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VIETNAM, CAMBODIA - Scenic Tours

The Ultimate Touring Experience

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA

CHINA & JAPAN

LAOS • THAILAND • MYANMAR • SINGAPORE • TIBET

FEATURING LUXURY YANGTZE & MEKONG RIVER CRUISES • LUXURY RAIL JOURNEYS

2012/ 2013

scenictours.com.au

All

inclusive

5 star

luxury


Glen Moroney

Founder and

Managing Director

Scenic Tours is a

private, Australian

owned company

and we are proud

of the wonderful

travel experiences

we have brought

to so many guests

in Australia and

overseas.”

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Dear Traveller,

Welcome to our exciting new Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Japan

and South East Asia Luxury Escorted Tours for 2012 and 2013

We invite you to join Scenic Tours on luxurious and inspiring journeys through Vietnam,

Cambodia, China, Japan and South East Asia. We are thrilled to introduce new Scenic Tours

to Japan, Myanmar and Thailand; new luxury cruise ships including The Jahan on the Mekong

and the RV Paukan on the Irrawaddy and the most luxurious train in South East Asia, The

Eastern & Oriental Express, travelling between Bangkok and Singapore.

You’ll experience the mysterious, exotic and uniqueness of this vibrant region like never

before. Whether you’re gazing at the remarkable landscapes surrounding Mt Fuji,

uncovering the majestic beauty of Angkor Wat or enjoying a luxury cruise along the

Mekong, Irrawaddy or Yangtze Rivers, you’ll be amazed at the spectacle and grandeur

before you. It’s not until you actually experience these fascinating lands for yourself, that you

will believe that a holiday to these regions could be so personally rewarding and fulfilling.

These are magnificent journeys and we invite you to savour their infinite treasures on one

of our ultimate adventures.

Each of the countries we visit offers their own intriguing history, exotic, unique and complex

culture and stunning natural beauty. You’ll experience bustling and vibrant cities contrasted

with ancient temples and centuries old traditions living side-by-side with the modern world.

Along the way you’ll meet the warm, friendly and welcoming people who are proud to share

their homeland with you.

Scenic Tours are all-inclusive so you will only have to plan for your personal spending.

Because things aren’t always what they seem to be, you’ll appreciate the remarkable value

and peace of mind that Scenic Tours provides. If we describe a hotel as 5-star, then it is. If we

say it’s located close to the centre of the city, that’s where you’ll find it. And if we say that a

particular attraction is included, it is. To us “included” means exactly that.

Our goal is always to provide the ultimate holiday experience, wherever the destination. This

takes the best partners and meticulous attention to detail – from selecting the finest hotels

to planning each day, ensuring that all the must-see sights are included whilst allowing time

at leisure for you to explore on your own. And of course Scenic Tours also recruit the very

best Tour Directors and local English speaking guides in the industry. You’ll find that our dining

experiences have also been especially designed so you can savour the unique, local flavours

and cuisines of each region, as well as enjoying sumptuous Western meals.

Scenic Tours is a private, Australian owned company that is proud of the wonderful travel

experiences we have shared with so many guests, both in Australia and overseas. I find it

personally rewarding that so many of you travel with us again and again.

To those who have enjoyed a Scenic Tours’ holiday before, we look forward to welcoming

you back. And to those who are considering us for the first time, we hope to have the

pleasure of your company in the near future.

Glen Moroney


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S C E N I C T O U R S

5 star

luxury

� 100% Australian Owned

� All sightseeing included

� Dedicated Scenic Tours Tour Directors

� Local English Speaking Guides

� The finest hotels offering impeccable service

and facilities

� 5-star cruise on the Yangtze River in Guaranteed

Executive Suite

� Guaranteed Private Balcony Cabins onboard the

most luxurious Mekong River cruiser

� Luxury boutique Irrawaddy River cruise in a

Deluxe Cabin with French Balcony

� Lavishly appointed State Cabin on the famous

Eastern & Oriental Express train

� Sumptuous buffets offering a mix of local, regional

and western cuisines

� Highlight meals showcasing the local cuisine of

each region

� Unique and authentic experiences

� Spectacular cultural entertainment

� Exclusive Scenic Enrich program

Scenic FreeChoice program

� Welcome and farewell dinners

� All tipping and gratuities

� Airport transfers

QUALITY SCENIC

INCLUSIONS

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Contents

Scenic Tours – The Ultimate Touring Experience Page

Magnificent hotels in amazing locations 6

Scenic ‘Enrich’ - making your holiday unforgettable 8

Scenic ‘FreeChoice’ 10

Relax and enjoy your holiday and leave the rest to us 14

Rewards Just For You 16

Vietnam, The Mekong, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand

Introduction 18

14 day Essence of Vietnam VIET TOUR 22

11 day Images of Cambodia and Laos VICL TOUR 24

18/11 day Journey along the Mekong VIML/VIMS TOUR & CRUISE 26

12 day Northern Thailand Discovery THNT TOUR 30

6 day Eastern & Oriental Express Luxury Train LTBS TOUR 32

5 day Sapa Adventure VISA TOUR 34

3 day Phu Quoc Island Break VIPQ TOUR 35

Myanmar

Introduction 36

12 day Myanmar Highlights and Irrawaddy River Cruise MYHC TOUR & CRUISE 38

Japan

Exotic and unique adventures,

Be captivated like never before

Introduction 40

12 day Cultural Treasures of Japan JPTK TOUR 42

China, Yangtze River & Tibet

Introduction 44

15 day Iconic China - Pandas, Warriors and the Great Wall CHSP TOUR & CRUISE 48

15 day China’s Hidden Jewels CHHJ TOUR 50

5 day Tibet Adventure CHTA TOUR 52

Scenic Tours

Stopovers & Pre/Post Tour Accommodation 53

The Finest Hotels 54

Terms and Conditions 56

Tour Map Index 58


The Great Wall of China

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Every Scenic Tours

hotel is selected

to enhance your

holiday experience

Stay at the luxurious

Shangri-La during

your stay in Xi’an

Spectacular lake

views at the Inle

Princess Resort

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Magnificent hotels in

amazing locations

Savour outstanding luxury and style,

Unrivalled 5-star hospitality and service

When it comes to accommodation, the extraordinary Scenic Tours experience continues. Our hotels

have been individually selected for their location, facilities and wonderfully attentive service. Whether

it’s a boutique hotel stunningly positioned on the banks of a river or a spectacular hotel with views over

the mountains, you will appreciate every one of them.

Be close to the highlights

Our hotels have been selected for their quality and their ideal location gives you easy access to the

local highlights. It means you’re always close to the action and you don’t have to waste precious time

tediously commuting. In Shanghai, you’ll stay at the luxurious Westin Bund Centre which is moments

away from the Bund offering a perfect base to explore the historic waterfront. The stunningly designed

Grand Hyatt in Tokyo is situated in the famous Roppongi Hills and a short distance from the famous

Ginza district allowing you to soak up all of the local sights and atmosphere of this metropolis. In

Siem Reap, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is the closest hotel to the magnificent

UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor Wat complex.

Friendly staff and excellent facilities

At the end of each exciting day relax in the comfort of your specially selected hotel. Elegantly furnished

guest rooms come with well-appointed bathrooms and all the latest amenities. You’re always made

welcome by the friendly courteous staff who will go out of their way to assist and to ensure that

you have a memorable stay. In each hotel you will discover unique and sumptuous dining options.

Indulge in the best Thai food in Bangkok at the highly acclaimed Celadon Restaurant in your hotel, The

Sukhothai and dine in restored Victorian elegance at The Strand Grill in your hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.

Special and extraordinary experiences

Throughout each tour you’ll notice a collection of Scenic Special Stays highlighted through the

itineraries by the Scenic Special Stays �symbol. These are outstanding properties either because of

their history, architecture or location and many are exclusive to Scenic Tours. Some are members of

“The Leading Hotels of the World”, others part of the Orient Express group. All have been specially

selected to provide a unique and special experience for you. Such as the historic Sofitel Legend

Metropole, located in the heart of downtown Hanoi and close to the French Quarter or La Residence

Phou Vao, a luxurious property reflecting Lao architecture and set amidst gardens overlooking the

UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang.

The Sukhothai, Bangkok La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang

Grand Hyatt, Tokyo


Playing host to ambassadors,

writers and heads of state

Hanoi’s legendary landmark

for more than a century

Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

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Enjoy a much

deeper appreciation

of the places and

cultures you

encounter

Sail on a yakatabune

for a delicious

authentic Japanese

dinner

Ride an elephant in

the Golden Triangle

in Thailand

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Scenic ‘Enrich’ - adds so much

more to your holiday

Exclusive events, Special occasions,

Amazing places, Once in a lifetime

Scenic Enrich is a range of special highlights, some of them unique to Scenic Tours, which are

included as part of your holiday. They are all exceptional opportunities to immerse yourself in

local culture, creating extraordinary memories.

Memories of amazing places

You’ll never forget walking on the remarkable Great Wall of China and experiencing the vastness

of the country or travelling through Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels for a personal account with your

veteran guide who lived and fought there. Your visit to a pagoda where Buddhist monks will

celebrate with a private blessing can only be matched by an elephant ride to view the sunset

close to the Thai, Laos and Myanmar border.

Historic grandeur

Every Scenic Enrich event adds to your experience of the region you are visiting. You will

travel by a unique and traditional horse cart through the temples of Bagan in Myanmar and

experience the remarkable Key to the City Ceremony at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall. Sharing a

yak butter tea with a Tibetan family will be an incredible memory after visiting the 300 year old

Songzanlin Monastery, as will be observing the spectacle of the magnificent life size army of

Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP platform.

Experience local culture and traditions

Set sail on a yakatabune, an old-fashioned houseboat, enjoying the night views of the city skyline

from Tokyo Bay whilst dining on delicious Japanese cuisine; and in Laos experience one of the oldest

traditions, the Baci Ceremony. You’ll receive a private blessing at the sacred temple in Doi Suthep in

the hills outside Chiang Mai; take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric hutongs (alleyways)

to witness traditional Chinese life; lunch with Vietnamese nuns and learn how the proceeds support

their orphanage work; and witness the monks in their daily chant during a visit to Wat Pho. You

will be moved by your visit to the Burma Railway Museum and eat a delicious Lao-style lunch at

Makphet Restaurant, aiming to train street children in hospitality.

These are just a few of the events that will add so much pleasure to your holiday. Details of the

Scenic Enrich are highlighted on each itinerary page.

Burma Railway Museum, Kanchanaburi Key to City Ceremony, Xi’an

Horse and Cart ride through the temples at Bagan


Ancient rituals and

exotic cultures

Giving alms to Monks is a truly

remarkable and uplifting experience

Luang Prabang

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Choose the attractions

you will enjoy best

and make the most

of your holiday

The Beijing Opera

is visually stunning

and colourful, with

a distinct style

Delight your

taste buds on a

cooking course

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Scenic

‘FreeChoice’

Choose what you do, No extra to pay, pay

Your kind of holiday

In addition to all the included sightseeing and attractions, Scenic FreeChoice provides an

extra selection of activities and dining in some key locations you will visit. Scenic FreeChoice

gives you the time and opportunity to enjoy the activities that interest you most, without

any extra cost.

Included options for you to choose

All Scenic FreeChoice activities and dining are included in your tour price so, regardless of

what you choose there is nothing extra to pay. Unlike other operators that charge extra for

their “optional tours”, with Scenic Tours you have the choice but pay no more.

Scenic ‘FreeChoice’

All our guests appreciate the freedom that Scenic FreeChoice provides. In Tokyo,

for example, you might like to witness the morning rituals of the Sumo wrestler or

alternatively wander through Tsujiki, the world’s biggest fish market and watch the

hundreds of traders. In Beijing experience the colour and theatrics of the Beijing Opera

or if you prefer watch a unique and spectacular performance of The Legend of Kung

Fu. In Bangkok it will be difficult to choose between the wonderful walking tour to

discover the myriad of street foods or learning about the American Jim Thompson and

his influence on Thailand’s Silk industry. In Hoi An visit the wonderful My Son ruins or

enjoy a relaxed trip to nearby Cham island.

Choose to see what you will enjoy most

When travelling through South East Asia, China or Japan, simply select an activity to

suit your individual taste – active, moderate or relaxed pace. Join a walking tour or a

cooking class to gain a more in depth knowledge about the culture and customs. Indulge

in a traditional massage or experience life as an elephant mahout, there is sure to be a

Scenic FreeChoice activity for you. Details of the Scenic FreeChoice are highlighted on each

itinerary page.

Visit the home of Sumo, Tokyo Learn the history of Thai silk, Bangkok

Braille without Borders, Lhasa


Choices to appeal

to every desire

Get up close and personal to

the magnificent elephants

Anantara Elephant Camp

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Scenic FreeChoice

gives you the

freedom to choose at

no extra cost

Vietnam

Hanoi

Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese History

Discover the story of the Vietnamese

revolution in Hanoi, a city that wears

its history on its streets.

Moderate Pace

Authentic Cooking Class

Visit local markets before learning

the art of making Pho and using

Vietnamese spices in cooking.

Relaxed Pace

Art Discovery Tour

Hanoi’s art scene includes

20th century Vietnamese art to

contemporary works in local

restaurants. Moderate Pace

The Ruins of My Son

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage

site, My Son, a set of ruins from the

ancient Cham Empire.

Moderate Pace

Street Food Tasting

Sample local delicacies bought

directly from vendors - from sweet

to savoury, noodles to sticky rice.

Relaxed Pace

The Cham Islands

Unwind on this group of small

islands, famous for stunning corals

and marine life. Moderate Pace

Food Markets and Cooking

Explore the colours and fragrances of

local food market and learn the art of

Vietnamese cooking. Relaxed Pace

Walking Circuit

Discover the local neighbourhoods

of the city including its wide elegant

boulevards and historic French

colonial buildings. Moderate Pace

Spa Break

Indulge in a luxurious spa treatment

at one of the city’s most elegant spas.

Relaxed Pace

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Scenic ‘FreeChoice’

Inclusions

Suit yourself. In each city you may choose

from these exciting activities and excursions

Sapa

Cambodia

Siem Reap

Laos

Vientiane

Lao Chai Village

Walk to Lao Chai, to uncover the

unique culture and customs of the

H’mong Hill tribe. Moderate Pace

Textile Journey

Visit a local H’mong family and learn

about their textiles, all produced from

locally grown hemp. Moderate Pace

Temple Tour

Explore both the Angkor Wat style

12th century Beng Melea and 10th

century Banteay Srei temples.

Moderate Pace

Khmer Cooking Class

Take part in an authentic Khmer

cooking class for recipes steeped in

Cambodian tradition. Relaxed Pace

Tonlé Sap Cruise

Visit a floating village built on stilts and

enjoy a traditional lunch in the home

of a local family. Relaxed Pace

Weaving Village

Learn the process of silk weaving,

from dying textiles to the weaving

process at a local village.

Moderate Pace

Orchid Excursion

Discover the stunning variety of

orchid species native to Laos in the

Vientiane National Park. Relaxed Pace

Cooking Class

Learn to cook traditional Laos cuisine

with a market tour and cooking class.

Relaxed Pace

Thailand

Bangkok

Kanchanaburi

Chiang Mai

Boat Cruise

Take a private long tail boat through

the klongs, finishing with a unique

puppet show. Relaxed Pace

Street Market Walk

Indulge in authentic Thai street

foods on this fantastic walking tour

of Bangkok and its bustling markets.

Relaxed Pace

Thai Silk Adventure

Learn about the influence of the

American, Jim Thompson on the

Thai silk industry and visit his house.

Relaxed Pace

River Kwai Canoeing

View the incredible scenery of lush

tropical forests as you canoe along

the historic River Kwai. Active Pace

Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls

Relax by the waterfalls in the Sai Yok

National Park, a 500-square kilometre

park set against a mountainous

backdrop. Relaxed Pace

Thai Massage

Enjoy a stress releasing traditional

Thai massage, focussing on stretching

and deep massage. Relaxed Pace

Market and Temples

Explore the tranquil beauty of Chiang

Mai on foot taking in the colourful

markets and temples. Moderate Pace

Cooking Class

Discover the traditions and secrets of

Thai cooking and enjoy the results.

Relaxed Pace

Bicycle Back Lanes

Jump on a bike on this brilliant guided

cycling tour through the back lanes

and markets of Chiang Mai.

Active Pace


Golden Triangle

Myanmar

Yangon

Japan

Toyko

Kyoto

Elephant Mahout

In the Golden Triangle learn how to

be an elephant mahout, the person

who ‘drives’ the elephants.

Active Pace

Golden Triangle Discovery

Travel by various forms of transport

to explore the hidden secrets of the

famous Golden Triangle.

Moderate Pace

Tea and Wine

Tantalise your palate with the aromas

and flavours of Northern Thailand’s

tea and wine industry. Relaxed Pace

Train Ride

Take a ride on the slow-travelling

circular train observing the life of rural

Burmese people. Moderate Pace

Cultural Mix

Discover the rich mixture of cultures

and religions in Yangon with this halfday

walking tour. Moderate Pace

Explore Dhala

Explore the Burmese countryside

as you travel by ferry to the town

of Dhala and take a trishaw ride.

Moderate Pace

Sumo in Ryogoku

Visit Ryogoku, the home of sumo

wrestling where the stadium, stables,

and chanko restaurants are found.

Relaxed Pace

Fish Markets

Venture into the world’s biggest fish

market at Tsukiji and experience sushi

at its freshest. Relaxed Pace

Hidden Tokyo

Enjoy a guided walk through a maze

of streets filled with traditional shops

and restaurants. Moderate Pace

Sake Museum

Learn all about Japan’s national

drink followed by an intimate tea

ceremony in a Japanese home.

Relaxed Pace

Nishiki Markets

A guided walk through the lively food

market known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’,

followed by a cooking school.

Relaxed Pace

Outdoor Kyoto

Explore Kyoto’s beautiful ancient

Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and

peaceful gardens. Moderate Pace

China

Beijing

Beijing (Evening)

Yangshuo

Beijing’s Architecture

Uncover Beijing’s architectural past

and present like the Water Cube and

Bird’s Nest. Moderate Pace

Summer Palace

Marvel at a masterpiece of Chinese

landscape garden design at the

UNESCO World Heritage Summer

Palace. Moderate Pace

Food Markets

Taste your way through the Hutongs

for a celebration of Chinese food

from Hakka home cooking to

imperial Beijing custard. Relaxed Pace

Peking Opera

Attend the 200-year-old Peking

Opera for traditional music, vocals,

mime, dance and acrobatics.

Relaxed Pace

The Legend of Kung Fu

A martial arts spectacular of kung fu,

dance and acrobatics, fusing modern

dance with traditional arts.

Relaxed Pace

Cycle and Dine

Discover the beautiful countryside on

a guided bicycle trip and sumptuous

lunch with a local farmer. Active Pace

Cooking Class

Wander the bustling local markets,

shop for fresh ingredients and learn

the art of Chinese cuisine.

Relaxed Pace

Yangshuo (Evening)

Shanghai

Lhasa

Bird Fishing

Watch the incredible display of the

cormorants, seabirds that catch fish

for local farmers. Moderate Pace

Yangshuo Impressions

‘Impression Liu Sanjie’ is an outdoor

folk music and light show performed

by 600 singers and dancers.

Relaxed Pace

Gardens of Suzhou

Head to nearby Suzhou to visit the

exquisite gardens and cruise the

Grand Canal. Moderate Pace

Architectural Walk

Wander the tree-lined avenues of

the French Concession and discover

19th and 20th century architecture.

Moderate Pace

Shanghai Markets

Discover traditional Shanghai cuisine

on this local market tour with cooking

demonstration. Relaxed Pace

Braille Without Borders

Visit the program established in Tibet

to empower blind people set up

projects and schools. Moderate Pace

Tibetan Cooking

Learn the secrets to authentic Tibetan

cuisine including momos and the use

of the mustard seed. Moderate Pace

Yoga and Meditation

Discover the traditional techniques of

yoga and meditation in a class with a

Tibetan yoga master. Moderate Pace

Scenic FreeChoice are subject to minimum numbers and or seasonal operation

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Scenic Tours

provide a complete

experience where

everything is

taken care of

Enjoy warm

hospitality and

impeccable service

Our friendly

representatives will

escort you on arrival

and departure

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Relax and enjoy your holiday

and leave the rest to us

Sensational highlights,

Fully escorted,

Remarkable experiences

You’ve looked forward to your holiday for some time so you expect an enjoyable and rewarding

experience. One that is filled with wonderful memories, new found friends and an appreciation

of the amazing scenic, cultural and historic events that lie ahead. Join Scenic Tours as we embark

on a journey to remember and let us take care of all the details for you.

Nothing but the best

With Scenic Tours you’ll be delighted at the standard and location of our selection of amazing

hotels and the extraordinary highlights and unique experiences that are all included. We have also

carefully planned your dining, giving you the opportunity to sample the best of the local cuisine,

combined with sumptuous Western meals.

Exceptional Tour Directors

Hand picked for their experience, extensive local knowledge and personal disposition, our Tour

Directors make an enormous contribution to the success of every tour. All our Tour Directors are

well travelled and have the ability to bring to life the fascinating attractions, exotic culture and to

transform your adventure into remarkable memories. Our Tour Directors love people and love what

they do. The numerous glowing reports from our guests speak for themselves. Together with a team

of professional local English speaking guides, drivers and cruise staff, their objective is to ensure your

enjoyment at all times.

Scenic holidays are all-inclusive – No hidden costs

When we talk about Scenic Tours being “all-inclusive”, that is exactly what we mean. There are

no hidden extras so you can confidently plan your budget knowing exactly what to allow for.

We even include airport transfers at the beginning and end of your holiday as well as porterage,

so you never have to carry your bags. And there’s no need to worry about tipping or gratuities

because they’re all included.

“The tour was excellent and our Tour Director and all guides performed very professionally.” R. Munro

Scenic Tours Tour Director Two night cruise on Halong Bay

The Great Wall of China


A Chinese national treasure

beloved the world over

The most iconic sights are always

included with Scenic Tours

Giant Pandas, Chengdu

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Scenic Club is

our way of saying

thank you

Monthly

e-newsletters

and quarterly

magazine

For Platinum and

Diamond members,

your limousine awaits

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Rewards

Just For You

Our Exclusive Loyalty Program,

Providing You Special Recognition and Service

Travel only once with Scenic Tours and you are eligible for the benefits of Scenic Club, our

exclusive loyalty program providing special recognition and service for those who travel with us *.

SCENICCLUBGold�

After you complete your first tour with Scenic Tours we will automatically enrol you as a

Gold Member of our Scenic Club program. Membership is complimentary. Once you have

qualified as a Scenic Club member, you retain membership and your status for life.

• Member-only offers on selected tours

• A dedicated Scenic Club Help Desk

• Select member-only events and competitions

SCENICCLUBPlatinum

After you have completed five tours or a total of 50 days of travel (whichever comes first), you

will automatically receive complimentary Scenic Club Platinum� membership. Your Platinum

Member benefits include all the benefits of Gold plus:

• Complimentary limousine transfers before or after your tour*

• A complimentary pre or post night with tours of 20 days or more

• Complimentary Platinum luggage with each departure

SCENICCLUBDiamond

After you have completed ten tours or a total of 100 days of travel (whichever comes first),

you will automatically receive complimentary Scenic Club Diamond membership. Your

Diamond Member benefits include all the benefits of Platinum plus:

• Extended kilometre allowances for complimentary limousine transfer

• Choice of a full size Scenic Club Diamond suitcase or retail gift card with each departure

• Exclusive Scenic Club Diamond member events

* For full details of the Scenic Club program benefits including limousine transfers allowances and full terms and conditions please see

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Scenic Club Diamond luggage Complimentary pre or post tour hotel stays

A dedicated Member’s Help Desk


Special recognition and service

for those who travel with us

Travel only once with Scenic Tours and

enjoy the benefits of Scenic Club and

Gold Member benefits on your next tour

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Journey through

Thailand and

Indochina,

lands of diverse

cultures, intriguing

history and stunning

natural scenery

Enjoy a two night

luxury cruise on

Halong Bay

Explore the unique

Ta Prohm Temple

at Siem Reap

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Thailand and Indochina

Exotic and Entrancing

Vibrant cities, Fascinating cultures,

French colonial history

Join Scenic Tours on a journey through Thailand and Indochina and discover countries inhabited

by many different ethnic groups rich in exotic customs and fascinating cultures. With an interesting

colonial past, vibrant cities and beautiful natural landscapes you are sure to be captivated. Throughout

meet warm and friendly people who will welcome you into their hearts and who are proud to share

their homeland.

Thailand – Exotic and diverse

Come and discover why Thailand is known as The Land of Smiles and travel from pulsating Bangkok

to the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Northern Thailand, formerly the

centre of the opium trade is now considered to be one of the best elephant conservation areas and

is also home to a large number of hill-tribe communities. Uncover Bangkok’s tranquil temples and

quiet canals, explore the ruins of Ayutthaya the former Siamese capital, and now a UNESCO World

Heritage listed site and encounter more recent history at the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Vietnam – Spectacular scenery, smiling faces

From the towering limestone karsts of UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay, to the Mekong

River as it meets the sea, and sweeping beaches along the central coast, the spectacular scenery of

Vietnam surrounds you. French influence is prominent from the architecture to the baguettes sold on

the street. Vietnam still maintains its own unique culture, seen with its ancient pagodas, bustling markets

and hill tribe communities. With Scenic Tours discover the diversity and beauty of this country and

encounter happy and friendly Vietnamese along the way.

Cambodia and Laos – Impressive ruins, hidden charm

Travelling with Scenic Tours to Cambodia and Laos is certain to be a rewarding and enriching

experience. Be spellbound exploring the spectacular collection of Khmer architecture at Angkor Wat,

a UNESCO World Heritage site, and be enchanted by the small French era capital Phnom Penh.

Picturesque Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage listed town, retains its unique colonial villas as

well as its rich temple architecture. Throughout meet Cambodian and Laotian people who are friendly

and welcoming, certain to leave you with incredible memories.

Cyclos, Hanoi Water puppet show, Hanoi

Wat Mai, Luang Prabang


Find a quiet corner to marvel

at this architectural masterpiece

Heritage and culture

sit side by side

Angkor Wat

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Explore the

Mekong River

aboard the most

luxurious vessel and

watch the changing

landscape from your

private balcony

Indulge in a luxury

7 night Mekong River

Cruise aboard

The Jahan

Relax in the open bar

and watch the

ever changing

landscape go past

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Luxury Cruising on

the Mekong River

A marriage of 5-star luxury

and an intimate boutique river cruise

Join Scenic Tours aboard The Jahan for an intimate luxury seven night cruise on the Mekong River

between bustling and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to

the famous Angkor Wat temples. Home to thousands of people, discover the Mekong River as your

luxury boutique “hotel” meanders past local villages, paddy fields, canals and islands.

Setting new standards in luxury

Setting a new standard in boutique luxury cruising, The Jahan is today the newest and most luxurious

vessel on the Mekong River. Inspired by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the

magnificent Taj Mahal as a monument for his enduring love for his wife, this timeless British Indian

colonial design blends perfectly with the beauty of the passing landscape. Together with impeccable

service and exceptional hospitality, this will make for an unforgettable journey.

Your Private Balcony Stateroom

Boasting 26 luxurious cabins, the smallest and most exclusive ship on The Mekong River ensures you

a very personal level of service and comfort. Your spacious stateroom offers floor to ceiling panoramic

sliding glass doors leading to your private balcony ensuring unmatched privacy. What better way to

experience the unfolding journey. The luxury continues inside your tastefully decorated room with a

king size bed, wood furnishing and thoughtful touches like a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities.

Floating sanctuary of style and space

The uncompromising luxury extends to the public areas and your dining experience. During your

cruise sample delicious Vietnamese, Cambodian and International cuisines. In the morning as the sun

rises over the Mekong River commence your day with Tai Chi on the Sun Deck. Throughout the

day your included shore excursions, given the small number of guests onboard, will be intimate and

authentic. Relax by the pool, exercise in the gymnasium or be pampered in the spa. When the sun

begins to set, you can head to the elegant Funnel Bar for a refreshing cocktail or retire to the lounge

and library. Relax in large and comfortable sofas and chairs and enjoy movies and lectures. This is one

luxury Mekong River cruise that will keep you fully entertained throughout.

Tonlé Sap Tea service onboard

Life on the Mekong


Your Stateroom with large sliding glass

doors leads to your Private Balcony

The sights and sounds of the

Mekong unfold before your eyes

The Jahan

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14 Day

Essence of Vietnam

1 Nights

Land Content

River Cruise

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural experiences

Four night stay at Sofitel

Legend Metropole, Hanoi

Two night stay at La Residence

Hotel and Spa, Hue

Two night stay at Caravelle

Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Two night Luxury

Halong Bay Cruise

Deluxe Cabin on

Bhaya Cruises

Small Group Touring

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES

AND PORTERAGE

INCLUDED

22 | The ultimate touring experience

So much more with Scenic

Hanoi

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Lunch at KOTO Restaurant, a project that helps the disadvantaged youth gain

independence

• Spend time with nuns and learn how they are supporting the orphanage

through the proceeds from your lunch

• Travel to Cu Chi Tunnels for a personal account with your veteran guide, who

lived and fought here

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Hanoi, learn the history of the Vietnamese revolution; or partake in a cooking

class; or discover Hanoi’s art scene

• In Hoi An, visit the ruins of My Son; or sample local delicacies; or unwind on

Cham Island

• In Ho Chi Minh City, explore a colourful food market and learn Vietnamese

cooking; or explore local neighbourhoods on a walking tour; or indulge in a

luxurious spa treatment

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 30 superb meals including 13 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL),

6 Lunches (L), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 7 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Centrally located in the heart of downtown Hanoi since 1901, the Sofitel

Legend Metropole is Hanoi’s most prestigious hotel

• Spend two nights on a luxury cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage listed

Halong Bay

• In Hue, the La Residence Hotel and Spa is an elegant, deluxe boutique hotel,

stunningly positioned on the banks of the Perfume River

• One of Ho Chi Minh City’s most luxurious hotels, the centrally located

Caravelle Hotel offers a traditional refinement and a warm ambience

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi including Temple of Literature and One Pillar

Pagoda

• Take a rickshaw ride through the laneways of Hanoi

• Explore the bays and islets at UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay

• Catch a performance of the unique Water Puppets

• Cruise on the romantically named Perfume River

• Discover the Citadels and Mausoleums of the former imperial capital, Hue

• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Hoi An on a guided cyclo tour

• Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and its markets

• Experience the floating markets and rural life in the Mekong Delta

1

1

3

2

2

2

Hue

2

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

Cruise

Danang

VIETNAM

Hoi An

13 night tour • 11 night land tour • 2 night luxury cruise on Halong Bay

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to

Vietnam! On arrival you will be met and transferred to

your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and

fellow travellers for a briefing followed by an Included

welcome dinner at the acclaimed Spices restaurant in

the hotel, a perfect start to a wonderful trip. Three

Night Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole.

Meals: HD

Day 2 Hanoi Enjoy an Included tour of Hanoi visiting

the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and stop to

view Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Included Scenic Enrich

lunch at KOTO (know one teach one) Restaurant set up

to train street children in English and restaurant skills.

Glimpse everyday life in the capital on your Included

cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the alleys and laneways of

Hanoi. Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 3 Hanoi Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

choose from: (1) uncover the history of the Vietnamese

revolution with a visit to the History Museum and

Hoa Lu Prison; or (2) stroll the bustling markets to buy

ingredients for your cooking class; or (3) discover the

unseen people and hidden places that make Hanoi the

artistic and cultural capital of Vietnam. Meals: FB

Day 4 Hanoi – Halong Bay Drive through the

rich fertile farmlands of the Red River Delta to Vietnam’s

most famous natural wonder, Halong Bay. Board your

luxurious Bhaya Cruise for your special two nights

Included journey through this picturesque UNESCO

World Heritage site. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch as you

cruise the calm emerald waters through the limestone

islets and see Vietnamese life at its most unspoilt and

traditional. As the sun sets slowly over the bay, sip a

cocktail on deck before a delicious seafood dinner is

served. Relax on the Lounge deck or retire to your

cabin. Two Night Special Stay : Bhaya Cruise

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Halong Bay Wake early as the sun rises

over your cruise boat and enjoy Tai Chi on the Sun

Deck. After breakfast transfer to a smaller vessel for your

Included journey further into quieter bays and limestone

islets. Join in some Included activities like swimming,

cycling or kayaking as the vessel spends time on Cat Ba


Island. Enjoy lunch before venturing on to discover Ho

Ba Ham Islet the most remote point in Halong Bay.

Late afternoon return to your Bhaya Cruise and sail

back through the bay to your overnight stay. As the sun

begins to set, learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese

cooking during a brief cooking demonstration and then

enjoy a delicious dinner. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Halong Bay – Hanoi As the ship weighs

anchor explore caves and other beautiful spots before a

buffet brunch on board. Disembark and drive to Hanoi.

This evening appreciate your Included Water Puppets

performance, a unique Vietnamese art form that dates

back to the 11th century. Overnight Special Stay :

Sofitel Legend Metropole. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Hanoi – Hue Transfer to the airport for

your Included flight to Hue, the 19th century former

capital. Included visit to the Imperial Citadel and to

Dong Ba Market. Two Night Special Stay : M Gallery

La Residence Hotel and Spa. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Hue Enjoy your Included cruise along the

romantically named Perfume River to Thien Mu

Pagoda, dating back to 1602 and continue to the

Mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang. Visit Duc

Son Pagoda for your Included Scenic Enrich lunch with

a purpose. Talk with the nuns and learn how they are

supporting the orphanage through the proceeds from

your lunch. Discover the fine antiquities at the Hue

Museum during your Included visit. Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 9 Hue – Hoi An Leaving Hue your scenic

journey to Hoi An travels via the Hai Van Pass to the

fishing village of Lang Co and Danang. Included visit

to the Cham Museum en-route, before continuing

through the picturesque Marble Mountains. Included

guided cyclo tour of the ancient town centre and

visit the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the

colourful market and the former merchants’ homes

who were lured here by the prospect of high grade

silk and porcelain. Two Night Stay: Life Heritage Resort

Hoi An. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Hoi An Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) travel through the Vietnamese

countryside to visit the temple ruins of My Son; or (2)

visit a local market and sample local delicacies from

sweet to savoury; or (3) unwind on Cham Island

with its crystal clear waters and visit a local fishing

community. Relax and enjoy a tranquil evening in the

Hoi An countryside on your Included sunset cruise.

Meals: FB

Day 11 Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer

to the airport for your Included flight to Ho Chi Minh

City. Revel in your Included tour visiting Notre Dame

Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace, the bustling

Chinatown district and the lively Binh Tay Market. Two

Night Special Stay : Caravelle Hotel. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) take a guided trip

to the colourful food market and learn about the local

ingredients and then partake in a hands-on cooking class;

or (2) explore local neighbourhoods within this bustling

city with a walking tour; or (3) indulge yourself in a

luxurious spa treatment in one of the city’s most elegant

spas. Scenic Enrich experience explore the amazing

network of the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the communist

guerrillas, with your War Veteran, who shares his

personal account of life during this time. Meals: FB

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations team

are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $140 with airport transfers included

• Up to $500 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE$ per couple

Halong Bay

Day 13 Mekong Delta Travel to the Mekong

Delta and board a river boat for your Included cruise

passing colourful floating markets, emerald rice fields,

stilt houses and back waterways. This evening relish in

your Included Vietnamese farewell dinner on board

the Lady Hua, a traditional wooden barge, as you relive

many memorable holiday moments. Overnight Stay:

Victoria Can Tho Resort. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Delve into your

Included early morning visit to the bustling floating

markets of Cai Rang where countless traders with

boats loaded with local produce haggle to sell their

wares. After breakfast you will be transferred to

Ho Chi Minh City to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included - Flights should be

booked for departure after 12 noon). Meals: FB

Guests choosing the Phu Quoc Island Break (Tour

Code: VIPQ - See page 35 for more information) will be

transferred to the airport in Can Tho.

Guests choosing the Mekong River cruise (Tour Code:

VIML/VIMS – See page 26 for more information) will be

transferred to the joining point in the Delta.

Departure Dates and Prices

14 day tour • 11 night land tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City • 2 night cruise in Halong Bay

2012 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 09 $5,995 $2,195

Oct 14 $5,995 $2,195

Nov 10*,24*, 25 $6,295 $2,195

Dec 09 $6,295 $2,195

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 05* $6,295 $2,195

Feb 16* $6,295 $2,195

Mar 03 $6,295 $2,195

*Tour operates in reverse direction from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

with altered itinerary

Halong Bay Cruise – Upgrade your cabin ADD

Royal Suite (limited availability)

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SAVE $200

$225

• Up to $600 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,500 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based on deluxe cabins on the Halong Bay cruise. Scenic FreeChoice in Hanoi must be advised at the time of booking. Tour

itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and

should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

Sapa Adventure 4 night Extension or Phu Quoc 2 night Extension

Complete your tour with one of these extensions - please see pages 34 & 35

TOUR CODE

VIET

ESSENCE OF VIETNAM

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EXCLUSIVE TO SCENIC TOURS

11 Day

Images of

Cambodia and Laos

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural

experiences

Three night stay at Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Spa

Resort, Siem Reap

Three night stay at La

Residence Phuo Vao by

Orient Express, Luang

Prabang

Small Group Touring

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES

AND PORTERAGE

INCLUDED

24 | The ultimate touring experience

LAOS

So much more with Scenic

3

Siem Reap

Luang

Prabang

2

Vientiane

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Visit a pagoda where Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing

• Dine at Sala Bai, a school training young Cambodians from poor families in the

principles of hospitality

• Enjoy a delicious picnic with the local Laos people who will explain their local culture

• Travel by elephant through the forest, a sustainable tourism project to provide

the local villagers with income

• Eat a delicious Lao-style lunch at Makphet Restaurant, aiming to train street

children in hospitality

• Watch the monks move silently through the streets to collect alms, a beautiful,

serene ritual

• Experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, The Baci ceremony

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Siem Reap, explore the 12th century Beng Melea and Banteay Srei temples;

or take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or cruise on Tonlé Sap and

enjoy a traditional lunch in the home of a local family

• In Vientiane, visit a weaving village; or discover the variety of orchid species

native to Laos; or learn to cook traditional Laos cuisine

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 23 superb meals including 10 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Lunches

(HL), 3 Lunches (L), 4 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 3 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, set amidst tranquil

landscaped gardens is the closest hotel to the famous Angkor Wat

• La Residence Phuo Vao by Orient Express is perched on a hillside with stunning

views towards Mount Phousi

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Take a tuk tuk ride to the temples of Angkor Wat

• Discover the magnificent and picturesque Ta Prohm temple

• Ride a cow cart as you immerse yourself with the local village people

• Uncover the secrets to the wonderful taste of Laos coffee

• Visit Wat Phuo, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields

• Discover the charm of Vientiane on a sightseeing tour

• Explore Buddha Par with more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues

• Witness the beauty of Luang Prabang and its temples and monuments on a tour

• Climb Mount Phousi for spectacular panoramic views

• Leisurely cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to Pak Ou caves

• Excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading down limestone

formations

3

CAMBODIA

2

LAOS

Pakse

Don Daeng

10 night land tour • 3 nights Siem Reap • 3 nights Luang Prabang

Day 1 Siem Reap Sous Sdei and welcome to

Cambodia! On arrival you will be met and transferred

to your hotel. (Please arrive at the hotel no later than

12.00 noon.) Settle in and meet your Tour Director

and fellow travellers. This afternoon, depart on your

unique Included tuk tuk visit to the magnificent 12th

century UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat temple

complex. The ancient capital of the great Khmer

Empire, Angkor is beyond doubt one of the most

magnificent wonders of the world! This evening enjoy

your Included sumptuous buffet featuring western

and Asian cuisines. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. Meals: HD

Day 2 Siem Reap Leave the city behind and drive

through the countryside for your Included visit to the

temples of the Roluos Group, an ancient centre of

Khmer civilization and the oldest monuments in the

Angkor area. Enjoy your Included cow cart ride, a great

way to get in touch with rural Cambodia. Scenic Enrich

visit a small pagoda where Buddhist monks will perform

a private ceremony, wishing health and a safe journey

– a very special experience. Scenic Enrich lunch at Sala

Bai, a school training young Cambodians from poor

families in the principles of hospitality. Included visit to

the unique Ta Prohm, one of the most picturesque and

memorable of the Angkor temples. Explore more of the

marvellous Khmer architecture with your Included visit

to Angkor Thom, and its impressive stone gate carved

with elephants and four giant faces before visiting Bayon

Temple with 54 towers. Meals: FB,HL

Day 3 Siem Reap Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) explore 12th century Beng

Melea and Banteay Srei temples; or (2) visit a local market

and take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or (3)

cruise on Tonlé Sap, through floating villages and enjoy

spending time in the home of a local family. This evening

enjoy your Included delicious authentic Khmer set dinner

at a popular local restaurant. Meals: FB,HD

Day 4 Siem Reap – Don Daeng (Laos)

Transfer to the airport for your Included flight to Pakse.

Sabaidee and welcome to Laos! Discover the quaint

capital of Southern Laos, situated at the confluence

of the Mekong and Sedone Rivers on your Included

exploration of the colonial and Chinese-style buildings


and the huge local produce market. After your Included

lunch drive east to the Boloven Plateau, an area of

highlands featuring coffee, tea and cashew plantations.

Learn about Lao coffee on your Included plantation visit

and discover why it is sometimes called the “Champagne

of Coffee”. Continue south and transfer to Don Daeng

Island. Two Night Stay: La Folie Lodge Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Don Daeng Island Included visit to Wat

Phuo, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst

the rice fields and waterways. This UNESCO World

Heritage temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer

empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. Scenic

Enrich enjoy a delicious picnic with the locals who will

explain their traditional local culture. Scenic Enrich

travel by elephant through the forest up to Mount Asa,

a sustainable tourism project developed to provide the

local villagers with income and awareness of elephant

conservation (2 persons per elephant). Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 6 Don Daeng – Vientiane Transfer to the

airport for your Included flight to Vientiane the charming

Laotian capital, whose name means ‘the city of sandal

wood’. Included visit to Wat Sisaket, the only temple left

intact after the Thai invasion, Prutuxi (Victory Monument)

for sweeping panoramic views and the royal stupa, That

Luang, the holiest site in Laos with its Golden spire.

Your Included dinner will be at one of the finest French

restaurants in the city. Two Night Stay: Ansara Hotel.

Meals: FB,D

Day 7 Vientiane Drive along a road which serves as

an important link between the Lao capital and Thailand.

En-route take photos of the Friendship Bridge, built by

the Australian government in 1994 which links Laos and

Thailand. Included visit to Buddha Park, also known as

Xieng Khuan, is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu

statues. Scenic Enrich a delicious Lao-style lunch at

Makphet Restaurant, a charity-run restaurant aiming to

train the area’s street children in the hospitality industry.

Included Scenic FreeChoice activity choose from: (1)

visit a weaving village and learn about the Laos textile

industry; or (2) discover the variety of orchid species

native to Laos with a visit to a local farm; or (3) head

to the markets to buy ingredients for a traditional Laos

cooking lesson. Meals: FB,HL

Day 8 Vientiane – Luang Prabang Transfer to

the airport for your Included flight to Luang Prabang,

the spiritual capital of Laos. Situated at the picturesque

junction of the Mekong and Nam Kham Rivers,

surrounded by mountains and with its glittering temples

and wandering monks, this charming town is justifiably

a UNESCO World Heritage site. Included visit to the

former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where

you will discover the history of Laos. Continue to Wat

Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and

Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling

golden façade. Finish at Wat Xieng Thong, the most

revered temple in Luang Prabang, decorated with

ornate carvings and mosaics. Watch the sun set from

the top of Mount Phousi on your Included visit. Climb

the 328 steps for panoramic views of the town and

surrounding countryside before heading to the evening

hill tribe market. This evening unwind in a beautiful

garden setting whilst enjoying your Included local Lao

dinner accompanied with traditional dance and music.

Three Night Special Stay : La Residence Phuo Vao by

Orient Express Meals: FB,HD

Day 9 Luang Prabang Included leisurely cruise

past peaceful rural sceneries to Pak Ou caves at the

confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. In the

caves are hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha

images which are the object of pilgrimages during the

Lao New Year festivities. Cruise further and stop at the

foot of beautiful limestone cliffs for your Included lunch

selection of typical Lao dishes. Meals: FB,L

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $180 with airport transfers included

• Up to $400 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE$ per couple

Temples of Angkor Wat

Day 10 Luang Prabang Start the day early with

a very special Scenic Enrich visit to watch the monks

move silently through the streets to collect alms. It is

a beautiful, serene ritual that highlights the spiritualism

of the Laos people. Your Included excursion to the

beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading down limestone

formations creating a series of turquoise blue pools.

The top of the falls can be reached via a steep path

through jungle and dense woods filled with wildlife.

The views from the top are stunning and well worth

the walk. Scenic Enrich experience one of Laos’

oldest traditions, The Baci. The purpose of the Baci,

a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back

escaped spirits to the body. This is something that is

very important before major events such as weddings,

births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells. This

evening your sumptuous Included farewell dinner

combines inventive French cuisine with traditional

Laotian touches. A perfect blend as you relive many

beautiful memories of Cambodia and Laos.

Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 11 Luang Prabang After breakfast transfer to

the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight

not included). Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

TOUR CODE

11 day tour from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang

VICL

2012 Twin Share Single Supp 2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 29 $5,295 $1,795 Jan 30* $5,595 $1,795

Oct 24* $5,295 $1,795 Mar 23 $5,595 $1,795

Nov 03,07* $5,595 $1,795

Dec 15,19*,29 $5,595 $1,795

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

*Tour operates in reverse direction from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap

with altered itinerary

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SAVE $200

• Up to $500 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,500 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Scenic FreeChoice in Siem Reap must be advised at the time of booking. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30

Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause

4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

IMAGES OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS

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1 Nights

Land Content

River Cruise

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural

experiences

Seven night luxury

Mekong River Cruise

Luxury Cabin on The Jahan

Three night stay at Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Spa

Resort, Siem Reap

Three night stay

La Residence Phuo Vao

by Orient Express,

Luang Prabang

Small Group Touring

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING,

GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

18/11 Day

Journey along

the Mekong

26 | The ultimate touring experience

Luang

Prabang

3

Siem Reap

Kampong

3

Phnom Penh

2 Vientiane

7

Chau Doc

LAOS

CAMBODIA

Mekong River

Cai Be

Pakse

2 Don Daeng

VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City

17 night tour • 10 night land tour • 7 night luxury cruise on the Mekong River

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Visit a pagoda where Buddhist monks will celebrate with a private

blessing

• Dine at Sala Bai, a school training young Cambodians from poor

family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality

• Enjoy a delicious picnic with the local Laos people who will explain

their local culture

• Travel by elephant through the forest, a sustainable tourism project

to provide the local villagers with income

• Eat a delicious Lao-style lunch at Makphet Restaurant, aiming to train

street children in hospitality

• Watch the monks move silently through the streets to collect alms, a

beautiful, serene ritual

• Experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, The Baci ceremony

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Siem Reap, explore the 12th century Beng Melea and Banteay

Srei temples; or take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or

cruise on Tonlé Sap and enjoy a traditional lunch in the home of a

local family

• In Vientiane, visit a weaving village; or discover the variety of orchid

species native to Laos; or learn to cook traditional Laos cuisine

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 43 superb meals including 17 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB),

3 Highlight Lunches (HL), 9 Lunches (L), 6 Highlight Dinners (HD)

and 8 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Jahan, launched in October 2011, is the newest and most

luxurious vessel cruising the Mekong River

• The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Spa Resort, set amidst tranquil

landscaped gardens is the closest hotel to the famous Angkor Wat

• La Residence Phuo Vao by Orient Express is perched on a hillside

with stunning views towards Mount Phousi

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Take a tuk tuk ride to the temples of Angkor Wat

• Glimpse the morning light at the magnificent Ta Prohm temple

• Ride a cow cart as you immerse yourself with the local village

people

• Uncover the secrets to the wonderful taste of Laos coffee

• Visit Wat Phuo, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst

the rice fields

• Discover the charm of Vientiane on sightseeing tour

• Explore Buddha Par with more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu

statues

• Witness the beauty of Luang Prabang and its temples and

monuments on a tour

• Climb Mount Phousi for spectacular panoramic views

• Leisurely cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to Pak Ou caves

• Excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading down

limestone formations


Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong

Cruise Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam!

Today you will be met and transferred to My

Tho in the Mekong Delta to board The Jahan,

for your Included luxurious Mekong River cruise.

(Departure from a central Ho Chi Minh City hotel

will be at 1.00pm). On board The Jahan meet

your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a

briefing. This evening enjoy a cocktail reception

which will be followed by a welcome dinner.

Seven Night Special Stay : The Jahan. Meals: HD

Day 2 Cai Be – Chau Doc Board your

sampan for an Included cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep

Island. Along the way you’ll discover beautiful

landscapes along the river and observe the typical

Mekong Delta rural life. Visit Ba Duc ancient house

before boarding the Cai Be Princess for an Included

cruise to Cai Be’s colourful floating market where

locals trade fruit, vegetables, fish and much more.

After lunch the cruise will continue with a visit to

some interesting home factories to see how rice

paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made,

then reboard and continue cruising towards Chau

Doc. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 3 Chau Doc – Border crossing

into Cambodia Today, enjoy an Included tour

around the bustling border town of Chau Doc

and surrounding area. Visit the local, busy market

and temple before exploring the exciting floating

villages and catfish farms. Witness masses of basa

fish being fed by hand, then visit the village of the

local Muslim Cham community. Reboard midafternoon

and cruise towards Phnom Penh. Sous

Sdei and welcome to Cambodia! Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 Phnom Penh It’s an early start this

morning to witness a truly memorable scene whilst

approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. After

breakfast, embark on an Included city tour of this

dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has

retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing will

include the dazzling white and gold architecture

of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. After

an Included lunch in a local restaurant, visit the

Genocide Museum and learn about Cambodia’s

grim past under the Khmer Rouge regime and

the Cambodian civil war. This evening enjoy a

traditional Apsara dance performance. Experience

the brilliance and richness of the Cambodian

culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music,

the calming scent of incense sticks and a delicious

Khmer food buffet. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham

Depart before the break of dawn from Phnom

Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk

weaving village for a leisurely walk then cruise past

the Mekong’s tranquil villages and bustling river life

with scores of fishermen on duty. Included visit to

rural Angkor Ban with a beautiful pagoda and old

houses and take part in some of the activities to

experience village life. Then reboard the ship and

cruise towards Kampong Cham. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey

Wake up early this morning to embark on an

Included journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian

temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of

a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the

best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th

century, these ancient structures do justice to the

architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated

the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular

views of the surrounding, well organised rice

paddy plains and take part in a travellers blessing

performed by the local monks. Cruise towards

Kampong Cham for an Included visit to Wat Nokor,

a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple

that holds a timeless story then visit one of the

local orphanages in Kampong Cham. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Kampong Cham – Kampong

Chhnang – Tonlé Sap Before the sun rises,

The Jahan sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek

K’dam along the meandering Tonlé Sap River,

which narrows through leafy swaths of the South

East Asian jungle. This afternoon take an Included

motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to

see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in

the region. Further down the river we take part in

an ox cart rally. This is the day to truly experience

rural Khmer life. In the evening, a mouth-watering

farewell dinner will be served. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 8 Tonlé Sap – Siem Reap The great

lake of Tonlé Sap which is over 150 kilometres in

length dominates Cambodia. Witness the stillness

The Mekong River

and tranquillity on the way in to the charming,

little city of Siem Reap, the gateway to the

majestic temples of Angkor. Disembark The Jahan

and transfer to your hotel (The water level of

Tonle Sap fluctuates greatly and may impact the

disembarkation of your cruise.) This afternoon,

depart on your unique Included tuk tuk visit to

the magnificent 12th century UNESCO World

Heritage Angkor Wat temple complex. The

ancient capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor

is beyond doubt one of the most magnificent

wonders of the world! This evening enjoy your

Included sumptuous buffet featuring Western and

Asian cuisines. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 9 Siem Reap Leave the city behind and

drive through the countryside for your Included

visit to the temples of the Roluos Group, an

ancient centre of Khmer civilization and the oldest

monuments in the Angkor area. Enjoy your Included

cow cart ride, a great way to get in touch with rural

Cambodia. Scenic Enrich visit a small pagoda where

Buddhist monks will perform a private ceremony,

wishing health and a safe journey – a very special

experience. Scenic Enrich lunch at Sala Bai, a school

training young Cambodians from poor families in

the principles of hospitality. Included visit to the

unique Ta Prohm, one of the most picturesque and

memorable of the Angkor temples. Explore more

of the marvellous Khmer architecture with your

Included visit to Angkor Thom, and its impressive

stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces

before visiting Bayon Temple with 54 towers.

Meals: FB,HL

Day 10 Siem Reap Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) explore

the 12th century Beng Melea and Banteay Srei

temples; or (2) visit a local market and take part

in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or (3) cruise

on Tonlé Sap, through floating villages and enjoy a

traditional lunch in the home of a local family. This

evening enjoy your Included delicious authentic

Khmer set dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Meals: FB,HD

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Day 11 Siem Reap – Don Daeng (Laos)

11 day (VIMS) passengers depart after breakfast in

Siem Reap and will be transferred to the airport.

Transfer to the airport for your Included flight to

Pakse. Sabaidee and welcome to Laos! Discover

the quaint capital of Southern Laos, situated at the

confluence of the Mekong and Sedone Rivers on

your Included visit to colonial and Chinese-style

buildings and the huge local produce market. After

your Included lunch drive east to the Boloven

Plateau, an area of highlands featuring coffee, tea

and cashew plantations. Learn about Lao coffee on

your Included plantation visit and discover why it

is sometimes called the “Champagne of Coffee”.

Continue south and transfer to Don Daeng Island.

Two Night Stay: La Folie Lodge. Meals: FB,L,D

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18/11 Day Cruise the Mekong to Laos

Day 12 Don Daeng Island Included visit

to Wat Phuo, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple

that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways.

This UNESCO World Heritage temple was

built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before

the construction of Angkor Wat. Scenic Enrich

enjoy a delicious picnic with the locals who will

explain their traditional local culture. Scenic

Enrich travel by elephant through the forest

up to Mount Asa, a sustainable tourism project

developed to provide the local villagers with

income and awareness of elephant conservation

(2 persons per elephant). Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 13 Don Daeng – Vientiane Transfer

to the airport for your Included flight to Vientiane

the charming Laotian capital, whose name means

Baci ceremony

‘the city of sandal wood’. Included visit to Wat

Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Thai

invasion, Prutuxi (Victory Monument) for sweeping

panoramic views and the royal stupa, That Luang,

the holiest site in Laos with its Golden spire. Your

Included dinner will be at one of the finest French

restaurants in the city. Two Night Stay: Ansara Hotel.

Meals: FB,D

Day 14 Vientiane Drive along the road which

serves as an important link between the Lao capital

and Thailand. En-route take photos of the Friendship

Bridge, built by the Australian government in 1994

which links Laos and Thailand. Included visit to

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, which

is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.

Scenic Enrich enjoy a delicious Lao-style lunch

Wat Mai, Luang Prabang


at Makphet Restaurant, a charity-run restaurant

aiming to train the area’s street children in the

hospitality industry. Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) visit a weaving village and

learn the about the Laos textile industry; or (2)

discover the variety of orchid species native to Laos

with a visit to a local farm; or (3) head to the markets

to buy ingredients for a traditional Laos cooking

lesson. Meals: FB,HL

Day 15 Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your Included flight to

Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Situated

at the picturesque junction of the Mekong and

Nam Kham Rivers, surrounded by mountains and

with its glittering temples and wandering monks,

this charming town is justifiably a UNESCO World

Heritage site. Included visit to the former Royal

Palace, now the National Museum, where you will

explore the history of Laos. Continue to Wat Mai, a

temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat

Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling

golden façade. Finish at Wat Xieng Thong, the most

revered temple in Luang Prabang, decorated with

ornate carvings and mosaics, and was built in 1560

by King Setthathirat. Watch the sun set from top

of Mount Phousi on your Included visit. Climb the

328 steps for the panoramic views of the town

and surrounding countryside before heading to

the evening hill tribe market. This evening unwind

in a beautiful garden setting whilst enjoying your

Included local Lao dinner accompanied with

traditional dance and music. Three Night Special

Stay : La Residence Phuo Vao by Orient Express.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 16 Luang Prabang Included leisurely

cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to Pak Ou

caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam

Ou Rivers. In the caves are hundreds of sacred

centuries-old Buddha images which are the object

of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities.

Cruise further and stop at the foot of beautiful

limestone cliffs for your Included lunch selection of

typical Lao dishes. Meals: FB,L

Day 17 Luang Prabang Start the day early

with a very special Scenic Enrich visit to watch the

monks move silently through the streets to collect

alms. It is a beautiful, serene ritual that highlights

the spiritualism of the Laos people. Your Included

excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls,

cascading down limestone formations creating a

series of turquoise blue pools. The top of the falls

can be reached via a steep path through jungle and

dense woods filled with wildlife. The views from the

top are stunning and well worth the walk. Scenic

Enrich experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions,

The Baci. The purpose of the Baci, a mix of

�Taxes and Charges (included in above prices):

Port charges approximately $80

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations team

are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $180 with airport transfers included

• Up to $550 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE per couple

Xieng Khuan, Vientiane

Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back

escaped spirits to the body. This is something

that is very important before major events such

as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends

and farewells. This evening your sumptuous

Included farewell dinner combines inventive

French cuisine with traditional Laotian touches.

A perfect blend as you relive many beautiful

memories of Cambodia and Laos. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 18 Luang Prabang After breakfast

transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

TOUR CODE

18 day tour • 10 night land tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang • 7 night Mekong River cruise VIML

2012 Twin Share Single Supp 2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 22� $7,995 $3,295 Jan 30* $9,495 $3,295

Oct 24*,27 $9,195 $3,295 Mar 16 $9,495 $3,295

Nov 07* $9,495 $3,295 � Cruise operates on the Jayavarman - sister ship to the Jahan

Dec 08,19*,22 $9,495 $3,295 *Tour operates in reverse direction from Luang Prabang to Ho Chi

Minh City

Departure Dates and Prices

TOUR CODE

11 day tour • 3 night land tour Siem Reap • 7 night Mekong River cruise

VIMS

2012 Twin Share Single Supp 2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 22� $4,995 $1,995 Feb 06* $6,195 $1,995

Oct 27,31* $6,195 $1,995 Mar 16 $6,195 $1,995

Nov 14* $6,195 $1,995

Dec 08,22,26* $6,195 $1,995

� Cruise operates on the Jayavarman - sister ship to the Jahan

*Tour operates in reverse direction from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh

City with altered itinerary

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SAVE $600

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SAVE $200

Upgrade your Cabin on Jahan only

Deluxe Cabin: $550 Signature Cabin: $1,000

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

• Up to $500 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,700 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based on Superior Cabins on the Mekong River Cruise. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to

30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions

clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

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1

12 Day

Northern Thailand

Discovery

Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Chiang Mai

Kanchanaburi 2

Sukhothai

River Kwai

2

1

Ayutthaya

1

2

2

Golden Triangle

1

Bangkok

THAILAND

11 night tour • 3 nights Bangkok • 2 nights River Kwai • 2 nights Chiang Mai • 2 nights Golden Triangle

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

‘Must-see’ attractions

Most meals including highlight

meals showcasing the

flavours of Thailand

Escorted by experienced

Tour Director

Local English speaking guides

in each region

Domestic flight in Thailand

Airport transfers

Scenic Enrich – allowing you

to live the destination, not

just travel through it

Scenic Special Stays – our

inclusion of exceptional

hotels

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES

and PORTERAGE

INCLUDED

30 | The ultimate touring experience

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Enjoy a morning visit to Wat Pho to watch the monks in their daily chant

• Join a specialist guide on your visit to the Burma Railway Museum and

Cemetery

• Launch your personally made Kratong for luck and good fortune

• Receive a private blessing at the sacred temple Doi Suthep

• Take an elephant trek to view sunset on the Thai, Laos, Myanmar border while

enjoying Thai wine or beer

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Bangkok, a private long tail boat through the klongs and experience a unique

puppet show; or walking tour to discover Thai street foods; or learn about the

influence of the American Jim Thompson on the Thai silk industry

• View the scenery as you canoe down the River Kwai; or relax at the Sai Yok Yai

waterfalls; or enjoy a stress releasing and therapeutic traditional Thai massage

• Chiang Mai city and temple walking tour; or partake in a Thai cooking class; or

explore the back lanes and markets on a guided bicycle tour

• Learn how to be an elephant mahout for a day at Anantara Elephant Camp; or

travel by foot, boat, ox-cart and vehicle as you explore the hidden secrets of the

Golden Triangle; or uncover tea and wine production in Northern Thailand

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 24 superb meals including 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 5 Lunches (L),

4 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 4 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• In Bangkok, the award winning Sukhothai hotel combines contemporary style

with old-world charm and is set amid six acres of greenery and water ponds

• Located along the banks of the Mae Ping River, the Ratilanna Riverside Resort

captures the essence of Lanna ancestry and unique character of the local hill tribes

• Perched atop a ridge with striking views across Laos, Myanmar and the Mekong

River, the Anantara Golden Triangle offers luxury accommodation

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• In Bangkok a tour of the Grand Palace and the enormous reclining Buddha

• Local train ride bound for an amazing country market along the railway tracks

• Walk the Memorial Walking Trail, visit Hellfire Pass and ride the “death railway”

and gain a comprehensive insight into WWII history

• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed park at Ayutthaya by “ketmit” a

local form of transport

• In Sukhothai wander through almost 200 ruined pagodas in remarkable condition

• Take a horse and cart ride through the street of Lampang to see old Thai,

Chinese, British and Burmese merchant houses

• Learn about elephant conservation and rehabilitation at the Elephant Institute

• Discover the history and processes associated with the Opium trade of the

Golden Triangle

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok Sawadee and welcome to

Thailand! On arrival at Bangkok airport you will be met

and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet with

your Tour Director and fellow passengers before enjoying

an Included welcome Thai dinner at the award winning

Celadon restaurant in the hotel. Two Night Special Stay :

The Sukhothai. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: HD

Day 2 Bangkok This morning enjoy your Included

Scenic Enrich visit to Wat Pho to watch the monks in

their daily chant. This uplifting ritual is a fantastic chance

to experience the Buddhist culture and lifestyle of the

monks. Visit the enormous reclining Buddha and continue

on to the Grand Palace for an Included tour of its many

grandiose buildings and hallways. Head to a local fortune

teller and see what the future holds as you receive your

very own personal reading by a local spiritual consultant.

Included Scenic FreeChoice activity choose from: (1)

a private long tail boat tour through Bangkok’s klongs

and experience a unique puppet show; or (2) a tour to

discover Bangkok’s delicious street foods; or (3) follow in

the footsteps of the American Jim Thompson and discover

his influence on Thai silk industry. Included this evening a

cruise on the Chao Phraya River aboard the luxury vintage

rice barge Apsara, for a contemporary Thai dinner from

Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant. Meals: FB,HD

Day 3 Bangkok – River Kwai

(Kanchanaburi) Drive south to the river delta area

for your Included local train ride bound for an amazing

country market that has sprouted along the railway

tracks. Visit one of the many floating markets before

taking an Included paddleboat journey through the klongs

and stop to enjoy a glass of coconut sugar syrup with

a local family. Continue to Kanchanaburi and onward

to the Hellfire Pass Museum before embarking on the

Memorial Walking Trail. Your Included train ride along

the infamous ‘death railway’ and audio guide, narrated by

POW’s while working on this railway will help recreate

the scene and link their real life experiences. Two Night

Stay: Dheva Mantra. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 River Kwai Depart for the Thailand-Burma

Railway Centre and meet your Included Scenic Enrich

specialist guide for an introduction to the Railway story.

Visit the Museum and War Cemetery for comprehensive


information regarding the railway and continue to the

Bridge on the River Kwai and the Hospital Camp where

many Australian POWs were based after completion of

the railway. This afternoon Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) canoeing on the River Kwai and

enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscapes; or (2) visit the

nearby Sai Yok Yai waterfalls; or (3) a stress releasing and

therapeutic traditional Thai massage. Meals: FB,L

Day 5 River Kwai – Ayutthaya Drive

to Ayutthaya and along the way Included is your

exploration of the majestic royal mansions and summer

palace at Bang Pa In and visit one of the most distinctive

Buddhist temples with remarkable Gothic style

architecture and stained glass windows. After your

Included lunch transfer to your Included local “Ketmit”

Tuk Tuk for a tour to some of the important temples

inside the UNESCO historical park. Overnight Stay:

Kantary Hotel. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Ayutthaya – Sukhothai This morning

transfer to the former Siamese capital at Sukhothai. After

your Included local Thai style lunch wander through

Sukhothai’s almost 200 ruined chedis (pagodas) in

remarkable condition. Sukhothai is famous for its original

Loy Kratong Festival and join your Included Scenic Enrich

workshop to make your own Kratong (candle, incense

stick and colourful flowers) before launching at night for

luck and good fortune. Overnight Stay: The Sukhothai

Heritage. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Sukhothai – Chiang Mai Drive to

Lampang and Included is a stop at a local village to watch

hand-made cloth making with their special fermented

mud processes. Then take your Included horse cart

ride to see old Thai, Chinese, British and Burmese

merchant houses. Continue to the National Elephant

Institute to learn about the objectives to develop elephant

conservation in a sustainable way. Two Night Special

Stay : Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Chiang Mai Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) Chiang Mai city and temple

walking tour; or (2) a hands-on Thai cooking class; or

(3) guided bicycle tour exploring the back lanes and

fresh food markets to observe the daily life. Included

this afternoon, travel by “songtaew” local transport,

to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project where

you can enjoy a cup of the local ‘arabica’ surrounded

by fabulous gardens of flowers. Continue to the white

Hmong village of Chang Khien where the inhabitants

still wear their traditional hill tribe clothes and practice a

culture that dates back 500 years. End your day at Doi

Suthep, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand.

Learn the story of the temple and wander around it’s

impressive chedi (pagoda) and view its beautiful murals

on your Included tour. Included Scenic Enrich private

blessing ceremony and witness the magical evening

chanting of the monks. Meals: FB

Day 9 Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle

Depart for your drive through the mountains of

Northern Thailand to the Golden Triangle and enjoy

your Included lunch at a village with a local family.

Included visit to the Opium Museum, which showcases

the history and various artefacts of the opium

production and trade. Included Scenic Enrich sunset

elephant ride (2 people per elephant) to a stunning

viewpoint to enjoy the views while relishing a Thai

wine or a cold beer. Your Included Khantoke dinner,

a feast of Northern Thai cuisine is accompanied by the

soft melody of a khim (local instrument). Launch your

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $160 with airport transfers included

• Up to $200 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE$ per couple

special “khom loy” in local belief that misfortune will

float away. Two Night Special Stay : Anantara Golden

Triangle Resort. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 10 Golden Triangle This morning Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) learn how

to be an elephant mahout at Anantara Elephant Camp;

or (2) travel by foot, boat, ox-cart and vehicle as you

explore the hidden secrets of the Golden Triangle; or

(3) uncover tea and wine production in Chiang Rai.

Meals: FB

Day 11 Golden Triangle – Bangkok Transfer

to the airport for your Included flight to Bangkok. On

arrival the rest of the day is free for you to explore

this vibrant city before an Included special farewell

dinner and relive many memorable holiday moments.

Overnight Special Stay : The Sukhothai. Exclusive to

Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,HD

Day 12 Bangkok After breakfast transfer to the

airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not

included). Meals: FB

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SAVE $300

* These departures link with the Eastern &

Oriental Express Luxury Train (LTBS)

Eastern & Oriental Luxury Train Extension

Extend your Northern Thailand Discovery Tour. Please see pages 32 and 33.

Summer Palace, Bang Pa In

Departure Dates and Prices

TOUR CODE

12 day tour • 11 night land tour • 3 nights Bangkok • 2 nights River Kwai

• 2 nights Chiang Mai • 2 nights Golden Triangle

THNT

2012 Twin Share Single Supp 2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 24* $4,995 $1,395 Jan 16* $5,595 $1,495

Oct 15* $4,995 $1,395 Feb 06*,27 $5,595 $1,495

Nov 06* $5,395 $1,395 Mar 20 $5,595 $1,495

Dec 03 $5,395 $1,395 Apr 17 $5,595 $1,495

• Up to $1,000 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,450 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Scenic FreeChoice in Bangkok must be advised at the time of booking. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr

2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause

4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

NORTHERN THAILAND DISCOVERY

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The East & Oriental

Express recreates

the golden age of

rail travel

Marvel at

rural landscapes

A symbol

of luxury

32 | The ultimate touring experience

Southeast Asia’s Most

Luxurious Train Journey

The Eastern & Oriental Express

There is no better way to travel between two of South East Asia’s most vibrant cities - Bangkok and

Singapore, than on board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express, the sister train to Europe’s Venice

Simpson-Orient Express. View the breath taking scenery and ever changing exotic landscapes of patchwork

paddy fields, coastal villages and colonial relics at a relaxed pace. The Eastern & Oriental train is for those

who appreciate a style and luxury associated with a bygone era. The golden age of train travel allows you to

gain a unique perspective into this, the most exotic part of Asia. This is truly a classic rail journey!

Life onboard the gleaming carriages

The Piano Bar is the heart of the train and is decorated in pale-ash-wood panelling with a resident

pianist to entertain you. The luxury continues in the Observation Car, with its teak-wood flooring and

panelled walls and its private bar. This is the perfect place to sip your cocktail as the sun sets on the

passing scenery. Dine in one of two Restaurant Cars decorated in floral motifs with elm or rosewood

panels where the chef creates tantalising cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients. The Saloon Car

with is reading room, a selection of books and magazines, is a charming place to relax as the journey

gently unfolds.

Your luxurious cabin

Board this classic train and slip into the elegant luxury of your well-appointed private cabin panelled in

cherry wood and elm burr and decorated with fine fabrics. Your luxury State Cabin is air-conditioned,

with two single beds at floor level, an en-suite and large picture window. During the day your cabin is

converted into comfortable seating by your friendly staff who provide attentive, warm and professional

service throughout your journey.

Vibrant cities

Two contrasting cities, Bangkok and Singapore, bring together the excitement and diversity of Asia. Vibrant,

cosmopolitan, dynamic, exotic cities filled with spiritual tranquillity and historical intrigue, they continue to

fascinate travellers. Relax in your luxury suite accommodation. The Sukhothai in Bangkok, set in six acres

of lush gardens with shimmering ponds and historic Raffles in the heart of vibrant Singapore are the perfect

bases to explore the lively streetscapes. Both of these properties are exclusive to Scenic Tours.

‘Trains are wonderful…to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns…and rivers, in fact to see life’ –

Agatha Christie

Relax in the Piano Bar with a cocktail Receive a warm welcome onboard

One of the two elegant dining cars


6 Day Eastern

& Oriental

Express

Luxury Train

1 Nights

Rail Content

Map provided is a guide only.

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Kanchanaburi

River Kwai

Penang

3

THAILAND

1

Bangkok

Eastern & Oriental Express

LuxuryTrain Journey

MALAYSIA

1

Singapore

Station to re-board the Eastern & Oriental Express.

During dinner reflect over your day’s excursion

before relaxing with a drink and retiring to your luxury

cabin for the night. Meals: B,L,D

Day 4 Eastern & Oriental Express

(Penang) Arriving into Butterworth after brunch,

transfer by ferry to Georgetown, colonial capital of

Penang. An original Chinatown with many heritage

buildings, you will uncover the evolvement of

Georgetown on your Included tour of pre-World

War II mosques, elaborately-roofed temples, churches,

bazaars and colourful shop houses. Re-board the

Eastern & Oriental Express and spend the afternoon

watching the passing landscapes from one of the lounge

cars or from the open deck of the Observation Car.

Dine in one of the opulent dining cars before spending

your last night on board relaxing in the Bar Car and

listening to the music of the resident pianist.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5 Eastern & Oriental Express -

Singapore Shortly after breakfast, The Eastern

& Oriental Express luxury train will cross the Straits

of Johor and arrive into the Woodland Railway

Station in Singapore where your legendary journey

from Bangkok ends. You will be met on arrival and

transferred to your luxury room at the famous Raffles

Hotel. A Singapore landmark for more than 120 years,

Raffles is a hotel that epitomises colonial elegance

and has been immortalised in novels of Somerset

Maughan and Rudyard Kipling. Relax in the Long Bar

and enjoy your Included Singapore Sling, the cocktail

invented here more than a century ago! This evening

dine amidst the grand ambience of the Raffles Grill

and enjoy your sumptuous Included dinner. Overnight

Special Stay : Raffles Hotel - Courtyard Suite.

Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: B,HD

Day 6 Singapore After breakfast transfer to the

airport for your onward flight or your homebound flight

(flight not included). Meals: B

Your friendly staff

5 night tour • 3 nights Eastern & Oriental Express Train • 1 night Bangkok • 1 night Singapore

Day 1 Bangkok Sawadee and welcome to Thailand!

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your

luxury room at The Sukhothai. This evening enjoy an

Included Thai dinner at Celadon, the hotel’s signature

restaurant overlooking the picturesque lotus-pond and

named the “Best Restaurant in Bangkok” by Conde

Nast Traveller magazine. Overnight Special Stay : The

Sukhothai - Deluxe Suite. Exclusive to Scenic Tours.

Meals: HD

Day 2 Bangkok – Eastern & Oriental

Express Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

choose from: (1) explore Bangkok’s klongs on a long

tail boat and experience a unique puppet show; or (2)

sample Bangkok’s delicious street foods on a walking

food tour; or (3) follow in the footsteps of the American

Jim Thompson and discover his influence on the

Thai silk industry. Included late afternoon, transfer to

Hualamphong Railway and be welcomed on board the

gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Settle into your luxury cabin or relax in the Observation

Car as the train travels from the city into the countryside

passing rice-fields and villages. After your dinner is

served in one of the elegant restaurant cars, retire to

your cabin, which has been transformed into a cosy

bedroom by your steward. Three Night Special Stay :

Eastern & Oriental Luxury Train. Meals: B,D

Day 3 Eastern & Oriental Express

(Wang Po & River Kwai) Awake early in order

not to miss the excitement of the train making its way

from Wang Po along the wooden trestle viaduct beside

a towering cliff. Arriving at the River Kwai Bridge

station, the Eastern & Oriental stops to allow you to

disembark and walk down to the jetty. Board a local

raft for your Included cruise along the picturesque

river, passing under the famous Bridge on the River

Kwai. On board, a local historian provides you an

overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway

and the bridge. Return to shore and travel to the

Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and explore the

informative museum before visiting the adjacent Don

Rak War Cemetery. Travel to Kanchanaburi Railway

Departure Dates and Prices

6 day tour

• 3 nights Eastern & Orient Luxury Train

2012

Sep 22 $5,995

Oct 05� ,25* $5,995

Nov 10*,17� ,22* $5,995

TOUR

CODE

LTBS

2013

Jan 27� $5,995

Feb 17� $5,995

Mar 10� $5,995

�These departures link with the Northern Thailand Discovery Tour

(THNT)

*Tour operates in reverse direction from Singapore to Bangkok with

altered itinerary

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. This an independent nonescorted

extension. The Eastern & Oriental Express Train must be booked

in conjunction with a Scenic Tours Tour in this brochure. Tour price based

on State Cabin on the Eastern & Oriental Express Train. Scenic FreeChoice

in Bangkok must be advised at the time of booking. Single supplement on

request, limited availability. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures

from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route

depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon.

Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions,

please see pages 56 and 57.

6 DAY EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS

LUXURY TRAIN

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5 Day Sapa

Adventure

Lao Cai/Sapa

1 VIETNAM

1

Fanxipan 1

Express Train 1

1 Nights

Rail Content

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Hanoi

4 night tour • 2 nights Fanxipan Express train • 1 night Hanoi • 1 night Sapa

Day 1 Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam!

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your

hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure. Enjoy an

Included dinner this evening at your hotel. Overnight

Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole. Meals: D

Day 2 Hanoi – Lao Cai Included Scenic

FreeChoice option choose from: (1) to uncover the

history of the of the Communist revolution; or (2)

increase your Vietnamese cooking skills at a cooking

class; or (3) discover the secret people and places of

Hanoi’s vibrant art culture. Wander West Lake before

being collected for your Included early dinner prior to

transfer to the train station for your overnight journey.

Overnight: First class Fanxipan Express Train.

Meals: FB,D

Day 3 Lao Cai – Sapa Wake up in Lao Cai and

Included is your tour of Sapa, home to a number of

local minority tribes, where traditional dress is still

worn. Hidden amongst the stunning scenery, Sapa is a

small town with Fansipan the highest peak in Vietnam,

towering over it. Wander paths to nearby villages or

through rice paddy fields to glimpse a lifestyle that has

changed little over time. Explore colourful Cat Cat

village, which still retains many of its unique customs

and practices, and meet Blue and Black Hmong

people. Overnight Stay: Victoria Sapa Resort.

Meals: FB,L,D

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Day 4 Sapa – Hanoi Included Scenic

FreeChoice options choose from: (1) walk to Lao

Chai village inhabited by Hmong hill tribe; or (2)

discover the secrets of textile production with a

visit to a Hmong family. This evening transfer to

the station for your overnight journey to Hanoi.

Overnight: First class Fanxipan Express Train.

Meals: FB,D

Day 5 Hanoi This morning you will be transferred

to the Sofitel Legend Metropole for breakfast after

which your tour ends. Meals: FB

Rice paddy fields in Sapa

Departure Dates and Prices

5 day tour Sapa Extension

2012

Sep 05 $1,695

Oct 10 $1,695

Nov 21,23 $1,695

Dec 05,07 $1,695

TOUR

CODE

VISA

2013

Jan 18 $1,695

Feb 27 $1,695

Mar 01 $1,695

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $300

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

Sapa

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. This an independent non-escorted

extension which can be added to the beginning to your Essence of Vietnam

tour (VIET). The 5 day Sapa adventure must be booked in conjunction with a

Scenic Tours Tour in this brochure. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures

from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Scenic FreeChoice in Hanoi and Sapa

must be advised at the time of booking. Tour price based on First Class cabin on

the Fanxipan Express. Single supplement on request - limited availability. Tour

Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only

and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2.

For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 and 57.

Hmong people from Cat Cat village in Lao Cai, Sapa


3 Day

Phu Quoc

Island Break

2

Phu Quoc Island

Mekong

Delta

1 Nights

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

VIETNAM

Ho Chi

Minh City

Extend your holiday with 2 nights in a luxury villa room

Day 1 Can Tho – Phu Quoc Take your

Included flight to the island of Phu Quoc and on

arrival you will be met and transferred to your

luxurious hotel M Gallery La Veranda Resort and Spa.

The beautiful tropical island of Phu Quoc situated

close to the Cambodian border, is the ideal place to

finish your Vietnam journey. La Veranda Resort and

Spa is set on an idyllic stretch of coast and has been

designed to reflect the style and ambiance of an old

colonial mansion. Each room in this small property

continues the colonial theme with high ceilings and

verandas overlooking the garden to the sea. Two

Night Special Stay : M Gallery La Veranda Resort

and Spa.

Day 2 Phu Quoc This beautiful island retains

a quiet and secluded feel making it an ideal place

to unwind. Today just simply relax in the beautiful

surroundings by the swimming pool or take a stroll

along the beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches with

pristine waters. Perhaps you would prefer to indulge

in a spa treatment or enjoy a cocktail at the bar

before dining at one of two restaurants specialising in

seafood, Vietnamese or International cuisine.

Meals: FB

Day 3 Phu Quoc After breakfast you will be

transferred to the airport for your Included onward

flight to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with your

onward journey or your homebound flight (flight not

included). Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

3 day tour Phu Quoc Island Extension

2012

Sep 22 $695

Oct 27

$695

Dec 08 $695

Dec 22 $695

Phu Quoc

TOUR

CODE

VIPQ

2013

Mar 16 $695

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $250

Upgrade to a Deluxe Villa

International Airfares

$140

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. This an independent non-escorted

extension which can be added to the end of your Essence of Vietnam tour

(VIET). The 3 day Phu Quoc Island Break must be booked in conjunction with

a Scenic Tours Tour in this brochure. Flights included from Can Tho to Phu

Quoc and from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City. Flights may change and are

subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Single supplement on request.

Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013.

Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication

only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause

4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 and 57.

Pristine waters of Phu Quoc

SAPA & PHU QUOC EXTENSION

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Venture into

mysterious Myanmar

and let your senses

marvel at every

encounter

Discover the unique

floating houses at

Inle Lake

Meet the locals

in Bagan

36 | The ultimate touring experience

Magical and Mystical

Myanmar

Magnificent pagodas, Rich history,

Diverse cultures, Friendly people

Join Scenic Tours for an amazing journey through Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and discover

why Kipling said “It will be quite unlike any place you know”. Not for the faint hearted, this is an

adventure travelling back to a bygone era to discover incredibly warm and friendly people who have

survived many years isolated from the world. An emerging destination, experience for yourself this

unknown jewel of Asia and take away wonderful memories.

Colonial history, Golden temples

Myanmar is one of the most diverse, intriguing and undiscovered countries in South East Asia. This

exotic land offers a mixture of pagodas covered in gold, a rich history and timeless customs and

cultures. Wander amid colonial buildings in Yangon (Rangoon), discover the natural beauty of Inle

Lake, where fishermen stand to row their delicate craft, explore the charm of the former capital

Mandalay and contemplate hundreds of pagodas on the plains of Bagan. Myanmar is a beautiful land,

enriched by the open and gentle Burmese.

Cruise the Irrawaddy River in style

Stretching for more than 2,000 kilometres the Irrawaddy River, the lifeblood of the country, flows

southwest before spilling out into the Delta. Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan aboard your

intimate boutique riverboat. Relax in your upper deck timber-walled cabin, classically appointed with

colonial style furniture in Burmese teak and rattan opening onto a French balcony. Sample a variety

of delicious Eastern and Western cuisines in the elegant dining room. Relax in the luxurious bar and

lounge on the Observation Deck.

Luxurious hotels in the finest locations

All of our Scenic Tours hotels have been selected for their quality and location to give you easy

access to all the local highlights. The Strand Hotel with Victorian-style façade and marble floors was

built in 1901 by the Sarkies Brothers of Singapore Raffles fame. Your deluxe room with high ceilings,

teakwood floors and a collection of antiques will evoke a sense of nostalgia and elegance of an earlier

time. Your individual chalet at Inle Lake Resort is designed in traditional style, and enjoys views of the

shallow waters of the Lake, gardens or surrounding mountains. Indulge in breath-taking views of the

pagoda-studded landscape from your luxurious Lotus Villa at the Aureum Palace in Bagan.

RV Paukan U Bein Bridge, Amarapura

Local fisherman at Inle Lake


A time to reflect at the

spiritual heart of Yangon

A rich and unique

travel experience

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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12 Day Myanmar

Highlights and

Irrawaddy

River Cruise

1 Nights

Land Content

Cruise

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural experiences

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to live

the destination not just travel

through

Three night stay at The Strand

Hotel, Yangon

Two night stay at Inle Lake

Resort, Inle Lake

Two night stay at the Aureum

Palace Hotel, Bagan

Two night Luxury Irrawaddy

Cruise

Deluxe Upper Deck Cabin

Small Group Touring

Fully Escorted including aboard

cruise

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

38 | The ultimate touring experience

Irrawaddy

River Cruise

Bagan

2

2

Mandalay

Irrawaddy

River 2 Inle Lake

Heho

1

2

2

MYANMAR

Yangon

11 night tour • 9 night land tour • 2 night luxury Irrawaddy River cruise

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• In Yangon, sit back and enjoy tea with locals at a tea shop Burmese style

• Join local Buddhists in offering alms to the monks at a monastery in Mandalay

• Travel by a unique and traditional horse cart through the temples of Bagan

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Yangon, ride on the slow-travelling circular train observing the life of rural

Burmese people; or explore the surrounding countryside as you travel by ferry to

the town of Dhala and take a trishaw ride; or discover the rich mixture of cultures

and religions in Yangon with this half day walking tour

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 30 meals including 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 8 Lunches (L),

2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 9 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Strand, harkens back to a bygone era with Victorian-style façade, marble

floors, teak and rattan furniture

• Inle Princess Resort, set on stilts over the shallow waters of Inle Lake and designed

in traditional architectural style

• Two night luxury river cruise between Mandalay and Bagan

• Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort sprawled across landscaped gardens with views of

ancient pagodas

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• City tour of Yangon including a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda with its gilded dome

• Discover the beauty of Inle Lake and the native lake dwellers one-legged rowing

technique

• Encounter the Nga Hpe Monastery with dozens of Buddha images and its unique

“jumping” cats

• Climb Mandalay Hill for wonderful views across the surrounding countryside

• In Mingun, visit the monumental uncompleted stupa and the world’s largest

(uncracked) ringing bell nearby

• Wander among the pagodas and monasteries at Sagaing, regarded as the religious

centre of Myanmar

• Walk across the world’s longest teak bridge, the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge

Day 1 Yangon Mingalaba and welcome

to Myanmar! On arrival you will be met and

transferred to your hotel. (Please arrive at the hotel

no later than 1.00pm.) This afternoon meet your

Tour Director and fellow travellers and take an

Included orientation tour of this fascinating city with

its colonial buildings and religious monuments. This

evening you will enjoy an Included welcome dinner

in the magnificent Grill Restaurant in The Strand.

Two Night Special Stay : The Strand. Exclusive to

Scenic Tours. Meals: HD

Day 2 Yangon This morning enjoy your Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) ride a

local train to observe everyday Burmese life; or (2)

explore the small town of Dahla across the river

by trishaw; or (3) uncover the mix of cultures and

religions on a special walking tour. This afternoon

your Included tour will visit the famous pagodas of the

city, including the most revered Buddhist temple, the

Shwedagon Pagoda, standing 90 metres tall and gilded

with gold leaf. Gain an overview of Buddhism and

witness locals as they gather to pray then sit back and

enjoy your Included Scenic Enrich experience enjoying

tea, Burmese style with the locals. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 3 Yangon – Inle Lake Early this morning

transfer to Yangon airport for your Included flight to

Heho. On arrival enjoy the stunning scenery before

reaching Inle Lake where you board a private motor

boat for your Included cruise. Discover the beauty

of Myanmar’s second largest lake, as you cruise past

villages built on stilts and observe the native lake

dwellers (Inthas) and their unique one-legged rowing

technique. Two Night Special Stay : Inle Princess

Resort. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 Inle Lake After breakfast, Included is your

visit to the lake’s morning market where you will

encounter the lake inhabitants and surrounding hill

tribe people who come to trade their wares. After an

Included lunch climb to the top of a hill dotted with

picturesque ancient stupas and enjoy the magnificent

views over the lake below. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Inle Lake – Mandalay This morning

transfer to Nyaung Shwe, a charming town for your

Included trishaw tour. After your Included lunch


at a restaurant specialising in local Shan cooking,

transfer to the airport for your Included flight to

Mandalay. Two Night Stay: Mandalay Hill Resort.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Mandalay This morning stop at the

former capital, Amarapura, and stop for an Included

walk along the 200 year-old teak U Bein Bridge.

Included Scenic Enrich partake in the alms offering

at the monastery. As the monks arrive you will serve

each of them rice in their alms bowl. Then continue

to Ava another former capital, for an Included horse

and carriage ride to the old wooden Monastery and

remains of the Royal Palace. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Mandalay – Irrawaddy River

Cruise Included this morning is a visit to Mandalay

Hill, rising 240 metres above the city, for beautiful

views of the city, surrounding countryside and the

Irrawaddy River. Included visit to Shwe Nandaw

Kyuang, or Golden Palace Monastery, noted for

its intricate wood carvings. Encounter ‘the world’s

largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble

slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings at Kuthodaw

Pagoda. Board your luxurious Included river cruise,

your floating hotel for the next two nights. Lunch will

be served on board as you set sail for Mingun, home

to the magnificent uncompleted stupa and the world’s

largest uncracked ringing bell, which you will discover

on your Included visit. Enjoy relaxing in the saloon

lounge before dinner is served. Two Night Special

Stay : RV Paukan. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 8 Irrawaddy River Cruise This morning,

take time to relax on the deck and enjoy the natural

beauty of the river and the scenes of riverside life.

After breakfast take an Included visit to Sagaing,

regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and

home to 3,000 monks, meditation centres and

covered with 600 painted pagodas and monasteries.

Continue cruising this afternoon enjoying the local

scenery. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 9 Bagan Arriving into Bagan this morning,

disembark your cruise boat. The perfect introduction

to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture

is your Included visit to Thagyar Pone Temple with

spectacular views over the surrounding plains.

Continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered

temples in Bagan. After enjoying an Included lunch

visit Gubyaukgyi Temple, noted for its beautiful mural

paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster

carvings on its exterior. Two Night Special Stay :

Aureum Palace. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Bagan

OPTIONAL BALLOON FLIGHT

OVER BAGAN – As the sun rises

drifting silently over the temples,

villages and plains of Bagan is a

truly memorable experience.

Must be booked on tour (at

additional expense).

This morning discover an insight into the local

culture with an Included visit to a local produce

market. Visit a workshop making poneya, a popular

treat made from beans. Scenic Enrich Included

horse cart ride to visit some of the temples of this

fascinating city and watch the sun set over the

temples and plains. Meals: FB,D

Day 11 Bagan – Yangon On arrival from

your early morning Included flight to Yangon,

relax and soak in the atmosphere of a bygone era

at The Strand and enjoy your Included morning

tea. During your freetime explore Scott Market,

discover Burmese artifacts at the National Museum

or visit a School for the Blind for a heart-warming

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $170 with airport transfers included

• Up to $400 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Palace on a barge in a moat, Yangon

experience. This evening your delicious Included

farewell dinner is at Le Planteur, one of Yangon’s

finest dining experiences and is the perfect end to a

wonderful journey. Overnight Special Stay : The

Strand Yangon. Exclusive to Scenic Tours.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 12 Yangon After breakfast you will be

transferred to the airport for your onward flight or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

12 day tour • 9 night land tour from Yangon to Yangon • 2 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

2012 Twin Share Single Supp

Oct 22 $6,995 $1,995

Nov 12 $6,995 $1,995

Dec 03 $6,995 $1,995

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Upgrade your Cabin

Please enquire for full details.

SAVE$ per couple

• Up to $150 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,470 with our Earlybird Offers

Bell in Mingun

TOUR CODE

MYHC

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 14 $6,995 $1,995

Feb 11 $6,995 $1,995

Mar 11 $6,995 $1,995

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based on Deluxe Cabins on the Irrawaddy River Cruise. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to

30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions

clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

MYANMAR HIGHLIGHTS

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From Bullet Trains

to Geishas come

and discover Japan,

a land of remarkable

contrast

View Mt Fuji’s iconic

snow capped peak

Neon lights

dazzle in Tokyo

40 | The ultimate touring experience

Discover Japan’s

Cultural Heartland

Ancient traditions, Cultural treasures,

Stunning natural beauty

Japan is a country of contrasts from amazing natural beauty to a rich culture steeped in

tradition, to modern and vibrant cities and some of the most delicious food in the world.

Join Scenic Tours and discover a land of contrasts from Tokyo’s neon lights and towering

skyscrapers, to carefully preserved old-world villages, from the enchanting temples and

elusive Geishas of Kyoto, to the sleek bullet trains gliding through the countryside. Japan, the

Land of the Rising Sun is sure to surprise and enchant you.

Fascinating cities, Ancient traditions

Uncover a peaceful charm to the mega-metropolis of Tokyo as you wander around peaceful

Buddhist temples, stroll through serene gardens and cruise along the rivers. Spend time at the

world’s biggest fish market or delve deeper into the unknown world of the sumo wrestler. Mt

Fuji is notoriously shy but if you are lucky you might gain a glimpse of its iconic snow-capped

peak through the clouds.

Hiroshima, site of the first atomic bomb, is where you can reflect and remember at the

Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Arriving into Kyoto, Japan’s former capital by bullet train

is certain to be a highlight. With its numerous shrines, temples, countless teahouses and

kimono-clad Geisha, Kyoto and its cultural treasures are sure to leave a lasting impression.

The finest hotels in perfect locations, exclusive to Scenic Tours

Each of our hotels have been selected for their quality and location to give you easy access to

all the local highlights and many exclusive to Scenic Tours. Close to the famous Ginza district,

the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is part of the Roppongi Hills complex, Japan’s largest private urban

cultural centre. Catch glimpses of Mt Fuji, sit on your private terrace or soak in a steaming

hot Onsen at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in Hakone. The stylish Hyatt Regency in Kyoto is

located in a historic and traditional neighbourhood famous for Geishas.

Grand Hyatt Tokyo Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Shinkansen Bullet Train


A marriage of ancient

culture and vibrant cities

Be captivated at one of

Japan’s crown jewels

The Floating Tori Gate, Myajima

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12 Day

Cultural Treasures

of Japan

2 Nights

Land Content

Rail Content

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural

experiences

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Three night stay at

Grand Hyatt, Tokyo

Two night stay at Hyatt

Regency Hakone, Mt Fuji

Three night stay at Hyatt

Regency, Kyoto

Shinkansen Bullet train

journeys

Small Group Touring

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES

AND PORTERAGE

INCLUDED

Hiroshima

1

Miyajima

Island

42 | The ultimate touring experience

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Osaka

3

Nagoya

Kyoto

Takayama

2

Hakone

2

JAPAN

Nikko National Park

3

Tokyo

Mt Fuji

National Park

11 night land tour • 3 nights Tokyo • 3 nights Kyoto • Shinkansen Bullet Train

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Dine on delicious Japanese cuisine onboard an old fashioned houseboat whilst

cruising Tokyo Bay

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Tokyo, enter the Ryogoku, the home of Sumo and learn about Japan’s national

sport; or venture into the world’s biggest fish market at Tsukiji and experience

sushi at its freshest; or enjoy a guided walk through Yanaka, maze of traditional

streets with original shops and restaurant shops

• In Kyoto, learn the art of a Tea ceremony and visit the Sake Museum and learn

more about Japan’s national drink; or take a guided walk through a market and

enjoy a cooking class; or explore more of Kyoto’s beautiful ancient Buddhist

temples, Shinto shrines and peaceful gardens

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 27 meals including 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 8 Lunches (L), 3 Highlight

Dinners (HD) and 5 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Grand Hyatt in Tokyo is located close to the famous Ginza district

• The Hyatt Regency Hakone offers an onsite Onsen and stunning views

• The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is located in a traditional and historic neighbourhood

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• In Tokyo explore beautiful gardens, ancient temples and cruise the Sumida River

• Encounter the fashion conscious people at Tokyo’s Champs Elysee and Harajuku

• Visit Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage site and discover ancient shrines and

temples

• Marvel at the beautiful Kegon Waterfall, considered the most beautiful in Japan

• Take in the amazing views of Mt Fuji as you travel up the ropeway and cruise

Lake Ashi

• Explore the historic area of Takayama’s old town with its old wooden buildings

• In Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, discover the traditional

thatched farmhouses

• Remember and reflect Hiroshima’s history with a visit to the Peace Park and

Atomic Bomb Dome.

• On Miyajima Island be spellbound by the beautiful “Floating” Tori Gate

• Experience Kyoto the cultural capital and immerse yourself in the many temples,

shrines and gardens

• Travel to Nara and visit Todaiji, the largest wooden structure in the world

• Sit back and relax as you are transported by Japan’s fastest bullet train, the

Shinkansen

Day 1 Tokyo Konnichiwa and welcome to

Japan! On arrival you will be met and transferred

to your hotel. Settle in or take a stroll and explore

the nearby Ginza district or wander through the

Roppongi Hills complex, the large urban cultural

centre which is part of the Hotel. This evening

meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers,

for an Included Teppanyaki dinner in the hotel, a

perfect start to a wonderful holiday. Three Night

Special Stay : Grand Hyatt. Exclusive to Scenic

Tours. Meals: HD

Day 2 Tokyo This morning enjoy your Included

tour of this bustling city. Start with a walk through

the private gardens of Hama-Rikyu followed by

an Included tea ceremony on a small island in the

gardens. Take your Included cruise on the Sumida

River for a different angle of Tokyo before visiting

Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the city. After

your Included lunch head to Tokyo’s famous Meiji

Shrine, dedicated to the late Emperor in a beautiful

forest of more than 120,000 trees! Leaving this

tranquil setting behind, you will take a stroll through

Harajuku, a fashion mecca for youth, then to Tokyo’s

Champs-Elysee with its flagship fashion stores

designed by internationally renowned architects.

Scenic Enrich dinner tonight will be a very special

authentic Japanese experience as you set sail on

a yakatabune, an old-fashioned houseboat, and

enjoy the night views of the city skyline from Tokyo

Bay whilst dining on delicious tempura and other

Japanese cuisine. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 3 Tokyo – Nikko National Park -

Tokyo Discover why all Japanese want to visit this

beautiful site at least once in their lifetime on this full

day Included tour of Nikko. See its fine collection of

UNESCO World Heritage listed gilded shrines and

temples. In the mountains above the park, spend

time beholding the natural beauty of Lake Chuzenji

and the Kegon Waterfalls. Meals: FB,L

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji National

Park This morning enjoy your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) learn about


sumo wrestling with a visit to a Ryogoku or; (2)

venture into the world’s biggest fish market at

Tsukiji and experience sushi at its freshest; or (3)

enjoy a guided walk through Yanaka, a maze of

streets with traditional shops and restaurants. In the

afternoon you will travel to Hakone National Park,

the gateway to Mt Fuji. The small town of Hakone

is famous for its onsen (hot springs) and after this

evenings Included sumptuous Kaiseki, multi course

Japanese meal, there will be time to soak and relax

in an onsen within the hotel. Two Night Special

Stay : Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort. Exclusive to

Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,D

Day 5 Mt Fuji National Park Included this

morning step on board the switchback train that

zigzags through the mountains giving amazing views

of the surrounding valleys before an Included cable

car ride for a birds-eye view of the lakes and peaks

and followed with an Included cruise on Lake Ashi.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity

to glimpse Mt Fuji but remember she is notoriously

shy! This evening you will head to an Izakaya,

a typical Japanese bar for an Included dinner of

local Japanese tapas-style food. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Mt Fuji National Park –

Takayama Travel north and take in the fresh

mountain air of the alpine region. Included today

you will discover the beautifully preserved old town

of Takayama which, previously inaccessible, has

developed its own unique culture. On arrival you

will have time to relax before an Included dinner in

the hotel’s signature French restaurant. Two Night

Stay: Hotel Associa Takayama Resort. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Takayama Included This morning

wander through the historic area of the old town

filled with old wooden buildings and visit the local

market to taste some of the region’s delicious

fruit and vegetables. Then travel to Shirakawago,

a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for

traditional farmhouses, constructed to resemble

the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in

prayer, some more than 250 years old. Meals: FB,L

Day 8 Takayama – Hiroshima Included

today is one of the most scenic rail journeys in

Japan, winding your way through tall mountains

and stunning gorges. On arrival into Nagoya board

the world famous Shinkansen bullet train and travel

to Hiroshima. Perhaps more than any other city in

the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment

in history and this afternoon you will have time to

reflect and remember this on your Included visit to

the Peace Park and Museum. Included this evening

you will dine on a famous Hiroshima variant of

Okonomiyaki, a Japanese style pizza. Overnight

Stay: Sheraton Hiroshima. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 9 Hiroshima – Miyajima – Kyoto

This morning, an Included quick train ride and short

ferry trip will take you to Miyajima Island, where

you will encounter perhaps the most photographed

site in Japan – The Floating Tori Gate, dating back

to the 6th century. After exploring Miyajima and its

many shrines and temples take an Included journey

on the bullet train to Kyoto. Three Night Special

Stay : Hyatt Regency. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Kyoto Today take a full day Included

guided tour of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient and cultural

capital and home to an astonishing 2000 shrines and

temples, including 17 UNESCO World

Departure Dates and Prices

12 day tour • 11 night land tour from Tokyo to Kyoto

2012 Twin Share Single Supp

Oct 06 $11,295 $1,995

Nov 03 $11,295 $1,995

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $500 with airport transfers included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE$ per couple

Shirakawago

Heritage sites. Explore Kinkakuji Temple, known

as the Golden Pavilion, Royanji Temple and its Zen

Garden, and Nijo Castle. Meals: FB,L

Day 11 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto Included

this morning visit Nara, home to Japan’s original

emperors and its capital for 74 years in the 8th

century, where you will visit the Todaiji Temple, the

world’s largest wooden building with fine sculptures

and a huge bronze Buddha. Return to Kyoto for

your Included Scenic FreeChoice activity choose

from: (1) visit the Sake Museum to learn more about

Japan’s national drink followed by an intimate tea

ceremony in a Japanese home; or (2) take a guided

walk through the Nishiki market and enjoy a cooking

class; or (3) explore more of Kyoto’s beautiful

ancient Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and

peaceful gardens. This evening enjoy your Included

farewell dinner in the fabulous Oriental Garden

surrounded by beautiful gardens. Meals: FB,HD

Day 12 Kyoto After breakfast you will be

transferred to Kansai airport (Osaka) for your

onward flight or homebound flight (flight not

included). Meals: FB

Additional 2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

TOUR CODE

JPTK

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Mar 09 $11,295 $1,995

Apr 06 $11,295 $1,995

• Up to $1,200 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,450 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route

depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see

pages 56 & 57.

CULTURAL TREASURES OF JAPAN

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An amazing

experience awaits,

as you discover the

essence and spirit

of China

Walk the ancient

ramparts at the

Great Wall

Observe the unique

cormorant fishing on

the Li River

44 | The ultimate touring experience

Incredible Journeys

and Iconic Sites

Great cities, Historical treasures,

Architectural wonders, Natural beauty

China is bursting with historical treasures, architectural wonders, stunning natural scenery and modern

exciting cities. Join Scenic Tours on an incredible journey and witness the diverse cultures and landscape

of this amazing country. Our itineraries showcase the very best, most iconic sites and allow you the

opportunity to experience the diversity of the culture, landscape and people.

Discover Modern and Ancient Wonders

China’s capital, Beijing, highlights the intriguing contrasts that this fascinating country offers. Explore

the magnificent Forbidden City, witness the beauty of the Temple of Heaven, be awe inspired by

the architecture of the Olympics and walk along the ancient ramparts at the Great Wall. In Xi’an,

encounter the amazing life size warriors of The Terracotta Army and the Giant Pandas are best

encountered in a natural habitat which can be only found in Chengdu. Be hypnotised by one of

the world’s great metropolis, Shanghai and discover the beauty of Hangzhou and its West Lake.

Cruise down the Li River, through Guilin’s landscape of limestone and villages. In Yunnan encounter

a mix of minority cultures as well as truly stunning mountain scenery and natural wonders like Tiger

Leaping Gorge.

Regional cuisines, Cultural performances

With Scenic Tours food is one of the great joys of travelling. Delight in succulent Peking Duck, enjoy a

sumptuous buffet of steamed dumplings and indulge in Sichuan’s spicy food. Be enriched with unique

cultural performances including the spectacular Beijing Opera or the amazing Legend of Kung Fu show.

Witness Shanghai’s amazing acrobats and in Yunnan enjoy a traditional Naxi music program.

Luxury properties in the finest locations

Scenic Tours includes some of the finest hotels, all hand chosen for their service, quality and location.

In a beautiful and remote corner of China, the M Gallery Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La is designed

in a distinctly Tibetan style and offers spectacular views of the nearby mountains. At Sofitel Hangzhou

Westlake, your elegantly designed guest room has stunning views of the legendary lake through your

large bay window.

Forbidden City, Beijing West Lake, Hangzhou

Giant Panda, Chengdu


Marvel at the detailed workmanship

of the amazing Terracotta Warriors

Ancient history

comes to life

Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an

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Cruise the mighty

Yangtze River

onboard the 5-star

Victoria Katarina

in your

Executive Suite

Admire the

spectacular scenery

of The Lesser

Three Gorges

Enjoy the outstanding

service and warm

hospitality

46 | The ultimate touring experience

Experience the

Yangtze River in 5-star luxury

Executive Suite, Private Balcony,

On-board Entertainment

Experience the Yangtze River, one of the world’s greatest waterways as you travel

through stunning scenery and dramatic gorges on your spectacular, luxury cruise with

Scenic Tours. We sail aboard Victoria Cruises, the only American managed cruise line

sailing China’s Yangtze River and awarded five star ratings from China’s National Tourism

Administration. The newly renovated Victoria Katarina brings a new level of luxury

cruising and provides you the highest quality accommodation, facilities and services.

Executive Suite with Private Balcony, exclusive to Scenic Tours

Your spacious, air-conditioned Executive Suite, with private en-suite and luxury fittings

ensures you enjoy the magnificent scenery from the comfort of your private balcony on

the upper deck. Your Executive Suite included on all Scenic Tours departures, provides

unsurpassed luxury and provides access to two dining rooms and an Executive Lounge

with free tea and coffee throughout the day. In addition savour your complimentary

“Happy Hour” before dinner with wine, beer and snacks. Unwind in one of the lounges,

bars, or take in the dramatic landscapes from the spacious observation deck.

Sumptuous meals, Onboard entertainment

China has one of the world’s great culinary traditions and you will experience the

joys of Chinese cuisine, expertly prepared with the highest quality fresh ingredients.

You can choose to dine in the main Dynasty Dining Room or select from a delicious

Western or Chinese a la carte options. During the day your on board activities

include informative lectures, learning about the Three Gorges Dam project or the

finer details of Chinese traditional painting. As you pass by the incredible and dramatic

scenery, knowledgeable guides will provide you with well-informed commentary. In

the evenings, you will be entertained with music and dance performances based on

ancient traditions.

Your luxurious Executive Suite Yichang Bridge

Enjoy the onboard entertainment


Indulge onboard Victoria Katarina in your

Executive Suite with Private Balcony

Experience luxury travel

cruising the Yangtze River

Victoria Katarina

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EXCLUSIVE TO SCENIC TOURS

15 Day Iconic China -

Pandas, Warriors

and the Great Wall

1 Nights

Land Content

Rail Content

River Cruise

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural experiences

Four night stay at

Sofitel Wanda, Beijing

Two night stay at Shangri La, Xi’an

Three night stay at the Westin

Bund Centre, Shanghai

Three night Luxury

Yangtze River Cruise

Executive Suite Cabin

on Executive Deck

Small Group Touring

Fully Escorted including

onboard cruise

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

48 | The ultimate touring experience

Chengdu

2

Chongqing

2

Yangtze River

Cruise

3

Xi’an

Great Wall of China

Yichang

4

CHINA

Mutianyu

Beijing

14 night tour • 11 night land tour • 3 night luxury Yangtze River cruise

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Rickshaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric hutongs (alleyways) to witness

traditional Chinese life

• Walk on the remarkable Great Wall of China and experience the vastness of the

country

• A remarkable Key to the City Ceremony at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• Observe the magnificent life size army of Terracotta Warriors from a special

VIP platform

• Get close and personal to the Giant Pandas at the world famous Research and

Breeding Centre in Chengdu

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Beijing discover the past, present and future of some of the city’s architecture

including the Water Cube and Birds Nest stadium; or explore the magnificent

Summer Palace; or sample Chinese street foods on your walking food tour

• In Beijing, enjoy a performance of the Peking Opera; or the martial arts

spectacular The Legend of Kung Fu

• In Shanghai travel to Suzhou and cruise the Grand Canal and visit some of the

exquisite gardens; or explore the charming tree-lined avenues of the French

Concession with its 19th and 20th century architecture; or partake in a market

tour and demonstration of traditional Shanghai cuisine

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 29 superb meals including 14 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L),

4 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 5 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Sofitel Wanda Beijing in a central location and with a striking design makes

for a memorable stay

• The Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an with floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views

of the city

• Three night luxury cruise on the Yangtze River on board the Victoria Katarina in

an Executive Suite

• The Westin Bund Centre Shanghai is located close to the historic Bund

waterfront

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Explore the intriguing Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing

• Stroll the Old Quarter and Great Mosque in Xi’an

• Visit Wenshu Temple, one of the major temples of Zen Buddhism in China

• Enjoy a guided tour of the Three Gorges Dam Project

• Discover ancient treasures in the amazing Shanghai Museum

• Ride Shanghai’s Maglev train and travel at speeds above 300 kilometres per hour

• Uncover historic lanes and bustling markets in Old Shanghai and Yu Yuan

Gardens

• Enjoy an evening performance by the energetic Shanghai Acrobats Troupe

3

Shanghai

Day 1 Beijing Ni Hao and welcome to China! On

arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle

in, relax or take a stroll from your centrally located hotel.

This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers

for a briefing followed by an Included welcome dinner, the

perfect start to a wonderful trip. Four Night Special Stay :

Sofitel Wanda Beijing. Meals: D

Day 2 Beijing This morning start with your Included

visit to Tiananmen Square. Stroll around the massive

square and then enter the Forbidden City with the

towering portrait of Chairman Mao looming above. Home

to the Imperial families during the Ming era, the Forbidden

City will astound you with the beauty of the many Imperial

Palaces, elegant gardens and pavilions. After your Included

lunch your Included Scenic Enrich rickshaw ride through

Beijing’s atmospheric hutongs (alleyways) to witness

traditional Chinese life. This evening enjoy a sumptuous

Included Peking Duck banquet, a wonderful Beijing

experience. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 3 Great Wall at Mutianyu Journey to the

legendary Great Wall of China for an Included Scenic

Enrich experience. Standing on the ancient ramparts

is the only way to fully appreciate this magnificent

manmade structure, built more than 2,500, and to truly

experience the vastness of China and the essence of the

Chinese spirit. This evening Included Scenic FreeChoice

activities choose from: (1) enjoy the artistry of performers

from the famed Peking Opera; or (2) witness the emotion

and action of traditional martial arts combined with

evocative dance, ballet and flying acrobatics at the Legend

of Kung Fu show. Meals: FB

Day 4 Beijing This morning your Included visit to

the Temple of Heaven and to experience the early

morning atmosphere as locals gather to practice Tai Chi

or ballroom dance at the park surrounding it. Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) discover the

past, present and future developments of Beijing City and

view some of the city’s modern cutting edge architecture

including the Water Cube and Birds Nest stadium; or (2)

explore the magnificent Summer Palace with its magnificent

lakeside grounds and temples; or (3) sample Chinese street

foods from Hakka home cooking to Imperial Beijing custard

on your walking food tour. Meals: FB


Day 5 Beijing – Xi’an Transfer to the airport for your

Included flight to Xi’an. Visit the magnificent Xi’an City

wall for your Scenic Enrich experience where you will

be greeted by a Tang Dynasty official and soldiers and

presented with a key to the city. This evening enjoy your

Included dinner and grand performance of traditional song,

dance and colour from the Tang Dynasty period. Two

Night Special Stay : Shangri-La Hotel. Meals: FB,HD

Day 6 Xi’an Included Scenic Enrich experience as

you get up close to the army of more than 6000 life

size horses and warriors of the amazing Terracotta

Warriors at a special VIP platform. Although over 2,000

years old these amazing figures, which were created to

protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor, were only

discovered in 1974 by a farmer. Explore more of Xi’an,

with an Included walk through the Old quarter and the

Great Mosque. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Xi’an – Chengdu Transfer to the airport for

your Included flight to Chengdu, the laid back and spicy

capital of Sichuan. Surrounded by mountains, Chengdu

is a fascinating place to explore and to discover quaint tea

houses. This evening feast on your Included sumptuous

banquet of Sichuan cuisine followed by a performance of

the Sichuan Opera. Two Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 8 Giant Panda Research Centre Scenic

Enrich Visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding

Centre where, China’s National symbol the Giant

Panda, are nursed from birth. These endangered

animals live in a habitat as close to natural as possible

and at this fascinating centre learn about the programs

that are being implemented to protect them and their

natural habitat. After your Included lunch, explore the

tranquil halls of the Wenshu Temple, one of the major

temples of Zen Buddhism in China. The temple gardens

are a wonderful place to join the locals for a cup of tea in

the open air tea houses. Meals: FB,L

Day 9 Chengdu – Yangtze River Cruise Depart

Chengdu, the largest railway station in South West China

on your Included fast train to Chongqing, the mountain

city at the gateway to the Yangtze River. On arrival transfer

to the port and embark on the luxurious Victoria Katarina

for your Included luxury cruise down the Yangtze River.

After settling into your Executive Suite, enjoy your Included

Chinese buffet before the ship sets sail on its downstream

course through the Three Gorges. Three Night Special

Stay : Victoria Katarina. Meals: FB,D

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise Start you morning

with an energising Tai Chi session on deck before your

Included shore excursion to either the “Ghost City”

of Fengdu or the new relocation village for families that

have been relocated as a result of the dam. Fengdu has

a number of temples and is an interesting place to learn

some of the tenets of Taoism and the story behind the

ghost city name. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise Included this

morning travel through the most scenic stretch of the

Yangtze as it makes its way through a spectacular series

of limestone ridges, known as the ‘Three Gorges’. Sail

through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and

most dramatic gorge and then cruise through Wu Gorge,

known for its quiet beauty. Cruise Shennong Stream

with your Included sampan trip. Later cruise through the

longest of the gorges Xiling. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise – Shanghai This

morning enjoy your Included shore excursion to the site

of the Three Gorges Dam Project. Disembark at Yichang

after your Included lunch and transfer to the airport for

your Included flight to China’s commercial heart, the

exciting metropolis of Shanghai. Three Night Special Stay

: Westin Bund Centre. Meals: FB,L

Day 13 Shanghai Encounter amazing treasures and

antiques on your Included visit to the Shanghai Museum,

one of the best museums in China and wander the large

2012

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Up to $230 with airport transfers included

• Up to $600 with all tips and gratuities included

SAVE$ per couple

Forbidden City

public square adjacent to the museum, People’s Square.

Explore the narrow historic lanes and bustling street

markets on your Included tour of old Shanghai with a

visit to the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens. Take an Included

ride on Shanghai’s famous Bullet Train (Maglev). Included

this evening witness the energy and excitement of a

performance by the world renowned Shanghai Acrobatic

Troupe. Meals: FB,D

Day 14 Shanghai Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) venture to Suzhou and cruise

a section of the Grand Canal and visit some of the

exquisite gardens such as Lingering Garden and the

Master of the Fishing Net, created by rich families; or (2)

explore the charming tree-lined avenues of the French

Concession with many fine examples of 19th and 20th

century architecture; or (3) partake in a market tour and

demonstration to learn traditional Shanghai dishes. This

evening stroll along the magnificent historic riverfront

Bund, with its European architecture and incredible view

across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Tower and

skyscrapers of Pudong. Your Included farewell dinner at

one of the classiest restaurants overlooking the Bund is a

perfect ending to remember all of the iconic sites that you

have seen on your incredible journey. Meals: FB,HD

Day 15 Shanghai After breakfast you will be

transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound

flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

15 day tour • 11 night land tour from Beijing to Shanghai • 3 night Yangtze River cruise

Twin Share Single Supp

May 09 $7,995 $2,295

May 23 $7,995 $2,295

Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 06 $7,995 $2,295

Aug 22 $7,995 $2,295

Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 29 $7,995 $2,295

Sep 05 $7,995 $2,295

2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

TOUR CODE

CHSP

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 12 $7,995 $2,295

Oct 17 $7,995 $2,295

• Up to $600 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,450 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based on Executive cabins on the Yangtze River Cruise. Scenic Tours reserves the right to apply a surcharge to any tour which

is accommodated in Shanghai and Suzhou during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the dates of which had not been declared at the time of printing. Scenic FreeChoice in Beijing

must be advised at the time of booking. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps: Any maps or other route depictions

are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full terms and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

ICONIC CHINA

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EXCLUSIVE TO SCENIC TOURS

15 Day China’s

Hidden Jewels

1 Nights

Land Content

Rail Content

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

All-Inclusive Touring

Authentic cultural experiences

Two night stay at the

Westin Bund Centre, Shanghai

Overnight stay at Sofitel, Suzhou

Two night stay at the

Sofitel Westlake, Hangzhou

Two night stay at the M Gallery

Songtsam Retreat, Shangri-la

Two night stay at the

Crowne Plaza, Lijiang

Small Group Touring

Fully Escorted including

aboard cruise

Domestic flights throughout

Professional Tour Director

Knowledgeable local guides

Scenic FreeChoice activities

INCLUDED

Scenic Enrich - highlight

experiences allowing you to

live the destination not just

travel through

Airport Transfers

ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

Lijiang

2

Shangri-la

1

Kunming

50 | The ultimate touring experience

2

CHINA 2

Hangzhou

Guilin

1 1

Yangshuo 2

14 night tour • 2 nights Shanghai • 2 nights Hangzhou • 2 nights Guilin

So much more with Scenic

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Visit the 300 year old Songzanlin Monastery and share a yak butter tea with a

Tibetan family

• In Hangzhou visit a tea plantation and enjoy a special tea ceremony

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Yangshuo watch the local fisherman who have trained cormorant birds to

catch fish; or witness a spectacular sound and light show, Yangshuo Impressions

• In Yangshuo discover the pretty countryside and enjoy a lunch with a local farmer

and his family on your guided bicycle trip; or wander the bustling local markets

and shop for fresh seasonal ingredients for your cooking class.

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 30 superb meals including 14 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L),

2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 8 Dinners (D)

• Traditional dinner of tantalising Hangzhou specialities overlooking the West Lake

• Sumptuous farewell Chinese banquet dinner comprising regional specialities

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Westin Bund Centre Shanghai is located close to the historic Bund

waterfront

• The centrally located Sofitel Suzhou is designed in a traditional Chinese style

• The Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou, has stunning views of the legendary lake

• The M Gallery Songtsam Retreat, Shangri-la is designed in a distinctly Tibetan

design

• Crowne Plaza in Lijiang provides seamless views of jade Dragon Mountain

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Discover ancient treasures in the amazing Shanghai Museum

• Ride Shanghai’s Maglev train and travel at speeds above 300 kilometres per hour

• Wander historic lanes and bustling markets in Old Shanghai and Yu Yuan Gardens

• Enjoy an evening performance by the Shanghai Acrobats Troupe

• Cruise the Grand Canal and visit some of the exquisite gardens in Suzhou

• Explore Hangzhou’s Old Town and the interesting Museum of Chinese Medicine

• Watch Impression of West Lake, a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics

based on a local legend

• Uncover cultural relics at the interesting Yunnan Museum of Minority

Nationalities

• Stroll the cobbled streets of Lijiang and view spectacular scenery of the nearby

Jade Dragon Mountain

• Visit the famous Reed Flute Cave with its beautiful stalactite and stalagmite

formations

1

Shanghai

Suzhou

Day 1 Shanghai Ni Hao and welcome to China!

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Settle in, relax or take a stroll along the magnificent

historic riverfront Bund, with its European architecture

and incredible view across the Huangpu River to the

Oriental Tower and skyscrapers of Pudong. This evening

meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a

briefing followed by an Included welcome dinner, the

perfect start to a wonderful trip. Two Night Special Stay

: Westin Bund Centre. Meals: D

Day 2 Shanghai Encounter amazing treasures and

antiques on your Included visit to the Shanghai Museum,

one of the best museums in China and wander the large

public square adjacent to the museum, People’s Square.

Explore the narrow historic lanes and bustling street

markets on your Included tour of old Shanghai with a

visit to the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens. Take an Included

ride on Shanghai’s famous Bullet Train (Maglev). Included

this evening witness the energy and excitement of a

performance by the world renowned Shanghai Acrobatic

Troupe. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 3 Shanghai – Suzhou Travel to Suzhou, one

of the oldest cities in the Yangtze basin with a history

dating back more than 2000 years, and China’s leading

silk producer. Included visit to some exquisite gardens

created by rich families including Lingering Garden from

the Ming Dynasty, the charming Humble Administrators’

Garden with streams, ponds and bridges and the smallest

but most intricate Master of the Nets. Included cruise

along a small section of the historic Grand Canal. See how

silk is produced today and learn about the industry’s past

with your Included visit to a silk factory. Overnight Special

Stay : Sofitel Suzhou. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 Suzhou – Hangzhou This morning travel

on your Included fast train to the city of Hangzhou with

its stunningly beautiful West Lake, a scene immortalised

by countless Chinese artists and once described by Marco

Polo as the most splendid city in the world. Scenic Enrich

visit to a tea plantation followed by a wonderful tea

ceremony. Dine on your Included traditional dinner of

tantalising Hangzhou specialities overlooking the West

Lake. Two Night Special Stay : Sofitel Hangzhou

Westlake. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,HD

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Day 5 Hangzhou Included visit to the Old Town, the

interesting Museum of Chinese Medicine and discover

magnificent examples of courtyard architecture at the

residence of Hu Xueyan. Included visit to the largest

and most famous temple in southern China, the Lingyin

Temple or Temple of Soul’s Retreat. This evening enjoy

your Included Impression of West Lake, a spectacle of

light, music, dance and theatrics based on a Hangzhou

legend. Meals: FB,L

Day 6 Hangzhou – Kunming Transfer to the

airport for your Included flight to Kunming, the capital of

Yunnan. Tucked away in the south west corner of China,

the province is a rich mix of different minority cultures.

Included visit to the engaging Yunnan Museum of Minority

Nationalities to uncover cultural relics of ethnic minorities.

This evening your Included dinner is a local speciality

- delicious noodles. Overnight Stay: Green Lake Hotel.

Meals: FB,D

Day 7 Kunming – Shangri-la (Zhongdian)

Stroll through the Bird and Flower Markets before

transferring to the airport for your Included flight to

Shangri-la, an enthralling town that is home to a large

Tibetan community. Situated at a height of 3200 metres

you will need to take it easy as you begin to acclimatise.

Included Scenic Enrich visit to the most important

Lamaist monastery outside Tibet, the 300 year old

Songzanlin Monastery perched on a hillside high above

the town and share a yak butter tea with a Tibetan

family. Two Night Special Stay : M Gallery Songtsam

Retreat. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Shangri-la Renamed as Shangri-la after James

Hilton’s mythical mountain paradise, the surrounding

countryside is filled with Tibetan villages and minority

communities. Included visit to the Nishi Black pottery

village, Napa Hai Forest Reserve and Scenic Moon

Crescent Gorge. In the evening sample a Tibetan speciality

with your Included Hot Pot dinner. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 9 Shangri-la – Lijiang Passing spectacular

scenery your journey leads to Lijiang, a UNESCO World

heritage listed town. En-route the winding road leads to

the first bend in the Yangtze River and the famous Tiger

Leaping Gorge. This natural wonder was formed by the

Jinsha River forcing its way between the mountains and

according to ancient tradition, a tiger once leapt across

the gorge at its narrowest point. This evening enjoy

an Included performance of traditional Naxi music,

descendants from Tibetans, their culture is dominated by

shamans. Two Night Special Stay : Crowne Plaza.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Lijiang Explore the cobbled streets of Lijiang,

with your Included orientation walk. The old city is crisscrossed

with canals and the morning market is crowded

with Naxi women in traditional dress. Uncover the secrets

of the well preserved frescoes in the small village of Baisha

and take in the spectacular Jade Dragon Mountain views

with your Included chairlift to the meadows and forests of

the mountain. Meals: FB

Day 11 Lijiang – Guilin Leave the stunning

mountains behind and take your Included flights to Guilin

via Kunming. On arrival relax in the hotel with your

Included dinner. Overnight Stay: Sheraton Hotel.

Meals: FB,D

Day 12 Guilin – Yangshuo Float gently down

Guilin’s scenic jewel the Li River and take in the beauty

of the jagged green limestone karst scenery, fishing

villages and farmers tending their rice fields on your

Included cruise to charming Yangshuo. Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity choose from: (1) take an opportunity

to watch the local fisherman who have trained cormorant

birds to catch fish; or (2) watch a spectacular sound and

light show, Yangshuo Impressions, which traces the life and

2012

Twin Share Single Supp

May 23 $7,995 $1,995

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,000

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

Departure Dates and Prices

15 day tour • 14 night land tour from Shanghai to Guilin

Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 20 $7,995 $1,995

• Up to $250 with airport transfers included

• Up to $500 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE$ per couple

Lijiang

loves of a local heroine. The show is choreographed

by Zhang Yimao who directed the opening ceremony

of the Beijing Olympics. Two Night Stay: Yangshuo

Riverside Resort. Meals: FB,L

Day 13 Yangshuo Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity choose from: (1) discover the pretty

countryside and enjoy a lunch with a local farmer and

his family on your guided bicycle trip; or (2) wander

the bustling local markets and shop for fresh seasonal

ingredients for your cooking class. Meals: FB

Day 14 Yangshuo – Guilin Travel back to

Guilin and enjoy an Included visit to the famous Reed

Flute Cave with its beautiful stalactite and stalagmite

formations before continuing to Fubo Hill with Buddhist

grottoes and spectacular 360 degree views of the

city and surrounding countryside, which has inspired

artists, poets and musicians for centuries. Visit Elephant

Trunk Hill standing at the intersection of the Li and

Peach Blossom Rivers and is the symbol of Guilin. This

evening enjoy your delicious Included farewell Chinese

banquet, a fitting end to your adventure. Overnight

Stay: Sheraton Hotel. Meals: FB,HD

Day 15 Guilin After breakfast you will be transferred

to the airport for your onward or homebound flight

(flight not included). Meals: FB

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 05 $7,995 $1,995

2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

TOUR CODE

CHHJ

Twin Share Single Supp

Oct 03 $7,995 $1,995

• Up to $300 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,500 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all flights as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare

surcharges and taxes. Scenic Tours reserves the right to apply a surcharge to any tour which is accommodated in Shanghai and Suzhou during the Formula 1 Grand

Prix, the dates of which have not been declared at the time of printing. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Tour Maps:

Any maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full terms

and conditions, please see pages 56 & 57.

CHINA’S HIDDEN JEWELS

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5 Day Tibet

Adventure

Sera

Monastery

TIBET

4

1 Nights

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Lhasa

Lhasa

Beijing

Shanghai

Extend your holiday with 4 nights in Lhasa

Day 1 Lhasa On arrival in Lhasa you will be

met and transferred to your hotel (flight not

included). Lhasa, ‘City of the Sun’ is one of the

world’s highest cities so use your free time to rest

and acclimatise. The spectacular isolation of the

great Tibetan plateau continues to intrigue and

enchant travellers the world over. Tibet is a land

of soaring mountains, magical monasteries and an

ancient Buddhist culture. This evening enjoy your

Included dinner, the start of a remarkable Tibetan

Adventure. Four Night Special Stay : The St

Regis Lhasa Resort. Meals: D

Day 2 Lhasa Begin your day with an Included

visit to the 1,300 year old Jokhang Temple, one

of the oldest and most sacred sites in Tibet.

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this

spectacular golden roofed Temple which is always

awash with pilgrims, the smell of yak butter lamps

and incense. Join the pilgrims as they prostrate

themselves along the holy Barkhor Circuit, known

as the kora and follow this wandering through

the Barkhor Market with many colourful sights.

Included visit to Deprung Monastery which was

once the world’s largest monastery housing more

than 10,000 monks. Meals: FB

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Day 3 Lhasa The extraordinary Potala Palace,

the greatest architectural building in Tibet and

once the winter home of the revered Dalai Lama,

with its immense walls dominates Lhasa’s skyline.

During your Included visit explore the incredible

maze of corridors and more than 1,000 rooms,

including the Red Palace. Drive a short distance

outside Lhasa for your Included visit to the well

preserved Sera Monastery, where the monks

can be seen in their distinctive red robes and

curved yellow hats. Still an active monastery and

training college, the courtyard comes alive in the

afternoon where monks gather in heated debate.

Meals: FB

Day 4 Lhasa Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

choose from: (1) visit Braille without Borders,

a program for the blind children in Tibet; or (2)

learn the secrets to momos and other Tibetan

recipes with a cooking class; or (3) relax with

a yoga or meditation class with a Tibetan yoga

master. Meals: FB

Day 5 Lhasa After breakfast transfer to

the airport for your onward flight or your

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

2012

Departure Dates

and Prices

5 day tour from Lhasa to Lhasa

The Potala Palace, Lhasa

TOUR

CODE

CHTA

Twin Share Single Supp

Low Season (Apr-Jun) $2,995 $1,295

Shoulder Season (Sep-Nov) $3,195 $1,395

High Season (Jul & Aug) $3,395 $1,495

2013 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $500

International Airfares

Just add the best international airfare of the day - our reservations

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. This an independent non-escorted

extension which can be added to the beginning or end of your chosen China

Tour. The 5 day Tibet Adventure must be booked in conjunction with a Scenic

Tours Tour in this brochure. Single supplement on request. Tour itinerary

and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2013. Scenic

FreeChoice in Lhasa must be advised at the time of booking. Tour Maps: Any

maps or other route depictions are intended as an indication only and should

not be relied upon. Please refer to terms and conditions clause 4.2. For full

terms and conditions, please see pages 56 and 57.

Tibetan Monastery in Sera

Braille Without Border


Enjoy a Relaxing Stopover

Either en-route to or returning home from your holiday

SINGAPORE

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

The Grand Copthorne offers a

combination of exquisite lifestyle décor, a

relaxing atmosphere and great comfort.

Nestled next to the Singapore River it

is ideally located for the shopping and

entertainment found on Orchard Road.

Twin share from $245 • Additional nights from $175

Raffles Hotel

The Raffles stands as a jewel in the

crown of Singapore’s hospitality

industry, renowned for its inimitable

style and unsurpassed excellence in

service and facilities. The hotel remains

an icon for travellers visiting the island.

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Extend your holiday with these great hotel options

HANOI

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel from $275

HO CHI MINH CITY

Caravelle Hotel from $175

SIEM REAP

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort from $195

LUANG PRABANG

La Residence Phuo Vao from $335

BANGKOK

Royal Orchid Sheraton

The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

and Towers offers an irresistible

combination of warm Thai hospitality

and professional service in a modern

setting. Each guest room offers

panoramic views of the river.

Twin share from $180 • Additional nights from $135

SINGAPORE, THAILAND & MYANMAR

SINGAPORE

Raffles Hotel from $390

BANGKOK

The Sukhothai from $185

YANGON

The Strand from $275

JAPAN

The Sukhothai

The Sukhothai is a sanctuary in the heart

of Bangkok. Situated on 6 acres of lush

tropical gardens and decorative ponds.

The hotels accommodation reflects an

authentic hospitality that blends the best

of elegant contemporary living.

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD and include buffet breakfast and taxes and return airport transfer in a run of house room. Prices advertised are ‘from’ prices and

subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Additional nights are per person twin share and include buffet breakfast and taxes in AUD. Prices are valid until December 2012.

TOKYO

Grand Hyatt from $395

KYOTO

Hyatt Regency from $325

HONG KONG

Eaton Smart

The Eaton Smart is conveniently

located in the heart of Hong Kong’s

Business District, shopping areas

and minutes away from the nearest

MTR (Jordan). Rooms are elegantly

appointed with sumptuous bedding.

Twin share from $195 • Additional nights from $125

CHINA

The Langham

The award winning Langham Hotel

is located in the heart of Tsim Sha

Tsui, Kowloon, one of the most lively

areas of the city. The Langham brand

represents both legend and luxury.

Twin share from $450 • Additional nights from $390 Twin share from $255 • Additional nights from $185 Twin share from $295 • Additional nights from $225

BEIJING

Sofitel Wanda from $175

SHANGHAI

Westin Bund Centre from $175

GUILIN

Sheraton Hotel from $145

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD and include buffet breakfast and taxes – subject to availability. Supplements may apply during certain periods; you will be advised at the time of booking.

Single supplements available upon request, subject to availability.

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Your hotels have been

selected for their

outstanding hospitality

and distinctive character,

from centrally located

5-star accommodation

to heritage and

colonial hotels

CAMBODIA

SIEM REAP

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens, this deluxe

5-star resort is the closest hotel to the Angkor Wat

complex. A combination of both French and Khmer

architecture provides guests with refined and elegant

accommodation.

CHINA

BEIJING

Sofitel Wanda Beijing

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Sofitel Wanda

Beijing offers a unique, contemporary, luxury

experience by blending French elegance with the

very best of Chinese culture. The Sino-French setting

of the guest rooms ensure your stay is exceedingly

comfortable and memorable.

CHENGDU

Shangri-La Hotel

Located in the city centre, this luxury property

boasts modern grandeur with legendary Shangri-La

hospitality. The guest rooms offer spacious comfort

with a contemporary style.

GUILIN

Sheraton Hotel

This deluxe property is ideally situated along the banks

of the enchanting Li River with commanding views of

the beautiful limestone peaks and pinnacles.

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The Finest Hotels

Scenic Tours feature the finest hotels

in each location, reflecting the regional

characters of the areas we visit

HANGZHOU

Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake

Located on the banks of the city’s famous West Lake,

the elegantly designed guest rooms have stunning

views of the legendary lake through large bay

windows. The hotel features several restaurants, an

indoor pool, spa and fitness centre.

KUNMING

Green Lake Hotel

The hotel is an iconic landmark providing a wonderful

view of the famous Green Lake. Elegantly designed

rooms feature either lake or city views.

LHASA (TIBET)

The St Regis Lhasa Resort

Located on the ‘Roof of the World’ the St Regis offers

an unrivalled dimension of luxury, bespoke service and

refined elegance at one of the most mystical and exotic

locations.

LIJIANG

Crowne Plaza

The newest and most luxurious resort in Lijiang

combines old-world opulence with modern facilities.

Many of the spacious and luxurious rooms have views

of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.

SHANGHAI

Westin Bund Centre

The Westin Bund Centre is close to Shanghai’s historic

and magnificent Bund. The spacious guest rooms

boast inspirational art-deco interior and exciting skyline

views over the Huangpu River.

SUZHOU

Sofitel Suzhou

Designed in a traditional Chinese style, the Sofitel

Suzhou is located in the heart of the old city close to

the best UNESCO gardens.

XI’AN

Shangri-La Hotel

This luxury hotel is close to the city walls. The guest

rooms boast a beautiful, contemporary design and the

floor to ceiling windows offer picturesque views of the

city or the hotel’s gardens.

SHANGRI-LA (Zhongdian)

M Gallery Songtsam Retreat

Boasting a breath-taking location in this beautiful

and remote corner of China, the boutique

accommodation is designed in a distinctly Tibetan

style. The property offers spectacular views of

nearby mountains and is only minutes away from the

Songzanlin monastery.

JAPAN

HAKONE

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort

Enjoy the unforgettable experience of soaking in the

onsen (hot springs) within the resort. Guest rooms

combine contemporary design, dark wood furnishings

and luxurious amenities, including a private sun terrace

or balcony.


HIROSHIMA

Sheraton Hiroshima

Located next to the Hiroshima Station, with direct

access to the bullet trains, the hotel is close to all the

historic sites. The rooms are well appointed, and with

several restaurants and bars, heated pool, fitness

facilities and a spa your stay will be complete.

KYOTO

Hyatt Regency

In the heart of historic Kyoto, this stylishly designed

hotel is close to the main city landmarks including

the traditional neighbourhood famous for Geishas.

The simple, elegant and functional rooms combine

traditional Japanese design with modern luxuries.

Several restaurants inside this property offer French,

Italian or Japanese cuisine.

TAKAYAMA

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

With its European style and elegant atmosphere, this

resort hotel is located in the Takayama Highlands and

is surrounded by deep forests and tall mountains. All

of the luxuriously appointed guest rooms command

superb views of the Japanese Alps.

TOKYO

Grand Hyatt

This 5-star hotel is in the Roppongi Hills complex,

Japan’s largest private urban cultural centre and is

conveniently located close to Tokyo’s famous Ginza

district and only minutes’ walk from Roppongi

Station. The hotel has 7 restaurants and bars,

swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

La Residence Phou Vao by Orient Express

This all suite Orient Express property is located on a

hill with spectacular views over the rice paddies and

nearby mountains. The restaurant offers excellent

Laotian or international cuisine and there is a large

swimming pool to relax in.

SOUTHERN LAOS (Don Daeng Island)

La Folie Lodge

Surrounded by lush landscape, exotic gardens

and designed to offer you magnificent views of

the Mekong River throughout, the lodge is an

ideal property for peace and relaxation. Luxurious

bungalows exquisitely decorated in Laotian style with

private balconies, superb to catch sunset from.

VIENTIANNE

Ansara or similar

Located on a quiet lane in the centre of this

historical city, this boutique property with only 14

rooms creates a peaceful atmosphere. The elegant

understated decor is a subtle blend of Lao traditional

and Asian contemporary designs will ensure every

guests enjoyment and pleasure.

MYANMAR

BAGAN

Aureum Palace

Sprawled across 27 acres of landscaped gardens,

there are panoramic views of the ancient pagodas

that fringe the resorts edges. The rooms are

adorned with local antiques and handcrafted teak

furniture.

INLE LAKE

Inle Princess Resort

Set on stilts over the shallow waters along Inle Lake’s

eastern shoreline this property is designed in Shan

and Inthar architectural styles and blends simplicity

and luxury with ample use of teakwood, bamboo

and silk textiles. The terrace bar is the ideal spot for

relaxing with a drink overlooking the lake.

MANDALAY

Mandalay Hill Resort

At the foot of the scenic Mandalay Hill facing the

Royal Palace, this property reflects the elegance of its

surroundings. The hotel features traditional Burmese

fabrics, exquisite antiques as well as lush teak

furniture throughout. A restaurant, Kipling’s Lounge,

pool, gym and spa complete the facilities.

YANGON (Rangoon)

The Strand

Opened in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers (Raffles

Singapore), The Strand’s handsome architecture

harkens back to a bygone era with Victorian-style

façade and colonnaded entranceway. The interior

enjoys the same charm with marble floors, rattan

furniture, ornate chandeliers and ceiling fans.

THAILAND

AYUTTHAYA

Kantary Hotel

This well designed hotel has set the standard for

truly exceptional accommodation in Ayutthaya.

Complementing the natural beauty of the

surrounding area, all rooms are comfortable and

stylish designed.

BANGKOK

The Sukhothai

This luxury hotel combines contemporary style

with old-world palatial charm. With award winning

restaurants, bars, health club, swimming pool and

spa, this hotel is a haven of calm set amid six acres of

greenery and water ponds.

CHIANG MAI

Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort

Located on the banks of the Mae Ping River this

luxury boutique resort combines the essence of

Chiang Mai heritage with the character of the local

hill tribe communities. All guest rooms feature

private balconies and are of the highest standard.

CHIANG SAEN (Golden Triangle)

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort

Perched atop a ridge, set amid a tropical jungle, this

property offers striking views of Laos, Myanmar and

the Mekong River. It feature three restaurants, an

infinity pool, spa and treatment rooms offering Thai

massages set in panoramic 60-acre surroundings.

KANCHANABURI

Dheva Mantra

This hotel offers lavish accommodation that captures

the beauty of a bygone Colonial era. With views

of the River Kwai, the rooms are infused with

traditional Thai elegance are beautifully furnished

with polished teak floors, detailed wood carvings and

rich silk decorations.

SUKHOTHAI

The Sukhothai Heritage

Located in the middle of rice fields, the Sukhothai

Heritage offers boutique accommodation styled with

ancient Siamese architecture. A relaxing ambiance is

sought inside the grounds where the serene garden

and lotus ponds meet with a large swimming pool.

VIETNAM

HANOI

Sofitel Legend Metropole

This French colonial-style building has stood proud

since 1901. Located in the heart of downtown

Hanoi close to the Old Quarter, the hotel has a long

tradition of welcoming ambassadors, writers and

heads of state.

HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon)

Caravelle Hotel

Overlooking Lam Son Square and the Opera

House, the hotel is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most

luxurious. The hotel offers a choice of six wining and

dining options and the Lobby Lounge is the ideal

place to watch the world go by.

HUE

M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa

A former opulent French residence, this is a boutique

hotel stunningly positioned on the banks of the

Perfume River. Guest rooms have been elegantly

furnished with fine Vietnamese silks and classic art

deco features giving a feeling of grace and elegance.

HOI AN

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An

The resort is located on the banks of the Thu Bon

River and only a short stroll from the old town.

Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese

cultures make up the distinct ambience in the resort.

MEKONG DELTA (Can Tho)

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the Mekong Delta, the

resort combines traditional Vietnamese architecture

and the comfort of an international property. The

rooms designed with wood flooring, authentic

Vietnamese decoration and balconies offer

spectacular views of the river, pool or the garden.

PHU QUOC

M Gallery La Veranda Resort and Spa

On the island of Phu Quoc, La Veranda is set on an

idyllic stretch of coast. The resort has been designed

to reflect the style and ambiance of an old colonial

mansion. Each room in this small property continues

the colonial theme with high ceilings and verandas

overlooking the garden to the sea.

SAPA

Victoria Sapa Resort

The resort was built as a traditional mountain chalet

with accented wooden decor and a welcoming

stone hearth fireplace. Overlooking the village,

the property blends perfectly with the natural

surroundings.

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Terms and Conditions

1 The Contract

1.1 The contract between Scenic Tours Pty Limited (“Scenic”, “We”, “Us” or

“Our”) and You includes:

(a) these Terms and Conditions; and

(b) Your Itinerary,

(“Contract”).

1.2 It is important that You carefully read the Contract as You will be bound by it

once You have signed these Terms and Conditions or otherwise paid the earlier

of Your Booking Deposit or the Tour Price.

2 What You need to know

2.1 Who is providing the Tour?

We will either:

(a) provide the Tour directly through Our staff; or

(b) arrange for the Tour to be provided by a Service Provider.

2.2 What’s included in the Tour Price?

Where indicated in Your Itinerary, Your Tour Price includes (a) all coach and cruise

travel; (b) services of a Scenic Tour Director; (c) airport transfers outside Australia

(refer to clause 4.8); (d) specified meals; (e) accommodation; (f) sightseeing and

admissions where stated; (g) economy class internal flights and Air taxes set out

in Your Itinerary; (h) GST (where applicable); (i) port charges; (j) porterage on

escorted land tours and cruises (subject to clause 4.10) and (k) all gratuities and

tipping on escorted land tours and cruises.

2.3 What’s not included in the Tour Price?

(a) Unless expressly listed in Your Itinerary, costs will not be included in the Tour

Price. In particular, the following costs are not included in the Tour Price: (a)

airfares (unless specified in Your Itinerary); (b) airline taxes; (c) additional optional

activities (e) accommodation upgrades; (f) meals not specified in Your Itinerary; (g)

drinks; (h) laundry; (i) passport fees; (j) visas; (k) vaccinations; (l) government taxes

and charges (excluding GST); (m) all other airport transfers (except as set out in

clause 4.8) (n) items of a personal nature or (o) porterage, gratuities and tipping

on unescorted extensions.

2.4 How do You pay?

Booking Deposit

(a) You must pay the Booking Deposit per Tour within 7 days of making Your

Booking.

(b) Any accommodation, sightseeing or flights We book for You separately to

those stated in Your Itinerary are not included in the Booking Deposit or Tour

Price and You must pay both the deposits and full costs for such additional

services separately to the Booking Deposit and Tour Price. Any requests for such

additional services will not be processed until Your Booking Deposit is paid in full.

(c) Your booking will be automatically cancelled if We do not receive Your

Booking Deposit by the due date.

(d) Booking Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to other tours or

third parties (Refer to the “Book with Confidence Plan” outlined in clause 4.12 of

these Terms and Conditions).

Booking within 91 days of Tour Departure Date

(e) If You place a booking with Us within 91 days or less of Your chosen Tour

Departure Date You must pay Your Booking Deposit before We can process

Your booking and confirm Your Tour Price. If You do not accept the Tour Price,

We will refund Your Booking Deposit. If You accept Your Tour Price, You must pay

the outstanding Tour Price within 24 hours of Us notifying You of the Tour Price,

or We will cancel Your booking and retain Your Booking Deposit.

Final Payment

(f) You must pay the balance of the Tour Price to Us no later than 91 days before

the Tour Departure Date

(g) All Tour Prices are quoted in Australian dollars.

Payments to Travel Agents

(h) If You have booked through a travel agent, Your travel agent should forward

Your Booking Deposit or Tour Price to Us on Your behalf. However, payments

by You to Your travel agent are not considered to be payments by You to Us.

We will consider payment has been received by Us from You when We receive

payment from Your travel agent.

Credit card surcharge

(i) If You pay Us by credit card, the following surcharges will be added to Your

Tour Price:

Credit card Surcharge Surcharge on

on Deposit Tour Price or Fees

Visa 0 1%

Mastercard 0 1%

American Express 3% 3%

2.5 Fees

Late Booking Fee

(a) If You book 21 days or less before the Tour Departure Date, You must pay a

late booking fee of $50.00 per person.

Variation Fee

(b) If You vary Your booking, other than by varying the Tour Departure Date or

Tour Code, You must pay a variation fee of $50.00 per person. This fee is on

account of administrative expenses incurred by Us in varying Your Tour and is a

genuine and reasonable estimate of Our expenses.

(c) Third party operators may charge their own variation fees for booking

changes. If we incur any third party variation fees on Your behalf You must

reimburse Us.

(d) We may accept or reject Your request for variation at Our absolute discretion.

Cancellation Fee

(e) Any cancellation of the Tour by You prior to Your Tour Departure Date

(including any changes to Your Tour Departure Date or Tour Code) will result in

the following cancellation fees:

Days of notice prior to Cancellation charge (per person)

Tour commencement

91 days and over Loss of deposit

90 to 66 days 50% of Tour Price

65 days or less 100% of Tour Price

(f) We will not consider accepting a cancellation until We have received, during

office hours, a written cancellation notice signed by You.

(g) You may also be liable to pay cancellation fees to airlines and other third

parties.

(h) You must pay for any additional overnight accommodation required as a result

of changes to Your flights.

(i) You must pay for all expenses which arise due to changes to Your Itinerary

after Your Tour Departure Date. This includes changes due to illness or other

personal reasons.

2.6 What are Our Tour obligations?

We will use reasonable endeavours to provide the Tour You have booked in

accordance with Your Itinerary. However, due to the nature of travel, it may

not always be possible for Us to adhere strictly to Your Itinerary. Where, due

to circumstances outside of Our control, We are unable to provide the Tour in

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accordance with Your Itinerary, We will use reasonable endeavours to provide or

arrange appropriate alternatives.

2.7 What are Your Tour obligations?

Tour Safety

(a) You must follow the Tour Director’s instructions at all times to ensure on Tour

safety. You acknowledge that failure to do so will result in restricted access to

areas on Tour, or if necessary for Your own safety and that of other passengers,

withdrawal from the Tour.

(b) If We, or Our staff or Service Providers are of the view You are negatively

affecting Your own health, safety or enjoyment, or that of other passengers, We

can terminate the Contract immediately and We are not liable to You for any

loss, cost or damage resulting from Your withdrawal from the Tour. If You are

withdrawn from the Tour, You must make Your own travel arrangements at Your

own expense.

(c) You must make Your own enquiries regarding Your Tour, including being aware

of the relevant government travel safety warnings.

Passports and visas

(d) You must have a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity from Your

Tour return date.

(e) You must ensure that all required entry visas for countries to be visited are

obtained prior to departure as failure to obtain correct documentation may affect

Your participation in certain shore excursions and entry to certain countries while

on Tour.

(f) If You do not have the correct visa or other documentation necessary to enter

a country or participate in any aspect of a Tour (“Documentation”):

(1) We will not refund to You all or any portion of the Tour Price; and

(2) You will be responsible for any costs You incur as a result of Your failure to

obtain the required Documentation, including any costs associated with rejoining

the Tour.

2.8 What happens if We need to cancel or delay the Tour?

Tour Operation

(a) Your booking is conditional on Us receiving a minimum number of tour or

cruise bookings to operate the Tour and ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere.

Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, We may cancel or delay a

scheduled Tour or Tour Departure Date.

(b) We will endeavour to make any decision to cancel or delay a Tour or cruise at

least 60 days prior to the scheduled Tour Departure Date.

Tour Cancellation

(c) Where We cancel a Tour, for whatever reason, before departure We will use

reasonable endeavours to offer the closest available tour or cruise departure.

(d) Where the proposed alternative tour or cruise is:

(1) cheaper than Your original Tour Price, We will refund the difference to You; or

(2) more expensive than Your original Tour Price, You must pay the difference

to Us.

(e) If You accept the proposed alternative tour or cruise, You will be bound by

a new contract made up of these Terms and Conditions and Your amended

Itinerary.

(f) If You do not accept the proposed alternative tour or cruise within 7 days of

being notified by Us of the alternative, Our Contract with You will terminate,

We will refund all monies paid directly to Us and We will have no further liability

to You.

(g) We are not liable for any third party costs You may incur, which We have

not booked on Your behalf, for example airfares or other arrangements booked

independently through or paid to a travel agent.

Tour Delay

(h) Where We delay the departure of a Tour or cruise, for whatever reason, for

more than 7 days, You may terminate this Contract and We will either:

(1) provide You with a full refund of all amounts paid to Us; or

(2) provide You with a credit towards future tours with Us which will be valid for

24 months from the date You notify Us of the termination of this Contract.

2.9 How can We vary this Contract?

(a) Subject to the remainder of this clause 2.9, We may amend these Terms and

Conditions at any time.

Tour Price

(b) We may vary Your Tour Price at any time only where there is an increase

to the Tour costs for reasons outside Our control, including airfares, fuel,

government taxes and charges, exchange rate fluctuations or other Tour related

costs or tariffs. Once We have received the total Tour Price from You, there will

be no increases to Your Tour Price regardless of any increases in the Tour cost

inside or outside Our control.

(c) If You have not paid Your full Tour Price and We must vary Your Tour Price due

to an increase in Tour costs outside Our control, any increase We apply to the

Tour Price will be only to the extent required to meet such additional costs.

Tour Variations

(a) We may change or vary Your Itinerary.

(b) Although We will use reasonable efforts to operate the Tour as close as

possible to Your Itinerary, changes or substitutions may be necessary for reasons

outside Our control. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to:

(1) road or weather conditions;

(2) national or local holidays affecting the closure of public buildings and attractions;

(3) strikes;

(4) civil disturbances and advices by governments or other Force Majeure Events or;

(5) internal flight delays.

(c) Cruise itineraries may be varied due to high or low water levels, flooding,

unscheduled vessel maintenance or for any other circumstances beyond Our

control.

(d) We may substitute (at the nearest reasonable standard) another vessel

or motorcoach for all or part of the Itinerary and also provide alternative

accommodation, where necessary.

(e) Where We make a variation to the Itinerary, We are not liable to You for such

variations.

2.10 How will We tell You about variations to the Contract?

(a) Any changes to these Terms and Conditions will be posted on Our Website.

(b) Any changes to Your Itinerary will be notified to You:

(1) if prior to Your Tour Departure Date, by phone, email or post using the most

recent contact details You have provided to Us; or

(2) if during Your Tour, personally by Your Cruise Director or Tour Director.

2.11 Notification of General Risks

(a) You acknowledge and agree that there are general risks associated with

travelling, which are beyond Our control and We are not liable to You for any

loss, cost or damage You may incur as a result of these general risks. Such general

risks include:

(1) Tour variations or interruptions caused by road, river or weather conditions;

national or local holidays affecting the closure of public buildings and attractions;

strikes, civil disturbances and advices by governments; Force Majeure Events;

hazards associated with travelling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train,

automobile, aircraft and other means of transportation; high water levels; low

water levels; flooding; lock closures; unscheduled vessel or vehicle maintenance;

(2) forces of nature; illness; flight schedule changes or cancellations; loss of

luggage; epidemics, pandemics or illness in regions without means of rapid

evacuation or medical facilities; political unrest; accidents; acts of terrorism or

other criminal acts; changes to government visa or travel requirements; or

(3) any other circumstances beyond Our control.

(b) You acknowledge and agree that where the Tour, part of the Tour,

accommodation, flights or any other good or service is not directly provided by

Us or Our staff, but is provided by a Service Provider, in the event of any dispute

or claim including for loss, damage, breach of contract or negligence arising from

the conduct of the Service Provider, You must pursue Your claim directly against

the relevant Service Provider.

2.12 Limitation of Liability

(a) You acknowledge and agree that We accept no responsibility and will not be

liable to You (or any third party) for any loss, cost or damage (including loss of

enjoyment) suffered directly or indirectly in connection with:

(1) any Tour risks or other aspects of the Tour notified to You in the Contract;

(2) any change to Your Itinerary or delays in departure or arrival times of aircraft

or otherwise during the conduct of the Tour;

(3) any loss or damage to Your baggage;

(4) any personal injury or death resulting from the acts or omissions or negligence

of any third parties providing goods or services to You during the Tour, including

air carriers, hotels, shore excursion operators, restaurateurs, transportation

providers and medical personnel; or

(5) any loss of Your enjoyment due to circumstances outlined in the Contract or

otherwise beyond Our control.

Total liability

(b) Despite any other provision of the Contract, and to the extent permitted

by law, Our maximum liability to You or any third party (including any claims of

negligence by Us) is limited to the Tour Price You have paid to Us.

Consequential loss

(c) You acknowledge and agree We are not liable to You, under any

circumstances, for any loss of enjoyment, opportunity, profit, savings, revenue or

interest or any other consequential or indirect, incidental, special or punitive loss,

damage or expenses.

Force Majeure

(d) You acknowledge and agree that We are not liable for any delay or failure by

Us or a Service Provider to perform Our obligations under the Contract, resulting

from or as a consequence of a Force Majeure Event.

(e) If a delay or failure occurs or is anticipated due to Force Majeure Event, Our

obligations are suspended for the duration of the Force Majeure Event.

(f) We may immediately terminate the Contract, if the Force Majeure Event

delays performance of the Tour by Us or a Service Provider for a period of 7 days

or more, calculated from the date We notify You of the Force Majeure Event.

2.13 Warranties

(a) To the extent permitted by law, all express or implied warranties, guarantees,

representations, or terms are expressly excluded.

(b) Where the law implies any guarantee, condition or warranty which cannot be

excluded, Our liability to You for breach of such an implied guarantee, condition

or warranty is limited, to one or more of the following:

(1) in the case of goods: the repair of goods, replacement of goods, the supply

of equivalent goods or the cost of repair, replacement or supply of equivalent

goods; or

(2) in the case of services: supplying the services again or payment of the cost of

supplying the services again.

2.14 Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions operates to exclude, restrict or modify

the application of any provision of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

(Cth) or any equivalent State or Territory legislation, the exercise of a right

conferred by such a provision, or any of Our liability for breach of a guarantee,

condition or warranty implied by such a provision, where it is unlawful to do so.

2.15 Travel Insurance

You are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any

unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the Tour.

2.16 What if I am unhappy with something on Tour?

If You are unhappy with something that does or does not happen on Your Tour,

You must first use all reasonable endeavours to negotiate with Us in good faith to

settle the dispute before commencing proceedings in any court or tribunal.

2.17 General Provisions

Entire Agreement

(a) The Contract, and any variations or amendments to the Contract made by Us

in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, constitutes the entire agreement

between You and Us about its subject matter and any previous agreements

(whether oral or in writing), understandings and negotiations on that subject

matter have no effect.

Waiver and Variation

(b) We may only waive a right or remedy created under these Terms and

Conditions in writing.

(c) Our delay in exercising a right or remedy does not constitute a waiver of that

right or remedy, nor does any waiver by Us (either wholly or in part) operate as a

subsequent waiver of the same or any other right.

Governing Law

(d) These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws in force in New South

Wales, Australia.

(e) The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New

South Wales and any courts competent to hear appeals from those courts.

Survival

(f) Any term which is, by its nature, intended to survive termination of these

Terms and Conditions survives termination.

Interpretation

(g) In these Terms and Conditions, unless the context otherwise indicates a

contrary intention:

(1) headings are for convenience only and do not affect interpretation;

(2) singular includes the plural and vice versa;

(3) a reference to a party includes its successors, permitted assigns, administrators

and substitutes;

(4) where a word or phrase is defined, its other grammatical forms have the

corresponding meaning;

(5) the word ‘include’ in any form is not a word of limitation;

(6) no rules of construction apply to Our disadvantage on the basis that these

Terms and Conditions were prepared by Us;

(7) a reference to a natural person includes their personal representatives; and

(8) a reference to a body (including institute, association or authority) which

ceases to exist or whose powers or functions are transferred to another body is

a reference to the body which replaces it or which substantially succeeds to its

powers or functions.

Brochure Validity

(h) The Tour Brochure and these Terms and Conditions are valid for Tour

Departure Dates from 01 May 2012 to 30 April 2013 unless otherwise indicated

in Your Itinerary, and supersedes all previous brochures.


2.18 Definitions

Booking Deposit means the mandatory deposit to be paid by You to reserve

Your booking, in the amount We notify to You at the time You place Your

booking.

Book with Confidence Plan means Our deposit protection plan as set out on

Our Website.

Cruise Director means Our guide on Your cruise who is Our employee.

Force Majeure Event means any act of God, war, terrorism, fire, flood or any

other extreme weather conditions, loss of power, epidemics or pandemics,

industrial disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities, riots or civil disturbances,

acts of government, semi government or other authorities, inability to obtain any

necessary licence or consent and delays caused by sub-contractors, suppliers or

other third parties (including telecommunications carriers), material shortages or

other disruption to the Tour.

Itinerary means Your personalised itinerary for Your Tour as amended from time

to time by Us in accordance with the Contract.

Service Provider means an independent contractor engaged by Us to provide a

tour or any services for a tour.

Single Supplement Rate means the additional cost We will inform You of before

You place Your booking, which You must pay as part of Your Tour Price if You

choose not to share a room with another passenger during the Tour.

Tour means the tour You have booked with Us outlined in Your Itinerary, as

amended in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The number of days

duration stated in Your Itinerary includes the Tour Departure Date and:

(A) for land only bookings - the date the Tour concludes; or

(B) for flight inclusive bookings – the day of return.

Tour Brochure means the current brochure for the relevant tour as published

on the Website.

Tour Departure Date means the Tour departure date listed in Your Itinerary.

Tour Director means Our guide on Your Tour who may be either Our

employee or the employee of a Service Provider.

Tour Price means the total amount payable by You to Us for participation in the

Tour and includes Your Booking Deposit or any additional fees or charges as set

out in the Contract.

Website means Scenic’s website at www.scenictours.com.au.

You / Your means each individual who books to conduct a Tour with Us. A

separate Contract will apply between each individual and Us.

3 Important notices about Your Tour

3.1 Tour Participation

(a) We welcome You if You have a disability or other special need, provided You

are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all the assistance You

require. Please note that although We will use reasonable endeavours to provide

You with all the activities on Your Itinerary, depending on Your disability, You may

not be able to participate in every activity and the Tour Director will have the right

to refuse Your participation if the Tour Director believes Your health and safety or

the health and safety of other passengers may be impacted by Your participation.

You must advise Us (or Your travel agent) of any disability, medical condition or

dietary requirement at the time of booking.

(b) It is important to note that:

(1) for safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on boarding

ramps (which may be steep due to water levels) whilst the vessel is tied up or at

anchor, or on to motor coaches;

(2) wheelchairs and walkers cannot be carried in the luggage compartment of

motorcoaches due to space limitations; and

(3) tours include walking on steps, uneven ground and surfaces whilst visiting

monuments and antiquities for lengths of between 1-5 kilometres and full mobility

may be required. If you choose to participate You should be in an appropriate

physical condition to complete any sightseeing expeditions forming part of the

Tour.

(c) We may, in Our absolute discretion, decline Your booking if We are of

the view that:

(1) We cannot provide for any or all of Your special needs;

(2) Your health, safety or enjoyment, or that of any other passengers attending the

Tour may be at risk; or

(3) You cannot or will not abide by any reasonable directions of the Tour Director.

(d) Vaccinations

It is Your responsibility to ensure You have all required vaccinations for Your Tour

and We recommend You refer to www.smarttraveller.gov.au for full details and

also consult Your doctor.

(e) Medical Conditions

We strongly recommend a visit to Your doctor and dentist prior to Your Tour.

If You are aged 70 or over at the Tour Departure Date, You must provide to

Us a doctor’s letter confirming You are fit and healthy enough to take part in

the specified Tour including reference to the Itinerary, destinations and Tour

Departure Date. You must advise Us of any pre-existing medical conditions that

might reasonably be expected to increase Your risk of requiring medical attention,

affect the normal conduct of the Tour and/or the enjoyment of other Tour

members. You will be required to fill in Our health and fitness form and hand it to

Your Tour Director on the Tour Departure Date.

(f) Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS)

The following information is correct at the time of printing and is provided as a

guide only. Lhasa and Shangri-La are over 3000 meters above sea level which

may result in AMS (caused by lack of oxygen at high altitudes) which affects most

people to some extent. AMS effects can range from mild to severe and occur

because less oxygen is reaching muscles and the brain, requiring heart and lungs

to compensate by working harder. Symptoms of AMS usually develop during

the first 24 hours at altitude but may be delayed up to 3 weeks. Mild symptoms

include headache, lethargy, dizziness, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite.

AMS may become severe without warning. Please consult Your doctor before

departure to ensure you have an adequate level of fitness and health. You must

provide to Us a doctor’s letter confirming You are fit and healthy enough to take

part in the specified Tour.

3.2 Cruises

(a) Deckplan

The deck plan, cabin sizes, images, inclusions and layout are indicative only and

may vary. Pictured representations of cabins or rooms in Tour Brochures are not

drawn to scale.

(b) Cruise Cabins

The Tour Price is based on the cabins as indicated in the brochure. Upgrades are

subject to availability and will be at additional cost.

(c) Noise, Vibration and Odour

While We take reasonable steps to minimise noise, vibrations and odours

on Cruise ships, You acknowledge and accept that some noise, vibration and

intermittent odours may be experienced on vessels and that We will not be liable

to You for any such noise, vibration or odours.

(d) Docking Position

During port stops, ships may dock side-by-side, obstructing views and requiring

You to pass through other ships to embark and disembark.

(e) Internet Service

(1) Internet facilities are available for an additional charge.

(2) Internet availability and quality may vary from country to country and can also

be affected by technical issues, weather, unfavourable terrains or other factors

outside Our control.

(3) We do not guarantee the availability and quality of internet connections and

no refund will be paid for any problem which may be experienced with the

internet service.

(f) Photography

We cannot guarantee that every scene or highlighted featured in a Tour Brochure

or Itinerary will be available on each Tour. No refund will be available for any

resulting missed scene or photographic “opportunity”.

(g) Smoking

(1) Smoking is limited to designated smoking areas on vessels and trains, and is not

permitted in cabins or on balconies.

(2) You acknowledge that We may restrict smoking to specific times and locations

during Your Tour for the comfort of all passengers.

(3) Smoking is not permitted on coaches, rail or such other places as nominated

by Us from time to time.

(4) Although We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure there are

opportunities for You to smoke during the Tour, We cannot guarantee such

opportunities will be available.

(h) On board Language

The language on board Cruises is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak

English and all announcements and lectures will be made in English.

(i) Medical Services

(1) Ships do not carry a doctor on board, however medical services may be

called at Your own expense.

(2) Due to the large number of passengers on board, We cannot provide a

personal escort for such medical visits.

(3) We are not, and Our Service Providers are not, liable regarding the provision

of any medical care You may require or choose to accept during the Tour.

3.3 Coaches

(a) Seat Rotation

(1) To ensure all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy front and window

seats, a daily seat rotation system is employed on all of Our coaches and You

must follow the seat rotation system.

(2) If You suffer from travel sickness, You should arrange medication or other

alternatives to treat symptoms, as We cannot make allowances for this.

3.4 Fanxipan Express Train to Sapa

Tour Price is based on twin berth sleeping compartments with shared facilities.

Limited number of single sleeping compartments available on request.

4 Additional Important Information

4.1 Airfare Conditions

(a) Discounted airfares are subject to availability and conditions apply.

(b) Our reservations consultant will book the most appropriate fare for Your Tour.

(c) Some discounted airfares have conditions which make them unsuitable to be

used in conjunction with Our tours. Full details and conditions may be obtained

from Your travel agent. If You have any questions or concerns please contact Our

reservations consultant.

(d) Airfares booked as part of Your Tour will be through the most appropriate

route. If You request a customised route You will be responsible for all additional

costs.

(e) Please contact Your travel agent for applicable rules and regulations relating to

Your air travel.

4.2 Tour and Cruise Maps

Maps or tour depictions contained in Tour Brochures or any other brochures

We issue are intended as an indication only and should not be relied upon as the

actual route taken during the Tour.

4.3 Pictures, Images and Information

All images in Tour Brochures represent typical scenes and descriptive detail

for each tour, however it is possible that the particular subject matter may not

be seen or experienced on Tour. Also, some pictures may have been digitally

enhanced.

4.4 Sightseeing on Tour

Sightseeing in many ancient sites, historic towns and cities can only be undertaken

by walking tours as motorcoach access is not possible. Consequently, an

appropriate level of fitness is required as the sightseeing tour may involve steps

and extensive walking over uneven surfaces.

4.5 Special Diets

You must advise Us in writing of any and all special requests and dietary

requirements at the time of booking. We will make every reasonable effort to

accommodate Your dietary requests but cannot guarantee that such requests

can be met.

4.6 Solo Passengers and Single Accommodation

(a) Prices quoted in Tour Brochures are on a twin share basis. If Your booking is

not a twin share booking We will notify You of the applicable Single Supplement

Rate, and You must pay the Single Supplement Rate for the Tour, at the time of

booking.

(b) If You are willing to share a room with another single traveller of the same

gender, You must pay the Single Supplement Rate, at the time of booking. If You

remain matched throughout the entire Tour, You will be refunded the Single

Supplement Rate within two weeks of completion of the Tour.

(c) We accept no responsibility for the suitability of the allocated rooming partner.

(d) If at any time during the Tour, You consider Your rooming partner unsuitable,

We will use reasonable endeavours to arrange single accommodation for You

for the remainder of the Tour, subject to availability, using the pre-paid Single

Supplement Rate. You acknowledge that if there is no availability of single

accommodation for the remainder of the Tour, You will be required to continue

to share with Your nominated rooming partner for the remainder of the Tour.

(e) A limited number of single rooms are available at a Single Supplement Rate

for each Tour. In some locations, single rooms are smaller than twin rooms and

may not be available.

4.7 Young Passengers

(a) Passengers under the age of 18 years (as at the Tour Departure Date) must be

accompanied by an adult and share their accommodation with an adult.

(b) Children under the age of 12 years are not encouraged (with the exception of

Christmas tours) and are accepted or rejected at Our sole discretion.

4.8 Airport Transfers

(a) Airport transfers are only available on the first and last day of Your Tour and at

times We designate.

(b) Transfers outside these times will be at Your expense and must be secured by

Your own arrangements.

(c) Passengers who have purchased Our pre and post Tour hotel accommodation

and airfares will be provided airport transfers to/from their hotel in the Tour start

or end city only, on the day of the pre or post accommodation booking.

(d) If You do not book Your flights with Us, You must ensure Your flight details are

provided to Us at least 60 days before the Tour Departure Date by:

(1) entering Your flight details in tour personaliser at www.scenictours.com.au; or

(2) phoning Our reservations consultant.

(e) No refund will be given for unused transfers.

(f) Transfers cannot be routed to other pick-up points or destinations.

(g) If You miss the pre-booked transfer You will be responsible for making Your

own way to the Tour departure point, at Your own expense.

(h) Airport transfers may be group transfers scheduled to coincide with multiple

flight arrival times.

4.9 Hotel Accommodation

(a) We may substitute hotel accommodation of a similar standard in the place of

the advertised hotel.

(b) Although We have taken reasonable steps to secure the most suitable hotel

accommodation in the area of the Tour, We are not liable to You for the quality,

size or fitness of hotel rooms.

4.10 Luggage

(a) Tour participants are entitled to one suitcase per person.

(b) Your suitcase must not exceed 76 x 53 x 28cms (30’’ x 21’’x 11’’) and must

not weigh more than 20kg (42lbs).

(c) Personal items should be carried in a travel bag which does not exceed 4kg

(8lbs) of weight. In addition, airline passengers should consult with their airline as

size and weight restrictions may vary from airline to airline and also according to

the class booked.

(d) You must comply with all airline and airport luggage safety regulations.

(e) It is Your responsibility to ensure Your luggage complies with these

requirements and You acknowledge that We, contracted carriers or Service

Providers may elect not to carry overweight items.

(f) You will be responsible for any excess baggage charges imposed by airlines or

other carriers.

When You are travelling there may be luggage restrictions due to limited luggage

space on flights, trains, cruise ships and four wheel drive safari vehicles which will

be outlined in your Tour Documentation. We recommend You use a soft bag

(sports bag or alternative) to pack essential items into during this portion of the

Tour. Suitcases are unable to be taken with You and will be delivered back to You

at the next possible destination and Our Service Provider will take reasonable

steps to ensure the safety and security of the remainder of Your luggage during

this portion of the Tour.

4.11 Carriers

The carriers (including airlines, rail and sea carriers used in association with the

tours) are not responsible for statements or features in Tour Brochures. The

conditions of sale of each carrier constitute a separate contract between You and

the carrier and We have no responsibility in relation to contracts between You

and the carriers.

4.12 Book with Confidence Plan

The “Book with Confidence Plan” is provided at a cost of $55 per person per

tour (including GST). The cost is non refundable and must be paid at the time of

booking Your tour. Where You cancel a tour, and the Book with Confidence Plan

applies, We will hold Your deposit for Our tour products only (i.e. not products

provided by third parties such as air travel) and We will credit that portion of the

deposit towards an alternative tour product if You book within 24 months of

cancellation. If You do not book within 24 months, Your Deposit will be forfeited.

The Book with Confidence Plan does not, nor is it intended to, replace travel

insurance.

4.13 Scenic Freechoice

(a) Your Scenic Freechoice activity in Your first destination must be pre-booked

with Us before Your Tour Departure Date.

(b) All other Scenic Freechoice activities can be booked while on Tour with Your

Tour Director (unless otherwise stated).

(c) All activities are subject to availability, seasonal and operational factors. Some

activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to operate.

4.14 Scenic Enrich

It may not always be possible to offer every Scenic Enrich activity in the Tour

Brochure on Your Tour. Wherever possible, suitable alternatives will be provided

without liability to You.

4.15 Scenic Club Loyalty Program

The Scenic Loyalty Club Program was launched in 2008 and replaces the

previous program. Details including the range of benefits and qualification for

membership are available on www.scenictours.com.au. Currently the program is

only available to Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom residents.

4.16 Additional optional extras

(a) Additional activities undertaken by You such as sightseeing tours purchased by

You in addition to those activities outlined in the Tour Brochure during Your Tour

are not included in Your Tour Price and incur an additional cost.

(b) Additional activities are subject to availability, season and operational factors.

Some activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to

operate.

4.17 Clothing

We recommend casual and comfortable clothing. Please bring comfortable

walking shoes as You will need these daily whilst sightseeing, which includes

walking over rough and uneven ground. Closed-in shoes are recommended to

keep out the dust and sand. Dinner attire is casual-open-neck shirts, slacks and

dresses.

4.18 Help understanding this Contract

If You do not understand the Terms and Conditions, or any aspect of this

Contract, please seek advice from an appropriately qualified professional. For

communications assistance, please call the National Relay Service on 133 677. If

You require an interpreter, the Translating and Interpreting Service may be able

to assist on 131 450.

4.19 Our After Hours Emergency Number

Our after hours emergency number when calling in Australia is freecall 1800

620 105.

GreenChoice

Climate Friendly Offices Since the start of 2007 Scenic have

partnered with Climate Friendly to make our offices and sales

team climate friendly. We have also formed a committee

dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and increasing

the efficiency of our operations.

Carbon Friendly Touring and Cruising

Climate Friendly have calculated the

average emissions for our Asia tours. From

just $5 * per person per day you can make

your holiday climate friendly. Simply let your

travel agent know that you wish to take

the Scenic GreenChoice option and Scenic

will add GreenChoice to your booking. For

more information visit

www.scenictours.com.au/climatefriendly.

MAKE

YOUR TOUR

CLIMATE

FRIENDLY

FOR ONLY

$ 5 PER

DAY

Offsetting Offsetting your international flights can be done

directly through Climate Friendly. Your payment goes directly to

Climate Friendly in exchange for carbon credits for renewable

energy projects. Scenic does not profit in anyway

from these payments. Please visit our website

www.scenictours.com.au/climatefriendly for

more information about how Scenic’s carbon

offset program works.

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Hanoi

VIETNAM, THE MEKONG, CAMBODIA, LAOS & THAILAND

14 Day Essence of Vietnam

1

1

3

2

2

2 Hue

Danang

2 Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

Cruise

VIETNAM

Pages 22 - 23

VIET VICL

Luang

Prabang

Kanchanaburi

River Kwai

Penang

18/11 Day Cruise the Mekong to Laos

3

2 Vientiane

3

THAILAND

1

LAOS

Bangkok

Pakse

2 Don Daeng

Siem Reap 3

CAMBODIA

Kampong

Phnom Penh

7

Mekong River

VIETNAM

Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City

Cai Be

VIML/WIMS Pages 26 - 29 THNT

6 Day Eastern & Oriental Express Luxury Train

Eastern & Oriental Express

LuxuryTrain Journey

MALAYSIA

1

Singapore

Page 33

LTBS VISA

58 | The ultimate touring experience

LAOS

Chiang Mai

Kanchanaburi 2

11 Day Images of Cambodia and Laos

3

Siem Reap

Sukhothai

River Kwai

Luang

Prabang

2

2

3

1

Lao Cai/Sapa

1

Vientiane

Ayutthaya

1

2

2

1

Fanxipan 1

Express Train 1

CAMBODIA

Golden Triangle

1

2

Bangkok

5 Day Sapa Adventure

VIETNAM

Hanoi

LAOS

Pakse

Don Daeng

12 Day Northern Thailand Discovery

THAILAND

Pages 24 - 25

Pages 30 - 31

Page 34


VIETNAM

3 Day Phu Quoc Island Break

2

Phu Quoc Island

Mekong

Delta

JAPAN

VIETNAM

Ho Chi

Minh City

Page 35

VIPQ MHYC

Hiroshima

1

CHHJ

Miyajima

Island

Lijiang

2

Shangri-la

1

Kunming

2

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

12 Day Cultural Treasures of Japan

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Osaka

Nagoya

3 Kyoto

CHINA 2

Hangzhou

Guilin

1 1

Yangshuo 2

Takayama

2

2

Hakone

15 Day China’s Hidden Jewels

JAPAN

3

Tokyo

Mt Fuji

National Park

Nikko National Park

Pages 42 - 43

JPTK CHSP

1

Suzhou

Shanghai

2

Pages 50 & 51

CHTA

Chengdu

CHINA & TIBET

Irrawaddy

River Cruise

Bagan

MYANMAR

12 Day Myanmar Highlights and Irrawaddy River Cruise

2

2

2

Mandalay

Irrawaddy

River 2 Inle Lake

Heho

Chongqing

2

Yangtze River

Cruise

3

Sera

Monastery

Xi’an

1

Yichang

TIBET

4

2

MYANMAR

2 Yangon

CHINA & TIBET

Great Wall of China

5 Day Tibet Adventure

Lhasa

4

CHINA

Mutianyu

Beijing

Pages 38 - 39

15 Day Iconic China - Pandas, Warriors and the Great Wall

3

Page 52

Shanghai

Pages 48 - 49

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Scenic Tours Offices

Scenic Tours Head Office

Level 2, 11 Brown Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300

Phone: 1300 136 001 Fax: (02) 4929 4943

email: info@scenictours.com

www.scenictours.com.au

Scenic Tours Sydney Office

Level 14, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 1300 136 001 Fax: (02) 8274 1333

email: info@scenictours.com

www.scenictours.com.au

Scenic Tours North America Office

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Lower Level, 900 West Georgia St, Vancouver,

BC V6C 2W6, Canada

Phone: 1 866 689 8611

email: usacanada@scenictours.com

www.scenictours.com

Scenic Tours UK Office

13th Floor, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HY,

United Kingdom

Phone: 0161 236 2444

email: ukoffice@scenictours.com

www.scenictours.co.uk

Enquiries & Reservations

DIRECT DIAL AUSTRALIA WIDE

1300 136 001

LOCAL CALL COST

TRAVEL AGENTS: Log into Scenic Tours

Express Book for live availability

http://bookings.scenictours.com.au

Group Enquiries: 1300 655 112

Scenic Tours Pty Limited PO Box 807, Newcastle NSW 2300 Australia

Licence No. 2TA 002 633 ABN 85 002 715 602

The Ultimate Touring Experience

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