Inspiring Indochina (Summer 2018)

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: Luxury Gold 2018

Experience the ultimate in luxury travel, as you journey through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the three crown jewels of Southeast Asia. Get an insider's perspective on some of the world's most important religious monuments, watch the sun go down over the mighty Mekong River and explore the colonial style of iconic cities. Along the way you'll stay in five-star hotels, meet passionate locals and taste delicious flavours. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold

Exceptional Dining
  • Hanoi: Join a passionate foodie on a walking tour to some of the city's most interesting areas and experience the vibrancy of Hanoi's street-food culture. Taste local treats, such as rice paper rolls, pho bo which is beef noodle soup and com cake.
  • Ho Chi Minh: Witness traditional dance performances at the Art Salon Saigon, followed by a Welcome Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Mekong Delta: Enjoy freshly-made Mekong delta specialties for lunch.
  • Hue: Inspired by the grandeur of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Ancient Hue restaurant is where you'll enjoy a private dinner ?t for royalty. Dress in traditional royal costume and savour dishes typically served to royalty.
  • Hue: Visit the 18th century Dong Thuyen pagoda and dine on an organic vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns. Chat to them and learn about their beliefs, practices and food philosophies.
  • Hoi An: Choose one of three hand-selected restaurants, each specializing in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion.
  • Hoi An: Meet a local chef who will lead a hands-on cooking class and learn how to create some of the local specialities that you will enjoy for your Highlight Lunch.
Journey Highlights
  • Hanoi: Join a passionate foodie on a walking tour to some of the city's most interesting areas and experience the vibrancy of Hanoi's street-food culture. Taste local treats, such as rice paper rolls, pho bo which is beef noodle soup and com cake.
  • Luang Prabang: Participate in an age-old Buddhist tradition, by offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks.
  • Luang Prabang: Uncover the highlights and secret gems of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the fusion of traditional architecture with the colonial styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, as you wander through the alleyways to witness local life.
  • Luang Prabang: Join a sunset cruise on the Mekong, observing rural life along the tree-lined banks of the river. Enjoy a chilled drink and take brilliant photos of the sunset over the river.
  • Siem Reap: More than just a circus, the Phare Circus is transforming the lives of disadvantaged young Cambodian performers through theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts. See them in action, as they tell unique stories of Cambodia on a dazzling stage. After the show, meet one of the performers to hear how their lives have changed since joining the circus.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, as you visit its most iconic attractions and learn about street food-and-coffee culture.
VIP Experiences
  • Dao Thuc: Accompanied by a live orchestra, 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.
  • Mekong Delta: Meet Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who survived 4 years ?ghting the deadly Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, at his home and see how he and his wife earn a living making rice paper.
  • Hue: Enjoy a private VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to other travellers. Learn about its traditional architecture and history from a renowned historian.
  • Hue: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and learn what it takes to become a practitioner of this standard. See a performance showcasing different martial arts techniques.
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Call (561) 369-5881 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14016665

Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2018
Duration
16 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Siem ReapArrive Siem Reap.: Your Escorted Journey begins on Day1. Please make sure your flights arrive on or before this day. (Ask about our great deals). Transfer to your elegant hotel, which was once the home of royalty. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Stroll through the manicured hotel gardens, relax under the frangipani trees beside the magni?cent architect-designed pool or perhaps enjoy a massage to ease the way into your holiday. At 19:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travel companions for your Welcome Dinner. (Dinner with Wine)
Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap.
Day 2Siem ReapAngkor Wat in Style.: Hailed as one of the world's most important religious monuments, Angkor Wat is yours to explore in VIP style. Guided by a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution, learn about Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization as the stories contained in the bas reliefs and murals are brought to life. Visit Angkor Thom, a perfectly-preserved walled city that served as the Capital of Cambodia from the 12th to the 16th century. At the time it was bigger than any European city. This evening, be dazzled at a youthful performance by the Phare Circus and see how local traditions blend with new creative genres to form a triumph of choreographed acrobatics, dance and storytelling. (Dinner with Wine)
Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap.
Day 3Ho Chi Minh CityDynamic Ho Chi Minh City.: Fly in style to Vietnam for a journey of a lifetime. Join your Travelling Concierge for a night to remember as you witness traditional dance performances at the Art Salon Saigon, followed by a Highlight Dinner with live music. (Dinner with Wine)
InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4Ho Chi Minh CityMarvels of Saigon.: See the best of Saigon aboard a high speed, private chartered speedboat that will take you from the city's glittering skyscrapers to the green paddy ?elds scattered along the Saigon River. Your destination is the Cu Chi tunnels, which were dug in 1948 for guerrillas to hide from combatant forces during the Vietnam War. These extraordinary tunnels form part of a network of tunnels that cover most of the country. During your visit to these underground villages, meet a Viet Cong veteran who used to live here and find out how challenging the living conditions really were. Back in the city, embark on a leisurely walking exploration that reveals highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustave Eiffel's Central Post Office. Over a cup of Vietnamese coffee, gain an appreciation for local street-side cafe culture. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Tea)
InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5Ho Chi Minh CityCruise the Mekong Delta.: Cruise the Mekong Delta aboard a private charter. At your first stop see coconut production and processing, then enjoy a taste of the freshest juice possible. Further along, stop to see where locals still use centuries-old methods to make bricks at a small brick kiln. Next you'll enjoy a ride on a tri-motor cycle along narrow village roads, arriving at a rice noodle factory to see the most popular breakfast in the region being produced. Continue your cruise to Mango Home for a tasty lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. Then walk along the shady village roads to the home of Mr. Sau Tuong's, a former soldier who fought the deadly Khmer Rouge, known for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. Learn how life in Vietnam has evolved for him and his wife since the 1960s and how they earn a living from making rice paper. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6HueRoyal Refinement in Hue.: Marvel at vistas of lush countryside, as you fly to Hue for the next chapter of your journey. Enjoy a cycle ride through rice ?elds to Thanh Toan village and visit the Vietnamese Agriculture Museum for an insight into rice production. Then you will stroll along the canals, visit the vibrant local market and admire the ancient, arched, tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge, which was built in the 17th century. This evening, enjoy the royal treatment during a Highlight Dinner at the Ancient Hue Restaurant, which is blissfully surrounded by blossoming fruit trees. Dress in traditional costume and savour meals that are typically served to royalty. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Pilgrimage Village, Hue.
Day 7HueHighlights of Hue.: Rise early for a private VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to the public. Enjoy an escorted journey on a state-of-the-art electric cart, as a renowned local historian guides you through the towering main gates and shows you the majestic architecture and splendid gardens of the former royal court. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then visit to the royal tomb of Minh Mang, the second Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Your exploration continues to the 18th Century Dong Thuyen pagoda, where you can relax in the peaceful precinct and enjoy a delightful vegetarian lunch specially prepared by the Buddhist nuns. You'll have the opportunity to speak with the nuns and gain a better understanding of their beliefs and food philosophies. After lunch you will meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy at an ancient temple. Learn about the intricate training activities of the practitioners and attend a performance showcasing the different martial arts techniques. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps ask your Travelling Concierge to make restaurant reservations for you. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Pilgrimage Village, Hue.
Day 8Hoi AnRomantic Hoi An.: Enjoy a scenic drive over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass to reach Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your walking exploration of this ancient town, see the old merchant's houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall and the market where stalls are brimming with local specialities, including silk. Enjoy time at leisure to explore as you wish or ask your Travelling Concierge for local recommendations. 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 gentler pace? For dinner, take your pick of one of three hand-selected, local restaurants, each specializing in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Day 9Hoi AnLearn from the locals in Hoi An.: Visit the beautiful Cam Thanh Village with its dense coconut jungles that were once a shelter for local people and soldiers during the Vietnam War. Today the village is an important supplier of seafood, vegetables and rice to the region. Step into a traditional bamboo-basket boat and glide across the water to the Thanh Dong village where you'll learn from the villagers how they cultivate and harvest vegetables according to local customs. Continue your voyage through a peaceful water coconut forest to a riverside restaurant overlooking the rice fields. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese folk games and participate in a hands-on cooking class alongside a local chef. Savour your creations for your Highlight Lunch. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Day 10HanoiHanoi street-food tasting tour.: Board a morning ?ight to Hanoi, Vietnam's glistening capital city known for colonial-style architecture, ancient temples and vibrant culture. Enjoy a ride aboard an electric cart to see the historic Opera House, avenues lined with French mansions, Sword Lake and the 18th century Jade Mountain Temple. Join a local foodie in the Old Quarter for an exploration of Hanoi's robust street-food culture, that will delight all the senses. Learn what locals love to eat and taste the city's very best dishes, including rice paper rolls, crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, com cake and other delights. The rest of your day is at your leisure to relax at your five-star hotel or ask your Travel Concierge to recommend city-centre attractions nearby. (Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi.
Day 11Ha Long BayLuxury Cruise along Ha Long Bay.: Travel to Ha Long Bay, known as the bay with a thousand islands and glistening emerald water. Step aboard a deluxe junk for a memorable overnight cruise. Visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, where human bones dating back to 10,000 B.C. were discovered by archaeologists, and explore the Cua Van area. In the evening you'll have the choice to participate in a cooking demonstration with the on-board chef, or simply relax on the top deck as the sun gently dips beyond the horizon, before sitting down to dinner. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Jasmine Cruise (Superior Cabin), Ha Long Bay.
Day 12HanoiHa Long to Hanoi.: Greet the day with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck, or enjoy an early morning swim, or perhaps venture to a white sandy beach and climb the hilltop for views over Halong Bay? Return to the boat for breakfast as you cruise to Ha Long City to disembark. On return to Hanoi, stop at Dao Thuc village to meet a traditional artisan puppet maker and enjoy a delightful water-puppet performance, hosted in a lotus pond and accompanied by a live orchestra. The evening is yours to spend at leisure in Hanoi. (Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi.
Day 13HanoiThe Temple of Literature.: Visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 as the ?rst university for the sons of mandarins. Meet a scholar who will share their insights into this famous institution. Learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture before exploring the temple grounds. In the evening, join your travel companions and toast your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi.
Day 14Luang PrabangWelcome to Laos.: Start the day with a flight to Luang Prabang, known as the centre of Lao culture and once the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sleepy town nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. On arrival at the airport, you're welcomed and transferred to your hilltop luxury hotel, where there is free time to relax. In the evening, enjoy diner at your beautiful resort, set within a lush tropical garden. (Buffet Breakfast)
The Luang Say Residence, Luang Prabang.
Day 15Luang PrabangUNESCO Heritage Discovery and Sunset Cruise.: In the morning, you may wish to rise early and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, a living Buddhist tradition going back generations. Then watch as the town comes to life at the morning market. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before walking to the top of Mount Phousi to admire spectacular views of the Mekong and Khan rivers and surrounding mountain ranges. During your free time, discover the secret alleyways and hidden gems as you explore Luang Prabang at will. Hear stories of the rural lifestyle of the local people as you travel to visit Wat Xiengthong. Known as the the Temple of the Golden City, it remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art for the locals. Your adventure culminates with a private sunset cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Witness the vibrancy of daily life along its banks and enjoy a cool drink as you toast your newfound friends. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
The Luang Say Residence, Luang Prabang.
Day 16Depart Luang PrabangDepart Luang Prabang.: Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with private airport transfers timed to meet your onward flight. (Buffet Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
10/05/2018$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/19/2018$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/02/2018$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/21/2018$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/11/2019$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/25/2019$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
02/15/2019$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/15/2019$7,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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Notes: Twin prices are per person. The above prices include Internal airfares and are accurate as of 8 Aug 2017 for up to date pricing please visit our website. Smaller coaches and alternate vehicles without washroom or 40 seats may be used. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Special Small Groups: All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

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    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2018Experience the ultimate in luxury travel, as you journey through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the three crown jewels of Southeast Asia.

 
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