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Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

19 Nights featuring Bali, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Cairns and Brisbane indonesia_bali_dancers-girls-traditional-costumes-sarongs

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, Baggage Handling, and more!

Departs: February 15, 2019

About This Journey

Australia and Bali appear on many bucket list, and this itinerary will check off the best of both places. You will start your journey with four days experiencing the magic of Bali. Departing from the busy beaches on the south side of the island, you will venture out into the countryside to view rugged volcanic mountains, stop and admire the rice terraces clinging to valley hillsides and observe locals growing and harvesting rice the same way their ancestors did. Explore temples, semi-enveloped by the jungle, that now play home to wild monkeys. Feel a sense of well-being as you admire temples nestled by pristine lakes or standing defiantly on a rocky outcropping with the ocean as its backdrop. As Bali invigorates all of your senses, you will develop a bond with this island and its diversity. Then it’s off to Sydney, where one night you will dine at the world-famous Sydney Opera House and another night enjoy an Australian BBQ while on a sunset cruise of Sydney Harbour. In the daytime, your guide will show you the highlights of Sydney and you will also explore the beautiful Blue Mountains. All this is before you even start your East Coast cruise. You’ll experience all the east coast of Australia has to offer, including an exclusive full-day shore shore excursion to the internationally acclaimed Australia Zoo, started by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and still overseen by his wife and daughter, exclusive to Enrichment Journeys guests only. In Cairns, visit the verdant rainforest of Queensland or the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Sydney for your return flight home.

Visits: Bali, Sydney, Newcastle, Airlie Beach, Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Willis Island and Brisbane, Australia

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Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Depart
1 Arrive to Bali, Indonesia and transfer to hotel. Enjoy free time at the hotel and beach. (D)
2 Bali—In the morning, meet your tour guide for a brief orientation. Enjoy free time at the beach before joining your fellow travelers for a sunset and welcome dinner. (B,D)
3 Bali—Full day tour to a Balinese Village, Candikuning, Lake Beratan’s water temple, and Tanah Lot. (B,L)
4 Bali—Full day tour to the Rice Fields, Monkey Forest, Ubud, Coffee Plantation and Tirta Empul temple. (B,L)
5 Bali to Sydney, Australia—Full day tour to Mt. Batar, Penglipuran village and the beach. Evening flight to Sydney. (B,L,D)
6 Sydney—Arrive in Sydney in the morning and transfer to hotel for early check in. Late afternoon Opera House tour and dinner on site. (B,D)
7 Sydney—Full day city tour including a visit to Sydney Eye, the Rocks and Bondi Beach. (B,L)
8 Sydney—Full day tour to the Blue Mountains, including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Burragorang Valley. Evening harbor cruise and BBQ. (B,D)
9 Sydney—Transfer to your cruise ship for Embarkation. (B) 6:30 PM
10 At Sea
11 Brisbane, Australia—Included full-day exclusive shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests with lunch. (L) 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
14 Cairns, Australia 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
15 Port Douglas, Australia 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Willis Island, Australia 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
17 At Sea
18 At Sea
19 Sydney—Disembark and half-day tour to Manly Beach. Hotel check in. (L) 7:00 AM
20 Sydney—Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for return flight. (B)
 

Land Highlights

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Bali, transfer to hotel: Enjoy free time to adjust to Balinese time. You will have dinner at your hotel. (D).
  • Day 2 – Bali: In the morning, meet your tour guide and fellow travelers for an orientation. Then you will have free time to stroll along the tranquil beaches. In the evening, join your fellow travelers to watch the sunset before your welcome dinner and enjoy a cultural performance. (B,D)
  • Day 3 – Bali, Full-Day Northwest Bali Tour: After breakfast at your hotel, set off to learn the way of life of the Balinese people. Visit a typical Balinese village where you will see how many traditional families live in several homes around a communal patio and with a family temple facing Mount Agung. While visiting a local family, learn how they make the typical Balinese offerings. Heading north, you will begin to see the rice terraces along the hillsides. After lunch, continue north where you will stop to see the colorful market at Candikuning. From here, it is a short drive to Lake Beratan to see the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, a water temple located along the shore. Relax and admire the countryside as you ride to the southwestern coast to perhaps the most photographed temple in Bali, Tanah Lot. One of seven sea temples infamous for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops, Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. The temple is inaccessible at high tide. (B, L)
  • Day 4 – Bali, Full Day Ubud Area Tour: In the morning, drive to the village of Batubulan to see the best-known dance in Bali, the Barong. Telling the tale of the fight between good and evil, the lion-like Barong battles the demon queen Rangda, while all the dancers wear beautifully decorated masks. Stop to visit the long-tailed macaques in the Ubud Monkey Forest, where 14th century temples have been taken over by the jungle and these playful characters. Continue on to the local market and the Palace, still used by the Royal family. In Ubud, enjoy a stop at Cafe Wayan, known from the book Eat Pray Love, where a lunch has been prepared. Visit the Tirta Empul Temple, famous for its holy water for more than a thousand years, before driving to some of the most photographic rice terraces on the island. Then, stop at a coffee plantation where you can see the traditional method of preparing coffee, and enjoy a sample. (B, L)
  • Day 5 – Bali, Full Day Mt. Batar Area Tour: After breakfast at the hotel, set off on a day of discovery to see even more natural beauty. You will drive to Kintamani where you will have panoramic views of the mountains and the semi-active volcanoes from a distance. Clouds permitting, you will see Mt. Batur standing majestically over the beautiful Batur Lake. Next, travel to Penglipuran, a traditional village where you can see the Balinese architecture that has been passed down through the generations. Enjoy lunch in the village of Guliang with a view of the local rice fields. After lunch, return to your hotel where you will have some free time to stroll, relax, shop or maybe even indulge in a spa treatment before gathering for your farewell dinner at the resort. From here, it is a short drive to the airport for your overnight flight to Australia. (B, L, D)
  • Day 6 – Sydney: Arrive early in the morning and check in at the hotel. You will have time to rest and relax. In the late afternoon, meet your guide for a walking tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House where you will learn about the fine architecture and fascinating history of the building. After your tour, enjoy dinner within the Complex that is home to the Opera House. (D)
  • Day 7 – Sydney: After breakfast at the hotel, set out on a full day tour exploring this fascinating city. The first stop will be at Sydney Tower Eye, the tallest building in Sydney, where you will have unrivaled 360° views of Sydney’s fantastic skyline. You will see the historic “The Rocks” area and adjacent Circular Quay. Crossing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, you will visit Mrs. Macquire’s chair. This landmark remains a top attraction thanks to its location, which provides picture-perfect views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge within a single frame. You will see all this before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon, see the dramatic views from The Gap, an ocean cliff, on your way to Bondi Beach. One of the most popular public beaches since 1882, it is also one of the most visited spots in Australia. (B, L)
  • Day 8 – Sydney and Blue Mountains: As you depart the city, you will drive past the 2000 Olympic Park where you may glimpse some of the stadiums and other venues. Soon, giant rock formations are visible as you make your way into the Blue Mountains. Watch for waterfalls and small towns and villages along the way. You will see the highlights of the mountains including Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, Katoomba Falls, the Burragorang Valley and the famous Three Sisters rock formation. For a very different perspective of this rugged area, you will embark on the world’s steepest perpendicular railway to visit the canyon below. Then, you will return to the mountain top via the Scenic Cableway. You will have free time to stroll the charming town of Leura and grab a bite of lunch on your own. In the evening, take a short walk from the hotel to the pier where your boat awaits. Set off on a cruise of scenic Sydney Harbour. See marinas, beaches and palatial homes while you watch the shadows lengthen and the sky turn different colors over the city during sunset. Indulge in an Australian BBQ during your cruise. (B, D)
  • Day 9 – Sydney and Embarkation After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will check out of your hotel and be transferred to the nearby cruise pier for embarkation. (B)
  • Day 10 – Cruising
  • Day 11 – Brisbane and Australia Zoo: After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Brisbane. Head north to the Australia Zoo, owned by the family of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin. Upon arrival, you will be escorted by zoo staff to a private area where you will have the opportunity to meet native Australian animals and have your picture taken with them. Then, have a behind the scenes look at the zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, the largest of its kind in the world. Learn about the life-saving work that is done here and see the current patients first-hand. From here, you will be escorted to your reserved seating for the Wildlife Warrior Show Live, where staff and their amazing animals will entertain you with a slithering, swooping, jaw snapping adventure. After lunch in a private section of the zoo, see some of the other native animals before departing back to the ship. (L)
  • Day 12–18 – Cruising
  • Day 19 – Sydney: After disembarking your ship, enjoy a half-day tour to Sydney’s suburbs and Manly Beach where you will have free time to stroll along the beach and explore the shops in the area. After lunch, check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. (L)
  • Day 20 – Sydney: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Sydney, Australia: As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney—hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney—from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Brisbane, Australia: Once considered the “country cousin” among Australian cities, Brisbane is the nation’s third-largest metropolis—and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland’s dazzling beaches.

Airlie Beach, Australia: Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia’s premier playgrounds. The Whitsundays were once mountains. Rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday Passage between the islands and the mainland.

Cairns, Australia: Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations, boasting three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city—the famed Marlin Coast—and inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine, and balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.  A travel tip—Cairns is pronounced “cans.”  Take the opportunity and snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, a remarkable diving site filled with vibrant coral islands and marine life, or visit magical Daintree Rainforest, considered the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Port Douglas, Australia: In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan struck pay dirt on Hodgkinson River, igniting the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed boom, and Port Douglas slid into decades of obscurity. Then came a second gold rush in the 1980s, as tourists flocked to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway to hardy adventurers on route to the rainforest and reef.

Willis Island, Australia: This tiny island measures in at just 1,600 feet long by 490 feet wide. Though it is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, you won’t find any neighborhoods, schools or homes here. The only structures on Willis Island comprise a weather monitoring station hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where just a handful of weather observers reside at any given time. Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including masked, brown and red-footed boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles. Note: Willis Island is a scenic cruising site. The ship will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Included Features

  • Included round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Four nights at 4-star Puri Santrian Resort in Bali (or similar) including breakfast
  • Four nights at 4-star The Grace Hotel in Sydney (or similar) including breakfast
  • Eight day pre-cruise land program in Bali and Sydney with included tours
    • Bali—Full-day Balinese Village, Lake Beratan’s water temple, and Tanah Lot tour
    • Bali—Full-day Ubud, Rice Fields, Monkey Forest and Tirta Empul temple tour
    • Bali—Full-day Mt. Batar, Penglipuran village and the beach tour
    • Sydney—Full-day Sydney City and Bondi Beach tour
    • Sydney—Full-day Blue Mountains Exploration
    • Sydney—Half-day Opera House tour and dinner
    • Sydney—Half-day Harbor cruise and Australian BBQ
    • Sydney—Half-day Manly Beach and Sydney Suburbs tour
  • National Guide and Local Tour Hosts with included tours in Bali and Sydney
  • Breakfast daily plus five lunches, four dinners and all meals while onboard
  • 10-night sailing aboard Sun Princess
    • Exclusive Full-day guided shore excursion in Brisbane, specifically created for Enrichment Journeys guests only.

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your eight-night land program, you will experience the volcanic mountains, jungles, coffee plantations, rice patty terraces, as well as dramatic coast lines on the island of Bali. During your time in Sydney, you will travel from beach to mountain, over historical cobblestones and through modern architecture. While on land, there are included daily excursions. Some evenings, you will have free time. The group will then board the Sun Princess for a 10-night journey along the eastern coast of Australia and near the Great Barrier Reef. Optional shore excursions from your ship will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered very active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Mysterious Bali will enthrall you with its shadowy volcanic mountains and misty waterfalls. Its tranquility and soothing way of life will slowly wash over you. Its colorful terrain and vibrant art will dazzle your senses.

One of the most popular destinations on the planet, Australia beckons to travelers. Australia is unique in its contrasting landscapes of desert, white sand beaches, and rainforests. Cosmopolitan Sydney with its man-made wonders like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge will contrast with the Blue Mountains’ natural immensity and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind during your international cultural experiences. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable, cotton items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker for the harbor cruise and visit to the Blue Mountains. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and nature walks.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Beneath the Southern Cross, Judy Nunn

The Secret River, Kate Grenville

Eucalyptus, Murray Bail

A Biography of a Nation, Phillip Knightley

Green Mountains, Bernard O’Reilly

The Painted Alphabet: A Mythical Story of Bali, Diana Darling

Fragrant Rice: My Continuing Love Affair with Bali, Janet De Neefe

Children’s Books

The Adventures of Bali Bear: Jalan Jalan, Kim Herrington

Living in…Australia, Chloe Perkins

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Bali & Lombok

Fodor’s Essential Australia

Blogs

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/australia-travel-tips/

https://www.justonewayticket.com/2016/02/15/things-to-do-in-bali-indonesia/

http://theblondeabroad.com/2016/03/30/the-ultimate-bali-travel-guide/

Videos/Movies

Breaker Morant (movie)

The Castle (movie)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (movie)

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Bali – Sydney Airplane 6 Hours

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

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Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Dates & Prices

Prices may change. Call for rates.

2/15/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
IF (Inside) $8,265 $6,199 $2,066 CALL FOR PRICE
OW (Obstructed  Oceanview) $8,665 $6,499 $2,166 CALL FOR PRICE
OF (Oceanview) $8,932 $6,699 $2,233 CALL FOR PRICE
BY (Obstructed Balcony) $9,332 $6,999 $2,333 CALL FOR PRICE
M3 (Mini Suite) $10,665 $7,999 $2,666 CALL FOR PRICE
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $400 Los Angeles $0 San Diego $200
Boston $400 Miami $400 San Francisco $200
Charlotte $450 New York JFK $400 Seattle $200
Chicago O’Hare $200 Philadelphia $500 Vancouver $350
Dallas $350 Phoenix $200
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Puri Santrian Resort

Jl. Cemara 35, Sanur,  Bali, Indonesia

Telephone: 62 – 361 –  288009

Email: purisantrian@santrian.com

The Puri Santrian Resort Hotel Sanur is situated along the coast of upscale Sanur on the tranquil south eastern end of the island. This family owned and operated hotel keeps within the Balinese tradition of warmth and generosity of spirit with our courteous and attentive staff devoted to making your stay one to remember.

Grace Hotel

77 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.

Telephone: (612)9272 6888

Email: grace@gracehotel.com.au

Built by Grace Bros. in the 1920s as a showpiece of their successful retail business, The Grace Hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory, making it one of Sydney’s most prominent historical landmarks, a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture with contrasting Art-Deco interior.

Located in the heart of Sydney, this heritage-listed hotel offers warm and personal service with the luxury of a 4+ star hotel exuding a unique blend of old world charm with modern comfort to meet the needs of guests today.

Sun Princess

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 16 modern vessels. Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still be seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Ship: Sun Princess

Sun Princess has always been a cruise ship industry pioneer. When she was christened, she set the bar for offering a high percentage of balcony staterooms from which to view the exotic destinations of the world. Sun Princess is has been recently updated to include our most popular onboard venues, including The Sanctuary®, a serene haven just for adults, and our inviting Movies Under the Stars®.

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Before You Go

Money Matters

Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Major brand name credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry a little cash in case of emergencies or in the event you would like to purchase items from local markets.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening at the airport, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines regarding weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but accrue additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips outside the United States. You must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

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Regional Information

Travel documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. You must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Indonesia and both a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee.

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Australia and Indonesia.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce, especially within Australia. For Indonesia, it is suggested to get short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Australia uses 240/250v for standard outlets. Indonesia runs on 220v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

Australia is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and is 14 hours ahead of New York City. Indonesia (Bali) is on Central Indonesia Time (CIT). Sydney is 2 hrs ahead of Bali time.

Money Matters

While visiting various countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only necessary for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for Australia and Indonesia:

Australian Dollar:

Banknotes in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Coins are in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins

Exchange – $1 USD to 1.26 AUD

Indonesia – Rupiah

Banknotes in Rp2,000, Rp5,000, Rp10,000, Rp20,000, Rp50,000, Rp100,000

Coins are in Rp100, Rp200, Rp500, Rp1,000

Exchange – $1 USD to 13,322 Rupiah

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Australia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. Tipping in Indonesia is not mandatory. However, if you want to tip, perhaps provide 5-10% of the total bill. Restaurants: some restaurants will include 5-10% service charge to their bill.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few euros is customary. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Sydney 80/67 80/67 78/64 73/58 69/53 64/48 63/46 66/48 70/52 74/56 75/60 79/64
Cairns 88/75 86/75 86/75 82/72 81/70 77/64 77/64 79/64 81/66 82/70 86/73 88/75
Bali 84/73 86/72 86/73 90/72 91/73 88/72 88/72 88/72 88/72 88/73 88/73 86/73

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Australia:

Sydney – 62′

Cairns – 1,198′

Indonesia:

Bali – 10,328′

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Australia – English

Away with the pixiesdreaming.
Example: She’s not listening. She’s in love and away with the pixies.

Bob’s yer uncle: if you do this (whatever is said first) it will work or be all right.
Example: Just add some extra water and Bob’s yer uncle.

Fifty k’s south of Woop Woop: in the middle of nowhere
Example: He wants to go camping 50 k’s south of Woop Woop.

Full as a goog: drunk or eaten to the excess.
Example: That was a great meal. I am full as a goog.

Indonesia – Indonesian

He (Hey): Hello

Apa kabar? (AH-pah KAH-bar?): How are you?

Baik, terima kasih (Bah-EEK, TREE-mah KAH-see): Fine, thank you.

Silakan (Suh-LAH-kann): Please

Terima kasih (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see): Thank you

Ya (EEYAH): Yes

Tidak (TEE-dah/): No

Selamat tinggal (S’LAH-maht TING-gahl): Goodbye

Tolong! (Toh-long): Help!

Ini berapa? (EE-nee buh-ROPP-uh): How much?

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Australia and Indonesia before you embark on your Journey.

Australia

  • The name “Australia” comes from the Latin world “australis”, meaning southern.
  • It is estimated that humans have lived in Australia for around 45,000 years.
  • Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.
  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902.
  • Australia is the only place in the world where you can still find the lung fish, which is a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
  • The largest Greek population in the world besides Athens in Greece, can be found in Melbourne, Victoria.

Bali

  • Balinese babies are carried everywhere the first few months of their lives, this is because they are not allowed to touch the ground. They are considered little angels, their connection to the spirits is kept intact by not touching the earth. When the time has come that they are allowed to touch the ground, a big ceremony is held.
  • Unlike most of the world that celebrates New Year’s Day with fireworks and celebrations, the Balinese New Year starts in silence. The first day of the new calendar is called Nyepi; and no one is allowed on the streets. Noise and light are to be kept at a minimum and these rules apply to everyone who is on the Island.
  • Due to the fact that Bali is a popular tourism destination for travelers all over the world, around 80% of its economy is related to tourism. From leisure activities to hotels and restaurants; tourism is the largest industry in terms of income.
  • Bali people know their baby’s name even before they are born. This is because all Bali people have only four different names and that too is in order of the child’s birth. First baby – Wayan, second baby – Made, third baby – Nyoman and the fourth baby – Ketut. The fifth baby is again Wayan and the rest follows in cycle.
  • According to Balinese tradition, each and every person’s top six teeth are filed down. According to their belief, the six vices – anger, jealousy, desire, confusion, greed and drunkenness enters through these teeth. Hence filing them away will prevent them from entering the body.
  • Did you know that the Indonesian waters are home to around 3,000 species of fish? That’s double the amount of species found in the Great Barrier Reef!

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