Join luxury cruise operator Silversea on an exciting semi-circumnavigation of Sumatra and Java: an explorer’s dream come true. Discover the crystal-clear waters of Batu island, ideal for a morning’s snorkelling safari; walk on the black sands of Anak Krakatoa; and learn about local culture from the king of Bawomataluo himself on the Nias islands.
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Fly from London to Bali, via Singapore, with Singapore Airlines. (N)
Arrive in Bali and transfer to the St. Regis Bali Resort for a 2-night stay. The following day is at leisure. (N)
Today you will board the Silver Discoverer vessel for your 14-night cruise. Begin cruising west towards Java through the Indian Ocean. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Probolinggo around noon, then disembark for a hike or pony ride on Mount Bromo (2,392 metres) in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Mount Bromo has an incredible setting in the Tengger caldera, surrounded by the ‘Sea of Sand’ with sulphurous smoke rising from Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru smoking in the distance. (B, L, D)
A special dance will be performed to welcome you on arrival at Sumenep, a sleepy town located on the eastern side of the island of Madura. Explore the surrounding countryside where a number of traditional arts and crafts are still practiced, including the production of keris (daggers), batik and Karduluk-style woodcarving. A visit may also be made to the Keraton (palace) and its tiny museum, and the Great Mosque built in 1763. The following day is spent cruising along Java’s north coast. (B, L, D)
This morning the ship will arrive at the south-west tip of Java to visit the Unesco world heritage site of Ujung Kulon National Park, which contains some of Java’s last remaining lowland rainforest. Over lunch, Silver Discoverer heads into the Sunda Strait to reach the area of one of the most dramatic volcanic eruptions in history. During the afternoon, land on Anak Krakatoa, a volcano that rose above sea level in 1930 where Krakatoa originally stood and has grown continuously since the 1950s. The following day is at sea, heading along the south-eastern end of Sumatra. (B, L, D)
Arrive today in Padang, then board a coach for the drive inland to Cupek, a Minangkabau village in Sumatra’s interior. This region of west Sumatra’s lush highlands is the ancestral homelands of the Minangkabau, a Malay ethnic group thought to be the largest matrilineal society in the world. Here you will see traditional Minangkabau buildings constructed with local Surian wood, notable for their arched, buffalo-horn shaped roof and walls woven of bamboo. A welcome dance will be performed, followed by a cooking demonstration and the chance to learn how to prepare the spicy rending dish. (B, L, D)
Visit the Batu islands, a group of 51 islands that have a close connection to the Nias islands. The Batu islands are generally low and forested, mostly with coconut palms for copra production. A stop will be made at a small village to gain an insight into local life, Birdwatching, hiking and a zodiac cruise may also be available. (B, L, D)
Today will be spent exploring the Nias islands, home to the fierce Nias islanders whose life was once structured by different ceremonies recognizing stages throughout life that required animals to be slaughtered or enemies killed. Visit the local village of Bawomataluo, currently on Indonesia's national ‘Tentative List for nomination as a Unesco world heritage site’, where you will be met by the king of the village and enjoy a cultural performance including traditional dancing. Bird watchers should look out for a range of species in the countryside, including the colourful stork-billed kingfisher. (B, L, D)
Silver Discoverer will be at anchor today in the Simeulue islands, a group of 57 islands that are home to more than 80,000 people who make a living largely from farming and fishing. Disembark at Big Simeulue, the largest island at 100km long, which is densely forested in places and where the inhabitants still live a traditional lifestyle. The islands are known for black magic, practiced by dukun, shaman or healers that can cause damage and heal. Cultural events include performances of nandong (poetry singing) and debus, or traditional dancing. (B, L, D)
Located above the very northern tip of Sumatra, the island of Pulau Weh and its main port of Sabang used to be an important coaling station. In the morning take a guided walk through Sabang’s old town area to see Dutch colonial buildings, then continue to the geothermal and volcanic Valley of Jaboi. Return to the ship for lunch then continue to Banda Aceh, which came to the world’s attention in 2004 when it was devastated by a tsunami. Here you can still see PLTD Apung, a former floating power plant that was moved by the tsunami several kilometres inland despite its weight of more than 2,400 tonnes. A visit will also be made to the Aceh Tsunami Museum. The following day is spent cruising along the north-east coast of Sumatra. (B, L, D)
Disembark this morning in Belawan, Sumatra’s busiest port and an important hub for container ships exporting coffee, tea along and other produce. Belawan is the gate to Gunung Leuser National Park, an area of some 9,000 sq km that is part of Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. Here you will visit the Bukit Lawang Visitor Centre to learn about the flora and fauna of the park, then hike in the jungles surrounding the former Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which has released more than 200 orang utans back into the wild. The orang utans can still sometimes be seen in the tree canopy, possibly along with eight other primate species present in the park. Take lunch locally then return to Silver Discoverer in the late afternoon. The following day is at sea, crossing the Malacca Strait towards Thailand. (B, L, D)
Arrive back at the harbour in Phuket, where you will be met and taken to the Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa for an overnight stay. (B)
Fly back to the UK. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation in each destination throughout the tour. Rooms and cabins are based on the standard category.
When on board the cruise, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Silversea® and its cancellation conditions apply.
Availability is limited and excursions must be booked direct with the cruise line on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask your Cox & Kings tour consultant for further information.
The sleek, 120-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship is the perfect platform for viewing untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, along with her fleet of 12 Zodiacs. The vessel features 60 cabin types spread over five decks, ranging from Explorer suites with two porthole windows to sumptuous Medallion suites with a teak balcony and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Ship facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, a beauty salon, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and a fitness centre with aerobics, yoga and pilates classes.
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