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Voyages to Antiquity: Siem Reap to Hong Kong

Program Number: 20571RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/21/2013 - 1/12/2014;
Duration: 22 nights
Location: Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand/China
Price starting at: $6,500.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 56; 20 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

From the morning chants of saffron-robed monks to exotic regional cuisine, experience the vibrant cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.




Activity Particulars

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



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 2 nights; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 13 nights; Hong Kong, 2 nights.



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


Days 3-5: Arrival Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Take a field trip to the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, and thrill in the magnitude of Angkor Wat. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 6-10: Flight to Bangkok (Thailand) / embark MV Aegean Odyssey / At sea

Listen to the early morning chants of monks at Wat Pho before taking an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs of Bangkok. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 11-14: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) / Nha Trang / At sea

Sample Vietnamese cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City, and visit the 8th-century Ponagar Temples of Nha Trang.



Days 15-16: Da Nang / At sea

Take a field trip to the religious ruins of the Imperial Champa city of My Son before spending the afternoon in the medieval trading port of Hoi An.



Days 17-20: Hanoi (Vietnam) / Halong Bay (Vietnam) / At sea

Walk through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, and thrill in the beauty of more than 3,000 islands in the emerald waters of Halong Bay.



Days 21-23: Hong Kong / disembark / departure

Ride the historic Star Ferry to the Central District, marvel in views of the city from Victoria’s Peak and enjoy a lunch of dim sum - a Cantonese 'tea meal' favorite. Lodging: Five-star hotel with skyline views.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium class ship especially rebuilt to allow for a unique combination of ocean and river cruising, whether amongst the islands of the Mediterranean or on the great rivers of Asia. These journeys take you from uncrowded Mediterranean harbors to the African savannah, the Mughal monuments of India to the jungle temples of Southeast Asia. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 13 nights
   Park Hotel Hong Kong
  Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2 nights
 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 prior: 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 in time: 2:00 PM

 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

 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; 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

 Park Hotel Hong Kong
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Park Hotel Hong Kong is a recently refurbished and renovated four-star hotel centrally located in Kowloon, close to restaurants, shops, and the Hong Kong Harbor.
  Contact info: 61 – 65 Chatham Road South, Tsimshatsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong,   China
phone: +852-2731-2100
web: http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/hongkong/
  Room amenities: Each room has a LCD/Cable TV, in-house movies, high speed Internet access (for a fee), mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities, personal safe, hairdryer, room service, and complimentary water.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, bar, concierge, currency exchange, shopping gallery, laundry services, limousine service, meeting rooms, room service, 2-way shuttle service to Airport Express Train and Kowloon Station, and a 4-hour Business Center.
  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. 1-800-241-1404.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. 1:30 PM lunch in the hotel dining room. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hong Kong, China. After breakfast on the first day. You will be staying at Park Hotel Hong Kong 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:  Siem Reap
  Transportation to site: You may take a taxi from Siem Reap Airport to the Tara Angkor Hotel. It is approximately a 15 minute trip over 7 km. The cost is approximately USD $7 which can be paid in US dollars.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Hong Kong
  Transportation from site: There are three options for traveling from the hotel to Hong Kong International Airport 1) Taxi: approximate cost is HK$300 (US$39); approximately 45 minutes. 2) Airport Express MTR: Trains operate from Kowloon Station every 12 minutes from 5:53 AM to 12:52 AM. The fare is HK$90 (US$12) one way. The Kowloon MTR station is accessible via a short taxi ride. 3) Hotel Shuttle Bus: Cost is HK$130 (US$17) and shuttles run from 5:15 AM to 10:15 PM.
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.
(Saturday, December 21)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Sunday, December 22)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Monday, December 23)
   
 Morning: Arrive at Siem Reap airport and transfer to the hotel.
 Lunch: 1:30 PM Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Meet in the hotel lobby at 4:00 PM for a Road Scholar introduction and orientation to the program.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Tuesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Champey 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: Dinner at Kanell Restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake.
(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 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 Square 24 restaurant.
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at Viroth Restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the holiday.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Bangkok, Thailand.
(Thursday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. En route, learn about the city, its rich history, and Thai culture in general.
 Lunch: Lunch in 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.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Bangkok, Thailand.
(Friday, December 27)

Note: Modest dress is required to enter the temple grounds.



   
 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: Lunch at the Supatra River House.
 Afternoon: After lunch, board a private long tail boat which will take you onto the peaceful Klong Bang Luang. Pass by shop houses, local temples, and vendors on this waterway which was once a major trading route and lined with impressive homes of aristocrats. The guide will share local landmarks and cultural idiosyncrasies of the area. After observing this lively area, the boat will stop at Baan Silapin, a 100 year old renovated house that is now home to an art gallery. Here, stop to enjoy the gallery, take part in an art workshop, or explore the local community, before experiencing a unique puppet show performed by puppeteers trained under the Joe Louis School of puppetry. En route, back to the city, stop to explore the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Bangkok, Thailand / Embark
(Saturday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: After breakfast, escape from chaotic Bangkok with a short train ride to Chacherngsao, a lesser known historical town. The first stop is at Talaat Klong Suan, a 100-year-old canal side market. Marvel at the old shop houses and stalls selling a variety of items such as food, quaint old utensils, and ancient tin toys. Continue to Wat Sothornwararam Worawiharn with its remarkable resemblance to an Italian marbled temple hall. Take a boat trip on Bangprakong River to Talaat Baan Mai, another hundred year old market and Wat Leng Hok Yee - a Chinese shrine with papier-mache sculptures.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 4 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge." You will benefit from the advantage of small-ship cruising as you board Aegean Odyssey in the heart of Bangkok, before sailing down the Phraya River to the Gulf of Thailand.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: At sea.
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 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. 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 10: At sea
(Monday, December 30)
   
 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. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Tuesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Cruise 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 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). Visit the city's main attractions including the extraordinary market in Chinatown, the great monument to the French colonial era Notre Dame Cathedral, and the moving War Remnants Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or at a local restaurant on your own.
 Afternoon: You may choose to return to the ship for lunch and to relax on board, or you may stay in town to enjoy lunch and free time on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the New Year's holiday.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to explore Saigon on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Set sail in the early-afternoon. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Nha Trang, Vietnam.
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Start this afternoon's excursion at the port with a visit to the aquarium of the National Oceanographic Museum. Then visit the spectacular 8th-century Po Nagar Temples, a typical Vietnamese pagoda, and explore Nha Trang's bustling market where you can bargain for fresh produce, exotic fruit, and such treats as mango cake.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea.
(Friday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice. 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 15: Da Nang, Vietnam.
(Saturday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Da Nang is Vietnam's third largest city and is located on the South China Sea coast midway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Founded by the Cham people some 3,000 years ago, it became a popular resort for GIs on R&R during the Vietnam War due to its proximity to the surf of China Beach. Set out to visit the religious ruins of the Imperial Champa city of My Son.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Hoi An sampling the variety of Vietnamese cuisine.
 Afternoon: Continue your full-day field trip in the medieval trading port of Hoi An. The narrow streets of Hoi An are lined with pristine 16th-century houses decorated with lacquer panels and built from rare timbers: this place is a real delight. On your way you will pass through the picturesque scenery of rural Vietnam with its extensive paddy fields and luscious vegetation. From Hoi An, you may return to ship, or stay on and take the later coach back.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea.
(Sunday, January 5)
   
 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 treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Halong Bay, Vietnam
(Monday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, Hanoi is the perfect blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from 42 centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture and as a result it has retained a Parisian grace with its wide boulevards lined by huge mansions and carefully designed parks and public spaces. Departing from the port of Hong Gai, you will see many of the great sights this fascinating city has to offer including the 1,000-year-old Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Walking through the Old Quarter with its market stalls heaving with exotic produce and myriad street food stalls is like stepping back in time.
 Lunch: Lunch a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your excursion of Hanoi before returning to the ship in Hong Gai.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Halong Bay, Vietnam.
(Tuesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: With over 3,000 islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is a natural work of art and a spectacular UNESCO World Hertitage Site. The haunting beauty and tranquility of this natural wonder are truly inspiring. The islands are peppered with secret grottoes and deep caves enhancing Halong's sense of mystery. Board a local boat for a gentle cruise around these islands.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the picturesque views of Halong Bay.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea.
(Wednesday, January 8)
   
 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. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At sea.
(Thursday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. 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 21: Hong Kong, China / Disembark
(Friday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark and ride the historic Star Ferry across the harbor to Central District. Even after 100 years, the ferry remains an important commuter link from Kowloon to Hong Kong island. The eight-minute crossing provides spectacular 360 degree views of Hong Kong's magnificent harbor. Drive to the base of Victoria Peak and take the funicular up the highest mountain on the island, where spectacular views stretch over the city's most expensive real estate, to the harbor beyond. Transfer to the Hollywood Road / Cat Street Area. Known for its antique and curio shops as well as contemporary art galleries, this area is a favorite for collectors or simply those who want to browse and imbibe the ambience of 'old Hong Kong'. At the foot of Hollywood Road lies colorful Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most active.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the Hollywood Road / Cat Street Area. Meet at Man Mo Temple for transfer to hotel.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Hong Kong
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22: Hong Kong, China.
(Saturday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: At the dynamic Hong Kong History Museum, learn about the unique origins of this beautiful city - from the history of its original inhabitants and colonal past to its present-day status as a distinctively international port and financial center.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore.
 Dinner: Depart for a farewell dinner at Lei Yue Mun. Once a small fishing village, Lei Yue Mun overlooks the Eastern gate of Victoria Harbor and is enjoyed by locals as a place to relax by the harbor and enjoy special seafood dishes along with Cantonese non-seafood favorites.
   
Accommodations: Park Hotel Hong Kong
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23: Hong Kong, China / Departures
(Sunday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a relaxing morning on your own.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch of dim sum - a Cantonese/Hong Kong 'tea meal' favorite. These dishes include a selection of fried and steamed dumplings as well as various other savory items. The term for this Chinese style of eating translates as "heart's delight." Originally dim sum referred to the Cantonese practice of serving small dishes in teahouses.
 Afternoon: At the fascinating Hong Kong History Museum, learn about the unique origins of this beautiful city - from the history of its original inhabitants to its present-day status as a distinctively international port and financial center. Late afternoon transfer to the airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Bangkok MBK (Ma Boon Krong) or Siam Area
Take the sky train to Siam or National Stadium and explore Bangkok's well known shopping area.
  Royal Barges Museum
The Royal Thai Barges are not slow, wide transport ships, but rather are incredibly decorated, slender, ornate, longtail boats that were once used daily by the royal family. This museum is a delight for anyone interested in Thai art or culture.
  Hong Kong Flagstaff Museum of Tea and Hong Kong Park
The small Museum of Tea is located in Flagstaff House, the oldest colonial building in Hong Kong. Built for the British commander of forces, it is now home to a collection of tea and a center of tea culture. It is situated in Hong Kong Park whose lovely grounds include one of southeast Asia's largest greenhouses and an aviary with more than 100 bird species in a tropical rain forest setting.
  Hollywood Road
This winding half mile road in Central District features shops that sell Chinese and Asian antiques and reproductions including ceramics, paintings, furniture and folk artifacts. The shops provide pleasurable browsing.
  Hong Kong Museum of Art
Conveniently located in downtown Tsim Sha Tsui and beside the harbor, this small museum houses Chinese antiquities and fine arts, as well as special exhibitions and works by contemporary artists.
  Siem Reap Angkor Night Market
In the evening, you may wish to explore the Angkor Night Market and "Pub Street" with its many restaurants.
  Old Market (Phsar Chas)
At the central market, Phsar Chas, you will find silks, handicrafts and souvenirs.
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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.



Arts of Southeast Asia


Author: Fiona Kerlogue


Description: A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.



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! Hong Kong


Author: Clare Vickers


Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.



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.



Hong Kong


Author: Jan Morris


Description: A wonderful portrait of Hong Kong by one of our favorite writers. Morris enumerates the many personal pleasures of the city, deftly interweaving reportage, history and culture.



Insight City Guide Bangkok


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This delightful guide, with 600 color photographs, features maps, not-to-be-missed attractions and a comprehensive street atlas.



Insight Select Hong Kong


Author: Insight Guides


Description: A handy pocket guide to secret gems and off-beat itinerary ideas for a memorable stay in Hong Kong. With a handpicked list of hotels for all tastes and budgets and travel tips.



Kowloon Tong, A Novel of Hong Kong


Author: Paul Theroux


Description: With its strong sense of place and contemporary setting in Hong Kong at a time of transition, this fast-paced novel is an illuminating and imaginative look at the city.



Lonely Planet Angkor Wat & Siem Reap Encounter


Author: Nick Ray


Description: This lively shirt pocket guide is jammed with personal recommendations, photographs and a pull-out map.



Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha


Author: Dorothy Gilman


Description: Grandma Pollifax, the CIA agent, is at it again, hot on the trail of jewel thieves, drug dealers and murderers in the city of Hong Kong. Part of the popular series, this mystery is great fun.



Phnom Penh, A Cultural History


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


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



The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars


Author: Andrew X. Pham


Description: Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily 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.



The Quiet American


Author: Graham Greene


Description: A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.



Understanding Vietnam


Author: Neil Jamieson


Description: Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, illuminating the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam.



Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc


Description: From rain forest and rural countryside to the cities, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore Vietnam's landscapes, myths and changing traditions.





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