Our Cambodia Classic tour lets you discover the history of Cambodia with visits to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and history museums in Phnom Penh, headquartered from your luxury hotel.
Day 1 – Arrival into Phnom Penh – On arrival in Phnom Penh our airport representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Upon check-in its time to start the tour with an insight into Cambodia’s cultural heritage and a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi. Continue to the National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the Central Market or the Russian Market.
Day 2 – Fly Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel this morning meet your guide for the transfer to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap. The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and a highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout. Continue to the fortified city of Angkor Thom, covering an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. This temple is one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor. Upon completion the rest of the evening is yours at leisure. (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before embarking on a day of exploring Siem Reaps Temples. Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Continue to Banteay Samre, a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple. (B)
Day 4 – Siem Reap to Phnom Penh – At the completion of breakfast at your hotel depart for another day of sightseeing around Siem Reap. Chau Say Tevoda built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite Thommanon. Thommanon a temple, mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. Ta Keo built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone and was dedicated to Shiva. Sras Srang is a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple. Prasat Kravan is a five brick tower built for Hindu worship in 921 and notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls. Late in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Phnom Penh, and on arrival in Phnom Penh be transferred to your hotel for the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 5 – Phnom Penh – This morning after breakfast at your hotel depart for a day of sightseeing in Phnom Penh. The day starts with a stark reminder of the genocide from the Pol Pot era with a visit to The Killing Fields. Between the years of 1975 and 1978 thousands of Men, Women & Children were killed here and buried in mass graves. If you do not wish to enter the complex there is a café and tasteful museum on the right of the entry. To finish off the tour & our day you pay a visit to Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital. According to legend, Phnom Penh was founded here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. At the completion of this visit you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight or hotel for the evening. (B)
This Cambodian tour allows you to relax any way you see fit, with a host of beach activities we can arrange for you, or if you so choose, do nothing at all!
Day 1: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville – Morning departure from Phnom Penh with your guide for the short drive to Sihanoukville (3-4 hours). Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure for swimming and relaxation on the beach.
Day 2: Sihanoukville – Enjoy the day at leisure or enjoy with an optional tour. (B)
Day 3: Sihanoukville – Enjoy the day at leisure or enjoy with an optional tour. (B)
Day 4: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh -Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until midday transfer back with driver only to Phnom Penh. (B)
Imagine a country full of ancient and modern history, saturated with beautiful religious monuments, teeming with wildlife, and lush with rice fields, grasslands, and rivers. This is probably not how most people think of Cambodia, but after travelling through the country on this 13-day tour, your opinion is likely to change.
Day 1 – Arrival in Phnom Penh -Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. Enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront awakens to life, followed by a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. (D)
Day 2 – Phnom Penh – This morning, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo. First, visit Wat Phnom, continue to the Royal Palace. Later today visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, if you are interested, continue to visit the Russian Market before enjoying the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 3 – Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham and onwards to Kratie – Leave Phnom Penh for Kampong Cham and after a tour of town centre, continue to Wat Nokor, an 11th century Angkor era Buddhist temple. Continue to Kratie Province where you will check into the hotel on Koh Trong Island. (B)
Day 4 – Kratie – After breakfast at the hotel drive north to the village of Kampi. Get on board a local boat that will take you to the preferred habitats of the Irrawaddy Dolphins, and from here, continue towards the village Sambo for a visit of Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy and enjoy a delicious lunch on the grounds. This afternoon, return to the island of Koh Trong. (B, L)
Day 5 – Kratie to Kampong Thom – After breakfast, leave Kratie for Kampong Thom Province On the way, stop at Phnom
Santuk Mountain and climb the 980 steps to the top to visit the pagoda and for the great views over the countryside. Upon arrival in Kampong Thom, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. (B)
Day 6 – Kampong Thom to Siem Reap – Today, you head towards the rarely visited Sambor Prei Kuk. Sambor Prei Kuk was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th century and there are over 100 well preserved temples scattered in the forest. Continue towards Siem Reap and on arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Day 7 – Siem Reap – Get up early for one of the highlights of your tour through Cambodia: Visit Angkor Wat by sunrise. Enjoy breakfast at Angkor Café just across from Angkor Wat, before you visit the temple in depth. Visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation before returning to Siem Reap for a mid-day break. Late afternoon, explore the Ta Prohm temple before enjoying the night at leisure. (B)
Day 8 – Siem Reap – This morning, visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom then from here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. Later today, head the banks of the giant Tonlé Sap Lake, board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where we’ll see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. (B)
Day 9 – Siem Reap – After breakfast, you will be transferred to quiet Beng Mealea, Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains as it was found with no restoration work having been done. After your s exploration, enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a local house close to the temple site. From here, travel to the temple of Banteay Srei. On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local population to learn about the way of life here. (B, L)
Day 10 – Siem Reap to Battambang – After breakfast be taken from Siem Reap to Battambang by a comfortable private boat on Tonle Sap Lake and arrive in Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang. on arrival you check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Day 11 – Battambang – You will first head towards Phnom Sampeau which is home to the notorious killing caves, a cruel reminder of Cambodia’s troubled past. Then, one of the highlights and a unique experience a fun ride on the famous Bamboo Train, an original means of transportation on the old train tracks. Your guide will lead you through local villages and farms on the way to Wat Banan and late in the afternoon you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, (B)
Day 12 – Battambang to Phnom Penh – Depart from Battambang in the morning and travel to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, before continuing to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. On the way to Phnom Penh, visit Koh Chen, an island in the Tonlé Sap River, Koh Chen is known as the ‘Silver Village’ for its production of silver crafts and jewellery. From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach mid- afternoon and as this is your last evening in Cambodia, an authentic farewell dinner will be celebrated at Malis, a renowned place for Khmer food in Phnom Penh and provides for fine dining in chic surroundings. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Phnom Penh – Enjoy today at leisure until it is time for your transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your individual departure. (B)
Imagine cruising along South East Asia’s largest fresh water body in a vessel complete with extravagant rooms while you explore the rich and storied history of Cambodia’s past. Our Phnom Penh – Siem Reap Cruise allows just that as you elegantly voyage the Tonle Sap River and Lake with stops to see the local way of life as well as visit historical sites.
Day 1 – Arrival in Phnom Penh – Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the Royal Palace, the Silver pagoda and the National Museum. . After lunch at a local restaurant visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Fields. We go back to the ship after our museum visit and enjoy a variety of cocktails accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance on-board. (D)
Day 2 – Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham – We will depart before the break of dawn with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their make shift boats. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey – An early start and embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travellers either take a motor-taxi or climb the 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang – Before the sun rises we set sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap River. Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to the town’s specialty – Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. We then return to the ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap –The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons. Our cruise comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. (B, L)
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