16 Day Deluxe Southeast Asia

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. A few early wake ups and some long drives from one city to another. This is a Deluxe program. For more information, click here.

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Your Signature Collection Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-Hanoi, Bangkok-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All Intra-flights: Hanoi-Da Nang, Da Nang-Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • 15 nights accommodations in well-located 5-Star Luxury Hotels
    • 2 nights Hanoi
    • 1 night Ha Long Bay
    • 2 nights Hoi An
    • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City
    • 2 nights Siem Reap
    • 3 nights Chiang Mai
    • 3 nights Bangkok
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Maximum 26 passengers per tour
  • 35 meals: 15 full breakfasts, 10 lunches with soft drinks, 10 dinners with wine
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions
  • Hotel porterage and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi in all hotels
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Cambodia & Vietnam
  • Tips for restaurant staff, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Your Luxury Tour Highlights

Signature Collection blends specially arranged private visits and rich cultural meetings with exceptional personalized services

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh's house, the infamous Hanoi Hilton and the Temple of the Jade Mountain
  • Attend an enchanting performance of the world-famous Water Puppets in Hanoi
  • Sail on a luxurious “junk” on fairy-tale Ha Long Bay past jagged cliffs, grottos and hidden caves
  • Discover the beauty of ancient Hoi An on the walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, a secretive underground network built by the Viet Cong
  • Boat excursion on wondrous Tonle Sap Lake, with its rich and diverse ecosystem
  • At Angkor Thom, view the dramatic Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper Kings
  • Stand before the puzzling giant smiling stone faces at the mysterious Bayon Temple
  • Visit Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece named a "Seven Wonder of the World."
  • Ascend Doi Suthep to visit Wat Phra That, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
  • Tour Bangkok’s elaborate Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and serene Wat Po
 

Your Signature Experiences

  • A cooking demonstration precedes a remarkable culinary experience at Ha Long Bay
  • In Hoi An, a private market adventure with a local Chef, followed by a cooking lesson
  • Exclusive lecture and tour of Old Saigon conducted by Tim Doling, a writer and local historian
  • Watch the glorious sunset from a traditional Khmer boat on the moat at Angkor Thom
  • Private tuk tuk tour of Chiang Mai highlighted by illuminated temples and Old City walls
  • Ride a gentle Thai elephant through the forest and a bamboo raft down the scenic Ping River
  • Rice planting lesson by a local grower - change into mud boots and a farmer’s mor hom
  • Private dinner cruise on a traditional teak rice barge, with views of glittering Bangkok

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. A few early wake ups and some long drives from one city to another. This is a Deluxe program. For more information, click here.


All of your needs are met on this luxury tour of Southeast Asia. Enjoying the company of no more than twenty-six passengers per group, tour participants travel in comfort and style. Travelers are accompanied by a professional tour manager who will introduce you to exotic Southeast Asia. You’ll explore lands of gleaming temples, golden Buddhas, legendary cities and ethereal landscapes. You’ll also experience cultures and traditions unique to the area. At the end of each day, you’ll retire to hotels chosen for their comfort, as well as location. Welcome to Southeast Asia with Signature Collection.


DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Vietnam
Depart on your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam's charismatic capital city, known as the “Paris of the East” with its French inspired architecture. You’ll be welcomed by our representatives and transferred to our deluxe hotel, with its French colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Time to rest and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Hanoi

DAY 2, Saturday - Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Water Puppet Show, Welcome Reception
A morning orientation meeting with the Tour Manager highlights the astonishing tour of Southeast Asia that lies ahead. Then, we get acquainted with energetic Hanoi, with its broad boulevards, ancient pagodas, and scenic lakes - the city’s design and architecture is very much tied to the French-colonial era. Begin the day with a thrilling cyclo ride. Join the crowds traversing the narrow back streets of the Old Quarter - see locals in conical-shaped hats selling their wares in this bustling mecca of shops and stalls. At the Ho Chi Minh Complex, view Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the symbolic One Pillar Pagoda, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. Pass the imposing Presidential Palace before visiting the revolutionary leader’s humble "house on stilts" set in a well-tended garden, and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison named the "Hanoi Hilton" by U.S. POWs during the war. Visit the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Den Ngoc Son) one of Hanoi’s most picturesque shrines set on a tiny islet in the center of Hoàn Kiem Lake. Lunch is followed by an enchanting performance of the world-famous Water Puppets, depicting ancient Vietnamese folktales over a pool of water accompanied by an orchestra and opera singers. Tonight, gather with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a festive Welcome Reception and a delectable Vietnamese dinner
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Ha Long Bay
Astonishing panoramas await us today! Depart on a long drive through the lush Vietnamese countryside with glimpses of the country’s traditional way of life to Ha Long Bay. Undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, Ha Long Bay has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Upon arrival in the early afternoon, we embark on a luxurious, classic junk that transports us into another world, where thousands of limestone islands rise from emerald waters. A warm welcome by the captain and crew before lunch on board. Delight in the tranquility of the fairy tale landscape as we sail past jagged cliffs, grottos and hidden caves. Explore the serene Dark and Bright Lagoon by row boat or, opt to kayak in this soothing setting before returning to the ship. Later, relax on deck, take a swim or perhaps indulge in one of the spa services. A cooking demonstration precedes tonight’s remarkable culinary experience. At dusk, remain on deck to witness a spectacular sunset on these magical waters
Overnight: Ha Long Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Ha Long Bay, Hoi An
Rise early to watch the sunrise on the peaceful waters before joining the Tai Chi lessons on deck. We sail to Surprise Cave and explore the enormous grotto, full of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. As we head back toward the harbor, a brunch buffet will be served. Afterward, we disembark the ship, return to Hanoi for a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, continue to quaint Hoi An, an important trading port for Chinese, Dutch, Indian and Japanese merchants until the 17th century. A delectable dinner awaits us upon arrival at our stunning boutique hotel, on the banks of the Thu Bon River, a perfect blend of historic charm and modernity
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Walking Tour of Ancient Hoi An, Market Adventure, Cooking Lesson
Discover the extraordinary beauty of ancient Hoi An on the walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where people still wear the "ao dais", Vietnam's traditional dress. Its past is superbly preserved in a captivating collection of temples, pagodas, shop houses and magnificent private homes in the town's Old Quarter. Visit the Old House of Tan Ky, lovingly preserved throughout seven generations and the gorgeous Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, one of the city’s largest and most ornate temples. Follow Chinese tradition by lighting an incense candle in honor of your loved ones. At the graceful bright red 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, view a fantastic work of art. Then, splitting into smaller groups, a specially arranged private cooking class, led by a Chef at a local restaurant, is followed by lunch of your own creation. Later, visit the shop of a lantern craftsman to learn how colorful lanterns are made, and a workshop where artisans produce silk products using ancient looms. The evening is at leisure. Opt to stroll in the Old Town or along the river glistening with lights of flickering lanterns - a unique highlight of Hoi An
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Wednesday - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Cu Chi Tunnels
A flight to the high-energy metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, a potpourri of old pagodas, modern towers, and an energetic vibrant culture. Lunch at a local restaurant before driving to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network built in a jungle outside the city, that included hospitals, schools, kitchens, sleeping quarters and much more. We’ll gain a greater understanding into the history of this secretive expansive network, a key Viet Cong resource during the Vietnam War. If you choose, squeeze into and crawl through some of the small tunnels that were once traversed by guerrillas, experiencing for yourself the life that once existed here. Settle in and relax at our centrally located prestigious hotel designed to capture the essence of classical and contemporary Vietnam. Tonight is on your own - a great opportunity to try one of the fine restaurants in Ho Chi Minh where virtually every world cuisine is represented, or be adventurous and sample the vast selection of tasty Vietnamese dishes at one of the many street stalls
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday – Exclusive Lecture and Tour by Tim Doling
Today, an exclusive lecture and tour of the city conducted by Tim Doling, the noted author, researcher, and historian. Step back in time as we view his interactive presentation and listen to a fascinating lecture about Saigon’s history and its landmark buildings - see the old and witness the new! Following, we all walk together past the city’s major sites, observing landmark buildings such as the neoclassical Central Post Office, the Opera House standing magnificently at the heart of the city, the Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the former U.S. Consulate where helicopter evacuations took place during the Vietnam War. Next, enjoy a coffee break at the Rex Hotel's legendary rooftop bar, overlooking the most cherished French-colonial buildings in the city. The rooftop bar was made famous during the Vietnam War when it served as home to the American military command's daily conference, sarcastically named “Five O'Clock Follies” by cynical journalists who questioned the suitability of a bar to host a war briefing. The rest of the day is yours to discover the city independently – don’t miss the bustling Ben Thanh Market where you can find everything from coffee beans to bowls of Pho, the local noodle soup. Tonight’s dinner highlights international cuisine in a serene and stylish setting combining classical French cooking with exotic touches from Asia
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Siem Reap, Sunset Cruise at Angkor Thom
The journey continues with a flight to Siem Reap, the center of the ancient Khmer civilization and gateway to Cambodia's mystical UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Upon arrival at our elegant French colonial resort hotel, we’ll be welcomed to Cambodia with a traditional Khmer musical dance. A lunch of local specialties before we depart to the dazzling Banteay Srei Temple, a jewel of Angkorian art, cut from pinkish colored stone with some of the world’s finest three-dimensional carvings. In the late afternoon, watch the glorious sunset from the deck of a traditional Khmer boat, accented by cocktails and canapes. Floating on the peaceful waters of the moat at Angkor Thom, with a backdrop of the ancient city, is an experience you would surely not forget. Enjoy a delectable dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple
The highpoint of the day is our visit to majestic Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, a gem of Khmer architecture. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, depicting stories from Hindu mythology. This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings, was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. After a local lunch, breathtaking experiences lie ahead at the fortified city of Angkor Thom. We walk amid monuments and statues of ancient Hindu gods, including the vast Terrace of the Elephants and elaborate Terrace of the Leper Kings, adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. At the mysterious Bayon Temple, view the puzzling giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, still shielding many of the monuments. You'll clearly understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are designated as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” Perhaps linger to watch the blazing colors of the sunset over the monuments. Savor delectable Cambodian cuisine at dinner tonight
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Tonle Sap Lake, Chiang Mai
A wonderful morning excursion takes us by boat on freshwater Tonle Sap Lake, the largest in Southeast Asia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Explore the string of waterside villages (both floating and stilted) and observe the local life awakening before your eyes. You can even try riding on an ox-cart, still being used here by local farmers. Then, depart to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai in Thailand, the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. At our lavish resort hotel nestled in a lush tropical garden, time to immerse yourself in relaxation and tranquility in your pavilion accommodations
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Rice Planting, Night Tour by Tuk Tuk
Today, you’re taught how rice is planted by one of the local growers in this land of a million rice fields. Change into mud boots and a traditional farmer’s mor hom. Learn about the importance of rice in the Thai culture. Lunch and free time at the hotel to enjoy all the amenities. Later, a night tour of the city in a traditional tuk tuk (open bike-taxi). We’ll pass magnificent temples with their gorgeous illuminations and the walls of the Old City
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Monk Chat, Visit Wat Suan Dok and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temples
After a light lunch in the early afternoon, head to Wat Suan Dok Temple, one of the most famous sites in Chiang Mai, where the ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family are kept. The temple also houses a principle pagoda that enshrines Buddha's relics. Have a unique experience joining a monk chat. Through our interaction with the monks, we will learn about life in a Thai temple and what it’s like to be a Buddhist. Later, we tour the Wat Doi Suthep Mountain to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand. Pay your respects to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and marvel at the panoramic views of the city from the peak, also the perfect spot for watching the sunset. Then, enjoy a delectable dinner at one of the very best restaurants in Chiang Mai
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Private Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
An unhurried morning before the flight to Bangkok, the exotic capital of Thailand. Free time at our luxurious hotel nestled along the river, renowned for its gracious Thai hospitality, impeccable service, and caring personal attention. In the afternoon, we board a long-tail speedboat that zips us along the Chao Phraya River and the klongs (canals) to see the many interesting sights and small villages that prosper along the riverfront. Later, a private dinner cruise on a traditional teak rice barge, views of glittering Bangkok at night - the brilliant glow of lights is magical as we sail past the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace and other beautiful temples magnificently illuminated
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Highlights of Bangkok
Awake this morning in this endlessly fascinating city that is an extraordinary blend of ancient and modern. The day begins at the fragrant and colorful flower market; view the display of fresh flowers and learn about the importance of the flower trade on the economy. Onward to the elaborate Grand Palace, the glittering centerpiece of the city, a sprawling complex of temples, halls, and pavilions built around immaculate lawns and gardens and its holy Temple of the Emerald Buddha built for the King of Siam in exotic Thai-style. Continue on a visit to serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 49 feet high. Afterward, a delectable lunch of local favorites! Afternoon is at leisure. At dinner time, treat yourself to an evening of outstanding Thai food at one of the city’s well-known restaurants. Enjoy a night out on the town!
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Friday - Floating Market, Farewell Reception
An early departure to one of the busiest Floating Markets outside of Bangkok, popular with locals and visitors alike. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how the ancient art of trading wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats fully loaded with all kinds of produce, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. Whet your appetite after this frenetic display of food – you’ll be ready for a hearty lunch at a nearby restaurant. On your own for the rest of the day to catch up on last minute shopping or sightseeing. On the last night in Bangkok, an elegant cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous Farewell Dinner has been arranged just for you. Bid a warm farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at tonight’s lavish dinner that caps your extraordinary experience in Southeast Asia
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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