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.

Start
Jakarta, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Countries
Indonesia
Themes
Explorer
Code
TISJC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
665kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Learn about Indonesia’s history in Jakarta
  • 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
  • Admire Bali’s beautiful lake temple

Itinerary

Kick off this Indonesian adventure in the buzzing capital of Jakarta, a city full of contrasts – from cobblestone colonial streets to towering skyscrapers, twisting covered markets and modern shopping nirvanas. Meet your group in the evening and perhaps get your first taste of local cuisine with a group dinner.
Familiarise yourself with the city on a morning walking tour with a local guide. Take in Sunda Kelapa port, where the Dutch first landed, temple-filled Chinatown and the old town of Batavia. Visit a Chinese Mansion “Chandra Naya” and gain an insight into the Peranakan architecture. Wander Fatahillah Square, then explore the religious side of the city at Cathedral Church and Istiqlal Mosque, the largest in South East Asia. Meander Jalan Surabaya, the antique market street.
Travel southeast through small towns and villages by bus and train, heading towards the lush Indonesian coast and the small fishing village of Pangandaran, a remote seaside escape.
Discover the local cottage industries with a visit to a local market and find out about palm sugar, tempeh and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets). Glide between the impressive caves and massive teak trees of the Green Canyon and take a dip in the turquoise water.
Travel inland to Java’s cultural heart Yogyakarta, a fascinating place that still embodies many practices of traditional Indonesian culture, despite becoming increasingly modernised.
Explore Borobodur - the largest Buddhist structure on earth and a UNESCO Heritage site. Completed in the 9th century, with a local guide we uncover this true highlight of Asia at sunrise, when the temperature is at its most pleasant, the crowds at their lowest, and the light picture perfect.

Enjoy a free afternoon. You might like to visit one of Yogya's other great temples - this time of the Hindu variety. Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu complex in Java.
Pedal out of the city on a cycling tour through the rice fields and countryside surrounding Yogyakarta. See the locals in this area making building bricks, as well as tofu and tempe. The cycling tour is on relatively flat ground, approximately 15-20 km.
Get back to nature in Seloliman Reserve, on the slopes of Penanggungan volcano. Feast on fresh organic fare at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre, learn about the inspiring work being done by volunteers here and sit back and enjoy the surrounding mountain scenery.
Discover secrets of traditional Javanese medicine on a morning hike. Meet friendly locals and perk up with a pot of freshly brewed coffee. Hit the road bound for the cultivated landscapes of the Tengger Valley.
Rise before dawn to begin the trek up Mt Bromo. The sight of this steaming volcanic landscape bathed in morning light is about as good as it gets. Take a bus transfer to Probolinggo, and travel by train to Kalibaru. Stop for lunch on the way then arrive in time to relax by the pool or get a local massage.
Walk the scenic plantations of Kalibaru with a local guide and tour the coffee, rubber and cocoa fields while getting a glimpse of daily life in the highlands. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and snack on fried banana before making tracks to the beautiful coast of Bali. Spend some time getting close to turtles and learning about the important work of the Conservation Centre in Segara Urip, then enjoy a sunset on Balian Beach.
Find your centre with a relaxing yoga class and then explore the area at your own pace. Visit the surrounding monkey-filled temples, go swimming or simply sit back, relax and watch the fishermen in this quiet slice of beachside life.
Arrive in the quaint, leafy paradise of Ubud. With a vibrant local arts scene, bustling marketplace, cheeky monkey forest and lush rice paddies dotted among villages.
Bali's largest Hindu town, Ubud, is also its artistic and cultural heart. There’s plenty of free time to browse the many craft shops. Enjoy a visit to the Gianyar night market.
Take a guided walk through local villages, and in the evening enjoy a Balinese cultural performance.
Take to the backstreets of Ubud and beyond on a bicycle. Stop and admire some of the intricately carved temples along the way. Afterwards, head to the hills and the peaceful, scenic village of Sidemen, set against the backdrop of Mt Agung, Bali's highest peak. This friendly village is a great place to chill out and meet the locals.
Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop before enjoying a traditional bungkus (take-away) lunch. Afterwards, travel into the mountains for wonderful views of Bali’s volcanic landscape.
Rise early and venture out into the cool, eerie darkness to climb Mt Batur. From the summit, take in the spectacular sunrise. For a sea change, head down to the coastal town of Lovina.
Head out for a day of snorkelling among some of Bali's impressive reefs in the Bali Barat National Park. Lovina is a great base for exploring the north coast of Bali.
Leave the coast behind and visit Seririt Market and the tranquil Banjar hot springs. Discover a hidden waterfall before travelling inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul.
Pay a visit to the enchanting Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugul. Travel through impossibly green countryside and past countless rice paddies on to Sanur, where you will spend the evening.
Bid a fond farewell to your Java and Bali adventure this morning.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Ferry, Mini coach, Minibus, Minivan, Private Bus, Private minibus, Taxi, Train, Truck
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (12 nights)
Included activities
  • Bali - Turtle Conservation Centre
  • Balian Beach - Yoga Lesson
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Green Canyon and local industries tour
  • Guided jungle, village and rice terrace walk
  • Jakarta - City Tour
  • Kalibaru - Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayu
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
  • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
  • Ubud - Gianyar night market
  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance

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Java & Bali Explorer , October 2015

Java & Bali Explorer , October 2015