This Indonesia trip artfully combines the impressive temples of Java with the twin volcanoes Bromo and Ijen, and the beautiful landscapes of Bali. The perfect introduction to incredible Indonesia, with the promise of unforgettable impressions including contrasting beach stays in Candidasa and Nusa Dua.
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.)
Sunrise Visit To Borobudur Temple Awake early to take a 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. Ancient documents suggest that it was inaugurated in 824 AD. Rising up from the green plains in a similar shape to its neighbouring volcanoes, this is a most marvellous setting from where you can watch the sun rise. Although there is quite a climb up its six tiers, 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 & transfer; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Time of the day: Morning at 0300 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that in order to reach the temple, you have to climb 100 steps, although they are not very steep. In case of cloudy or rainy weather, your view may be obstructed. Guests will have to leave their hotel at 0300 hrs to reach the temples at sunrise.)
Mount Bromo in Java is a fabulous volcano with views! Located in Eastern Java and part of the Tengger massif, it enjoys pride of place within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
Half Day Tour Of Mount Bromo Rise and shine before the break of dawn and enjoy a four wheel jeep drive to Mount Bromo volcano, where you will be taken to a lookout point. On a clear day you will witness breathtaking views and watch the sun rise up from neighbouring Mount Penanjakan volcano. Head down to the crater of Mount Bromo, either with a short walk or a horse ride. The crater is often still covered in a fine mist during the early morning, creating a most unique, lunar surface-like scenery with its ash-covered ground, and is probably the closest to feeling like you are standing on the moon! (Half Day; Private activity & transfer; Time of the day: Morning; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate; Horseback rides to the crater are available. Please note that the Indonesian Centre for Volcanology & Disaster Hazard Mitigation sometimes issues warnings against visiting Mount Bromo in case of excessive volcanic activity. Please bring warm clothes for the excursion. Between Oct – Apr, views can be affected by fog.)
Igen in Java is where you can explore a most magical yet natural landscape. At 2,300 meters, Igen boasts Indonesia’s largest volcanic crater, which just so happens to have a magical blue fire.
Ijen Volcano Visit Ijen volcano is the most acidic volcano in the world, due to the hot sulphur that emanates from its core as an ethereal green vapor. When you venture to the local sulphur mining area, you can witness the interesting process of creating pure sulphur blocks. The steam is collected by a large pipe where it condenses and forms red rivulets, which are then frozen and carried away in large blocks. It is a difficult job to create this, but the result is very healthy sulphur. Explore the nearby lake, before returning to the ranger’s post en route to your hotel. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the day: Morning; Travel time to activity: 1 hr to the base of the volcano; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate as you will need to trek for 2 hrs each way; please bring sturdy walking shoes. Please note that the views are weather dependent.)
Pemuteran in Bali is the ultimate beach oasis! This hidden jewel is located on the northwestern tip of Bali and is only known to visitors who have been vacationing in Indonesia for years and prefer a quieter beach.
Munduk in Bali is undoubtedly one of the most charming mountain villages of Indonesia. With its lush hills that are dotted with jungles, paddy fields, fruit trees and other island plants, it is the ideal location to unwind within the harmony of nature.
Munduk Waterfall Worlds Tour Splash out to experience the island’s most fabulous waterfall during your tour of Munduk village. At an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, it is easily one of the most beautiful sights on the island. Head out on nature walks in the fresh mountain air where you will experience lovely coastal views. En route you can enjoy witnessing the many clove, coffee, avocado, taro, durian and banana plantations that are scattered all over the verdant landscape of North Bali. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)
Through Temples And Volcanoes (En-Route Munduk-Ubud) En route to Ubud, experience the breathtaking scenery of central Bali! Stop at the 17th century Ulun Danu Temple located at the shores of beautiful Bratan lake.The temple is said to be dedicated to the mythical goddess of the lake. Continue towards Ubud and take a short walk through a dense rainforest to nearby Lake Tamblingan. Head to the northern side of the water and climb aboard your canoe. As you are getting rowed along to the western shore you can witness views of two adjacent volcanoes. Further along, you will see a beautiful sacred spring, which is only accessible by water. When you reach the village of Gubug, your car will be waiting for you to continue your journey to Ubud. (Half Day; Private activity & transfer as it is en route to Ubud; Duration: 2 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable shoes.)
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.
Treasures Of Ubud By Bicycle Prepare for a glimpse of local life where humans live in harmony with nature. Cycle through the traditional rural Balinese setting and interact with master craftsmen and artisans in their homes. Look upon stunning views of the terraced rice fields in community farms where you might get to see harvesting or planting activities depending on the season. Sip some fresh coconut water as you see firsthand the Subak system of irrigation unique to the region. Wrap up your bike tour with an organic lunch at a restaurant set amid a rice field. In the afternoon, set off to see the picturesque town with its cafes, bookshops, and boutique stores. Enjoy the natural beauty of the town as you make your way to the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Head to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary that sprawls over 27 acres of cool and dense jungle in Padangtegal village. See the grey-haired macaque monkeys at this reserve and temple complex which functions as a crucial spiritual, educational, economic, and conservation center for the village. Move on to see Puri Saren Agung that dates back to the 19th century and served as the residence for the royal family. Built by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kande, the founder of the Ubud kingdom, this palace features the traditional style of exquisite wood carving. Stop by Ubud Art Market situated right across the palace before returning back to your hotel. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity; Fixed Time; Fitness Level: Easy;)
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 Visit Besakih Temple, or the Bali Mother Temple, which has been built on the slopes of the sacred Mount Agung volcano. This is an important temple for the local people and is unique in that it is terraced. Venture onwards to the 700 year old walled Tenganan Village, in which a community of the Bali Aga reside. They are the earliest aboriginal Balinese who first settled on the island. Their customs are sprinkled with a touch of magic, as the women weave a rare double ikat cloth, which is said to contain a special substance which protects the wearer, and plays an important role in cremation ceremonies. The weaving of one cloth can take up to five years. Venture to the Tirta Gangga, or the ‘Water of the Ganges’, where you can amble around a beautiful park with a huge water fountain and a rambling pond. The park was built by a Karangasem King in 1948, and according to local legend, there is a sacred spring within the area which serves as a divine bath for the Gods. (Half Day: Private activity & transfer as it in en route Munduk to Candidasa or vice versa; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Located in the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Nusa Dua offers stunning views of the surrounding beaches and seascape.
Sunset Visit, Uluwatu Temple With Kecak Dance Performance 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.)
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