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Highlights of Indonesia

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Overview

A unique and fascinating country, Indonesia offer’s something for every traveller; from the tropical beaches with their white sands and inviting crystal waters and lush jungles thriving with exotic animals down to ancient cultures that still stand strong in modern times and mythical legends just waiting to be explored. Take a trip of a lifetime to discover a taste of what this exciting country has to offer, from some of the best temples in South East Asia in Yogyakarta through to sunrise volcano visits and beachfront stays…this trip will have you never wanting to leave!

  • Meet the locals and explore the culture Discover local Indonesian life first hand with an array of village stops exploring the rich heritage of the country
  • Enchanting sunrise over Mount Bromo Enjoy the best seat in the house for panoramic vistas as the sunrises over the active volcano
  • Idyllic beachfront stay in Labuan Bajo End your trip with a blissful beachfront stay with stunning sea views from your guestroom with the chance to meet the famous Komodo Dragons!

Day 1: Arrival in Yogyakarta
After arriving in Yogyakarta airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in the city with the rest of the day at leisure to discover the city.

Yogyakarta is a must for those on the island of Java. Whilst Jakarta is the financial capital and powerhouse of the country, Yogyakarta offers the cultural soul to the island of Java with a warm greeting waiting for travellers from the local people. Its rich heritage and traditions reach back for century’s and is still somewhat governed by the traditional Sultanate system, making it feel like modern times have not quite reached the whole of this laid-back city.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

Day 2: Yogyakarta tour and Borobudur Temple
Today is a busy day filled with sites as you explore Yogyakarta. Begin with a visit to the mystical Sultan’s Palace, also known as the Kraton. The complex is still home to the city’s sultan, however an array of areas are open to the public to explore the ornate architecture and rich heritage behind the palace.

Located within the grounds of the Kraton, the Taman Sari, often referred to as the Water Castle, is the next stop of the day. A stunning bathing complex built in the 18th century as a royal pleasure park for the first sultanate of Yogyakarta, you can explore the various bathing pools and the tower from which the sultan used to watch the goings-on below.

The final stop of the morning is the historic city district of Kota Gede. Renowned for its impressive silver work, you can watch this ancient skill first hand as well as exploring the charming neighbourhood and learn more about its rich history.

Carry on to visit a traditional Kris-Maker. A unique asymmetrical dagger with a distinctive blade, the daggers are produced across Indonesia and are now listed by UBESCO as a ‘Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. During your visit you can learn of the significance of these special daggers that are considered to carry special powers that only Kris-Makers can bestow on the blades.

This afternoon, it is time to head out of the city to the incredible temple complex of Borobudur. A fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of South East Asia’s most impressive sites and the largest single Buddhist monument in the world, the complex is a site not to be missed!

Breakfast included

Overnight in Yogyakarta

Day 3: Prambanan Temple & Bugisan Village Experience
This morning you can visit another of the areas stunning archaeological sites with a tour of the 9th century Hindu temple compound of Prambanan. The intricate collection of temples is dedicated to the Trimurti where Brahman is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Shiva is the Destroyer and is a remarkable display of Hinduism’s influence in the area.

Afterwards it is time to carry on and explore the local area and some of the lesser-known temples beginning with Paloson Temple. Built in the 9th century, this ancient Buddhist complex is seen as one of the best examples of Mahayana Buddhism in Java.

Carry on with an Ox-cart ride into the neighbouring Bugisan Village where you can enjoy a warm welcome from the local villages with a welcome drink and light snacks before exploring the village and day to day life.

Next on the tour is a visit to a local home-industry where you can learn of the production of traditional Javanese crackers (Emping) where you can also try the local snacks. Follow onto the house of a Jamu maker, a traditional herbal medicine that is normally prepared and prescribed by women each with their own recipe handed down through generations before finishing with a go at the playing the Gamelan, a popular Indonesian instrument.

The final site of the day is the Ijo Temple, a Hindu temple built between 10th and 11th century, offering stunning vistas from its hillside location. Sit and enjoy the sunset over the area before heading back to Yogyakarta

Breakfast included

Overnight in Yogyakarta

Day 4: Travel to Bromo Tengger National Park
Today it is time to leave Yogyakarta behind and head for the railway station. Here you will board a local train and can settle into your scenic journey to Mojokerto, passing lush landscapes and volcano dotted terrains. At Mojokerto you will be met by your local guide and drive through yet even more stunning scenes to the Bromo Tengger National Park.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure ready for an early start the next day.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Bromo

Day 5: Sunrise volcano trek and onto Ijen
Today is an early but worthwhile start with a private jeep ride to the rim of Mount Penanjakan where you can find the ideal position to sit and watch the sunrise over Bromo National Parl. Take in the stunning vistas that present themselves as the sun rises before returning to the jeep and making the steeps descent down to the bottom of the volcano and across the Laotian Pasir (Sand Sea) to the base of Mount Bromo. Take the climb of approximately 250 steps* to the rim of the crater for even more incredible landscapes.

Once you’ve taken in the stunning vistas, you can head back to the hotel for breakfast and a chance to freshen up before transferring to Probolinggo station. Head through more volcano dotted landscapes on the train to Banyuwangi where you will then be transferred to Ijen.

Once you’ve transferred to your hotel you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

*For an additional cost it is possible to ascend the rim of the crater by horseback

Breakfast included

Overnight in Ijen

Day 6: Ijen Plateau and onto North Bali
After an early breakfast, it is time to head for Ijen Plateau, a unique phenomenon where the Crater Lake is a vivid blue due to high levels of sulphur making it the most acidic lake in the world! Enjoy the scenic trek through the rubber palm tree plantations and clove gardens where at 1,000 meters above the sea level, the local sulphur miners will lead you to the crater rim for you to observe the striking blue lake below with sulphurous fumes escaping from the earth.

Descend back to your starting point and continue on to your trip to the island of Bali by crossing the Bali Strait via local ferry. Finish the journey by driving along the north coast of the island to Pemuteran to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Pemuteran

Day 7: Snorkelling in West Bali National Park
Named after its local inhabitants, the ‘Menjangan’ deer, Menjangan Island offers a tropical oasis with some of the best preserved coral reefs in the area. Taking a boat from the resort, you can spend an idyllic morning snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on the island, if youre lucky you may even spot some of the local deer. Enjoy a delicious packed lunch on board the boat before returning to the resort where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight in Pemuteran

Day 8: Bali tour and onto Ubud
Begin today with a drive to Brahmavihara-Arama, Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery set in the hills of Banjar and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Built in 1970, the monastery is often referred to as a ‘mini Borobudur’ with its architecture.

Carry on through the Bedugul district, Bali’s stunning central highlands region, on your way to the iconic Ulu Danu Temple. Set within the tranquil waters of the caldera lake of Lake Bertan, the Hindu Shivaite water temple offers a dramatic scene during the rainy season when it appears the 17th century temple appears as if it’s floating on the lake.

Follow on from the temple with a stop at Candi Kuning’s market where you’ll find fresh fruits and exotic spices to take your fancy along with a whole host of beautiful flowers used for ceremonies and offerings.

The final stop before reaching Ubud is the famous rice paddies of Jatiluwih. A UNESCO site, the tranquil rice paddies seems to carry on for miles whilst also offering stunning panoramic vistas out across the area.

After walking along some of the terraces it is time to head onwards to your hotel in Ubud.
Referred to as Bali’s cultural soul, the charming town of Ubud is famed for its lush tropical forests, picturesque rice terraces and vibrant cultural heritage.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Ubud

Day 9: Kintamani village & Monkey Forest Ubud
Start your day with a fascinating performance of Barong Dance, depicting the eternal struggle between good and evil in Balinese mythology of Barong, the King of Spirits and the demon queen Rangda.

Continue with your explorations with a stop at three villages near Ubud renowned for their arts and crafts, beginning with Mas. Renowned for its intricate wood carvings and masks and you can explore the ancient craft before carrying onto the village of Celuk, renowned for its Balinese silver and goldsmiths. The final stop is at Tohpati where you can learn of the renowned batik fabrics that Bali is famous for and the skill required to make these beautiful fabrics using traditional techniques.

Next en-route to Kintamani village is the fascinating Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by lush landscapes with access to the temple via terraced rice fields, iconic to Ubud.
Carry onto Kintamni village, a charming village set on the rim of a volcano where you can find some of the best spots (weather permitting) to view Mount Batur, an active volcano alongside Lake Batur. Take in the stunning views as you enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at one of the local restaurants overlooking the volcano before heading back to Ubud.

On the return journey you can also stop at Goa Gajah, also referred to as the Elephant Cave. Established in the 9th century, it was used a sanctuary for Buddhist monks and offers some incredible carvings and reliefs.

The final stop of the day is the sacred Ubud Monkey Forest, a tropical nature reserve and temple complex on the outskirts of Ubud and home to hundreds of cheeky crab-eating macaque monkeys. Wander through the forest and watch these little creatures before heading back to your hotel.

*The macaque monkeys here can be a considerable annoyance. Please heed the advice from your guide on the precautions you should take when visiting the temples or forests inhabited by monkeys.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Ubud

Day 10: Traditional Bali tour & onto Sanur
Drive through scenic landscapes and charming villages as you head for your first stop of the day, Subak Guliang village. A traditional farming village in the centre of the island you will see the unique architecture used for the houses, based on the local Asta Kosala Kosali tradition similar to the concept of Feng Shui. Upon arriving the village you can enjoy a warm welcome as well as a delicious breakfast in one of the traditional Balinese homes before exploring the rest of the village. Spend some time exploring the farms and watching local life unfold across the village with the complexities of rice growing.

Next on your tour is the striking temple complex of Pura Kehan. Built in the 11th century, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful on the island, guarded by a mythical dragon.
Carry on to the village of Penglipuran, a traditional village of original inhabitants of the islands. Explore this charming village where the strict rules and regulations of the communities’ ancestors are still upheld in daily life before carrying onto Sanur for the night.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Sanur

Day 11: Fly on to Labuan Bajo
In the morning it is time to leave the island of Bali behind with a transfer to Denpasar Airport to catch your onward flights to Labuan Bajo.

On arrival at Lbuan Bajo airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Labuan Bajo

Day 12: Komodo National Park
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred directly to the harbour for a boat to take you to the Komodo National Park. Enjoy the passing scenery as you sail through the National Park towards Rinca Island where you’ll disembark ready to meet the famous inhabitants of the island. Trek through the lush jungle where you’ll find not only Komodo Dragons but a range of other wildlife including deer, horses, buffaloes, pigs and megapodes.
Don’t be mistaken: The Komodo Dragons may look large and cumbersome, but they can run at a speed of up to 18km per hour and have a deadly toxic saliva. Follow your guide’s instructions when exploring the island.
Return to the boat where you can enjoy a delicious lunch on board and take the opportunity to swim or snorkel at Bidadari Island before returning to your hotel in Labuan Bajo.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight in Labuan Bajo

Day 13: Day at Leisure
Enjoy a day of leisure in Labuan bajo

Breakfast included

Overnight in Labuan Bajo

Day 14: Depart Labuan Bajo
Today you say goodbye to Flores with a transfer to Labuan Bajo where you can check in for your flight to Bali and on to your next destination.

Breakfast included

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Highlights of Indonesia

highlights of indonesia
  • Day 1Arrive in Yogyakarta
  • Day 2Yogyakarta
  • Day 3Prambanan Temple
  • Day 4Bromo Tengger National Park
  • Day 5Sunrise Volcano Trek
  • Day 6Ijen Plateau and North Bali
  • Day 7Snorkelling in West Bali National Park
  • Day 8Bali Tour and Ubud
  • Day 9Kintamani Village & Monkey Forest
  • Day 10Traditional Bali Tour
  • Day 11Labuan Bajo
  • Day 12Komodo National Park
  • Day 13Day at Leisure
  • Day 14Depart Labuan Bajo

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