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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
    Start your Vietnam Highlights this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this ‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.



    Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    Today you’ll hear Vietnam’s history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times.

    Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.

    Your Trip Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!

    This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!

    Day 3
    Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.

    Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.

    Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group - it’s a pretty lively place!

    Day 4
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Dan Nang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.

    Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.

    You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.

    This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns! They also have designs in their shops to choose from.

    As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you’ll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 5
    Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.

    We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork.

    The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 6
    Hoi An
    It’s a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    You could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.

    Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafés serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.

    Day 7
    Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum.

    Our hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be! The Old Quarter has been Hanoi’s commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Trip Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.

    Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.

    In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.

    For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 8
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence (seasonal).

    We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    This natural wonder doesn’t come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.

    Back on board there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Ti Top for sunset.

    Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 9
    Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys!) that live there.

    We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon.

    For more culture your Trip Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.

    Day 10
    Depart Hanoi
    Our trip ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Trip Manager.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
    Visit to the War Remnants Museum
    Nha Trang
    Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
    Hoi An to Hue
    See stunning scenery en route to Hue
    Cyclo ride to Hue's Imperial Citadel
    Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
    Hue to Hanoi
    Visit the Temple of Literature
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat
    Swim and explore the lagoon and coral
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  3. Day 1
    Arrive Bangkok
    Check-in to your hotel and head straight out to explore the massive, buzzing city of Bangkok.

    It’s a busy urban mix in this city: tuk-tuks flash past shrines and street side BBQs, traditional long-tail boats cruise past high rises, and locals, businessmen, travellers and monks share the streets.

    Later, meet up with your Trip Manager and fellow travellers and find out about what’s ahead of you. Afterwards, it’s a free night - some of the group might head out and eat together.

    Bangkok is a foodie's paradise and has over 50,000 places to eat at, from noodle stalls to gourmet restaurants. Some of the typical dishes you could try tonight at a local restaurant include phad thai (noodle dish), basil and chilli chicken or spicy papaya salad.

    After dinner, ask your Trip Manager about Bangkok’s ins and outs. Get some pointers before uncovering laid-back sidewalk beer gardens, hip clubs or cocktail bars during a fun night out.

    You could scan the streets around the mythical travellers’ hub of Khao San Road. Rummage through the markets and flex your bargaining skills negotiating for some fake designer goods, handicrafts, music or jewellery.

    Otherwise, jump in a tuk-tuk and hit the eye-opening Patpong Night Market, with its neon lights and buzzing street life.

    Day 2
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    First stop this morning is Bangkok’s incredible Royal Palace. It’s 61 acres of stunning buildings, gleaming spires and multi-coloured murals. You’ll learn about Thai beliefs and the Royal Family’s lifestyle at Bangkok’s most famous site and spiritual hot spot.

    Visit the holiest Buddhist site in the country, the Emerald Buddha Temple. Your Local Guide will show you the epic murals, incredible architecture and tell you about the visiting pilgrims.

    Next up: the klongs (canals) of Bangkok - you’ll soon understand why this city is often dubbed ‘Venice of the East’. Get around like a local on a typical Thai boat – it’s perfect for taking in this sprawling metropolis from the water. You’ll see the landmark Dawn Temple, the Royal Barge and some of the major hotels as we cruise along Bangkok’s main artery, Chao Praya River.

    The maze of backwater canals will give you a good look into everyday Thai life as we cruise past a jumble of buildings and houses, and see locals going about their day.

    This afternoon, there’s free time. A good starting point is the downtown area, with its high-rises, cool shopping plazas and international foods to try. For the hottest fashions, find your way to the shops in Siam Square. Pick up some Thai-designed clothes in one of the upscale stores or in one of the cute little boutiques that line the side streets.

    Get lost in the thriving street life of Bangkok’s Chinatown and explore its web of bustling alleyways. Food vendors sell all sorts of crazy Asian delicacies and the shops are packed from floor to ceiling with everything from kitsch knick-knacks to household items.

    It’s time to go local and board an overnight train to Chiang Mai. This trip is perfect for winding down after your hectic Bangkok experience, so plug in your MP3 and settle in for the night.

    Day 3
    Chiang Mai
    Wake up in chilled-out Chiang Mai, Thailand’s pretty, second largest city.

    If you have time during the afternoon, head in to discover Chiang Mai’s old quarter. Surrounded by a moat and ancient walls, packed with over 300 temples, the city’s heart is great to explore on foot. Otherwise, relax and try a world-famous Thai massage.

    Later choose our optional hands-on cooking experience. Learn about Thai food and culture by accompanying an expert local chef to buy key ingredients at one of Chiang Mai’s markets. Then cook up a storm and feast on the results at the end!

    Afterwards, walk off dinner and take a look around the sprawling night bazaar, where you’ll find bargains, Buddhas, lanterns and fake designer goods.

    Day 4
    Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    Travel through a landscape of rice paddies to Chiang Rai, a quiet town that is the gateway to trekking in the surrounding hills.

    In our optional trip here, you’ll find out about traditional hill tribe people, like the Akha, Yao, Lahu and Karen (long-neck peoples) and their culture.

    Back in Chiang Rai, take a walk around the former imperial city and see the old city walls. Have dinner amongst the locals at the town’s night bazaar and maybe head to a Thai disco with some friends afterwards.

    Day 5
    Chiang Rai to Pakbeng
    Today, cross the border into laid-back Laos, South East Asia’s only land-locked country. Having recently opened its doors to foreigners, Laos has pretty much kept its traditional lifestyle alive with lots of untouched nature and really friendly locals.

    Travel down the famous Mekong River on our own private boat. Catch some sun, read a book or listen to some tunes as you take in the wild beauty of the countryside. You’ll soon understand why the river is the region’s lifeline, doubling as both a transport route and food source. Glide past remote villages, hillside crop farms, bamboo fish traps and watch locals enjoying a swim.

    Our night stop is the riverside village of Pakbeng, where you’ll truly be off the beaten track and can experience a bit of rural Laos living. We’ll be staying in a simple, local guesthouse.

    Stretch your legs and walk around tiny Pakbeng’s markets for a closer look at life in this remote trading-post village.

    Day 6
    Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
    Back on board the boat this morning, we continue cruising down the Mekong, past thick forests and mountains.

    Next stop: the Pak Ou caves. Our Local Guide will fill you in on gorgeous Tam Ting Cave and the locals' beliefs about this sacred spot. The caves are set into a limestone cliff, just above the water where the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers join. The Tam Ting Cave has been used for centuries as the final resting place for over 4,000 images of Buddha.

    Get ready for the travellers’ favourite: Luang Prabang. A former mountain kingdom, Luang Prabang is now a colourful cultural hub soaked in history. This stunning town has lots of character. Gold decorated temples, beautiful Royal buildings, saffron-robed monks and the rundown elegance of its French colonial past all combine to give Luang Prabang its unique charm.

    Our Local Guide will give you a fun intro to the UNESCO World Heritage listed old-town on 2-wheels. You’ll get a feel for another era, as we roll past time-worn French mansions, ancient temples and cobblestone lanes. Visit Wat Xiang Thong, Luang Prabang’s most historic monastery, to learn about Buddhism and see the temple’s rich decorations.

    Later, if you’re feeling energetic, we’ll walk up Mt Phu Si to a hill-top stupa to catch stunning views and a sunset over the town and temples.

    With a free evening, uncover the colourful stalls at Luang Prabang’s pretty night market. It’s an easy-going place to shop for fabrics, bamboo lamps, paper umbrellas, silks, silver and crafts. Snack on spring rolls, baguettes, noodles or BBQ at one of the open-air street eateries.

    Day 7
    Luang Prabang
    Today you'll get to take a trip to the nearby Kuang Si Falls for a swim and a bit of nature. The impressive 60 metre falls cascade into cool pools – perfect for taking a dip. You can also do easy hikes around this area or meet the bears of the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre.

    Culture-wise, pay a visit to the Royal Palace museum for a taste of local history. Check out the French-built palace that mixes up French and Laotian styles. You can also see Phra Bang, one of Laos’ most sacred images of Buddha, as well as brilliantly coloured murals, religious art and royal relics.

    For something different, check out what’s going on down by the river. Sit back on the bank with a Beer Lao and watch daily life, as livestock and produce are loaded onto tiny boats, and locals cool off in the Mekong.

    Day 8
    Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
    Start the day by getting into the spirit of the town and wake up early for the monks’ procession and ritual giving of alms. The combination of first morning light and the monks’ orange robes is great for photos & is a truly unique experience before you farewell Luang Prabang.

    This morning’s spectacular drive winds its way down to riverside Vang Vieng, known for its dramatic limestone karsts (rock formations) and outdoor adventure activities. With cliffs, tunnels, caves, caverns and a river, there’s plenty of ways to get active and turn up the energy levels.

    Vang Vieng is a backpackers’ hub, so it has loads of different restaurant choices. Eat local, feast on some Indian food or grab an Italian-style pizza with your travel buddies.

    Day 9
    Vang Vieng
    Today, get hold of a map and take off at your own pace to explore the surrounding countryside. Cover more on a bike (your Trip Manager can organise one for you). There are a whole lot of limestone caves, swimming holes, tunnels and bunkers once used against invaders to discover.

    Or maybe you prefer to relax riverside and soak up the chilled-out Lao vibes of this stopover.

    Wind down the day with your friends and catch a sunset at a riverside bar or an island watering-hole.

    Day 10
    Vang Vieng to Vientiane
    This morning it’s on to Vientiane. Compact, cosmopolitan and the nation’s capital, Vientiane shows influences of old Chinese and Vietnamese merchant family traditions, French colonialism, expat lifestyle and socialism.

    Get your bearings when you take a city tour with our Local Guide and your Trip Manager. We start with a visit to COPE, a charity project where victims of UXO (unexploded ordinance), among others, learn to use their new prosthetic limbs and train in new work skills. Hear about Laos’ troubled past as one of the world’s most bombed nations, about the victims, and what’s being done at this centre to help those in need.

    Next we view Pha That Luang stupa, Vientiane’s main site and Laos’ most important religious symbol. Your Local Guide knows about the legends behind the golden stupa, its rough past and its restoration. Check out the 45 metre spire rising above the massive lotus petals.

    Visit Patuxai, Laos’ answer to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe – a monument that combines French design and Laotian artwork. Climb to the top and see the surrounds of Vientiane or check out the surrounding park, which is a favourite local hang out.

    Day 11
    Vientiane to Phnom Penh
    Travel by plane into Cambodia this morning, a country with fantastic food, mind-blowing ancient temples and a complex history.

    Phnom Penh is the capital and a bustling, busy city with pretty tree-lined boulevards and gleaming palaces. It also holds stark reminders of the country’s dark history.

    Learn about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s troubled, recent past when we visit the ‘Killing Fields’ mass graves. Our Local Guide will then take you for a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where you can walk through the prisoners’ former living quarters and see the chilling documentation of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. Often our Guides have a personal story they want to share about their experience during the regime.

    Day 12
    Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
    Catch a flight this morning and land in small-town Siem Reap, where cafes, bars and restaurants spill out of French style shophouses.

    Back on land, you can explore more of Siem Reap at your own pace. You’ve got free time to visit the Psar Chas (old market) for handicrafts and exotic fresh produce.

    Known for its tasty food, Siem Reap serves up traditional meals and Khmer food with a twist, as well as international dishes for those missing Western tastes.

    Ideas for dinner include ordering a meal from one of the food stalls at Psar Chas. Try out bai cha (Khmer fried rice) or chicken curry. Otherwise try a meal in an atmospheric colonial building that has been transformed into a cool restaurant or bar.

    For a dose of culture, go and see a traditional Apsara dance performance – an ancient Cambodian art form. The performance still reflects the Royal style of the original court with stunning costumes of silk and sequins.

    Day 13
    Siem Reap
    Get ready for an incredible day with a visit to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Angkor Wat Temples. Start early with a visit to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. The heart-stopping combo of soft light, lily-filled waterways and an intricately carved temple will give you goose bumps.

    Our Local Guide will share epic stories of the Khmer Empire, telling you about the sacred sites found here and the Hindu gods that feature on the amazing wall sculptures.

    After a guided tour around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, we head back to the hotel for a break. Use the time to cool off in the pool or to have a siesta during the heat of the day.

    In the afternoon, we return to the temples to take a look at Angkor Thom, with its four massive faces carved out of rock – each one looking towards different compass points. Explore the jumble of 54 towers, 216 repeated faces, little rooms and spaces that make up Bayon. Imagine what the 19th Century explorers originally uncovered when you see Ta Prohm temple slowly being swallowed by the jungle - this was the temple made famous in the movie ‘Tomb Raider’.

    Tonight, play some pool, hang out with your friends and venture down Pub Street for a fun night out.

    Day 14
    Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
    There’s free time before our afternoon flight, so you could visit a local community project that supports families in crisis where you can interact with the kids and find out how social work operates here.

    This afternoon we land in vibrant Vietnam, where traditional culture and a modern way of life fuse. It’s also got a reputation for beautiful beaches, delicious food and stunning scenery.

    Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s capital and an up-and-coming metropolis of urban activity. It’s packed with pagodas, roadside shops, xe om (motorbike taxis), high-rises and reminders of the Vietnam war.

    Try some strong Vietnamese coffee at a local roadside café and watch it all go by.

    This evening your Trip Manager will lead you through the thriving markets called Ben Thanh - popular with locals, expats and travellers. Stalls spill out in all directions and anything from Vietnam’s iconic conical hats to jasmine incense are up for sale, so get haggling.

    The markets are also a great place to try some simple and tasty local foods from a push-cart kitchen. Order a whole lot of different snacks and dishes like pho (noodle soup), nem rolls (fresh spring rolls) and chao bo (grilled beef skewer with lemon grass) so you can taste a bit of everything.

    Day 15
    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    For the next two days, we journey into the Mekong Delta. In your time here, cruise the Delta on a traditional boat and take in Vietnam’s major rice producing area. See local fruit farms, floating markets and everyday life on Vietnam’s waterways.

    Learn about local industry with a visit to a rice paper factory. You’ll also get a taste of tradition at a tea house and get to enjoy a typical lunch at a local house.

    Later, local musicians will perform for us before we tuck into some home-cooked food at the simple, local guesthouse where we stay overnight.

    Day 16
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    It’s an early breakfast before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City
    via the Viet Cong’s legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See booby traps, hidden doors and some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand to escape danger and launch surprise attacks from. If you’re up for it, you can even go down into the skinny tunnels and experience them first-hand.

    Tonight it's a free evening, so why not grab some delicious Vietnamese food with your trip mates.

    Day 17
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    Today you’ll hear Vietnam’s history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times.

    Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.

    Your Trip Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!

    This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!

    Day 18
    Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.

    Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.

    Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group - it’s a pretty lively place!

    Day 19
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Dan Nang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.

    Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.

    You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.

    This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns! They also have designs in their shops to choose from.

    As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you’ll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 20
    Hoi An
    It’s a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    You could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.

    Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafés serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.

    Day 21
    Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.

    We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork.

    The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 22
    Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum.

    Our hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be! The Old Quarter has been Hanoi’s commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Trip Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.

    Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.

    In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.

    For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 23
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence (seasonal).

    We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    This natural wonder doesn’t come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.

    Back on board there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Ti Top for sunset.

    Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 24
    Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys!) that live there.

    We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon.

    For more culture your Trip Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.

    Day 25
    Depart Hanoi
    Our trip ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Trip Manager.

    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    Long-tail boat tour of the waterways and canals
    Overnight train to Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    Explore a local night bazaar
    Chiang Rai to Pakbeng
    Travel in a traditional private boat with on-board meals
    Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
    Bike tour of the UNESCO-listed town
    Vang Vieng to Vientiane
    City tour of the Laotian capital
    Visit COPE support & rehab centre
    Vientiane to Phnom Penh
    City tour and visit to the Khmer Rouge “Killing Fields” genocide sites
    Experience modern Cambodian cuisine at a restaurant where former disadvantaged youth are trained in hospitality.
    Siem Reap
    Travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and watch sunrise over the ruins
    Visit the vine-covered Ta Prohm temple, as seen in "Tomb Raider"
    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    Cruise the Mekong Delta
    Live with a local family on an overnight stay
    Mekong Delta fishing experience
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    Experience the underground tunnel network built by Cu Chi guerrilla fighters over the course of forty years
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
    Visit to the War Remnants Museum
    Nha Trang
    Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
    Hoi An to Hue
    See stunning scenery en route to Hue
    Cyclo ride to Hue's Imperial Citadel
    Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
    Hue to Hanoi
    Visit the Temple of Literature
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat
    Swim and explore the lagoon and coral
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  5. Day 1
    Arrive Tokyo
    Welcome to the bright lights & big city…it's Tokyo baby! And with 3 nights here, there's so much time for sights, exploring, shopping & more. Check into your hotel & get ready for your Japanese adventure to begin in the capital of history, culture & modern technology. Let's not forget sake, sushi & samurai! Tonight, meet your Trip Manager & fellow travellers then head out & explore on your first night in the city while you get to know your group.


    Day 2
    Tokyo
    We dive right into this fascinating city with a locally guided tour of the city's must-sees. With our Local Guide leading the charge, you'll get the inside track on the city & it's monuments & temples. We'll see the home of the Emperor of Japan, the beautiful Imperial Palace, which is housed within over 3km of beautiful grounds dotted with lakes, flora & fauna as you hear about the history of the property & it's significance. We'll take in one of Tokyo's most iconic monuments, the oldest of the city's temples - the ancient Buddhist temple Asakusa Senso-ji. Bombed & rebuilt after the war, it's a symbol of rebirth to the Japanese, and one of the most significant temples in the country. Keep your camera at the ready as we walk down Nakamise Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, dating back to the 1500's! Here you can pick up treasures & treats for friends & fam back home, and get right amongst the busy atmosphere of tourists & locals alike. With so much to see in the capital, there's still lots on our list! We'll see the city's largest shrine - the Meiji Jingu, before we see a modern day glimpse with a visit to the centre of youth culture & fashion...Harajuku! This part of town buzzes with cool vibes, crazy fashion you've got to see to believe & so much to see, so we'll get you in the know with what this famous part of town is all about. It wouldn't be a trip to Tokyo without visiting the world's busiest street crossing intersection - Shibuya Street. This fashionable part of town is a must-visit & is sure to be one to remember!


    Day 3
    Tokyo
    Wake up, grab a bite & enjoy a free day in Tokyo, to explore your way. Chill or opt to experience the traditional Japanese hot-spring baths with an Onsen experience - which many consider a must-do tradition! These hot springs are not for the shy, but are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city. Enjoy some ME Time this afternoon, with free time to explore at your own pace, and there's no shortage of things to see, do & experience. You could head in search of some fashion at Tokyo's premium shopping areas, soak up the local street food culture or have some chilled time in one of the city's stunning botanical gardens. Later, opt to have dinner & a show at the unique & lively Robot restaurant. Discover the stunning & distinctive architecture of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. At 243m tall, and an observation deck at 202m, it's the perfect place to frame up some panoramic city views. Fun fact! This was the tallest building in the city until 2007 when it was taken over by the Midtown Tower.


    Day 4
    Tokyo to Hakone
    Enjoy your final free morning in Tokyo; take in one of the many museums or art galleries in the city or head to Tokyo Sky Tree & take in the cityscape from the observatory deck at the 634m tower. There's also your chance to go local & advance your culinary skills with a tasty Sushi making course & guided tour of the world famous Tsukiji fish markets.
    After lunch, we say goodbye to the bright lights & buzz of Tokyo & head south to Hakone where you'll take in the breathtaking views of some of Japan's most famous sights from the Hakone Ropeway. Tonight you'll have a night to remember as you go local at our overnight stay Special Stopover Ryokan (Japanese guesthouse = tatami mats & futons) with a delicious traditional dinner included.

    Day 5
    Hakone to Takayama
    Next up, it's back on the road to Takayama via Matsumoto. Located at the southern end of a long valley between the peaks of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto has a long & rich history & your Trip Manager will fill you in on the A to Z of this fascinating part of the country. Spend a full day exploring the area with our local guide on hand to give you insider track on one of Japan's most beautiful original castle cities. Next on the list we'll head to Hida Folk Village where you will see dozens of traditional houses & buildings well-preserved to exhibit rural life in centuries gone by. Our adventure continues onto Takayama.

    Day 6
    Takayama
    We head out to explore by foot this morning on a locally guided walking tour. Our guide will give you an insiders look at this traditional Japanese city including the wonderfully preserved old town & authentic Edo style buildings. Along the way you can pick up some local delicacies or gifts for the folks back home at the morning markets & see the last remaining Jinya house, restored to its 16th century former glory. Then enjoy a free afternoon to explore Takayama, explore the great outdoors, hire a bike and discover life in the countryside or if that isn't your thing, enjoy a traditional Japanese footbath in the hotel's hot springs! On arrival, foodies & non-foodies alike could opt to experience a mouthwatering dinner of delicious Hida beef. Wagyu literally means Japanese cow, with the country producing some of the world's premium marbled beef, known for it's quality & taste. Delicious!


    Day 7
    Hiroshima
    Start the day with a ferry ride over to Miyajima Island, see the beautiful scenery, the traditional Japanese gates at the entrance to the shrine & the island's famous & super cute residents - miniature deer, on the way to the stunning Itsukushima Shrine. In the afternoon, visit the Peace Memorial Museum & explore individual's stories from the horrific incident on August 6 1945, and the affect it's had on the city. Then relish some free time in Hiroshima to dig a little deeper into Hiroshima's noble history or enjoy some of the city sights - your Trip Manager can give you some tips & tricks of where to head for what you're into! Tonight, you could choose to join a traditional Teppanyaki dinner where you can hang out & relax with the group while Japanese chefs work their magic on the hot griddle pan while cooking up a delicious feast for you to enjoy.


    Day 8
    Takayama to Hiroshima
    We'll head to our next destination on the famous Japanese transport - the bullet train! These trains head up to 320km/hr - so will thrill those with a need for speed! On arrival in Hiroshima spend your ME Time discovering the city remembered as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll.


    Day 9
    Hiroshima to Kyoto
    After breakfast we're off to our next spot, Kyoto! On arrival we'll get straight into it as we take in the sights including stunning temples, beautiful gardens, colourful shrines & world-famous geisha girls. See the impressive Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, the sacred Heian Jingu Shrine & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are - so have your camera ready!). Later, there's a free evening to explore your own way, indulge in some local cuisine in the Shirakawa area or experience some of the vibrant Kyoto nightlife.


    Day 10
    Kyoto
    With a full day here, it's all about fully immersing yourself into this awesome city to see what makes it tick, so we've got all the must-sees covered. See the Fushimi Inari Shrine with the colourful rows of torii gates leading up into the mountains, learn how traditional rice wine is made at the Sake Making Museum, and experience the Shogun lifestyle of years gone by at the must-see Nijo Castle.
    Later travel to Nara, Japan's first permanent capital city filled with historic treasures & heritage sites, see the Nara Todaiji Temple & Deer Park with its huge bronze Buddha & world's largest wooden building, & the most celebrated shrine in Nara - the Kasuga Shrine, dedicated to protecting the city.


    Day 11
    Kyoto to Wakayama
    Enjoy a free morning to take in the last of Kyoto then hop on the train to Wakayama, one of the villages at Mount Koya, known as the world headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Shingon Japanese Buddhism. Tonight is another experience to remember forever as we stay overnight at one of their local guesthouses & enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal.


    Day 12
    Wakayama to Osaka
    Wake up & join in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist Service. We'll then head out with our Local Guide for an in-depth tour of the Koyason area before departing early afternoon for the final stop on our Japanese adventure, Osaka. There's free time in Osaka on arrival before the final evening kicks off with a final optional dinner & what is also considered a must-do in Japan... Karaoke!

    Day 13
    Depart Osaka
    Our trip ends after breakfast, so it's time to swap email addresses as you say farewell to your Trip Manager & new friends.

    Tokyo
    See the Imperial Palace, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street.
    See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Street.
    Tokyo
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
    Tokyo to Hakone
    Tsukiji fish market
    Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway
    Hot spring experience
    Hakone to Takayama
    Sightseeing tour with a local guide of Matsumoto
    See Matsumoto Castle
    Visit Hida Folk Village
    Takayama
    Walking tour of Takayama with local guide.
    See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.
    Hiroshima
    Ferry to Miyajima Island & see Itsukushima Shrine.
    Visit the Peace Memorial Museum
    Takayama to Hiroshima
    Travel by Shinkansen - (Bullet Train)
    Hiroshima to Kyoto
    See the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are).
    Kyoto
    See Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sake Making Museum, Nijo Castle.
    Kyoto to Wakayama
    Stay at a Buddhist guesthouse
    Enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal
    Wakayama to Osaka
    Enjoy an early morning Buddhist Service
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  7. Day 1
    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this ‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    For the next two days, we journey into the Mekong Delta. In your time here, cruise the Delta on a traditional boat and take in Vietnam’s major rice producing area. See local fruit farms, floating markets and everyday life on Vietnam’s waterways.

    Learn about local industry with a visit to a rice paper factory. You’ll also get a taste of tradition at a tea house and get to enjoy a typical lunch at a local house.

    Later, local musicians will perform for us before we tuck into some home-cooked food at the simple, local guesthouse where we stay overnight.

    Day 3
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    It’s an early breakfast before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City
    via the Viet Cong’s legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See booby traps, hidden doors and some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand to escape danger and launch surprise attacks from. If you’re up for it, you can even go down into the skinny tunnels and experience them first-hand.

    Tonight it's a free evening, so why not grab some delicious Vietnamese food with your trip mates.

    Day 4
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    Today you’ll hear Vietnam’s history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times.

    Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.

    Your Trip Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!

    This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!

    Day 5
    Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.

    Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.

    Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group - it’s a pretty lively place!

    Day 6
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Dan Nang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.

    Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.

    You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.

    This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns! They also have designs in their shops to choose from.

    As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you’ll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 7
    Hoi An
    It’s a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    You could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.

    Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafés serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.

    Day 8
    Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.

    We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork.

    The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 9
    Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum.

    Our hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be! The Old Quarter has been Hanoi’s commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Trip Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.

    Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.

    In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.

    For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 10
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence (seasonal).

    We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    This natural wonder doesn’t come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.

    Back on board there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Ti Top for sunset.

    Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 11
    Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys!) that live there.

    We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon.

    For more culture your Trip Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.

    Day 12
    Depart Hanoi
    Our trip ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Trip Manager.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    Cruise the Mekong Delta
    Live with a local family on an overnight stay
    Mekong Delta fishing experience
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    Experience the underground tunnel network built by Cu Chi guerrilla fighters over the course of forty years
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
    Visit to the War Remnants Museum
    Nha Trang
    Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
    Hoi An to Hue
    See stunning scenery en route to Hue
    Cyclo ride to Hue's Imperial Citadel
    Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
    Hue to Hanoi
    Visit the Temple of Literature
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat
    Swim and explore the lagoon and coral
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  9. Day 1: Arrive Bali
    Arrive in Bali and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
    Meals Included
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    dinner
    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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    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
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    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
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    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
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    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
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    lunch
    dinner
    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.
    Meals Included
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    dinner
    Day 13: Disembark Ship, Depart Singapore
    Disembark your ship this morning in Singapore, then transfer to the airport.
    Meals Included
    Breakfast
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