The exotic highlights of Java and hidden gems of Bali
- Indonesia and Bali
On this delightful tour of Indonesia’s two most famous islands, take in the stunning UNESCO-listed Borobudur temples and other historic gems of Java and Bali. Explore the lush countryside and vibrant culture of Northern and Eastern part of Bali too and then relax on the tranquil beach of Kuta, one of Bali’s famous beaches.
Upon arrival in Jogjakarta Airport, meet and greet your guide at arrival gate then you will be further transferred to the hotel. The rest evening is free at leisure.
After breakfast we will drive in to the villages nearby Prambanan temple where you will enjoy an easy cycling exploring the village. Away from the busy traffic and the pollution of the city you discover authentic traditional Javanese life. Cycling through small villages nearby Prambanan passing Lumbung, Bubrah, and Sewu Temples while enjoying the panorama of seasonal local plantations including the rice fields, tobacco, sugar cane, mais, tomato, cassavas, chili, egg plants and many others. In the villages you pass through, daily life goes on, a stop will be made at a local house to meet the people and you may try out the local harvest. A chance to get to know things beyond the tourist attractions!
Visit as well to the Prambanan temple complex. Return to hotel and free at leisure
Today you will explore the surrounding Jogjakarta by firstly visit the Sultan Palace or Keraton then continued to Taman Sari water castle and Kota Gede with its silversmith. Here you will also have chance to experience riding on a becak (pedicab). Afterwards drive further to Magelang and visit Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temples..
This morning you will be transferred to the train station for your next journey to Mojokerto by Sancaka train on 06.45 - 10.57 (the schedule might be subject to changes)
Today you will experience one of the highlights of your trip during an authentic train journey through central Java. While the most beautiful rice paddies, and picturesque villages pass the eye, and taking you ever further into East Java, you will enjoy the comfort of an air conditioned train wagon. Once in a while, during an lazy stop, vendors will try to sell small amenities such as cigarettes and candies to the fortunate travelers on board, you! before midday, you will reach Mojokerto, continue drive to Sukapura, check in and free at leisure
After a very early morning wake-up call, you will start your trip to Mount Bromo, which the locals consider to be sacred. After a short but steep jeep ride we will take you to a view point to witness a glorious sunrise. Only when the first rays of dawn appear, you realize the splendor of the environment. A wide, rolling sea of sand is enclosed by perpendicular walls of a few hundred meters high. In a shimmering distance you`ll see some of the highest mountain tops of Java. Then you`ll drive into the huge caldera, across a wide open terrain. The final stretch to the base of Mount Bromo. You have to climb a few stairs to have an awesome look into the crater of an active volcano.
Afterwards return to hotel for breakfast and continue your trip further to the east. Late afternoon arrival in Kalibaru, check in and free at leisure.
This morning we will visit one of the biggest plantation in the far eastern tip of East Java and explore the surrounding the plantation. This 1000ha privately held and run plantation is dedicated to coffee, cocoa, rubber clove and spices. Visitors can walk through century old factories, witnessing the the processing and packing of the crops Depending on the time of the year, you may be able to see the harvesting of coffee or cloves. The surroundings at 600 meter above sea level, are magnificent. Palm trees and tropical rain forest seal the plantation off from the rest of the world. Walking through the village and past the local school and clinic, one realizes the plantation is completely self sufficient. Everywhere people will greet you with courteous smiles.
You will also experience staying in the guest house in the middle of the plantation
Depart early morning for Ijen excursion. Ijen is a fascinating mountain in East Java, very near to the Strait of Bali. Early morning you will depart by a non air conditioned 4WD jeep to the base camp from where you can hike all the way to to the summit. It is an easy trail and path to follow and on the way you meet the sulfur people. These tough locals carry 80kg baskets, filled with "yellow gold", the result of a mining process on the top of the mountain near a formidable crater lake. Up on the rim of this mighty extinct volcano, the views are truly stunning. Whatever direction you turn, mountain tops peak aloft the clouds. Down at the jade colored lake, steam from deep down inside the earth is transformed into yellow crystals upon contact with the atmosphere.
After Ijen excursion, drive further to Ketapang harbor then cross by ferry to Gilimanuk and drive further to Pemuteran.
On the way you still have chances to visit Pulaki Temple before heading to hotel for overnight.
In the morning, we take time to visit an island with some of the best diving and snorkel opportunities in the whole country. Menjangan Island offers beautiful snorkeling for beginners and fascinating dives for the experienced alike. At a small harbor near Pemuteran, we will take a boat to the island. Participants receive a snorkeling mask and fins. When sailing back to the shores of North Bali, Bali's central mountain range dominates the view. Because of the blue hue, locals call them "the blue mountains."
Depart from Pemuteran and drive via mountainous routes of Munduk to explore the surrounding Tamblingan area by soft trekking through the rain forest and ended by crossing the lake using canoe.
Afterwards continued by soft trekking to the waterfall and further to one of the seaside temples, Tanah Lot before heading further to your next hotel in Ubud.
Today you will enjoy cycling trip which will be arranged by an International agent based on private. Our guide and driver will not join.
The cycling will start from surrounding of Batukaru Temple. After visiting this temple, passing the farm land where the farmer grow their own vanilla, cacao, coffee etc. Then your cycling trip proceed to the village of Jatiluwih to watch the stunning view of the terraced rice fields that stretches as far as the eyes can see. The cycling trip also pass through the small and remote villages with lush vegetation and beautiful surrounding where you can see the daily activities of the villagers. A pauses for the photographs will make you fully enjoy the beauty of nature while your tour guide serves you with refreshment. This memorable trip ends after you cycling pass the bamboo forest. From here, your tour guide then continue to escort you on to a short trekking to the natural hot spring where you can take a bath in a private bathing place or into a public one.
After excursion, you will be transferred back to hotel and free at leisure.
The whole day is free at leisure.
Depart from Ubud and you will drive via rural routes to Tampak Siring area and visit Gunung Kawi Temple. Here you will need extra energy to walk down through hundred stairs to reach the main temple and monument. Afterwards continue your trip to Kintamani with its magnificent views to Batur Lake and Volcano. Then drive further to one of the traditional villages in Bangli named Penglipuran and the Mother Temple, Besakih.
Depart from Sidemen and drive via rural routes to Karangasem and visit Tirta Gangga water castle. Then drive further to PAdang Bai and visit Goa Lawah or the bat cave temple and also further to Klungkung and visit Kerthagosa, formerly a justice hall in 18th century.
Proceed heading to your next accommodation in Tuban.
The whole day is free at leisure
Free at leisure until departure time, meet your guide at hotel lobby for transfer service to Denpasar airport, onwards to your flight back home.
Accommodation: Room check out time at 12.00h, please store your luggage at concierge, you may use the general hotel facilities until pick up time.