Classical Cambodia

5 day Private Tour - from £687

Combine the two biggest attractions of Cambodia – the capital city of Phnom Penh with rich history and places of interest, and Siem Riep, the gateway to the temples of Angkor.

 Highlights:

  • Royal Palace
  • Cyclo ride of Phnom Penh
  • Genocide Museum and Killing Fields
  • Angkor Wat, Bayon at Angkor Thom and mystical Ta Prohm
  • Tonle Sap Lake cruise
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh Airport, you will be met and transferred by our Tour Guide and proceed to your hotel to check in and freshen up.

This afternoon you will visit The Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom; the Palace is made up from a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound one of which is The Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda takes its name from the 5,000+ silver tiles and the building itself holds a number of national treasures.

Continue to visit the National Museum, a Khmer temple inspired building that houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes from different periods of Cambodian history. Finish the tour with a local shopping experience at Toul Tom Pong Market (also the Russian Market) where you can find silk, silver and countless souvenirs.

Hotel: White Mansion, Phnom Penh

Day 2 - Phnom Penh

This morning, our guide will drive you to visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school. During the Pol Pot regime, people were taken here for detention and torture. Then continue to Cheung Ek, a profoundly moving experience, where during the Khmer Rouge years, thousands of Cambodians were moved here from Tuol Sleng to be exterminated. They were buried in mass graves and today over 8,000 skulls are displayed behind the glass of a memorial stupa, erected in 1988 to honour those who died.

This afternoon, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check in with the rest of day is at leisure.

Hotel: Prince D’Angkor, Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Siem Reap

This morning, take Remok tour to visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. Continue your exploration of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in its natural state since its “re-discovery” by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelop the stone like tentacles.

This afternoon, your guide will drive you to visit Angkor Wat, arguably the largest religious building in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Enjoy the knowledge and history your guide has, whilst watching the sunset in the evening.

Hotel: Prince D’Angkor, Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Banteay Srei & Preah Khan

This morning, visit Banteay Srei; ‘the Womans Citadel’ – a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is “a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest.”

Continue to Banteay Samre, built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as Banteay Srei.

This afternoon, you will visit Preah Khan “The Sacred Sword”, an extensive monastic complex covering over 56 hectares built by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a monastery and teaching complex. Continue to Pre Rup temple which is about 2 km northeast of Srah Srang and about 500 meters south of the East Baray. The temple was built in 961 during the reign of King Rajendravarman, dedicating to Shiva Brahmanism.

Hotel: Prince D’Angkor, Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Farewell

After breakfast, visit Tonle Sap lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. Every year during the monsoon season the flow of water from the Mekong River changes direction forcing water back into the Tonle Sap lake bringing nutrients that fertilise the rice fields and support the breeding of the 200+ fish species and other life. You will board a comfortable boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap, here you can see how Khmers and Vietnamese live and work side by side.

On the way back to Siem Reap, time permitting, you may make an optional visit to a development project teaching young adults, stone carving, wood carving, lacquer application. Artisans d’ Angkor is a heart warming reminder that progress in Cambodia can go hand in hand with traditional crafts. Free at leisure until time to transfer to Airport for your departure flight to another destination

Meals: Breakfast

5 day Private Tour - from £687

With flights from £1299

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Your Touring Experience

Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle. Plus time to explore at your own pace.

Your private tour includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Domestic flight
  • Private tour guide / Vehicle
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily

Departure dates:

Tour departs daily.

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