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I can say without question that while the scenery was extraordinary, the hotels luxurious, and the food beyond compare, it was the guides who made this trip beyond memorable for us.
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Temples and Dragons: Singapore to Yogyakarta in Style

Experience the best that Singapore and Indonesia have to offer on this exciting and luxurious 13-day journey through Singapore’s past and present, and Indonesia’s nature and culture. You’ll go by plane, car, boat, and helicopter, from downtown Singapore, to Bali, Komodo and Rinca islands, and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. You’ll learn about the unique histories of both nations, while taking in the incredible beauty - from the beaches to the buildings, to the volcanoes and the quays - that will seem to follow you upon these travels. 

Highlights
  • Feel on top of the world as you swim in the scenic infinity pool atop Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Master the arts of Balinese cooking and dancing
  • Take a luxury schooner to Komodo Island to see the world-famous Komodo Dragons
  • Watch the sunrise over the ancient UNESCO-listed Borobudur temple
Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Land in Singapore, where you’ll be greeted and chauffeur-driven to check in at the luxurious Raffles Singapore. You’ll spend the rest of the day exploring this unique and vibrant city - from Little India, to Arab Street, on to Chinatown, and rounding off the day aboard a traditional bumboat, cruising through Boat Quay, Circle Quay, and Marina Bay. Relax this evening back at your hotel.

Day 2

Start off your day with a hearty breakfast, before stepping back out into Singapore’s busy, clean streets. Singapore is home to a wide range of eclectic and unique architecture - spend some time marveling at the various traditional and modern buildings this morning, alongside a resident architectural expert. In the afternoon, Sands SkyPark is your destination. Located atop Marina Bay Sands, you can lounge in the rooftop infinity pool while taking in an exquisite view of the city.

Day 3

Learn how to cook up a storm, Singapore-style, at this morning’s cooking class. Next, you’ll head to the Asian Civilizations Museum, for a deep look into Asian cultures of centuries-past. The Singapore Zoo is your final stop of the day, where you’ll embark on a mystical night safari through the thick rainforest. Return to your hotel for a final night’s rest in Singapore.

Day 4

Today you say goodbye to Singapore, as you are transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in for your flight to Indonesia. Arrive in Bali, a surfer’s paradise with its long stretches of beautiful coastline and powerful waves. You’ll transfer to Ubud, the cultural soul of Bali - we recommend the COMO Shambhala Estate. Once settled in, start your Balinese experience by making friends with some majestic beasts: mahout training involves learning the basics of elephant handling, and you’ll even get to ride one through the jungle. In the afternoon, you’ll be off white-water rafting on the Telaga Waja River, and you’ll end the day with a private monk blessing. Return to your hotel for some relaxation - you’ll need it after such an adventurous day!

Day 5

Learn the Balinese art of batik-making, mastering the dyeing technique that makes the process so special. Admire the works of some of Indonesia’s top artists at ARMA contemporary art museum, before heading out on a personalized shopping trip, crafted to focus on your interests and desires. Relax once again at your luxury hotel this evening.

Day 6

Music and dance are integral aspects of Balinese culture; learn the basics of Balinese dancing and the gamelan - an ensemble of a variety of instruments including gongs and bamboo flutes. The Green School is next on the agenda; this is one of Bali’s top learning centers, on the banks of the Ayung River. Here, environmental-sustainability is the focal point, and students are taught an academically-rigorous curriculum, combined with experimental and creative learning. Tonight, enact a scene out of a romance film with a horseback ride along a long stretch of beach as the sun sinks into the sea. Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 7

Hop on a private schooner to reach the famous islands of Komodo and Rinca, home to the goosebump-inducing Komodo Dragon, the largest living species of lizard today. Hike the trails and keep your eyes peeled for the creatures, which can often be found basking lazily in the sunlight. Rest easy off the banks of the island today, and out of the reach of Komodos, aboard your comfortable schooner.

Day 8

Circumnavigate Komodo National Park today, in search of secluded beaches and bays that are far off the tourist trail. Snorkel, dive, kayak, hike, or simply laze on the beach, until you’re ready to continue your quest for the perfect spot. The boat’s crew is at your disposal. Bed down tonight once again on the schooner, letting the water gently rock you to sleep.

Day 9

Cross Komodo Island off your bucket list, and head to Java today, the world’s most populous island. Continue on to the Javanese Cultural Museum, where you’ll learn more about Java’s unique history. Solo, an ancient sultanate, is your next stop, followed by a visit to a Yogyakarta primary school. Spend the evening at your luxury hotel, Amanjiwo.

Day 10

Explore more of the center of Javanese art and culture today. From Yogyakarta’s Kraton Palace to the Water Castle, the 18th century sultan's secret retreat. If you like, round off the day with a 40-minute drive to the stunning Prambanan Hindu temple, where you can watch the sun set over beautiful relief carvings or enjoy a traditional Indonesian ballet performance. After Prambanan, drive approximately 90 minutes back to Amanjiwo, stopping at a local restaurant along the way. 

Day 11

Check out of Amanjiwo and head north for about 1 hour to see another side of Java. For many, Java is synonymous with coffee - find out why during your morning hike at the MesaStila coffee plantation. Ambarawa Railway Museum is your next stop, where you can check out a collection of steam locomotives. Stop by Tembi Cultural house and craft village this afternoon, followed by a trip to a local market. Check in to the MesaStila Resort for the evening. 

Day 12

Drive approximately 90 minutes to Ahmad Yani International Airport for your international flight home. 

 

Suggested Accommodations

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SINGAPORE
Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore

"To have been young and had a room at Raffles was life at its best." - James Michener. Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has grown from strength to strength. The Raffles has 103 suites, dispersed over four wings buffered by fragrance-filled gardens and linked by breezy verandahs. Here, residents are pampered in an atmosphere of privacy and intimacy, with large airy interiors inspired by the colonial bungalows of the early 20th century - lofty 14-foot ceilings, fine Oriental carpets and original etchings. The Raffles has a complete repertoire of fine eateries, which now stand at 18, making it one of the most comprehensive food and beverage facilities in Asia. Located on the third-floor deck of the Courtyard Wing, the hotel’s 24-hour pool, jacuzzis, and health club are for the exclusive use of hotel residents. Gymnasium facilities and equipment include treadmills, stationery bicycles, a universal weight machine, sauna and steam bath in the gentlemen and ladies’ changing rooms. RafflesAmrita Spa at Raffles Hotel offers relaxing wellness therapy in the privacy and luxury of a grand hotel. The property also has a pool, shopping arcade, Raffles Hotel Museum, Jubilee Hall (Victorian-style theater for film screenings) and Raffles Culinary Academy. The Raffles is a 2-minute ride on public transportation to the Orchard Road shopping strip and 20 minutes from Changi International Airport.

 
 
BALI
COMO Shambhala Estate

COMO Shambhala Estate

COMO Shambhala Estate is a haven of wellness situated in the heart of Ubud. The Estate is the flagship property of the COMO Shambhala brand and offers the services of a wide variety of health professionals, including a nutritionist, naturopath, Ayurvedic doctor, physiotherapist, as well as fitness, yoga and pilates instructors. The property’s spacious rooms and suites have a host of amenities including direct dial telephones, Internet access, satellite TV, a DVD player, CD player, electronic safe, private bar, and COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities. Hotel amenities are equally plentiful: indoor and outdoor fitness centers, a natural spring that feeds into Kedara garden, which has four treatment bales and other relaxation areas, lap and hydrotherapy pools, a full-service business center, Ojas, the Sanskrit word for “essence of life” and the name for the Estate’s principal treatment area, a yoga pavilion, pilates studio, rock climbing wall, tennis courts and two restaurants.

 
 
KOMODO ISLAND
Private Schooner

Private Schooner

Spend a leisurely few days aboard your own private schooner, a two-masted sailing vessel built of sturdy, southeast Asian teak. Explore beaches, fish, snorkel, scuba dive, and hop from one lovely island to another. The schooner features comfortable, luxurious rooms, your own private crew (including chef), and the freedom to stop or weigh anchor whenever and wherever you please.
 
 
YOGYAKARTA
Amanjiwo, Mesastila

Amanjiwo

In the heart of Central Java lies Amanjiwo, built from Yogya, the area’s famed local limestone. The bell-shaped rotunda of the main building echoes the nearby Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia’s most visited sites. The resort offers unspoiled views of this wonder, in addition to the fertile paddyfields of Kedu Plain. Indonesian and Western cuisine are served in the Dining Room, which is opulently decorated with gold-leaf murals of scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and breakfast, lunch and light snacks can also be served in the colonnaded Pool Club that extends into the rice fields. Other places for guests to unwind include the library, art gallery, spa, tennis center and outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool. Amanjiwo’s 36 suites are arranged in two crescents, which frame the main building. Each suite is topped with a traditional volcanic ash tinted roof and interiors include hand-carved coconut wood furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. Wireless broadband access is available in all public spaces and in all accommodations.

 

Mesastila

Formerly Losari Spa Retreat, Mesastila reopened as a dedicated wellness resort in November 2011. Located in 22 acres of lush coffee plantation, it is a wonderful 100-yr old property dating from colonial times. Its private villas, ranging from 80 to 135m2 in size, come equipped with LCD cable TV, CD/DVD/radio, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, WiFi, and balcony/terrace. As well as a restaurant & bar, the resort also offers an outdoor pool, 9-hole golf course, spa, table tennis, tennis, snooker and mountain bike rental.
 
 
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