21571
Singapore/Vietnam/Malaysia/Brunei/Indonesia
Singapore to Bali: Southeast Asia Sojourn
Program No. 21571RJ
Length
16 days
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16 days
15 nights
38 meals
13 B 12 L 13 D
DAY
1
Depart North America for Singapore
In Flight
DAY
2
In flight
In Flight
DAY
3
Singapore / Program Orientation
Singapore
D
Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the early evening you will meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

DAY
4
Singapore
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Depart the hotel with your local specialist guide for an in-depth look at Singapore. At the Asian Civilization Museum, you will get a broad look at the many different pan-Asian cultures and civilizations, and how these cultures have integrated into modern Singapore society. Delve deeper into Singapore culture with a visit to the Chinese Heritage Centre- the first organization in the world to focus on the study of Chinese populations living outside of China. You will continue on with a relaxing cruise along Singapore River, followed up with a visit to a traditional clan house.

Lunch: Traditional Dim Sum lunch in China Town

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Singapore. Transfer to the port, and embark Crystal Symphony for 12 nights.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal dining room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
5
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Days at sea are a mix of group and independent activities.

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 a morning lecture.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an afternoon lecture.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
6
Cruising the Coast of Vietnam / Ho Chi Minh
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: On days marked "Independent Exploration" you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of Crystal Shore Adventures. You may log into your account at www.CrystalCruises.com to register for field trips up to 6 months in advance. Alternatively, you may use this time to explore the port on your own.

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 a morning lecture. Symphony will arrive in Ho Chi Minh at 11:00 am.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Ho Chi Minh City, known universally and affectionately by residents as Saigon, offer a stimulating insight into Vietnam's eventful past and a glimpse into its hopeful future. Over two decades have passed since American forces left these shores. Since then, Ho Chi Minh City has regained a prosperous air of thriving activity. Rice boats float down the waterways, streets bustle with commerce, scooters speed by and a sense of history fills the air. There are quiet temples to discover, French colonial public buildings to admire and numerous street markets to stroll. Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can be assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome. Ho Chi Minh City serves as our main gateway to the alluring wonders of Cambodia (Kampuchea).

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Evening: Crystal Symphony will remain in port overnight.

DAY
7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / Cu Chi Tunnels
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today's shore excursion is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure for today.

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: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: This morning, experience the Cu Chi Tunnels - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the ship after lunch for free time on board.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Evening: Crystal Symphony will remain in port overnight.

DAY
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: Independent exploration of Ho Chi Minh City continues.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to depart Ho Chi Minh at 3:00 pm. Afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
9
Cruising the Coast of Vietnam
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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 a morning lecture.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the on board amenities and activities.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
10
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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: Kota Kinabalu , commonly known as KK, faces the South China Sea on the northwest coast of Borneo. As the state of Sabah’s capital, it is a sprawling and busy city. Situated between the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and Mount Kinabalu, it is a place for snorkeling, hiking and simply watching the ebb and flow of nature. For people watching, there is the KK Waterfront, where a variety restaurants, pubs and cafes vie for the traveler’s time and interest. Shopping opportunities abound, with numerous malls offering slick and modern places to make that perfect purchase or two, and the Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market, formerly known as the Filipino Market, and weekly Gaya Street Market hawking everything from ethnic souvenirs to traditional foods.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship. Some Crystal shore excursions may include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Kota Kinabalu

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
11
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: In 1929, the country of Brunei on the island of Borneo struck it rich when oil was discovered. But this little country has always been rich in beauty and history. Bordering the South China Sea, Brunei has a long, lovely coast. Jungles come down to meet the water, mists often envelop treetops, and waterfalls plunge from verdant cliffs. In cities like Bandar Seri Begawan, graceful arcades with spade-shaped arches open onto wide plazas, and intricately-tiled pathways lead to ornate mosques with gold-capped turrets. While its mosques and beaches are peaceful, Brunei's history has been a little more turbulent. Over the centuries, its land has been relinquished in odd bits and pieces to neighboring countries, creating a current border in the shape of an inverted U. To travel between the east and the west, in other words, you must cross into Sarawak then leave it again when reentering Brunei on the other side. The Sultan's lines of power have expanded and contracted over the years, too. Today, Brunei is a peaceful and prosperous constitutional sultanate, with Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah at the royal helm.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship. Some Crystal shore excursions may include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Bandar Seri Begawan

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
12
Cruising the South China Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: Join your study leader for an expert-led lecture and discussion.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
13
Cruising the Java Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: Join your study leader for an expert-led lecture and discussion.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
14
Surabaya, Indonesia
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: After Jakarta, Surabaya is the most populous city in Indonesia, with over 2.7 million people living within the chartered city limits. With such a large number of people comes a frenetic energy bordering on chaos and an eye-opening mix of rich and poor, students and professionals, urban amenities and old traditions. Cultures mix here too. The only synagogue in Indonesia is located in Surabaya, along with the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in East Java. Cheng Ho Mosque displays Chinese-style architecture, while a Soviet-built submarine is preserved as a monument. Most important to the locals, perhaps, is the city’s connection to Indonesian independence, as it was here in “the city of heroes” that the battle for liberation began.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship. Some Crystal shore excursions may include lunch.

Afternoon: Independent exploration continues.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

DAY
15
Bali (Port of Benoa), Indonesia
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board.

Morning: Meet with your study leader for a program wrap up. The ship is set to arrive in Bali at noon.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Bali is so beautiful that the natives believe heaven will be just like home, and touring this island paradise, it's easy to see why. Here are mysterious volcanic lakes and jungle-shrouded volcanoes, wondrous ancient temples, fabulously creative painters and wood-carvers, and the legendary dancers who re-enact the stories of their Hindu deities.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner on board the ship

DAY
16
Bali (Port of Benoa), Indonesia / Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Flights depart for the U.S.