Cambodia Classic Tour

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Cambodia Classic Tour

Highlights Include:

  • Exploring the Angkor complex of temples
  • A visit to the floating village on Tonle Sap
  • The opportunity to learn about Cambodia’s more recent, tragic history
  • Encountering the warmth and generosity of the Cambodian people
Tour Details

From: $800 per person | Single supplement on request

4 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

The Angkor complex constitutes one of humankind’s most magnificent architectural achievements.  From Angkor the kings of the mighty Khmer Empire ruled over a territory that extended from the tip of what is now southern Vietnam northwards to Yunnan in China and westward to the Bay of Bengal.  Angkor’s hundred or so temples constitute the sacred skeleton of a spectacular administrative and religious center which once covered an area the size of Manhattan.

Travel to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, which was founded in the 14th Century and is a sprawling city lying in the arms of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. The sumptuous Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace, built by Prince Sihanouk in 1962, contains over 5,000 silver floor tiles and houses one of the most spectacular collections of Buddha statues in the world. One golden Buddha is lavishly decorated with 9,584 diamonds.

Itinerary
This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia

Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia which flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. Enjoy a boat ride, visiting the Vietnamese “floating village,” a big village floating on the lake with floating schools, stores and more. The “village” moves from place to place following water levels and current. Continue to L’Artisan D’Angkor to see how the old carving, weaving, and paintings were traditionally done. Time permitting, you also visit Siem Reap Central Market. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 2Visit to Angkor Temples | Meals: B L

Today you will see massive stone monuments, wide majestic causeways, and imposing gateways and towers, all in a wonderful jungle setting. Start your exploration of Angkor with a visit the great city of Angkor Thom, visit the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Next, experience the beauty of Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece constructed in the 12th century. It has many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, ponds full of water, and carved low-reliefs about Ramayana Story and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor’s construction. End the day with a sunset view of Angkor temples. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 3Phnom Penh, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda | Meals: B

This morning, head to the outlying Banteay Srei Temple, “The Citadel of Women,” with its rose-colored sandstone walls that many consider to be the best carvings of any temple at Angkor. The quality of the carving and the state of preservation makes Banteay Srei extraordinary. In the afternoon fly to Phnom Penh. In late afternoon, visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 4The Khmer Rouge Regime and Depart Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Meals: B L

On a more somber day, learn about the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime in these terrible years through a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. In 1975, this former high school was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It was used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention and torture center. Next, visit the killing field of Choeung Ek. The killing fields contain mass graves, slightly sunken, for perhaps 20,000 Cambodians. A memorial building stands in the center of the killing fields. Transfer back to city or to the airport.

Included
  • Three nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Excursion to Tonle Sap
  • Visit to L’Artisan D’Angkor
  • Two-day pass to Angkor Complex
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the killing field of Choeung Ek
Not Included
  • International flights and related taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Luggage handling at airport and hotels
  • Transfers, sightseeing, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, phone, internet etc.
  • Travel insurance
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