Discover the allure of Cambodia within its quiet natural beauty, mysterious monuments and dramatic history. Delve into the confronting Khmer legacy in Phnom Penh, cruise the Mekong River on a splendid riverboat, and uncover the mysteries of incredible Angkor Wat. On this luxury tour of Cambodia, your family will become acquainted with everyday Khmer life on guided city tours, cycling forays, a Vespa tour through the countryside, visits to traditional villages and explorations of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. A must for culture seekers and history lovers alike.
Admire the stately columns of the Royal Palace, visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, and climb to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Then learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former site of the Security Prison S-21 established by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visiting the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek is not a warm experience but it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. Enjoy a fine home-cooked meal in a traditional stilt house hidden beside the Mekong River, and visit the quaint and charming Silk Island to learn about Cambodia’s silk weaving process and history.
Begin your luxury cruise on the Mekong River and visit silversmiths’ and pottery villages along the way. Discover the many fascinating facets of the Tonle Sap lake and river ecosystem. Your kids will love taking a boat trip around one of the stilt villages. Visit a floating ice factory, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony. Later, explore the Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve by boat and spot large waterbirds such as the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. Disembark in the enigmatic city of Siem Reap, and watch the Phare Circus Show featuring dance, theater, live music, juggling, gymnastics, and breath-taking circus arts, which are used to tell Cambodian stories from folklore, recent history, and modern society.
The Temples of Angkor
Cycle to Angkor Wat, which is one of the most prominent attractions in all of Southeast Asia. Long considered ‘lost’, the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history. Later, head off the beaten path on the back of a Vespa with a local guide on a personalized adventure into the lush green Cambodian countryside. Your tour includes a visit to APOPO, a landmine clearing organization that uses Hero Rats to sniff out the deadly explosives. The next day, cycle to the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its many carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. You’ll also visit Banteay Srei which, with its carvings from Hindu mythology on its pink walls, is like something out of a storybook. These delicate carvings and animal-headed guardians make this intimate pink citadel a favorite for children and adults alike. It is touted by many as Angkor’s most beautiful temple.
This luxury tour is the most perfect of family holidays in Cambodia. Please note this is just a sample itinerary that can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes. All excursions and transfers are on a private basis, with the exception of the cruise portion, which is shared with other passengers.