Day 1 – Departure from Canada.
Day 2 – Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, explore the former French Quarter by cyclo. Enjoy a welcome dinner at an NGO restaurant.
Day 3 – This morning, visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where you will learn about the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. In the afternoon, visit National Museum & Royal Palace. After dinner you will enjoy a sunset boat cruise.
Day 4 – Today you will travel by coach to the Free the Bears Center and have a chance to join the experienced team that looks after more than 120 sun & moon bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Experience a 90 minute Khmer traditional dance workshop. After dinner you will enjoy a performance of an array of dances from Khmer and different ethnic groups.
Day 5 – Depart Phnom Penh and travel to Battambang, about 5.5 hours drive with a stop at pottery making village. In Battambang, walk to Phnom Sampov Hill for sunset view with soft drinks. Enjoy a street food tour in the evening
Day 6 – This morning, you will visit a local market, arts gallery, and Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus and Performing Arts School. After lunch, take take a tuk tuk tour and discover local home-made industries.
Day 7 – Depart Battambang and travel to Banteay Chhmar for an overnight homestay at the commune. Explore the village and temples before an evening dinner at the temple grounds
Day 8 – Depart Banteay Chhmar for a 3 hour drive to Siem Reap, including a stop at an Angkor Silk farm. After a mid-afternoon orientation and walk, enjoy dinner at Marum NGO restaurant.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes the main temple Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 9 – Rise early to watch sunrise at Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel for breakfast before heading to visit Banteay Srei temple and the Landmine Museum. In the afternoon, you will have an orientation walk in the village and experience home-made artisan food, followed by a cooking class in the countryside before dinner.
Day 10 – Start your day with a cycling excursion to a Buddhist pagoda. Students will have the opportunity to meet with monks and learn about Buddhism and experience a blessing ceremony. Head to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat trip and picnic lunch at a stilted house. Later in the afternoon, visit Bayon temple, with its 200 smiling carved faces and 50 gothic towers.
Day 11 – This morning you will experience ziplining. After lunch, students will participate in a crochet workshop with the international organization, Rehash Trash (a social enterprise).
Day 12 – Enjoy a morning visit to Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm temples. You will have some free time in the early afternoon before attending a Phare circus workshop. After dinner you will enjoy a circus performance.
Day 13 – Departure from Siem Reap.
- transfers and transportation throughout
- full time tour director
- entrance to all sites
- medical insurance