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The Ultimate Touring Experience

ASIA

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS,

THAILAND, BURMA, CHINA & JAPAN

FEATURING LUXURY RIVER CRUISING

YANGTZE RIVER • HALONG BAY • MEKONG RIVER

2013/ 2014

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Soak up the exotic and

unique charms of Asia

Scenic Tours – The Ultimate Touring Experience Page

Witness the timeless allure of Asia with the experts 4

Wake up in the finest hotels in spectacular locations 6

Savour succulent Asian and international delicacies 8

Discover some of the world’s extraordinary icons 10

Experience our superb collection of unique Scenic Enrich events 12

Personalise your Asian tour with Scenic FreeChoice 14

Scenic FreeChoice Activities 16

ScenicClub membership is truly rewarding 18

Vietnam, The Mekong, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand

Discover the exotic charms of South East Asia 20

Explore the Mekong River on a luxury boutique cruise 22

Take a luxurious 3 day Halong Bay cruise 24

31/24 day Grand Indochina and Mekong River Cruise VMCL/VIMC TOUR & CRUISE 26

19/12 day Journey along the Mekong VIML/VIMS TOUR & CRUISE 30

14 day Essence of Vietnam VIET TOUR & CRUISE 32

19 day Spotlight on South East Asia VSEA TOUR 34

5 day Sapa Adventure EXTENSION 36

3 day Phu Quoc Island Break EXTENSION 37

Burma (Myanmar)

Uncover the mystical allure and timeless charm of Burma 38

12 day Enchanting Burma MYHC TOUR & CRUISE 40

Japan

Encounter the beauty, history and cultural charisma of Japan 42

12 day Cultural Treasures of Japan JPTK TOUR 44

China, Yangtze River & Tibet

Be captivated by the extraordinary in China and the mystical in Tibet 46

Cruise the famous Yangtze River in exclusive 5-star luxury 48

21/19 day China in Depth CHCD/CHEC TOUR & CRUISE 50

5 day Tibet Adventure EXTENSION 53

15 day Iconic China CHSP TOUR & CRUISE 54

10 day China Express CHEX TOUR 56

China with Vietnam or Japan

24 day Essence of Vietnam and China VICH TOUR 58

21 day Oriental Treasures of China and Japan CHJP TOUR 60

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Exceptional hotels in amazing locations 62

Stopovers and Pre & Post Tour Accommodation 65

Terms and Conditions 66

Tour Map Index 68


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Witness the timeless allure

of Asia with the experts

Discover Asia in 5-star luxury with

Scenic Tours

Intoxicating, intriguing and unforgettable, the allure of Asia lies in its myriad of amazing sights and

fascinating traditions. Yet it is the warmth of the friendly people that will stay with you forever,

from the elusive Geishas of Kyoto to Burma’s unique “one-legged” rowers of Inle Lake and

Vietnam’s rural women, whose smiles are as large as their famous conical hats. Religion and

spirituality is profound, the changing face of history is everywhere, and vivid colours are at every

turn, from Shanghai’s neon lights to the emerald green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta. Filled

with extraordinary World Heritage-listed icons and home to the most exotic cuisine, your tour

to timeless Asia with Scenic Tours will captivate and charm.

Small group touring for an intimate experience

The best way to experience Asia is on a 5-star escorted tour with Scenic Tours. All of our Asia

tours are limited to a maximum number of 28 guests, ensuring that you will enjoy a significantly

more personalised and intimate experience in every location you visit.

Tour with the experts and enjoy an exceptional holiday

Scenic Tours is a leading luxury tour operator to Asia. We travel throughout the region to create

the most exciting itineraries with the best new experiences. We know these countries inside

and out and have connected with the best people to share authentic and inspiring encounters

with you. You will book with complete confidence knowing that Scenic Tours have thought

of absolutely everything. There are no hidden extras. We even include porterage, tipping and

gratuities throughout your tour.

Fully escorted luxury throughout your tour

Your tour is hosted by one of our professional Tour Directors and assisted by our local Englishspeaking

Guides and Drivers who have all been handpicked for their experience and personal

disposition. They are bursting with local knowledge, expertise and passion and love Asia as

much as they love sharing it with you. The numerous glowing reports from our past guests only

serve to show how they will make your holiday extra special.

Unrivalled experiences and meticulous service

Our fascinating itineraries are unrivalled in their meticulous attention to detail and service

and have been expertly planned to maximise your time and experiences. The standard and

locations of our hotels are exceptional. Dining is an incredible delight of some of the

world’s best cuisine as well as delicious Western fare. All truly complement the flavour of

our unique itineraries.

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Travel in small groups for an

intimate experience


Personal and attentive service

delivered with a smile

Friendly and knowledgeable

local Guides

Discover ancient and

modern wonders

Explore the magnificent Great Wall of China

Authentic experiences for

lasting memories

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Wake up in the finest

hotels in spectacular

locations

Enjoy the 5-star hospitality and superior

luxury of the finest hotels in Asia

Our selection of hand-picked luxurious hotels will make your holiday extra special and is a

renowned highlight of the Scenic Tours experience. Every property has been chosen to deliver the

ultimate experience of the regions visited with the assurance of exceptional quality and service.

Scenic Special Stays

Throughout each tour you’ll notice a collection of Scenic Special Stays. These are outstanding

properties, some are members of the most distinguished hotel groups in the world, and others

are remarkable for their location, character and heritage. Each promises an extraordinary stay. All

Scenic Special Stays are highlighted on each itinerary page. The following are examples of some of

the extraordinary properties you will visit on your holiday with Scenic Tours.

China – Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Proud, legendary and lavish, the Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooks Shanghai’s Huangpu River and

the famous waterfront area known as the Bund. Boasting eight decades of history, this landmark

hotel has played host to diplomats and celebrities alike.

Japan – Conrad, Tokyo

Minimalist Japanese design, the latest technology and panoramic views over the Tokyo skyline are

all hallmarks of a stay at the Conrad Hotel, which is located just minutes from the famous Ginza

shopping precinct. After a day exploring this incredible city, Tokyo’s most spacious guestrooms

await with pure luxury.

Vietnam – Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

At this historic, French colonial-style hotel located in the heart of the Old Quarter, refinement

extends beyond the award-winning cuisine and luxuriously appointed rooms. Hotel Metropole has

been Hanoi’s legendary landmark since its establishment at the turn of the last century.

Burma – The Strand, Yangon

One of South East Asia’s grand and most awe-inspiring colonial hotels, this national landmark in the

heart of downtown Yangon (Rangoon) exudes a rich history shared with past guests of the ilk of

George Orwell, Noel Coward and Rudyard Kipling.

Thailand – The Chedi, Chiang Mai

Nestled on the banks of the River Ping, The Chedi Chiang Mai offers an alluring mix of modern

architecture and British colonial style. Relax by the riverside pool or take a short stroll to the nearby

famous Night Markets.

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Conrad, Tokyo


Immerse yourself in

the refinement of your

luxurious accommodation

Lobby of the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi The Strand Hotel, Yangon The Chedi, Chiang Mai

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Savour succulent Asian and

international delicacies

Taste some of the world’s greatest cuisines

and local regional specialities

Asian cuisine is loved the world over thanks to its melting pot of flavours, fragrances and spices.

Each is unique, yet influenced by one another, and nothing beats discovering the finest of feasts at

the very source. Here are some of the exceptional dining experiences on our Asian tours to whet

your appetite. Details of all your included authentic highlight dining experiences are outlined on the

itinerary pages.

China’s culinary variety

No trip to Beijing would be complete without sampling the incomparable Peking Duck at Duck de

Chine, Beijing’s best, most stylish and innovative duck restaurant. In Chengdu, savour the iconic

Hot Pot dish, a pot of hot spicy broth filled with skewers of vegetables and meat. And in Xi’an

sample some of the region’s famous varieties of dumplings.

Vietnamese spice and French flair

Vietnamese culinary tradition infused with French flair is the delicious experience you will

encounter at the Spices Garden at the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi. From the country’s

famous pho noodle soup to local specialities like Saigon chicken and Hue prawns with lemongrass,

the exotic flavours of Vietnam are all on show in this culinary extravaganza.

Japanese pancakes

Japanese food is more often associated with sushi, sashimi and rice, but its iconic Okonomiyaki,

most renowned in Hiroshima and Kansai, is a delicious savoury pancake. The name is derived

from the word okonomi, meaning ‘what you like’ and yaki meaning ‘grilled’ with the typical

ingredients being layers of cabbage and pork, with optional additions like squid, octopus, noodles,

egg and cheese.

A meal in Burma

Burmese cuisine has been influenced by its neighbours China, India and Thailand yet has retained

unique preparation techniques and distinct flavours. Its diversity has been extended by the myriad

of local ethnic minorities and is characterised by its extensive use of fish products.

A Thai celebration

The Celadon at The Sukhothai in Bangkok was named ‘Best Restaurant in Bangkok’ by Travel

Leisure magazine. Guests will experience a celebration of the senses with this restaurant’s

authentic Thai style and service. This is a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey experienced in the

ambience of open-air terraces overlooking the picturesque lotus pond.

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Sample famous local dishes


Tantalise your taste

buds with new and

exotic flavours

Enjoy a variety of dumplings

Visit colourful produce markets Dine on regional specialities Watch chefs create special meals

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Discover some of the

world’s extraordinary icons

Get up close to appreciate the World

Heritage-listed marvels of Asia

The UNESCO World Heritage list is a collection of cultural sites and natural landscapes of

outstanding universal value. The legacy of some of Asia’s most unique history will be discovered

with Scenic Tours, from the Hiroshima Peace Park, the only structure to survive the first atomic

bomb, to the legendary Forbidden City, a priceless testimony to Chinese civilisation.

Archaeological extravaganzas

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, containing

magnificent remains of the 9th to 15th century Khmer Empire, including Angkor Wat and the

Bayon Temple. Whilst the site where the first unifier of China is buried, the Mausoleum of the First

Qin Emperor, is surrounded by the country’s famous Terracotta Warriors.

Beijing’s story

The story of Beijing can be told through its numerous World Heritage-listed sites. From the

Temple of Heaven, a 15th century complex symbolising the relationship between heaven and

earth, to the city’s famous Great Wall, the world’s largest military structure, stretching more

than 20,000 kilometres; and the Forbidden City, a remarkable legacy of landscaped gardens and

imperial buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, you will discover Beijing’s extraordinary

landmarks.

Architectural magnificence

From Japan’s historic village of Shirakawa-go with its steeply pitched thatched roofs and Vietnam’s

ancient town of Hoi An, Asia provides a plethora of architectural wonders. Himeji-jo is the finest

surviving example of early 17th century Japanese architecture dating from the Shogun period,

whilst Luang Prabang is an outstanding fusion of Lao urban structure, traditional architecture and

European colonialism.

Capital culture

Built in 794 A.D., Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan until the middle of the 19th century and

its historic monuments illustrate the development of Japanese wooden architecture and the art of

Japanese gardens. The capital of unified Vietnam from 1802, Hue was the political, cultural and

religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty, gracing the banks of the Perfume River.

Nature’s glory

Vietnam’s Halong Bay includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape

of limestone pillars, whilst the Champasak cultural landscape in Laos boasts the Wat Phou

Temple complex, a remarkably well-preserved planned Hindu landscape of temples, shrines and

waterworks. The steep Chinese hillsides of Dazu boasts a series of Buddhist rock carvings dating

from Tang and Song Dynasties.

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Steeply thatched roofs at

Shirakawa-go, Japan


Buddhist carvings at Dazu,

China

Limestone peaks at Halong Bay,

Vietnam

Uncover the

World Heritage

sites of Asia

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Imperial treasures at Hue,

Vietnam

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Experience our superb

collection of unique

Scenic Enrich events

Be treated to unforgettable, authentic

highlights and unique, exclusive events

Our renowned Scenic Enrich program features a selection of unforgettable and extraordinary

included events and highlights, ensuring you truly ‘live’ each experience. These special touches will

undoubtedly be a highlight of your journey. Many Scenic Enrich events are unique and exclusive

to Scenic Tours and details of all Scenic Enrich events are outlined in each itinerary. The activities

below are a sample to whet your appetite.

Walk with a local Geisha expert in Kyoto

Wander through the streets of Gion, in Kyoto, one of the main Geisha enclaves with your local

expert who was married to a former Geisha and is a lecturer on Geisha Studies at a Kansai

University. Learn more about this interesting and secretive world - past, present and future -

and have the chance to see a Geisha or Maiko (apprentice Geisha) as they head to their first

appointment of the evening.

Experience traditional Laotian ceremonies

Luang Prabang is the spiritual capital of Laos, and here you will witness monks move silently

through the streets to collect alms. Enjoy one of the country’s oldest traditions and national

custom, the Baci, which involves tying strings around a person’s wrist to preserve good luck. It is

performed before major events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.

Take tea Burmese style with the locals

Tea production in Burma is thought to have originated on the Shan Plateau around the 14th

century. Discover the richness of the country’s tea culture with the locals in Yangon, with the most

revered Buddhist temple, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda as a backdrop. The Burmese have

a unique tradition of pickling tea to produce a dish served with sesame seeds, peanuts, beans, fried

garlic and dried shrimp called ‘lahpet’.

Meet China’s most famous celebrities

Chengdu, the laid back and spicy capital of Sichuan is home to quaint teahouses, the Sichuan

Opera and of course, some of China’s most famous residents, the giant pandas. Visit the Giant

Panda Research and Breeding Centre where these fascinating animals, which are China’s national

symbol, are nursed from birth. Learn about the programs being implemented to protect them and

their natural habitat.

KOTO Restaurant Hanoi

Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at the wonderful KOTO (Know One Teach One) Restaurant, a unique

project that helps disadvantaged youths and street children gain independence by teaching them

English and restaurant and hospitality skills.

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Witness monks during early

morning rituals


View playful giant pandas

up close

Experience unique modes of

transportation

Unique experiences,

special events and

lasting memories

Geishas of Kyoto

Enjoy traditional welcome

ceremonies

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Personalise your Asian tour

with Scenic FreeChoice

Choose what you see and do in Asia from

our incredible included selection

In addition to the ‘must-see’ included sightseeing and attractions on your tour, Scenic FreeChoice

provides an extra array of activities in some of the key destinations to tailor your holiday to your

individual taste. Scenic FreeChoice gives you the time and opportunity to enjoy the activities that

interest you most at a relaxed, moderate or active pace, without any extra cost, so regardless of

what you choose there’s no extra to pay.

Something for everyone

All our guests appreciate the freedom that Scenic FreeChoice provides, from witnessing architectural

masterpieces and poignant historical sites, to lunching with the locals and wandering through city

streets to discover hidden secrets. Below is a selection of the extraordinary Scenic FreeChoice

activities on offer and the full list for each destination can be found on the following pages*.

Foodies paradise

Be introduced to the intricate delicacies of South East Asian cuisine in one city or everywhere you

go. Take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class for recipes steeped in Cambodian tradition,

discover the tastes of Laos as you visit a produce market in Luang Prabang before learning the art

of its popular local dishes, venture into the world’s biggest fish market in Tokyo for the freshest

sushi you’ll ever taste or learn the secrets to authentic Tibetan cuisine in Lhasa.

The beauty of nature

Witness the exquisite colours of Suzhou’s famous gardens, watch the incredible display of the

cormorants in Yangshuo or visit its magnificent Silver Cave, discover the stunning variety of Laotian

orchid species in the Vientiane National Park, breathe in the beauty of the Kuang Si Waterfalls in

Luang Prabang, or unwind on Vietnam’s stunning Cham Islands.

An artist’s life

Tour the streets of Hanoi to discover its vibrant emerging art scene, visit local H’mong villages in

Sapa and learn about their hemp-based textiles, attend a performance of the 200-year-old Peking

Opera, discover the stories of the Thai silk industry in Bangkok, and watch the talented weavers at

work in Vientiane.

Relax and rejuvenate

Take a yoga and meditation class with a Tibetan yoga master, enjoy a stress releasing traditional

Thai massage in Chiang Mai, and watch the beautiful Burmese countryside unfold as you travel by

ferry to the town of Dhala or take a private long tail boat through the klongs of Bangkok.

*Details of all the Scenic FreeChoice activities are highlighted on each itinerary page.

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Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang


Be inspired by

colourful spectacles

Silver Cave, Yangshuo Sumo Wrestlers, Toyko My Son, Hoi An

Peking Opera, Beijing

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Scenic FreeChoice Activities

Choose what you wish to do from these included activities

in key destinations.

Vietnam

Hanoi

Hoi An

Vietnamese History

Discover the story of the Vietnamese

revolution in Hanoi, a city that wears

its history on its streets.

Moderate Pace

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Visit local markets before learning the

art of cooking Vietnamese cuisine.

Relaxed Pace

Art Discovery Tour

Explore Hanoi’s vibrant art scene

including 20th century Vietnamese art

to contemporary works.

Moderate Pace

The Ruins of My Son

Tour the 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

Ho Chi Minh City

Good Morning Saigon

Spend the morning hours watching

the city come to life and enjoy a

bowl of pho, the country’s favourite

breakfast soup. Relaxed Pace

Walking Circuit

Discover local neighbourhoods

including wide elegant boulevards

and historic French colonial buildings.

Moderate Pace

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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 the Golden Silk Farm and the

12th 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

Lake Tonlé Sap Cruise

Visit a floating village built on stilts and

enjoy a traditional lunch in the home

of a local family. Relaxed Pace

(Excludes Tour VSEA)

Laotian Weaving Village

Learn the process of silk weaving,

from dying textiles to the weaving

process at a local village.

Relaxed Pace

Orchid Excursion

Discover the stunning variety of

orchid species native to Laos in the

Vientiane National Park. Relaxed Pace

Lao Cooking Class

Learn to cook traditional Laos cuisine

with a market tour and cooking class.

Relaxed Pace

Luang Prabang (Tour VSEA only)

Thailand

Bangkok

Chiang Mai

Kuang Si Waterfalls

Visit one of Luang Prabang’s most

picturesque sights, the Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Take a leisurely hike or climb all the way

to the top. Moderate to Active Pace

Rice Farm

Experience farming life as you spend

the morning on a community based

rice farm in the idyllic countryside.

Moderate Pace

Taste of Laos Cooking Class

Visit Phosy market and discover typical

Laotian produce, then learn to cook

popular local dishes. Relaxed Pace

Boat Cruise

Take a private long tail boat through

the klongs, stopping at Wat Arun, the

Temple of Dawn. Relaxed Pace

Street Market Walk

Indulge in authentic Thai street

foods on a walking tour of Bangkok’s

bustling markets. Relaxed Pace

Thai Silk Adventure

Visit Jim Thompson House and

learn about his influence on the silk

industry. Relaxed Pace

Thai Massage

Enjoy a stress releasing traditional

Thai massage, focussing on stretching

and deep massage. Relaxed Pace

Thai Cooking Class

Discover the traditions and secrets of

Thai cooking and enjoy the results.

Relaxed Pace


Burma (Myanmar)

Yangon

Japan

Toyko

Train Ride

Take a ride on the slow-travelling

circular train observing the life of

Burmese people. Relaxed 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 and

training stables 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

China

Beijing (Daytime) (Excludes Tour CHEX)

Beijing (Evening)

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 World

Heritage-listed Summer Palace.

Moderate Pace

Hutong Cooking Class

Enjoy a fun and hands-on cooking

class in a restored Hutong courtyard

house. 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

Appreciate a martial arts spectacular

of kung fu, dance and acrobatics.

Relaxed Pace

Yangshuo

Farm Tour

Discover the beautiful countryside

and enjoy a sumptuous lunch with a

local farmer. Relaxed Pace

Chinese Cooking Class

Wander the bustling local markets,

shop for fresh ingredients and learn

the art of Chinese cuisine.

Relaxed Pace

Silver Cave

Visit the magnificent Silver Cave

and marvel at the waterfall-like rock

formations and glistening stone

curtains. Moderate Pace

Yangshuo (Evening)

Hong Kong

Bird Fishing

Watch the incredible display of

cormorants, seabirds that catch fish

for local farmers. Moderate Pace

Yangshuo Impressions

Witness ‘Impression Liu Sanjie’ an

outdoor folk music and light show

performed by hundreds of singers

and dancers. Relaxed Pace

Lantau Island

Explore an ancient fishing village

before admiring the Giant Buddha

towering above Lantau Island.

Moderate Pace

Hong Kong Kaleidoscope

Cross the harbour on the Star

Ferry, take a walking tour through

neighbourhoods, markets and temples

and ride the local tram. Moderate Pace

Victoria Peak and Aberdeen

Ride the peak tram up to Victoria

Peak for spectacular views, then visit

Aberdeen’s “floating community” on

board a sampan. Relaxed Pace

Shanghai

Lhasa

Gardens of Suzhou

Head to nearby Suzhou to visit the

exquisite gardens and cruise the

Grand Canal. Moderate Pace

Architectural Walk

Explore the old Jewish Quarter, then

wander the tree-lined avenues of the

French Concession. Moderate Pace

Taste of Daily Life

Get a taste of daily life as you visit a

park, wander through a wet market

and have lunch with a local family.

Relaxed Pace

Braille Without Borders

Visit a program which established

projects and schools to empower

blind people. Relaxed Pace

Tibetan Cooking

Learn the secrets to authentic Tibetan

cuisine including momos and the use

of mustard seeds. Relaxed Pace

Yoga and Meditation

Discover the traditional techniques of

yoga and meditation in a class with a

Tibetan yoga master. Moderate Pace

Relaxed Pace: These leisurely activities may include some

short distance walking over even ground, combined with a

relaxing pace and will suit all fitness levels.

Moderate Pace: These excursions are more active and

may involve walking moderate distances. The ground

may not always be level and may involve more strenuous

activities during the tour. This suits guests with a reasonable

level of fitness.

Active Pace: These excursions involve strenuous activity,

may involve steps and walking for extended periods of time

over uneven surfaces and will require good fitness levels.

Scenic FreeChoice activities are subject to minimum

numbers and or seasonal operation

Discover Ho Chi Minh City

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SCENICCLUB

membership

is truly rewarding

Recognising our loyal guests

Travel once with Scenic Tours and as a valued guest you can start enjoying the many benefits of

the Scenic Club Loyalty Program. And the more you travel with us, the greater your recognition

and rewards.*

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. Member benefits include:

• Member-only savings and offers on selected tours

• A dedicated Scenic Club Help Desk

• Member-only events and competitions

• Monthly e-newsletter and quarterly Scenic Club News magazine

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:

• Free limousine transfers before and after your travel*

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

• Complimentary Platinum luggage each time you travel

• Exclusive Member Only Diamond and Platinum tours that include many extras at no

additional cost

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 transfers*

• Choice of a full size Scenic Club Diamond suitcase or retail gift card each time you travel

• Exclusive Scenic Club Diamond member events

*For details of the Scenic Club program and full terms and conditions please see our website.

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For Platinum and Diamond

members, your limousine awaits


Monthly e-newsletters and

quarterly magazine

Receive exclusive Scenic Club

Diamond luggage

Special recognition

and service for those

who travel with us

A dedicated Member

Help Desk

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Discover the exotic charms

of South East Asia

Be enchanted and surprised by the

extraordinary diversity and beauty

Join Scenic Tours on a journey through Thailand and the countries of Indochina – Vietnam,

Cambodia and Laos – to encounter a variety of ethnicities rich in exotic customs and fascinating

cultures. With diverse histories, vibrant cities and beautiful natural landscapes, the highlight will be

the locals who will welcome you and share the pride of their homelands.

Good morning Vietnam

From the magnificent towering limestone karsts and secluded waterways of Halong Bay, to the

point where the Mekong meets the sea, the spectacular scenery of Vietnam envelops. The

influence of the French is evident in both the city architecture and the baguettes sold on the street,

but Vietnam’s unique culture and history is proudly on display in its ancient pagodas, bustling

markets, rice paddies, charming people and world-famous cuisine. Take a journey back in time on

a visit to the mountain town of Sapa, home to a number of local Hmong minority people where

colourful traditional dress is still worn.

The character of Cambodia

After 25 years of isolation, Cambodia opened its doors to tourists in the mid-1990s. From cruising

on Lake Tonlé Sap through floating villages and discovering the charms of Siem Reap, your

Cambodian itinerary will also showcase the legacy of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Perhaps

the ultimate highlight is visiting the magnificent 12th century World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat

man-made temple complex. Scattered through a vast forest, the ancient capital of the great Khmer

Empire is truly one of the most incredible wonders of the world.

A Laotian story

From riding an elephant to witnessing the morning rituals of the monks collecting alms, discovering

Laos, one of Asia’s hidden gems, is an enriching adventure. Experience the taste of authentic

Laotian coffee and watching the sun set on the Mekong. Visit the sleepy capital Vientiane and its

spiritual heart, the charming ancient capital Luang Prabang and the World Heritage-listed Wat Phou

temple in the lesser visited Champasak province of Southern Laos.

Tantalising Thailand

From pulsating Bangkok to the hill tribes of Chiang Mai, the Kingdom of Thailand boasts a

charismatic combination of cuisine, climate and culture as well as lush rainforest and exotic wildlife.

The only South East Asian nation never to have been colonised by the Europeans, Thailand’s

rich and friendly culture is a haven to discover unique tribal communities, visit tranquil Buddhist

temples, explore ancient ruins, and shop in the famous markets. Discover first hand why Thailand

is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’.

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Explore local markets


Tranquil temples,

bustling cities and

spectacular scenery

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Discover ancient temples Experience religious ceremonies Encounter captivating moments

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Explore the Mekong River

on a luxury boutique cruise

Enjoy 5-star luxury river cruising with the

intimacy of boutique service on The Jahan

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

River between bustling Saigon in Vietnam and Cambodia’s Siem Reap, home to the famous

Angkor Wat temples. Along the way you will discover all the charm and beauty of the Mekong as

your boutique floating hotel meanders past beautiful villages, paddy fields, canals and islands.

Setting new standards in boutique luxury

With only 26 luxurious staterooms, starting at 30 metres square in size, The Jahan is the most

luxurious vessel on the Mekong River, leading the way in boutique river cruising. Inspired by

the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, its timeless colonial design, higher crew-to-guest ratio,

impeccable service and exceptional hospitality set the scene for an unforgettable journey.

Indulge in your private Balcony Stateroom

The Jahan is one of the smallest and most exclusive ships on the Mekong River boasting the

largest staterooms and promising a personal level of service and comfort. Your spacious Superior

Stateroom offers floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors leading to your private balcony,

the perfect place to soak up the beautiful scenery. Inside you will indulge in all of the finest

amenities such as individually controlled air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar

and in-room safe.

A floating sanctuary of stylish spaces

Life on board will feel like a string of unique experiences, from sunrise Tai Chi on the Sun Deck

to relaxation by the pool. Be active in the gym, retire to the library or connect to the outside

world with Wi-Fi access. Take in interesting lectures and workshops, enjoy Vietnamese and

Khmer cooking classes and watch traditional dance performances. The smaller passenger

numbers on The Jahan make these experiences feel even more personal.

Exceptional cuisine and dining venues

The uncompromising luxury on The Jahan includes the finest Vietnamese, Cambodian and

Western cuisines served in the elegant Viceroy Dining Hall with freestyle seating. Start your day

with a Prosecco breakfast on your private balcony, take High Tea at the Observatory, and as the

sun begins to set, head to the elegant Funnel Bar for a drink. Delight in a riverbank cocktail event

and an on board barbeque dinner feast at the Pool Deck.

Included shore excursions

Explore the Mekong River with daily included small-group shore excursions. Visit Cai Be’s colourful

floating markets and experience Vietnam’s fish farming capital Chau Doc by boat and cyclo.

Discover Phnom Penh, the “Pearl of Asia” famous for its charm, historical treasures and striking

Royal Khmer and French Colonial architecture. Stroll through Kampong Cham and encounter

monks in saffron robes, pagodas and stunning hilltop temples.

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Witness daily life along the Mekong


The sights and sounds of the

Mekong unfold before your eyes

Private Balcony Stateroom, The Jahan

Relax in intimate surroundings Enjoy luxurious facilities on board Cruise in ultimate luxury

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Take a luxurious 3 day

Halong Bay cruise

Experience the unique landscapes and

extraordinary charm on board the Au Co

From the moment you step on board the boutique Au Co for your luxury 3 day cruise through

the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, you will be immersed in the myths, legends and folklore

surrounding these waters. One of Vietnam’s most prized treasures, Halong Bay (which means

‘descending dragon’) is a showcase of over 1,600 uninhabited limestone karsts and islets, which

rise out of the waters to heights of up to 100 metres. This is one of the world’s most stunning

places to meander through over three luxurious and relaxing days.

Soak up the view from your private balcony

The most spacious cruiser on Halong Bay, the Au Co promises luxury cruising with comfort and

ambience always top of mind. Each of the 32 spaciously designed Staterooms boasts a luxurious

bathroom, floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony, natural wooden floors and

hand-made furniture. Stateroom amenities include individually controlled air-conditioning plus

in-cabin refrigerator and minibar.

Indulge in spacious luxury and impeccable service

On the upper decks, the elegant restaurant and open-air bars are designed along principles of feng

shui. Throughout the ship, you will connect with the wonderful environment of the surrounding

Gulf of Tonkin as well as be immersed in the local culture and cuisine. For a spot of indulgence

enjoy the open-air jacuzzi and spa room. On board the Au Co and during your shore excursions

you will be treated to impeccable service provided by a team of friendly and professional crew.

Be immersed in the fragrances and flavours of Vietnam

Dining on board the Au Co mixes the world-renowned flavours of Vietnamese cuisine with

the fruits of the passing landscapes. Your dining experience promises regional and international

specialties and sumptuous dishes of local seafood fished by the locals who inhabit the floating

fishing villages, and vegetables grown on an organic farm in Viet Hai village on Cat Ba island. The

menu is rich and diverse, from a lunch buffet through a full range of aperitifs, cocktails, drinks and

snacks to a luxury set menu dinner.

Sail through unique and extraordinary landscapes

Your luxury 3 day cruise is the ultimate way to experience Halong Bay. From famous spots like the

Thien Cung and Me Cung caves to the islands of Soi Sim and Titov, this is tranquillity and nature

at its best. You can enjoy a guided kayaking tour to the hidden lagoons, swim or snorkel in the

emerald waters, wander through the rainforest on the Bay’s largest island, Cat Ba and experience

a relaxing rowboat tour through the floating village of Vung Vieng. The grotto, Sung Sot (Surprise

Cave), created by millions of years of erosion, is a true masterpiece that is breathtaking up close.

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The Au Co, Halong Bay

Soak up the extraordinary

landscapes


Dine on tantalising regional

delicacies

Spend three days discovering

the mysterious formations rising

out of the emerald waters

Enjoy friendly cruise

professionals

Wake up to

spectacular scenery

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31/24 Day Grand

Indochina and

Mekong River

Cruise

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Luang

Prabang

3

Siem Reap

3

Kampong Cham

2 Vientiane

Phnom Penh

Hanoi

7

Chau Doc

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

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

youth gain independence and skills

• Enjoy a special performance by local fishermen during your luxury

Halong Bay cruise

• Spend time with nuns at Duc Son Pagoda and learn how they

are providing education and training to the children through the

proceeds from your lunch

• Visit a local village and learn about traditional handicrafts such as

making conical hats or the art of woodblock printing

• Uncover secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels from the personal account of

your veteran guide, who lived and fought there

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

• Partake in 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

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

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

beautiful, serene ritual

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 local neighbourhoods on a walking

tour; or witness this dynamic city come to life early in the morning

• In Siem Reap, explore the Golden Silk Farm and Banteay Srei

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

on Tonlé Sap and enjoy a 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

• 73 superb meals including 30 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 4 Highlight

Lunches (HL), 16 Lunches (L), 8 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 15

Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Sofitel Legend Metropole, centrally located in the heart of Hanoi and

since 1901 is the city’s most prestigious hotel

• The Au Co is the most luxurious and beautiful vessel cruising the

World Heritage-listed Halong Bay

• M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa is an elegant, deluxe

boutique hotel, on the banks of Hue’s Perfume River

1

LAOS

Pakse

2

Champasak

CAMBODIA

Mekong River

Cai Be

3

2

Halong Bay

Cruise

2 Hue

Danang

2

Hoi An

VIETNAM

2 Ho Chi Minh City

1

Mekong Delta

30 night tour • 21 night land tour • 7 night Mekong River cruise • 2 night Halong Bay cruise

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

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So much more with Scenic Tours

• The historic Caravelle Hotel has an enviable location opposite the

Opera House in the heart of the city

• The Jahan is one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the Mekong

River

• The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is the closest

hotel to the famous Angkor Wat temples

• The Luang Say Residence is located within easy reach of Luang

Prabang’s main heritage area

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi including the Temple of Literature

and One Pillar Pagoda

• Experience a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter

• Explore the picturesque bays, limestone cliffs and small fishing villages

on a scenic cruise through Halong Bay

• Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets

• Cruise on the Perfume River and discover the fascinating Citadels

and Mausoleums of the former imperial capital, Hue

• Explore the small town of Hoi An on a guided cyclo tour

• Relax on a sunset cruise of Hoi An’s river delta glimpsing daily life of

the local fishermen

• Take a guided tour of the dynamic and buzzing Ho Chi Minh City

• Experience the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and rural life

• Cruise to Cai Be’s colourful floating market

• Tour the bustling border town of Chau Doc and surrounding area

• Take a city tour of Phnom Penh, the dynamic and historical capital of

Cambodia and enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance

• Visit rural Angkor Ban’s beautiful pagoda and old houses and take

part in some of the activities to experience village life

• Visit Wat Nokor, built within the ruins of an ancient temple then visit

one of the local orphanages in Kampong Cham

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

• Discover the magnificent and picturesque Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom

and Bayon temples

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

around Siem Reap

• Uncover the secrets to the wonderful taste of Lao coffee

• Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple

• Discover the charm of Vientiane on a sightseeing tour

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

• Witness the beauty of Luang Prabang and its temples and monuments

• Climb Mount Phousi for spectacular panoramic views

• Cruise leisurely past peaceful rural sceneries to the Pak Ou Caves

• Excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading down

limestone formations


Day 1 Arrive Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to

Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and escorted to your luxury

hotel (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Relax, settle into your

hotel or stroll along tree-lined avenues before meeting

your Tour Director for your tour briefing. Enjoy your

delicious Included Welcome Dinner at Spices Garden;

the acclaimed restaurant within the hotel. Three Night

Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Meals: HD

Day 2 Hanoi An abundance of colonial architecture

together with Hanoi’s romantic lakes will be explored

on your Included tour. Be enchanted with a visit

to the Temple of Literature, a bastion of Confucian

scholarship, the One Pillar Pagoda and stop to view Ho

Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the father of modern Vietnam

and the man that lead the country to independence.

Scenic Enrich: Enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One

Teach One), a restaurant set up to train street and

disadvantaged children with English and hospitality

skills. Glimpse everyday life in the capital and discover

the Old Quarter on your Included cyclo (rickshaw) ride

through the small alleys and laneways of Hanoi.

Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 3 Hanoi Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

select from: (1) visit to the History Museum and Hoa

Lu Prison to uncover the history of the Vietnamese

revolution; or (2) stroll the bustling local 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 Cruise Travel

through rich fertile farmlands of the Red River Delta

to magnificent Halong Bay, a World Heritage site and

Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonder. Embark

on board the Au Co, the most luxurious and beautiful

vessel, for your Included two night cruise through the

calm waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular

scenery. Journey through limestone islets, enjoy

picturesque bays, unusual rock formations and glimpse

the daily life of local Vietnamese people. Scenic Enrich:

Enjoy a special performance by local fishermen before

appreciating a delicious dinner as you moor in a quiet

and secluded bay. Two Night Luxury Cruise : Au Co

Cruise. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise Wake early and while

the sun rises over your luxury vessel join a Tai Chi

lesson on the Sun Deck. Visit Cat Ba Island, the largest

island in the Gulf of Tonkin before you continue cruising

further into quieter bays and join in some Included

activities like swimming, exploring the National Park or

wander around a small fishing village. As the sun begins

to set, sip a cocktail and learn some of the secrets of

Vietnamese cooking during a cooking demonstration

before enjoying your delicious dinner. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi As the ship

weaves its way back to Halong Bay, enjoy a delicious

buffet brunch on board. Disembark your luxury cruise

and drive back to Hanoi where you will have some

free time to explore the city. This evening appreciate

your Included Water Puppets performance, a unique

Vietnamese art form dating back to the 11th century.

Overnight Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hanoi. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Hanoi – Hue Transfer to the airport for your

Included flight to Hue, the 19th century former capital.

During this time, Hue became a major cultural centre

attracting crafts people, artists, scholars and monks. As a

result dozens of ornate pagodas, temples and Imperial

gardens remain. Relive the grandeur of the Imperial

Citadel, reserved for the ruling Nguyen Dynasty and

known as the Purple Forbidden City, on your Included

visit. Two Night Special Stay : M Gallery La Residence

Hotel and Spa. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Hue This morning relax on your Included

cruise down the romantically named Perfume River

to the serene 17th century Thien Mu Pagoda,

an important Buddhist site, and continue to the

Mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang. Scenic

Enrich: Visit Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and

learn how they are supporting their orphanage through

the proceeds from your lunch. This afternoon explore

the local Dong Ba market. Scenic Enrich: Visit a local

village and learn about traditional handicrafts such as

making conical hats or the art of woodblock printing.

Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 9 Hue – Hoi An Your scenic journey travels via

the Hai Van Pass (meaning pass of the ocean clouds) to

the fishing village of Lang Co and Danang. En-route join

your Included visit to the open air Cham Museum with

artefacts from the Hindu kingdom of Champa before

continuing through the picturesque Marble Mountains.

Upon arrival into Hoi An take your Included guided

cyclo tour of this ancient World Heritage town. Visit the

400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the colourful

markets and explore the former merchants’ homes

who were lured here by the prospect of high grade

silk, spices and porcelain. Two Night Stay: Life Heritage

Resort Hoi An. Meals: FB,L,D

The Mekong River

Day 10 Hoi An Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

select 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 your Included

tranquil sunset cruise of the river delta and watch the

fishermen cast their nets. Meals: FB

Day 11 Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to

the airport in Danang for your Included flight to Ho

Chi Minh City. Soak up the energy of this dynamic and

commercial city on your Included sightseeing tour.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential

Palace, bustling Chinatown area 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 select from: (1) explore local

neighbourhoods within this bustling city with a walking

tour; or (2) spend the morning hours watching

the city come to life and enjoy a bowl of pho, the

country’s favourite breakfast soup. Scenic Enrich:

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

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

An early morning departure takes you deep into

the Mekong Delta where you will board a small

river boat for your Included cruise; pass colourful

floating markets, emerald rice fields, stilt houses and

waterways. Tonight enjoy your Included Vietnamese

Dinner on board the Lady Hua, a traditional wooden

barge. Overnight Stay: Victoria Can Tho Resort.

Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 14 Mekong Delta – Embark Cruise Early

this morning join your Included visit to the bustling

floating markets of Cai Rang. Discover countless

traders their boats loaded with local produce all

haggling to sell their wares. Transfer to My Tho to

board The Jahan for your Included luxurious Mekong

River cruise. This evening enjoy a cocktail reception

which will be followed by a welcome aboard dinner.

Seven Night Luxury Cruise : The Jahan.

Meals: FB,HD

GRAND INDOCHINA AND MEKONG

RIVER CRUISE

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Monks collecting alms, Luang Prabang

Day 15 Cai Be – Chau Doc Discover beautiful

landscapes along the river and observe the typical

Mekong Delta rural life. Board an Included sampan

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. Later tour Binh Thanh Islands and its manmade

canals. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 16 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 mid-afternoon and cruise towards Phnom

Penh. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia!

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 17 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 on board. 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 buffet.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 18 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. Enjoy your Included visit to rural

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31/24 Day Grand Indochina and Mekong River Cruise continued

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 19 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 20 Kampong Cham – Lake 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. Take an Included motorboat

excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the

wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.

This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In

the evening, a mouth-watering farewell cruise dinner

will be served. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 21 Lake Tonlé Sap – Disembark Cruise

– Siem Reap The great lake of Tonlé Sap which is

over 150 kilometres in length dominates Cambodia.

Witness the stillness and tranquillity as we sail towards

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

World Heritage-listed 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 Khmer

Welcome Dinner. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. Meals: FB,HD

Day 22 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. 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,L

Day 23 Siem Reap Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity select from: (1) explore the Golden Silk Farm

and 12th century Banteay Srei temples; or (2) visit

a local market and take part in an authentic Khmer

cooking class; or (3) cruise on Lake 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 24 Siem Reap – Champasak (Laos)

24 day guests (VIMC) depart after breakfast in Siem

Reap and will be transferred to the airport where

your tour concludes.

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. 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 your hotel. Two Night Stay: River Resort.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 25 Champasak Enjoy your Included visit to

Wat Phou, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that

sits amidst the rice fields and waterways. This World

Heritage-listed 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. (2 guests

per elephant). Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 26 Champasak – 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, Patuxay

(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 27 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. Appreciate your

Included visit to Buddha Park, also known as Xieng

Khuan, filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu

statues. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a delicious lunch at

Makphet Restaurant, a charity-run restaurant aiming

to train street children in hospitality. Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity select from: (1) visit a weaving

village and learn about the Lao 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 Lao cooking lesson.

Meals: FB,HL

Day 28 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 World Heritage site. Take your 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 : Luang Say Residence.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 29 Luang Prabang Delight in your Included

leisurely cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to the 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. 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,

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 02,30 $10,995 $3,510

Jul 28 $10,995 $3,510

Aug 25 $10,995 $3,510

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 02,30 $9,065 $2,900

Jul 28 $9,065 $2,900

Aug 25 $9,065 $2,900

Departure Dates and Prices

31 day tour • Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Taxes and Charges (included in above prices):

Port Charges and Taxes $70

Deposit:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $2,000

• Up to $135 with airport transfers included

• Up to $650 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 22 $11,965 $3,890

Nov 17 $12,895 $4,390

24 day tour • Hanoi to Siem Reap

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 22 $9,495 $3,100

Nov 17 $10,395 $3,590

SAVE $ per couple

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.

Meals: FB,L

Day 30 Luang Prabang Start the day early with

a very special Scenic Enrich: Watch the monks move

silently through the streets to collect alms. It is a

beautiful, serene ritual that highlights the spiritualism

of the Lao people. Delight in 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. 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 Vietnam,Cambodia

and Laos. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 31 Depart Luang Prabang After breakfast take

your Included transfer to the airport for your onward

or homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Upgrade your cabin:

Mekong River: Deluxe Stateroom from $345

Signature Stateroom from $625. Suite from $745

Halong Bay: Please enquire for details

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing

TOUR CODE

VMCL

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 26 $12,995 $4,440

Mar 23 $12,395 $4,160

TOUR CODE

VIMC

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 26 $10,495 $3,640

Mar 23 $9,865 $3,360

• Up to $725 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,600 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation,

internal flights and coach transport 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 and Superior Stateroom on the Mekong River Cruise. Scenic FreeChoice in Hanoi on Day 3 must be booked prior to

final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

GRAND INDOCHINA AND

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

scenictours.com.au | 29


19/12 Day

Journey along

the Mekong

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Luang

Prabang

3

Siem Reap

2 Vientiane

3

Kampong Cham

7

Phnom Penh

Chau Doc

LAOS

CAMBODIA

Mekong River

Cai Be

Pakse

2 Champasak

1

VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City

18 night tour • 11 night land tour • 7 night luxury cruise on the Mekong River

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

30 | The ultimate touring experience

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

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

• Partake in a 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

• Lunch at Makphet Restaurant, aiming to train street children in hospitality

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

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

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Siem Reap, explore the Golden Silk Farm and 12th century Banteay Srei

temples; or take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or cruise on Lake

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

• 44 superb meals including 18 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 2 Highlight Lunches

(HL), 10 Lunches (L), 6 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 8 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The historic Caravelle Hotel has an enviable location opposite the Opera House

• The Jahan is one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the Mekong River

• The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is the closest hotel to the

famous Angkor Wat

• The Luang Say Residence is within easy reach of Luang Prabang’s main heritage area

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Cruise to Cai Be’s colourful floating market

• Tour the bustling border town of Chau Doc and surrounding area

• Take a city tour of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia and enjoy a traditional

Apsara dance performance

• Visit rural Angkor Ban’s pagoda and old houses and experience village life

• Visit Wat Nokor and one of the local orphanages in Kampong Cham

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

• Discover the magnificent Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and Bayon temples

• Ride a cow cart as you interact with the local village people around Siem Reap

• Uncover the secrets to the wonderful taste of Lao coffee

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

• Discover the charm of Vientiane on a sightseeing tour

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

• Witness the beauty of Luang Prabang and its temples and monuments

• Climb Mount Phousi for spectacular panoramic views

• Leisurely cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to the Pak Ou Caves

• Excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls

Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City Xin Chao and

welcome to Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by

your Scenic Tours Representative and escorted

to your luxury hotel. Overnight Special Stay :

Caravelle Hotel.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Cruise

Transfer to My Tho in the Mekong Delta to board

The Jahan, for your Included luxurious Mekong River

cruise. On board The Jahan meet your Tour Director

and fellow travellers for a briefing. This evening enjoy

a cocktail reception, followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Seven Night Luxury Cruise : The Jahan. Meals: FB,HD

Day 3 Cai Be – Chau Doc Enjoy your Included

sampan cruise to Cai Be’s colourful floating market.

After lunch visit some interesting home factories and

tour Binh Thanh Island, then continue cruising towards

Chau Doc. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 Chau Doc – Border crossing into

Cambodia Today, enjoy an Included tour around the

border town of Chau Doc and explore surrounding

floating villages and catfish farms before cruising towards

Phnom Penh. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia!

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Phnom Penh After breakfast, embark on an

Included city tour of Phnom Penh and visit the Royal

Palace and the Silver Pagoda. After an Included lunch

in a local restaurant, visit the Genocide Museum. This

evening enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance

and delicious Khmer buffet. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham Depart

Phnom Penh with a stop at the Chong Koh silk weaving

village. Included visit to Angkor Ban then cruise towards

Kampong Cham. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey Embark

on an Included journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian

temple of Wat Hanchey. Enjoy spectacular views and

take part in a travellers blessing performed by the local

monks before an Included visit to Wat Nokor, then visit

one of the local orphanages. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 8 Kampong Cham – Lake Tonlé Sap Sail to

Kampong Chhnang for an Included excursion to see the

wetlands, floating houses and fish farms and experience

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

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


Day 9 Lake Tonlé Sap – Disembark Cruise –

Siem Reap Cruise Lake Tonlé Sap on the way in to

Siem Reap. Disembark The Jahan and transfer to your

hotel (the water level of Tonlé Sap fluctuates greatly and

may impact the disembarkation of your cruise.) This

afternoon, depart on your Included tuk tuk visit to the

magnificent World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat temple

complex. This evening enjoy your Included Khmer

Welcome Dinner. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel

Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. Meals: FB,HD

Day 10 Siem Reap Drive through the countryside

for your Included visit to the temples of the Roluos

Group. 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. Included visit to the unique Ta

Prohm, then explore Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple.

Meals: FB,L

Day 11 Siem Reap Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity select from: (1) a temple tour; or (2) a cooking

class; or (3) cruise on Lake Tonlé Sap. This evening

enjoy your Included delicious authentic Khmer set

dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: FB,HD

Day 12 Siem Reap – Champasak (Laos)

12 day (VIMS) guests depart after breakfast in Siem

Reap and will be transferred to the airport where

your tour concludes.

Transfer to the airport for your Included flight to Pakse.

Sabaidee and welcome to Laos! Discover the quaint

capital of Southern Laos. After your Included lunch

drive east to the Boloven Plateau and learn about

Lao coffee on your Included plantation visit. Continue

south and transfer to your hotel. Two Night Stay: River

Resort. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 13 Champasak Included visit to Wat Phou, a

spectacular pre-Angkorian temple and World Heritage

site built 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,

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

Day 14 Champasak – Vientiane Transfer to

the airport for your Included flight to Vientiane, the

Laotian capital. Included visit to Wat Sisaket, Patuxay

(Victory Monument) for sweeping panoramic views

and the royal stupa, That Luang, the holiest site in

Laos. Enjoy your Included dinner at one of the city’s

finest French restaurants. Two Night Stay: Ansara

Hotel. Meals: FB,D

Day 15 Vientiane Travel past the Friendship Bridge,

built by the Australian government in 1994, linking

Laos and Thailand. Included visit to Buddha Park, filled

with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. Scenic

Enrich: Enjoy 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 select from: (1) visit

a weaving village; or (2) visit an orchid farm; or (3) take

a traditional Lao cooking lesson. Meals: FB,HL

Day 16 Vientiane – Luang Prabang Transfer to

the airport for your Included flight to Luang Prabang, a

World Heritage site. Included visit to the former Royal

Palace, Wat Mai and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features

a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish at Wat Xieng

Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang.

Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi on

your Included visit before heading to the evening hill

tribe market. This evening enjoy your Included local Lao

dinner with traditional dance and music. Three Night

Special Stay : Luang Say Residence. Meals: FB,HD

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 14 $6,445 $2,270

Jul 12 $6,445 $2,270

Aug 09 $6,445 $2,270

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 14 $3,995 $1,660

Jul 12 $3,995 $1,660

Aug 09 $3,995 $1,660

Departure Dates and Prices

19 day tour • Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang

Taxes and Charges (included in above prices):

Port Charges and Taxes $70

Deposit:

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

• Up to $120 with airport transfers included

• Up to $400 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 06 $6,445 $2,270

Oct 04 $7,365 $2,640

Nov 29 $8,095 $2,960

12 day tour • Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 06 $3,995 $1,660

Oct 04 $4,375 $1,860

Nov 29 $5,145 $2,180

SAVE $ per couple

The Jahan cruising the Mekong

Day 17 Luang Prabang Included leisurely cruise to

the Pak Ou Caves. Stop at the foot of beautiful limestone

cliffs for your Included lunch selection of typical Lao

dishes. Scenic Enrich: Experience one of Laos’ oldest

traditions, The Baci. The purpose of the Baci is to

call back escaped spirits to the body, very important

before major events such as weddings, births, travel,

welcoming friends and farewells. Meals: FB,L

Day 18 Luang Prabang Start the day early with

a very special Scenic Enrich: 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. Then take an Included excursion to the

beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading down limestone

formations into a series of turquoise blue pools. This

evening relive your journey along the Mekong during

your sumptuous Included Farewell Dinner.

Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 19 Depart Luang Prabang After breakfast take

your Included transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Upgrade your cabin:

Mekong River: Deluxe Stateroom from $345

Signature Stateroom from $625. Suite from $745.

Halong Bay: Please enquire for details

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing

TOUR CODE

VIML

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Feb 07 $8,195 $3,010

Apr 04 $7,565 $2,730

TOUR CODE

VIMS

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Feb 07 $5,245 $2,230

Apr 04 $4,625 $1,950

• Up to $330 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,600 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation, internal

flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based Superior Cabins on

the Mekong River Cruise. Day 1 of tour is unescorted. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

JOURNEY ALONG THE MEKONG

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14 Day Essence

of Vietnam

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

32 | The ultimate touring experience

Hanoi

1

3

2

2

2

2

Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh City

1 Mekong Delta

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

So much more with Scenic Tours

Hue

Halong Bay

Cruise

Danang

VIETNAM

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

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

independence and skills

• Enjoy a special performance by local fishermen during your luxury Halong Bay

cruise

• Spend time with nuns at Duc Son Pagoda and learn how they are providing

education and training to the children through the proceeds from your lunch

• Visit a local village and learn about traditional handicrafts such as making conical

hats or the art of woodblock printing

• Uncover secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels from the personal account of your

veteran guide, who lived and fought there

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 local neighbourhoods on a walking tour; or

experience this dynamic city come to life and enjoy a bowl of pho

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)

• Be introduced to delicious Vietnamese food during your Welcome Dinner at

Spices Garden Restaurant

• Dine on board a traditional wooden barge in the Mekong Delta for your

Farewell Dinner

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• In Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

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

Pillar Pagoda

• Experience a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the laneways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

• Explore the picturesque bays, limestone cliffs and small fishing villages on a scenic

cruise through Halong Bay

• Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets

• Cruise on the romantically named Perfume River and discover the fascinating

Citadels and Mausoleums of the former imperial capital, Hue

• Explore the small town of Hoi An, a World Heritage-listed site, on a guided

cyclo tour

• Relax on a sunset cruise of Hoi An’s river delta glimpsing daily life of the local

fishermen

• Take a guided tour of the dynamic and buzzing Ho Chi Minh City and its markets

• Experience the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and rural life

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to

Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and escorted to your luxury hotel

(Please arrive by 5.00pm). Relax, settle into your hotel

or stroll along tree-lined avenues before meeting your

Tour Director for your tour briefing. Enjoy your delicious

Included Welcome Dinner at Spices Garden; the

acclaimed restaurant within the hotel. Three Night Special

Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Meals: HD

Day 2 Hanoi An abundance of colonial architecture

together with Hanoi’s romantic lakes will be explored

on your Included tour. Be enchanted with a visit to the

Temple of Literature, a bastion of Confucian scholarship,

the One Pillar Pagoda and stop to view Ho Chi Minh’s

Mausoleum, the father of modern Vietnam and the

man that lead the country to independence. Scenic

Enrich: Enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One)

a restaurant set up to train street and disadvantaged

children with English and hospitality skills. Glimpse

everyday life in the capital and discover the Old Quarter

on your Included cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the small

alleys and laneways of Hanoi. Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 3 Hanoi Included Scenic FreeChoice activity select

from: (1) visit to the History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison

to uncover the history of the Vietnamese revolution; or

(2) stroll the bustling local 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 Cruise Travel through

rich fertile farmlands of the Red River Delta to magnificent

Halong Bay, a World Heritage site and Vietnam’s most

spectacular natural wonder. Embark on board the Au Co,

the most luxurious and beautiful vessel, for your Included

two night cruise through the calm waters of Halong Bay,

taking in the spectacular scenery of this World Heritage

site. Journey through limestone islets, enjoy picturesque

bays, unusual rock formations and glimpse the daily life

of local Vietnamese people. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a special

performance by local fishermen before appreciating a

delicious dinner as you moor in a quiet and secluded bay.

Two Night Special Stay : Au Co Cruise. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise Wake early and while the

sun rises over your luxury vessel join a Tai Chi lesson on

the Sun Deck. Visit Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the

Gulf of Tonkin before you continue cruising further into


quieter bays and join in some Included activities like

swimming, cycling, kayaking; explore the National Park

or wander around a small fishing village. As the sun

begins to set, sip a cocktail and learn some of the secrets

of Vietnamese cooking during a cooking demonstration

before enjoying your delicious dinner. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi As the ship

weaves its way back to Halong Bay, enjoy a delicious

buffet brunch on board. Disembark your luxury cruise

and drive back to Hanoi where you will have some

free time to explore the city. This evening appreciate

your Included Water Puppets performance, a unique

Vietnamese art form dating back to the 11th century.

Overnight Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hanoi. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Hanoi – Hue Transfer to the airport for your

Included flight to Hue, the 19th century former capital.

During this time, Hue became a major cultural centre

attracting crafts people, artists, scholars and monks. As a

result dozens of ornate pagodas, temples and Imperial

gardens remain. Relive the grandeur of the Imperial

Citadel, reserved for the ruling Nguyen Dynasty and

known as the Purple Forbidden City, on your Included

visit. Two Night Special Stay : M Gallery La Residence

Hotel and Spa. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Hue This morning relax on your Included

cruise down the romantically named Perfume River

to the serene 17th century Thien Mu Pagoda,

an important Buddhist site, then continue to the

Mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang. Scenic

Enrich: Visit Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and

learn how they are supporting their orphanage through

the proceeds from your lunch. This afternoon explore

the local Dong Ba market and Scenic Enrich: Visit a local

village and learn about traditional handicrafts such as

making conical hats or the art of woodblock printing.

Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 9 Hue – Hoi An Your scenic journey travels via

the Hai Van Pass (meaning pass of the ocean clouds) to

the fishing village of Lang Co and Danang. En-route join

your Included visit to the open air Cham Museum with

artefacts from the Hindu kingdom of Champa before

continuing through the picturesque Marble Mountains.

Upon arrival into Hoi An take your Included guided

cyclo tour of this ancient World Heritage town; visit the

400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the colourful

markets and explore the former merchants’ homes

who were lured here by the prospect of high grade

silk, spices and porcelain. Two Night Stay: Life Heritage

Resort Hoi An. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Hoi An Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

select 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 your Included tranquil sunset cruise of

the river delta and watch the fishermen cast their nets.

Meals: FB

Day 11 Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer

to the airport for your Included flight to Ho Chi

Minh City. Soak up the energy of this dynamic and

commercial city on your Included sightseeing tour. Visit

Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace,

bustling Chinatown area 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 select from: (1) explore local neighbourhoods

within this bustling city with a walking tour; or (2) spend

the morning hours watching the city come to life and

enjoy a bowl of pho, the country’s favourite breakfast

soup. Scenic Enrich: Explore the amazing network of the

Cu Chi Tunnels used by the communist guerrillas, with

Hoi An

your War Veteran, who shares his personal account of

life during this time. Meals: FB

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

An early morning departure takes you deep into the

Mekong Delta where you will board a small river boat

for your Included cruise; pass colourful floating markets,

emerald rice fields, stilt houses and waterways. Tonight

join your Tour Director for your Included Vietnamese

Farewell Dinner on board the Lady Hua, a traditional

wooden barge, as you relive many memorable travel

moments. Overnight Stay: Victoria Can Tho Resort.

Meals: FB,L, HD

Day 14 Depart Ho Chi Minh City Early this

morning join your Included visit to the bustling floating

markets of Cai Rang. Discover countless traders their

boats loaded with local produce all haggling 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. Please book

flights for departure after 6.00pm). Meals: FB

Guests choosing the Phu Quoc Island Break (See page

37 for more information) will be transferred to the

airport in Can Tho.

Departure Dates and Prices

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

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 02,30 $5,895 $1,680

Jul 28 $5,895 $1,680

Aug 25 $5,895 $1,680

Deposit:

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

Upgrade your cabin:

Halong Bay: Please enquire for details

• Up to $135 with airport transfers included

• Up to $300 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 22 $5,895 $1,680

Nov 17 $6,195 $1,850

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing

SAVE $ per couple

• Up to $400 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,280 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation,

internal flights and coach transport 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 on Day 3 must be booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures

from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

5 Day Sapa Adventure Extension or 3 Day Phu Quoc Extension

Complete your tour with one of these extensions - please see pages 36 & 37

TOUR CODE

VIET

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 26 $6,195 $1,850

Mar 23 $6,195 $1,850

ESSENCE OF VIETNAM

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19 Day

Spotlight on

South East Asia

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with 3 night stays

throughout

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

34 | The ultimate touring experience

Chiang Mai

3

Bangkok

Luang

Prabang

3

THAILAND

18 night tour • 3 night stays throughout

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Observe the monks in their early morning chant

• Experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, The Baci

• Witness the tranquillity as the monks move through the streets to collect alms

• Enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One) restaurant

• Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels

• In the Mekong Delta visit a local house to gain an insight into daily farming

• Join your renowned Khmer scholar for an overview of the Khmer civilisation

• Meet the local monks who will prepare a special blessing for you

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

• In Bangkok, take a private long tail boat tour through Bangkok’s klongs (canals);

or follow in the footsteps of the American Jim Thompson and discover

his influence on the Thai silk industry; or become a Thai food insider and

experience the local sights and flavours of a culinary neighbourhood

• In Chiang Mai, enjoy a traditional Thai massage or a cooking class

• In Luang Prabang, take an excursion to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls,

cascading down limestone formations creating a series of turquoise blue pools;

or spend time on a community based rice farm and experience life as a farmer;

or visit a local market and take a Lao cooking class

• In Siem Reap, take a temple tour or a Khmer cooking class

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 30 superb meals including 18 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL),

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

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• The Sukhothai Bangkok blends Sukhothai heritage and modern-day luxury

• The stylish Chedi Chiang Mai is located on the banks of the Mae Ping River

• Sofitel Legend Metropole, centrally located in the heart of downtown Hanoi

• The historic Caravelle Hotel has an enviable location opposite the Opera House

• The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra is the closest hotel to the temples of Angkor Wat

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Visit Bangkok’s beautiful Wat Pho and admire the enormous reclining Buddha

• Tour the grandiose buildings and hallways of the Grand Palace

• Visit Wat Phrathat, Northern Thailand’s most sacred temple

• Go on an elephant safari and visit a local Lisu village

• On a tour of Luang Prabang visit the former Royal Palace

• Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi

• Take a leisurely cruise past peaceful rural sceneries to the Pak Ou Caves

• On a tour of Hanoi visit the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda

• Explore the quaint narrow streets of Old Hanoi on a cyclo (rickshaw) ride

• Catch a Water Puppets performance, a unique Vietnamese art form

• Explore the picturesque bays, limestone cliffs and fishing villages of Halong Bay

• Take a guided tour of dynamic and buzzing Ho Chi Minh City and its markets

• Experience the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and rural life

• Discover the complex of religious monuments and temples of Angkor Wat

• Explore the picturesque Ta Prohm Temples and cruise Lake Tonlé Sap

• Visit L’Artisans d’Angkor, training unschooled rural youth in handicraft skills

• Climb aboard a tuk-tuk and enjoy a ride through beautiful rural landscape

3

3

LAOS

Siem Reap

Hanoi

3

CAMBODIA

3

Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

Cruise

VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok Sawatdee Khrab and

welcome to Thailand! On arrival you will be met by

your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to

your hotel (please arrive by 5.00pm). This evening

meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for your

tour briefing before your delicious Included Welcome

Dinner at the award winning Celadon restaurant in

the hotel. Three Night Special Stay : The Sukhothai,

Bangkok. Meals: HD

Day 2 Bangkok After breakfast proceed to the

temple complex of Wat Pho. Scenic Enrich: Experience

the monks in their early morning chant. Visit the

enormous reclining Buddha and continue on to the

Grand Palace for an Included tour of its grandiose

buildings and hallways. Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity select from: (1) a private long tail boat tour

through Bangkok’s klongs (canals); or (2) visit Jim

Thompson House and discover his influence on the

Thai silk industry; or (3) a culinary neighbourhood tour.

Meals: FB

Day 3 Bangkok Enjoy a day at leisure to discover

more of the bustling Thai capital and perhaps do some

shopping. Meals: FB

Day 4 Bangkok - Chiang Mai Transfer to the

airport for your Included flight to Chiang Mai. Late in

the day travel to Wat Phrathat, sitting on top of Doi

Suthep Mountain. Climb the Naga staircase and on

your Included visit wander around the exquisite golden

chedi (pagoda). Three Night Special Stay : The

Chedi, Chiang Mai. Meals: FB,D

Day 5 Chiang Mai Travel north to Chiang Dao

for your Included visit to the Elephant Training camp.

Watch the elephants taking their morning bath,

followed by a demonstration of how elephants work

in the jungle nearby. Afterwards enjoy your Included

elephant ride and visit an ethnic minority village of the

local Lisu tribe. Meals: FB,L

Day 6 Chiang Mai Today enjoy an Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity, select from: (1) a Thai

massage; or (2) a cooking class. The remainder of the

day is at leisure to perhaps visit Chiang Mai’s famous

night market. Meals: FB

Day 7 Chiang Mai – Luang Prabang Relax before

your Included flight to Luang Prabang. Sabaidee and

welcome to Laos! Luang Prabang is a wonderful

patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and


colonial European architecture. Scenic Enrich:

Experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, The Baci.

The purpose of the Baci is to call back escaped spirits

to the body, very important before major events such

as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and

farewells. Three Night Special Stay : The Luang Say

Residence. Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Luang Prabang Start the day early for a

very special experience. Scenic Enrich: Witness the

tranquillity as the monks move silently through the

streets to collect alms. As the sun begins to rise, long

lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and

collect offerings from local people. Join your Included

visit to the former Royal Palace then continue to Wat

Mai and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful

golden façade. Finish at Wat Xieng Thong, the most

revered temple in Luang Prabang. Watch the sun set

and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount

Phousi on your Included visit before heading to the

evening hill tribe market. Meals: FB

Day 9 Luang Prabang Today enjoy your Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity select from: (1); excursion to

the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls; or (2) spend time on

a community based rice farm; or (3) visit a local market

and take a Lao cooking class. Meals: FB

Day 10 Luang Prabang – Hanoi This morning

take your Included leisurely cruise to the Pak Ou

Caves. Transfer to the airport for your Included flight

to Hanoi. Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Tonight

enjoy your special Included dinner at Spices, the

acclaimed restaurant within the hotel. Three Night

Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 11 Hanoi Discover Hanoi’s charm on your

Included tour and visit the Temple of Literature, the

One Pillar Pagoda and stop to view Ho Chi Minh’s

Mausoleum. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy lunch at KOTO

(Know One Teach One) a restaurant set up to train

disadvantaged youths with English and hospitality skills.

Discover the Old Quarter on your Included cyclo

(rickshaw) ride through the small alleys and laneways

of Hanoi. This evening appreciate your Included Water

Puppets performance, a unique Vietnamese art form

dating back to the 11th century. Meals: FB,HL

Day 12 Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi Travel

through rich farmlands to Halong Bay, a World Heritage

site and Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonder.

Embark a deluxe junk for your Included cruise through

the calm waters of Halong Bay as you journey through

limestone islets and picturesque bays. Meals: FB,L

Day 13 Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City After time at

leisure this morning, transfer to the airport for your

Included flight to Ho Chi Minh City and soak up the

energy of this dynamic city. Three Night Special Stay

: Caravelle Hotel. Meals: FB,D

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Drive through

urbanised areas and typical lush southern Vietnamese

countryside to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. Scenic

Enrich: 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. Back in Ho Chi Minh City admire

historic landmarks on your Included walking tour. Visit

the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential

Palace, the Central Post office designed by Gustav

Eiffel and the lively Binh Tay Market. Meals: FB

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta –

Ho Chi Minh City Travel to the Mekong Delta and

board a river boat for your Included cruise passing

colourful floating markets, emerald rice fields, stilt

houses and local fish farms. Scenic Enrich: Visit a local

house, meet the owner to gain an insight into daily

farming and sample freshly picked coconuts.

Meals: FB,L

Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your Included flight to

Siem Reap. This afternoon take an Included tuk-tuk

ride to visit the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat.

Departure Dates and Prices

19 day tour • Bangkok to Siem Reap

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 17 $8,495 $2,695

Oct 15

Deposit:

$8,495 $2,695

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking)

International Airfares

$1,000

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 $330 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE $ per couple

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Scenic Enrich: Join your renowned Khmer scholar as

he shares his vast experience and knowledge and

provides a concise overview of the amazing temples,

culture and archaeology of the ancient Khmer

civilisation. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel Angkor

Phokeethra Spa and Resort. Meals: FB,D

Day 17 Siem Reap Explore the lesser known

temples of Siem Reap with your Included visit to

the picturesque Ta Prohm Temples, untouched

for centuries. Later, visit L’Artisans d’Angkor, an

organization training unschooled rural youth in

traditional handicraft skills. This afternoon take an

Included cruise on Lake Tonle Sap and discover its

floating villages. Scenic Enrich: Stroll through a small

village and meet with the local monks who will

prepare a special blessing for you. Climb aboard a

tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) and enjoy your Included

ride through beautiful rural landscape. Meals: FB,L

Day 18 Siem Reap Today enjoy an Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity, select from: (1) a Temple

Tour; or (2) a Khmer cooking class. Tonight join your

Tour Director and fellow travellers for your Included

Farewell Dinner and traditional Apsara dance show.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 19 Depart Siem Reap After breakfast take

your Included transfer to the airport for your onward

or homebound flight (Flight not included). Meals: FB

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Feb 18 $8,795 $2,895

Mar 18

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

$8,795 $2,895

• Up to $780 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,400 with our Earlybird Offers

TOUR CODE

VSEA

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified,

accommodation, internal flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and

taxes. Scenic FreeChoice in Bangkok on Day 2 must be booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013

to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH EAST ASIA

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5 Day Sapa

Adventure

Lao Cai/Sapa

1

1

Fanxipan 1

Express Train 1

1 Nights

Rail Content

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

VIETNAM

Hanoi

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

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to

Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and transferred to your luxury

hotel in the heart of downtown Hanoi. Relax, stroll

along the tree-lined avenues or wander Hanoi’s

romantic West Lake before your delicious Included

dinner in the hotel. Overnight Special Stay : Sofitel

Legend Metropole. Meals: D

Day 2 Hanoi – Lao Cai Join your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity, select from: (1) uncover the

history 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. Depart Hanoi in the evening on

the overnight train to Lao Cai on the Vietnamese-

China border. Overnight: First class Fanxipan Express

Train. Meals: FB,D

Day 3 Lao Cai – Sapa Upon arrival in Lao Cai

you will be met by your local guide who will transfer

you to Sapa, a charming mountain town which

is dominated by Mt Fansipan, the highest peak in

Vietnam. Absorb the stunning scenery of this former

hill station, the dramatic hills, picturesque villages and

rice terraces. Sapa is also home to a number of local

36 | The ultimate touring experience

minority tribes who still wear their traditional dress.

On your Included visit to colourful Cat Cat village,

meet Blue and Black Hmong people and explore the

village which still retains many of its unique customs

and practices. Wander through rice paddy fields to

glimpse a lifestyle that has changed little over time.

This afternoon is at leisure for you to soak up the

atmosphere; stroll through the local markets and

admire the intricate handicrafts or visit the fascinating

Sapa museum. Overnight Stay: Victoria Sapa Resort.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 4 Sapa – Hanoi Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity, select from: (1) walk to Lao Chai village

inhabited by the 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 Depart Hanoi Transfer to the Sofitel

Legend Metropole for breakfast. Later today you will

be met by your Tour Director and fellow travellers

and join the Essence of Vietnam tour or Grand

Indochina and Mekong River Cruise. Meals: FB

Departure Dates and Prices

5 day tour Sapa Extension

2013

TWIN

SHARE

SINGLE

SUPP 2014

TWIN

SHARE

SINGLE

SUPP

May 29 $1,695 $395 Jan 22 $1,695 $395

Jun 26 $1,695 $395 Mar 19 $1,695 $395

Jul 24 $1,695 $395

Aug 21 $1,695 $395

Sep 18 $1,695 $395

Nov 13 $1,695 $395

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking)

International Airfares

$500

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 nonescorted

extension which can be added to the beginning of your 14 day

Essence of Vietnam tour (VIET) or 31/24 Day Grand Indochina & Mekong

River Cruise (VMCL/VIMC). 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 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. Scenic

FreeChoice in Hanoi on Day 2 and Sapa on Day 4 must be booked prior

to final payment. Tour price based on First Class cabin on the Fanxipan

Express. Single supplement on request - limited availability. Bookings are

subject to 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 66 & 67.

Black Hmong Hill Tribe, 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

2 night post-tour extension • 2 nights in a luxurious Deluxe Villa

Day 1 Can Tho – Phu Quoc Travel to the airport

for your Included flight to the magical island of Phu

Quoc, where you will be met and transferred to your

luxurious villa at the M Gallery La Veranda Resort and

Spa. Absorb the unspoilt white-sand beaches and

quaint fishing villages on this tropical island situated

in the Gulf of Thailand. The M Gallery Resort is a

boutique property set on an idyllic stretch of coast and

has been designed to reflect the style and ambiance

of an old colonial mansion. Your luxurious villa room

continues the colonial theme with high ceilings and

private verandas overlooking the garden to the sea.

Two Night Special Stay : M Gallery La Veranda Resort

and Spa.

Day 2 Phu Quoc The island retains a quiet and

secluded feel making it an ideal place to unwind.

Today simply relax in the beautiful surroundings by

the swimming pool or take a stroll along the beautiful

unspoilt sandy beaches and swim in the pristine waters.

Perhaps you would prefer to indulge in a spa treatment

or enjoy a cocktail by the bar before dining at one of

the two restaurants in the resort specialising in seafood,

Vietnamese or International cuisine (own expense).

Meals: FB

Day 3 Depart Phu Quoc Enjoy breakfast before

being transferred to the airport for your Included flight

to Ho Chi Minh City. Your island break ends on arrival

at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Please book onward

or homebound flights for departure after 4pm (Flights

not included). Meals: FB

M Gallery La Veranda Resort and Spa, Phu Quoc Island

2013

Departure Dates and Prices

3 day tour Phu Quoc Island Extension

TWIN

SHARE

SINGLE

SUPP

Jun 15 $795 $455

Jul 13 $795 $455

Aug 10 $795 $455

Sep 07 $795 $455

Oct 05 $795 $455

Nov 30 $795 $455

2014

TWIN

SHARE

SINGLE

SUPP

Feb 08 $795 $455

Apr 05 $795 $455

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Deposit/Additions:

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

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 end of your 14 day 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 2013 to 30 Apr

2014. Bookings are subject to 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 66 & 67.

Phu Quoc Island

5 DAY SAPA ADVENTURE/

3 DAY PHU QUOC ISLAND BREAK

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Uncover the mystical

allure and timeless charm

of Burma

Be welcomed into Burma and discover its

intriguing history, magnificent pagodas and

the unique culture

The fascinating country of Myanmar, home to some of the early civilizations of South East Asia

and more familiarly known as Burma, has recently reopened its doors to tourism. Join Scenic

Tours to discover the place that Kipling said “will be quite unlike any place you know” as you

travel to a colonial bygone era. Burma is home to intriguing old cities, stupa strewn plains,

pristine lakes and people who still adhere to age-old traditions and customs. Take tea with the

locals in Yangon; discover the remarkable ancient Temples of Bagan, and the country’s most

revered Buddhist temple, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Wander past colonial buildings, discover

the natural beauty of Inle Lake, where fishermen stand to row their delicate craft, and explore

the streets of the former capital, Mandalay.

Cruise the Irrawaddy River in style

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

southwest before spilling out into the Delta. With Scenic Tours you will pass through the

incredible countryside as you cruise between Mandalay and Bagan on board your intimate

boutique riverboat. Indulge in your upper deck cabin, classically appointed and opening

onto a French balcony. Enjoy dining on a wide variety of delicious cuisine and relaxing in the

luxurious bar and lounge on the Observation Deck.

Burma’s temple jewels

Sitting like treasure in the centre of the country, the plains of Bagan are filled with thousands

of impressive temples reflecting the reign of a powerful ancient kingdom. Relish your journey

by traditional horse and cart to uncover some of these wonders of Burma’s rich history and

unquestionably one of the ‘must-sees’ in South East Asia.

Luxurious hotels in the finest locations

Your Burma experience is complete with the finest, centrally located hotels in the land. The

Strand Hotel in Yangon boasts a Victorian-style façade, colonnaded entranceway and marble

floors; and was built in 1901 by the Sarkies Brothers, the creators of the famous Raffles of

Singapore. Your deluxe room is a showcase of high ceilings and incredible antiques that pay

homage to the nostalgia and elegance of an earlier time. Your individual chalet at Inle Lake

Resort is designed in a traditional style, and you’ll absorb in the extraordinary views of the

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

38 | The ultimate touring experience

Local fishermen, Inle Lake


Enjoy a rich and unique

travel experience

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Visit local markets, Mandalay Floating houses, Inle Lake Ancient temples, Bagan

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12 Day

Enchanting Burma

1

Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 night

stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• All meals included daily

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

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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 Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• In Yangon meet the owner of a textile store and learn about designs and

techniques used by different ethnic groups

• Sit back and enjoy tea with locals at a tea shop Burmese style in Yangon

• At Inle Lake prepare your lunch with a local chef and learn about the traditional

flavours of Burmese cuisine

• 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

• 32 meals including 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 9 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight

Lunch (HL), 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

• 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 and visit a local weaving village and cheroot factory

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

• 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

• Explore the spectacular temples of Bagan

Irrawaddy River Cruise

Day 1 Arrive Yangon Mingalaba and welcome

to Myanmar! On arrival you will be met by your

Scenic Tours Representative and transferred

to your hotel. (Please arrive by 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. Scenic Enrich: Meet

the owner of a textile store and learn about

designs and techniques used by different ethnic

groups. This evening enjoy your Included cocktail

and Welcome Dinner in the magnificent Grill

Restaurant in The Strand. Two Night Special

Stay : The Strand or similar. Meals: HD

Day 2 Yangon This morning enjoy your

Included Scenic FreeChoice activity select 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 relax. 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. Scenic

Enrich: Prepare your lunch with a local chef. Pick

ingredients from a floating garden then learn about

the traditional flavours of Burmese cuisine. Visit

a local weaving village and cheroot factory where

typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Two


Night Special Stay : Inle Princess Resort or similar.

Meals: FB,HL,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 or similar.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Mandalay 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.

Continue to the former capital, Amarapura, and

stop for an Included walk along the 200 year-old

teak U Bein Bridge. 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 and stop at a local pot-making village.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 9 Disembark Cruise – 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

or similar. 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).

Deposit/Additions:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,500

• Up to $165 with airport transfers included

• Up to $250 with all tips and gratuities included

SAVE $ per couple

Ancient temples of Bagan

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: Take a

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,L,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

free time explore Scott Market, discover Burmese

artifacts at the National Museum or visit a School

for the Blind for a heart-warming experience (at

own expense). 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 or similar. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 12 Depart Yangon After breakfast take your

Included transfer 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

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 19 $6,995 $2,850

TOUR CODE

MYHC

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Mar 10 $8,695 $3,480

Apr 14 $8,695 $3,480

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

International Airfares

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

team are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

• Up to $150 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified,

accommodation, internal flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and

taxes. Tour and cruise price based on Upper Deck Deluxe Cabins on the Irrawaddy River Cruise. Scenic FreeChoice in Yangon on Day 2 must be

booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

ENCHANTING BURMA

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Encounter the beauty,

history and cultural

charisma of Japan

Be truly immersed in the diverse traditions

and treasures of the Land of the Rising Sun

Japan is a country of contrasts and steeped in tradition. From the neon lights and towering

skyscrapers of Tokyo to carefully preserved old-world villages, enchanting temples and

shrines, the explosion of pink from the famous cherry blossoms, and the sleek bullet trains

gliding through the countryside, the Land of the Rising Sun is an extraordinary touring

experience. Dine on one of the planet’s great cuisines, learn about the secret world of the

Geisha and pay homage to the legacy of Hiroshima at its famous Peace Park.

Ancient traditions meet the metropolis

Uncover the traditional charm of Tokyo as you wander around peaceful Buddhist temples,

explore ancient Shinto shrines, stroll through serene gardens and cruise along the Sumida

River, taking in the scenery. Admire the spectacular views from the world’s tallest freestanding

tower and newest addition to Tokyo’s skyline.

Contrasting natural beauty and cutting-edge design

Japan is famous for its hot springs, natural beauty, colourful cherry blossoms, autumn leaves,

and the iconic, near perfect cone of Mt Fuji – if you are lucky you might gain a glimpse of

its snow-capped peak through the clouds. From the country’s famous bullet trains speeding

through the countryside to high-tech bathroom wizardry and unique, cutting-edge vending

machines, you will appreciate why Japan is regarded as the world’s leader of innovative

technology and unusual inventions.

Cultural treasures enshrined

Arriving into Kyoto by bullet train is a highlight of Japanese modernity, but the country’s

cultural capital is a beautiful kaleidoscope of ancient shrines, glittering temples, authentic

teahouses and kimono-clad Geishas. In nearby Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital,

discover unforgettable historic treasures, Buddhist monasteries and some of the world’s

oldest wooden buildings.

Experience exclusive luxury and impeccable service

Japan is renowned for its impeccable service and traditions and each of our luxury hotels

have been selected for their quality and location and many are exclusive to Scenic Tours.

In Tokyo the Conrad Hotel blends Japanese design with superb views over the Tokyo

skyline. Since 1878, the Fujiya Hotel in Hakone has been renowned as one of the most

classical resort hotels in Japan; whilst the Hida Hotel Plaza in historic Takayama is the perfect

base for walking discoveries of the many old-shop houses in this wonderful little city.

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Travel on the famous Shinkansen

bullet train


Discover Kyoto’s temples

and shrines

Learn about the life of

Japan’s Geishas

Be enchanted by the

Land of the Rising Sun

Catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji

Visit ancient temples

in Nikko

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12 Day

Cultural Treasures

of Japan

1 Nights

Land Content

Rail Journey

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

or tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

Hiroshima

44 | The ultimate touring experience

1

Miyajima Island

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Takayama

JAPAN Hakone Tokyo

Osaka Nara

Nikko National Park

2

2

3

3 Kyoto

Nagoya

Mt Fuji

National Park

11 night land tour • 3 nights in Tokyo and Kyoto

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Enjoy a special tea ceremony inside one of Tokyo’s gardens

• Cruise Tokyo Bay on board a Yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat whilst

dining on Japanese cuisine

• Experience making a Sarubobo, the special mascot of Takayama, said to prevent

sickness and accidents

• Join a local expert for a walking tour into Kyoto’s main Geisha area

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 taste

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

streets with original shops and restaurants

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 27 meals including 11 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Light

Lunch (LL), 6 Lunches (L), 4 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 4 Dinners (D)

• Dine on exquisite Japanese cuisine and enjoy views over Tokyo during your

Welcome Dinner

• Enjoy your sumptuous Kaiseki, a multi course Japanese meal, inside a former

Imperial Villa built in 1895

• Enjoy a special lunch of Hida Beef, the name given only to exceptionally

excellent Japanese black beef produced in Gifu Prefecture

• Reflect on the cultural treasures of Japan during your Farewell Dinner in a

wonderful garden setting

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Conrad Tokyo, is a luxury hotel set in the heart of bustling Tokyo

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

and features a contemporary design

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

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

• Admire the view from atop the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree

• Experience Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the city and wander through

Tokyo’s famous Meiji Shrine

• Encounter the fashion conscious people at Tokyo’s “Champs-Elysees” and

Harajuku area

• Visit Nikko, a World Heritage site and discover shrines and temples

• Glimpse views of Mt Fuji as you travel up the cable car and cruise Lake Ashi

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

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

farmhouses

• Sit back and relax as you travel on board Japan’s bullet train, the Shinkansen

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

Atomic Bomb Museum

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

Itsukushima Shrine

• Experience Kyoto’s many temples, shrines and gardens

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

• Visit a sake brewery and sample the famous drop during a tasting

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo Konnichiwa and welcome

to Japan! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and transferred to your luxury

hotel. (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Overlooking Tokyo’s

Shiodome area and the Tokyo Bay skyline, your hotel

is only five minutes from the Ginza Shopping Street.

This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow

travellers, for a welcome briefing followed by your

Included Welcome Dinner. Three Night Special

Stay : Conrad Tokyo. Meals: HD

Day 2 Tokyo Enjoy your Included sightseeing tour

of this bustling city. Start with a walk through the

private gardens of Hama-Rikyu. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a

uniquely Japanese experience, a special tea ceremony

in the gardens. Cruise on the Sumida River for a

different view of Tokyo before visiting Asakusa district

for a glimpse into Tokyo’s past. Admire the spectacular

views from atop the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo

Skytree. Experience Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist

temple in the city and wander through Tokyo’s famous

Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the late Emperor, and set

in a beautiful forest of more than 120,000 trees.

Leaving this tranquil setting behind, navigate your

way through Harajuku district, a fashion mecca for

youth and Tokyo’s “Champs-Elysees” with its flagship

fashion stores designed by internationally renowned

architects. Scenic Enrich: 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 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 your Included

full day tour of Nikko. See its fine collection of World

Heritage-listed gilded shrines and temples. In the

mountains above the park, spend time beholding

the natural beauty of Kirifuri no Taki Waterfall. Visit

Tamazawa Imperial Villa, a beautiful traditional

Japanese house which was used as a summer villa by

the Imperial Family of Japan. Meals: FB,L

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji National Park Enjoy

your Included Scenic FreeChoice activity select 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. This

afternoon travel to Hakone National Park, the gateway

to Mt Fuji. This small town is famous for its onsen (hot

springs). Enjoy your sumptuous Included Kaiseki, a

multi course Japanese meal, inside a former Imperial

Villa, built in 1895. Two Night Stay: Fujiya Hotel.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 5 Mt Fuji National Park Travel up through

the mountains glimpsing amazing views of the

surrounding valleys. Embark on your Included cable

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

and your Included cruise on Lake Ashi. Throughout

the day you will have the opportunity to glimpse

majestic Mt Fuji but remember she is notoriously shy!

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Mt Fuji National Park – Takayama Travel

north, take in the fresh mountain air and absorb the

incredible landscapes of this alpine region. Discover

the beautifully preserved old hill town of Takayama

which, previously inaccessible, has developed its own

unique culture including the mascot of the region, the

Sarubobo. Scenic Enrich: Experience making one of

these special mascots said to prevent sickness and

accidents. Two Night Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Takayama Wander through the historic

old town filled with old wooden buildings, visit the

local market to taste some of the region’s delicious

produce on your Included walking tour. Enjoy a special

Included lunch of Hida Beef, the name given only to

exceptionally excellent Japanese black beef produced

in Gifu Prefecture. Continue on for your Included

journey to the World Heritage site Shirakawago,

famous for its traditional farmhouses. Constructed

to resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed

together in prayer, some are more than 250 years old.

Meals: FB,HL

Day 8 Takayama – Hiroshima Board your

Included rail journey, one of the most scenic in Japan,

winding your way through tall mountains and stunning

gorges to Nagoya. Transfer to the world famous

Shinkansen bullet train and experience the impressive

efficiency and engineering feat of the Japan’s railways

as you speed your way to Hiroshima. Perhaps more

than any other city in the world, Hiroshima is famous

for one moment in history and you will have time

to reflect and remember this on your Included visit

to the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. This

evening enjoy your Included Okonomiyaki dinner, a

famous Hiroshima variant of a Japanese style pancake.

Overnight Stay: Sheraton Hiroshima. Meals: FB,LL,D

Day 9 Hiroshima – Miyajima – Kyoto Begin

the day with your Included visit to Miyajima Island.

Steeped in tradition, the island is where you will

encounter perhaps the most photographed site in

Japan – The Floating Torii Gate. Dating back to the 6th

century, it rises majestically out of the sea. Explore the

islands many shrines and temples before your Included

journey to Kyoto by bullet train. Three Night Special

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

Day 10 Kyoto Enjoy your Included full day tour of

Kyoto, Japan’s ancient and cultural capital, home to an

astonishing 2000 shrines and temples, including World

Heritage-listed sites. Explore the back streets of this

former capital; visit the shimmering Kinkakuji Temple,

known as the Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple and its

Zen Garden, and Nijo Castle, which symbolised the

Departure Dates and Prices

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

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 17 $9,995 $1,675

Oct 15 $10,195 $1,735

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 $275 with airport transfers included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

SAVE $ per couple

Torii Gate, Miyajima Island

power and riches of the Edo based shogunate. Scenic

Enrich: Stroll through the streets of Gion, one of the

main Geisha enclaves with your local expert and

learn more about the interesting world of the Geisha.

If you are lucky you will have the chance to see a

Geisha or Maiko (apprentice Geisha) as they head to

their first appointment of the evening. Meals: FB,L

Day 11 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto Travel to Nara,

home to Japan’s original emperors and its capital for

74 years in the 8th century, where your Included

tour will visit the Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest

wooden building with fine sculptures and huge bronze

Buddha. Covering a finely wooded area, the Nara

Park is popularly known as Deer Park for its herd of

gentle deer. On the return journey to Kyoto enjoy a

sake tasting during an Included visit to a sake brewery.

Tonight, surrounded by beautiful gardens, join your

Tour Director for your Included Farewell Dinner.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 12 Kyoto – Depart Osaka After breakfast

take your Included transfer to Kansai airport (Osaka)

for your onward or homebound flight (flight not

included. Please book flights after 2.00pm). Meals: FB

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

TOUR CODE

JPTK

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Mar 15 $9,795 $1,625

Apr 15 $9,995 $1,675

• Up to $530 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified,

accommodation, train and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Arrival and departure transfers are Seat in Limousine Coach Service. Scenic

FreeChoice in Tokyo on Day 4 must be booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014.

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 66 & 67.

CULTURAL TREASURES OF JAPAN

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Be captivated by the

extraordinary in China

and the mystical in Tibet

Experience the very best, from great cities

and historical icons to natural treasures

China is bursting with a mix of historical treasures, architectural wonders, stunning natural

scenery and modern cities. The capital Beijing boasts the magnificent Forbidden City and

the ancient ramparts of the Great Wall. In Xi’an, witness the amazing life size warriors of

the Terracotta Army, whilst the iconic giant pandas are best encountered in their natural

habitat in Chengdu. Be enthralled by one of the world’s great cities, Shanghai, and discover

the breathtaking view from the Peak overlooking Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline and

harbour. In neighbouring Tibet discover the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple and admire the

magnificence of the Potala Palace. Our unique and captivating itineraries showcase the very

best and most iconic sites and allow you the opportunity to experience the diversity of the

culture, landscape and people of China and Tibet.

Discover incredible and unique destinations

China promises a myriad of alluring experiences and with Scenic Tours you will be

immersed in all its beauty. Take a sunset cruise along the waterways of Wuzhen, an ancient

watertown; observe the unusual morning activities of local Chinese at Beijing’s Temple of

Heaven and witness dramatic landscapes and spectacular limestone karst hills from your

cruise down the Li River. Discover the spectacular treasure trove of Buddhists images at

the Dazu grottoes, travel through the countryside to one of China’s five sacred mountains,

Mt Hua Shan and ascend to the top to discover spectacular vistas and explore some of the

influential Taoist temples.

A cream of cuisine and culture

You wouldn’t miss this culinary extravaganza for all the tea in China! Savour a succulent

Peking Duck banquet, enjoy a sumptuous buffet of steamed dumplings and indulge

in Sichuan’s spicy food. Be enriched with unique cultural performances including the

spectacular Peking Opera or the amazing Legend of Kung Fu show. Plus witness Shanghai’s

incredible acrobats, watch the amazing light and sound show across Hong Kong’s harbour

and enjoy the spectacle of Yangshuo Impressions set against the stunning Li River.

Wake up in the finest luxury properties

The Scenic Tours hotel experience promises hand-chosen properties renowned for their

service, quality and location. The Fairmont Beijing boasts natural light-filled interiors that are

accented by contemporary Chinese artwork and is located in the cultural heart of Beijing,

just minutes from the Forbidden City and Silk Street Market. The Westin Xi’an is just steps

away from the Big Goose Pagoda, one of the city’s most exhilarating cultural relics. The St

Regis Lhasa offers an unrivalled dimension of luxury, bespoke service and refined elegance at

one of the most mystical and exotic addresses in the world.

46 | The ultimate touring experience

Explore the extraordinary

Potala Palace in Lhasa


Marvel at Dazu’s rock

carvings

Witness a spectacular

Tang Dynasty show

Treasures of ancient

and modern China

Shanghai’s famous skyline

Observe the giant pandas

up close

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Cruise the famous

Yangtze River in exclusive

5-star luxury

Witness the charm of the countryside from

the comfort of your private balcony

Experiencing the Yangtze River, one of the world’s greatest waterways, is an extraordinary

adventure through stunning scenery, dramatic gorges and cliff faces. Discover the enigmatic

Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures carved along the Yangtze

River, as your 4-day cruise winds its way through the heart of China.

Indulge in on board luxury

Scenic Tours partners with Victoria Cruises, the only American-managed cruise line sailing

China’s Yangtze River, and the recipient of a 5-star rating from China’s National Tourism

Administration. The newly refurbished Victoria Anna provides you with the highest quality

accommodation, amenities and services of vessels cruising the Yangtze River. The spacious

lounge and bar ensure your time on board will be as wonderful as the landscapes you will

view from the Observation Deck.

Spacious stateroom with private balcony

Your spacious, air-conditioned Superior Stateroom located on the Executive Deck with

private balcony, en-suite and luxury fittings ensures you enjoy the magnificent scenery in

true comfort. With access to the exclusive Executive Deck you will enjoy complimentary

amenities such as internet computer, Wi–Fi service and a daily pre-dinner “Happy Hour” in

the Executive Lounge plus a choice of two dining rooms.

A culinary and cultural affair

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

ingredients. You can choose to dine in the Dynasty Dining Room or select from delicious

Western or Chinese à la carte options. Daytime on board experiences include informative

lectures about the Three Gorges Dam Project or the finer details of traditional painting,

guided scenic commentary and calligraphy demonstrations. In the evenings you will be

entertained with music and dance performances based on ancient traditions.

A marvellous journey

Start your days with an energising Tai Chi session on deck before discovering the tenets of

Taoism in the ‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu or visiting a new relocation village where families have

been relocated as a result of the dam. Admire the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges

Dam Project and ride a sampan along the beautiful Shennong Stream.

48 | The ultimate touring experience

Evening on board entertainment


Sail past nature’s most

extraordinary sculptures

Cruise through the famous Three Gorges

Access to the Executive Lounge 5-star luxury river cruise ship Modern and luxurious facilities

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21/19 Day

China in Depth

1

Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many

multi-night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

Transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

50 | The ultimate touring experience

Chengdu

Dazu

Chongqing

2

Yangtze River

Cruise

3

Xi’an

Guilin

Yangshuo

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Take a cycle rickshaw through Beijing’s atmospheric Hutongs

(alleyways) followed by a fascinating tea ceremony

• Join a Tai Chi Master as they introduce the principles of Tai Chi

before guiding you through some gentle moves

• Partake in a remarkable welcome ceremony as you are given the

Key to the City at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• Unravel the mystery of the magnificent life size army of Terracotta

Warriors from a special VIP platform

• Enjoy a unique performance of the more than 300 year old

tradition of Sichuan Opera

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

Research and Breeding Centre

• Delve into the fascinating tradition that was foot binding at the

Chinese Footbinding Culture Museum in Wuzhen

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

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

arts spectacular The Legend of Kung Fu

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

architecture; or explore the stunning imperial Summer Palace; or

join a cooking class in one of Beijing’s old Hutongs

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

some of the exquisite gardens; or explore the old Jewish quarter

and the charming tree-lined avenues of the French Concession;

or get a taste of daily life as you visit a park, wander through a wet

market and have lunch with a local family

• 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 meet a local

farmer and his family; or wander the bustling local markets and

shop for fresh seasonal ingredients for your cooking class; or visit

Silver Cave and admire the glistening rock formations

• In Hong Kong explore an ancient fishing village before admiring the

majestic Giant Buddha on Lantau Island; or ride the Peak Tram up

to Victoria Peak for spectacular views then visit Aberdeen’s ‘floating

community’ on board a sampan; or cross the harbour on the Star

Ferry, take a walking tour and ride on the local tram known as the

‘ding ding’

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 43 superb meals including 20 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 9 Lunches

(L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Light Lunch (LL), 4 Highlight Dinners

(HD) and 8 Dinners (D)

• Dine on a sumptuous Peking Duck Banquet Welcome Dinner

• Witness a grand performance showcasing the Tang dynasty while

dining on varieties of dumplings

• Delight your taste buds with a Sichuan Hot Pot lunch

1

1

Great Wall of China

Yichang

1

2

4

CHINA

Mutianyu

Beijing

Hong Kong

2

20 night tour • 17 night land tour • 3 night luxury Yangtze River cruise

So much more with Scenic Tours

1

3

Shanghai

Wuzhen

• Enjoy unrivalled views of Shanghai’s skyline during dinner at the

Cathay Room of your hotel

• Watch the unforgettable light and sound show at Hong Kong’s

Victoria Harbour as you dine on your sumptuous Farewell Dinner

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Fairmont Beijing is located in the cultural heart of Beijing and

minutes to the Forbidden City; this luxury property is close to Silk

Street Market and China World Trade Centre.

• Westin Xi’an is just steps away from the Big Goose Pagoda, one of

the city’s exhilarating cultural relics

• Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai’s Huangpu River and

the historic Bund waterfront, boasts a history that overshadows that

of any other hotel in the city

• Clubhouse Wuzhen, located alongside the river, these ancient

timber houses originally built in the Ming and Qing dynasties have

been immaculately restored

• Shangri-La Guilin sets a new standard for luxury and provides

breathtakingly spectacular views of the Li River

• The luxurious Langham Hotel in Hong Kong is located in the heart

of Tsimshatsui, Kowloon

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Explore the intriguing Forbidden City, stroll Tiananmen Square and

visit the Temple of Heaven

• Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and marvel at the magnificence of

this manmade structure

• Take a battery car for a complete circuit of Xian’s ancient walls, the

best preserved in China

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

in Chengdu

• Wander the old Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets

in China

• Explore the amazing World Heritage rock carvings at Dazu

• Enjoy a guided tour of the Three Gorges Dam Project, visit the

‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu or a new relocation village for families

that have been relocated as a result of the dam and glide along

Shennong Stream

• Discover the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum and stroll

through Old Shanghai and Yu Yuan Gardens

• Travel at speeds in excess of 300 kilometres per hour on Shanghai’s

famous Maglev bullet train

• Enjoy an evening performance of the energetic Shanghai Acrobats

Troupe

• Stroll the cobbled streets and take a sunset cruise along the

waterways of the ancient water town of Wuzhen

• Witness dramatic landscapes and spectacular limestone karst hills as

you cruise the Li River

• Watch the spectacular light show across Hong Kong’s harbour


Day 1 Arrive Beijing Ni Hao and welcome to

China! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and escorted to your luxurious

hotel in the heart of downtown Beijing (please arrive

by 5.00pm). This evening meet your Tour Director

and fellow travellers for your tour briefing followed by

your special Included Welcome Dinner, a Peking Duck

Banquet. Four Night Special Stay : Fairmont Beijing.

Meals: HD

Day 2 Beijing Embark on your Included tour of

Beijing, a city rich in history and one of the world’s

truly great cities. Home to the Imperial families

during the Ming era, the Forbidden City, with the

towering portrait of Chairman Mao looming above,

will astound you with the beauty of the many Imperial

Palaces, elegant gardens and pavilions within. Stroll

around Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s

largest and home to the Great Hall of the People

and Mao Zedong Mausoleum. Scenic Enrich: Take a

rickshaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric Hutongs

(alleyways) to witness traditional Chinese life before

enjoying the finer art of a tea ceremony. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 3 The Great Wall of China Journey to

Mutianyu, for your Included visit to one of the lesser

visited sections of the Great Wall, where dramatic

scenery provides a picture-perfect backdrop. Standing

on the ancient ramparts is the only way to fully

appreciate this magnificent manmade structure, built

more than 2,500 years ago, and to truly experience

the vastness of China and the essence of the Chinese

spirit. This evening enjoy your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity, select from: (1) enjoy the artistry

of performers and the colourful costumes from the

famed Peking Opera; or (2) witness the emotion

and action of traditional martial arts combined

with evocative dance, and flying acrobatics at the

spectacular Legend of Kung Fu show. Meals: FB,LL

Day 4 Beijing Absorb the early morning

atmosphere during your Included visit to the

magnificent Temple of Heaven. Scenic Enrich: Join

your Tai Chi Master as they explain the principles

of Tai Chi and guide you through some basic

movements. Join your Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity select from: (1) discover the past, present

and future of Beijing as you view some of the city’s

architecture; or (2) explore the magnificent Summer

Palace with its beautiful lakeside grounds and temples;

or (3) travel to a small Hutong and join a cooking class

with a close friend of Scenic Tours. Meals: FB

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

your Included flight to Xi’an, the ancient capital for

eleven dynasties and east end of the Silk Road. Visit the

Ancient City walls, one of the oldest in China which

still encompass the centre, for your special ceremony.

Scenic Enrich: Be greeted by a Tang Dynasty official

and soldiers as you are presented with a key to

the city. Delve into Xian’s historical past and enjoy

the panoramic view as you navigate the city’s walls

on your Included battery car journey. This evening

enjoy your Included dinner as you witness a grand

performance of traditional songs, dances and colourful

costumes from the Tang Dynasty period. Two Night

Special Stay : The Westin. Meals: FB,HD

Day 6 Xi’an Discovered by a local farmer only late

in the 20th century, the remarkable and awe-inspiring

Terracotta Warriors and Horses which were created

to protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin

Shi Huang, are over 2000 years old. Scenic Enrich:

Experience the fascinating army of more than 6000

life size figures from a special VIP platform.

Meals: FB,L

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

your Included flight to Chengdu, the laid back and

spicy capital of Sichuan. Hot Pot is famous for the use

of the traditional spice, Sichuan pepper and you will

appreciate why the Chengdu variation is so special

during your Included lunch. Explore the tranquil halls

of the Wenshu Temple, one of the major temples of

Zen Buddhism in China during your Included visit.

Scenic Enrich: Watch a unique performance of the

ancient Sichuan Opera. Overnight Stay: Shangri-La

Hotel. Meals: FB,HL

Day 8 Chengdu – Giant Panda Research

Centre – Dazu Scenic Enrich: Discover the

many programs being implemented to protect

the endangered Giant Panda and their habitat at

the Research and Breeding Centre where, China’s

National symbol the Giant Panda, are nursed from

birth. Wander Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest

commercial streets in China and reconstructed in

a traditional architectural style of the Qing Dynasty

before you continue to Dazu. Overnight Stay: Ramada

Plaza Chongqing West Hotel. Meals: FB,D

Day 9 Dazu – Yangtze River Cruise Combining

elements from Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism,

the amazing World Heritage rock carvings at Dazu are

a unique blend of these religions. As you will discover

Guilin

during your Included visit, thousands of carvings

decorate the limestone walls, dating back to the Tang

Dynasty in the 7th century. Continue to Chongqing,

the mountain city and gateway to the Yangtze River

and embark on your Included luxury Victoria Cruise.

After settling in, enjoy your Included dinner before

the ship sets sail downstream through the Three

Gorges. Three Night Special Stay : Victoria Anna.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise Start you morning

with an energising Tai Chi session on deck before

your 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 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 in your

sampan, before sailing through Xiling Gorge, the

longest of the three gorges. 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 and transfer to the airport for your Included

flight to the exciting metropolis of Shanghai. Stroll

along the magnificent historic riverfront Bund, with its

1930s European colonial architecture and incredible

views across the Huangpu River to the Oriental

Tower and skyscrapers of Pudong. Three Night

Special Stay : Fairmont Peace Hotel. Meals: FB,L

Day 13 Shanghai Take your Included ride on

Shanghai’s famous Bullet Train (Maglev) and travel

at speeds in excess of 300 kilometres an hour.

Encounter amazing treasures and antiques on your

Included visit to the Shanghai Museum and wander

the large People’s Square. Explore the narrow historic

lanes and bustling street markets on your Included

visit to the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens of old Shanghai.

Witness the energy and excitement of your Included

performance by the world renowned Shanghai

Acrobatic Troupe. Meals: FB,L

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Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline

Day 14 Shanghai Enjoy your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activities select from: (1) travel to nearby

Suzhou to visit the exquisite gardens and cruise the

Grand Canal; or (2) explore the old Jewish Quarter

and charming tree-lined avenues of the French

Concession; or (3) wander through a market and

have lunch with a local family. This evening join your

Tour Director for your Included dinner overlooking

the Bund; and watch the incredible spectacle of the

lights illuminating this incredible metropolis.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 15 Shanghai – Wuzhen Water Town

Leaving Shanghai behind, you travel to the ancient

water town of Wuzhen with a history of more than

1300 years. Wander the cobbled streets of this

picturesque town on your Included walking tour,

with its well preserved traditional buildings and more

than 100 ancient stone bridges. China’s ancient water

towns are best appreciated as sunset approaches;

relax and enjoy your Included cruise along the canals

watching the lights twinkle. Overnight Special Stay :

Clubhouse Wuzhen. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 16 Wuzhen Water Town – Guilin

Scenic Enrich: Delve into a unique tradition that

is no longer practiced with a guided visit to the

fascinating Chinese Footbinding Culture Museum.

Return to Shanghai airport for your Included flight

to Guilin situated on the Li River and surrounded by

spectacular karst scenery. Overnight Special Stay :

Shangri-La Hotel. Meals: FB,D

Day 17 Guilin – Yangshuo Enjoy your Included

leisurely cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo and

soak up the beauty of the jagged green limestone

karst scenery, small fishing villages and farmers tending

their rice fields. This evening enjoy your Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity select from: (1) watch the

local fisherman who have trained cormorant birds

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

light show, Yangshuo Impressions, choreographed by

Zhang Yimao who directed the magnificent opening

ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Two Night Stay:

Green Lotus Hotel. Meals: FB,L

Day 18 Yangshuo Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity select from: (1) discover the pretty

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21/19 Day China in Depth - Beijing to Hong Kong

countryside and meet a local farmer and his family;

or (2) wander the bustling local markets and shop

for fresh seasonal ingredients for your cooking class;

or (3) visit Silver Cave and admire the glistening rock

formations. Meals: FB,D

Day 19 Yangshuo – Guilin – Hong Kong

19 day (CHEC) guests depart this morning and will

be transferred to Guilin airport where your tour

concludes. Please book flights to depart after 11.00am.

Enjoy time at leisure this morning in Yangshuo before

transferring to Guilin airport for your Included flight

to Hong Kong. With its soaring skyscrapers and

glittering harbour Hong Kong is one of the world’s

most cosmopolitan places. A city of contrasts with high

rise commercial complexes sitting next to traditional

Chinese wet markets and bustling night markets

adjacent to department stores filled with international

brands and designer labels. Two Night Special Stay :

The Langham. Meals: FB

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Apr 15 $9,695 $2,540

May 13 $9,695 $2,540

Jun 10 $9,495 $2,370

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Apr 15 $8,295 $2,140

May 13 $8,295 $2,140

Jun 10 $7,995 $2,070

Departure Dates and Prices

21 day tour • Beijing to Hong Kong

19 day tour • Beijing to Guilin

Deposit:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $1,500

Upgrade your cabin: Please refer to page 55 for details

• Up to $490 with airport transfers included

• Up to $420 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 12 $9,495 $2,370

Sep 09 $9,695 $2,540

Oct 07 $9,695 $2,540

Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 12 $7,995 $2,070

Sep 09 $8,295 $2,140

Oct 07 $8,295 $2,140

SAVE $ per couple

Day 20 Hong Kong Enjoy your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activities select from: (1) explore an

ancient fishing village before admiring the majestic

Giant Buddha towering above Lantau Island; or (2)

ride the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak for spectacular

views then visit Aberdeen’s ‘floating community’ on

board a sampan; or (3) cross the harbour on the Star

Ferry and take a walking tour through some of the

island’s neighbourhoods, markets and temples and

ride on the local tram known as the ‘ding ding’. This

evening watch the light and sound show at Victoria

Harbour. Coloured lights and laser beams perform

an unforgettable all-round spectacle synchronised

to music and narration that celebrates the energy,

spirit and diversity of Hong Kong as you dine on your

sumptuous Included Farewell Dinner. Meals: FB,HD

Day 21 Depart Hong Kong After breakfast take

your Included transfer to the airport for your onward

or homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

TOUR CODE

CHCD

Twin Share Single Supp

Nov 04 $9,495 $2,370

TOUR CODE

CHEC

Twin Share Single Supp

Nov 04 $7,995 $2,070

• Up to $1,650 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,600 with our Earlybird Offers

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation,

internal flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Tour and cruise price based on

Executive Deck Superior cabins on the Yangtze River Cruise. Scenic FreeChoice in Beijing on Day 3 and 4 must be booked prior to final payment. Days 19-21 (Guilin to Hong

Kong) are locally escorted. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 Apr 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.


5 Day Tibet

Adventure

Drepung

Monastery

TIBET

1 Nights

Land Content

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

4

Sera Monastery

Lhasa

Lhasa

Beijing

Shanghai

4 night post-tour extension • 4 nights in Lhasa

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa On arrival in Lhasa you will be

met by your Scenic Tours Representative 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. 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 Drepung Monastery which was once the world’s

largest monastery housing more than 10,000 monks.

Meals: FB

Day 3 Lhasa The extraordinary Potala Palace, once

the winter home of the revered Dalai Lama, dominates

Lhasa’s skyline with its immense walls. 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. The courtyard comes alive in

the afternoon where monks gather in heated debate.

Meals: FB

Day 4 Lhasa Included Scenic FreeChoice activity select

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 Depart Lhasa After breakfast take your

Included transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

2013

Departure Dates and Prices

5 Day Tibet Extension

TWIN

SHARE

Apr 29* $2,695

May 27* $2,695

Jun 24*,25^ $2,695

Aug 20^,26* $2,695

Sep 17^,23* $2,695

Oct 15^,21* $2,695

Nov 18* $2,695

2014

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

TWIN

SHARE

Feb 18^ $2,925

Apr 15^ $2,925

Single supplement available on request.

* Dates combinable with 15 day Iconic

China itinerary (CHSP) see page 54

^Dates combinable with 10 day

China Express Itinerary (CHEX) see

page 56.

Additional 2014 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 nonescorted

extension which can be added to the end of your 15 day Iconic

China (CHSP) or 10 Day China Express (CHEX) 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 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. Scenic FreeChoice in Lhasa

on Day 4 must be booked prior to final payment. Bookings are subject to

availability. Due to Lhasa’s altitude above 3,000 metres, guests need to

provide a medical certificate (refer terms and conditions clause 3.1f). 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 66 & 67.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

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15 Day Iconic China

1

Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many

multi-night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

Chengdu

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Dazu

1

1

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 Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Take a cycle rickshaw through Beijing’s atmospheric Hutongs (alleyways) to

witness traditional Chinese life followed by a fascinating tea ceremony

• Join a Tai Chi Master as they introduce the principles of Tai Chi before guiding

you through some gentle moves

• Partake in a remarkable welcome ceremony as you are given the Key to the

City at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• Unravel the mystery of the magnificent life size army of Terracotta Warriors from

a special VIP platform

• Enjoy a unique performance of the Sichuan Opera

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

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 stunning

Imperial Summer Palace; or join a cooking class in one of Beijing’s old Hutongs

• 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 old Jewish quarter and the charming tree-lined

avenues of the French Concession; or get a taste of daily life as you visit a park,

wander through a wet market and have lunch with a local family

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 31 superb meals including 14 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight

Lunch (HL), 1 Light Lunch (LL), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 5 Dinners (D)

• Dine on a sumptuous Peking Duck Banquet Welcome Dinner

• Witness a Tang dynasty performance while dining on varieties of dumplings

• Delight your taste buds with a Sichuan Hot Pot lunch

• Enjoy unrivalled views of Shanghai’s skyline during your delicious Farewell Dinner

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Fairmont Beijing is located in the heart of Beijing, minutes to the Forbidden City

• Westin Xi’an is just steps away from the Big Goose Pagoda

• Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai’s historic Bund waterfront

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Explore the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and visit the Temple of Heaven

• Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and marvel at this manmade structure

• Take a battery car for a complete circuit of Xian’s ancient walls

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

• Wander the old Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China

• Explore the amazing World Heritage rock carvings at Dazu

• Enjoy a guided tour of the Three Gorges Dam Project, visit the ‘Ghost City’ of

Fengdu or a relocation village and glide along Shennong Stream

• Discover the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum and stroll through

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

• Travel at speeds in excess of 300 kilometres per hour on Shanghai’s famous

Maglev bullet train

• Enjoy an evening performance of the energetic Shanghai Acrobats Troupe

3

Shanghai

Day 1 Arrive Beijing Ni Hao and welcome to

China! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and escorted to your luxurious

hotel in the heart of downtown Beijing (please arrive

by 5.00pm). This evening meet your Tour Director

and fellow travellers for your tour briefing followed by

your special Included Welcome Dinner, a Peking Duck

Banquet. Four Night Special Stay : Fairmont Beijing.

Meals: HD

Day 2 Beijing Embark on your Included tour of

Beijing. Home to the Imperial families during the Ming

era, the Forbidden City, with the towering portrait of

Chairman Mao looming above, will astound you with

the beauty of the many Imperial Palaces, elegant gardens

and pavilions within. Stroll around Tiananmen Square,

one of the world’s largest and home to the Great Hall of

the People and Mao Zedong Mausoleum. Scenic Enrich:

Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric

Hutongs (alleyways) to witness traditional Chinese

life before enjoying the finer art of a tea ceremony.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 3 The Great Wall of China Journey to

Mutianyu, for your Included visit to one of the lesser

visited sections of the Great Wall, where dramatic

scenery provides a picture-perfect backdrop. Standing

on the ancient ramparts is the only way to fully

appreciate this magnificent manmade structure, built

more than 2,500 years ago, and to truly experience the

vastness of China and the essence of the Chinese spirit.

This evening enjoy your Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity: (1) enjoy the artistry of performers and the

colourful costumes from the famed Peking Opera; or (2)

witness the emotion and action of traditional martial arts

combined with evocative dance and flying acrobatics at

the spectacular Legend of Kung Fu show. Meals: FB,LL

Day 4 Beijing Absorb the early morning atmosphere

during your Included visit to the magnificent Temple

of Heaven. Scenic Enrich: Join your Tai Chi Master as

they explain the principles of Tai Chi and guide you

through some basic movements. Join your Included

Scenic FreeChoice activity and select from: (1) discover

the past, present and future of Beijing as you view some

of the city’s architecture; or (2) explore the magnificent

Summer Palace; or (3) travel to a small Hutong and join

a cooking class with a close friend of Scenic Tours.

Meals: FB


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

your Included flight to Xi’an. Visit the ancient city walls,

one of the oldest in China which still encompass the

centre, for your special ceremony. Scenic Enrich: Be

greeted by a Tang Dynasty official and soldiers as

you are presented with a key to the city. Enjoy the

panoramic view as you navigate the city’s walls on your

Included battery car journey. This evening enjoy your

Included dinner as you witness a grand performance of

traditional songs, dances and colourful costumes from

the Tang Dynasty period. Two Night Special Stay :

The Westin. Meals: FB,HD

Day 6 Xi’an Discovered by a local farmer only late

in the 20th century, the remarkable and awe-inspiring

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which were created

to protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin

Shi Huang, are over 2000 years old. Scenic Enrich:

Experience the fascinating army of more than 6000

life size figures from a special VIP platform.

Meals: FB,L

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

your Included flight to Chengdu, the spicy capital of

Sichuan. Hot Pot is famous for the use of the traditional

spice, Sichuan pepper, and you will appreciate why the

Chengdu variation is so special during your Included

lunch. Explore the tranquil halls of the Wenshu Temple,

one of the major temples of Zen Buddhism in China

during your Included visit. Scenic Enrich: Watch a

unique performance of the ancient Sichuan Opera.

Overnight Stay: Shangri-La Hotel. Meals: FB,HL

Day 8 Chengdu – Giant Panda Research

Centre – Dazu Scenic Enrich: Discover the

many programs being implemented to protect the

endangered Giant Panda and their habitat at the

Research and Breeding Centre where, China’s National

symbol the Giant Panda, are nursed from birth. Wander

Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in

China, before you continue to Dazu. Overnight Stay:

Ramada Plaza Chongqing West Hotel. Meals: FB,D

Day 9 Dazu – Yangtze River Cruise The amazing

World Heritage rock carvings at Dazu are a unique

blend of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. As you

will discover during your Included visit, thousands of

carvings decorate the limestone walls. Continue to

Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze River and embark

on your Included luxury Victoria Cruise. After settling

in, enjoy your Included dinner before the ship sets sail

downstream through the Three Gorges. Three Night

Special Stay : Victoria Anna. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise Start you morning

with an energising Tai Chi session on deck before your

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. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise 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 in your sampan, before sailing

through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the three gorges.

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 and transfer to the airport for your Included

flight to the exciting metropolis of Shanghai. Stroll along

the magnificent historic riverfront Bund, with its 1930s

European colonial architecture and views across the

Huangpu River to the Oriental Tower and skyscrapers

of Pudong. Three Night Special Stay : Fairmont Peace

Hotel. Meals: FB,L

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Apr 15 $6,895 $1,840

May 13 $6,895 $1,840

Jun 10 $6,395 $1,670

Departure Dates and Prices

15 day tour • Beijing to Shanghai

Deposit:

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

Upgrade your cabin:

Yangtze Cruise: Executive Suite from $285. Deluxe Suite from $1,095

Shangri-La Suite from $1,295

• Up to $250 with airport transfers included

• Up to $300 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 12 $6,395 $1,670

Sep 09 $6,895 $1,840

Oct 07 $6,895 $1,840

SAVE $ per couple

Giant Pandas, Chengdu

Day 13 Shanghai Take your Included ride on

Shanghai’s famous Bullet Train (Maglev) and travel at

speeds in excess of 300 kilometres an hour. Explore

the narrow historic lanes and bustling street markets on

your Included visit to the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens

of old Shanghai. Encounter amazing treasures on your

Included visit to the Shanghai Museum and wander

People’s Square. Witness the energy and excitement

of your Included performance by the world renowned

Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Meals: FB,L

Day 14 Shanghai Enjoy one of your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activities select from: (1) travel to nearby

Suzhou to visit the exquisite gardens and cruise the

Grand Canal; or (2) explore the old Jewish quarter

and the charming tree-lined avenues of the French

Concession; or (3) get a taste of daily life as you visit

a park, wander through a wet market and have lunch

with a local family. This evening join your Tour Director

for your Included Farewell Dinner overlooking the

Bund and watch the incredible spectacle of the lights

illuminating this incredible metropolis. Meals: FB,HD

Day 15 Depart Shanghai After breakfast take your

Included transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

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 $620 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,700 with our Earlybird Offers

TOUR CODE

CHSP

Twin Share Single Supp

Nov 04 $6,395 $1,670

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified,

accommodation, internal flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Tour

and cruise price based on Executive Deck Superior cabins on the Yangtze River Cruise. Scenic FreeChoice in Beijing on Day 3 and 4 must be booked prior to

final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 Apr 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

ICONIC CHINA

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10 Day China Express

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with 3 night stays

throughout

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

56 | The ultimate touring experience

Xi’an

3

Great Wall of China

3

CHINA

Mt Hua Shan

Mutianyu

Beijing

9 night tour • 3 nights Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Take part in a remarkable welcome ceremony as you are given the Key to the

City at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• Unravel the mystery of the magnificent life size army of Terracotta Warriors from

a special VIP platform

• Take a cycle rickshaw through Beijing’s atmospheric Hutongs (alleyways) to

witness traditional Chinese life followed by a fascinating tea ceremony

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

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

exquisite gardens; or explore the old Jewish quarter and the charming treelined

avenues of the French Concession with many fine examples of 19th and

20th century architecture; or get a taste of daily life as you visit a park, wander

through a wet market and have lunch with a local family

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

spectacular The Legend of Kung Fu

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 17 superb meals including 9 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 4 Lunches (L), 1 Light

Lunch (LL) and 3 Highlight Dinners (HD)

• Enjoy unrivalled views of Shanghai’s skyline and the Bund during your delicious

Welcome Dinner

• Witness a grand performance showcasing the Tang dynasty while dining on

varieties of dumplings

• Dine on a sumptuous Peking Duck Banquet Farewell Dinner

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Fairmont Peace Hotel boasts more than eight decades of history; this legendary

luxury hotel overlooks Shanghai’s Huangpu River and the historic Bund

waterfront

• Westin Xi’an is just steps away from the Big Goose Pagoda, one of the city’s

exhilarating cultural relics and a holy place for Buddhists

• Fairmont Beijing is located in the cultural heart of Beijing; this luxury property is

close to the famous Silk Market and minutes to the Forbidden City

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Walk along the Bund, uncover historic lanes and bustling markets in Old

Shanghai and Yu Yuan Gardens

• Discover ancient relics and treasures in the fascinating Shanghai Museum

• Enjoy an evening spectacular performance of the energetic Shanghai Acrobats

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

• Take a sightseeing battery car along the complete circuit of Xian’s ancient walls

• Witness dramatic landscapes as you ride the cable car up Mt Hua Shan

• Explore the intriguing Forbidden City and stroll across Tiananmen Square

• Walk the Great Wall of China and experience the amazing scale of this

architectural marvel

3

Shanghai

Day 1 Arrive Shanghai Ni Hao and welcome

to China! On arrival you will be welcomed by your

Scenic Tours Representative and escorted to your

luxurious hotel located on the famous Bund. (Please

arrive by 5.00pm). Stroll along the lively waterfront,

admire the 1930s European colonial architecture or

simply relax and settle in. This evening meet your

Tour Director and fellow travellers for your tour

briefing followed by your Included Welcome Dinner.

Dine at the Cathay Room, the hotel’s signature

restaurant with unrivalled views overlooking the Bund

and Shanghai’s skyline. Three Night Special Stay :

Fairmont Peace Hotel. Meals: HD

Day 2 Shanghai This morning take a walk along

the Bund, then meander through the narrow lanes,

courtyards and bustling street markets on your

Included visit to the exquisite Yu Yuan Gardens of old

Shanghai. Encounter amazing treasures, including

bronzes, ceramic and calligraphy on your Included

visit to the Shanghai Museum, one of the largest

museums in China with a collection of more than

120,000 pieces. Wander People’s Square, the large

public square adjacent to the museum, which was

part of the horse racing course of Shanghai. This

evening witness the energy and excitement during

your Included performance by the astounding

Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Meals: FB,L

Day 3 Shanghai Enjoy your Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity select from: (1) travel to nearby

Suzhou to visit the exquisite gardens and cruise the

Grand Canal; or (2) explore the old Jewish quarter

and the charming tree-lined avenues of the French

Concession with many fine examples of 19th and

20th century architecture; or (3) get a taste of daily life

as you visit a park, wander through a wet market and

have lunch with a local family. Meals: FB

Day 4 Shanghai – Xi’an Journey to the airport

on your Included ride on Shanghai’s famous Maglev

Train, travelling at speeds in excess of 300 kilometres

an hour. Take your Included flight to Xi’an where

you will be transferred to the Ancient City Walls.

Scenic Enrich: Be greeted by a Tang Dynasty official

and soldiers as you are presented with a key to the

city during a unique welcome ceremony. Delve into


Xian’s historical past and enjoy the panoramic views

as you navigate the city’s walls, originally built in the

14th century, on your Included sightseeing battery car

journey. This evening enjoy your Included dinner as

you witness a grand performance of traditional songs,

dances and colourful costumes from the Tang Dynasty

period. Three Night Special Stay : The Westin.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 5 Xi’an This morning you will travel to the

remarkable and awe-inspiring Terracotta Army.

More than 2,000 years old, these terracotta warriors

and horses were created to protect the tomb of

China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang and were only

discovered by a local farmer late in the 20th century.

Scenic Enrich: Experience the fascinating army of

more than 6000 life size figures from your special VIP

platform. Meals: FB,L

Day 6 Xi’an Travel through the countryside to one

of China’s five sacred mountains, Mt Hua Shan. From

a distance the five peaks seem to form the shape of a

‘flower’ (hua in Chinese), from where the mountain

gets its name. Travel to the top of the mountain on

your Included cable car journey and discover the

spectacular natural vistas and explore some of the

influential Taoist temples where former emperors

made pilgrimages. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Xi’an – Beijing This morning take your

Included flight to Beijing and transfer to your luxurious

hotel in the heart of downtown Beijing. Admire the

hotel’s unique architecture accented by contemporary

Chinese artwork or take a stroll and explore the

surrounding area including the famous Silk Market.

This evening enjoy your Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity, select from: (1) enjoy a performance of the

famed Peking Opera; or (2) witness the spectacular

Legend of Kung Fu show. Three Night Special Stay :

Fairmont Beijing Meals: FB

Day 8 Beijing Embark on your Included tour of

Beijing, a city rich in history with its myriad ancient

monuments, and one of the world’s truly great cities.

Home to the Imperial families during the Ming era,

the Forbidden City, with the towering portrait of

Chairman Mao looming above, will astound you

with the beauty of the many Imperial Palaces, elegant

gardens and pavilions within. Stroll around the

impressive Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s

largest public squares and home to the Great Hall

of the People and the Mao Zedong Mausoleum.

Scenic Enrich: Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s

atmospheric old Hutongs, (narrow winding back

streets) to witness traditional Chinese life before

enjoying the finer art of a tea ceremony. Meals: FB,L

Day 9 The Great Wall of China Heading out

of Beijing early, travel to Mutianyu for your Included

visit to one of the lesser visited sections of the Great

Wall. The dramatic scenery provides a picture perfect

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 16 $4,395 $995

Aug 11 $4,395 $995

Departure Dates and Prices

10 day tour • Shanghai to Beijing

Deposit:

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 $250 with airport transfers included

• Up to $200 with all tips and gratuities included

Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 08 $4,595 $1,145

Oct 06 $4,595 $1,145

SAVE $ per couple

Forbidden City, Beijing

backdrop as you explore this grand structure built

hundreds of years ago, as it snakes endlessly across

the mountain ridgeline. This evening join your

Tour Director for your Included Farewell Dinner, a

sumptuous Peking Duck Banquet. Meals: FB,LL,HD

Day 10 Depart Beijing After breakfast take your

Included transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

Mt Hua Shan

TOUR CODE

CHEX

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Feb 09 $4,395 $995

Apr 06 $4,595 $1,145

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

• Up to $430 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation, internal

flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Scenic FreeChoice in Shanghai on Day 3 must be

booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

CHINA EXPRESS-

SHANGHAI TO BEIJING

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24 Day Essence of Vietnam

and China

Great Wall of China

Mutianyu

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Cruise

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (land content only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

Xi’an

58 | The ultimate touring experience

3

3

CHINA

Beijing

3

Shanghai

Hanoi

1

1

1

3

2

2

2

Hue

2

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

23 night tour • 21 night land tour • 2 night luxury Halong Bay cruise

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Lunch at KOTO Restaurant, a project that helps disadvantaged youths

• Enjoy a performance by local fishermen during your luxury Halong Bay cruise

• Spend time with nuns at Duc Son Pagoda and learn how they are providing

education and training to the children through the proceeds from your lunch

• Uncover secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels with your veteran guide

• Visit a local village and learn about traditional handicrafts

• Take part in a remarkable welcome ceremony as you are given the Key to the

City at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• Marvel at the magnificent army of Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP platform

• Take a cycle rickshaw through Beijing’s Hutongs followed by a tea ceremony

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 local neighbourhoods on a walking tour; or

experience this dynamic city come to life and enjoy a bowl of pho

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

exquisite gardens; or explore the old Jewish quarter and the charming treelined

avenues of the French Concession with many fine examples of 19th and

20th century architecture; or get a taste of daily life as you visit a park, wander

through a wet market and have lunch with a local family

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

spectacular The Legend of Kung Fu

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 48 superb meals including 23 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL),

10 Lunches (L), 1 Light Lunch (LL) , 5 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 7 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• In Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Enjoy a tour of Hanoi including the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda

• Experience a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the laneways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

• Enjoy a scenic cruise through Halong Bay

• Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets

• Cruise on the Perfume River and discover the Citadels and Mausoleums of Hue

• Explore the small town of Hoi An on a guided cyclo tour

• Relax on a sunset cruise of Hoi An’s river delta

• Take a guided tour of the dynamic and buzzing Ho Chi Minh City and its markets

• Experience the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and rural life

• Walk along the Bund, uncover Old Shanghai and Yu Yuan Gardens

• Discover ancient relics and treasures in the fascinating Shanghai Museum

• Enjoy an evening spectacular performance of the energetic Shanghai Acrobats

• Ride Shanghai’s high speed Maglev train

• Take a sightseeing battery car along the complete circuit of Xian’s ancient walls

• Witness the spectacular scenery as you ride the cable car up Mt Hua Shan

• Explore the intriguing Forbidden City and stroll across Tiananmen Square

• Walk the Great Wall of China and marvel at the scale of this architectural wonder

Halong Bay

Cruise

Danang

VIETNAM

Hoi An

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi Xin Chao and welcome to

Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic

Tours Representative and transferred to your luxury

hotel (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Meet your Tour

Director and fellow travellers for your tour briefing

before your delicious Included Welcome Dinner at

Spices Garden. Three Night Special Stay : Sofitel

Legend Metropole Hanoi. Meals: HD

Day 2 Hanoi On your Included tour visit the

Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and view Ho

Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy lunch at

KOTO (Know One Teach One) a restaurant set up to

train street and disadvantaged children with English

and hospitality skills. Discover the Old Quarter on

your Included cyclo (rickshaw) ride. Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 3 Hanoi Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

(details see pages 16 and 17). Meals: FB

Day 4 Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise Travel to

magnificent Halong Bay and embark the luxurious Au

Co for your Included two night cruise through the calm

waters of Halong Bay. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a special

performance by local fishermen before appreciating a

delicious dinner as you moor in a quiet and secluded

bay. Two Night Special Stay : Au Co Cruise.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise Join a Tai Chi lesson on

the Sun Deck before your visit to Cat Ba Island. Cruise

further into quieter bays and join in some Included

activities like swimming, cycling, kayaking. At sunset, sip

a cocktail and learn about Vietnamese cooking during

a demonstration before enjoying your delicious dinner.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 6 Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi After a

delicious buffet brunch on board, disembark your

luxury cruise and drive back to Hanoi. This evening

appreciate your Included Water Puppets performance.

Overnight Special Stay : Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hanoi. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Hanoi – Hue Transfer to the airport for

your Included flight to Hue. Relive the grandeur of

the Imperial Citadel on your Included visit. Two Night

Special Stay : M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa.

Meals: FB,D

Day 8 Hue This morning relax on your

Included cruise down the Perfume River to Thien

Mu Pagoda. Scenic Enrich: Visit Duc Son Pagoda, talk


with the nuns and learn how they are supporting

their orphanage through the proceeds from your

lunch. This afternoon explore the local Dong Ba

market and Scenic Enrich: Visit a local village and

learn about traditional handicrafts such as making

conical hats or the art of woodblock printing.

Meals: FB,HL,D

Day 9 Hue – Hoi An Your scenic journey travels

via the Hai Van Pass to Danang. En-route enjoy your

Included visit to the open air Cham Museum before

continuing through the picturesque Marble Mountains.

Upon arrival into Hoi An take your Included guided

cyclo tour of this ancient World Heritage town. Two

Night Stay: Life Heritage Resort Hoi An.

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 10 Hoi An Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

(details see pages 16 and 17) this morning. Relax and

enjoy your Included tranquil sunset cruise of the river

delta and watch the fishermen cast their nets.

Meals: FB

Day 11 Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to

the airport for your Included flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

On your Included sightseeing tour visit Notre Dame

Cathedral and the former Presidential Palace. Two Night

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

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Included Scenic

FreeChoice activity (details see pages 16 and 17) this

morning before travelling to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Scenic

Enrich: 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

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

Travel to the Mekong Delta for your Included cruise;

pass colourful floating markets, emerald rice fields, stilt

houses and waterways. Tonight join your Tour Director

for your Included Vietnamese Farewell Dinner on board

the Lady Hua, a traditional wooden barge. Overnight

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

Day 14 Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh

City Early this morning join your Included visit to

the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang. Discover

countless traders, their boats loaded with local produce

all haggling to sell their wares. After breakfast you

will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City where the

rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Special Stay :

Caravelle Hotel. Meals: FB

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City – Shanghai After

breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your

Included flight to Shanghai. Ni Hao and welcome to

China! On arrival you will be transferred to your luxury

hotel. Spend time at leisure before your Included

welcome to China dinner. Three Night Special Stay :

Fairmont Peace Hotel Meals: FB,HD

Day 16 Shanghai Take a walk along the Bund,

followed by your Included visit to the Yu Yuan Gardens

of old Shanghai, the Shanghai Museum and People’s

Square. This evening enjoy an Included performance

of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals: FB,L

Day 17 Shanghai Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity (details see pages 16 and 17) this morning

before an afternoon at leisure. Meals: FB

Day 18 Shanghai – Xi’an Included ride on

Shanghai’s famous Maglev Train, travelling at speeds

in excess of 300 kilometres an hour, to the airport for

your Included flight to Xi’an. Scenic Enrich: Be greeted

by Tang Dynasty officials as you are presented with a

key to the city during a unique welcome ceremony.

Navigate the city’s walls on your Included battery

car journey. This evening enjoy your Included Tang

Dynasty Dinner Show. Three Night Special Stay :

The Westin. Meals: FB,HD

Day 19 Xi’an This morning visit the awe-inspiring

Terracotta Army. More than 2000 years old, these

terracotta warriors and horses were created to protect

the tomb of China’s first Emperor. Scenic Enrich:

Experience the fascinating army of more than 6000

life size figures from your special VIP platform.

Meals: FB,L

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Jun 02 $10,395 $2,810

Jul 28 $10,395 $2,810

Departure Dates and Prices

24 day tour • Hanoi to Beijing

Deposit:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $2,000

Upgrade your cabin:

Halong Bay Cruise - please enquire for details

• Up to $385 with airport transfers included

• Up to $500 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Aug 25 $10,595 $2,950

Sep 22 $10,595 $2,950

SAVE $ per couple

Hoi An, Vietnam

Day 20 Xi’an Travel through the countryside to one

of China’s five sacred mountains, Mt Hua Shan. Travel

to the top of the mountain on your Included cable car

journey and for spectacular views. Meals: FB,L

Day 21 Xi’an – Beijing This morning take your

Included flight to Beijing and transfer to your luxurious

hotel in the heart of downtown Beijing. This evening

enjoy your Included Scenic FreeChoice activity (details

see pages 16 and 17). Three Night Special Stay :

Fairmont Beijing. Meals: FB

Day 22 Beijing Embark on your Included tour of

Beijing and discover the Forbidden City, Tiananmen

Square and the Mao Zedong Mausoleum. Scenic

Enrich: Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s

atmospheric old Hutongs, (narrow winding back

streets) before enjoying the finer art of a tea

ceremony. Meals: FB,L

Day 23 The Great Wall of China Travel to

Mutianyu, for your Included visit to one of the lesser

visited sections of the Great Wall and explore this

grand structure built hundreds of years ago, as it snakes

endlessly across the mountain ridgeline. This evening

join your Tour Director for your Included Peking Duck

Banquet Farewell Dinner. Meals: FB,LL,HD

Day 24 Depart Beijing After breakfast take your

Included transfer to the airport for your onward or

homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB

International Airfares

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

are standing by to secure the best available airfare.

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

• Up to $830 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,600 with our Earlybird Offers

TOUR CODE

VICH

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Jan 26 $10,595 $2,950

Mar 23 $10,895 $3,170

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified, accommodation, internal

flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. This tour is a combination of tour VIET and CHEX therefore overnight stay on Day 14 in Ho Chi Minh City and flight on

Day 15 (Ho Chi Minh City - Shanghai) are unescorted. 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 on Day 3 and Shanghai on Day 17 must be booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures

from 01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

ESSENCE OF VIETNAM AND CHINA

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21 Day Oriental Treasures

of China and Japan

3

Xi’an

CHINA

Beijing

Scenic Tours

Ultimate Inclusions

• Small Group - up to 28 guests

• “Must See” attractions

• All internal flights included

• Well paced with many 2 and 3

night stays

Scenic FreeChoice activities

included

• Highlight Scenic Enrich

experiences

• Centrally located hotels

• Breakfast included daily plus

many lunches and dinners

• Local beer, soft drink, water, tea

and coffee with select lunches

and dinners (China only)

• Unique cultural experiences

• Visits to numerous World

Heritage-listed sites

• Escorted by a professional and

passionate Tour Director

• Knowledgeable English-speaking

local guides

• Private vehicle for all included

sightseeing excursions

• Bottled water and wet towels

during sightseeing

• Audio headsets on select days

• Airport arrival and departure

transfers on first and last day

of tour

• ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and

PORTERAGE INCLUDED

3

Shanghai

60 | The ultimate touring experience

3

Hiroshima

1

Miyajima Island

Takayama

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Kyoto 3

Nagoya

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Osaka Nara

20 night tour • 9 night land tour of China • 11 night land tour of Japan

So much more with Scenic Tours

INCLUDED SCENICEnrich

• Receive the Key to the City at Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall

• View the Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP platform

• Take a cycle rickshaw through Beijing’s Hutongs followed by a tea ceremony

• A special tea ceremony inside one of Tokyo’s gardens

• Cruise Tokyo Bay on board a Yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat

• Experience making a Sarubobo, the special mascot of Takayama

• Join a local expert for a walking tour into Kyoto’s main Geisha area

INCLUDED SCENICFreeChoice

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

exquisite gardens; or explore the old Jewish quarter; or get a taste of daily life as

you visit a park, wander through a wet market and have lunch with a local family

• In Beijing, enjoy a performance of the Peking Opera; or the Legend of Kung Fu

• 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 and taste sushi at

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

INCLUDED SCENICDining

• 44 superb meals including 20 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL),

10 Lunches (L), 2 Light Lunches (LL) , 7 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 4 Dinners (D)

INCLUDED SCENICSpecialStays

• Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooks Shanghai’s historic Bund waterfront

• Westin Xi’an is just steps away from the Big Goose Pagoda

• Fairmont Beijing is located in the cultural heart of Beijing

• Conrad Tokyo, is a luxury hotel set in the heart of bustling Tokyo

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

INCLUDED SCENICHighlights

• Walk along the Bund, and uncover Old Shanghai and Yu Yuan Gardens

• Discover ancient relics and treasures in the fascinating Shanghai Museum

• Enjoy an evening spectacular performance of the energetic Shanghai Acrobats

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

• Take a sightseeing battery car along the complete circuit of Xian’s ancient walls

• Witness dramatic landscapes as you ride the cable car up Mt Hua Shan

• Explore the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and stroll Tiananmen Square

• Walk the Great Wall of China and experience this architectural marvel

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

• Admire the view from atop the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree

• Experience Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the Tokyo

• Visit Nikko, a World Heritage site and discover the shrines and temples

• Glimpse at 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 discover the traditional thatched farmhouses

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

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

• On Miyajima Island marvel at the “Floating” Torii Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine

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

• Visit a sake brewery and sample the famous drop during a tasting

2

JAPAN

Hakone

2

Nikko National Pa PPark

ar ark

3

Tokyo

Mt Fuji

National Park

1 Nights

Land Content

Flight Content (Included)

Rail

Map provided is a guide only.

Please refer to terms and conditions

Day 1 Shanghai Ni Hao and welcome to China!

On arrival be welcomed by your Scenic Tours

Representative and escorted to your hotel. (Please

arrive by 5.00pm). This evening meet your Tour

Director and fellow travellers for your tour briefing

followed by your Included Welcome Dinner. Three

Night Special Stay : Fairmont Peace Hotel. Meals: HD

Day 2 Shanghai This morning take a walk along

the Bund, followed by your Included visit to the Yu

Yuan Gardens of old Shanghai, the Shanghai Museum

and People’s Square. This evening enjoy an Included

performance by the astounding Shanghai Acrobatic

Troupe. Meals: FB,L

Day 3 Shanghai Included Scenic FreeChoice activity

(details see pages 16 and 17). Meals: FB

Day 4 Shanghai – Xi’an Included ride on Shanghai’s

famous Maglev Train, travelling at speeds in excess of

300 kilometres an hour, to the airport for your Included

flight to Xi’an. Scenic Enrich: Be greeted by a Tang

Dynasty official and soldiers as you are presented with

a key to the city during a unique welcome ceremony.

Navigate the city’s walls on your Included battery car

journey. This evening enjoy your Included Tang Dynasty

show. Three Night Special Stay : The Westin.

Meals: FB,HD

Day 5 Xi’an This morning enjoy your Included visit

to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. More than 2000

years old, these terracotta warriors and horses were

created to protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor.

Scenic Enrich: Experience the fascinating army of

more than 6000 life size figures from your special VIP

platform. Meals: FB,L

Day 6 Xi’an Travel through the countryside to one

of China’s five sacred mountains, Mt Hua Shan. Travel

to the top of the mountain on your Included cable car

journey for spectacular views. Meals: FB,L

Day 7 Xi’an – Beijing This morning take your

Included flight to Beijing and transfer to your luxurious

hotel in the heart of downtown Beijing. This evening

enjoy your Included Scenic FreeChoice activity (details

see pages 16 and 17). Three Night Special Stay :

Fairmont Beijing. Meals: FB

Day 8 Beijing Embark on your Included tour of

Beijing and discover the Forbidden City, Tiananmen

Square and the Mao Zedong Mausoleum. Scenic Enrich:


Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric

old Hutongs, (narrow winding back streets) before

enjoying the finer art of a tea ceremony. Meals: FB,L

Day 9 The Great Wall of China Travel to

Mutianyu, for your Included visit to one of the lesser

visited sections of the Great Wall and explore this grand

structure built hundreds of years ago, as it snakes endlessly

across the mountain ridgeline. This evening enjoy your

Included Peking Duck Banquet. Meals: FB,LL, HD

Day 10 Beijing – Tokyo After breakfast transfer to

the airport for your Included flight to Tokyo. Konnichiwa

and welcome to Japan! On arrival transfer to your luxury

hotel and enjoy time at leisure before your Included

Welcome to Japan Dinner. Three Night Special Stay :

Conrad Tokyo. Meals: FB,HD

Day 11 Tokyo Enjoy your Included tour of Tokyo

including the private gardens of Hama-Rikyu. Scenic

Enrich: Enjoy a special tea ceremony in the gardens.

Cruise on the Sumida River before visiting Asakusa

district for a glimpse into Tokyo’s past. Admire the views

from atop the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree.

Experience Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the

city and wander through the famous Meiji Shrine.

Navigate your way through Harajuku district, a fashion

mecca for youth and Tokyo’s “Champs-Elysees” with

its flagship fashion stores. Scenic Enrich: Tonight will

be a special authentic Japanese experience as you set

sail on a Yakatabune, an old-fashioned houseboat, and

enjoy the night views of the city skyline whilst dining on

delicious Japanese cuisine. Meals: FB,L, HD

Day 12 Tokyo – Nikko National Park – Tokyo

Take an Included full day tour of Nikko and see its

fine collection of World Heritage-listed gilded shrines

and temples. Visit Tamazawa Imperial Villa, used as a

summer villa by the Imperial Family of Japan. Meals: FB,L

Day 13 Tokyo – Mt Fuji National Park This

morning enjoy your Included Scenic FreeChoice

activity (details see pages 16 and 17) before travelling to

Hakone National Park, the gateway to Mt Fuji. This small

town is famous for its onsen (hot springs). Enjoy your

sumptuous Included Kaiseki, a multi course Japanese

meal. Two Night Stay: Fujiya Hotel. Meals: FB,HD

Day 14 Mt Fuji National Park Travel up through

the mountains glimpsing amazing views of the

surrounding valleys. Embark on your Included cable car

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

Included cruise on Lake Ashi. Throughout the day you

may have the opportunity to glimpse majestic Mt Fuji!

Meals: FB,L,D

Day 15 Mt Fuji National Park – Takayama

Travel north and discover the beautifully preserved old

hill town of Takayama which, previously inaccessible, has

developed its own unique culture including the mascot

of the region, the Sarubobo. Scenic Enrich: Experience

making one of these special mascots said to prevent

sickness and accidents. Two Night Stay: Hida Hotel

Plaza. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 16 Takayama Wander the old town and visit

the local market on your Included walking tour. Enjoy a

special Included lunch of Hida Beef, the name given only

to exceptionally excellent Japanese black beef produced

in Gifu Prefecture. Continue on for your Included

journey to the World Heritage site Shirakawago, famous

for its traditional farmhouses constructed to resemble

hands pressed together in prayer. Meals: FB, HL

Day 17 Takayama – Hiroshima Take one of the

most scenic rail journeys in Japan to Nagoya and then

board the world famous Shinkansen bullet train and

speed your way to Hiroshima. Reflect on Hiroshima’s

tragic past on your Included visit to the Peace Park

and Museum. This evening enjoy your Included

Okonomiyaki dinner, the famous Japanese style

pancake. Overnight Stay: Sheraton Hiroshima.

Meals: FB,LL, D

Day 18 Hiroshima – Miyajima – Kyoto Begin

the day with your Included visit to Miyajima Island and

2013 Twin Share Single Supp

Sep 08 $15,195 $2,795

Departure Dates and Prices

21 day tour • Shanghai to Osaka

Deposit:

Deposit per person (required within 7 days of booking) $2,000

• Up to $525 with airport transfers included

• Up to $200 with all tips and gratuities included

• Enquire for Savings on groups of 10 or more

Twin Share Single Supp

Oct 06 $15,195 $2,795

SAVE $ per couple

The Great Wall of China

the Floating Torii Gate rising majestically out of the sea.

Explore the island’s many shrines and temples before

your Included journey to Kyoto by bullet train. Three

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

Day 19 Kyoto Enjoy your Included full day tour of

Kyoto and visit Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden

Pavilion, Royanji Temple and its Zen Garden, and Nijo

Castle, which symbolised the power and riches of the

Edo based shogunate. Scenic Enrich: Stroll through the

streets of Gion, one of the main Geisha enclaves with

your local expert and learn more about the interesting

world of the Geisha. If you are lucky you will have the

chance to see a Geisha or Maiko (apprentice Geisha)

as they head to their first appointment of the evening.

Meals: FB,L

Day 20 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto Travel to Nara

where your Included tour will visit the Todaiji Temple,

the world’s largest wooden building and a huge bronze

Buddha. On the return journey to Kyoto enjoy a sake

tasting during an Included visit to a sake brewery.

Tonight join your Tour Director for your Included

Farewell Dinner. Meals: FB,HD

Day 21 Kyoto – Depart Osaka After breakfast you

will be transferred to Kansai airport (Osaka) for your

onward flight or homebound flight (flight not included).

Please book flights after 2.00pm. Meals: FB

Additional 2014 Departure Dates

Please enquire for full details of dates and pricing.

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 $960 Scenic FreeChoice Inclusions

• Up to $1,700 with our Earlybird Offers

TOUR CODE

CHJP

2014 Twin Share Single Supp

Apr 06 $15,195 $2,795

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Tour price shown includes all sightseeing, entrance fees, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions, meals as specified,

accommodation, internal flights and coach transport as detailed in the itinerary. This tour is a combination of tour CHEX and JPTK therefore flight on Day 10

(Beijing - Tokyo) is unescorted. Flights may change and are subject to additional fare surcharges and taxes. Arrival and departure transfers in Japan are Seat in

Coach. Scenic FreeChoice in Shanghai on Day 3 and Tokyo on Day 13 must be booked prior to final payment. Tour itinerary and prices valid for departures from

01 May 2013 to 30 Apr 2014. 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 66 & 67.

ORIENTAL TREASURES OF

CHINA AND JAPAN

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Exceptional hotels in amazing locations

Scenic Tours showcase the finest hotels in each location,

reflecting the character of the area we visit

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. Each of the spacious

rooms provide scenic garden, lake or pool views.

CHINA

BEIJING

Fairmont Beijing

One of China’s most

sought after luxury hotels

welcomes you to the heart

of the capital’s central

business district, just

moments from renowned

shopping at the legendary

Pearl and Silk Markets. The

gate-form architecture showcases natural light-filled

interiors accented by contemporary Chinese artwork.

CHENGDU

Shangri-La Hotel

A modern sanctuary

awaits in an ancient

capital. 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 and

luxuriously appointed amenities.

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DAZU

Ramada Plaza Chongqing West Hotel

East meets West at the

Ramada Plaza Chongqing

West Hotel located near

the famous Dazu Rock

Carvings. Facilities include a

pool, gym and spa.

GUILIN

Shangri-La Hotel

This deluxe property

overlooks the picturesque

Li River, a stylish sanctuary

in which to rest and

rejuvenate. The hotel’s

distinct Chinese-style

architecture is a fascinating

sight to behold. Your

spacious room provides a magnificent view of the Li

River and gorgeous landscaped gardens.

HONG KONG

The Langham

Pre-eminent among Hong

Kong hotels, The Langham

Hong Kong presents a

refined European-style

haven in the heart of

the bustling Tsimshatsui

shopping and tourism

district. With gracious

charm and five star luxury, The Langham Hong Kong

embodies the heritage of the original grand hotel.

St Regis Lhasa Resort, Lhasa

LHASA (TIBET)

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. The

St Regis is Lhasa’s

most coveted address,

conveniently located in the famed Barkhor area and

facing the World Heritage Potala Palace.

SHANGHAI

Fairmont Peace Hotel

Proud, legendary and

lavish, the luxury Fairmont

Peace Hotel boasts a

history that overshadows

that of any other hotel in

the Far East and truly is the

city’s most exclusive and

prestigious address. Bask

in the soothing luxury of the hotel’s indulgent guest

rooms – just as the celebrities of yesteryear did.

XI’AN

The Westin

Located in one of the

cradles of Chinese

civilization, The Westin

Xi’an offers total renewal

just steps from the

ancient city’s myriad

of cultural attractions,

restaurants and

shopping. Experience refined Chinese hospitality

in a historic location.


YANGSHUO

Green Lotus Hotel

Located at the foot of the

Green Lotus Peak, the

hotel is a luxury property

that integrates the natural

beauty of the surrounding

mountains and rivers with

architectural features of

the local minority people.

Most rooms enjoy views across these and down to

the beautiful Li River.

WUZHEN

Clubhouse

Located in one of the most

beautiful water towns in

China, Wuzhen Clubhouse

consists of three separate

ancient timber manor

houses that sit alongside the

river. These classical garden

buildings were originally built

in the Ming and Qing dynasties and have been restored to

provide a stunning boutique hotel.

JAPAN

HAKONE

Fujiya Hotel

Since 1878, Fujiya Hotel has

been renowned as one of

the classical resort hotels in

Japan. With a reputation for

incomparable hospitality and

service, the Fujiya Hotel has

drawn many dignitaries and

celebrities from all over the

world. With attentive service, unique atmosphere and

the natural beauties of Hakone, the Fujiya ensures a

memorable stay.

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.

TAKAYAMA

Hida Hotel Plaza

The hotel is close to

Takayama’s historic train

station, and makes a

great base for walking

discoveries of the

many old shop houses,

temples and shrines

in this wonderful little

city. Enjoy the graceful hospitality of a hotel, and

relaxing atmosphere of a Japanese Ryokan.

TOKYO

Conrad

Legendary Conrad

excellence meets the

calming and inspiring design

of modern day Japan at the

Conrad Tokyo, conveniently

located just minutes from

the famous Ginza Shopping

Street. Panoramic views and

one of Tokyo’s most spacious guestrooms combine to

create a truly luxurious experience.

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

Luang Say Residence

This beautifully decorated

hotel is a wonderful

choice for those wanting

a colonial style retreat.

the Luang Say Residence

is located within easy

reach of Luang Prabang’s

main heritage area, a

wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden

houses and colonial European architecture.

SOUTHERN LAOS (Champasak)

River Resort

Located in Champasak

on the Mekong

River, the River

Resort features stylish

and modern style

villas with fantastic

panoramic views of the

Mekong River and the

mountains. The World Heritage site of Wat Phou

is only 20 minutes away.

VIENTIANE

Ansara Hotel

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 that will

ensure every guest’s enjoyment and pleasure.

BURMA (MYANMAR)

BAGAN

Aureum Palace

Set within the Bagan

Archaeological

preservation zone and

sprawled across 27 acres

of landscaped gardens,

the Aureum Palace offers

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 resort is

surrounded by mountain ranges and rice paddies.

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

entrance way. The

interior enjoys the same charm with marble floors,

rattan furniture, ornate chandeliers and ceiling fans.

THAILAND

BANGKOK

The Sukhothai

This luxury hotel combines

contemporary style with

old-world palatial charm.

With well appointed

facilities, The Sukhothai is a

haven of calm set amid six

acres of greenery and water

ponds. From spacious,

teak-floored bathrooms and fine furnishings, the hotel

blends tradition with elegant, contemporary living.

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CHIANG MAI

The Chedi

At Chiang Mai’s only fivestar

hotel along the scenic

Mae Ping river, traditional

fishing boats float past

the floor-to-ceiling sliding

glass doors of all sleek

guestrooms. Dine at the

colonial British consulateturned-Thai,

Indian and Western restaurant or

explore the famed night bazaar, five minutes by foot.

VIETNAM

HANOI

Sofitel Legend Metropole

Located in the heart

of the capital Hanoi,

the Sofitel Legend

Metropole mixes

modern luxury and Asian

service with French

colonial elegance. A

landmark since 1901

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 historic

Caravelle 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.

Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi

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HOI AN

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An

This boutique resort is

located on the banks of

the Thu Bon River and

only a short stroll from

the colourful and bustling

Ancient Town, a World

Heritage Site. Touches

of French, Dutch,

Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct

ambience in the resort.

HUE

M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa

With its stunning location

on the banks of the

legendary Perfume River,

this former governor’s

residence filled with

Art Deco style offers its

guests a fabulous setting.

La Residence Hotel and

Spa is sumptuously decorated with colonial elegance

combining Asian influences and contemporary style.

MEKONG DELTA (Can Tho)

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel

in the Mekong Delta,

the colonial style

Victoria Can Tho Resort

combines traditional

Vietnamese architecture

and the comfort of an

international property.

The rooms are designed with wood flooring and

authentic Vietnamese decorations.

PHU QUOC

M Gallery La Veranda Resort and Spa

Perched like a jewel

on the secret island

of Phu Quoc, La

Veranda Resort is set

in a stunningly beautiful

tropical garden.

Inspired by colonial

19th century ideas, this

resort promises a unique experience overlooking

the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

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. Experience something

different and unique, in close harmony with nature.


Enjoy a Relaxing Stopover

Either en-route to or returning home from your holiday

SINGAPORE

Swissôtel Merchant Court

Swissôtel Merchant Court is a luxury

hotel in the heart of Singapore’s

entertainment and dining hotspot

Clarke Quay. The hotel is close to

many tourist attractions, including the

shopping belt along Orchard Road.

Twin share from $215 • Additional nights from $165

Fairmont Singapore

The Fairmont Singapore hotel is

ideally situated at the crossroads of

Singapore’s cultural, entertainment and

shopping districts. Enjoy this captivating

city by staying in unrivalled elegance

and luxury.

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Extend your holiday with these great hotel options

HANOI Twin share Single Room

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel from $255 from $515

HO CHI MINH CITY

Caravelle Hotel from $165 from $325

SIEM REAP

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra

Golf and Spa Resort from $155 from $295

LUANG PRABANG

Luang Say Residence from $165 from $325

BANGKOK

Amari Watergate Hotel

Amari Watergate Bangkok puts you in

the heart of the city’s bustling shopping

and dining venues. The spacious

rooms with floor to ceiling windows

overlooking views of the city centre

offer all the comforts of a luxury hotel.

Twin share from $175 • Additional nights from $95

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 30 April 2014.

THAILAND & BURMA (MYANMAR)

BANGKOK Twin share Single Room

The Sukhothai from $195 from $395

YANGON

The Strand from $295 from $395

JAPAN

TOKYO

Conrad from $325 from $365

KYOTO

Hyatt Regency from $245 from $495

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 $235 • Additional nights from $105

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 $255 • Additional nights from $205 Twin share from $235 • Additional nights from $165 Twin share from $335 • Additional nights from $205

BEIJING Twin share Single Room

Fairmont Beijing from $155 from $295

SHANGHAI

Fairmont Peace Hotel from $145 from $285

GUILIN

Shangri-La Hotel from $130 from $260

HONG KONG

The Langham from $185 from $370

All prices are per person, twin share in AUD and include buffet breakfast, taxes and return airport transfers – 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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“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

or New Zealand (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 and airline taxes (unless specified in Your Itinerary); (b) additional optional

activities (c) accommodation upgrades; (d) meals not specified in Your Itinerary;

(e) drinks; (f) laundry; (g) passport fees; (h) visas; (i) vaccinations; (j) government

taxes and charges (excluding GST); (k) all other airport transfers (except as set out

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

on unescorted extensions.

(b) Overnight accommodation required to meet Your Tour and any flight

connections are not included in the Tour Price and will be at Your expense.

2.4 Erroneous Pricing

We reserve the right not to honour any published prices that We determine

were erroneous due to printing, electronic, or clerical error.

2.5 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 “Deposit Protection Plan” outlined in clause 4.11 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 or New Zealand dollars (please

refer to brochure applicable to your market or Your booking summary).

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 Tour

on Deposit Price or Fees

Visa 0 1%

Mastercard 0 1%

American Express 3% 3%

2.6 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, Tour Code or name

change) will result in the following cancellation fees:

Days of notice prior Cancellation charge

to Tour commencement (per person)

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.

2.7 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

accordance with Your Itinerary, We will use reasonable endeavours to provide or

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arrange appropriate alternatives.

2.8 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.

2.9 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.

2.10 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

(d) We may change or vary Your Itinerary.

(e) 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.

(f) Cruise itineraries may be varied due to high or low water levels, flooding,

unscheduled vessel maintenance or for any other circumstances beyond Our

control.

(g) 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.

(h) Where We make a variation to the Itinerary, We are not liable to You for

such variations.

2.11 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.

2.12 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.

2.13 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.

(b) In addition to (and in no way affecting) those limitations set out in clause

2.13 (a)(1)-(5) above, You acknowledge and agree that where You ride on a

motorcoach as a part of a Tour, neither We nor Our agents, nor third parties cooperating

a Tour on Our behalf, will be liable to You for any injury, illness or death

or for any damages or claims You may have against Us or Our agents or relevant

third parties arising from any accident or incident occurring whilst You are riding

on a motorcoach, if (at the time of any such accident or incident) You are not:

(1) wearing a safety belt whilst seated in the motorcoach; or

(2) seated while the motorcoach is in motion.

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.

2.14 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.

2.15 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.

2.16 Travel Insurance

You are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any

unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the Tour.

2.17 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.

2.18 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 April 2013 to 30 April 2014 unless otherwise indicated


in Your Itinerary, and supersedes all previous brochures.

2.19 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.

Deposit Protection 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 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 is 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 Group Sizes

The number of participants will be limited to 28 guests on each coach for land

tours over 5 days in duration.

3.5 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 Deposit Protection Plan

The “Deposit Protection 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 prior to the invoiced final Payment

Date, and the Deposit Protection 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 Deposit Protection 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. Our after hours emergency number when calling in New Zealand is freecall

0800 441 611.

GreenChoice

Climate Friendly Offices

Since the start of 2007 Scenic Tours 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

Asian itineraries. 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

Offset Your Flights

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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VMCL

VIML

VIET

Lao Cai/Sapa

1

19 Day Journey along the Mekong

Luang

Prabang

1

Fanxipan 1

Express Train 1

Siem Reap 3

5 Day Sapa Adventure

LAOS

CAMBODIA

Kampong Cham

7

Phnom Penh

VIETNAM

Mekong River

Chau Doc 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Cai Be

68 | The ultimate touring experience

VIETNAM, THE MEKONG, CAMBODIA, LAOS & THAILAND

31 Day Grand Indochina and Mekong River Cruise

Luang

Prabang

3

Siem Reap 3

Kampong Cham

3

Hanoi

VIETNAM

2 Vientiane

Hanoi

Page 36

Hanoi 1

2 Vientiane

7

1

LAOS

3

3

Pakse

2

Champasak

CAMBODIA

Pakse

2 Champasak

14 Day Essence of Vietnam

2

2 Hue

Danang

2 Hoi An

2 Ho Chi Minh City

1 Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

2 Cruise

2 Hue

Danang

2 Hoi An

VIETNAM

Phnom Penh Mekong River

2 Ho Chi Minh City

Chau Doc 1

Cai Be Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

Cruise

VIETNAM

2

Phu Quoc Island

Pages 26 - 29

Pages 30 - 31

Pages 32 - 33

3 Day Phu Quoc Island Break

Mekong

Delta

VIETNAM

Ho Chi

Minh City

Page 37

VIMC

VIMS

VSEA

MYHC

24 Day Essence of Vietnam, Mekong River & Cambodia

12 Day Scenic Mekong River

Siem Reap 3

CAMBODIA

Kampong Cham

7

Phnom Penh

VIETNAM

Mekong River

Chau Doc 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Chiang Mai

3

Siem Reap 3

Kampong Cham

Bangkok 3

7

Luang

Prabang

3

THAILAND

Hanoi 1

Cai Be

19 Day Spotlight on South East Asia

Irrawaddy

River Cruise

Bagan 2

CAMBODIA

LAOS

Hanoi

3

3 Siem Reap

CAMBODIA

2

3

Mekong Delta

2 Mandalay

Halong Bay

Cruise

VIETNAM

3 Ho Chi Minh City

BURMA (MYANMAR)

12 Day Enchanting Burma

Irrawaddy

River 2 Inle Lake

Heho

1

Halong Bay

2 Cruise

2 Hue

Danang

2 Hoi An

VIETNAM

Phnom Penh Mekong River

2 Ho Chi Minh City

Chau Doc 1

Cai Be Mekong Delta

MYANMAR

2 Yangon

Pages 26 - 29

Pages 30 - 31

Pages 34 - 35

Pages 40 - 41


JPTK

CHEC

Xi’an

CHEX

Hiroshima

3

1

Miyajima Island

3

12 Day Cultural Treasures of Japan

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Chengdu 1

19 Day Encompassing China

Dazu 1

Great Wall of China

Xi’an

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Chongqing

CHINA

Mt Hua Shan

Yangtze River

Cruise

2 Xi’an

3

Great Wall of China

Yichang

Guilin 1

Yangshuo 2

3 Beijing

CHINA

JAPAN CHINA, YANGTZE RIVER & TIBET

Takayama

JAPAN Hakone Tokyo

Osaka Nara

Nikko National Park

2

2

3

3 Kyoto

Nagoya

Mt Fuji

National Park

Mutianyu

4 Beijing

CHINA

10 Day China Express

3

Mutianyu

Beijing

Shanghai

3

3 Shanghai

1 Wuzhen

Page 44 - 45

CHINA, YANGTZE RIVER & TIBET

Page 50 - 52

5 Day Tibet Adventure

Drepung

Monastery

3

Shanghai

4

TIBET

Sera Monastery

Lhasa

Page 56 - 57

CHSP

Xi’an

3

Chengdu

1

Dazu 1

Great Wall of China

CHINA WITH JAPAN

Chongqing

3 Beijing

CHINA

21 Day Oriental Treasures of China and Japan

15 Day Iconic China

2

Yangtze River

Cruise

Mutianyu

3

Xi’an

Great Wall of China

Yichang

3 Shanghai

4

CHINA

Mutianyu

Beijing

24 Day Essence of Vietnam and China

Hanoi

1

3 Shanghai

Page 54 - 55

3

2

2 Hue

Danang

1 Mekong Delta

Halong Bay

Cruise

2 Hoi An

VIETNAM

1 2 Ho Chi Minh City

VICH Page 58 - 59

Hiroshima

1

Miyajima Island

CHINA WITH VIETNAM

CHJP Page Page 58 60 - - 59 61

CHCD

Chengdu 1

Dazu 1

Chongqing

21 Day China in Depth

Yangtze River

Cruise

2 Xi’an

Great Wall of China

Yichang

Takayama

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Kyoto 3

Nagoya

Shinkansen

Bullet Train

Osaka Nara

3

Guilin 1

Yangshuo 2

2

Mutianyu

4 Beijing

CHINA

Hong Kong

2

JAPAN

2

Hakone

3 Shanghai

1 Wuzhen

Nikko National Pa PPark

ar ark

3

Tokyo

Mt Fuji

National Park

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Phone: 1300 136 001 Fax: (02) 4929 4943

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Phone: 1300 136 001 Fax: (02) 8274 1333

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Lower Level, 900 West Georgia St, Vancouver,

BC V6C 2W6, Canada

Phone: 1 866 689 8611

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13th Floor, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HY,

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Phone: 0161 236 2444

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