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Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

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6.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture
Lembar, Fascinating Culture Of Lombok
This will be a true cultural experience. You will board your motor coach for the 45-minute ride to Banyu Mulek village, famous for handmade pottery.  Here you will take a cidomo ride (traditional horse cart) around the village to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery is included, where you can purchase finished products.  Your tour will then proceed to Narmada Water Palace. The centerpiece here is a large artificial lake whose shape resembles Segara Anak in the caldera of the Rinjani Volcano. It was built in 1805 by the Raja of Mataram after he became too old to climb Rinjani to deposit offerings in the sacred lake there. The replica of the volcano’s lake was a repository for the Raja’s offerings. Narmada’s temple, Pura Kalasa, is still used and the Balinese Pujawali celebration is held here annually. Lingsar, another large temple complex built in 1714, is the place of worship for Wetu Telu Islam. The Hindu temple is in the northern section and features a fountain. Continue heading north, as the road rises over two small hills offering a panoramic view. At Senggigi Resort, you will enjoy a sumptuous Indonesian buffet dinner served at an international restaurant inside the resort.  After dinner, in the central city of Mataram, you’ll stop to visit the famous pearl shops.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $169
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

dining

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Lembar, Sasak Tradtional Village & Kuta Beach
Central Lombok is home to traditional Sasak villages. You’ll pass beautiful scenery of rice fields and palm trees, and stop at Banyu Mulek—famous for handmade pottery to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery will be included, where you can purchase finished products. Continue on to Sade village to view traditional Sasak houses, each house contains an interior platform, raised about a yard off the ground, which is made from a mixture of clay, dung, and straw. The surface is eventually polished to a high gloss finish, and the roof is made of thatching, with bamboo or palm walls. Sade is also home to the traditional bonnet-shaped rice barns—lumbungs—which are an iconic symbol of Lombok. Kuta Beach offers the best seascape in Lombok and an Indonesian buffet lunch will be served here at a beautiful tropical resort. Free time will be available at the resort, so relax and enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool or the crystal-clear blue water of the beach. On your return to port a stop will be made at Sukarara, a village known for it stunning Ikat and handwoven fabric.

Please note:   Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring local currency.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

beach
Lembar, Sekotong & Cocotinos Beach
Travel to Sekotong for a taste of local life before relaxing on beautiful Cocotinus Beach. You will have a 30-minute drive to Sekoton where you will tour a grass roof factory, where the island's thatched roofs are woven from alang-alang grass and rice straw. Then it’s a short drive to Cocotinue Beach, considered one of the island’s finest beaches.  You will have about 90 minutes of free time to swim in the warm crystalline waters of the Lombok Strait, sunbathe or comb the white-sand beach. Additional activities are available at your cost.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, swimsuit, towel and local currency.


price $89
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Celukan Bawang, Bali, Indonesia



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Celukan Bawang, Munduk Hiking
Munduk is a small village perched high in the mountains (altitude 3,281 feet, 1000 m), with fantastic views. It is set in fertile land surrounded by tropical forest, waterfalls, clove, cocoa and coffee plantations and rice fields. This off the beaten track location with its Dutch colonial architecture has a unique charm all of its own and is the starting point for some fantastic hiking excursions. Here you will discover the hidden face of Bali, far from the madding crowd. After making your way up winding mountain roads and passing through small villages, you will stop at Mayong village to enjoy a photo opportunity and panoramic views of north Bali. The three Munduk waterfalls are in a protected zone at the heart of the tropical forest. Your guide will take you to Tanah Barak waterfall following a hiking trail across clove, coffee and guava fruit plantations with vanilla vines growing around the tree trunks. Your last stop is in a village where you have opportunity to walk in the rice field and take photographs.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals and bring sunscreen, a hat, and local currency.


price $69
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Celukan Bawang, Snorkeling at Menjangan Island
Menjangan Island is a small uninhabited island lying 5 miles to the northwest of Bali. Menjangan in Indonesian means “Deer” and herds of Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak) swim to the island every springtime and can be seen bathing and sunning themselves on the sandy beaches. This excursion is a must for anybody who is interested in marine life, snorkeling or diving. You will set off by coach to Labuan Lalang and from there you will take a boat to the island. The snorkeling here is said to be the best on Bali with transparent water and calm seas. One of the snorkeling sites is a coral garden with many beautiful coral fans and a host of colorful tropical fish. It is compulsory to be accompanied by a guide when in the water. One issue, which is unfortunately not unique to Menjangan, is that currents will sometimes wash plastic bags and detritus from the mainland out into the ocean.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals and bring sunscreen, a hat, and local currency.


price $129
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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Celukan Bawang, Ulundanu Temple Tour
Ulun Danu Temple is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu and attracts pilgrims from all over the island; they come to worship the deity in the hope of ensuring a plentiful and steady supply of water. Set against a dramatic backdrop of some of the highest peaks in Bali, the temple seems to emerge from the waters of Lake Bratan and float on the surface as if by enchantment. The serene, deeply spiritual atmosphere that pervades the temple complex enhances the impression of being in another world, a threshold between the sacred and the profane. The complex consists of four temples each one with its own specific deity. Lingga Petak is dedicated to Siva, Penataran Pucak Manggu to Vishnu, Terate Bang to Brama and Dalem Purwa to the goddess Danu. The Ulun Danu Temple is one of the iconic landmarks of Bali, so much so that it is even depicted on the 50.000-rupiah bill. Your guide will tell you many interesting stories about the temple and accompany you on a fascinating journey of discovery, exploring Balinese culture and spirituality. Next you will visit a local market to see the selling and buying of local products. On the return trip there will be a photo stop at the Buyan and Tamblingan Twin lakes. The site will give you an overview of the volcanic heartland of Bali, the two crater lakes being situated in the caldera of the now extinct Bedugul Volcano.  The twin lakes were originally one big lake, but in 1800 a landslide split the lake in two. At an altitude of nearly 4,000 ft., this is the heart of Bali’s farming area with coffee plantations, vegetable fields and traditional rice paddies covering the nearby slopes, and Mayong Village, where you will have an opportunity for a photographic stop. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals and bring sunscreen, a hat, and local currency.


price $69
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Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia



8 HRS

Strenuous

dining

sightseeing
Probolinggo, The Amazing Mt. Bromo
Mount Bromo is an active volcano and at 7,641 feet it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well-known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The name Bromo is derived from the Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. The Tenggereses climb Mount Bromo once a year for the Kasada which is a popular ritual to celebrate their ancestors, and the Temple compound located at the foot of Mount Bromo.  You will take the typical way to visit Mount Bromo starting from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang.  Continue to Mount Bromo via 4WD Jeep where you will take a horseback ride to the rim of the crater then proceed by foot and climb the approximately 240 steps to the lip of the crater for a closer viewing. Mount Bromo stands in a sea of ashen, volcanic sand, surrounded by the towering cliff of the crater’s edge. The immense size of the crater, the supernatural beauty of the scenery, is really something very special indeed.  Back from the crate you will re-board a 4WD Jeep to Lava View Restaurant for your lunch. After lunch, head back to your Jeep and drive back to Cemoro Lawang village and on back to the Port.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, bring sunglasses, sunscreen and local currency.


price $239
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Semarang, Java, Indonesia



9 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

dining

culture

sightseeing
Semarang, Borobudur Discovery
Travel by coach to the inspiring temple of Borobudur – one the most incredible sights in Southeast Asia. The 56-mile journey begins through the scenic panoramas of the Candi residential district and continues through the highlands of the interior. The scenery is framed by numerous volcanoes and is dominated by the inspiring Mount Merapi. Halfway through the trip, stop at the Coffee Eva Café House for refreshments.  The inspiring Borobudur stands unique among other Buddhist temples, and its creation, without the use of modern engineering and technology, remains a mystery until today. It was covered by jungle until its rediscovery in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles. Over the next century, Borobudur was cleared and the process of restoring the two million pieces of andesite stone begun. Upon arrival at the temple, take advantage of your experienced guide’s knowledge, or wander the monument at your own pace.  At the top is the Great Stupa, which towers above the other 72 stupas and statues. The view from the top is beautiful and will remain with you as one of the highlights of your visit to Southeast Asia. Afterwards, you will enjoy a tasty Javanese lunch. The tour will include with a brief stop on the return journey at a traditional Javanese handicrafts making center, where you will see locals producing various handicrafts such as silver jewelry, wood crafts and, the local specialty, Wayang puppet shadow making.  Enjoy a brief demonstration of a Wayang puppet shadow show, accompanied by Mahabarata, an Indian Epic, before returning to the port.

Please note:  Bring local currency, sunscreen, and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $189
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13 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

dining

unesco

sightseeing
Semarang, Boroburdur & Prambanan Temple
Your air-conditioned motor coach will be waiting for you to board for the 3-hour drive to Prambanan Temple with a stop en route at Larasasri Restaurant for a refreshment and rest break. Beautiful Prambanan Temple the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed in the 9th century.  There are 224 individual temples with 154-foot Siva temple in the center of the complex. You will have lunch at Sekar Kedhaton or Umah Duwur  Restaurant on your way to visit Kota Gede, which is really a town within a town, and has become famous for its fine silver industry. Stop in and see silversmiths at work and take time to browse through their gallery and shops.  You will continue on to visit a village that specializes in the creation of fine Batik fabrics.  Learn the process, which involves blocking color with wax, which is either applied with a stamp, or by drawing the designs freehand.  The process is very interesting, and there will be time to try creating batik yourself. Re-board the coach for a 90-minute drive to the inspiring Borobudur which is unique among other Buddhist temples.  It is the largest single monument in the Southern Hemisphere, and was covered by jungle until its rediscovery in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles.  Take advantage of your experienced guide’s knowledge on a tour, or wander the monument at your own pace. Borobudur has arguably the finest examples of Buddhist reliefs in the world, with each of the 10 terraces symbolizing the path to Nirvana. At the top is the Great Stupa, which towers above the other 72 stupas and statues. The view from the top is beautiful and will remain with you as one of the highlights of your visit to Southeast Asia.  On your way back to port you will have a rest break at Coffee Eva House.

Please note:  Bring local currency, sunscreen, and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Semarang, Semarang City Tour
This half-day tour will provide an opportunity to see some of Semarang's most popular attractions. Starting from the pier, you will travel to Joglo Hill on a scenic drive passing Ungaran Highland, rice paddies and villages.  You will enjoy refreshments of Javanese coffee or tea served with traditional rice cakes, crackers and seasonal fruits at Joglo Hill, a traditional style hill resort set in a tropical garden. You will be invited to visit the villa owner’s antique collections.  Continue to Sam Po Kong (Gedung Batu), a unique temple built in honor of the famous Chinese Admiral, Zheng He. Inside the temple are many outstanding stone carvings and sculptures as well as several shrines and tombs.  Your next stop will be at Rongowarsito Provincial Museum, filled with interesting exhibits gathered from throughout Central Java, then on through bustling Semarang city to Kota Lama, the old city of Semarang. Visit Greja Blenduk, the oldest church in central Java, dating back to 1753. Built in the shape of a Greek cross, the interior of this imposing Protestant Dutch Church is dominated by an enormous Baroque organ and pulpit.  Although the organ was never restored and is no longer working, it stands as a quiet reminder of the Church's glorious past.   

Please note:  Bring local currency, sunscreen, and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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Pulau Bintan, Indonesia



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Palau Bintan, Bitan Highlights
Tendering at Bintan Telani Port and then board an air-conditioned local bus to drive to Koperasi Wira Mangrove, where you'll learn how the mangroves are key to preventing coastal erosion and serve as habitats for countless fish and wildlife not found in any other environment. You will have a refreshment of young coconut and local snacks at the simple restaurant located at the river bank while you enjoy the serenity of the forest. Continue on to Busung Village to see the enigmatic sand dunes stretched in the middle of rainforests and pristine tropical beaches which once was a quarry and by nature has transformed into picturesque sand dunes. Re-board the bus and drive to Lagoi Bay, a little mall that sits in front of a 2-mile (3.5km) stretch of pristine beach. Then return to port.

Please note:  Wear sunscreen, hat, walking shoes or sandals, and bring local currency.


price $139
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8 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

dining

essentials
Palau Bintan, Full Day Tanjung Pinang & The Island of Kind
Depart Bintan Telani Port and drive through the countryside of Bintan Island for a full-day tour of enchanting heritage and the lifestyle of Bintan Island. As you arrive in Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Bintan Island, you will stop at Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Temple known as thousand statues temple. The temple holds up to 500 individual lohan statues, human like, unique where each of the statue faces bear different expressions. Surrounding the complex are lush plantations that add to the appeal of the site. From here your drive continues to the city center of Tanjung Pinang where you will get a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of the locals and stop at local fruit markets where you can see the abundance of seasonal fresh fruits and have the opportunity to taste. Your lunch will be served at the Restaurant before heading to the harbor for your boat to visit Penyengat Island, the abode of the kings of the last phase of the Malay Kingdom. Escape the modernity of everyday life and journey back into a time when Kings and Queens ruled the islands of the Riau Kingdom stretching from what is now part of Indonesian, to Singapore and beyond to southern Malaysia. Explore the ruins of an old Palace, Royal Mosque and Mausoleum and here you have an opportunity to see the traditional community hall before returning to port.

Please note:  Wear sunscreen, hat, walking shoes or sandals, and bring local currency.


price $169
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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $69
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie - The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you back to your hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $69
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