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Indonesian Island Discovery

from £3775
We explore a string of idyllic islands, marvel at the world’s largest Buddhist temple, uncover the natural beauty of Indonesia’s active volcanoes, lush countryside and rice plantations, with any luck encountering the fascinating Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards.

Enjoy the beauty of exotic islands, scenic and secluded beaches, marvel the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and walk through hidden paths of coastal lowlands, rice paddies, past rivers and coconut plantations.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Phuket, Thailand - Drive along scenic beach roads via Patong, Karon, Kata, followed by a walk with a local guide along Promthep Cape. We visit the temple of Wat Chalong, the centuries old Sino-Portugese building at Thalang Road.

 Sabang, Sumatra - We explore the city of Sabang and continue to Anak Laut Lake. A visit to the village of Iboih is followed by time at leisure to swim at Gapang Beach and visit the local market.

 Singapore - Take a ride on the world’s largest giant observation wheel, 165m high, enjoying panoramic views of Singapore and beyond. Later we explore two magnificent climate conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The following morning we visit the oldest Indian temple and visit the oldest Buddhist monastery.

 Semarang, Java - Walk around Tiago Agro Plantation to view the huge variety of trees, including rubber, coffee, cinnamon and Kapuk. After lunch we visit Lawang Sewu, the building of ‘a thousand doors.

 Lombok, Indonesia - Walk from the hillside at Kerandangan through Senggigi beach and on to Baun Pusek, from where we hope to find endemic reptiles, mammals and butterflies.

 Komodo Island, Indonesia - If luck is on our side, we see the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard on earth. Accompanied by a local ranger, we should also see wild buffalo, deer and various species of tropical birds. Next is an excursion to the secluded village of Kampung Komodo where we can swim in the clear waters of Pantai Merah.

 Bali, Indonesia - The GWK Cultural Park showcases the art and culture of this 'Island of the Gods' amid dramatic natural backdrops and breathtaking panoramic vistas. We also visit the Uluwatu Temple.

 


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Phuket with a local guide
  • Ride the 165m observation wheel at Singapore for stunning view
  • Discover endemic flora & fauna in Lombok and meet the local hill people
  • Komodo dragons!
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3/SS/P

  1. Day 1 to 2

    We depart from London Heathrow and fly overnight to Phuket via Bangkok. On arrival we transfer by luxury coach to:

    Deevana Plaza Phuket, Patong

    239/14 Raj-U-Thid

    200 Pee Rd.

    Tambon

    Patong

    Phuket 83150

    for one night. Dinner will be taken this evening in the hotel.

  2. Day 3 to 4

    After checking out of our hotel we have 2 full days to explore this fascinating city and its environs.

    Both days will be spent with a guide, exploring the town of Phuket, including the Thalang National Museum, together with some down time to relax and swim.

    On our second day we go out into the country a little and visit various views, points, including Wat Chalong, which is the centre for worship in Phuket. High in the Nakkerd Hills, northwest of Chalong Circle, the 45m-high Big Buddha sits in imposing fashion on the island's finest viewpoint

    On the evening of 28th November we embark Boudicca and late afternoon on 29th November set sail for Sabang in Sumatra.

  3. Day 5

    The small island of Weh (commonly referred to as Sabang), is our first port of call and is the westernmost island in the Indonesian archipelago.

    With a local guide, we explore the city of Sabang and Anak Laut Lake, followed by the monument of Merauke – The Zero Kilometre Monument. Later in the day we visit two small villages and a local market and if time permits make a short stop at leisure to swim.

  4. Day 6

    We have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the facilities of Boudicca as she sails south east towards Singapore, at the southern tip of Malaysia. We have time to enjoy the ship’s facilities where there is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee or a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

  5. Day 7 to 8

    Our two days in Singapore could not be more diverse and different to the previous 4 or 5 days.

    We spread our time between exploring the city, where we initially take a ride on the ‘ Singapore Flyer ‘, a 35 min ride on the World’s Largest Observation Wheel, taking us 165metres high in the sky to enjoy panoramic views of Singapore and beyond.

    Later we spend time in the city’s green jewel, the UNESCO listed World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens.

  6. Day 9 to 10

    We have two days at sea to relax, enjoy the facilities of Boudicca, to reflect on our journey so far and the fascinating places we have visited.

  7. Day 11

    On arrival in Semarang, we take transport to the Tlogo Agro plantation, which we explore on foot, to see the many variety of trees (rubber trees, coffee, cinnamon and Kapuk tree) and take an early lunch at the plantation.

    Later we visit Lawang Sewu – building of a thousand doors and home of the Japanese Military HQ during World War II – and if time permits, Sampokong, the shrine once visited by the Islamic Chinese Admiral Sheng He.

  8. Day 12

    We have a further day at sea to relax and enjoy the facilities of Boudicca as she sails east towards Lombok.

  9. Day 13

    On arrival in Lombok, we travel by local transport to the start point of our walk – Kerandangan Beach. With a local guide, we trek for some 3 hours with many stunning panoramas of Senggigi beach, see the many different types of vegetation, find endemic reptiles and mammals as well as meeting the local hill people in their plantation areas.

    We stop for our picnic lunch at Baun Pusek at a café house and enjoy ‘ pisang goreng ‘ fried banana or any other of the many local snacks before returning to Boudicca late afternoon.

  10. Day 14

    Possibly the highlight of our cruise, our purpose today is to see the Komodo Dragon. The largest living lizard on earth its length can go up to 3 metres and its weight up to 90 kgs.

    We visit Komodo island (Loh Ling) and walk through unspoiled scenery with a guide & local ranger in search of the Komodo dragons. We should see wild buffalo, deer, pigs and many species of tropical birds such as the cockatoo. Returning to Loh Liang we take a boat to the secluded village of Kampung Komodo where we will have the opportunity to meet the people, see the way they live and visit the school.

    Time permitting, we may be able to take a short diversion to Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) to swim prior to returning to Boudicca.

  11. Day 15 to 16

    We have 1½ days in Bali to explore this most romantic sounding location. On one of the days we will explore the capital, Denpasar, with a local guide and the second day take a trek through the hinterland from Sanur, through to Mengwi. We walk over small, hidden paths through the rice paddies, past rivers and coconut plantations with a guide, who will explain the ancient Balinese Subak system that is used to distribute water evenly to all farmers to water the rice fields.

    We take lunch in a local restaurant in Mengwi before continuing to the temple of Mengwi and the holy monkey forest before ending at the spectacular Tanah Lot temple, built on the top of a rock in the Indian Ocean.

    We return to the port and our final night on board Boudicca.

  12. Day 17

    Sadly we must say goodbye to Boudicca and our Indonesian journey, but before we do we still have a short time left to further explore Bali before our mid-afternoon return flight to London Heathrow.

  13. Day 18

    We are scheduled to arrive back at London Heathrow at 6.30am, having travelled overnight via Bangkok on Thaiairlines.

Travel Details

Flights with Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Phuket returning from Denpasar, Bali via Bangkok both ways. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

This cruise begins with an overnight hotel stay in Phuket, Thailand.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boudicca

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

View the deck plan for Boudicca

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory.  If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.