Visit Bali and Java on this Indonesian explorer trip

Combining Java’s collection of earthly volcanoes and pre-historic jungles with Bali’s stunning beaches, Java and Bali Explorer is a great way to experience the incredible contrasts and magical scenery of Indonesia. Get to the heart of life on this famous archipelago by visiting rice paddies, tea plantations and remote villages. Be charmed by Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, witness traditional dance performances and visit ornate temples. From the fervent pace of Jakarta to the back alleys of Ubud, the islands of Bali and Java are Indonesia’s most celebrated duo – a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, rolling hills and dynamic cities.

Jakarta, Indonesia
Ubud, Indonesia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
695kg pp per trip


  • Learn about Indonesia’s history in Jakarta
  • Visit Bandung, ‘the Paris of Java’
  • Experience village life in rural Indonesia
  • Cross Java’s volcanic landscape
  • Cycle through Ubud’s laneways
  • Climb Mt Batur and witness the sun rising over Bali
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of Lovina
  • Admire Bali’s beautiful lake temple


Arrive in Jakarta and learn about Indonesia's history at the National Museum and Purna Bhakti Pertiwi.
Embark on a train journey across classic Javan landscape. Explore the islands colonial pass and watch a traditional bamboo music performance.
Travel south-east through sprawling tea, coffee and fruit plantations towards the lush Indonesian coast. Glide between the impressive caves of the Green Canyon and take a dip in the turquoise water before heading to Pangandaran.
Yogyakarta is Java’s cultural heart, a spiritual town of temples and shrines. Explore the Hindu sites of Prambanan and visit the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
Get back to nature at a mountain retreat in Seloliman Nature Reserve and learn about the local environment.
Get an insight into village life by taking a walk through rural Java. Visit a hydro-electric plant, stroll through a rice terrace and learn about Javanese traditional medicine.
Arise early and climb Mt Bromo for a spectacular sunrise over a sea of volcanoes. Tour a tea plantation in the Ijen Plateau.
Cross the Java strait and head to mystical Bali. Enjoy a blissful sunset over Tanah Lot's venerated temples.
Browse Ubud’s vibrant markets, meet monkeys in their forest sanctuary or have a go at whitewater rafting. Witness a Balinese cultural performance in the evening.
Grab a bicycle and explore the laneways, hills, villages and rice paddies of this inspiring landscape. Head to the peaceful village of Sidemen and meet the friendly locals.
Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop before enjoying a traditional bungkus (take-away) lunch.
Awake early for yet another magical sunrise. Climb Mt Batur before heading to the coast for some snorkelling and relaxation.
Leave the coast behind and visit Seririt Market and the tranquil Banjar hot springs. Travel inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul.
Admire Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of Bali's most beautiful temples, situated in the centre of a glassy lake. Head back to Ubud, pick up some last-minute souvenirs or enjoy a final Balinese banquet before bidding this magical island farewell.
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13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Ferry, Private minibus, Taxi, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (19 nights)
Included activities
  • Bandung city tour & Angklung music performance
  • Borobudur temple complex
  • Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
  • Cycle ride to Sangeh
  • Gianyar night market
  • Green Canyon and local industries tour
  • Guided jungle, village and rice terrace walk
  • Guided walk
  • Hot springs
  • Kecak dance performance
  • Lake Bratan Temple
  • Mt Batur climb with local guide
  • Prambanan temple complex
  • Snorkelling
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
  • Waterfall visit


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