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TOURCODE: XVTC
Duration: 14 Days Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active
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Vietnam & Cambodia Tour

A Walking Adventure Featuring Hill Country, Waterfalls, Villages & Ruins
14 Days
TOURCODE: XVTC

Explore the remote ethnic villages in the Vietnamese highlands; Discover the incredible temples and complex of Angkor Wat; Marvel at the cascading rice terraces in Sapa; Explore the colourful local markets in Hanoi and Siem Reap; Local guides throughout for expert knowledge and insights.

Tour Overview
Tour Overview
Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active

 


 

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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam!

Today we arrive in Hanoi with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Hanoi is an attractive city with lakes, fine boulevards, and flourishing parks, as well as a public center that is an architectural museum piece. Hanoi is situated on the right bank of the Red River (Song Hong) which is spanned by two bridges, the old Long Bien Bridge and the new Chuong Duong Bridge. This evening we convene for a welcome dinner to kick of our exciting journey.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Hanoi City Touring
Today we depart on a full day tour of Hanoi, which will have sections on foot, and visits requiring vehicles.

We begin today’s tour with a walk past the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a site of pilgrimage. The building was constructed from materials gathered from all over Vietnam. Modeled closely on Lenin's Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh lies at rest in this Vietnamese version. We continue to the House on Stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969 CE. Its construction and decor illustrate the importance of simplicity and modesty to this Vietnamese revolutionary. The building is elegantly crafted with lacquered and polished wood, following the model of a traditional communal house on stilts. We will also admire the elegance of the One Pillar Pagoda, originally built in 1049 CE. The temple is lotus-shaped and is situated in the middle of a water-lily pond. From here we visit Museum of Ethnology, which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.

In the afternoon we visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. En route, we pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (from outside only) and St Joseph's Cathedral. After our tour we return to the hotel; due to the length of our full day (and tomorrow) and the lingering effect of jetlag, we include lunch instead of dinner this evening.

Walking summary: We expect to be on our feet a good chunk of the day, walking about 10km (6 mi) overall. Surfaces are mostly flat and paved and feature some stairs and uneven surfaces.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 3 Hanoi - Mai Chau via Hoa Binh, Mo Luong Cave, White Villages
This morning we board our coach and depart for Mai Chau, a scenic town about 4hrs west of Hanoi, where the Ben Lac people, originally from Thailand, have settled. The route takes us through some of northern Vietnam’s most picturesque scenery, with mountain roads carved through lush foliage, overlooking stunning panoramas. We stop in Hoa Binh to visit the Muong Cultural Space, dedicated to the heritage and culture of the Muong -- Vietnam’s third largest ethnic group. On arrival in Mai Chau, we check-in to our hotel with some free time to arrange our own lunches.

In the afternoon, we visit the enormous main chamber of Mo Luong Cave. In this dramatic setting we hear the legend of the cave as well as a little of the history of Vietnam. We then take a walking tour through local White Thai Villages set in tranquil Mai Chau countryside. This is a chance to learn something of the life of Vietnam’s White Thai ethnic minority and experience their warm hospitality and get a rare glimpse inside their traditional stilt houses. We will also explore the local rice fields and learn about traditional rice growing methods that are still used today.

Walking summary: 7km (4 mi), 1.5-2 total hours of leisurely walking on paved and natural surfaces, mostly flat with some stairs.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 4 Activities from Mai Chau: Mai Chau Valley Walking Tour, White Villages
Today we depart on a full-day walking excursion to the Mai Chau Valley. Our exploration is unhurried and leisurely, visiting more of the peaceful White Thai villages, first Na Phon and then Na Meo. Our walk will take us among farmers working the fields, alongside enormous black buffalo, and through scenic mountain landscapes. As we walk through the villages, there are opportunities to interact with friendly locals, and perhaps peek inside their homes. En route we will take a light lunch.

Walking summary: This is our biggest distance day thus far, at a total of +/- 10km (6 mi) with 300/400m ascent/descent – approx 3 hours of actual walking, leisurely-though-steady, with stops for refreshment, lunch, sightseeing.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 5 Mai Chau - Son La: H’Mong Hilltribe Walk, Visit Tea Plantation, Prison
This morning we drive to Son La via a 2-hour fairly easy hike through two Hilltribe Villages, Sa Linh and Pa Co, which are inhabited by H’mong hill tribes. Located 1000m (3,300 ft) above sea level, the villages are surrounded by fruit trees. Watching for occasional glimpses of wildlife as we traverse the green mountains, it takes about 40mins to drive up to the higher elevation of Sa Linh. From here it is a 5km (3 mi) walk to Pa Co. The villages are located in the Black and Flower H’mong tribal areas. On finishing our hike, we take lunch in a local restaurant en route on our return to Son La. On the way we pass by Moc Chau, where we stop to visit a Tea Plantation for more understanding about Vietnamese traditional tea. Upon arrival in Son La City, if time permits, we can visit the site of Son La Prison, built by the French colonists in 1908 to jail Vietnamese revolutionaries.

Walking summary: 5km (3 mi), total +/-2 hours on paved and reasonably smooth, undulating natural paths.

Overnight in Son La.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 6 Son La Tribal Walking Tour - Drive Lai Chau via Pu Sam Cap Cave
After breakfast we depart by coach to our morning tribal walking tour, where we explore more of the minority groups in the Son La area and view the amazing mountain system as it sweeps towards Lai Chau. After our walk we take lunch in a local restaurant, then depart by coach for Lai Chau. En route we visit Pu Sam Cap Cave, the most famous caves in Lai Chau, discovered in 2006. These caves consist of a complex system with three main chambers which will surprise the visitor with their pristine beauty. After our visit we transfer to our hotel for check in and dinner.

Walking Summary: 4km (3 mi), 150m (500 ft) descent – approx 2 hours walking, leisurely pace.

Overnight in Lai Chau.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 7 From Lai Chau - Full-day Sin Suoi Ho Waterfalls Hike
We have an early start this morning as we drive 1hr to Sin Suoi Ho, a Hmong village located 1500m (4,900 ft) above sea level. The village is famous locally for the planting of about 20,000 orchids. We start our day's hike from the village accompanied by a local guide. We then hike, first to the Heart Waterfall, then to nearby Love Waterfall These beautifully situated and picturesque waterfalls are a popular sight for locals and visitors alike. After our walk, we continue our drive to Lai Chau and our hotel for check in. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Walking Summary: 9.6km (6 mi) – 100m (330 ft) ascent/descent, approx 5 hours leisurley walking on mostly well-maintained, undulating natural surfaces.

Overnight in Lai Chau.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 8 Lai Chau Walking - Drive to Sapa via Heaven’s Gate Pass
This morning after breakfast we depart by coach to Hon Village, populated by the Lu ethnic minority, who have preserved their tradition and lifestyle intact. Here we take a walk to explore the region. After our visit, we continue to Sapa via Tram Ton (Heaven's Gate) Pass, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 2047m (6,715 ft). From here on a clear day we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Fansipan Mountain Range, including Mount Fanispan, at 3143m (10,300 ft) the highest mountain in Vietnam. From here we proceed to Ta Giang Phinh Valley inhabited by the Black Hmong tribe, which we briefly explore. Finally, we arrive at Sapa, famous for its towering peaks and steep terraces, and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Walking summary: 4.2km (2.5 miles) – 150/50m (500/164 ft) ascent/descent – approx 1.5 hours walking: leisurely on undulating paved and natural surfaces.

Overnight in Sapa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 9 Activities from Sapa: Hmong & Tavan Villages
After breakfast we are met by a local guide and driver for a short transfer to Cat Cat Village. Our walks today are the longest of our tour, and starts from Cat Cat and follows the trail by way of a waterfall and local hydroelectric project before continuing through picturesque rice terraces. We eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho, a prosperous village of the Black Hmong minority. Here we pause for a light lunch. In the afternoon we head toward the Muong Hoa Valley, passing through Lao Chai, then Tavan village which houses a population of the Giay tribal minority. Return to Sapa by road.

Walking Summary: Total 12km (8 mi) in sections – 400/200m (1300/650 ft) ascent/descent – approx 5 hours actual walking: leisurely on undulating paved/cobbled and natural surfaces.

Overnight in Sapa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 10 Sapa - Morning Red Dzao & Black H’mong Walk - Drive Hanoi
This morning we drive a short distance southeast of Sapa town to Ta Phin, a large valley, surrounded by high mountains covered by pine forest. Ta Phin commune is home to the Red Dzao and Black H’mong ethnic tribes. Although living close to each other for decades, these two ethnic peoples are very different. The H’mong are thought to be cheerful and open minded while the Red Dzao have a reputation for being economical and reserved.

We take an easy walk on the inter-village paths around the valley, paying visits to H’mong hamlets scattered from the bottom of the valley to higher mountain slopes. We walk to a Red Dzao village in which we meet groups of women making handicrafts includes embroidered clothes, handbags, and more. We then return to Ta Phin, regain our coach and drive back to Hanoi. On arrival we check into our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Due to the length of our day and possibility of an early start tomorrow, dinner is on your own this evening.

Walk Summary: 4.8k (3 mi) – 120/50m (400/165 ft) ascent/descent – approx.: 1.5 hours leisurely walking, surfaces much like previous walks.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 11 Hanoi, Vietnam - Siem Reap, Cambodia: Afternoon Walking Tour
This morning we transfer to Hanoi airport for our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival, we are met and transfer to our hotel for check-in and a break for lunch.

This afternoon we depart on a Siem Reap walking tour. We first stroll to the centre of town and the glorious Wat Damnak Buddhist Monastery. This magnificent pagoda and its lush surrounding grounds offer peace and tranquillity in the heart of the temple complex. With huge historical significance, the grounds of Wat Damnak contain Cambodia's largest public library outside of Phnom Penh. We see monks, students, and locals studying in contemplative silence. Next we visit the ancient and beautiful Wat Preah Prom Rath. Built more than 500 years ago, this pagoda has huge grounds filled with numerous statues and sculptures. The oldest part of the site is the impressive front gate with Bayon style carvings similar to those found in Angkor Wat -- a taster of the Angkor ruins without leaving the city. Next, we visit the Royal Residence, set in lush parkland grounds running alongside the river, which also contain Yeay Tep Shrine and Preah Ang Chek. These verdant royal parklands are home to hundreds of towering, ancient trees which provide shelter for numerous butterflies and huge fruit bats that wake at dusk to search for food. Later we explore the bustling Psar Chas (Old Market), constructed in the 1920s. This colourful and expansive market has a wonderfully frenetic pace and is the perfect place to pick up Cambodian artworks, information about the country’s Khmer heritage, and a multitude of souvenirs. After our tour we return to the hotel with the balance of the day leisure.

Walking Summary: A light day in distance and time, with in-town walking, paved surfaces, some steops, and plenty of stops.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 Full Day Temple Touring: Ankor Thom, Bayon, Terrace Elephants, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat
Today we depart on a full day temple tour (with vehicle support) to visit the most important of the many temples that surround Siem Reap. We spend much of the day on foot exploring Siem Reap's jungle-bound edifices, a major highlight of tour.

We start with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Our next stop is Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are impressive and tell stories of daily life and great battles fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. We move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear, which were once used for religious rituals, and today serve as swimming pools for Khmer children. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex and see the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings.

Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all -- Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel. We return to Siem Reap for lunch and to escape the hot sun. Then later in the afternoon we explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65m from the ground and crowned by five towers. It's the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag. We end our day with sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to Siem Reap. Due to the fullness of our day, we will leave dinner up to you this evening.

Walking Summary: An ambitious full day of flat ground leisurely walking, with some steps/stairs on paved, cobbled, and natural surfaces. 9.6k (6miles) total for the day – approx 5 hours walking total, broken up by guided sightseeing stops and free time at the various sites, and breaks for refreshment.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 13 From Siem Reap: Full-day Excursion to Sap Lake & Chansar Village
This morning we drive to the shore of the Tonle Sap Lake, where we embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on wooden stilts rising from six to eight metres high. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms. During our visit, our boat traverses mangrove forests, a unique ecosystem that survives on flooded soil for some months of each year. Mangroves also play host for a variety of wildlife -- keep an eye out for birds, especially the rare crab-eating macaques!

Back on land we continue driving to the small village of Chansar, which we explore on foot. (3.2k/2miles – approx.: 2 hours walking: leisurely).
After our visit, en route back to Siem Reap, we stop at a Buddhist temple. On arrival at our hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure. Farewell dinner in local restaurant. This evening we gather in the foyer and depart for a local restaurant for our farewell dinner. We then transfer back to the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Walking Summary: At Chansar Village, 3.2km (2 mi) – approx 2 hours leisurely walking, flat and varried surfaces.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 14 Departure from Siem Reap
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for international departures.

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Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

 

Inclusions
Breakfast daily and most dinners (we leave some evenings free due to some long active days days and possibly early starts the next day); most lunches are also included at both local restaurants and hotels (see detailed itinerary for full meal plan). All transport (including local flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates and early arriving land & air customers who also book their extra nights through us.


Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, some dinners, personal items (ie your bar bill), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas, and any locally-paid departure taxes.


Seasonality and Weather
Our late October departure is just outside of the coolest time of year and the end of rainy season in Northern Vietnam; it still rains now and then, but not too much to seriously affect our trip. The scenery is green and lush, and the weather is generally pleasant at this time of year. We will likely still experience some heat, but our October visit avoids the possibility of being caught in cold weather outbreaks that tend to descend from the north Nov-Jan, which can uncomfortably chilly.

Our March date also skips the cool and cloudy winter period and the heat of summer, which begins in May. March may be somewhat less green overall as things begin to dry out; that said, it's an interesting time as it coincides with the harvest of various crops.

Down south in Cambodia, we will definitely experience some serious heat as this region known for hot and humid conditions throughout the year.

Overall you should prepare for warm-hot, sometimes sticky weather with the possibility of rain and some chilly nights/mornings in a few locales.


Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout will be by private air-conditioned bus. Most of the driving days are not long, but progress can be slow due to the nature of the roads and traffic. Internal flights via scheduled regional carriers.

This is a busy program with lots of moving around, though distances in this relatively compact region are not huge. While the trip is well-paced overall, we will have some full days of travel/activities with sightseeing/comfort stops along the way. This is a hotel-based trip with no camping; all you need to carry is a small backpack with what you will need for the day.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our full days of travel and sightseeing and, especially, our on-foot activities. This itinerary features some town/city on-foot explorations, but most of our walking takes place on well-maintained mountain/hill terrain and "natural" surfaces. Some of our routes involve modest elevation gain/loss. For further details specific to each days' activities on this tour -- approximate walk durations, distance, elevation gain/loss, and surface type (ie paved or "natural") -- please refer to the "Walk Summary" included on each day of the full itinerary.

Overall, our walks can vary widely, but generally range from 2km (1.5 mi) to 7km (4.3 mi) and may be done in segments for the sake of variety and opportunities for breaks and sightseeing. Our pace is leisurely but steady, and you should be comfortable walking about 3km (2 mi) per hour, and up to 7km (6 mi) in approximately 2 hours of actual walking, plus time dedicated depending on photo/refreshment stops and guide commentary. Because some walks can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only.

Porters should be available at most hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage if baggage handling is not available and at airports.

For a general overview of all four of our rating categories, please click/tap on the "Activity Level 3" button located on this page.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.


Accommodation
Hotels used on tour are comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, mostly 4-star properties with en-suite bath/toilet. Some are resort-style boutique properties with plenty of charm and atmosphere. Single rooms are limited in number and possibly smaller than twins. Laundry facilities are available at some hotels for a reasonable price.

Most hotel rooms are well-equipped and likely include hairdryers and irons, minibar fridge, TV. Most hotels provide complimentary purified drinking water. Some hotels have swimming pools.

Click on "Map & Hotels" tab elsewhere on this page for more information.


Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.


Group Size
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Southeast Asia
Countries visited: Vietnam and Cambodia


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Hotel Mercure La Gare
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Ha Noi
Country: Vietnam

Located opposite Hanoi Central Railway Station, Mercure Hanoi La Gare is an inviting oasis in the heart of the bustling city centre. Situated close to the Old Quarter, this
... features modern design and facilities, a French brasserie, internal courtyard and gym.
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Mai Chau Ecolodge
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Mai Chau
Country: Vietnam

On a hill among rice fields and mountains, this serene resort is a 20-minute walk from Lac Village.Rustic-chic bamboo bungalows are set on stilts and feature thatched roofs. All have
... Wi-Fi, scenic views and tea and coffeemakers.
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Muong Thanh Luxury Son La Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Son La
Country: Vietnam

Mường Thanh Grand Son La Hotel is located at strategic location of Son La city center, near the national highway No.6. It is easy to access key attractions and business
... and conveniently connect to North-Western capitals. Being the first 4 star hotel in Sơn La city, Mường Thanh Grand Sơn La is an ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers.
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Muong Thanh Lai Chau Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Lai Chau
Country: Vietnam

Adjacent to a street filled with cafes, this polished hotel is 2 km from Highway QL4D and 1 km from People's Square.
Modest rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and
... plus tea and coffeemaking facilities.
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Pistachio Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Sa Pa
Country: Vietnam

Featuring views of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, this upscale hotel is a 7-minute walk from Nhà Thờ Đá Sapa church, which dates from 1895, and a 10-minute walk
... Sapa Express Bus Station.

Polished rooms feature flat-screen TVs, and mountain or city views
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Somadevi Angkor Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Siem Reap
Country: Cambodia

This Siem Reap Hotel has 150 elegantly designed and well-furnished guest rooms, each with balcony, provide an atmosphere of tranquil elegance. You will enjoy the panoramic view of Siem Reap
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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances. If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.
Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

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Arleen C.
Sagamore Hills, OH - US
I had been searching for several years for a tour that included Paraguay and was delighted to find this one. The mission visits were excellent, in terms of both the sites and the explanations. The Pipore Yerba Mate tour was terrific and I loved our guide there. Iguazu Falls was spectacular and again, we had a very good guide. Our trip to Purmamarca was surprising and very good. The buses and vans were very good. The hydrofoil trip was good also. All the dinners were wonderful, with excellent food and in lovely locations. The hotels were very good. Overall it was an excellent tour, with many interesting destinations.
Erle J.
Gloucester, ON - CA
A good tour with lots of interesting sites and spectacular scenery. I really learned a lot about these 3 countries and Latin America. I most enjoyed the Jesuit Missions, Iguazu Falls, and the Safari to the Clouds. All the hotels were very good. Meals on the tour were very good. I really liked our tour leader ordering appetizers to be shared which allowed me to try more local foods. Local Guides were either very good or excellent.
Merle H.
Glenview, IL - US
We loved the whole trip and the surprises of touring in between trains. Also some of the little towns for lunch were a delight. The food on this trip was exceptionally great. All the meal choices and ordering off the menu was perfect. Our tour leader ordered tapas for us and a few planned meals were great too. If we hadn't walked as much as we did, we would have gained weight. The best thing was that all the hotels were centrally located and we could walk easily to highlight places and good restaurants. Perfect. You did an outstanding job selecting these hotels. Loved the train (and dashing for two of them). Had never done train travel before and the stations and facilities were mind blowing. First class seats were really nice. Love your guides and quality of local guides. Love AA.
Linda R.
Thunder Bay, ON - CA
We enjoyed the scenic west coast of Ireland the most. In particular, Killarney, Dingle peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands. Also the Giant's Causeway. The local guides in Dublin, Londonderry and Belfast were very good. We had a small van for our small group and it worked out very well. The meals were tasty and substantial. There was generally a good variety of selections. A very good tour.
Vera G.
Victoria, BC - CA
I loved the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Aran Islands. Belfast, Dublin and Killarney were the best cities. The hotels were good and well located. Hotel staff were excellent and rooms were clean and comfortable. Another great Adventures Abroad trip! You never disappoint!
Steven H.
Vancouver, BC - CA
By-and-large the sights, locales, neighbourhoods, etc were extremely interesting. The bus was great! A good size for the group size. It gave us a good sense of a 'home-on-the-road'. I didn't know what to expect for meals and was very pleased with what was presented. Our tour leader, Subash's, knowledge of 'everything Indian', the customs, sights, culture, etc was inexhaustible. He was the perfect person to introduce us to the culture, people, sights and history of India. His insights into the Hindu philosophy were deep, informative and colourful. I consider myself luck to have had him as our guide (almost a mentor). I felt that the quality of the hotels were very good and more often than not, higher than expected. The uniqueness of the two 'Orchard' settings and the desert 'camp' tents were quite fun and very comfortable. Overall: Highly Enjoyable, Very Well Managed, Well thought out Itinerary, Excellent Tour Guide.
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