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Overland Laos: 7 Days/6 Nights

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Laos  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1005 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1215 US Dollar (USD)

As one of Asia's most tranquil towns, Luang Prabang is a well-preserved heritage town famed for its unique blend of golden temples and colonial buildings set amidst the lush green mountains. Learn about Buddhism and its central role in Lao life as you explore the glided temples, saffron-clad monks and sedate riverine lifestyle.

From Luang Prabang, a scenic drive southwards will bring you to Vang Vieng. Surrounded by dramatic karst scenery lining a gently flowing Nam Song River, this town will prove an extraordinary sight to behold as you trek and explore its numerous limestone caves and caverns. Rounding up your Laos tour in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos still maintains the handsome majesty and grandeur of its colonial yesteryears with its numerous popular and historical landmarks. You also have the chance to learn the finer aspects of Lao culture heritage through its fine cuisine and traditional crafts.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and taken to La Residence Phou Vao. At sunset, ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape before wandering through the bustling Hilltribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes. Overnight in the Grand Luang Prabang at Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Pak Ou-Luang Prabang. Following breakfast, cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, where you will discover gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the limestone caverns. Embark on a cultural tour of Luang Prabang in the afternoon, in which you will visit the Royal Palace, now National Museum, before exploring the gilded temples such as Wat Mai, Wat Sensoukarahm and Wat Xieng Thong dotted across the city. Optional: If you are interested in the performance arts of Southeast Asia, the Royal Ballet Theatre will provide an excellent avenue to catch a spectacular display of the Royal Ballet. Overnight in The Grand Luang Prabang at Luang Prabang. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Luang Prabang-Kuangsi. For early risers, you will have to option to observe the long rows of monks in saffron robes receiving alms from the locals at dawn. Following breakfast, gain a deeper understanding of Lao culture at Wat Visoun with its iconic Watermelon Stupa and Wat Aham with the altar of Luang Prabang's two respected geniuses. At Kuang Si Waterfalls, you will have a spectacular view of water cascading into the clear turquoise pools at its foot. Overnight in Grand Luang Prabang at Luang Prabang. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng. En route to Vang Vieng along the scenic Route 13, stop by Kasi and enjoy some of the local fruit produce. At Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, you will be enthralled by the spectacular karst limestone mountains lining the riverbanks. Watch the sun setting against the jagged limestone cliffs, or trek and explore the numerous caverns while discovering their roles in local mythology. Overnight at The Elephant Crossing Resort in Vang Vieng. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Vang Vieng-Vientiane. Experience the magnificence of Nam Ngum Lake and the mountainous surroundings while learning the significance of this artificially dammed lake that churns out hydroelectric power and revenue for the country. Revel in the natural scenery of this largest lake in Laos as you cruise slowly on the lake and observe fishermen in their daily activities. Gain further insights into local livelihoods at Ban Kheune's salt mine and local market off Kilometer 15. Overnight at The Green Park in Vientiane. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Vientiane. Discover the quiet charm of this Lao capital city at Wat Sisaket with the hundreds of Buddha statues nestled in the temple walls and Vat Ho Phra Keo, the temple that once housed the sacred "Emerald Buddha". Continue with the cultural tour in the city at Presidential Palace, the popular Wat Simuang. In the afternoon, ascend the steps up to Patuxai, Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular view over a city that has almost no high-rise buildings before heading to That Luang, the cultural icon of Vientiane. You will have a chance to indulge in the aromatic flavors and smells of Lao coffee. Overnight at The Green Park in Vientiane. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Departure from Vientiane. After breakfast, spend the morning leisurely before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Includes: (B).

- The price is a guideline and will vary according to travel dates and room availability.
- The price is based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin or double room.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Services of an English speaking guide during all tours and transfers
- Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
- Admission fees for all sights visited
- Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
- Boat trip as mentioned in the program to Pak Ou Caves
- Fees for elephant riding
- All permissions and local taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks at mealtimes
- Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry
- Visa stamping fee for Laos
- Extension visa
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips for guide, driver, boat crew and hotels' porters
- Meals other than those mentioned above
- All airfares and airport taxes
- Other services not clearly indicated in the inclusion section above.