Alluring Laos (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

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Nestled in a mountain valley, Laung Prabang was once the royal seat and is now the centre of Lao culture. With old-world romance of picturesque landscapes, ornate golden temples and ancient monuments and an incredible fusion of architecture, the city lives up to its new found UNESCO Heritage status.

Highlights
EPICUREAN DINING
Luang Prabang: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal, along with the chance to meet your travelling companions.
Luang Prabang: Enjoy a delicious dinner of local treats as well as an exclusive Q&A session with Mr Francis Engelmann - a UNESCO consultant who has worked at the Luang Prabang Conservation Authority. Mr Engelmann will answer your questions about Lao culture, history, customs and the natural environment.
3 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 2 Lunches (L); plus 1 Welcome Reception (WR) and 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS
Luang Prabang: Enjoy a walking tour through some of the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. See the fusion of traditional architecture with colonial styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, as you wander through the backstreets and alleys to witness rural life.
Luang Prabang: Join a sunset cruise on the Mekong, observing local village and rural life along the tree-lined banks of the river. Enjoy a cool drink and have an opportunity to take brilliant photos of the sunset over the Mekong River.
Luang Prabang: In the morning you have the opportunity to offer alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, a truly awe-inspiring sight!OUTSTANDING HOTELS
Luang Prabang: The delightful Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao offers vistas across the sacred mountains, providing a calm, tranquil ambience. Designed in a traditional style, this intimate hotel offers delcious local cuisine and an open-air spa beside a water lily pool.
Destinations visited
  • Luang Prabang
  • Mount Phousi
  • Mekong River
  • Asia
  • Laos
Day 1 Welcome to Laos
On arrival at the airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the beautiful hotel where you will meet your fellow travellers and Travelling Concierge. In the evening, enjoy a light meal of a Welcome Dinner and drinks.(WD)

Day 2 UNESCO Heritage and Sunset Cruise
Start the day with a walk to the top of Mount Phousi to admire spectacular views across the Mekong and Khan rivers. Then, enjoy a UNESCO walk of the Heritage site, with plenty of time for you to see the sites as you want to. Your Travelling Concierge will take you through small streets and alleys to see the local rural lifestyle, and on to visit the famous Wat Xiengthong or 'Temple of the Golden City'. In the late afternoon, relax with a cool drink on a sunset cruise on the Mekong.(BB / L)

Day 3 Natural beauty and local way of life
For the early risers, this a real treat! Embrace the opportunity to offer alms to the hundreds of saffron-robed monks - a truly awe-inspiring sight! Afterwards, see the town come to life during a visit to the bustling morning market. Following breakfast, head to Kuang Si waterfall to enjoy a leisurely walk through the national park. Stop at the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre for a behind-the-scenes, private guided tour with one of the carers. Savour your lunch at Ock Pop Tock, famous for helping preserve unique hand-loomed textile methods, and enjoy beautiful views of the Mekong river from its restaurant. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive Q&A session with Mr Francis Engelmann, a UNESCO consultant who has worked at the Luang Prabang Conservation Authority and who will be able to answer your questions about Lao culture, history, customs and the natural environment.(BB / L)

Day 4 Depart Luang Prabang
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast, with private airport transfers timed to meet your onward flight.(BB)


INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES
Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Airport transfers to and from your hotel are included.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Why Insight Vacations?

With Insight Vacations, you travel in style in smaller groups with every detail taken care of by a highly skilled Travel Director. You will enjoy Insight Experiences that truly engage you with local people, stay in hotels that are in the heart of the action and dine in authentic local restaurants. As you travel through Europe, USA and Canada you'll connect with like-minded people and fulfil your travel dreams.

 

 

 

They include an array of modes of transportation, such as a ferry, cruise, train or aboard their luxury coaches where you’ll enjoy the best possible views along with personal air conditioning, double the legroom of a standard coach and complimentary Wi-Fi.

They want your experience to be hassle-free, so when you book your Insight Vacations holiday they will provide you with a complimentary door-to-door transfer service in a chauffeur-driven car from your home to your departure airport.*

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Partnering with the Treadright Foundation helping to ensure that the environment and communities they visit remain vibrant for generations to come.

 

*Applies to distances of up to 150 miles

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