Culture and nature in Bali and Lombok

If you think that Bali is all deep-tissue relaxation; endless hours of sun and smiling locals gazing at the sun and tropical flowers, followed by nights on the sand with a drink in your hand; then you are absolutely right. But behind the sheer joy of this paradise island, there is the fascinating Hindu culture rich with history and tradition.

So in one day you can spend an hour on a beachfront massage table to the sound of waves rolling in, then head off to watch ancient religious/folk stories about playful gods acted out in a nearby temple (there are no fewer than 20,000 temples on the island). Then you can return to the beach for a beginners’ surfing lesson before a night’s clubbing in some of the hottest bars for a thousand miles.

And after you have exhausted yourself on the dance floor, take the ferry across to the neighbouring island of Lombok. It’s a far more peaceful place where you can enjoy nature and the scenery. The culture is laid-back Islamic, to contrast with colourful Hindu Bali. On Lombok, the entertainment is all natural. It’s a great place for diving and the marine life attracts a lot of people who have spent the previous three days skimming above the sharks and stingrays on surfboards through Bali’s waves.

The little Gili sub-islands are the focus for anyone who wants to pull on a shorty wetsuit and see what’s swimming about out of sight. For other active souls, there are great hikes through hilly trails, especially up to Gunung Rinjani mountain. But if even strolls through the countryside are beyond you by now, just lie back on one of the three-day boat cruises from Lombok to the port of Flores via Komodo, the island where you can spot the famous Komodo dragons.

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    Travel deep into the heart of Indochina with this 18 Day Tour “Indochina Delights”. Pass through the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries – lively Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia. Enjoy this 18 Night’s Indochina Delights itinerary from £3560.00pp on 08th of March, including return flights with Cathay Pacific, economy seats. Indochina Delight’s itinerary has been especially designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of South East Asia on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. WHAT’S INCLUDED? All international airfares, all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges, all accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, visa fees for UK passport holders (except Laos) HIGHLIGHTS ▪ Experience the bustling city of Saigon ▪ Wander the traditional town of Hoi An ▪ Relax on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay ▪ Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the Pak Ou Caves ▪ Discover awe-inspiring Angkor DAYS 1-3 FLY TO SAIGON Fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The next 2 days are at leisure. DAY 4 DISCOVER SAIGON Sightseeing today includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda. DAY 5 MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. DAY 6 CU CHI TUNNELS Explore the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An. DAY 7 HOI AN WALKING TOUR Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laidback, graceful and wilfully traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Temple with a stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach or in a riverside café. DAY 8 TRA QUE VILLAGE Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a flight to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards and Vietnam’s capital. In the evening, watch a performance of the famous water puppets. DAYS 9-10 HALONG BAY CRUISE Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Enjoy fresh meals on board and spend the night anchored on the tranquil waters. Return to Hanoi. DAY 11 LUANG PRABANG Spend the morning exploring Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple – you’ll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Fly to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang. DAY 12 DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours, an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Today, rise early to watch a Takbat alms giving ceremony. Ascend Phousi Hill for city vistas, visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong Village en route. DAY 13 LOCAL VILLAGES & WATERFALLS Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ban Na Ouane village and Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony. DAY 14 SIEM REAP Fly to Siem Reap and visit Artisan D’Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. DAY 15 EXPLORE ANGKOR WAT The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Climb to the summit of Pre Rup Temple at sunset for a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. DAY 16 TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle and the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. DAYS 17-18 FLY SIEM REAP TO UK Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to 18 Day Indochina Delights and for further information.
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    18 Day Indochina Delights
    Destination: Vietnam Cambodia Laos

    Travel deep into the heart of Indochina with this 18 Day Tour “Indochina Delights”. Pass through the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries – lively Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia.

    Enjoy this 18 Night’s Indochina Delights itinerary from £3560.00pp on 08th of March, including return flights with Cathay Pacific, economy seats.

    Indochina Delight’s itinerary has been especially designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of South East Asia on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED?
    All international airfares, all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges, all accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, visa fees for UK passport holders (except Laos)

    HIGHLIGHTS

    ▪ Experience the bustling city of Saigon
    ▪ Wander the traditional town of Hoi An
    ▪ Relax on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
    ▪ Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the Pak Ou Caves
    ▪ Discover awe-inspiring Angkor

    DAYS 1-3 FLY TO SAIGON

    Fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The next 2 days are at leisure.

    DAY 4 DISCOVER SAIGON

    Sightseeing today includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda.

    DAY 5 MEKONG DELTA

    Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta.

    DAY 6 CU CHI TUNNELS

    Explore the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An.

    DAY 7 HOI AN WALKING TOUR

    Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laidback, graceful and wilfully traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Temple with a stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach or in a riverside café.

    DAY 8 TRA QUE VILLAGE

    Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a flight to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards and Vietnam’s capital. In the evening, watch a performance of the famous water puppets.

    DAYS 9-10 HALONG BAY CRUISE

    Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Enjoy fresh meals on board and spend the night anchored on the tranquil waters. Return to Hanoi.

    DAY 11 LUANG PRABANG

    Spend the morning exploring Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple – you’ll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Fly to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang.

    DAY 12 DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG

    Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours, an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Today, rise early to watch a Takbat alms giving ceremony. Ascend Phousi Hill for city vistas, visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong Village en route.

    DAY 13 LOCAL VILLAGES & WATERFALLS

    Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ban Na Ouane village and Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony.

    DAY 14 SIEM REAP

    Fly to Siem Reap and visit Artisan D’Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts.

    DAY 15 EXPLORE ANGKOR WAT

    The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Climb to the summit of Pre Rup Temple at sunset for a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.

    DAY 16 TONLE SAP LAKE

    High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.
    Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle and the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.

    DAYS 17-18 FLY SIEM REAP TO UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.

    Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to 18 Day Indochina Delights and for further information.

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    Learn to Dive in Eilat with Aqua-Sport, Israel’s premier dive centre. 7 Nights in Aqua-Sport Dive Lodge and a PADI Open Water Course from £650.00 per person including flights and shuttle transfers and based on a bed and breakfast basis. PADI Open Water Course is the basic adult universal “learn to dive” course, it includes all equipment and instruction however students have to buy a students pack – manuals and certification (student pack paid locally US$125) In addition, we can upgrade you to alternative hotel accommodation; ask for prices. Also as the course is only 4 days, students can add 4 shore dives £60.00 per person (without equipment). Aqua-Sport in Eilat is one of the oldest dive outfits operating in the Red Sea, this British-owned company has more than 45 years of experience, offering diving courses for all levels using sophisticated equipment as well as professional training. Aqua-Sport located near one of the most beautiful beaches in Eilat: Coral Beach. Aqua Sport Diving Club in South Eilat offers a comfortable beach-going experience (handicapped accessible). Aqua-Sport’s Divers Lodge with it’s unique location on Coral beach, built recently next to the Aqua Sport complex. We provide our guests with quiet, clean inexpensive accommodation, great beach bar and cafe, Bedouin tent and a fantastic opportunity to meet and socialise with divers from all around the world. The lodge has 8 rooms, each room with 5 beds, fresh bed linen is provided and each room has its own en-suite bathroom and the most fantastic sea view from each room. With the most beautiful beach in Eilat offering the most relaxed atmosphere who needs a hotel when you have the Aqua Sport Lodge. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Learn to Dive with Aqua-Sport in Eilat and for further information.
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    Learn to Dive with Aqua-Sport in Eilat
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    Learn to Dive in Eilat with Aqua-Sport, Israel’s premier dive centre.

    7 Nights in Aqua-Sport Dive Lodge and a PADI Open Water Course from £650.00 per person including flights and shuttle transfers and based on a bed and breakfast basis. PADI Open Water Course is the basic adult universal “learn to dive” course, it includes all equipment and instruction however students have to buy a students pack – manuals and certification (student pack paid locally US$125)

    In addition, we can upgrade you to alternative hotel accommodation; ask for prices. Also as the course is only 4 days, students can add 4 shore dives £60.00 per person (without equipment).

    Aqua-Sport in Eilat is one of the oldest dive outfits operating in the Red Sea, this British-owned company has more than 45 years of experience, offering diving courses for all levels using sophisticated equipment as well as professional training. Aqua-Sport located near one of the most beautiful beaches in Eilat: Coral Beach. Aqua Sport Diving Club in South Eilat offers a comfortable beach-going experience (handicapped accessible).

    Aqua-Sport’s Divers Lodge with it’s unique location on Coral beach, built recently next to the Aqua Sport complex. We provide our guests with quiet, clean inexpensive accommodation, great beach bar and cafe, Bedouin tent and a fantastic opportunity to meet and socialise with divers from all around the world. The lodge has 8 rooms, each room with 5 beds, fresh bed linen is provided and each room has its own en-suite bathroom and the most fantastic sea view from each room. With the most beautiful beach in Eilat offering the most relaxed atmosphere who needs a hotel when you have the Aqua Sport Lodge.

    Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Learn to Dive with Aqua-Sport in Eilat and for further information.

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