Wonders of the Ancient World... Grand Archaeological Tour of Indonesia, Burma & Cambodia
11 days from £7,600 per person
This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays.
Asia is home to some of the world’s richest archaeological sites. However, the ancient temples of Bagan, Borobudur and Angkor Wat are without a doubt the region’s highlights. Vast, beautiful and beguiling, these three temple complexes contain a magic that makes them stand out from the crowd. Although all very different, we feel that the three locations compliment each very well, and, if visited one after another, combine to create a wonderful journey through Asia and through time.
Starting with three nights in Borobudur, the itinerary kicks off at Amanjiwo – a hotel that compliments the temples beautifully in both style and location. In addition to tours of the temples with your private guide, your time in Borobudur would include an elephant safari and a trek through the Menorah Hills.
From Borobudur journey on to Bagan, located in Burma’s central plains. View the temples at sunrise by hot air balloon, cruise the Irrawaddy River at sunset and visit the site's 2,000 crumbling and atmospheric temples on horseback. While in Bagan stay at the luxurious Aureum Palace with its temple-facing infinity pool and well located viewing tower.
Your final stop will be the Angkor archaeological site – home to the magnificent Angkor Wat, amongst many others. From your base at Amansara, previously used by King Sihanouk as a guesthouse, visit the temples as often as you like with your private guide and personal remorque. Take a cycle ride through the leafy area of Ta Phrom or, if you fancy something completely different, go kayaking on Tonle Sap Lake.
This luxury holiday is a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your own bespoke tour of Asia. If you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Epic Journeys and Honeymoons, as well as our Ultimate Luxury, Active and Multi-Country itineraries.
11 days from £7,600 per person
- Day 1 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java
Arrive in Yogyakarta and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy sunset over the Borobudur temples from Amanjiwo.
- Day 2 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java
Visit the magnificent Borobudur Temples at dawn. After a break for breakfast and rest explore the temple complex by traditional horse and cart.
- Day 3 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java
This morning take an elephant safari around Dagi Hill. This afternoon, if desired, go trekking in the Menorah Hills. Watch sunset from Suroloyo, a misty sunset point in the middle of the jungle. Alternatively spend the afternoon enjoying Amanjiwo’s facilities.
- Day 4 - Aureum Palace - Bagan
Fly to Bagan, a rich archaeological site home to over 2,000 ancient temples, via Singapore and Yangon.
- Day 5 - Aureum Palace - Bagan
Fly over the plains of Bagan at sunrise in a hot air balloon – the way to get the best views of this magnificent ancient site. End a day exploring Bagan’s temples on a private sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River.
- Day 6 - Aureum Palace - Bagan
Day at leisure exploring the Bagan Archaeological site with your dedicated guide and driver. This evening go horse riding amongst the temples. Alternatively visit the impressive Mount Popa, a 45 minute drive away.
- Day 7 - Amansara - Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, via Yangon. You will be transferred to your hotel by vintage car.
- Day 8 - Amansara - Siem Reap
Visit Angkor Wat, the site’s most impressive temple, at sunrise with a picnic breakfast. Spend the day exploring the Temples of Angkor with your private guide by remorque.
- Day 9 - Amansara - Siem Reap
Take today at leisure with your guide and driver at your disposal. Alternatively visit Tonle Sap Lake’s floating villages.
- Day 10 - Amansara - Siem Reap
This morning return to the temple complex for further sightseeing with your private guide. This afternoon take a cycling tour around the mystical temples of Ta Phrom.
- Day 11 - In transit.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home via Bangkok.
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Anonymous, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
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