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2020: Ancient Kingdoms: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
20 days
From: $ 4,095 $ 205 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Discover Bangkok
  • Explore Bangkok
  • Explore Pak Ou Cave
  • Visit Vientiane
  • Visit Killing Fields of Choeung Ek & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Short Description

Veer off Southeast Asia’s trodden paths to uncover the glory days of lost empires—and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures that have emerged in their wakes. Traveling the Indochina peninsula through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, you’ll connect with locals who will share their homes, markets, and schools with you. In our small group, we'll slip into daily life in Southeast Asia for A Day in the Life of a Laotian village, where we'll meet young schoolchildren and Hmong villagers. Get a glimpse into the future of the region during a visit to a local school; absorb the quiet tranquility of the early morning as you participate in an alms-giving ceremony with local monks; and truly get a taste of local life here when you join a Laotian family for a meal in their home.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Bangkok
End City Ho Chi Minh

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Fly overnight from the U.S. to Bangkok, Thailand, losing one day en route as you cross the International Date Line over the Pacific.

Day 2: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Destination: Bangkok

Accommodations: Evergreen Laurel Hotel or similar

Evening: This evening, arrive in Bangkok where you will be met at the airport by an O.A.T. representative. You’ll take around one hour to transfer by van to our hotel, which is located in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will check in and receive your room assignments. We spend four nights in Bangkok and depending on which hotel we stay at, amenities may include an award-winning Chinese restaurant, café, lobby lounge, fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool. Each of the hotel's air-conditioned rooms typically includes a safe, wireless Internet, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom. Tonight, you can rest at your hotel before exploring the city tomorrow.

Day 3: Discover Bangkok • Exclusive cooking lesson • Chaophraya River cruise

Destination: Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Evergreen Laurel Hotel or similar

Activity Note: We will ride in a boat on the Chaophraya River and Bangkok Noi Canal for about 45 minutes. Depending on weather conditions, the water may be choppy.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6am, with Thai and American options available.

Morning: You’ll meet your small group around 11am, including travelers who took our optional Burma & the Irrawaddy River pre-trip extension, at a Welcome Briefing held at the hotel. During this briefing, we will introduce ourselves and review our itinerary in more detail (including any changes that may need to occur). Our Trip Experience Leader will also discuss logistics, safety and emergency procedures, and answer questions we may have.

Around noon, we'll board a bus and drive for about 30 minutes to the Ruan Khun Yai house, located on the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal. Here, we’ll enjoy an O.A.T.-exclusive lesson on how to prepare traditional curry paste. During this 30-minute hands-on experience, a local woman will invite us to help her make curry.

Lunch: At the Ruan Khun Yai house around 1pm. We'll sit down with our host and any members of her family that are present to enjoy the Thai dishes that we just learned how to make.

Afternoon: Around 2pm, our hosts will lead us on a tour around their house to see what a traditional home located on the canal looks like and to share insight into their daily lives. Along the way, we'll discover a Thai spirit house, which serves as a dwelling for spirits of the dead. These spirits may be connected to the family or they may be previously connected to the home itself, but either way, the current hosts of the home provide offerings to the spirits at the spirit houses. Our hosts will teach us the traditional way to pray to these spirits. Then just after 2:30pm, we'll board a boat that will pick us up in front of the house. We'll enjoy a 45-minute cruise down the canal and the iconic Chaophraya River before arriving at the pier around 3:15pm where we'll disembark our boat.

We'll drive back to our hotel, arriving just before 4pm, and you'll have free time to explore Bangkok on your own. Perhaps you'll take the Skytrain, a local transit system, to the Jim Thompson House. Here, learn about the fascinating life of James Thompson—from his success as the founder of a silk-making company in Thailand to his mysterious disappearance in 1967. Around 6pm, we'll gather and set off on an orientation walk around the vicinity of our hotel with our Trip Experience Leader. He or she will point out restaurants and sites you may want to visit during your free time here. During our walk, we'll stop to try some local street snacks and drinks. We may sample hoi tod, an egg pancake that sometimes incorporates seafood ingredients, before washing it down with roselle juice or cha Thai, an herbal drink. This is also a great opportunity to practice wai, the traditional way to greet locals by pressing your hands together and bowing. We'll return to our hotel around 6:45pm.

Dinner: On your own. Your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: You are free to return to your room to rest before our explorations tomorrow, or you may venture back out to experience Bangkok’s nightlife.

Day 4: Explore Bangkok • Grand Palace • Conversation with university students

Destination: Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Evergreen Laurel Hotel or similar

Activity Note: The Grand Palace has a strict dress code. Men should wear pants, women should wear pants or long skirts that cover their knees, and both men and women should cover their shoulders. It is also recommended to wear shoes that you can easily remove as you’ll need to take your shoes off before entering the Royal Chapel. Thammasart University is closed to the public during semester examinations in May, July, and December, as well as for public holidays. If your visit falls on one of these days, you will participate in a conversation with a local activist about the struggle for freedom of expression at the hotel.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6am, with Thai and American options available.

Morning: At approximately 8:30am, we’ll board a bus and drive for about 30 minutes from the hotel to Bangkok’s crown jewel—the Grand Palace of Thailand, a sprawling compound of ceremonial halls, gilded spires, and ornate buildings. The city's defining landmark since 1782, the palace became the centerpiece of a new Thai capital called Krung Thep (City of Angels), known outside of Thailand as Bangkok. It was King Mongkut (or Rama IV) who ruled from this palace, expanded trade with the West, and was romanticized in the musical The King and I. The focal point of the palace is the Emerald Buddha. Carved out of jade and adorned with gold, the Emerald Buddha made a dramatic appearance in 1434, when it was found hidden in a temple stupa. Since 1785, the Emerald Buddha—the most highly revered image of the Buddha—has resided in the Royal Chapel of the Grand Palace.

Around 11:30am, we’ll walk 10 minutes to Thammasart University. Upon arrival, we'll meet with students at the student union to participate in a conversation about freedom of expression in Thailand. The students leading this conversation have been on the front lines of protest against the militaristic government, which they feel oppresses their freedoms. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand about the experiences these students have had and ask questions about this issue.

At approximately 12:45pm, we'll drive about 15 minutes to our lunch spot for the day.

Lunch: At a local restaurant around 1pm. You’ll have a selection of dishes that you can order, all of which include traditional Thai flavors.

Afternoon: Our hotel is located about 15 minutes away from the restaurant, so we’ll walk back after lunch. We’ll arrive at the hotel around 2pm, and you’ll have some free time. You may take a water taxi around the Chaophraya River to see scenes of daily life along the shore of the waterway.

Dinner: On your own—your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: Free for your own discoveries. You can retire to your room to rest for the night, or ask your Trip Experience Leader for recommendations.

Day 5: Explore Ayutthaya • Koh Kerd Village visit

Destination: Ayutthaya

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Evergreen Laurel Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Because Ayutthaya is a religious site, visitors are asked to abide by the dress code. Men should wear knee-length shorts and women should wear knee-length shorts or skirts. Today, we will drive to Ayutthaya where we’ll walk over uneven, bumpy pathways. And, you'll ride in a wooden rice barge on the Chaophraya River for about 1.5 hours this evening. Depending on weather conditions, the water may be choppy. We’ll also ride through the streets of Bangkok like locals when we hop aboard tuk-tuks (three-wheeled vehicles). We may drive over uneven and bumpy roads.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6am, with Thai and American options available.

Morning: We depart the hotel around 8:30am and we’ll drive for around 1.5 hours to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, located about 50 miles north of Bangkok. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was home to 33 kings from many different dynasties. The capital of Siam from 1353 to 1767, the city was once a place of such fabulous wealth that early travelers described its “2,000 spires clad in gold.” While here, we'll see the preserved temple ruins of Phra Sri Sanphet.

Just before 11am, we'll drive to Koh Kerd Village. Upon arrival around 11:15am, we'll travel as the locals do when we hop aboard a tram and take a ride through the valley to the village chief's home. When we arrive around 11:30am, we'll sit down with her to discuss her role as the leader of the village, as well as how she is combating the issue of children abandoning their traditions for more modern customs. Then around 12pm, we'll enjoy a hands-on experience of making a traditional dessert.

Lunch: Just after noon in the home of the village chief. We'll enjoy typical Thai dishes before indulging in the dessert we prepared earlier.

Afternoon: Shortly after 1pm, we'll take the tram back to our bus, and then we'll begin our return journey to the hotel, arriving around 2:15pm. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to make your own discoveries. You may want to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, without actually leaving the city, by taking a stroll through the forest-like landscape of Lumpini Park.

Around 5pm, we'll gather and drive about 30 minutes to the pier where we’ll board a private, traditional, wooden rice barge for a cruise on the Chaophraya River.

Dinner: During our cruise around 5:30pm. We’ll enjoy a memorable Welcome Dinner—exclusive to our O.A.T. group.

Evening: We'll cruise for about 1.5 hours, passing the Temple of the Dawn and the Grand Palace. Following the conclusion of our dinner cruise, we’ll have the opportunity to travel back to our hotel like locals—via tuk-tuks. We arrive back at our hotel around 7:30pm where you may want to retire to your room to rest before our early start tomorrow morning.

Day 6: Bangkok • Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos

Destinations: Luang Prabang, Laos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Jumbos, our main mode of transportation in Luang Prabang, can only carry five to six people at a time. Therefore, our small group will divide into even smaller groups to ride in the jumbos, and we may drive over uneven or bumpy roads.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6am, with Thai and American options available.

Morning: We’ll leave the hotel early—around 7:30am—for the 1-hour drive to the airport where we’ll catch a 1.5-hour flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. The ancient, royal capital of Laos is located on a peninsula between the Mekong and Khan rivers with green mountains all around. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is considered one of Southeast Asia's best-preserved small towns.

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang around noon, we’ll take a bus ride to the edge of the town. Since large coaches aren't allowed in the inner city, we'll use jumbos, the local mode of transport that are similar to tuk-tuks.

Lunch: We’ll take our jumbos to a local bakery that serves typical North American dishes, arriving around 1pm. We’ll have a selection of western-style sandwiches and salads to choose from for lunch, and we’ll finish our meal off with slices of pie and cake.

Afternoon: At about 2:30pm, we'll check into our centrally-located hotel. Depending on which hotel we stay at, amenities may include a bar, restaurant, and courtyard gardens where you can spend your free time. Each of the hotel’s air-conditioned rooms typically have a safe, minibar, satellite TV, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bathroom.

Enjoy some time to explore on your own this afternoon. Along with its scenic setting, Luang Prabang is famous for the more than 30 active temples and hundreds of architectural treasures that reside here. It will be like a journey into the distant past as we mingle with monks and local people heading to markets and going about their daily business.

Around 5pm, we'll gather and take jumbos to a nearby night market. From there, we'll enjoy an orientation walk along the Mekong River before arriving at a local ferry station just before 5:30pm. Here, we'll meet locals who will share nam paan with us, a traditional mixed fruit smoothie. A rising number of women who live in the countryside depend on transportation on the river to get into the city where they make a living by managing these snack and drink carts. We'll discuss this profession with them during our time here. While we enjoy our drinks, we'll also get a glimpse of the daily routines of locals who rely on the ferry to cross the Mekong River to get to their homes, markets, and more.

Just before 6pm, we'll walk 5 minutes to a local restaurant for dinner.

Dinner: Around 6pm at a local restaurant, featuring traditional cuisine.

Evening: Around 7pm, we'll depart for the 5-minute walk back to the hotel, where you have the option to retire to your room for the evening.

If you want to continue exploring the city this evening, you may choose to stay in the center of town where you can browse the stalls of Luang Prabang’s night market. Here, you’ll find everything from clothes and jewelry to handcrafted purses, pottery, and artwork. Jumbos typically wait along the edge of the market where you can grab one to take back to the hotel.

Day 7: Cruise the Mekong River • Explore Pak Ou Cave

Destination: Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Activity Note: We’ll cruise for 1.5 hours in a traditional wooden boat on the Mekong River today. To access the Pak Ou Cave, you’ll need to walk up steep stairs.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Thai and American options available.

Morning: We’ll board jumbos around 9am and take a short 15-minute drive to the Royal Pier where we’ll board a traditional wooden boat. We start our day on an excursion along one of the longest rivers in the world. The Mekong River, or “mother of all rivers,” supports some 90 million people who produce rice on the surrounding 54,000 square miles of land. Also home to more species of giant fish than any other river, this majestic waterway is said to produce balls of light along its surface, which the locals attribute to the Phaya Naga, or Mekong Dragons.

We’ll cruise for around 30 minutes before stopping at Muangkham Village, an O.A.T.-exclusive experience. During our time in this small rural village located on the shores of the Mekong, we'll have the chance to interact with some of the locals, and we'll help one villager prepare a traditional snack. First, we'll watch them demonstrate how to prepare dried river weed before we have the chance to help make this tasty treat ourselves. Around 11am, we'll head back to our boat and continue on for another hour to the Pak Ou Cave. The cave, hidden in the underside of a cliff, is filled with thousands of Buddha icons. Around 1pm, we’ll return to our boat.

Lunch: Around 1pm on the boat, where we’ll savor a traditional lunch, taking in the lush scenery that passes us by as we cruise back to Luang Prabang.

Afternoon: We arrive back at the pier shortly before 2:30pm where you can take a jumbo back to the hotel. Or, you may choose to stay in town where you can walk around to admire the French architecture, pop into a bakery for an afternoon snack, or visit the Wat Xieng Thong royal temple, the city's oldest. Around 5pm, you have some time to relax, explore on your own, or you can choose to visit Big Brother Mouse, a free time activity that will be led by your Trip Experience Leader. Here, you can discover how this organization aims to make learning enjoyable for children. Shortly after arriving just after 5pm, you can join the children who will show you games, books, and more resources they use to learn. We'll conclude our discoveries here just after 6pm. Around 6:15pm, our group will gather and we'll hop aboard the local mode of transportation, jumbos, for a short ride to a nearby restaurant.

Dinner: Around 6:30pm in a local restaurant, featuring traditional cuisine.

Evening: We’ll take a jumbo back to the hotel, arriving around 7:30pm. If you choose to participate in the alms-giving ceremony early tomorrow morning, you may want to retire to your room to get some sleep, or perhaps you’ll grab a cocktail at the hotel’s bar and sit out on the patio.

Day 8: Alms-giving ceremony • A Day in the Life of a local village

Foundation Visit

Destination: Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Activity Note: This morning, you have the option to rise very early to depart the hotel by 5:45am for the alms-giving ceremony. Then during our A Day in the Life experience today, we’ll be walking over uneven, dusty, and bumpy terrain. The local school is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Early Morning: You may rise very early to participate in an ancient Buddhist tradition: alms-giving to local monks. This is a quintessential part of Laotian culture and is considered to be a highlight of this adventure for many travelers. In the quiet of early morning (around 6am), we’ll take a 10-minute jumbo ride to an area where we'll wait for hundreds of monks to parade solemnly and single-file through the streets of Luang Prabang, collecting food offerings from us and the locals. Dressed in traditional Lao orange robes, the monks provide a sense of calm to the inhabitants of the city each morning. We'll walk to a nearby temple with the monks and have a few minutes to ask them about their way of life before they sit down to their breakfast. Next, we'll visit a local café where we'll have typical Laotian breakfast foods for our own morning meal. Then around 7:30am, we’ll visit a nearby market to purchase ingredients to bring to our community-hosted lunch.

Breakfast: For those participating in the alms-giving ceremony, we’ll mingle with the locals while enjoying a traditional breakfast at a local café around 6:45am. For those who choose to stay at the hotel this morning, a buffet-style breakfast will be served starting at 6:30am, with Laotian and American options available.

Morning: At about 8am, our group will gather back at the hotel and we’ll board jumbos just after 9am that will bring us to the edge of town. From there, we’ll board a bus and drive for approximately 45 minutes to a local village where we’ll enjoy an O.A.T.-exclusive: A Day in the Life experience. We’ll start with a walking tour led by the village chief before we head to the elementary school (when in session), supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation as part of the World Classroom initiative. Our small group allows us to join the students in their classroom. The teacher will share what the school’s curriculum is like, and they’ll tell us about the village’s education system. We’ll also have the opportunity to ask the teacher and the students any questions we may have. The children speak little English, so you may need to get creative in your interactions with them—perhaps you’ll consider using hand gestures, pointing, or drawing on the chalkboard.

We'll then walk to a nearby community whose residents are members of the Hmong hill tribe, an indigenous people of Laos' northern highlands that make up the largest hill tribe group in Laos. Here, we may step inside the home of a local shaman who will show us traditional clothing, instruments, and tools used for hunting.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a community-hosted lunch around 12:30pm which we help to prepare. The village leader and his wife will join us, and we’ll have the chance to ask them about their roles in the community.

Afternoon: Around 1:30pm, we may visit the village’s weaving group where we’ll see the local women create handcrafted goods. Our A Day in the Life experience ends around 2pm, and we’ll leave the village for the hotel. Back in Luang Prabang shortly before 3pm, the rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries.

Dinner: On your own—your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: On your own—you may retire to your room to rest before tomorrow’s explorations. Or, you may take a jumbo to the night market to grab any last-minute souvenirs.

Tin Keo School is a new partner of Grand Circle Foundation. Although the school has three classrooms, only one is used for the 36 elementary students it serves, because there is only one teacher. The students are a mix of Lao-Loom (or lowland Lao) people from Tin Keo Village and the Hmong hill tribe and most of their parents are farmers or weavers. Because the school receives limited government assistance, the Foundation looks forward to lending much-needed support. In 2012, Foundation provided funds to install power and fans in the classrooms, and O.A.T. associates pitched in to help repaint the school during a day of community service. Next, we’ll build two toilets for the school and another two for Tin Keo Village.

Total donated in: $28,946

Partner since: 2012

Day 9: Fly to Vientiane • Home-Hosted Dinner

Destination: Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodations: Sabaidee @ Lao Hotel or similar

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Laotian and American options available.

Morning: You have the morning to relax before we leave the hotel around 10:30am for the airport. We’ll stop along the way at a local bakery where you can purchase a sandwich or salad to enjoy for lunch later today. We continue to the airport, arriving around 12:15pm.

Lunch: After checking in for our flight to Vientiane and going through security, you’ll have time to enjoy the meal you purchased at the bakery earlier this morning before our flight.

Afternoon: Around 1:30pm, we’ll take a 45-minute flight to Laos’ easy-going capital. Despite its growing population, the city still retains a small-town feel: Laundry dries in the sun on French-style balconies, and street vendors spread out their wares on blankets and banana leaves.

We arrive around 2:15pm and take a short drive to the hotel where we’ll check in. Depending on where we stay, our centrally-located hotel should feature amenities like a restaurant and outdoor bar. Each air-conditioned room should include a satellite TV, complimentary Internet access, and a private bathroom. After some free time to settle in, we’ll take a brief orientation walk with our Trip Experience Leader at about 5pm, perhaps witnessing group aerobics at King Anouvong Park.

Dinner: At approximately 6pm, our small group will split up into even smaller groups and depart the hotel with one of the three or four different families who live on the outskirts of Vientiane for O.A.T.-exclusive Home-Hosted Dinners. We'll drive anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to reach our host family's home. Then, our hosts will introduce us to their family members and we'll all discuss what life is like in Vientiane over a glass of the local herbal drink. They'll share insight into the economy, education, and traditions—and we may even find some commonalities between our two cultures. Our hosts will also invite us to help them prepare dishes for dinner, which may include a traditional green papaya salad, minced pork salad, coconut pudding, and/or rice cake.

Evening: We’ll return to the hotel around 8:30pm where you may retire to your room to rest before tomorrow’s explorations, or you may take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor bar and lounge area.

Day 10: Explore Vientiane • Meet a Buddhist monk

Destination: Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Sabaidee @ Lao Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Men should wear knee-length shorts and women should wear knee-length shorts or skirts for the Wat Sisaket visit.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Laotian and American options available.

Morning: We’ll set out at by bus around 8:30am to explore some of the famous city landmarks of Vientiane. Pronounced “Vieng Chan,” the capital of Laos is a slow-paced, friendly city of some 600,000 people. First, we'll visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Laos featuring more than 6,800 images of the seated Buddha in wood, stone, and bronze. We’ll have the special opportunity to sit down with a Buddhist monk to learn about why men in Southeast Asia become monks and what their daily routines are like—an O.A.T.-exclusive activity.

Then around 10:30am, we visit the golden-domed Phra That Luang (Great Sacred Stupa), a national symbol of Laos built in the 16th century. We’ll spend about 45 minutes at the temple before finishing our tour at the imposing Patuxay Victory Gate Monument, which resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and was built in the 1960s as a memorial for those who gave their lives serving their country in several wars. You may choose to walk 197 steps to the top of the Victory Gate to witness the panoramic views of Vientiane. At about 12:15pm, we'll take a 5-minute walk to a nearby restaurant.

Lunch: Around 12:30pm at a local restaurant for a traditional lunch.

Afternoon: We'll take a short walk back to our hotel, arriving around 1:30pm. You’ll have free time to make your own discoveries. Perhaps you’ll visit the C.O.P.E. center (The Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise). This organization provides physical rehabilitation to bomb victims and educates visitors on the devastating impact of bombs that are still scattered around rural areas of Laos. These bombs were released by American forces during the Vietnam War—it is estimated that more bombs were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War than all the bombs that were dropped during World War II. We’ll read the emotional stories of Laos’ bomb victims and discover how the organization has helped the victims recover as we explore an exhibit at the center.

Dinner: On your own—your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: On your own—you are free to return to your room to rest before your explorations tomorrow, or you may venture out to experience Vientiane’s nightlife.

Day 11: Vientiane • Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia • Champey Academy of Arts

Destinations: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodations: Almond Hotel or similar

Activity Note: The Champey Academy of Arts is closed Sundays and public holidays. If your visit falls on one of these days, you may visit the academy on Day 12. Also, we’ll use remorks, a popular mode of transport, throughout our time in Cambodia. Similar to the jumbos in Laos, we’ll divide into smaller groups to ride in the remorks.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Laotian and American options available.

Morning: We depart the hotel around 9:30am for the airport where we’ll catch a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia around 11:30am.

Lunch: A light lunch will be served during our flight today. You may want to purchase a snack at the airport.

Afternoon: We’ll fly for 1.5 hours before landing in Phnom Penh around 1pm. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel, stopping along the way at the Champey Academy of Arts, an opportunity exclusive to O.A.T. travelers, as few American tour companies go here.

The Champey Academy strives to preserve Khmer culture, and while here, a group of students will show us some traditional dances that showcase the history of their country. Then, it’ll be our turn to try out some moves as the children teach us a traditional dance. We’ll also view some of the handcrafted goods and artwork that the students produce here.

We arrive at our hotel around 4pm and you’ll have some free time. Depending on which hotel we stay at, amenities may include two restaurants and a bar. Each air-conditioned room typically includes a TV, Internet access, and coffee- and tea-making facilities.

Dinner: Around 6pm, we'll depart the hotel and ride for around 20 minutes in remorks to a local restaurant where we'll have a traditional dinner.

Evening: We return to the hotel around 7:30pm. You have the freedom to spend the rest of your evening as you wish, whether you want to retire to your room to rest before tomorrow’s discoveries or join your fellow travelers for a nightcap in the hotel bar.

Day 12: Phnom Penh • Visit Killing Fields of Choeung Ek & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Destination: Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Almond Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Today’s visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum cover particularly difficult subject matter. While it may be hard to hear the specifics of this point in Cambodia’s history, it is important to learn about to better understand the country’s current political landscape. You’ll also walk around for approximately one hour on some unpaved pathways. The Daughters of Cambodia organization, which is an elective activity, is closed on Sundays.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Cambodian and American options available.

Morning: We leave the hotel around 8am and drive for 30 minutes to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek—a grim reminder of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot genocide. This execution site is one of many throughout Cambodia.

We’ll spend around an hour walking through the Killing Fields before we head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, arriving around 10:30am. We’ll learn about the atrocities committed here, where more than 10,000 prisoners were held before they were led to the Killing Fields. Out of the thousands of victims that were imprisoned in Tuol Sleng, there were only seven survivors and we have the special privilege to meet with one of them today to hear their deeply moving story.

We then board our bus and depart for a local restaurant just after 12pm.

Lunch: Around 12:30pm at a local restaurant. We’ll have a family-style meal that allows us to sample several different traditional dishes.

Afternoon: Arrive back at the hotel around 2pm where you have the rest of the day to make your own discoveries. You may take a remork to Phnom Penh’s riverfront park to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Locals regularly have aerobic dance classes at the park, which you can join, or you can take a relaxing stroll along the edge of the water. You may also choose to visit the Daughters of Cambodia organization around 3pm. You'll meet with some of the organization's employees to learn about how they help free women from the sex industry and how they help them build lives for themselves. Then, you'll return to the hotel around 4pm.

Dinner: On your own—your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: On your own—you may want to retire to your room to get some sleep before our early start tomorrow morning, or perhaps you’ll visit the Elephant Bar at Raffles Hotel Le Royal where you can grab a drink and explore this fascinating hotel. Built in the late 1920s, the hotel was frequented by journalists and foreign diplomats—Jacqueline Kennedy even stayed here.

Day 13: Phnom Penh • Overland to Siem Reap • Local interaction

Destination: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Regency Angkor Hotel or similar

 

Activity Note: Our overland transfer to Siem Reap will take approximately eight hours in an air-conditioned bus, with included stops for lunch and activities en route.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Cambodian and American options available.

Morning: We board our bus around 7:45am and begin our 8-hour overland drive to Siem Reap. During our journey, we’ll pass through the Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom provinces where we’ll pass scenes of everyday life. We’ll see expansive landscapes of rice fields and towering palm trees where farmers tend to their crops and Brahman cows and water buffalo graze.

Depending on availability, we may stop at around 9:15am at the home of a local woman who hunts for tarantulas, cooks them, and sells them at her village’s market. We’ll have the opportunity to learn about her unique profession before we trek into the forest surrounding her home to hunt for tarantulas with her. Then, she’ll show us how she prepares these arachnids—and we may have the chance to sample the fried spiders. We’ll leave her home around 9:45am and continue our journey.

Lunch: Around noon, we’ll stop at a local restaurant. Set on Tonle Sap Lake, we’ll admire sweeping views of the idyllic landscape as we enjoy a family-style meal.

Afternoon: We leave the restaurant around 1pm and continue driving to our next stop: Kampong Kdei Bridge. Built around 1,000 years ago, the structure holds its title as the world's longest corbelled arch bridge.

We arrive in Siem Reap around 2:45pm and head to the hotel to drop our bags off. Just before 4pm, we'll set off on a 30-minute orientation walk to acquaint ourselves with the area before we return to our hotel where we’ll check in. Depending on where we stay, our hotel may include two dining rooms, an outdoor pool, an outdoor bar, and a spa. Each air-conditioned room typically includes a TV, Internet access, minibar, safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bathroom.

You have some free time this afternoon to get settled in at the hotel, or you may take a remork to a local market in search of souvenirs—don’t forget to haggle.

Dinner: We’ll gather at the hotel’s restaurant at about 6:30pm for dinner. We’ll enjoy Western-style cuisine for our meal this evening.

Evening: On your own—you may retire to your room to get some sleep before our early start tomorrow. Or, perhaps you and your fellow travelers will head to the hotel’s outdoor bar for a nightcap to discuss your discoveries thus far.

Day 14: Tonle Sap Lake • Explore Angkor

Destination: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Regency Angkor Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Depending on the season, our drive to the local village and the boat pier may be particularly bumpy as we’ll pass over dirt roads that have been eroded by rain. Once we reach the village, we’ll get a glimpse into Cambodia’s past as we ride on traditional buffalo-drawn carts, passing over uneven, dusty, and bumpy roads. We’ll also ride in a wooden boat for around one hour later this morning.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Cambodian and American options available.

Morning: At approximately 8am, we’ll drive for about an hour out to a local village where we’ll ride in traditional buffalo-drawn carts in pairs. We’ll take in scenes of daily life as we ride through the village for about 30 minutes before we meet up with our bus. We’ll transfer to the pier, arriving around 10am (or longer, depending on the season), where we’ll take an exclusive, private boat to visit the nearby floating village.

We’ll spend 1.5 hours discovering how this isolated community has built homes, gardens, and schools on the water before we stop at one of the homes to get a closer look. The homeowners will sit down with our group to discuss life in the village, and the matriarch of the family will talk to us about her career as a midwife. We’ll have time to ask any questions we have before we board our boat and make our way back to dry land.

Lunch: Around 11:30am, we’ll take a 30-minute bus ride from the pier to a local restaurant. Enjoy typical Cambodian cuisine for lunch today before a 5-minute ride back to the hotel, arriving around 1:30pm.

Afternoon: Take a couple of hours to rest back at the hotel or explore Siem Reap on your own before our group gathers at 3:30pm to board a small bus and head to Angkor.

We’ll get our first glimpse of Angkor today, a holy city that took centuries to build and whose scale is still breathtaking today—it sprawls across an area of roughly 96 square miles. The Khmer Empire aristocrats who built the temples and monuments here between AD 800-1200 were motivated by their Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.

We arrive in Angkor around 4pm and we’ll have about an hour to explore Angkor Thom. We'll visit the 12th-century Bayon temple where we'll be greeted by over 200 smiling faces. Hidden in plain sight of the structure's 54 stone towers are massive grinning heads that symbolize the spirit of one of Cambodia's most beloved kings, Jayavarman VII. We'll also make a brief stop at the Terrace of the Elephants, where a series of almost life-sized bas-reliefs depict the huge beasts, before returning to the hotel by about 5:30pm.

Dinner: On your own—you may choose to seek out a local restaurant to savor regional cuisine.

Evening: Enjoy free time this evening. You can retire to your room to get some sleep before our full day of exploring Angkor tomorrow, or you may take a remork to explore the charming shops and cafes of Siem Reap.

Day 15: Siem Reap • Explore Angkor Wat temples

Destination: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Regency Angkor Hotel or similar

Activity Note: Today’s activities include about three hours of walking through three miles of Angkor Wat on uneven surfaces and up steep stairs. Angkor Wat has a strict dress code. Men and women should wear pants or knee-length shorts, and cover their shoulders.

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Cambodian and American options available.

Morning: We leave the hotel around 8:30am this morning and drive approximately 30 minutes to Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is a large pyramid temple, built between 1113 and 1150, surrounded by a great moat 570 feet wide. Note the bas-relief carvings throughout the temple, and take a moment to stand in the courtyard of this temple whose towers represent Mount Meru, the center of all physical and spiritual universes and the home to many gods in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Around 11:15am, we'll depart Angkor for a 30-minute drive to a local restaurant.

Lunch: At a local restaurant just before noon, featuring the traditional Cambodian dishes we have come to know.

Afternoon: Around 1pm, we’ll arrive back at the hotel where you’ll have a couple of hours to yourself before we set off to explore Ta Prohm. Unlike Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm has been left the way it was found, covered by a dense jungle of trees and roots, allowing you to discover this archaeological treasure just as it was found by the French in the mid-1800s. The site is most famous for its strangler fig trees whose roots seemingly drip down over Ta Prohm’s temple and its appearance in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.

After exploring Ta Prohm for an hour, we return to Angkor Wat, around 5:15pm, where we'll toast to our discoveries as we watch the sun set.

Dinner: We will arrive back at the hotel around 6:30pm, where you can enjoy dinner on your own, either at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Evening: Your evening is on your own—you are free to rest in your room to prepare for tomorrow’s discoveries, or reach out to your Trip Experience Leader for recommendations on things to do in the area.

Day 16: Optional Banteay Srei tour • Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Optional Tour

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Orchids Hotel or similar

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Cambodian and American options available.

Morning: Enjoy free time to make your own discoveries, or you may choose to join our Optional Tour this morning to visit Banteay Srei, one of the oldest and best-preserved temple sites in Cambodia. Built in AD 967, Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women,” and is recognized as a tribute to female beauty. Leave the hotel by bus at 8am for the temple, followed by a 15-minute drive out to a local village, where we'll visit with a Khmer noodle maker and learn the secrets of making the dish that is closest to the hearts of Cambodians. You’ll return to the hotel around 11:45am and rejoin our group. At around 12:45pm, we'll all take a 10-minute bus ride to a local restaurant.

Lunch: At a local restaurant just after 1pm, featuring traditional Cambodian dishes.

Afternoon: We’ll spend our last couple of hours in Siem Reap at the Angkor National Museum where we’ll trace the history of the Khmer empire through its comprehensive collection of relics that span from the pre-Angkor Period to the great Khmer kings, and more. At about 4:30pm, we’ll take a short drive to the airport where we'll check in for our flight.

Dinner: On your own around 5:15pm at the airport. The airport offers a mix of western and traditional options.

Evening: Just before 6:30pm, we’ll catch a 1-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After a half-hour drive from the airport, we'll arrive at our hotel around 8:30pm and check in. Depending on which hotel we stay at, amenities may include a pool, restaurant, bar, and fitness center, and each air-conditioned room typically includes Internet access, a TV, minibar, and a private bathroom.

Banteay Srei - $80/person

Visit Banteay Srei, one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved temple sites in Cambodia. Built in AD 967, Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women,” and is recognized as a tribute to female beauty. The structures here have been carved in painstaking detail out of sandstone with detail as intricate as a woven tapestry—a testament to the craft of the original artisans. The temple rises out of a tangle of forest some 20 miles from Angkor. This tour includes dinner, and also offers a glimpse into the daily life of rural Cambodia, as we stop to visit a Khmer noodle maker.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta discovery

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Orchids Hotel or similar

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Vietnamese and American options available.

Morning: We'll depart the hotel by 8am for a 1.5-hour bus ride. Our destination is Vietnam's famous Mekong Delta. We'll arrive at the picturesque province of Ben Tre around 9:45am, where we'll enjoy a brief walk through Ben Tre village—famous for its coconut plantations—and take a private, O.A.T.-exclusive sampan ride along one of the town's scenic and peaceful canals. Sampans are like local houseboats and are the traditional forms of transportation in the delta, built to navigate narrow channels and waterways that deep-hulled boats cannot. Because we'll be traveling in a less touristy area of the delta, our Trip Experience Leader may be able to facilitate interactions with locals who earn their livelihood along the river.

We'll also visit a coconut candy workshop to learn about making the sweet keo dua the region is known for. Then around 11am, we’ll board a motorized wooden rice barge for a 1-hour cruise on the Mekong River.

Lunch: Around noon, we’ll get off the boat at a local restaurant to savor a traditional Vietnamese meal.

Afternoon: Around 1pm, we’ll take our boat back to the pier where we’ll board a bus and return to the hotel. We arrive around 3:30pm and you’ll have the rest of the day to make your own discoveries. You may head to the War Remnants Museum where you can get a glimpse into the harsh realities of war and its effects on a society. You'll find an impressive collection of armored vehicles, bomb remnants, historical photos, and artillery weapons on display here.

Dinner: On your own—perhaps you and your fellow travelers will explore the area around the hotel in search of a restaurant where you can savor traditional cuisine.

Evening: You are free to explore more of this energetic city, return to your room to rest before your explorations tomorrow, or join fellow travelers in the main hotel area for a nightcap to discuss the day’s activities.

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City • Optional traditional water puppet show, cyclo-rickshaw ride & dinner

Optional Tour

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Orchids Hotel or similar

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Vietnamese and American options available.

Morning: At 8:30am, we’ll board our bus and head out for a city tour. Our first stop is the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame. Our bus will drop us off at the cathedral, where we’ll admire the red-brick façade before discovering the Central Post Office. Then, we’ll walk to the Presidential Palace—the former office and residence of South Vietnam's president during the Vietnam War. We’ll continue our tour around 11am with a 20-minute bus ride to a secret bunker used to house communities during the Vietnam War, which we’ll explore for about one hour. Then, we'll make the 15-minute drive by bus to our lunch spot.

Lunch: Around 12:30pm, we’ll arrive at a local restaurant where we'll enjoy pho (a traditional noodle soup).

Afternoon: We’ll arrive back at the hotel at about 2:30pm and enjoy a free afternoon to make your own discoveries. Perhaps you’ll take the elevator up 49 floors of the Bitexco Financial Tower—the city’s tallest building—where you can take in sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh City from the observation deck.

Or, you may wish to join our Optional Tour at 4:30pm, which starts with a traditional puppet show and is followed by a cyclo-rickshaw ride through the city, drinks at a beer garden, and dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll return to the hotel around 8:15pm this evening.

Dinner: On your own if you don’t choose to join our Optional Tour. Your Trip Experience Leader can provide recommendations on the best locales for whatever your preferences are.

Evening: On your own—you may retire to your room to rest before tomorrow’s explorations. Or, perhaps you’ll stroll down Nguyen Hue Street to get a true taste of the city’s nightlife. Here, you may strike up conversation with a local to learn more about their culture.

Traditional Puppet Show, Cyclo-Rickshaw Ride & Dinner - $70/person

This optional tour begins at a local theater, where you’ll watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show, Mua Roi Nuoc, which uses water for the stage and depicts humorous tales from Vietnamese folklore. After the show, take an exciting ride on a cyclo-rickshaw ride through the energetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, seeing the city's narrow streets the way the locals do. Then, we'll tap into Ho Chi Minh City's street food and drink culture at a beer garden where we can mingle with the locals, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City • Visit Cu Chi Tunnels

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Orchids Hotel or similar

Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel starting at 6:30am, with Vietnamese and American options available.

Morning: We'll leave the hotel around 8am. We drive for one hour before visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels—a 125-mile-long underground maze where thousands of fighters and villagers hid and fought during the Vietnam War, referred to by locals as the “American War.” The South Vietnamese Communists, or Viet Cong, built this vast network of tunnels in and around the district of Cu Chi and worked continually over 25 years to expand the multi-level network. The tunnels—which include mess halls, meeting rooms, small factories, and vast ammunition stores—allowed the Viet Cong to control large areas near Saigon. Today, the Cu Chi Tunnels provide invaluable insight into the war era, and we'll get a unique glimpse of the site as we explore an area of the tunnels most American tourists don't typically visit. We'll depart the Cu Chi Tunnels at around 11:30am, and take a 5- 10-minute drive to a nearby restaurant.

Lunch: We arrive at a local restaurant around 11:45am where we’ll enjoy traditional cuisine.

Afternoon: We depart the Cu Chi area around 1pm for a 1.5-hour drive back to our hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to make your own discoveries. Perhaps you'll indulge your curiosity at the Maison Saigon Marou café. Discover the country's original chocolate maker and sample some of his sweet creations. At around 6pm, we'll depart our hotel for a 15-minute bus ride to a local restaurant.

Dinner: We’ll cap off our adventure at a local restaurant this evening around 6:15pm. We’ll reminisce about our discoveries over the past few weeks as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner together.

Evening: On your own—you are free to return to your room to rest before your return flight home tomorrow, or join fellow travelers in the main hotel area for a nightcap to discuss the highlights of your adventure.

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City • Return to U.S. or begin post-trip extension

Destination: U.S.

Meals: Breafast

Early Morning: Enjoy a breakfast box provided by the hotel this morning. Then, board a bus with your luggage and take a 45-minute drive to the airport early this morning for your return flight home. Or, fly to Hanoi or Bangkok to begin your post-trip extension to New! Northern Vietnam: Hanoi & Sapa or New! Thailand’s Golden Triangle & the River Kwai.

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I went to this adventure with my sister-in-law and we had the absolute best time! Our guide were all amazing and our trip leader Martin was exceptional! My sister-i-law had a fall the day we were to meet our group and Martin helped us navigate the urgent care, got her stitched up and stayed by our side until she was tucked into our room. What a waRead more about review stating My favorite OAT adventurey to meet your trip leader but also we knew we were set up with a caring and kind man from the start! This was a truly unique adventure with large cities and also the most serene scenery on earth!
I write this in the mist of the recent pandemic and hope that as soon as this all settles down we can take another trip with OAT. It will be hard to match this trip but we will try!
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We visited Panama on this trip with OAT

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We visited Panama on this trip with OAT including walking through El Chorrillo neighborhood and listening to the stories of the survivors of the US invasion. We would recommend the movie "The Panama Deception," a documentary of the US invasion. It tells a different story that the US government and media reported at the time. Certainly more informaRead more about review stating Additional movie recommendation for Panama visitorstive that "The Tinker of Panama."
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India was on my bucket list. I have travelled with OAT many times and knew if any company could show it to me properly it was them. The trip surpassed any expectation I could have imagined. We stayed in palaces and drove by shanty towns. India is so full of contrasts, all kinds of contrasts. Riots of scents, color, sounds, come at you all at once.Read more about review stating 2018 Heart of India The best food you will ever have, cheap custom made silk clothing, and monuments that float at sunrise. All this and more is waiting for you. DO NOT miss this trip, it will change how you see yourself, others and humanity.
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This trip has been one of the best with OAT so far. The sightseeing, food, and most of the accommodations were very good. Our tour guide, Anuja Skaria, was absolutely outstanding. She went out of her way to take u to many places not included in the itinerary. She was most attentive to detail.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip led by a fantastic leader - Pum from Thailand. He was an excellent mentor for all of the local guides and allowed them to lead in their respective countries and stepped in only if something was not right.
I have several suggestions for those who might be taking this tour. The very best place to shop is the night Read more about review stating Interesting travelmarket in Luang Prabang. That is also the city that we enjoyed the most. We could have even stayed there another day. There were excellent restaurants there - an Italian one and a French one to name a few and the small hotel was delightful.
The Angkor Paradise Hotel in Phnom Penh had the best massages that we had anywhere. They offered a Swedish Massage for 1 hour and we should have had the 90 minute one as the time went so fast. That also was a lovely hotel.
In Vietnam, when you have the Mekong Delta discovery, try to have your trip leader give you time to shop at the place where you get on the boat and also return to that same place. We were able to have 15 minutes to shop there, which was not enough. Much nicer things can be found here than in the large market in Saigon. It is the only place where I was able to buy the embroidered T shirts than are so plentiful in North Vietnam, but found nowhere else in the South. You might have to ask to see them. I had purchased some of them 17 years ago in Hanoi and they are so good that after being washed multiple times, they look as good as new. The coconut
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Although we had previously toured 2 of these countries with OAT, this was a very good overall tour of the 4 countries.
Our return trip through was canceled because the Hong Kong airport was closed due to Covid. OAT allowed us to stay an extra day in Saigon and found us another way home. They went way above what we expected in helping us, keeping us informed, and paying for our extra day at the excellent Orchids Hotel in Saigon. This is why we continue to travel with OAT.
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Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

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There is a non-refundable, $300 per person processing fee for each trip you cancel, which reflects our costs of administering a reservation. Other cancellation fees depend upon your trip type and time of cancellation.

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*Airport transfers are only available for travelers arriving and departing to/from the same airport and on the same arrival/departure dates as the main trip.

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