Kingdoms & Dragons: Singapore to Bali 2024

Tauck
By Tauck
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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
14 days
From: $ 11,390 $ 814 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Past
  • present and future blend into an unforgettable journey in a tropical paradise
  • steeped in culture and nature as you stroll through gardens of tomorrow in Singapore
  • explore ancient kingdoms in Java
  • visit flower-filled temples on Bali
  • and see dragons of yore on timeless Komodo Islands.

    Singapore sights

  • gems of Java
  • Bali highs and Komodo giants combine with stays in luxurious exotic resorts to make this small group adventure culturally enriching in every way. Go back to the future in sophisticated Singapore... discover jeweled palaces and sandstone temples in Borobudur... overnight in Yogyakarta for dinner and a ballet performance at 10th-century Prambanan Temple... experience the beauty and blessings of Bali in Ubud... take a private boat ride to a Komodo island for a walk amidst dragons found nowhere else... and find bliss as you cast your kites and cares to the wind in Bali's Jimbaran Bay.

Short Description

Explore the past, present and future on an unforgettable journey in a tropical paradise, steeped in culture and nature as you stroll through gardens of tomorrow in Singapore, explore ancient kingdoms in Java, visit flower-filled temples on Bali, and see dragons of yore on timeless Komodo Islands.

Style Small group tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Singapore
End City Bali

Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Indonesia Singapore

Attractions & Cities Visited

Bali

Activities & Interests

Culture

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Singapore

Tour begins: 5:00 PM. A transfer is included from Singapore's Changi International Airport to the historic Raffles Singapore, a landmark of colonial elegance since it opened in 1887; declared a National Monument by the Singapore government, the hotel has just reopened after a meticulous restoration worthy of its iconic reputation as one of the city's most luxurious retreats. During its 130-year reign, it has witnessed Singapore's early colonial era, the Japanese Occupation in World War II, and its independence. Join us for a private welcome reception and dinner in this legendary setting tonight with a taste of the hotel's famous Singapore Sling.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Raffles Hotel Singapore

PORTOFCALL : Singapore

Day 2 Singapore Sights

Always a surprise to first time visitors, Singapore blends tradition with technology, evoking images of a futuristic and efficient Jetson-style setting with a nostalgic nod to its storied past. Start your morning off with a walking tour of Singapore's colonial district, before embarking on a bumboat ride back in time along the Singapore River. Explore the incredible architectural sights, both past and present, on a drive through the city, stopping at a private house for lunch with your local host. Learn what it's like to live in this modern city-state, governed by rules and regulations that make this one of the lowest crime, scrupulously run destinations in the world. This evening is yours to experience a taste of Singapore.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Raffles Hotel Singapore

PORTOFCALL : Singapore

Day 3 Futuristic Gardens by the Bay

Start the day with a lecture by a local expert before embarking on a visit to themed gardens "where wonder blooms" in a 250-acre fantasyland of space age biodomes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. Your guided tour includes time to wander amidst flowers that thrive in dry Mediterranean climates around the world in the Garden Dome and through rainforest vegetation in its tropical Cloud Forest complete with a waterfall. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Easy to navigate, Singapore is a compact city with an array of fascinating ethnic neighborhoods, designer boutiques and a legendary street food and restaurant scene tempting with culinary creations difficult to resist.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Raffles Hotel Singapore

PORTOFCALL : Singapore

Day 4 Fly to the island of Java

A morning flight brings you to another world when you land in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Step off the plane in a cultural hub of puppetry, arts, sandstone temples and jeweled palaces that speak volumes about the soul city of Indonesia. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive through the countryside to the town of Magelang in central Java, where your hotel is near the world's largest Buddhist temple.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Amanjiwo

Day 5 Discover Borobudur

This morning you'll experience the 1,200-year grandeur of Borobudur, a colossal Buddhist temple whose resilience equals its long-standing legacy as a mountain of a thousand statues. Join us at dawn as we visit this 9th-century wonder, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for treasures untold. Its sculpted bas-relief panels depict the teachings of the Buddha and are allegedly designed to guide "the faithful" on a journey of spiritual enlightenment. Return to the hotel for breakfast then climb aboard a horse cart as you explore the Candi Rijo village, stopping to meet the locals. Spend the afternoon as you wish, before joining us for a lecture about the historic kingdoms of Java. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Amanjiwo

Day 6 A palace in Yogyakarta & temples in Prambanan

Enjoy a leisurely morning before driving to your hotel in Yogyakarta, renowned as a center of traditional arts and cultural heritage. Visit the royal Sultan Palace in the Kraton, effectively a walled city with shops, cottage industries and mosques, and where the sultan and his family live today. Continue to Prambanan Temple, built in the 10th century; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Your visit sparkles with a special dinner at a local restaurant highlighted by a Ramayana Ballet Show, a retelling of the story of King Rama performed by over 200 professional dancers and musicians. While the story originated in India, the Javenese version (the one you'll be seeing tonight) is truly representative of the local art and culture. 

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Day 7 Fly to Bali

Fly early this morning to the capital city of Bali, Denpasar. Touch down for a drive to Ubud in the middle of the island, stopping for lunch in a local restaurant and a visit to the Monkey Forest; home to over 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees, in the village of Padangtegal. Arrive at your resort late afternoon and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayon

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

Day 8 Life in Ubud

Experience a taste of daily life in one of the prettiest places on Earth as you embark on a walking tour of the Subak Guliang Village. See how its residents live as your guide shares anecdotes about the local customs and culture. Lunch in the village is overlooking the rice fields that blanket the landscapes here and is followed by a blessing and rituals performed by the priest of the temple you'll visit. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. You have the option this evening to go on a hike through the Bali Rice fields led by your local guide.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayon

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

Day 9 The art of cooking or an art museum

Accompany a local on a visit to the village market this morning, before your choice of activities. Learn how to cook traditional Balinese recipes during a cooking class or visit an art museum and attend a talk on Balinese art. The evening is at leisure at your resort.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayon

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

Day 10 Fly to Flores, gateway to the Komodo Islands

Spend the morning on a kite flying excursion before having lunch at a local restaurant in Bali. An afternoon flight brings you to the island of Flores for a two-night stay at a secluded seaside resort nestled in a quiet cove on Waecicu Beach and a boat ride away from the island in Komodo National Park where the famous dragons roam. This evening, meet up for a sundowner and barbecue dinner on the beach where you will be introduced to traditional music and dance.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa

Day 11 Boat ride back in time to the land of the dragons

Hop aboard a traditional Phinisi for a ride across the bay to Komodo National Park and the island home of the giant Komodo dragons. Your local guide will lead you down paths to see these rare lizards in their natural habitat, providing insights about their behavior and pointing out the wildlife that share the landscapes with them. You may spot horses, buffalo, deer, wild boar, snakes and monkeys along the way. Board your boat again for a ride to an isolated tropical island for a picnic lunch and time at leisure for swimming and snorkeling. The evening is free to enjoy a leisurely dinner at your resort.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa

Day 12 Fly back to Bali

Fly back to Bali for a two-night stay at a Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay. For many, this part of Bali is paradise found. It's a land of jeweled beaches, sun-kissed and shimmering in white, black and gold, and necklaced by crystalline waves, aqua-tinted and ocean fresh, forested mountain slopes, emerald hued, mangroved bays and tiered terraces adorned with rice and flowers as far as the eye can see. Visitors long to lose themselves in its ethereal embrace, savoring a treasure trove of natural riches and spiritual gifts impossible to resist. Enjoy some time at your hotel this afternoon to relax. This evening, join us for Sundowner cocktails and dance. Sundowners are also a favorite way to end the day for locals and visitors alike and when sunset provides the setting for a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance, the day and place become more magical still.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Four Seasons Resort Bali

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

Day 13 Clifftop Uluwatu Temple

Temples play an important role in life on Bali and this morning's visit to Uluwatu Temple, perched on the top of a steep cliff overlooking the sea, helps you understand why. Still functioning today, Uluwatu is one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars and one of nine temples believed to keep evil away from the island. Watch out for the monkeys as you gaze out at the stunning views 230 feet above the sea. Later this morning, visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, home of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. Standing at 394 feet, the statue portrays the Hindu God, Vishnu, riding on his trusted companion, Garuda and is made of 24 segments held together by 754 modules made of copper and brass. Return to your beachfront resort for an afternoon of bliss and join us tonight for our farewell reception and dinner.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Four Seasons Resort Bali

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

Day 14 Journey home

Tour ends: Bali. Fly home anytime. An airport transfer is included to Ngurah Rai, Denpasar Bali airport from the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Bali, Indonesia

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24 Tauck Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Kingdoms & Dragons: Singapore to Bali 2024

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Skip this cruise - not worth it

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My husband and I went on the Treasures of the Mediterranean Isles Trip jn October 2022. This was our third Tauck cruise with Ponnant but our first post covid and the level of food and serive on Ponnant ships has dropped alot. The food was, at best, cafeteria food at a bad high school. My husband ate salad and cheese and crackers
For dinner every night because the entrees were terrible. You could be the first person at breakfast and everything on the buffet was cold, nothing was hot. there warming trays had tea light candles underneath them.
Wine served at dinner was low quality whicj says something since it was French wine. Tours were poorly
Planned, guides were ok at best. There is no time to shop or eat on land 9 times out 10. We were in Sicily but never got a chance to eat Sicilian food. So disappointed in this ver expensive cruise. The land portions in Malta and Marseiile were better but the tours in Malta were short, limited and subpar. This was our 8th Tauck trip and we have since cancelled our next three. We are not paying Tauck prices for mediocre experiences.
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Tauck/Aon terrible travel insurance

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Tauck partners with Aon for travel insurance. We bought this insurance through Tauck specifically to cover us in case of a positive for test for Covid and could not go on the cruise. Three days before the trip, one of us tested positive with very mild symptoms. We contacted Tauck and they agreed to refund 1/2 of the tour cost and the insurance would pay for the other half. When we called the insurance they said they required a PCF test. The test was taken and came back positive. Two months later they denied the claim because we didn’t go to a doctor. That was not necessary or practical. We had proof of Covid. Tauck is not willing to help. This was the insurance they recommended and sold to customers. We have now read many reviews of terrible service from Aon. Why is Tauck a partner to this company and not willing to help their clients? BEWARE. Terrible customer service.
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Nice trip but not if you are a loyal Tauck Customer like myself

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This was my 16th Tauck Tour. I was assigned a room with a "mountain" view only to be obstructed by lawn chairs, pool covers, large plants and buildings. It was a 1st floor room. I complained to tour director who said everyone got the same (NOT TRUE). I called Tauck 800 number on Sept 3 to request a call back from Customer Service. It took them until September 8 for a call back. The person on the phone was rude, non caring and (I'm paraphrasing) and told me just because you have taken 16 tours doesn't mean you deserve a better view that a first time customer. He went on to imply Tauck doesn't respect loyalty and wants to impress first time travelers. I ended the call and wrote an email to a good person at Tauck who was very helpful in the and requested this go to the top. I included pictures of my view and one dead fly because there were flies in the room and I guess Tauck thinks that makes the room special? I'm not done with them yet. Consider my treatment by this Customer Care agent before spending the big bucks to travel with Tauck.
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Great if you like 5-star hotels and lots of food

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The tour covered most of Switzerland, with one day in Italy, which could have been eliminated. If you want to see the country from a bus or train, and you desire luxury hotels and gourmet food, then this is the tour for you. If you want to have a closer connection to the local people, and walk a bit in the mountains, or even hear the cowbells up close, then don't take this trip. While the trip was nice, I felt a disconnect from the local people and the country itself. We were always separated in a private train car, or on a private tour. I came home not really knowing what it's like to live there, other than it's very expensive.
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Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

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My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
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Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska

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Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand!

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Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
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