16 Day Gems of Southeast Asia

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Monday Departure
Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh
Tara Angkor Hotel Siem Reap
Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside Bangkok
Le Palais Juliana Luang Prabang
La Belle Vie Hotel Hanoi
Novotel Halong Bay Halong Bay
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Saturday Departure

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flights Phnom Penh-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Luang Prabang & Luang Prabang-Hanoi.


Accommodation Details:
Monday and Saturday departures will be accommodated at La Belle Vie Hotel in Hanoi.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights San Francisco-Phnom Penh, Hanoi-San Francisco
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap, Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Luang Prabang & Luang Prabang-Hanoi
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Phnom Penh
    • 2 nights Siem Reap
    • 3 nights Bangkok
    • 2 nights Luang Prabang
    • 4 nights Hanoi
    • 1 night Halong Bay
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 31 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 7 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Coffee and tea with all meals. Beer included with welcome, farewell and home hosted dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Cambodia & Vietnam
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • View the impressive Silver Pagoda on the grounds of the Royal Palace complex in Phnom Penh with its floor of over 5000 shimmering silver tiles and its crystal Emerald Buddha.
  • Meet a Cultural Historian for a discussion on Cambodia's heritage and resilient population.
  • Stand in awe at the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World".
  • See the mysterious Bayon Temple, replete with over 172 giant smiling stone faces.
  • Boat excursion on Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia.
  • Ride an ox-cart in the lush farmlands of Siem Reap.
  • Tour Bangkok's elaborate and glittering Grand Palace complex and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • Visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long.
  • Cruise on the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital.
  • Visit to impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Participate in a special Baci Ceremony in Luang Prabang, with prayers to bestow good fortune.
  • Take part in the sacred ancient tradition of Alms-giving to Buddhist monks.
  • Sail on Halong Bay, one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, designated as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World".
  • In Hanoi, attend the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra.
  • Ride a "cyclo" through the busy streets of the Old Quarter.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Cambodia
Depart for Cambodia

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh on the banks of the fabled Mekong River, one of the loveliest cities built by the French in Indochina. This capital of Cambodia is a beautiful blend of glittering temples and graceful colonial buildings. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Phnom Penh

DAY 3, Wednesday - Explore Royal Palace Complex & National Museum
Today, begin your exploration of Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace complex, a compound of Khmer-style structures with gilded spires. These ornate buildings have served as the royal residence of the kings of Cambodia since the 1860s. Within these walls, see the glittering Silver Pagoda with its floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. Next, visit the National Museum, a masterpiece of Khmer architectural glory, home to over 14,000 historical items, including Khmer art, ceramics, and archaeological treasures. End the tour at the sobering site of the Killing Fields. The memorial here is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the late 1970s during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime. Early afternoon, meet a local cultural historian for an informative discussion about the country's heritage and its very resilient population. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner together at a traditional Cambodian restaurant
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Fly to Siem Reap and Enjoy Dinner & Cultural Performance
Today fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples. Arrive at your hotel and get ready for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, enjoy dinner while being entertained by females performing the ancient art of Apsara dancing, a classical style of dance dating back to Angkorian era - their superb dancing has been known to mesmerize and transfix
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Discover Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
Today, you'll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World." This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings, was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, a highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - Ox Cart Ride With Tonle Sap Cruise, Fly to Bangkok
Morning drive along the rolling hills, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, a vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion - observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. After lunch, on to the Les Artisant d'Angkor, a school for training students in local handicrafts such as silk, wood carving, and lacquer. Continue to the airport for the flight to Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Sunday - Visit Flower Market, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Awake this morning in exotic Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Stop at a fragrant and colorful flower market to see the magnificent array of fresh flowers and learn about the important local flower trade. Onward to the elaborate Grand Palace, the glittering centerpiece of the city, a sprawling complex of temples, halls, and pavilions built around immaculate lawns and gardens. Its main attraction is Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Visit a gem factory to watch while the gem stones are cut and set before lunch at a local restaurant continue on a visit to serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 49 feet high. Tonight, an optional Thai Dinner, Classical Dance & Cabaret Show, featuring some of Bangkok's most famous "lady-boys"
Optional: Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Explore Ayutthaya and Visit Royal Summer Palace
Morning cruise on the Chao Phraya River, the lifeblood of Bangkok. Disembark in Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years. Start with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake, once the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Ample time to explore its preserved ruins, including the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wat Mahatat, in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, Phra Srisanphet, Wat Mongkolbopit, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - at this serene place one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Return to Bangkok for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, Wat Xieng Thong Temple, Royal Palace Museum
Morning flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the mountainous region of northern Laos. According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested here during his travels and prophesized that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful capital city. Arrive and get ready for a great adventure! Afternoon visit to the most beautiful temple Wat Xieng Thong, built by the Lao King Setthathirath in 1559-1560, located on the banks of the Mekong river. Continue to the Royal Palace Museum to learn about the monarchy that once ruled the country. End the day with an ascent to the top of Phousi Mountain to see the extraordinary panoramic views of the city. Afterward, transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang with time to relax. This evening, participate in a special Baci Ceremony, practiced for hundreds of years, offering prayers that bestows good fortune upon you. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Explore Luang Prabang, Mekong River Cruise
Luang Prabang seems totally untouched by the modern world. In the morning, take part in the sacred ancient ritual of Almsgiving. Stroll through hushed streets and offer the Alms to a meditative procession of orange-robed monks. The daily ceremony is both peaceful and spiritual and gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience this ancient Lao tradition. Then, walk through the local morning market where people are shopping for their day's food. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After, visit the handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong where the inhabitants are skilled in the arts & crafts, especially in making Saa paper made from mulberry trees. Next, take a cruise upstream to visit the Pak Ou Caves ( Buddha cave ). From these cavernous altars, you'll see hundreds of Buddha images overlooking the two rivers Mekong and Ou river. Afterward, cruise down on the Mekong River while enjoying lunch. After that a unique experience – stop at a local village to learn how the local people live. At the pottery making center, watch a demonstration and try your hand at making pottery. The evening is at leisure
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Thursday - Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast visit one of the most impressive waterfalls -  Kuangsi waterfall, where farmers get the water for their crops. Continue the drive to Ban Xang Hai, known as the "Whiskey Village", where they make rice wine from their abundant crop. During the visit, meet with villagers and sample some of their wonderful elixirs. After lunch, head to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the cultural center of Vietnam. As soon as you arrive in this lovely city, you'll notice evidence of the French influence in the design and architecture; its history is tied to French colonialism. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Friday - Travel to Halong Bay and Cruise & Visit Caves
Incredible views await you today! Drive to Halong Bay, considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, this area has over 2,000 limestone islands rising dramatically out of the emerald sea. The islands assume intriguing formations and local legends abound inspired by their shapes which have been likened to dragons, sails, or human heads. Upon arrival, board a boat and cruise on the tranquil bay. After a seafood lunch on board, visit some of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and see amazingly varied karst formations. Return to the quay. Overnight at your hotel in Halong Bay
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Return to Hanoi with Water Puppet Performance & Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner
Morning return drive to Hanoi. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, founded in 1997, one of the most popular museums in the country. Here you can find a rich collection of artifacts, documents, and films depicting the daily life, rituals and customs of 64 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afterward, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. In the evening, you'll be dinner guests of a local family in their home - a wonderful opportunity to talk to Hanoians about their daily lives
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Explore Hanoi with a Private Cooking Class
The day begins at the Ho Chi Minh historic complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the late president's embalmed body is displayed), historic Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the famous One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterward, learn the craft of Vietnamese cooking! Visit the local market with a Chef, followed by a private cooking class. You'll learn how to make popular Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls (Nem), chicken salad, beef in banana leaves, and more. Sample and savor your personally cooked lunch. Then it's time to try a "cyclo" ride through the busy streets of the Old Quarter. Visit one of the city's Tube Houses, a tall dwelling with narrow frontage, to see first-hand how residents once lived. Rest of the day is at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own. Tonight, perhaps try one of Hanoi's famous gourmet French restaurants
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Monday - Full Day in Hanoi
Today is at leisure in Hanoi with opportunity for sightseeing and shopping on your own. Or, join the optional tour to the Red River Delta to experience a "day in the life" of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village you visit has a history dating back over 2,000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or "non la", worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day independently in Hanoi, with time to revisit some of the beautiful sights, or just walk leisurely around the lake area
Optional: Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Cambodia
Depart for Cambodia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh on the banks of the fabled Mekong River, one of the loveliest cities built by the French in Indochina. This capital of Cambodia is a beautiful blend of glittering temples and graceful colonial buildings. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Phnom Penh

DAY 3, Saturday - Explore Royal Palace Complex & National Museum
Today, begin your exploration of Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace complex, a compound of Khmer-style structures with gilded spires. These ornate buildings have served as the royal residence of the kings of Cambodia since the 1860s. Within these walls, see the glittering Silver Pagoda with its floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. Next, visit the National Museum, a masterpiece of Khmer architectural glory, home to over 14,000 historical items, including Khmer art, ceramics, and archaeological treasures. End the tour at the sobering site of the Killing Fields. The memorial here is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the late 1970s during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime. Early afternoon, meet a local cultural historian for an informative discussion about the country's heritage and its very resilient population. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner together at a traditional Cambodian restaurant
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Fly to Siem Reap and Enjoy Dinner & Cultural Performance
Today fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples. Arrive at your hotel and get ready for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, enjoy dinner while being entertained by females performing the ancient art of Apsara dancing, a classical style of dance dating back to Angkorian era - their superb dancing has been known to mesmerize and transfix
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Discover Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
Today, you'll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World." This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings, was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, a highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Ox Cart Ride With Tonle Sap Cruise, Fly to Bangkok
Morning drive along the rolling hills, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, a vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion - observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. After lunch, on to the Les Artisant d'Angkor, a school for training students in local handicrafts such as silk, wood carving, and lacquer. Continue to the airport for the flight to Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Visit Flower Market, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Awake this morning in exotic Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Stop at a fragrant and colorful flower market to see the magnificent array of fresh flowers and learn about the important local flower trade. Onward to the elaborate Grand Palace, the glittering centerpiece of the city, a sprawling complex of temples, halls, and pavilions built around immaculate lawns and gardens. Its main attraction is Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Visit a gem factory to watch while the gem stones are cut and set before lunch at a local restaurant continue on a visit to serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 49 feet high. Tonight, an optional Thai Dinner, Classical Dance & Cabaret Show, featuring some of Bangkok's most famous "lady-boys"
Optional: Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore Ayutthaya and Visit Royal Summer Palace
Morning cruise on the Chao Phraya River, the lifeblood of Bangkok. Disembark in Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years. Start with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake, once the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Ample time to explore its preserved ruins, including the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wat Mahatat, in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, Phra Srisanphet, Wat Mongkolbopit, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - at this serene place one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Return to Bangkok for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, Wat Xieng Thong Temple, Royal Palace Museum
Morning flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the mountainous region of northern Laos. According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested here during his travels and prophesized that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful capital city. Arrive and get ready for a great adventure! Afternoon visit to the most beautiful temple Wat Xieng Thong, built by the Lao King Setthathirath in 1559-1560, located on the banks of the Mekong river. Continue to the Royal Palace Museum to learn about the monarchy that once ruled the country. End the day with an ascent to the top of Phousi Mountain to see the extraordinary panoramic views of the city. Afterward, transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang with time to relax. This evening, participate in a special Baci Ceremony, practiced for hundreds of years, offering prayers that bestows good fortune upon you. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Explore Luang Prabang, Mekong River Cruise
Luang Prabang seems totally untouched by the modern world. In the morning, take part in the sacred ancient ritual of Almsgiving. Stroll through hushed streets and offer the Alms to a meditative procession of orange-robed monks. The daily ceremony is both peaceful and spiritual and gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience this ancient Lao tradition. Then, walk through the local morning market where people are shopping for their day's food. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After, visit the handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong where the inhabitants are skilled in the arts & crafts, especially in making Saa paper made from mulberry trees. Next, take a cruise upstream to visit the Pak Ou Caves ( Buddha cave ). From these cavernous altars, you'll see hundreds of Buddha images overlooking the two rivers Mekong and Ou river. Afterward, cruise down on the Mekong River while enjoying lunch. After that a unique experience – stop at a local village to learn how the local people live. At the pottery making center, watch a demonstration and try your hand at making pottery. The evening is at leisure
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast visit one of the most impressive waterfalls -  Kuangsi waterfall, where farmers get the water for their crops. Continue the drive to Ban Xang Hai, known as the "Whiskey Village", where they make rice wine from their abundant crop. During the visit, meet with villagers and sample some of their wonderful elixirs. After lunch, head to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the cultural center of Vietnam. As soon as you arrive in this lovely city, you'll notice evidence of the French influence in the design and architecture; its history is tied to French colonialism. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Travel to Halong Bay and Cruise & Visit Caves
Incredible views await you today! Drive to Halong Bay, considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, this area has over 2,000 limestone islands rising dramatically out of the emerald sea. The islands assume intriguing formations and local legends abound inspired by their shapes which have been likened to dragons, sails, or human heads. Upon arrival, board a boat and cruise on the tranquil bay. After a seafood lunch on board, visit some of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and see amazingly varied karst formations. Return to the quay. Overnight at your hotel in Halong Bay
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Return to Hanoi with Water Puppet Performance & Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner
Morning return drive to Hanoi. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, founded in 1997, one of the most popular museums in the country. Here you can find a rich collection of artifacts, documents, and films depicting the daily life, rituals and customs of 64 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afterward, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. In the evening, you'll be dinner guests of a local family in their home - a wonderful opportunity to talk to Hanoians about their daily lives
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Explore Hanoi with a Private Cooking Class
The day begins at the Ho Chi Minh historic complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the late president's embalmed body is displayed), historic Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the famous One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterward, learn the craft of Vietnamese cooking! Visit the local market with a Chef, followed by a private cooking class. You'll learn how to make popular Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls (Nem), chicken salad, beef in banana leaves, and more. Sample and savor your personally cooked lunch. Then it's time to try a "cyclo" ride through the busy streets of the Old Quarter. Visit one of the city's Tube Houses, a tall dwelling with narrow frontage, to see first-hand how residents once lived. Rest of the day is at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own. Tonight, perhaps try one of Hanoi's famous gourmet French restaurants
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Thursday - Full Day in Hanoi
Today is at leisure in Hanoi with opportunity for sightseeing and shopping on your own. Or, join the optional tour to the Red River Delta to experience a "day in the life" of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village you visit has a history dating back over 2,000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or "non la", worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day independently in Hanoi, with time to revisit some of the beautiful sights, or just walk leisurely around the lake area
Optional: Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Cambodia
Depart for Cambodia

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh on the banks of the fabled Mekong River, one of the loveliest cities built by the French in Indochina. This capital of Cambodia is a beautiful blend of glittering temples and graceful colonial buildings. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Phnom Penh

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Royal Palace Complex & National Museum
Today, begin your exploration of Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace complex, a compound of Khmer-style structures with gilded spires. These ornate buildings have served as the royal residence of the kings of Cambodia since the 1860s. Within these walls, see the glittering Silver Pagoda with its floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. Next, visit the National Museum, a masterpiece of Khmer architectural glory, home to over 14,000 historical items, including Khmer art, ceramics, and archaeological treasures. End the tour at the sobering site of the Killing Fields. The memorial here is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the late 1970s during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime. Early afternoon, meet a local cultural historian for an informative discussion about the country's heritage and its very resilient population. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner together at a traditional Cambodian restaurant
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Fly to Siem Reap and Enjoy Dinner & Cultural Performance
Today fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples. Arrive at your hotel and get ready for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, enjoy dinner while being entertained by females performing the ancient art of Apsara dancing, a classical style of dance dating back to Angkorian era - their superb dancing has been known to mesmerize and transfix
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Discover Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
Today, you'll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World." This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings, was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, a highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan, and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Ox Cart Ride With Tonle Sap Cruise, Fly to Bangkok
Morning drive along the rolling hills, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, a vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion - observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. After lunch, on to the Les Artisant d'Angkor, a school for training students in local handicrafts such as silk, wood carving, and lacquer. Continue to the airport for the flight to Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Visit Flower Market, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Awake this morning in exotic Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Stop at a fragrant and colorful flower market to see the magnificent array of fresh flowers and learn about the important local flower trade. Onward to the elaborate Grand Palace, the glittering centerpiece of the city, a sprawling complex of temples, halls, and pavilions built around immaculate lawns and gardens. Its main attraction is Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Visit a gem factory to watch while the gem stones are cut and set before lunch at a local restaurant continue on a visit to serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 49 feet high. Tonight, an optional Thai Dinner, Classical Dance & Cabaret Show, featuring some of Bangkok's most famous "lady-boys"
Optional: Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Explore Ayutthaya and Visit Royal Summer Palace
Morning cruise on the Chao Phraya River, the lifeblood of Bangkok. Disembark in Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years. Start with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake, once the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Ample time to explore its preserved ruins, including the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wat Mahatat, in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, Phra Srisanphet, Wat Mongkolbopit, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - at this serene place one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Return to Bangkok for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, Wat Xieng Thong Temple, Royal Palace Museum
Morning flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the mountainous region of northern Laos. According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested here during his travels and prophesized that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful capital city. Arrive and get ready for a great adventure! Afternoon visit to the most beautiful temple Wat Xieng Thong, built by the Lao King Setthathirath in 1559-1560, located on the banks of the Mekong river. Continue to the Royal Palace Museum to learn about the monarchy that once ruled the country. End the day with an ascent to the top of Phousi Mountain to see the extraordinary panoramic views of the city. Afterward, transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang with time to relax. This evening, participate in a special Baci Ceremony, practiced for hundreds of years, offering prayers that bestows good fortune upon you. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Explore Luang Prabang, Mekong River Cruise
Luang Prabang seems totally untouched by the modern world. In the morning, take part in the sacred ancient ritual of Almsgiving. Stroll through hushed streets and offer the Alms to a meditative procession of orange-robed monks. The daily ceremony is both peaceful and spiritual and gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience this ancient Lao tradition. Then, walk through the local morning market where people are shopping for their day's food. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After, visit the handicraft village of Ban Xang Khong where the inhabitants are skilled in the arts & crafts, especially in making Saa paper made from mulberry trees. Next, take a cruise upstream to visit the Pak Ou Caves ( Buddha cave ). From these cavernous altars, you'll see hundreds of Buddha images overlooking the two rivers Mekong and Ou river. Afterward, cruise down on the Mekong River while enjoying lunch. After that a unique experience – stop at a local village to learn how the local people live. At the pottery making center, watch a demonstration and try your hand at making pottery. The evening is at leisure
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Tuesday - Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast visit one of the most impressive waterfalls -  Kuangsi waterfall, where farmers get the water for their crops. Continue the drive to Ban Xang Hai, known as the "Whiskey Village", where they make rice wine from their abundant crop. During the visit, meet with villagers and sample some of their wonderful elixirs. After lunch, head to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the cultural center of Vietnam. As soon as you arrive in this lovely city, you'll notice evidence of the French influence in the design and architecture; its history is tied to French colonialism. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Wednesday - Travel to Halong Bay and Cruise & Visit Caves
Incredible views await you today! Drive to Halong Bay, considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, this area has over 2,000 limestone islands rising dramatically out of the emerald sea. The islands assume intriguing formations and local legends abound inspired by their shapes which have been likened to dragons, sails, or human heads. Upon arrival, board a boat and cruise on the tranquil bay. After a seafood lunch on board, visit some of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and see amazingly varied karst formations. Return to the quay. Overnight at your hotel in Halong Bay
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Return to Hanoi with Water Puppet Performance & Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner
Morning return drive to Hanoi. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, founded in 1997, one of the most popular museums in the country. Here you can find a rich collection of artifacts, documents, and films depicting the daily life, rituals and customs of 64 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afterward, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. In the evening, you'll be dinner guests of a local family in their home - a wonderful opportunity to talk to Hanoians about their daily lives
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Explore Hanoi with a Private Cooking Class
The day begins at the Ho Chi Minh historic complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the late president's embalmed body is displayed), historic Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the famous One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterward, learn the craft of Vietnamese cooking! Visit the local market with a Chef, followed by a private cooking class. You'll learn how to make popular Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls (Nem), chicken salad, beef in banana leaves, and more. Sample and savor your personally cooked lunch. Then it's time to try a "cyclo" ride through the busy streets of the Old Quarter. Visit one of the city's Tube Houses, a tall dwelling with narrow frontage, to see first-hand how residents once lived. Rest of the day is at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own. Tonight, perhaps try one of Hanoi's famous gourmet French restaurants
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Saturday - Full Day in Hanoi
Today is at leisure in Hanoi with opportunity for sightseeing and shopping on your own. Or, join the optional tour to the Red River Delta to experience a "day in the life" of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village you visit has a history dating back over 2,000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or "non la", worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day independently in Hanoi, with time to revisit some of the beautiful sights, or just walk leisurely around the lake area
Optional: Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Sunday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show

After a delicious traditional Thai Dinner, along with a Classical Dance performance, the evening continues with a Cabaret Show at a nearby theatre. The show is a fun way to get to know more about the “lady-boy” scene in Bangkok. You’ll be welcomed warmly in many different languages. Thailand is well known for “lady-boys” and this show features them doing what they love the most -- dressing up to the hilt and miming to Cher’s music. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous but this is an attractive illusion as they were all born men. The performers are anxious to entertain and put on a good show that you will enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2014 - 30 Jun 2019 $64.00
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Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages

Drive to the Red River Delta to experience a “day in the life” of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village we visit has a history dating back over 2000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or “non la”, worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor-intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #15 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2019 $56.00
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Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show

After a delicious traditional Thai Dinner, along with a Classical Dance performance, the evening continues with a Cabaret Show at a nearby theatre. The show is a fun way to get to know more about the “lady-boy” scene in Bangkok. You’ll be welcomed warmly in many different languages. Thailand is well known for “lady-boys” and this show features them doing what they love the most -- dressing up to the hilt and miming to Cher’s music. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous but this is an attractive illusion as they were all born men. The performers are anxious to entertain and put on a good show that you will enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2014 - 30 Jun 2019 $64.00
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Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages

Drive to the Red River Delta to experience a “day in the life” of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village we visit has a history dating back over 2000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or “non la”, worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor-intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #15 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2019 $56.00
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Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show

After a delicious traditional Thai Dinner, along with a Classical Dance performance, the evening continues with a Cabaret Show at a nearby theatre. The show is a fun way to get to know more about the “lady-boy” scene in Bangkok. You’ll be welcomed warmly in many different languages. Thailand is well known for “lady-boys” and this show features them doing what they love the most -- dressing up to the hilt and miming to Cher’s music. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous but this is an attractive illusion as they were all born men. The performers are anxious to entertain and put on a good show that you will enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2014 - 30 Jun 2019 $64.00
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Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages

Drive to the Red River Delta to experience a “day in the life” of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village we visit has a history dating back over 2000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or “non la”, worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor-intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #15 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2019 $56.00
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Treasures of Sri Lanka, January 2019
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As usual, Gate 1 did not disappoint. Sri Lanka was fabulous... with an abundance of friendly people, fabulous landscape and micro climates. It was rich in history and spirituality (Budha and Hindu temples everywhere) make this island very interesting to discover. I would be interested in expanding my exploration into the Northern part of Sri Lanka sometime in the future. I need to find out where in the world I will travel to in 2020...

Tamara R. Citrus Heights, CA
The Wonders of New Zealand, January 2019
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It was lovely, Kevin our tour director was awesome!!! Fellow travelers were tons of fun & had similar interests, and the scenery was to die for!! Especially Milford Sound.

Sharon B. Mokena, IL
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, January 2019
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Our trip to Patagonia with Discovery was awesome! Each and every day was wonderful, and exciting, while experiencing the most mind-blowing natural beauty of the world. Our tour guide Gabriel is the best guide I have ever had on Gate 1 or any other group tour. Gabriel was in control, professional, courteous, helpful, entertaining, informative, kind, all with the upmost concern for group safety at all times. The Patagonia Discovery trip is unique and very special!

Mary A. Edgewater, NJ
Moroccan Allure, December 2018
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It was outstanding! Amine was an amazing guide--knowledgeable, extremely organized as well as fun and, of course, Morocco is a fascinating destination.

Carol A. Winter Park, FL
Explore Dubai & Oman, December 2018
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The trip was outstanding and exceeded my expectations! Our exceptional guide, Hend, deserves acknowledgement for performing extraordinary knowledge, professionalism, warmth and ensuring everyone had the best possible travel experiences!

June T. Yonkers, NY
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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The Morocco Allure Discovery was probably the coolest tour I have ever been on. It seemed there was always some fabulous activity next to go too. The food was very good and the hotels were exotic and comfortable. Amine our tour manager, well, you're very lucky to have him. Loved Morocco!!!!

Susan C. Chula Vista, CA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, November 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. Heshan our guide was knowledgeable and nice. Fantastic food and wonderful country.

Douwe D. Flagstaff Hill, Australia
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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It was fabulous. I’ve been hoping to get to Jordan for years. It did not disappoint. Awe inspiring sites, good weather, fantastic guide, great food and the warm and welcoming Jordanian people. Could not have been better.

Patricia D. Falmouth, ME
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly was a little nervous to go to that part of the world. But I was pleasantly mistaken! This trip to Jordan was wonderful and such an eye-opening experience. The country is beautiful, safe and full of history. Our tour guide was exceptional! He knew so much and was a lot of fun! I'm grateful that Gate 1 created this tour and did it completely in Jordan (instead of a combo with another country). It really gives the traveler time to fully enjoy and appreciate Jordan. Yet another great trip with Gate 1! :)

Shannon F. Elmhurst, NY
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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My trip to China and Tibet was great. Our tour manager Ivy was exceptionally good and made this trip even more special. Her attention to details was amazing. This was the smallest group I have ever traveled with and I loved it as it allowed us to experience many things that wouldn't have been possible for a large group. Loved all the local guides as well. Loved the country, food and all the accommodations .. Would love to go back and experience more of this amazing country.

Agamani S. Lawrence, KS
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, October 2018
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It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.

Ella S. Treasure Island, FL
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Morocco is a fascinating country. We saw wonderful sights and learned much about the culture, history, geography, and it’s people. Our guide, Amine, was top-notch. He was extremely organized, flexible, informative, and had a great sense of humor. Many aspects and activities were surprising like the cooking class, hidden Riad hotels, and the desert experience surpassed our expectations!

Bonnie M. Philadelphia, PA
The Wonders of New Zealand, October 2018
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It was spectacular. Unbelievable scenery. Food was excellent ... Both bus drivers were pleasant, safe and professional. Always felt at ease. Guide was very knowledgeable .. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 and especially the Discovery Tours.

Georgeann H. Gilbert, AZ
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best, he knew people everywhere. You can tell he really enjoys his work.....I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. The hotels were great and of course the Sahara was the highlight of the trip. This trip will be hard to beat...

Julie M. San Diego, CA
Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.

Susan W. Outlook, WA
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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Coming to Namibia has been a dream come true, and experiencing the beauty of its landscapes, wildlife, people and culture is all more than I could ever expect. Much thanks to our wonderful guide, David and our driver, Mojari - she was so fantastic, given the challenging roads throughout our trip. We were all so well taken care of every minute along the way. I am grateful for the warm hospitality everywhere we went, the many opportunities to learn about Namibia's history, the tribesmen's way of life, marvel at the stunning sand dunes, watching the gorgeous African sunsets every day...can't wait to share this amazing country with everyone back home!

Jingying C. Singapore, SG
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, October 2018
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Our trip was amazing. Our guide Giovanna was so professional, knowledgeable, polite and willing to help in any way she could. We fell in love with Ecuador. It was perfectly planned. The best trip we ever had.

Dina K. Brooklyn, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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Wow...wow...wow! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Greece! What a perfect trip! I loved every minute! First, our guide Effie was amazing and made everyone feel at home! She was so informative about everything and the history was mind boggling! She made my trip even better by making sure my food was perfect and I felt even more special! The bus driver, George, was friendly and efficient ...The hotels were so first class and spectacular! The scheduled events included several new adventures everyday! ... The people of Greece were so warm and friendly and you should be so proud how Effie represents your company so wonderfully! We learned how to Greek dance and loved the food! Thank you for one of the best trips...they get better and better!

Linda M. Los Angeles, CA
Treasures of Provence, October 2018
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We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.

Druci R. SN LUIS OBISP, CA
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!

Joy T. Sandys, BM
Spiritual Southern India, September 2018
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I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.

Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2018
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Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!

Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
Incredible India & Nepal, September 2018
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It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!

Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was probably one of our best trips ever!! Morocco was absolutely beautiful. The size of our group was perfect. Our group itself were very cohesive, it was amazing. Our guide Mohammed was so kind and thoughtful that I think we all came back spoiled rotten. So much fun!

Yvette F. Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Safari Exploration, September 2018
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I have traveled a lot but never with a tour. Our trip to Kenya was spectacular and unlike any place I have ever been. Our guide was Yusuf. We could not have had a better guide ... Yusef is a very special man who made the trip even more amazing. I fell in love with the people and their spirit, the land was so beautiful and wild, and of course the animals were so up close and free. This experience will be the one that will thrill me for a lifetime. The experience could not have been better. Thank you Gate 1 for just the greatest experience. Also thanks to our booking agent Donna for advice on the time of year to make the trip and invaluable tips. And thanks to Yusuf for teaching us the language, educating us on the animals and of Kenya, and for his gracious company and friendship.

Nancy H. Lexington, KY
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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We had a great trip to Morocco! Ali, our guide was a gem! We are very impressed! All of our city guides were excellent, too! This was our 1st Discovery trip (out of 4) and we plan to use this experience as our template for future Gate 1 trips. We felt very well cared for!!!

Bill B. Ossining, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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FABULOUS!! Sophia was absolutely wonderful & a wealth of knowledge. We all were amazed at her abilities regarding all the history at each location we stopped at, including the Acropolis Archaeology Museum. You are very fortunate to have her as your guide. Also, Christos is an excellent driver. He is very skilled at getting into surprisingly small spaces with our huge bus. We all appreciated his assistance with our travel around Greece. Great trip.....many highlights!!!

Cheryl H. Lakewood, CO
The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari, September 2018
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Our trip was fantastic, everything went smoothly, all of the connections, transfers, etc. were perfect. I cannot say enough positive things about Gate 1 and the travel guides for both tours. We are looking forward to our next tour and will be contacting you sometime early next year.

Thomas L. Florence, SC
Japan, Then & Now, October 2018
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The trip was excellent ... Our guide, Hiroko, was fantastic - knowledgeable, caring, and funny - with many tips, tricks and stories to help us appreciate the Japanese country and culture.

Jonathan K. Plainsboro, NJ
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, September 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...

Christine L. Augusta, GA
Swiss Alpine Jewels, August 2018
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Our tour was well researched and well planned, and our Tour Manager Dennis was very knowledgeable, organized, and had a wonderful personality. I've been on a dozen or so guided trips all over the world, and this was one of the best yet. This trip was fabulous! I'll definitely travel with Gate1 Travel Discovery again.

Linda R. Powhatan, VA
Japan, Then & Now, July 2018
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It was awesome. This was my first tour with Gate1. I was not disappointed. It was well planned, there were variety of things to do, places to visit. Our dietary need as a vegetarian was taken care of! I loved the tour guide, Yumi. She was great.

Abirami K. Cupertino, CA
China & Tibet Discovery, June 2018
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Without a doubt, the China/Tibet trip that I participated in was FANTASTIC! ... I am recommending them to family and friends. Having been on larger trips over the years, I must say that accommodating so few travelers afforded us greater mobility, and many chances to interact with each other ... Special, special thanks to Jenny and Frank for answering my neverending questions, offering so many local tidbits and gems, and enduring my versions of the languages. This trip was one that I wanted to experience for years, and it was everything that I expected and more ... Thanks again to everyone for my Chinese/Tibetan memories.

Julianna B. Westerville, OH
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration, June 2018
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We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!

Janell L. Nashville, TN
Kenya Safari Exploration with Zanzibar, June 2018
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Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.

Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Swiss Alpine Jewels, June 2018
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One of the best we’ve taken ... I attribute the success of the whole experience directly to our tour manager, Dennis Albright. While the itinerary was perfect, it was his preparation and attention to details that made it more than a wonderful holiday. Thanks to you, Gate1 for hiring the best and encouraging them to ensure the customer experience is the highest priority. Thanks and you will definitely seem us again. We’ve raved to friends and family and recommended Gate1 for all their travel needs now and into the future.

David G. Cardiff, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Discover Northern France, May 2018
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It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!

Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
Amazing China with Tibet, May 2018
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I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!

Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
The Wonders of New Zealand, May 2018
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We enjoyed everything about our tour of New Zealand. We felt it was well thought out. The hotels were very good. The itinerary was excellent, as were the dinners. Our guide, Malcolm, was superb. He was so knowledgeable about NZ and tied in the Maori culture whenever possible which made the tour that much more interesting. Thank you for an excellent tour of NZ.

Frances R. San Jose, CA
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!

Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Majestic Balkans, May 2018
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It was fantastic. Both drivers Peter and Leonard were super. Bus was always clean. Windows always clean. And then there’s Ana. One of best guides we’ve had. Always smiling. Never flustered. Humour galore. Great travel mates. Rate the trip as a 10+. Hang on to Ana. She was super

Susan M. St. Peters, NS, CA
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, May 2018
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This trip was fabulous. Croatia and Slovena are beautiful and relaxing places. This was a small group of 20 people who were very friendly...Gate 1 allows for just enough free time and unlike other tour companies we did not spend a majority of the vacation on the bus getting from one place to the next. 2+ nights in some places added to the feeling of seeing a place. Hotels were all really close to center of things. Our hotel in Venice was literally a 3 minute walk to St. Mark’s Square. Our tour guide was funny, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about all the places we went to. Local guides added variety to the tours. Even our bus driver engaged with us in a funny and friendly way. Great trip!

Patrice G. New City, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA
Amazing China with Tibet, April 2018
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Trip was great - our guide Jason was fantastic - loved all of tour - only wish it would have included one more day in shanghai for individual time, shopping etc think everyone in our group felt like they would have liked to stay in shanghai one more day for some free time!! Love it - great accommodations, local guides, travel - very happy with trip - but especially loved our guide - he made trip fantastic!!

Ann B. Edmonds, WA