The spires of Angkor Wat stand tall against the orange sunrise. The calm rush of the Mekong carries you downriver. The paddy fields are endlessly green, and the fishermen cast their nets in the gentle glow of the quiet day. Experience the culture of Cambodia on this custom tailored tour taking you through the best of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh that will show you the past and present beauties of the cities and countryside. From tremendous temples to exceptional archeological collections, fabulous...
Siem Reap – The Gateway to Cambodian Culture
Siem Reap is more than just the gateway to Angkor Wat. The city sits on the banks of the Siem Reap River and bustles with the traditional music and theater as the aromas of freshly baked baguettes mix with bai sach chrouk, a traditional pork and rice dish. The main streets brush against the central market and are filled with an endless whirlwind of energy. Shadow-puppet theaters tell traditional myths projected onto a canvas, like a movie made of silhouettes. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your luxurious hotel.
In the evening, you will visit the celebrated night market, known as much for its merchandise as for its magnificent food. The colors of locally made textiles are vibrant. The walkways are lined with pants, shirts, watches, and an endless variety of goods, from purses to shoes. The scent of fried rice and sautéing noodles encompasses the area. You find the stellar flavor of Khmer red curry, a coconut milk based dish with a delicate touch of lemon grass. The evening settles into night and you find comfort in your hotel, already welcomed into the fabulous world of Cambodia.
Siem Reap – The Great Ancient City of Angkor Wat
Siem Reap – The Power of the Past
Phnom Penh – Lake Villages and Capital Streets
Phnom Penh – The Air of Culture
Phnom Penh – Discover the Secrets of Angkor Borei
Phnom Penh – Taking it with You
- Tour through Phnom Penh to experience the diverse ancient and modern history of Cambodia, from ancient relics to the tumultuous reign of the Khmer Rouge
- Witness the intricate artistic carvings of Banteay Srei, that offer insight into the religiously devout history of an ancient empire
- Discover the magnitude and magnificence of the famous Angkor Wat and the vast city complex
- Cruise down the Mekong River and witness the exceptional culture that resides alongside the water’s banks
- Explore the hidden charm and secrets of Angkor Borei and Phnom Da
- Indulge in the culture with visits to the exceptional markets that offer both locally made textiles and the remarkable traditional flavors of Cambodia
A long-tail boat transports you through the undulating water of an expansive lake. Villages are situated on stilts overlooking the water and fishermen cast nets from their deck. The wide boulevards of Phnom Penh bring a touch of Paris to the capital city. Waterside cafes provide coffee and cocktails in the afternoon sun. On this 7-day Cambodia tour through the best of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, you will be immersed in the ancient culture and eclectic traditions, from the Khmer Empire and its sweeping temples to French colonialists and an infectious love of freshly baked bread. You will be immersed in the rich local culture and the unforgettable architecture of Angkor. The history of Cambodia has shaped its people and the countryside; when you experience the country’s exceptional present, you discover its magnificent past.
Your cultural tour begins with your arrival in Siem Reap. The city is an eclectic mixture of French colonial charm and a gateway city to Angkor. You can see sandwich carts alongside the streets: they sell fresh baguettes with cheese. The night market echoes the jovial and energetic calls of the day. In the morning, you will make your way to the ancient capital city, Angkor Thom, and begin your tour of the celebrated complex.
After lunch, you will witness the magnitude of inspiring Angkor Wat before setting out on a sunset Cruise of the Great Lake and the Submerged Forest. The following day venture to Banteay Srei, the remarkable temple complex decorated with intricate reliefs. The afternoon finds you in Ta Prohm, followed by dinner and cultural show. Cruise along Tonle Sap to witness the distinct fishing villages en route to your ferry ride down to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
After you check-in to your hotel you will visit an infamous scene of the country’s contemporary history at the Killing Fields. The next day takes you to the old prison of S-21 before you discover the opulent imperial past at the Royal Palace and National Museum. On your final day in Phnom Penh you will cruise along a small lake to see the hidden treasures of Angkor Borei and Phnom Do. In the evening you can indulge in a boat ride along the Mekong River. In the morning you will have a private transfer to the airport to make your flight home.
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$1,255 per person (excluding international flights)
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