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Bali, java & beyond

aboard the orion • October 18–november 1, 2009

Journey Beyond the Usual… A land perched atop the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, impacted by China, India, and Europe, and imbued with the fragrant scents of the spice trade, Indonesia is many nations in one. Her natural wonders include active volcanoes, white sand beaches, Komodo dragons, colorful butterflies, rare birds, and lush rainforests, while her culture encompasses the diverse people of 17,000 islands, many of which were once separate countries. Join an expert study leader team on a cruise aboard the luxurious Orion to discover the amazing array of islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Sincerely, p r i c e s n ow r e d u c e d by


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“This is a custom-designed itinerary that you will find now

—L. Pet

experience natural indonesia: white sand beaches, coral reefs, and forests filled with butterflies, birds, and Komodo dragons.

admire traditional crafts, from batik and ikat to wood carvings; and enjoy traditional dances and gamelan orchestra performances.

discover the distinct cultures ponder the ancient civilizations behind the astounding stone temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.

of several of Indonesia’s most remote islands, where few Westerners have ever visited.

Indonesia Educational Program Ka r e l L i e m is the Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology at Harvard, curator of ichthyology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and popular lecturer, author, and editor. He will discuss natural history, regional ecosystems, and the underwater world of Indonesia. “It is not often that I have had the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary study trip to the most diverse country in the world: Indonesia, my birthplace. I am excited to share with you the awe-inspiring natural beauty, bird life, and fish species not only of Bali and Java east of Wallace’s Line, but also of the island west of the line, Komodo, known for its prehistoric giant monitor lizards and dramatic snorkeling sites. This journey gives you the optimal combination of cultural history, breathtaking natural beauty, and the genuine friendship of different peoples, as well as the comfortable accommodations of the Orion and the expertise and experience of her crew, which I can recommend highly.” N a n cy Co o p e r is an adjunct associate professor and lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A cultural anthropologist, she has conducted field research in Indonesia since the 1970s, is fluent in both Bahasa Indonesian and Javanese, and plays the gamelan, a traditional Javanese instrument. “Indonesia is truly an anthropologist’s dream, as each island in the archipelago has its own fascinating history and its people their own local stories. During our time together, I will discuss aspects of traditional and popular culture and introduce you to some of the basic

where else.”

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structures and features of Javanese gamelan music so you can more fully appreciate it when we visit the residence of the Solonese prince. We’ll also look at the artistic traditions of Bali, where expressive culture permeates life itself. Practicing an indigenized form of Hinduism, the Balinese people preserve what is most sacred from their heritage while simultaneously embracing modernity. “ C h a r l e s M a n d e v i l l e is a senior research scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. He recently returned from Indonesia, where he worked on an upcoming History Channel documentary on Krakatau. “Indonesia is an island nation built largely upon volcanoes or their eroded remnants. This makes Indonesia one of the best places in the world to study active volcanoes. As a volcanologist who studied the 1883 eruption of Krakatau, I have devoted much of my career toward increasing our knowledge of eruption processes so that we can more effectively mitigate future volcanic crises, both in Indonesia and elsewhere.” On -B oa r d N at u r a l i sts The Orion is staffed with a crew of naturalists and seasoned guides, including Expedition Program Manager Justin Friend, an adventure travel guide; Expedition Leader Michael Fogg, a marine biologist; Expedition Team Naturalist Darrin Bennett, a bird expert; Expedition Team Naturalist Mark Watson, a wilderness expert; Expedition Team Naturalist Mark Christensen, an expert on coral reefs; Expedition Team

marvel at the massive, volcanic peaks of Bali’s Gunung

Administration Coordinator Petula Clark, a cruise management specialist; and Expedition Team Administration Coordinator Adam Cropp, a snorkeling and diving expert.

Agung and notorious Krakatau, which exploded in 1883.

Travelers from American Museum of Natural History Expeditions, California Academy of Sciences, Harvard Alumni Association Travels, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Princeton Journeys, Smithsonian Journeys, and Stanford Travel/Study will participate in the program. Space is limited.

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dinner in a lovely outdoor setting at our hotel in Yogyakarta, and hear from a guest expert on Indonesian musical traditions.







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Sunday–Tuesday, October 18–20 U.S . / SINGAPORE Fly from the U.S. to Singapore on the recommended flight itinerary or independently. Meet fellow travelers at a festive welcome reception Tuesday evening. R itz-C arlton M i l l e n i a Singapore ( R )

Wednesday, October 21 SINGAPORE ( EMBAR K ) Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore has for centuries been a trading port on sea routes from China, India, and the Middle East. Discover the region’s fascinating past at the Asian Civilizations Museum, home to treasures from the cultures of Asia. Experience modern Singapore during a drive through the Little India and Arab Street neighborhoods and a walk through the city’s bustling Chinatown. ORION (B ,L,D) Thursday and Friday, October 22–23 AT SEA / K RA KATAU Thursday evening, meet the Orion’s captain and crew during a special

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welcome reception and gala welcome dinner aboard ship. On Friday, approach the remains of Krakatau Island, a volcano that caused one of the largest eruptions ever recorded. Landings are not allowed on the lunar-like shores, but we will cruise near the island to gain insight into the eruption’s impact and the recovery of the island’s ecosystem. O R I O N (B, L, D) Saturday, October 24 JA KARTA / SURAKARTA From Jakarta, board a chartered flight to Surakarta. Sample Javanese specialties at the royal residence of Prince Mangkunegoro, and enjoy a dance performance accompanied by gamelan. Continue to the ancient temple complex of Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Prambanan is the largest and most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia, with towering shrines dedicated to Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu, as well as stone basrelief carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Enjoy a traditional Javanese

Sunday, October 25 YOGYAKARTA / SEMARANG At one of Yogyakarta’s family-owned batik workshops, learn about the process of ornately decorating textiles with waxes and dyes. Continue to the awe-inspiring, lotus-shaped temple complex of Borobudur, one of the most sacred places in Buddhist culture. Borobudur was constructed on a natural hill between two volcanoes sometime in the late seventh and early eighth centuries. Each side of this UNESCO World Heritage site contains 92 Buddha statues and more than 1,400 stone panels relating the sagas of the Buddha and others in search of enlightenment. Explore the site, enjoy lunch at the Amanjiwo Hotel, then travel overland to the port of Semarang to reboard the Orion. O R I O N ( B , L, D) Monday, October 26 AT SEA Enjoy the onboard lecture program and the Orion’s amenities. O R I O N ( B , L, D) Tuesday, October 27 SUMBAWA & SATONDA ISLANDS Once a prosperous trading center, Sumbawa was virtually annihilated in 1815 by a powerful eruption. On this now-recovered island, tour the former sultan’s palace in Sumbawa Besar, where

lush, green r i c e t e r r ac e s the sultan’s daughter will share the royal family’s personal photographs and artifacts. Pass through scenic landscapes of terraced rice fields to a traditional village to learn about local customs and attend an exciting buffalo race. Continue to deserted Satonda Island to snorkel in clear, calm waters or hike to a scenic viewpoint. ORION ( B , L, D) Wednesday, October 28 SUMBA ISLAND In the villages of Sumba, tribal cultures still exist much as they always have, informed by religious traditions known as marapu. Visit two distinct villages where strangers are welcomed with an offering of betel nut, and steeply sloped, thatched-roof homes share space with the megalithic tombs of tribal ancestors. Meet local children, observe traditional dances, learn about the trade in aromatic sandalwood, and admire the ikat textiles for which this island is known. OR I O N ( B ,L, D)

sulfur-crested cockatoos, friarbirds, wild boar, and sambar deer. Cruise to “Pink Beach” to swim and snorkel among shimmering tropical fish, vibrant sea fans, and the organ pipe coral that gives this beach its name. O R I O N (B, L ,D) Friday, October 30 PADANGBAI, BALI Skirt the base of the mighty volcano known as Ganung Agung—Bali’s “mother mountain”—and pass glowing green rice fields to Tenganan. Visit an openair folk village with exhibits showcasing the culture of the Bali Aga, the original Balinese people. Stop at Kerta Gosa to see the remnants of an 18th-century palace that was once the center of Bali’s most important kingdom, the Klungkung. Enjoy a performance of Kecak or Monkey Dance, which features a chorus of male vocals accompanying a dramatic battle scene from the Hindu epic Ramayana; and celebrate our Indonesian adventure during a farewell dinner on board. ORION (B ,L , D)

Thursday, October 29 KOMODO ISLAND Only in Indonesia can one find the wild Komodo dragon, the largest living species of lizard. On Komodo Island, join knowledgeable and experienced park rangers for a guided walk through the forest to an area where these lizards are often seen. Other island wildlife includes

Saturday, October 31 Ba l i (D i s e m b a rk ) Disembark for a day of exploration, including a Mas woodworking studio, the Bali Museum, and a Hindu temple. Toast your Indonesian adventure at a festive farewell reception, followed by dinner on your own. S o f i t e l S e m i n yak B a l i (B, L, R)

extraordinary biodiversity Sunday, November 1 B a l i / U. S . Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights to the U.S. ( B )

Rates Include Comprehensive educational program of lectures and discussions • Nine nights aboard the Orion • One night in deluxe accommodations in Singapore, Yogyakarta, and Bali • All meals as indicated in the itinerary • Welcome and farewell receptions • Bottled water throughout the program • Ontour transportation, including charter flight from Jakarta to Surakarta • Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment on board • Audio headsets for clear reception of expert commentary during excursions • All gratuities to local guides and drivers for group activities, and to ship’s staff • Port taxes and entrance fees • Transfers to and from airports for those using or meeting group flights • Baggage handling between airports and hotels for those traveling on recommended group flights • Airport departure tax • Pre-departure materials, including travel information • Professional tour management throughout

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A irfare U.S. domestic and international airfare is not included in the program rates. As of March 2009, round-trip economy class airfare from San Francisco to Singapore, with return from Denpasar, Bali, is estimated at $1,460 per person (subject to change). High Country Passage is happy to assist you with your air travel arrangements and may have special business class fares available.






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Custom-designed for expedition cruising, the 106-passenger Orion is an elegant vessel well equipped for travel in the Indonesian archipelago, and staffed with an expert team of on-board naturalists. Launched in November 2003, the Orion boasts technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices, such as the use of diesel fuel in place of heavy fuel oil, economical engine performance, and onboard recycling programs. The Orion’s 53 spacious staterooms, including 31 suites, feature an ocean view, seating area, en suite marble bathroom, storage space, safe, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, DVD/CD player, choice of queen-size or twin beds, robes, 110 and 220 voltage outlets, and hairdryers. Public areas include two lounges with sweeping views, a lecture theater with armchair-style seating, and a library. A variety of spa and beauty services, as well as a gymnasium, sauna, sun deck, Jacuzzi, and a marina platform at the stern are among the ship’s amenities. Delicious meals are served in a single seating.

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Details What to E x p ec t You will experience varying weather conditions during this trip, with temperatures ranging from the low 70°s to the high 80°s Fahrenheit. Rough seas are always a possibility, and there may be occasional rain showers. This is a moderately active program, with opportunities for walking and snorkeling. Zodiacs are used for most shore excursions. Participants must be in good physical condition; you must be capable, without assistance, of walking at least one mile over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. P otentia l F ue l S u r c h a r ge Every effort is made to keep program costs as low as possible, and rates do not include allowances to cover possible increases in fuel costs. Please be aware that the volatile nature of oil prices may make it necessary to assess a fuel surcharge. We appreciate your understanding. PROGRA M RATE S DO NOT INCLU D E U.S. domestic and international airfare • Passport fees • Indonesian visa fees • Transfers to and from airports for individuals not using or meeting group flights • Excess baggage charges • Meals and beverages not specified as included • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour • Accident/ baggage/cancellation insurance • Medical immunizations • Laundry, room service, telephone, email, and fax calls • Other items of a purely personal nature and not stated as included • Airport security fees imposed by the government or airline

Bali, java & beyond

aboard the orion • October 18–November 1, 2009 Please send your completed reservation form and deposit to High Country Passage, 500 Third Street, Suite 455, San Francisco, CA 94107; (800) 395-3288. Or contact your professional travel advisor. Co n tac t I n f o r m at i o n (please print)

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Canc ellat i o ns & Refu n ds Deposits are fully refundable if a written notice of cancellation is received by High Country Passage within 30 days of receipt of deposit; after that, they are 100% non-refundable. Cancellations after final payment deadline: 100% penalty. All cancellations must be made in writing. I tinerary, Pr o g ram & Cost M o di f i cat i o n s The itinerary, as contained in this brochure, is subject to modifications and change by High Country Passage. Every effort will be made to carry out this program as planned, but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Costs, although given in good faith and based on information available upon publication of the brochure, are also subject to change and revision. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee. Details and costs will be advised prior to your departure.

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Indonesia: Bali, Java & Beyond  

Journey beyond the usual to the exotic, island world of Indonesia, home to active volcanoes, white sand beaches, Komodo dragons, colorful bu...

Indonesia: Bali, Java & Beyond  

Journey beyond the usual to the exotic, island world of Indonesia, home to active volcanoes, white sand beaches, Komodo dragons, colorful bu...