There is endless splendor in watching the sunlight set over Angkor Wat. As the light fades the crowd dwindles and you feel like you have the entire history of an empire to yourself. On this 7-day tour you will traverse the past and conquer kingdoms. From perseverant cultures to exceptional carvings, elegant dances to riverside cafes, Cambodia’s imperial past has shaped its present, from pre-Angkorian temples to the bustling metropolis of Phnom Penh. The imperial past and present is yours to discover.
Siem Reap - Imperial Arrival
Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The city stands as the gateway to the Khmer Empire, holding onto the surrounding ruins of the Angkor complex. Siem Reap is an energetic city that is filled with a whirlwind of visitors. Between the pockets of modern luxury hotels and restaurants cooking western cuisine, you find the culture and traditions that continue to captivate visitors from around the world. Tuk-tuks are constantly filled with locals and travelers traversing the city streets. Ox or cows pull wooden carts. The Old Market is filled with fresh and colorful produce. Large jackfruits are bulbous and succulent. Your private transfer is ready at the airport to meet you and take you to your hotel where you can settle in. Soon you are met by a private guide and escorted to the world-famous Angkor Wat.
The stone walkway leads over the moat that is almost 100 feet wide and the outer wall is over 14 feet high. When you walk through the west gate you find the shimmering golden sandstone of Angkor Wat. Beneath it stands a reflective pond mirroring the temple’s exceptional towers. The grace and awe are unparalleled. Monks stroll throughout the complex. Their saffron robes add another layer of color to the afternoon. You could stand and stare at the edifice for hours. Pavilions stand at each corner of the outer gallery. You find a steep stairway near the inner gallery that represents the difficult ascent to the kingdom of the gods on Mount Meru.
The roofing is decorated with carvings of snakes that lead to lions or garudas. The aroma of incense drifts from the countless mini shrines established by monks over the years. The sunlight begins to fade as sunset spreads through the sky. In the eastern gallery, you find 92 apsaras and 88 deities endlessly churning the sea. This is your welcome to the imperial beauty of Cambodia and the exceptional culture that it has brought forth. In the evening you will return to your accommodation where you can relax in comfort.
Siem Reap - Grouping Royalty
Siem Reap - The Hospitality of Artistry
Siem Reap - Times Before an Empire
Phnom Penh - Before the Empire
Phnom Penh - Imperial Gems
Phnom Penh - Leaving Empires Behind
- Discover the splendor of the famous Angkor Wat temple, from its expansive architecture to is magnificent, preserved artistry
- Visit the 8th and 9th century temples of the Rolous Group that sit amongst sugar palms and paddy fields
- Traverse the grounds of Ta Phrom, a temple overrun with nature, where they filmed scenes from Angelina Jolie’s film, Tomb Raider
- Witness the exquisite detail of the Banteay Srei temple, home to countless preserved reliefs
- Walk along the stilted houses of a floating village at Tonle Sap
- Experience the grandeur of pre-Angkorian monuments at Sambor Prei Kuk
- Find yourself standing in front of the Emerald Buddha, which is covered in over 9,500 diamonds
Walk with emperors and kings on this custom tailored tour through the historic ruins and vibrant cities of Cambodia. Whether traversing the preserved images of endless deities or witnessing the incredible power of nature as trees rise out of ancient temples, you will find the wonders of the past treasured by the present. From villages raised on stilts to stunning Buddha images carved out of emerald, you will discover the strength and marvels of empires in the hearts of the people and the stunning surrounding landscape.
The empires are yours to indulge in as you set down in Siem Reap. The city is known for its proximity to Angkor. After settling into your hotel you will be escorted to Angkor Wat, the most famous temple of the empire. Enjoy your tour around the citadel as the sun fades over the surrounding jungle. The following morning you will journey to the Rolous Group. The temples date back to the 8th century and sit against the background of spectacular sugar palm trees. In the afternoon you will visit the “Small Circuit,” which contains the notable temple Ta Phrom. The next day make your way to Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women.”
The reliefs are both intimate and intricate in their detail. Spend the afternoon lunching at Sala Bai, a program that helps local disadvantaged youth, followed by a tour of Angkor Thom, the capital of the Khmer Empire. On Tonle Sap you will cruise on the lake to immerse yourself in the local culture of the fishing villages that live there. Wake up in the morning and head to the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk before continuing onward to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. A tour of the city will show you the seat of power in the 19th and early 20th century, at the Royal Palace complex. You will see why the city was once called the “Pearl of Asia.” The following afternoon a private transfer will escort you to the airport for your flight home.
$1,633 per person (excluding international flights)
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