June 25 – July 5, 2020
About This Tour
The typical Toto Tourist is an incredibly well-traveled world citizen. No doubt many of your destinations in the East have routed you through the incredible airport in Singapore, but how many of you have actually stayed in the city to enjoy its many delights? We are doing exactly that at the beginning of this adventure, spending three nights in Singapore to sample its wonders. Then we’re off to Bali to enter an idyllic paradise considered by many to be synonymous with “Nirvana.” Our stay in Ubud will bring enlightenment in many forms. Then we’re off to Flores for a three-night stay in an incredible resort, with a visit to the famous Dragons on the Komodo Islands. Your Incredible Indonesia idyll ends with two nights at the beach town of Seminyak on Bali. Join us for this wonderful sampling of the enchantments of the Exotic East
- City-State of Singapore
- Singapore Botanic Gardens *
- Old Colonial Center of Singapore
- Ubud, Artistic Center of Bali
- Labuan Bajo on Flores Island
- Komodo National Park *
- Pink Beach
- Cultural Landscape of Bali *
- Beach town of Seminyak * UNESCO World Heritage Sites
MAIN TOUR ITINERARY
Arrive in Singapore
Arrange your international flight to arrive in Singapore by mid-afternoon today. (When making reservation, look for the international airport code SIN for Singapore’s Changi Airport.) Prior to departure we will provide detailed instructions how to reach our hotel via the ultramodern train from the airport. You will have whatever time is left in the afternoon to relax and freshen up. This evening, we meet in the hotel’s bar for introductions and a welcome drink. We then proceed to a nearby restaurant for our Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Singapore. (Welcome Dinner included)
Botanic Gardens / Old Singapore
Enjoy a full day tour of Singapore’s primary tourist sites. At the Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The National Orchid Garden boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. We proceed to Chinatown to see the temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop-houses retaining the Chinese character in this enclave. Take a Bum Boat ride, a 30-minute trip through a kaleidoscope of historic river and harbor images, from the ‘go-down’ warehouses, shop-houses, the six British bridges and the gracious old waterfront to the towering, gleaming modern skyline of the new business district. Our lunch is at a local Chinese restaurant.
Merlion Park is a popular spot for great views of Marina Bay and a picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. We visit Little India in Old Singapore to see the lively trading community. Kampong Glam is a Malay enclave with a blend of history, culture and a super-trendy lifestyle. There is the famous Sultan Mosque built in 1928 with the massive golden domes and huge prayer hall. There is also the colorful Haji Lane with its quirky boutiques shops. Overnight in Singapore. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Gardens by the Bay / Skypark
We have another full day touring Singapore. In the morning, we visit Gardens by the Bay - Singapore's latest iconic attraction. Step into the two climate conservatories. Flower Dome is the world’s largest glass greenhouse with an ever-changing display of flowers and plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. Cloud Forest is a mysterious world veiled in mist. Take in breath-taking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems. The Skypark Observation Deck is at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, located 57 stories above the city, providing a panoramic view of the skyline, the port, Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay and across the Pacific Ocean inlet to Malaysia. At the historic Raffles Hotel, enjoy a glass of the world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail. The evening is free. Overnight in Singapore. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Fly to Bali
Today we have an early wake-up call to grab a quick breakfast, check out from our hotel rooms, and then transfer to Singapore’s Changi Airport for our morning flight to Ubud. Our scheduled flight departs around 9:00 am and arrives in Ubud on Bali just before noon. Upon arrival, a guide picks us up at the airport and transfers us to our hotel. Once we have checked in to our rooms, the afternoon is free to relax by the pool, indulge in optional spa services, or explore the town on your own. Overnight in Ubud. (Breakfast)
Inspiring views, cheeky wildlife, and intricate arts and crafts - these are just a few of the offerings of Ubud. We will drive up through rural villages to the beautifully terraced rice fields in Tegallalang. During a walk through the terraces we'll hear about the ancient irrigation system. In the center of town is the Puri Saren Ubud Palace, the home of the local royal family. We will have lunch in town. In the nearby Art Market you can browse the exquisite Balinese handicrafts. The last visit is to Monkey Forest to see the cheeky macaque monkeys, but these are not normal monkeys – the local people consider them sacred beings who protect the area from evil spirits. Upon return to our resort, the evening is free. Overnight in Ubud. (Breakfast / Lunch)
After breakfast this morning, we check out from our hotel in Ubud and make our way back to the airport for our late morning flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. Our flight leaves around 11:00 am and arrives at 12:30 pm. Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, a local guide will meet us at the airport. On the way to our resort we stop first at Batu Cermin, a beautiful limestone cavern with natural skylight shafts. We then visit a local market before finally arriving at our resort. Upon checking-in to our rooms, the afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the pool, walk along the beach or just enjoy the spectacular view of the coast, the ocean and the nearby islands. Overnight in Labuan Bajo. (Breakfast)
Rinca, Komodo, Pink Beach
After breakfast, our group drives to the local harbor and boards a private boat for a cruise to Rinca Island (approximately 45 minutes), one of the Komodo Islands. We observe the Komodo dragons in their natural environment and have an opportunity to observe other wild animals such as deer, horses, bird, wild buffaloes etc. We continue our cruise to Komodo Island. Upon arrival, walk for 1.5 miles to Banunggulung to see the activities of the giant Komodo Dragons, which were scientifically described in 1912 as Varanus Komodoensis. They grow up to 10 feet long and can be as much as 330 pounds in weight. The total number of these lizards is estimated to be between 3,500 to 5,000 combined on Komodo, Padar and Rinca Islands. Later, at Pink Beach, we can swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. This is considered to be the best spot in the area for viewing underwater life and corals. A lunch box is served on board our boat. We cruise back to Labuan Bajo and return to our resort for another free evening. Overnight in Labuan Bajo. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Today is entirely free to enjoy our resort and explore the many optional activities in the area. Our resort has its own private boat and can take you to nearby islands for adventures to suit any taste. You could choose to go trekking on the rugged hilly landscape of Padar Island. You could swim or float in the beautiful Rangko Cave. After a snorkeling or diving excursion, you might stop at Makassar Reef, a tiny sand bed island you can easily swim around. Take a dolphin-watching excursion or plan a sunset visit to Bat Island to watch thousands of indigenous bats head out on their nocturnal hunt for dinner. Overnight in Labuan Bajo. (Breakfast)
Fly to Seminyak
This morning enjoy breakfast and some leisure time before checking out of our rooms and leaving the resort for the local airport. We take an early afternoon flight back to Bali, leaving around 1:00 pm and arriving by 2:30. Upon arrival at the Denpasar Airport, a guide meets us and accompanies us to our new resort in Seminyak just a short distance away. Our resort is located on Bali’s most coveted western-facing beach, making it the perfect opportunity to watch those famed Seminyak sunsets over the ocean. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Seminyak. (Breakfast)
Free Day / Farewell Dinner
Today is entirely free to end the tour on a relaxing note. You may choose to swim in the pool, stroll along the beach, get a suntan, take advantage of the optional spa treatments at the resort, or find an independent adventure to do. This evening, Toto Tours hosts a special Farewell Dinner at our resort. Overnight in Seminyak. (Breakfast / Dinner)
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. We will organize small group transfers to the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar by public taxis (optional). (When making flight arrangements use the airport code DPS for Denpasar.) If you wish to extend your stay in Seminyak, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night. (Breakfast)
Entry Requirements-- For citizens of the United States and Canada, a valid passport is all you will need for entry to Singapore and Bali. Be sure to check entry requirements for any countries you decide to visit in transit.
Immunizations & Health-- No immunizations are required, but the CDC advises a basic vaccination series prior to traveling to Bali. Their recommendations include: M
- Tetanus / Diphtheria: Current adult “DT” within 10 years.
- Hepatitis A Series: U.S. version two injections, one before and a booster six to twelve months later.
- Hepatitis B Series: 3 injection prior and at one and six months after.
- Polio: One adult booster to people who received a childhood series-preferably use Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV).
- Typhoid: One oral capsule series preferred, one every other day for four doses.
Making Travel Arrangements to SingaporeOn this tour, international airfare is not included. You will need to get your international air to Singapore (airport code SIN), and returning from Denpasar, Bali (code DPS), back to your home. We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who can help you select the best flights to get you to Singapore, with return from Denpasar.
The international flight from Singapore to Ubud and two domestic flights within Indonesia are included in the price of this trip. Please arrive in Singapore no later than 4 pm on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Early morning departure is from Denpasar on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch TravelToll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible, we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
WHAT TO BRINGIn June and July, average daily temperatures in Singapore will be warm and sticky with daily temperatures ranging from 75 to 88 degrees, but also with high humidity. On Bali, the temperature range will be relatively the same, but with less humidity and ocean breezes cooling off the island. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice casual outfits for dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.
Suggested Packing List:
- Proof of citizenship. Passport required.
- Nice casual wear for dinners.
- Lightweight long pants & long-sleeved shirts for sun protection.
- Shorts for warm touring days.
- Socks, underwear for 10 days.
- Swimsuit, sandals for pools and beaches.
- Personal toiletries, and bug repellant.
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, sun hat.
- Camera, lots of digital memory, extra batteries.
- Ziploc Bags (sandwich size for documents, gallon size for wet items or toiletries).
- Electrical Adapter. The electricity supply in Singapore and Bali is 230 Volts, 50 Hrz, but you will need plug type G for Singapore and plug type C or F for Bali and Flores.
- A good book for your flights and free days.
MONEY MATTERSSingapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar (SGD, known on the street as the "sing-dollar"). Paper notes are denominated in $2, $5, $10, and $50 (less commonly seen are $100, $500, $1,000 and $10,000 bills). Coins come in 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and $1 denominations. Bali’s currency is the colorful Indonesian rupiah (IDR, pronounced "rue-pee-ah"). Prices are typically written with the abbreviation before the amount (e.g., Rp 10.000, or in some instances, Rp 10K). Click here to see the current conversion rates for these currencies.
Tipping in Singapore: Tipping is not customary in Singapore. You don't need to worry about paying tip for using any services in Singapore. However, there may be times that you want to reward a waiter or bellhop for providing excellent service. Most restaurants in Singapore add a 10% service charge to the bill so a tip is not expected.
Tipping in Bali: Many resorts already include a tax for tipping, so check your receipts. Waiters do appreciate a little extra if you do decide, especially if you think he/she has done an exceptional job. Depending on the level of service provided you can choose to give a 5% to 10% tip of the total bill, which is normal in Bali. We will offer group tips to drivers and guides and more information regarding this will be provided prior to departure.
THE TOTO SPIRITToto Tours provides Adventure Travel Experiences as differentiated from tours in the traditional sense. Adventure Travel allows (even encourages) you to be an active participant. Adventurers can be identified by certain traits. They are:
- fun-loving optimists who have a sense of humor and accentuate the positive;
- good natured realists who are willing to accept situations as they exist;
- undaunted by the unexpected, like occasional delays or bad weather;
- willing to forego some of the amenities we normally take for granted;
- eager to try new things & test limits;
- not whiners!
Travel InsuranceWe recommend you purchase travel insurance with Travel Guard to cover for unforeseen events prior to and during your trip. Please follow the link below or call us for more information.
(tour prices per person)Price: $5,800 in double occupancy hotel accommodations.
Private Room: $2,000 additional, for a total tour price of $7,800. (Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)
(Due at time of registration for the tour. May be paid with a credit card.)
Remaining Balance (main tour): $5,200 double / $7,200 single
Remaining Balance Due: April 5, 2020 (80 days prior to departure)
(Full payment required with reservation form if enrolling after this date.)
Note: The tour price does not include bank service charges for processing credit card payments, and assumes that the balance of the tour price will be paid by check. If you would like to pay the final balance with a credit card, a 4% service charge will be applied. Let us know if you wish to pay by credit card, and we will adjust your invoice accordingly.
Included: 10 nights hotel accommodations; hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary; ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach; sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary. This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.
Not Included: International airfare to Singapore (SIN) and returning from Denpasar, Bali (DPS); hotel transfers; ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.); meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary; camera fees; alcoholic beverages; insurance; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature. Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.
Click hotel name to read description
- Singapore (3 nights) - Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore (Deluxe Balcony Room)
- Ubud (2 nights) - Komaneka Resort at Monkey Forest (Suite Room)
- Labuan Bajo (3 nights) - Plataran Komodo Beach Resort (Deluxe Beach Front Villa)
- Seminyak (2 nights) - Anantara Resort Seminyak (Anantara Suite)