Best of Java, Sulawesi & Bali

12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS
Holidays in World
INCLUDES
03 Night accommodation in Jogjakarta
01 Night accommodation in Bromo
01 Night accommodation in Makassar
03 Night accommodation in Rantepao
02 Night accommodation in Ubud
02 Night accommodation in Sanur
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Transfers with AC Coach
DOES NOT INCLUDE
International Air ticket
Visa
Any personal expenditure
Laundry
Phone calls
Tips

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Day 1: Arrival - Jogjakarta

Arrive at Adi Sucipto International Airport in Jogjakarta. Recommended flights: Silk Air from Singapore to Jogjakarta MI 152 arriving at Adi Sucipto International Airport in Jogjakarta at 09.30 on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Jogjakarta for check-in. Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced and often written Jogjakarta or simply Jogja. It is the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is a center of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture After freshening up, enjoy local lunch before setting off on an afternoon excursion. You’ll be introduced to one of Indonesia’s most famous crafts with a visit to a traditional batik factory. Not only will you learn about the ancient techniques and observe skilled craftsmen, but you will also have the chance to create your own batik. Start from scratch, making a design, applying wax and mixing your own dye. Your creation will be delivered to your hotel after drying.

  • Overnight: Jogjakarta
  • Meals: Lunch

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Day 2: Jogjakarta - Prambanan - Jogjakarta

Today you will have the chance to learn more about Jogjakarta’s historic and cultural traditions with a city tour. Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 –1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. As you walk through the various rooms and chambers, you will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.

You’ll also visit the adjacent Taman Sari, water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

A local cyclo, becak, will then transfer you through the streets of Jogjakarta for a view of the local life of this vibrant but yet laidback city. Lunch in a local restaurant in Jogjakarta.

This afternoon will be spent exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.

Following your visit to Prambanan, continue to the twin temple of Plaosan. Located just 1 kilometer from Prambanan, this temple combines Buddhist and Hindu elements and has over 100 domes and dozens of intricate carvings. You’ll then proceed to Sewu, a Buddhist temple located 800 meters from Prambanan. Here, you will explore the 257 buildings that fill the grassy, rectangular complex.

Return to Jogjakarta later this afternoon. After freshening up at your hotel, you’ll be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances while dining at a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Jogjakarta
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Jogjakarta - Borobudur - Candirejo

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to Borobudur, 42 kilometers west of Jogjakarta. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure. Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues; You’ll also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry. Following the temple touring, stop for lunch at a restaurant set amid the rice fields.

In the afternoon, you’ll get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili. Following the dokar ride, return to Jogjakarta

  • Overnight: Jogjakarta
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Jogjakarta - Jombang (by train) - Trowulan - Mt. Bromo

Today begins with a scenic train ride to eastern Java (appr. 4 hours). After breakfast, you will transfer to Jogjakarta Railway station to board the train to Jombang. Your guide will accompany on the journey.

Note: Planned route is Jogja - Jombang ETD: 0725, ETA: 1100. Schedule subject to change without notice.

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of central and East Java.

Upon arrival in Jombang, drive with your local driver and guide and stop for lunch in a local restaurant.

The final leg of today’s journey is a 4 hour drive to the village of Ngadisari on the edge of Tengger Caldera. This spectacular village is one of the gateways to Mt Bromo.

Check-in to your hotel and freshen up before dinner at the lodge.

  • Overnight: Ngadisari or Bromo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Mt Bromo - Surabaya

Awake early this morning for a sunrise tour of Mt Bromo. You’ll travel by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.

Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground form to create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon.

A 20-minute ride on horseback will take you to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.

Return by horse and jeep to Lava View Inn for breakfast with spectacular views over Bromo and its caldera. Around 0900 you’ll switch vehicles in the town of Ngadisari for a four hour drive to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

Almost in Surabaya we will stop by for a visit at the Sampoerna factory where the famous Indonesian kretek cigarettes are produced after which we will have lunch. After lunch, drive the final one hour to Surabaya arriving mid-afternoon. You will be brought to the airport for your ongoing flight from Surabaya to Makassar. Transfer to your hotel for check in.

  • Overnight: Makassar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6: Makassar - Rantepao - Toraja

This morning after breakfast and check out you will make a short orientation tour of Makassar and visit Paotere harbor and Fort Rotterdam after which the drive to Toraja land starts (9 hrs).

The island of Sulawesi was once referred to as Celebes and Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, was formerly called Ujung Pandang. The islanders interchange the names frequently. Your journey takes you through several villages of the Bugis people who build stilted houses along magnificent mountain passes. Midday a stop will be made for lunch at Bukit Indah Restaurant. This restaurant is located in Pare-Pare, a small port on the north of Makassar. Your drive continues through the hills reaching Rantepao in the late afternoon. Rantepao is the small capital of Toraja an area of around 450,000 inhabitants. The Toraja ethnic group is renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, traditional houses and spectacular carving and dancing. You will spend the next two days exploring the Toraja villages and learning about their unique culture.

Check in to your hotel in Rantepao. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

  • Overnight: Rantepao
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7: Rantepao - Toraja

After breakfast this morning, you will head south of Toraja to visit two traditional villages and their surroundings. Begin with a drive to Lemo and Suaya villages which are surrounded by cliffs pierced with graves and very realistic tau tau (hanging effigies) of deceased nobility. These cliffs are also referred to as ‘the death at the balconies’ due to their perilious location. Continuing to the village of Sangala where you will see graves dug into the trunks of trees, the traditional burying method for babies.

Stop for lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon, visit Londa village where wooden coffins are suspended by ropes and poles extending from the cliffs. Continue to Ketekesu, a village which has one of the finest ensembles of Tongkonan (Toraja traditional houses). These boat-shaped houses have tall roofs made of slender bristles and create strange silhouettes in the sky. The Tongkonan facades boast many carved and painted motifs and a buffalo head wood adorns the wealthiest homes. Ketekesu village also has a rice granary of the traditional Toraja country style.

Return to the hotel late this afternoon. Evening and dinner are at your leisure.

  • Overnight: Rantepao
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 8: Rantepao - Toraja - Rantepao

This morning you will visit the villages north of Rantepao.Travel first to Batutumonga for a light trek through Toraja villages. Perched on the slopes of Mt Sesean, this village offers beautiful views of rice fields dotted with large black rocks, remains of ancient volcanic eruptions. An easy two-hour walk takes you through the villages of Bori and Palawa where you will get to meet the locals and observe traditional their traditional lifestyle and customs. These two villages have traditional stone circles, part of the local lore of the Toraja people, with each stone representing an important noble who have passed away. They also feature impressive Tongkonan houses.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Your excursion continues this afternoon with a visit to Marante or we find a great set of Tau Tau wood perched on a cliff and all dressed in white.Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Note: Between July and September (dry season) many funerals take place and during this period many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. Your program will be tailored to allow you to attend a ceremony if you wish during your stay in Toraja.

  • Overnight: Rantepao
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 9: Rantepao - Makassar - Ubud

After an early breakfast, drive back to Makassar and stopping en route for lunch in Pare-Pare. You will be transferred to the Makassar airport for your onward flight. (Suggested flight: Denpasar Bali on Garuda Indonesia- GA 625 ETD1815, ETA1940). Upon landing, your local guide and private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to your selected resort in Ubud (90min drive). Check in, dinner at Hotel.

  • Overnight: Ubud
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 10: Ubud - Tirta Empul - Pura Gunung Kawi - Ubud

This morning after breakfast your guide and driver will be waiting for you to start your first day with visits on the Hindu Island of Bali. We start with some culture at the ARMA museum.

This visit is followed by a trip to Ubud Monkey Forest where you can admire the cheeky inhabitants. After this we continue in Ubud centre with a visit to the royal palace (where the royal family lives still lives today) and then we cross the street to the market where you can watch the locals buying and selling their produce from food to souvenirs to clothing.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant with stunning views over the rice terraces.

We continue today’s visits with a stop at the water temple of Tirta Empul and also Gunung Kawi near Tampaksiring. One more stop at plantation and we drive back to Ubud. At the end of the afternoon, return to Ubud No visit to Bali would be complete without witnessing traditional dance and this evening you will be treated to a performance in a nearby village. Return to Ubud for dinner at leisure.

  • Overnight: Ubud
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 11: Ubud - Mengwi – Tanah Lot - Sanur

Escape to the heart of the Balinese countryside – explore beautiful rice fields and enjoy the tranquility of Gulingan Village. Wandering through the terraced fields you will reach a fabulous setting of tropical vegetation and ponds. Take in surrounding view of un spoilt rural Bali you relax in the traditional pavilion.

If you like try your hand at fishing in the ponds or take stroll downhill through coconut palms, coffee, vanilla and clove plantations.

Return to the village to learn the art of Balinese Cooking in a traditional kitchen. An interesting lesson in the preparation and cooking of delicious meals. Grind, mix and peel the abundant herbs and spices, which add the unique textures and flavors to Balinese dishes. Your sumptuous lunch is ready to enjoy. Continue the day by visiting one of Bali’s fascinating traditional house compounds. Within the surrounding walls, nestled around a courtyard you will see several bedrooms, a temple and a ceremonial platform.

Note:
This is walking tour through rural villages and fields, so please bring along your walking shoes.
Along the way you will stop at the serene Taman Ayun temple near Mengwi. This temple features wide tropical gardens and a large courtyard as well as traditional multi-story roofs.

After this visit we go for an incredible sunset at the famous (and most photographed temple in Bali) Tanah lot Temple.

After your visit, continue the journey to your southern beach hotel for check in.

  • Overnight: Sanur
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12: Sanur - Uluwatu Kecak Dance - Seafood dinner

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches or indulge in a bit of shopping in the local area. This evening experience the trance like Kecak dance in a superb location overlooking Uluwatu temple. Originating in the 1930’s this dance is performed only by men and occurs without musical accompaniment as an ode to the Monkey of the Ramayana Ballet. The location for this dance is set on a cliff top, overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset with Pura Uluwatu in the background.

Following this performance, dine under the stars on the freshest of seafood on one of Bali’s more expansive beaches – Jimbaran.

  • Overnight: Sanur
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 13: Sanur departure

Your morning is free until your private transfer picks you up from your hotel for your onward flight from Denpasar airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast
HOTELS
Jogjakarta - Jogjakarta Plaza Or Similar
Bromo - Bromo Cottages Or Similar
Makassar - Hotel Remcy Panakkukang Or Similar
Rantepao - Toraja Marante Or Similar
Ubud - Wapa Di Ume Ubud Or Similar
Senur - Segara Village Sanur Or Similar
Cost Per Person
Cost valid till 15th April to 31st October 2017
PRICE - USD 4046 (Twin/Double Sharing)

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