(Ubud, South Bali)
This stimulating cruise voyage of discovery will explore the ancient cultures, amazing wildlife and temples of South East Asia like no other. This is the first time this exciting itinerary with the highlights of two of our Borneo voyages has been offered on the one expedition - Tana Toraja, "Land of the Heavenly Kings" and the orangutans of the world famous Camp Leakey plus a day trip to the extraordinary lost temple of Borobudur in Central Java. Your exploration starts with the creative surf culture and green volcanic mountains of Bali. There’s the fascinating colonial history and culture of Makassar and the majestic panoramas, captivating villages and dramatic ceremonies of Tana Toraja with its unique culture, and gentle people. Be amazed at Tanjung Putting, one of the natural wonders of the world, home of Camp Leakey and the famous Orangutan Foundation International that affords guests the rare opportunity to get close to orangutans - a wildlife experience like no other! All this plus the opportunity to visit legendary Borobudur, the long-lost 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple of Central Java. Abandoned sometime in the 14th century and rediscovered from the overgrown jungle in 1814, and now listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. There will be afternoons of swimming and snorkelling or just relaxing on some of the most secluded beaches in South East Asia. And unforgettable tales to tell all the way from primates to primitive cultures.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: September 29
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Pita Maha is etched into the hillside that overlooks the Tjampuhan valley in Ubud. The Resort and Spa encompasses 24 villas that are spacious and elegantly designed in an Balinese style to anticipate every conceivable need. Immersed into the hillside overlooking the Tjampuhan valley in Ubud, the 5-star hotel Pita Maha Resort & Spa offers a holiday of wellbeing, leisure activities and Balinese culture on the enchanting Island of the Gods, Bali. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talents during the 1930's, Pita Maha means 'great shining' and today this boutique resort is an icon that showcases local artistry and design elements.
Start the day with a visit to Kerta Gosa, or Hall of Justice, built in 18th century in Klungkung. It is beautifully laid out within a moat and provides an exquisite example of the Klungkung style of painting and architecture which can be seen in their ceiling murals. Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali highest volcano. It is called Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and a complex of nearly 24 temples. Our next stop is Kintamani where you can enjoy your lunch with a breathtaking view over the caldera lake, Danau Batur. Driving down, we arrive in the bottom of a lush green valley, where the Gunung Kawi temple, Bali largest ancient monument is located. It consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues and stand in 7m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. Our last stop will be Goa Gajah.
A sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali for a visit of the Uluwatu Temple, which is perched precipitously atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf 250 feet above the sea. This is one of the grandest and oldest temples in Bali, built in 11th century. Watch the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere before you are driven to Jimbaran Beach for an extensive BBQ Seafood Dinner on the beach.
Welcome to The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, a haven of relaxed luxury offering the highest level of personalized service to discerning travelers. Located in the exclusive Nusa Dua resort area, on Bali’s most beautiful beach, a tranquil haven of tropical gardens, sparkling lagoons and luxurious accommodation awaits you at The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali.
You will be picked up by a private vehicle with an English speaking guide and transferred to the harbour in South Bali.
Welcome aboard your cruise vessel! After embarkation, meet some of your fellow cruise passengers and get settled in.
M/V Orion, both technically and aesthetically, is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.
Today is your first full day spent at sea, as you cruise onward toward Semarang. Explore the length of the ship, and familiarize yourself with the facilities. Part of the onboard experience is to indulge in the specialty treatments on offer. Enjoy a pampering facial, relaxing massage, beauty or body treatment and then float into dinner looking fabulous with a new hairstyle.
Today you will arrive in the port of Semarang early and begin your road trip to Central Java. After arriving in Jogjakarta you will take the time this morning to first visit the Hindu Temple complex of Prambanan. Lunch will be provided in Jogjakarta before then proceeding to the highlight of the day, the amazing monument of Borobudur.After having ample time during the day to explore both these temples you will begin the road journey back to Semarang to rejoin the ship.
Today is a full day at sea, spent cruising toward Tana Toraja. The onboard library is well-stocked with a wide variety of informative books and journals on your destinations, and both novels and games are also available. You'll also find a laptop here for internet access. Centrally located on Deck 4, the Lounge and Cocktail Bar is the hub of social life aboard your ship, comfortably seating all guests at once. Tour briefings are held here before dinner and a duo plays for your entertainment later in the evening.
There are two main activities to be enjoyed whilst at Tanjung Puting National Park. One activity involves taking local boats for a full day exploration of the river system surrounding Camp Leakey and visits to several feeding stations and Camp Leakey itself. This area will give you the rare opportunity to get very close and interact with the orangutans. This will be a full day activity including lunch based on the local boats, which are large and spacious and have their own bathroom onboard, and includes the landings at the feeding stations, which are all quite easy to reach on foot. Please note that there is a reasonable amount of walking at Camp Leakey which includes walking along slippery and unven surfaces.
Orion II is a private yacht-like expedition cruise ship built by Cantieri Navale Ferrari of Italy. After a number of years as a private yacht, Orion II was relaunched in 2009 following an extensive technical refit. Little expense was spared with this stylish, Italian built, all-suite Mega Yacht. Orion II now offers the finest standards in small-ship cruise travel. She also has an ice-strengthened hull for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic and is fitted with stabilisers. The expedition equipment includes Zodiacs and fast tender to deliver the Orion expedition experience. Combining luxury and service will require staffing by 68 offices and crew to serve Orion II’s capacity of 100 guests. Excellence of design, craftsmanship and quality materials combined with Orion II’s spaciousness and intimate ambience make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.
The other activity provided at Tanjung Puting is a visit to the Orangutan Foundation International's wildlife rehabilitation centre. You're offered an exclusive look into the operation of the centre with all three stages of orangutan rehabilitation being visited; the forest training area, the "pre school" and the infant care facility.
Days at sea are less structured than on a typical cruise ship. Rise at your leisure and select from a variety of breakfast options. Late morning consider joining a presentation in the Lecture Theatre by one of the Expedition Staff or a Guest Speaker. Luncheon is served both indoors and out and the timeless tradition of afternoon tea is observed at 4:00pm.
You have two action-packed days starting out from Pare Pare. In Pare Pare you will disembark the ship to travel inland to Tana Toraja, staying overnight in Rantepeo. With majestic panoramas, captivating villages and dramatic ceremonies, Tana Toraja is the undisputed highlight of any journey to Sulawesi. This unique culture, the scenic beauty, cool climate and gentle people are the main reason that Toraja is gaining popularity as a tourist destination.
The Toraja Heritage Hotel, at an altitude of 700 meters (2,300 feet) with views across to a huge mountain range, follows the architectural style of traditional Torajan clan houses with a massive roof shaped like a ship’s prow. Inside however, the resort has been furnished to the highest standards to provide the perfect blend of tradition and comfort.
A second day in Tana Toraja, you will again use the day to explore the history and culture of this incredible place. Tana Toraja, often referred to as the "Land of the Heavenly Kings" is home to an ethnic group who believes that their forefathers descended from heaven onto a mountain some twenty generations ago. The Torajans have a unique culture based on animistic beliefs. Known for their grand burial ceremonies on cliffs or hanging graves, they practice an ancestral cult even today where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts. Buffaloes are sacrificed in the final death ceremony, after which the deceased's remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs. The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, looking out from a "balcony". "Tongkonan" (family houses) are built on stilts with roofs on each end rising like the prows of a ship, representing the cosmos.
Today you continue cruising to your final destination, Bali. Relax at the jacuzzi on the sun deck, or make your way to the hub of social life, the lounge on deck 3.
Today you'll arrive at the port in Bali, where you will disembark from your ship, and say farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
VISA/PASSPORTThe Indonesian government requires visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreign nationals who arrive with less than six months’ validity on their passports. American and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Indonesia. Visa processing generally takes 7 working days for a Tourist Visa along with a visa processing fee of approximately $55. A 30 days visa can also be applied upon arrival at Jakarta International Airport. This visa costs approximately $25. Tourist passport holders may apply for a non-extendable visitor Visa-on-Arrival at airports.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Indonesia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Jakarta (Java). Government: Republic. Declared independence from The Netherlands in 1945. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language. Altogether, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. The older generation still speaks Dutch as a second language and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Religion: There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Time: GMT + 7 (West) in Sumatra, Java and Western Borneo; GMT + 8 (Central) in Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali and Eastern Borneo; GMT + 9 (East) in Papua and Maluku. Electricity: 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins. Telephone: Country code +62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 361 for Bali, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya). Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage may be limited to main towns and cities. Internet: There are Internet cafes in all major cities and tourist destinations.
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