Start the tour by visiting the rich and checkered history of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city, which was once considered the most beautiful in the Orient and its museums are a telling reminder of the country's bloody recent history. Any trip to Cambodia would not be complete without seeing its spectacular jungles. For that, you will be taken to Ream National Park, resplendent in its natural glory, for a guided tour followed by a boat ride to the beaches of nearby Koh Sam Pouch.
You will also get the chance to relax at Cambodia's premier beach resort, Sihanoukville, where you can swim, dive or simply lie back in the sand. We have made plenty of time to cycle around Cambodia's countryside also. Its quiet, rural roads offer stunning vistas alongside more exciting features such as the rapids of Toek Chhou, making bicycles the perfect way to see the landscape.
The second half of the tour will let you take in the country's remarkable temples. Siem Reap and the Grand Circuit are home to some of the most spectacular religious monuments in the world including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, the Terrace of the Leper King, Bantreay Srey and Phnom Bok.
Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh. You arrive today in Phnom Penh. After lunch you will start a tour of the city, visiting several landmarks such as Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Independence Monument and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. For the evening, freshen up and prepare for dinner at one of Phnom Penh's most established and atmospheric restaurants. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Kirirom. Today we take an early breakfast before visiting the Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields – a telling reminder of the tragic civil war Cambodians have recently been through. After this we transfer from Phnom Penh to Kirirom. Upon arrival in Kirirom, check into the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we will make a short trip to Cham Bok Waterfall for a three kilometre trek of the area. Overnight in Kirirom. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 3: Kirirom - Sihanoukville. After breakfast we transfer from Kirirom foothill to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's foremost beach resort with fantastic views over the Gulf of Thailand on-route. The afternoon is free to explore the area's beaches before dining at night at a local sea food restaurant. Overnight in Sihanoukville. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Sihanoukville – Ream National Park. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to ream National Park, only 20 kilometres from Sihanoukville. A local guide will join us for a short trek through the jungle paths, pointing out the varied flora and fauna, beautiful creeks, mangroves and wildlife. We will walk to the beach where a boat awaits to take us to Koh Sam Pouch. Enjoy lunch on the quiet white sand beaches and take a swim before boarding the boat again and heading to the Koh Dam Mangroves. Here our transportation awaits to bring us back to Sihanoukville. Overnight in Sihanoukville. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Sihanoukville – Kampot. We depart for Kampot today, a quiet colonial town with great views over the river and the Damrei Mountains. Upon arrival in Kampot, take a short tour before getting on the bicycles for an eight kilometre ride out of town. In the afternoon we visit the rapids of Toek Chhou where, water level permitting, it is possible to swim. A romantic dinner will be laid out in the late afternoon. Overnight in Kampot. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Kampot – Kep. Today we cycle a gentle 25 kilometers towards the beach resort of Kep. The ride is very quiet and leads through charming rural villages. Upon arrival in Kep we cycle uphill to our hotel which overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. After check-in we head for Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island) where a serene environment with perfect beaches awaits. Late afternoon we head back to our resort for dinner. Overnight in Kep. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Kep - Phnom Penh. Today we transfer through the stunning countryside back to Phnom Penh, arriving just in time for lunch. After lunch you are free to explore the town further or ask to be transferred to the famous Russian Market where you will find an eclectic array of items on sale. You will be free to choose a place for dinner at your discretion. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang. We have an early morning departure by bus to start exploring the Cambodian countryside. First up, there is a 25 kilometers cycle ride with an adventure guide making sure that you are safe until arrival at Phnom Udong. Explore Phnom Udong and continue onwards to Kampong Chhnang by bus, an area famous for its pottery centers. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Kampong Chhang - Battambang. After breakfast at a local restaurant, we transfer to Battambang on the banks of Sangker River. Very colonial and well-organised in contrast with Phnom Penh, the surrounding countryside makes Battambang an attraction not to be missed. After arriving and checking in at the hotel, we transfer to Phnom Banan and explore this beautiful hillside temple. Tonight we stay at la Villa, a restored colonial villa located right on the riverside. Overnight in Battambang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Battambang – Siem Reap. Awake early to catch the boat to Siem Reap. The journey will take you down one of Cambodia's most scenic rivers and across Tonle Sap Lake. Upon arrival in Siem Reap we will transfer to our hotel by road. Enjoy lunch in one of Siem Reap's nicest garden restaurants. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before enjoying dinner at one of the town's most trendy venues, Viroth's. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex. After breakfast at the hotel, we will start to explore the Angkor complex, home to the famous Angkor Wat. Afterwards lunch is served in front of the temple and we continue onwards to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, famous for its appearance in movies such as Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. In the late afternoon we transfer to Angkor Thom, where you will see the Bayon – one of the most beautiful structures in the region. We will take time to explore the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants before heading back to Siem Reap for a well deserved dinner with an Apsara Ballet performance. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Siem Reap - Beng Mealea – Banteay Srey – Siem Reap. After breakfast we depart for Beng Mealea and on to Phnom Bok before cycling to Banteay Srey. Afterwards we transfer to Phnom Bok, a hillside temple 640 metres high. From here we climb on our bikes and ride along a beautiful track through paddy fields to Banteay Srey. After our exploration of Banteay Srey temple we climb back into the coach and transfer to Siem Reap for dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L),( D).
Day 13: Siem Reap- Roulous – Kampong Phluck – Siem Reap. After breakfast we depart at for Roulous to explore the three main temples: Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei. Afterwards, there is a 12 kilometre ride towards Kampong Phluck, passing a small orphanage where you will have a chance to interact with the children and learn their stories over lunch. We then continue cycling through small rural villages with stunning scenery before a boat transfer to Kampong Phluck. The journey takes you past Cambodia's water-bound life on-route to the floating village on LakeTonle Sap. We then transfer back to Siem Reap in the late afternoon to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Siem Reap - Departire. After breakfast you are free to explore the town before transferring to the airport. "This itinerary may alter due to local conditions, the strength of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your biking or trekking guide will have the final say." Includes: (B).
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