Highlights of Singapore and Bali

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8 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

Discover the multicultural Mecca of Singapore and the unique culture and heritage of Bali in this tour full of highlights. Wander through Singapore’s Chinatown and Little India to sample delicious culinary masterpieces, relax on Bali’s picture-perfect beaches, and feel the magic in charming Ubud.

 

Highlights of Singapore and Bali

 

       Explore Singapore, a city state at the crossroads of culture. Singapore warmly embraces the kaleidoscope of peoples that call the country home, and which you’ll discover in the cultural enclaves of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam (Malay district). And this melting pot has left a lasting impact on the vibrant culinary scene, one of Southeast Asia’s best. In recent years, awe-inspiring, futuristic attractions like Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands have enhanced the city skyline. However, the country still retains its charming, historic neighborhoods crisscrossed by crowded side streets still teeming with traditional vendor stalls. Nicknamed, the “City in a Garden”, Singapore is covered in greenery and full of impressive gardens, such as the Singapore Botanic Garden which is home to the world’s largest orchid display.

 

     Then, continue your Asian adventure in Bali. Stay in artistic and wonderfully serene Ubud, the cultural epicenter of this lush and laid-back island. Hindu temples adorn the urban landscape while looming volcanoes and vibrant green rice terraces decorate the horizon. Ubud is the type of town where time takes a break, where days among the restaurants, cafes and artisan street stalls inadvertently turn to weeks. You’ll have a hard time leaving Ubud, and an even harder time forgetting it!

 

     Upon arrival to Changi Airport - Singapore, we transfer to our boutique hotel for refreshment.

    Your afternoon visit of the city takes you to the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world and a destination I love looking forward to so I can all the hawker food, Indian food, delicious seafood, and wander the lovely hiking trails in the north and sit on the beaches in the south.

    Singapore's 21st-century botanic garden is a S$1 billion, 101-hectare fantasy land of space-age biodomes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. The Flower Dome replicates the dry Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the astounding Cloud Forest is a tropical montane affair. The blooming Floral Fantasy, opened in 2019, interweaves floral artistry and technology magically, complete with a 4D ride. Connecting two of the Supertrees is the OCBC Skyway, offering knockout views. At 7.45pm and 8.45pm, the Supertrees burst into light for the Garden Rhapsody show.

     Directly west of Supertree Grove are the Heritage Gardens, four themed spaces inspired by the cultures of Singapore's three main ethnic groups – Chinese, Malay and Indian – as well as its former colonial ruler. South of the Supertree Grove is British artist Marc Quinn's extraordinary sculpture, Planet, a 7-tonne infant seemingly floating above the lawn. It's one of several artworks gracing the grounds.

    You can wander in the gardens until sunset to enjoy the fascinating Sound and Light Show before checking out the Singaporean favorite, Satay by the Bay, for delicious dinner options.

   Then, you can stroll along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade for excellent city-views before returning to your hotel for a restful.

  Next day, start the morning in Singapore’s iconic Chinatown, a wonderful testament to Singapore’s vibrant and thriving Chinese culture. As is the case with most Chinatowns in the world, if you travel for food, then this is an excellent place to stay in Singapore. Here you’ll find plenty of food options from cheap hawker centers to trendier bars and restaurants. Budget travelers will find a good selection of hostels and boutique hotels here as well.

   We visitted the Chinatown Heritage Center. Occupying several levels of a converted shophouse, its interactive exhibitions shed light on numerous historical chapters, from the treacherous journey of Singapore's early Chinese immigrants to the development of local clan associations to the district's notorious opium dens. It's an evocative place, digging well beneath modern Chinatown's touristy veneer.

   Next, we visitted Tea Chapter, and Baba house before feasting on lunch at Maxwell’s Hawker Center, famous for Singaporean specialities like Tian Tian Chicken, dim sum, and laksa noodles. Fragrant chicken rice, nutty satay, sweet and sour rojak, spicy barbecue sambal stingray: Singapore's hawker food is the stuff of legend, and celebrity chefs, including the late Anthony Bourdain and New York Times writer Johnny Apple, have raved about the dazzling array of cheap, lip-smacking dishes available – you'll even find two Michelin-starred stalls! There's really no better way to get into Singapore's psyche than through its cuisine, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to sweat it out over steaming plates of tried, tested and perfected local favourites.

   Baba House is one of Singapore's best-preserved Peranakan heritage homes. Built in the 1890s, this beautiful blue three-storey building was donated to the National University of Singapore (NUS) by a member of the family that used to live here. The NUS then set about renovating it so that it best matched how it would have looked in 1928 when, according to the family, Baba House was at its most resplendent. The only way in is on a guided or self-guided tour; bookings are essential.

   Step inside and marvel at the meticulously maintained period furniture and antiques, as well as the building's intricate architectural details. Learn the stories of the house and its former occupants, whose original family photos still grace the walls. The elaborate bedrooms on the 2nd floor are a sight to behold; keep your eyes peeled for the tenong, a wedding gift box, which takes pride of place.

  The afternoon is free at leisure to visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a beautiful temple rich in history and art. Consecrated in 2008, this hulking, five-storey Buddhist temple is home to what is reputedly a tooth of the Buddha, discovered in a collapsed stupa (Buddhist relic structure) in Mrauk U, Myanmar. While its authenticity is debated, the relic enjoys VIP status inside a 320kg solid-gold stupa in a dazzlingly ornate 4th-floor room. More religious relics await at the 3rd-floor Buddhism museum, while the peaceful rooftop garden features a huge prayer wheel inside a 10,000 Buddha Pavilion.

  You could wander down colorful alleys filled with spices, oils, traditional medicines, fabrics, and astrologers in Little India. The most atmospheric of Singapore's historic quarters is as close as it gets to the Singapore of the old chaotic days. Experience it with the masses on the weekends when it gets packed to the gills with Indian workers wanting a slice of home. The five-foot-ways of colourful shophouses spill over with aromatic spices and Bollywood magazines. Backpackers and coolhunters swill beers at laid-back bars, and insomniacs head to Mustafa Centre to buy iPads at 3am before tucking into teh tarik (pulled tea) and roti prata (dough-flour pancake).

  For those interested in learning about religion, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple to catch a glimpse of Hindu rituals. Little India's most colourful, visually stunning temple is dedicated to the ferocious goddess Kali, depicted wearing a garland of skulls, ripping out the insides of her victims, and sharing more tranquil family moments with her sons Ganesh and Murugan. The bloodthirsty consort of Shiva has always been popular in Bengal, the birthplace of the labourers who built the structure in 1881. The temple is at its most evocative during each of the four daily puja (prayer) sessions.

    We enjoyed our last breakfast in Singapore before transferring to Changi Airport for a brief flight to Indonesia’s Island of the gods, Bali. Upon arrival to Denpasar International Airport, we transfered to beachside hotel in Bali’s oldest upscale resort area, the quiet and relaxed Sanur.

    Our day was free to discover this quiet community’s cultural, natural and historical attractions. Checked out the turtle conservation center devoted to rehabilitating injured turtles and releasing healthy baby turtles into the wild or one of Bali’s hidden gems, Le Mayeur Museum, the former house and garden of the Impressionist artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur. His traditional Balinese house is filled with his beautiful paintings of daily life and local people, and has been left untouched since his death in the 1950s.

    You can try some fabulous Balinese breakfast foods this morning before leaving for your short 30-min morning boat transfer to the exquisite island of Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is one of three islands off the southeastern coast of Bali and is the perfect place for those who prefer rest and relaxation. Although Nusa Lembongan is much quieter than other beach destinations on the mainland, the area is becoming more and more popular as travelers hope to discover their own kind of Bali magic.

 

   Upon arrival to Nusa Lembongan, you will have the day free to explore on your own the island’s natural attractions. Beach lovers will bask in the warm glow of the island’s pristine beaches and bright turquoise waters while ocean lovers can join surfing, diving and snorkeling activities in the colorful, healthy reefs located near the shore.

   You could visit a local village to see every-day life followed by a canoe ride through the lush mangrove forest on the island, or indulge in a pampering spa treatment and read your favorite book by the pool. Nusa Lembongan also has many beautiful trails to try out if you enjoy walking along the rugged coastline to see the azure waves crash against the steep, dark cliffs.

    Say good-bye to Nusa Lembongan as we take the 30-minute boat transfer back to Sanur this morning. Upon arrival to the dock in Sanur, hop into your private car and enjoy a scenic drive and day-tour as we make our way inland from the coast to Bali’s center of art and culture, Ubud.

   Our first stop will be at Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave. The Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site on the cool western borders of Bedulu Village, 6 km out of central Ubud.

   At the southern end of the complex are beautiful rice fields and small streams that lead to the Petanu River – another site entwined in local legends. Goa Gajah was built on a hillside and as 2 small streams met here forming a campuhan (river junction), which led to the site being considered sacred and the reason it was built for hermetic meditation and prayers.

   The cave’s entrance shows a menacing giant face with its wide open mouth as the door. Various motifs depicting the forest and animals are carved out of the outer rock face. The giant face was considered to be that of an elephant’s.

  Pura Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century Hindu temple complex in Bali’s Gianyar regency. To get to there, you’ll need to descend a 300-step stone stairway leading to a beautiful valley, where you will find 10 memorials carved into the rock face. Towering at 7 metres, 4 of the memorials are found on the west side, 5 on the east side of the river, while to the south across the valley lies the 10th memorial.

   These carvings are the memorial shrines of the king's concubines and his family. The Gunung Kawi sanctuary hosts ritual ceremonies and locals gather periodically to pay homage to God, the ancient king, and his family.

Finally, the tour will stop at Tirta Empul, an incredibly important temple complex  and holy mountain spring in Bali. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 960 AD and features in many local myths and legends in Balinese culture. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. The central courtyard houses a purification bath lined with 13 sculpted spouts. It can be tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself, but the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees.

As with any temple visit in Bali, it's always important to dress respectfully. Women on their periods shouldn't enter the temple or any sacred site and may enjoy the sights and attractions around the outer perimeters.

    The tour finishes in the late afternoon where you will be dropped off at your charming, boutique hotel in Ubud.

    In next day, we were had free to explore the lush, rainforest hideaway of Ubud. There is no shortage of things to do as the city is chock-full of amazing sights, performances, and activities.

  Museum Puri Lukisan (which loosely translates to 'Palace of Paintings') is one of Bali’s earliest art museums. Founded in 1956, the museum has 6 buildings displaying traditional Balinese paintings and woodcarvings.

   Notable exhibits include a series of pre-modernist Balinese paintings from the Leo Haks collection, masterworks by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, and a wayang (shadow puppet) painting collection. Museum Puri Lukisan’s 4th building, called the Founders Gallery, showcases the museum’s history and temporary exhibitions of local artists’ works.

   The Ubud Monkey Forest, located on the fringes of central Ubud, is home to over 700 long-tailed macaques. This natural sanctuary is perhaps the best known in Bali thanks to its community-based management, location and ease of access.

 

  Overseen by the Padangtegal village, Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research and a site of spiritual and cultural aspects, as there are sacred temples sanctified by local villagers. The Ubud Monkey Forest is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and, by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana. You can see these playful primates in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, and feeding on bananas.

  The forest also has several ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss. Popular sites include the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Pura Prajapati, which is dedicated to village funerals. Relics and statues are under dense foliage with little sunlight, resulting in a mysterious and ancient vibe.

  Banyan tree roots hanging over shadowy dragon staircases offer exotic photo opportunities. You can also find Pura Beji, an ancient bathing temple located northwest of the main site of Ubud Monkey Forest. You should also avoid wearing any loose jewellery or clothing, as the monkeys may easily snatch a necklace or bag to find something interesting enough to eat.

  Ubud Royal Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is the palace of the Ubud royal family and one of the most prominent landmarks in Ubud. Featuring well-preserved Balinese architecture and a charming garden setting, it was built during the lordship of Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800–1823), and is well-kept by his heirs.

   The Ubud Royal Palace is best known among lovers of Balinese arts as one of the main sites to view traditional dance performances. Every evening, Puri Saren Agung’s performance stage, with a backdrop of ornate angkul-angkul (traditional gate and guardian statues), hosts performances with gamelan percussive orchestras.

    Campuhan Ridge Walk offers an escape from the contemporary boutique, guesthouse and restaurant-lined Jalan Raya Ubud. The 9-km-long trail starts off from the scenic Gunung Lebah Temple, passes over the lush valley of the Sungai Wos River, and continues towards the hills of Payogan.

    Most of the time, you’ll have the path to your own. Even so, you’ll possibly meet a few fellow trekkers and joggers along the way. Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among repeat visitors to the central highland town of Ubud

     Leave Ubud this morning for the cool lake country of Tabanan, located an hour away. Here is where you will find Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most important Hindu temples on the island. This seaside temple sits on the west bank of Lake Bratan. Ulun Danu Bratan, literally meaning ‘the source temple of Lake Bratan’, is a picturesque Hindu temple and definitely a sight to behold, especially with the backdrop of a sunset. Built in 1633, Ulun Danu Bratan was where worshippers of the Mengwi Kingdom gave their offerings to the lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, to keep the main source of water for irrigation, thriving. The temple is located 1,200 metres (3,937 feet) above sea level, so you can expect a bit of a chill.

     We Left Ubud this morning for the cool lake country of Tabanan, located an hour away. Here is where you will find Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most important Hindu temples on the island. The temple is situated on a huge, stunning lake at the base of the volcanic Mt. Batur. The complex holds nine temples with over 200 shrines and pavilions within.

    We enjoyed a delicious Balinese lunch at a floating restaurant with beautiful views over the lake before heading back to Ubud. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to snatch up those last minute souvenirs or try out some magical Balinese massages, which Ubud is famous for. Our favorites are the Ubud Royal Massage, the Pampering 4 Hands, or even the classic Balinese massage.

End day of tour, after breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer south to Denpasar for your onward booked travel.

 

    If you want to discover the multicultural Mecca of Singapore and the unique culture and heritage of Bali, you should book immediate this tour full of highlights. You’ll have a hard time when finish your trip, and an even harder time forgetting it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 : Welcome to Singapore

Upon arrival to Changi Airport, our representative will transfer you to your boutique hotel for refreshment. Your afternoon visit of the city takes you to the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. Made up of several different indoor and outdoor gardens, such as the Flower DomeCloud Dome, and Super-Tree Grove just to name a few, it’s no wonder why the Gardens by the Bay are the most popular attraction in the city. The OCBC Skyway also holds remarkable views of the gardens, city, and the sea. Wander in the gardens until sunset to enjoy the fascinating Sound and Light Show before checking out the Singaporean favorite, Satay by the Bay, for delicious dinner options.

Stroll along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade for excellent city-views before returning to your hotel for a restful slumber.

 

Visited: Singapore

Accomodation: Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

Day 2 : A day in a life of a Singaporean

Start the morning in Singapore’s iconic Chinatown, a wonderful testament to Singapore’s vibrant and thriving Chinese culture. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Center to understand the history and influence of Chinese culture on the city and sample different kinds of Chinese teas and traditional snacks at the Tea Chapter. Then, pop into the Baba House to view furniture and artifacts set up inside the house of a merchant family from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Feast on lunch at Maxwell’s Hawker Center, famous for Singaporean specialties like Tian Tian Chicken, dim sum, and laksa noodles. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a beautiful temple rich in history and art. Check out the Buddhist Culture Museum on the third floor to see 300 Buddhist artifacts from all over Asia.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the colorful alleys filled with spices, oils, traditional medicines, fabrics, and astrologers in Little India. For those interested in learning about religion, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple to catch a glimpse of Hindu rituals.

In the evening, try a Singapore Sling from one of the many rooftop bars available in the city, and enjoy a mouth-watering dinner on Dempsey Hill Road before browsing the many cute boutiques along the street.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Singapore

Accomodation: Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

Day 3 : A day at leisure after a flight from Singapore to Bali

Enjoy your last breakfast in Singapore before transferring to Changi Airport for a brief flight to Indonesia’s Island of the gods, Bali. Upon arrival to Denpasar International Airport, our representative will greet and transfer you to your beachside hotel in Bali’s oldest upscale resort area, the quiet and relaxed Sanur.

Your day is free to discover this quiet community’s cultural, natural and historical attractions. Check out the turtle conservation center devoted to rehabilitating injured turtles and releasing healthy baby turtles into the wild or one of Bali’s hidden gems, Le Mayeur Museum, the former house and garden of the Impressionist artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur. His traditional Balinese house is filled with his beautiful paintings of daily life and local people, and has been left untouched since his death in the 1950s.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Sanur

Accomodation: Griya Santrian Hotel Sanur

Day 4 : A day at leisure in Nusa Lembongan

Try some fabulous Balinese breakfast foods this morning before leaving for your short 30-min morning boat transfer to the exquisite island of Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is one of three islands off the southeastern coast of Bali and is the perfect place for those who prefer rest and relaxation. Although Nusa Lembongan is much quieter than other beach destinations on the mainland, the area is becoming more and more popular as travelers hope to discover their own kind of Bali magic.

Upon arrival to Nusa Lembongan, you will have the day free to explore on your own the island’s natural attractions. Beach lovers will bask in the warm glow of the island’s pristine beaches and bright turquoise waters while ocean lovers can join surfing, diving and snorkeling activities in the colorful, healthy reefs located near the shore.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Nusa Lembongan

Accomodation: Bay Shore Hut's

Day 5 : A day at leisure in Nusa Lembongan

Wake up and choose from a variety of activities to spend your time today. You could visit a local village to see every-day life followed by a canoe ride through the lush mangrove forest on the island, or indulge in a pampering spa treatment and read your favorite book by the pool. Nusa Lembongan also has many beautiful trails to try out if you enjoy walking along the rugged coastline to see the azure waves crash against the steep, dark cliffs.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Nusa Lembongan

Accomodation: Bay Shore Hut's

Day 6 : Dive into Ubud religious and cultural sites

Say good-bye to Nusa Lembongan as we take the 30-minute boat transfer back to Sanur this morning. Upon arrival to the dock in Sanur, hop into your private car and enjoy a scenic drive and day-tour as we make our way inland from the coast to Bali’s center of art and culture, Ubud.

Our first stop will be at Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave. Built in the 9th century as a place for meditation and enlightenment, this archaeological complex holds exquisite rock carvings, a meditation cave, bathing pools and lovely fountains in a lovely courtyard.

Next, visit Pura Gunung Kawi, an ancient rock temple carved into the face of a massive cliff surrounded by shrines in a big courtyard.

Finally, the tour will stop at Tirta Empul, an incredibly important temple complex with holy water inside. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 960 AD and features in many local myths and legends in Balinese culture. The locals bathe in the holy water springs and pools to purify themselves before praying, and is something very worth seeing when visiting this island.

The tour finishes in the late afternoon where you will be dropped off at your charming, boutique hotel in Ubud.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Ubud

Accomodation: Anumana Hotel Ubud Bali

Day 7 : A day at leisure in Ubud

Today is free to explore the lush, rainforest hideaway of Ubud. There is no shortage of things to do as the city is chock-full of amazing sights, performances, and activities.

Check out the Puri Lukisan or Agung Rai Museum of Art to discover traditional and modern works of art by local artists.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a very popular place to visit for first-timers to Bali, as it is a temple complex hidden away in the jungle with more than 600 monkeys roaming freely.

The Ubud Water Palace, an iconic photography moment, is the perfect place to go for those interested in seeing Balinese dance performances in the courtyard and surrounding lotus ponds.

We also highly suggest taking the Campuhan Ridge walk, a stunning, low-key hike with bright, lush green scenery and sweeping panoramic vistas, to discover Ubud’s lovely countryside.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Ubud

Accomodation: Anumana Hotel Ubud Bali

Day 8 : Visit the important Hindu temples

Leave Ubud this morning for the cool lake country of Tabanan, located an hour away. Here is where you will find Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most important Hindu temples on the island. The temple is situated on a huge, stunning lake at the base of the volcanic Mt. Batur. The complex holds nine temples with over 200 shrines and pavilions within.

Enjoy a delicious Balinese lunch at a floating restaurant with beautiful views over the lake before heading back to Ubud. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to snatch up those last minute souvenirs or try out some magical Balinese massages, which Ubud is famous for. Don’t leave Bali before trying an Ubud Royal Massage, the Pampering 4 Hands, or even the classic Balinese massage.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Ubud

Accomodation: Anumana Hotel Ubud Bali

Day 9 : Time to say good-bye

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer south to Denpasar for your onward booked travel.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Ubud

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast

  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide

  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles

  • All boat trips as program

  • All entrance fees as program

  • Meals as indicated in the program

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes

  • Early check-in or late check-out

  • Personal expenses & tips

  • Meals other than mentioned in the program

  • Visa fees, travel insurances

  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation

  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”

Why book this tour

  • Explore the multicultural Mecca of Singapore and the unique culture and heritage of Bali

  • Hit all major highlights and main experiences in Bali and Singapore

  • Relaxed and slow-paced with more in-depth experiences

  • Plenty of time at each destination to relax and enjoy your surroundings

  • Premium value at affordable prices

  • 5% off total package when you book and pay deposit 60 days before arrival

POLICY CHIDREN

  • Not accepted

NOTES

  • Vegetarian on request
  • Pick up/ drop off at hotel/stay
  • Tips are appreciated