Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Arrive:||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|Depart:||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|Lodging:||2 night hotels|
|Meals:||All meals included except on Day 1|
|Activity:||Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Walking|
Cultural explorations, walking tours
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Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
We highly recommend arriving in Cambodia early to explore Phnom Penh, its captivating capital city. Considered one of Asia’s undiscovered gems, Phnom Penh is a fascinating crossroads of past and present. We’ll dive into the past at the National Museum, home to world-class Khmer sculpture, at the infamous “Killing Fields,” and at the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex (its floors are covered with five tons of polished silver). We then immerse ourselves in the present at Wat Phnom, with its steady stream of worshipers, and the bustling Psar Thmei Market, a boon for photographers with its colorful fresh food stalls and handicraft items, including gold and silver jewelry.
Day 1, January 23
Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
You will be met at the airport on arrival and escorted to the Sofitel Phnom Penh, one of Phnom Penh’s finest hotels. Cambodia’s commercial and political hub is graced with temples, French colonial architecture, and tree-lined boulevards. Today is at leisure to explore the city on your own…meals on your own
Day 2, January 24
Royal Palace / National Museum / Killing Fields / Sunset Cruise
This morning we visit the striking Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex, built in 1866 and including the Khmer-style Throne Hall, Royal Treasury, and Villa of Napoleon III, built in Egypt in 1866 for the opening of the Suez Canal. We then explore the National Museum with the expert museum staff, an excellent introduction to Khmer art and culture. The National Museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture including the famous head of Jayavarman VII and the beautiful headless Durga from Sambor Prei Kuk, plus much, much more. After lunch at the hotel, we visit the solemn but fascinating sites associated with Cambodia’s traumatic Khmer Rouge period (1975-1979), including Tuol Sleng, the former Pol Pot detention center S-21 that is now a museum, and the Choeung Ek “Killing Fields” south of the city, one of the many sites of Khmer Rouge mass executions in the 1970s, now a memorial for those who perished here. Later this afternoon, we join a one-hour cruise on the Mekong River to see Khmer and Vietnamese floating villages. Dinner this evening is at Malis, a fine Khmer restaurant. Overnight at Sofitel Phnom Penh…BLD
Day 3, January 25
Wat Phnom / Psar Thmei Market / Fly to Siem Reap
This morning we visit the hilltop 14th century pagoda called Wat Phnom (“Phnom” means hill and “Wat” means temple in Khmer). It is a bustling hub of shrines with a constant stream of worshipers. The large stupa at Wat Phnom contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat (1405-1467), who moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1432. Later we visit the iconic Psar Thmei Market, where all manner of goods are on display including a large selection of Cambodian handicrafts. Return to the hotel for check-out, then transfer to the airport at noon for the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be met and transferred to Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort, the symposium venue…B
Prices are for 2015
$795 (10-25 members)
$895 (6-9 members)
$995 (2-5 members)
Single supplement: $330
Internal airfare: $126 (subject to change)
Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:
- Services of local guides
- All meals included except on Day 1
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Sightseeing as noted with entrance fees to all sites
- Bottled drinking water provided on tours
- Airport transfers for passengers arriving Day 1 and group airport transfer on Day 3
Extension Cost Does Not Include:International airfare, internal airfare (see separate cost above), meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, hotels en route to Phnom Penh or additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, individual airport transfers prior to Day 1, visa fees, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Sofitel Phnom Penh, Cambodia
With its riverfront location in the old quarter of Phnom Penh, this French colonial-style hotel offers a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is within close distance of the Royal Palace and National Museum. Facilities include bars, restaurants (great breakfast buffet!), and two swimming pools. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.