Day 1, Monday: Singapore
Arrival to Singapore. Transfer to the hotel for meeting and orientation. Dinner and overnight in Singapore. We'll meet here with our local agent and hand over our passports for the visas to Indonesia. Indonesian visas require a stay of 3 days in Singapore for processing. We will use this time to explore this fascinating location.
Day 2, Tuesday: Singapore
Singapore is a varied and ethnically colorful multinational city-state. It's an overtly modern city with an abundance of tall skyscrapers alongside a well-preserved and charming colonial establishment. A major Asian port city, Singapore is a mixture of modern, traditional and tropical. We'll tour the major sites of the city, including a visit to the famous Jurong Bird Park where we'll discover a multitude of colorful tropical birds. We'll enjoy the fascinating bird show and ride the elevated monorail above the tropical park.
Day 3, Wednesday: Singapore - Jogjakarta (Yojyakarta)
Today we'll rise early for our flight to Jakarta and Jogjakarta (Yogyakarta). After clearing immigration and customs in Indonesia, we'll get in initial introduction to Jogja, the cultural central on Java. In the evening we'll go out to see the Ramayana show, an ethical/moralk story based upon ancient Javanese traditions.
Day 4, Thursday: The Temples of Prambanan
Today we'll travel through a typically crowded rural Javanese area on our way to the Temples of Prambanan. This complex of temples creates a powerful yet delicate combination of ancient Hindu art and architecture. The palaces appear as stalactite sandstone structures covered in intricate carvings that describe the ancient story of the Ramayana.
Day 5, Friday: Borobudur, Gedong Songo
Today we'll discover the spiritual journey for which the temple at Borobudur was constructed. The Buddhist temple is built in the shape of a Mandala, which represents the stages that a person must pass through along the passage from the secular to the spiritual world. One of the man-made Wonders of the World, the building is the largest Buddhist temple on earth. Borobudur is considered the most important site in Indonesia. In the afternoon we'll watch a ceremony devoted to the banishment of evil spirits. We'll return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Day 6, Shabbat: At Leisure
After Shabbat services and lunch we'll take a walking tour of the area near our hotel.
Day 7, Sunday: Surabaya - Bromo
We'll fly to Surabaya, a port city which is home to the only synagogue in Indonesia. We'll visit the synagogue and then continue to Bromo. Along the way we'll visit a game reserve with animals such as the Comodo Dragon, which are particular to Indonesia. By evening we'll arrive to Mount Bromo.
Day 8, Monday: Bromo – Bali
We'll rise early to enjoy one of the main attractions of our tour. Sunrise over Mount Bromo is one of the most fascinating sites one can experience. We'll start the climb up the mountain on horseback and then climb the stairs to the top of the volcano in order to peek into its crater. We'll return to the hotel for breakfast and fly out to Denpasar. Upon arrival, transfer to Bali. Known as the "Garden of Eden" or "Paradise on Earth," Bali is a very special place and we'll set out to discover over the next few days.
Day 9, Tuesday: Bali, Besakih Temple
We'll enjoy a day tour to Bedugul, Lake Bratan and the Floating Temple of Ulu Dano, the local markets and Mangwi Temple. The temple is located on the slopes of Bali's sacred Mount Agung, where the spirits are believed to reside. We'll visit Goa Gaja, a cave the mouth of which is carved to resemble the mouth of a mythological elephant. We'll continue to Tanah Lot built on a rock at sea, and which is accessible only at low tide. We'll arrive there toward sunset and watch as it slowly recedes into the darkness.
Day 10, Wednesday: Bali, Lake Batur
We'll travel to the village of Kintamani from where we'll enjoy the vast and panoramic scenery of Lake Batur. We'll continue to the temple of Tampaksiring, a 1,000-year old temple built over a natural spring. We'll visit the artists' village of Ovud and explore one of the homes of the Royal Family. We'll also leave enough time to enjoy the wondrous markets of these picturesque villages.
Day 11, Thursday: Bali, Penglipuran
We'll take a trip to the village of Penglipuran, the temple of Bangli and the village of Koloncon where we'll visit the hall of Justice which is decorated with scenes portrayting the rewards of heaven and the punishments of hell. We'll continue to the agricultural area of Bukit Jambul and we'll spend the night at a hotel in Kota Beach.
Day 12, Friday: Bali, Ayong River Cruise
We'll do some whitewater rafting down the Ayong River. The sail in rubber boats crewed by local sailors experienced in the wild waters of Bali. This is one of the highlights of our tour. Afterwards we'll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Day 13, Shabbat: Bali
After Shabbat services and lunch we'll take a walk in the area. We'll visit the monkey forest and the Puri Lukisan Museum. After Shabbat we'll watch a typical Balinese dance show.
Day 14, Sunday: Bali
Today we'll discover the day-to-day life of the Balinese people and enjoy the sights of the middle section of the island. We'll take a self-drive tour in little cars to the market at Tabanan and the rice terraces at Jatiluwih, among the most beautiful terraces in the world, known as the "Steps of the Gods." In the middle of the jungle we'll come across the temple of Batukaru around which there are many scenic trails along which we'll hike.
Day 15, Monday: Bali – Singapore – Home Gateway
A day at leisure to lie on the beach or by the pool. It's also possible to do some last minute shopping on Lagian Road before we depart for the airport. We'll fly to Singapore from where we'll catch our connections to our home gateway.