In the Footsteps of Wallace in the Malay Archipelago - Jon Baines Tours

In the Footsteps of Wallace in the Malay Archipelago

5 - 20 Jan 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Alfred Russel Wallace was one of the greatest - and most fascinating - intellectuals of the nineteenth century. He developed the theory of evolution through natural selection in the Malay Archipelago, independently of Charles Darwin. He was known as the greatest living authority of the region, particularly of its zoogeography, and discovered what is now known as the Wallace Line - a dividing line between Asian and Australasian animals species that extends between the islands of Bali and Lombok and Borneo and Sulawesi. The tour follows in the footsteps of this remarkable naturalist, through the fascinating cultures and spectacular landscapes of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr George and Jan Beccaloni

Dr George and Jan Beccaloni

Dr George Beccaloni is an entomologist/evolutionary biologist, museum curator and the Director of the Wallace Correspondence Project. George founded the Wallace Memorial Fund in 1999 and in 2002 he played a key role in helping acquire the world’s largest and most important collection of Wallace’s manuscripts, books and insect specimens from Wallace’s grandsons for the nation. George co-edited the book ‘Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace’ (Oxford University Press) and was the historical consultant for the highly acclaimed BBC series “Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero”. George has travelled widely in the tropics and has led scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea, Ecuador and Madagascar. He has visited the 'Malay Archipelago' on four occasions and has been to most of the important Wallace-related sites in the region - including all the places which this tour will be visiting. George has a broad interest and knowledge of natural history and is a keen macro-photographer.

Jan Beccaloni is a museum curator specialising in spiders and their relatives, Secretary of the Wallace Memorial Fund, the Meetings Secretary of the British Arachnological Society and the author of the acclaimed book “Arachnids’. Jan enjoys travelling and has conducted scientific fieldwork in the UK, Brunei, Madagascar and Costa Rica.

Both George and Jan have led previous successful tours for Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 5 Jan (Tues) Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo: Arrive and at leisure
  • 6 Jan (Wed) Kuching: Visit the Sarawak Museum and learn of the peoples of Borneo and of Wallace in Sarawak. Visit Fort Margherita and the Brooke Gallery and learn of the “White Rajahs of Sarawak”. Overview of the tour and talk “Wallace - a historical background”. Welcome dinner at the old courthouse
  • 7 Jan (Thurs) Kuching: Visit the Semmenggoh Orang utan Rehabilitation Centre. Visit a longhouse village. At leisure
  • 8 Jan (Fri) Kuching: Drive to Bako and take a boat trip into the Bako National Park to view proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long tailed macaques,bearded pigsand monitor lizards etc. Return to Kuching and at leisure
  • 9 Jan (Sat) Kuching/Singapore: Fly from Kuching to Singapore and transfer to the hotel. Explore the cultures of Singapore from little India, to Kampong Glam in the Malay Quarter. Continue to Arab Street and onto China Town for dinner
  • 10 Jan (Sun) Singapore: Visit the Natural History Museum and see the Wallace Exhibition,including the statues of Wallace and Ali. At leisure with the option to visit Gardens by the Bay or the aquarium
  • 11 Jan (Mon) Kuching/Manado, Indonesia: Fly to Manado. Arrive early afternoon and transfer to the Cocotinos Manado Hotel
  • 12 Jan (Tue) Manado: Take a trip up into the Minahasa Highlands and see some of the beautiful areas that Wallace visited in 1859. At leisure
  • 13 Jan (Wed) Manado: Transfer road to the Tangkoko National Park for a full day’s trip to see Black Macaques, hornbills, kingfishers and tarsiers.Return to the hotel by boat
  • 14 Jan (Thurs) Manado: Take a boat trip out to the islands. Relax on the beach, options for snorkelling on one of the best coral reefs in the world or spend the day at leisure
  • 15 Jan (Fri) Manado/Ternate: Fly to Ternate and transfer to the Bela International. In the afternoon explore the historic spice island, including the site of a former home of Wallace
  • 16 Jan (Sat) Ternate/Halmahera: Take the ferry to Halmahera and then drive to the Weda Bay Resort. At leisure in the coastal cottages. Enjoy the sight of hornbills, eagles, cockatoos, parrots, fruit doves and many other winged visitors. Optiopal trip into the hills to look for birds and insects with the chance of seeing Wallace's golden birdwing butterfly
  • 17 Jan (Sun) Halmahera: Take part in an early morning walk through the rainforest with the chance to see Wallace’s standardwing bird of paradise displaying. Day at leisure. Option of boat trips, snorkelling, kayaking in Weda Bay or a trip into the hills
  • 18 Jan (Mon) Halmahera/Ternate/Bali: Transfer by road and speedboat to Ternate. Fly on Garuda via Makassar to Bali. Arrive and transfer to the hotel in Sanur, Bali
  • 19 Jan (Tues) Bali: Drive up the east coast and have lunch overlooking the Wallace Line. Return to Sanur and at leisure. Option to visit the excellent Bali Bird Park before a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 20 Jan (Wed) Bali: Depart for the airport or extend

Tour cost

US$ 6,351 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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