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Voyages to Antiquity: Singapore and the Islands of Indonesia

Program Number: 21506RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/18/2015 - 2/8/2015;
Duration: 21 nights
Location: Singapore/Indonesia
Price starting at: $6,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 54; 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

To the casual observer, Singapore and Indonesia may seem quite similar. Each balances along the equator and is home to remarkable natural beauty. Learn what makes these exotic isles unique as experts lead you through the diverse neighborhoods of Singapore, show you the beauty of the natural reserves known for their conservation efforts, and introduce you to the ancient spirituality and traditions of Bali.




Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Singapore, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 14 nights; Bali (Indonesia), 3 nights.



Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 3-7: Arrival Singapore / embark Aegean Odyssey / At Sea:

Get a fascinating look into the urban development of Singapore at the City Gallery and Toa Payoh, a large-scale urban housing project. Enjoy field trips to Merlion Park and the Colonial District, Chinatown, Little India and the National Orchid Garden. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 8-10: Semarang (Indonesia) / At Sea:

On the island of Semarang — a former Dutch colonial port — journey inland to marvel at the temple complex of Borobudur, the Mountain of Statues.



Days 11-12: Balikpapan / At Sea:

See orangutan conservation at work in the tropical rainforest of Samboja Lestari, and enjoy a field trip to a crocodile breeding farm in Teritip.



Days 13-14: Ujung Pandang / At Sea:

Learn about early Dutch trade as you explore Fort Rotterdam and the Old Dutch Fortress.



Days 15-16: Palopo / At Sea:

Discover the culture and traditions of the Toraja, an ethnic group indigenous to the mountainous region of South Sulawesi.



Days 17-18: Larantuka / Komodo:

From Larantuka, journey to the village of Lewokluo to meet village elders during a welcome ceremony. Join rangers in the rainforest of Komodo for a look at the famous Komodo dragon.



Days 19-22: Bali / disembark / departure:

Witness the traditional Barong and Keris dance performance in the village of Batubulan. Marvel in the courtyards and shrines of Taman Ayun Temple and Tanah Lot Temple. Lodging: Beach front, five-star hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   Carlton City Hotel
  Singapore, Singapore 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 14 nights
   Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
  Bali, Indonesia
In Flight
3 nights
 Carlton City Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Carlton City Hotel Singapore is strategically located nearby China town and the central business district. The hotel can be easily accessed from the airport (20 km distance) and is a brief walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. The hotel is also near key attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay, and Vivocity Shopping Mall. Carlton City Hotel Singapore has 386 inspiring guest rooms.
  Contact info: 1 Gopeng Street
Singapore,  078862 Singapore
phone: +65 66328817
web: www.carltoncity.sg
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, iron, ironing board, mini bar, bathrobe, bedroom slippers, toiletries, safe box, telephone, TV, Internet access in room.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, sky bar, outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, lounge, air conditioning, laundry facilities, fax machine, sauna, shop, Internet access (computers in lobby, wireless in room or public areas), and a safe box.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is nestled within 22 acres of beautiful, lush, tropical gardens. The hotel seamlessly combines modern amentities, luxurious indulgences, and traditional Balinese elegance.
  Contact info: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, Nusa Dua, Bali
Denpasar,  80363 Indonesia
phone: +62 361 771210
web: www.nusaduahotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a private balcony, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, personal safe, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a private beach front, a selection of restaurants, a bar and lounge, five pools, poolside bar, spa, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and game room. The hotel also offers a variety of activities such as beach walking, cycling tour, water aerobics, tennis introduction, rindik music lessons, beach volleyball, and yoga classes.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: n/a n/a
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. Program starts at 6:00 PM with the program orientation. Meet in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Carlton City Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Bali, Indonesia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the Singapore airport to the hotel costs approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Bali
  Transportation from site: A taxi from Nusa Dua Beach Resort to Denpasar Airport can be booked at reception and costs approx. $30 (for up to three people).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit
(Sunday, January 18)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Monday, January 19)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival / Singapore, Singapore
(Tuesday, January 20)
   
 Afternoon: Transfer from the airport to the hotel and enjoy free time to rest and recuperate from the long flight.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6 PM for your program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Carlton City Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore
(Wednesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore historic and modern Singapore during this full-day cultural excursion. First visit Merlion Park -- its iconic sculpture, a popular landmark. Next explore Arab Street, home to Singapore's Muslim community with shops selling colorful textiles and other artifacts from throughout the Islamic world. Also visit the Malay Heritage Centre which showcases the culture and history of this sect of Singapore's population.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore Chinatown to learn about Singapore's early settlers. From here, visit Little India where age-old trades still flourish in its alleys. On to the National Orchid Garden where you will view the world's largest display of orchids. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a photostop at the legendary Raffles Hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Carlton City Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark
(Thursday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: The focus of today's excursion will be the way of life in this third most densely populated country in the world. First, visit the Singapore City Gallery which features a finely detailed architectural model of the city. Coach to Toa Payoh, a 'New Town' built in the 1960s to address an acute housing shortage. Here view a characteristic layout of the various towns, as well as the apartments, in which typical Singaporeans live. Next, you will take a subway to a nearby housing complex built in the 1990s to accommodate a wealthier segment of Singapore's population. Here you will have the opportunity to visit with locals in their home.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Aegean Odyssey for embarkation. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At sea
(Friday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea
(Saturday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga. Attend a talk given by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Semarang, Indonesia
(Sunday, January 25)

Note: There is ample time for those who wish to climb the many levels of the temple. The excursion in to Borobudur requires heavy walking over uneven terrain and with uphill segments.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: For more than 1,000 years the fantastic temple complex of Borobudur lay hidden under jungle and volcanic ash. This UNESCO World Heritage monument is about two hours away through the lush Javanese landscape, and it is amazing. Encounter its great succession of stone terraces carved with images of the Buddha and see why historian Arnold Toynbee equaled it to the Parthenon. Archaeologists believe the site was completed around 825AD under Central Java's Buddhist Syailendra Dynasty, then abandoned by later Hindu rulers.

In 1814, Sir Stamford Raffles sent an engineer to investigate rumors of a mountain of Buddhas. Beneath jungle vines the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world emerged. With UNESCO assisting in the restoration, the site was finally opened in 1983.

Borobudur glorifies the Ultimate Reality, the serene realm of the Lord Buddha. Steps lead up to progressively more enlightened states of being, from carnal desires on the lowest levels to pure abstraction on the highest. To create this vast stone complex measuring two million cubic feet, it took an estimated 75 years and a human army of about 50,000. Mystical, rising out of the jungle, transcending time, Borobudur is a travel experience not to be missed.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continuation of the day's excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Monday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find your way to one the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Enjoy a Road Scholar cocktail party in the Observation Lounge.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Balikpapan, Indonesia
(Wednesday, January 28)

Note: Due to capacity limitations on this tour, the order of the sites visited will vary between groups.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Balikpapan is a seaport city on the east coast of the island of Borneo. At once both Western (with its heavy expat influence due to its thriving oil industry) and Asian, the city is clean and vibrant, with several enormous shopping areas. Balikpapan is a great base from which you will visit two fascinating wildlife centers in the interior.

About 35 km from Balikpapan, the Samboja Lestari complex is dedicated to protecting orangutans and the Borneo sun bear. This 2,000-hectare area of restored tropical rainforest was created by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation with the aim of providing a safe haven for the primates. Nowadays there are 100 orangutans in the complex that have been released to six islands in the surrounding area. Samboja Lestari also became home to 52 sun bears, confiscated from the illegal pet trade or rescued from deforested areas.
 Lunch: Lunch at Samboja lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunching at the Samboja Lodge, you continue to Tritip, a crocodile farm where you can find three species of crocodiles: estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) and two endangered species, the freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) and the swamp crocodile (Tomistoma segelly). There are over 1,500 crocodiles at Tritip and some reach over 20 feet in length.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At sea
(Thursday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax and enjoy the fresh ocean air on deck.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From sailing ships to colonial Dutch forts, explore an important centre of the 16th-century spice trade. Makassar, now known as Ujung Pandang, is the commercial hub of Sulawesi, Indonesia's third-largest island. For centuries traders, pirates and fishermen have plied these waters. This half-day excursion reveals the area's colourful story, starting with a welcome dance and briefing by your guide. Then set off to visit the colorful traditional market. Continue to old Paotere Harbour, dotted with Bugis or phinisi schooners that look just as they did at the time of the Crusades, as well as such exotic craft as the lepa-lepa, the pantorani and the sandeq.

Glimpse the island's colonial past when you visit Fort Rotterdam, a superb example of 17th century Dutch architecture and home to a fine museum devoted to the history of the city and South Sulawesi. The original citadel was built in 1545 by the 9th king of Goa, surrendered to the Dutch in 1667 and rebuilt by Admiral Speelman who named it after his birthplace. The fort dungeon once held the rebel Prince of Yogyakarta, imprisoned during the Java war of 1825 to 1830. Return with a new appreciation for this area's complex history.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration or to relax on board.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Saturday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Sink into a novel from the ship's well-stocked library.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Palopo, Indonesia
(Sunday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Some of the most amazing cultural customs in the world are found in Southern Sulawesi where the Toraja live, a people who practice a form of animism known as Aluk To Dolo (Way of the Ancestors). Venture into the mountainous interior to discover their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into cliffs and eerie wood effigies called tau tau, said to embody ancestor's spirits. This full-day visit starts with a long drive through the Indonesian countryside from Palopo harbour to the Toraja land.

In Toraja, visit two ancient ceremonial burial sites, Londa and Lemo. The coffins hanging by ropes from cliff faces, the intricate passageways and the gallery of wide-eyed tau tau watching from above all make for an other-worldly experience.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel Toraja Heritage with a performance of traditional dance.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the village of Kete Kesu with its traditional houses. These massive peaked-roofed structures, called tongkonan, are ornately decorated. Here you will visit the famous Torajan woodcarvers at work. Their abstract and geometrical designs are highly symbolic and an intense cultural expression as astonishing as the world they represent. En-route back to the ship, enjoy a brief stop at Rantepao Art Market.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea
(Monday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk given by your Road Scholar Group Leader. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Larantuka, Indonesia
(Tuesday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A bustling little port of rusted tin roofs at the easternmost end of the Indonesian island of Flores, Larantuka nestles against the base of Mount Ile Mandiri. At dusk the streets come alive with the market stalls selling fresh fruit and fish. From here you travel by road to the village of Lewokluo along the beautiful scenery of beach and rich plantations.

Visit a traditional weaver to see ikat weaving; the typical hand-woven textile made of handspun threads and decorated with seashells. Then, it is a short walk to Korke, the animistic shrines of the village. On the way back to Larantuka, take an en-route photo stop at Mokantarak with Oka Bay and Mount Ile Mandiri as the backdrop. Take time to visit the local market before reaching the harbour.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Komodo, Indonesia
(Wednesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard on Earth and lives on only the Indonesian islands of West Flores, Rinca, Padar and Komodo. This endangered animal can grow up to 3 meters in length (10 feet) and weigh up to 70 kilograms (150 lbs). Their vast size mean the dragons dominate their environment and, although they eat mostly carrion, they will also ambush live prey – mainly deer – with a stealthy approach. When suitable prey arrives near a dragon's ambush site, it will suddenly charge at the animal and go for the underside or the throat. It is able to locate its prey using its keen sense of smell, which can detect a dead or dying animal from a range of up to 9.5 km (5.9 miles). Komodo dragons have been observed knocking down large pigs and deer with their strong tails.

Your excursion is an easy 1.5 hours walk around Komodo Island through unspoiled nature in search of the dragon. With luck you will encounter the island’s other fauna including wild buffalo, deer, pigs, and numerous tropical birds.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Preparing belongings for disembarkation.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Disembark / Bali, Indonesia
(Thursday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark the ship. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel while you enjoy the day's excursion.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, visit the holy spring of Tirta Empul surrounded by a large shrine to honor the God Indra. Then witness age old wood carving techniques at Mas village and exquisite silver works at Celuk. Late afternoon check-in at hotel and time to refresh before dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy a traditional Balinese meal in a beautiful setting.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Bali, Indonesia
(Friday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Start your day with a traditional Barong and Kris dance performance. This dance describes the eternal struggle between good and evil in which kris dancers fall into a trance and try to kill rangda (evil).
 Lunch: Lunch in Kintamani at a local restaurant that offers spectacular views over the caldera lake of Danau Batur.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit Penglipuran, a traditional Balinese village 700 meters above sea level and surrounded by bamboo forests and coffee plantations. It is a unique village in Bali because its inhabitants still live according to strict centuries-old rules and regulations -- the Adat -- just like their ancestors before them.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21: Bali, Indonesia
(Saturday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today’s excursion will take you to the rural heartland of Bali. Explore Pura Sadha Temple, a charming temple dating from the Majapahit period (14th-15th centuries) and a fine example of brickwork mastery typical of this era. Next, visit Pura Taman Ayun, a traditional Balinese temple whose name translates to "beautiful garden." Continue to the northern part of the island to explore Lake Bratan, a crater that lies in the midst of an elongated valley. A small temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to honor Dewi Danau, goddess of the lake, can be seen on the lake promontory.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy colorful Candi Kuning market where local fruits, vegetables, and flowers are sold. Drive through Jatiluwih, a breathtaking valley of rice fields, en route to Tanah Lot temple -- one of the holiest temples in Bali -- built atop a huge rock and surrounded by the sea where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunset.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Departures
(Sunday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Singapore Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A House in Bali


Author: Colin McPhee


Description: A warm tribute to the people, culture and especially the music of Bali in the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944.



Among Orangutans, Red Apes and the Rise of Human Culture


Author: Carel van Schaik, Perry van Dujinhoven (Photographer)


Description: An exploration of the Sumatran orangutan by one of the leading experts in the field, complete with full-color photographs.



Bali, A Legendary Isle


Author: Patrick R. Booz


Description: This armchair tour around the lush tropical island of Bali takes the reader to its highland volcanic lakes, beaches, ancient temples and bustling villages. A great travel primer.



Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali


Author: I. Wayan Dibia


Description: A lavishly illustrated introduction to the traditional performing arts in Bali: gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry.



Borobudur


Author: John Miksic


Description: A professor at the University of Singapore, Miksic includes stunning reproductions of the intricately carved reliefs of the ninth-century monument in this invaluable overview.



Evening Is the Whole Day


Author: Preeta Samarasan


Description: Set in post-colonial Malaysia, this richly textured debut novel depicts the unraveling of a wealthy family and the six-year-old daughter left reeling from losses and departures. Samarasan's unflinching yet tender examination of one immigrant family's experience exposes the complexities and layered history of Malaysia itself.



Eyewitness Top Ten Singapore


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.



Indonesia, Etc., Exploring the Improbable Nation


Author: Elizabeth Pisani


Description: Pisani’s personal portrait of Indonesia explores what holds together the impossibly disparate nation. Along her strange and hilarious journey, she points out the cultural anomalies and traditions that make the nation truly one-of-a-kind.



Indonesia, Islands of the Imagination


Author: Michael Vatikiotis


Description: A photographic journey through the world's largest archipelago featuring 140 full-color photos by Jill Gocher. Vatikiotis takes us through a myriad of breathtaking scenes, from Jakarta in Bali to Sumatra, Sulawesi and New Guinea (and plenty of islands in between).



Indonesia, Peoples and Histories


Author: Jean C. Taylor


Description: This broad social history addresses, with authority, the diversity of communities, upheaval and challenges of Indonesia. Taylor weaves a vivid tale of the nation from prehistory to modern politics.



Nathaniel's Nutmeg, True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History


Author: Giles Milton


Description: A rousing tale of international competition, greed and exploitation in 17th-century Indonesia. The book revolves around Nathaniel Courthroupe, who held off Dutch marauders on a tiny nutmeg-producing island from 1616-1620. It's a great story, well told -- and all true.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000.



Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century.



The Indonesia Reader, History, Culture, Politics


Author: Eric Tagliacozzo (Editor), Tineke Hellwig (Editor)


Description: This detailed and meticulous sourcebook shows the Indonesian archipelago through the writings of heads of state, journalists, travelers and ordinary Indonesians. Part of the World Readers series, the editors have done impressive research to uncover some literary jewels, including an account of a visit to Pasai by the fourteenth century Muslim traveler Ibn Battuta, as well as reportage of the Bali bombing and the impact of the 2004 Asian tsunami on Aceh.



The Song of the Dodo


Author: David Quammen


Description: Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding.





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