Thailand

Bali to Phuket

from $7,200

DATES:  September 9, 2018 

DURATION: 14 Days/13 Nights

SHIP: Silver Discoverer

 

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All about the Bali to Phuket.

ASIA EXPEDITION CRUISE

This exciting semi-circumnavigation of Sumatra and Java is an explorer’s dream come true.

The crystal clear waters of new destination Batu Island are ideal for a morning’s snorkeling safari, while beachcombers may prefer the black sands of Anak Krakatoa. Anthropologists will delight at meeting the King of Bawemataluwo, while urbanites will no doubt enjoy sipping sundowners in beautiful Phuket.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising

  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airline travel; discounted rates available from select gateways
  • Travel insurance
  • Incidentals
  1. Day 1 Bali, (Benoa)

    Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren’t a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

  2. Day 2 Probolinggo

    Probolinggo is a beautiful and enchanting city on the north coast of East Java, Indonesia. It is located on one of the major highways across Java, has a harbour filled with fishing vessels and is surrounded on the landward side by the Probolinggo Regency, but is not part of the regency. Probolinggo is home to the Javanese, Maduranese, Pendalungan (descents of Java and Maduranese) and Tenggerese, who still practice their centuries-old customs and traditions. Probolinggo is bordered by the imposing Mount Semeru, Bromo and Argopuro mountain group, and lined with lovely beaches to the north.

     

  3. Day 3 Sumenep

    Sumenep is sleepy town located on the eastern side of the island of Madura. Sumenep and the surrounding areas are home to a number of traditional arts and crafts – among them the production of Keris (daggers), batik, woodcarving of the Karduluk style, and the Muang Sangkal dances. Sumenep is also known for timeworn villas and historic buildings including the Sumenep Great Mosque and the Palace (Keraton) of Sumenep. The island of Madura may be most famous for its bull races, which are opened with the performance of Saronen, a traditional Madurese music.

  4. Day 4 Day at Sea

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  5. Day 5 Anak Krakatoa

    In the Sunda Strait of Indonesia lies an area that was witness to one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in historical times. Anak Krakatoa is a volcano that first emerged from the sea in 1930 and has grown continuously since the 1950s. The active nature of the volcano is the ultimate decider of whether or not a landing can be made on the black sand beaches of the island. Krakatoa’s active fumaroles, lava flows, beautifully colored rocks and the volcano itself are all stunning.

  6. Day 6 Day at Sea

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  7. Day 7 Padang, Sumatra For Cupek

    Padang is part old port town, and part modern capital of West Sumatra. Dutch colonialists traded coffee and spices from the harbor starting in the 17th century. Driving out from Padang one can reach Cupek, a Minangkabau village in Sumatra’s interior. The ancestral homelands of the Minangkabau, devout Muslims, are centered in West Sumatra’s lush highlands and stretch as far as the seashore. They claim the world’s largest matrilineal society and ownership of a family’s property—their homes, rice paddies and the like—passes from mother to daughter.

     

  8. Day 8 Batu Islands, Sumatra

    The Batu Islands are an archipelago of roughly 50 islands located off the west coast of Sumatra. The islands have a close cultural and governmental connection with the famous Nias Islands. The islands are generally low and forested, mostly with coconut palms for copra production, and some forest products. Many of the islands are framed by exquisite beaches studded with palm trees and surrounded by vibrant and clear aquamarine water. The Batu (or Telos) Islands are located on the equator and are known worldwide to surfers for the special waves found along their shores.

    After breakfast we will visit Izamal, where guests will tour the city by horse-drawn carriages, stopping at one of the top restaurants in Izamal for a special luncheon experience of the foods of the Yucatan, prepared exclusively for our guests. After lunch, we visit several of the craft markets and museums that have made Izamal a center for folk art.

    Izamal is one of only two “magic towns” in the Yucatan peninsula, a designation that signifies its historic importance, cultural value, and accessibility. The first thing any visitor notices is that the entire town is painted yellow—colonial buildings, the market, the convent, everything! Pope John Paul visited Izamal in 1993, commemorated by a statue of the pope in the convent’s courtyard. The Vatican yellow color of the town is a tribute to the Pope’s visit. Therefore, it is known as the ciudad amarilla or ciudad dorada (the yellow or golden city). It is also known as the ‘City of Three Cultures’: a mixture of the ancient Maya, the colonial Spanish, and the modern Yucatan.

    Izamal was built on top of one of the oldest Maya settlements, established as early as 300 BCE, and the Kinich Kak Mo pyramid remains the largest pyramid platform in the northern Yucatan. The arrival of Spanish Fransiscan monks in 1549 set in motion the construction of the Monastery of San Antonio de Padua.

     This afternoon we will continue to Progreso where we rejoin our ship. Overnight in the port of Progreso, Merida.
  9. Day 9 Bawemataluwo

    The local village of Bawomataluo is found in the Nias Islands where the islanders were once said to be fierce. Traditionally, passing through various stages of growth for a child or juvenile required that animals be slaughtered or enemies killed. Therefore young men prepared to become warriors at an early age. One of the preparations was stone jumping, a ritual where youngsters jumped over 1.5 to 2-meter (5 to 6.5 feet) high stone towers. Once a boy could jump over the stone tower, it signified that he was ready to assume the responsibilities of a man.

  10. Day 10 Simeulue Islands, Sumatra

    With some of the highest biodiversity of anywhere in the entire Asia-Pacific region, the small island group of Simeulue is as yet unspoiled and undeveloped. Located at the northern tip of Sumatra off the west coast, the islands are part of Aceh province. Several earthquakes have rocked this region in recent years; one in particular is reported to have raised part of the islands about 2 meters, or 6 feet, up out of the water.

  11. Day 11 Sabang, Pulau WE / Banda Aceh

    Sabang is the largest city on the island of Weh or Pulau Weh. Weh is a small, active volcanic island, just northwest of Sumatra. It’s at the northern end of the Indonesian Archipelago and at one time, was a coal loading station for ships passing between Europe and Asia. Today, the island is known for its ecosystem and much of its surrounding sea and inland areas have been declared as wildlife protection areas by the

    Indonesian government. Pulau Weh attracts visitors seeking underwater diving, hiking through the volcanic mountains and relaxation by the beach.

    Banda Aceh, the capital of Banda Province with a population of over 200,000 people, was severely hit by a tsunami in 2004. Since this tragedy, the community has resurged both in terms of cultural revival and building. The Blang Padang Park and Tsunami Museum were constructed as memorials to all the nations that helped Aceh after the terrible earthquake and tsunami. The city was originally built in the late 15th century and was a stop for hajj pilgrims traveling by sea to Mecca. It has been a thriving and strategic port in the Indian Ocean ever since.

  12. Day 12 Belawan, Sumatra

    Sumatra is the fourth largest island in the world. Although not known for the rich archaeological sites that distinguish Java, Sumatra offers magnificent natural landscapes. The port serves as our gateway for Medan and Lake Toba, Southeast Asia’s largest lake, which lies about 120 miles from Belawan. Sumatra is also vital to Indonesia’s economy, with over 60% of the country’s total production coming from the island. Belawan is one of the busiest ports in Indonesia. Exports include minerals, oil, palm oil, rubber, tea and tobacco.

  13. Day 13 Belawan for Gunung Leuser National Park

    Gunung Leuser National Park covers more than 3,000 square miles in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. It is named after Mount Leuser (10,230 feet), and includes a wide range of ecosystems. Most of the park is mountainous. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra”, because of its unique biodiversity, with more than 120 species of mammals, 190 species of reptiles and amphibians, 350 species of birds and 4000 plant species.

  14. Day 14 Phuket

    Phuket is one of the region’s economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you’ve never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism. Koh Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and the rest of the world by an international airport.

     

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit.

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems, there’s a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkeling equipment and a dive program for advanced divers.

We’ve also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travelers gather to swap tales about their day’s adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea’s standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness center, and a beauty and massage center — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 2016
  • Officers: International
  • Length: 338 ft
  • Beam: 51 ft
  • Tonnage: 5218 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 96
  • Passenger Capacity: 120
AMENITIES:

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travelers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors. Enjoy exceptional amenities on your Silversea Expedition:

All Ocean-View Accommodations
Our accommodations are some of the largest at sea, featuring luxurious amenities that can be customized to your individual preferences.

Butler Service For All Suites
Enjoy the services of a highly trained butler. Silversea is the only cruise line with butler service for all suites.

Complimentary In-Suite Beverages And Throughout The Ship
Select wines, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s refrigerator and bar are also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gratuities Always Included
Onboard gratuities are included in your cruise fare, assuring a level of service motivated only by a desire to see you smile. Not including spa and salon treatments.

Open-Seating Dining
Dine when and with whomever you please during breakfast, lunch and dinner. No assigned times, no assigned tables.

In-Suite Dining And Room Service
You can have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from our room service menu.

Complimentary Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events.

Expert Expedition Team
Travel with historians, biologists, anthropologists, geologists, botanists, ornithologists, naturalists, photographers and destination experts at your side as you discover remote and remarkable environments.

Casual/Informal Attire
No tuxedos or formal evening dress required.

Menus Inspired By Relais & Chateaux
Silversea’s preferred culinary partner.

Complimentary Parka
For guests aboard expedition voyages bound for the Russian Far East & New Zealand Sub-Antarctic.

Water-Resistant Backpack And Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Professional gear for your authentic expedition.

Ship-Wide WiFi
Fees apply.

ACCOMODATIONS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Luxury pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Flat-screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

MEDALLION SUITE

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Medallion Suite is Silver Discoverer’s most spacious with overall size of 408 sq. ft./38 m2 (including Veranda 27 sq. ft./2.5 m2). The ideal suite for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda.

VERANDA SUITE

Stylish, sophisticated and welcoming, Veranda Suites are a favorite of returning Silversea guests. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Each suite has an overall size of 280 sq. ft./ 26 m2 (including Veranda 35.5 sq. ft./ 3.2 m2 ), and several Veranda Suites can accommodate three guests.

VISTA SUITE

A quiet sanctuary. Enough living space to roam and relax. Two large view windows provide ocean views. Each suite has an overall size of 269 sq. ft./25 m2 .

VIEW SUITE

The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their suite will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Each suite has a view window and overall size of 181 sq.ft./ 16.8 m2 .

EXPLORER SUITE

With preferred midship location and as spacious as a View Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. Each suite has an overall size of 186 sq. ft./ 17.3 m2.