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Highlights:
  • Arrival Singapore and Departure Denpasar Airport Transfers
  • 5 Nights Luxury Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
  • 3 Nights Legendary Tjampuhan Hotel, Ubud
  • 3 Nights Beachfront Resort Segara Village, Sanur
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 1 Afternoon Tea at Rose Veranda
  • 4 Dinners including Pollen In the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay
  • Balinese Entertainment one evening with Dinner
  • Entrances to all listed Public and Private Gardens, Sights and Experiences
  • English speaking Guides
  • Air Conditioned Vehicle for travel days
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  • Utterly incredible memories!
     

 


Donna’s Choice of Hotels
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Singapore & Bali Garden Tour 2015

March 6th-17th, 2015

I am very proud to present this very special tour of Singapore, a City in a Garden and Bali, Perfect Harmony that will not only inspire you but enchant you.

Singapore is not only a city, but a country and an island of incredible gardens, green landscapes, green roofs, vertical green plantings and very unique architecture and such kind people….simply a garden lovers mecca.

I visited Singapore in 2013 with the hope that I might find some gardens to share on a tour…well, I was stunned by the beauty of this country and welcomed with open arms where ever I went. Each day was a delightful new discovery that I could not imagine and I came home with such excitement…I had to put a tour together! What I have here will please many hearts and souls. It has so much variety – gardens that will teach and inspire you, art that will educate and excite you, architecture that will delight you, visits to tea shops, sweet shops and food and flower markets, views and scenery that will take you to new heights, temples that will take your breath away and long white beaches to walk on…I could go on and on but I want you to read this one pager through now and just grasp the content of it. It truly is a special tour and it will be a small group tour as well. If this excites you, just get your registration form in to secure your spot on it…and come along with me so you can make your own memories….sights and smells of delicious food, water lapping on the beach, birds fluttering in the trees, the extraordinary rice terraces in Bali, bells ringing and offerings at temples, sunsets, sunrises, sitting quietly and being in the moment, a spa treatment…so many memories to be made.

I will put the long day by day itinerary up later on this year which will have further detail on what is listed below. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at donna@icangarden.com

March 6th, 2015

Arrival into lush, green Singapore, be met and transferred to your hotel, the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel Singapore where you can relax with a cup of jasmine tea on your own private Bougainvillea covered balcony in your Garden Wing Room before unpacking for the next 5 nights. These rooms are set among 15 acres of lush tropical landscaping. Pure contentment and tranquility. Enjoy a delicious healthy breakfast each morning at the Waterfall Café where you can enjoy your café lattes while viewing the pool and gardens. (I speak from personal experience, it will be hard to leave your room but you must as there are herb gardens to visit and all the floral fantasy arrangements and décor of the hotel is incredible! Kassim has tended the hotel’s 15-acre garden for four decades. Alongside 200 Japanese koi and tumbling waterfalls, Kassim and nine gardeners water and prune over 110 varieties of 133,000 plants, tropical flowers and fruit trees, ensuring the garden retains its widely known moniker as Singapore’s second botanic garden. Even the hotel’s Garden Wing herb garden – with 82 different plants that possess healing properties – is nurtured by the team of green fingers.

And don’t forget the spa…wonderfully relaxing. Lemongrass tea greeted me after I changed into a robe and slippers, I had the sleep treatment so I would be relaxed and ready for sleep. Wrapped in soft chenille blankets in buttercup yellow soothed me nicely. Then afterwards I sipped ginger tea with small pieces of fruit cut up to enjoy. What a way to relax after a long flight, now I was ready for a good night’s sleep.
http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/

March 7th Singapore

After a very enjoyable breakfast at the Waterfall Café we are off to explore. Set among verdant landscape and soothing water features, the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital is both “a hospital in a garden” and “a garden in a hospital”. Terrace and roof gardens and therapeutic green spaces provide calming surroundings that soothe and rejuvenate. The citrus and edible gardens also provide an organic source of herbs and spices for the hospital’s garden.
http://www.ktph.com.sg/main/explore_ktph_pages/232/A_Healing_Environment

The drive to the farm was in its own therapeutic as we watched our scenery change from Singapore’s typical high-rise buildings to a myriad of greens. Bollywood Veggies is a sanctuary catering to nature lovers. A wonderful place to get a glimpse of what the people grow, eat and value. Here we will discover the history of food and walk through the bountiful gardens. Afterwards we will sit down and enjoy eating some of this bounty for lunch. Bollywood Veggies is the largest producer of organic bananas (25) and papayas in Singapore. You can buy organically grown vegetables, pots of herbs and medicinal plants, have a lovely meal at the Bistro, or just stroll about on the farm. A great introduction for kids to farms and where vegetables come from.
http://bollywoodveggies.com/index.html

Visit one of the last remaining dragon kilns at Thow Kwang dragon kiln. The Thow Kwang dragon kiln was built in the 1940’s and was used to fire ceramic products.

Go way up high to the 50th Story Skybridge at Pinnacle@Duxton to take in some incredible views of Singapore and see their roof top gardens.

March 8th Singapore

Today’s visits are super!! We start off with a visit to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to walk through the lobby…why? There you will see not only a magnificent interior lobby but 80 ceramic pots that are 10 feet high planted with trees. These pots come from China and each took 20 days to fire. After this we head to the shopping area to do a bit of retail – for all your collectors of Jim Thompson Silk, there is one here - or just look and enjoy lunch on your own until we meet to walk over to the most incredible sight you will ever see – the Gardens by the Bay. http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html  This will be followed by dinner in the very posh Pollen Restaurant. Set within a lush Mediterranean garden in the Flower Dome, with panoramic views of Marina Bay waterfront, dining at Pollen is an extraordinary experience like no other! Helmed by renowned Chef Jason Atherton, owner of Table No.1 in Shanghai and the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in London, Pollen offers innovative, Mediterranean-influenced, modern European cuisine.

March 9th Singapore

After another glorious relaxing breakfast we are off to visit just a gem in Singapore, the Singapore Botanic Gardens & National Orchid Garden. http://www.sbg.org.sg/ There is just so much here to explore and it is hard to believe that this garden is in the city as you walk around. Of special note is the Orchid Garden and Ginger Garden but don’t forget to feast your eyes up and beyond to take in some of the many Heritage trees. The orchids are magnificent – they say it is the largest display of tropical orchids in the world - so were the gingers – several hundred of them happily growing behind a waterfall - oh for that matter the whole garden is really. 650 species of palm live here with 220 of them in Palm Valley. Under the stewardship of Dr Nigel Taylor, who came to Singapore from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2011, the Gardens is geared towards entrenching itself as a tropical botanical institution of international renown, a key tourist destination and a flagship park.

After lunch we head to the Ritz-Carlton to acquaint ourselves with the Millenia Singapore modern art collection. Valued at approximately S$5 million, 90 per cent of the works were specially commissioned for the hotel, including approximately 350 major “museum quality” pieces from global art heavyweights Zhu Wei, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Dale Chihuly, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.
 
March 10th Singapore

We enjoy breakfast then head out to Singapore’s Chinatown Complex. We visit a traditional and heritage shop for a supply of herbs and even pastries. End your tour on a sweet note with a sampling of local desserts. Then Tea Chapter, where you can learn about different types of tea, the styles of appreciation and the tea-creation process itself. Followed by Katong & Joo Chiat- baroque Peranakan architecture. Admire rows of colourful traditional shophouses that date back to the 1920s and 1930s. A visit to Far East Flora Shop & Flower Market then a most delightful Afternoon Tea at our hotel, Shangri-La in the Rose Veranda Room. Later we will go back to the MBSands to see the incredible view from the 57th floor of this hotel, the Observation Deck. Here you can see first hand just how long this infinity pool really is and how green the city is. It is stunning indeed!

March 11th 2015 Singapore>Ubud, Bali

After breakfast we transfer to the airport to board our flight to Bali. (please note that this flight is not included in your land package. You can arrange this flight when you arrange your international flight)

We are met and transferred to our hotel in Ubud.

Your hotel while in Ubud is the Hotel Tjampuhan Spa in Raja Rooms. The classic Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa, built where two sacred rivers meet, has been legendary since 1928 and promises a treasured Balinese experience.. As the first hotel in the artist colony of Ubud, this royal guest house graciously hosted celebrities and foreign painters such as Walter Spies. Your room reflects a style that is classically Balinese featuring a private terrace. The dwellings are built in traditional Balinese style and scattered around landscaped terraces and gardens offering private views of the tropical river valleys and 900 year old Gunung Lembah temple which marks the meeting of the sacred Oos and Tjampuhan rivers. It is a natural sanctuary for vividly coloured birds and butterflies. There is a natural spring water pool and a swimming pool, two restaurants, bars, library and spa plus there is a complimentary shuttle service to Ubud, 10 minutes away. It was originally built for the Royal Prince of Ubud and came to prominence in 1934 when it became the starting point for Pita Maha, an artist’s association founded by Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and noted Western artists including Spies. It has retained the dream of a sacred private retreat surrounded by immense natural beauty. Do make time to enjoy the spa facilities to create your own special memories. http://www.tjampuhan-bali.com/index.php
We will enjoy dinner here this evening.

March 12th, 2015 Ubud

After breakfast, we drive to Tegalalang for a panoramic view of Bali’s rice terraces. If you look you should see papaya, mangosteen and even durian growing here along with cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. What a way to start our visit to Bali! A priceless treasure in Bali. Then on to John Hardy, a Canadian Jewelry Artist.

Sari Organik is an experimental station for farming and food processing. They specialize in growing organic vegetables and rice and making other products that can be processed from local produce. Sari Organik is basing its practices on fair trade standards and tries to enrich the environment and the life of farmers and their families. After our tour we will enjoy a vegetarian meal set in the middle of the rice fields! http://www.sari-organik.com/

The Blanco Renaissance Museum - The King of Ubud gave Blanco a piece of land to set up his home and studio in Campuan at the confluence of two sacred rivers. Surrounded by lush gardens, rice fields and with a Banyan tree standing over his family's temple he spent the rest of his life here with his family. The Blanco museum is a place where you can savor Balinese life in motion, with a visit to the family temple or stroll through the gardens. Everywhere there are touches of Antonio Blanco's life. The artist's studio remains undisturbed, the unfinished painting still on the sunken easel. Women wander through the gardens in traditional Balinese dress carrying offerings. You may can see the delicate flower and palm leaf offerings being made in the courtyard. The Blanco family provides a personal tour of the museum and grounds. Think Salvador Dali transplanted to Asia. In the garden there are many exotic birds flying around http://www.blancomuseum.com/blanco-museum/index.html#museum

We end our day with visits to Ubud Palace and the market close by.

March 13th 2015 Ubud

After breakfast we visit a Balinese traditional compound with their garden - Many Balinese families still live in a traditional walled compound where the eldest son settles in the family home when he marries. The layout is strictly prescribed and includes a family temple, ceremonial building, honeymoon building (until the first baby is born), kitchen, rice drying building, other buildings as required and a water tower, within a combination of vegetable and ornamental gardens.

The Taman Ujung complex in Karangasem Heritage Park has a combination of Balinese and European architecture with three large ponds connected by long elegant bridges and pathways. The physical features and superb mountainous backdrop to its north, and sea to its southwest, make it a favourite location for pre-wedding and artistic photographers. An expanse of verdant rice paddies lies to the east. A temple known as Pura Manikan can be found within the grounds of Taman Ujung. Here a revered water spring is used by devotees and pilgrims.

The Tirta Gangga royal water garden was a favourite retreat in the regency of Karangasem created after a visit to Versailles Palace. It was built in 1946. The lavish water gardens owned by the royal Karangasem family feature pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns adorned with stepping stones, carvings, ornate statues and tropical gardens. The centrepiece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain.

After lunch we visit the private garden of Puri Sasih Karo Enter through the gates and you will find a secluded Balinese paradise. Serene views over rice paddies, ravine and jungle unfold and terminate on the volcanic peak of Gunung Agung. Luxuriant terraced gardens planted with orchids and tropical climbers overhang pool far below. (this garden subject to availability)

March 14th 2015 Ubud - Sanur, Bali

Now for a little bit of beach retreat…our hotel for the last three nights of our magical tour is the Segara Village and your rooms will be the Cottage Rooms.

Segara Village Hotel in Sanur is a sanctuary of tropical charm that recreates the ambience of a traditional Balinese community. Encompassed within a garden of native greenery, this beachfront retreat celebrates the islands unique culture and rich artistic heritage. Conceptually modern but forever Balinese, Segara Village Hotel welcomes travelers with warm hospitality that is second to none. Third generation family owned. You will find it hard deciding whether you want to swim in one of the three pools or swim in the ocean, or perhaps your heart will lead you to walk on the white sandy beach. Tastefully appointed for total relaxation, your Cottage Room is steeped in Balinese charm with a simple decor that takes a refreshing approach to local design. It is a soothing space just waiting for you! The Byrdhouse Bar & Terrace is the perfect spot to unwind by day or night over drinks and live entertainment. Complimentary afternoon tea with a selection of traditional Balinese cakes is also served here daily. Don’t forget to visit the Temple on the grounds! http://www.segaravillage.com/cottage.html

After breakfast we visit the Bedugul traditional market. Bedugul is the highland garden of Bali, producing lots of cool climate fruits and vegetables. In the market find strawberries plus a myriad of tropical fruits, vegetables, corn and orchids. This is a great place to buy exotic spices, with mixed gift packs being especially popular. There is also an art section of the market with lots of handicrafts.

Interesting crops grown in this area include coffee, vanilla, cloves and cacao. Watch for clove trees!

Followed by the Bali Botanical Garden a 15-acre garden established by German expat Stefan Reisner in collaboration with the government in order to preserve local plants. One of four official botanical gardens in Indonesia.

Then the Ulan Danu temple, one of the most photographed temples on the island and certainly one of the iconic images of Bali. The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting.

After Lunch a scenic drive up the slopes of a volcano to visit Bali’s UNESCO listed Jatiluwih where you will enjoy the widest panoramic view of Bali’s iconic rice terraces. A startlingly beautiful area of verdant, terraced rice paddies nestled in the shadow of Mount Batukaru.

Then a short drive through the countryside to the Tanah Lot sea temple. A pilgrimage temple that sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. We will enjoy a magnificent sunset at this beautiful temple area. Afterwards we are off to dinner with Balinese entertainment.

March 15th 2015 Sanur

After breakfast you will have some fun with a ceramic painting course at Jenggala Kerami. These will be delivered to our hotel after drying. I have a feeling you will love the Showroom here too! https://www.jenggala.com/xcms_entry.php?xcmsentryid=89  a delightful cottage industry that grew and what beautiful keepsake pieces they make. Start working on ideas for your masterpiece!

After all this fun and after we have cleaned ourselves up, shopped a bit, we are off to the Four Season Resort in Jimbaran, to enjoy not only the beautiful garden view, but perhaps a canapé or two. Then it is lunch and after that a visit to the Uluwatu Temple, a most spectacular temple. The inner sanctum is perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of southern Bali.

From here a short drive to Villa Bebek, the garden of Made Wijaya which was featured in Monty Don’s TV series ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’. Made Wijaya has lived in Bali since the early 1970s and is their best known landscape architect. Not only a designer of several hundred gardens all over the world, he is also a bestselling author on tropical gardening. He is also a recognized authority on Balinese architecture. His own garden is a series of courtyards planted in contrasting styles, created around the villas and outbuildings that comprise his home and offices.

We finish off another incredible day with a visit to the Bali Orchid Garden whose hectare of landscaped tropical gardens provides a peaceful, relaxing environment where exquisite orchids bloom throughout the year.

March 16th 2015 Sanur

Your last full day of your tour… and a day for total leisure. How perfectly planned it is for you to enjoy the spa or do some last minute shopping or just sit on the beach and watch the waves. We will get together this evening for our final Farewell Dinner here so you don’t have to rush.

March 17th 2015 Sanur Departure
You will enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport.

 


 
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Tour Dates: March 6th - 17th. 2015

LAND only $5980 CAD p/p sharing or double
SINGLE Supplement $2080 CAD if you wish your own room

See Highlights Box for all inclusions on this tour.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel | Journeys of Discovery Exclusive Travel Agent on this Tour

NOTE Minimum Tour guests 10. Do not book air until you have been advised that the tour is a go. If Carlson Wagonlit Travel is booking you as an air/land package then they will look after this for you.

Email: donna@icangarden.com