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Voyages to Antiquity Holiday Adventure: Singapore to Siem Reap

Program Number: 20569RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/4/2012 - 1/6/2013;
Duration: 33 nights
Location: Brunei/Malaysia/Cambodia/Vietnam/Thailand/Singapore/Burma
Price starting at: $8,768.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 93; 32 Breakfasts, 31 Lunches, 30 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays on the voyage of a lifetime as you journey through Southeast Asia on board the MV Aegean Odyssey.




Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Singapore, 2 nights; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 5 nights; Yangon (Burma), 1 night; Bagan, 1 night; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 17 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 2 nights; Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 nights.



Days 1-2: Flight from the U.S.A., cross International Date Line


Days 3-5: Arrival Singapore / embark MV Aegean Odyssey

Explore the three main ethnic regions of Singapore — Malay, Chinese and Indian — and visit their gardens, temples and marketplaces. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 6-7: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) / At sea

Marvel at the record breaking Petronas Towers — as you experience the modern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. While in Malaysia’s largest city, visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St Mary and historic buildings of Independence Square.



Days 8-9: Phuket (Thailand) / At sea

Delight in the local culture of Phuket — Thailand's largest island — before journeying by boat to enjoy the crystal blue waters and scenic beaches of the Phi Phi Islands.



Days 10-14: Yangon (Burma) / Fly to Bagan / Fly to Yangon / At sea

Learn about the gentle, Buddhist way of life as you visit the awe-inspiring, golden Shwedagon pagoda. View the archaeological site of Bagan, and thrill in the panoramic views from Tayoke Pyay. Lodging: Centrally located hotels.



Days 15-16: Penang (Malaysia) / Malacca (Malaysia)

Consider the historic British settlements of Penang as you walk along the streets of Georgetown. Explore Malacca, Malaysia’s third largest city-state and its historic center that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Days 17-19: Singapore / At sea

Interact with the animals during a special breakfast at the Singapore Zoo, and enjoy an opportunity to explore the city independently. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 20-22: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Borneo) / Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Borneo) / At sea

Celebrate Christmas with a special dinner on board the ship. In Kota Kinabalu, discover the city’s fine museum, spice markets and temples. Journey to the port of Bandar Seri Begawan and explore the Sultan's vast residence.



Days 23-26: Nha Trang (Vietnam) / Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) / At sea

Enjoy a field trip to Nha Trang’s spectacular 8th-century Ponagar Temples. Sample the world famous Vietnamese cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City, and board a private boat for an exploration of the Cai Be floating market.



Days 27-28: Sihanoukville (Cambodia) / Phnom Penh (Cambodia) / At sea

Walk along the beautiful gardens of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and view the artworks of the National Museum. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at sea.



Days 29-30: Bangkok (Thailand) / disembark

Pay a visit to the home of silk millionaire Jim Thompson, and experience the early morning chants of monks at Wat Pho. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 31-34: Fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia) / departure

Take a field trip to the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, and thrill in the magnitude of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a boat ride along Tonlé Sap Lake, Asia’s largest freshwater lake. . Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium class ship especially rebuilt for cruising in the coastal waters and among the islands of the Mediterranean, visiting small, uncrowded harbors that large ocean liners can't reach. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
  Singapore, Singapore 3 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 6 nights
   Areindmar Hotel
  Bagan, Myanmar 1 night
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 17 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
 PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road hotel stands in the heart of the Singapore's Little India district. This location provides the opportunity to closely experience the spirit of this distinct neighborhood that’s brimming with culture and dotted with quaint shops. The friendly staff at the PARKROYAL hotel can recommend the best of the community. In fact, with their personal recommendations, you’ll feel like a local in no time at all. Walk down Serangoon Road and be enthralled by the colors and aromas along the streets.
  Contact info: 181 Kitchener Road
Singapore,  208533 Singapore
phone: +65 6428-3000
web: www.parkroyalhotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room includes air-conditioning, bathrobes, complimentary wireless Internet access, television with cable and movie channels, telephone, personal safe, hair dryer, bar sized refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café and bar, 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, currency exchange desk, dry cleaning and laundry service, wireless and wired Internet access for a fee, and two restaurants. Enjoy a steam bath or work up a sweat in the fully equipped hotel gym, and then cool off on the spacious sun deck around the enticing swimming pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MV Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MV Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: MV Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge. Or perhaps an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa and Jacuzzi; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, no wireless available); beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Areindmar Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Located in New Bagan, a 10 minute drive from the archaeological zone of Bagan, the Areindmar Hotel is a four-star boutique property. Thirty-eight thoughtfully designed, Deluxe rooms surround a manicured courtyard.
  Contact info: 2nd Street, New Ni and Cherry Street
New Bagan,   Myanmar
phone: +95 1-377956
  Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, a telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, a personal safe, satellite television, mini bar, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: This hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry service, and wireless Internet in common areas.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Majestic Grande
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: The Majestic Grande combines contemporary décor and state-of-the-art technology with warm hospitality that is uniquely Thai. It is closely located to major Embassies, banks, and the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, and it is within walking distance to the BTS Sky-train Station, which is linked to the MRT Underground.
  Contact info: 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2
Bangkok,  10110 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 2 262 2999
web: www.majesticgrande.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, mini bar, personal safe, two daily complimentary bottles of water, coffee and tea making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, laundry and dry-cleaning services, rooftop terrace, outdoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna, gym, and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor Hotel is conveniently located on the road to Angkor, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the center of town. With 206 rooms it is equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles De Gaulle (Road to Angkor Wat)
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: +855 (0) 63 966 661/2
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, television, free wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, hair dryer, personal safe, 220 voltage adapters and transformers (available upon request), wardrobes with bathrobe and slippers for your convenience, and ironing board and iron.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, spa, lounge, room service, poolside bar, lobby bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, complimentary bicycles, business center, hotel-wide wireless Internet access, gift shop, currency exchange, laundry service, shuttle van, and a shoe shine service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. 1:30 PM Lunch at the hotel. You will be staying at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road that night.
  End of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the Singapore airport to the hotel cost approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Siem Reap
  Transportation from site: Options for traveling from the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap to the Siem Reap International Airport include a four seat car for $4, eight seat minivan for $10, 15 seat minivan for $30, and tuk tuk for $6. You may arrange a transfer on site with the help of your Group Leader.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit.
(Tuesday, December 4)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Wednesday, December 5)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road

Day 3: Arrival in Singapore.
(Thursday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, or in flight depending on your arrival time.
 Morning: Arrival at airport in Singapore. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: 1:30 PM Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Program orientation and group introductions. Introductory excursion of Singapore.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore.
(Friday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today a full day field trip takes you to the three main ethnic areas of Singapore - Malay, Chinese and Indian. Your day begins with a visit to the Botanic Gardens to the Orchid Enclosure to admire one of the very best hybrid Orchid collections in the world. Then continue down fashionable Orchard Road to Arab Street. Arab Street is believed to be named after a noble Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed Al Junied, and was a residential "kampong" for Muslims of Arab, Malay, Indian, Bugis, Javanese and Boyanese descents. We take a short walk through this area discovering the local life. The area includes many longstanding textile, carpet, basket and bag shops. Built in 1928, the Sultan's mosque is one of the largest mosques in Singapore and includes the Sultan's Palace, which is known today as the Malay Heritage Center. Moving on, we visit Little India, experience the hustle and bustle of the market place, and see Indian jewelers and flower garland makers at work.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore Chinatown and enjoy a short visit to the Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman Temple. Then explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre to learn the story of Chinatown.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark
(Saturday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to relax or explore Singapore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 3 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(Sunday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Port Kelang is our gateway to Malaysia's impressive capital, Kuala Lumpur. On an afternoon field trip, discover this thriving modern metropolis, home to the Petronas Towers, the world's tallest buildings. Here you will also find some older wonders such as the 19th-century Cathedral of St. Mary and historic buildings of Independence Square.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea.
(Monday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the Observation Lounge. Accompanying these is a selection of refreshing teas and a choice of coffees. Relax as the ship makes its way to towards Thailand.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Phuket, Thailand / Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
(Tuesday, December 11)

Note: Please wear your swimwear before leaving the ship. Use of snorkel equipment and National Park entrance fees are included. Helpful items to bring are plastic sandals, toilet paper and small change for the bar. Operation dependent on the weather.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Phuket is Thailand's largest island and although it is a popular resort, Phuket has retained much of its local culture. From Phuket, a local boat will take you to the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands: with crystal clear blue waters filled with colorful marine life, astounding rock formations and classic sandy beaches, the Phi Phi islands are some of the most spectacular in Southeast Asia.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon on enchanting Bamboo Island. There will be free time to feed the fish, snorkel amid the coral beds, or sample a local refreshment at one of the tiny bars.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea.
(Wednesday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Yangon, Myanmar.
(Thursday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and the shipboard guest lectures as the ship makes its way to Yangon, Myanmar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue sailing to Yangon. The Aegean Odyssey will berth in the heart of Yangon in the early evening.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Bagan, Myanmar.
(Friday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Very early breakfast on board.
 Morning: Transfer with your Road Scholar group to Yangon's Mingalardon airport for a 6:30 AM flight to Bagan (estimated arrival 7:20 AM). With thousands of ancient stupas and temples, Bagan is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th to the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Upon arrival, you will take in the stunning, panoramic views from Tayoke Pyay. While at the Shwezigon Pagoda, learn about the Burmese belief in Nats, or spirits, which was officially replaced by Buddhism in the 12th century, but continues to the present. Also visit the nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite "jakata" mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Sunset Garden restaurant overlooking the river.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the hotel for check-in before continuing with an afternoon excursion. The afternoon excursion begins with a visit to the Ananda temple, an excellent example of early-style Bagan architecture. Nearby Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Pass through Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture titled, "The History of Bagan."
   
Accommodations: Areindmar Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yangon, Myanmar.
(Saturday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Nyaung U airport for a 8:05 AM return flight to Yangon (estimated arrival 10:50 AM). On arrival, explore Yangon and take a close look at the local life of this historical city. Travel to the Sule pagoda in the center of the city and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and city hall. Afterwards, stroll through Boyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market, which offers a wide variety of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Monsoon restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda with its 98-meter high stupa that is covered in genuine gold plates (these are donated by ordinary Myanmar people from all over the country): it is truly a remarkable sight. Unlike many great sites around the world, Shwedagon is visited mostly by local Burmese people. The giant gold gilded Paya serves as a meeting point for families, friends, and teenagers looking to enjoy the cool night air. Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea.
(Sunday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea.
(Monday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and the shipboard guest lectures as the ship makes its way to Malaysia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Penang, Malaysia.
(Tuesday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Penang was part of the Malay sultanate until 1786, when Captain Francis Light built a fort at the site of present-day Georgetown and managed to get the island ceded to the British East India Company. The island, along with Malacca and Singapore, was one of the three British Straits Settlements and the capital, Georgetown, was named after King George III. You will spend the morning exploring the island on a guided field trip.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, take advantage of free time to wander the streets of Georgetown with its historical buildings including 19th century merchant houses, well-preserved colonial core and street markets.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Malacca, Malaysia.
(Wednesday, December 19)

Note: There are approx. 120 shallow steps to reach the ruins of St. Paul’s Church.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Malacca is a unique experience and its rich historical background earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in July 2008. Malacca was the capital of the Malacca Sultanate and was the center of the Malay world in the 15th and 16th centuries. It fell to the hands of the Portuguese in 1511 and centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have influenced the architecture of the town. This rich history will come to life as you discover the main colonial sites including the ruined Portuguese fort "A Famosa," St. Paul's Church that overlooks the Malacca Strait, and Dutch Square.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Singapore, Singapore.
(Thursday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Disembark with your Road Scholar group for "breakfast in the wild" at the Singapore Zoo.
 Morning: Enjoy a tram ride around the Singapore Zoo before making friends with an Orangutan and other wildlife during a photography session.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At sea.
(Friday, December 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea.
(Saturday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga before attending a stimulating lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Borneo).
(Sunday, December 23)

Note: Please respect local tradition and refrain from wearing low-cut tops or shorts.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Not only is the Sultanate of Brunei a state of great wealth due to its deposits of oil and gas but it is also a country of beautiful scenery with dense forests and steamy mangrove swamps. Brunei was a British protectorate from 1888 to 1984 and it is now an independent monarchy ruled by His Majesty Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah. The large port of Bandar Seri Begawan is the nation's capital and here you will visit the Royal Regalia Museum with its remarkable collection of royal jewels, see the Sultan's vast residence and explore the local waterways.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Due to the distance between Bandar Seri Begawan and the port, you may choose to return to the ship for lunch and a peaceful afternoon on board, or you may opt to remain in the heart of the city for independent exploration. The local market is worth a visit, the Omar Ali Mosque lies nearby, and lunch venues are within easy walking distance of the bus drop-off / pick-up point. A return bus transfer to the ship will be provided mid-afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Borneo).
(Monday, December 24)

Note: Sturdy walking shoes are necessary for the walk through the Heritage Village, and a high level of mobility is required due to steep steps to enter the longhouses.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia's Sabah State. Dominated by the great 13,000-foot-high Kinabalu Mountain, Kota Kinabalu is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. On a guided field trip, discover the city's beautiful mosques, market, and fine museum. Begin with a leisurely drive through town, passing such landmarks as the gold-domed State Mosque, the floating City Mosque and the towering Tun Mustapha Tower before stopping to visit the longhouse-shaped Sabah Museum. Here, the Heritage Village gives an excellent overview of the traditional dwellings and colorful costumes of North Borneo's various indigenous groups.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Christmas day at sea.
(Tuesday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a leisurely Christmas morning at sea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special Christmas dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Nha Trang, Vietnam.
(Wednesday, December 26)

Note: Please remember we will be entering sacred monuments. Knees and shoulders must be covered, and shoes and hats removed when entering the prayer hall.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga before attending a stimulating lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: With its beautiful beaches, stunning setting with a backdrop of towering mountains and monuments from the 7th to 12th century Cham dynasty, Nha Trang is a great introduction to Vietnam. As well as visiting the spectacular 8th-century Po Nagar Temples and a typical Vietnamese pagoda, you will also have the opportunity to bargain in Nha Trang's bustling market.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
(Thursday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: A spectacular arrival in one of Southeast Asia's most exciting cities as the Aegean Odyssey cruises up the Saigon River to berth in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Your central location is perfect for not only exploring Saigon but also gives you the chance to sample one of the world's great cuisines (no visit to Vietnam is complete without trying a bowl of the local noodle soup, pho).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Friday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Depart with your Road Scholar group for Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. En route stop at the Cao Dai, a temple of the Cao Dai religion which is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese Spiritualism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue to Cai Be and embark on a private boat to cruise the colorful Cai Be floating market and try bargaining and exchanging goods with local traders. Later, row through the beautiful channels of Tan Phong island on smaller boats and try your hand at net-fishing.
 Lunch: Lunch at Anh Kiet ancient house.
 Afternoon: Continue by boat to visit a handicraft village. Awaken your inner chef during a presentation on traditional methods for making fish sauce, rice-nets for spring rolls, and cooking salt. Learn the method for sewing coconut leaves together for traditional cottages.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: At sea.
(Saturday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the Observation Lounge. Accompanying these is a selection of refreshing teas and a choice of coffees. Relax as the ship makes it way to towards Cambodia.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / Phnom Penh
(Sunday, December 30)

Note: Please cover arms, shoulders and knees. It is recommended to wear socks as it is required to remove shoes at the Silver Pagoda. Museum photography is allowed only in the courtyard. Backpacks are not permitted in the Royal Palace. On occasion, the palace closes at short notice. If this occurs, the temple will be combined with a visit to the Central Market.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, you will travel to the country's exotic capital Phnom Penh. With its fragrant markets, Royal Palace, bustling riverfront and monks in traditional saffron robes, this is a place redolent of an older Asia. After Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century, Phnom Penh on the banks of the Mekong River became the country's new capital. The city flourished during French colonial rule and much of its current layout dates from this time. Despite horrific suffering during the time of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodians are a resilient people and Phnom Penh is once again a thriving and charming place.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Your field trip will include the National Museum with its extensive collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful gardens. * Please note that the trip to Phnom Penh is a very long day; those participants wishing a less strenuous excursion will be able take a half day excursion, “Sihanoukville & Surroundings.”
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: New Year's Eve at sea.
(Monday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Spend time reflecting on your journey thus far. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy some champagne to celebrate the new year.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Bangkok, Thailand / Disembark
(Tuesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Benefit from the advantage of small-ship cruising as the Aegean Odyssey sails up the Chao Phraya River to the heart of Bangkok. From here you will disembark and transfer to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A visit to Jim Thompson's House is a must when in Bangkok. This beautiful, riverside, teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the charismatic American silk millionaire who spent years filling it with priceless antiques before his mysterious disappearance in 1967. Situated near the museum is Baan Krua, a cham Muslim village whose artisans used to weave for Jim Thompson. Today, some of the original weaving families still remain and welcome visitors to learn about their history and silk traditions. This community houses a silk shop and gallery, which showcases high quality Thai silk products.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 30: Bangkok, Thailand.
(Wednesday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: An early start will take you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 146 foot reclining Buddha. Continue to the Grand Palace and marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Supatra River House.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs of Bangkok to Nonthaburi in the far north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside. Stop the boat to walk through a bustling local market place and discover a riverside temple with an impressive reclining Buddha far from the tourist crowds. We stop for a fresh coconut juice and chat with the locals before cruising back into town.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Thursday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for an 11:35 AM flight to Siem Reap (estimated arrival 12:35 PM). Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire. Then explore the Ta Prohm temple which is unique because it has been largely left as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.
 Dinner: Dinner at Fou Nan restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Friday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Travel to the gem of the Angkor area, the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called "Citadel of the Women" was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique because of the pink sandstone used in its construction and which is not seen anywhere else in Angkor. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum where the museum's founder, Mr. Aki Ra, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum also serves as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh's streets or from impoverished rural communities.
 Lunch: Lunch at Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit Artisans d'Angkor, an organization that supports Cambodian arts and crafts, and helps young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Learn about Cambodian wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing. Continue to the legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carving and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the ways Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is featured on the Cambodian national flag as it symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. You will be there during sunset, when Angkor Wat is less crowded and the Apsaras (female spirits) will shine in the most beautiful light.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Kanell restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake.
(Saturday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Embark on a fascinating boat ride on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia's largest freshwater lake and its size varies greatly between seasons, sometimes swelling up to four times its original size during the wet season! Visit the small village of Kampong Phluck where you will see houses built on stilts to protect them from Tonlé Sap Lake's ebb and flow. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests.
 Lunch: Lunch at Cassia restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This city was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman II. This city is surrounded by a 26 foot high wall, with each side of the city being 2.5 miles long, forming a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate. Continue to the exact center of the city to find the Bayon Temple. This temple is unique because of the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King are also a must, as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Afterwards, partake in a very special ceremony in which Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and safety during your journey.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: In transit / arrival
(Sunday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Siem Reap airport for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Singapore Chinatown Heritage Center
The history of Singapore's Chinese settlers comes alive in three floors of an old shophouse on Pagoda Street. Uncover the secret societies, underground gambling rings, and hopeful narratives of settlers during a walk through this unique museum. Be transported back to the 1950s with the reconstructed, private interiors of shophouse tenants.
  Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
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Suggested Reading List


A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam


Author: Norman Lewis


Description: A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere and including wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.



A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


Author: J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White


Description: A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.



Angkor Map


Author: Dawn Rooney


Description: A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.



Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire


Author: Bruno Dagens


Description: An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.



Anna and the King of Siam


Author: Margaret Landon


Description: The enduring, fanciful tale of a governess in mid-19th century Siam, which is the basis for the hit musical production The King and I.



Bangkok Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000.



Birds of Southeast Asia


Author: Craig Robson


Description: This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.



Culture Smart! Thailand


Author: Roger Jones


Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.



Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.



Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best


Author: Sylvie Franquet, Anthony Sattin


Description: This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000.



Stranger in the Forest


Author: Eric Hansen


Description: Hansen's absorbing account of a trek across Sarawak in the company of the nomadic Penan is an entertaining portrait of a little-visited world and vanishing way of life.



The Gods Drink Whiskey


Author: Stephen T. Asma


Description: Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.



Wild Borneo, The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan


Author: Nick Garbutt, Cede Prudente, David Attenborough (Photographer)


Description: This beautiful oversized book of 250 color photographs and accompanying essays on Borneo's habitats, wildlife, history and conservation (including a chapter on the Heart of Borneo project), published in association with the World Wildlife Fund, is an excellent overview of the natural history of the island.





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