China Peony Festival Tour
Italy - Tuscany Treasures
- Arrival Singapore and Departure Denpasar Airport Transfers
- 5 Nights Luxury Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
- 3 Boutique Hotel Taman Bedek, 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
- Balinese Entertainment one evening with Dinner
- Entrances to all listed Public and Private Gardens, Sights
- English speaking Guides
- Air Conditioned Vehicle for travel days
- Tips for Guides and Drivers
- Utterly incredible memories!
Donna’s Choice of Hotels
For International Flights
March 6th-17th, 2015
This Tour Has only One Rooms Left Now!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
We are met and transferred to our hotel in Ubud.
Your hotel while in Ubud is the Tamen Bedek.
“A true boutique hotel in the heart of Sayan village, Taman Bebek
offers amazing value at one of the best locations in the Ubud area,
nestled betwixt the five-star international brands on the
prestigious Ayung River gorge. Created under the close supervision
of Made Wijaya, Bali’s legendary designer, the hotel offers
traditional bungalow accommodations that hark back to the prewar
heyday of the Ubud art colony and four comfortable new contemporary
suites. Every room is unique, finished with Wijaya’s heart-lifting
blend of classic tropical design and enlightened whimsy, with
handcarved furniture and fabrics in vibrant colors you’ve never seen
before. Just beyond the visitor’s terrace or balcony beckons a lush
riot of a tropical garden, artfully orchestrated to guide the eye to
the natural masterpiece of the gorge. “ Jamie James, Conde Nast
Travel Guide 2011 (Please also note that we will be visiting Made’s
home garden on our tour as well!
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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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March 6th - 17th. 2015
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