Treasures of Cambodian Civilization Tour LP01

9 Days From £0 (550 USD)

Explore the fascinating and ancient Kingdom of Cambodia on this guided small group tour where you will explore the ancient civilisations of this region including the stunning Angkor Wat complex at Siem Reap.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
End Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

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Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Hotel on shared TWN/ DBL-basis at indicated hotels or similar,
-Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
-English Speaking Guide (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements )
-Transfers and transportations mentioned in the program
-Entry fees to all sites mentioned in the program
-Service charges, room tax and baggage handling.

Excludes
-International flights to and from Cambodia
-Cambodian Visa fees
-Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners
-Drinks and other personal expenses

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

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Itinerary
Day 01. Phnom Penh - Arrival (L/D) Transfer from Phnom Penh International airport to the hotel. Lunch. Visit the Independence Monument, the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with a visit to the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02. Phnom Penh (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988. Return to Phnom Penh. Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Stroll around the Central Market, a landmark in the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03. Phnom Penh -Tonle Bati - Phnom Da - Kep (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Phnom Penh for Kep. En route, stop at Tonle Bati and visit Ta Prohm temple (12th-13th centuries) and Yeay Peau temple (12th century). Visit the Prasat Neang Khmao, the temple of the Black Virgin (10th century). Lunch at local restaurant. Take a boat from Takeo to Phnom Da. Visit Phnom Da temple, a pre-Angkorian laterite tower (6th century) and Asram Maharoseil (6th century), an Indian-style sandstone temple constructed in a style unlike any other temple in Cambodia. Return to Takeo by boat and continue to Kep, formerly known as Kep-sur-Mer. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday spot for Cambodia’s French-influenced elite. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kep.
Day 04. Kep - Kampot - Phnom Penh (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a half-day boat trip to Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay) and discover the beautiful and pristine scenery. Lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Kampot and enjoy a tour of this quiet town which has preserved some nice colonial architecture houses. Stop at the market. Continue to Phnom Penh. Arrive in Phnom Penh, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05. Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Phnom Penh for Siem Reap by overland transfer. Arrive in Siem Reap and check-in at hotel. Lunch. In the afternoon, start your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon, (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06. Siem Reap (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch. Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07. Siem Reap (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Continue the temple tour to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Lunch. Afternoon, visit Preah Khan built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, though, it’s well preserved and ongoing restoration efforts should improve this situation. Visit as well Neak Pean a fountain built in the middle of a pool and the temple of Ta Som. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08. Siem Reap (B/L/D) Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60 km from Siem Reap). Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle. Lunch. Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Drive back to Siem Reap. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09. Siem Reap - Departure (B/L) Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. Visit a fishermen's