Days
11
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Map of Java & Bali Explorer including Indonesia

Get a cultural insight into the wonders of Java and Bali.

Stray off the beaten track and explore deep into Indonesia as you discover the islands of Java and Bali. With an emphasis on cities of culture and the stunning countryside, this trip begins in Yogyakarta and makes its way east across Java to Surakarta, the imposing Mt Bromo volcano and Surabaya before jumping across to Bali. Eat, pray, love (and eat again) in artsy Ubud before finishing by the beach in Seminyak. Walk past temples, cycle through rice paddies and soak up the laidback vibe that has made these islands a traveller’s favourite.


Start
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Finish
Seminyak, Indonesia
Destination
Indonesia
Style
Peregrine
Code
PAJB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Yogyakarta is one of South-East Asia's standout spots, and a cycling trip takes you through its backcountry, cycling past picture-perfect rice paddies and smiling locals.

  • Climbing Mt Bromo in the early hours of the morning is an adventure to remember. If the conditions are right, you'll be rewarded with a dazzling sunrise over mist-laden volcanoes

  • Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure on earth and truly one of South East Asia's most serene temple complexes.

  • Discover the traditional herbal medicines of Jamu and the crafting of musical instruments and local liquors on a full-day experience around Surakarta (Solo).

  • Understand what all the fuss over Ubud is all about – visit local temples, wander past rice paddies and enjoy a signature organic lunch in the countryside.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Dress standards in Java are more conservative than in other areas of Indonesia. Show your respect by covering your knees and shoulders when visiting temples. It's a great idea to bring your own sarong.

  • There is one very early start – your sunrise climb of Mt Bromo kicks off at 3 am. This means you'll be walking over some gravel and volcanic rock in the dark. Head torches, warm clothing and good walking shoes are a must. The view at sunrise is well worth the effort, especially if the weather's fine!

Itinerary

Welcome to Yogyakarta, Java's cultural capital and quite a contrast from the business-oriented Jakarta. Known for its arts, Yogyakarta is a bustling city with a great vibe and plenty of galleries, concerts and more. One of our transfer representatives will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. Meet your group at 6 pm for an important welcome meeting, then join everyone for an included group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Phoenix Hotel (feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
From two feet to two wheels, saddle up for a bike ride in the surrounding countryside this morning. The thing with Yogyakarta is, one minute you'll be enveloped in the city, the next you'll be cruising around flat rural roads with picture-perfect rice paddies and lush tropical scenery. Learn about the biggest local industry, rice production, and interact with the rural communities as they go about their daily routine. Later this afternoon, head to Prambanan: the largest temple complex in Indonesia dedicated to Shiva. Watch the sun set over the pointed towers of this UNESCO-listed site built in the 10th century. With over 500 temples, the temple compound is said to represent not only an architectural and cultural treasure, but also a standing proof of past religious peaceful cohabitation. In the evening, enjoy an included dinner at an open-air restaurant facing Prambanan Temple followed by a performance of Ramayana ballet at an open-air theatre.
Accommodation
  • Phoenix Hotel (feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yogyakarta - Prambanan Temple complex
  • Yogyakarta - Countryside bike ride
  • Yogyakarta - Ramayana ballet performance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Ramyana Ballet takes place in an open-air theatre; however, this theatre is closed from November to April, during which time it will be performed in an indoor theatre. There could also be changes if rain is predicted before a performance.
If you do not wish to cycle your leader can arrange a motorized becak. A small fee of IDR100,000 will be required for this service and is paid for locally
Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure on earth. This magnificent World Heritage site is set in a tranquil park and as you approach, you'll see the enigmatic temple rise before you, looming above the tropical foliage. Follow the route of ancient pilgrims, circling the mandala-shaped structure from the early realms towards Nirvana. It's truly one of South East Asia's treasures, and best explored in the morning to get the perfect snap. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Yogyakarta.
Accommodation
  • Phoenix Hotel (feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yogyakarta - Borobudur Temple complex
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, take a train from Yogyakarta to Surakata (commonly known as Solo), arriving after approximately an hour. You’ll then get driven to Mangkunegaran Royal Palace, which bears slightly different characteristics from other Javanese palaces, due to it being not a ruling house, but an independent kadipaten (district). It has now become the centre of culture and art in Solo City. Afterwards, visit the Batik Village Laweyan, which is one of the oldest batik centres and where most of the population works as traders or batik makers. Here, you will be greeted by the locals and can learn how to make Batik Solo – the traditional cloth of the area, usually made up sogon (chocolate brown) on a pale-yellow background. Enjoy afternoon tea, with a traditional cake from the village, before returning to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation
  • The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo – MGallery by Sofitel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Surakarta - Mangkunegaran Royal Palace
  • Surakarta - Laweyan Batik village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave the hotel in the morning for a day trip to Nguter, one of the Kampung Jamu (herbal medicine) villages of the area. You’ll visit a traditional Jamu market where you can buy some ingredients before learning how to make Jamu – a traditional medicine said to ail a wide range of sickness, usually taking the form of a type of anti-inflammatory tonic drink. Continue to Bekonang Village to see the process of making ciu (a spirit fermented from sugar cane), and afterwards, head to Wirun Village to watch the traditional techniques of making gamelan (a Javanese musical instrument).
Accommodation
  • The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo – MGallery by Sofitel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Surakarta - Jamu (herbal drink) Village visit
  • Surakarta - Bekonang Village visit
  • Surakarta - Wirun Village (Gamelan making)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Depart Solo and transfer to the Bromo area, a journey of approximately 4 hours by train, then another 3 hours by private vehicle. Enjoy some free time on arrival at the Jiwa Jawa Hotel, visiting the resort's art gallery, relaxing in the gardens or simply taking in the lush surroundings. Be sure to bring some warm clothes too as it does get cold in this region, especially during tomorrow's early start.
Accommodation
  • Jiwa Jawa Bromo Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Bromo NP - Jiwa Jawa Art Gallery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart very early (3 am) for a morning that won't be forgotten anytime soon. The early start is well worth it to visit Mt Bromo for sunrise. If the weather is clear, the sunrise over this eerie sea of volcanoes in the morning mist is a truly remarkable experience. The ascent is not too difficult, but it can be very cold, so don't forget to bring extra layers of clothing. It's also worth bringing a scarf to cover your nose and mouth as it can get dusty. Look over the giant crater's edge then return to the hotel for breakfast afterwards then drive to Surabaya, a port town north of Bromo. The evening is free to catch up on some sleep or explore Surabaya in search of a fresh seafood feast.
Accommodation
  • Alana Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Bromo - Sunrise climb
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Bali, Indonesia's most famous island. Transfer 1.5 hours to Ubud, arriving late in the afternoon and make the most of a free evening. Ubud is Bali's main arts and cultural centre, and its busy but laidback atmosphere attracts travellers from all over the world. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.
Accommodation
  • Ubud Wana Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Prepare for a full day sightseeing around Ubud. Visit Tirta Empul, a temple famous for its holy spring water where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification, and Gunang Kawi, an 11th-century temple complex centred around royal tombs carved into the cliffs. Continue to the Blanco Museum and the rice fields just outside of Ubud, where you will stop at an organic restaurant with food and views to die for, then on to Pura Taman Saraswati (the Lotus Temple) before finishing the day with an evening kecak dance performance.
Accommodation
  • Ubud Wana Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Pura Tirta Empul Temple
  • Ubud - Gunung Kawi Temple
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Blanco Museum
  • Ubud - Rice Terraces
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Depart Ubud for Seminyak, visiting the Taman Ayun Temple on the way. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy this popular beach destination. Explore the restaurants and cafes at your own pace, hunt down some of the designer shops and galleries or just mellow out on the beach before your trip comes to an end tomorrow. A final dinner is included tonight to say farewell to your group and leader.
Accommodation
  • Maison At C Boutique Hotel & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayun Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip ends today after breakfast. There are no activities planned and you are free to depart at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotel feature stay Yogyakarta (3 nts), Hotel (5 nts), Resort (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Yogyakarta - Prambanan Temple complex
  • Yogyakarta - Countryside bike ride
  • Yogyakarta - Ramayana ballet performance
  • Yogyakarta - Borobudur Temple complex
  • Surakarta - Mangkunegaran Royal Palace
  • Surakarta - Laweyan Batik village
  • Surakarta - Jamu (herbal drink) Village visit
  • Surakarta - Bekonang Village visit
  • Surakarta - Wirun Village (Gamelan making)
  • Mt Bromo NP - Jiwa Jawa Art Gallery
  • Mt Bromo - Sunrise climb
  • Ubud - Pura Tirta Empul Temple
  • Ubud - Gunung Kawi Temple
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Blanco Museum
  • Ubud - Rice Terraces
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayun Temple

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name & passport details exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and includes all nights.
3. Luggage restrictions apply to trains in Java as well as the included flight from Surabaya to Denpasar.
4. A complimentary arrival transfer is included please advise your flight details at time of booking.

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