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Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

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

Departs: February 16, 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 you’ll have two full days to explore the city at your leisure before embarking the Sun Princess for your East Coast cruise. You’ll experience all the east coast of Australia has to offer, including Brisbane – home to the acclaimed Australia Zoo, started by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and still overseen by his wife and daughter. In Cairns, visit the verdant rainforest of Queensland, or the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Finish your Journey back in Sydney with one last day to explore before heading home.

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

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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—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. Overnight flight to Sydney. (B,L,D)
6 Sydney—Arrive in Sydney in the morning and transfer to hotel for early check in. Enjoy the day at your leisure
7 Sydney—Enjoy the day at your leisure
8 Sydney—Transfer to your cruise ship for Embarkation. (B) 4:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Brisbane, Australia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
13 Cairns, Australia 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
14 Port Douglas, Australia 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
15 Willis Island, Australia 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
16 At Sea
17 At Sea
18 Sydney—Transfer to hotel. Enjoy the day at your leisure. 7:00 AM
19 Sydney—Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for return flight.
 

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: Morning arrival and early hotel check-in. The rest of your day is at your leisure to explore Sydney on your own.
  • Day 7 – Sydney: The day is yours to explore Sydney on your own. (B)
  • Day 8 – 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 9–17 – Cruising
  • Day 18 – Disembark in Sydney: After disembarking your ship, transfer to the hotel. The day is yours at your leisure.
  • Day 19 – 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 roundtrip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Seven night pre-cruise land program in Bali and Sydney
    • Bali, Indonesia– four-night hotel stay and one overnight flight
      • Full-day Balinese Village, Lake Beratan’s water temple, and Tanah Lot tour
      • Full-day Ubud, Rice Fields, Monkey Forest and Tirta Empul temple tour
      • Full-day Mt. Batar, Penglipuran village and the beach tour
    • Sydney, Australia – two-night hotel stay
  • One-night post-cruise land program in Sydney
    • Sydney, Australia – one-night hotel stay
  • National Guide in each country and Local Tour Hosts during included tours in Bali and Sydney
  • Most meals on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 10-night sailing aboard Sun Princess

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your Bali 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 have free time to explore at your own pace. 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 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. 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

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 Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Bali – Sydney Airplane 6 Hours

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Special Offers

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

Journey to Bali, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia

Dates & Prices
2/16/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
IF (Inside) $6,932 $5,199 $1,733 CALL FOR DETAILS
OW (Obstructed  Oceanview) $7,199 $5,399 $1,800 CALL FOR DETAILS
OF (Oceanview) $7,465 $5,599 $1,866 CALL FOR DETAILS
BE (Balcony) $8,132 $6,099 $2,033 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

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

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make 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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

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. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, 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 for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

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 have questions about 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. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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 item 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
  • Sturdy sandals
  • 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 incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, 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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some 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 speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers 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 and outside the United States. So 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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, 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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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 click here to visit the website.

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.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

Australia – Australian Dollar:

Indonesia – 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

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

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit 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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