Jewels of Indonesia
Experience the rich cultures, stunning scenery, and fascinating wildlife of Southeast Asia, from colonial and modern Singapore and the World Heritage site of Borobudur to wild Borneo and serene Bali, on this unique cruise
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Experience the rich cultures, stunning scenery, and fascinating wildlife of Southeast Asia, accompanied by archaeologist and art historian Toni Tack. Discover both colonial and modern Singapore during a two-night hotel stay, featuring a cruise on the Singapore River. Then set sail for Java’s north coast and the breathtaking temple complex of Borobudur, one of the world’s outstanding treasures. Visit the Toraja, an ethnic indigenous group of South Sulawesi, renowned for their elaborate funeral rites. Observe orangutans at the Samboja Lestari complex and witness Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards, in their natural habitat. Conclude your journey on the mystical island of Bali. During your three-night hotel stay, visit the artist enclave of Ubud and the Bali Museum, showcasing ancient artifacts through contemporary arts and crafts. Explore Bali’s capital city of Denpasar, observe everyday Balinese life at a traditional compound, and learn about the importance of its verdant rice fields.
*The days on the preliminary itinerary might not match the brochure you received for this program. Because departure dates vary depending on your selected gateway city, please double check with our travel specialists regarding dates.
January 18 - 19, 2015 — Depart the U.S. and Cross the International Dateline
Air Program travelers depart their gateway city and cross the International Date Line as they fly to Singapore. Meals – In Flight
January 20 — Singapore
Arrive in Singapore and transfer to the Shangri-La Singapore (transfer is included for Air Program passengers). Take an afternoon cruise on the Singapore River and see Esplanade Bridge and Merlion Park. (B)
January 21 — Singapore
Take a panoramic tour of Singapore's highlights including the Civic District, past the Padang, City Hall, the Cricket Club and the city’s other cultural and historic sites. This evening, embark MV Aegean Odyssey and set sail for the Indonesian island of Java. (B, D)
January 22 - 24 — At Sea
Spend the day relaxing and becoming acquainted with the ship’s amenities. This evening, the Captain of the ship hosts a Welcome Reception. (B, L, D)
January 25 — Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Situated on the north coast of Java, Semarang is a former Dutch colonial port. From here, travel inland to the central mountains and the temple complex of Borobudur, built 1,200 years ago. With more than 500 statues of Buddha, the "Mountain of Statues" is a truly breathtaking site. (B,L,D)
January 26 - 27 — At Sea
Enjoy informative lectures, films and the many activities offered on board. (B, L, D)
January 28 — Balikpapan, Borneo
From the port of Balikpapan, visit the Samboja Lestari complex to observe orangutans around the lodge and the Borneo sun bear. This area is dedicated to orangutan survival and was established in the 1990s. Continue to Teritip to visit a crocodile breeding farm and see three species that range from two to 30 feet long. (B,L,D)
January 29 — At Sea
Treat yourself to a massage at the spa or relax with a book from the library. (B, L, D)
January 30 — Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi
Visit a traditional market, the old harbor and Fort Rotterdam and the former Dutch Fortress. This city, once know as Makassar, was one of the world’s most important spice ports in the 16th century and provides wonderful examples of Dutch architecture. It remains an important harbor in contemporary Indonesia. (B, L, D)
January 31 — At Sea
Enjoy a day relaxing day at sea taking in views from the deck as we cruise to Sulawesi. (B,L,D)
February 1 — Palopo, Sulawesi
Motor into the interior of South Sulawesi to visit the Toraja, a people who live in this mountainous region. They are known for their massive, peak-roofed tongkonan houses, elaborate burial rites and colorful woodcarvings. (B, L, D)
February 2 — At Sea
Enjoy a day aboard MV Aegean Odyssey filled with informative lectures, films, and the many amenities found on board. (B,L,D)
February 3 — Lewokluo
Travel inland through lush plantations to the village of Lewokluo, where you will witness ikat weaving. En route back to the ship, stop at Mokantarak to enjoy the magnificent view of Oka Bay. (B, L, D)
February 4 — Komodo
Ringed by a spectacular coral reef, the tiny island of Komodo is best known as the home of the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, which can weigh more than 150 pounds (68 kilograms). Rangers will guide you through Komodo National Park to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Then, board a boat to visit Kampung Komodo and meet the local people.
This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception. (B,L,D)
February 5 — Bali
Disembark the ship this morning. Visit intricately terraced rice fields to learn about ageless farming methods. Continue to Ubud, Bali’s artist enclave. Observe everyday Balinese life with a visit to a traditional family compound. Stroll through the sacred Monkey Forest and observe the mischievous macaques that live protected lives there, before visiting Ubud Palace. Built in the 19th century, it is still used by the royal family of Ubud today. Motor to the InterContinental Bali Resort where accommodations await. (B,L)
February 6 — Bali
Explore Denpasar, capital of Bali. Visit Badung Market, the largest traditional market on the island. Continue to the Bali Museum, which showcases artifacts that date from the Bronze Age as well as contemporary arts and crafts. Visit a batik factory to observe the process of making this traditional textile. (B)
February 7 — Bali
Spend a day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities, or venture out to explore Bali independently. (B)
February 8 - 9 — Depart Bali for U.S.
Transfer to the Denpasar airport for the return flight to your gateway city. (Transfer and flights included for Air Program participants.) (B)
Note: The information presented is preliminary. Itineraries, included features and schedules are subject to change. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.