“Coral Reefs & Komodo Dragons in the South Pacific”

April 16 – to 27, 2020

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Did you know Komodos Can Consume 80 Percent of Their Body Weight in One Sitting?Bali, Komodo, Flores and Singapore

Join us on a multi-faceted gem of 3 stunning regions on one amazing vacay! There aren’t enough emojis to describe all the thrills on this escape. In 10 immersive days, we’ll explore pristine islands scattered in the mystical Indonesian archipelago’s “Coral Triangle,” taking you from ultimate tropical paradise to mind-boggling modern architectural wonders. Since the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” these places are trending hot in popularity for 2020 tourism. With our luxury resorts, you’ll be pampered like “Crazy Rich Americans” for a head-shaking value price.

 It all begins in lush, seductive Bali, a utopian masterpiece of nature! We base in artsy Ubud (of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame) to introduce you to true Balinese culture. Explore sacred temples, the Monkey Forest, handicraft markets and witness spectacular sunsets! You won’t want to leave our Ayanna Resort, but it only gets better as we continue with a short flight to Flores, or “Flower Island,” a tropical delight of emerald rice terraces in the shadow of smoldering volcanoes.

Komodo – Our new beach resort is the only 5 star property of all these islands. Ayana Komodo Resort is a sanctuary of serenity. Picture a 900 foot pier with a fleet of boats to whisk us out to unspoiled islands like Rinca. The big draw? The legendary Komodo dragons. Capture amazing photos of these creatures as they scamper across the sand. Chill at the resort’s spa or enjoy world class snorkeling and diving with an astounding array of marine life!

Had enough scenic island beauty? Let the large fun begin with a flight to uber-cool Singapore, a place that continually reinvents itself. (Heck, the airport alone is worth the flight with its new hiking trails, 10 story waterfall and 400 venues). Dubai dulls by comparison. Spotless Singapore is a melting pot of ancient and modern. Today, it’s a destination for design, cuisines and so many new things to do. You’ll love the solar powered Super Trees, world’s coolest rooftop pool, Colonial charm and fusion kitchens. Food is taken very seriously here. Indulge your foodie passions with us at the affordable  “hawkers food stalls”- some with chefs who are Michelin rated!

 Singapore is striving to become the World’s Greenest City with 1600 new parks added. Our highlights include rickshaws through Chinatown, the new National Gallery, bumboat rides on the river, Maxwell’s Food Market, gravity defying Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Little India and more. There’s free time for “Breakfast with Orangutans, riding the Singapore Flyer, fabulous Jurong Bird Park, Flower Dome and energetic nightlife on Clark Quay with Raffles.

Our past AFS groups loved these places. Now, we combine all together in one incredible getaway. April is the best time to visit Komodo. We have great group air with 6 flights on award-winning Singapore Airlines, if you want it.

This trip is for our explorers, water babies, action seekers, culture vultures and Instagrammers! Make these 3 distinctive bucket-list worlds part of your book-it list. It’s an Asian Affair that will make you the envy of all of your friends who only travel through what they see in your photos.

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Lonely Planet says…

Welcome to Bali, Island of the Gods

One Island, Many Destinations

On Bali you can lose yourself in the chaos of Kuta or sybaritic pleasures of Seminyak and Kerobokan, surf wild beaches in the south or just hang out on Nusa Lembongan. You can go family-friendly in Sanur or savour a lavish getaway on the Bukit Peninsula. Ubud is the heart of Bali, a place where the culture of the island is most accessible, and it shares the island’s most beautiful rice fields and ancient monuments with east and west Bali. North and west Bali are thinly populated but have the kind of diving and surfing that make any journey worthwhile.

Bali’s Fun

At the end of the day (which is the start of the day for some visitors), Bali’s rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes Bali’s sheer delight to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has luxe beachside resorts and superb eating, Kuta and Legian have the nightlife, and Canggu wraps it all into one irresistible package. Plunge deep into Bali’s spirit while renewing your own in Ubud or catching the perfect wave in Bingin. You name it, it’s here.

Welcome to Ubud Region


Welcome to Flores & Komodo

Let’s get it out of the way first: There’s no place like this place, anyplace. Komodo is obviously well-known for its dragons (gigantic lizards, really, but who’s nit-picking?), but there’s so much more to the island — plus nearby Flores and Rinca — than just massive fauna. You’ll spend much of this nine-day trip on Flores, soaking in the beautiful scenery (including Mt Kelimutu, a volcanic crater full of vibrantly coloured water) and traditional ways of life amongst the local people. On a boat trip to Komodo and Rinca, look out for Komodo dragons and spot even more of the native wildlife. 


Welcome to Singapore

The Island of Feasting

Food in Singapore is taken very seriously. From cheap hawker fare to Michelin-starred fine dining, food-enamoured Singaporeans will line up for it, Instagram the hell out of it and passionately debate whether it is ‘die, die, must try’ – Singlish slang for ‘to die for’. Don’t fret about finding a place to chow down, as each neighbourhood is home to local hawker centres and coffeeshops dishing up some of the island’s best meals for just a couple of bucks. Simply follow your nose or join the longest queue – whatever morsels lie at the end, they are almost guaranteed to be scrumptious.

A Green City

The concrete jungles that once dominated Singapore’s skyline are slowly giving way to green skyscrapers, which look more like living ecosystems than business hubs. Fervently working towards its ‘City in a Garden’ dream, the nation is ploughing money into becoming more sustainable and, well, green. Head out of town a little and you’ll find plenty of walking trails, treetop jungle bridges, wildlife galore and the city’s green jewel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Singapore Botanic Gardens: these are the lungs of Singapore.

Shopping Frenzy

When the sweltering outdoor heat gets too much, Singaporeans love ducking inside for a spot of retail therapy and a good dose of air-conditioning. Orchard Rd is the queen of shopping malls: with all the high-street brands, plenty of high-fashion houses, and a few discount outlets thrown into the mix, everyone’s needs (and more often wants) are catered for here. If you prefer your shopping a little less mass-market, head out to local neighbourhoods for independent designers, quirky art galleries, bustling markets, Chinese medicines, Persian carpets and a sari or two.

Our Glorious AFS Itinerary

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April 16 – Check-in Singapore Airlines  (SQ) counter by 10 PM for your departure on April 17 at 1:15AM. flight.Depart USA on fabulous Singapore Airlines, world’s best economy class!  You cross Int’l Dateline to lose day but gain back on the end!


April 18 – Welcome to Bali, Indonesia

 For some, Bali might seem just like another popular tourist destination, but for anyone who visits its shores, it is impossible not to be touched by certain magic from the “Island of the Gods.” Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people, that make any stay on the island so memorable.

Arrive at Bali’s stunning Ngurah Rai International Airport where our local guide helps us transfer to our hotel. The luxurious Alaya Resort is located in the heart of ultra-cool Ubud, a town surrounded by rain forests and rice paddies. Our hotel is a tropic retreat with an onsite spa, award winning restaurants and verdant grounds which include, of course, a pool.   We are in the heart of town, so it’s easy to venture around. (Free time – This is the town of the movie and book “Eat, Pray, Love,” visit some of the sites! Perhaps pay a visit to a Balian – a traditional Balinese medicine man or check out some of the many markets and spas.)

Overnight:  Alaya Resort (3 nights) Open link to view your stunning property – www.alayahotels.com

April 19 – Half day Ubud Tour                           B/L

After buffet breakfast, start the day with an exploration of the Ubud Palace – Puri Saren Agung -where the royal family ruled Ubud from the late 1800’s until 1917. The palace complex has beautiful Balinese traditional houses and is set in the heart of old Ubud. We then head to the Famous Ubud Market where you can test your bargaining skill for an amazing array of local crafts. Even if you don’t like shopping, the market provides a bombardment of color, culture and excitement.

We then take a stroll through Ubud’s famous Monkey Forest to  see some of Bali’s cheekiest inhabitants – the macaque monkeys. Groups of these mischievous monkeys live in the shaded forest, where they roam freely, jumping from tree to tree. It won’t take long for you to recognize that they each have their own distinctive personalities and watching them is never-ending entertainment.  Our past groups loved it.

Our evening is on our own, so feel free to venture into Ubud and mingle with the Balinese.

Overnight:  Alaya Resort

 

April 20 – Day at Your Leisure                                   B

Free day at last!  So much to do to in Bali so we squeezed in a day of leisure for you who came from afar.  It’s so easy to book any tour there on the spot.  We can’t present one option due to so many choices.

Our past groups loved some tours and they are so affordable here.

I recommend considering with these rated 5-stars on Trip Advisor:  Ubud Instagram Tour, Rice Terrace Walk, River Tubing or Rafting, Cooking Class or the new “Jungle Swing Tour with Taro Elephant Sanctuary.”

Overnight:  Alaya Resort

 

April 21 – Fly to Labyan Bajo, Flores                              B/D

 This morning, we fly to the island of Flores and the town of Labyan Bajo, landing in the Komodo Airport. Prepare to be amazed by our home of the next 3 nights – the five-star ocean-side Ayana Resort. The spectacular property is virtually brand new and is set against a backdrop of ruggedly beautiful green hills. Every room offers stunning ocean views. Settle in and make the most of the numerous beach and water activities the resort has to offer.

In the evening, we have our official Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s unique Rooftop Bar, a perfect place to enjoy not only the gourmet food, but a spectacular sunset.

Overnight:  Ayana Komodo Resort (3 nights) www.ayana.com

 

 April 22 – Komodo Free day!                 B

There is no better place to have a free day than on this lush tropical island. Relax and enjoy the resort or you can choose to take advantage of the many options Ayana offers.

For spa enthusiasts, create a spa escape to remember with authentic Indonesian treatments that have been passed down through the generations. Those curious about discovering Komodo’s exotic wildlife can choose from countless activities including a guided Komodo Dragon tour at Rinca Island and wild bat sightings at sunset. The more adventurous will love Ayana Komodo’s array of scuba diving, snorkeling, marine walks, paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking to secluded hilltop locations for the most exquisite views imaginable.

We are also offering the option to take a cultural tour to the nearby village of Cecer where you can meet the locals. You’ll watch them do the “Tetek Alu” dance which is a traditional bamboo pole jumping game, as well as the Manggarai traditional dance. Maybe you can even join in! You’ll have a look around the village itself to experience daily life, then visit the fields where they cultivate coffee, vanilla and cacao visit to fields.

Overnight:  Ayana KomodoResort (3 nights)

April 23 – Komodo Island                      B/L

We have a full day ahead as we make our way by boat to Komodo Island and Rinca if time permits. The roughly 2-hour ride is a wonderful experience on the crystal Flores Sea. We then take a nature hike to explore including a waterhole known to be a favorite spot for Timor deer and wild pigs. Sometimes, dragons can be found there lying around and waiting.  Climb Sulphurea Hill and Frigate Hill for magnificent view across the islands, bays and beaches.

Rangers accompany us with a forked stick.  The dragons are protected by law.  These mighty creatures are the largest lizards earth, often 10’ long.  They remain motionless with belly full, but when hunger strikes, they speed around in search for food.  We stay silent as their hearing is acute.

Hop back on the boat and head to coral fragment lined Pink Beach. We’ll have a picnic lunch with us and this could be just the spot to stop! Afterwards, sail to Manta Point where hundreds of giant manta rays play in the waters. We may have time to swim or snorkel before heading back to the resort where our evening is free.

Overnight:  Ayana KomodoResort (3 nights)

April 24 – Fly Flores via Bali to Singapore  (on Garuda Airlines at 4PM)                              B

Our morning is free before we head to the airport to fly to magnificent Singapore, stopping first in Bali. We’ll arrive in Singapore at midnight and check in to our beautiful hotel for 3 wonderful nights.  This stunning property in the heart of Singapore  has a spa, health club, 30 meter pool, gourmet kitchen, free wifi and shuttle bus.

Though only a small city, this former simple fishing village has turned into a cosmopolitan city – brimming with harmonious diversity from its multi-cultural society. Experience the diverse, cohesive, nostalgic, historical and cultural aspects Singapore can offer.

One thing that is a “do not miss” is the multitudinous offering of food that will leave you spoiled for choice – from Peranakan to Chinese, Malay to Indian, fusion and more. Singapore is a place where differences are encouraged, embraced and celebrated.

Overnight: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore  (3 nights)

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April 25 – Singapore – City Tour                                      B

We start with Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – the expansive and colorful Singapore Botanic Gardens. You’ll be amazed by its National Orchid Garden, which boasts a extensive display of 60,000 orchid plants. Let’s hop onto a bumboatfor a cruise along the Singapore River, taking in sites like the city’s beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue for our group photo.

A visit to the new Singapore National Gallerywill help tell story of Singapore’s planning efforts showing its physical transformation – past, present and future, including an immersive 270 degrees panoramic sight and sound show. We end at the incredible foodie delight destination called Maxwell Food Court where we are turned loose totaste of some local delicacies for lunch on our own.  Singaporeans take food seriously!  Here 3 meals a day is not enough.  At Maxwell’s just graze your way through endless gourmet stalls.  All food is clean and fresh.  Michelin starred meals can run $5.  Favorites are fresh chili crabs and coconut curry chicken rice.

The rest of the day is free to explore this unique, vibrant world-class city. Explore some of the old neighborhoods or get your shopping fix with its myriad selection of shopping, dining, entertainment places – be it Orchard Road or Boat Quay.  If you’re still hungry, do the “wok & stroll” tour.

 Overnight: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore  (3 nights)

 

April 26 – Singapore day free with Evening Tour            B

 Today is all ours again to explore! Perhaps start with booking Breakfast with the Orangutans? At Singapore’s famous zoo – 26 acre wildlife park where animals roam free.  Birders will be enthralled at Jurong Bird Park.  Visit the new Flower Dome or ride the Singapore Flyer, world’s largest Ferris Wheel with breathtaking views.  But save some energy for our special evening tour.

It begins at Singapore’s most iconic hotel – Marina Bay Sands – with a birds-eye view of the city from the top of MBS Skypark. It’s a roof-top experience like no other, with observation deck in the clouds. At Gardens by the Bay, watch the Super Tree Grovecome alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night! Then, we take in the color, culture and excitement of bustling Chinatown. Rich in history and heritage, we’ll wander along the narrow lanes that are a myriad of shops, eateries and the sensory overload that is the Night Market. Test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods. The highlight is a trishaw ridethrough the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. We’ll be dropped here to explore and enjoy the variety of dining options.

Evening tour:

Marina Bay Sand’s Skypark 6:00 PM Evening Tour with drop off at Clarke Quay

Our tour starts at the Singapore most iconic hotel – Marina Bay Sands. Be amazed with a birds-eye view of the city from the top of Marina Bay Sand’s Skypark – it is a roof like no other, perched 200 meters in the air with observation deck in the clouds. At Gardens by the Bay, watch the SuperTree Grove come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night!

Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Walk the sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colorful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage.   Chinatown is not to be missed, especially in the evening when everything really comes alive. Wander along the narrow lanes of the Night Market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods.

The highlight of today is a trishaw ride that takes you through the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. Enjoy your own free time and explore Clarke Quay and the various dining options they have to offer. Group is left off at Clarke Quay to explore, have dinner or drinks.

 Overnight: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore (3 nights)

 

April 27 – Singapore and Home              B

 Transfer to airport after a thrilling journey well done.  Note we fly back to LAX which provides best connection home for you.

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Land Price $ 2398

Deposit $500

Based upon 30 participants

Includes:  All listed on itnerary

Not included:  Gratuities, air

GROUP AIR PACKAGE of 6 legs on 2 airlines with best routing and price. $1395 includes all taxes

(Note, we fly out of San Fran and returns via LAX because it’s best price and no forced overnights!)

 APR 16 Check in to Singapore Airlines (SQ) counter in San Fran at 10 PM

  • APR 17. SQ001   SFO-SIN 01:15AM – 11:20AM (Next day APR 18)
  • APR 18. SQ946   SIN-Bali (DPS)  4:10PM – 7:05 AM           

            Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GA)

  • APR 21  GA7036   DPS-Komodo (LBJ) 10:50AM-12:25PM  Transfer to hotel
  • APR 24  GA7027   LBJ-DPS   4:00 PM – 5:40PM  Connect to SQ Air for flight to Singapore
  • APR 24 SQ945    DPS-SIN  9:45PM PM – 12:20AM (Midnight    Transfer to SIN Hotel

Fly home –  APR 27  SQ 012   SIN-LAX  9:25AM – 1:10PM (Arrive same day 27APR)

Plan your connecting flight home after 3PM

                  KEY:  SFO= San Fran, SIN = Singapore, DPS = Bali, LBJ = Komodo

We suggest everyone buy our group air to keep the group intact with all hotel transfers.  Just 26 seats reserved.

Own Air – We understand how some may want to do own international air.  This trip is USA into Bali arriving no later than April 18 in the morning and out of Singapore April 27 anytime.   To keep the group intact we must include the internal air RT Bali to Komodo for $340.  This means your air will be USA to Bali, Bali to Singapore, Singapore to USA

 

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

Group Air -In emailed Trip Tips when offered.

Alaya Resort Ubud

Alaya Resort

Ayana Komodo Resort Ayana Komodo ResortHotel details

  • This relaxed resort on a beach overlooking the Flores Sea is 44 km from Komodo National Park and 6 km from Komodo Airport.
  • Stylish rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, marble bathrooms and rainfall showers, plus minifridges, and tea and coffee making equipment. All provide balconies with sea views. 
  • There’s a private beach, as well as 2 outdoor pools (1 has a swim-up bar), a spa, a yoga deck and a gym. Dining options include 3 restaurants (1 serving Japanese dishes) and 4 bars. There are 5 shops, tours and airport transfers. 
  • Free Wi-FiFree  outdoor pool Air-conditioned Laundry service Beach access

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore

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Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore is the most vibrant place to stay in Singapore. Right in the heart of the famous Orchard Road, its energy beats to the rhythm of the city. The spacious and bright rooms offer a host of thoughtful touches ranging from fast, free WiFi to PressReader. One of the not to be missed would be the sensational rooftop pool with panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

 

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