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Australia and Indonesia Personalized: Sparkling Cities and Natural Wonders

Program Number: 21546RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/21/2014 - 12/7/2014;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Australia/Indonesia
Price starting at: $7,365.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 39; 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Personalize your adventure on this voyage from Sydney to Bali. Begin with an exclusive Road Scholar field trip in Sydney plus an additional day to explore the city on your own. Then set sail to fascinating Australian and Indonesian ports that you can discover independently or on shore excursions of your choice. Onboard, expert lectures reveal the history of Australia, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and more.




Activity Particulars

You must be able to handle your own luggage, get on and off a motor coach, walk a few blocks and climb a few stairs. You may choose shore excursions that are more physically demanding.



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower base activity level and the option to add shore excursions based on your interests and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive field trip and private onboard lectures with our own study leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Sydney (Australia), 1 night; aboard Crystal Symphony, 13 nights.



Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / cross International Date Line


Days 3-5: Arrival Sydney (Australia) / embark Crystal Symphony:

Begin your adventure in this coastal metropolis. On an exclusive Road Scholar field trip, board a small vessel to discover Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Enjoy an addidional day on your own. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 6: Brisbane:

Sail up the Gold Coast to arrive in Brisbane. While still among Australia’s largest cities, it has a more laid-back feel than Sydney. You may want to explore the lush Botanical Gardens.



Days 7-8: At Sea / Hamilton Island:

The Whitsunday Islands lie just off the shores of Queensland. Discover Hamilton Island’s scenic walking trails or its wildlife sanctuary, where you can meet some friendly koalas.



Day 9: Cairns:

With its tropical climate, “Cans” is a favorite destination for Australians. Cairns offers access to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.



Days 10-11: Great Barrier Reef / At Sea:

Absorb the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, which boasts 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and unique species like the dugong, a close relative of the manatee.



Day 12: Darwin:

Located at the “Top End” between the Outback and the sea, Darwin has grown from a rough-and-tumble frontier town into a very modern city. The Adelaide River here is populated by huge saltwater crocodiles.



Days 13-15: At Sea / Komodo Island (Indonesia):

Sail across the Timor Sea to Indonesia. Venture ashore on Komodo to encounter the famed Komodo dragon, which can grow to be 10 feet long and 150 pounds.



Days 16-17: Bali / disembark / departure:

Complete your voyage with an exclusive Road Scholar excursion in the island paradise of Bali, absorbing its beautiful natural environment and fabulous artistic and dance traditions.



Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
  Sydney, Australia 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  Sydney, Australia
At Sea, At Sea
13 nights
 Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Type: Hotel
  Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, this hotel is within minutes walk to the heart of the city.
  Contact info: 17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW,   2000 Australia
phone: +61 -2-8217-4000
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/usa/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for price.

 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
  Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the late afternoon with the orientation at the hotel on Day 3 in Sydney You will be staying at Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on the last morning after breakfast on board the ship. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants MUST register online with Crystal Cruises. To register go to https://checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). If you did not recieve a booking number or if you cannot find it, please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests.
  Parking availability:
It is not possible to drive to this program
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: TBA
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sydney
  Transportation to site: Participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services and are traveling on the program dates will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Participants who do not purchase their air through Road Scholar will be responsible for making their own way to the hotel, or you may join the designated group transfer if it coincides with your flight arrival time. The designated group transfer time will be confirmed in your final informational mailing which is sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: Participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services and are departing on the departure date will be provided with a transfer from the hotel to the airport. Participants who do not purchase their air through Road Scholar will be responsible for making their own way to the airport, or you may join the designated group transfer if it coincides with your flight departure time. The designated group transfer time will be confirmed in your final informational mailing which is sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to departure.
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: US Departure and Overnight flight
(Friday, November 21)
   
 Depart From: Depart the US for overnight flight to Sydney Australia

Day 2: Crossing the International Dateline
(Saturday, November 22)
   
 In Transit Overnight: During your overnight flight you cross the international dateline and go forward one day.

Day 3: Arrival Sydney, Australia
(Sunday, November 23)

Note: Arrival to Sydney is in the evening



   
 Arrive To: Upon your arrival in Sydney your Program Leader and local Site Coordinator will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Welcome to Sydney! Sydney’s stunning natural harbour forms the centrepiece of a dynamic city that has grown dramatically since its beginnings as a prison colony. Situated in the temperate area of Australia, Sydney is surrounded by National Parks and has a beautiful range of flora and fauna. It is Australia’s largest city with nearly 5 million citizens thriving in a multi-cultural society in a congenial climate. Sydney is dominated by Sydney Harbour, of which Port Jackson is only a small part. The city covers a large area, twice the size of London with half the population, and has large parks and sparkling sandy Pacific Ocean beaches, such as the well-known and very popular Bondi and Manly.
 Evening: At leisure after checking into the program hotel.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

Day 4: Discover Sydney, Sydney Opera House, and Embarkation
(Monday, November 24)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart by motorcoach for a ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: This morning we have an orientation to Sydney's sought-after eastern beach-side suburbs and South Head to see the narrow entrance to the harbour.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own as you explore Sydney.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the magnificent World Heritage Site -Sydney Opera House. Here we have a guided tour of this truly wonderful, iconic building, a masterpiece of late modern architecture. We then continue onto the ship for embarkation. The ship will be in port overnight.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: After dinner meet up for your Welcome and Orientation to the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Sydney, Australia
(Tuesday, November 25)

Note: Today is an independent day to go on shore and is based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Sydney is an energetic and exciting metropolis whose nightlife, shopping and fine restaurants compare favorably with the finest the world has to offer. Despite its modern advances, Sydney has lovingly cherished its heritage, for this was the birthplace of the Australian nation. Combine Sydney's boundless attractions with its superb harborside location, and you have that certain magic that few other cities can rival and a chance today to explore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Sydney on your own. The ship is set to sail from Sydney harbor later this evening.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Discovering Brisbane, Australia
(Wednesday, November 26)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches, offering an ideal blend of Aussie ease and urban energy. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafés and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Brisbane. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruising the East Coast of Australia
(Thursday, November 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation about Australia.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for a pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Discovering Hamilton Island (Whitsunday Islands), Australia
(Friday, November 28)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Their location is perfect: the Whitsunday Islands, among them Hamilton Island, sit right off the white sandy coast of Queensland, just 90 minutes from the Outer Great Barrier Reef and amid some dazzling dive sites of their own. Of these 74 islands, most are uninhabited. The islands that do welcome guests offer countless opportunities for snorkeling, diving, sailing, hiking and fishing. Perhaps the island with the most to see and do is Hamilton Island. Recently infused with $36 million for a complete refurbishment, the vacation village has been polished to a high sheen and equipped with top-notch amenities. Wander the marina where you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the cafés or do some shopping. For a quintessentially Aussie experience, hike the trails that wind through the island's 1,853-acre virgin bush land. Also visit the wildlife sanctuary for a chance to pet a baby crocodile or hold a cuddly Koala.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Crystal Symphony will depart Hamilton Island at 1:00 pm. Use the afternoon to take advantage of the many activities and amenities on board the ship. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cairns, Australia
(Saturday, November 29)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Welcome to Cairns [cans], where the weather and hospitality are warm. Tropical Cairns is Queenland's most northerly city, and is framed by two features of such pristine beauty and incomparable value that they have been listed by the World Heritage Society. Located at the point where the Great Dividing Range and Great Barrier Reef curve gently to the shoreline, Cairns is graced with inspiring natural attractions in all directions. Beyond the coast are mountains, rainforests, eucalyptus, waterfalls, lakes, rugged ravines and grazing farmlands fed by freshwater streams. Above all, two of the most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. Cairns, the colorful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, is alive with life and charm. At hand and beckoning for your discovery are elegant boutiques, markets, art galleries and museums.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Cairns. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea Cruising the Great Barrier Reef
(Sunday, November 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cruising the Arafura Sea
(Monday, December 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities on board. Join your fellow travelers at 5:30 for a pre-dinner get together.
 Dinner: Group dinner will be served in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Discovering Darwin, Australia
(Tuesday, December 2)

Note: Today is an independent day on shore based on the excursions you select.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Darwin, Australia's northernmost city, lies between the sun-bleached Outback and the Arafura Sea on Australia's "Top End," as tropical northern Australia is familiarly called. Cosmopolitan, yet casual, the capital of the Northern Territory has grown from its roguish beginnings into a modern, mellow mini-metropolis. Establishing and maintaining a European frontier outpost on Australia's remote northern shores has never been easy. The early colonists' aim in settling this far-flung area was to pre-empt foreign occupation and create a trading post for the British Empire. However, aside from a short-lived gold rush during the latter-half of the 19th Century, Darwin seems to have had a long string of bad luck. Since its early days, the city has weathered three destructive cyclones, the worst being Cyclone Tracy in 1974, as well as Japanese air raids during World War II. Despite its struggles, Darwin boasts a comfortable tropical climate and some of Australia's most intact cultural and natural highlights. Nearby Litchfield National Park provides an abundance of wildlife, numerous waterfalls and a remarkable backdrop for your afternoon explorations of The Territory. For those seeking the source of the Aussie lifestyle made famous by "Crocodile Dundee," the beauty of the Adelaide River and its famed jumping crocodiles will be of particular appeal. Darwin is a fascinating blend of culture, history and nature and beckons for your exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Darwin. In the late afternoon (starting at 5:30 PM) before dinner join your Road Scholar group in the lounge and share the stories of your day's adventures.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea Cruising the Timor Sea
(Wednesday, December 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea Cruising the Indonesian Archipelago
(Thursday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation focused on Australia
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board. Don't forget to join your Road Scholar fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Discovering Komodo Island, Indonesia
(Friday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Many of Komodo Island's residents are descendants of convicts, who like the early inhabitants of Australia, were sent to the island to live in exile. And, like Australia, Komodo Island has a population of strange and wondrous wildlife, the most renowned of which is the Komodo dragon. The world's largest lizard, this ferocious predator enjoys full protection on the island. Both Komodo Island and nearby Rinca Island are part of a national park system that allows the dragon to sunbathe on the river banks and amble past curious visitors without fear of being harmed. Actually, it is the human that should be wary: in spite of their clumsy stride and apparent nonchalance, the Komodo dragon can run as fast as a dog and is capable of killing and eating a human being. But visitors to the island need not worry. Calm and capable park service guides are on hand to escort onlookers to a kind of reverse zoo, where the people gather in a protective enclosure while the dragons patrol the area, making themselves available for safe observation.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of Komodo continues. Enjoy the afternoon to relax on board the ship. Join your fellow travelers at 5:30 PM for your nightly pre dinner get together in the lounge
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Exploring Bali
(Saturday, December 6)

Note: Today's shore excursion is included in your program, and exclusive for Road Scholar participants. Please do not book an individual shore adventure with Crystal.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Morning at leisure as the ship sails towards Bali. Symphony is scheduled to arrive at 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Depart the ship by coach through the rice terraced countryside of Bali to Taman Ayun. The temple was built in the 17th century by Prince I Gusti Anom. Literally translated the meaning is “floating flower garden”, because the temple is situated in the middle of an artificial lake. Take a short walk through the complex and admire the impressive surrounding. Following this visit, you will coach to the famous Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most important temples in Bali. Built on a small island in the sea it is a perfect place to enjoy an amazing sunset in a breathtaking environment.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the Crystal Dining room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Bali / Disembarkation / Departures
(Sunday, December 7)

Note: Please make sure you pack your passport in your carry on and anything else you need on the flight home



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.



Australia Map


Author: ITMB


Description: A handy, folded map at a scale of 1:3,500,000.



Australian Wildlife


Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh


Description: This handy fold-out guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of Australian animals. Laminated and pocket-sized, it easily slips into your daypack.



Bradt Australian Wildlife


Author: Stella Martin


Description: A guide not just to kangaroo and koala, this compact, illustrated survey, featuring 250 color photographs, takes in habitats, parks and conservation, marsupials, birds and bats.



Eyewitness Guide Australia


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: Featuring hundreds of innovative maps, color photographs and choice recommendations for excursions and sightseeing.



Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef


Author: I Greenberg


Description: A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific.



In a Sunburned Country


Author: Bill Bryson


Description: The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue.



In the Land of Oz


Author: Howard Jacobson


Description: The 2010 Booker Award winner Jacobson travels around Australia with his Australian-born wife in this marvelously described tale of wonders down under, first published 25 years ago. He concludes that "there is no more variously beautiful country."



Insight Guide Bali


Author: Insight Guides


Description: An illustrated overview of Bali with essays on its attractions, history, nature and culture, hundreds of color photographs and a map.



The Birth of Sydney


Author: Tim F. Flannery (Editor)


Description: Flannery's engaging portrait of Sydney from its initial settlement to the present day, incorporating observations by early visitors including Mark Twain, Charles Darwin and Captain Cook.



The Fatal Shore


Author: Robert Hughes


Description: In this celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining, Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868. It's an engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves.



The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia


Author: Graham Pizzey, Frank Knight (Illustrator), Peter Menkhorst (Editor)


Description: The authoritative, classic field guide. Range maps, illustrations, and concise descriptions are integrated on facing pages for ease of use.



The Reef, A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change


Author: Iain McCalman


Description: McCalman, a historian at the University of Sydney, brings to life the explorers and scientists, beachcombers, divers, indigenous peoples and castaways who first experienced The Great Barrier Reef.



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.



The Songlines


Author: Bruce Chatwin


Description: Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world.





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