Pacific Delight Debuts ‘Indonesia Wildlife Explorer’ Tour

Prambanan provides cultural intrigueon Pacific Delight's new tour of Indonesia.

Pacific Delight Tours (www.PacificDelightTours.com), a well-established luxury tour operator, is launching its first Indonesia program for 2012 – a sophisticated 17-day journey through one of the least visited and most exotic archipelagos in Southeast Asia. The Indonesia Wildlife Explorer begins with a three-day safari, offers a wealth of cultural intrigue with introductions to indigenous peoples, palatial architecture and historic temples – culminating with a tranquil dose of relaxation in the world’s foremost exotic paradise, Bali.

“Along with other newly added itineraries such as Myanmar, our introduction of Indonesia is in response to the growing demand among seasoned travelers for more exotic, off the beaten path destinations,” said Larry Kwan, president of Pacific Delight.

“Indonesia offers a vast selection of unique culture- and nature-oriented activities, most if not all of which are entirely new to the average American, making it an ideal destination for those looking to expand their cultural horizons.

“Most importantly, travelers can enjoy piece of mind secure in the knowledge that Pacific Delight’s Indonesia program upholds the same luxury standards that made us the leading, high-end operator to China and other parts of Asia for 41 years and counting,” noted Kwan.

The Indonesia Wildlife Explorer begins in Pangkalan Bun, where visitors will board a traditional wooden boat known locally as a “klotok” and set sail for Camp Leak. Here they will observe monkeys along the riverside, visit a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans and explore the tropical rainforest at Tanjun Putting National Park.

After a few days appreciating Indonesia’s natural wilderness, the program moves on to some of the country’s magnificent historical treasures at Yogyakarta (pictured right), beginning with the 17th century Sultan Palace. Travelers will also visit Water Castle (the royal garden of the Sultanate) as well as the 9th century Prambanan, one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in the world.

Before departing Yogyakarta, visitors will enjoy breathtaking scenery as the mist rises from surrounding volcanoes and terraced fields along a drive to Borobudur, where they will enjoy a traditional horse cart ride on an andong.

Passengers will begin their exploration of Bali at Celuk, a silversmith’s artisan village in Ubud, before continuing to Mas, Ubud’s countryside area where the locals specialize in woodcarving. After visiting Tampak Siring, a holy spring water temple also known as Valley of the Kings, guests will have a chance to take photos of temples, rural villages and the terraced rice fields of Tegal Lalang along a drive to Monkey Forest, a section of rainforest inhabited by hundreds of playful monkeys.

On a jaunt to the highland of Bedugul, visitors will observe Candi Kuning Market and the 17th century Ulun Danu Temple, where ceremonial offerings were performed for the Balinese water goddess Dewi Danu. The excursion will culminate with a sunset viewing at Tanah Lot Temple, built on a volcanic outcrop on Bali’s west coast.

Finally, passengers will travel to the islands of Rinca and Komodo to visit the natural habitats of the world’s largest living lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Measuring up to 10 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 lbs, the formidable Komodo Dragon is a sight to behold. Visitors will participate in a number of treks in search of the Komodo Dragon as well as other exotic animals, birds and plant life, with a couple of opportunities to swim or snorkel along the way.

Prior to the journey back home, guests will have plenty of free time to find out exactly why Bali (pictured right) is considered to be the world’s most highly sought vacation paradise.

Pacific Delight’s 17-day Indonesia Wildlife Explorer starts at $5,799 per person, based on double occupancy, including international airfare.

For more information or to book, consult your local travel agent, contact Pacific Delight Tours at 800-221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com.

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