Southeast Asian Odyssey - Deluxe

Southeast Asian Odyssey - Deluxe

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Southeast Asian Odyssey - Deluxe

18 Days Starting and ending in UK/Ireland

Visiting: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Bangkok

Tour operator:

Exoticca

Group size:

1 - 30

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Embark on a deluxe Southeast Asian Odyssey and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. This meticulously crafted tour invites you to explore the iconic wonders of Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and the majestic Angkor Wat. Designed for small groups with a passion for history, photography, and sightseeing, this journey offers an intimate glimpse into the cultural heart of Southeast Asia. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene beauty of Halong Bay and the ancient splendors of Angkor Wat, each destination is a chapter in a story of discovery. Whether you're cruising on a traditional junk boat, savoring the flavors of local cuisine, or marveling at historic temples, this tour promises a blend of adventure, relaxation, and enlightenment. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through some of the most mesmerizing landscapes and cultural landmarks Southeast Asia has to offer.

Highlights

  • Halong Bay cruise with a visit to local fishing villages, caves, and limestone islands

  • Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter and its vibrant culture

  • Visit the ancient temples and the impressive Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

  • Discover the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh and its rich history

  • Experience the poignant history of Phnom Penh with a visit to The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

  • Enjoy the lively and cosmopolitan city of Bangkok with its impressive temples

  • Optional excursion to the magical Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City

  • Sunset contemplation over Angkor Wat

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Uk/Ireland - Night On Board

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Overnight Flight

Meals Included: None

Arrival at your UK/Ireland departure airport * ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Hanoi. Night on board.* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Day 2 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Melia Hanoi

Meals Included: None

Arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Hanoi is a city characterized by centuries-old architecture and vibrant Southeast Asian culture, located in the heart of Vietnam. It offers a variety of unique experiences, from its impressive temples and lively culture, to its busy markets and world-renowned cuisine. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to begin discovering this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 3 : Hanoi City Tour

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Melia Hanoi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an action-packed city tour of Hanoi. Stop at Huu Tiep Lake, home to the famous downed US B-52 bomber and wander through the lively local market. Next, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from the outside on Monday & Friday due to closure), and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Continue to Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university, dating from the 11th century. Explore, on foot, Hanoi’s Old Quarter streets to see local people trading and going about their daily lives. Take a relaxing seat at a local café for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 4 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Melia Hanoi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Hanoi today, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Vietnam's busiest and most vibrant city! We recommend an optional excursion to the beautiful natural area of Ninh Binh* or a half-day jeep ride to the countryside with a visit to an ancient ceramic village**. Overnight stay in Hanoi.*Optional excursion to Ninh Binh (full-day with lunch): Begin in the morning and along the way take the time to enjoy discovering the unusual landscapes you will encounter on route. Arrive in the province of Ninh Binh at your first destination, Tam Coc, and embark on a small rowboat to journey through unforgettable scenery. Come across local villages, spectacular caves and endless panoramas that you will remember forever. Next, visit the Bich Dong pagoda, just 2 km from Tam Coc, a place that received the nickname of "The second most beautiful cave in Vietnam" by an ancient king. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head by road to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam until 1010, when it was transferred to Thang Long-Hanoi, leaving in their past the temples to the kings Dinh & Le. **Optional Jeep ride to the countryside & 1000-year-old ceramic village (half-day with lunch): Meet your knowledgeable guide prior to your departure, who will provide you with a brief overview of the day ahead to ensure you get the most out of this excursion. Begin your adventure today driving along the Red River dyke, passing through guava and vegetable gardens, which are one of Hanoi's main sources of food, to the ceramic village of Bat Trang. Stop at the village, where your guide will lead you through the zigzagging maze of alleyways to learn about villagers' daily lives. Spend some time away from Hanoi's hustle and bustle while learning about Vietnamese agriculture and farming, how rural life has changed as a result of the urbanization and modernization process, local life and the history of Bat Trang Ceramic Village, which dates back thousands of years. Your guide will stop at a ceramic workshop during the walking tour to explain the process of manufacturing ceramics and give you the chance to design your own ceramic bowl or teacup. Lunch included in the countryside before your return to Hanoi

Day 5 : Hanoi - Ha Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay

Location: Ha Long Bay

Accommodation Name: Indochine Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road to Ha Long Bay*, a World Heritage area of outstanding natural beauty known for its limestone islands and glistening waters. Travel through the rich farmlands of the delta and witness the daily life of the Vietnamese villages. Arrive in Ha Long Bay and board a traditional junk boat, to begin your cruise on the bay with a welcome drink. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many fascinating islets and may stop for a while to visit local fishing villages, caves and limestone islands. Relax at your leisure on the sun deck. Dinner and overnight on board.*There will be no guide on board.**Halong Bay Cruise: The cruise operator will choose ONE itinerary to either Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.

Day 6 : Ha Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay/Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

Location: Ha Long Bay

Accommodation Name: Mai House Saigon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Early risers are invited to participate in a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper bridge. Afterwards a light breakfast will be served, and later, a splendid brunch aboard the boat as you continue to navigate through the myriad of islands and islets, paying a visit to the most notable of them. By midday, we bid farewell to the fascinating panorama of Ha long Bay* and head back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere, do some souvenir shopping or continue discovering the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Hanoi.*Depending on weather conditions and local administration regulations, this cruise might be rerouted to Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay which offer similar activities with the latter being the likeliest option. **There will be no guide on board.

Day 7 : Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Mai House Saigon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, say goodbye to Hanoi as you transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This vibrant city is described as the ‘Pearl of the Far East’, because of the beautiful heritage buildings, friendly locals and exciting atmosphere! Arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport where the tour guide & driver will be waiting for you. The rest of the day is your leisure time to discover this fascinating city at your own pace, or, why not take part in our optional half-day excursion to the underground city of Cu Chi* perfect, for history enthusiasts. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.*Optional excursion to Cu Chi (half-day, without lunch): This memorable half-day excursion will give another insight into the history of the country. During the visit, explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels, located 70 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (an hour and a half by car). This is an underground city, built in 1948 by the Viet Minh to fight the French, you will find living rooms, kitchen, warehouses, armories, hospitals, command centers. During the War against the United States, the entire Cu Chi area was declared one of the battlefields and heavily bombed. It is such an interesting place and a must visit for those who are interested in learning about the history of the Vietnamese during such difficult times.

Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Mai House Saigon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a Full-Day Tour to soak up the rich tapestry of history and culture in Ho Chi Minh City. Visits Dong Khoi Street, home to many of the city's most important sites from the French colonial period, when the city became known as the 'Paris of the Orient'. Appreciate the restored Opera House, based on the Petit Palace in Paris and visit the Grand Hotel de Ville, now formally re-branded as the People's Committee Hall. Be amazed by the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. In District 5 visit China Town and the iconic Thien Hau Temple, built in honour of the goddess of the sea. Conclude your day discovery at the bustling Ben Thanh market. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9 : Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Mai House Saigon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have the day to explore at your leisure, or, why not take part in our optional excursion to discover the magical Mekong Delta.* Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.*Optional Mekong Delta Excursion: Depart to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on the Ben Tre River, one of the tributes of Mekong River while witnessing the lively activities of local life along the way. Stop at a brick kiln and visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Take a motorized cart or bicycle along the shady paths and pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to discover everyday life on the river. Take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before you return to the pier.

Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation Name: Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you say goodbye to Vietnam and head by road to Cambodia! After breakfast, depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh on the Mekong Express and Giant Ibis bus. The journey takes you through the country, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the evening, transfer to your hotel for check-in and take the rest of the evening to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.

Day 11 : Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation Name: Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a poignant excursion to The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, for a moving insight into the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Realise the horror and tragedy of this period in Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and visit the notorious Killing Fields. The rest of the day is at your leisure. We recommend an optional city tour to get to know Phnom Penh's most emblematic sights*. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh. *Optional Phnom Penh City Tour: Explore Cambodia’s capital and its major landmarks including the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda. We then will take one hour boat cruise on the Mekong River.

Day 12 : Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (By Land)

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, catch the Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus* from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On arrival, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap for check-in. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city at your own pace as the rest of the day is your free time at leisure. We recommend heading out to discover the well-known night market and Pub Street. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.*The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is 320 km long and will take approximately 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). This can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.

Day 13 : Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat

Location: Angkor Wat

Accommodation Name: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a captivating journey this morning. We will explore the mystical world of ancient temples. We will start our adventure towards Angkor Thom. Discover the Bayon temple. It is a masterpiece adorned with 54 towers. They bear 200 serene faces of Avolokitesvara, evoking a sense of divine calm. Journey onward to the Baphuon temple. It is a testament to the grandeur of Jayavarman I's reign. It has an imposing structure and intricate design. Explore the Phimeanakas. Tales of royalty echo through time there. Wander the terraces of the leper king and elephants. History and intrigue steep each spot. Our next stop is Ta Prohm. The temple is mesmerizing and wrapped in nature's embrace. Ancient stones mix with towering roots to keep its enigmatic allure. In the afternoon, we unveil the crown jewel of Angkor: the revered Angkor Wat. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's famous for its great architecture and spiritual meaning. As the day ends, bask in the sunset's ethereal glow over Angkor Wat. It's a moment of awe and introspection. We arrive back at our sanctuary in Siem Reap. The echoes of Cambodia's past linger in the twilight. They promise memories to treasure as we rest and get ready for another day of discovery. Settle into the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap.

Day 14 : Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the ambience of Siem Reap, or perhaps exploring the sights at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Phnom Kulen Mountain, a sacred pilgrimage site home to remote temples.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.*Optional Half-Day Phnom Kulen Mountain Excursion: Phnom Kulen National Park or Kulen Mountain is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Located 25 miles northeast of Siem Reap City, Phnom Kulen is a holy mountain which serves as a place of pilgrimage on weekends and special occasions. It stretches over a vast area covered by a chain of small mountain plateaus. Reach the mountain top and visit a modern style pagoda that offers stunning views over the Angkor area. Visit the 26-foot statue of a reclining Buddha and wash your hands at the Linga statue to purify your mind and body. Continue to visit the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall close to it. Take a refreshing swim in the stream and pool of the waterfall. Return to Siem Reap at noon.

Day 15 : Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the lively city center. We recommend enjoying an optional excursion to a Blessing Ceremony at the pagoda and visit to Tonle Sap Lake* and an optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour**. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Old Market (at the time those who took the first excursion return from the Lake). Overnight stay in Siem Reap.*Optional Excursion to a Blessing Ceremony at the pagoda and visit to Tonle Sap Lake: Located in the heart of the city of Siem Reap, Wat Damnak is one of the most beautiful pagodas with French colonial architecture and a garden full of large statues. Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda to participate in a private blessing ceremony, conducted by the local monks living in the pagoda. Sit on the mat while the monks sing the blessings and pour holy water on you – a traditional practice by which the gods are believed to bring you good luck. Then, the monks will put a sacred thread around your wrist to protect you from evil spirits. Before continuing your journey, you will receive a small souvenir from the monks to remember this special moment. Next, journey to the outskirts of Siem Reap where you will take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, that can grow by ten fold during the rainy season. Sail along the lake until you reach the floating village, witness floating pig farms, schools, gardens and spirit houses.**Optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour (night tour): Enjoy an exciting ride on a Tuk Tuk to a local night market and immerse yourself in local culture. Look out for all the different types of local street food, snacks, fruits, knickknacks and clothes. Stroll around the market, why not be brave and try some of the Cambodian-specialty fried snacks, like grasshoppers, spiders, cockroaches, crickets and baby frogs... These are all Cambodian favorites! To end this exciting excursion, head to a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner, cooked by locals in true Cambodian style.

Day 16 : Siem Reap - Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Pullman G Bangkok

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart the hotel this morning ready to take a flight to Bangkok. Touch down in the buzzing capital of Thailand and transfer to the hotel. Bangkok is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, located in the heart of the country. It offers a variety of unique experiences, from its impressive temples and lively culture, to its exciting night markets and world-renowned cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure and discover this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Bangkok.

Day 17 : Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Pullman G Bangkok

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, get ready to discover the city and its temples on an exciting tour! Begin along the main avenues of Bangkok to reach the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. Our first stop will be at Wat Traimit Temple or better known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha. It houses a 5-ton solid gold Buddha loaded with history as it remained hidden for centuries after being covered in plaster to prevent its destruction during the war. Our next stop will be the Wat Pho Temple or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world at over 150 feet-long, where you’ll find a spectacular engraving of 108 images representing positive actions of Buddhism. To finish the tour, head to a local precious stone factory where you will see a demonstration of how local craftspeople make their products. We recommend an optional excursion to the Grand Palace* to learn more about the culture of this country. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Bangkok.*Optional excursion to the Grand Palace: Discover the impressive Grand Palace complex, symbol of the city and former official residence of the King of Thailand between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful in the world for its exquisite decoration, it mixes traditional Thai style with Renaissance influences. During the visit to the Grand Palace we will also visit Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most important in Thailand.NOTE: For the Grand Palace visit you should wear long pants that cover the ankles and a long-sleeved shirt.

Day 18 : Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Pullman G Bangkok

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the day at leisure to continue exploring the capital. Why not discover some of its many markets, where you can sample some of the famous street food dishes. We recommend an exciting and entertaining optional excursion to visit the train market and floating market* or an optional trip to Ayutthaya**. Overnight stay in Bangkok. *Optional Excursion to the Train Market and Floating Market: Travel by road to the town of Mae Klong where you’ll see a curious market installed on the train tracks. If time and luck permits, we will be able to see how the train crosses through the market and, in record time, the merchants collect all the products they have on display on the train tracks. From there, head to the Klong Damnersaduak floating market in Ratchaburi province, considered the most important in the country. Arrive at a pier in the vicinity of the floating market. Take a motor boat ride through the canal area to reach the market itself, disembark, and enjoy free time to walk around, explore their products and enjoy the lively atmosphere. After the market visit, return to Bangkok and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bangkok.**Optional Ayutthaya excursion (outward journey by bus and return by boat): Departure by bus to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Siam, the name given for over 400 years to the lands that now form Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and part of Myanmar. Discover Ayutthaya and its archaeological site, which is of great historical interest and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the end of the visit, continue to Bang Pa-In, where the official summer residence of Thailand royalty is located. Visit the complex and then embark on a river cruise that will you on an interesting three-hour tour along the Chao Phraya River to the city of Bangkok. During the trip a buffet lunch will be served on board (drinks not included), arriving in Bangkok in the afternoon.NOTE: Optional excursions on this day cannot be done together, it must be one or the other.

Day 19 : Bangkok - Uk/Ireland

Location: Bangkok

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to UK/Ireland. * Arrive in UK/Ireland and end your trip.* If your return flight departs early in the morning, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

What's Included

  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.

  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Hanoi, Bangkok - UK/Ireland.

  • Internal flights:Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap - Bangkok.*

  • 17 nights: 16 nights accommodation in Deluxe category hotels and 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise.

  • 17 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner.

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with bottled mineral water.**

  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.

  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • Ha Long Bay Cruise.

  • ATOL Protection.

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What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    International flights to the starting point and from the ending point of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included but is highly recommended for all participants.

  • Visa Fees

    Any visa fees required for entry into Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand are not included.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and personal spending are not covered.

  • Meals Not Mentioned

    Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary are to be covered by the traveler.

  • Personal Expenses

    All personal expenses, such as souvenirs, laundry, and beverages, are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Travel seamlessly with international flights from the UK/Ireland to Hanoi and Bangkok to UK/Ireland, internal flights, and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles, ensuring a comfortable journey throughout.

Accommodation

Experience deluxe accommodations including 16 nights in premium hotels and a unique night aboard a Ha Long Bay Cruise, offering a blend of comfort and cultural immersion.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include a Halong Bay cruise, exploring Hanoi's Old Quarter, visiting Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, discovering Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing Phnom Penh's history, and enjoying Bangkok's vibrant city life.

  • What type of activities does the tour include?

    The tour includes activities such as small group tours, history exploration, photography opportunities, boat/cruise excursions, and sightseeing.

  • What is the group size for this tour?

    The tour does not specify minimum or maximum group sizes.

  • Are there any meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 17 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner.

  • What kind of accommodations can be expected during the tour?

    The tour includes 16 nights accommodation in Deluxe category hotels and 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise.

  • Is there an age restriction for participants?

    The tour does not specify any age minimum or maximum restrictions.

  • Are international flights included in the tour package?

    Yes, international flights from main UK/Ireland airports to Hanoi and from Bangkok back to UK/Ireland are included in the tour package.

  • What countries does the Southeast Asian Odyssey - Deluxe tour visit?

    The Southeast Asian Odyssey - Deluxe tour visits Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.

  • What are the exclusions of the tour package?

    Exclusions include international airfare to the starting point and from the ending point of the tour, travel insurance, visa fees, optional excursions, meals not mentioned, and personal expenses.

  • What is the primary focus of the tour?

    The primary focus of the tour is cultural exploration.

  • Where can I check the latest Travel Restrictions?

    It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding government embassies and/or consulates as appropriate.

  • What recommendations should I follow before traveling?

    Passport validity: It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding embassies and/or consulates as appropriate. Requirements change so please check the up-to-date requirements in advance of your departure date. In many cases, countries now require that passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from their borders.

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  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

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  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The COVID-19 pandemic not only created an unparalleled impact on health and economy globally, but it has also changed fundamental behaviors with regards to traveling. In response to such changes, Exoticca provides extra peace of mind for all reservations made from 18th January, 2022 onwards by including Covid 19 Protection. Testing positive for COVID-19: If you or anyone else traveling with you on your booking cannot travel due to testing positive for COVID-19 you will be given the option to reschedule your trip or receive 100% of the trip value in Exoticca travel credit. **Proof of infection must be provided in the form of an official COVID-19 positive test result. For more information on the details of the Covid 19 Protection Policy, please go to the relevant Terms and Conditions for your booking (See Cancellation Policy section).

  • Travelling to the USA or Canada?

    Traveling to the United States: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system, developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before authorizing them to board a plane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on the 12th of January 2009, any person entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved ESTA travel authorization. This includes travelers who travel to the United States to catch a connecting flight. An ESTA does not guarantee entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determine the admissibility of travelers upon arrival. For more information click here. If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (09.11.2022, Countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria), the traveler is no longer eligible to participate in the Visa Wavier Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States. Traveling to Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for citizens of visa-exempt countries traveling to Canada by air. This includes travelers who travel to Canada to catch a connecting flight. An eTA is linked electronically to the traveler's passport and is valid for a maximum of five years or until the passport expires, depending on which of these two scenarios occurs first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. An eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents to determine whether you are admissible to enter Canada. For more information click here. Traveling to a Schengen member country (Europe): Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) The ETIAS travel authorization will be needed to enter a Schengen member country by air, land, or sea. From November 2023, visitors that do not need a visa to enter Europe will be able to register with ETIAS. ETIAS will become a mandatory entry requirement. The ETIAS for Europe will grant travelers authorization to visit the ETIAS countries that are all members that compose the Schengen zone. The ETIAS visa waiver has been designed for short-term stays of up to 90 days. For more information click here.

  • COVID-19 vaccination recommendations and other vaccines?

    It is the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. Check with the migration and health authorities for the country of origin, destination, and stopover to learn more about vaccination requirements.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once your purchase is complete, you will receive confirmation by email and all your travel documents will be uploaded on to your booking and the Exoticca customer account (which you'll be provided details of). These will include: transport details, hotels, itinerary, important notes, and insurance policy (if applicable).

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Jane S  

South America with Exoticca

04-Jun-2023

Most of the time we were travelling as a couple although we kept bumping into others in a simialr situation. Wherever we went there was someone there to welcome us and take us to our hotel, tell us about arrangements for the next few days and to generally look after us. Guides always turned up as expected and were all of a very high standard. We never felt concerned about what was due to happen the next day - it always did! Tours were always of interest. Accommodation which was charm class was perfectly acceptable and if not in the centre of town, taxis were always easy to use and safe whether a white pick up van in the Galapagos or a tuk tuk in Peru. I had a slight accident while there and I have to say that Exoticca guides etc could not have been more helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Exoticca to anyone thinking of using them. We had an amazing experience in Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos.

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Imperial Cities and Desert

20-May-2023

Really excellent way to see Morocco. Our first experience of Exoticca and we were impressed with all the arrangements and attention to detail. The local guides were excellent and our driver Ayoub the absolute best - helpful, kind, knowledgeable and funny. What an outstanding young man! We are definitely recommending Exoticca to our friends and are interested in exploring other countries with you. Many thanks!

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S A (Google Reviewer)  

Exoticca was a great experience....

11-Apr-2024

Exoticca was a great experience. Very well planned itinerary and our tour driver Leo was excellent. We were lucky to get good weather for the most parts and were given good guidance about local attractions. The hotels were well located and of a good quality. Overall a very pleasant experience. We will travel with Exoticca again.

Kimberly Penna (Google Reviewer)  

I very much enjoyed my...

10-Apr-2024

I very much enjoyed my trip to Portugal with Exoticca. I love that you're able to book the flight at the same time as the vacation booking because you won't get stuck with a bunch of layovers like other tour companies spring on you at the last minute. I felt like the trip was very organized and well-planned. I also like that I was back in my hotel room everyday prior to 6:00 p.m. so I had the whole night to myself to do whatever I wanted rather than being stuck on a bus for hours. I will definitely be booking with Exoticca again.

Dale Foster (Google Reviewer)  

We had a great time...

29-Mar-2024

We had a great time and great experience on our recent trip to South Africa through Exoticca. Very good value with the pricing and very organized and good communication from them. It was a busy trip with so much to see and someday I would like to go back to Capetown and spend a month or so. The safari in Kruger National Park was awesome and we saw every animal there was including the Big 5. And because of traveling to and from Kruger and the safari, we made some lifelong friends. Looking forward to traveling through Exoticca again as I have had my eye on other trips they offer.

Muhammad Zubair  

Jordan and Egypt trip with Exotica

30-May-2023

Our whole trip was meticulously planned. Our guides were really helpful and informative. Special mention to Adnan in Jordan and Mohamed Raouf in Egypt our guides they made this trip lot more interesting. Accommodations and flights to food everything was amazing. Both the countries were amazing and an overall amazing experience

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Cathy Wallace (Google Reviewer)  

One of the best trips...

09-Apr-2024

One of the best trips ever from start to finish. Great choice of accommodations , very well organized, excellent guides and so much fun. Ecuador and the Galapagos was our trip! Very helpful and polite on the phone with booking process . Very impressed, will definitely book with Exoticca again 😊

JB  

Saw most of what was on the itinerary…

04-Jun-2023

Saw most of what was on the itinerary… Saw most of what was on the itinerary but not the best guide (our Exoticca guide in Ecuador was great but ones since then less so). More free time would have been good ( we didn't even get the free time listed on the itinerary) especially at lunchtimes. Beautiful scenery ranging from the sand dunes to the snow capped mountains. Date of experien

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XQ Tong (Google Reviewer)  

The tour of 'Essence of...

12-Apr-2024

The tour of 'Essence of Patagonia & Cultural Capitals - Argentina & Chile' was a great experience and good value for the money. It gave us plenty of free time at most locations to explore on our own. The full day guided tours in Patagonia on both Argentina and Chile sides were great.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exoticca charges.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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