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  1. Day 1: Arrive Bali
    Arrive in Bali and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
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    Day 2: Bali, Embark Ship
    After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a leisurely morning. In the early afternoon embark on a brief tour of Ubud including the Goa Gajah Temple, a collection of caves carved by the Buddhist people of Bali around the time that Buddhism and Hinduism were both practiced on the island. According to inscriptions found on the walls, the caves were created in the 11th century but it lay undetected for centuries before it was rediscovered in 1923 by a team of Dutch archaeologists. Excavations carried out in 1954 unearthed bathing places in front of the cave with six female figures, representing nymphs or goddesses holding water spouts. This afternoon, board the MS Caledonian Sky and set sail.
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    Day 3: Alas Purwo National Park
    On the island of Java, explore Alas Purwo National Park on the Blambangan Peninsula located on the south eastern tip of the island. The park covers 43 000 hectares of land consisting of savanna, mangrove forest, beach forest and lowland tropical forest. Board a Zodiac to land ashore and embark on a jungle trek to see the wildlife and turtle conservation projects.
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    Day 4: West Bali National Park or Munduk Highlands
    Return to Bali this morning away from the main tourist hub. Choose from two full day excursions today. You may wish to visit the West Bali National Park and enjoy a gentle trek to the protected mangrove and monsoon forest. Afterwards, take a short boat ride to Menjangan Island, considered one of the best snorkelling areas in the world. Alternatively, drive inland to the Munduk Highlands passing through Singaraja. Continue to Bedugul to see the three lakes, Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan, with a visit to the Hindu-Buddhist temple dedicated to the water goddess.
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    Day 5: Probolinggo, Mount Bromo
    From the port of Probolinggo, head inland to Mount Bromo National Park, making your way to the active volcano, Mount Bromo. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the ship and sailing in the late afternoon.
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    Day 6: Madura
    Explore the town of Sumanep on the island of Madura. Visit the Royal Palace and Museum, where you will be greeted by a special welcome dance, the Muangsangkal, meaning ‘to throw away bad luck’. Continue to the Great Mosque, built in 1763 and influenced by Chinese and European styles. Return to the ship for lunch before heading off this afternoon for a bull race, the most famous attraction on Madura. The tradition began when plough teams raced each other across fields and today, it remains an important part of the culture.
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    Day 7: Karimunjawa Islands
    Take the time to enjoy a relaxing morning on board as we sail towards the 27 coral-fringed islands situated off the north coast of Java. In the afternoon, board a Zodiac to find a suitable location to land on a local beach. Here, you can soak up the sun, enjoy a leisurely walk or perhaps swim or snorkel in the clear waters.
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    Day 8: Semarang, Borobudur
    Arrive at Semarang, your base for our day-long excursion to the site of Borobudur via the imposing Gunung Merapi Volcano. Borobudur is one of world’s greatest ancient monuments and the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth.
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    Day 9: Cirebon
    Continuing along the north coast of Java, where we arrive at Cirebon. Here, a pedicab will take you to the Kasepuhan Palace. Afterwards, see local dance performances before touring the palace museum. Continue to the bustling local market before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea.
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    Day 10: Krakatoa
    Sail into the Suna Strait and the island of Krakatoa. The famous volcanic explosion in 1883 is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history. Board a Zodiac to land on the island and have the chance to either join a guided walk or take the chance to swim. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of cruising.
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    Day 11: Belitung Islands
    Arrive this morning in the idyllic Belitung Islands, famed for their long clean beaches and crystal-clear sea water. We have the whole day to enjoy the fine white sandy beaches and the wonderful coral reefs. You may wish to embark on a nature walk to explore the forest for birdlife or you may prefer to simply stay and relax on the beach.
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    Day 12: At Sea
    Relax at sea.
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    Day 13: Disembark Ship, Depart Singapore
    Disembark your ship this morning in Singapore, then transfer to the airport.
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  3. Day 1: Depart London
    Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight.
    Day 2: Arrive Hoi An
    Be met upon arrival at Da Nang airport and transfer to the historic town of Hoi An. Here you will enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a welcome diner at a local restaurant.
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    Day 3: Hoi An
    A Taste of Vietnam – discover the art of cooking Vietnamese cuisine with the Morning Glory Cooking School. Take a guided tour of Hoi An’s market, prepare a selection of signature dishes and sample the results of your efforts at lunch.
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    Day 4: Hoi An
    After breakfast this morning travel to Hoi An where the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy and get a chance to explore this beautiful city. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps enjoy a Select Experience today, such as learning the methods of rice cultivation; lantern making; or a countryside bicycle ride.
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    Day 5: Hoi An, Hue
    See stunning Lang Co Beach and traverse Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hue and visit the Imperial City. Special Stay – relax in the lakeside surrounds of Pilgrimage Village.
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    Day 6: Hue, Hanoi
    This morning, board your included flight to Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi. This evening, enjoy dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu. KOTO stands for ‘know one, teach one’, and gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to train at its culinary school.
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    Day 7: Hanoi
    Take in Hanoi on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square. Like a Local – take an afternoon rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
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    Day 8: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
    After breakfast, travel to Ha Long. Special Stay – board your premium Bhaya Cruises premium junk for an incredible two-night cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Set off cruising and explore Titop Island, where you’ll relish the opportunity to go swimming in the beautiful waters. Continue your journey and explore the fascinating Cua Van Floating Fishing Village, then enjoy dinner back on board.
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    Day 9: Ha Long Bay
    Enjoy the luxury of a full day to immerse yourself in this captivating region of Vietnam on board your junk. Today, you will relish the opportunity to stop at various stunning islands to explore, relax on the beach and go swimming in the crystal waters of this picturesque paradise. Later this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on board your junk.
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    Day 10: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap
    Enjoy breakfast, absorbing the scenery of Surprise Cave before docking back at Ha Long. Travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. Special Stay – unwind during an indulgent stay at the Shinta Mani Resort.
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    Day 11: Siem Reap, Angkor
    This afternoon, visit the incredible historic landmark of Angkor Archaeological Park and explore its ancient wonders. This amazing World Heritage-listed park contains the remains of different Khmer empire capitals. Visit iconic landmarks including the 13th-century temple Bayon. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. After dinner, witness a magnificent performance of traditional Apsara dance. Special Stay - enjoy an indulgent and relaxing stay at the prestigious Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap.
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    Day 12: Angkor, Siem Reap
    Enhance Your Journey: This morning, perhaps select one of Travelmarvel’s optional experiences. Later, visit Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees. Like a Local - visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), which provides support and education for underprivileged children. This evening, cap off the day with a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat, also located within the Angkor Archaeological Park.
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    Day 13: Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam
    Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Floating villages line the tributaries of this stunning region and quaint riverside towns and sleepy rural villages lend the Mekong a unique charm. Board your river ship, the RV La Marguerite, and get set to explore. The ship’s array of facilities ensures every moment of cruising presents the opportunity for relaxation and entertainment. This evening, after settling in to your suite, enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner on board, savouring Asian or Western fare.
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    Day 14: Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong
    Enjoy a small boat excursion of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang and travel past a number of fishing villages. You’ll then rejoin your ship and continue on to Kampong Tralach. Like a Local - take an ox-cart ride, a popular method of transport in rural Cambodia. Like a Local - Travel to the former royal capital of Oudong for a traditional Buddhist blessing.
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    Day 15: Koh Chen, Phnom Penh
    Explore Koh Chen today, a small village specialising in silver and copperware. Visit some home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Then head to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Enjoy a delicious dinner on your ship tonight followed by a marvellous Khmer folk performance.
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    Day 16: Phnom Penh
    This morning you will join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). This afternoon in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. You’ll also see the opulent Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex. After dinner perhaps step out for an evening walk around this fascinating capital.
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    Day 17: Border Crossing, Tan Chau
    Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering views, reclining lounges, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary film about Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, as your ship cruises towards Tan Chau.
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    Day 18: Tan Chau, Sa Dec
    This morning after breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong’s tiny tributaries home to villages full of stilt houses. Here, go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw and visit an island lush with greenery. Enhance this insight even further and visit fascinating local artisan workshops. This afternoon, perhaps attend an informative lecture on Vietnam in the ship’s lounge before a delicious dinner.
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    Day 19: Sa Dec, Cai Be
    This morning, take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour. Here, you’ll see Huynh Thuy Le’s old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of the RV La Marguerite). After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Return to your ship for dinner.
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    Day 20: Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Disembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. Special Stay - be close to the action at the Grand Hotel Saigon.
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    Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City
    Spend time exploring Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour; a shopping tour; explore the city on a guided tour; or take a Vietnamese cooking class. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
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    Day 22: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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    Day 23: Arrive London
    Your flight arrives today in London.
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  5. Day 1: Depart London
    Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to India.
    Day 2: Delhi
    Arrive in Delhi, India’s bustling capital. Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. This evening, choose from a range of dining options.
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    Day 3: Delhi
    After breakfast, a tour of Old Delhi begins at the highly decorative Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw. Later drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, and visit India Gate – a 42 metre-high archway in the centre of Delhi. Afterwards, visit the home of a local family to enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. After lunch, drive to the iconic Humayun’s Tomb, one of the most experimental and innovative monuments of its time. Tonight, dine at Bukhara Restaurant.
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    Day 4: Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal
    Today you’ll travel to the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to reach Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, enjoy a tour of Agra’s Red Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone that overlooks the lovely gardens of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, retire to your five-star hotel and unwind in the cool quiet of the afternoon. Later, experience the stunning Taj Mahal bathed in the golden glow of sunset. Built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, watch as the massive domes and intricately carved white marble shimmer in the sunset. This evening, enjoy a range of dining options for dinner.
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    Day 5: Agra, Ranthambore
    Wake early this morning and enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Admire the stunning colours of the domes as the sun rises then, after breakfast, travel to Ranthambore. The largest national park in northern India, Ranthambore’s wildlife sanctuary is known as the best place in India to see animals such as Leopards, Hyenas and the Indian Wild Boar. On route, stop to enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace before reaching your beautiful hotel, set amid eight hectares of lush green gardens.
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    Day 6: Ranthambore
    Today, experience exotic flora and fauna in the most supreme and unique style, on board a magnificent Canter Safari. A rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore’s pride is in the population of tigers prowling in their own natural habitat. The vast grasslands, forested areas and ruins provide many opportunities for wildlife encounters from a open topped vehicle, in particular the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
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    Day 7: Ranthambore, Jaipur
    Today, you may choose to visit the Ranthambore Museum, rich with history of wildlife across India, or a tour of Ranthambore Fort, surrounded by ruins, temples and palaces. After your chosen activity, be transferred to Jaipur to enjoy time at leisure. Later, choose from two dining options.
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    Day 8: Jaipur
    Today head to Amber Fort, a towering fortress overlooking the city. Built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, as well as white marble, the fort is more like a palace and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. After time to explore, head to Sankotra Haveli for lunch before free time this afternoon.
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    Day 9: Jaipur
    Today, you may choose to take an invigorating walk up to Jaigarh Fort for spectacular views over Jaipur. Alternatively, visit the City Palace, a vast palace complex, as well as Jantar Mantar, which is home to a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. After your chosen activity, enjoy time at leisure. Later this evening, enjoy a grand gala dinner, with traditional folk dance and music, at Dera Amer, located behind the hills of the famous Amber Fort.
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    Day 10: Jaipur, Kolkata, Embark Lower Ganges River Cruise
    Fly to Kolkata today and transfer to the RV Ganges Voyager for your Lower Ganges River cruise. After lunch on board, visit Mother Teresa’s house and pay homage at her tomb, located in the buildings of the Missionaries of Charity. Return to the ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception and cultural performance.
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    Day 11: Kolkata, Bandel
    This morning, experience the rich culture and fascinating colonial influence of Kolkata on a city tour. See a number of the city’s 19th-century heritage buildings, the bustling Dalhousie Square, and St John’s Church. Then, head to the Victoria Memorial, established to serve as a tribute to the success of the British Empire in India. Afterwards, ride aboard a private authentic tramcar. Then visit Howrah Bridge, the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, before exploring the nearby Mullik Ghat Flower Market, which provides a sensory overload of sights and smells. Later, after lunch on board, your ship will begin its journey upstream along the Lower Ganges. Cruise past a number of European colonial settlements, including Dutch, French and Danish colonies, and disembark in Bandel. Visit the 19th-century Hooghly Imambara, a pilgrimage centre in West Bengal, built by one of Bengal’s most prolific philanthropists.
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    Day 12: Kalna
    After breakfast, disembark the RV Ganges Voyager in the town of Kalna, known as the City of Temples. On a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, you’ll visit some of Bengal’s most distinct terracotta temples, including the Natore Rajbari Royal Palace complex – boasting splendid gardens and a vista of round-domed temples. You’ll also see the eye-catching Shiva temples, with two perfect circles, one that has 74 temples made entirely out of white marble and black stone, the other with 34 temples made of white marble alone. The site was constructed so that all individual temples can be seen when standing in the centre. Later this afternoon, you’ll return to your ship and enjoy another delicious dinner on board.
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    Day 13: Matiari
    This morning, enjoy an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari. Here, you’ll learn how the villagers’ unique methods of beating brass have been handed down for generations. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to peruse beautiful cooking instruments that have been expertly crafted from recycled copper and brass. Afterwards, return to your ship to cruise past the site of The Battle of Plassey. Learn how the British East India Company recorded a decisive victory over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies, helping establish the company rule in Bengal and in turn, throughout much of India.
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    Day 14: Khushbagh, Murshidabad, Baranagar
    Disembark in Khushbagh, and pass through local farmers’ fields to the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Later, as you approach Murshidabad, you’ll first notice the Hazarduari Palace, which dominates the waterfront. Built in 1837, the palace boasts 1,000 doors, and houses an extensive collection of European artefacts. After a tour, you’ll visit the 18th-century Katra Mosque, and learn about the Mohammedan rulers who reigned over this region for centuries. Later, disembark in Baranagar and on a walk through fields and past local temples, experience rural India at its most idyllic. Back on board, enjoy the afternoon to unwind as your ship glides along the Lower Ganges Return. On board your luxurious ship tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner.
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    Day 15: Mayapur
    Having turned around to cruise south back down the Lower Ganges, enjoy a restful morning observing local life along the riverside. Soon, you’ll disembark and visit the village of Mayapur. The birthplace of the 15th-century Hindu saint Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is worshipped by followers as the full incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mayapur is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKON). On a tour, you’ll learn about the Hari Krishna community and culture, and view the construction of the nearly completed Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, just slightly smaller in size than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
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    Day 16: Chandannagar
    This morning, cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar. During a walk around the town, you could be forgiven for thinking that the French had never left. Stroll along the Chandannagar Strand, visit its 200 year-old church, enjoy the aroma of freshly baked baguettes at a French bakery and, at the house of former French Governor Joseph François Dupleix, discover an impressive collection of French antiques. This afternoon, continue cruising downstream to Kolkata. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
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    Day 17: Disembark Lower Ganges River Cruise, Kolkata
    After breakfast, back in the bustling city of Kolkata be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Varanasi and be transferred to your hotel.
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    Day 18: Varanasi
    Awake in the spiritual capital of India this morning, and head out on an early morning cruise along the Ganges. Be captivated as you cruise past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are carried out in the traditional way. Then on a guided tour, explore the Old City of Varanasi, a crumbling maze of buildings that rises from the ghats on the banks of the River Ganges. You’ll also visit a number of temples, including the Durga Mandir and Bharat Mata temples, as well as the Banaras Hindu University. Later today, enjoy an evening prayer cruise along the Ganges, and witness a spectacular fire-lit Hindu Aarti ceremony being performed.
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    Day 19: Depart Varanasi
    After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi to connect with your onward flight.
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    Day 20: Arrive London
    Arrive London.
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  7. Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
    Be met by an APT representative on arrival in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, a guided tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous sites. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also enjoy a ride on a cyclo. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner.
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    Day 2: Hanoi, Freedom of Choice
    Choose from a range of activities today. Perhaps tour the 500 year-old village of Bat Trang and enjoy a pottery class; embark on a walking tour to see Hanoi’s French Colonial architecture, then explore the interior of the Hanoi Opera House; or head for Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Other options include a visit to the home of a local artist, where you will see some of the artist’s work, or a bicycle tour past Hanoi’s rice paddy fields. Alternatively, you may prefer a foot massage at your hotel. This evening, choose from one of five different but equally superb restaurants for dinner.
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    Day 3: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay
    Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark your luxurious three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. After lunch, travel by small boat to Sung Sot Cave, filled with stalactites. Absorb the magnificent bay views from viewing platforms at the top of the cave, then enjoy guided kayaking or swimming later.
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    Day 4: Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay
    Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the Sun Deck this morning. Later, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. After lunch take a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit the Au Co organic farm. Tonight, perhaps try your hand at squid fishing with the crew.
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    Day 5: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Delight in a Vietnamese tea ceremony before returning to shore. Travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
    Today, perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan, then attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross (min. and max. numbers apply). Or, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Back in Ho Chi Minh City this evening, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.
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    Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City, Freedom of Choice, Embark Ship
    This morning after breakfast, enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps take part in a cooking class; take a walking tour and a cyclo ride through this fascinating city; visit an artist’s home to learn about traditional lacquer art and wares; browse local treasures as you embark on an enthralling shopping tour; or set out on a guided motorbike tour. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxurious river ship for your eight-day Lower Mekong River cruise. Tonight enjoy your special dinner onboard, an exclusive Luke Nguyen designed Vietnamese Welcome Dinner.
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    Day 8: Cai Be, Sa Dec
    A local boat will take you to Cai Be this morning. Step ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral as well as the colourful and lively port area. Visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made by hand, then enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises towards the town of Sa Dec. On arrival here, enjoy a boat ride then visit a traditional Fujian Temple.
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    Day 9: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing
    Board a small-boat and journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Arrive at Tan Chau and step ashore for a rickshaw tour. Later, visit an evergreen island and discover rural Mekong life. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.
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    Day 10: Phnom Penh
    Disembark in Phnom Penh and take a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, a city tour of Phnom Penh takes you to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
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    Day 11: Phnom Penh, Koh Chen Village
    Enjoy some time at leisure this morning in Phnom Penh. Perhaps relax aboard your luxurious ship or discover Phnom Penh’s Russian market. Later, cruise to remote Koh Chen village, a small village specialising in copperware. On arrival, visit a selection of home-workshops that manufacture beautiful handmade copper souvenirs.
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    Day 12: Oudong, Kampong Tralach
    Arrive in Prek K’dam and travel by coach on a morning tour of Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Visit a monastery for a Buddha blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an ox-cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship.
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    Day 13: Kampong Chhnang
    Enjoy a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. After, return to your ship and cast off towards the lake of Tonle Sap. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
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    Day 14: Disembark Ship, Siem Reap, Freedom of Choice
    Disembark and transfer to Siem Reap. Head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple and explore the Bayon temple. Choose where to dine this evening.
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    Day 15: Siem Reap, Angkor
    Rise early and travel to the Angkor complex for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience. After, tour Angkor Wat before breakfast back at your hotel. Later, explore the temple of Ta Prohm then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), an organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner and Apsara dance performance tonight.
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    Day 16: Siem Reap, Freedom of Choice
    Today, perhaps visit Wat Preah Prom Rath and receive a Buddhist blessing; visit the Artisans d’Angkor workshops; participate in an Apsara dance class; enjoy a quad bike adventure; join a shopping tour; take a bicycle tour; enjoy a cooking class; or indulge in a spa treatment.
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    Day 17: Siem Reap, Mandalay, Embark Ship
    Board your included flight to Mandalay today. On arrival in Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River. Here, board your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha, for the start of your incredible 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise. Completely sheltered from any western influence and untouched by tourists for an entire generation, the culture here remains gloriously intact - this will become apparent from the moment you arrive in this beautiful untouched oasis. Veiled in mystery, Burma is a land where traveller’s dreams are made, where life goes on as it always has. As you settle into your luxurious suite and mingle with your fellow passengers this evening during your Welcome Reception, excitement is sure to build in anticipation of this remarkable adventure.
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    Day 18: Mandalay
    After a serene first evening on board you’ll begin to slip into the peaceful rhythm of life here in Burma. Enjoy breakfast on board then set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay which will take you to many of the city’s major attractions and hidden gems. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Burma’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites and home to a six-tonne Mahamuni Buddha statue. While you’re here, you may witness male pilgrims paying their respects to the Buddha by adding sheets of gold leaf to the statue. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill to see what is thought to be the world’s largest book. Here, Buddhist scripture has been inscribed on some 729 marble slabs, each contained in its own stupa. Later, ascend Mandalay Hill for views over the city before a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery, an architectural masterpiece known for the carvings of Buddhist myths that adorn its roof and walls. This evening, visit the U Bein Bridge near Amarapura. Thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake. It is a supremely beautiful sight, particularly during the early evening when the sun is beginning to set.
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    Day 19: Sagaing, Inwa
    Arrive today at another former capital, Sagaing, home to hundreds of beautiful Buddhist monasteries and pagodas. During a guided tour of this peaceful city, you’ll be taken to a silversmith’s workshop for an intriguing insight into how local silverware is produced by hand. You’ll then visit a range of temples and monasteries, including the city’s central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin, as well as the unusually egg-shaped Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, built in 1636. After the tour, continue on to Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Rebuilt several times throughout history, the city was abandoned as a capital after it was all but destroyed by earthquakes in 1839. Here, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery, built in 1593. You’ll also have the opportunity to get up close to the ’Leaning Tower of Inwa’ - a magnificent watchtower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838.
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    Day 20: Yandabo
    Your ship will arrive today in Yandabo, a charming village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. Here, disembark and enjoy an intimate look at village life and attend a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans. Re-board your river ship and take in the scenery as you continue cruising onwards to mystical Bagan. As you meander along this section of the Irrawaddy River, the beauty of this country becomes apparent. Watch on as you pass lush green vegetation, fisherman casting their nets and homes that sit close to the riverbank.
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    Day 21: Bagan
    This morning, the RV Samatha’s Sun Deck offers a sublime vantage point from which to capture your first glimpse of Bagan, thus beginning your discovery of one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Disembark your ship and head for the Bagan Archaeological Zone, home to thousands of stupas, temples and monasteries. Here, you’ll climb to the top of a pagoda for spectacular views out over the plains. Travel to the township of Nyaung-U, where you’ll enjoy some time at Nyaung-U Market, before enjoying a visit to the Ananda Temple, known as ‘the Westminster Abbey of Burma’. Your discovery then continues to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda. Not only is this one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments on the plains of Bagan, it is also one of the country’s most significant religious sites. This afternoon, stop by Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ complete with frescoes that depict scenes of Buddha’s life. Later, visit a lacquer-ware workshop and a nearby village.
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    Day 22: Tantkyi Hill, Salay
    Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before ascending Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues facing in all directions. On returning to your ship, you’ll cruise to the small village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Here, you’ll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and extensive collection of religious artefacts. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century.
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    Day 23: Magwe
    On arrival in the town of Magwe, disembark your ship and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the fabulous views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to a variety of nat spirits.
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    Day 24: Minhla, Thayetmyo
    Arrive today in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Take a small boat to visit Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Learn how the British captured these forts, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. After your discovery, continue on to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, step out to wander the streets, take in the quaint colonial-era houses and visit the charming local market.
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    Day 25: Pyay (Prome), Sri Ksetra
    On arrival in Pyay, you’ll disembark for a walking tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the late 19th century, Pyay originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Burma. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country’s most revered religious sites. Later, travel eight kilometres to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra, meaning ‘City of Splendour’. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest Buddhist monuments.
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    Day 26: Myanaung
    As your ship departs Pyay this morning, absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.
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    Day 27: Zalon
    Take in the unique sights of the Irrawaddy Delta region today as your ship cruises to the small port town of Zalon. On disembarking, you’ll set off on a trishaw tour. Pass the town’s many colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens on the way to the incredible Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda, which houses a famous bronze Buddha that was once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria.
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    Day 28: Danuphyu
    Today you’ll explore the township of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. You’ll also visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop.
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    Day 29: Maubin
    Disembark for a tour of Maubin, a riverside town home to a number of universities and Buddhist pagodas. Learn about Ba Maw - a prominent Burmese political leader who was born here in 1893. You’ll also enjoy the chance to explore stalls and interact with locals during a visit to the local market. Return to your ship which will set off cruising for Yangon, Burma’s most important commercial centre.
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    Day 30: Yangon
    A day tour today begins in the busy city centre. Visit Sule Pagoda in the heart of downtown Yangon, then stop at the picturesque Kandawgyi Lake, which was created to provide clean water to the city during the British colonial era. Afterwards, wander through Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major city bazaar famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Dominated by antique, handicraft and jewellery shops as well as art galleries and clothing stores, this thriving market is a great place for souvenir shopping. Later, visit Chaukhtatgyi Temple to see the massive reclining Buddha. Afterwards, head to Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill. This spectacular pagoda is around 2,500 years old and emits a golden glow thanks to an outer layer consisting of gold-leaf and thousands of diamonds. It is said to be encrusted in more gold than is held in all the vaults of the Bank of England, and was constructed to protect several hairs from the Buddha’s head. On return to your ship, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
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    Day 31: Yangon, Disembark Ship
    Disembark the RV Samatha for the final time today in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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