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There are many “must see” weaving highlights in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia but not all of them are accessible by boat. We therefore want to offer our guests a four-day pre-cruise option to visit some of these villages overland. We begin on the island of Timor with the first of several encounters with royalty. From there we fly to Ende on the island of Flores where we visit a small Lio weaving cooperative, followed by a traditional mountain village, and one of the most important weaving villages in the region. Sign up for our four-day pre-cruise option, for which we will be using a modern hotel in Kupang and a rural retreat at Moni in the Lio Highlands as our base. As a group we will travel overland to witness natural dyeing techniques, have opportunities to buy textiles from the villagers, taste local culinary favourites and see the famous towering Kelimutu volcano with its three, multi-coloured crater lakes. At the end of the four days we will join our seabound home, the Ombak Putih, in port at Maumere.
Please click the following link to see the full 12-day Texile Weaving of the Lesser Sunda cruise itinerary, which immediately follows on from the end of the Pre Cruise Programme.
Note: Flights from Bali to the start point of Kupang are included in the tour package and will be booked by the SeaTrek office, and guests will have rooms reserved for them at the Neo Eltari and Kelimutu Ecolodge. Flights back from Flores to Bali at the end of the cruise are not included, but our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. If you are booking by yourself, please check with us first to find out the best routes to take, and to ensure that you arrive at your destination with plenty of time to spare. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included.