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  • Volcano, Indonesia
  • Orangutan, Borneo
  • Rice Terraces, Bali, Indonesia

Orangutans, Volcanoes & Mosques

14-day stay and cruise from £4,319 pp incl. flights

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In Brief

  • 2 Nights Bali
  • 1 Night Bali (Benoa)
  • 1 Night Tanjung Wangi
  • 1 Night Sumenep
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Kumai & Camp Leakey (Orangutan Care Center)
  • 1 Night Orangutan Care Center
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Kepulauan Badas
  • 2 Nights Singapore

Cruise

Recommended for:
All-inclusive | Exploration cruise | Jungle | Natural world | Off the beaten track

This Asian adventure fuses geological wonders with fascinating wildlife both above and below the water. Visit some of the least visited places in the China Sea, ride across the majestic Sea of Sand to smouldering, yet spectacular, Mt. Bromo. On this journey, you’ll also get the rare chance to see the orangutans at Camp Leakey in Kumai on a private escorted excursion by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Bali

Fly overnight from Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur to Bali

Day 2
Arrive Bali

Arrive in Bali, where you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel, The Pavillions, for a 2-night stay on a B&B basis.

Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

Day 3
Bali

Enjoy a tour of Ubud, Bali

Located in the foothills of Gianyar Regency (district) and surrounded by ravines, dense forest and picturesque rice paddy fields, Ubud is one of the most attractive towns in Bali and a ‘must-see’ for anyone visiting the island. Your tour of the cultural heartland of Bali starts with a visit to Neka Art Museum, where the collection of art on display is inspired by the natural beauty, life, and culture of Bali. You can also see the museum’s wonderful collection of keris, the often beautifully crafted dagger that is strongly associated with the culture of Indonesia and recognised by UNESCO for its cultural importance.

Continue your tour with a stroll through central Ubud. Pass through the local market, which is always bustling with activity, and enter Ubud Palace.

The local royal family still reside in the palace but you are free to wander around the majority of the compound, discovering the ornate architecture and learning about the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition of house building, a method not dissimilar to the ancient art of Feng Shui. This will be followed by free time to explore the numerous shops and boutiques that are plentiful in the centre of town.

Meals: B

Day 4
Bali (Benoa)

Check out of the hotel and take a private transfer to the port to embark Silver Discoverer

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Tanjung Wangi

The port of Tanjung Wangi on the eastern tip of East Java provides access to the culture-rich city of Banyuwangi; the capital city of the regency of the same name. Tanjung Wangi is an active port hosting a ferry service between the islands of Java and Bali. It is also the main jumping-off point for the Baluran and Alas Purwo National Parks. The port is located in a volcanically active area below the breathtaking Ijen plateau with its stunning mountainous scenery. The productive slopes of the extinct volcano of Mount Merapi hold the highly acidic Ijen Crater Lake – the biggest crater lake in Java.

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Sumenep

Sumenep is a sleepy town located on the eastern side of the island of Madura. Sumenep and the surrounding areas are home to a number of traditional arts and crafts – among them the production of Keris (daggers), batik, woodcarving of the Karduluk style, and the Muang Sangkal dances. Sumenep is also known for timeworn villas and historic buildings including the Sumenep Great Mosque and the Palace (Keraton) of Sumenep. The island of Madura may be most famous for its bull races, which are opened with the performance of Saronen, a traditional Madurese music. These races started as a gesture of gratitude for abundant harvest and are now an important part of Madurese traditions.

During your visit you will see one of Sumenep’s most outstanding historical buildings: the Sumenep Great Mosque. Built in 1763 it is one of the ten oldest mosques in Indonesia and its style is very unusual: it has both a Chinese and a European influence. Close to the Great Mosque and Adipura Park is the Museum and Palace of Sumenep. The Palace (Keraton) was built at almost exactly at the same time as the Great Mosque.

The visit continues with a drive to see the Kerapan Sapi, one of Madura’s most famous attractions –a bull race. The event opens with the performance of Saronen, traditional Madurese music. Depending on the level of competition, the teams of bulls and their jockeys/drivers have to cover a distance of 120-140 metres. Sometimes actual carriages or carts are raced, on other occasions sleds of bamboo are used, permitting a higher speed. These races started as a gesture of gratitude for abundant harvest and are now an important part of Madurese traditions.

Meals: B L D

Day 7
At Sea

On the way to Borneo and Camp Leakey the lecturers will want to prepare you for the different natural highlights that await you there. Attend a lecture about Camp Leakey and the continuous efforts by Dr. Biruté Galdikas to save the orangutan, relax at the pool, or help the Expedition Team looking for wildlife above and below the water’s surface.

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Kumai & Camp Leakey (Orangutan Care Center)

The mouth of the Kumai River is shallow and broad, cutting a swath into the lush green shorelines of southern Borneo. Once across the bar at the river’s mouth, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of a call-to-prayer can often-times be heard on approach to the busy port of Kumai itself. Kumai is the access point for one Borneo’s most important national parks: Tanjung Puting.

The park protects possibly the largest and most diverse coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forests left in southern Borneo. The area was originally protected in 1935 and remains substantially wild and natural, although wildfires in recent years have taken a toll in some areas..

Located in the Tanjung Puting Reserve (now National Park) in Central Borneo, Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and former spouse Rod Brindamour. It was named after the legendary paleo-anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now an assemblage of permanent wooden structures designed to provide a base for scientists, staff, students, and Park Rangers.

Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas will be travelling onboard

Scientist, conservationist, educator: for over four decades Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in the wild, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan. Inspired at a young age by the cheeky monkey in Curious George, Dr.Galdikas has studied extensively the behavior of the primate and has fought tirelessly for their conservation. After meeting with Kenyan anthropologist Dr. Louis Leaky in 1969, she expressed her desire to study the orangutan in the wild. Apprehensive at first, Dr. Leaky secured the funding and thus Camp Leaky was born. Dr. Galdikas has lived among her subject since 1971 and has been providing unprecedented documentation on their behaviour, diet and mating systems since then. She published the first of four National Geographic articles in 1975, bringing this elusive and wary animal to widespread international public attention for the first time. Amongst her many other awards, Dr. Galdikas is the only non-Indonesian person (and one of very few women) to have been given the prestigious “Kalpataru” award, the highest honor given by the Republic of Indonesia for outstanding environmental leadership. She has published four books, including her autobiography, Reflections of Eden.

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Orangutan Care Center

Today we visit Dr. Galdikas’ Orangutan Care Center & Quarantine (OCCQ) located just a short drive from the pier. This facility is closed to the public, but under Dr. Biruté’s watchful eye has been made available exclusively for Silversea guests. You will tour the veterinary centre where everything from life-saving treatments to routine check-ups takes place. The entire OFI facilities, here and in various outposts, house more than 300 orphaned, sick or injured orangutans and sun bears. In the wild, orangutan infants share an intense bond with their mothers and do not leave them until they are 8 or 9 years old. The caregivers here replicate this bond, to some extent, with their daily interaction of caring, feeding and playing with these orphaned babies. You will have the opportunity to observe juveniles at play in the trees and on their jungle gym with personal encounters not uncommon. Then visit with the babies, shy at first but becoming braver as you sit among them, open to their curiosity. The intimate encounters you will experience today will no doubt stay with you the rest of your life.

Meals: B L D

Day 10
At Sea

Use the day at sea to attend further lectures, edit your many photographs, savour some of the culinary specialties the Executive Chef and his team have prepared for you and enjoy the vistas of the South China Sea.

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Kepulauan Badas, Indonesia

The verdant islands of Kepulauan Badas are in the Tudjuh Archipelago. The islands are located in the South China Sea west of Borneo and east of the Malaysian mainland and belong to the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia. Far from any regular commerce routes, the relative isolation of the islands and their hilly, rugged coastlines have led to the development of only small settlements where people live a largely subsistence lifestyle focused on the seas around them. There are a few sandy beaches and fringing reefs in the crystal clear waters around the islands; all potential snorkel and dive sites to be explored. .


Meals: B L D

Day 12
Singapore

Debark the ship. You will be met by your driver and transferred to the Orchard Hotel for a two-night stay.


Meals: B

Day 13
Singapore

Day at leisure - contact us for tours and excursions

Meals: B

Day 14
Singapore

Check out and transfer by private car to the aiport for your flight to UK, arriving the same day

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

14-day stay and cruise on board Silver Discoverer (Silversea Expeditions) from £4,319 incl. flights

Departure: 20 November 2017

Explorer Suite (ES): £4,319
View Suite (VS): £4,699
Vista Suite (VI): £5,819
Veranda Suite (VR): £6,999

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Includes pre-cruise

  • Flight to Bali on scheduled carrier
  • Private transfers to and from the airport, hotel and ship
  • 2-night accommodation at a 5-star hotel
  • Tour of Ubud

Includes on the expedition voyage

  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society

Includes post-cruise

  • Private transfers to and from the airport, hotel and ship
  • 2-night accommodation at a 5-star hotel in Singapore
  • Flight to London


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