March 1 to 16, 2019
16 Days Visiting: Bali, Ubud, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Tana Toraja & Komodo Island
Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of 17,000 islands that straddles the Equator. The 6,000 inhabited islands that make up Indonesia were home to a diversity of cultures and indigenous beliefs.Bali is the festive face of Indonesia, the jewel in its crown. "Island of the Gods" and "Morning of the World" Profoundly influenced by its rich Hindu culture, Bali has 20,000 temples, 60 annual religious holidays, and 2,000 dance troupes.
Hardly a day goes by without a celebration, a procession, or some other festivity. The rice-farming, pig-breeding, water-buffalo-loving Toraja inhabitants have become the focus of attention thanks to their elaborate ceremonies, burial sites and traditional houses, while North Sumatra offers visitors, especially nature lovers, beautiful tropical panoramas, terraced rice fields, blue mountains, jungle covered hills, white sandy beaches, music, dance and folk arts.
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ODALAN RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL/ SOCIAL OCCASION & A THEATRICAL EVENT: Odalan is a ceremony held on the temple's anniversary date once in a Balinese year, which equals 210 days. The actual purpose of this ceremony to show gratitude to the Gods, spirits and ancestors, however it has been a tradition since the ancient times to have it celebrated on the anniversary day.
Melasti Festival: A precursor to Nyepi is held in every town and village. It is in simple terms a symbolic spring cleaning of Bali’s spirit in readiness for the big day. Large effigies of the gods are hauled to rivers and the sea for ritual bathing, prayers and religious offerings. We will visit temples celebrating Melasti.
OGOH OGOH is the most interesting event among the series of Nyepi Ceremonies. A work of sculptural art in the culture of Bali that describes the personality of the `Bhutas Kala’.
Komodo National Park was established in 1980 to conserve Varanus komodoensis and its habitat; over the years expanded to protect Park’s entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. To show biological significance the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1991. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total area of 1,817km2 (marine and land). These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behavior have led to them being called Komodo dragons.
Torajaland: the land that time forgot- Signs of death can be seen everywhere in Toraja. Every cave and ditch is likely to have coffins or bones scattered about. Humans in every culture throughout history have had questions about life after death.
LAND TOUR & INTERNAL INDONESIA AIR PRICES :
Per person sharing- $ 4,388.00
Single room- $ 5280.00
TOUR COST INCLUDES
Hotel accommodations as listed or similar with private bath/ shower.
Meals as indicated each day of the itinerary with special welcome & farewell dinners, some meals at local specialty restaurants.
Services of a ACTC Trip Leader
All arrival and departure transfers. First arrival transfer is included when travelling on ACTC group international flights.
Sightseeing tours & excursions as listed in itinerary with local English speaking guide
All transport services by Deluxe Air-conditioned bus / vans as applicable.
Entrance fees to monuments, guide & driver fees, parking etc.
Internal Indonesia flights in economy class based on fares at time of publication. Subject to change, schedules etc. Fares are not guaranteed until ticketed.
Bottled water during sightseeing tours
All applicable taxes on Hotel and transport as of Sept. 2018
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