Vietnam & Cambodia
September 10, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Welcome to Vietnam & Cambodia!

Discover the colonial city of Hanoi, the dynamic city of Danang, the ancient capital of Hue and the bustling commercial city of Ho Chi Minh, as well as the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient town of Hoi.

Immerse with the local cultures of both nations by experiencing the activities like a local.

Explore the century old Royal Palace, the King of Cambodia’s official residence, a venue for the performance of court ceremonies and a symbol of the Kingdom. You'll also have the opportunity to tour the National Museum, Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history.

Discover the world famous heritage and UNESCO site of the Angkor Wat, the “City of Temples,” which was built to replicate the heavens on earth, explore Bayon Temple at the center of Angkor Thom, a walled city that served as the capital of the Khmer Empire, visit the photogenic Ta Prohm temple and experience an atmospheric combination of trees growing out of and around the stone ruins.

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  • RSVP: Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Final Balance Due: Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Member Fees: $5,550.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $5,750.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,200.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $650.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, September 10, 2019 | Hanoi
Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met by an Airport Representative at the arrivals gate (or aerobridge) and ushered to the Visa Landing counter to obtain a Vietnam visa stamp and express clearance through immigration. You then follow the Airport Representative, who assists you with collection of your luggage before leading you out of the terminal to meet with your guide.

Your guide meets you and transfers you to your hotel for your check in.

In the late afternoon, you will receive a private briefing by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command about the ongoing efforts to identify and return the remains of U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War. In the evening, you are cordially invited to be part of the Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2, September 11, 2019 | Hanoi
Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Meet your guide and head out to explore the city’s historic landmarks. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the tomb containing the embalmed body of Vietnam’s revolutionary leader.

Continue to Ho Chi Minh’s stilted house, a two-story structure built in 1958 using the finest wooden materials. Then make your way to the One Pillar Pagoda. Perhaps one of Vietnam’s most iconic images, the 11th century structure is known to locals as “Chua Mot Cot” and was built by King Ly Thai To in honor of the deity who delivered the birth of his son.

Next drive to Truc Bach Lake where you will take a walk along the scenic Youth Road to arrive at a monument dedicated to American POW John McCain. On October 26, 1967, during the Vietnam War, US Navy aviator John McCain was shot down by anti-aircraft missile and parachuted wounded into Truc Bach Lake; McCain saw the monument for the first time back to Vietnam in 1985.

Continue to Quan Thanh Temple, established during the Ly Dynasty (AD 1010 to 1225), the temple is dedicated to Tran Vo, the God of the North, whose symbols of power are the tortoise and the snake. Continue to a Confucian temple known as the Temple of Literature, or Quoc Tu Giam. Built in the 11th century, the temple is recognized as Hanoi’s first university and educated the royal family and Vietnam’s elite society for almost 700 years.

Lunch at local restaurant followed by a visit to Hoa Lo Prison, used to detain political prisoners of the French and later nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American prisoners of the Vietnam War. American POWs were held at the prison, and frequently tortured by NVA guards during the Vietnam War. Most of the buildings here were demolished in the 1990s, but the gatehouse remains open for visitors.

Then ride into the city’s Old Quarter by cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) to explore a series of narrow, 15th century streets, each bearing a name that reflects the business once conducted there, such as Silk Street, Rice Street, Paper Street, Jeweller’s Street. End the day at Hoan Kiem Lake, or “Lake of the Returned Sword”. Visit Ngoc Son, a temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao who defeated Mongolian troops on three different occasions in the 13th century.

DAY 3, September 12, 2019 | Hanoi-Hue
Hanoi-Hue

After checking-out, meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for your direct transfer to airport for your onward flight to Hue. A boxed breakfast will be prepared.

Depart: Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam at 08:35 on Thurday 12th September 2019 on Vietnam Airlines Flight No. 1543.

Arrive: Phu Bai Airport, Hue, Vietnam at 09:50 on Thursday 12th September 2019 Flight time is subject to change without prior notice.

On arrival at Hue, you are met by the guide who transfers you to the city. Hue, known as the Imperial City, was the site of one of the Vietnam War’s most iconic battles. Here, Marines fought house to house during the winter of 1968.

Arrival in Hue city around 11:00, refreshment and lunch at local restaurant before taking a half day Hue city tour.

After lunch, continue by private air-conditioned vehicle to The Imperial Citadel, the seat from which the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Like most of the historic sites in Vietnam, the citadel sustained extensive damage during various wars.

There still remains over 100 buildings and structures within the grounds of the Imperial Citadel to explore. One of the most fascinating is The Imperial Enclosure, a citadel-within-a-citadel which contains the Forbidden Purple City, the former living quarters of the ruling emperor. Also of interest are the four main gates along the citadel’s 2.5 perimeter.

Afterward, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hu?. The seven story pagoda is the subject of many folk songs about Hu? and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former Imperial capital. Then take a boat trip along the Perfume River to the city center and transfer back to your hotel for your hotel for check-in procedure.

Meet your guide and Vespa driver at your hotel to begin a tour of local life in Hue, traveling on the back of a vintage Vespa. This excursion offers a combination of adventure, exploration and authentic local experience as your Vespa takes you through some of the city’s less-traveled roads.

See Hue while enjoying local hospitality along your journey. Take advantage of the photo opportunities en route to Vong Canh Hill. Once at the top of the hill, you enjoy panoramic views over the Perfume River and an area known as Royal Valley, where various members of the Nguyen Dynasty are buried.

Continue on your Vespa to visit the home of the Doan family. The family warmly welcomes you into their home and hosts you for dinner while sharing stories of their family and life in Hue. This is a typical local family with three generations living together under one roof. Taking pride in their long-standing traditions, the family ensure that their customs are passed down from generation to generation.

Return to your hotel.

DAY 4, September 13, 2018 | Hoi An
Hoi An

Breakfast at your hotel.

Your guide will collect you from your hotel early this morning (approximately 07:30) to make a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) around Quang Tri province.

While in the DMZ you can meet the people behind “Project RENEW” - the Mine Action Visitor Center in Quang Tri for a briefing about the legacies of the war in Vietnam, including unexploded bombs and mines, and the effects of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese people.

During this stop you will acquire a useful overview of what the Vietnamese government, in cooperation with international NGOs, is doing to clean up the danger that children and adults face every day.

Continue visit at Hien Luong Bridge located precisely in the Seventeenth parallel which formally marked the border between North and South Vietnam from 1954 to 1976, and also take the opportunity to explore Vinh Moc tunnels, a tunnel complex in Qu?ng Tr?.

Finally, you will continue to Con Thien Firebase on Highway No.9 and visit the Dakrong Suspension Bridge. The Ho Chi Minh Trail intersects Highway 9 on the other side of the Dakrong Bridge and this bridge was the main access point to the trails during the war.

You will make your return trip to Hu? by private vehicle in the late afternoon and arrive at your hotel.

Please note: there is no fee for the Project RENEW activity, however if you wish to make a donation to their cause, please consult your guide.

Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional royal dinner featuring the traditional food and music of Hue at the hotel.

DAY 5, September 14, 2019 | Hoi An
Hoi An

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today, after check-out procedures, continue to explore Hue’s historic sites by a guided half day sightseeing tour.

Your tour will begin at the tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor.’ The tomb is set in a garden of pine trees and frangipanis, with a lake and pavilions surrounded by a stone wall. Built between 1864 and 1867, the tomb was designed by the Emperor himself, an expert in eastern philosophy and literature, to be a dedication to poetry and the perfect setting for his resting place.

Not far from the tomb is an incense-making village which has been supplying the nation’s incense sticks for several generations. Commonly used for ancestral worship, incense sticks can be seen at every house and temple in Vietnam. Here, you can find out how they are made from thin sticks of bamboo that are dyed and dried in a mixture of sandalwood, cinnamon or pine-scented powder.

You will then visit the Tomb of Khai Dinh. Although at first the tomb appears to be an unexciting concrete building, it is a fascinatingly strange combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European styles. Emperor Khai Dinh ruled from 1916-1925 and his tomb is perhaps symbolic of the decline of Vietnamese culture during the colonial period.

Transfer overland to Hue via Cloudy Pass tunnel (approximately two and a half hours drive) by private vehicle to your hotel in Hoi An and you are assisted with check-in procedure.

Lunch and dinner are at local restaurants in Hue and Hoian.

DAY 6, September 15, 2019 | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast at your hotel.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a four-hour excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site My Son. Located 40 kilometers southwest of Hoi An, you will visit the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom which comprises dozens of red brick towers and temples, dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries, spread across a lush green valley. You will then be transferred back to Hoi An for continuing the walking tour.

Next, begin today’s sightseeing walking tour of Hoi An, one of Southeast Asia’s major international ports during the 17th – 19th centuries.

Located about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Da Nang, the ancient town of Hoi An nestles on the banks of the Thu Bon River three miles (five kilometers) inland from the coast. This old town was once a flourishing port and meeting place of eastern and western cultures in central Dai Viet under the Nguyen lords.

Next you will travel by foot to visit the Old House of Tan Ky, Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Travelers can also visit a local studio where residents produce lanterns. Here you can learn to make a lantern under instruction from the experts and take home the handmade lantern as a souvenir.

DAY 7, September 16, 2019 | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning is free at leisure to explore Hoi An on your own.

After check-out of your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for your direct transfer to airport for your onward flight to Hue.

Depart: Da Nang International Airport, Danang, Vietnam at 12:00 on Monday 16th September 2019 on Vietnam Airlines Flight No. 123.

Arrive: Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam at 13:30 on Monday 16th September 2019. Flight time is subject to change without prior notice.

On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are met with your guide who transfers you to a local restaurant for lunch.

Following, take a visit to the Reunification Hall, one of the most historic landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. Designed as the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War, it was where the transition of power took place during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. The building is preserved almost as it was under the old regime with interiors decorated with fine Vietnamese arts and crafts. One of the many attractions within the building is the underground Command Post of the now-exiled president.

Afterward, your guide will transfer you to hotel and assist you with check-in procedure.

Tonight, dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 8, September 17, 2019 | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast at your hotel.

Get an early morning start to experience a different side of Ho Chi Minh City and watch the city slowly come to life in the early hours. Take a cyclo, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi, for a ride through the city streets, enjoying the leisurely pace before the usual traffic starts. Pass by Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office on the way to Tao Dan Park, a green space where people often gather for their morning exercise. Strolling past locals to head towards the first floor of a local coffee shop for a cup of Vietnamese coffee and take the opportunity to chat with some of the bird keepers who are always happy to share stories about their birds.

Continue up the road to see the memorial dedicated to Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist monk whose act of self-immolation was famously captured on film in 1963. A Vespa driver then picks you up and whisks you to a local street market where a secret, underground weapons bunker lies hidden under a trap door in a narrow house. Next enjoy a traditional breakfast of Pho, Vietnam’s signature noodle, at one of the city’s best noodle shops.

Continue with a half day cooking class specially designed for the group. After exploring the market, transfer to the GRAIN cooking studio for your hands-on four-course cooking classes.

Discover the fundamentals of delicious Vietnamese cuisine from preparation to presentation at Grain, one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most prominent culinary institutions. Founded by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and his local culinary partner, Grain offers a unique cooking experience that showcases Vietnamese history and culture through food.

First, hop into a single-person pedicab, or cyclo, which weaves through small side-streets to deliver you to the lively Ben Thanh Market. There, discover an array of exotic vegetables, spices and herbs which you use during the cooking session. Then take the pedicab to Grain cooking studio for your hands-on cooking class. Gain an introduction to Vietnamese kitchenware and learn some basic preparation methods followed by a chance to taste one of the most essential ingredients in Vietnamese cooking: fish sauce.

Next, discover nuoc cham (dipping sauce) recipe and prepare your appetizer, entrée, main course and dessert. After cooking, sit down to feast on the fruits of your labor and savor each dish that you created. At the end of the session, you can take home the recipes as well as a certificate.

Return to hotel, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore the city.

This evening, you are met and transferred to Cuc Gach quan, one of best Vietnamese restaurants in the city for your dinner.

DAY 9, September 18, 2019 | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning, we will meet with a group of local Vietnam War veterans to hear and share experiences after the war. This emotional conversation will include stories of resilience and reconciliation.

After lunch, experience the elaborate tunnels in Cu Chi where thousands of Vietnamese lived and based their military operations during the Vietnam War.

Travel by private vehicle to visit a small community northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and its wartime landmark – the Cu Chi tunnels. The network of underground tunnels provided shelter and an effective source of infiltration for the NVA during the later years of the Vietnam War. Catch a glimpse of life for the NVA during the war as you experience crawling in tight, narrow passageways and through a series of caverns which consist of storage rooms, make-shift hospitals and sleeping quarters. After your Cu Chi tunnels experience, return to Ho Chi Minh City by private vehicle.

Please note: Crawling inside the Cu Chi Tunnels involves being in a confined space for about 15 minutes, or more, depending on how much you wish to explore. Guests who experience claustrophobia, fear of the dark, irregular cardiac conditions or have any other health concerns will have plenty to explore above ground without having to enter the tunnels.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on Bonsai cruise while admiring the night view to our beautiful city on https://www.bonsaicruise.com.vn/

DAY 10, September 19, 2019 | Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Breakfast at your hotel.

After check-out of your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for your direct transfer to airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap.

Depart: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam at 12:35 on Thursday 19th September 2019 on Vietnam Airlines Flight No.

Arrive: Siem Reap Airport, Siem Reap, Cambodia at 13:35 on Thursday 19th September 20. Flight time is subject to change without prior notice.

Upon arrival into Siem Reap International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, you are met by your local guide and transferred by private vehicle to city for lunch at local restaurant (payable locally). The transfer time is approximately 20 minutes.

Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, take advantage of fast track service so you can enjoy more time in the city. After disembarking the aircraft and entering the airport terminal, you are met by an airport official who collects your passport and arrival/departure card. Please ensure that your arrival/departure card is completed before handing it to the officer. If you intend to apply for a visa on arrival, please also prepare one passport-size photograph. You then bypass the queues at the immigration counter as the officer escorts you directly to the baggage claim area and assists with collecting your luggage. After passing through customs, your passport is returned to you. You are then met by your guide and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle where a porter assists with the handling of your luggage.

Please note: Visa stamping fee is included in your fees.

Afterward, transfer to hotel for check in.

Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the small provincial town of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the ancient temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Excursions are available to the surrounding paddy countryside and boat trips on the great Tonle Sap Lake to fishing villages and bird sanctuaries. Siem Reap is the hub for the Angkor Archaeological Park, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which encompasses dozens of temple ruins including the legendary Angkor Wat whose archaeological significance and visual impact sets it amongst other wonders of the world, such as the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal.

Dinner at hotel – set menu.

DAY 11, September 20, 2019 | Angkor
Angkor

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning, free at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities.

Lunch is under you own arrangement.

In the afternoon, set out with your guide on a 45-minute journey to visit Banteay Srei, nicknamed the ‘Citadel of Women’ mainly thanks to its pink sandstone façade. The temple is best seen in the morning light but is a true vision at any time of day and contains excellent examples of classical Khmer art. Constructed using pink sandstone instead of the typical grey, the exquisitely preserved temple was built by Yajnavaraha, a Brahmin priest and key figure of the royal court in the 10th century.

Please note: visitors are required to wear respectful attire when visiting temples and religious sites, covering shoulders and knees (no short skirts or short trousers). Only the Bakan tower inside Angkor Wat is closed on Buddhist Sabbath Days, religious holidays and various days in the Lunar Calendar.

Explore the unique temple with your expert local guide for approximately 90-minutes before moving on to your next destination.

Continue to visit Ta Prohm, a beautiful temple that appears to have been claimed by nature thanks to the strangler figs and kapok trees that have entwined themselves around the crumbling stone ruins.

Angkor Gondola Boat Discover Angkor from a different perspective today as your local guide takes you on a one-hour traditional boat ride from the South Gate of Angkor Thom as the sun spectacularly sets gently down over the gate of the picturesque temple. If you wish, you may also enjoy a short trek to the historical ruins of Prasart Chrung, a wonderful viewpoint to witness the magical twilight hours.

Dinner at local restaurant – set menu.

Cambodia Phare Circus Show Today you will have the chance to enjoy an energetic evening of theatre, dance, contortion and acrobatics set to a musical score that transcends traditional and contemporary Cambodian music.

Phare (which translates to ‘Brightness of Art”) was established by the Phare Ponleu Selpak Association, a NGO founded by eight refugees from Anchanh Village in Battambang. A big promoter of maintaining Khmer culture, the non-profit organization gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop careers in the arts.

The hour-long show will surely delight, as you witness some stunning scenes of traditional and modern Cambodian entertainment during exhilarating set-piece performances that require hours of dedicated practice.

DAY 12, September 21, 2019 | Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning, free at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities.

Lunch is under your own arrangement.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to visit Angkor Thom (Bayon), the former capital of the great Khmer empire. You will enter through the South Gate, decorated with four giant stone faces – an instantly recognizable image and example of classical Khmer craftsmanship.

Your tour of the intriguing perfectly square, ancient walled city includes a stop at Baphuon (a sanctuary dedicated to Brahmanism); Phimeanakas Temple, where kings once worshipped; the Royal Palace; and the Terrace of the Elephants, an impressive 2.5m-tall wall used by kings as a ceremonial stage. Your expert guide will also take you to visit the amazingly well-detailed bas reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King.

Farewell Dinner A farewell dinner is arranged at your hotel with a set menu.

DAY 13, September 22, 2019 | Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Rise early this morning and make the 15-minute journey to Angkor Wat, a legendary UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said by some to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavaman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating bas reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dancers decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindu mythology.

Your guide will take you to a serene viewpoint where you can experience the dramatic sunrise as the first rays of the day kiss the magnificent temple good morning. Your guide will then take you on an hour-long tour of the beautifully decorated temple.

Back to your hotel for breakfast and relax.

Monk Blessing with Alms Offering Your guide will take you to a local Pagoda where you will meet the resident monks and offer alms. This will be followed by a Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your guide will also take you on a tour of the pagoda. The temple is home to many Buddhist monks who you will be able to see going about their daily chores.

After checking out of your hotel, you will be met by your guide and transferred 25 min (subject to traffic) to Siem Reap International Airport in time for your onward flight.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Silk Path Hotel
195 – 199 Hang Bong Street Hanoi

Telephone
+84 24 3266 5555

Website
http://silkpathhotel.com

Silk Path Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Silk Path Hotel
195 – 199 Hang Bong Street Hanoi

Telephone
+84 24 3266 5555

Website
http://silkpathhotel.com

Silk Path Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Saigon Murin
30 Le Loi Street

Telephone
(84-234) 3 823526

Website
http://www.morinhotel.com.vn

Hotel Saigon Murin
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Saigon Murin
30 Le Loi Street

Telephone
(84-234) 3 823526

Website
http://www.morinhotel.com.vn

Hotel Saigon Murin
HOTEL INFORMATION

Palm Garden Resort
Lac Long Quan St. Hoi An

Telephone
(84.235) 3.927.927

Website
https://palmgardenresort.com.vn

Palm Garden Resort
HOTEL INFORMATION

Palm Garden Resort
Lac Long Quan St. Hoi An

Telephone
(84.235) 3.927.927

Website
https://palmgardenresort.com.vn

Palm Garden Resort
HOTEL INFORMATION

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
17 Ton Duc Thang Street Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone
+84 28 3827 1717

Website
odysseahotels.com/vn/riverside-hotel

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
HOTEL INFORMATION

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
17 Ton Duc Thang Street Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone
+84 28 3827 1717

Website
odysseahotels.com/vn/riverside-hotel

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
HOTEL INFORMATION

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
17 Ton Duc Thang Street Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone
+84 28 3827 1717

Website
odysseahotels.com/vn/riverside-hotel

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
HOTEL INFORMATION

Borei Angkor
National Road 6 Siem Reap

Telephone
+855 63 969 300

Website
boreiangkor.com

Borei Angkor
HOTEL INFORMATION

Borei Angkor
National Road 6 Siem Reap

Telephone
+855 63 969 300

Website
boreiangkor.com

Borei Angkor
HOTEL INFORMATION

Borei Angkor
National Road 6 Siem Reap

Telephone
+855 63 969 300

Website
boreiangkor.com

Borei Angkor
  • Khmer Language & Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese Dong & Cambodian Riel
  • Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Mary Jean Eisenhower

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower's, first term in office as President of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in nearby Gettysburg, PA, in a home with property abutting the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. 

She attended several schools in Pennsylvania until her father, John, was named as US Ambassador to Belgium. She lived in Brussels with her family from shortly after her grandfather's death in 1969 through 1972.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is President of People to People International, which was founded September 11, 1956 by her grandfather, then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mary says that she joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream of her own. In 1961, President Eisenhower brought PTPI in to the private sector, with the financial backing of his friend Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards. 

Mary Eisenhower established the PTPI Friendship Fund in 1999 following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The fund is designed as a way for people to help the friends and facilities they visit throughout the world and to help the PTPI Chapter network assist each other in humanitarian and educational endeavors. To date, the fund has provided assistance to causes such as the Global Humanitarian Eradication of Landmines; Children's Mercy Hospital in London, England; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of September 11, 2001 and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Operator International Children; New Horizons (a library project in Vietnam); The Survivors of Rwanda; Japan Tsunami Relief, Haiti, and Friends of Egypt, among others. 

Following September 11, 2001, Mary's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and conflict management. Her vision resulted in "Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action" and "The Global Peace Initiative." Both efforts have brought people from diverse areas, more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, to discuss issues, how each are affected and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today. In total, Mary Jean has visited or established programing in over 74 countries, many multiple times. 

Highlighted awards of Mary's are: the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from Slovak Republic; The Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador from The Peoples' Republic of China, Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. Eisenhower has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewel College; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from York College. She has served as a Fellow at Stanford University and The Churchill Foundation at Westminster College. 

AIRFARE
When booking your multi-city international flight to Hanoi, Vietnam and from Siem Reap, Cambodia we kindly ask the following:

For your departure flight we ask that you please purchase your multi-city airfare on your preferred airline carrier arriving to Hanoi, Vietnam’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) mid-morning on Tuesday, September 10.

For your return flight we ask that you please purchase your multi-city airfare on your preferred airline carrier departing Sunday, September 22 from Siem Reap, Cambodia’s International Airport (REP) on an evening flight.
INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • Fast Track Service upon arrival in Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Vietnam Visa Single Entry Stamping Fee (Please Note: 2 passport-sized photos are required for visa on arrival)
  • Cambodia Visa Single Entry Stamping Fee (Please Note: 1 passport-sized photos required for visa on arrival)
  • Domestic and Regional Flights(HAN-HUE/DAD-SGN/SGN-REP)
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Manager
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing and also camera fees
  • Cool towel and chilled water on sightseeing tours
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 13 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
TERMS & CONDITIONS

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.

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STUDENT TRAVEL

PTPI has selected Enriching Cultural Experiences International (ECE International) to be our licensed global travel provider, replacing our previous provider, Ambassadors Group, Inc. They will manage an extensive world-wide partnership for both student and adult travelers, to create unique and well-organized experiences that incorporate the mission set forth by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Visit ECE International HERE