Silversea Luxury Cruises To MAKASSAR

MAKASSAR

Once the gateway to Indonesia, Makassar is teeming with vestiges of its Dutch colonial past. The port, also known by its one-time name Ujung Pandang, was part of the Dutch East India Company from 1699 the early 1800s, and then as a part of the Netherlands Indies (or Dutch East Indies) until its liberation after WWII. View more

Street signs follow the traditional European alphabet, so any visitor not versed in the city’s official language of Makassarese needn’t worry about getting lost! Fort Rotterdam on the western coast of the city is perhaps Makassar’s most iconic landmark. It was from here that trades between Holland and Indonesia was struck and the fort has played a large role in Makassar’s development. Originally named Benteng or Fort Jumpandang, the fort was built in 1545, but has been expanded many times over its long history. Because of the fort’s enormity, it became Indonesia’s centre for stockpiling spices prior to their dispatch to Europe. The building is unmissable – one stroll down the (very pleasant) boulevard will take you right to its gates. If you feel the call of the wild while in Makassar, fear not, as the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is just 50 kilometres away. The limestone hills, steep karts walls and tropical heat have made the park an ideal breeding ground for butterflies. The park is also home to an immense 15 x 20 metre waterfall that is said to “lift the spirits of all who see it”. Next to the waterfall is Goa Mimpi or The Dream Cave, which has millennia old cave art.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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SINGAPORE To CAIRNS
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    Jan 04 2022
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BALI To SYDNEY
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    Dec 21 2022
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Excursions in MAKASSAR

Culture & Historical Makassar

Traveling from the harbor of Sukarno-Hatta, enjoy the scenery of Makassar South Sulawesi during a 50-minute drive.


Balla Lompoa Museum

The first stop in the city of Makassar is to visit the Balla Lompoa Museum. It is a reconstruction of the palace of the Gowa Kingdom which was established by the King of Gowa in 1936. The architecture is typical of the Bugis-shaped house; the houses on stilts was originally a royal palace that were built in 1936 by Mangngi-Mangngi Daeng Matutu King of Goa XXXI. Balla means "home" and Lompoa means "big". Balla Lompoa was built based on Makassar architecture and is the world's largest stilt house. The building consists of two parts, the main room in which there are private rooms for the king, storage for historic objects, and a terrace room (reception room). The building is equipped with a lot of windows that became a hallmark of Bugis house. After touring the Balla Lompoa Museum re-join your motor coach and your journey continues on to the Somba Opu.


Somba Opu

Upon arrival, join your guide as he walks you through the miniature traditional houses such as Toraja houses that symbolize the prows of the first ship to arrive in the area with Torajan ancestors. Believing that their forefathers descend from heaven by boat, you will see also the houses of other tribes like Mandar, Bugis, etc. A local snack and soft drink will also be served.


Fort Rotterdam

Leaving Somba Opu, continue on to the historical Fort namely Fort Rotterdam, which not only contains some interesting buildings, arts center and the "La Galigo" museum. The King of Gowa built the fort in 1545. After other forts in the area were destroyed in 1669, Fort Rotterdam was taken over by the Dutch. In 1937 lost its military function, it was handed over to the Fort Rotterdam Foundation for cultural purposes.


At the conclusion of your memorable half-day visit, your motor coach then takes you back to the pier of Sukarno Hatta, a 15 minute drive from Fort Rotterdam.

Makassar City Orientation

Throughout its history, Makassar has been an important trading port of the Gowa Sultanate ad a Portuguese naval base before its conquest by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century.


Poetere Harbor

Starting off from the pier of Sukarno Hatta, a leisurely morning drive brings you toward an Old harbor to visit Poetere Harbor, an interesting old harbor in the north Makassar where traditional Bugisnese sailing boats called (Pinisi) (schooners) load and unload their cargo. It is fascinating to see the boat workers running precariously across narrow wooden planks from the dock to the boats carrying unbelievably huge and awkward loads on their head.


Pasar Terong (Terong Traditional Market)

Your journey continues to the local market in town locally called Pasar Terong (Terong Traditional Market), upon arrival, join your Tour Guide as you walk through the local market pathways to observe daily activities of the local people selling and buying colorful fresh fruits, vegetables and spices.


Fort Rotterdam

Continue on to the historical Fort namely Fort Rotterdam, which not only contains some interesting buildings, arts center and the "La Galigo" museum. The King of Gowa built the fort in 1545. After other forts in the area were destroyed in 1669, Fort Rotterdam was taken over by the Dutch.

It is a Dutch fort built on top of an existing fort of the Gowa Kingdom. The site was ceded to the Dutch under the Treaty of Bongaya and they completely rebuilt it between 1673-1679. It has six bastions and walls, surrounded by a seven meter high rampart and a two meter deep moat.

In 1937 and after it lost its military function, was handed over to the Fort Rotterdam Foundation for cultural purposes.


At the conclusion of your memorable half-day visit, your motor coach then takes you back to the pier at Sukarno Hatta.

Parang Tinggia Village & Bantimurung National Park

Parang Tinggia Village and Dance Performance

Starting off from the pier of Sukarno Hatta, a leisurely morning drive brings you into the countryside to visit Parang Tinggia village. Upon arrival, join your tour guide as you walk through village pathways to see Bugis Makassar houses. You may see bats roosting in trees nearby the local houses and you will have the opportunity to watch one of the traditional dance performances called Pa'raga Dance, a very unique dance.


Bantimurung Waterfall

Re-join your motor coach and enjoy a short scenic drive that takes you to the final stop at the waterfall located at the valley called Bantimurung. Bantimurung means "getting rid of sadness". The beautiful waterfall is located in the valley of a steep limestone hill. It has fertile tropical vegetation which makes this area an ideal habitat for the types of butterflies and birds that are famous for their small number. Enjoy morning coffee or tea at a "Waterfall Front Garden", it is an open-air tropical garden surrounded by a lush tropical forest where coffee or tea is served with local snacks.


At the conclusion of your visit, your motor coach then takes you to the pier of Sukarno Hatta, approximately a one hour drive from Bantimurung.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Sihanoukville at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Sihanoukvilleat your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Sihanoukville at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Sihanoukville at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.