Welcome to Indonesia! Your trip will start in Yogyakarta, true heart of all things Javanese. You will explore beautifully restored archeological sites, from an era when powerful kings ruled Java like Hindu gods. Observe the processing of age-old crafts. Pay homage to the Sultan, traditional ruler of an intriguing society on the crossroads of ancient and modern times.

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Welcome to Indonesia! Your trip will start in Yogyakarta, true heart of all things Javanese. You will explore beautifully restored archeological sites, from an era when powerful kings ruled Java like Hindu gods. Observe the processing of age-old crafts. Pay homage to the Sultan, traditional ruler of an intriguing society on the crossroads of ancient and modern times.

Sulawesi, at first glance,has a shape that reflects its baffling combination of cultures and religions. Landscapes show the same variety. En route to the north from booming Makassar, the gateway to eastern Indonesia, you will pass coastal villages, where Indonesia's famous phinisi ships are being built directly on the beach. On the other side of the road, endless lowland are interrupted by what appears to be prehistoric menhirs. Giant limestone cliffs, shimmering in the tropical light, create a dramatic effect. Tanah Toraja itself is a fascinating destination, with elaborate feasts and unique funeral ceremonies. Nowhere else in the world people put that much effort in giving the dead a final resting place. Deceased are buried in laborious carved rock tombs, always guarded by rigid-looking tau tau dolls.

Bali is more than an island with beautiful beaches. Travel around and chances are that you encounter one of the thousands of ceremonies held daily by the Balinese in order to keep the universe in balance. Even if there isn`t any celebration going on, temples are worth to visit because of their unique architecture. Residential areas and the layout of villages are chosen in function of the dominant Hindu religion, Bali social binder par excellence. You can otherwise take a walk in the countryside and be amazed by artfully landscaped green terraces that seem to go up to heaven at least up to the mountains, where the gods reside.

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Trip offered by Bintang Spoken languages: English Travel expert in Indonesia and Bali

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Jogjakarta
  • End Denpasar
  • Countries
    • Indonesia and Bali
    • Indonesia
  • City
    • Jogjakarta
    • Ujung Pandang
    • Rantepao
    • Bali
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Theme Meeting local people
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival Yogya
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Selamat Datang! Welcome to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Adi Sucipto International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Yogyakarta. This beautiful city is bustling with energy.

    Overnight at Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja.

    Visited places:
    • Jogjakarta
  • 2
    Yogyakarta (B, L)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    This morning tour will give a good impression of the city of Yogyakarta, generally considered as the heartland of the venerable Javanese culture. First to the Kraton, the Palace of the Sultan. It still breaths an atmosphere of past grandeur. Further down the street, you may walk through the small alleys of a mysterious place, called the Water Castle, a network of pleasure domes, canals and charming ponds, all complete with secret hideaways and rooftop chambers.

    For lunch you will indulge in a selection of Javanese delicacies at a local restuarant. A visit to the splendid temple complex of Prambanan, a short drive east of the city center, is the main afternoon program. Comprising more than 200 large and smaller buildings, this place is a permanent reminder of Java's Hindu past. Right in the center of the inner walls, the 47 m high Loro Jonggrang triumphs over the nearby plains. This grand monument is dedicated to the god Shiva. Wonderful bass-relieves tell the old Indian story of Ramayana. The whole area is a true open air museum of Javanese antiquity, with abundant stone marks of the past and remains of Buddhist and Hindu temples.

    Overnight at Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja.

    Visited places:
    • Jogjakarta
  • 3
    Yogyakarta (B, L)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Today you will have ample time to discover the mystery and history of the world famous Borobudur temple, one of the biggest and most impressive Buddhist monuments ever erected by mankind. It lies tranquil against the splendid background of the Menoreh mountain range, about 40 km from Yogyakarta. The terraced temple tells the times and a life of the Lord Buddha in well over 1500 bas-reliefs and thus it is a real prayer in stone. It also illustrates the will of man to preserve the past. Once enshrined by a wild jungle, it took more than ten years and great financial effort to save the monument. Now it belongs to the finest examples of Buddhist architecture. Next we will take you to explore the village of Candirejo, a village dedicated to preserving local culture. It is located near Borobudur temple and set in an authentic Javanese environment. Slow travel along its lanes by `delman`, a traditional Javanese horse drawn carriage, is a highlight. Every sight tells a story of local culture, daily Javanese village life plays out in front of you. Drive past local houses with their kitchens separated from the living and sleeping quarters. Wood is the cooking material of choice. Learn how the local agricultural produce is moved to and traded at local markets. You might even stumble onto some rare ceremonies, intertwined with Hindu past of Java and completely unexpected in a predominantly Muslim island. There are rituals dedicated to the Gatekeeper of the Mountain, who can predict volcano eruptions. Amazingly the villagers have ceremonies requesting God for good harvests. They are part of an extensive series of rituals governing the complex relationship between God and humans, according to ancient and complex Javanese beliefs.

    Overnight at Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja.

    Visited places:
    • Jogjakarta
  • 4
    Flight to Ujung Pandang/Makassar (B)
    Day 4 Transfer by airplane

    Morning, transfer to airport for your morning flight to Makassar.

    Yogyakarta (YOG) - Ujungpandang (UPG) by Garuda Airline GA 695 / 08.10 - 11.05

    Upon arrival at Hassanudin airport, meet your guide and move to downtown Makassar. Fort Rotterdam, a complex of beautiful old Dutch architecture, reminds of colonial times. Paotere, the Bugis port of call, houses traditional traditional phinisi boats. These vessels, often build in this part of Indonesia, still carry cargo all along the archipelago. Proceed to hotel, check in and rest of the day at leisure.    

    Overnight at Astom Makassar.

     

    Visited places:
    • Jogjakarta
    • Ujung Pandang
  • 5
    Makassar – Rantepao - Toraja (B, L)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, start the long drive to Tanah Toraja, a region located about 300 km north of Makassar. A scenic road with breath-taking views leads past panorama's of deep valleys and high mountains. Arrive in Rantepao, the cultural center of the Toraja people.

    Overnight at Toraja Heritage.

    Visited places:
    • Ujung Pandang
    • Rantepao
  • 6
    Rantepao / Toraja (B,L)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Two days of intensive exploration of Toraja Land and its people with a powerful cultural identity. Ample time to visit small villages with names Ketekesu, Siguntu, Marante. Exploring the area resembles find an ancient way of life. Special attention will be given to the Toraja houses with their unique roofs, reflecting a strong and distinctive culture. Nanggala has an impressive row of rice barns. Palawa, Lemo, Londa are just some of the names you will hear today. Sacred graves are scattered around the hilly land of Toraja, who burry the deceased in holes of a rock-face. With a bit of luck you might witness one of Toraja’s impressive funeral ceremonies during your tour program.           

    Overnight at Toraja Heritage.

     

     

     

    Visited places:
    • Rantepao
  • 7
    Rantepao / Toraja (B, L)
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, continue exploring Tana Toraja.

    Overnight at Toraja Heritage.

    Visited places:
    • Rantepao
  • 8
    Toraja – Makassar - Flight to Bali - Ubud
    Day 8 Transfer by airplane

    Today you will return to Makassar overland. sraight to the airport for your flight to Makassar to Bali. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai, the national and international airport of Bali, meet and greet by your guide, followed by a transfer to your accommodation in Ubud.

    Overnight at Alaya Resort Ubud.

    Visited places:
    • Rantepao
    • Bali
  • 9
    Ubud (B)
    Day 9

    Day at leisure. 

    Today you'll have plenty of time go on a personal search for the arts and crafts of Ubud. There are numerous places in and around this mountain town, each one specialized in a typical handicraft. There are wood and stone carvers, silver smiths and painters. On some off-the-beaten track location people pursue the little known craft of egg painting! Visit one of the famous museums of Ubud. They have a great sample of paintings of artists that called Ubud their home, on display. Not to mention the great number of cafes to just hang out for a coffee or a beer! Ubud grew from a center of the arts, initiated by local kings in the 18th and 19th century and religious in nature, into a global village of arts and crafts. It is still the favorite location of spiritually involved people and artists from all over the world.

    Overnight at Alaya Resort Ubud.

    Visited places:
    • Bali
    • Ubud
  • 10
    A day with the Balinese (B, L)
    Day 10

    Leave for a fairy-like environment in rural East Bali. Upon arriving you will be welcomed in a typical Balinese house compound. You will observe how strict rules were applied on the layout of the building. Various parts of the house are oriented to the mountain tops or towards the sea. This is indissolubly connected to Balinese Hinduism and observed throughout the island. You will enjoy a selection of traditional Balinese food, cakes and sweets. Your hosts are preparing them right on the spot. Then you visit the nearby Balinese village, where villagers are engaged in typical Balinese crafts like basket and head weaving. A villager will demonstrate how coconuts are hauled from the highest trees, while in another compound a black smith is busy crafting knives and sickles. Observe how Balinese create their beautiful daily offerings using natural materials. A bit further down the road (not withstanding school holidays), you may interact with the kids at a local elementary school. Lunch will be served at a beautifully located gazebo, surrounded by majestic rice fields. A demonstration of rice plantation & cultivation will be given! In the afternoon, visit the ancient and much revered Pura Kehen. Just north of the town of Bangli, it rises up steeply from the road as if its terraces form an overly adorned stairway to heaven.

    Overnight at Alaya Resort Ubud.

    Visited places:
    • Ubud
  • 11
    Ubud – Denpasar airport /South Bali (B)
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Free at leisure until departure time, meet your guide at hotel lobby for transfer to your next hotel or back to Ngurah Rai for a flight to your next destination.

     

    Visited places:
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Private transfers and tours with air conditioned car or minivan                              
    • Services of an English speaking guide during tours and transfers                           
    • Meals as specified                                 
    • Entrance fees, parking fees, donations throughout the course of the program                     
    • Airfares from Yogyakarta to Makassar by Garuda Indonesia in economy class
    • Aifares from Makassar to Bali by Garuda Airlines in economy class                                 
    • Accommodation at mentioned hotels based on sharing in double / twin room inclusive of daily Breakfast
    • VAT                        
    Price does not include
    • Not mentioned services                          
    • Not mentioned meals                             
    • Drinks, personal expenses                               
    • Tips for guide and driver - tipping is a common way of showing your appreciation and highly recommended; guidelines for tipping will be inserted in the documentation your client(s) will receive when arriving in Indonesia
    • Insurance   
    • International flights