Your adventure begins in New York City, where you’ll meet fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner
Your adventure begins when a chauffered transport arrives at your front door, ready to transfer you to your home city airport. The luxury continues in New York City, where you are personally greeted by our airport representative, and ushered to the private transfer vehicle that will deliver you to your deluxe downtown hotel overlooking New York Harbor. Take some time to rest, enjoy the plush amenities, or do a little exploring in the Big Apple. It may have changed since you've been here last — but then, of course, it is the City that Never Sleeps. This evening you’ll meet your seasoned Adventure Leader and fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Spend an afternoon shopping or exploring New York at your leisure; tonight, you’ll fly to Santiago, Chile
Start the day with a morning at leisure, perhaps shopping or venturing on your own to see the changing face of the area between the High Line and Hudson River, where the impressive Whitney Museum of American Art transforms the sky. Designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, it's the perfect accompaniment to the High Line elevated rail structure, one of the most innovative urban reclamation projects in the city's history. There's plenty of upscale boutique shopping, smaller galleries, and fun cafes in the area, too. Later this afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to Santiago, Chile.
Embark on a tour of Chile’s historic, diverse capital city
Arrive in Chile’s sprawling capital, set between the Andes and the Pacific. You’ll have time to rest and settle in before our afternoon briefing and city tour. Santiago has been Chile’s capital since its founding by the Spanish in 1541, and you will note its architectural diversity as we pass many colonial, neoclassical, Art Deco, and neo-Gothic style buildings. We’ll ride along the famous Alameda — Santiago’s bustling main avenue — and see the Plaza de Armas. This large square dates to the city’s founding and is flanked by important buildings like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the Palacio de la Real Audencia. You’ll also see La Moneda Palace, the president’s residence, before we ride up Cerro San Cristóbal to take in the expansive views of the city and the massive Andean peaks that embrace it. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner in a fine downtown restaurant.
Touring markets and Santa Rita Winery before enjoying 360° views of Santiago from Sky Costanera
Our exploration today begins on the north bank of the Mapocho River where we visit the Mercado de Abasto Tirso de Molina, also called “la Vega.” Farmers from the la Chimba valley have always gathered here to sell their fine produce, but in 1895 a covered warehouse was erected. Today you will see eye-popping displays of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, clothing and more — not to mention a full complement of local color. Next we’ll venture to the outskirts of the city to sample another of Chile’s famous agricultural gifts: wine. Our destination is the Santa Rita Winery where you will tour the vineyards and cellars, and taste some delicious vintages, and enjoy lunch. Back in the city we stop at the Costanera Center and ascend nearly 1,000 feet above Santiago at Sky Costanera, an observatory tower that is South America’s highest viewpoint. Dinner this evening is on your own. Your Adventure Leader can make many suggestions as can your VIP concierge.
Discovering Chile’s folk tradition and cowboy culture at Puro Caballo ranch
After breakfast we’ll ride outside the city through vineyards and avocado plantations to Casablanca and Puro Caballo. The name means “pure horse,” but your experience at this ranch goes well beyond equestrian matters to present the traditional huaso or cowboy culture that is an important part of Chilean identity. The staff here dress in traditional costumes and will perform some folk dances, demonstrate ranch hand practices, and also regale us with a rodeo show. A barbecue lunch of Chilean specialties is also included. Tonight, relax before regrouping for dinner in our elegant hotel, which offers myriad sea views.
View Valparaiso through the eyes of its poet son Pablo Neruda before venturing to the resort town of Viña del Mar
Today we’ll explore a bevy of seaside villages on the Pacific Coast, , including famous Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two cities that couldn’t be more different. Valparaiso or “Valpo” was the birthplace in 1904 of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, and today it is still a thriving center of art, as you will see from the creative graffiti adorning many old city walls. We’ll explore the historic center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is dotted with escaleras (stairways), funiculars, cobbled lanes, and pastel town homes in various architectural styles. Valpo’s gritty charm stands in sharp contrast to Viña del Mar, a glittering resort town whose sandy beaches and elegant malls attract an international clientele. We’ll also stop along the coast to see some other eclectic villages like Concón. Called “Con Con” by the locals, the name derives from the indigenous Chango word “co” for "water," and its duplication references the fact that here is where the Pacific Ocean and Río Aconcagua meet. Lunch will be at a local restaurant where you can try the freshest Chilean seafood.
It’s adios Santiago as we fly to sweeping Buenos Aires, home of the tantalizing tango, which we’ll learn in a private lesson and show
Say adios to Santiago as we transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s sophisticated, European-flavored capital and birthplace of the tango. We arrive late this afternoon and transfer to our exquisite 5-Star hotel, located in the heart of the city. Your bags will be delivered to your room by butler service, giving you the chance to unwind as you prepare for this evening’s special event—an unforgettable experience showcasing Argentina’s famous tango! Considered an integral part of the city’s culture and history, the sultry tango has been declared part of the world's "Intangible Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO. Cultural Discovery: We learn a few steps during a private tango lesson with professional dancers at El Viejo Almacén, a 19th-century tango hall that is considered by locals to be the most traditional in Buenos Aires. You’ll celebrate this famous dance with dinner and a fiery tango show, complete with colorfully costumed dancers and the passionate sounds of its distinctive music.
The essential Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero, La Boca, Plaza de Mayo, and lunch at the famous Café Tortoni
After breakfast, we begin our exploration of Buenos Aires with a private tour of the city’s highlights, starting with Puerto Madero—a former dockland along the Rio de la Plata that is now a stylish waterfront district. We also see the colorful La Boca district, once the gritty home of African slaves, Genoese sailors, and other immigrants. Argentinians claim that the tango was born here and especially along the cobbled street called El Caminito, you will see many stalls selling tango wares and dancers practicing their paces. La Boca is also famous for its rainbow of brightly painted houses. We’ll also see the central Plaza de Mayo, the main governmental square with its Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada, the President’s palace. Its balcony was where Eva Perón (Evita) famously addressed the masses, and her presence is still felt throughout Buenos Aires today, nearly 70 years after her death. Cultural Discovery: At the end of our tour we’ll walk to the famous Café Tortoni, a popular gathering place among the 19th century’s elite, for lunch. Inspired by a Parisian café, the ornately appointed, art-filled Café Tortoni is considered among the world’s most beautiful.
The balance of the afternoon is free for you to relax and explore or shop on your own.
Discover the pleasures and particulars of polo on an excursion to the Argentinean Pampas
Today you will be introduced to Argentina’s rich polo culture. The country is known for its champion polo players, and we learn about the sport’s rich history and tradition during an excursion to an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas, or vast lowland plains. Cultural Discovery: Our day begins with a visit to a renowned polo ranch. We’ll learn more about the sport and horses, and witness some impressive horsemanship during a private exhibition of two chukkers — the best way to be introduced to the game. And once we’re inspired and knowledgeable, it’ll be our chance to ride during a polo lesson with some professional players. Our day at the ranch will also include a delicious barbecue lunch. Once we’ve returned to beautiful Buenos Aires, the balance of the day and evening is at leisure.
Fly to stunning Iguassu Falls for a walking tour from the Argentinean side, before a sumptuous dinner with a view
After breakfast, we fly to stunning Iguassu Falls, a series of cataracts that is taller than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls, and which comprises the largest waterfall system in the world. It sprawls across both the Argentinian and Brazilian borders and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, our VIP concierge tends to your luggage and assists with a private transfer to our luxury hotel. You room here offers a spectacular view of the magnificent cascades.
Unforgettable Moment: You’re in for a real treat this afternoon as we view Iguassu Falls from the Argentinian side. We’ll head out on a walking tour, following the pathways along the park’s upper trail. You’ll find that the Argentinean side offers the most varied up-close views. This evening, we savor an included dinner at Garganta del Diablo restaurant, where the views are as fine as the cuisine.
Cross the Brazil border to view Iguassu from some exhilarating angles, then take a rewarding boat ride into Devil’s Throat
Today's view of the falls from the Brazilian side offers a completely different perspective. We venture along a sturdy catwalk 3,600 feet over the falls for a remarkable view of the Devil's Throat, where water thunders down into a U-shaped canyon and multiple rainbows abound. Later, we savor lunch at the park. Then, for a closer and more thrilling view, we ride to Macuco, take in the exotic jungle flora and fauna, and then embark an inflatable expedition boat and zoom right into the horseshoe of the Devil’s Throat. Prepare to get a little wet!
Back at the hotel this evening, we gather for a private cocktail party accompanied by a harpist as you toast yet another peak experience during your global adventure.
Fly to fabulous Rio de Janeiro, breeze up Sugar Loaf Mountain in a cable car, then dine at a churrascaria
Today we'll transfer to the airport and fly to Rio, Brazil’s largest and most famous city. One look at its powdery white beaches, humped emerald islands, and mountain peaks, and you will know why the native cariocas call it Cidade Maravilhosa, or “marvelous city.” But the marvel of Rio is more than skin-deep: here is a cultural hub where the samba is literally danced in the street, where you will find most of Brazil’s major media and entertainment outlets, and where you can enjoy the nation’s hottest arts and culinary scene. Unforgettable Moment: This afternoon, we’ll arrive and ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain—the granite peak that overlooks the city, where we’ll enjoy sweeping views of the bay and its many curving beaches, and the peak of Corcovado.
This evening we’ll enjoy dinner at a local churrascaria, a popular rotisserie-type restaurant. The rodízio service we enjoy here has waiters come to our table to present different grilled meats on skewers, which they slice off for us with large knives. You’ll be able to sample various cuts, all accompanied by delicious side dishes. Later, relax at your deluxe hotel in the heart of world-famous Copacabana beach.
Rio’s Carioca Landscape, Christ the Redeemer, and legendary Copacabana
Set off on a scenic ride aboard a cogwheel rail train through the Tijuca Forest. Nestled among the hanging orchids and lush palm trees are many wildlife species. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful toucans with their giant beaks, scampering lizards, tiny tamarin monkeys, and butterflies. Unforgettable Moment: The area of Rio that sprawls between the mountains and the sea is called the Carioca Landscape and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site both for its natural and cultural significance. When we reach the top of Corcovado Mountain, you will behold the huge Christ the Redeemer statue—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and take in the best view of Rio de Janeiro.
Back in Rio we’ll stop along the beach and grab a cold coconut water from a streetside vendor, then continue to the Confeitaria Colombo. This opulent 19th-century café is adorned with gilded mirrors, marble counters, and stained glass, and has long been beloved for its decadent pastries and sweets. We’ll enjoy a buffet lunch upstairs at its Cristóvão restaurant, then have the rest of the afternoon free. Our historic hotel on Copacabana has its own private beach. Perhaps you’ll relax on a chaise lounge and let a waiter bring you a frosty caipirinha, the national drink made with cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lime. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Fly overnight to Johannesburg, South Africa
After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to South Africa.
Discover Botswana from a deluxe riverboat in Chobe National Park
Upon arrival in Johannesburg we’ll board a connecting flight to Kasane in neighboring Botswana. Then we’ll transfer overland to our deluxe safari riverboat, which is moored on the Chobe River. This unique vessel will be our floating safari lodge for the next three nights. A welcome cocktail and lunch onboard is followed by a wildlife cruise on the Kasai Channel, which connects the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Keep you eyes peeled for hippo, crocodiles, and other animals that come to water at the shore. Dinner tonight is on board. Enjoy the peace and beauty of Africa from your balcony or one of the ship’s decks as dusk descends and the stars come out.
Safari time! Venture through Chobe’s woodlands in 4x4 vehicles in search of giraffe, warthogs, antelope, and more
Our first morning game-spotting adventure will take place on land as we board 4x4 vehicles and explore the woodlands of Chobe, Botswana’s first (and most biologically diverse) national park. Chobe is home to the world’s largest concentrations of African elephants, and you are sure to see some of these giant, intelligent beasts on today’s game drive. You might also see sable, giraffe, Cape buffalo, warthogs, and puku antelope. Chobe is an excellent spot for birding and you may see carmine bee eaters, spoonbills, stork, and many other waterfowl. We’ll return to our ship for lunch as the vessel cruises the Zambezi River. Then, enjoy an afternoon river safari as we board smaller motorcraft to take in the scene. You might notice zebra here and in turn, the predators who follow them including lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. Return to ship in time for sundowners and dinner.
Relax on board — and scout for nature — as we sail to Impalila Island, Namibia
A relaxing day on board as we meander along the river to Kabulabula. Find a lounge chair on deck, and take in the scenery as we pass dense woodlands, marshes, lakes, and grasslands that abound with life. The juxtaposition of your rugged surroundings and the at-your-elbow service of our fine crew makes for a truly unique safari experience. Watch out for birds and game, and the occasional passing fishermen or villagers traveling in wooden mokoro canoes.
Game viewing, local delicacies, and survey nature’s majesty from a private bungalow
After breakfast we’ll disembark our ship and board smaller boats for more game viewing, perhaps spotting herds of elephant taking their daily bath. We’ll have lunch in our “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river and feast on some local delicacies, then we disembark and transfer overland to our deluxe safari lodge, perhaps catching a glimpse of hippopotami, Cape buffalo, or other large game along the Sedudu Island waterfront. The deluxe Cascade Island Lodge boasts a secluded and romantic setting, spread across a series of islets connected by wooden walkways. Settle into your private bungalow for a restful evening.
Visit a local village and school for an unforgettable cultural experience
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and then get ready for a unique encounter. Cultural Discovery: This morning we will travel to a local village school and meet the teachers and students. The children are happy and proud to show us what they are learning and you will be touched by their smiles and excitement. Lunch will be back at the lodge and then you are free to relax for the afternoon. Perhaps you'll cool off in your personal plunge pool or do some birdwatching from your private deck. Cultural Discovery: Tonight after a delicious dinner a local storyteller will regale us with myths and legends of the local Tswana and Subian people.
Immerse yourself in local customs and traditions during a village and home visit
You heard stories about the native Tswana and Subian people last night…. Now you will meet them during a special village encounter. Cultural Discovery: After breakfast we travel to a neighboring village, where some of the local people welcome us into their homes. You’ll learn about marriage and family customs, and witness the daily work and customs of our kind hosts, perhaps trying your own hand at some household chores. Lunch is served back at the lodge and the rest of the day is yours to relax. Maybe you’ll catnap in a hammock or join your travel mates for a game of cards. Tonight we dine under a dense canopy of African stars—your chance to see the Southern Cross and other brilliant constellations.
Transfer to Johannesburg for an overnight flight to Cairo
After breakfast we’ll journey overland to Kasane and board a flight to Johannesburg. From here, we fly overnight directly to Cairo for the next leg of our adventure.
Enjoy modern amenities along the Nile as you settle into your Cairo hotel
Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our lodgings in Garden City neighborhood of Cairo. You will find plenty to divert you at our Deluxe, modern hotel overlooking the Nile. Perhaps you’ll go for a swim thirty stories up at the rooftop pool, or enjoy a spa treatment. We’ll enjoy dinner tonight at one of the hotel’s eight fine restaurants.
Follow in the footsteps of the pharaohs inside the Egyptian Museum, featuring King Tut’s mummy
Enjoy a leisurely morning and then, after lunch at the hotel, you will become acquainted with the glory of ancient Egypt at the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The museum was founded in 1835 and was housed in several different locations until 1902, when it opened in its present Tahrir Square location. The museum’s more than 120,000 artifacts comprise the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities— a collection so vast that only a fraction of it can be displayed. You will see many stunning and priceless objects: gold jewelry, ancient toys, large statues, and various mummies. A highlight will surely be the museum’s most famous display: the treasures of King Tutankhamun, including the mummy, sarcophagus, and death mask of the boy king. After our tour the balance of the afternoon is free until we reconvene for a cocktail reception and a festive dinner at the hotel.
Prepare to cross the Pyramids and Sphinx off your bucket list as you explore the Giza plateau
Unforgettable Moment: Your bucket list will get a little smaller after today because our morning excursion brings us to the Giza plateau to see the last of the Ancient Wonders of the World still standing: the amazing Pyramids. You will see all three of the pyramids: the smallest, Menkaure (Mykerinos), Chephren (Khafre), and the largest, the Great Pyramid of Cheops (or Khufu.) Also nearby you will see the Sphinx, the giant statue cut from the bedrock in the shape of a lion’s body with a man’s head. It is the oldest known monumental statue in Egypt, built between 2558–2532 B.C.
The Sphinx and the Pyramids comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with our next destination: The Step Pyramid of King Djoser at Sakkara. Built in the 27th-century B.C., this ziggurat-like mortuary temple is thought to be the world’s oldest cut stone building. From here we return to our hotel to relax a bit before our dinner at a local restaurant.
Tour Cairo’s Islamic quarter and Museum of Islamic Art, followed by a visit to the colorful, fragrant souk
Today we move forward in time to another period of Egypt’s 7,000-year old human history. Islam came to Egypt around 641 A.D. and though the invading Arabs admired the capital at Alexandria they founded a new one in present day Cairo around 969. This medieval section is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the focus of today’s exploration.
Cultural Discovery: Begin with a tour of Islamic Cairo, featuring visits to the fortified, medieval Citadel and its grand, domed Mosque of Muhammad Ali (aka the Alabaster Mosque), along with a lecture about Islam by a knowledgeable local guide. Be sure to have your camera at hand, as the Citadel’s hilltop site offers panoramic views of the city below. Then, transfer to Cairo’s scenic Al Azhar Park — a vast public green space in Old Cairo — for lunch at a popular restaurant. Your tour continues with a trip to the Museum of Islamic Art, home to one of the world’s most important collections of Islamic artifacts, followed by an excursion to Cairo’s Old Town. Here you will have a chance to wander the overflowing stalls and storefronts of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar—a traditional souk abounding with spices, brassware, carpets, clothing, jewelry, and all manner of souvenirs and collectibles.
This evening, recall your adventures in and around Cairo during dinner at the hotel.
Transfer to airport for a flight to Bangkok
After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport and board our flight, arriving in Bangkok the next day.
Behold the banks of the Chao Phraya River, your home for the next three nights
After arriving we’ll transfer to our Deluxe hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and have the rest of the day free. This evening we’ll get together for a cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.
Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn, and inside the city’s surprising silk history at the Jim Thompson House
Get acquainted with Bangkok past and present during this morning’s cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Lined with high rise hotels and gilded temples, the river is just part of the city’s network of waterways and canals called klongs, where longtail boats ferry commuters from neighborhood to neighborhood. We will stop to see the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and to peek at the floating houseboats before we pause for lunch at a local restaurant.
Cultural Discovery: In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Jim Thompson House, the home of an American businessman who almost single-handedly revived the Thai silk industry after World War II. Here you will admire some exquisite textiles and learn how they are made, see some stunning Thai art and restored houses, and also hear the fascinating life story of Thompson himself. And enigmatic figure, Thompson was variously an Army officer, CIA agent, entrepreneur, spy, and a lover of Thai art and culture. His efforts to revive the silk trade helped to raise many local families from poverty, and he steadfastly ran the business as a cottage industry so local women could work from home, thereby retaining their household status while becoming breadwinners. Thompson mysteriously disappeared in 1967 and there are many conspiracy theories about his death.
Tonight you will be presented with a Dine Around certificate that can be used at your choice of local restaurants.
Meander the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha before a delectable Thai dinner and show
A day to explore the main attractions of Bangkok, starting with the floating Flower Market, where vendors sit astride their little boats laden with all manner of colorful tropical flowers and produce. Next, we tour the Grand Palace, a complex of gilded statues, royal residences, and temples including Wat Phra Keo, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This tiny jade figurine is one of the most important symbols of Thailand. Cultural Discovery: This evening for our last night in Bangkok we’ll enjoy a special Thai Dinner and Show at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Set on the Chao Phraya River in a richly decorated, northern Thai-style pavilion, the restaurant offers a classical music and dance show as you dine on traditional fare such as Lon Poo Talay (sea crab meat cooked in coconut milk), Yaam Talay (spiced seafood salad) or Mussamun Nuea (southern style beef curry with sweet potato and onion).
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying to metropolitan Singapore
Enjoy a leisurely morning before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Singapore, the cosmopolitan island-country at the southernmost tip of continental Asia. Cultural Discovery: Upon arrival late this afternoon, we are greeted in the traditional fashion with a special orchid lei presentation.
After, we transfer to our 5-Star hotel in the heart of prestigious Marina Bay—just a short distance from six of Singapore's most exciting malls. More than 1,000 shops, 300 restaurants, and an array of world-class attractions are right outside our door. Your bags will be brought to your room by our butler service. This evening, we gather for dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Singapore hotspots, then take a trishaw ride before an indulgent dim sum lunch
Singapore is known by many names, the Garden City and the Lion City among them. As we witness both its beauty and its might during our stay here, we get insight into these monikers. During our panoramic city tour, we’ll see the cricket club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, and Merlion Park—featuring impressive views of Marina Bay. We delve a little deeper into Singapore’s diverse culture during visits to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Little India, and the Yong Gallery.
Cultural Discoveries: This afternoon, explore the alleys around popular Bugis Street in “local” style during a trishaw ride. Then sample Singapore’s flavorful Chinese influence during a dim sum lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to relax at your Deluxe hotel as you look forward to a lovely evening at the world-renowned Raffles Singapore — an Asian legend since 1887. Here at the Long Bar the famous Singapore Sling was invented—and henceforward enjoyed by a long line of celebrities including Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II, and many others. After raising your glass here you’ll adjourn to the Raffles Grill for dinner.
Singapore’s spectacular Botanic Gardens — then it’s on to paradise on earth, Bali
This morning we’ll visit a remarkable attraction: the Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, 60 acres of spectacular floral displays, including the National Orchid Garden. Founded in 1859, it is one of only three gardens on the planet to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll return to our hotel to check out and then proceed to the airport for our flight to Bali. Variously called the “Morning of the World” and the “Island of a Thousand Temples,” Bali is quite simply a bit of paradise on earth. Upon arrival, we are greeted with a traditional Balinese flower garland before transferring to the luxurious all-villa Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, a legendary hideaway listed among Travel + Leisure's 500 Best Hotels in the World in 2014. Our tropical resort is set on a sweeping ocean bay amongst lush greenery and brilliant flowers. During your stay, you'll enjoy your own Balinese thatched villa with ocean views and a private plunge pool.
Exploring Ubud: monkeys, markets, and a home visit with an historic Brahman family
Today we explore Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of the island. We begin with a visit to the famous Monkey Forest to see the resident macaques, followed by visits to several remarkable temples and the Neka Museum. Then, we follow the forest road — lined with colorful shops, boutiques, cafés, and galleries — stopping to try our bargaining skills at a local market and visiting the Ida Bagus Marka wood carving workshop.
Cultural Discovery: For lunch, we’ll enjoy Balinese hospitality at its best as guests of a highly respected Brahman family whose ancestors brought Hinduism from Java to Bali in the 14th century. Their beautiful, traditional Brahman home will give us an authentic glimpse into their daily lives. Balinese Dinner ad Dance Show tonight.
Discovering the heart of Indonesia with a Balinese school visit and trip to a royal temple
Cultural Discovery: After breakfast, we visit a Mengwi village, where you will interact with students at a local school. Afterward, enjoy a bus ride through scenic villages to the temple of Taman Ayun — a scenic Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire, surrounded by a large fishpond. The beautiful, open landscape garden in the front courtyard welcomes all temple visitors — and is an ideal spot for a stroll. This area is notable as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its iconic terraced landscapes and the sanuk system of democratic water management that sustains it. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant.
Cultural Discovery: Our last night in paradise begins with a Cocktail Reception at the resort, followed by a Farewell Barbecue Dinner at the hotel. Our meal will be punctuated by a performance of traditional Balinese dance, with beautifully costumed artists enacting myths and legends through graceful and symbolic movements.
Enjoy one last breakfast in Bali before flying to San Francisco
We depart our resort after breakfast and transfer to the airport, arriving in San Francisco later the same day in time for dinner on your own.
The San Francisco treat! Explore this dynamic cultural capital or relax for the day
Enjoy a full day to relax explore on your own, or do some last-minute shopping. Our elegant hotel is conveniently set on famous Nob Hill, within minutes of Chinatown and Union Square, and with a cable car stop right across the street. Your Adventure Leader and VIP concierge can offer plenty of suggestions for nearby attractions and lunch spots. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
What a whirlwind it’s been, now it’s time to fly home
You’ll land back in your home city today, but your VIP treatment isn’t over just yet. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by your chauffeur for your private transfer back to your doorstep. It’s the perfect way to end this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.
(Please be advised that you may be picked up in a limo, a sedan, or something similar, depending upon vehicle availability at the time and place of your pickup.)
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