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Maximize your time in Southeast Asia with this immersive Cambodian extension that unveils dazzling Angkor Wat — one of the world’s largest temple complexes. You’ll fly to Siem Reap, the gateway city to this sprawling UNESCO-listed compound, where you’ll discover the former seat of the Khmer kingdom on a two-day exploration. Plus, get a feel for local life with visits to a local dance school and silk farm, and even learn traditional skills such as palm weaving when you interact with local villagers. Don’t miss your chance to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most important temples on this compact extension filled with cultural marvels, both ancient and contemporary.
Fly to Cambodia
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Cambodia.
Cross the International Date Line
You’ll cross the International Date Line today, meaning that you’ll arrive in Cambodia on Day 3.
Arrival in Siem Reap
You’re finally in Cambodia! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to acclimate; tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.
Tour the Angkor Wat complex, and delve into local life with visits to a dance school and silk farm
Embark on a tour of the Angkor complex today, spending half a day meandering through the centuries-old terraces, pathways, and temples of this sprawling complex. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. Cultural Discoveries: In the afternoon, get a glimpse into local life during visits to a Cambodian dance school and silk farm. Then, enjoy a traditional Angkor dance performance during a sumptuous buffet dinner. Get your camera ready: What a day for taking photos: You’ll not only get up close and personal with one of the world’s most famous monuments — where you can snap shots of the startlingly well-preserved and intricately carved bas reliefs — you’ll also get to capture the smiling faces and impressive skills of Cambodian dancers.
Explore Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm
Get a second chance to explore the immense majesty of the Angkor Wat complex today. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom and the Ta Prohm temple, too. Enjoy an evening at leisure with dinner on your own, or head off on an optional Angkor gondola tour, which includes dinner.
Siem Reap village walking tour
Today, travel to a rural village for a guided walking tour that sheds light on local life and will immerse you in the day-to-day goings-on here. Cultural Discovery: You’ll interact with local villagers, learning their traditional skills, such as palm leaf weaving, and more. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, and toast to the expedition discoveries ahead.
Head to Singapore
Today you’ll depart Siem Reap and fly to Singapore, where you’ll join the base program.
The stark beauty of the Dead Sea is almost extraterrestrial, with its barren backdrop of rocky mountains and flat sandy plains, and its bright blue shock of water, ringed by bands of white, crystallized salt. But beyond these natural marvels lies a trove of historic and cultural relics that predate biblical times. Discover them by adding a few days to your cruise tour on this fascinating extension that features the Roman ruined city of Jerash; Mt. Nebo, where Moses died after laying eyes on the Promised Land; the UNESCO site of Bethany Beyond the Jordan; and the mosaics of Madaba. While your itinerary is rich with discovery, your Dead Sea resort spa accommodations ensure that you’ll also be fully relaxed.
Roman ruins of Jerash, Dead Sea experience
Departing after breakfast, you’ll ride to Jerash, an extensive archaeological site that has been called the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Explore the remains of this amazing desert city, including the Forum, a plaza surrounded by 160 columns; Hadrian’s Arch; the Hippodrome; and the Cardo, a colonnaded street that runs nearly a half-mile through the site.
From here we continue southwards into the wilderness region of the Dead Sea — a low-elevation salt sea that rests at the lowest elevation on Earth. It is among the world’s saltiest bodies of water and one of its first health resorts. The remarkably high salt concentration allows for effortless floating, while its rich mineral content is believed to offer therapeutic and cosmetic benefits and tomorrow you'll get the full floating experience!
Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Discover biblical history in Bethany, then enjoy a Dead Sea experience
This morning you’ll do some biblical time traveling as we ride to the east bank of the Jordan River and Al-Maghtas, also called Bethany. It is believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, thereby beginning his ministry. Excavation only began here in 1996 and since then archaeologists have unearthed some 20 treasures including several churches, a prayer hall, baptismal pools, and a water reticulation system that dates back to Roman and Byzantine times. The area is also associated with the prophet Elijah, who was said to have ascended to heaven here on ”chariots of fire.”
Cultural Discovery: From here you’ll return to your Dead Sea resort for lunch on your own, and with time to swim in the Dead Sea (or the hotel pool filled with Dead Sea water), enjoy a traditional hamman bath treatment, or relax with a mud facial. Dinner tonight will be here in one of the resort’s nine restaurants.
Mount Nebo and Madaba, return to Amman
After breakfast you’ll depart to explore Mount Nebo, the biblical mountain from which Moses was said to have glimpsed the Promised Land prior to his death.
After lunch in a local restaurant you’ll visit the market town of Madaba, renowned for its exquisite mosaics from the Byzantine era. The most famous is the Madaba Map, a 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land that is preserved on the floor of the 19th-century Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. From here we proceed to Amman, traveling along the King’s Highway — an ancient route that has been a pathway for pilgrims, traders, soldiers and Crusaders for centuries. Once we reach Amman, settle into your hotel before we adjoin for a final dinner.
Depending on your home city, you may be departing for home this evening on a late flight, or some time tomorrow.
Return flight home
After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.