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15 Days / 14 Nights
Availability : April 13-26, 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
Jakarta
Overview

Tour starts at

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

Tour ends at

Jakarta

Price Includes

  • All domestic flights (4)
  • One international flight from Malaysia to East Timor
  • 14 Nights Hotel Accommodation in double occupancy
  • Expert astronomer tour leader
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • Daily breakfasts at the hotels
  • Lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary as [L] and [D]
  • Private special tent for Eclipse Traveler and hot/cold beverages and snacks served during eclipse
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Eclipse celebration party
  • Travel documents kit

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities for your guide and driver
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive - [D]

On arrival at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, meet & greet, transfer to your Hotel. Free and easy Transfer for a “Welcome Dinner with a Cultural Show” Transfer to your hotel Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2Kulalaumpur City Tour - [B, D]

Breakfast at hotel and depart for a Half day KL City Tour Highlights. Visit National Monument Dataran Merdeka. A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral. Next, the Old KL Railway Station is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmarks. The station was completed in 1910 and designed by that most prolific and talented of British colonial architects, Arthur Benison Hubback. Proceed to National Mosque of Masjid Jamek and finally Visit KL Tower – 421 meters high Fantastic View of Kuala Lumpur and Sky Box Transfer back to hotel. Transfer for dinner at a local Restaurant. Drop back at hotel. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 3Kualalumpur to Melaka - [B, D]

Hotel Breakfast Depart for a Full Day Historical Tour of Melaka City. Highlights will include Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum located in Melaka which is a World UNESCO Site. The house is a combination of three terrace lots that were acquired by the Chan family in 1861. Four generations lived in the house before it was opened as a museum in March 1985. Meander through the home of Baba Chan Cheng Siew (1865-1919) whose eclectic taste offers a glimpse into the richness of the culture and the opulence that was fashionable in many pre-World War II Peranakan homes. Today the museum is still managed by the family.

Then we will head to A’ Famosa Park. A’Famosa Resort Malacca Malaysia, an integrated holidays and business destination boasts a Golf Course, Resort Hotel, Villas, Condotel, Water Theme Park, Safari Wonderland, Old West, Freeport A’Famosa Outlet, Sport & Recreation Park. With the entire establishment, one can visit to the Resort with so many purposes. Be it for a family gathering, a school camping, a corporate outing, quality bargain shopping or even just to escape to a greener pace. Next, we will visit the St Paul Hill which is an interesting hill with history of the Portuguese and the Dutch. The ruins of the church are impressive and there is a sense of history and loss glory that oozes from the scene. You will find there a lot of tombstones; dating back to 1650s. We will also pay a visit to Stadhuys that is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East. Part of Malacca town square’s prominent Dutch colonial architecture with its massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers. Built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort, The Stadthuys of Malacca was the focus point of several successive governments (Dutch, Portuguese, British etc.) for over 300 years, from its completion until 1980. In 1982, Stadthuys was converted into a museum. The Stadthuys displays typical features of Dutch colonial architecture with massive walls, louvred windows and chunky doors with wrought-iron hinges. Strol through the Jonker’s which was once renowned for its antique shops. However, over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best part of Jonker Street is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes. Finish our trip to this historical city with a cruise on Melaka River and leave Melaka for KL. Arrive KL and transfer for dinner at a local restaurant Drop back at Hotel. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 4Kualalumpur, Petronas Tower, Chocolate Factory, China Town - [B, D]

Hotel Breakfast Transfer to Petronas Twin Towers. Still highest Twin Towers in the World at 452 m high. After your visit then shopping at Suria KLCC which is connected to the Petronas Twin Towers, depart Suria KLCC and head towards Harriston Chocolate factory. Here you can view how chocolate are made and buy some home as souvenirs, a uniquely Malaysian Product. Then set out for Chinatown, visit the famous Petaling Street shopping Enjoy Dinner – KL Hawker Street Food and transfer back to Hotel. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 5Batu Caves - [B, D]

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for a Countryside Tour Highlights: King’s Palace, Batu caves – climb 272 steps and view the colorful Hindu Temple inside the cave. Visit Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, hands on and see how pewter wares are made. See a Batek Factory and drop off at either Pavilion Shopping Mall or at Mega Mall located at Mid-Valley. Pick up from Shopping Mall and head towards a local restaurant for Dinner Drop back at Hotel. Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 6Fly from Malaysia to East Timor Island of Indonesia - [B]

After breakfast transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport for your flight Timor Leste (East Timor) through Denpasar, Bali Island of Indonesia. Pick up by our guide, then transfer to hotel Timor Leste was once as part of Indonesia, separated from Indonesia in 2002. Overnight in Dili.

Day 7Dilli-Balibo-Dilli - [B, D]

Today, we will have our day of sightseeing in Timor Leste. Tiomor Leste lies on the eastern part of the big Timor Island. The west part belongs to Indonesia, while the east part is belonging to Timor Leste. Today, we head west to Balibo town, we will be driving along the north coast of the island. On the way to Balibo, we will make a stop at Ai Pelo Prison, an old prison dating back to late nineteen century, during the Portuguese occupation time on Timor Leste. The construction of this old, ruined prison begun on 1889. Two other buildings were constructed on 1914 to receive some prisoners from some Macau which was overcrowded on that time. This prison complex was accommodating both common criminal and political prisoners and was deactivated on 1939. The name of Ai Pelo comes from the local language, Tocodede Language which means bitter water. From the ruin of this prison, we head to Liquisa for lunch. Finally, we head to Balibo. Balibo is app 10 km from the border between Indonesia and Timor Leste. During the Self Determination Vote which was held on 1999, more than 60% of this town were destructed by the massive violence between the contra and the supporter of Timor Leste freedom. This town also being the location of the five journalists from Australia who were killed in 1975 during the clashes of the domestic war. Overnight in Dili.

Day 8Dilli Solar Eclipse viewing day - [B, L, D]

After a relaxed breakfast, get ready for the journey to your unique eclipse-viewing site in Baucau, where you’ll will enjoy a cocktail while standing in the moons shadow and observing the total Solar Eclipse. This evening we will celebrate great eclipse in our hotel followed by dinner. Overnight in Dili.

Total Solar Eclipse
Magnitude: 1.007
Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes, 20 seconds
Duration of totality: 1 minute, 16.0 seconds
Partial begins: April 20, 2023 at 11:43:24 am
Full begins: April 20, 2023 at 13:18:00 pm
Maximum: April 20, 2023 at 13:18:27 pm
Full ends: April 20, 2023 at 13:19:16 pm
Partial ends: April 23, 2023 at 14:53:44 pm
Times shown in local time (CLST)

Day 9Liquisa - Dilli - Fly to Bali - [B, D]

Early in the morning, we proceed to Aileu (app. 3 hr drive). Aielu is app 47 km to the south from Dilli Town. Aileu highland includes very steep forested ridges, some with lush tropical vegetation and others dry and rocky, covered in sparse eucalyptus trees and grasses. There are some beautiful rice paddy field run along the river valleys between the steep slopes making a colorful contrast with the mountain ranges behind. In Portuguese Timor, the city was known as Vila General Carmona, in the honor of the Portuguese dictator António Óscar Carmona, but after World War II it was renamed. Aileu means “bent tree” in Mamba Language. Between 1942 and 1945, the Japanese occupied Portuguese Timor. On August 31, 1942, the town was invaded by Colunas Negras, the Timorese allies of the Japanese invaders. Five Portuguese soldiers, as well as several civil servants and missionaries were killed. A memorial in Aileu commemorates the massacre today. Then, we head back to Dilli, fly back to Denpasar at 14:35 – 15:40. Overnight in Denpasar.

Day 10Rest Time - Kecak Dance Tour - [B, L, D]

Free time at your own leisure to enjoy the white sandy beach. In the afternoon around 14.00 you will be picked up and drive to Uluwatu Temple situated about 70 m on the cliff overlooking the bay. From there watch the rough seas of the Indian ocean rush forward, hitting the rocks beneath the cliff, and in the background. We will proceed to enjoy the Traditional Kecak Dance, a dramatic performance lasting about 45 minutes, where 25-50 dancers chant “cak” and throw up their arms, depicting a battle from the Ramayana where monkeys help Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. The dance will be performed on an open stage on a cliff in Uluwatu Temple complex, and in the background, a beautiful sunset color the sky orange as it slowly disappears away, replaced by the moon at night. Proceed to the famous Jimbaran Beach for having romantic dinner (on personal expenses) right on the beach sand of Jimbaran Beach. Taste the grilled fish on the sand of an open-air beachfront café and enrich your dining experience with one not usually available at 5-star hotels. Overnight in Denpasar.

Day 11Bali Touring - Ubud and Taman Ayun - [B,L, D]

We start the day with a drive to Batubulan village to see the famous Barong and Keris dance performances. This is followed by a visit to Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), a Hindu meditation center dating back to the 11th Century. Next, we visit Mengwi the 18th-century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayun, which is part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island. Our tour ends at Kedaton, the Monkey Forest. Balance of the day is free to explore Ubud’s many interesting sites. Overnight in Denpasar.

Day 12Ubud - Kintaman Highland – Fly to Jogjakarta - [B, L, D]

Today, we head to Tampak Siring to visit the holy spring water temple of Tirta Empul followed by Kintamani to enjoy the amazing panoramic views of Lake Batur, Mt. Batur and Mr. Agung. Throughout our tour we see rice terraces which run through Subak, the cooperative social system that controls the water. Subak has shaped the landscape over the past thousand years and are an integral part of religious life. Water from springs and canals flows through the temples and out onto the rice paddy fields. Water temples are the focus of a cooperative management of water resource by a group of subaks. Since the 11th century the water temple networks have managed the ecology of rice terraces at the scale of whole watersheds.

Afternoon we proceed to Besakih Temple, the largest holiest site in Bali and home to the island’s Mother Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Agung. The temple is comprised of 3 main complexes dedicated to the Hindu Trinity. It was built during the late 8th century AD. From Besakih highland, we proceed to the airport for your flight to Jogjakarta by evening flight. Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Day 13Borobodur - Jojakarta - Fly to Jakarata - [B, L, D]

Before the sunrise, we will visit the famous Borobudur temple. This huge Buddhist pyramid is a Buddhism’s largest shrine in Indonesia, built in the 9th century. Located north west of Jogyakarta, Borobudur was completed in the second half of the ninth century. Borobudur was unknown and neglected for almost a thousand years, covered under thick layers of volcanic ash. From a far Borobudur looks like a huge but ordinary stone construction. But from nearby we can see that it consists of hundreds of wonderfully detailed statues and sculptures, representing Buddhist Teachings mixed with images of Javanese life of a thousand years ago. Back to the hotel for breakfast. Check out from the hotel, then we head to the town of Jogjakarta. Our tour of this historical city starts with a visit to the King Palace located in the city center. The palace was the center of the government of Mataram Islam kingdom and is now a center of the Javanese art and culture. Then we take you to witness how the locals make their wonderful batik and the craftsmen at work in a silver handicraft factory. In the afternoon, we proceed to visit the stunning Prambanan Temple, one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in Indonesia. The local people also call the temple as the Roro Jonggrang, meaning the temple of the slender virgin. According to the local belief, the temple was a beautiful virgin, who was cursed after ignoring her promise. Fly to Jakarta in the evening. Overnight in Jakarata.

Day 14Jakarta City Tour - [B, L, D]

At the appropriate time, we pick you up at the hotel, then proceed to Indonesia Miniature Park (TMII). This Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park (The 100-hectare cultural center show the entire archipelago in miniature. It is a true a reflection of the national motto Bhineka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity. We will pay visit to several pavilions in this park, among them are the West Sumatra Pavilion, South Sulawesi, and Papua. On each of these pavilions, you may have a good chance to comprehend the local life art, dignity, and culture without having to come in person to their home. From this culture park, you will have personal lunch at the local restaurant nearby. Then proceed to National Monument, a monument raising up to 132 m to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. We will take you to the diorama on the base / ground floor of the monument. The next destination is the Jakarta History Museum (also called as Fatahillah Musuem) on old Jakarta Town. From the museum, we head to the old historical harbor. Sunda Kalapa harbor with the huge pinishi vessel harboring. Sunda Kalapa is one of the very old (dating back to 15th century), but still functioning sea harbor in Java. Huge size of wooden boat coming from various islands harboring here. They took mainly wood from outside, and take industrial product from Java. Many people worked on such huge wooden boat, they take the heavy load on their shoulder, walk along a single log which is laid on from the boat to the jetty. Body balance is essential as the single log is keep swinging up and down when peoples walking through. Luggage uploading and downloading is a daily activity here. Back to hotel in the afternoon. Overnight in Jakarata.

Day 15Jakarta - Airport - [B]

Transfer to the airport then depart.

Hotels
  • Malaysia - Kualalumpur - Hotel Istana KL
  • East Timor - Dili - Novo Horizonte
  • Indonesia-Bali - Denpasar - Melia Bali
  • Indonesia - Jogjakarta - Sarasvati Borobodur
  • Indonesia - Jakarta - Borobodur
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