On this delightful tour of Indonesia’s two most famous islands, take in the stunning UNESCO-listed Borobudur temples and other historic gems of Java and Bali. Explore the lush countryside and vibrant culture of Ubud too and then relax on the tranquil beach of Nusa Dua, just a short distance from Bali’s busiest beaches.
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Yogyakarta in Java is a unique place for the appreciation of contrasts. Yogyakarta is best known for its two historic temples: Borobudur Temple, a 9th century Buddhist monument and UNESCO World Heritage site, and Prambanan Temple, dedicated to the divine Hindu Trimurti (trinity).
Highlights of Yogyakarta & Prambanan Temple Your tour of Yogyakarta is brimming with historical charm! Venture to 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 occasionally hosts 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, located a 45 minute drive out of the city. These imposing temples contain three important shrines, dedicated to the Hindu holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, which your local guide will explain in depth. (Full Day; Private activity & transfer; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Easy.)
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.
Sunrise at Borobudur Temple Witness a spectacular scene of the sun rising from behind the magnificent Borobudur Temple. Start from your hotel before dawn and drive to the Borobudur Temple – the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Gaze in awe as the intricately detailed architecture reveals itself at the first rays of dawn, while you climb up the three tiers inside the complex. At the terrace, discover 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Embrace the mystic beauty of the temple as the sun rises, soaking in the cool air and swirling mist of the surrounding jungles. Marvel at the silhouette of the majestic Mount Merapi to the aast. The sunrays bring to light the sheer enormity of this active volcano. After sunrise, drive to the nearby Dagi Hill. Feast on sumptuous breakfast with amazing views of the Borobudur temple nestled amid lush greenery. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0600 – 1000 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Meal Included: Breakfast)
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.
Discover Ancient Ubud Attractions Unravel the mysteries of ancient Ubud on this captivating exploration of prominent landmarks. Head to Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave, a ninth century sanctuary for Buddhist monks, known for its exquisite carvings. Travel on to the small settlement of Pejeng that sits tucked into the Petauan River Valley. Get a good look at the largest single-cast bronze kettle drum housed in the Pura Penataran Asih temple before you wander around the Purbakala Archaeological Museum. Stop by some of the smaller temples in the vicinity including the Pura Arjuna Metapa that sits amid a verdant paddy field. As you journey on to central Ubud, savor views of the terrace fields at Tegalalang. You could also choose to relish lunch in town and browse around the local market with its apparel, leather goods, and handcrafted jewelry before you head back. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Enjoyable Discovery of Central Bali Attractions Set out in the afternoon on this fascinating exploration of the Mengwi town known for its strong ties to the Balinese royal family and the beautiful 17th century Taman Ayun temple. Make your way to Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest where you can watch the antics of hundreds of frolicking macaque monkeys amid the soaring nutmeg trees. Afterward, head over to Tanah Lot that is home to the island’s most famous temple set on a natural rock formation in the Indian Ocean! Soak in marvelous views of this shrine as you learn all about its inextricable links to Balinese mythology. Capture stunning images of the temple and the gorgeous sunset before you turn back. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please heed the advice of your guide on precautions to be followed when visiting temples or forests inhabited by monkeys.)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Yogyakarta – Denpasar
All activities as listed :
Java, Yogyakarta: Highlights of Yogyakarta & Prambanan Temple
Java, Borobudur: Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Bali, Ubud: Discover Ancient Ubud Attractions
Bali, Ubud: Enjoyable Discovery of Central Bali Attractions
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All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
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International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)