This Indonesia travel experience offers a magical mix of cultural delights and natural beauty in Java, impressive temples in Yogyakarta and colonial flair in Malang. In Bali, discover charming rice terraces and mystical experiences, and end your Indonesia tour with an incredible beach stay amid heavenly bliss in the Gili Islands!
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.
Borobudur Temple Sunrise Visit (Half Day) Awake early to take the short 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; start from hotel: 4.30-5 am; Travel time to activity: 15 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.)
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.)
HD- Mt.Batur Sunrise Trek & The Holy Spring Of Tirta Empul Catch the sunrise over Mt Batur with an early morning trek to the peak. You will leave your hotel around 3am and reach the starting point of the trek after a 1 hour drive. The climb up to the peak takes 60-90 minutes and the final stretch is quite steep. Experience a breath-taking view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the valley and Lake Batur below. Coffee or tea as well as a light breakfast can be had at the peak. After your climb down, energise your body and mind with a swim in the hot springs at the shore of Lake Batur before visiting the Tirta Empul Palace, a holy spring water temple at Tampak Siring Village where you can watch Balinese Hindus purifying their souls. (Full Day 3am-noon, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate-Difficult; Please bring warm clothing for the trek at dawn as well as bathing suits. Torches will be provided).
Sideman is a quaint and picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the majestic Mount Agung of East Bali. The town is surrounded with lush green rice fields and vast agricultural lands.
Half Day Besakih Temple Discover the cultural heritage of Bali! Experience the beauty of Bali’s diverse terrain and meet friendly locals as you make your way to a charming temple. The highlight of the tour is Besakih, or Mother Temple, nestled on the slopes of the majestic Mount Agung. This is the biggest and most sacred Hindu temple in Bali. The complex houses two temples set on parallel ridges. Soak in the spiritual energy here as you enjoy mesmeric views of Mount Agung and the picturesque coastline. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring insect repellent, walking shoes and a hat.)
Full Day Rice Field Walk And Hike To Pura Bukit Tegeh Soak in the sights and sounds of rural Indonesia as you walk through the rice terraces in Sideman. The emerald green paddy fields and swaying palms that dot the terraced landscape are a picturesque sight. Ask friendly villagers and they will be delighted to take you through subak, the traditional Balinese irrigation system that crisscrosses the rice terraces. A long walk through rice fields and scenic trails brings you to Pura Bukit Tegeh Temple. This small temple atop a mountain offers the most stunning vistas of the Balinese countryside. The view from here is spectacular so keep your smartphone or camera handy. (Full Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the day: Morning, 0800 hrs; Duration: 7 hrs; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness level: Moderate; Please bring walking shoes, insect repellent and a hat.)
Gili Trawangan in Lombok region is the largest and most populated of the three established Gili Islands. What makes the island a paradise today is that there are no motorized vehicles, just bicycles and the local cidomo – a small horse cart.
Transfer from Sanur Hotel to Denpasar Airport (45 Mins, Transfer)
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,286 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,155 /person
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 (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 12 nights.
Economy flights for all sectors : Malang – Denpasar
The following train journeys in the highest class available : Solo – Malang (Train)
All activities as listed :
Java, Yogyakarta: Highlights of Yogyakarta & Prambanan Temple