2013/14
ADVENTURES
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About us
With over 31 years of wholesale travel
experience Viva! Holidays is dedicated to
providing an extensive range of ...
•• Welcome	2
Planning your holiday 	 4
•• Asia 	 6
•• Europe and
the Middle East	 23
•• Central America
and South America	...
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YOURSTYLEOFHOLIDAY
Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY
Basix
On a Basix trip you can expect ...
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Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY
Short Break
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Asia
Asia is a heady mix of colour and culture,
mouth-watering food ...
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THAILAND
Touring Asia THAILAND
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Touring Asia THAILAND AND BALI
Days 1-2: Bangkok
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok...
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Touring Asia THAILAND
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VIETNAM
Touring Asia VIETNAM
Day 1: Hanoi
With its French-colonial buildings, graceful
boulevards a...
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Touring VIETNAM
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VIETNAM
Touring VIETNAM
Day 1: Hanoi
Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-
coloni...
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LAOS,VIETNAMCAMBODIA
Touring LAOS, VIETNAM  CAMBODIA
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BURMA
Touring BURMA
Days 1-2: Yangon
Arrive in Burma and head straight into the heart of the
capita...
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CHINA
Touring Asia CHINA
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CHINA
Touring CHINA
Beijing
Shanghai
Xi'an
CHINA
Water Town
Days 1-2: Shanghai
Uncover the treasure...
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JAPAN
Touring Asia JAPAN
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SABAHANDBORNEO
Touring SABAH AND BORNEO
BORNEO
MALAYSIA
Kinabatangan
Jungle Camp
Sepilok Orangutan ...
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INDIA
Touring INDIA
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Touring Asia INDIA
Days 1-2: Delhi
Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums
and ...
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Touring Asia INDIA
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INDIAANDCHINA
Touring Asia INDIA AND CHINA
Day 1: Delhi
Colourful and steeped in history, this city...
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EUROPEANDTHEMIDDLEEAST
Planning your holiday EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Europe and the
Middle East
From the majestic Bl...
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  1. 1. 2013/14 ADVENTURES Viva! Cover artwork.indd 1 24/02/13 11:21 AM
  2. 2. About us With over 31 years of wholesale travel experience Viva! Holidays is dedicated to providing an extensive range of exciting and affordable holiday deals to cater for all holiday-makers and all budgets • vivaholidays.com.au Viva! Holidays’ accommodation ratings These Viva! Holidays’ ratings are provided as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstance. Ratings may also vary from room to room. Please remember these are Viva! Holidays’ views and are not related to any other rating system. TTTTTDeluxe property, providing international standards of accommodation, cuisine, facilities and outstanding service. TTTTSuperior property, providing well-appointed rooms, a wide range of facilities and a high standard of service. A memorable experience. TTTStandard property, providing comfortable rooms, pleasant service and adequate facilities. Viva! Holidays’ accommodation information Check-in/check-out time: Whilst times can change from property to property the standard check-in time is 2.00pm with check-out at 10.00am. Please check before booking. Accommodation features: All the room features shown in this brochure relate to the standard or basic room category. People per room: The number of people permitted in the room is shown for each room category. Please check before booking. People with a disability: Some properties provide a range of facilities for people with a disability. Please refer to the accommodation features grid and check before booking. Run of house: This is the term used for the best available room which will be provided to you at time of check-in. Symbols Throughout the brochure you’ll also find a superb selection of value-for-money options. Just check out the symbols below and keep an eye out for them throughout the brochure. V Value offers: Hotels that will save you money by offering extra value items such as breakfasts, kids’ meal deals or late check- out. F Family friendly: Hotels offering great children’s facilities such as baby- sitting, child menus, kid’s club, highchairs and cots. NOTE: These special offers are generally not combinable. Only one offer per booking applies and stays must be on consecutive nights. Check with your travel consultant before booking. Capture and tag us in your Viva! Holiday photos facebook.com/VivaHolidaysAU twitter.com/viva_holidays instagram.com/vivaholidays
  3. 3. •• Welcome 2 Planning your holiday 4 •• Asia 6 •• Europe and the Middle East 23 •• Central America and South America 32 •• North America 47 •• Africa 48 •• Booking conditions 60 Contents
  4. 4. vivaholidays.com.au 4 YOURSTYLEOFHOLIDAY Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY Basix On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2T) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You’ll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region’s hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on destination and itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They’re also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences. Original Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunity to explore at your own pace and join in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you’ll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3T) but you’re as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It’s all a part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures. Comfort Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4T), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course!). Along the way you’ll really experience the destination up close. You’ll mingle with locals and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel but real world experiences, just with a softer landing. Themes Some of our journeys have a special interest or theme. Keep your eye out for them as you’re searching for your perfect trip. Active Thrilling adventures is the simplest way to describe these trips. As you’d expect, activity is the key – though we’re talking cycling, kayaking and walking rather than rock climbing or paragliding. You don’t need to be super fit for all Active trips, but they’re ideal if you want a physical challenge with plenty of cultural interaction. Overland Big adventures through immense landscapes. These journeys take you off the beaten track to experience the sights and sounds of remote regions. Travelling in purpose-built vehicles, you’ll explore with a group of up to 24 travellers. Accommodation depends on the style of adventure you choose. If camping, most meals are included and if there is a kitty you will be required to pitch in and cook meals. Like all big adventures, the more you put in the more you’ll get out! Your style of travel... Our travel styles share a common philosophy of getting out there and experiencing the real world. Take a moment to choose the style for you
  5. 5. 5 YOURSTYLEOFHOLIDAY Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY Short Break Short Breaks are the ideal add-on to a longer adventure, or just a short break in an amazing destination. With a duration of 2-5 days these trips range from relaxing beach breaks, to excursions with a local guide or a short but sweet group adventure. With guaranteed frequent departures, group size will vary from the single traveller to an average size of 12. Also guaranteed is the opportunity for the type of real life experience that makes travel so rewarding. Urban Adventures Urban Adventures are city tours that unlock the hidden secrets in and around our favourite cities. They range from 2 hour to 1 day adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights. While these adventures may be short, they’re big on real life experiences. Step into the lives of the locals, find out what makes the city tick and get acquainted with the food and culture, all in the company of an expert local guide. See more than just the usual sights on an Urban Adventure. Marine From cruising through the Galapagos to exploring Antarctica on an icebreaker, set sail on a boat-based adventure to explore oceans, rivers or seas. Most of the time you will be sleeping, eating and living onboard a boat but there will be opportunity to head to dry land for day trips and side excursions. The size of your group will depend on the type of boat you are travelling on. Physical ratings... You’ll find the physical rating next to the itinerary. This indicates how much physical activity is required of you on the trip - from none at all (unless you feel like it) to 8+ hours a day hiking or biking. It also tells you how fit you need to be to enjoy it. Physical ratings range from Z easy and relaxing; to ZZZZZ only for the seriously fit, who are ready for a full- on, active adventure. Choose a ZZZ trip for inclusive activities that only require a moderate level of fitness. Culture shock ratings... You’ll also find the culture rating beside each itinerary. This gives you an idea of the degree of culture shock you can expect - whether there’s any familiar food, health considerations and how much you’ll need to adapt to local customs. Culture ratings range from Z little or no adjustment required; to ZZZZZ expect a real culture shock. On a mid-point, ZZZ rated trip you can expect unusual food and some language barriers but still access to home comforts. Guaranteed departures... Because of our small group sizes, we’re able to guarantee departures for almost all of our trips. Unlike other operators, we generally run trips on a ‘maximum number’ basis, not a minimum. So unless minimum numbers are specified, once you have booked and paid your deposit, your trip is on! Carbon Offset Adventures… Most of our trips are carbon offset, except those where we do not have pricing control. In this brochure, the trips featured without carbon information are not offset. Please note: Carbon emission information in this brochure relates to amount of emissions offset per person, per trip.
  6. 6. vivaholidays.com.au 6 ASIA Planning your holiday ASIA Asia Asia is a heady mix of colour and culture, mouth-watering food and magical landscapes. It invites exploration; trek through tangled Thai jungles, visit ancient hill-tribe peoples, kayak around towering limestone karsts, haggle for jewels and handicrafts; or devour delicious Peking duck. There’s adventure aplenty in Asia – hold on and enjoy the ride. South China Sea Sea of Okhotsk Philippine Sea Sea of Japan (East Sea) Java Sea Laptev Sea Kara Sea INDIAN OCEAN Gulf of ThailandAndaman Sea Gulf of Carpentaria Yellow Sea Timor Sea Norwegian Sea PACIFIC OCEAN East China Sea Bering Sea Bay of Bengal Barents Sea Arctic Ocean Sea Arafura Sea VIETNAM U.A.E. AINE THAILAND SWEDEN SRI LANKA RUSSIA QATAR ND PHILIPPINES PAKISTAN OMAN NORWAY NEPAL MONGOLIA VA MALAYSIA MALAYSIA LITHUANIALATVIA LAOS AIT SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA KAZAKHSTAN JAPAN AQ IRAN INDONESIA INDIA GEORGIA FINLAND ESTONIA MARK CHINA CAMBODIA BURMA BHUTAN BELARUS BANGLADESH HRAIN AZERBAIJAN ARMENIA AFGHANISTAN TAIWAN HANOI BANGKOK MANILA KUALA LUMPUR VIENTIANE KATHMANDU TOKYO JAKARTA PHNOM PENH NEW DELHI BEIJING Mumbai Kolkata Chennai Colombo Negombo Kyoto Shanghai Hong Kong Xian Ho Chi Minh City Sanya Bohol Cebu Kota Kinabalu SABAH SARAWAK BORNEO CELEBES TIMOR HAINAN ISLAND PALAWAN BORACAY MACTAN ISLAND Hue Halong Bay Hoi An Denpasar Ubud Things to see and do •• Trek past rice fields to meet Northern Thailand’s hilltribes •• Take part in early morning exercise sessions around Hanoi’s lakes •• Experience a stay in Rajasthan’s opulent royal palaces •• Try Sichuan’s world-famous cuisine
  7. 7. 7 THAILAND Touring Asia THAILAND *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Homestay Bangkok Hilltribe Trek Chiang Mai Golden Triangle Ayuthaya THAILAND Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai Chiang Rai Doi Mae Salong Day 1: Bangkok Get among the energy of this exciting capital. Take a stroll down famous Khao San Road, stop off to slurp a fiery Thai curry or check out the lively bar scene. This is one city that definitely knows how to have fun. Days 2-4: Kanchanaburi - River Kwai Trade Bangkok’s busy streets for its waterways and take a longtail boat cruise down the Chao Phraya River. See all 46 metres of the tremendous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Hit the road bound for Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Visit the JEATH War Museum then head out of town to swim beneath the seven-tiered waterfall at Erawan National Park. There’s even a chance to kayak back to town, paddling under the infamous Death Railway Bridge. Day 5: Ayutthaya This ancient capital of Siam boasts beautiful temples. Wat Phra Mahathat is a highlight, while fortunes are revealed at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Enjoy them both on a guided tour. Later, board an overnight train heading north. Days 6-7: Chiang Mai In free time, shop for mementos at the famous Night Bazaar or hone culinary skills at a cooking class. Hail a songthaew to the temple complex of Doi Suthep for memorable views of this northern city. Day 8: Doi Mae Salong Head through undulating green valleys lined with tea plantations to picturesque Doi Mae Salong. Go underground to explore a fascinating cave system. Day 9: Homestay Experience village life with Intrepid’s long-time friends on an overnight stay. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Khantohk dinner accompanied by a dance performance by the local school kids. Days 10-11: Hilltribe Trek Hike through remote villages and discover diverse hilltribe cultures. Stay in simple huts and trek through rural terrain, past lush rice terraces carved into the hills. Day 12: Chiang Rai Stop by colourful Mae Sai on the way to the border junction between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the fascinating House of Opium for a deeper insight into the Golden Triangle’s problematic past. Day 13: Chiang Mai Why not enjoy a traditional Thai massage before an overnight train journey back to the capital. Days 14-15: Bangkok Back in the city, get lost looking for a bargain in the extensive Chatuchak Weekend Market or soak up the sights and sounds of vibrant Chinatown. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSN Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions offset 462kg per person. PRICE FROM $1375* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/ guesthouses (8 nights), overnight train (2 nights), hilltribe village (2 nights), homestay (1 night), rafthouse (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, minibus, longtail boat, bus, songthaew, cycle rickshaw, van, taxi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Beautiful Thailand 15 days/14 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Vickie Chen Day 1: Bangkok Make the most of this bewitching city of skyscrapers and temples, chaos and calm. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of traditional and modern. Day 2: Sukhothai Enjoy the tranquillity of Thailand’s first capital, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and fertile rice paddies. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener - the culinary smorgasbord here ranges from fried rice to fried bugs. Day 3: Lampang Step back in time and tour Sukhothai’s fascinating temples by bicycle, stopping off at a local market and sharing a picnic. Perhaps see the impressive murals of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang or enjoy some pampering at the local herbal sauna and massage centre. Day 4: Homestay Make tracks to a local village and be treated to a traditional Khantohk dinner accompanied by live music and dancing. Days 5-7: Chiang Mai Rise early to offer alms to the monks or stretch out with a yoga session. Take a relaxing soak in hot springs en route to Chiang Mai. Situated at the crossroads of one of South-East Asia’s most important trade routes, the northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between the temples, take a cooking class, cruise down the river on a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets. Day 8: Bangkok Celebrate the end of the adventure over a cold Singha and a delicious pad thai in Thailand’s bustling capital. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSK Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 246kg per person. PRICE FROM $935* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nights), homestay (1 night), overnight train (1 night), resort (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, taxi, songthaew, bicycle, minibus, train Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Explore Northern Thailand 8 days/7 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Vicki Coupling I N D I A SRI LANKA A F G H A N I S T A N N E P A L C H I N A P A K I S T A N K Y R G Y Z S T A N K A Z A K H S T A N UZBEKISTA N U R K M E N I S T A N T A J I K I S T A N M O N G O L I A Bangkok Chiang Mai Homestay Sukhothai Lampang THAILAND
  8. 8. vivaholidays.com.au 8 THAILANDANDBALI Touring Asia THAILAND AND BALI Days 1-2: Bangkok Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok’s chaotic streets are a traveller’s delight. Head out to Wat Arun, the ‘Temple of the Dawn’, to see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Take the overnight train to Surat Thani. For trips May-Oct (East Coast)... Days 3-4: Ko Pha-Ngan Chilled out and picturesque, this island getaway is the perfect place to escape for an idyllic beach break. Wander through fishing villages, discover temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls. Days 5-6: Ko Tao Soak up the best of beach life on the white, sandy shores of Ko Tao. Snorkel or scuba along reefs teeming with colourful fish, or relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms. Days 7-9: Ko Samui Get ready for more white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day trip to Thailand’s largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake. There’s the option to get active and head out on a sea- canoeing trip or, if that seems like too much hard work, simply relax with a cocktail on the beach. For trips Nov-Apr (West Coast)... Days 3-4: Ao Nang-Krabi Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi Phi Island. Days 5-6: Ko Yao Noi Sail around the bay’s spectacular limestone cliffs and islands before pulling on a mask for more fantastic snorkelling. Days 7-9: Phuket Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall en route to Phuket’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand’s largest island. Bungee jump, take in a cabaret show or simply kick back with a cocktail. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: May-Oct East Coast: TTST Nov-Apr West Coast: TTZT Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 277kg per person. PRICE FROM $1095* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Thailand Beaches 9 days/8 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Andreas Stuerzinger Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nights), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, ferry, boat, minibus, tuk-tuk, songthaew, longtail boat Meals: 2 lunches May - Oct Nov - Apr THAILAND Bangkok Phuket Ko Yao Noi Ko Samui Ko Tao Ko Pha-Ngan Ao Nang/Krabi Days 1-2: Ubud Bali’s largest Hindu town, Ubud, is also its artistic and cultural heart. There’s plenty of free time to browse the many craft shops, meet monkeys in their forest sanctuary or, for the more adventurous, go whitewater rafting. Enjoy a night market visit and Balinese cultural performance in the evening. Day 3: Sidemen Take to the backstreets of Ubud and beyond on a bicycle. Stop and admire some of the intricately carved temples along the way. Afterwards, head to the hills and the peaceful, scenic village of Sidemen, set against the backdrop of Mt Agung, Bali’s highest peak. This friendly village is a great place to chill out and meet the locals. Day 4: Mt Batur Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop before enjoying a traditional bungkus (take-away) lunch. Afterwards, trek into the mountains for wonderful views of Bali’s volcanic landscape. Days 5-6: Lovina Rise early and venture out into the cool, eerie darkness to climb Mt Batur. From the summit, take in the spectacular sunrise. For a sea change, head down to the coast for a day of snorkelling or scuba diving among some of Bali’s impressive reefs in the Bali Barat National Park. Continue to the beachside fishing village of Lovina - a great base for exploring the north coast of Bali. Take the chance to head out on outrigger boats to view dolphins. Day 7: Bedugul Leave the coast behind and visit Seririt Market and the tranquil Banjar hot springs. Travel inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul. Days 8-9: Ubud Admire Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of Bali’s most beautiful temples, situated in the centre of a glassy lake. Head back to Ubud, pick up some last-minute souvenirs or enjoy a final Balinese banquet before bidding this magical island farewell. Departures: Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TISA Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 272kg per person. PRICE FROM $995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Beautiful Bali 9 days/8 nights From: Ubud Operated by: Intrepid Travel Bali - Dennis Walton Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night), hotel (7 nights) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch BALI Lovina Mt Batur Bedugul Sidemen Ubud INDONESIA
  9. 9. 9 THAILAND Touring Asia THAILAND *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Days 1-2: Bangkok Escape the clamour of the capital with a boat ride down the khlongs and a visit to Wat Pho. Day 3: Chiang Mai Climb 300 steps to the Doi Suthep Temple to see a panorama of the city. Day 4: Huay Xai Explore remote border towns and soak up the riverside serenity. Day 5: Mekong River Watch village life pass by while cruising along the Mekong River in Laos. Days 6-8: Luang Prabang Visit the Pak Ou Caves, which are adorned with thousands of carved Buddhas. Discover Laos’ history in Luang Prabang before checking out the spectacular Kuang Si Falls. Days 9-10: Vang Vieng Take a hike among the limestone cliffs or sit by the riverside and soak up the serenity of Vang Vieng. Day 11: Vientiane Enjoy time exploring the capital on foot, by bicycle or by jumbo - Laos’ answer to the tuk-tuk. Day 12: Hanoi Say a final farewell to Laos before boarding a plane bound for Hanoi. Day 13: Halong Bay Be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay. Stay on a junk boat overnight. Days 14-15: Hanoi Experience Hanoi’s seductive French charm, drop by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum and take in an evening performance of traditional water puppets. Board the Reunification Express for an overnight journey to Hue. Day 16: Hue Wander the Imperial Citadel, discover the wealth of the Nguyen emperors and cruise down the serene Perfume River. Days 17-19: Hoi An This port town’s rich heritage is evident in the shuttered windows and pitched roofs of the traditional merchant houses. Days 20-21: Ho Chi Minh City Browse the bustling Ben Thanh Market then jump in a cyclo and get acquainted with the tangle of Ho Chi Minh City’s streets. Days 22-23: Phnom Penh Learn about Cambodia’s violent past at the Killing Fields. Later, appreciate the peace of present-day Phnom Penh with a beer on breezy Sisowath Quay. Day 24: Homestay Enjoy a traditional dinner on a homestay in Kampong Thom. Days 25-27: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat The enigmatic ruins of Angkor provide endless photo opportunities. Explore the temples dotted around Siem Reap with a local guide. Days 28-29: Bangkok Sample spicy specialties, get a massage or shop up a storm back in the energetic capital. Departures: Every Wednesday and selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TKSV Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 402 kg per person. Bangkok Hanoi Huay Xai Luang Prabang Hue Hoi An Homestay Ho Chi Minh City Halong Bay Chiang Mai Siem Reap Angkor Wat Vientiane Vang Vieng Phnom Penh Mekong River VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND LAOS Vietnam - Sally Johnson Great Indochina Loop 29 days/28 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $3245* per person based on 2 adults travelling based selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam - Sally Johnson Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (24 nights), homestay (1 night), overnight train (2 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, bus, boat, longboat, songthaew, tuk-tuk, cyclo Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  10. 10. vivaholidays.com.au 10 VIETNAM Touring Asia VIETNAM Day 1: Hanoi With its French-colonial buildings, graceful boulevards and aromatic cafe au lait, Hanoi has an elegant timelessness. Take in the ambience strolling around the city streets or taste the country’s blend of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine in the restaurants. Days 2-3: Halong Bay An overnight boat trip in this bay of wonders is sure to be a memorable experience. Sit back and soak up the scenery, swim in the balmy waters and sleep onboard beneath a star-studded sky. Then travel the famed Reunification Express railway for an overnight journey to Hue. Days 4-5: Hue Appointed as the imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation, Hue will enchant. Let the royal past come to life among the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and the Nguyen emperors’ intricate tombs. Then unwind on a cruise down the Perfume River. Days 6-7: Hoi An Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass en route to Hoi An, once a thriving port town. Today, trade remains central to everyday life, with shops offering everything from custom-made shoes to tailored clothes and silk lanterns. Get a pair of boots made or pick up some traditional paintings for friends and family back home. Days 8-10: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta See the sights of the city from a cyclo and be moved by the War Remnants Museum. Head out to the Mekong Delta for the day and sample regional specialities such as the quirky elephant ear fish. Board sampans and paddle through tributaries in the delta. Spot the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. The lush scenery in this part of the world makes a fabulous backdrop for final photos. Departures: Every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and selected Thursdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSF Vietnam Express Northbound: TVSQ Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 332 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1260* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (7 nights), overnight sailing junk (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, minibus, overnight boat, cyclo, boat, taxi, private vehicles Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Vietnam Express Southbound 10 days/9 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Angela Vaughan Days 1-2: Hanoi Get lost in the whirl of colour, commotion and horn-blowing traffic. Visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and end the day at a water puppet show. Days 3-4: Halong Bay-Hanoi Have breakfast with the kids at the Blue Dragon Foundation before leaving the frenetic pace of city life behind to sail on Halong Bay. Swim among the soaring karsts, explore limestone caves and be rocked to sleep by the boat bobbing on the water. Returning to Hanoi, travel overnight on the Reunification Express, heading south. Days 5-6: Hue Imagine the opulence of imperial Vietnam at the Thai Hoa Palace, see the scars of former wars in the Forbidden Purple City or discover the legacy left behind by the fussy Emperor Tu Duc at his tomb. Relax aboard a Perfume River cruise. Days 7-9: Hoi An Travel past coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co before heading into the mountains and crossing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Take a step back in time in the ancient streetscapes of Hoi An. Here there are centuries- old family homes to explore, the wonderful Japanese Covered Bridge to wander across and bowls of mouth-watering cao lau to try. Days 10-12: Nha Trang Devour a delicious seafood lunch, float in basket boats and then dive into the sparkling waters of the South China Sea. Days 13-15: Ho Chi Minh City Enjoy a relaxed cyclo tour through the city. Later, take a rowboat along the Mekong Delta. Learn the secrets of longan honey from a family of beekeepers and gain insight into rural life on a village visit before ending the adventure back in Ho Chi Minh City. Departures: Every Wednesday, Saturday and selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 167 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1490* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (11 nights), overnight sleeper train (2 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, private minibus, taxi, cycle rickshaw, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Scenic Vietnam 15 days/14 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Jeff Green Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City I N D I A SRI A F G H A N I S T A N N E P A B H U T A BANGLADE P A K I S T A N K Y R G Y Z S T K A Z A K H S T A N UZBEKIST AN T U R K M E N I S T A N T A J I K I S T A N M O N G O L I A VIETNAM Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Nha Trang Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City A F G H A N I S P A K I S K A Z A K H SUZBE T U R K M E T A J I K VIETNAM
  11. 11. 11 VIETNAM Touring VIETNAM *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Nha Trang Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM Mekong Delta Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City See how daily life overflows onto the streets, into French-style cafes and then quietens in the city’s peaceful pagodas. Day 2: Mekong Delta Enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit Vinh Trang Pagoda before embarking on a Mekong Delta excursion. Cruise the matrix of waterways that are the lifeblood of this region and enjoy classic hospitality overnight. Days 3-4: Ho Chi Minh City Awaken early to mingle with locals on the Mekong River’s famous floating markets. Visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City then further enjoy the sights and sounds on a cyclo tour. Spend time at the sobering War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace before taking an overnight train to Nha Trang. Days 5-6: Nha Trang With a dramatic mountain backdrop and a shimmering sea, Nha Trang is the perfect place for a beach break. Enjoy a cyclo tour and then cruise the nearby islands, stopping to swim and snorkel in the balmy sea. Feast on the day’s catch before experiencing Nha Trang’s famed nightlife. Days 7-9: Hoi An Once an international trading port, Hoi An still retains an enchanting sense of centuries past. Walk through the raucous Hoi An market, venture out to see the ancient Cham ruins at My Son or perhaps cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach to soak up some rays. Days 10-11: Hue Stop at lovely Lang Co Beach for lunch en route to the walled city of Hue, once the exclusive domain of Vietnam’s royal rulers. See the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and a spectacular royal tomb before gliding peacefully down the Perfume River on a dragonboat. Day 12: Hanoi Despite the throngs of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes, Vietnam’s bewitching capital Hanoi retains its French-provincial air. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum before attending an evening water puppet performance. Day 13: Halong Bay Start the day with breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid Travel-supported organisation that trains disadvantaged young people in restaurant management and hospitality. Board a junk boat tour across the jade waters of Halong Bay and discover secluded beaches, secret grottoes and soaring karst peaks. Fall asleep to the sound of lapping water amid this incredible landscape. Days 14-15: Hanoi See artisans crafting traditional ceramics before making tracks back to Hanoi. Finish up in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and perhaps celebrate with a final feast. Departures: Selected Wednesday and Saturday. Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: TVKT Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 516kg per person. PRICE FROM $2120* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (11 nights), overnight boat (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Boat, overnight sleeper train, plane, private vehicle Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Classic Vietnam 15 days/14 nights From: Ho Chi Minh City Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Louise Farmer Days 1-2: Phnom Penh Phnom Penh celebrates life with optimism and colour, and there are a wealth of riverside eateries, bustling markets and historic sites - both tragic and inspiring - to discover. Days 3-4: Battambang With the Sangker River running alongside, Battambang has wonderfully preserved French colonial architecture, ornate Khmer temples and a laidback feel, despite being Cambodia’s second-largest city. Days 5-7: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat With a vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food, a time-worn French feel and certain famous temples on its doorstep, Siem Reap is a little town with a big, pulsating heart. Immense, awe-inspiring, extraordinary - the Angkor Wat temples are all this and much more. Built in the 12th century, this former Khmer city is nothing short of spectacular. Day 8: Sambor Prei Kuk-Homestay Get a taste of real Cambodian life on a homestay with a local family in one of the traditional villages near the impressive Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex. Days 9-10: Kampot With gorgeous scenery, lush rice paddies and nearby Phnom Chhnork Caves, Kampot is a beautiful little town famous for growing pepper and durian. Days 11-12: Sihanoukville Sihanoukville - or Kompong Som to locals - is a small port town with long stretches of beach and beautiful, sleepy islands just off the coast. Days 13-14: Phnom Penh Sitting on the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh is buzzing with modern life, while still retaining some of its French Colonial heritage. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TKSM Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 157kg per person. PRICE FROM $1285* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (12 nights) Transport: Bus, private minibus, van Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches Best of Cambodia 14 days/13 nights From: Phnom Penh Operated by: Intrepid Travel Cambodia - David Kirszbaum CAMBODIA Phnom Penh Kampot Sihanoukville Siem Reap Homestay Battambang Angkor Wat
  12. 12. vivaholidays.com.au 12 VIETNAM Touring VIETNAM Day 1: Hanoi Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French- colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh. Days 2-3: Sapa Trek A mountainous region home to colourful and welcoming hilltribes, gorgeous stepped rice terraces and misty vistas sprinkled with sunshine, Sapa will steal your breath away. Day 4: Sapa/Overnight Train Awake early for a final chance to trek through the hillside on the return to Sapa. Make the most of free time and explore the town itself before boarding the overnight train for the return journey to Hanoi. Day 5: Hanoi With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers. Departures: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVAG Trip Theme: Explorer, Short Breaks. Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 56kg per person. PRICE FROM $375* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (1 night), overnight sleeper train (2 nights) Transport: Minibus, overnight sleeper train Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Sapa Adventure 5 days/4 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong to Delta Homestay Travel down one of the lifebloods of Asia on this Mekong Delta tour. Board a private boat and see another side of Vietnamese life, all based around this amazing river. Stop off at various islands, experiencing luscious tropical fruit gardens and see how coconut candy is made. Then, jump in row boats and delve deeper into the Delta’s winding canals. Enjoy lunch at a traditional riverside restaurant before exploring the lovely Phoenix Islet and its fish farms. Later in the day, meet your hosts and spend a fantastic evening on their farm sharing food and stories, learning about local customs and life on the Delta. Day 2: Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh City Wake up to the sounds of the river and a traditional Vietnamese breakfast. Then cycle along local paths to the village, enjoying the colour and spectacle of a rural market. Return to the homestay for a delicious lunch before saying farewell and taking to the Mekong once more, winding up the river to return to the city where this Mekong River adventure ends. The sights and sounds of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City are waiting, so perhaps spend a few extra days here getting to know this wonderful city. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: TVAI Trip Theme: Short Breaks Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 19kg per person PRICE FROM $225* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night) Transport: Boat, minibus Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Mekong Delta Farmstay 2 days/1 night From: Ho Chi Minh Operated by: Intrepid Travel Day 1: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat Tour Siem Reap and explore the temples of Angkor, beginning with Angkor Wat - easily the most famous of the temples. Move on to Angkor Thom to see the Bayon with its 216 smiling stone faces. Stop for pictures at the South Gate before lunching in a village surrounded by rice paddies. After lunch, visit the beautiful Ta Prohm temple, made famous by the Tomb Raider film. Day 2: Siem Reap-Banteay Srei Take a trip through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean and see rural Cambodian life in action. Embark on an easy jungle trek to the River of a Thousand Lingas. See Hindu sculptures carved into the river’s granite banks more than a thousand years ago. Next up is the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. After lunch, head to the Cambodian temple of Banteay Srei. Day 3: Siem Reap-Tonle Sap Tour Siem Reap by remork before heading out of town to Tonle Sap. Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages. Take the back roads on return to town, stopping at a local village and pay a visit to a modern Cambodian Buddhist monastery. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Basix, Original and Comfort Trip Code: TKAS Trip Theme: Short Break Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 83 kg per person. PRICE FROM $385* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Cambodia - Anice Wong Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (2 nights) Transport: Remork, boat, minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Secrets of Angkor 3 days/2 nights From: Siem Reap Operated by: Intrepid Travel Hanoi Sapa VIETNAM Sapa Trek Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Homestay VIETNAM Hanoi Halo VIETN Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Banteay Srei Siem Reap Tonle Sap CAMBODIA
  13. 13. 13 LAOS,VIETNAMCAMBODIA Touring LAOS, VIETNAM CAMBODIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Phnom Penh Bangkok Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Angkor Wat Siem Reap Battambang VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND Day 1: Hanoi Begin the adventure on the energetic streets of Hanoi. Perhaps go shopping in one of the markets in the Old Quarter or grab a coffee and watch locals exercising by Hoan Kiem Lake. Days 2-3: Halong Bay Enjoy a buffet breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Then, experience impressive Halong Bay aboard a traditional sailing junk. Cruise through the dramatic limestone scenery and share meals overlooking this iconic landscape. Days 4-5: Hue Reach Hue, a city bursting with history and culture which can be revealed in the fascinating Imperial Citadel. Float down the Perfume River aboard a traditional dragon boat, passing pagodas and royal tombs. Days 6-7: Hoi An Travel south to the captivating city of Hoi An. Walk along ancient alleyways and shop for artwork, wood carvings or have a new wardrobe tailor-made. Head to the riverside where small restaurants serve up truly mouth-watering local dishes. Days 8-10: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta Weave through chaotic streets on a city tour. Later, cruise along the Mekong Delta for a chance to experience the languid pace of riverside life. Days 11-12: Phnom Penh Farewell Vietnam and cross the border into Cambodia. Discover the country’s dark past in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and at the notorious Killing Fields. In free time, uncover the many delights in the Russian Market, check out the Royal Palace or pop down to breezy Sisowath Quay. Days 13-15: Siem Reap- Angkor Wat Temple-hop from sunrise to sunset to fully appreciate the magnificence of the Angkor Wat temple complex, including the Bayon and Ta Prohm. Discover how the heart and soul of the ancient Khmer Empire still evokes feelings of absolute awe, and absorb some truly iconic panoramas at sunrise or sunset. Day 16: Battambang Explore the unusual floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, water levels permitting, before continuing on to the charming rural city of Battambang. Here, uncover the architectural legacies of French colonialism, learn the intricacies of Khmer cuisine or meander along scenic riverbanks. Days 17-18: Bangkok Jump across the border and travel to the Thai capital, where there’s time to enjoy a massage, eat a spicy red Thai curry or chill out with a cold beer before saying goodbye to his magical corner of Indochina. Departures: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and selected Fridays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSKC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset: 421 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2035* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (15 nights), overnight boat (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Boat, bus, overnight sleeper train, plane, private minibus, private vehicle, van Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Best of Vietnam and Cambodia 18 days/17 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Cambodia Day 1: Vientiane The fascinating capital of Laos possesses a tropical Asian vibe laced with faded French- colonial charm. Weathered mansions, tree- lined boulevards and old temples impart an atmosphere of timelessness in Vientiane city. Take a private tour to see the thousands of Buddha images at Wat Si Saket and visit Pha That Luang, a symbol of Lao sovereignty. Day 2: Luang Prabang Travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by air. Once the heart and soul of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a designated World Heritage-listed site. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, an eclectic blend of French and Lao architecture, where the royal family’s quarters have remained untouched since 1975. See a collection of rare Buddha images made from crystal and gold as well as articles of royal regalia, including the king’s own elephant saddle. Later, climb 328 steps to the Phu Si temple - topped with a glittering golden stupa - and be rewarded with panoramic views of Luang Prabang. Day 3: Pak Ou Caves Take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, two sacred limestone caves filled with Buddha images of all styles and sizes. Each year, devoted pilgrims and villagers bring more treasures to the caves. Stop in at the silk-weaving village of Ban Phanom on return to Luang Prabang. Cap off a great day with a classic Lao cocktail on the veranda of the Villa Santi Hotel. Days 4-5: Luang Prabang Watch lines of saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk the narrow streets and laneways to receive alms from the faithful. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most magnificent temple, or wander the banks of the Mekong River. The Classis Laos adventure ends in what is truly one of Asia’s most delightful cities. Departures: Daily (subject to availability) Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TLAB-O Trip Theme: Short Break Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset: 136 kg per person. PRICE FROM $640* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Classic Laos 5 days/4 nights From: Vientiane Operated by: Intrepid Travel Laos - Mike Wedgewood Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (4 nights) Transport: Plane, boat, minibus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 Lunch L B H U T A N BANGLADESH LAOS Luang Prabang Vientiane Pak Ou Caves
  14. 14. vivaholidays.com.au 14 BURMA Touring BURMA Days 1-2: Yangon Arrive in Burma and head straight into the heart of the capital, which is nestled in the shadow of a gold- encrusted temple. Discover a melting pot of Burmese culture and colonialism, and see how the city has endeavoured to modernise in recent years. Visit the world renowned holy site of Shwedagon Paya and be dazzled by its riches - both physical and spiritual. Days 3-5: Bagan Travel by plane to Bagan and get the first taste of Burma’s crowning glory on a sunset visit. Spend several days exploring this phenomenal region, which spans some 42 sq km and comprises more than 2,000 brick and gold-gilded stupas and a host of timeworn remnants of Burma’s ‘Golden Period’. Day 6: Ayeyarwaddy River Set sail on a riverboat cruise along the thriving Ayeyarwaddy River. Soak up the serenity of life on the water, pass by agricultural areas including lush teak plantations and rice fields, watch locals going about their business on shore and admire an ever-changing landscape as it rolls by. Pay a visit to a traditional Yangola village for a glimpse of timeless Burmese customs. Then, for an authentic river experience, sleep out on deck under a canopy of stars. Days 7-8: Mandalay Meet friendly locals on an energising morning walk before continuing down the Ayeyarwaddy. Spot fisherman hauling in the day’s catch on the water’s edge before arriving in Mandalay in the late afternoon. Discover why this is referred to as Burma’s ‘Jewel City’ while enjoying a sunset tour of Mandalay Hill with a local guide. Then, in free time, perhaps jump aboard the river express and head to the sacred site of Mingun, take in a puppet show at the Mandalay Marionettes or visit Mahamuni Paya, a stately temple resplendent in a layer of golden leaves. Days 9-10: Kalaw Travel via the world’s longest teak bridge to the small town of Kalaw. Relish the temperate climate and stunning scenery of this mountain hideaway that serves as the launch pad for trekking adventures in the region. Rise with the sun and embark on a hike through pine forests to rarely visited alpine villages. Stop to make acquaintance and share a cup of tea with locals who live simply here, as they have done for centuries. Days 11-13: Inle Lake Continue down winding mountain roads to Pindaya. Explore the labyrinth of caves here with a local guide, and admire over 8,000 images of Buddha contained inside while learning of their origin. Make tracks to the scenic shores of Inle Lake and spend time visiting the floating markets, cycling around the lake’s perimeter and witnessing the handiwork of skilled local ‘leg rowers’. At night, be treated to a delicious Shan banquet. Days 14-15: Yangon Farewell scenic Shan State and head back to the nation’s capital. Take time to visit more highlights in this surprising city before the tour comes to an end. Perhaps unravel a little more Burmese history in the National Museum, enjoy a stroll along the vibrant Strand or join the throngs at one of the city’s markets. Why not mark the end of this experience with a group dinner before bidding this remarkable country farewell. Departures: Saturday and selected Tuesdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSM Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 843kg per person BURMA Yangon Bagan Kalaw Inle Lake Boat on Ayeyarwaddy River Mandalay Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nights), hotel (10 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Bicycle, bus, horse cart, longtail boat, plane, private vehicle, songthaew Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Burma Best of Burma 15 days/14 nights From: Yangon Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $2675* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Burma - Josh Bornstein
  15. 15. 15 CHINA Touring Asia CHINA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. CHINA Xi'an Suzhou Beijing Shanghai Days 1-3: Beijing The journey commences in one of the world’s most interesting cities. Visit iconic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admire the impressive Great Wall up close and reflect on the enormity and history of this feat of ancient engineering. Use free time for an independent exploration of Beijing’s sights - the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are both worth a visit. In the evenings, consider feasting on traditional Peking duck at a restaurant or sample some tasty street food at a night market. Days 4-5: Xi’an Travel to Xi’an and spend time exploring this beautiful region. Why not hire a bicycle to cycle around the city walls or join locals in their daily tai chi practice. Uncover ancient history on a day trip to view the ever-vigilant Terracotta Warriors. Archaeologists believe that these warriors and horses were sculpted and placed in battle formation to protect the First Emperor in the afterlife. Afterwards, stop in at a village and enjoy lunch with a local family, then make new friends at Xi’an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation- supported community project for people with learning disabilities. Day 6: Suzhou Journey to Suzhou to relax in the peaceful surroundings of ornate gardens and parks. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore the streets, canals and alleyways of this charming city that holds onto its heritage despite the presence of development. In free time, choose to visit the Silk Museum to view and learn about the exquisite craftsmanship of this famous Chinese invention. In the evening, why not hit the water on an optional gondola ride to see the elegance of Suzhou from a different perspective. Days 7-9: Shanghai Board a speedy bullet train bound for the thriving metropolis of Shanghai. Futuristic skyscrapers and colonial buildings vie for space on the Bund and in Pudong. Explore Shanghai’s complex network of traditional alleyways and perhaps snaffle a bargain at the Yuyuan Bazaar or get a taste of Europe in the hip French Concession area. Choose to sip cocktails in a modern bar, slurp noodles at a street stall or dine on delicious dumplings at a restaurant. Be amazed by the skill, grace and talent of the energetic Shanghai acrobats at an evening performance - an exciting way to end this memorable trip! Departures: Selected Thursdays from March to January Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CBSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon emissions offset 714 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1295* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (6 nights), overnight train (2 nights) Transport: Train, overnight train, bus, metro, taxi, public bus Meals: 1 lunch China Express 9 days/8 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Richard Lowe Days 1-4: Beijing Walk a stretch of the Great Wall, check out Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and stop by Beijing Hui Ling, an Intrepid Foundation- supported organisation that helps intellectually disabled members of the community. Days 5-7: Xi’an The ancient capital is abundant with cultural marvels, including the famous Terracotta Warriors. Perhaps walk or cycle the city wall then devour some tasty morsels at the Muslim Quarter night markets. Days 8-9: Chengdu-Leshan This region is home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, including the much-loved hotpot. Visit the residents of a giant panda reserve and perhaps watch locals practise tai chi in People’s Park. In Leshan, marvel at the world’s largest carved stone Buddha. Days 10-11: Emei Shan With clear mountain streams running through subtropical rainforest and ancient monasteries shrouded by old-growth forest, Emei Shan is one of the most famous Buddhist sites in China. Soak up the immense beauty of the region on a cable car ride. Days 12-16: Yangzi River Travel to Chongqing, gateway to the majestic Yangzi River. Cruise the river and witness the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges. Relax on board or perhaps enjoy a side trip down a tributary of the river. Days 17-19: Yangshuo With limestone mountains towering over rice paddies and the meandering Li River, Yangshuo is a traveller’s delight. Days 20-21: Hong Kong Experience the electric atmosphere of Hong Kong, where skyscrapers nestle alongside ancient temples and modern city life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches. Departures: Every Sunday from March to October. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CBSE Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 1666 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nights), overnight train (4 nights), overnight boat (3 nights) Transport: Overnight train, boat, bus, metro, train, bicycle, taxi, private bus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners China Experience 21 days/20 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Robert Heath Yangzi River M A L A Y S I A I N D O N E S I A I N D I A SRI LANKA P A K I S T A N NEPAL R U S S I A K A Z A K H S T A N I R A N T U R K E Y IRAQ AFGHANISTAN TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN KYRGYZSTAN TAJIKISTAN BRUNEI SYRIA JORDAN ISRAEL LEBANON KUWAIT S A U D I A R A B I A O M A NY E M E N QATAR UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UKRAINE BELARUS MOLDOVA RU SSIALITH UAN IA LATVIAESTO N IA Beijing Chengdu Xi'an CHINA Yangshuo Emei Shan Yichang Hong Kong Leshan Chongqing
  16. 16. vivaholidays.com.au 16 CHINA Touring CHINA Beijing Shanghai Xi'an CHINA Water Town Days 1-2: Shanghai Uncover the treasures of Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walking tour of the city. Look towards the heavens to take in the glimmering, strangely shaped skyscrapers re-shaping the skyline. Relax in peaceful Yuyuan Gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai Acrobats at a performance. Day 3: Water Town Journey to a tranquil water town and get a taste of old-world China. By boat, weave along the many canals that give this region the title of ‘Venice of the East’. Appreciate centuries-old architecture and bridges that valuable time capsules of a past era. Days 4-6: Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an, an important cultural centre brimming with temples, museums and galleries. Walk or cycle along the historic city walls for incredible views of this ancient region. Delve into Chinese history and visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the Bell and Drum towers, the Muslim Quarter as well as the Big Goose Pagoda - an impressive structure built to house Buddhist scriptures. Stop by Xi’an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project for people with intellectual disabilities, before devouring a tasty Chinese Muslim meal. Days 7-10: Beijing Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once the home of China’s great imperial rulers. Marvel at the monumental Great Wall of China, an extraordinary feat of engineering spanning 6,000 km. Enjoy a mouth-watering Peking duck dinner, then work off the feast with a wander through ancient hutongs. Perhaps visit the Summer Palace, snare a bargain at the markets or hire a bicycle and join the locals pedalling around the city. Why not attend an evening Beijing opera performance before this adventure ends. Departures: Selected Fridays from March to October Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: CBKB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking. Carbon Emissions Offset 751kg per person. PRICE FROM $2395* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Classic China 10 days/9 nights From: Shanghai Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Hayley Fountain Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (8 nights), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, local bus, metro, taxi, private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners N D I A NEPA CHINA Beijing Yangshuo Longji Terraces Xi'an Shanghai Xitang Hong Kong Great Wall Days 1-3: Beijing Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing’s ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis - from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny local shops and eateries. Days 4-6: Great Wall Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering. Days 7-9: Xi’an Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food in the Muslim Quarter - Xian is packed with things to do. Don’t miss the famed 2,200 year-old Terracotta Warriors who stoically guard the tomb of China’s First Emperor. Days 10-12: Shanghai Travel to Shanghai and hunt for a bargain in Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in China’s hippest stores. Devour Shanghai’s favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao. Perhaps catch an evening performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats. Days 13-15: Yangshuo Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the- wall restaurants and small markets. Days 16-18: Longji Terraces Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to explore rural China. Days 19-20: Hong Kong Travel to Hong Kong and take the funicular to Victoria Peak or enjoy a harbour cruise. Shop at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road. Why not celebrate the end of this fantastic tour of China with a tasty dim sum feast. Departures: Selected Fridays Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CBRK Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 1589kg per person PRICE FROM $1955* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Beijing to Hong Kong 20 days/19 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nights), homestay (1 night), hostel (7 nights), hotel (5 nights), overnight sleeper train (4 nights) Transport: Bus, metro, overnight sleeper train, private bus, public bus, train Meals: No meals included
  17. 17. 17 JAPAN Touring Asia JAPAN *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Days 1-2: Tokyo From imperial gardens to skyscrapers, the sights are endless in this frenetic city. Enjoy free time to visit the world’s biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. Days 3-4: Nikko Stroll through forests of cedars that conceal splendid shrines and temples, remnants of the wealth and power of a warlord whose family ruled Japan for almost three centuries. Days 5-6: Hakone This mountainous area has some great walks, including the old Tokaido Highway. Hit the waters of Lake Ashino-ko on a boat trip and view breathtaking scenery on a cable car ride. Days 7-9: Kyoto Featuring more than 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a picture-postcard vista around every corner. Head out to Gion, the famed geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and to catch a glimpse of its elusive kimono-clad residents. Departures: Selected Saturdays from March to November. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CJRB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail pass for this trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. Carbon Emissions Offset 450 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2345* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Japan Express 9 days/8 nights From: Tokyo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Japan - Martine Cotton Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nights), ryokan (6 nights) Transport: Bullet train, train, bus, metro Meal: No meals included N O Nikko Tokyo Hakone JAPAN Kyoto N O Nikko Tokyo Hakone JAPAN Kyoto Day 1: Tokyo Arrive in Japan and explore the beguiling streets of central Tokyo. Walk beneath the lights and high-tech gadgetry to discover a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit the iconic Ueno Park, where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to city life, or catch the train to Ginza for some retail therapy. Day 2: Tokyo/Nikko Experience Japan’s sleek, modern trains while watching the breathtaking rural scenery fly by. Day 3: Nikko Boasting some of Japan’s most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don’t appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative. Days 4-5: Hakone Relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor onsen. Days 6-7: Takayama Sake from this region is said to be some of the best in the country, while the traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional life. Snack on skewered Hida beef and explore. Days 8-10: Hiroshima This reborn city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. The A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience, or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free- roaming deer. Days 11-14: Kyoto Gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo Castle, en route to Japan’s ancient capital. Visit the gold-plated Kinkaku-ji and wander through the geisha district of Gion before bidding new friends farewell. Departures: Every Saturday from April to October and selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CJST Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: All travellers must arrive with a 14 day Japan Rail (JR) pass. Ask for further details. Carbon Emissions Offset 700 kg per person. PRICE FROM $3760* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Land of the Rising Sun 14 days/13 nights From: Tokyo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Japan - Daniel Schwartz Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (8 nights), ryokan (5 nights) Transport: Cable car, bullet train, train, bus, ferry, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  18. 18. vivaholidays.com.au 18 SABAHANDBORNEO Touring SABAH AND BORNEO BORNEO MALAYSIA Kinabatangan Jungle Camp Sepilok Orangutan Reserve Sandakan Turtle Island Poring Hot Springs Mt Kinabalu Dusun Village Kota Kinabalu Day 1: Kota Kinabalu Experience the frontier charm of Kota Kinabalu, sandwiched between fruit plantations and the sultry South China Sea. If arriving early, why not visit the Sabah Museum and check out an impressive collection of tribal artefacts. Day 2: Dusun Village Learn about the spiritual, economic and social ties that locals have with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Spend a night in traditional accommodation, nestled in the shadow of this imposing mountain. Days 3-4: Mt Kinabalu Head into the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Then, fuelled by fresh air and stunning views, set off on an energetic hike up Mt Kinabalu. Conquer the sometimes challenging ascent, stopping to admire a diverse range of flora and fauna species along the way. Settle in for the night at a local resthouse. Days 5-6: Poring Hot Springs Wake early to complete the final ascent up Mt Kinabalu and take in a breathtaking panorama of jungles in one direction and the South China Sea in the other. Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the Japanese-style Poring Hot Springs - believed to have healing properties for the skin. Day 7: Kinabatangan Jungle Camp Travel into the steamy Kinabatangan rainforest. Learn how locals contribute to the region’s conservation at MESCOT, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that provides villagers with environmental education. Explore the jungle by boat and at night, sleep in huts listening for the nocturnal calls of wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques. Day 8: Sandakan Embark on another jungle excursion, this time learning about the medicinal properties of different plants, before donning an apron for a cooking lesson. Then, make tracks to the busy city of Sandakan, home to historic Chinese temples and an island-studded bay. Day 9: Turtle Island Pass by small villages and bamboo fish traps on a speedboat ride to Turtle Island. After spending quality time relaxing on the beach, be touched by the sight of giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Day 10: Sepilok Orangutan Reserve See the soulful eyes of Borneo’s famous creatures on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about conservation on an optional tour of the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre or get up close to quirky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay. Days 11-12: Kota Kinabalu Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and spend a final day on the beach or chilling out poolside. If feeling restless, perhaps take advantage of the host of water sports available, or end this colourful Sabah Adventure with a final group meal. Departures: Every Saturday and selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TMSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZZz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 223 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2125* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/ guesthouses (7 nights), dormitory (2 nights), homestay (1 night), camping with basic facilities (1 night) Transport: Plane, bus, minibus, boat, taxi, longtail boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Sabah Adventure 12 days/11 nights From: Kota Kinabalu Operated by: Intrepid Travel Borneo - Astrid Ross BORNEO MALAYSIA Sepilok Orangutan Reserve Sukau Mt Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Manukan Island Day 1: Kota Kinabalu Why not get into holiday mode with a beach excursion, go river rafting, head into the jungle for a warm-up hike or take a boat trip to Tunku Abdul National Marine Park. Or, if seeking something a little more cultural, perhaps visit the Sabah Museum or a nearby Monosopiad village. Day 2: Mt Kinabalu Venture into the Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage-listed site, along winding roads lined with centuries old trees. Learn how this area is among the most important biological sites in the world due to the fact that it contains around 1,000 species of orchid, 600 species of fern and 320 species of bird. Soak up phenomenal views of Mt Kinabalu looming ahead on a series of hikes. Day 3: Poring Hot Springs Amble across the jungle rooftop on a canopy walk before slipping into the steaming Poring Hot Springs to soothe tired muscles. Day 4: Sandakan Sandakan was once the capital of British North Borneo and traditionally has strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is evident in the lively harbourside market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. On the way we stop by Sandakan’s tragic war memorial to pay respects to those who died during the infamous ‘Death Marches’ of WWII. Day 5: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary Continue on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and fall in love with these beautiful, big- eyed creatures as they swing gleefully between branches or feed on a special diet of bananas and milk. Then, visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and watch these bizarre- looking animals lazing about. Day 6: Sukau Hit the road and head to Black Cave that lies within an intricate cave system known as the Gomantong Caves. Continue on to a lodge in a protected rainforest near the lower Kinabatangan River. Spend free time relishing the tranquil setting, attempting to spot beady- eyed crocodiles on a river sojourn or, if feeling adventurous, joining a guided night hike. Days 7-8: Manukan Island Swap jungle paths for the warm waters of the South China Sea and head for Manukan Island - a tropical paradise that is just a stones throw away from Kota Kinabalu. Embark on a snorkelling trip and dive through schools of brightly coloured fish before kicking back on the beach or exploring the island. Days 9-10: Kota Kinabalu Board a plane back to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the chance to laze about at our tropical beachside location. While here, perhaps try one of the many water-based pursuits on offer before toasting the end of a sensational trip with new-found friends. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: TMKB Trip Theme: Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 369kg per person PRICE FROM $2085* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Chalet (3 nights), cottage (2 nights), hotel (4 nights) Transport: Boat, plane, van Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Classic Borneo 10 days/9 nights From: Kota Kinabalu Operated by: Intrepid Travel
  19. 19. 19 INDIA Touring INDIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Kandy Colombo Negombo Bandarawela/ Haputale Mirissa Galle Polonnaruwa Dambulla Caves/ Sigiriya Anuradhapura SRI LANKA Day 1: Negombo Find a comfortable perch to watch the fishing boats heading out to sea. Stroll along the beach to see the daily catch drying in the sun then enjoy a feast of fresh seafood. Days 2-3: Anuradhapura Take a guided cycle tour around the ruins of this ancient city and see the sacred Bo Tree, a symbol of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Day 4: Polonnaruwa The highlight of a bicycle ride through the well- preserved remains of ancient Polonnaruwa is the famous reclining granite Buddha. Day 5: Dambulla Caves-Sigiriya Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple en route to Sigiriya, an impressive fortress built as a royal citadel atop a 200 metre high rock. Hike to the top - the magnificent 360-degree panoramic views are worth the effort. Days 6-7: Kandy Sniff out fragrant herb gardens then head to Kandy to join pilgrims as they visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Be entertained by a traditional dance performance and visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see these gentle giants bathing in the river. Days 8-10: Bandarawela-Haputale Head to the cool, green climes of the highlands. Learn the secrets of local cuisine and walk through lush tea plantations. Days 11-12: Mirissa Soak up the sun, relax on the beach and take a dip in the calm, clear waters of Mirissa. Perhaps hire a bike and ride to nearby fishing villages. Day 13: Galle Explore colonial Galle and watch the sunset from the ramparts of the town’s fort. Days 14-15: Colombo Say goodbye to the lovely south coast and catch up on some shopping in the country’s commercial heart. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HPSH Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 343 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1795* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Circle Sri Lanka 15 days/14 nights From: Negombo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Sri Lanka - Ewan Bell Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels guesthouses (14 nights) Transport: Train, private bus, auto rickshaw, bicycle, bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Orchha Chanderi INDIA Khajuraho Bandhavgarh NP Varanasi River Ganges Boat Trip Agra Delhi Days 1-2: Delhi The labyrinthine streets and lively markets of Old Delhi are a perfect introduction to India. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque, Jama Masjid, an architectural delight that can hold 25,000 people. Day 3: Varanasi Discover India’s spiritual heart. Take a boat on the Ganges, ramble along the ghats and attend a sunset candle flower ceremony. Day 4: River Ganges Boat Trip Swap the chaotic pace of the city for the relaxed pace of river life on a sailing trip along the holy River Ganges. Pass by rural village communities by day and by night, sleep under the stars with bellies full of traditional vegetarian fare. Days 5-6: Bandhavgarh National Park Hop into a jeep and safari through the wilds of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Tigers live here in relative abundance so keep a look out for these magnificent creatures. At night, sleep soundly in a jungle resort. Days 7-8: Khajuraho The intricate carvings of the exquisite temples of Khajuraho celebrate Hindu legends, epic battles and the famed Kama Sutra. Take time to explore the temples and surrounding countryside. In the evening, visit a local Indian family and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Days 9-10: Orchha Enjoy a guided walk around the temples and palaces that dot the picturesque Orchha countryside. See the stunning Orchha Palace, and experience an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Visit a community-run papermaking plant where local tribeswomen craft paper from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Day 11: Chanderi Soak up the small-town charm of relatively tourist-free Chanderi. Explore ancient rock paintings, Jain temples and peaceful mosques before sitting down to a tasty dinner with a local family. Days 12-13: Agra The former Mughal capital is home to the 17th-century Red Fort and the beautiful Taj Mahal. Watch as its mood changes with the light throughout the day. Days 14-15: Delhi Return to the colourful and chaotic streets of Delhi. Departures: Selected Thursdays from September to June. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSU Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 338kg per person. PRICE FROM $1470* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Unforgettable India 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Angela Canterford Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (1 night), deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), guesthouse (1 night), hotel (7 nights), jungle resort (2 nights), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Auto rickshaw, boat, cycle rickshaw, jeep, metro Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  20. 20. vivaholidays.com.au 20 INDIA Touring Asia INDIA Days 1-2: Delhi Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums and markets. Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid, then join the crowds to explore the bazaars. Everything is for sale here from fireworks and silks to copper and spices. Day 3: Agra Travel by train to the Mughal city of Agra. Learn the tragic love stories and mysterious legends of the Red Fort. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, constructed from marble and inlaid with jade, crystal and sapphire, it must be seen to be believed. Day 4: Rural Rajasthan Heritage Stay Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet the locals and chat with traditional crafts people for a unique insight into daily life. Days 5-6: Jaipur Visit the Amber Fort en route to Rajathan’s,‘Pink City’. Jaipur is bursting at the seams with markets filled with jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. After bargaining for souvenirs there’s an opportunity to laugh, shout and cheer with locals at a lively Bollywood film. Day 7: Ranthambore National Park Safari into the heart of the Indian bush to discover lakes and ruined palaces. Keep an eye out for deer, monkeys and the reclusive resident Bengal tigers. Day 8: Bundi Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town’s Brahmin-blue rooftops, explore the enchanting alleyways and experience life in remote Rajasthan. Days 9-10: Rural Heritage Stay Journey through rural Rajasthan to the quaint city of Bassi. Spend the first night in a beautiful fortified mansion then spend the second night in a deluxe tent camping under the stars. Days 11-12: Udaipur Rolling hills, lakes and white-marble palaces come together to make Udaipur the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Days 13-14: Pushkar With India’s only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes. In free time, head to a hilltop temple for views over the town. A cup of chai at the top makes the effort worthwhile! Day 15: Delhi Come full circle on return to Delhi. Use free time to shop in Connaught Place for colourful souvenirs. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Tuesdays and Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A small surcharge applies to departures visiting Pushkar during the camel fair. Carbon Emissions Offset 338kg per person. Ranthambore NP Rural Heritage Stay Rural Heritage Stay Delhi Agra Pushkar Bundi Jaipur INDIA Udaipur India - Judy Southwood Classic Rajasthan 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $1295* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 India - Elaine Platt Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (10 nights), heritage property (2 nights), deluxe camping (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, jeep, jeep, metro, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, camel, taxi, private vehicle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  21. 21. 21 INDIA Touring Asia INDIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1-2: Delhi A chaotic medley of bazaars, temples, mosques and colonial buildings, Delhi is an ideal place to kickstart this adventure. Weave through the cars, rickshaws and bullock carts to experience fast-paced city life. Stroll through the exuberant alleyways of Old Delhi and see the magnificent Jama Masjid, then visit a local Sikh temple to learn a little about this fascinating religion. Days 3-4: Jaipur The pink, sandstone ‘Palace of the Winds’, the enchanting Amber Fort and the lively streets of the Old City make Jaipur a colourful destination. This friendly town is brimming with bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and local art. If there’s time, be sure to catch the latest Bollywood blockbuster in the Art Deco splendour of the Raj Mandir Cinema. Day 5: Rural Heritage Stay Explore the deserted palaces and pavilions of the Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved ghost town. Visit a rural village and enjoy the evening at a heritage property. Day 6: Agra Travel by train to Agra. This former Mughal capital is home to some impressive buildings, including the romantic Taj Mahal and massive Red Fort that dominates the skyline. Admire the Taj Mahal’s intricate carvings then pay a visit to the fort - a maze of halls, mosques, chambers and gardens. Days 7-8: Delhi Search for textiles or folk art in the Jaipur bazaars, then head back to Delhi for a final taste of the capital. Perhaps feast on a traditional aloo gobi or seek out a range of sweet treats from a food stall. The National Gandhi Museum is well worth a visit, as are the ruins of Qutb Minar and Purana Qila. Departures: Every Monday and selected Thursdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSN Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 180kg per person. PRICE FROM $795* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Golden Triangle 7 days/6 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Samir Madhular Mohite Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), heritage property (1 night) Transport: Train, metro, taxi, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, shuttle bus Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner INDIA Jaisalmer Camel Safari Bikaner Delhi AgraJaipur Shekhawati Jodhpur Udaipur Day 1: Delhi Dive straight into the colour and chaos of Delhi. Ride the metro, walk through crowded bazaars and take a cycle rickshaw to Old Delhi via Jama Masid, India’s largest mosque. Day 2: Agra Visit the iconic Taj Mahal. Learn the tragic love tale behind this dazzling monument and then visit the Red Fort where the next chapter of the story unfolds. Days 3-4: Jaipur Explore the deserted Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri then feast on a traditional thali lunch before continuing to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Discover the enchanting Hawa Mahal and travel to the old capital of Amber to see the hillside palace complex. Don some diamante bangles and catch an energetic Bollywood film screening. Days 5-6: Mandawa Formerly home to merchants in the days of the great camel caravans, the beautifully decorated havelis make for a spectacular open-air museum. Gain an insight into rural Rajasthani life exploring the town and surrounding area. Day 7: Bikaner See the holy rats of the Karni Mata temple and visit a nearby farm for an evening of Rajasthani food, music and dance. Days 8-10: Jaisalmer - Camel Safari Travel through the desert to this sandstone citadel, a trading centre for the nomadic people of the area. Take a sunset camel safari out into the dunes. Day 11: Jodhpur Soak up fantastic views of this ‘Blue City’ from the Mehrangarh Fort ramparts. Days 12-13: Udaipur A vision of splendour with white marble palaces and sparkling lakes, this is Rajasthan’s artistic heart. Days 14-15: Delhi Complete this magical adventure back in the bustle of Delhi. Departures: Every Monday from September to April Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: HHKR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 689 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Rajasthan Experience 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Vini Davis Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/heritage properties (13 nights), camping with facilities (1 night) Transport: Plane, train, private minibus, metro, cycle rickshaw, camel Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners INDIA Agra Rural Heritage Stay Jaipur Delhi
  22. 22. vivaholidays.com.au 22 INDIAANDCHINA Touring Asia INDIA AND CHINA Day 1: Delhi Colourful and steeped in history, this city will leave a lasting impression. Pay a visit to fortified Old Delhi - the crowded, narrow alleyways overflow with exotic sights and smells. Explore India’s largest mosque and stop by a Sikh temple. Day 2: Agra Visit the Taj Mahal - the ultimate monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking. Also see where Shah Jahan was later imprisoned at the Red Fort. Days 3-5: Orchha Soaring temple spires and domes rise from the jungle in the crumbling Orchha palace complex. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into papermaking. Day 6: River Ganges Boat Trip SaildownIndia’ssacredGangesandcamp overnightontheriverbank. Days 7-8: Varanasi Nestled on the shore of the Ganges, Varanasi is India’s sacred heart and the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candlelit flower ceremony and boat down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats. Day 9: Lumbini Travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini on the Nepalese border. Days 10-12: Chitwan National Park Visit an elephant breeding centre and keep an eye out for rhinos, monkeys and deer. Days 13-15: Kathmandu Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Visit the ‘Monkey Temple’ and join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa. Departures: Every Friday and selected Mondays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSK Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 338 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1425* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nights), lodge (2 nights), deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, taxi, metro,bus, canoe, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, jeep Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Delhi to Kathmandu 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Nepal - Intrepid Travel I N D I A B U R M A CHINA Tibet NEPAL Gyantse Shigatse Sakya Everest NP Lhasa Kathmandu Tingri Zhangmu Arniko Highway Days 1-2: Kathmandu In Nepal’s colourful capital, the constant stream of traffic includes monks, goats and sacred cows. Explore the markets or sit back with a chai at a rooftop restaurant. Days 3-7: Lhasa Visit the Potala Palace, join Tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy Barkhor Circuit and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at the market outside the Jokhang Temple. Day 8: Gyantse Located in the green farmland of the Nyang-chu Valley, Gyantse’s imposing Dzong, or fortress, dominates the town. Perhaps visit the amazing Kumbum Chorten, decorated with thousands of colourful murals. Day 9: Shigatse Home to Tibet’s best-preserved monastery, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second to the Dalai Lama. Check out the town’s ancient bazaar, buzzing with local life. Day 10: Sakya With a magnificent monastery exhibiting medieval Mongolian architecture, Sakya is a wonderful place for local interaction. Meet the monks and discover some intriguing Tibetan artwork. Day 11: Everest National Park Travel to Rongphu, one of the world’s highest monasteries, on an exhilarating drive through the mountains. For the energetic, there is an optional two-hour hike to Everest Base Camp. Day 12: Nyalam Get a feel for Tibetan life in the tiny settlement of Nyalam. Look beyond the colourful prayer flags and vast landscapes to towering Mt Everest. Day 13: Zhangmu Cross the border into Nepal and follow the Arniko Highway snaking its way above the raging Sun Kosi River. Days 14-15: Kathmandu Chill out in a café and reflect on this incredible adventure. Departures: Selected Sundays from April to November. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CFRE Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZZz NOTE: Please note you must provide a clear, scanned copy of your passport before your booking can be confirmed as this is required for the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight. Carbon Emissions Offset 1415 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2380* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouses (13 nights), permanent tented camps (1 night) Transport: Plane, private bus, local bus Meals: No meals included Tibet Unplugged 15 days/14 nights From: Kathmandu Operated by: Intrepid Travel Tibet - Lavina Tien INDIA Orchha Agra Delhi NEPAL Varanasi Chitwan NP Kathmandu Lumbini River Ganges Boat Trip
  23. 23. 23 EUROPEANDTHEMIDDLEEAST Planning your holiday EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST Europe and the Middle East From the majestic Blue Mosque of Istanbul to the glistening Mediterranean, there’s more than 2,000 years of history and culture to uncover in Europe and the Middle East. Explore its countless riches from the colour of a Marrakech market to Michelangelo’s David to the passion of a flamenco performance. Cross its frontiers, towering mountain ranges, jewel-green seas and great sandy deserts. Savour its exotic flavours –Tuscan wine, Spanish paella and French bourguignon. For adventure, there’s nowhere quite like Europe and the Middle East. SARDINIA SICILY Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean Sea Black Sea Bay of Biscay TURKEY EGYPT SWEDEN SPAIN SLOVAKIA RUSSIA PORTUGAL POLAND NORWAY MOROCCO JORDAN ITALY IRAN ICELAND HUNGARY GERMANY FRANCE FINLAND CZECH REP. CROATIA AUSTRIA Venice Istanbul St. Petersburg Alexandria Barcelona Casablanca Marrakesh Stockholm Madrid Lisbon Warsaw Oslo Bratislava Rome Reykjavik Budapest Zagreb Berlin Paris Helsinki Prague Vienna Moscow Amman Tehran Cairo Dubrovnik Korcula Split Hvar Rabat Things to see and do •• Sample Czech beers at Cesky Krumlov •• Explore the spice markets of Marrakech •• Experience the ‘duende’ of a fiery flamenco performance in Seville •• Glide over a sunken Byzantine city off the coast of Kas in Turkey
  24. 24. vivaholidays.com.au 24 EUROPEANDRUSSIA Touring Europe and Russia EUROPE AND RUSSIA E A N S E A Skagerrak B L A C K S E A SEA OF B A L T I C S E A A D R I A T I C S E A IONIAN SEA AEGEAN SEA Gulfof Riga Golf o di T ar anto CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA AUSTRIA H U N G A R Y POLAND Vienna Cesky Krumlov Prague Bratislava Teplice Krakow Tatra Mountains Budapest Days 1-3: Vienna-Bratislava Soak up the splendour of Austria’s capital on a stroll into the city centre. Pass the Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the enchanting Hofburg Palace before continuing around the Ringstrasse. Take a day trip to Bratislava to discover the history of this utterly captivating Slovakian capital. Days 4-5: Cesky Krumlov With its cobblestone alleys and beautiful old buildings, this picturesque town is straight out of a fairytale. Explore the surrounding countryside on a bicycle, then settle in the medieval town square in time for sunset. Days 6-8: Prague The ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ never fails to charm with its gorgeous architecture, crooked streets and buzzing nightlife. Walk through the Old Town for a tantalising glimpse of Bohemia - wander the courtyards of Prague Castle, cross the Charles Bridge and be sure to investigate the city’s thriving jazz scene. Day 9: Teplice nad Metují Gain insight into rural Czech life on a stay at a family-run pension. Pass the afternoon contemplating the weird and wonderful sandstone formations in the nearby rock forest. Days 10-11: Krakow Cross the border into Poland and stop for a sombre visit at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum before continuing on to Krakow. This city has much to offer - see St Mary’s Church, listen for the hourly bugle call in the city’s square and be sure to indulge in some delicious pierogi, a traditional Polish dish. Days 12-13: Tatra Mountains Limber up for trekking in the High Tatras, where the crisp mountain air and stunning views make for an unforgettable hike. Days 14-15: Budapest The last stop is a city of two halves - literally. Buda, on the west bank, features rolling hills while Pest, on the east bank, has a grid-like layout. Linking the two is the Chain Bridge, spanning the sparkling River Danube. Take a moment to marvel at the Parliament Building and charming Castle District. Departures: Every Saturday from April to October and selected Saturdays from November to March. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: AMSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 184 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2260* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights), private apartment (3 nights), pension (3 night) Transport: Metro, train, bus, private bus, bicycle Meals: 10 breakfasts Best of Central Europe 15 days/14 nights From: Vienna Operated by: Intrepid Travel Czech Republic - Ewan Bell Days 1-2: Moscow A city where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious free enterprise, Moscow is one of the greatest capitals of the world. Explore the Kremlin and discover its huge collection of imperial treasures including exquisite Faberge eggs and ceremonial regalia. Wander among the cathedrals and museums within the Kremlin walls and get a glimpse of Lenin in his eternal resting state. Be sure to see the metro stations - these lavishly decorated ‘Palaces of the People’ are unlike any other in the world. Days 3-4: Suzdal Marvel at this glittering town and former Russian capital, which forms part of the Golden Ring. Suzdal is home to a remarkable number of churches and a memorable skyline. Make time to wander past lovingly decorated wooden cottages and the crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot. Perfect local specialties in a cooking class, then wind down with a glass of medovukha - a light alcoholic drink made from honey - while enjoying lovely views across attractive meadows. Day 5: Novgorod Russia’s oldest city is an absolute gem. Take in the many well-preserved architectural treasures that hint at the city’s former glory. Travel back in time with a visit to the Millennium of Russia monument and the Cathedral of St Sophia, both concealed within the Kremlin walls, then join locals for a refreshing steam at the public banya (bath house). Days 6-8: St Petersburg Take a tour to learn about the historical characters associated with the sights of St Petersburg. Later, be a special guest of a local family for a tea party, Russian-style. Departures: Selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: WBSR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Cardon Emissions Offset 328kg per person. PRICE FROM $1850* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), guesthouse (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Metro, mini bus, bus, overnight sleeper train, taxi, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Russia Highlights 8 days/7 nights From: Moscow Operated by: Intrepid Travel Russia - Ewan Bell RUSSIA Moscow Novgorod St Petersburg Suzdal

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