Indonesia with Singapore
July or August 2020 (dates to be announced)
One of the great costumed festivals in the world takes place every year in Jember, Indonesia on
the island of Java. The colors, pageantry, and wild designs set to disco music sets a scene
unparalleled anywhere. The exact dates for the 2020 festival won't be announced until the
conclusion of the 2019 festival held next August. Jim's wife, Dia, obtains VIP passes for our entire
group so we can go behind the scenes and photograph the participants getting ready for the big
parade. This amazing photo tour also includes exotic Bali as well as the most beautiful big city in
the world, Singapore, where we stay in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. You'll be able swim in the
infinity pool 57 stories above the ground! And the views of the city are dazzling from the top of
the hotel. This is truly a photo tour not to be missed.
Even though the dates aren't known at this time, the tour will definitely be in July or August,
2020. You can register for this trip at this time to lock in your spot, and if for some reason you
discover a conflict with your schedule when the dates are known, you can always cancel with a full
refund of your deposit.
Day 1: Fly from your home town to Singapore (airport code SIN) and take a taxi to the hotel. We
meet as a group in the hotel lobby for a meet and greet at 5pm, and then we'll enjoy a welcome
dinner. This will be followed by twilight photography from the top of the hotel which offers a
world-class stunning view of the skyline. Overnight Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Day 2: We explore Singapore's outstanding architecture today. First we visit Little India and
capture the dazzling colors of this city within a city. Then we photograph the area around the
Marina Bay Sands Hotel that includes the ultra modern Science Center, the famous Merlion, the
avant-garde design of the mall, and the Garden by the Bay. Our twilight photography session this
evening will be in the Garden by the Bay, an enchanting experience that will yield some of the
best architecture photography you've ever taken. Overnight Swissotel Hotel (we change hotels
today to get a completely different view of Singapore as well as a fantastic view of the Marina Bay
Day 3. After breakfast we take in more of the incredible architecture in Singapore. The Temple of
the Buddha Tooth Relic, the interior of the Holiday Inn Atrium, and the Park Royal are some of the
famous icons of this remarkable city, and all of these places will yield world-class images. Our
twilight photography location this evening is the 70th floor of the Swissotel so we can shoot one of
the great cityscapes of the world. Other night photography locations will be explored as well
based on Jim's experience here. Overnight Swissotel.
Days 4 - 8. We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Denpasar, Bali in Indonesia.
For the next five days we photograph one of the most unique cultures on the planet. The day to
day schedule has to be flexible because Jim arranges private shoots with dance companies and
Balinese dancers, and this depends on the weather and their availability. During these six days,
though, we will photograph amazing rice terraces, Balinese dancers posing in a jungle temple, the
Monkey Forest where you will have up close and personal encounters with dozens of long-tailed
macaques, a Barong dance performance, and private shoot with dancers doing the Kecak Fire
Dance, a spectacular bird park, a butterfly park, and a classic Hindu temple set in Lake Bratan.
Every night, you will stay in a stunning villa with your own private pool.
Days 9 - 11. We fly from Denpasar to Jember on the island of Java this morning to witness and
photograph one of the great costumed festivals in the world. The Jember Fashion Carnaval (this
is the Indonesian spelling of 'carnival') has no limits in the creativity of the costumes. Thanks to
Jim's wife, Dia, we will have VIP passes to go behind the scenes and photograph children and
young adults as they dress and make up for the main event. This will produce stunning portraits.
The passes also entitle us to have the best seats when the parade starts. The entire procession
marches and dances straight toward our cameras.
Day 12. After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Denpasar. We then
connect to our flight home.
Tour cost: $5995. Includes all lodging based on double occupancy, all breakfasts, all dinners, all
ground transportation, domestic roundtrip flights from Denpasar to Jember and return, all
entrance fees, cost of private shoot with Balinese dancers and others, and photo instruction.
Single supplement: $1250
Not included: International airfare to Singapore, international airfare from Singapore to
Denpasar, Bali, and airfare to your home, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature,
and travel cancellation insurance.