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Cambodia And Vietnam In Style (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017) tour

Cambodia And Vietnam In Style (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Insight Vacations
4.9 . Excellent
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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
15 days
From: $ 6,353 $ 424 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Angkor Wat: With a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution, explore the Angkor Temple and surrounding complex. See the Bayon temple, visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and hear fascinating insights into the history of the Khmer Empire. Have all that you see, brought to life, as you imagine what life was like when Angkor was bigger than any European city.
  • Siem Reap: With an amazing vibe and such energy, the Phare Circus is transforming the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian Youth. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their emotion, enthusiasm and talent. After the show, meet one of the performers to hear how their lives have changed since joining the circus.
  • Saigon: See the major landmarks of Saigon, as well as local side-streets and a presentation on Vietnamese coffee culture.
  • Mekong Delta: Meet Mr Sau Tuong, a former soldier who survived 4 years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Hear his tale and see how he and his wife make their living making rice paper.
  • Hue: Before it opens to the public, visit the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel with a renowned historian. Hear about the architecture that makes it truly unique.
  • Hue: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts and learn about what it takes to become a practitioner of this standard. See a performance of different martial arts techniques.
  • Dao Thuc: With a live orchestra accompaniment, enjoy a water puppet performance, set in a lotus pond. Meet the artisan who makes the puppets in his workshop and see how the Vietnamese have been bringing performances of this nature to life since the 10th century.
  • Hanoi: Meet a renowned scholar at the Temple of Literature and learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture, before touring the temple grounds.

Short Description

Awaken your senses on this specially selected journey where you will be treated to tantalising flavours, mesmerising sights and unforgettable stories. Uncover an ancient history and fascinating culture, just waiting to be explored.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury (5*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Siem Reap
End City Vietnam

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap

Meet your Travelling Concierge and be transferred to your delightful hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, there are 15 acres of beautifully manicured gardens in the hotel grounds for you to retreat to. Relax under the frangipani trees beside the magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture, or enjoy a massage to ease your way into your holiday. At night, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow companions for a Welcome Drink.

Day 2: Angkor Wat In Style

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap

See beyond what most get to witness at one of the modern wonders and most important religious monuments in the world. Visit Angkor Wat in true style, with a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution. Learn about Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilisation, as he brings to life the stories contained in the bas reliefs and murals. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom - an entire walled city and Capital of Cambodia from the 12th to the 16th century, and bigger than any European city at the time. In the evening, see a performance of the Phare Circus combining local traditions with new creative genres to form an amazing triumph of beautifully choreographed acrobatics and dance.

Day 3: Ta Phrom, Ta Nei And Ta Keo

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap

Journey into the hauntingly exotic atmosphere of Ta Phrom Temple, one of Angkor's jewels. Overgrown with fig trees and lush jungle, the magnificent roots of trees have merged over the centuries with the temple's huge stone blocks emphasising the forgotten city feeling. Then explore Ta Nei - a hidden oasis well off the beaten track. Finally, Ta Keo, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks'. Admire the overlapping terraces surrounded by a moat. Toast your time together with newfound friends with dinner at a local restaurant, including wine.

Day 4: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City

Meals:

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This morning, head for your included flight to Vietnam, on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy some free time before a cocktail reception with traditional dance performances at the Art Salon Saigon. At dinner this evening, enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere with live music for a night to remember!

Hotel: The Reverie Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh

Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 5: The Best Of Saigon

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Reverie Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh

(Relaxed Start) Start the day sightseeing at high speed in our private chartered speedboat. See the changing faces of Vietnam from the glittering skyscrapers to the green paddy fields along the Saigon River. Your destination is the Cu Chi tunnels dug in 1948 for guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. Visit the underground villages with a VC veteran who used to live there. Back in the city, a leisurely walking tour takes in all of the highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral, and Gusatve Eiffel's Central Post Office, and over a cup of Vietnamese coffee, gain an appreciation for the street-side cafe culture.

Day 6: Cruise The Mekong Delta

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Reverie Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh

Cruise the Mekong Delta to see coconut production and processing and enjoy a taste of the freshest juice possible. See locals creaking bricks as they have for centuries with their small brick kiln. Take a tri-motor cycle along the village roads and stop at a rice noodle factory to see the most popular breakfast in the region being produced. Cruise on to Mango Home, and meet Mr Sau Tuong, a former soldier who fought the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Enjoy crispy rice paper made by his wife and chat about life in Vietnam today and throughout his lifetime.

Day 7: Hue In Royal Splendour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa, Hue

In the morning, board your flight to Hue for an unforgettable journey. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the rice fields to Thanh Toan village to the agriculture museum for an insight into rice production. At night, enjoy the royal treatment at Ancient Hue Restaurant. Dress in traditional costume and savour an unforgettable dinner with typical dishes served to royalty.

Day 8: Hue

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa, Hue

Rise early to visit the UNESCO Heritage Listed Imperial Citadel in a private session before it opens to the public. A renowned local historian will take you through the towering main gates to hear about the intrigue of the former royal court. After breakfast, visit the royal tomb of Minh Mang. Later, meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts at an ancient temple and learn about the training activities of the practitioners. Attend a performance of different martial arts techniques. At Dong Thuyen pagoda, relax in the peaceful precinct, before enjoying a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns. Chat with the Buddhists and gain a better understanding of their beliefs.

Day 9: Romantic Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass. During your walking tour of Hoi An, visit the old merchant's houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and Assembly Hall. Finally, visit the market with stalls brimming with local specialities. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon. Perhaps admire the spectacular sunset on a kayak trip along the poetic Thu Bon River, or board a local river boat to the Cua Dai Sea if you prefer a more gentle pace. In the evening, you can choose from a selection of fine restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.

Day 10: Learn From The Locals In Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

(Relaxed Start) Visit Cam Thanh Village, once a shelter for local people and soldiers during the Vietnam War, and now a village supplying seafood, vegetables and rice to the area. Board a bamboo basket-boat to ride to the Thanh Dong village and learn from the villagers how they cultivate and harvest vegetables. Join in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef and try the local delicacies that you make for lunch.

Day 11: Cruise Halong Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Jasmine Cruise, Superior Cabin, Halong Bay

Board a morning flight to Hanoi and journey to Halong Bay to board your deluxe junk by lunchtime. Visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, and the Cua Van area. In the evening the choice is yours; participate in a cooking demonstration with the on-board chef, or relax on the top deck to watch the sunset.

Day 12: Halong To Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

Greet the day with Tai Chi on the upper deck or take an early morning swim in the Bay before returning to Hanoi. Stop at Dao Thuc village to meet a traditional artisan puppet maker and see a water puppet performance in a lotus pond. The art dates back to the 10th c with a live orchestra playing the accompanying music.

Day 13: Hanoi Street-Food Tasting Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

Start the day with an electric cart ride through refined Hanoi, seeing the Opera house, French Avenues, Sword Lake and the Jade Mountain temple. Then, join a local foodie for a taste of the street-food culture. On your guided walk, learn about what locals love and try tastes of the very best including rice paper rolls, crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, com cake and other delights. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 14: Exclusive Dinner At The History Museum

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

Start the day with a visit to the Temple of Literature, where you will meet a renowned scholar to hear about this institution - the first University for the sons of mandarins. Learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture before you tour the temple grounds. At night, join your travel companions for a truly special evening. Your Celebration Dinner will take place at the History Museum after it closes to the public, with a cocktail reception in the museum itself, before heading to the elegant courtyard to toast your newfound friends and enjoy dinner.

Day 15: Farewell Vietnam

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accommodations

Raffles Grand Hotel Dangkor Siem Reap

Set across from the Royal Palace, the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the region. After careful restoration, the hotel offers beautifully landscaped gardens and the country's largest swimming pool, a peaceful oasis near the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Angkor.

The Reverie Saigon Hotel Ho Chi Minh

The Reverie Saigon is a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful interior designs, The Reverie Saigon also raises the bar for services and accommodations in Vietnam.

Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort Amp Spa Hue

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside, within a rustic village setting, surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet still near famous historical landmarks. The resort embodies the subtle connection of traditional, stylish and modern art concepts.

Jasmine Cruise Superior Cabin Halong Bay

Jasmine Cruise Halong Bay sets the standard for services and amenities on the bay. Fitted out in the 1930′s Indochine style, the Halong Jasmine features spacious cabins, restaurant, lounge and uninterrupted views of the bay.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel, located in the heart of the old city, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House.

Cancellation policy

Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following:

If notice of cancellation is received by Insight more than 45 days prior to the tour departure date, (80 days for La Serenissima) deposit will be retained along with the Travel Protection payment.

If full payment is not received 45 days prior to departure date (80 days for La Serenissima) , Insight has the right to cancel your reservation. Insight will not be responsible for lost reservations.

If a person in a party cancels and there is a room change caused by this cancellation (such as loss of Friendly Five discount -Twin to Single, or Triple to Twin), charges for the upgrade will be the responsibility of the remaining party.

The following charges will apply when notice of cancellation is given after the booking is confirmed:

No. of days prior to Tour departure date and the related Cancellation Fee as % of total price

  • Over 45 days - Loss of Deposit
  • 45-22 days - 25%
  • 21-8 days - 30%
  • 7-1 days - 50%
  • Day of departure/no show - 100%

Additional Information

Angkor Wat: See Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta Phrom, Ta Nei and Ta Keo.

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What's excluded

Personal Expenses

Meals Included

14 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 7 Dinner

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