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India has long enjoyed close relations with all its south Asian neighbours. The bonds of amity are strengthened because of similar religious beliefs and customs that have been practised across generations. Vietnam and Cambodia, resemble our country, both in terms of demographic and geographical composition. Travelling to these countries shall feel familiar. The warmth of friendly natives and with a culture as eclectic and vibrant as ours, will surely be a fruitful experience.
From the Indian heartland, to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh to Hanoi in Vietnam, our holiday package offers a chance to explore these cities in all their glory. A detour from Delhi to Pink City Jaipur and Taj’s land, Agra later; you shall go on the magical journey to these South Asian countries. From Angkor Vat to the Mekong Delta, Cambodia and Vietnam are both historically rich and naturally blessed. If you are looking to travel across the Asian continent, look no further. These two countries are a good place to start with. Asia has a lot of unexplored potential as a traveller’s paradise. Visiting these three countries of mixed ethnography and multifaceted customs is bound to break that myth.
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Your full day is at leisure and car will be at disposal within city limits (8hrs/ 80 kms). You can go for shopping or visit any place of interest such as Connaught place.
Today you have a full day tour of Delhi. Your morning tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit the Raj Ghat where father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be visiting the museum that was built to commemorate him. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi. Later we will move to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride (optional) in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise. In the afternoon, you will visit QutubMinar, touted as India’s largest Minaret. QutubMinar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, to your final stop will be at Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana.
You will be transferred by road to Jaipur
After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur is 260 years back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king.
Today you have a full day tour of Jaipur and Amer Fort. The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. #In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey as well as JantarMantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures.
You will be transferred by road to Agra visiting Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the Chand Baori step well and Harshat Mata Temple. Abhaneri was originally named AbhaNagri, which means "city of brightness," but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe.Abhaneri is prominent for 'Baoris', step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India's deepest and largest.
Later spend some time at the former capital of Mughal Empire Fatehpur Sikri, one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water
Early morning taken to Taj Mahal at sunrise, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favorite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on banks of Yamuna River, this breathtaking, immensely beautiful monument is a synonymous to romance and love.
Later visit Agra Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its architectural structure and was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public audience hall. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts
TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS.
After Sightseeing, drive to Delhi airport to board flight to home.
Overnight on flight
Arrival by flight at Phnom Penh International Airport, meet & greet by our professional guide who will introduce you briefly history, culture and various aspects of Cambodia lives.
In afternoon, visit The Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. Seeing the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg.
Visit and shopping at the Central Market(PhsaThmey), located in a unique art deco building, constructed in 1935, it’s a Phnom Penh landmark. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh
Breakfast in hotel and start your cultural tour to the Killing Field of ChoeungEk , made famous by the film of the same name. It was where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of them were transported here after detention and torture in ToulSleng.
Visit TuolSleng Genocide Museum (S-21), which was the largest center of incarceration and torture in the country during the Khmer Rouge regime.
In afternoon, transfer to bus station for direction to Siem Reap by public bus approx. 6hrs of driving.
Meet driver (no guide) and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Breakfast in hotel, transfer to South Gate of Angkor Thom , visit Bayon Temple located at the centre of Angkor Thom City. It is known for the 216 giant mysterious faces carve on the 54 towers, each posing a differing mysterious smile, keeping watch of each compass point. On the walls of the galleries are many bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, great battles and military processions during Angkor period and Phimean Akas, Baphuon, Elephant and Leper King Terraces.
In the afternoon, visit one of the most popular temples of the Angkor Complex - Ta Prohm Temple . Like the Preah Khan, this Temple was built in the memory of the King Jayavarman VII’s mother. When found by the French conservators at the end of the 19th century, they deliberately left this temple in the same condition as it was discovered. After that, we explore the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat Temple, and surrounding sites. This is the largest temple complex in the world, a marvel of art and architecture, both Hindu and Buddhist.
End your day with sunset at Angkor Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Breakfast in hotel, visit floating village on Tonle Sap Great Lake, the largest fresh-water basin in South-East Asia at Chong Kneas Village about 20km from town. Cambodia’s Great Lake is one of the geographical wonders of the world. Getting the private sheltered boat ride is the best way to explore how people’s lives work and witness their daily activities, including fishing, schooling, selling their products by rowing their dugout around.You will profit getting amazing lives on lake and fishing activities are so wonderful that drive it attractive, curious and to be explored. See the great lake and witness its ecosystem.
Visit Lotus Farm where has its green flower and fruits on the way back to city.
In afternoon, visit Killing Field of Wat Thmey, War Memorial Monument& PreahAng Check & PreahAngChorm.
Finish your tour at local markets for souvenirs.
After dinner, drop you off at happy area for Night Market and Pub-Street for your night entertainment. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Breakfast in hotel, free at leisure in hotel till time to transfer to Siem Reap Airport to Saigon, Vietnam.
You will be greeted at the SAIGON airport and transferred to your hotel. You have much appreciated leisure time before a private afternoon tour of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people and much of daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. You will want to explore bustling Ben Thanh Market, the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. You will have an overnight stay in Saigon.
Following breakfast, you will drive to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels consist of more than 200 kilometers of underground systems. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S. - Vietnam War.
After touring the tunnels, you will head to My Tho after have lunch at local restaurant. On arrival in My Tho, we will visits the wholesale fruit Thanh Tri local market, after that board a private but rustic motorized boat to cruise along upper Mekong and observe the abundant agricultural life. Visit a fish-rearing village before entering VamXep canal and its beautiful water palm scenery.
Disembark and stroll around Quoi An fruit orchard, visiting fruit drying kilns and a workshop for coconut craft wares.
Take a short horse-drawn cart ride along the village road.
Upon arrival at Ben Truc - PhongPhu garden, sample delicious fruits from the Mekong delta and enjoy traditional local music. This is also an opportunity to interact with local people who make their livelihoods on the river. End your journey with a guided row boat trip to explore the water palm canals.
Then, we continue our boat trip to passing fishing villages around the Phoenix Island. You can learn how the locals feed Red Tilapias fish.
Before back to Saigon (HCMC) stop over at Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture including elements from the Renaissance period, Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile. End of services
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Da Nang on Vietnam Airlines. Upon arrival at Da Nang you will be greeted by our guide who will escort you to your hotel in Hoi An (approximately 30 km away). Once in Hoi An, you will check into your hotel and have some free leisure time before an overnight stay in Hoi An.
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk which is still produced in the area as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. You will have free time in the afternoon before another overnight stay in Hoi An.
Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Leave Hoi An for Hue. You will stop in Da Nang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain and travel over the Hai Van pass, before arriving in Hue. Once in Hue, you will check into your hotel and have some free time to explore the town before an overnight stay.
Rising up in the ancient land. You will embark on a tour of the city, including a private boat cruising the romantic Perfume River to visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit KhaiDinh’s Tomb and TuDuc’s Tomb. Return to the hotel. Free at leisure. You will stay overnight in Hue.
You will next head to the airport for your flight to the colonial capital city of Hanoi, a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. On arrival, you will be picked up by our tour guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi for check-in if available. Check-in time at 14:00.
Free to relax.
15:30: we will pick you to visit Hanoi Old Quarter by cyclo in one hour. Then, enjoy water puppet show, Then, bring you back to your hotel in Hanoi for overnight. Have lunch and dinner by your own.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with a long background of history and culture. Besides historical destinations, Hanoi is well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, funny street vendors & special street food cuisine.
05:30 Wake up early and be ready for an amazing morning trip around HoanKiem Lake and the Old Quarter - the symbols of Hanoi city and Hanoian. You will be surprised by seeing local Hanoians doing morning exercises around HoanKiem Lake as they are so natural practicing such strange Tai Chi in their own ways. Let’s see the way they do and join with them! From HoanKiem Lake, take a look at the Old Quarter as it is the only time in day you can enjoy quiet atmosphere.
07:00 Have breakfast with Pho - the most famous and popular dish in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.
08:00 Transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a large memorial to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification. The Mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence on 02nd Sep 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace & House on Stilt. Near from Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda – symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower is a must-see destination for all Vietnam tours.
Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature which is the first university in Vietnam. It was constructed in 1070, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch time, we continue our Hanoi city tour to the Museum of Ethnology offering an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. It introduces Vietnamese traditional ways of life from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as displays a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.
We then visit the sunset on the West lake and Tran Vu Pagoda before transfer to your hotel for overnight.
If you cannot wake up early, we will start tour at 8:00-8:30.
Have lunch and dinner by your own.
Today, you will join in group to visit Halong Bay cruise in 4 hours with Vspirit Cruise.
07h45 – 08h30: Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break on the way.
12h45 – 13h00: You arrive the Tuan Chau Habor. Then embark the Incredible Asia Journeys – Day cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h00 – 16h45: Start a dreamy cruise to stunning scenery with thousands of limestone mountains and have seafood lunch (we serve you with Vietnamese traditional dishes, in case you are vegetarian, we have other food options for you) while cruising through the emerald water passing by the Dog Stone, the Burning Incense islet, stop at Ba Hang fishing village for kayaking or sit in a bamboo boat rowed by locals.
After the visiting of Fighting-Cock island and the Heavenly Palace (ThienCung cave) – which has opened to the public since 1998 with stalagmites and stalactites. Back to the Incredible Asia Journeys – Day cruise and continue cruising back to the jetty.
16h45 Back to Tourist wharf. Disembark and get on bus to Hanoi.
20h30 Arrive in Hanoi.
Then, Our private driver will meet you and bring you to the Noi Bai airport for the departure flight to your home at 23:40. The tour ends.