Siem Reap & Angkor Thom • Banteay Srei Temple • Angkor Wat (UNESCO) • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) • Mekong Delta Boat Trip • Thien Hau Pagoda • Ben Thanh Market • Reunification Hall • Vietnamese Cooking Class • Old Quarter Cyclo Taxi Ride • Ho Chi Minh Memorial • One Pillar Pagoda • Ha Long Deluxe Bay Overnight Cruise
11 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 16 Meals, Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL EASY 1 2 3 4 ACTIVE
Day 1 & 2 - Depart USA
Depart on an overnight flight bound for Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Day 3 - Arrive Siem Reap Cambodia†
Arrive in the evening into Siem Reap, Cambodia for a three night stay. Meet your Premier World Discovery Guide and transfer to your hotel. Welcome to Cambodia - The Kingdom of Wonder.
Day 4 - Siem Reap - Ta Prohm - Angkor Thom - Banteay Srei
Today, visit picturesque Ta Prohm with it’s overgrown fig trees and exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. Continue your visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire. Your guide will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Also visit Banteay Srei a 10th century Cambodian Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)
Day 5 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
Today we start the day with Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Your first glimpse of the UNESCO site of Angkor Wat, is an ultimate expression of Khmer genius, it’s overwhelming and is matched by only a few select locations on earth such as the Pyramids, Machu Picchu or Petra. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the locals. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before continuing to Phnom Bakheng. The day will conclude with a spectacular sunset viewed from Phnom Bakheng. (B,L)
Day 6 - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Optional Cu Chi Tunnels
Today we leave the splendor of Cambodia behind as we head to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formally known as Saigon), Vietnam. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. An optional tour will be available to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located northwest of the city, you’ll explore an underground world of tunnels and chambers three stories deep with your local guides. Used during the Vietnam War, the 120-mile tunnel network housed kitchens, dormitories, munitions factories, hospitals and classrooms used by the North Vietnamese forces in wartime. (B)
Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Sightseeing
Today enjoy a city tour and see the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Hall, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. We also see China Town, the Thein
Hau Pagoda and the Ben Thanh Market. Then we set sail on a motorized sampan for an up-close look at river life as we explore the maze of tributaries and inlets of the Mekong Delta. See settlements and villages populated by fishermen before arriving to a snake farm and coconut farm famous for its candy. (B,D)
Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Hanoi
Depart this morning for the airport and your short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi, North Vietnam, we will enjoy a Vietnamese Cooking Class to learn about the art of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Later tour Old Hanoi by traditional Cyclo Taxi and a walking tour of the 36th Street district. This evening we will experience a slice of ancient Vietnamese culture as we witness up-close a traditional Water Puppet Performance, an art form dating back to the 11th Century. A large rod supports the puppets under the water and is masterfully used by the puppeteers, who are hidden behind a screen, to control them. The puppets appear to be moving over the water. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Hanoi Sightseeing
This morning we take a walking tour of Ba Dinh Square, a popular complex of cultural and historic sites, including the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (The Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader), the Presidential Palace, and the thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. Following lunch on our own we embark on an orientation tour of this French-accented city with broad tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture. We pass Hoan Kiem Lake; visit the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); and tour infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)
Day 10 - Ha Long Bay
Travel from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay and board a Deluxe cruising vessel for an overnight cruise. Considered by many as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, you’ll immerse yourself in the beauty of Ha Long Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bay offers spectacular seascapes; you’ll sail amongst some 1,600 unspoiled islands and islets whose beauty is centered on the limestone peaks, towers and arches that emerge from the smooth blue waters. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
After spending part of the morning cruising on Ha Long Bay, disembark your junk and return to Hanoi. Watch rural Vietnamese daily life unfold as you pass water buffalo, ancient temples and local farmers at work in the rice paddies en route to Hanoi. Board your evening flight home to the USA. (B)
Day 12 - Arrive USA†
Arrive back to the U.S. with great memories.
†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.