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WELCOME

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Picture a touring holiday that delves that bit

deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities, but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views, not darting from A to B, and each day ends in a hand-picked retreat brimming with local charm. At Back-Roads Touring, we’ve spent over 25 years creating these kinds of small group tours. We know that the best kind of adventure is one that introduces you to local experiences and sights whilst providing you with the time and space to explore independently. Our key ingredient? Experienced tour leaders who can transform an exciting getaway into something truly extraordinary. They’ll tell you the stories and secrets behind ancient cultures as you wander through awe-inspiring temples; show you the perfect position to see the sun set from a deserted beach; and point you towards the best street food stalls in bright, bustling cities. All the while, you can be confident that your Back-Roads tour is being run responsibly and with sustainable tourism in mind. In fact, our commitment to green practices has earnt us a Silver Green Tourism rating. Turn the page to explore our inspiring tours of Asia and discover the Back-Roads Difference.

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Contents

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CONTENTS

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CONTENTS

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Thailand

Where We Go

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What Our Guests Say

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The Back-Roads Difference

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Authentic Local Experiences 

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Culinary Discoveries 

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Hand-picked Accommodation 

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Tour Leaders

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Travelling in Style

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The Back-Roads App

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How Much Luggage Can I Bring?  19 Save With Us

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Dubai Stopover 20

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Bangkok & The River Kwai  5 DAYS

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Temples of Thailand & Cambodia 8 DAYS

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Wonders of Thailand  13 DAYS

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Cambodia Spirit of Cambodia 11 DAYS

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Vietnam Hanoi & Halong Highlights 5 DAYS

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Vietnam Adventure 8 DAYS

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Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 12 DAYS

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Flavours of Vietnam 12 DAYS

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FAQs

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Terms and Conditions

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What our guests say

Where We Go

MYANMAR (BURMA)

At Back-Roads, many of our guests are thrilled to share

PYIN OO LWIN MANDALAY

BAGAN

their unique and memorable tour experiences.

MAI CHÂU

INLE LAKE

HẠLONG BAY

“I have been on four of their tours now and as a single traveller find them fantastic, great fun and perfect for meeting a lot of great people – some of whom have become great friends.”

HANOI

MAE HONG SON

VIETNAM

CHIANG MAI DOI INTHANON YANGON

TAK

THAILAND

HUE

UTHAI THANI

KANCHANABURI BANGKOK

HỘI AN ANGKOR COMPLEX SIEM REAP

- Valda Johnson.

CAMBODIA

“Being introverts, we wanted a small group. It was a wonderful experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and worked with the group to make sure all of our needs were met. The lodging was some of the best we have ever experienced and the food was delicious. I would recommend Back-Roads

HO CHI MINH CITY CAN THO

THAILAND

CAMBODIA

VIETNAM

KOTA KINABALU

Bustling cities, vibrant streets

Famous for its awe-inspiring

Sail through turquoise waters

and delicious food meet weaving

temples, Cambodia’s ancient

and past limestone islands,

waterways, rolling hills and vast

structures will steal your heart.

jungle in Thailand. Get ready to

Dive into the history and unique

sample BORNEO the local produce in the

explore.

experiences on offer.

KUDAT

SANDAKAN

wholeheartedly." BORNEO (MALAYSIA)

- Betsy Lassiter Stewart.

ABAI

“I have done quite a few trips with this company and loved them all. I saw things that I would not have seen if I had chosen anyone else. It's the only way to see the country of your choice.”

buzzing markets and marvel at

mile upon mile of paddy fields.

- Jackie Bowler.

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WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

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WHERE WE GO

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09 THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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The Back-Roads Difference Small groups of up to 14

Leisurely paced itineraries

Scenic back roads, avoiding motorways

Culinary discoveries

Authentic local experiences

Hand-picked boutique accommodation

One of the most enjoyable

Truly getting to know a

Whether it’s an eco resort

With tour sizes of up

Forget sunrise starts

to 14 people, our tour

and long days hopping

Coastal beauty spots.

ways to experience a

destination means stepping

or charming hotel, each

leaders can ensure a more

on and off a bus. We

Breathtaking mountain passes.

different culture is to sample

off the typical tourist trail.

day’s journey ends in a

personalised experience.

give each stop the

With comfortable transport

the cuisine. From visits to

From hidden-gem attractions

boutique property with

Smaller group sizes also

attention it deserves

that takes us along scenic

local producers to food

to local favourites, we take

plenty of character. We opt

mean we can guarantee

and keep long drives to

roads beyond the reach of

tastings and even cooking

time to seek out authentic

for accommodation that

our tours will run once we

a minimum, giving you

large vehicles, the journey

classes, you’ll have plenty

experiences that take you to

reflects the personality of

have just four

plenty of time to explore

is as much a part of the

of opportunities to discover

the heart of each

the local area, and fits right

guests booked.

at your own pace.

adventure as the destination.

new, exotic flavours.

spectacular region.

in with its surroundings.

Picturesque winding streets.

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AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES

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Learn about traditional Vietnamese puppetry

Get up close with the elephants Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience as

Discover the story behind a Vietnamese performance

you visit the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang

art with roots dating as far back as the 10th century

Mai – a sanctuary that provides a home for

as you visit the home of a traditional water puppet

these amazing animals. Spend some quality

artist. Look on as the intricate puppets are made, talk

time with the elephants in their natural

to the artist about his fascinating craft and then wrap

surroundings, learn about their habits and gain

up the experience with a charming private water

an insight into the stories behind their rescue.

puppet show.

WHERE: Chiang Mai, Thailand

WHERE: Hanoi, Vietnam

Visit the nuns at Lien Hoa Pagoda Settle down to a traditional lunch prepared by the

Experience the famous Phare Circus

nuns at the Lien Hoa Pagoda and while away the

Performed by ex-street children and victims of the

hours learning about what makes Buddhism in

Cambodian War, the world-famous Phare Circus

Vietnam unique. Not only does this beautiful hilltop

tells the story of Cambodia’s rich history through

temple offer breathtaking views over Hue, but it’s

theatre, music, dance and circus arts. A truly

also the perfect setting in which to reflect on the

inspirational experience, the Circus also supports

difference between the fast pace of modern life and

street child programmes and is one of the most

our hosts’ peaceful lifestyle.

respected NGOs in Cambodia.

WHERE: Hue, Vietnam

WHERE: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Explore the canals of Bangkok

Go behind the scenes in Angkor Wat

Take to the water for a tranquil tour of Bangkok’s

Prepare to be impressed as you wander through

khlongs, a picturesque canal system that has earnt

the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the world’s

Bangkok the nickname ‘Venice of the East’. Our

largest religious monument, with a leading stone

boat trip takes us through the winding backwaters

conservation expert as your guide. Here, you’ll learn

of old Thonglor and past temples, monasteries and

some little-known secrets behind how ancient Khmer

wooden houses, making it a must-do experience

people designed, carved, and transported the site’s

for both history lovers and those seeking an

spectacular religious structures.

escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

WHERE: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

WHERE: Bangkok, Thailand

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CULINARY DISCOVERIES

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CULINARY DISCOVERIES

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Immerse yourself in a local cooking class

CULINARY DISCOVERIES

Immerse yourself in the lush

It isn’t just the temples and

culinary treat as you take part in

garden surrounds of Tha Om

beautiful landscapes that’ll steal

a cooking class in one of Siem

Garden House for a unique

your heart in Cambodia – its

Reap’s best-known cooking

dining experience. A delightful

cuisine will have you coming back

schools. After a trip to a nearby

take on an ancient Hue

for more, too. Get an insight

market to purchase herbs, spices

residence – complete with

into Cambodian country life

and exotic vegetables, an expert

lotus ponds and 19th century

and sample Khmer cuisine at its

chef will explain the basics of

architecture – this charming

most authentic as you sit down

Khmer cuisine. Then, it’s time to

establishment acts as the perfect

to a traditional lunch with a local

try your hand at creating (and

setting for your ‘royal’ meal.

family in Chansar village, specially

tasting!) some local delicacies.

WHERE: Tha Om Garden

hand-prepared by your hosts.

House, Hue, Vietnam

WHERE: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Take to the water on a Thai dinner cruise

Taste your way through Thailand’s city streets

Embrace the quiet surroundings

Delve into Thailand’s vibrant

Do as the locals do and indulge

of the gorgeous Uthai Thani

street food culture as you

in a bowl of scrumptious pho,

province and head off on a

embark on either a traditional

a traditional beef noodle

private dinner cruise through

tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok or

soup, at one of Saigon’s

the tranquil waterways. An

a walking street eats tour in

oldest restaurants. Savour this

exploration of exotic flavours,

Chiang Mai. Sample fresh fruits

quintessentially Vietnamese food

you’ll have the chance to sample

and local delicacies brimming

the way it’s supposed to taste

traditional Thai cuisine while

with flavour as you weave your

and discover for yourself why it’s

marvelling at the heavenly

way through the lively night time

a dish that’s replicated all over

countryside along the way.

streets and bustling markets.

the world.

WHERE: Uthai Thani province,

WHERE: Bangkok and Chiang

WHERE: Saigon, Vietnam

Thailand

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Eat a traditional lunch with a local family

Get ready for a hands-on

WHERE: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Dine in an ancient garden house

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Mai, Thailand

Fall in love with pho


HAND-PICKED BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION

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Victoria Can Tho Resort

Fern Resort

In the heart of the Mekong Delta lies the

Tam Coc Garden Resort

Victoria Can Tho Resort, a peaceful hotel

The perfect retreat for nature

with all the amenities you could possibly

Nestled amid rice paddies

lovers, the Fern Resort is

need. A blend of modern and colonial-style

far away from the buzz of

set in a lush valley in the

architecture with exotic on-site gardens, the

the city and staffed by local

mountains of Northern

Victoria Can Tho Resort promises a relaxing

people from the surrounding

Thailand. Relax and be at

environment for those looking for a restful

villages, Tam Coc Garden

one with your peaceful jungle

retreat.

surroundings as you enjoy

WHERE: Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Resort is truly one of a

the unspoilt views from one

kind. Its quaint, Tonkinese-

of the resort’s charming

style stone hideaways are

wooden bungalows, or head

surrounded by bamboo

to the terrace bar and raise

groves, gardens and

a toast to the sunset for the

orchards, making for a truly

ultimate blissful experience.

romantic backdrop. Welcome

WHERE: Mae Hong Son,

to one of the most serene

Thailand

spots on earth. WHERE: Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

Hintok River Camp

Naia Resort

Become acquainted with Thailand’s beauty

An exotic gem that overlooks

at this friendly hideaway

the beautiful white sand

overlooking the River Kwai.

beach of Otres 2, Naia Resort

When you’re not relaxing in

promises a getaway not to

your charming room, uncover

be forgotten. This modern

stories of World War II at nearby historical sites and explore the picturesque

hotel ticks all the boxes,

Sai Yok National Park. With

Just minutes away from the magnificent

two restaurants, an outdoor

temples of Angkor Wat, the Navutu Dreams

pool and a bar/lounge area,

Resort & Spa is a haven for those seeking

Hintok River Camp will feel

rooms, peaceful grounds that boast a pool, beach bar and gardens, and an array of local and Western dishes – not to

rest, relaxation and a blissful spa treatment

like a home away from home.

mention a tantalising cocktail

or two. Boutique accommodation with

WHERE: Kanchanaburi, Thailand

with a range of luxurious

Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa

menu. WHERE: Sihanoukville,

just eighteen rooms, this comfortable

Cambodia

resort offers fine dining, plenty of space to unwind, and a modern yet authentic stay. WHERE: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tour Leaders

TOUR LEADERS

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TOUR LEADERS

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Vuttha Dam I have been doing tour leading for more than ten years. My hope is to teach tourists about the local people in Cambodia so that they can understand

Do Van Hoi

I really enjoy my work as a tour guide because it

more about the diversity of

I grew up in a small village on

gives me the chance to meet lots of nice people

our customs, cultures, and

the outskirts of Hanoi. While

from different parts of the world and share our

appreciate how different our

cultures and histories.

lives are compared to theirs.

Bunvath Tes

tourists’ ways of life and

it became my dream to work as a tour guide, as I thought

showing them all the beautiful

it would be an interesting job

places in Cambodia.

where I would meet people

I also love learning about

I absolutely love to tell them all the interesting things about my country and about my own experiences.

living there,

from around the world and tell them about our country’s history, culture and the daily lives of our people. So, after I finished high school, I went to

Sokhoeun Bout

the city to study Tourism and

I have been working as a

graduated in the year 2000. I

tour guide since 2000. I am

have been working as an official

passionate about this job

tour guide since then. Showing

because I like sharing my

people around my beloved

knowledge of the sites in

Nguyen Dang Tinh

Cambodia and

I love taking tourists to see

As a young boy, I was always interested in my surroundings: the beautiful rice fields dotted with docile water buffaloes and the friendly

Laki To Son

rice farmers who always keep smiles on their faces despite their

I strongly believe that

tiredness. I went to school and decided to learn English to understand

the real lives of

all tourists love to

more about the world – and more importantly, to help the world

the Cambodian

hear about and see

discover the beauty of my country. After graduation, I became an

the culture and history

English speaking tourist guide and I really enjoy my job.

people. As a tour guide I am responsible and work flexibly to show our culture and civilization while looking after my clients’ needs and extra cares. I really enjoy mixing with all kind of tourists no matter where they are from and I try to provide them with the best experience possible of this historic and beautiful

of Vietnam. I find it fantastic to tell them

Hoang Ngoc Loc

all about our beautiful

To me the best thing about being a tour guide is meeting lots of

cultures – some of which

people with different personalities, and visiting all the amazing

are very unique and

sights in my lovely and beautiful country.

can’t be found anywhere else in the world. As a tour guide you can actually learn a lot about different cultures and history from your guests, too. Generally speaking, working as a tour guide is my passion and I love it.

For me, work isn’t just a way to earn a living, but it is also my passion.

I also love telling all the stories about our long and rich cultural traditions and customs, as well as our long and glorious Vietnamese history. As a tour guide, it’s also very important to know what responsible

country.

travel means so that guides can share that experience with clients.

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TRAVELLING IN STYLE

L U G G A G E

Travelling in Style A Back-Roads tour promises a more leisurely style that gives you

the places we see as we travel through each country. And, with

the freedom of travelling in your own vehicle and as a small group –

long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch

but without the hassle.

your legs and explore the sites for yourself.

In Asia, we travel by premium mini-coach – offering comfortable

When we’re not travelling by mini-coach through beautiful scenery

seats, air conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.

and charming villages, we’re getting around like the locals in tuk-

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about

tuks, cyclos, oxcarts and paddle steamers.

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DUBAI STOPOVER

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2 nights in boutique accommodation Premium mini-coach transportation 1 Arabic-style threecourse buffet dinner (D)

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.38

Dune Safari, Dubai

TOUR CODE: DSO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 1 5 9 PP DAILY DEPARTURES This tour is designed to offer maximum flexibility for your stopover on the way to and from Asia. Please note: The Dubai Stopover is operated by an external agency on behalf of Back-Roads Touring. Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation.

A S I A

Dubai Stopover Dubai 3

DAYS

2

NIGHTS

DAY 1 DUBAI/ABU DHABI

check into your room and

DAY 3 DOWNTOWN

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

start enjoying your stopover.

DUBAI – DUBAI/ABU

– DOWNTOWN DUBAI

DHABI INTERNATIONAL

Upon arrival into one of the

DAY 2 DOWNTOWN

AIRPORT

most vibrant and exciting

DUBAI – DUBAI DESERT

Your private transport will

cities in the world, a private

There’s a full day ahead so

take you to the airport for

transfer will take you from

make sure you allow plenty of

your departure flight.

the airport to your hotel in

time to visit each of Dubai’s

Dubai. Unpack your bags,

incredible icons. (D)

Embark on a journey of discovery as you delve deep into the incredible sights, sounds and scents of Asia. Take in the glittering skyscrapers of Bangkok, cruise through Halong Bay in Vietnam and find your inner zen in Angkor Wat in Cambodia as you discover what makes these destinations so sought after. A DUBAI CITY TOUR

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melting pot of cultures, customs and cuisines, Asia is as diverse as its picturesque DUNE SAFARI AND BEDOUIN DINNER

Overnight Stop

Whether you’ve visited before or it’s your your first time visiting the continent, you can be sure the wonders of Asia will stay with you for a lifetime.

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landscapes and offers a myriad of experiences for every type of traveller.

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with any tour within the programme.

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River Kwai

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THAILAND

THAILAND

INCLUSIONS

4 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Breakfasts daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit, Grand

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Golden Buddha, Bangkok

Bangkok & The River Kwai Bangkok | Kanchanaburi 5

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

Sample delicious homestyle Thai cooking prepared by a local family Learn about Thailand's traditional Mon culture Spend a night in a local river camp in the jungle DAY 1 BANGKOK, THAILAND Your journey today begins in Bangkok, where you’ll meet with your fellow travellers at dinner. Your hotel, Vimala Suites, is named in honour of Her Highness Princess Vimalachatra, King Rama V's granddaughter. Meet and talk with the hotel owner, who is

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

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GUESTS

Discover natural beauty, traditional cuisine and interesting culture as you embark on a fascinating five-day tour of some of Thailand’s highlights. a direct descendant of King

off to visit the temple of Wat

DAY 4 KANCHANABURI

Rama V's, and listen to the

Arun. We’ll round off a day to

– BRIDGE ON THE RIVER

story of the building, concept

remember with a street eats

KWAI – KANCHANABURI

of the hotel and history

tour, travelling by tuk-tuk.

Today we start at the

behind the beautiful antiques

(B,L,D)

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

you will see throughout the property. (D)

before continuing on to the

NONG KHAO VILLAGE –

Bridge on the River Kwai.

DAY 2 BANGKOK

KANCHANABURI

Later, enjoy a transfer by

After breakfast, enjoy a

Our journey continues to

boat to the River Kwai Jungle

morning at your leisure. This

Kanchanaburi via Ban Nong

Raft – a picturesque floating

afternoon, we’ll be climbing

Khao Village. Step into the

hotel surrounded by beautiful

aboard a long-tailed boat for

traditional agricultural life of

natural scenery. We’ll dine

a trip down Bangkok’s klongs

rural Thailand and discover

here before watching an

(canals). Witness beautiful

the local area before meeting

authentic Mon dance and

art and a Thai puppet show

with a local family to share a

music show as the sun sets on

at Khlong Bang Luang Artist

traditional lunch. Later in the

the day. (B,L,D)

Village before we continue

afternoon we’ll arrive at our

our scenic ride down the

tented riverside camp for a

Chao Phraya River, stopping

charming local stay. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 KANCHANABURI – BANGKOK

TOUR CODE: BABKBB

After a morning at leisure,

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 8 9 9 PP

today we say goodbye. Your arrival transfer will take you to a city centre hotel where the tour ends around mid to late afternoon. (B)

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DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

SEP

04

$1,899

$2,568

OCT

02 16

$2,069 $2,069

$2,738 $2,738

NOV

06 27 G

$2,069 $2,069

$2,738 $2,738

DEC

04 18

$2,069 $2,249

$2,738 $2,918

JAN

08 G 22

$2,069 $2,069

$2,738 $2,738

FEB

05 26

$2,069 $2,069

$2,738 $2,738

MAR

05

$1,899

$2,568

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RIVER KWAI

THAILAND KANCHANABURI

Tour Start Point

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Arun For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.38

and the JEATH War Museum DAY 3 BANGKOK – BAN

Palace, temple of Wat

Street food, Bangkok

2

Overnight Stop

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BANGKOK

Day Stop

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Siem Reap

THAILAND & CAMBODIA

THAILAND & CAMBODIA

INCLUSIONS

7 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Breakfasts daily (B), 4 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions oin the itinerary, including: temple of Wat Arun, Angkor Wat,

The Marble Temple, Bangkok

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Temples of Thailand & Cambodia Bangkok | Siem Reap 8

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Explore Thailand and Cambodia’s diverse wonders on this tour of vibrant rainforests, historic temple ruins and hidden art.

aboard an ox cart for a fun

evening, there’s a real treat

Today we drive to the

ride through the fields to the

in store – tonight’s farewell

edge of the Tonle Sap Lake

home of a Khmer family who

dinner cruise. (B,D)

and embark on a cruise to

specialise in making brooms

Kampong Phluk, an isolated

from natural materials. After

DAY 8 BANGKOK

Khmer community built on

receiving a blessing from the

There’s one final breakfast to

wooden stilts. Our boat will

monks, we’ll return to Siem

enjoy before our tour ends

take us through a mangrove

Reap for the evening. (B,L)

forest, a unique ecosystem home to many different

DAY 7 SIEM REAP –

wildlife and bird species.

BANGKOK, THAILAND

After the boat trip, we

It’s back to Thailand again

morning at your leisure. This

behind us as we board a plane

of Angkor Thom, refreshing

continue to a small village

today as we board our

trip down the klongs

afternoon, we’ll hop aboard

and continue our temple-

beverage in hand. (B,L,D)

called Chansar where we hop

flight back to Bangkok. This

(canals) of Bangkok

a long-tailed boat for a

exploring journey to Siem

Tour Angkor Wat with a

leisurely trip down the city’s

Reap in Cambodia. (B,D)

stone conservation expert

klongs (canals). A Thai puppet

See the world-famous

show awaits at Khlong Bang

DAY 4 SIEM REAP

temple tour with explorations

Cambodian Circus, Phare

Luang Artist Village before

Prepare for your first

of Banteay Srey and Banteay

we continue our scenic ride

adventure to the awe-inspiring

Samré before visiting the

down the Chao Phraya River.

Angkor Complex. We begin

peaceful Ta Som, Neak Pean

On our way, we’ll stop to

by visiting Angkor Wat with

and Preah Khan temples this

visit the magnificent temple

one of the region’s leading

afternoon. Later, we’ll settle

of Wat Arun. After a day of

stone conservation experts,

down for an evening under

sightseeing, it’s time for a

who’ll reveal how the site’s

the big top at Phare, the

street eats tour with a twist –

incredible structures were

Cambodian Circus. Expect

travelling in a tuk-tuk. (B,L)

designed and carved. Then

tight-rope walking, juggling,

we’ll proceed to the Ta Prohm

contortion, music and theatre

DAY 3 BANGKOK – SIEM

Temple before boarding a

in one energetic showcase of

REAP, CAMBODIA

gondola and heading off on a

Cambodian culture. (B,L)

Today we’ll leave Bangkok

sunset cruise along the moat

THAILAND Our journey begins in Bangkok. Meet with your fellow travellers and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (D) DAY 2 BANGKOK After breakfast, enjoy a

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DAY 6 SIEM REAP

Take a long-tailed boat

DAY 1 BANGKOK,

Banteay Srey

Pagoda, Angkor Wat

TOUR CODE: BATCBB

P R I C E S

F R O M

$ 2 , 4 8 9

P P

2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

with a transfer back to the

SEP

05

$2,489

$3,318

airport. (B)

OCT

03 17 G

$2,619 $2,649

$3,448 $3,478

NOV

07 14 28 G

$2,699 $2,699 $2,699

$3,528 $3,528 $3,528

DEC

05 19

$2,699 $2,899

$3,528 $3,728

DAY 5 SIEM REAP

2019

This morning, we continue our

JAN

09 G 16 23

$2,699 $2,699 $2,699

$3,528 $3,528 $3,528

FEB

06 20 G 27

$2,699 $2,699 $2,619

$3,528 $3,528 $3,448

MAR

06

$2,489

$3,318

THAILAND BANGKOK

3

4

ANGKOR COMPLEX SIEM REAP

CAMBODIA

Tour Start Point

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Local Thai cuisine

THAILAND

THAILAND

INCLUSIONS

12 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Internal flights Breakfasts daily (B), 6 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Golden Buddha

Elephants in nature park, Chiang Mai

Kanchanaburi

Wonders of Thailand Bangkok | Kanchanaburi | Uthai Thani Tak | Doi Inthanon | Chiang Mai | 13

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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12

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Delve into the wondrous world of exotic and tropical Thailand on this memorable journey. Explore the glittering temples, heavenly beaches and vibrant street food culture of this fascinating land.

Discover a taste for traditional rural Thailand, meet locals and

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experience country life Sample delicious homestyle Thai cooking prepared by a local family Visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and spend time with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat DAY 1 BANGKOK, THAILAND Your journey begins in Bangkok, where you’ll meet with your

fellow travellers at our welcome dinner. (D) DAY 2 BANGKOK After a morning at leisure, we’ll climb board a long-tailed boat for a trip down the khlongs (canals), stopping off along the way at an Artist Village to watch a Thai puppet show. After visiting Wat Arun, a tuk tuk street eats tour awaits us. Round off the day by exploring Wat Pho, which will be beautifully illuminated after dark. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 BANGKOK – BAN NONG KHAO VILLAGE – KANCHANABURI Our journey continues to Kanchanaburi via Ban Nong Khao Village. Discover the area by bicycle or take a local truck before sharing a traditional lunch with a local family. Tonight we rest our heads in boutique safari lodgings by the river. (B,L,D) DAY 4 KANCHANABURI – BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI – KANCHANABURI Today we start at the

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum before continuing on to the Bridge on the River Kwai. This evening, we’ll board a boat to the picturesque River Kwai Jungle Raft for dinner, before watching an authentic Mon dance and music show at sunset. (B,L,D) DAY 5 KANCHANABURI – SUPHAN BURI – UTHAI THANI Today we drive to Uthani Thai, stopping at the Banharn-Jamsai Tower – Thailand's highest

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at Wat Traimit, JEATH War

Tuk-tuk, Bangkok

Museum, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

viewpoint. Later, we set off on a private dinner cruise and enjoy some traditional Thai cuisine. (B,D) DAY 6 UTHAI THANI – SUKHOTHAI – TAK This morning we pay a visit to the beautiful Sukhothai National Park. After lunch we continue to Tak for tonight’s traditional meal, which will be prepared by a local family. (B,L,D) DAY 7 TAK – MAE SOT – TAK Mae Sot is up next, where we can explore the marketplaces and temples by foot. After lunch we head to Wat Phra That Doi Din Kiu – where you can take 400 winding steps up to a fantastic vista over Myanmar and the surrounding jungles. (B,L,D) DAY 8 TAK – DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK Today we drive past jungles on our way to Doi Inthanon National Park. Charming villages which have changed little over the years break up our journey. (B)

DAY 9 DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK – MAE HONG SON Visit the nearby Prijinda Cave and take in the impressive limestone formations before we stop at a bird conservation centre. This evening, we’ll visit the night market at Mae Hong Son. (B)

DAY 12 CHIANG MAI – ELEPHANT SANCTUARY – CHIANG MAI A half-day trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary awaits. Feed the elephants, learn about their habits and accompany them to a mud spa. You can even join them in the river for a refreshing bath! Tonight we’ll tuck into a sumptuous Khantoke dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 MAE HONG SON Trading the land for the water, we cruise along the tranquil River Pai to visit and learn about the Long Neck Hill tribe at Ban Nam Phiang Din Village. (B)

DAY 13 CHIANG MAI – BANGKOK Take the morning at leisure before flying back to Bangkok where the tour ends. (B)

DAY 11 MAE HONG SON – CHIANG MAI When we arrive at Chiang Mai,

MAE HONG SON

MAE SOT

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TOUR CODE: BAWTBB

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 7 2 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

AUG

16

$3,729

$4,978

SEP

06 20 G

$3,799 $3,899

$5,048 $5,148

OCT

04 18

$3,999 $4,049

$5,248 $5,298

25 G

$4,149

$5,398

NOV

08 15 29 G

$4,149 $4,149 $4,149

$5,398 $5,398 $5,398

DEC

06 20

$4,149 $4,299

$5,398 $5,548

JAN

10 17 G 24

$4,149 $4,149 $4,149

$5,398 $5,398 $5,398

FEB

07 21 G 28

$4,149 $4,049 $3,899

$5,398 $5,298 $5,148

MAR

07

$3,799

$5,048

2019

2

DOI INTHANON

1

2

2

CHIANG MAI

SUKHOTHAI

TAK

UTHAI THANI

THAILAND

1

G = Guaranteed Departure KANCHANABURI

Tour Start Point

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we’ll set off to explore the city by foot and learn about the Lanna culture. (B,D)

2

Overnight Stop

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Temple, Angkor Wat

CAMBODIA

CAMBODIA

INCLUSIONS

10 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Breakfast daily (B), 6 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh's Royal

Angkor Wat

Locals, Siem Reap

Spirit of Cambodia Siem Reap | Battambang Phnom Penh | Sihanoukville 11

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Take the road less

Wat Immerse yourself in local communities and experience the culture and village life of

••

10

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Embrace the heart-stealing scenery of Cambodia on this unforgettable eleven-day adventure. Roam the vibrant streets of Siem Reap, tour the majestic Royal Palace and visit lively markets brimming with fresh fruit and vegetables.

travelled and visit lesserknown temples in Angkor

••

Cambodia Become a Khmer masterchef with a traditional cooking class and demonstration

DAY 1 SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Meet the rest of the group and

have dinner in the captivating city of Siem Reap. (D) DAY 2 SIEM REAP We’ll start the day with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom before stopping off at the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers, and Phimeanakas, where you can take in impressive views of the Angkor complex. We’ll see the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings before a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all: Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple

is held together by giant tree roots, giving it a magical feel. After lunch in Siem Reap, the afternoon is yours to spend how you please. (B,L) DAY 3 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT – SIEM REAP After a morning of relaxation, we’ll set off to explore Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This massive three-tiered pyramid rises 65 m from the ground and is crowned by five lotus towers. It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag.

We’ll end our day in Siem Reap with a cruise along the moat of Angkor Thom. Enjoy cocktails and canapés while watching the sun set on the majestic temples of Angkor. (B,L) DAY 4 SIEM REAP This morning we embark on a boat trip to Kampong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community built on wooden stilts. We continue to Chansar, a small village where we hop aboard an ox cart to visit the home of a Khmer family, where we’ll receive a simple traditional lunch. Later, we journey back to

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Siem Reap to enjoy an evening performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. (B,L) DAY 5 SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG After a visit to a local market this morning, we make our way to Battambang. With charming French colonial architecture, rich agriculture and laid-back riverside cafés, it’s easy to see why travellers fall in love with this city. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before visiting Phnom Banan Temple before taking the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L) DAY 6 BATTAMBANG We enjoy a walking tour around Battambang with visits to a local market, the Provincial Museum and a Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, we visit Vat Kor village to see some traditional wooden Khmer houses built during colonial times, before moving on to the Phnom Sampeau Temple and the Bat Cave. A street food tour awaits us tonight, so prepare for a taste of genuine Khmer cuisine. (B,L,D) DAY 7 BATTAMBANG – PHNOM PENH

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Palace, Silver Pagoda

Temple, Phnom Penh

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Relax this morning or take a walk along the river and visit the local museums before we reach the capital city of Phnom Penh. (B)

Our travels take us to Sihanoukville, where the day is all yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B) DAY 10 SIHANOUKVILLE Spend the day exploring the Ream National Park with an included day tour. Sit back and enjoy the rich views of Sihanoukville's countryside, then take a leisurely boat trip through the coastal mangroves, ending on a long stretch of white sandy beaches. (B)

DAY 8 PHNOM PENH After breakfast, we set a course for Silk Island, a Khmer village where families still produce items made from hand-loomed silk. Enjoy a picnic lunch before our early afternoon tour takes us to the Royal Palace. Then, there’s a sobering visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents the history of the Khmer Rouge. We end the day at the city’s Art Decoinspired Central Market. (B,L)

DAY 11 SIHANOUKVILLE – PHNOM PENH Today we depart Sihanoukville and end our tour in Phnom Penh. (B)

DAY 9 PHNOM PENH – SIHANOUKVILLE ANGKOR COMPLEX

BATTAMBANG

4

2

SIEM REAP

CAMBODIA

TOUR CODE: BASCRP

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 1 4 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

SEP

05 19 G

$2,149 $2,249

$2,978 $3,078

OCT

03 17 24 G

$2,329 $2,329 $2,329

$3,158 $3,158 $3,158

NOV

07 14 G 28

$2,329 $2,329 $2,329

$3,158 $3,158 $3,158

DEC

05 G 19

$2,329 $2,489

$3,158 $3,318

JAN

09 16 G 23

$2,329 $2,329 $2,329

$3,158 $3,158 $3,158

FEB

06 20 27 G

$2,329 $2,329 $2,329

$3,158 $3,158 $3,158

MAR

06 20

$2,239 $2,149

$3,068 $2,978

2019

G = Guaranteed Departure PHNOM PENH

SIHANOUKVILLE

Tour Start Point

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Sunset, Halong Bay

VIETNAM

VIETNAM

INCLUSIONS

3 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Breakfasts daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Ho Chi Minh

Cruise, Halong Bay

Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

Hanoi & Halong Highlights Hanoi | Ninh Binh | Halong Bay 5

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Embark on a journey of discovery and dive into the mysteries and cultures of Vietnam on this fascinating five-day tour.

Enjoy an overnight cruise

DAY 2 HANOI

in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we

this beautiful area is known as

in Halong Bay

This morning, there’s an

join a family that produces

‘Halong Bay on land’. We’ll

Master the art of

optional walking tour to get

traditional papier-mâché

take a short boat trip at the

Vietnamese cuisine with

stuck into. We’ll venture to the

masks. Hear their inspiring

highly photogenic Van Long

cooking classes and

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to

stories about this unique art

Nature Reserve, which is

demonstrations

start our day and learn about

before getting the chance to

surrounded by breathtaking

Marvel at the amazing

the man who led Vietnam’s

make your own mask. Tonight,

landscapes and rolling

scenery of Ninh Binh

campaign for independence

we embark on a street food

jungle hills. After a cooking

from French colonial rule.

tour where you can indulge

demonstration and traditional

Next, hear the legend of the

in some local delicacies in

lunch at a local family home

One Pillar Pagoda, which

Hanoi’s enchanting streets.

we’ll transfer to our hotel,

Arrive into Hanoi where

was built by an emperor to

(B,D)

where the afternoon is yours

we meet with the group.

honour the Goddess of Mercy,

Tonight, enjoy an evening of

before visiting the Temple of

Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO

DAY 3 HANOI – NINH BINH

Literature. Later, your guide

This morning, we set a course

restaurant, a social enterprise

DAY 4 NINH BINH –

will lead you through the

for Ninh Binh Province.

which teaches the art of

HALONG BAY

streets of Hanoi to learn about

Boasting limestone karst

We depart in the morning

cookery to disadvantaged

the area’s French colonial

topography jutting from the

from Ninh Binh province to

architecture. Once we arrive

emerald rice paddy fields,

Halong Bay, where we’ll board

DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM

young people. (D)

Citadel of Thang Long, Temple of Literature

the Emeraude and cruise

we rest our heads aboard

chi – or even pay a visit to a

past the vast limestone

our vessel in the scenic bay.

pearl farm (summer season

karsts en route to Sung Sot

(B,L,D)

only). Back en route to the

Grotto (Surprise Cave). This cave is just waiting to be

DAY 5 HALONG BAY –

Long Bay area and the Ba

explored! Later, kayak or

HANOI

Hai and Hang Ma islands

swim if weather permits.

Make the most of one last

before disembarking. After

Tonight, we’ll learn the

morning with the group as

the visit, you’ll be transferred

secrets of Vietnamese

we sit down to breakfast

back to Hanoi where we say

cuisine at a cooking class

on the sundeck. If weather

goodbye. (B)

and demonstration before

permits, you can take your

watching the film Indochine

pick from optional swimming,

on the sundeck. Tonight,

hiking, kayaking and tai

2

HANOI

1

1

HALONG BAY

NINH BINH

VIETNAM

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

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TOUR CODE: BAVHHH

port, pass by the Bai Tu

to spend as you wish. (B,L)

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Imperial Citadel, Hanoi

Day Stop

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 4 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

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15

$1,499

$2,548

OCT

13 27

$1,549 $1,549

$2,598 $2,598

NOV

03 17

$1,549 $1,549

$2,598 $2,598

DEC

15 29

$1,659 $1,549

$2,708 $2,598

JAN

19 26

$1,549 $1,549

$2,598 $2,598

FEB

02 16

$1,549 $1,499

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Market, Ho Chi Minh

VIETNAM

VIETNAM

INCLUSIONS

6 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Breakfasts daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Ho Chi Minh

Street market, Hanoi

Cruise, Halong Bay

Vietnam Adventure Hanoi | Halong Bay | Ho Chi Minh City 8

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• ••

Enjoy an overnight cruise

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Explore picturesque Vietnam on this tour of buzzing cities, beautiful bays and lush green countryside. Along the way you’ll witness spectacular sunsets, relish some incredibly detailed architecture and enjoy delectable local cuisine.

in Halong Bay Master the art of Vietnamese cuisine with cooking classes and

••

demonstrations Visit the home of a traditional water puppet artist and watch a show

DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM We meet the group and get to know each other in Hanoi today. Tonight, we’ll dine at KOTO restaurant – a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills. (D)

DAY 2 HANOI Start the day with an optional walking tour. Our first stop is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where we’ll discover more about the man who led the movement for Vietnamese independence. Next, we visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, which was built in 1070. This afternoon, your guide will lead you through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to learn about the area’s French colonial architecture. Later, we’re off to the the home of a water puppet artist to see how these traditional wooden figures are

made – and of course, to watch them in action. (B,D) DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY Keep your cameras at the ready as we roll through lush rural scenery on the way to beautiful Halong Bay. Later, we’ll board the Emeraude and cruise past the vast limestone karsts en route to Sung Sot Grotto, also called Surprise Cave. Later, swim or kayak if weather permits. Tonight, it’s time to roll up your sleeves for a Vietnamese cooking class and demonstration before settling down to watch Indochine on

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Citadel of Thang Long, Temple of Literature

DAY 5 HOI AN This morning we’ll take a guided tour around Hoi An’s Old Town (with a leisurely break at the Reaching Out Tea House) before transferring to Cam Thanh, where we’ll have the opportunity to meet the locals and sip on a coconut or two. Then, we’ll take to the water for a basket boat ride back to Hoi An, where we’ll toast the end the day with cocktails. (B,L) DAY 6 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY

We rise early for breakfast, then the morning is yours to spend as you please. This afternoon we bid farewell to Hoi An and head to the airport, where we’ll catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s largest city. (B)

– cyclos – on a tour of China Town, followed by lunch at the Mandarine Restaurant, where a cooking demonstration awaits. After an afternoon of free time, we’ll celebrate our final evening together with a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 HO CHI MINH CITY We start the day with a visit to a local fruit market, where we’ll mingle with the locals as we browse the exotic produce. Then, we’ll see the city in style as we hop on a traditional Vietnamese mode of transport

DAY 8 HO CHI MINH CITY Sit down to one final breakfast with your fellow Vietnam Adventurers before the tour ends, with transfer to the airport included. (B)

the Sundeck. We’ll spend the night on our vessel in the scenic bay. (B,L,D) DAY 4 HALONG BAY – HOI AN Wake with the sun and tuck into breakfast on board. If weather permits, enjoy optional activities such as kayaking and swimming at Ho Dong Tien, a scenic area in the heart of the bay. There’s also the chance to cruise onward to Luon Cave, or even try a spot of tai chi. We’re off to the airport later today to begin the journey to Hoi An, with a stop off at Danang (where we can buy lunch) on the way. (B)

Mausoleum, Imperial

Post Office, Saigon

2

HANOI

1

HALONG BAY

2

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.38

TOUR CODE: BAVAHO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 9 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

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03

$1,999

$2,698

OCT

01 G 15

$2,079 $2,119

$2,778 $2,818

22 G

$2,159

$2,858

NOV

05 12 G 26

$2,159 $2,159 $2,159

$2,858 $2,858 $2,858

DEC

03 17 G

$2,159 $2,240

$2,858 $2,939

JAN

07 14 G 21

$2,159 $2,159 $2,159

$2,858 $2,858 $2,858

FEB

04 G 18 25

$2,159 $2,159 $2,079

$2,858 $2,858 $2,778

MAR

18

$1,999

$2,698

2019

HOI AN

G = Guaranteed Departure

VIETNAM

2 Tour Start Point

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Hoi An

Hoi An

Tomb Raider Temple, Angkor Wat

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Enjoy a delicious dinner at

life-changing skills to young Vietnamese people Eat like the locals on a street eats adventure sampling the unique

••

11

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Make your way through the natural beauty and unique cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia on this incredible journey. Enjoy being swept away by enchanting cities, intriguing heritage and stunning tropical scenery.

KOTO, a social enterprise restaurant providing

••

DAYS

flavours of Hoi An See the fantastic A O Show, a blend of music, dance and acrobatics, at the Saigon Opera House

DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM After arriving in Vietnam, meet with your group for dinner at the KOTO restaurant, a local social enterprise. (D)

DAY 2 HANOI Today, your guide will lead you through Hanoi to learn about the area’s French colonial architecture on a tour that includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we join a family that produces traditional papier-mâché masks. Hear their stories and make your own mask before we embark on this evening’s local street food tour. (B,D) DAY 3 HANOI – HALONG BAY Today, we journey through

lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where we’ll take to the water on a traditional paddle steamer. After a stop off at the Sung Sot Grotto, we’ll enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and some complimentary canapés. This evening, a delicious dinner is in store before we settle down to watch Indochine on the sundeck and turn in for the night on our vessel. (B,L,D) DAY 4 HALONG BAY – HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN After breakfast, there’s the opportunity to indulge in a spot of tai chi, kayaking, hiking or swimming (if the weather

permits) at Ho Dong Tien. Then, there’s an included flight to Danang before we spend the night in Hoi An. (B) DAY 5 HOI AN After breakfast, the morning is yours to spend at your leisure. This afternoon, we’ll get our walking boots on for a guided tour of historic Hoi An before embarking on this evening’s street food tour, which includes making and sampling dumplings. (B,D) DAY 6 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Once there, we’ll hop

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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

INCLUSIONS

10 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Internal flights Breakfasts daily (B), 5 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Ho Chi Minh

Food market, Ho Chi Minh

Mausoleum, Angkor Wat, Silver Pagoda

on one of Vietnam’s most charming modes of transport – a cyclo – to explore Chinatown, where we’ll visit Cha Tam Church and the Ong Pagoda. After our ride is over, we’ll stop off at a local communal house and a street lined with herbal medicine shops before arriving at the Bitexco Tower, where we’ll enjoy some sunset cocktails. Later, it’s onwards to the Opera House for tonight’s entertainment by Vietnam’s talented performance artists. Post-show, explore central Saigon and meet for dinner at a hidden gem. (B,D) DAY 7 HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – CAN THO Next up on our Discovery tour is the Mekong Delta. We’ll explore the canals before sitting down to enjoy a lunch of Mekong specialities. Then, we’ll transfer to Can Tho. (B,L,D) DAY 8 CAN THO – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA We drive back to Ho Chi Minh City this morning to catch our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Here, we’ll be

picked up and transferred to our hotel. (B) DAY 9 SIEM REAP Explore Angkor Wat with a leading stone conservation expert and learn how its worldfamous religious structures were carved and designed. Then, we'll pay a visit to Ta Prohm Temple before setting off on a sunset cruise along the moat of Angkor Thom. (B,L)

DAY 11 SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH We fly to Phnom Penh this morning. After lunch, we’ll visit the Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda and impressive Buddha structures. We also stop by the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum before checking out the Art Decoinspired Central Market. (B,L)

DAY 10 SIEM REAP Today we cruise through mangrove forests to Kampong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community built on wooden stilts. Later, the village of Chansar awaits, where we’ll hop on an ox cart and journey

DAY 12 PHNOM PENH – HO CHI MINH CITY Spend today at your leisure before our flight back to Ho Chi Minh City, where our tour comes to a close. (B)

2

HANOI

1

ANGKOR COMPLEX

3

CAMBODIA SIEM REAP

PHNOM PENH

1

CAN THO

1

1

HOI AN

VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY

Overnight Stop

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.38

TOUR CODE: BAVCHO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 5 6 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

SEP

03 10 G

$3,569 $3,569

$4,868 $4,868

OCT

01 15

$3,649 $3,749

$4,948 $5,048

22 G

$3,749

$5,048

NOV

05 12 26 G

$3,749 $3,749 $3,749

$5,048 $5,048 $5,048

DEC

03 17

$3,749 $3,900

$5,048 $5,199

JAN

07 14 G 21

$3,749 $3,749 $3,749

$5,048 $5,048 $5,048

FEB

04 18 G 25

$3,749 $3,749 $3,649

$5,048 $5,048 $4,948

MAR

18 25

$3,569 $3,569

$4,868 $4,868

2019

HALONG BAY

2

Tour Start Point

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through the fields before participating in some local activities. (B,L)

Day Stop

G = Guaranteed Departure


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Ngo Dong river, Ninh Binh

Local market, Hoi An

Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City

Flavours of Vietnam Hanoi | Halong Bay | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City 12

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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Meet a traditional papier-

Quarters and make your own mask Taste the world’s best street food on an evening walk through the old

••

11

NIGHTS

UP

TO

14

GUESTS

Embark on a journey of discovery and dive into the mysteries of Vietnam on this fascinating twelve-day tour. Remarkably exotic and utterly intriguing, this land of gorgeous nature, rich culture and tantalising flavours is well worth exploring.

mâché mask-making family in Hanoi’s Old

••

winding streets of Hanoi Meet with local families and learn about their way of life, sampling authentic home-cooked meals DAY 1 HANOI, VIETNAM Meet the rest of the group in Hanoi and enjoy an evening of

Vietnamese cuisine together. (D) DAY 2 HANOI Today, your guide will lead you through Hanoi, where you’ll see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we join a family that produces traditional papier-mâché masks. This evening, Hanoi’s street food is on the menu as we tour the stalls and sample the local delicacies. (B,D)

DAY 3 HANOI – NINH BINH This morning, we travel to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province. We’ll take a short boat trip through the Van Long Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rolling jungle hills. After a cooking demonstration and traditional lunch courtesy of a local family we’ll transfer to our hotel, where the afternoon is yours. (B,L) DAY 4 NINH BINH – HALONG BAY Today, we journey through

lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where we board a traditional paddle steamer for an overnight cruise. After a stop off at the Sung Sot Grotto, we’ll return to the boat for a delicious dinner – and to rest our heads for the evening. (B,L,D) DAY 5 HALONG BAY – HUE After breakfast on board, the morning is yours to relax and explore. Later, we’ll catch a flight to the imperial city of Hue. (B)

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VIETNAM

VIETNAM

INCLUSIONS

10 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Tours by air-conditioned vehicle Internal flights Breakfast daily (B), 5 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Ho Chi Minh

Cruise, Halong Bay

Mausoleum, Imperial Palace, War Remnants

DAY 6 HUE After a free morning we’ll explore Hue’s famous royal tombs and the illustrious examples of grand dynasties past: the garden houses. Before lunch we’ll take a boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. This evening, we dine at the 19th century Tha Om Garden House, which is owned by a local historian. (B,L,D)

Please note: There are 143 steps to the main chamber at Khai Dinh tomb. Those who have difficulty walking may choose to opt out of this part of the itinerary. DAY 7 HUE – HOI AN After a visit to the Cham Museum, we make our way along the Han Vai Pass on our way to Hoi An. This afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour before hopping on a boat trip along the Thu Bôn River. This evening, some delicious street food awaits. (B,D) DAY 8 HOI AN It’s time to put your skills to the test as we learn the craft

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of coloured silk lanterns at the Lifestart Foundation, a local social enterprise. (B)

to see a traditional herbal medicine street and stock up on herbal teas we’ll visit the Reunification Palace, before lunching at Mandarine restaurant. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 9 HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY Relax this morning before we fly to Ho Chi Minh City. After heading to the magnificent Opera House to see the spectacular A O Show – a fusion of Vietnamese culture and performance art – we’ll end the day with a culinary feast. (B,D)

DAY 11 HO CHI MINH CITY Today we embark on a journey to the Cu Chi tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War. After, we meet in the evening in Ho Chi Minh City for a final street eats adventure. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 HO CHI MINH CITY Today’s journey begins with a ride to Cho Lon Chinatown, where we’ll hop on board a cyclo to take in the Cha Tam Church and the Chua Ong Pagoda. After a chance

DAY 12 HO CHI MINH CITY The tour ends today with free time to explore the city by yourself. (B)

Museum For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.38

TOUR CODE: BASVHO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 4 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

SEP

05 19 G

$2,499 $2,599

$3,598 $3,698

OCT

03 17 G 24

$2,699 $2,699 $2,749

$3,798 $3,798 $3,848

NOV

07 14 G 28

$2,749 $2,749 $2,749

$3,848 $3,848 $3,848

DEC

05 G 19

$2,749 $2,899

$3,848 $3,998

JAN

09 16 G 23

$2,749 $2,749 $2,749

$3,848 $3,848 $3,848

FEB

06 20 G 27

$2,749 $2,749 $2,699

$3,848 $3,848 $3,798

MAR

06 20

$2,599 $2,499

$3,698 $3,598

2019 HANOI

2

1

1

HẠLONG BAY

NINH BINH

2 2

HUE HỘI AN

VIETNAM

3 Tour Start Point

HO CHI MINH CITY

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

G = Guaranteed Departure


Frequently Asked Questions DO I NEED VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL ADVICE? Before you embark on your Back-Roads trip, we suggest that you visit your local Medical Practitioner for advice about vaccines, medication and medical travel information. WHAT IS THE TYPICAL AGE OF A BACK-ROADS TOURING CLIENT? There tends to be a fairly wide range of ages, but broadly speaking our clients are in the 50+ age group. WHAT LEVEL OF MOBILITY DO I NEED ON A BACKROADS TOUR? You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, walk to attractions, around towns and villages, up and down stairs in some of the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and many will not have lifts or ground-floor rooms. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us. I HAVE SOME HEALTH ISSUES. WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM? If your health problem is managed without the need for additional care or special facilities and does not present a risk to any other passengers, we should be able to accept you on a Back-Roads tour. However, it is always best to check if you are unsure. Please see clause 30 in the terms and conditions on the inside back cover of this brochure. If there are any medical conditions that we need to be aware of please complete our self assessment form at the time of booking. ARE YOU ABLE TO CATER FOR MY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? We will do our best to satisfy your dietary needs. Please ensure that any restrictions are made clear to us at the time of booking so we can pass the information on to our hotels.

WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED? Breakfast (B) is included daily. We also include some lunches and dinners, either in the hotel or in a local restaurant. These are highlighted by L (lunch), or D (dinner) in the itineraries. You will also have some free evenings to try the local cuisine independently. Local eateries and food stalls are the best way to eat in Asia. AM I EXPECTED TO LEAVE GRATUITIES? It is common in the Asia to leave a small gratuity in restaurants and cafés if you have received good service (typically 5-10% on top of the bill). Some restaurants will automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill. Tipping your driver and /or tour leader is entirely at your discretion, and is not mandatory. WHAT GRADE OF HOTEL DO BACK-ROADS USE? We generally use a 3/4-star standard of accommodation, ranging from historical hotels to modern boutique hotels. Rather than going by the official grading (based solely on facilities rather than standard), we base our choices on quality. In all properties the rooms have ensuite bathrooms. WHAT KIND OF ROOM SHOULD I BOOK? You will need to indicate whether you require a twin room (two single-sized beds in one room) or a double room (one standard-sized bed for two people). Please tell us at the time of booking what your choice is, as room types are not interchangeable. I AM A SINGLE TRAVELLER. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHARE A ROOM? We do not ‘match up’ single travellers, but you are welcome to travel with a friend or join the group as a single traveller with sole use of your own room. Single rooms in European hotels can have one single bed, although in some hotels single travellers will have a double room for their own use.

Our single supplement is very reasonable, and much less expensive than the total cost of two people sharing a room. WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE HOTELS? Many of the traditional properties we use are historic buildings that have been converted, rather than purpose built hotels. Often the rooms are different shapes and sizes and may be smaller than you might be used to in newer chain hotels. Some hotels do not have lifts. In many cases this is due to regulations concerning protected buildings, but this will be more than offset by the charm and unique character and history which can be uncovered in these locations. DO YOU INCLUDE ENTRANCE FEES TO ATTRACTIONS? Unlike many tour companies who charge extra for entrance fees to attractions, we include a selection of entrances in the tour price. These inclusions are clearly stated in the brochure and on our website. Any other entrance fees will be at your own expense. HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING? Please see page 19. ARE BACK-ROADS TOURS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN? Our tours are designed principally for adults, but we will consider accepting children aged 12 or over on request. Please note that triple and family rooms are not always available and we do not offer child rates. HOW FLEXIBLE ARE BACK-ROADS TOURING’S ITINERARIES? Certain visits included in our itineraries are fixed and included in the tour price. However, outside of these there is some flexibility to adapt the itinerary according to such things as the weather, special events and group wishes. One of the beauties of small group touring is that we can be much more relaxed and flexible in our

Terms & Conditions approach. If you have a specific request that is not on the itinerary, we will do our best to accommodate it. However, this will depend on the agreement of your fellow travellers and the judgment of the Tour Leader. ARE BACK-ROADS TOURS ALWAYS GUARANTEED TO RUN? As a general rule we will run our tours with a minimum of four people*, which is the usual minimum requirement for a guaranteed departure. Guaranteed tours are identified on our website, and your travel agent will be able to advise you of our tours’ ongoing status. If we are forced to cancel a tour, you will be advised at least six weeks in advance. You will then have a choice of a full refund of the amount paid for the tour, or an alternative tour. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT A DRIVER/TOUR LEADER IS? Our Driver/Tour Leaders have all passed a stringent government test which allows them to drive our vehicles and conduct tours. The intimate nature of our groups means that your Driver/Tour Leader will become your travelling companion rather than just a guide, making for a much more rewarding experience overall. On all of our tours throughout Asia, we will use a Driver in addition to a Tour Leader as this allows for the smoother operation of tours in this part of the world. DO I NEED TO TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR MY TRIP? You must always make sure you are fully insured when travelling overseas, and we require all Back-Roads Touring participants to have suitable and adequate cover. We will ask for your insurance details at the beginning of the tour and hold them securely. Please check that your insurance cover includes cancellation fees in the event that you are forced to cancel your tour prior to departure or leave the tour during operation due to unforeseen circumstances.

DO YOU HAVE A POLICY ON SMOKING? It goes without saying that no smoking is allowed inside our vehicles. WILL I NEED A VISA? It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary visas to enable you to visit and holiday in Asia. Make sure to check with your travel agent or local consular office as to any visa requirements for the countries you are visiting. HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY SHOULD I BRING? Although Back-Roads includes many meals and entrance fees within the price of the tour, you will need to bring spending money for any other meals, drinks and activities. As a guide we would recommend £50 or $80 (or equivalent) per person per day. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A BACK-ROADS TOURING TOUR? • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price • Driver/Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions • Occasional optional theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour • Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers

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Back-Roads' Details

Back-Roads Touring Co. Limited, company no. 02473373, 109 Power Road, London, W4 5PY, UK

Locally Operated Tours

All tours are operated by Buffalo Tours as the local operator

Deposit

$200 per person, payable at the time of booking

Change and Cancellation Fees

Days before departure

Change and Cancellation Fee

39

Pre/post accommodation

Transfers

Nil

Nil

TERMS & CONDITIONS

FAQS

38

(% of tour price) Over 42

$75 (changes) Total deposit payment (cancellations)

Discounts

42-29

50%

Nil

Nil

28-0

100%

100%

100%

Past Passenger discount

$85 off the total cost of your tours - We will need to be able to verify that you have previously been on one of our trips.

Multi Tour booking

$85 off the total cost of your combined tours

Flight Change and Cancellation Fee

$75, plus any airline charges (which could be up to the full value of the ticket)

Governing law and jurisdiction

These booking conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute in relation to these booking conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

Brochure Validity Date

Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates at 20 January 2018

BOOKING CONDITIONS

death of an immediate family member, jury service, or

claims and limit the amount of compensation that can

found on our website. Back-Roads accepts no liability

Back-Roads or its insurers wish to enforce those rights

Your contract will be with the local operator specified

other reason beyond your control which we consider

be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers/guests

for any act or omission of any operator or operator’s

which have been assigned to Back-Roads. If you make

above and will be subject to that operator's terms and

significant, we may agree to your booking being

and loss, damage and delay to luggage.

employees, agents or sub-contractors.

a claim against us which is covered by your insurance

conditions, in addition to the booking conditions set

transferred to another person who satisfies all the

We will not be responsible for any loss or damage

out below. For any Locally Operated Trip, the operator

conditions applicable to the tour, subject to you and

sustained by you as a result of a contravention of any

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – FORCE MAJEURE

insurer either in addition to, or in substitution for, your

will be identified on your itinerary or travel documents

the other person accepting liability for full payment of

law or regulation of any of the countries visited while

We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or

claim against us (if any). We agree to indemnify you in

and their respective terms and conditions will be

the tour cost and any additional costs arising from the

on the tour.

expense resulting from war or terrorist activities

respect of reasonable expenses incurred in successfully

available directly on their websites or by contacting

transfer and provided that you give us not less than 21

threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action

pursuing such a claim and acknowledge that any

them. Should we book a flight on your behalf it will

days' written notice of the proposed transfer.

threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood,

settlement made by the insurer shall not prejudice your

OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR LOCALLY OPERATED

drought, closures, unforeseen alterations to public

rights against us.

be subject to the conditions of the respective airline,

policy, you agree to pursue the claim through your

including but not limited to deposit/full payment and

CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION BY US

TOURS

transport schedules, rescheduling of aircraft or boats,

cancellation terms.

Every effort will be made to operate all tours as

If your tour is a Locally Operated Tour as listed

epidemic or outbreaks of illness or any other event

COMPLAINTS

Please read these booking conditions carefully. You

advertised but it must be remembered that our tours

above our obligation to you is to (and you expressly

outside our control which either delays or extends

In the event of any dissatisfaction with the

must not make any booking unless you understand and

are planned up to eighteen months in advance. We

authorise us to) make tour bookings on your behalf

or reduces the tour, or compels a change in the tour

accommodation or any other service provided by

agree with these booking conditions.

may therefore, at our discretion, modify or cancel any

with reasonable skill and care and to arrange a contract

arrangements after departure (“Force Majeure”).

Back-Roads, you must report it immediately to the

Bookings can be made through your local travel agent

tour, accommodation or arrangement at any time. We

between you and the relevant operator. We exercise

or directly with Back-Roads and must be secured with

will notify you as soon as possible of any changes and

care in the selection of reputable local operators but

DIETARY, HEALTH AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

the problem. Failure to immediately notify the Tour

a deposit of the amount shown above. A contract

they will form part of our contract with you. In the case

we have no control over, or liability for, the services

You must clearly state all your dietary requirements at

Leader of any problem may result in your claim for

between you and us (or between you and the relevant

of any material modification or cancellation, we will, if

provided by third parties. All bookings are made

the time of booking. We cannot guarantee that special

compensation from us being denied or reduced. Any

operator of a Locally Operated Tour) will exist as soon

possible, provide you with three alternatives:

on your behalf subject to the terms and conditions,

dietary requirements can be met and we cannot take

complaint made to Back-Roads following the conclusion

as (i); we issue an invoice in response to your request

(1) a tour of an equivalent or closely similar standard

including conditions of carriage and limitations of

responsibility for any such requirements not being

of the tour should be made in writing within 28 days

for a booking and (ii); your deposit is paid to us or your

and price, if available; or

liability, imposed by the local operator. Your legal rights

fulfilled.

of completion of the tour. In the event that you do not

travel agent. If your booking is made through a travel

(2) a tour of a lower standard together with a refund of

in connection with such tours are against the local

Walking is a fundamental part of our tours. If you have

notify us in writing within 28 days, Back-Roads’ ability to

agent, we will address all correspondence to that agent.

the difference in price; or

operator and are not against us, except to the extent a

a medical condition or require special arrangements

investigate the complaint may be prejudiced. In the UK,

(3) cancellation with a full refund of all monies paid.

problem is caused by fault on our part.

that may affect your tour, we ask that you inform us

we can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution

in writing at the time of booking. We may ask you to

of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading

Tour Leader so that action can be taken to remedy

PRICE & PAYMENT

A material modification is one that has a serious impact

The deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel your

on your tour and includes a change of departure date,

SEATBELTS

complete a medical assessment form to assist us. If

Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint,

tour. The balance of your tour must be paid no later

departure point or airport, or change of departure

You must wear a seatbelt at all times whilst you are in

we cannot reasonably accommodate your particular

go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure.

than 42 days prior to your tour departure date. If you do

time of more than twelve hours, which would cause

any vehicle. Neither Back-Roads nor any local operator

needs we may decline the booking or ask for you to be

Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance

not pay within this period we may cancel your booking

substantial inconvenience to you.

will be liable for any injury, death or claim howsoever

accompanied by a person who is able to provide full

in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com.

and your deposit will be forfeited. Full payment is

A change of accommodation, or transport method/

arising from any accident if you have failed to comply

assistance to you throughout your tour. Please be aware

required if you make a booking within 42 days of the

style is not a material modification. We may alter or

with this requirement.

that your fellow travellers may be of a diverse age range

DATA PROTECTION

departure date. If your booking is a special offer we

substitute the type or size of vehicle, or method/style

and from various nationalities.

We are committed to protecting your personal

may require full payment (including any pre and post

of transport mentioned in the brochure, depending

FLEXIBILITY DURING TOUR

In addition all travellers over the age of 75 years at

information and agree to process your personal

accommodation and sundry service charges) by such

on the number of passengers carried, which can vary

Every effort will be made to operate all tours featured in

time of travelling must supply a medical certificate

information in accordance with our Privacy Notice,

earlier time as specified in the offer.

from tour to tour. Normally the maximum group size is

this brochure but there may be a necessity to vary the

confirming their fitness to travel.

which is available online at backroadstouring.com/

Tour discounts apply to the tour price only and

15 passengers.

itinerary from that stated in the brochure, and delays

do not apply to any included flights, pre & post

Back-Roads may require a minimum number of

may occur for a variety of reasons beyond our control.

YOUR LIABILITY TO US

booking and ensure that your travel arrangements

accommodation or transfers. Applicable and valid

participants for certain tours. In the event that

The need for a flexible attitude to this type of travel is

You will not be permitted to embark or continue

run smoothly, we need to use the information you

discounts can be combined to a maximum discount of

insufficient bookings have been made as at 42 days

important. All decisions relating to a tour itinerary will

on the tour if your mental or physical condition is,

provide and pass it on to other relevant suppliers who

10% off the tour price

prior to departure, we may cancel the scheduled tour,

be taken by the Tour Leader, as appointed by us in the

in the reasonable opinion of any representative of

are responsible for parts of your travel arrangements.

Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs

whereupon all money paid by you for your Back-Roads

interest of the group as a whole. Please note that due

Back-Roads, such as to render you incapable of caring

In many cases this will include transferring your data

and exchange rates as at the Brochure Validity Date.

tour will be refunded and no further compensation will

to public holidays some sights or activities may not be

for yourself, or where you become objectionable to

to overseas recipients (including to recipients outside

These prices may increase or decrease. We may alter

be paid. In such circumstances, you agree to release

available on a particular tour. No refund will be made

other passengers, or you become a hazard to yourself

of the European Union). In making this booking, your

prices and other particulars contained in our brochures

Back-Roads from any further obligations which would

for services made available by Back-Roads but which

or other passengers. We will not be responsible for

consent to this information being passed on to the

and on our website at any time. Before you make a

have been enforceable had the tour not been cancelled.

for whatever reason are not used by you once the tour

expenses resulting in you being precluded from

relevant persons is deemed to be given unless you

has departed.

completing the tour for any reason, nor will we refund

object and advise Back-Roads of your objection at the

you any part of your tour cost. In all cases we will notify

time of booking. The information may also be provided

booking we will provide you with details of the current price of your chosen tour.

OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR BACK-ROADS

about-us/privacy-policy.php. In order to make your

OPERATED TOURS

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

you of the reasons why we have taken this action. We

to public authorities such as customs or immigration if

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Save where the provisions of Force Majeure apply, if the

Back-Roads and its employees, agents and contractors

will have no obligation to arrange for your return to the

required by them, or as required by law. This consent

Please ensure you carefully read your invoice, tickets

tour does not materially comply with the description

make no representation or warranty in relation to

point of the tour departure if your condition manifests

applies to any sensitive information that you give to us

and all other documents we send to you as soon as

in the brochure, Back-Roads may compensate you to

implied or explicit suggestions or recommendations

itself after the tour departure. Further, if the tour

such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious

you receive them and contact us or your travel agent

a maximum value equal to the price of the tour. Back-

of services, activities and events not highlighted as

involves travel by air, the captain of your aircraft can

requirements.

immediately if any information appears to be incorrect.

Roads will only be liable to pay the maximum amount

included in a tour. You are responsible for all risks

refuse to allow you to fly on the aircraft if he believes

We will not accept any liability if you fail to notify us

of compensation where there has been a total failure of

associated with the transportation to/from, and your

that you could be dangerous or disruptive to other

SMOKING

of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of

consideration for your payment.

participation in, or visitation to, any place, activity or

passengers on the flight.

Back-Roads enforces a non-smoking policy on our

us sending them to you or the travel agent. You are

Back-Roads will not be liable where any failure in the

excursion not listed as an inclusion.

You indemnify us against all third-party actions taken

coaches (although we make frequent stops for breaks)

responsible for ensuring that you have the correct

performance or provision of your tour is due to: (a) your

During your tour you may be offered the chance to

against us for loss or damage caused by you or arising

and in most of our accommodation.

and valid travel documents including passports, visas

acts or omissions or the acts or omissions of another

purchase various optional excursions and activities.

from your participation on the tour.

and vaccination certificates. We strongly recommend

member in your group (b) any third party not connected

Back-Roads does not own, operate or control any

that you verify current documentation requirements

with the provision of your travel arrangements CAD(c)

of the companies or individuals which provide the

INSURANCE & CLAIMS

There are strict weight limits for coaches when fully

with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements

unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our

optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional

You must take out comprehensive travel insurance

loaded. You are only entitled to have one piece of

change and you must check with your consulate for the

control, the consequences of which could not have

activities and excursions may be inherently dangerous

before you travel on your tour. Your insurance

main luggage of standard size (see the pre-departure

most up to date information, including but not limited

been avoided even if all due care had been exercised

and risky. If you want to take part in such optional

protection must include cover for cancellation, medical

information or our website for size limits) and not

to visa requirements for the countries visited on your

or (d) an event which we or a travel service provider,

activities or excursions you must be fit enough to do

and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident,

weighing more than 20kg. In addition you may bring

tour. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six

even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall

so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The

death, and loss of personal baggage and money and

a daypack.

months after completion of the tour.

(including but not limited to Force Majeure and

standards of health and safety which will be adopted by

personal liability insurance. Evidence of such insurances

unavoidable technical problems with transport and

the company or the individual providing the optional

must be produced to Back-Roads on request and

PUBLISHING CONSENT

IF YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR BOOKING

similar events).

activity or excursion will be those of the country where

normally on day one of your tour. Insurance cover

You acknowledge and agree that future Back-Roads

If you want to change or cancel any aspect of your

Our liability will in all cases be limited in accordance

the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please

offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical

advertising and publicity material may include

booking including but not limited to a change to a

with and/or in an identical manner to any applicable

note that these standards may not be the same as

cover agreements are often not comprehensive.

statements made by passengers, or their photographs,

tour of shorter duration or different departure date

international conventions, including but not limited

you would find in your home country. If you wish to

If you make a claim against Back-Roads you agree to

and you consent to such use of your comments or

you must notify us in writing. We will do our best to

to the Geneva Convention in respect of carriage by

book any optional excursion or activity, you may do so

assign to us or our insurers any rights to take action

photographic/video likeness.

accommodate your requested change but it may not

road, the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by

subject to the operator’s terms and conditions. Your

against any third party supplier/tour operator or any

always be possible. All change/cancellation fees must

air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea,

contract will be with the operator of the activity or

other person or party that may have been wholly or

be paid within seven days of the invoice date or on the

the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and

excursion and will be governed by local law. Back-Roads

partly responsible for the claim or who Back-Roads

date of departure, whichever is the sooner.

the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of

acts only as their agent. Back-Roads’ Tour Leader will

reasonably considers should be a party to the action.

If you are prevented from traveling as a result of illness,

accommodation which set time limits for notifications/

have further details and additional information can be

You must co-operate fully with Back-Roads should

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