Post-Conference Tours

Please note the confirmation date for Post-Conference Tours was 13 April, and registration is now subject to availability. If interested in attending either tour, please proceed with submitting your registration by modifying your conference registration here, and you will be contacted to confirm the reservation.

Bali, Indonesia (19 – 23 July 2018)

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Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs and the religious cliffside Temple – Uluwatu. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Nusa Dua is a popular destination for a relaxing getaway. Bali is the perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Accommodations

Hilton Bali Resort (5-Star)
Perched atop a 40-meter cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Hilton Bali Resort is famous for its breath-taking views and extensive recreation facilities. Enjoy direct access to the resort’s secluded beaches and count on warm Balinese hospitality during your getaway in prestigious Nusa Dua.

Day 1 – 19 July: Arrival In Bali And Welcome Dinner

Depart Singapore for Bali. Meet your local guide at the airport and depart for your accommodations at Hilton Bali Resort. Check-in to your hotel and have the afternoon at the resort to explore at your leisure. A welcome dinner will be hosted offsite.

Day 2 – 20 July: Authentic Bali Experience

Enjoy a day exploring the way of life of the Balinese people and connect with the locals to learn about their culture. Depart in the morning for Tabanan and visit a typical Balinese resident compound. Visit a local family and learn how the compound was established. Enjoy a hands-on cooking class provided by the family and enjoy your own cooked recipes.

Bid farewell to your host in Tabanan and head to Jatiluwih, with its magnificent landscape views. Continue to Batukaru temple, a picturesque temple on the foot of Bali’s second highest mountain Mount Batukaru.

Enjoy a rewarding dinner at Bebek Bengil – Nusa Dua featuring famous crispy duck cooked in traditional herbs and spices, served with Indonesian vegetables and Sambal Matah. A dining experience that will never be forgotten.

Day 3 – 21 July: Pottery Workshop & Shopping in Kuta

Your day will start with a clay course to learn different techniques of making ceramics. This workshop is designed for the beginner, and will cover the basic level working with clay in a wheel-thrown pottery setting. Guests will be given a pottery souvenir as a memento after the lesson.

After the workshop, enjoy shopping at Kuta. Shopping in Kuta has evolved in the recent decade, starting off from humble beginnings with a few art studios and local stalls as the main attractions. Now you can find a handful of great malls lining the main streets, such as the grand Discovery Shopping Mall right across from Waterbom and the even bigger Kuta Beachwalk. You will have free time in Kuta to dine and shop. Lunch will be served at Metis. Flawless service in one of Bali's most elegantly sophisticated settings is just the beginning of this seduction into the depths of the five senses.

For dinner, you will have received a US $40 per diem to dine at the hotel.

Day 4 – 22 July: Traditional Bali

Enjoy the morning at your leisure. You will receive a voucher for the buffet located at the hotel.
In the afternoon, take a short transfer to visit a royal family temple known as Taman Ayun located in Mengwi, an impressive complex built on a small island surrounded by a man-made lake. The temple was built in 1634, by a king of the Mengwi dynasty.

Continue to Alas Kedaton, a megalithic sacred temple in a forest inhabited by thousands of monkeys and bats. Next, visit Bali’s most photographed temple, Tanah Lot. Perched on a little rocky island that is inaccessible during high tides. As the sun sets, discover the most dramatic sunset in Bali – a must see experience!

For dinner, reminisce on your once-in-a-lifetime vacation at Bale Udang Mang Engking Restaurant with your fellow travellers. Bale Udang is well known for successfully bringing a rural feeling in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the town.

Day 5 – 23 July: Departure Day

Check-out of your hotel and depart for the Bali airport.

Pricing



Price
Single  $2,010 USD per person
Couple $3,190 USD per couple

Included In Your Tour

  • One-way economy airfare from Singapore to Bali on Garuda Indonesia Airlines
  • Airport Transfers in Bali
  • Accommodations at Hilton Bali Resort for 5 days, 4 nights
  • Daily breakfast and internet
  • Welcome dinner with complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Lunches are included with all day excursions
  • Dinner included all nights of your stay at various restaurants throughout Bali
  • All entrance fees for activities
  • English Speaking Guide on all excursions
  • Transportation to/from all excursions
  • Ceramic Souvenir

What To Bring

  • Travel Essentials (Passport, Camera, Chargers)
  • Converter (Indoneisa uses a 230 volts AC with a round 2 pin socket and plug)
  • Cash for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages if desired
    • The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sandals/Flip Flops
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Rain Gear
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt
  • Warm Weather Clothing
  • Daypack or Backpack 

How To Book

Please note the confirmation date for Post-Conference Tours was 13 April, and registration is now subject to availability. If interested in attending either tour, please proceed with submitting your registration by modifying your conference registration here, and you will be contacted to confirm the reservation.

Cancellation

Please note that the confirmation date of this tour is April 13th. There is a minimum capacity in place to make this trip viable at the prices listed. Therefore all registrations must be confirmed by this date. If the minimum capacity is not met, there is a possibility that the trip will be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, all tour fees will be refunded. However, as this tour does not include flights to and from your home city, and it does not include travel insurance, we recommend not booking these flights until the trip is confirmed in order to avoid cancellation charges from your airline.

Beijing, China (19 – 23 July 2018)

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Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is the nation’s political, economic, and cultural center. As one of the six ancient cities of China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 4.4 million international visitors each year.

Accommodations

Grand Millennium Beijing (5-Star)
Grand Millennium Beijing is within easy reach of the capital’s best attractions. The hotel has the perfect location to explore the worlds of fashion, culture and art. Nearby, you will find the new CCTV headquarters and The Place shopping complex. Within the hotel, opulence is complemented by practical ease. The rooms feature an ‘extended bathroom’ concept which opens up the space and is enhanced by large floor-to-ceiling windows. With an indoor pool, fitness facilities and spa, you will want to make time to relax. Savour international cuisines, wines and beers at our bars and restaurants. It is all here for you to discover and enjoy this luxurious accommodation.

Day 1 – 19 July: Arrival in Beijing and Welcome Dinner Depart

Singapore for Beijing. Meet your local guide at the Beijing airport and depart for your accommodations at Grand Millennium. Check-in to your hotel and have the afternoon to explore at your leisure. A welcome dinner with fellow travelers will be hosted onsite at Yao Chi. Helmed by Hong Kong Master Chef Chung Fai Man, Yao Chi Chinese Restaurant serves up brilliant selections of traditional Cantonese dim sum and regional Cantonese cuisine.  Amidst contemporary Chinese atmosphere, taste exquisite dishes including braised crab and mushroom, glutinous rice with chicken lotus leaf and much more.

Day 2 – 20 July: Great Wall Adventures

Enjoy a day exploring one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China.

We start the journey in the morning, departing for Mutianyu Village, which is a settlement at the foot of the Great Wall. Upon arrival, you can join in the artisanal making of tofu, organized by local villagers.

After a family style lunch at XiaoLumian, continue to the Mutianyu Great Wall. This is one of the best-preserved and best-known Great Wall sections. Compared with other sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu possesses unique characteristics in its construction. Mutianyu’s 3.6 km stretch allows you to walk for more than two hours as you explore 22 watchtowers and valleys on both sides of the Wall. Some of the watchtowers are seldom seen along other sections of the Wall and are quite rare in the architectural history. The surrounding natural scenery is breath-taking. Over 96% of Mituanyu is covered by trees and orchards, keeping the air fragrant all year long.

End the day by savoring the local cuisine at Beijing’s famous Huajia Yiyuan restaurant. Huajia Yiyuan will serve a four-course menu in a courtyard setting.Established in 1998 with its first outlet located at Guijie, Beijing's most popular food street, Hua's Restaurant has developed into a large scale food and beverage group. Hua's cuisine is based on Beijing taste while taking different cuisines and specialties into consideration, which contribute to the popularity of the food among both locals and people from various backgrounds.

Day 3 – 21 July: Ancient China Experience

People say that the real culture of Beijing is found in the hutongs and courtyards. Hutong is a Mongolian word meaning water well. At nine meters wide, it is the name given to a lane or small street that originated during the Yuan Dynasty. A rickshaw, otherwise known as a wheeled passenger cart, will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards.

They are maze-like and are just as they were in ancient times. Even today, there are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs. After the rickshaw ride, you will stop for a tea appreciation session. You are then invited to visit a local family's house to experience Beijing life. Here you will make your own lunch of authentic Chinese dumplings.

Next, you will transfer to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City to experience ancient history with your guide. Tiananmen Sqaure is the largest public square in the world. On the north side of the square is Tiananmen Gate, called the Rostrum. It was from the balcony of the Rostrum on October 1949 that Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. A portrait of Mao Zedong gazes onto the south side of the gate at Tiananmen Square.

Behind the Rostrum lies the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum.  The Forbidden City lies at the city center of Beijing and it once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). It is the world's largest palace complex which covers over 180 acres. The complex is surrounded by a 52-meter wide moat and a 10-meter high wall. 

After a full day of exploring, head to Lost Heaven to enjoy Yunnan Folk cuisine. The concept and design behind the restaurant, Lost Heaven, is drawn from artistic and cultural elements of minority tribes in Yunnan. The original patterns, handiwork, and embroideries of Tibetan, Yi, Na Xi, Dai, Miao, and Yao tribes are visible in every corner of the restaurant. Inspiration is also gathered from local religious beliefs, ancient poems, song, and dance, and countless stories and legends from the ancient Tea Horse Road.

Day 4 – 22 July: Gubei Water Town

Your last full day in Beijing takes you to the serene village of Gubei Water Town. Gubei Water Town is surrounded by the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages.

When you arrive in Gubei Water Town, you will sightsee via a boat cruise. On top of beautiful scenery, you will also experience unique local customs and participate in native workshops such as Xiaoshao liquor making, paper cutting and New Year painting.

Lunch will be served at Gu Bei Roast Duck and the afternoon will be free to explore Gubei Water Town at your leisure.

Dinner will be served at Lan Club where some of China’s top stars go to dine and drink. The restaurant serves some of Beijing’s most delectable contemporary cuisine.

Day 5 – 23 July: Departure Day

Check-out of your hotel and depart for the Beijing airport.

Pricing



Price
Single  $3,235 USD per person
Couple $5,510 USD per couple

Included In Your Tour

  • One-way economy airfare from Singapore to Beijing on China Southern Airlines
  • Airport Transfers in Beijing
  • Accommodations at Grand Millennium Beijing for 5 days, 4 nights
  • Daily breakfast and internet
  • Welcome dinner with complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Lunches are included with all day excursions
  • Dinner is included all nights of your stay at various restaurants throughout Beijing
  • All entrance fees for activities
  • English Speaking Guide on all excursions
  • Transportation to/from all excursions

What To Bring

  • Travel Essentials (Passport, Camera, Chargers)
  • Converter (Beijing uses 110/220 volts with a two-prong plug)
  • Cash for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages if desired
    • The currency in Beijing is the Renminbi (RBM)
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt
  • Warm Weather Clothing
  • Daypack or Backpack 

How To Book

Please note the confirmation date for Post-Conference Tours was 13 April, and registration is now subject to availability. If interested in attending either tour, please proceed with submitting your registration by modifying your conference registration here, and you will be contacted to confirm the reservation.

Cancellation

Please note that the confirmation date of this tour is April 13th. There is a minimum capacity in place to make this trip viable at the prices listed. Therefore all registrations must be confirmed by this date. If the minimum capacity is not met, there is a possibility that the trip will be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, all tour fees will be refunded. However, as this tour does not include flights to and from your home city, and it does not include travel insurance, we recommend not booking these flights until the trip is confirmed in order to avoid cancellation charges from your airline.