STAR COLLECTOR: MALAYSIAN MAGNIFICENCE, INDONESIAN ICONS

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Star Collector: Malaysian Magnificence, Indonesian Icons

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Phuket, Thailand



4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

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2.75 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Phuket, Canopy Adventure
Canopy adventure shows that Phuket’s island beauty goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand that it is famous for.  The hillsides of Phuket overflow with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.  A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy this vast area, and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land during the wet months and even the trees within the camp reception area have been left untouched.  Photos of your ziplining experience will be available for purchase from the staff at the camp. Your 40-minute drive to the ziplining camp will then give you 15 minutes of instruction before you begin ziplining on the 16 platforms which include 8 ziplines, 1 sky bridge, 1 rappel point, 2 spiral staircases and a 20-minute wilderness walk.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen,  insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes and light clothing.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests will  be required to fill out a waiver before participating on this tour. Minimum age is 12 years old and maximum weight is 206 lbs. 

price $125
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



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8 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

dining

beach

boating
Phuket, Phang Nga Ba Exploration
After a 90-minute scenic drive you will arrive at the pier to board a local-style boat and start a day of exploration. You will cruise the inner waters of Phang Nga Bay, where you will be awestruck by the beauty of the spectacular natural surroundings.  Discover a world of sea caves and limestone karsts all formed naturally as a result of calcite deposits over millions of years.  Enjoy Koh “Hong” which is an open-air, cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoon connected to the outside world only through a series of tunnels and caves.  Here you will have the opportunity to board guided sea canoe. The guide will paddle so you can sit back and relax in complete comfort and safety, taking in the peace and total tranquility while learning about the ecosystem of this “lost world.”  Along the way you may see a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles, Brahminy kites, kingfishers, fruit bats, water monitor lizards, and monkeys. You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll or swim on a sandy beach and visit “James Bond Island” the island made famous by the classic James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” This tour includes a Thai buffet lunch and optional kayaking.

Please note:  There are 15 steps to access the boat at the pier.  Bring your raincoat, swimsuit and wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility or back issues. The boat trip may not be exclusive for Windstar guests. 


price $149
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Phuket, Unique Phuket
This tour will be a combination of highlights which include culture, sightseeing and tasting of Thai foods. You will start with a 45-minute ride to an old temple in Phuket to attend the Monks’ Blessing Ceremony.  The monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the participants while you will present offerings to them in return.  It is an uplifting start to the day. Then you will walk through Rommanee Alley where scenes from Good Morning Vietnam were shot.  Walking along the roads, you will marvel at the well-preserved old Sino-Portuguese buildings and visit Thai Hua Museum.  You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind market tour which is both enriching and fun. Within the market, colorful characters hawk condiments, sell dried herbs and spices, and proudly display pungent pickled kapi fish, squirming eels and succulent durians.  Be prepared for sensory overload. Then you will take a short walk to the twin Phuket shrines where you will learn your fortune through sticks and wooden blocks.  Here you will see - and participate in – a Lion Dance, gongs, drums and firecrackers in the temple, representing good fortune and good health.  The first one is Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.  It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, built over 200 years ago.  Right next door is the more ornate Jui Tui Shrine.  Proceed to Tuu Kap Khao Restaurant where you will be served local Thai food family style.. 

Please note:  Wear light clothing, rubber/comfortable shoes.  Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, sunglasses and a raincoat in case of rain. Modest attire is required for visiting the temple and shrines, no tank tops or shorts. You do not have to be Buddhist to join the Monk’s Blessing Ceremony.  Everybody is welcome. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to lots of steps at Thai Hua Museum.


price $169
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4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

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Penang, Malaysia



4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture
Penang, Hill & Temple
Board your motor coach for a spiritual journey to SE Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. Your 30-minute drive will take you to the Kek Lok Si Temple, better known as the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, your visit will be infinitely intriguing from the start. Among the features or the temple are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. In 2002, a 99-foot bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years ago. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue. There is an inclined lift to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, you can find a pond filled with Koi and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, which can also be regarded as Avalokitheshvara, Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion. Visit Penang Hill, a cool resort accessible by a funicular tram you will take to reach the peak. It will offer a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English Village. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing is required to enter the temple. Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of wet weather.  There are approximately 200 steps at the temple and the grounds may be slippery in places


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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Penang, In the Footsteps of Captain Francis Light
Board your motor coach to begin your day of discovery at the Weld Quay Clan Jetties at the waterfront.  The century-old Clan Jetties are part of the formation known as the Penang Heritage Trail.  These humble homes of five Chinese clans are raised on stilts, and the water-villages are accessible by a long walkway.  Then it's on to Suffolk House, which has earned the moniker of Penang’s "Great House" as it is the original estate owned by George Town founder Captain Francis Light, and is an architectural gem.  Explore the charms of this 200-year-old traditional Anglo-Indian garden house and stroll the grand, manicured compound.  You will travel through time at Francis Light Cemetery, which honors the town’s founder. His tomb can be found in a peaceful setting amidst many graves and pergolas with unique structural designs.  Continue the tour with a guided walk through the narrow streets of Little India, heavy with the aroma of spices and whose lanes are lined with shops and ottu kedai selling everything from spices, vegetables, fabrics, cooking ware, jewelry and much more. Your last stop will be the stopover at Fort Cornwallis, located along the Esplanade.  This seaside promenade is home to many of the city’s most esteemed structures and memorials, including the clock tower, city hall, town hall and state buildings. The entrance to the fort is presided over by a statue of Captain Francis Light. The statue welcomes visitors to the unique star-shaped structure and its steel lighthouse and the fort is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in the country.  

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of rain. Sequence of tour stops may vary.


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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

unesco

culture

walking

sightseeing
Penang, Street of Harmony
This walking tour will offer you a glimpse of a different part of George Town and highlight some of its most popular attractions! The journey will begin with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light landed in Penang. Then on to the Penang Municipal Town Hall, and St. George Church, the oldest Anglican church in SE Asia and designated as one of the 50 National Heritage Treasures of Malaysia. Next stop, The Goddess of Mercy Temple, constructed using Feng Shui principles, the temple has three wells – one on the right side of the main shrine, another outside the temple and the third hidden under the main altar. Your next stop will be Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, dedicated to the Mother of the Universe. Another one of the main houses of worship along George Town’s “Street of Harmony,” is the Kapitan Keling Mosque, built and designed by German architect Henry Alfred Neubronner. With Moorish and Roman arches and a towering minaret, the mosque stands as a regal landmark and one of the country’s most beautiful and historically rich mosques. Khoo Kongsi is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house. Then take a leisurely trishaw ride on the enchanting and aptly named “King of the Road,” a favorite for tourists as well as locals. Lastly, you will be dropped off at a colonial building for light refreshments before returning to the port. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency and a hat. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues.


price $69
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Highlights of Kuala Lumpur City
Your journey begins as you board your motor coach for a half day tour to some of Kuala Lumpur‘s most fascination and colorful sights. On your 90-minute ride you’ll pass by industrial and commercial developments, small town ships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving to your first destination. KL Forest Eco Park is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in the country and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. KL Forest Eco Park functions as a Green Lung as well as a recreational area for city dwellers. Here you will see the rich variety of flora that flourishes within the forest including rare herbs, creepers, ferns, climbers and giant bamboo grasses. Visit KL tower, rising over 1,381 feet. The telecommunications and broadcasting tower also houses shops, restaurants, an open air amphitheater and a mini-theater that will show a documentary on the tower’s construction. A short ride up to the sky deck and observation deck will reward you with stunning views of the city. Experience the sky box made up of transparent glass that will offer you a spectacular 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. Malaysia-style lunch will be served family style at the Precious Old China Restaurant. After lunch, a short drive will take you past the Moorish-style architecture of the Old Railway Station and the extraordinary National Mosque.  Built in 1965, the modern mosque’s 240-foot minaret and "blue umbrella" roof - situated among 13 acres of gardens, reflecting pools and fountains - are distinctive and impressive. The day will not be complete without a photo stop at Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency , hat and rain gear. On rainy days the sky deck and sky box will not be open. You must be at least 13 years of age to visit the sky deck and wheelchairs are not allowed. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. 

price $99
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8.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage Discovery
Depart from the port and you will have a 90-minute drive to the spellbinding Batu Caves. Rising almost 328 feet above ground, the Batu Caves are actually a complex of ancient limestone caverns. Since their discovery in 1891, Hindu devotees have filled the caves with colorful Hindu shrines; today, the complex is considered to be one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The next sight you’ll see is the 141-foot tall gilded statue of the deity Lord Murugan standing guard over the 272 steps that lead to Cathedral Cave, the grandest of all the caves. After climbing the flight of stairs you’ll be rewarded with a majestic cavern with a 300-foot high ceiling. Inside, you’ll find ornate Hindu shrines and a statue of Rama sitting in the back. From here, you will take a monorail ride and proceed to the “new City Center of Kuala Lumpur,” where it is now known as KLCC. Here are the renowned Petronas Twin Towers, soaring 1,483 feet into the sky.  You will drive past National Mosque and proceed to the Merdeka Square. Also known as Independence Square, this historical area is home to the Royal Selangor Club and site of the August 31, 1957 proclamation declaring Malaysia’s independence from Britain. You will also see Central Market Kuala Lumpur which dates back to 1888. Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a great place to celebrate and enjoy Malaysian festivals, cultural showcases and local artistic talent. It is also an excellent destination for a great variety of local souvenirs, arts, crafts and collectibles. On the way back to port, stop by the Thean Hou Temple, a landmark 6-tiered Chinese temple located on 1.67 acres of land atop a little hill. The temple, built by the Hainanese community is dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother).

Please note: tour route may vary based on congestion. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency, your sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and rain gear. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. At Batu Caves, the many wild monkeys can sometimes be aggressive if they are fed. Guests are strongly requested to avoid feeding the monkeys.


price $49
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge & City Tour
This tour will take you in to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Your first stop after a 90-minute drive, will be at the National Monument. This 49-foot-tall bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Insurgency in the 1950s and World War II. Then continue on to Independence Square, one of the most photographed sites in all of Malaysia and the playing field of the Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building and where parades and Independence Day festivities are celebrated. You’ll then proceed to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring 1,483 feet into the sky, the towers are united by a sky bridge that rises 557 feet above street level, making it the tallest sky bridge in the world. The majestic steel and glass towers look very 21st century but their design is based in ancient Islamic tradition - the 241-foot tall spires, which sit atop the towers are reminiscent of the minarets that adorn mosques. Your final stop of the day is the Suria KL Shopping Centre where you’ll have almost two hours to shop at your leisure. Stretched over 1.4 million square feet, here you’ll find 450 outlets offering something for everyone - have lunch in one of the many restaurants, shop in the fashionable boutiques, have fun in the entertainment centers, sit down for cup of coffee in a coffeehouse, work out in a fitness center or unwind in a spa.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. This tour cannot be operated on Mondays. Your tour guide will not go up the Petronas Tower when ascending to the Skybridge, but a Petronas Skybridge in-house guide will escort you.

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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Visit Tradtional Malay Home
Your journey will begin as you board your motor coach for a 90-minute ride through industrial and commercial developments, small townships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving at your first destination..  The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was owned by the local headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu  Kedah. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996 – 1997) by Badan Warisan Malaysia. Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining of Malay Vernacular architecture. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with its many high rise buildings, the Rumah Penghulu is surrounded by a traditional herb and heritage garden which has over 50 species of trees and plants of environmental, cultural and historic interest to Malaysians. You will experience the Kampung lifestyle, and ceremonies related to weddings. You will be involved in a hands-on demonstration as well as sampling traditional food and drinks. You also will experience traditional Malay games like Congkak and Gasing. Before returning to the port, you will have a photo stop at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

price $89
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Malacca, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Explore Historic Malacca with Lunch
This tour will reveal Malacca’s prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers who include the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You will begin your tour with a photo stop at Porta de Santiago - the only remains of the Dutch fortifications that were blown up by the British – before seeing The Stadthuys, arguably Malacca’s most photographed building.  Constructed in the mid-1600s it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  Continue on to the ruins of St Paul’s Church, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier were briefly enshrined.  Visit the Melaka Sultanate Palace, a replica of the original 15th century wooden palace, which is now a Cultural Museum.  You will take a ride up to the 360-degree viewing tower, Menara Taming Sari, at a height of 262 feet.  You will see a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage City from the cabin deck.  Proceed on to cross the bridge, which will lead you to Chinatown. Walk to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, showing typical 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families.  Continue on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and Kampung Kling Mosque. As you continue on to Jonker Street, you will see many antique and curio shops.  This is the final stop and you will enjoy lunch at Casa Del Rio Hotel or alternative for a taste of mixed culture and traditions!

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with steps to negotiate some sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary with lunch. Sodas and alcohol are available for purchase.




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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Historic Malacca
This fascinating tour reveals Malacca’s glorious heritage. The streets and buildings are steeped in history illustrating its prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers that include the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Princess Hang Li Poh’s Well (King’s Well) – located at the foothill of Bukit China and next to Sam Po Temple. It was built in 1459 by the followers of Princess Hang Li Poh and was the main source of water in the town. Continue your walk to the Bukit Cina (also known as Chinese Hill) Chinese Cemetery, the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves.  You will proceed to the Dutch Square - the hub of the town due to its proximity to the river mouth. You will see town hall (Stadthuys),  the church (Christ Church), market square and a school that all reflect the character of ancient European towns. Cross the bridge to Malacca’s Chinatown. Walk to Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Then visit Jonker’s Street, the main street of Chinatown before you return back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho.
 
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Malacca & Countryside
Departing from the pier, you’ll proceed to a small rubber tree plantation, where you will have an opportunity to see local rubber tappers in action. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the world's natural rubber. Next, you will visit  a palm oil plantation before heading to the village of legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. It is commonly believed that Kampung Duyung (Mermaid Village) was the home of this legendary warrior during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate. The village highlights the cultural, architectural and traditional values of the Malay community and consists of the houses of the five most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate. Stop briefly for photos and souvenir shopping outside the Stadthuys. Built as the official residence for the Dutch governors and their officers, the Stadthuys is an excellent example of Dutch period architecture. Continue to Porta de Santiago—a Portuguese-built fortress—and St Paul's Church, where missionary St. Francis Xavier was briefly interred in 1553. You will also have a chance to take photos outside the Sultan's Palace—a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's now-extinct Sultanate. The palace also houses the Culture Museum.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. There are about 100 steps up and around this tour.

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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing

boating
Malacca, Walk The Dutch Trail
Walk back through time as you discover the great empires of Malacca the Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.  After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, you will embark on a boat for a scenic cruise on the Malacca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages. Next, a short walk from the jetty will bring you to Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule and features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. It now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753. Proceed to the Porta de Santiago. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, you will head to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace that currently is a cultural museum.  Then you will take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its 3-tiered roof and make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Your tour will conclude with a brief ride by rickshaw back to the tender pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards, at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. The boat operator will load 40 people ( local and tourist) per boat due to the limited number of boats available. Boat trip will not be exclusive to Windstar guests.


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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
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.


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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to 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 to the 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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Jakarta, Java, Indonesia



8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Jakarta, Cosmopolitan Jakarta & Sunda Kelapa Old Harbor
Spend the day exploring Indonesia’s metropolitan area, starting with a visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. This facility represents Indonesia in miniature. It is situated on 296 acres of land and allows visitors with limited time and the opportunity to “experience” all of Indonesia's 27 provinces. The complex features life-sized replicas of traditional architecture from each province, a miniature version of the Indonesian archipelago, a series of museums and a number of well-maintained parks and gardens. The park's centerpiece is a beautiful artificial lake.  Continue to Monas National Monument, a  450-foot-tall marble obelisk topped with a flame coated with 77 pounds of gold. Next you’ll visit Taman Fatahillah Square & Museum—a complex housing three of the city's most interesting museums. A fountain in the middle once served as the main water supply for the former colonial capital of Jakarta. The museum boasts thousands of puppets from all over Indonesia. Two of the most famous are Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek. These shadow puppets lend an exotic insight into the native theatrical scene.  You will have the chance to see Istiqlal Mosque of Indonesia, this country that is home to the world’s largest population of Muslims. Today, it remains the biggest mosque in Southest Asia. Finally, you’ll stop at the old port of Sunda Kelapa—a bustling hub for those involved in the vibrant trade of fresh fish auctioneering. Catch a view of the amazing Phinisi schooners, made out of Sulawesi ironwood by Bugis Boat Builders. These beautiful ships comprise the world's last wind-powered commercial sailing fleet. They are used to transport the wide range of the Indonesian archipelago’s bounty from island to island. Lunch is served at a local restaurant before you return to the port.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Jakarta, Cultural Tour
Jakarta is a harbor town established in the 5th century.  With a population of more than 10 million Jakarta is now Indonesia’s largest city, and Greater Jakarta’s population of 23 million makes it one of the world’s largest urban centers.  After a morning briefing about the journey ahead, you will get your first taste of this booming, multi-cultural metropolis on the tour. First drive and photo stop at Istiqlal Mosque, capped with a spherical dome. It opened in 1978 as the national mosque of Indonesia and it remains the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia. Then continue to visit Chinatown dubbed as a hub of activity, and a pillar of the economy. Glodok is touted as the largest Chinatown region in the country and one of the largest in the world. It is best known as the electronic trading center of Jakarta and includes traditional houses, markets, architecture and very beautiful Chinese temples; the Da Shi Miao and the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples are both popular tourist attractions. The Glodok Market is one of the great commercial centers of Jakarta where you can buy everything from antiques to laptops. You will continue your trip to visit Sunda Kelapa Harbor, the historic 12th century port used by the Portuguese and Dutch. After exploring the old harbor you will be returned to your ship.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency. You will have refreshments at Pancoran Tea House.


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5.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Jakarta, Highlights Tour
This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of Jakarta’s most popular attractions while allowing time to shop for Indonesia’s locally crafted souvenirs. Starting from the pier, you will first travel to the National Monument Monas, representing the Indonesian people’s determination to find freedom. This 450-foot-tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 77 pounds of gold. Then, you will explore some of the more modern aspects of Jakarta with photo stops at such iconic sites as Istiqlal Mosque and The Cathedral Church.  Istiqlal Mosque of Indonesia is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia. You’ll visit Taman Fatahillah Square & Museum—a complex housing three of the city’s most interesting museums. Once the heart of the colonial administration in the 18th century, the square underwent a major restoration in the 1970s. The fountain in the middle once served as the main water supply for the former colonial capital of Jakarta. Don’t miss the Portuguese cannon on the north side. The site is brimming with stories of natural disaster and colonial trade. The museum boasts thousands of puppets from all over Indonesia. Two of the most famous are Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek. These shadow puppets lend an exotic insight into the native theatrical scene.  After that you will visit the modern shopping malls and supermarket of Jakarta with its enormous assortment of products. 

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


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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 $179
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Semarang, Semerang 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.


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Pulau Bawean, Indonesia



4 HRS

Moderate

culture
Pulau Bawean, Cultural Bawean
Here is a unique cultural experience you’ll remember always. You will board local transports for a 30-minute drive to see the activities of villagers, village markets, and make photo stops for the beautiful hilly scenery and rice fields. You will stop at Sukaoneng Village and visit a traditional Islamic school called Taman Sari Penaber. See the teaching and learning process of students sitting on the floor under the night sky, also studying in a hut with a coconut leaf roof and bamboo walls. The basic education on religion is essential for survival on Bawean Island in addition to formal education. You will visit a small museum with an ancient relics collection and a traditional house called "Dhurung" which has two functions – it is the rice barn and this is where you receive guest.  You will also see the students performing local dances. The last stop will visit the most famous of the island's fauna – the endemic local subspecies of deer known as Bawean hog , Axis kuhlii is considered a symbol of Bawean and is protected by Indonesian law. With less than 250 deer left, of which more than 90% belong to a single population, it is considered "critically endangered."

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


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

culture
Pulau Bawean, Gunung Teguh Village
Your first adventure today will be to see the most notable and endemic animal of the island - the local subspecies of deer known as Bawean hog deer. It is considered a symbol of Bawean and is protected by Indonesian law. With less than 250 deer left it is considered "critically endangered." Continue on to the central district to visit Gunung Teguh Village, one of the villages located in District Sangkapura, This village has some uniqueness both natural and cultural and a beautiful topography because it is among the hills that are still surrounded by dense forest.  You will receive a warm welcome by the villagers with their welcome dance. Then you will have a walking tour of the village to observe their daily activities at home, and other dances will be presented. See the process for making pandanus, weaving mats, handbags, and tissue boxes with nice color compositions, and various motifs. 

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


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5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors
Pulau Bawean, Kastobe Lake
Pulau Bawean is dominated by an extinct volcano at its center that rises to 2,149 feet above sea level.  Your first stop will be to see the endemic local subspecies of deer known as Bawean hog deer (Axis kuhlii). It is considered a symbol of Bawean and is protected by Indonesian law. With less than 250 animals of which more than 90% belong to a single population, it is considered "critically endangered." Continue on to Kastoba Lake, with its peaceful atmosphere and location on a hill surrounded by Lush green landscape with giant shade trees that make the air feel so fresh.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, bring sunglasses, sunscreen and local currency. This tour requires physical effort, walking distances over uneven terrain or on steps (up /down).


price $109
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Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Probolinggo, City Tour
Probolinggo is densely populated with a good economic growth, and is most famous for being the main access point for Mount Bromo.   For those wanting a short tour, this is the perfect option as it gives good overview of the city.  You will depart from the port for the short drive to the Chinese Temple of Tri Dharma Sumbernaga, which was constructed around 142 years ago, and is still used today for religious ceremonies. From here, you will start your journey in a pedicab and visit City Square; used by locals for socializing with friends, jogging, or just taking their kids to enjoy the city atmosphere.  On one side of the square, there is a magnificent mosque, said to be the biggest mosque in Probolinggo City. Continue your pedicab ride to Red Church – yes, its red!  Inside this eye-catching church is a Bible which dates back to the 16th century. Head to the museum, where you will be greeted with a traditional dance and enjoy snacks unique to this area.  Inside the museum are various types of transport which has been used in past times, such as cikar, bicycles and locomotives, as well as aircraft, agricultural equipment, weapons and plenty of fascinating information about the area. Re-board on your coach and drive to Pasar Baru traditional market, where you can see locals buying and selling goods. Your last stop will be at a local batik workshop. Batik is a craft for which the area is renowned and the textiles created in this part of Indonesia incorporate a design known as Batik Manggur, which means that mangos and grapes form part of the design. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase some of this fine cloth directly from the artisans, if you like, before you return to the port.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, bring sunglasses, sunscreen and local currency.


price $99
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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 $199
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Loh Liang, Komodo National Park, Indonesia



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

unesco

beach
Loh Liang, Komodo National Park & Pink Beach
Tendering from the ship you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile that bears the look of a prehistoric dinosaur and is appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides. You will then walk to the concreate pier to board a local wooden boat that will transfer you to Pink Beach. The snorkeling is excellent. Colorful crinoids, nudibranchs, giant clams, turtles, corals of numerous shaped and size, and multitude of reef and pelagic fish inhabit reefs which are within easy swimming distance of the beach and the diving around Komodo is some of the best in the world, especially for seeing soft corals. 

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


price $129
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2 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking

unesco
Loh Liang, Komodo National Trek
Tendering from the ship, you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  A clear indication of Komodo National Park's biological importance is its ranking with UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve. The Komodo Dragon is thought to be the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards. Today, fewer than 300 of this protected species remain and its continuing existence hangs in the balance. Often measuring up to 11 feet in length and weighing in at over 300 pounds, this ominous looking creature, with its sharp, saw-like teeth and menacing eyes, leaves a lasting impression on all who have had the opportunity to see it up close. Living on deer and wild pigs that inhabit the island, it is surprisingly agile when covering short distances and is a good swimmer. Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides.

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


price $99
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Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia



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 $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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