1. Explore the mystery and beauty of China
Start with a Kung Fu show in Beijing. Celebrate the philosophy and skill of the martial art of Kung Fu through a compelling storyline, dramatic design, spectacular choreography and breath-taking music.
Tour the Summer Palace, a magnificent imperial garden, the largest and most ancient preserved one in China. Participate in Taiji lesson, an internal martial art, Chinese meditation system and health practice, visit historic Tiananmen Square, the largest open public square in the world flanked by the imposing Tiananmen Gate, Imperial Palace, better known as the Forbidden City followed by a visit to the famed Silk Alley Market boasting of more than 1000 stores.
The excitement continues with a visit to the only man-made structure visible from the moon, the Great Wall of China, the Badaling section with Cable Car, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tea art lesson. Then take a historical tour of Beijing’s narrow streets, known as hutongs, on a traditional rickshaw, visit a local home to learn about Chinese life from a family. Later, proceed to visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to
heaven for a good harvest.
Experience the speed train journey to Shanghai. In the evening visit highest and biggest observation deck in all of China, the Jin Mao Tower. Later cruise on the Huangpu River.
Tour a Buddhist shrine – Jade Buddha Temple. Next, visit the alluring centuries-old Yu Yuan Garden located in the Old Town of Shanghai which recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers. Walk along the wide boulevard of the Bund, lined with impressive neoclassical buildings, dating back to Shanghai’s grandest days. Enjoy the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel: a mind-bending audio-visual ride underneath the Huangpu River. Shop at Nanjing Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in the world.
Take a ride on the Maglev Train (that uses magnetic levitation) to Pudong Airport for the departure flight.
2. Museums, Chocolates and the Space Life Belgium
Discover the city of Brussels on the Gourmet Tour, the fantastic foodie walking tour! Visit the tastiest restaurants, sample Belgian specialties and learn about the city’s history and culinary traditions.
Students witness state-of-the-art car-making on a tour of the Audi factory, chocolate making from liquid to hard shell and taste the result at the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate and the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium that provides insight of the European Central Bank (ECB). Visit Belgian Comic Strip center, this kingdom of imagination is home to some of Belgium’s best-known comic strip heroes: Tintin, Spirou, Bob and Bobette, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Blake and Mortimer, Marsupilami, etc. See over 1,500 instruments from around the globe and a variety of time periods at Musical Instrument Museum. Museum of Natural Sciences, that is dedicated to natural history and the Dinosaur Hall the world’s largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs are other facilities we visit.
Adorned with delicate white stalactites and waterfalls, Dinant La Merveilleuse is considered as one of Belgium’s most beautiful caves. Brussels City Tour will show us magnificent St. Michaels Cathedral, Our Ladies church of Laeken and the world-famous Atomium. We will then do a whistle stop tour around Europe at the Mini-Europe Park. Move onto the Royal Palace and enter the European district with the buildings and offices of the European Parliament, the European Commission and Council of Ministers. Tour ends with a stroll to Brussels beautiful Grand Place. Do not forget the cheeky Manneken Pis – the statue of a boy, representing the “irreverent spirit.
We will then spend three days at The Euro Space Center that offers the chance to involve in space classes where one can discover the mysteries of our universe and the history of space conquest. Choose from Astronaut Training, Discovering the World of Astronomy, Becoming a Junior Space Engineer of Rockets or Learn about Planet Earth, its biodiversity and technological innovations inspired by nature.
3. Experience Efficiency and Excitement Japan
Visit the icon of Japan, the Mount Fuji before a tour of the Hakone National Park with its lakes and peaks. Later embark on a delightful cruise on Lake Ashi. Take an aerial ride on the Cableway at Mt. Komagatake for a sweeping view of Hakone.
Experience the sights of Tokyo on a city tour, including panoramic views of the city from the main observatory of Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple. We then take a train to Hiroshima.
A short Ferry ride takes us to the Island of Miyajima where we admire the architectural beauty of the Itsukushima Shrine. Later Pay tributes to the victims of the bomb blast at The Peace Park and witness the aftermath of the blast at The Atomic Bomb Museum. Experience the Bullet Train, the Shinkansen, to Kyoto.
Visit Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which contains the Textile Machinery Pavilion, the Automobile Pavilion, Technoland and other facilities which contain many valued items and documents belonging to the founder Sakichi Toyoda. Kyoto city tour will take us to Nijo Castle, the Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Centre.
Kawasaki Good Times World, museum dedicated to the history of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, that displays models of some of the machines the company has worked on and is proud of. We will also take a souvenir picture riding a jet ski or (almost) driving a Series 0 Shinkansen! Explore Nara with visit to the Todaiji Temple famous for its Buddha statue, the Deer Park and the Kasuga Shrine – Nara’s most celebrated shrine.
Say good bye to Japan, via Osaka, after spending some time for shopping
4. Appreciating nature Switzerland & France
See the highlights of the business and cultural hub of Switzerland in Zurich. Admire the medieval Old Town and the Bahnhofstrasse, and ride the Dolderbahn railway to the hilly Zurichberg district!
Ride to Engelberg, where the breath-taking journey to Mt. Titlis begins. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier’s deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car ROTAIR. Proceed to Interlaken, for a walking tour of the city. See the town square, Hohbühl Pavilion and former Augustinian monastery, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz; and marvel at the soaring peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains.
Spend time at the Cheese Factory Miggi. where the famous wheel-shaped Appenzeller cheese is made. Then we drive to the town of Vevey, one of the “Pearls of the Swiss Riviera”, where we visit the Lionel Meylan S.A. – Horlogerie & Bijouterie, for a demonstration of watch making. We then stop at the lakeside near the statue of the most famous inhabitant, Charlie Chaplin. Proceed to Olympic Museum, which houses exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement.
In Geneva, we visit European headquarters of United Nation. Later see other sights of Geneva. Then drive to CERN, a major research organization also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN presents its latest findings from the world of science, particle physics, cutting edge technology and their fields of application in our daily lives.
Leave for Paris, and enjoy an evening River tour, where we see the illuminated attractions including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise along the Seine to admire Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Enjoy a full day out in the magical world of Disneyland Resort Paris. Walt Disney Studios let your imagination soar and immerse yourself in the never-ending, always fascinating world of movies and television. Disneyland Park where an enchanting kingdom filled with fun, fantasy and discovery will form before your eyes, a world of make-believe characters, shows and attractions.
5. All that makes it The Great Britain
Britain is packed with historic monuments, royal palaces and some of the world’s top museums. Visit the house where Shakespeare was born, climb cathedral spires, explore the Queen’s favourite home at Windsor Castle or uncover the Tower of London’s dark history.
We hit the road with a visit to Tower of London, a historic landmark where much royal blood was spilled, and displays world known Crown Jewels including the Koh-i-noor diamond, say hello to over 400 celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, see views of London from the London Eye, the world’s fourth tallest Ferris wheel during the gradual 30-minute flight.
A guided panoramic city tour of London touching the Tower Bridge, River Thames, London Eye, Tower of London, Hyde Park, Big Ben, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the famous Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square followed by the majesty of Buckingham Palace and its Changing of the Guards. Enjoy some free time at Oxford Street and then proceed to Oxford University. We will learn about the history of the city and the university, the collegiate system of tutorial unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Discover the famous alumni who studied and taught at the university.
Visit to Jaguar Factory will give us the unique opportunity to experience the whole process of how Jaguar cars are brought to life – from the molding of sheet metal to those intricate final touches. Later head to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and explore the heritage through the unique memorabilia and interactive displays, reliving the greatest moments and discovering what makes Manchester City the Club that it is today.
We then travel to Yorkshire Dales, first visiting The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World at Pateley Bridge and the conservation village of Arncliffe in Littondale. Proceed further to the traditional Dales Market Town of Hawes, where we see the award winning Wensleydale Creamery. Continue to Aysgarth Falls, a triple flight of waterfalls, surrounded by forest and farmland. Afterwards drive to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
See the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Later, a unique experience aboard the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays.
6. The Ultimate Destination that is United States
We gather all the knowledge about space in Orlando at the Kennedy Space Center on an International Students Camp. Students team-up as they are presented with NASA engineering challenges. All engineering builds are based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics components.
Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) in tandem with Apollo Saturn V Center and Apollo Era, Truss Build – Innovative space and earth architecture incorporated with engineering design process, Air Rockets – Educators lead students through the science of rocketry, propulsion and Newton’s Laws as each student constructs, then launches, their own air rockets. In two giant IMAX theaters, the dream of spaceflight comes alive to students with a wall of sound, a five-story screen and realistic 3-D special effects that allows students to feel like they’re floating in space.
Now to some fun time at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom and relive fond memories as you encounter the Disney characters. Magic Kingdom, is the first of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort. Take a family snapshot with Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Chip n Dale. This eventful day comes to an end with Disney characters in dazzling,illuminated costumes, followed by a spectacular display of
Fly to Washington DC and proceed on a tour of Washington DC. Stop at Capitol Hill and drive through Pennsylvania Avenue, to Lafayette Park for a view of the White House, at the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial – a tribute to the spirit, sacrifice and commitment of the American people, the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.
Visit the world famous Hersheypark, home to Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you’ll see, feel, smell and hear the delicious transformation from bean to milk chocolate.
Now we start our day in New York with a guided visit to the Statue of Liberty, at Liberty Island. Then move on to the ‘city that never sleeps, driving past some of New York’s iconic landmarks like Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, World Trade Centre site (Ground Zero), Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, through Soho, Little Italy, Fifth Avenue, Broadway and Madison Square Garden to Times Square. Stop by the United Nations Headquarters, Rockefeller Centre and Trump Tower and also visit the One World Observatory at One World Trade Centre.
7. The sparklingly savvy modern Asia Singapore
A wild adventure awaits us as we visit the fascinating world of nocturnal creatures at the world’s first wildlife park built specifically for night viewing, The Singapore Night Safari, which houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones recreated to stimulate various geographical zones. A park with a universal appeal – to the young and old and the first in Asia – the sprawling Universal Studios located within the Resorts World on the Sentosa Island thrills us with a world of movie magic rides. Step into S.E.A. Aquarium and immerse yourself in a magical marine world seen through our planet’s largest window to the Ocean. Come face-to-face with over 200 sharks and more than 800 species of marine animals some of which are very rare.
Singapore city tour covers the iconic Merlion, panoramic views of Marina Bay, Chinatown and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Drive past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Head to Sentosa on the scenic Cable Car Ride where you can see the beautiful landscape of the city. In Sentosa experience the Underwater World, Dolphin Lagoon and Song of the Sea Show.
A visit to Jurong bird park shows us over 9,000 feathered friends from 600 species. Enjoy the spectacular Penguin Exhibit and Bird Shows. Maritime trade contributes significantly to Singapore’s economy and in an attempt to understand this flourishing industry we visit Singapore Maritime Port Authority. Students also learn about the various vocations that make up the industry.
We visit Semakau Landfill for the opportunity to see and experience what it takes to develop innovative, creative and economical methods to deal with the daily waste produced in Singapore. In land scarce Singapore proper waste management is not only crucial to the environment but to the quality of life for the population.
Enjoy an evening Sound & Light show at Gardens by the Bay. The structures light up in a rhapsody of colours to the sound of music that fills the entire park. We also spend time at public observation deck at Marina Bay Sands for a stunning view of Singapore.
8. Multi-Cultural and Truly Dynamic United Arab Emirates
Go behind the scenes of Dubai World Trade Center, to learn how the world class conference, meetings and exhibitions are organized and executed. Every year, this venue hosts over 500 events, more than 1.4 million visitors and 6,000 exhibitors from every corner of the planet. In the evening, ride a traditional Arabic Dhow that glides silently along the creek of Dubai
Al Ain Dairy Farm in Al Ain, the largest vertically integrated dairy producer in the UAE, gives an entertaining and educational experience where students meet the cows that make the dairy farm so special. Later, we visit Al Ain Zoo, a home to over 4,000 animals, with at least 30% of its 180 species considered endangered. Al Ain zoo offers guided experimental learning programme which includes Hands-on activities, Research opportunities, questionnaires and debates.
Continue the industrial visit with Emirates Techno casting, one of the leading steel foundries in the world with high technical capabilities and produces 18,000 tons of Carbon, Low Alloys, Stainless, Duplex, Super Duplex and High Nickel Alloy Steel Castings per annum. Nestle Factory on the other hand specializes in the manufacturing, canning and packaging of different Nestlé brands in diary, chocolate and mineral water.
A joyful ride on the Palm Monorail gives a good vantage point to see the Palm Jumeirah. No building in modern history has aroused so much curiosity as has the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. From the vantage point on level 124, know what it is like to see the world from such a loft height. We spend time at Dubai Mall and see Dubai Fountain show, the world’s largest musical fountain.
We include a visit of Media and Communication department of Manipal University. It is one of the largest private universities in the Middle East & Africa region enrolling over 1700 students from across 33 nationalities across the globe. A visit to Abu Dhabi will give the opportunity to admire the fantastic architecture of the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and we end the trip by spending few hours at the World’s largest Indoor Theme park, the Ferrari World.
9. Full of Contrasts, yet Unique India
We will start with Udaipur’s City Palace complex, private residence of the ‘King of Kings’. Wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour.
Jodhpur is next which is rightfully called the “Blue City” with the walls of the houses tinted in blue. Further the bazaars display the colourful range of commodities and the spices confirm the animated nature of the place. En – route visit Ranakpur Temples – the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps of the best in the country.
The Pink city of Jaipur – The Capital of Rajasthan offers us the Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and Hawa Mahal. Enjoy an elephant ride up to the inner citadel of this Amber Fort.
The World wonder Taj Mahal awaits us in Agra, a mausoleum built as a symbol of Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra Fort is another beautiful yet forbidding structure that houses many exquisite palaces, and is a handsome example of Mughal architecture.
The sights continue in the capital New Delhi too with the magnificent World Heritage-listed Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb – Last refuge of Emperor Humayun’s which reminds rather of a luxurious palace, than a tomb. We then drive past Parliament, India Gate, Red Fort, Juma Masjid and Rashtrapathi Bhavan. The trip ends with Kingdom of Dreams, the ultimate live entertainment show where India’s art, culture, heritage, crafts, cuisine and performing arts are brought to life with technological wizardry.
10. Immerse in Technology and History in Germany
In Stuttgart, we visit the Mercedes-Benz Factory. This tour at Daimler AG’s largest car production plant in the world offers a detailed insight into the fascinating world of vehicle manufacture. Proceed for Stuttgart City Tour, then to Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, where you will enjoy a close-up experience of the history of Porsche.
Next we head to Europa-Park, the largest theme park in Germany and the 2nd most popular theme park resort in Europe, located in Rust. At Europa-Park, look forward to a sensational mix of adventure, entertainment and white-knuckle thrills in the 90-hectare grounds.
Drive to Munich for a short city tour. On arrival view key historic landmarks such as Marienplatz, Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt food market. Visit Deutsches Museum one of the first scientific-technological museums in the world. Sailing ships, models of atoms, windmills, space probes, diesel locomotives, industrial robots, organs, lifeboats… this unbelievable abundance of technical achievement – are found there.
In Berlin we visit the Berlin Wall, stroll down Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate, see the Reichstag and Holocaust Memorial, hear the story behind Checkpoint Charlie and learn about the Topography of Terror museum. Move from these historical sites to modern marvels such as Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstrasse. Then join on extraordinary and fun ride through Berlin with the Trabi, on the “Trabi Safari”.
Visit Hamburg’s Finkenwerder Airbus Plant, to experience the production and assembly of Airbus aircrafts. Explore Hamburg city’s historical locations as you walk from the landmark of St. Michaelis Church to Hamburg’s Town Hall (Rathaus). Experience an exciting harbor cruise in Hamburg and explore the city from the water. The tour ends with a visit at Miniature Wunderland to see the model railway and miniature buildings and landscapes of Hamburg’s.
11. Come Down Under. There’s truly nothing like Australia
Melbourne is the ideal starting point for a trip up the Australian coast. Hop on the City Circle tram, see behind the scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the super stage for Australian sport, stadium for the 1956 Olympics, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, International Cricket and Australian Rules Football or visit the National Gallery of Victoria and their latest exhibition.
Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, fairy penguins would be the trip next but only after our interactions with koalas and kangaroos on the way. We then wait for the penguins to perform the Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Otherwise, we will take a ride on the Puffing Billy, Australia’s favourite steam train and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
Once flown into the commercial capital, Sydney, we walk through it’s streets, cobblestone alleys and seaside paths and learn city’s history; colonist and convicts, the natural sites, the local hangouts and all its favorite sites. Get up close to one of the world’s most recognizable buildings and icon of Australia – The Sydney Opera House and then the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There isn’t another harbour in the world to rival Sydney’s beauty and vibrancy. So we travel all around the spectacular Sydney Harbour to get a different view of Darling Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the iconic Opera House. Oceanworld Manly provides for fun and interactive educational opportunity to inspire your wonder and curiosity, diving into the colourful world of marine animals, or by coming face to face with snakes and crocodiles!
We then fly or take an overnight train to the Gold Coast, the fun place with its exhilarating rides, exotic animals offering interactive entertainment – from dazzling theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular man-made caves! Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves. On the other hand, O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. There is also an option to include a day’s visit to the Space Flight Academy in Gold Coast.
Brisbane, the big city with several Museums, Parliament House, the Sciencentre, Art Gallery and Planetarium is on the way as we head back to the Airport for our flight back home.
12. Embarking on a Cultural Adventure Nepal
Start from the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Experience the authenticity of the valley, its cultural and religious harmony; the varieties of temples of Hinduism and Buddhism that are standing next to each other for centuries, diverse ethnicities, colorful festivals and celebration.
Followed by white River Rafting in Trisuli River we reach Pokhara: A premier resort city in western Nepal and the most popular place for lovers of adventure activities. Experience the best in trekking, boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding or simply relax by lakes with the stunning Annapurna mountain range surrounding you. Short hike to Sarangkot, which offers the magnificent sight of the sunset, sunrise, and of the whole city beneath. Gupteshower Cave- popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits and Devi’s Fall – which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground while International Mountain Museum educate us highest Himalayan Peaks of Nepal and Mountaineering.
In the southern region of Nepal, the jungles of Chitwan National Park await you with wildlife experiences like no other. Track wild royal Bengal tigers and watch one-horned rhinos bathe in rivers alongside great Asiatic elephants. Witness wilderness in its real form, and do it in style like the old-day Maharajas on elephant back to spot rhinos and deer. Another, exciting adventure is to go canoeing in the marshy Terai River amongst hundreds of marsh mugger crocodiles basking in the sun. Visit elephant and gharial breeding farms, a perfect way to educate about the animals and their life cycle. Be a part of the local tribal life and visit the Tharu village and enjoy Tharu stick dance and local folk songs.
13. Cross the Arctic Circle Russia & Scandinavia
The Russian capital that never ceases to inspire; the former capital of Imperial Russia, St Petersburg, that offers splendid
Orthodox Cathedrals, former palaces of Russian royalty and memorials of WW II; and the Scandinavian chic cities meeting remote forests, wilderness hikers and boasts of the majestic aurora borealis, this programme is literally out of the world.
An Orientation of Moscow visiting Sparrow Hills and Victory Park gives a panoramic view of the city. The Kremlin Tour, Russia’s main museum and the residence of the President, will display the 15th-century fortress, Russia’s Royal Cathedrals: The “red” colour of Kremlin walls reminds of Communism, but “red” had originally a different meaning in the Russian language, and Kremlin itself was founded for different purposes. Exploring its magnificent territory and splendid medieval cathedrals, we will learn about the history of the Kremlin project and its evolution in time. A short ride on Moscow’s metro will be followed by a famous Russian Circus show.
Trip to St Petersburg will be on a high speed train and in the evening a Russian Folklore show will be showcased. Explore two of St Petersburg’s artistic and architectural highlights on a walking tour: Ogle the eye-popping, multi-domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and then, enjoy a tour of St Petersburg’s Russian Museum, the world’s largest repository of Russia art. Admire some of the wonderful 400,000 art treasures dating from the 10th century.
Moving on to Helsinki in Finland with a tour of Historical Centre, Diplomatic Quarters, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, Opera House, Senate Square, the Sebelius monument, and Temppeliaukio Church, that is quarried out of the natural bedrock. We will then take a boat ride to Suomenlinna Fortress, the UNESCO Heritage Island off Helsinki. An overnight ferry will take us to the Swedish Capital Stockholm. Places visited here are the Vasa Museum, a maritime museum located on the island of Djurgården, Skansen, the first open-air museum and zoo and the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
A flight to Tromso, Norway, takes us above the Arctic Circle, the famed viewing point for colorful Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. A snowshoe trekking tour provides for closer looks at Norwegian wildlife and magnificent views of Fjords and Mountains that surround the area. Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium and educational center is housed in a very distinctive building meant to mimic ice floes pressed up against land by rough Arctic sea.
Finally we say hello to a bunch of barking huskies that are ready to give us an amazing experience of a dog sledding tour.
14. The heart and Soul of Indochina Vietnam & Cambodia
Vietnam and Cambodia are linked by the waters of the Mekong, by the lush green mangroves and mangoes, and by the darkness of the last century. Seek out the relics of colonial Saigon and explore the breathtaking Angor Wat temples.
Experience a life-changing experiential learning adventure of North and South Vietnam. Our trip begins in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Walk through streets lined by French colonial buildings and into bustling markets alive with culture. Appreciate Vietnam’s nationalist history at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” – a prison camp used first to cage Vietnamese rebel fighters and American prisoners of war. Visit the Temple of Literature, a place promoting and dedicated to knowledge throughout the history of the country. Explore Hanoi Citadel the symbol of political and military power in Hanoi. Travel to beautiful Dong Kgac village, home to many high ranking Mandarins. We can also indulge in a private cooking demonstration and then create our own dishes to enjoy them for lunch.
Once in South in Ho Chi Minh City, we will move to the Reunification Palace including the underground war bunkers and control rooms used by the US and South Vietnam Military. Visit the War Remnants Museum and be shocked at the brutality and disregard for human life. Cu Chi Tunnels, which was used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. Spend rest of the day on a guided walking tour of HCMC visiting the famous Post Office, Opera House and other landmarks made famous during the Vietnam War.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Visit the Landmine Museum and listen to the story of Aki Ra, who disarmed the majority of these landmines alone. Later visit Banteay Srei, a 10th century Cambodian Temple.
Other interesting spots in Seam Reap include Killing Fields in Wat Thmey, Angkor National Museum and then the spectacular Angkor Temples, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, matched by only a few select spots on earth.