20 Day Around the World Vacation
Shanghai Angkor Wat Saigon Istanbul Marrakesh Madrid
From the incredible urban landscape of Shanghai in China to the jungles of Cambodia, which part to reveal the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, our Global Voyager program takes you on to Vietnam, where you can explore the former Saigon and take a boat ride on the Mekong River.
Leaving Asia behind, fly to Istanbul or the former Constantinople, where the Ottoman palaces sit gracefully along the skyscrapers of a modern nation. From Istanbul, fly across North Africa to explore Marrakech in Morocco - a fascinating ancient town with red ochre walls, on the edge of the Sahara desert. Finally, check out Madrid in Spain, before flying back home.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Street scene in Marrakesh
Your Global Voyager tour includes:
Round trip coach air fare from/to Los Angeles or New York
2 nights’ accommodation in Shanghai
Full day sightseeing tour in Shanghai, including lunch
3 nights’ accommodation in Siem Reap
2 full day private tours at the Angkor Wat Temple complex
3 nights’ accommodation in Saigon
Full day sightseeing tour in Saigon, incl. lunch
Full day tour by boat on the Mekong River, incl. lunch
3 nights’ accommodation in Istanbul
Cruise on the Bosporus (approx. 3 hours)
Full day sightseeing tour in Istanbul, incl. lunch
3 nights’ accommodation in Marrakesh
Full day sightseeing tour in Marrakech
3 nights’ accommodation in Madrid
Half day sightseeing tour in Madrid
Daily breakfast at the hotel
Transfers between airports and hotels
Airline fuel surcharges, airport taxes, security fees
Local taxes and service charges on the above
All sightseeing tours provided with English speaking local guides (joint with other travellers, private in Siem Reap)
This is an Independent Tour: You can leave on any day that is convenient, flying on regular scheduled airlines. All your flights, accommodations and airport transfers will be booked in advance. In most cities guided sightseeing trips are included. Since you will not be travelling with a group (except during most sightseeing trips), you have considerable freedom to do as you please. This also includes the ability to customize the trip, e.g. by staying longer in a city, for which we will be glad to submit a quote.
Spanish flamenco dancer
Day 1: Los Angeles to Shanghai
Start your journey with a nonstop flight from New York or Los Angeles across the Pacific Ocean, to Shanghai, perhaps the one Chinese city where the amazing growth of China has been the most impressive. Crossing the International Date Line, you will arrive in China the next day.
Day 2: Arrival in Shanghai
After completing immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
Day 3: Shanghai
Join a guided tour discovering the old and the new in China’s liveliest city. The first stop on this tour is the Yu Yuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, and Shanghai Old street, that originated in the Qing Dynasty. Then, the tour stops at the Bund, on Shanghai's waterfront; once the domain of colonial expatriates, many buildings of the period have been very well preserved. Here you'll enjoy the wonderful view of both sides of the Huangpu River. Followed with a visit to the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art with its collection of more than 120,000 precious and rare works in 21 categories. After lunch, drive along the former French Concession and transfer to visit Shanghai Arts and Crafts Store. Then visit the Jade Buddha Temple with its priceless jade statues from Burma. The last stop, Xin Tian Di, is a stylish nightlife district with many boutiques, pubs and restaurants. You will have time on your own there, or could go back to your hotel.
|Day 4: Shanghai to Siem Reap||Enjoy some free time in Shanghai before your airport transfer later this afternoon. Fly nonstop to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the famous Angkor Wat Temples. |
|Day 5: Angkor Wat||The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. You will visit this and other temple areas like Angkor Thom with a knowledgeable guide during a private tour. Continue to the famous Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Then watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside. |
Day 6: Angkor Wat
|As you continue touring this vast temple complex today, you will no doubt appreciate the master craftsmen who planned and built Angkor many centuries ago. Visit Chau Say Tevodas dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, the Temple of Mirror, and Banteay Kdei Temple surrounded by four concentric walls. Later return to your hotel. |
Day 7: Siem Reap to Saigon
|This day is free until your transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Fly nonstop to Saigon in Vietnam, arriving in the evening. Spend 3 nights in Saigon. |
Day 8: Saigon
|Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall and the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Than Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.|
Day 9: Mekong River
|Experience some rural life in Vietnam today. Set off for My Tho, a port city on the Mekong Delta. Life for villagers here revolves around rivers and canals. Upon arrival board a private boat for a cruise along the river. Visit an island with lush tropical gardens and sample tropical fruit accompanied by a traditional music performance. Continue to another island to see coconut candy being made. We have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about traditional lifestyles, culture and customs. Continue by Xe Loi (motorised cart) to an apiary where we transfer to smaller rowing boats allowing us to get deeper into the narrow canals. Diem Phuong Restaurant provides lunch. The guide will provide some advice on the finer points of local cuisine and assist in ordering. After lunch return to Ho Chi Minh City.|
Day 10: Saigon to Istanbul
The morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing on your own, until your late afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Istanbul.
Day 11: Istanbul
After an early morning arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free. Early in the afternoon join a boat cruise on the Bosporus Sea. Your tour starts with a visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colourful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish etc. Next, board your boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. You will notice the European style buildings of the Ottoman era and the palaces of Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, in striking contrast to some of the modern villas that line the shores.
Day 12: Istanbul
Visit the main sights and start the tour at Hippodrome Square. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul. It is one of the principal adornments on the skyline and also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. After lunch continue to Topkapi Palace (including the jewellery section), the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled but today a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. Proceed to Suleymaniye Mosque and Little Hagia Sofia. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather.
Day 13: Istanbul
Today you will have some free time to discover more of Istanbul on your own. Stock up on handicrafts and spice and improve your bargaining skills. Enjoy some delicious local food or simply board the tram which will take you to various neighborhoods.
Day 15: Istanbul to Marrakech
This morning fly from Istanbul to Casablanca, then continue on a domestic flight to Marrakech, arriving late in the afternoon. Spend the next 3 nights in Marrakech.
Day 15: Marrakech
The whole of Marrakech is built in red-ochre and is steeped in centuries of history. It is one of the most picturesque of the imperial Cities and is bubbling with life. Second by its age, of the four imperial cities, Marrakech remains today the attractive capital of the South and a testimony to the historical and cultural richness of the entire Country. The city was founded in 1062 by Youssef Tachfine, who built the first ramparts. The dynasties of Almohade, Saadian and Alaouite embellished the city with several monuments, which you will visit during a full day tour. You will see Koutoubia, Marrakech's largest mosque as well as the palace and gardens of Bahia, which were established between 1894 and 1900. It is then onto the Saadian Tombs, which date back from the time of the great sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur (1578-1603). You will also visit Jemaa El Fna and souks; an old point of meeting of the tradesmen from Africa and Europe. Here you can soak up the atmosphere of the real Marrakech and shop in the old Medina.
Day 16: Marrakech
The full day is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Stroll through the Medina, sip a cup of hot and sweet coffee while ‘people-watching’. Or find that one souvenir you were still looking for.
Day 17: Marrakech to Madrid
Later this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Madrid, arriving in the Spanish Capital later this afternoon. Spend 3 nights in Madrid.
Day 18: Madrid
A full day tour will show you all the different and most interesting areas of Madrid, from the Borbones, Austrias and Isabelinos quarters to the Moorish quarters and the architecture of Old Madrid. Here we see the elegant squares of Oriente, Espana, Puerta del Sol, Cibeles, Neptuno, Atocha, Puerta de Alcala and Colon, with its great avenues such as Gran Via and Alcala. We pass on route famous attractions, such as the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, the memorial Retiro park and the Bullring. In the new part of Madrid we see modern buildings, gardens and wide avenues as well as the Santiago Bernabeu Football stadium, one of the largest in Europe. We will also stop to enjoy a cold drink offered by Hard Rock Cafe.
Day 19: Madrid
Enjoy a free day – revisit some monuments, discover a new neighborhood or enjoy some down-time during a leisurely lunch. In the evening you could visit an optional Flamenco Show, which we would be happy to arrange for you.
Day 20: Madrid to Los Angeles
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to New York or Los Angeles, arriving on the same evening.
China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Morocco, Spain
20 Days from $5,359
Jungle vs. Temple, Angkor Wat
|6/01/18 - 8/31/18||$5,779||$6,379|
|9/01/18 - 11/30/18||$5,359||$5,959|
|12/01/18 - 12/31/18||$6,159||$6,749|
|1/01/19 - 3/31/19||$5,499||$5,999|
|4/01/19 - 5/31/19||$5,379||$6,049|
Departs every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.
A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date. The tour price does not include meals (other than those indicated), personal expenses, Visa fees and travel / rental car insurance.
Shanghai Riverfront, Bund
Madrid street scene