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Washington, DC...May 30 - June 2, 2017
 

Everyone is invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm.
Please invite family and friends you might be interested in traveling.  
Our goal is to get 35 travelers for optimum pricing.
The pricing listed below is based on 35 travelers.

                                                                                Washington, DC estimated Trip Fees PER TRAVELER are listed below these prices are based on a full group. 

Quad Occupancy $1625         Triple Occupancy $1788         Double Occupancy $1869         Single Occupancy $2113
***Should there be less than 35 travelers there will be an additional charge.  
***Cancellation insurance is available for an additional charge.


         ***This trip is open to ANYONE who would like to travel.
         ***Do not be confused....SJ 6th graders receive the first invitations, but any interested student or adult traveler is invited to join us. 
         ***All student travelers must  be accompanied by an adult traveler.

 

    I am planning my 27th student/adult group trip to Washington, DC.  The trip is scheduled for........ May 30th-June 2,  2017.
   Previous trip have been known to fill quickly.  A deposit of $150 per person is necessary to guarantee your place. The deposit is applied to the trip fee.  
   Therefore once you pay your $150 deposit the trip fee is reduced by $150.

                                                      For additional information contact: Donna Kirkland.
Phone:  225-803-6013                        Email: donnakirkland@gmail.com                     Website: www.donnakirkland.com

Washington, DC estimated Trip Fees PER TRAVELER are listed below these prices are based on a full group. 

Quad Occupancy $1625         Triple Occupancy $1788         Double Occupancy $1869         Single Occupancy $2113
***Should there be less than 35 travelers there will be an additional charge.  
***Cancellation insurance is available for an additional charge.

   The trip fee covers all of the following expenses:

***HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS FOR 3 NIGHTS

***6 MEALS
            ***A buffet breakfast is usually served at the hotel.
           ***Dinner locations vary according to our daily schedule.

***ROUND TRIP FLIGHT
    ...Departure usually from Baton Rouge

***BUS TRANSPORTATION          
    ...Complete transportation while in Washington, DC

***SIGHT ADMISSIONS
      ...Below is a SAMPLE itinerary based on previous trips.  The list may be adjusted based on availability, time restraints, and reservation confirmations.  
World War II Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, White House Photo Stop,
FDR Memorial,  American History Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery (Wreath Laying Tomb of Unknowns),
US Capitol, Natural Science Smithsonian, Air  & Space Smithsonian, and possibly National Cathedral or Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,

***GROUP TOUR GUIDE
            ...A tour guide will remain with our group during our entire stay in Washington, D.C.  The guide plans our day so that we can see everything possible during our stay.  Our guide gives us a "preview" of the sights of the day as we ride our bus driven by a professional bus driver.

***ROOMS
           ...Rooms are generally blocked together. Your trip final cost is based on your rooming (quad, triple, double, single).  All listed prices are per person. 

***PAYMENT

            $150 deposit is required at the time of registration.  The balance must be paid in full by August 31st.  Credit cards are accepted.  
Remember it is our goal to reach a full group so that we will receive the best possible rate.  You can help by encouraging friends and
relatives to participate.  Applications will be accepted in the order which they are received. 

***OPTIONAL INSURANCE is available at an approximate cost of $179.  

New York City Extension
             If there is enough interest I will offer the option of extending the DC trip to New York City.  
The estimated cost would be $1250 per person, quad occupancy, for 4 nights in New York. 
Another option is for family/friends who are not doing the DC trip to join us in New York City.   The price to do the New York trip 
is estimated at $1650 but will be adjusted based on airfares at the time of registration.   Prices may be adjusted based on
registration dates.   Airline costs and hotel costs are increasing daily.   
                              
                      Trip fee does not include:
                                 Lunches, dinners, subway transportation, or airport shuttle fees
                      Sample Itinerary based on availability:  
                                 911 Museum, Freedom Tower, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, 
                                 bus tour, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park and more
 

                Below you will find details and pricing for those continuing from DC to NYC.  For those who opt to meet us in NYC their pricing will be

****Email me at donnakirkland@gmail.com or detach and mail the form below to:  Donna Kirkland     5213 Eudora Drive     Addis, LA 70710  ***

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______I have family/friends that want to meet us in NYC. (Number of travelers__________)     (Double  or  Quad) 

______I am interested in the NYC extension but unsure at this time.

______I am not interested in the NYC extension.

______I cannot make this trip but please put me on your mailing list for future travel.

  

Name:____________________________________________________   # of people that would be travelling with you__________

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          Europe 2017...It is time to go to INTERNATIONAL!

      Please check the itineraries below.   I am considering doing two tours in 2017.  

        1.  I will choose Alpine Europe or Spain based on traveler interest.
    
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       2.  Thailand...on the top of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited.



              Both tours include:

             Round-trip airfare and bus transfers
             Buffet breakfast daily
            Some dinners
            Multilingual Tour Director
            Private deluxe motorcoach

            Handpicked 3-4 star hotels

                            Jewels of Alpine Europe  

             13 days estimated price $4384 or 15 with extension estimated price add $399 + 4384 = $4783

               Visit Multiple Countries:  Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France
               Stay in Lucern, Annecy, Lake Como, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Munich and Salzburg with extension


             Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy.   
             Take in the picturesque Chamonix Valley and stroll along Italy’s Lake Como.
             Then, cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck.
             Then head to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.
             Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

          Tour includes
          
Handpicked hotels
          Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine
          Multilingual Tour Director
          Private deluxe motor coach
          Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

          Tour highlights
          
Spectacular mountain scenery at every turn
           Swiss chocolate, French pastries and German beer
           Lovely lakeside villages with alpine views
           The winter wonderland of St. Moritz
           You’ll follow the footsteps of Olympians in Innsbruck
           Munich—Bavaria’s food and culture capital

            Day 1: Travel day…Board your overnight flight to Zurich today

            Day 2: Arrival in Switzerland…  Included meals: Dinner
             Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Zurich, transfer to Lucerne to meet your Tour Director and fellow
              travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

             Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne  (To get a view of Lucerne click on the hyperlink and go to the video)
             I think you will love what you see….Included meals: Breakfast
            A local guide introduces you to the charming lakeside city.
           • Explore Lucerne’s Old Town
           • View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards
           • Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge, for views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps
             Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.
             Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $115pp*  (Price does not include summer slide.)  This scenic excursion
             begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne.  After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest 
            cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate,
            blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning;
            on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end
            of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note:

            Day 4: Annecy via Bern  Annecy 2 nights…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
            Travel through the Alps, taking in stunning scenery as you pass Lakes Sarnen, Brienz and Thun. 
            Stop in Interlaken to catch a glimpse of Jungfraujoch, or the “Top of Europe”
          • Cross the Aare River, a tributary of the Rhine, and discover the Swiss capital of Bern
          • Walk by the Gothic cathedral on a tour of Bern’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
          • Pass through the vineyards of Lausanne and Lake Geneva as you drive to Annecy

            Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Annecy…  Included meals: Breakfast
            • Walk through Annecy’s Old Town
            • Take in sweeping views of the Alps
            • Get a close-up look at the villas on Lake Annecy’s shores during a cruise

           Day 6: Lake Como Region via Chamonix…Lake Como Region 2 nights
           Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
           On your way to Italy, stop to explore Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. Then,
           continue through the scenic Aosta Valley en route to the Lake Como Region.

            Day 7: Como & Villa Carlotta…  Included meals: Breakfast
           Get to know the city of Como’s charming medieval quarter with your Tour Director.
            • Pass by the 15th-century Como Cathedral
            • View the 12th-century Porta Vittoria, a defense tower overlooking the old city• Stroll through the elegant
             gardens at Villa Carlotta, a palace completed in 1690 (Please note: From November through February you
            may alternatively take a funicular ride to Brunate.)
           
Enjoy a free evening in the Lake Como region or add an excursion.
           Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79pp*  Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s
           most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and
            young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you’ll
            sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner.
           This excursion is only offered from March through October, and its departure time varies by season.ion, comfort, cleanliness
            and charm - all at the right price.
 

            Day 8: Travel to St. Moritz…St. Moritz 1 night…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
            Return to Switzerland today, making your way to St. Moritz, a prestigious resort town and scenic hub of
            wintertime sports.                               

           Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Innsbruck…Innsbruck 2 nights…Included meals: Breakfast
            Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality that dates back to the Holy Roman Empire,
            and continue on toward Innsbruck, Austria where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour.
            • Visit Liechtenstein’s capital of Vaduz and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence
            • Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games
            • See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town
            • Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard
            • Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

             Day 10: Free day in Innsbruck… Included meals: Breakfast
             Enjoy a free day in Innsbruck or add an excursion.
            Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99pp*   Spend your day discovering the regal Neuschwanstein Castle.
           The historic retreat of Bavaria’s “Fairytale King” Ludwig II, who was known for his reclusive tendencies, was the
            inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle. On a guided tour, explore the residential areas of the castle, including
            the oak-furnished servants’ quarters and the king’s lavishly decorated staterooms. Then, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

             Day 11: Free day in Munich….Munich 2 nights…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Enter Germany, where you can spend a free afternoon exploring Munich on your own or add an excursion.
            Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp*  Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp
            during World War II.  Visit this site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a
            testament to the strength of the human spirit.  Listen to an audio guide while you view Dachau’s poignant exhibits and the
            memorials to the victims.

 

             Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Munich…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
             Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour
            • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district
            • Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque-style former home of Bavarian royalty
            • Walk from Odeonsplatz through the nearby Hofgarten to view the Residenz,
                   once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria
            • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel
              Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening or extend your stay to include Salzburg.

             Day 13: Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
             Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Salzburg

             OR...add Salzburg Starting from $399 pp…Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.
             Dubbed the 'Rome of the North' because of its many churches, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with
             museums, mansions, parks and churches. Spend two days soaking up the city’s celebrated musical history.

             Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg…Salzburg 2 nights…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Head to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.
            • View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter
            • See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town
            • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style
            • Pass through scenery from the beloved film “The Sound of Music”
            • Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles
               Enjoy a free afternoon in Salzburg or add an excursion.
              Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp*  Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller,
              located within St. Peter’s Abbey.  Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music. Mozart composed over 600 works in
             his short life, and tonight, you’ll hear his masterpieces accompanied by opera singing as you sample local delicacies.

             Day 14: Free day in Salzburg…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Spend a full free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.
             Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp*   Drive through the Bavarian Alps to the mountain village
             of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg. Take an
             underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic
             bus ride along steep gorges offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Enter the Dokumentation Obersalzberg,
             a museum with an exhibition on the history of Nazi dictatorship. Then, take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest,
             an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. On your way back down, stop at a  to sample a liqueur made
             from Alpine flowers. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not
             be advisable for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations.

             Day 15: Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
             Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Barcelona, Madrid & Seville…12 days $4013 with Costa del Sol

            
              Tour pace:
You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads
               and dirt paths, with some hills.

             Tour highlights
                  *Unmatched nightlife, classic tapas and fruity sangria
           *The inspired aesthetic of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona
           *Marveling at the 18th-century Royal Palace in Madrid
           *Awe-inspiring Spanish art from Las Meninas to Guernica
           *The remarkable, UNESCO-listed Mezquita in Córdoba
           *Mosaics and Moorish masterpieces in Seville

              Within the borders of one country, uncover 3 distinct destinations.  They display intriguinging distinctions,
              from Andalusian architecture to Catalan castells.  Explore Barcelona’s Gothis Quarter and Modernist landmarks,
              wander past Madrid’s imperial palaces and cap off your trip in Seville, where Moorish architecture shines.

              Day 1: Travel day…Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.  Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

             Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona…  Included meals: Dinner    Make yourself at home in the capital of Catalonia
             before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

             Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks.
            • Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress
            • Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”
            • Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and take in the panoramic views at
              Mirador de l’Alcalde park
            • Pass Plaça d’Espanya, one of the city’s most important squares
               Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.
            Optional Excursion - Park Güell & La Pedrera $85pp*
Discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí,
             the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Take a guided tour of Casa Milà, popularly
             known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique,
              from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 
             20th-century bourgeoisie. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead
             you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics.
            At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

            Day 4: Free day in Barcelona…  Included meals: Breakfast…Enjoy a full free day in Barcelona or add excursions.

           Optional Excursion - Montserrat $69pp* Journey to the ninth-century Monastery of Montserrat. Ride a
           high-flying cable car up the mountain and enjoy magnificent views of the Llobregat River Valley and—if skies
           are clear—the Pyrenees. A local guide leads the way to the secluded Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, where
           you may have a chance to see La Moreneta, Catalonia’s miraculous and beloved statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat.
          Take some time to explore the monastery before descending the mountain by bus and driving back to Barcelona.
          Please note: Due to the ever-changing schedule of church activities, a viewing of the Black Virgin of Montserrat statue cannot be guaranteed. 
          Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show $115pp*                

 

           Day 5: Transfer to Madrid…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner Madrid 3 nights Hotel info
           Journey by high-speed train to Madrid, and arrive in time for an included dinner.

            Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Madrid…Included meals: Breakfast…Get acquainted with Spain’s cosmopolitan capital
           city with the help of a local guide.
           • Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence
           • Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt
           • View the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and the bustling Puerta del Sol
           • Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy.

              Enjoy a free evening in Madrid or add an excursion.  Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening $99pp*

           
On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance
            in the evening light. Then, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city.
           Between traditional Castilian courses, you’ll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain’s universities.

 

             Day 7: Free day in Madrid…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Spend the day exploring Madrid on your own or add an excursion.   
Optional Excursion - Toledo $79pp*  Discover Toledo,
             the cliff-top city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (“The Imperial City”). Upon arrival, you’ll have some free time to
             explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at Toledo Cathedral, a massive, Gothic structure that houses
             750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral’s sacristy, containing
             masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at
             the heart of the city, you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa María la Blanca.

               

             Day 8: Seville via Córdoba…Included meals: Breakfast… Seville 2 nights
             Ride a high-speed train to the town of Córdoba and explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected cathedral,             
             on a guided tour. Then, stop at an olive oil farm for a tasting before continuing on to Seville.

             Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Seville…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
             Uncover the beauty of Seville, the historic Andalusian capital, on a guided sightseeing tour.
             • Enter the Alcázar Palace, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
             • Get a glimpse into Seville’s rich history, including the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and in the Gothic Seville Cathedral
                where Columbus is buried
             • Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz
                Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

              Day 10: Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
              Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
              (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 11.)

             Add Costa del Sol Starting from $259 pp…Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.
             Soak up the sunshine on the Costa del Sol, a stretch of fashionable towns and beaches hugging the Mediterranean.
             The soul of the Costa del Sol is yours to discover in out-of-the-way tapas bars, tiny fishing villages and glamorous
             see-and-be-seen beaches. Relax and enjoy two additional days in Spain and let your cares drift away on the sea breeze. 

 

             Day 10: Transfer to Costa del Sol…Included meals:  Breakfast    Costa del Sol 2 nights
              Head south to Costa del Sol, where the day is free to explore or lounge on the beach.

             Day 11: Free day in Costa del Sol…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Spend the day exploring Costa del Sol on your own or add an excursion.
             Optional Excursion - Ancient Village of Ronda $79pp*
Travel into the hills of Andalusia to 
             visit the famous, historical town of Ronda. This stunning, cliffside town was founded in the
             9th century BC, and is dotted with picturesque white buildings that look out over an awe-inspiring
            mountainous terrain. Take it all in when you stop at a lookout point to view the staggering Puente Nuevo.
            This 18th-century bridge is over 300 feet tall and spans a deep gorge, known as el Tajo. ​After your
            photo op, follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the town. Enter the Plaza de Toros, a culturally
            important bullring that was constructed in the late 1700s. Then, walk by the Mondragón Palace and
            visit the terraced Cuenca Gardens. Take free time to eat lunch before transferring back to Costa del Sol in the afternoon.  


             Day 12:   Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
             Transfer to the Málaga airport for your flight home.

                          Thailand: The Golden Kingdom

             12 days Estimated Cost…$3799 varies by departure date.
             add $999 if you are interested in the Cambodia extension

             From bustling Bangkok, you’ll travel north to ancient ruined capitals, hill tribe villages and mountaintop temples to
             investigate all sides of this vibrant country of contrasts.

           

           The tour includes:
           *10 nights in handpicked hotels
           *Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
           *Multilingual Tour Director
           *Private deluxe motor coach
           *Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

           Tour highlights
           *
Spicy, sweet, salty & sour—Thai food at its finest
           *Bangkok’s canals and floating markets
           *Interacting with the hill tribes outside Chiang Rai
           *Soaring to the summit of Doi Suthep
           *Up-close encounters with elephants
           *Ornate Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins


            Day 1: Travel day…Board your overnight flight to Thailand today.

            Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok…3 nights in Bangkok
            Welcome to Thailand! Settle in to your hotel tonight.

            Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok…  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
              This morning, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.
             • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam
             • See the city’s vast array of Buddha statues at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew),
               the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), and the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
             • Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat and converted rice barge
               This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

           Day 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & River Kwai…  Included meals: Breakfast
             Explore the region on a series of stops at local cultural sites.
            • Experience the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where locals sell produce from their small boats
            • Journey to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and the Thai-Burma Railway bridge that was made
               famous by the novel and film about its construction
           •  Visit the World War II Cemetery, resting place of over 9,000 Allied soldiers

           Day 5: Ayutthaya & Uthai Thani… Phitsanulok 1 night…Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
             Journey to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767. 
            • Tour the ruins, decorated with images of the Buddha draped in saffron robes, just like living monks
            • Continue on to Uthai Thani to visit the beautiful Wat Chantaram
              Enjoy a free evening in Phitsanulok or add an excursion.
              Optional Excursion - Rickshaw Ride & Market $29pp*

          Day 6: Chiang Rai 2 nights…Sukhothai Historical Park…  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
              On your way to Chiang Rai, stop to tour the Sukhothai Historical Park.
              Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park includes classical Buddha statues and temple ruins.

         Day 7:  Mae Kok River, oolong tea plantation & the Mekong River…  Included meals: Breakfast
            This morning, board a long-tail boat and venture along the Mae Kok River to a hill tribe village.
            • Learn about the traditional life of the hill tribe people, who live in bamboo houses raised on stilts
               and are skilled at crop rotation and hunting with spears and crossbows
            • Stop in Mae Salong, an ethnically Chinese town where various agricultural products are
              produced—including oolong tea, which you’ll learn about at a tea plantation visit
            • Visit the Golden Triangle, where the three countries of Burma, Thailand and Laos meet on the Mekong River
            • Take a short cruise across the Mekong River to visit a local market in Laos

         Day 8: Chiang Mai 3 nights…Included meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
             Wat Rong Khun & Doi Suthep
             On your way to Chiang Mai, stop at Wat Rong Khun, the otherwordly “White Temple.”
            Then, enjoy the scenery as you stop at some of the region’s most impressive temples and historic sites.
            • Discover Doi Suthep, the regal mountain overlooking the city from the northwest and  home to
               some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom
            • Walk the 290 steps skyward or take a cable car to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a major temple and
               pilgrimage destination during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Buja and Visak
            • Visit Wat Suan Dok, a temple constructed for a revered priest visiting from Sukhothai, to learn
               about Buddhism from one of the resident monks

         Day 9: Elephant Nature Park…  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
              Drive through the countryside to the Mae Taeng Valley and the Elephant Nature Park, a camp dedicated
              to caring for the elephant population thought conservation efforts and ending  mistreatment. You’ll learn
              about Asian elephants as you watch them feed and bathe.
              Enjoy a free evening in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.  Optional Excursion - Khantoke Dinner $39pp*

        Day 10: Local handicraft market…  Included meals: Breakfast
              Travel to San Kamphaeng to see how regional products are made by visiting local artisans, a silk
              factory and a paper umbrella manufacturer.
              Free afternoon in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.
              Optional Excursion - Traditional Thai Cooking Class & Dinner $69pp*

       Day 11: Flight to Bangkok…1 night in Bangkok...  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
               Fly to Bangkok for your final day in Thailand. After reaching the capital city, spend time relaxing
               or exploring on your own.  Later, join your group for an included farewell dinner.

       Day 12: Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
              Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home or continue your tour in Cambodia.

      Add Cambodia Starting from $999 pp   Learn about the dramatic history of the Khmer civilization and see
             how Cambodia is reinventing itself today. Wander among Angkor’s temples and terraces and discover
             one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From the layout of the
             temple sites to the intricate bas-relief and the iconographic sculpture, the sites of Siem Reap will
             mesmerize and amaze.

      Day 12: Siem Reap 2 nights…Included meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Sunset at Angkor Wat
             Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia and arrive in time for lunch. At sunset, tour the majestic temples of
             Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and an outstanding example of Khmer
             architecture. Honoring Hinduism and Buddhism, its five layers of rectangular walls and moats are
             said to represent mountains and the ocean.   

     Day 13: Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm & Preah Khan…Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
              Spend the day exploring evocative temple ruins with your Tour Director. 
             • Experience Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Kmer Empire and home of the Elephant Terrace,
               the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon Temple 
             • Explore Ta Prohm, a 12th-century temple that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle,
                known as the setting of the Tomb Raider movie as nature takes over the man-made
             • Stop at the ruins of the nearby Preah Khan temple

      Day 14: Flight to Bangkok…1 night in Bangkok…Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
              Enjoy a morning tour of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, the latter meaning “Citadel of the Women.” 
              Later, fly back to Bangkok for a group farewell dinner.

      Day 15: Departure…  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
              Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.

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