Angkor era temples dating to 893 AD you will get to witness the earliest traces of Cambodia's historic religious culture before a trip to the majestic walled city of Angkor Thom.
  • The final day of the tour will give you a chance to see the traditional floating village at Lake Tanle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake, before a final spot of shopping.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Siem Reap
    Upon your arrival Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.After a short relaxing break, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat by local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 2: Siem Reap (B)
    After breakfast, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The beautiful surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beauty on a cow cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. Here, in a small contemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience! Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat.This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes. Return to your hotel.Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 3: Siem Reap (B)
    Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce. Break up your day with lunch at Sala Bai back in Siem Reap, a school training young Cambodians from poor family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality in order to give them a future. The guests will have plenty of opportunities to talk to the students as they will go on a tour of the school after the meal. This afternoon, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an ecofriendly electric vehicle. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 4: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
    This morning, embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about 4 times it size in during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Return to Siem Reap, where you can enjoy some time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
    • Our Services Includes:
      • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
      • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
      • English speaking local guide (for other languages a supplement applies)
      • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
      • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
      • Daily drinking water and cold towels
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD 20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
      • Other meals than mentioned
      • Camera/video entrance fees
      • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
      • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
      • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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4D3N Angkor Family Holiday

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  • What better way to start your Cambodia tour than with a ride on an iconic tuk-tuk to the Angkor Archeological Park. Take a ride in a tethered hot air balloon, rising above the trees for a fabulous first view of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples.
  • The second day, morning begins with a visit to a village school followed by a blessing ceremony performed by a monk in a local temple. Then take a boat trip along the Tonle SapLake, stopping at floating villages and a crocodile farm.
  • Return to the temples on day three, Start with a ride on an elephant at Angkor Thom then head to Ta Phrom.
  • Choose to lounge by the pool at your hotel or select one of our optional excursions such as horseback riding, quad bike adventures, a trip to Beang Mealea temple or a visit to the Angkor Silk Farm.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Siem Reap
    Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed Temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.Take a rest from your flight or discover Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful Wats and the colorful markets on your own.This afternoon, a local tuk tuk will take you on a journey to get the first glimpse of Angkor. First of all, get an idea of the sheer size of the temple area and enjoy the spectacular view of Angkor from above as you ride in a tethered helium balloon that takes you 120 m up in the air!From there, depart on a sightseeing tour of the legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 2: Siem Reap (B)
    This morning, you will drive towards Tonle Sap Lake. On the way, visit a school in a rural village community. It will be impressive to see for your own children how different school life is over here in countryside Cambodia. If you wish, you can hold a little lesson for the school children and teach an English children’s song to them? Guess how much joy this will bring to the children as well as to your family! Now head to the village pagoda, where a monk blessing ceremony will await you to wish you luck and a good onward journey.From here, continue to Kampong Phluck on the shores of the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. This village is completely built on stilts, as it is submerged during the raining season. Embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about four times it size during the wet season. On the way, you will pass floating villages, complete with floating hospital, schools and even a floating basketball court! You will also have the opportunity to visit a crocodile farm. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kampong Pluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses). Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure, or if you are up for more adventure, you can add any of the following activities: Optional: Horseback-Riding at Happy Ranch Head to the Happy Ranch outside of Siem Reap, a western style horse ranch. There, you will get acquainted with your horse of pure Cambodian breed, a descendant of the Mongolian wild horses. Enjoy the countryside on horseback! During the 2 hour trail ride you will get to places far outside the tourist area, through the rice fields and local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea. Explore the peaceful temple ruins of the Angkor-era, a truly authentic experience. Optional: Quad-Bike Adventure An unforgettable experience as you will ride a quad bike especially designed for off road terrain through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap Province. The 12 km guided tour will take you to local villages, where you can learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia and have the chance to meet and chat with the wonderful and friendly people. The highlight of the 2 hour tour is the sunset in the rice fields. Optional: Beng Mealea Head to quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like an explorer when you discover the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually give the opportunity to climb through it. Optional: Angkor Silk Farm Drive through the countryside around the Western Baray where you can spot water buffalos in swampy ponds, kids in school uniforms on their bicycles and oxcarts. Visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation from growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silk worms, the breeding process and life cycle of the silk worm to the spinning the silk, the dying process and the creation of beautiful silk weavings on wooden hand looms. Children will get the opportunity to feed the silk worms – a fun experience Optional: Angkor National Museum The modern museum showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire by use of multimedia technology to picture this interesting historical period. Experience Angkor at its best on a guided visit to the Museum. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 3: Siem Reap (B)
    After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.Now you are ready for a very special encounter: Get up close with an Elephant as you will ride on its back around Bayon temple – a truly unforgettable moment. Angkor is full of magical highlights, visit another one! Explore Ta Prohm temple, that children will probably enjoy the most. The ‘Lara Croft’ movie was set and filmed here. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most memorable of the Angkor temples. But this temple visit will not be a usual one...think Tomb Raider! You will be given a map and a roadbook and it is your task as a family to unravel a mystery inside Ta Prohm that will lead you to the final clue. Return to the hotel, where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take part in one of the optional activities. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 4: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
    Enjoy some time at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.
    • Our Services Includes:
      • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
      • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
      • English speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply).
      • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise.
      • Transfers from and to airport.
      • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
      • Activities as outlined in the itinerary.
      • Boat trip indicated in itinerary.
      • Daily drinking water, cold towels and snacks.
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      • Other meals than mentioned.
      • Other services than mentioned.
      • International Flights.
      • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
      • Tips, Travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
      • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD 20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
      • All international and domestic air tickets.
      • Camera/video entrance fees.
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5D4N Cambodia Highlights

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    Siem Reap
    Banteay Srei, Landmine, Museum, Angkor Wat, shopping, Artisans d’Angkor
    Angkor Thom
    Bayon, Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, boat trip, Tonlé Sap, Lake, Kampong Phluck
  • From the great rulers of the Angkorian Empire, to the French occupation of Indochina, and on to the devastating Khmer Rouge reign of the 1970's, modern Cambodia has been shaped by the experiences and events of its past. This five day takes you from the epicenter of the country's recent tragedy to the glorious crumbling temples of its ancient empire.
  • Arrive in Phnom Penh where French colonial architecture shines through in fleeting glimpses as you drive along the wide boulevards of the capital city. Overlooking the Tonle River stands the grandiose Royal Palace, home to the country's royal family and the stunning Silver Pagoda. Next door is the city's National Museum which contains hundreds of relics and artifacts from ancient times. Your guided tour will be the perfect introduction to the Angkorian era and a preview of what awaits you in Siem Reap.
  • Travel west to Siem Reap where you will have plenty of time to explore the Temples of Angkor. With hundreds of temples within a 40 square-kilometer area, your Exotissimo guide will show you all of the highlights, along with some hidden gems rarely seen by other tourists. From the massive Angkor Wat to the petite Banteay Srei, your days will be filled with wonder as you marvel at the sheer scope of the temple complex and at the intricate details of their carvings.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Phnom Penh
    Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be greeted by your English speaking local guide who will accompany you to the hotel for check in. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia's capital is a vibrant bustling city nestled majestically on the banks of the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap.After a relaxing break, you will set out to discover the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a very fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.Continue to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! This afternoon, you will explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. The museum is housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center. Return to the hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
    Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)
    Mid-morning, you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight across Cambodia to Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Your guide will meet you and accompany you while you check into your hotel. Enjoy a break at your hotel before embarking on a first discovery tour. Start the visits to Angkor at the early temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of an ancient center of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beauty on a cow cart ride, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 3: Siem Reap (B)
    Today, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an ecofriendly electric vehicle. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Here, in a small contemporary pagoda in the vicinity of these famous monuments, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!Return to Siem Reap for a break. This afternoon, you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about four times it size during the wet season: 10,000 km2! Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where we’ll see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 4: Siem Reap (B)
    After breakfast, drive to the rural outskirts of Siem Reap, about 35km from town, where you will visit Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of women. This temple is considered to be the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. It is a small temple but its pink sandstone carvings are impressive.On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness and education. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. This afternoon, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat in a local tuk tuk. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 5: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
    Enjoy the day at your leisure for some relaxation at your hotel or for some personal shopping on Siem Reap’s interesting markets. You may visit Artisans d’Angkor, right in the town center. Artisan d’Angkor was established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Among the workshops available for visit are wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing. Transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.
    • Our Services Includes:
      • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
      • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
      • English speaking local guide (for other languages a supplement applies)
      • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
      • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
      • Boat trip as indicated in itinerary
      • Daily drinking water and cold towels
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD 20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo).
      • Other meals than mentioned
      • International and Domestic Flights
      • Camera/video entrance fees
      • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
      • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
      • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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12D11N Essential Cambodia & Vietnam

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    Hoi An
    400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Your journey begins in Phnom Penh where an insightful tour of the city's National Museum and Royal Palace gives you an introduction to Cambodia's history. Venture down the lively riverfront, lined with French colonial buildings, to the hilltop temple of Wat Phnom to watch the sun set.
  • A short flight takes you to Siem Reap, the historical and religious heart of the country. Spend two days exploring the awe-inspiring Angkorian temples.
  • Continue to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, enjoy a day trip to the Mekong Delta and explore the hidden canals and unique floating markets of the region.
  • Visit the quaint town of Hoi An, whose architecture reflects its history as a trading town and where the town's streets are filled with family-run craft shops. Continuing up the coastline you reach Hue.
  • In Hanoi, the charming capital, take a city tour to discover tranquil lakes, insightful museums and bustling markets. An overnight boat trip to Halong Bay.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Phnom Penh
    On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and then transferred to the hotel for check in.After a relaxing break, you will set out to discover the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a very fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.Continue to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! End your tour at Wat Phnom, a hilltop pagoda and the birthplace of the city. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
    Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, your local English speaking guide will greet you and accompany you to the hotel for check in.This afternoon, start your visits to Angkor by tuk tuk at the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 3: Siem Reap – Tour (B)
    After breakfast this morning, explore the temples of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Return to the hotel for a relaxing break during the midday heat. After a rest at your hotel, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 4: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    After breakfast, free till transfer to the airport for departure flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    Depart your hotel at for a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district, discover the markets and shops of the area, and also the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, will be visited next, displaying an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies as well as ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine can be seen in the galleries.Head back into the centre of the city to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale. This afternoon, visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
    This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.After visiting the market, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An (B)
    After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Rest of the afterrnoon at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An or Danang.
    Day 8: Hoi An – Hue (B)
    Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Its mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument, depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River; constructed in 1601 the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is the Austin car made famous when in 1963, a resident monk drove the vehicle to what was then Saigon to protest against the southern regime, the photo of his self immortalization was captured and was one of the most well known images of the war. Overnight in Hue.
    Day 9: Hue – Hanoi (B)
    Start your day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce. After exploring the market, take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.Continue to the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. From here transfer to 30-minutes to Hue Airport for the 1-hour flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B)
    After breakfast, leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on bicycles and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. Arrive in Halong City late morning and board your traditional wooden junk or a classic colonial era replica steamship, The Emeraude, for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch will be served en-route. Cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. Overnight on Halong Bay.
    Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/D)
    On your return to Halong City, enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strangely -shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.As an optional extra visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam ‘But Thap’ on the way back to Hanoi.In Hanoi, in the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), a research centre and public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely north Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Day 12: Hanoi - Departure (B)
    This morning, depart your hotel for the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam's first university Quoc Tu Giam, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov). Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here, transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.At leisure for shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.
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      • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
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Luang Prabang tours, sights and activities

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  • Starting in Laos, journey along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, illuminated by thousands of golden Buddha statues and, staying in the cultural heart of the country, Luang Prabang, you will get to see three of the nation's finest temples before heading onwards to Laos' capital, Vientiane.
  • Leave the sleepy pace of Laos behind with a flight to Hanoi, Spend a day venturing through the city, taking in museums, markets and other colorful sights. Continue southwards to the cultural heart of the country, Hoi An and Hue. Filled with ancient temples and historic monuments, you will experience a land unchanged by time.
  • Next, take in Ho Chi Minh City, go to Mekong Delta to explore the surrounding floating markets and islands.
  • Finally reaching Cambodia, experience the breathtaking splendor of the Angkor Complex and travel to the great lake of Tonle Sap and visit the region's finest artisans at work.
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  • Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang
    Welcome to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside and get back to your hotel by the evening hill tribe market where you may find plenty of local souvenirs to buy such as handicraft, textile. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
    Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang (B/L)
    Start this morning with a visit to one of Laos most picturesque temples, Wat Xieng Thong. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong River, this temple was erected in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is deeply revered by the Lao people.Walk to the boat pier, near the temple, to board the Nava Mekong, a beautiful wooden river boat for a cruise up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves (depart around 10.30). The journey takes around 2 hours and along the way you will be surrounded by spectacular views, pass by small villages on the river banks and witness fishermen out for their daily catch. Upon reaching Pak Ou, disembark to explore the caves. Here you will see thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai. Back on board the Nava Mekong, you will cruise around the waters to a quiet location set amid limestone cliffs where the boat will moor for lunch. A selection of freshly prepared Lao dishes will be served before returning downstream to Luang Prabang. This afternoon, you will have a chance to learn more about this culturally rich and history city with a guided tour. The city tour begins with a visit to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish this afternoon’s tour with a visit to the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most important temples in Laos. Option: One of the highlights of a visit to Luang Prabang is a performance of the Royal Ballet Theater. Founded in 2002 in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural Research, the Ballet aims to preserve Laos’ cultural heritage. This evening, enjoy a spectacular performance which includes scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, traditional folk dances and tribal dances. The show begins at 6:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Attention: subject to change without prior notice from the company. Rates: 17 to 34 US$/person according to seat selection. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
    Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)
    Depending on your flight schedule, there may be time to visit the Heritage Information Center. Here you will learn about the methods being used to preserve the unique heritage and culture of Luang Prabang as well as gain further understanding in to the importance of developing sustainable and community-based preservation projects.If time allows, visit a weaving village on the way to the airport (Xang Khong) where you can observe traditional Lao textiles being woven and mulberry paper being made.Recommended: Flight Luang Prabang - Vientiane QV 102, 1310 - 1350, subject to change without prior notice from the airlines. Upon arrival in Vientiane, set off to enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means 'the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis. Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Then, continue your tour with a visit to the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Option: Enjoy a dinner at Phatoke Laoderm Restaurant where you will be served excellent Lao food while watching a traditional performance of song and dance(15US$/person). Overnight in Vientiane.
    Day 4: Vientiane – Hanoi (B)
    Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Vientiane at 0800.Set off on the road to the Thai-Laos border to Buddha Park (app. 25 kilometers from the city center). Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos shaman.Then drive back to Vientiane. En route, if time permitting, before leaving Vientiane, a visit to Cope. This association is working to help landmines victims to rebuild a life. A visit to their center will afford a high understanding of the daily life of victims and landmines clearance. We usually integrate a visit of this center for people interested by the American/Vietnamese war, for those who go to the Plain of Jars where unfortunately landmines is a daily issues for many people & kids.Lunch at your discretion (not included) and free time at leisure. Then transfer to the airport for departure flight (Flight QV 312 at 1430 - 1550, subject to change without prior notice from the airlines).Arrive in Hanoi, welcome by your guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Day 5: Hanoi (B)
    0830 depart your hotel for the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside) and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here, transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. At the end of the afternoon, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Day 6: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
    This morning depart to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for the short flight to Da Nang City.On arrival your private vehicle will be waiting for you for the 40-minute drive to Hoi An. A destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
    Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B)
    Have this morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. It’s mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.Drive through Da Nang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Overnight in Hue.
    Day 8: Hue (B)
    0830 depart from your hotel in Hue. Start at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. Continue to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River; constructed in 1601 the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is the Austin car made famous when in 1963, a resident monk drove the vehicle to what was then Saigonto protest against the southern regime, the photo of his self immortalization was captured and was one of the most well known images of the war. In the afternoon, see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.Finish up the day at the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors resting place. End the day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see the abundance of fresh produce. Overnight in Hue.
    Day 9: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    Transfer to Hue Airport after breakfast for the short flight to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals.Take a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the <strong)Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there, stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit, continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars. Continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda located on the fringes of district 1. Dating from 1909 and built by Cantonese Buddhists this quiet oasis was designed using feng shui principals showcasing ornate statues and effigies.Following your tour head back to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
    Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
    The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2-hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer. After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (B/D)
    Located in suburban Ho Chi Minh City away from the well-trodden tourist path, this is not just a cooking class but a genuine insight into a Vietnamese kitchen. Start early from your hotel for a local suburban Ho Chi Minh City market (whilst it’s still busy) with your host, to shop for ingredients, all at a leisurely pace. You’ll then head back to the house to start your cooking, where you’ll eventually devour the results for lunch! Your host is a great cook and more than happy to show you around their local market and share some of their favourite dishes. A selection of dishes can be made from a menu, rather than having a set cooking class menu see what tickles your fancy. After your lunch return to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Notes: Departure not after 0800 Surcharge applied for Sundays: 7 USD/group and availability upon request. Not available on Public Holidays Minimum 2 persons Return to Ho Chi Minh City for flight to Siem Reap, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire (Flight VN829 16:30 - 17:30 subject to change without prior notice from the airlines). Arrive in Siem Reap, welcome by your guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Enjoy a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at The Sugar Palm. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 12: Siem Reap (B)
    A morning tour of the temples starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer empire and its massive 8 meter high walls surround an area filled with temples. Set in the center of this area is Bayon, whose massive towers are carved with enigmatic faces. Return to the hotel for some time at leisure during the hottest time of the day. End your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit by local tuk tuk. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 13: Siem Reap (B)
    This morning, head out to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.Continue north to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A short 3 km trek up the hill through dense jungle will reward you with excellent views over the plains and the Kulen hills. At the top, be surprised about the River of 1000 Lingas with some remarkable stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and other symbols in the river bed. During the raining season, you can enjoy a refreshing bath in the waterfall, which is extremely popular with the local families.On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was trained as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. End your day at Angkor Wat and explore the intricate carvings and passageways of this 12th century temple. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. You will be there during sunset time, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
    On your last day in Siem Reap, embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about four times it size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kampong Pluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses).Visit the workshops of Artisans d'Angkor where traditional techniques like wood and stone carving are being taught to locals. Your tour ends with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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      • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
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      • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
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Burmese Days is a delightful 5-day Myanmar tour program that immerses you in the essence of Myanmar. Traveling across the major cities of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake, you can expect to see a country that has not changed significantly since George Orwell's famous classic Burmese Days. However, it is imperative that you discover for yourself Myanmar's wondrous sights and friendly people in order to fully experience the charm of this captivating country. If you are interested to learn about Myanmar in greater depth, we recommend you to visit the Golden Rock, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site near Yangon, or venture into the Delta to see the rural lifestyles around Yangon.

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  • Day 1: Arrive Yangon
    Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Exotissimo Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. This afternoon, your sightseeing begins with a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Continue to Modern Tea Shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business. The tea shop is also unique in the way they prepare the tea, so be sure to have your camera ready.Next your guided tour goes to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. Overnight in Yangon.
    Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)
    After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon's Mingaladon Airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo).Today’s excursion visits a range of sites, providing a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. The journey begins at Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan and which is quiet in the morning, before all the tour buses arrive.Afterwards we will go to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stone work. Then get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Take a break with lunch at Shwe Myanmar, a favorite among local visitors who come for the delicious curries. (Client’s account) Return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun.Board a private river boat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. You’ll stop at Sae Lan village and go ashore for a short walk. Sae Lan is typical of the riverside villages along the Irrawaddy. The friendly people work as farmers and fishermen, living a simple but happy life. Continue by boat to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river where a five to ten minute walk takes us to the temple. After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel upon reaching Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
    Day 3: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (B)
    After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a flight to Heho. From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day.Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ who jump through hoops in the air! Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. Overnight on Inle Lake.
    Day 4: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B)
    After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).Then, continue to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein. Indein is a Pa-Oh village which is known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Spend time exploring Indein on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school and making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where you can wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below.This afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
    Day 5: Yangon - Departure (B)
    Depending on flight time, there may be time to embark on one of our half-day optional tours. We have following unique ‘insiders’ tours offer something for everyone to consider. (Note: supplemental charge will be applied). Blessings Trail: Discover the rich mixture of cultures and religions in Yangon with this half day walking tour. Visit Hindu Temples, Synagogues, Churches and Mosques as well as unique Burmese spiritual places including nat shrines and fortune tellers. Along the way we’ll also explore markets, tea shops and other lively local sites in the busy downtown area. Yangon for Foodies: Get a taste for Burmese food and culture with our half day guided ‘Yangon for Foodies’ tour. Visit some of the city’s best fresh markets, sample tasty treats, sip a cuppa with the locals in a tea shop and enjoy a traditional curry lunch. From the sweet (fried donuts) to the strange (fermented tea leaf salad), you’ll get to try it all! (Lunch included). Pilgrimage Tour: Trace the path of a Yangon legend that stretches back 2000 years on our guided Pilgrimage Tour. Visit three stupas where many years ago sacred Buddha relics, brought from India, were enshrined by two merchant brothers. Join local pilgrims on this fascinating spiritual journey. (Note: although this program visits Shwedagon Pagoda again, we will visit it in the morning when the activities and atmosphere is very different to seeing it in the evening). Art Gallery Tour: Explore traditional and modern Burmese art with a guided tour of Yangon’s art scene. Visit a selection of local galleries displaying paintings, sculptures and photographs from famous art pioneers and emerging young artists. Enjoy a cocktail at House of Memories restaurant, a historic building once used as a headquarters for the country’s independence movement and containing many remnants of this era including General Aung San’s typewriter. Transfer to the Yangon airport in time for your departure flight.
    • Our Services Includes:
      • 3 Domestic flight for Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Heho & Heho-Yangon (inclusive of airport & fuel taxes),
      • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast.
      • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
      • English-speaking private local tour guide. (station guide - different guide in each destination) & Driver.
      • All Transfers and Tour Excursions with private air-conditioned vehicle unless otherwise stated.
      • Entrance Fees as mentioned in the program itinerary.
      • Private motorized boat for sightseeing around in Inle.
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • International Flights (quoted separately).
      • Visa for Myanmar Compulsory for all nationalities prior arrival.
      • Meals other than mentioned above.
      • Personal Expenses. (drinks, laundry, telephone, etc)
      • Travel Insurance. (We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance that covering emergency medical evacuation)
      • Other Services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
    • Pricing Note:
      • Surcharges for compulsory meals may apply for holiday periods like Christmas, New Year, Water Festival time etc.
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