DAY 1: Arrive 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.(D)
DAY 2: Angkor Wat in Style
See beyond what most get to witness at one of the modern wonders and most important religious monuments in the world.
Visit Angkor Wat in true style, with a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution. Learn about Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilisation, as he brings to life the stories contained in the bas reliefs and murals.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom - an entire walled city and Capital of Cambodia from the 12th to the 16th century, and bigger than any European city at the time.
In the evening, see a performance of the Phare Circus combining local traditions with new creative genres to form an amazing triumph of beautifully choreographed acrobatics and dance.(B)
DAY 3: Ta Phrom, Ta Nei and Ta Keo
Journey into the hauntingly exotic atmosphere of Ta Phrom Temple, one of Angkor's jewels. Overgrown with fig trees and lush jungle, the magnificent roots of trees have merged over the centuries with the temple's huge stone blocks emphasising the forgotten city feeling. Then explore Ta Nei - a hidden oasis well off the beaten track.
Finally, Ta Keo, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks'. Admire the overlapping terraces surrounded by a moat. Toast your time together with new found friends with dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 4: Siemreap- Saigon/ Flight
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!.
DAY 5: Saigon- Cu Chi Tunnels- City tour Saigon
Have breakfast at hotel and next will transfer to the boat dock and 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 for lunch and 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- My Tho 1Day
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: Saigon- Hue in royal splendour / Flight
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 City Tour
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: Hue- Hoian ancient Town
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: Hoian sightseeing- Danang- Hanoi/ Flight
(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.
This Pm will transfer back Danang airport for flying to Hanoi city capital of Vietnam, pick up at Noi Bai airport and transfer to your hotel and Overnight Hanoi(B/D)
DAY 11: Hanoi- Cruise Halong Bay 2days
Have breakfast at hotel and next will 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.
Overnight on boat(B/L/D)
DAY 12: Halong to Hanoi - Dao Thuc Water Puppet Show
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, transfer back Hotel and free time your own dinner and Overnight Hanoi(B/L)
DAY 13: Hanoi street-food tasting tour - Half Day
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. Overnight Hanoi(B/L)
DAY 14: Hanoi Art Tours- Half Day
Depart from hotel at 08.30 AM and start our full day of Art Tours, first will stop over at the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam.
At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world. Our next stop is at Home/studio of the well-known lady artist of Mai Hien, she is an expert in field of Contemporary arts of Lacquer painting and graduated from Hanoi college in 1985. Mai Hien is a member of Hanoi Fine Arts Association (HFAA).
Next stop will be at the home/ studio of the famous artist Pham Luc, Pham Luc was born in central part of Vietnam in 1943 and had served as army artist in over 30 years during the Vietnam war. Pham luc art works are outstanding with his master skill, he is famous with " Rice Sack Painting". Pham luc art works has participated in many art exhibitions in Vietnam and foreign countries such as Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Poland, Czech and so far in the USA. His paintings have been collected by the Vietnam’s fine art museum and many foreign people, He is specializing in motherland, love and war subjects ( Pham Luc is the first and only artist in Vietnam who has his own collector club, some over 200 local Vietnamese art collectors have been collecting his art works till date).
Lunch is served at a top local restaurant before transfer back your hotel and free time for dinner. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 15: Farewell Vietnam
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B)