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Voyages to Antiquity: An In-Depth Exploration of Southeast Asia

Program Number: 21540RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/12/2015 - 3/14/2015;
Duration: 30 nights
Location: Cambodia/Thailand/Vietnam/Malaysia/Singapore/Burma
Price starting at: $8,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 81; 28 Breakfasts, 26 Lunches, 27 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Journey from the temple complexes of Southeast Asia’s most powerful historical empire to the seats of early Malay sultanates to a former British trading post turned independent city-state as the Aegean Odyssey transports you among the nations that border the northeastern Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. On this special voyage to six Southeast Asian countries, discover the incredible cities, cultural riches and consummate beauty born of 15 centuries of interwoven history, with experts on-hand throughout to share their knowledge and enrich your experience.




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

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



Days 1-2: Overnight 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. Enjoy a boat ride along Tonlé Sap Lake. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 6-9: Flight to Bangkok (Thailand) / embark Aegean Odyssey / At sea:

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



Days 10-11: Ko Samui / Phnom Penh (Cambodia) / At Sea:

Enjoy the pristine beaches of Thailand's second largest island. Walk along the beautiful gardens of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and view the artworks of the National Museum.



Days 12-14: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) / At Sea:

Sample the famous Vietnamese cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City; visit the moving War Remnants Museum.



Days 15-18: At Sea / Kuantan (Malaysia) / At Sea / Malacca:

Explore the beautiful Malaysian fishing village of Kuantan. In Malacca, note the architecture influenced by centuries of European colonization inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site that once served as the capital of the Malacca Sultanate.



Days 19-22: Singapore / Port Klang (Malaysia) / Kuala Lumpur / At Sea / Phuket (Thailand):

Explore the three main ethnic regions of Singapore — Malay, Chinese and Indian — and visit their gardens, temples and marketplaces. Learn of Kuala Lumpur’s transformation from 19th-century tin-mining boomtown to modern metropolis, and board a local boat in Phuket to encounter the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands.



Days 23-26: At Sea / disembark Yangon (Burma) / flight to Bagan / flight to Yangon to reembark Aegean Odyssey:

Disembark in Yangon for an early-morning flight to Bagan to view the ancient stupas and temples in one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. Back in Yangon, visit the Sule pagoda in the center of the city and the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda, with its 98-meter-high stupa covered in genuine gold plates. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Days 27-31: At Sea / Penang (Malaysia) / Malacca / Singapore / disembark / departure:

Spend a day exploring the island of Penang — part of the Malay sultanate until 1786 when it was ceded to the British East India Company — including the capital, Georgetown, named for Britain’s King George III. Bid farewell to the Aegean Odyssey in Singapore.



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
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
17 nights
   Bagan Thande Hotel
  Bagan, Myanmar 1 night
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 5 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

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The 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: 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 enjoy 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; 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. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Bagan Thande Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the Bagan Thande Hotel is a short drive away from Bagan's main temples and within walking distance to many local restaurants. The city of Bagan is home to thousands of pagodas and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. The Bagan Thande Hotel has a large garden, and free marionette and music performances every evening for its guests to enjoy.
  Contact info: Old Bagan, Mandalay Division
Old Bagan,   Myanmar
phone: +95 61 60025
web: www.hotelbaganthande.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, safe, individually controlled air conditioning and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a dining area with well-trained cooks, coffee shop, souvenir shop, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, pool-side bar, spa, gardens, Bird Sanctuary, laundry services and Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Program starts at 6 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Aegean Odyssey 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: For participants NOT on the group transfer, options for traveling from the Siem Reap International Airport to the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap include a four seat car for $7 or an eight seat minivan for $10; a tuk tuk is $6. If you'd like assistance, please call the Road Scholar programming office in Amherst, MA, to book a transfer: 413-253-9736.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
  Transportation from site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, a taxi from the hotel to the Singapore airport costs approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
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, February 12)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Friday, February 13)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Saturday, February 14)
   
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Program orientation and introductions.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Angkor Wat
(Sunday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to the legendary ancient city of 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. Continue to explore Ta Prohm, a temple that is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found, overgrown by jungle vines and trees.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local 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, enjoy 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 a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Monday, February 16)
   
 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 a local 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 a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bangkok, Thailand
(Tuesday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Coach to 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bangkok, Thailand
(Wednesday, February 18)
   
 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 a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit Prasart Museum filled with a vast collection of artifacts from throughout Thailand's history as well as contemporary exhibits.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Bangkok, Thailand / Embark
(Thursday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Aegean Odyssey for embarkation. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Friday, February 20)
   
 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: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ko Samui, Thailand
(Saturday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning you are free to relax on the beautiful beaches or head off in search of the bizarre stone formations of Grandmother and Grandfather (Hin Ta-Hin Yai) in Lamai.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities as it makes its way to Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / Phnom Penh
(Sunday, February 22)

Note: Please note that the trip to Phnom Penh is a very long day; those participants wishing a less strenuous excursion can take the Sihanoukville & surroundings field trip instead.



   
 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. Visit the National Museum with its collection of Khmer art and sculpture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, discover the majestic Royal Palace as well as the Silver Pagoda, famous for its life sized Buddha cast in solid gold.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At sea
(Monday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Tuesday, February 24)

Note: The exchange of $10-$20 into local currency is recommended for the market.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Called Saigon until 1975, this city is a potpourri of pagodas, modern towers and grand old buildings influenced by its French colonial past. See the city's main attractions including Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, the Old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy Ben Thanh -- the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
(Wednesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to explore the city of Ho Chi Minh.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The ship sets sail in the early afternoon. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At sea
(Thursday, February 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 Malaysia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kuantan, Malaysia
(Friday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Explore the beautiful seaside town of Kuantan including its wonderful beaches. First, stop at the Kuil Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple in the city center before visiting the Masjid Negeri, an impressive mosque and Kuantan's most prominent structure. From the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Tanjung Api, a small fishing village, before ending the morning's excursion at Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan's most popular beach. There will be a chance to stroll on the beach or to survey the wares of local vendors selling handicrafts.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Saturday, February 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. You may wish to enjoy a treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Malacca, Malaysia
(Sunday, March 1)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. There will be time at the end of the afternoon's excursion to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration of Malacca.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Singapore, Singapore
(Monday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration in the Lion City.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Port Kelang / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Tuesday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Port Kelang serves as a gateway to Malaysia's impressive capital, Kuala Lumpur. A boomtown in the 19th century due to its rich resources of tin, today Kuala Lumpur is a thriving metropolis. After an hour’s drive from port, visit the National Museum which showcases Malaysian history and culture. En route to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and its unforgettable Railway Station which blends Eastern and Western architectural design. From the square, admire some older wonders such as the 19th century Cathedral of St. Mary—Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church—before a photo-stop at the Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin buildings completed in 1999.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At sea
(Wednesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Phuket, Thailand
(Thursday, March 5)

Note: If you intend to swim, please be dressed in swimwear before leaving the ship. This excursion is weather-dependent.



   
 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. Here you may swim and snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters filled with colorful marine life, astounding rock formations and classic sandy beaches. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. Visit Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: At sea
(Friday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find your way to one the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
(Saturday, March 7)
   
 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 afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
(Sunday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Very early breakfast on board.
 Morning: Transfer with your Road Scholar group to Yangon's Mingalardon airport for an early morning flight to Bagan. 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, enjoy a panoramic view of Bagan from Tayoke Pyay temple. Next visit Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese spirituality.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the hotel for check-in before continuing with an afternoon excursion. Visit 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 the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture titled, "The History of Bagan."
   
Accommodations: Bagan Thande Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
(Monday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Nyaung U airport for a return flight to Yangon. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, 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. Transfer to the ship for re-embarkation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: At sea
(Tuesday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: At sea
(Wednesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Penang, Malaysia
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 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. Spend the afternoon exploring the island, surveying the collection of historical artifacts at the Penang Museum and visiting the massive reclining Buddha housed within the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram. Learn about the intricate art of batik at the Craft Batik Workshop before strolling the Botanical Gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 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 buildings and street markets.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Malacca, Malaysia
(Friday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the shops and cafés along Jonker Street.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Disembark in Singapore / Departure
(Saturday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark the Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Singapore's Changi International Airport (SIN) for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Singapore 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 History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations


Author: Michael A. Aung-Thwin


Description: Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma’s storied 3,000-year history and rich culture.



Bangkok, A Cultural History


Author: Maryvelma O'Neil


Description: O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, history, royal ceremony and tradition in this engaging portrait.



Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam


Author: Kim Fay


Description: Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine.



Evening Is the Whole Day


Author: Preeta Samarasan


Description: Set in post-colonial Malaysia, this richly textured debut novel depicts the unraveling of a wealthy family and the six-year-old daughter left reeling from losses and departures. Samarasan's unflinching yet tender examination of one immigrant family's experience exposes the complexities and layered history of Malaysia itself.



Eyewitness Top Ten Singapore


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.



Fire in the Lake


Author: Frances FitzGerald


Description: A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.



In Buddha's Land


Author: Moe Min


Description: This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma and a splendid introduction to the country.



Lands of Charm and Cruelty, Travels in Southeast Asia


Author: Stan Sesser


Description: This wonderfully written book is a report on Southeast Asia by a talented foreign correspondent. A heart-wrenching portrait of the politics and potential of what Sesser clearly believes are some of the most fascinating places on earth. With chapters on Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Sarawak.



Letters from Burma


Author: Aung San Suu Kyi, Heinn Htet


Description: A collection of candid and affectionate letters on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years.



Letters from Thailand, A Novel


Author: Botan, Susan Fulop Kepner (Translator)


Description: A prize-winning novel, first published in 1969 and here newly translated into English. Taking the form of a series of letters back home to his mother, the novel follows the fate of Tan Suang U, a Chinese immigrant in Bangkok at the close of World War II, who marries, raises a family and runs a successful business. The novel, among its many pleasures, depicts daily life in Bangkok's thriving Chinatown.



Odyssey Guide Angkor


Author: Dawn Rooney


Description: The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


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



Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century.



Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup


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



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 Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.



The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma


Author: Thant Myint-U


Description: In this stimulating and important book, Myint-U (grandson of the late UN Secretary General U Thant and author of The Making of Modern Burma) uses Burmese history as a lens for understanding Myanmar today.



Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc


Description: From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.



What the Buddha Taught


Author: Walpola Sri Rahula


Description: A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia.





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