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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    Destination: Israel

    Simply take to the open road and tour around Israel with a Fly Drive Discovery tour at your own pace.

    Travel 23 October for 10 Nights from £984.00 per person, including direct flights from Luton, accommodation and car hire.

    We suggest your first stop is Vered Hagalil; within minutes of many attractions such as Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, the city of Rosh Pina and Safed. The Vered Hagalil Hotel is located high on the mountain, occupying huge grounds and offers excellent leisure facilities. This unique hotel is a great spot for those looking for an adventurous vacation.

    The hotel has its own professional ranch for horseback riding, excellent hiking trails as well as a tour desk for active excursions on a 4-wheel-drive vehicle in the surrounding area.

    The hotel has a much loved & well known restaurant with magnificent views of the Golan Heights, serving non-kosher cuisine.

    Second stop is The Shoresh Green Hills, the surroundings of the Judean Hills provide a peaceful and relaxing base for your holiday. The close proximity of Highway 1 allows you to easily travel to Jerusalem which is 11.2 miles away.

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    Saigon to Siem Reap, Luxury River Cruise. An adventure on the Mekong, Book now and save £300.00 person Prices from £3062.00 per person on 27 January 18, 10 February 18 and 24 February 18 13days/11 nights tour includes: • Return airfare from London • 7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities • Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon • Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes. Ports: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho, Saigon Itinerary Day 1: London – Saigon Fly from London to Saigon. Day 2: Saigon Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay. Day 3: Saigon After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant. 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Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream. Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach* After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang. **As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoying farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap. Day 11:**High Water Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel. Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands. Return to the boat for lunch. After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening. The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam. Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights. Day 12: Siem Reap After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples. Day 13: Siem Reap After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London To book or for more information on Saigon to Siem Reap – Luxury River Cruise, call us on 020 8744 0474.
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    Saigon to Siem Reap, Luxury River Cruise
    Destination: Vietnam and Cambodia

    Saigon to Siem Reap, Luxury River Cruise. An adventure on the Mekong, Book now and save £300.00 person

    Prices from £3062.00 per person on 27 January 18, 10 February 18 and 24 February 18

    13days/11 nights tour includes:
    • Return airfare from London
    • 7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities
    • Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
    • Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary
    Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes.

    Ports: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho, Saigon

    Itinerary
    Day 1: London – Saigon
    Fly from London to Saigon.

    Day 2: Saigon
    Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay.

    Day 3: Saigon
    After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant.

    Day 4: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be
    After breakfast, you will be transferred overland by coach to My Tho port to board Cruiseco Adventurer. Enjoy welcome drinks and lunch, then check in to your luxurious cabin. While cruising towards Cai Be, join the Captain‘s Cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner and folk performances. Moor overnight midstream near Cai Be.

    Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec
    After breakfast, take a junk trip to the floating markets. Visit sights including the French Gothic Cathedral and rice paper manufacturers. Return to the ship for lunch while sailing towards Sa Dec, a quaint little city. Explore Sa Dec in the evening, including the Fujian Temple, local markets along the river banks, and pass the home of Marguerite Duras. We then set sail for Tan Chau with evening cocktails and dinner.

    Day 6: Tan Chau, Border Crossing
    Discover Tan Chau, a small town untouched by tourism. We sightsee by local boats, through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island and floating fish farm. Afterwards, enjoy a local tour by rickshaw (xe loi). Board the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border, enjoying lunch, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration by the executive chef, cocktails, dinner and a screening of the movie “The Killing Fields”. Overnight we cruise to Phnom Penh.

    Day 7: Phnom Penh
    Enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities in Phnom Penh, including visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You may also choose to visit Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 Detention Centre) and the Killing Fields, providing an understanding of a crucial part of Cambodia’s history. In the evening enjoy Khmer folk dancing before dinner. You may like to relax in one of many bars ashore just opposite the dock as the ship will stay overnight in Phnom Penh.

    Day 8: Chong Koh Village
    Sail towards little known Chong Koh. After breakfast, we take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk-weaving village. Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream.

    Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach*
    After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

    **As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed

    Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang
    Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoying farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap.
    Day 11:**High Water
    Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel.

    Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang
    Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands. Return to the boat for lunch. After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening. The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam.
    Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap
    Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights.

    Day 12: Siem Reap
    After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples.

    Day 13: Siem Reap
    After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London

    To book or for more information on Saigon to Siem Reap – Luxury River Cruise, call us on 020 8744 0474.

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    Enjoy Eilat This November – The Leonardo Plaza Hotel
    Destination: Eilat
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    Enjoy Eilat This November – The Leonardo Plaza Hotel – Double or Twin Sea View from £884.00 per person on a Half Board basis.

    Price includes flights from Luton and return transfers in Eilat.

    The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat is beautifully situated on the Red Sea right in front of the beautiful beach. The hotel provides a perfect location, close to the city center, which offers several attractions such as the scenic Dolphins Reef as well as an attractive shopping mall “Ha’Yam”.

    This 4* Hotel offers 301 luxurious rooms with elegant design. Five restaurants and bars offer a variety of culinary delights and delicious drinks and spoil with exquisite Chinese, Italian and international cuisine. The hotel’s snack bar welcomes for smaller snacks whereas the poolside terrace restaurant with lounge.

    The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat offers a fantastic private beach and the exclusive health club with Spa facilities, sauna, large outdoor pools and a wide range of beauty treatments provides relaxation and recreation. Especially for families the kids club provides exciting activities and entertainment for the younger guests.

    To book or for more information on Enjoy Eilat This November – The Leonardo Plaza Hotel, call us on 020 8744 0474.

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