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Malaysia, Singapore And Indonesia Plus Komodo Dragons

Embark on one of the most stunning trips you will ever take. Experience spectacular cities, rich cultures and come face to face with Komodo Dragons.

Day 01 - Thursday, September 10, 2020

Depart North America

Depart from North America for Asia aboard Eva Airlines.

Day 02 - Friday, September 11, 2020

Arrival In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

EVA Airlines arrives at 11:15 am. We are met after customs and immigration and transferred to our hotel. Rooms available from 02:00 pm. Connect with the other travellers during this time or rest before our spectacular dinner together. At 06:00 pm, as the sun starts to set, we visit the most iconic landmark in Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring to a height of almost 1500 ft, the 88 story twin towers are Kuala Lumpur's crown jewel. The 45 minute guided tour includes panoramic and aerial views of the magnificent pink-tinged sunset transitioning to the night scene of Kuala Lumpur. The sky bridge between the two towers is on the 41/42 floors; site of many movie sets. Our Welcome Dinner is an authentic Malay experience in a local restaurant. Malay cuisine is known for its spicy and aromatic flavors commonly found in Southeast Asia.

Note: Visiting time at Petronas towers is subject to availability.

Renaissance Hotel (Superior Room - East Wing) or similar

Day 03 - Saturday, September 12, 2020

Kuala Lumpur

At 09:00 am, depart for a Kuala Lumpur history and heritage tour (3 hours). Kuala Lumpur is rich with the history of evolution from a small tin-mining settlement to a modern skyscraper city. The city is further enhanced by its wonderful architecture, prominent landmarks and unique buildings. You will be amazed at the blend of Oriental and colonial parts of the city. Intertwined are interesting Moorish, Mughal-Tudor and Islamic buildings. Our first visit is to Istana Negara, official residence of the Agong (Head of State or King of Malaysia). The sprawling palace was built in 1928. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses thousands of artifacts about Islamic civilization in this region, different from that of the Middle East. On the way to Independence Square, we pass the National Mosque and Kuala Lumpur’s Old Railway Station. Set in front of the historic Sultan Abdul Samad Building, this is where the Union Jack flag was lowered on August 31, 1957. Visit Orang Asli Crafts Museum as well as Pavilion Mall and Central Market. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. You can choose to linger here and return to the hotel by taxi or return to the hotel.

 .Breakfast • Lunch
Renaissance Hotel or similar

Day 04 - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Kuala Lumpur Malacca

Depart the city around 10:00 am and drive to Malacca. We’ll stop for an optional lunch before continuing to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon tour this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a Malacca Heritage Walking Tour. Malacca is a charming blend of Nonya and Peranakan, Malaysian and Chinese - one of the oldest cities in Malaysia. You’ll find fascinating shops and antiques as well as many local artisans. After dinner, visit the Jonkar Street night market, a fun experience.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Majestic Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

Day 05 - Monday, September 14, 2020

Malacca Singapore

After breakfast we continue our drive across the Johor Causeway and travel into Singapore. We are met by our Singapore guide and escorted to our hotel. 03:30 pm Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge and Art Collection (3.5 hours). Freshen up at the hotel before we depart for the Chihuly Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Millennia at 03:00 pm. Relax and unwind in Chihuly Lounge, named for famed American glass artist Dale Chihuly. Linger over our 8-course afternoon tea in the presence of Chihuly’s stunning glass sculptures. After tea we are free to enjoy on our own, the hotel’s vast collection of art pieces of Dale Chihuly, Andy Warhol and other icons. Return to the hotel.

 .Breakfast • High Tea
Orchard Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

Day 06 - Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Singapore City Tour

At 09:00 am, take part in a morning Tai Chi session. Then, head out for a 6.5 hour Singapore city tour with lunch. We stop at Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Chinatown and visit Little India. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens with its world-famous Orchid Garden. Lunch today on a wonderful variety of Dim Sum in a local Chinese restaurant. Drop-off those who wish to visit the world famous ION Orchard, the multi-story experiential and lifestyle center with 660,000 square feet of space or return to the hotel while we await the Grand Opening of Raffles Hotel Singapore (newly restored). Our last stop is at the historic Long Bar, fully restored for a taste of Singapore’s very own concoction, ‘the Singapore Sling’. As the saying goes, ‘If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore’. We continue the tradition of throwing peanut shells on the floor as we sip a chilled glass of hand-shaken Singapore Sling. Take part in an optional tour - Singapore Night Zoo Safari. It is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and one of the most popular attractions in Singapore.

 .Breakfast • Lunch
Orchard Hotel or similar

Day 07 - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Singapore Royal City Of Yogyakarta

We transfer to the airport for Air Asia at 11:10 am. We arrive at 12:25 pm in Yogyakarta on the island of Java. We are now on a traditional and exotic Royal island. Formed mostly as the result of volcanic eruptions, Java is the 13th largest island in the world. A chain of volcanic mountains forms an east-west spine. Much of Indonesian history took place here: the center of powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, Islamic sultanates, and core of the colonial Dutch East Indies. Upon arrival, we are met by our English-speaking guide, lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to try the gorgeous Asian spa, lagoon pools or other amenities.

Note: In Asia, many hotels have connected shopping arcades if you wish to wander without leaving the premises.

 .Breakfast • Lunch
Melia Purosani Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

Day 08 - Thursday, September 17, 2020

Yogyakarta Magelang Yogyakarta

Breakfast is served at the hotel. Drive to Magelang to visit the world’s largest Buddhist monument, Borobudur. This vast, ancient site features thousands of sculptures rising on seven levels and represents the peak of 8th - 10th century South Asian Buddhist art. It is the oldest Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Indonesia. A main dome, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. Later explore Prambanan, an ancient complex built in the style of Javanese - Hindu art that stands on the heights of the Dieng Plateau. The temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest and the most beautiful Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. We also visit an exotic bird market. In the evening, we are transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy dinner.

 .Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Melia Purosani Hotel or similar

Day 09 - Friday, September 18, 2020

Yogyakarta Bali

Visit the elegant Kraton Royal Center with museums, temples, craft workshops and markets displaying the finest court architecture in Java. Dioramas with life-size puppets show the grandeur of earlier times, including a royal wedding. See fabulous batiks in production, for which the area is famous. The Kraton encompasses a main palace, Sultan's residence and a large residential area where the Sultan’s servants lived. There are music and dance shows within the palace regularly. The Sultan maintains three gamelans (traditional music ensembles), and the pavilion nearest the entrance houses one of them. If they're playing, sit down and be patient, this music takes time. This afternoon fly to the island paradise of Bali. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of day is at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Lunch
Fairmont Sanur Beach (Fairmont Garden View Suite) or similar

Day 10 - Saturday, September 19, 2020

Bali Lubuan Bajo Kelor Island Rinca Island Kalong Island Lubuan Bajo

This morning we fly (1.5 hours) to Lubuan Bajo. Leave your main luggage in Bali and take a tote with your swimsuit and water sandals. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Upon arrival at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, meet with our guide and then directly transfer to Labuan Bajo Harbour to embark on a local wooden boat with an open deck. A short boat journey gets us to Kelor Island for snorkelling near the island (snorkelling gear is provided) or just admire the views. Lunch is served onboard. Continue to Rinca Island, one of the best locations to see the Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. Go on an approximate 2-hour soft trek on the island in search for the dragons, guided by a local ranger. Afterwards, continue sailing towards Kalong Island to observe bats filling the sky as they come home to roost at sunset. Transfer back to the main island towards Labuan Bajo and directly to our hotel for check-in. Set menu for dinner at the hotel. Our lovely accommodations overlook the beach.

 .Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Bintang Flore or similar

Day 11 - Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lubuan Bajo Bali

Early check out from our hotel and transfer for our morning return to Bali. We drive to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali where centuries-old traditions are preserved. Visit Ubud Market, world-famous treasures made here include intricate paintings, sculpture and wood carvings. Famous as an arts and crafts hub, much of the town and nearby villages consist of artists' workshops and galleries. We visit Tirta Empul Holy Spring Water Temple built in the 10th century. The Balinese believe in the healing powers of the waters. Transfer back to our hotel and enjoy evening at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Lunch
Fairmont Sanur Beach (Fairmont Garden View Suite) or similar

Day 12 - Monday, September 21, 2020

Depart Bali

Enjoy a morning yoga session at the hotel. 09:30 am departure for the center. Shopping and photo ops until we return to the hotel to freshen up before our farewell dinner. A farewell dinner is served at the hotel with Balinese dance performances. Depart for the airport at 10:30 pm (late check-out included) for a 01:10 am flight.

 .Breakfast • Farewell Dinner

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