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Indochina Excursion 14 Days 11 Nights

  

Early Booking Discount :  $ 100.00 / person
If booked before 12/15/2008

Tour Code:  AEAA

TOUR ITINERARY:


Day 1     USA - Hanoi

Check in for our transpacific flight to Vietnam. Board the international jetliner and begin Asian adventure. Our destination is Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

Day 2     En route 

We spend the night aboard the wide body jetliner as it traverses the Pacific Ocean and crosses the international date line.

 

Day 3     Arrive Hong Kong - Hanoi

Our flight arrives at Hong Kong where we board a connecting flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. For 1000 years, Vietnam existed under Chinese control before gaining independence in 938 AD. Successive dynasties ruled the country until the mid 19th century when Vietnam was colonized by the French. Once again, the people fought for their freedom and eventually prevailed in 1945. Today, Vietnamese culture still exhibits much French influence. Upon arrival to Hanoi we're met and transferred to our deluxe accommodations. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.  

Meals: Dinner at hotel

 

Day 4     Hanoi

Our first stop is at One Pillar Pagoda, constructed by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong and designed to resemble a lotus blossom. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 to be dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar Confucius. Next we visit Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, which was the home of the legendary Vietnamese leader from 1948 until his death. Discover the old quarter of Hanoi by cycle. This fascinating are of narrow alleys and shop houses is also called 36 streets, most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there. The afternoon is spent at leisure. We convene in the late afternoon for a Water Puppet Show.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5     Hanoi - HalongBay

Our first stop is at One Pillar Pagoda, constructed by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong and designed to resemble a lotus blossom. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 to be dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar Confucius. Next we visit Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, which was the home of the legendary Vietnamese leader from 1948 until his death. Discover the old quarter of Hanoi by cycle. This fascinating are of narrow alleys and shop houses is also called 36 streets, most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there. The afternoon is spent at leisure. We convene in the late afternoon for a Water Puppet Show.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6     HalongBay

Cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of HalongBay, stopping at different islands to explore some of the many caves in this area. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 7     HalongBay - Hanoi - Saigon

We depart Halong bay by motor coach back to Hanoi where we catch a flight to Saigon. Today is a travel day with no sightseeing activities planned.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 8     Saigon

Take an excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an important base during the War because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built an elaborate 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapons factories. Dug of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network of tunnels was never discovered by their enemies. The afternoon is free for us to explore Saigon at our own pace.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 9     Saigon - Siem Reap

Our scheduled sightseeing includes various scenic spots in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown). Notre Dame Cathedral is set in the heart of Saigon's government quarter. Next we visit Vietnam's largest post office, the Central Post Office; it is a French-style building with a glass canopy. The famed Opera House will also be viewed from the outside. Continue on to the hundred year- old City Hall before visiting the WarRemnantsMuseum. Here we view the collections of weapons and photographs from two Indochina wars. Other points of interest we visit include Ben Thanh Market, ReunificationPalace, and Dong Khoi Street. Depart Vietnam as we board a flight bound for Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 10     Angkor

Visit Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II. In 1992 UNESCO declared the monument and the entire city of Angkor a World Heritage Site. Continue on to Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, the FormerRoyalPalace, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phnom Bakheng.

Meals: American Breakfast , Lunch

 

Day 11     Angkor

Our sightseeing tour of Angkor continues today as we visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor, Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevoda and the Roluos Group. In the afternoon, we finish our city tour of Angkor with Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong, and Les Chantiers Ecoles.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12     Siem Reap - Bangkok

Transfer to the airport and board a flight to Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels. After baggage retrieval and clearing customs, the group is met by the Ritz Tours representative and transferred to the hotel. Tonight, we attend a Thai Classical Dance Welcome Dinner Show.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 13     Bangkok

After breakfast, we visit and admire the royal splendor of the GrandPalace and Coronation Hall. Buddhism is one of the cornerstones of Thai culture and it influences can be felt and admired as we visit the EmeraldBuddhaTemple. Continue on to Wat Po, also known as the RecliningBuddhaTemple. After visiting the Gems Factory, the rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 14     Bangkok - USA     

Bid Thailand a fond farewell as our Indochina Excursion draws to a close and we journey to the airport to board our homebound international flight.

 

Dates & Tour Costs (Per Person):

 

Departure
Friday

Return
Sunday

Air & Land from LAX/SFO

Single
Supplement

03/10/2009

3/23/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

03/24/2009

4/6/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

04/07/2009

4/20/2009

$2899.00

1000.00

04/21/2009

5/4/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

05/05/2009

5/18/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

05/19/2009

6/1/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

06/02/2009

6/15/2009

$3299.00

$1000.00

06/16/2009

6/29/2009

$3299.00

$1000.00

06/30/2009

7/13/2009

$3299.00

$1000.00

07/07/2009

7/20/2009

$3299.00

$1000.00

07/21/2009

8/3/2009

$3299.00

$1000.00

08/04/2009

8/17/2009

$3299.00

1000.00

08/18/2009

8/31/2009

$2899.00

$1000.00

09/01/2009

9/14/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

09/15/2009

9/28/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

09/29/2009

10/12/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

10/13/2009

10/26/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

10/27/2009

10/27/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

11/10/2009

11/23/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

11/24/2009

12/7/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

12/08/2009

12/21/2009

$2999.00

$1100.00

12/22/2009

1/4/2010

$3399.00

$1100.00

01/05/2010

1/18/2010

$2999.00

$1000.00

01/19/2010

2/1/2010

$2999.00

$1000.00

02/02/2010

2/15/2010

$2999.00

$1000.00

02/16/2010

3/1/2010

$2999.00

$1000.00

* Prices listed are for Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) departure

* Fuel surcharge and taxes apply and are additional

 

Tour Package Features:

-- Round trip international air ticket

-- Air tickets from Hanoi-Saigon-Siem Reap-Bangkok (included only in conjunction with international air ticket

-- All luxury hotels for your comfort

Hanoi C Sheraton Hotel

Halong C Four Points by Sheraton

Saigon C Equatorial Hotel

Angkor C Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Bangkok C Swissotel Le Concorde

-- Full American or buffet breakfast daily in hotels

-- Lunches at local restaurants

-- Oriental or western dinners in hotels or at local restaurants

-- Special Entertainment

Hanoi C Old Quarters Tour by Cycle

- Water Puppet Show

Bangkok C Thai Classical Welcome Dinner Show

-- Comprehensive sightseeing program

-- Experienced English- speaking tour guides

-- Admission and fees included

-- Comfortable air-conditioned tour coach with professional services of experienced drivers

-- Travel Protection Insurance is provided at no additional charge if final payment is received 60 days prior to departure date



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