Temples, volcanoes and timeless landscapes – this Indonesia tour offers you the most impressive and often spectacular highlights of Bali and Java, and also takes you off the beaten path to destinations such as Munduk, West Bali National Park and Magelang. It’s the perfect mix of incredible landscapes and fascinating cultural experiences.
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.)
Through Temples And Volcanoes (En-Route Ubud-Munduk) Explore a verdant landscape and a discover lovely lakes in central Bali. En route to Munduk from your hotel in Ubud, stop at Lake Tamblingan and take a short walk through a stretch of dense tropical forest adjacent to the lake. To return, climb aboard a canoe and, as you are getting rowed across the lake, enjoy the scenery and views of distant volcanoes sitting right next to each other. The next stop will be at beautiful Lake Bratan, where you will visit the temple of Ulun Danu. The 17th century temple is located at the lake´s western shore and dedicated to the goddess of the lake. (Half Day; Private Activity en route to Munduk; 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, sun lotion, and your hat.)
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 (Half Day) 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.)
West Bali National Park is located within the Buleleng regency of Bali. Home to a variety of natural habitats, including savannah, mangrove jungles, acacia scrub, mountainscapes, coral islands, and mixed monsoon forests, there is much for you to explore.
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 (Half Day) Experience one of the most fascinating volcanoes on the planet! You will begin the 3km long and often steep ascent to Kawah Ijen, the volcano´s crater lake, in the early morning hours. High concentrations of sulfur and gypsum cause an extreme acidity and the characteristic turquoise color of the lake. With the help of a simple and yet ingenious method, hot sulfur gases are converted into a solid mass that can then be mined and transported. The so-called “Ijen taxis”- hand-pulled and pushed carts- provide an opportunity to the miners for some additional income and for exhausted visitors an alternative to the strenuous hike. If you want to experience the blue flames you will need to begin the hike between 1 and 2 am as they can only be seen clearly until about 4am. A small path leads down from the crater rim and after 30-45 minutes you´ll reach the blue flames. Please keep in mind that you have to walk the same path back up again. It is possible that the path down to the blue flames gets closed due to heavy sulfur gases. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the day: Early Morning; Travel time to activity: 1.5 hr to the base of the volcano; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Difficult as you will need to trek for 2 hrs each way; please bring sturdy trekking shoes. Masks will be provided by your guide. Please note that the views are weather dependent.)
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 jeep drive up to Mount Penanjakan, the mountain overlooking the Mount Bromo. Hike up the mountain to witness the breathtaking view of the sunrise. Head down to the crater to drive up to the base camp of the Mount Bromo. Hike up to the base of the volcano or choose 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, while you walk around the natural curve of the rim of the crater and feel like you are standing on the moon! (Half Day; Private activity & transfer; start from the hotel: 3am; Travel time to sunrise activity: 1 hr; Duration: 5-6 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate; Horseback ride to the crater is 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/warm for the excursion. Between Oct – Apr, views can be affected by fog.)
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 (Half Day) 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.)
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. Modern day Jakarta is a melting pot of culture and cuisine.
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 19 days / 18 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Semarang – Karimun Jawa
Karimun Jawa – Semarang
Semrang – Jakarta
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Mojokerto – Yogyakarta (Train)
All activities as listed :
Bali,Ubud: Highlights of Ubud & Cycle Ride
Bali,Ubud: Through temples and volcanoes (en-route Ubud-Munduk)
Bali,Munduk: Munduk Waterfall Worlds Tour (Half Day)
Java, Ijen: Ijen Volcano Visit (Half Day)
Java, Mt.Bromo: Half Day Tour of Mount Bromo
Java,Yogyakarta: Highlights of Yogyakarta & Prambanan Temple
Java,Yogyakarta: Sunrise Visit to Borobudur Temple (Half Day)
Java, Karimun Jawa: Highlights of Yogyakarta & Prambanan Temple
Java, Karimun Jawa: Sunrise Visit to Borobudur Temple (Half Day)
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary