A feast for the senses! From the incomparable architectural delights of Borobudur and Prambanan on the island of Java, to picturesque landscapes and beach bliss at Lombok, this Indonesia tour is packed full of incredible experiences. On this tour of Indonesia, your accommodation is a delight in itself: rest your head in some of the finest and highest quality hotels in Indonesia!
Set on the northwest coast of Java, the capital city of Jakarta boasts millennia of history, tracing its roots back to a fourth century Hindu kingdom.
Highlights Of Jakarta Discover Jakarta’s rich historical past with this full-day city tour of monuments that reflect the national spirit. As a fitting tribute to its history as an important trading center, you will begin the day with a boat ride around the waterfront. Relive the arrival of Portuguese and Dutch traders as you visit the old harbor. The Sunda Kelapa Harbour lies at the head of Batavia, just across the old 17th century drawbridge. From a colonial past to landmarks of modern Indonesia, drop by the National Monument and the National Museum next. Appreciate the land’s multi-cultural heritage by catching the excellent displays and artifacts at the Museum. Reflect on the multi-religious practices of this ancient land with a visit to the largest mosque in Southeast Asia—the Istiqlal Mosque, which is also the National Mosque of Indonesia. Right next door stands the Jakarta Cathedral, built in the neo-Gothic style. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; National Museum Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)
Borobudur is considered the garden of Java, due to its agricultural heritage and timeless fertile lands. Borobudur is most famed for its ancient 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple, located on a hill between the twin volcanoes of Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and next to Progo River and Elon River.
Borobudur Temple Sunrise Visit (Half Day) Awake early to take the one hour drive to the famous Borobudur Temple, which many say rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat! This famous 9th century temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This giant pyramid structure was based on an ancient text and took about one hundred years to be completed and old documents suggest it was inaugurated in 824 AD. Rising up from the green plains in a similar shape to its neighbouring volcanoes, it is a most marvellous setting to watch the sunrise, although there is quite a climb up its six tiers to reach the top. However, reaching the top is well worth it as you will find 72 small latticework stupas that each house a Buddha. Once you have witnessed the beautiful, tranquil views, head back to your hotel for breakfast. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the Day: Morning (sunrise); Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy to moderate, as you will have to climb up 100 gentle steps to the temple; Please note that views can be obstructed during cloudy or rainy weather.)
Highlights Of Yogykarta & Prambanan Temple (Full Day) Take a one and a half hour drive out of Borobudur to reach the Sultan’s Palace, or Kraton, as it is known locally. The palace lies between Mount Merapi and Parangtritis beach region, which is considered a central force within Javanese cosmology. Built in the 18th century, it is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. The Sultan still resides in the palace, making it somewhat of a living museum, as it showcases Javanese relics and hosts occasional cultural activities, including puppetry and classical poetry performances. Head onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Prambanan Temple, a 9th century Hindu temple complex near the city of Yogyakarta. These imposing temples contain three important shrines, dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, which your local guide will explain in depth. (Full Day; Private activity & transfer; Travel time to activity: 1.5 hrs; Duration: 8 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Home to the country’s royal family, the town is rich in art and at the center of Balinese craft and traditional dance.
Highlights Of Ubud & Cycle Ride Explore the vibrant Ubud city! Begin your tour at the Peliatan Palace to see beautiful Balinese architecture and continue onwards to ARMA Museum where several interesting art and cultural artifacts await. Guide your steps towards the Sacred Monkey Forest to meet its mischievous occupants, and then it’s straight to the heart of the city for a walk around the busy streets. At the choc-a-block local market, you’ll find everything from clothing to art and souvenirs. Afterwards, drive towards Jatiluwih Valley, whose rice fields were shaped over 500 years. The region boasts sophisticated dams, canals and aqueducts for efficient irrigation. Cycle downhill past beautiful rice terraces, mountains and valleys, to reach the narrow streets and gravel roads just a few kilometers away. After a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site, embark on a hike through the field towards village of Babahan, where you will take a short break at Pura Besi Kalung. Continue cycling towards the Pinge village where you can break for an authentic Balinese lunch at Rumah Desa (Balinese House). Explore the vegetable garden at the hotel and witness how the food is prepared before you sit down to a hearty meal. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring comfortable shoes, suntan lotion, and your hat. Please note that the cycling activity is planned in the morning from Jan – May, as this season has occasionally afternoon rain.)
Candidasa in Bali is a small coastal region located on the main road to Amlapura. At first glance, you may dismiss this inland as just another town with only a relatively small black sand beach.
Tenganan Village, Thirtagangga Water Palace & Besaikh Temple Tour (En Route To Candidasa) En route to Candidasa, stop by the Besakih Temple, or the Bali Mother Temple, which has been built on the slopes of the sacred Mount Agung volcano. This uniquely terraced landmark, is a very important religious site for local people. Venture onwards to the 700 year old walled Tenganan Village which is home to the Bali Aga – the first aboriginals to settle on the island. Their customs are sprinkled with a touch of magic – the women weave a rare cloth, which is said to protect the wearer and plays an important role in cremation ceremonies. The weaving of one cloth can take up to five years. Venture to Tirta Gangga, or ‘Water of the Ganges’, where you can amble around a beautiful park with a huge water fountain and a rambling pond. Built by the Karangasem King in 1948, legend has it that the park contains a sacred spring serves as a divine bath for the Gods. (Half Day: Private activity & transfer as it in en route to Ubud; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Despite being the same size as Bali, Lombok has managed to retain its privacy. If you seek authenticity, then venture to its black and white sandy beaches, lush forests, and fascinating trails through tobacco and paddy fields.
Seminyak is the hedonist hotspot of Bali! Located north of the airport, Seminyak boasts a marvellous beach along a stretch of coastline that has made Bali world-famous.
Uluwatu Temple Sunset Visit With Kecak Dance Performance (Half Day) In the late afternoon, drive to Pura Luhur Uluwatu (or Uluwatu Temple), which is regarded as one of the principles spiritual pillars of Bali. The temple is renowned for its fabulous location – by the sheer drop of a steep cliff, located 70 meters above the sea. This is the ultimate place to witness Bali’s delightful sunsets, especially with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop! If you appreciate ancient culture then you may also enjoy the delicate sculptures and Balinese architecture of the temple. After sunset, you can witness a traditional Kecak dance performance. This unique show is overseen by a male choir who rhythmically intone the syllables ke-cak, while a dance troupe of 50 men dance in circles. This simple performance style is hauntingly profound, not least because it represents stories from the Hindu epic – the Ramayana. (Half Day; Private transfers; Time of the day: Evening; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the dance performance is a group activity.)
Transfer from Seminyak Hotel to Denpasar Airport (20 Kms, 45 Mins,) - Experience the VIP Enchanting Service, which includes a fast track personal airport meet and greet facility for your international departure with airport lounge access.