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Explore Bali & Java

Free your spiritual side against a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles in Bali and Java. Travel by cycle-rickshaw to local markets and the Sultans Palace in Yogyakarta. Find your inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples. Take high tea at the Mangkunegaran Palace and stroll the coastline of the unforgettable beaches in Sanur. Discover the perfect blend of beauty and Buddhist zen in this incredible corner of the world.


Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155166
Starts: Yogyakarta, Indonesia Finishes: Denpasar, Indonesia
You will visit
  • Yogyakarta
  • Sanur

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Yogyakarta (1D)

Arrive at any time. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle

02

Day 2: Yogyakarta (1B)

Yogyakarta is very walkable, so a stroll around the fascinating bird market is always interesting. If silver is of interest to you, then a trip to Kota Gede to pick up a hand-beaten bowl or some fine filigree is definitely worthwhile. As the home of arts, this really is the place to take in a Wayang (puppet) show or a dance performance, usually based on the Ramayana story.

Included Activities:
Bicycle Rickshaw Tour

03

Day 3: Yogyakarta (1B)

Enjoy an excursion to the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur, travelling on foot and by horse cart alongside a local guide. In your free time, opt to visit Kraton, an 18th century palace or Taman Sari Water Castle.

Included Activities:
Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion
Horse Cart Ride

04

Day 4: Yogyakarta/Surakarta (1B)

Solo, also known as Surakarta, was selected by Pakubuwono II as the new capital of the Mataram Kingdom following the sacking of Kartasura in 1745. Ranking alongside Yogyakarta at the heart of Javanese culture, Solo boasts Kraton Surakarta, the magnificent 18th century palace and museum of the Royal Family, as well as producing some of the finest Batik in Java.

Included Activities:
Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion
Mangkunegaran Palace Traditional Dance and Tea

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 65km)

05

Day 5: Surakarta (1B)

Take an excursion to the slopes of Mount Lawu including a visit to the Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh Temples. Opt to visit the Batik Museum.

Included Activities:
Mount Lawu Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle

06

Day 6: Surakarta/Malang (1B)

Journey to the colonial city of Malang. Enjoy free time to visit local parks, markets, or temples.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 310km)

07

Day 7: Malang (1B, 1L)

Take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep to catch the sunrise. We then ascend to the top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. Later, visit the volcanology office at Mt Bromo and meet with one of the experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption.

Included Activities:
Mount Bromo Jeep Excursion
Volcanology Talk at Mt Bromo

Transport:
Private Vehicle

08

Day 8: Malang/Ubud (1B)

You'll be inspired by the laid back way of life, the beauty, and the scenic splendour that is Ubud. Get to know the town on an orientation walk provided by our CEO.



Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Plane (0.50 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Ubud (1B, 1L)

Free time today allows us to opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe roam the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. Other options include strolling through the rice fields, devouring delicious organic foods, or white water rafting.

Included Activities:
Balinese Home Cooking

10

Day 10: Ubud/Sanur (1B)

Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple, its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields. Eventually make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mount Batur towering above. Arrive in Sanur this evening.

Included Activities:
Tirta Empul Temple Visit
Gunung Kawi Temple Visit
Kintamani Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

11

Day 11: Sanur (1B)

Explore Sanur and enjoy a visit to the southern beaches of Dream Land and Padang Padang and the clifftop Uluwatu Temple. This evening, opt to join our CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world.

Included Activities:
Explore Southern Bali

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

12

Day 12: Sanur (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
We recommend booking post-accommodation in Sanur to further explore or take advantage of the beaches.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Orientation tour of Yogyakarta by cycle-rickshaws
    • Excursions to Borobudur and Prambanan temple complexes
    • Visit Mangkunegaran Palace with traditional dance class and high tea
    • Excursion to Mt Lawu
    • Hiking and jeep trip to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
    • Mt Bromo volcanology office visit
    • Ubud home cooking class
    • Visit Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Hindu temple complex and Kintamani
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Minibus/van, cycle-rickshaw, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore bustling Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw
  • Enjoy a Balinese home cooking class with a local chef
  • Meet with a vulcanology expert at Mt Bromo
  • Take a traditional Javanese dance class and high tea at Mangkunegaran Palace
  • Delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples