The images of this ‘Island of the Gods’ are many and varied – enchanting temples, mesmeric dance, stunning beaches, pounding surf, the most delicious and freshest local food. Enjoy some, or all, of these pleasures on arguably the most visitor-friendly of Indonesia’s 18,000 plus islands.
Divided into two areas, Semarang is the capital of Central Java. The Old Town includes Dutch-style buildings, the Gereja Blenduk and a copper-domed church. Chinatown is a maze of alleys and shops with the Tay Kak Sie Temple at its centre. Or opt for an excursion to the 1,200 year old Borobudur Temple – one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular sites.
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and South East Asia’s oriental star. Retaining its heritage of colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars, this modern island is today more about contemporary art and hi-tech architecture. Victorian buildings and Chinese shop-houses with their red tiled roofs make for striking state-of-the-art conversions.
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With a rich international heritage Vasco da Gama is a premium cruise ship carrying about 1220 guests in style and comfort combining contemporary décor with a more traditional cruise style. In the summer, she will sail from Bremerhaven and Kiel under CMV’s German brand Transocean Kreuzfahrten and in October, reposition to Australia for a season of local cruises from Adelaide and Fremantle. Her voyages to and from Australia provide a very attractive alternative to flying for those visiting friends and relatives.
This contemporary city hotel sits in a tranquil location on Mount Elizabeth, a five-minute walk from the lively Orchard Road shopping, dining and entertainment district. York Hotel Singapore features tastefully appointed guest rooms, suites and Balinese styled cabanas. Discover a quiet urban oasis that feels worlds apart from the bustle of Singapore, yet just minutes from everything.