EXPLORE BALI & JAVA
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From AU$ 0 12 Days
  • Indonesia
  • Max 0 passengers
  • Yogyakarta Sanur
  • Minibus/van, cycle-rickshaw, walking.
  • Hotels (11 nts).
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Overview

Discover the spiritual beauty of Bali and Java on this 12 Day journey full of stunning beaches and tropical jungles, as we leave the tourists behind as explore the hidden secrets of this ancient culture. Mingle with the locals as we travel by cycle-rickshaw to local markets, gathering supplies to cook in a local chef’s home.  Enjoy a playground with a difference as we discover a water castle built for the Sultan in Yogyakarta. Find your inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, exploring the World Heritage listed temple complex of Borobudur by horse drawn cart. Then sit back and relax as we enjoy high tea at the Mangkunegaran Palace and stroll the coastline of the unforgettable beaches in Sanur. This journey has it all as we discover the perfect blend of beauty, history, magnificent feats of nature and Buddhist zen in this incredible corner of the world.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Yogyakarta (1D)

Get set for an adventure exploring Indonesia’s beautiful Bali and Java.  Arrive at any time today, and if you are coming from the airport enjoy a transfer to the hotel.  If you arrive early today, check in leave your bags and feel free to explore the beautiful city of Yogyakarta, just make sure you are back in time for the group meeting this evening, followed by a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

 

Day 2 Yogyakarta

This morning we hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore all the city has to offer, including the Sultan's Palace, markets, and the batik and puppetry workshops of Yogya. Afterwards enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, you may wish to shop for some silverwares with a trip to Kota Gede or get a taste of Indonesian culture by watching a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet show or a Ramayana dance performance, a stunning Indonesian ballet that incorporates acrobatics. (B)

 

Day 3 Yogyakarta

This morning we head to the World Heritage listed Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur.  Discover how this stunning artistic and architectural marvel lay undiscovered under layers of volcanic ash until 1815, as we learn about its interesting history and restoration. Here we enjoy a step back in time as we travel by horse cart around the Buddhist temple complex with our local guide.  In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore more of Yogyakarta, you may wish to visit Kraton, an 18th century palace built by the Sultans of Yogyakarta and one of the finest examples of Javanese architecture, boasting its own market, schools and mosques, it is essentially a walled city within a city.  You may also wish to visit Taman Sari Water Castle, also built in the 18th century, this castle was built as a pleasure park for the Sultan, it boasts intricately carved gates, a bathing complex and a tower from where the Sultan would watch his concubines frolicking in the water. (B)

 

Day 4 Yogyakarta to Surakarta

This morning we visit Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java built between the eighth and tenth centuries and now stands as one of the finest examples of Hindu art.   Afterwards we hit the road as we head to Surakarta (Solo), where we visit the Mangkunegaran Palace, which boasts a stunning mix of European and Javanese architecture, the perfect place to a traditional Javanese dance class before sitting down to high tea. (B)

 

Day 5 Surakarta

After breakfast we head to the slopes of Mount Lawu, a massive composite volcano.  Here we explore the Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh Temples, two stunning temples built in the 15th century. Enjoy some time at leisure, where you may wish to visit the Batik Museum to learn about this classic Indonesian method of wax-dyeing cloth. (B)


Day 6 Surakarta to Malang

This morning we jump on a train and travel alongside the locals as we journey to the colonial city of Malang. On arrival into Malang this afternoon, we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the local parks, markets, or temples. You may wish to visit the impressive Hindu temples of Singosari, Jago or Kidal all built around  the 13th century when Hindus ruled East Java before the arrival of Islam.  (B)


Day 7 Malang

We rise early this morning and jump in a jeep and head towards the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in order to catch a stunning sunrise. We then hike to top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. This is a distinct site, as the volcano blew its top off completely in 2010 and is now constantly smouldering with white smoke.  Afterwards we visit the volcanology office at Mt Bromo and meet with the experts who study and monitor this active volcano to learn about their work here and discuss the 2010 eruption. (BL)


Day 8 Malang to Ubud

This morning we catch a plane and head to Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of Bali and our base for the next three nights. On arrival we enjoy a brief orientation walk of this laid back, beautiful city, before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure to kick back and relax. (B)


Day 9 Ubud

This morning we meet up with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets, introducing us to the tropical fruit, vegetable and spices used in Balinese cooking.  We then head to a rice field to learn about the staples of Balinese cooking, before heading to our chef's home, where we'll learn how to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and finally sitting down to enjoy our efforts for lunch. After lunch we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy a traditional Kecak dance, explore the Gianyar night market or experience the thrill of the rapids with an amazing white water adventure. Other options include strolling through the rice fields, visiting Bali Zoo or the nearby Elephant Park. (BL)


Day 10 Ubud to Sanur

Today we explore the spiritual side of Bali as we follow mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple   This Hindu temple was built in 962 and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation.  Wade through its bubbling springs, which are believed to hold curative powers.  We then continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields, before eventually making our way to Kintamani.  This charming village offers stunning vistas, perched 1500m above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur.  Keep your camera close as the spectacular sight of active Mount Batur towering above the village is a fantastic photo opportunity. After a full day of touring, we finally arrive at Sanur this evening. (B)

 

Day 11 Sanur

Today we explore Sanur and enjoy a visit to the southern beaches of Bali including Dream Land and Padang Padang.  Enjoy a visit to the stunning clifftop Uluwatu Temple. Tonight you may wish to join the group for an optional farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world. (B)

 


Day 12 Sanur

After a final group breakfast this morning, our 12 Day Explore Bali and Java adventure sadly comes to an end, leaving you with 12 Days of amazing memories, great friendships and stories of adventures to active volcanoes, ancient temples and of exploring a Bali and Java not often seen by tourists to the region. (B)

 

B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Included

  • Hotels (11 nts).
  • Minibus/van, cycle-rickshaw, walking.

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