From AU$ 2610 14 Days
  • Indonesia
  • Max 12 passengers
  • Jakarta Ubud
  • Train, Taxi, Private minibus, Ferry
  • Hotel (13 nts)
14 days From AU$ 2610


Discover an Indonesia beyond the sandy white beaches and tourist strips as we take you on a 14 Day journey from Jakarta to Ubud, exploring miles of empty beaches, steamy verdant rainforests, volcano-studded valleys, culture-rich cities and ancient temples on this unforgettable journey.   You will be mesmerised as we head to Yogyakarta, one of South-East Asia's standout spots, exploring its backcountry, flower-studded fields and smiling locals on a magical bicycle trip.  Fall in love with Seloliman Nature Reserve, as we walk through the jungle and rice paddies to swim in an idyllic green canyon.  Rise early for an adventure of a lifetime as we witness a superb Mt Bromo sunrise and mingle with the locals as we travel alongside them on trains and local buses, as well as discovering some of Bali's fascinating local industries, from coffee, cocoa and palm sugar to traditional Javanese medicine.  And of course, we are in Indonesia after all, so we have left plenty of time to chill out at beautiful Balian Beach, and time along the way to explore buzzing marketplaces, ancient temples and come face to face with welcoming locals at every turn.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Jakarta

Your Indonesian adventure begins today in Jakarta.  Enjoy the day at leisure to arrive and explore Jakarta, and if you arrive early, check out some of the interesting museums and monuments that Jakarta offers, just making sure that you are at the hotel in the evening for the important group meeting.  If you enjoy museums you may wish to head to the Wayang (puppetry), Balai Seni Rupa (fine arts) and Maritime museums. The National Museum is also a good introduction for first time visitors and the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, where the life of Suharto is on display, is a great place to learn about Indonesia’s more recent history.  If you enjoy monuments don't miss Si Jagur, an old Portuguese cannon ornately decorated with sexual imagery, or the Monas (National Monument) dedicated to the spirit of the Indonesian people.

Day 2 Jakarta

Our group adventure really begins this morning as we head out on a city walking tour with a local guide, discovering Sunda Kelapa port, where the Dutch first landed, temple-filled Chinatown and the old town of Batavia. We also visit a Chinese mansion (Chandra Naya) and gain an insight into the beautiful Peranakan architecture. Wander around Fatahillah Square, before heading to the religious side of the city at Cathedral Church and Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in South-East Asia. This afternoon you may wish to search for a bargain by exploring the antique market at Jalan Surabaya.

Day 3 Jakarta to Pangandaran

This morning we board a public train and head to Pukuwerto City, before jumping on a private minibus to Pangandaran.  Pangandaran is a small fishing village popular with visitors looking for a coastal escape. The Penanjung Nature Reserve on the adjoining peninsula boasts some impressive flora and fauna.


Day 4 Pangandaran

Today we enjoy exploring the local surrounds, villages, cottage industries and the impressive green canyon. We begin at a local market to check out the produce and home industries such as palm sugar and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets).We then head to the Green Canyon, where we jump on a boat and travel upriver through superb jungle scenery, before jumping in the water and swimming into the canyon itself. This idyllic spot, which boasts beautiful green water, is a popular hangout for locals, so take the opportunity to interact. Afterwards we head to a nearby beach where we stop for lunch and enjoy the afternoon swimming before heading back to Pangandaran.

Day 5 Pangandaran to Yogyakarta

We head inland this morning on a private minibus before catching a train to Yogyakarta.  Mingle with the locals as we travel to Java’s cultural heart and one of South-East Asia's real gems. From batik workshops to the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples, you will be impressed by the vast array of cultural avenues that 'Yogya' offers.


Day 6 Yogyakarta

We are up bright and early this morning to catch the morning light and avoid the crowds at Candi Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure on earth. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is set in a tranquil park, and as we approach, we will be left breathless as we spot the enigmatic temple rising before us as it looms above the tropical foliage.  We join a local guide and follow the route of ancient pilgrims, circling the mandala-shaped structure from the early realms towards Nirvana. It's truly one of South East Asia's treasures. In the afternoon we enjoy time at leisure to rest and relax or to visit one of Yogya's other heritage temples, such as Prambanan Temple, the largest Hindu complex in Java.

Day 7 Yogyakarta

Today we jump on a bike and continue exploring Yogyakarta, as we pedal out of the city, through the rice fields and countryside surrounding Yogyakarta. We witness locals making various goods, from bricks to tofu to tempe. Make sure your camera is handy as the landscape will impress with tall palms and lush green grasslands, as well as the odd burst of yellow and pink flowers by the side of the road, todays slow paced cycling tour is a perfect way to take it all in.

Day 8 Yogyakarta to Seloliman Nature Reserve

Enjoy travelling alongside the locals again as we board a train towards Seloliman Nature Reserve. Discover the peaceful Seloliman Nature Reserve, situated on the slopes of the sacred Penanggungan volcano.  Here we meet some of the volunteers working at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre, which is where we will spend the night   We enjoy eating delicious, locally grown organic produce cooked by their staff, and enjoy the ambience of the forest with the accommodation built in harmony with the surrounding forest. This is the perfect spot to appreciate nature and sit under the stars taking in the ambience of the magical surrounds.

Day 9 Seloliman Nature Reserve to Mt Bromo

Today we pull on our hiking boots as we head off on a walk around the reserve with a local guide.  We learn about the local environment and the Javanese tradition of herbal medicine, as well as the mini hydroelectricity plant that the reserve boasts before enjoying a visit to the local village coffee shop.  Our tour finishes up with a traditional Jamu demonstration and a tasting of 'Javanese medicine'.   We then make our way to the still active Mt Bromo (2,329 m) the most well known volcano of the Tengger massif.  This region is also the homeland of the Tenggerese and the steep, cultivated hills of the Tengger Valley. Tonight we head to bed early, in preparation for tomorrow's early start.


Day 10 Mt Bromo  to Kalibaru

We begin our day before sunrise at 3.30 am, as we hike a nearby hill for fantastic views over Mt Bromo. The climb is not too difficult, but it can be very cold, so don't forget to bring extra layers of clothing. It's also worth bringing a scarf to cover your nose and mouth, as it can get dusty. Your early rise will be worth it as you are rewarded with fantastic views and if the weather is clear, the sunrise over this eerie sea of volcanoes is an unforgettable experience. After descending back down to our accommodation we jump on a bus and head to Probolingo, where we board a train to Kalibaru.  We stop for lunch en route, arriving into Kalibaru in the afternoon, with time to relax by the pool or perhaps indulge in a local massage.

Day 11 Kalibaru to Balian Beach

We head out early this morning and make our way to nearby coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations.  We discover how rubber is processed, how coffee is dried, and, if there's time, how cocoa is fermented.   This is the perfect place to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea and snack on fried banana. We then jump on a minibus and head to the far eastern end of Java, Gilimanuk. Please keep in mind that there is often a lot of heavy traffic on this stretch of road as it's the main entry point for Bali, so there may be some delays. We then board a ferry across the Java Strait, before boarding a minibus and heading along the west coast of Bali.  We stop at the Segara Urip Turtle Conservation Centre and spend some time learning about the important work done here before continuing onto Balian Beach, our home for the next two nights and home to some beautiful sunsets. Notes: Due to the program at the Segara Urip Turtle Conservation Centre, it is unlikely that there will be turtles to view during your visit.


Day 12 Balian Beach

Today we enjoy a day at leisure relaxing in this gorgeous beachside spot. After a relaxing morning yoga class, enjoy exploring this stunning area at your own pace. You may wish to visit the surrounding monkey-filled temples, go swimming, or simply sit back, relax and watch the fishermen go about their work.


Day 13 Balian Beach to Ubud

This morning we make the short trip to Ubud, stopping along the way at Taman Ayun Temple, taking in the impressive Balinese architecture while strolling around the tranquil gardens. We then continue to Ubud, Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.


Day 14 Ubud

This morning we enjoy our last breakfast, before sadly bidding farewell to our travel mates as this 14 Day Jarkata to Ubud adventure comes to an end.  Departing ways you will be left with amazing memories of great friendships made as you journeyed through Indonesia, mingling with locals, hiking volcanoes, cycling quaint villages, and swimming in stunning canyons and pristine beaches.


Notes: The volcanic activity has increased recently at Mt Bromo, and the crater has been closed until further notice. There may be amendments to your sunrise hike of Mt Bromo, depending on safety precautions.



  • Hotel (13 nts)
  • Train, Taxi, Private minibus, Ferry

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