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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.
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 dinner at hotel, 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 Taj Mahal is perhaps the world’s most stunning symbol of eternal love — and most definitely on every serious traveler’s “must-see” list. This is your opportunity to experience it not just once, but twice on an unforgettable journey that also features some of the most iconic sights of Agra and Delhi. Cornerstones of what’s known as the country’s Golden Triangle (alongside Jaipur), these cities are absolute musts for any India visit. On exciting explorations of Old and New Delhi, you’ll discover the historic neighborhood and the country’s administrative capital, respectively, with enough free time to explore and shop the city’s fragrant and bustling markets. Complete your Indian journey in Agra at the inimitable Taj Mahal — India’s most iconic landmark and arguably the most romantic mausoleum on Earth.
Fly to Delhi
Today you'll head to Mumbai's airport for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you'll transfer by motorcoach to Agra. After check-in, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Tour the magnificent Taj Mahal
This morning, visit India’s most iconic landmark: the UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
Tonight, embark on the "Taj at Sunset" tour, which begins with a visit to Itmad-ud-daulah (sometimes called the Baby Taj). This site was the first in Mughal India to be constructed out of pure marble rather than sandstone and to feature the pietra dura inlay later used on the Taj walls. At sunset, you’ll move on to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), on the flood plains across the Yamuna River from the Taj. Once surrounded by sandstone-clad walls, crisscrossed by white stone walkways, and planted with fruit trees and narcissus, the bagh was nearly ruined by floods and neglect, but is today being restored, including replanting to match the original Mughal horticulture. Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight.
Discover UNESCO-listed Agra Fort
Today you’ll take a coach transfer from Delhi to Agra, home to the inimitable Taj Mahal. Before leaving Agra, you will head out on an exploration of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose vast walls embody the power and wealth of the Mughal leaders who built it. During the transfer, a lunch will be included at local restaurant. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Tour Old Delhi
Explore Old Delhi on a fascinating excursion today. You’ll head to Raj Ghat, the memorial to peaceful crusader Mahatma Gandhi, and the huge Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. After, you’ll make a photo stop at the Red Fort, a sprawling vision of red sandstone. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Then, hop on a rickshaw for a ride among the colorful wares, fragrant spice-lined lanes, and narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk, the city’s oldest and busiest market. Dinner is at the hotel.
Discover New Delhi
You’ve seen Old Delhi, now you’ll explore New Delhi on today’s panoramic tour, featuring the grand President's Palace and the ancient and imposing India Gate. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar — at 240 feet, it’s India’s second-tallest minaret and oldest mosque, a magnificent blend of red sandstone and marble. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure and dinner on your own. Depending on flight routing, some travelers may fly home tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to Delhi's airport for your return flight home.