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Singapore ◆ Bali ◆ Borneo

Java ◆ Borobudur ◆ Komodo

Date: Wed, September 22, 2021 - Thu, October 7, 2021

Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

Price: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Asia

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Experience the spectacular landscapes, exotic biodiversity and vast cultural treasures of Indonesia and Singapore on this comprehensive, 16-day journey. This exceptional itinerary features four nights in the Five-Star hotels and an eight-night cruise round trip Denpasar, Bali, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse, featuring just 92 Suites and Staterooms. In Singapore, follow in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles and cruise on a traditional “bumboat.” Discover Bali’s authentic cultural traditions, clifftop temples and mesmerizing rice terraces in enigmatic Ubud. Visit Java’s UNESCO-inscribed ancient wonders, including the remarkable Borobudur—the world’s largest Buddhist temple—and the exquisite ninth-century Prambanan Temple. Embark on a jungle river cruise in Borneo to the largest known population of orangutans and see the prehistoric dragons in Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This program showcases Singapore’s fascinating cultural tableau and Indonesia’s unique blend of centuries-old culture, breathtaking landscapes and rare, endemic species and is an incredible value, including Five-Star accommodations throughout. Angkor Wat and Bangkok Pre-Program and Bali Post-Program Options.


Singapore, Bali, Borneo, Java, Komodo

Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 1: Cross the International Date Line
Day 2: Arrive in Singapore
Day 3: Singapore
Day 4: Singapore/Fly to Bali, Indonesia
Day 5: Bali
Day 6: Denpasar, Bali/Embark Le Lapérouse
Day 7: Surabaya, Java
Day 8: Semarang for Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple
Day 9: Cruising the Java Sea to Borneo
Day 10: Kumai, Borneo/Tanjung Puting National Park
Day 11: Cruising the Java Sea to Gili Meno
Day 12: Gili Meno
Day 13: Komodo/Komodo National Park
Day 14: Denpasar/Disembark ship/Depart Bali/Cross the International Date Line
Day 15: Arrive in the U.S. or Canada

*Itinerary subject to change.

Included Features

In Singapore

  • Two nights in the centrally located, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.
  • Full Western breakfast each morning and one lunch.
  • Welcome Reception.
  • Colonial city walking tour, including a visit to the historic Raffles’ Landing Site.
  • Tour of Singapore’s celebrated ethnic neighborhoods—Chinatown, Little India and Malay Quarter.
  • Visit to the National Museum of Singapore, where exhibits trace over 160 years of history.
  • Scenic river cruise aboard a traditional “bumboat” to see the city’s famed landmarks.
  • Visit to the 56th-floor rooftop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

In Bali, Indonesia

  • Two nights in the Five-Star InterContinental Bali, located on stunning Jimbaran Bay.
  • Full Western breakfast each morning and one dinner.
  • Tour of Denpasar’s Bali Museum, featuring prehistoric object and Balinese cultural collections.
  • Authentic performance of Barong dance, inscribed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Excursion to Ubud, Bali’s spiritual and cultural heart, including the villages of Mas and Celuk, known for their pioneering artists and craftspeople.
  • Visit to the meticulously cultivated Tegalalang Rice Terraces, a centuries-old irrigation cooperative that forms part of Bali’s UNESCO-inscribed cultural landscape.

On Board the Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse

  • Eight-night cruise round trip Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private balcony.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  • All meals aboard ship.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  • Blue Eye—the world’s first luxury, multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment.
  • Tour of Surabaya, Java, including the Heroes Monument, Hindu Jagat Karana Temple, the Arab quarter and Chinatown.
  • Excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of eighth-century Buddhist Borobudur Temple and ninth-century Hindu Prambanan Temple.
  • Excursion on Borneo, featuring a river cruise aboard a traditional wooden klotok to Tanjung Puting National Park, best known for its conservation of endangered orangutans.
  • Visit to unspoiled Gili Meno, home to rich marine life, including abundant hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles.
  • Excursion to UNESCO-designated Komodo National Park to observe the legendary endemic Komodo dragon.

Angkor Wat and Bangkok
Pre-Program Option

Begin your journey in the lush jungles of northern Cambodia and experience one of the most astonishing monuments conceived by mankind—UNESCO-inscribed Angkor Wat. Visit 10th‑century Banteay Srei, where rose-pink sandstone, intricately carved by women, is considered the ultimate expression of Khmer genius. Tour the monumental walled city of Angkor Thom—the last capital of the Khmer Empire—and discover fascinating Ta Prohm, the virtually untouched, 12th‑century Buddhist temple photogenically entwined with fig, banyan and kapok trees.

Journey to Southeast Asia’s “City of Angels,” a mesmerizing blend of hemispheres, comprised of more than 26,000 shrines and multi-tiered temples. Visit two of Bangkok’s most famous temples: Temple of the Golden Buddha—featuring a solid gold Sukothai Buddha statue—and Marble Temple, a magnificent white marble sanctuary. Board a longtail boat and see traditional Thai rituals unfold against the backdrop of the city’s emblematic landmarks along the Chao Phraya River. Explore the lavish Grand Palace Complex, the former royal residence, officially opened in 1785 to mark the rebirth of the Thai nation. The complex’s ornamented Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the apogee of Thai art and the spiritual heart of Thailand’s Buddhist faith.

Accommodations are for three nights in the Five-Star Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap and two nights in the Five-Star The Peninsula Bangkok.

Post-Program Option

Gain a deeper appreciation for Bali’s exceptional artistry, spiritual magnetism and distinctive rural traditions during this illuminating Post-Program Option. Traverse cinematic landscapes of emerald terraces embroidered with rice paddies, bamboo forests and lush mountains scattered with traditional Balinese villages that specialize in handicrafts or art forms rooted in royal patronage. Visit Batuan, famed as the origin of its namesake painting style and for the ancient gambuh, considered the ancestor of all Balinese dances and inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Tour idyllic Penglipuran, one of Bali’s most authentic villages, harmoniously designed according to the architectural principles of Balinese Hinduism. Journey to the highlands of Kintamani and see the otherworldly Gunung Batur—a double caldera which rises 5,600 feet—and enjoy a specially arranged kecak dance performance at the magnificently sited Uluwatu Temple, one of six temples revered as Bali’s “spiritual pillars.” Accommodations are for three nights in the Five‑Star InterContinental Bali, located on stunning Jimbaran Bay.

The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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