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Singapore and Bali 2020
- May 02 – 12, 2020
- Starting from $2,750.00
- Single supplement $1,450.00
Start your tour by exploring Singapore, a city state at the crossroads of culture. Singapore warmly embraces the kaleidoscope of peoples that call the country home, and which you’ll discover in the cultural enclaves of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam (Malay district). And this melting pot has left a lasting impact on the vibrant culinary scene, one of Southeast Asia’s best. In recent years, awe-inspiring, futuristic attractions like Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands have enhanced the city skyline. However, the country still retains its charming, historic neighborhoods crisscrossed by crowded side streets still teeming with traditional vendor stalls. Nicknamed, the “City in a Garden”, Singapore is covered in greenery and full of impressive gardens, such as the Singapore Botanic Garden which is home to the world’s largest orchid display.
Then, continue your Asian adventure in Bali. The first part of your stay is in Nusa Lembongan Island. An island that embraces the beauty of Balinese culture but without the crowds. Located just 30 minutes by boat from Bali’s Sanur, this is what people say Bali was like 30 years ago. In Lembongan you’ll find pristine beaches with coarse white sand, soaring cliff viewpoints, and sea views that can get very idyllic at sunset. Divers can explore vivid reefs off its southwestern coast. The island also has a mysterious underground house, lush mangrove forests, and seafood farming villages.
End your adventure with a complete change of scenery in the uplands of Bali, in artistic and wonderfully serene Ubud, the cultural epicenter of this lush and laid-back island. Hindu temples adorn the urban landscape while looming volcanoes and vibrant green rice terraces decorate the horizon. Ubud is the type of town where time takes a break, where days among the restaurants, cafes and artisan street stalls inadvertently turn to weeks. You’ll have a hard time leaving Ubud, and an even harder time forgetting it!
This package includes:
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Hotel Jen Orchardgateway 4* in Superior Room
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Mahagiri Lembongan 4* in Beach Front room
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Komaneka Bisma 4* in Bisma Suite room
- All transfers with assistant
- Meals as per itinerary
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide assistance throughout the program (except at Lembongan)
- Mineral water and wet tissue during transfer and tours
- Dedicated tour manager throughout program
This package does not include:
- Domestic and International airfare throughout the program
- Airport porter and/or extra baggage
- Meals or beverages that are not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Laundry service
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal travel insurance
- All expenses incurred due to flight cancellations/delays or due to other causes beyond our control (“force majeure”)
Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. A truly modern metropolis, the city-state of Singapore is unlike anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Founded as a trading post for the British Empire, its rapid development and western style are a counterpoint to the more visceral Asian cities of Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and is a model for developing nations. The capital city, also called Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island and is a blended mix of Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing as well as culinary opportunities from which to choose.
Nusa Lembongan is an island located southeast of Bali. It is part of a group of three islands that make up the Nusa Penida district, of which it is the most famous. Full of hidden coves, perfect sunset spots, lovely guesthouses, and boutique resorts, Nusa Lembongan is perfect for a couple of days away from it all. Scuba diving around Nusa Lembongan and its neighbors, particularly Nusa Penida, is excellent. Spotting huge manta rays, underwater buddha statues and beautiful corals and colorful fish are the highlights. Nusa Lembongan is one of the best places to visit in Bali, providing a perfect balance between raw natural beauty, relaxation, and adventure.
Ubud is, in many ways, the cultural hub of Bali. Home to one of Bali’s royal families, this traditional country town has royal palaces and ancient temples. The town is also where some of the world’s notable artisans and collectors have visited and worked in. Along the main street are dozens of art studios and galleries, along with an excellent local crafts market selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings, and jewelry. A short drive outside Ubud will take you to Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud Monkey Forest, and the photogenic Tegallalang rice terrace. Join a day trip to local villages like Campuhan, Penestanan, Peliatan, and Batuan, where you can see locals making and selling authentic Balinese crafts.
Jen Orchard Gateway by Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore by Shangri-La is the perfect springboard into The Lion City. With so much to see, eat, shop and do, explore Singapore at ease with unmatched, direct connectivity to public transport and a wide array of retail and dining options in the heart of Orchard Road.
Enthusiastic, upbeat and fuss-free service, comfortable rooms and an award-winning rooftop infinity-edged pool await after a busy day out. An urban oasis above the pulsating city, soak up panoramic views of the city skyline while lounging on the viewing platforms.
Superior Room: Slick, compact and modern design with all the in-room amenities.
Mobile massage services: The hotel offers a mobile massage service where you can enjoy a relaxing massage in the sunshine, a poolside cabana or the privacy of your room.
Daily Aquaspin class in the beautiful rooftop pool: Offered every day, Aquaspin proudly incorporates a wide range of programs tailored to your specific needs so you can achieve your fitness goals at your own pace. Build muscle strength, increase your cardiovascular endurance, or simply maintain a healthy, fit body.
Mahagiri Lembongan Beach Resort
Set in Lembongan, Mahagiri Resort Nusa Lembongan is a beachfront resort with an outdoor pool and a direct access to Mahagiri Beach. It boasts views of Mount Agung, and the islands best spots for sunrises and sunsets.
Beach-front Room: All rooms have a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. Certain rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom, stocked with slippers and toiletries as well as AC.
Water sports facilities, bike hire and car hire are available in the surrounding areas. You can engage in various activities, such as snorkeling and windsurfing.
Komaneka Bisma Ubud Hotel
This five-hectare property built in 2008 was the first luxury boutique resort in the up-and-coming area on Bisma Lane near the center of Ubud. Set on a slope overlooking the Campuhan river valley, the suites and villas have splendid views of a tropical forest valley and the resort’s own rice fields. A sophisticated Ubud getaway near the center of town. Located 3,100 feet from Monkey Forest, the resort features 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and a spa.
Bisma Suite: Spacious one-bedroom suite of 88 sqm with private balcony for a sophisticated Ubud getaway. Interiors feature extensive use of wood and fine Indonesian textiles and art, lending an understated elegance to the space.
Wana Jiwa Spa, a luxurious sanctuary with a villa concept. Professional staff provide healing and beauty treatments such as facials, traditional massage, and body scrubs, drawing on ancient Indonesian herbal recipes. Wana Jiwa Spa offers a variety of natural products, including luxurious Babor spa products, augmented by the peaceful ambience of the Campuhan River.
Magestic Gardens in Lion City Singapore
One of the top places to visit in Asia, Gardens by the Bay spans over 100 hectares and is a highlight for any visitor to Singapore. Built at a cost of over one billion dollars, the gardens opened June 2012 and have already been billed as an unmissable attraction. The gardens house two domes or conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, which are climate-controlled indoor glasshouses. The Flower Dome (the larger of the two) replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and South Africa, whilst the Cloud Forest replicates a cool-moist climate found in Tropical Montane regions such as Mount Kinabalu in Sabah and high elevation areas in South America. Within the gardens, there are also 18 impressive-looking Supertrees (tree-like structures), which are vertical gardens up to 50 metres tall and perform a multitude of functions. Along with providing a bird’s eye view of the entire gardens, they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as vending ducts for the park’s conservatory. During our visit to Gardens by the Bay, we shall visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, as well as an elevated walkway situated between two of the larger Supertrees. Here we can enjoy an impressive aerial view of the gardens.
Devil’s Tears – Lembongan Island, Bali
Offering panorama views of the coast line and some of the craziest waves you will ever seen, Devil’s Tears is definitely one of the coolest spots on Lembongan island.
An impressive show of Mother Nature’s power, to remind you why you don’t want to mess with her! After the crash of the waves against the rocks, you see a huge spray and then what looks like dozens of mini waterfalls cascading down back into the water. The water is a beautiful color of blue and a spectacular natural sight for both tourist and photographers alike.
Snorkel with giant manta rays
Located on Nusa Penida, Manta Bay is famous for being a regular feeding spot for these beautiful creatures. Our interaction with the Manta Rays is passive. Unlike turtles or fish, which often swim away at the sight of humans, the manta rays will often head straight for you and then dart off to the side at the last minute in a playful manner. They are not aggressive in any way but they could seem intimidating!
Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. There are many of point of interest that you can see here. Other than around 700 monkeys, you also can see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest, where will allowing you to get an abundant of fresh air.
This palace and its temple, Puri Saren Agung, share a compound in the heart of Ubud. Most of its structures were built after the 1917 earthquake and the local royal family still lives here. You can wander around most of the compound and explore the many traditional, though not excessively ornate, buildings.
The Legong Dance is one of Bali’s most visually alluring royal court performances. The dance is also considered one of the island’s most revered classical pieces, known for its physically demanding postures and fast-paced movements which require a significant level of flexibility among its generally young female performers. Choreographed to a set pattern with the finest detail, the dance has been well-preserved through generations.
Eat, Pray Love Tour
Pray: Receive a blessing by a pedanda, a traditional Balinese priest, meet an astrologer who uses ancient methods handed down from generation to generation to read your fortune. Eat: You will experience the family techniques and learn more about the fresh produce, herbs spices and local Balinese cooking methods at the Kayun house, a neighborhood natural organic restaurant, it is named after a Balinese word “Kayun” which means, “Heart”. While the locals are preparing your dish, take a walk around the village compound to learn about the local architecture and layout of rural villages. Return to the house to dine on your tasty cuisine. Love: After lunch, complete your experience with a relaxing 1-hour Balinese massage.
Balinese Cooking Class
Transfer from your hotel to a local restaurant or guesthouse, where you will greeted by your chef and staff. Take a short walk to the vegetable market where you will browse the stalls with your guide- learning about the fresh spices, herbs, and vegetables on sale. After your tour of the market, walk to the restaurant to commence the cooking. You’ll then meet in the kitchen, wearing aprons, and begin your cooking. Not only will you discover the herbs, spices, and techniques of Balinese cooking but you will also learn about the ceremonial and cultural significance of food in Balinese society. The menu changes daily and after preparing the lavish feast, sit down to enjoy the meal together with a glass or two of local rice wine or homemade hibiscus tea. This tour is offered on a join-in basis and may include other participants.
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This package includes:
- 9 night accommodations in 4* hotel with breakfast
- Welcome and Farewell dinners with half a bottle wine per person in local restaurants / wine houses
- All Transfers
- 2 Group dinners at hotel Tivoli in Portimao
- Vineyard picnic lunch with wine in beautiful countryside estate
- Tuk Tuk 2 hour tour in Lisbon
- English speaking guide service
- Entrance fees at the following monuments: Serralves Park / PortoBones Chapel / Evora Cork House / Evora Royal Palace / Sintra
- Visit and wine tasting in a wine cellar in Porto
- One Hour boat trip on the Douro river
- Visit and wine tasting in historic estate in Azeitao
- Audio guide during the visits mentioned at the program
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 1 water per person/day
- Tour Manager throughout the tour 2 group Dinners at hotel in Portimao
This package does not include:
- International or domestic flights
- Optional activities
- Lisbon and Porto city tax: €2 per person/night payable at check out
- Personal expenses
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Other services not mentioned in the program
Carris Porto Ribeira 4* Hotel
Situated in Porto’s historic Ribeira district, the hotel is on a pretty cobblestone street and is just up the street from Ribeira Plaza. There are plenty of things to see and do in the local area, from boat tours on the river, a traditional fruit market, and many different bars and restaurants. The property is ideally situated for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Porto on foot. Just a five-minute walk away are many historic sights. The Carris Porto Ribeira hotel is partially set in a medieval fourteenth century building which has been carefully refurbished. The property is appealing to those who have an interest in history and architecture, as many original features still remain. It is said that parts of the building’s basement were used as prison cells in medieval times, and that the area now used as a tapas bar was once a chapel. The lobby and public areas of the hotel are now a stunning blend of history and modern design.
M’AR de Ar Muralhas 4* Hotel In Evora
Hotel MAR De AR Muralhas is located in the historic center of Evora, right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, within a 5-minute walk of the well-known Giraldo Square, the nerve center of this magnificent city and capital of the kingdom during the early years of the 16th century. With perfect accessibility and a privileged location, MAR De AR Muralhas benefits from a large gardened area framed by the historic wall that provides an environment of incomparable beauty, particularly when it lights up at nightfall. Benefiting from this unique setting is the pool area, the BAR Muralhas esplanade, with a highly comfortable seating area, takes full advantage of the famous Alentejo nights and the planetarium that forms above our heads.
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao is a 4 star resort with a privileged location next to the Portimao Marina and Praia da Rocha in Algarve, Portugal. This hotel is perfect for spending a holiday with friends or family and is right next to shops, restaurants and entertainment including water sports and golf.
The spacious studios and holiday apartments in Algarve are divided across three buildings: the Marina Sun, Marina Deck and Marina Beach, all within walking distance from all the hotel’s services including 3 pools (one for children) and restaurants and bars inside the resort.
My Story 4* Hotel in Lisbon
This comfortable hotel is located in the city of Lisbon. My Story Hotel Charming Augusta has 46 rooms and was built in 2018 in the most iconic street of Lisbon: the Rua Augusta. Sleep in the heart of the Portuguese capital, in waling distance to every main attraction and activity in the city center.
Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. Sao Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palacio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors.
Porto gives you as much cobbled-street charm and dazzling ancient architecture as you’ll get anywhere else in Europe, and it’s nestled in one of the world’s leading wine regions — yet it’s still affordable and uncrowded. The city gets much of its character from Spain and North Africa — the signature azulejo blue tiles, which you’ll see adorning many of the buildings, have Moorish roots. It’s also one of the best places in Europe to see medieval architecture; Portugal stayed neutral during World War II and was never bombed, so you’ll find that the sorts of fortresses you’re used to seeing only as ruins are still intact.
The Alentejo is a geographical, historical and cultural region of south-central and southern Portugal. In Portuguese, its name means “beyond the Tagus river”. Visitors of the Alentejo Region are at first taken by surprise by the remarkable traces of successive cultures: dolmens and cromlechs, Roman and Arab vestiges mingling with the most recent signs of Christianity, exemplified by the numerous medieval castles that stand out in the vast plain. A region of sun-baked olive groves, fortified towns and traditional villages, all of which are a joy to explore from Evora. Evora and the Alentejo offer a truly unique Portuguese experience, with a distinctive heritage, delicious regional cuisines and an infectious unhurried pace of life
Although equal in beauty to neighboring Mediterranean mainstays like Majorca and St.-Tropez, the Algarve is still enjoying relative obscurity but with glittering new resorts popping up along the coastline, a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, and a delicious type of wine you won’t find anywhere else, it’s only a matter of time before that’s no longer the case. Beaches are the biggest draw, with more than 150 rolling out their wide, golden shores like welcome mats. Many are bordered by craggy rock cliffs and caves for an extra photogenic effect. Some 300 to 350 indigenous varieties of grapes grow in Portugal, and as a result, you can toss a cork in any direction and hit a bottle of delicious, locally produced wine. Negra Mole grapes, however, grow exclusively in the Algarve, and they’re used to produce a gentle, drinkable red that hits the palate like a Pinot Noir.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing Sao Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. Lisbon is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking. As a holiday destination, Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, delicious and affordable food, some of the best wines and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate.
Cascais, a formerly quaint fishing village that became (along with neighboring Estoril) a popular resort favored by European nobility and kings in the early 20th century. Today, it’s a colorful cosmopolitan town with elegant pedestrian streets, luxuriant villas, fashionable shops, restaurants and bars. Elements of its fishing village roots can still be felt at the lively fish auction that takes place every afternoon by the main beach and its brightly painted fishing boats, and the story of old Cascais is told by old photographs, paintings, and other items at the small “Museu do Mar” (Museum of the Sea).
Considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but indeed of Europe, Sintra is truly a gem. Once the royal town of the country, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status and attracts hordes of visitors throughout the year. Its unusual geography, nestled in a stretch of hills surrounded on all sides by plain, estuary or ocean, and its subsequent climate, which is perhaps more typical of Northern Europe, create a verdant paradise where ornate palaces lie hidden behind tall trees and walled gardens, history abounds and romantics feel that they have at last found their nirvana. Hans Christian Anderson found inspiration here, describing Sintra as the “most beautiful place in Portugal” and Lord Byron during his time here christened it his “glorious Eden”. However, perhaps the most distinguished homage is paid by Portugal’s national poet, Luis de Camoes, in his epic poem Os Lusiadas.
- September 18 – 28, 2021
- Starting from $2,475.00
- Single supplement $785.00
Estoril, Alentejo and Algarve
Explore sunny Portugal, with its miles of dramatic shoreline and legacy of global discovery.
In Evora, step inside a medieval walled city with Roman ruins. Travel to Portugal’s scenic “Silver Coast,” dotted with charming villages and castles. Revel in country life in the heart of Alentejo’s farms and vineyards. Unearth a wealth of Portuguese hand-made crafts like the famed azulejo hand painted tiles and unique items made of cork. Indulge in Portugal’s regional wines during a winery tour and be swept away by melodic Fado tunes. Explore the Algarve’s soft sandy beaches and classic fishing villages. Spend time in CasCais meandering its narrow cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenade and quaint bay area. Lastly, discover the charms of Lisbon with its postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals atop one of its seven hills.
Porto Wine Tasting
Port Wine is born in the Douro Valley, but it is the city of Porto that gives the name to the wine. Why? Because that’s where the wine ages and is shipped from to all over the world. A visit to the Port wine cellars is a mandatory activity during any trip to Porto! Not only will you receive a tasting of different Port wine varieties, but you will also learn about the history of the house you are visiting and a broader history of Port wine.
Picnic in the Vineyard
Imagine yourself breathing that fresh air, relaxing in nature among the vineyards, with a glass filled with the best of Portuguese wines and a delicious lunch.
Monte da Ravasqueira is a wine estate in Alentejo, covering a vast area of the typical Alentejo landscape. You will visit the vineyards, winery and cellar and taste some of the best wines the region has to offer.
Fado Show and Dinner
The musical form of fado was adopted as a part of Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of the nation, with a particularly strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon.
The 50-minute show features talented artists. 2 singers and 2 musicians, playing the Portuguese guitar and classical guitar respectively. It is said that fado combines nostalgia, Portuguese pride, and hope, in a musical style epitomized by Amalia Rodrigues. Due to its cultural importance and unique style this musical form was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Cork Farm Tour
Immerse yourself in the world of cork on this one of a kind guided tour. First, we theoretically learn the cork process from tree to finished product. Then, visit the traditional cork factory to see the process up close and finally a visit the cork shop to see unique items made from the material.