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Voyages to Antiquity: Bali to Siem Reap

Program Number: 21184RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/16/2014 - 2/19/2014;
Duration: 34 nights
Location: Indonesia/Malaysia/Philippines
Price starting at: $8,850.00 - 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: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

The breathtaking treasures of Southeast Asia are revealed on this grand voyage to beautiful bays, bustling seaports and hidden temples.




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

Bali (Indonesia), 3 nights; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 24 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 2 nights; Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 nights.



Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / cross International Date Line


Days 3-6: Arrival Bali (Indonesia) / embark MV Aegean Odyssey:

Experience Balinese mask carving and traditional dance. Discover some of the island’s 20,000 richly adorned Hindu temples. Lodging: Four-star beach resort.



Days 7-9: Lombok, Ujung Pandang & Pare Pare:

Voyage through Indonesia, discovering historic trading ports and the beautiful wooden houses of the Torajan people.



Days 10-12: At Sea / Sandakan (Malaysia):

At the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, observe these great apes in their natural habitat.



Days 13-14: At Sea / Manila (Philippines):

Learn about Manila’s past as you discover beautiful Spanish colonial sites like San Agustin Church.



Days 15-17: At Sea / Hong Kong (China):

Delve into the complex history of Hong Kong and take in spectacular skyline views from Victoria Peak.



Days 17-21: At Sea / Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) / Hanoi:

Navigate through Ha Long Bay’s spectacular limestone islands and grottoes. Walk through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.



Days 22-27: At Sea / Da Nang / At Sea / Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City:

Continue to discover Vietnam in depth including the ancient My Son temple complex, the lively seaport Nha Trang, and the French colonial architecture of the former Saigon.



Days 28-31: At Sea / Bangkok (Thailand) / disembark:

Learn the fascinating story of silk tycoon Jim Thompson during a visit to his home. Listen to the morning chants of monks at Wat Pho before taking a long tail boat ride through the canals. Lodging: Stylish boutique hotel.



Days 32-35: Flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia) / departure:

Explore the beautiful temples of the ancient Khmer kingdom including marvelous Angkor Wat. Enjoy a boat excursion on great Tonlé Sap Lake. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
  Nusa Dua, Indonesia 3 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 24 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
 Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is nestled within 22 acres of beautiful, lush, tropical gardens. The hotel seamlessly combines modern amentities, luxurious indulgences, and traditional Baliense elegance.
  Contact info: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, Nusa Dua, Bali
Denpasar,  80363 Indonesia
phone: +62 361 771210
web: www.nusaduahotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a private balcony, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, personal safe, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a private beach front, a selection of restaurants, a bar and lounge, five pools, poolside bar, spa, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and game room. The hotel also offers a variety of activities such as beach walking, cycling tour, aquarobics, tennis introduction, rindik music lessons, beach volleyball, and yoga classes.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a n/a
  Check in time: 2:00 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; 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

 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:
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Program starts at 4:00 PM with an introduction to the program in the hotel. You will be staying at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa 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:  Nusa Dua
  Transportation to site: Taxis are the only way to get from the Denpasar Airport to the Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Taxis must be booked at the airport taxi counter. The cost is approximately IDR 110,000 (approximately USD $13), to be paid at the counter with cash, in exchange for a voucher. Then give the voucher to a taxi driver waiting outside.
  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.
(Thursday, January 16)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Friday, January 17)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Bali, Indonesia.
(Saturday, January 18)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at airport in Nusa Dua, Bali, and transfer to hotel. Introduction to the program.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Bali, Indonesia.
(Sunday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Take in a traditional Barong and Keris dance performance in the village of Batubulan. This dance describes the eternal struggle between good (represented by the Barong Keket - a half shaggy dog, half lion) and evil (represented by the Rangda or witch) and ends with scene where the kris (a wavy-bladed, traditional dagger) dancers fall into a trance alternatingly trying to kill themselves and the Rangda. Afterwards witness age old wood carving techniques at Mas village.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Kintamani while taking in breathtaking views of the nearby lake, Danau Batur, which is formed from a caldera (a volcanic crater).
 Afternoon: Explore the pilgrimage site of Gunung Kawi, which is one of Bali's oldest and largest monuments. It consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are cut out of the rock face and measure at an impressive 26 feet tall!
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bali, Indonesia.
(Monday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Unearth history at the elaborate Taman Ayun Temple, which was built in 1634 and served as the main temple for the Mengwi Kingdom. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and is surrounded by a wide, elegant moat. Afterwards, quench your thirst with fresh coconut juice at the picturesque Tanah Lot Temple. This temple is one of the holiest in Bali, built upon a huge rock, waves crash at its feet as it is surrounded by the sea.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer back to hotel and enjoy some free time to explore or relax.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Bali, Indonesia / Embark
(Tuesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy some free time to relax.
 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 7: Lombok, Indonesia
(Wednesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Little is known about the Lombok before the seventeenth century. Before this time it was made up of numerous feuding petty states each of which were presided over by a Sasak 'prince' and this disunity was taken advantage of by the neighboring Balinese who took control of western Lombok in the early seventeenth century. The entire island was annexed to the Netherlands East Indies in 1895 and the Dutch ruled over Lombok's 500,000 people with a force of no more than 250 by cultivating the support of the Balinese and Sasak aristocracy. Mataram is the capital and main city of Lombok. Your excursion will include the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum to see its collection of local artifacts, a traditional market and Lingsar, a large temple complex built in 1714.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ujung Pandang, Indonesia.
(Thursday, January 23)
   
 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: Formerly known as Makassar, this port was once an important center of the Dutch spice trade and in the sixteenth century was one of the largest cities in the islands of Southeast Asia. Sulawesi's colorful history is the story of spices and foreign merchants of mariners and sultans and of foreign power wresting control of the spice trade. Your excursion, including Port Rotterdam, the Old Dutch Fortress and a traditional market, will explore this colorful past.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Pare Pare, Indonesia
(Friday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Some of the most amazing cultural customs in the world are found in Southern Sulawesi where the Toraja live, a people who practice a form of animism known as Aluk To Dolo (Way of the Ancestors). Venture into the mountainous interior to discover their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into cliffs and eerie wood effigies called tau tau, said to embody ancestor spirits. This full-day visit starts with a four-hour drive that takes you straight from the harbor to Indonesia at its most exotic. En route, stop to admire the magnificent scenery at Puncak Lakawang. In Toraja, visit two ancient ceremonial burial sites, Londa and Lemo. The coffins hanging by ropes from cliff faces, the intricate passageways and the gallery of wide-eyed tau tau watching from above – all make for an other-worldly experience.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local hotel as you enjoy a Torajan dance performance
 Afternoon: Then visit the village of Kete Kesu with its traditional houses. These massive peaked-roof structures, called tongkonan, are ornately decorated. Here you will visit the famous Torajan wood carvers at work. Their abstract and geometrical designs are highly symbolic and an intense cultural expression as astonishing as the world they represent.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea.
(Saturday, January 25)
   
 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.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Sunday, January 26)
   
 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 Sandakan, Malaysia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Sandakan, Malaysia.
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Located on the east coast of Borneo, Sandakan is our gateway to the natural wonders of this beautiful island. From here you will visit the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and come face-to-face with our most engaging ancestors, orangutans. There are up to 80 of these primates known as the “Wildmen of Borneo” in the reserve, so you will be able to observe them in their natural habitat. On your return, enjoy a short orientation drive through the town of Sandakan, ending at the Central Market.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Trade stories with fellow travelers while taking in scenic ocean views.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 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. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Manila, Philippines
(Wednesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Founded by the Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi in 1571, Manila remained under Spanish control until it was captured by the United States. Today, it is a thriving city with ultra-modern buildings rubbing shoulders with monuments from its colonial past. Ancient and modern Manila will be the theme of your visit. Visit Fort Santiago overlooking the Pasig River, where national hero Jose Rizal wrote his poem "My Last Farewell" on the eve of his execution. See Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 17th century ilustrado home and stroll cobblestone streets to St. Augustine, the country's oldest church, dating from 1599. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is called an example of Earthquake Baroque architecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At sea.
(Thursday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to indulge yourself with a treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea.
(Friday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and 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 17: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
(Saturday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River delta and South China Sea, Hong Kong is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. Hong Kong became a British colony after the First Opium War in 1839 and, originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony's boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories by 1898. It was occupied by Japan during World War II, after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty. Explore what is known as “Asia’s World City” by traveling up to Victoria Peak for fantastic views. In Aberdeen Harbor, sampans shuttle busily about as water taxis and tourist boats. Board a motorized version on a short discovery of Aberdeen and its iconic "floating village."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At sea
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 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 19: At sea
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Relax poolside and reflect on the previous day's adventures.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Halong Bay, Vietnam / Hong Gai
(Tuesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 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 at 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 21: Halong Bay, Vietnam / Hanoi
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: At sea.
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Relax on deck.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Da Nang, Vietnam
(Friday, February 7)
   
 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 24: At sea
(Saturday, February 8)
   
 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. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Nha Trang, Vietnam
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a full day of free time. Your Group Leader will provide you a list of recommended activities and transportation instructions.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy free time.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: At sea
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 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.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: At sea.
(Thursday, February 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 Bangkok.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Bangkok, Thailand / Disembark
(Friday, February 14)
   
 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 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. 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 31: Bangkok, Thailand
(Saturday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 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 32: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 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: 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 Fou Nan restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: 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 reamins 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Kanell restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake.
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, 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. Next, visit the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire.
 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. Next, 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35: Departures
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Siem Reap airport for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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 House in Bali


Author: Colin McPhee


Description: A warm tribute to the people, culture and, especially, the music of Bali of the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944.



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.



Art & Architecture of Cambodia


Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup


Description: Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series.



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.



Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction


Author: Damien Keown


Description: One of a series of very brief, authoritative introductions by Oxford University Press with chapters on The Buddha, Karma, the Mahayana, Buddhism in Asia, Buddhist practices and ethics.



Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok


Author: Jean Couteau


Description: A highly visual guide to the history, culture, arts and attractions of Bali with hundreds of photographs, excellent maps and select hotel and restaurant listings.



First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


Author: Loung Ung


Description: An eye-opening eyewitness account of the atrocities suffered by millions of Cambodians from the perspective of a young girl who survived the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.



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, A Cultural History


Author: Michael Ingham


Description: Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's clichéd self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity.



Island of Bali


Author: Miguel Covarrubias, Adrian Vickers (Introduction)


Description: First published in 1937, this classic portrait of Bali captures the life, traditional culture and customs of the Balinese people.



Lonely Planet Hong Kong & Macau City Guide


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: A practical, comprehensive guide to Hong Kong, with maps, a Chinese language section and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing.



Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong


Author: Nick Ray


Description: This compact practical guide covers the entire Mekong from the heights of Yunnan to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


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



Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup, Barry Brukoff (Photographer)


Description: Jessup (Art and Architecture of Cambodia) provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has been photographing the monuments of Cambodia since 1963.



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 Malay Archipelago


Author: Alfred Russel Wallace


Description: A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel.



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.



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 its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.



Vietnam, Rising Dragon


Author: Bill Hayton


Description: The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.





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