A feast for the senses! From the incomparable architectural and cultural delights of Borobudur and Ubud on the island of Java, to picturesque landscapes and beach bliss at Lombok, this Indonesia vacation 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. Guests will have to leave their hotel at 0300 hrs to reach the temples at sunrise.)
Highlights Of Yogyakarta & 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. Please note that Sultan’s Palace closes at 1200 hrs on weekdays except Fridays, when it shuts at 1100 hrs.)
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 & Monkey Forest (Half Day) Hop out into the delights of Ubud with this half day tour. Begin by visiting Bali Palace, the official residence of Bali’s royal family, and a fascinating example of Balinese history and architecture. Head onwards to the ARMA, or Agung Rai Museum of Art, which is dedicated to promoting Indonesian art and culture, including traditional dance forms and musical performances using the bronze percussion instruments of gamelan. The museum is set within beautiful landscaped gardens with zen water features. Head onwards to the sacred Monkey Forest, which conserves rare plants, promotes spiritual well being with its onsite temple, and has plenty of monkeys! Afterwards, stroll the streets of Ubud to enjoy the local wares, including food, clothing, and art. (Half Day; Private activity & transfer; Travel time to activity: 15 mins; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Rice Field Walk Discover a vibrant artists colony! In the morning, set out to experience the fascinating traditional life of rural Bali. Walk past lush green rice paddies and quaint vistas lined flanked by charming homesteads and large farms. Ubud has been the center of Bali’s art and cultural scene for more than a century! Meet artists and artisans and witness how they use their skills to craft the most exquisite pieces. If you are lucky, you might just be invited home! Discover facets of Hindu culture as you speak to the local people and explore the complex irrigation system of Bali during your tour. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3 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. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, suntan lotion and your hat.)
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)
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.
Tetebatu Village & Temple Visit (Full Day) Head to the friendly, welcoming village of Tetebatu! Set high above sea level, you can enjoy wonderful views of the rural environs and cool, fresh air here. The village is en route to several local attractions, including the waterfalls of Aiktemer, Brain Kokoq, the weaving village of Pringgasela, and Suradadi. Witness the well-preserved Dutch colonial heritage houses. At Gangga village, wander past paddy fields and cacao plantations, before reaching a set of three waterfalls. Venture onwards to the holy 18th century Lingsar Temple that blends together two religions: Wetu Telu, which is practiced by the native Sasak people, and Balinese Hinduism. Wetu Telu has various elements of native animistic traditions, although the people consider themselves Muslim. Over time, the worshippers have also adopted several Hindu belief systems. There are four holy shrines, but the most fascinating element of the temple is an enclosed pond which contains holy eels! You can witness the eels and, according to custom, receive their blessing in exchange for an offering of hard boiled eggs. (Full Day; Private activity & transfers; Travel time to activity: 1 hr drive; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes along.)
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.)
As the gateway to the island of Bali, Denpasar is one of the biggest tourist hubs in the island nation of Indonesia.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 14,161 /person
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Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified: