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Treasures of Indonesia

Find harmony in the beautiful sites and exquisite landscapes of Java and Bali. Dive right into the soul of the country on the island of Java, exploring Yogyakarta’s creative culture. Visit Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites; the 10th century Prambanan Hindu Temple and the colossal Buddhist monument of Borobudur, both UNESCO Heritage Sites. Hop the train for a ride across the bucolic landscape of central Java and spend time in two smaller towns to enjoy a cooking class, a bicycle excursion, and community explorations. The natural environment is as stunning as the architecture and one of the highlights of your trip is sure to be your experience of Mount Bromo, Java’s highest peak set in a lunar landscape of epic proportions.

The cultural landscape of Bali, where we spend the second part of our trip, is another UNESCO World Heritage site; the verdant rice terraces speak of an entire way of life. Explore Ubud’s traditional culture in temples, art, and dance, and marvel at the views by the sea at Canggu Beach.

You’ll be staying in small boutique hotels; we have selected three hotels of the Tugu group for stays in Blitar, Malang, and Bali. These hotels are owned by one of Indonesia’s biggest collectors of fine art and cultural antiquities; we will see stunning collections on display at each hotel. Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art to meet with the founder who has built one of Indonesia’s most impressive private art collections.

Join study leader Paula Swart for a leisurely exploration of the best of Java and Bali.
 
 
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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Indonesia | 13 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Oct 01-13, 2020
Cost:
US$5295
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for participants arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodations at hotels listed or similar, based on double occupancy; flight from Surabaya to Denpasar, economy class; all land transportation by private vehicle with air conditioning; bottled water available on coach for use while on coach; meals as indicated in the itinerary including bottled water, coffee & tea; experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; all sightseeing as listed in itinerary; all entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary; all taxes; gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; cooking class; Batik workshop and Gamelan workshop; two traditional dance performances; two presentations by local scholars; presentations by your study leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Yogyakarta
Day 2: Yogyakarta’s palace and temple
Day 3: The iconic Borobodur Temple
Day 4: Temples and Town Life in Blitar
Day 5: Cooking and Cycling in Blitar
Day 6: Coffee Plantations en route to Malang
Day 7: Epic Sunrise on Mount Bromo
Day 8: Fly to Bali, A First Look of Ubud
Day 9: Balinese Rural Life
Day 10: Traditional Balinese Arts of Gamelan, Batik, and Kecak
Day 11: Temples and a Hosted Dinner
Day 12: Countryside Exploration by Land Rover
Day 13: Depart Bali
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Indonesia | 13 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Oct 01-13, 2020
Cost:
US$5295
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for participants arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodations at hotels listed or similar, based on double occupancy; flight from Surabaya to Denpasar, economy class; all land transportation by private vehicle with air conditioning; bottled water available on coach for use while on coach; meals as indicated in the itinerary including bottled water, coffee & tea; experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; all sightseeing as listed in itinerary; all entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary; all taxes; gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; cooking class; Batik workshop and Gamelan workshop; two traditional dance performances; two presentations by local scholars; presentations by your study leader.

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