Prepare to be dazzled by incredible Indonesia

Don’t be fooled into thinking Indonesia is ‘just another island getaway’, because the scale of experiences you’ll have in this magical country are truly epic. Miles of empty beaches, steamy verdant rainforests, volcano-studded valleys, culture-rich cities, ancient temples – and that’s just the places they tell you about. From Yogyakarta to Mt Bromo, Seloliman to Ubud, take this journey and fall in love with incredible Indonesia.


Start
Jakarta, Indonesia
Finish
Ubud, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
TISE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Yogyakarta is one of South-East Asia's standout spots, and a cycling trip takes you through its backcountry, a world of flower-studded fields and smiling locals

  • Take a guided walk through the jungle and rice paddies of Seloliman Nature Reserve, then sit back, relax and soak up the ambience under the stars

  • 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 sunset over mist-laden volcanoes

  • Get behind the scenes of some of Bali's fascinating local industries – from coffee, cocoa and palm sugar to traditional Javanese medicine

  • There's plenty of time to chill out at beautiful Pemuteran beach, with a morning yoga class included

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves a fair amount of hiking and cycling. A moderate level of fitness will help you to get the most out of this trip.

  • Java is one of the largest islands in Indonesia, and this trip covers a lot of ground. Travel times can be long and delays are common. Where suitable, you'll travel by train instead of drive, which will make the journey more comfortable. 

  • It's important not to make your bags too heavy, as you will be expected to carry them onto and off trains, and walk them short distances. Porters are available in most stations at an extra charge.

  • Accommodation at Seloliman Nature Reserve, and near Mt Bromo is in basic guesthouses. Set on the edge of a tropical forest the Seloliman Reserve embraces philosophies of environmental education, and we are sure you will get a good nights sleep. The next night close to the base Mt Bromo our guesthouse is selected for it's location. Our stay is short, as we awake very early the next day for our sunrise hike.

  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Selamat datang! Welcome to Indonesia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, check out some of Jakarta's interesting museums, such as the Wayang (puppetry), Balai Seni Rupa (fine arts) and Maritime museums. The National Museum is great for first-time visitors. For city monuments, don't miss Si Jagur, an old Portuguese cannon ornately decorated with sexual imagery, or the Monas (National Monument) dedicated to the spirit of the Indonesian people.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time today, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Familiarise yourself with the city on a morning walking tour with your 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 beautiful Peranakan architecture. Wander about Fatahillah Square, then explore the religious side of the city at Cathedral Church and Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in South-East Asia. Meander through the antique market at Jalan Surabaya.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jakarta - City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today there is some distance to cover, so you will spend most of the day travelling. Travel by train to Pukuwerto City (approximately 5.5 hours), then take a private minibus to Pangandaran (approximately 3 hours). Pangandaran is a small fishing village popular with visitors looking for a coastal escape. The Penanjung Nature Reserve on the adjoining peninsula boasts some impressive flora and fauna.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Pangandaran - Guided trek in coastal reserve - IDR200000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off on a tour of the local surrounds, villages, cottage industries and the impressive green canyon. Your day trip begins with a stop at a local market to check out the produce and home industries such as palm sugar and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets). Then you'll continue to the Green Canyon. Hop aboard your boat and travel upriver (approximately 30 minutes) through superb jungle scenery, before a swim up into the canyon itself. This spot, whose water is green as its name suggests, is a popular hangout for locals, so take the opportunity to interact. Your day concludes at a nearby beach where you can take a break for lunch and swim in the afternoon before heading back.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pangandaran - Green Canyon and local industries tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head inland by private minibus (approximately 1 hour) before catching a train to Yogyakarta (approximately 4 hours). This town is one of South-East Asia's real gems. It's Java's cultural heart, has a great atmosphere and is an Intrepid favourite. From batik workshops to the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples, 'Yogya' offers a great array of cultural avenues to explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise early to catch the morning light and avoid the crowds at Candi Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure on earth. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is set in a tranquil park. As you approach, you'll see the enigmatic temple rise before you, looming above the tropical foliage. With your local guide, 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. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon of free time. You might like to visit one of Yogya's other heritage temples – this time perhaps of the Hindu variety. Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu complex in Java.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yogyakarta - Borobudur temple complex tour
Optional Activities
  • Yogyakarta - Prambanan temple complex - IDR350000
  • Yogyakarta - City Walking Tour - IDR510000
  • Yogyakarta - Silver jewellery making course - IDR510000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Pedal out of the city on a cycling tour (approximately 15–20 km) through the rice fields and countryside surrounding Yogyakarta. See the locals in this area making various goods, from bricks to tofu to tempe. As well as palms and lush green grasslands, you will see the odd burst of yellow and pink flowers by the side of the road, which make for great photo opportunities. This cycling tour is on relatively flat ground, so it won't be too strenuous. There will be ample time to take in all the interesting scenes of slow-paced local life.

Notes: If you do not wish to cycle you leader can arrange a cycle rickshaw at an additional cost.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yogyakarta - cycling tour
Optional Activities
  • Yogyakarta - Cooking course - IDR510000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train (approximately 4.5 hours) before transferring on a minivan (approximately 1 hour) to Seloliman Nature Reserve. The peaceful Seloliman Nature Reserve is situated on the slopes of the sacred Penanggungan volcano. Meet some of the volunteers working at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre and eat delicious, locally grown organic produce cooked by their staff. The centre's accommodation is atmospheric, with open-air bathrooms built in harmony with the surrounding forest, so take this opportunity to relax. This is a beautiful spot to appreciate nature – be sure to sit under the stars tonight and take in the ambience of the mountainous surrounds.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Join reserve staff on a walk around the reserve, learning about the local environment and the Javanese tradition of herbal medicine (approximately 2.5 hours). You'll gain an insight into local flora and fauna, traditional farming methods, rice production, the mini hydro electricity plant and the local village coffee shop. Finish up with a traditional Jamu demonstration and a tasting of 'Javanese medicine'. Continue on to Mt Bromo, the timeless homeland of the Tenggerese (approximately 4 hours). The still-active Mount Bromo (2,329 m) is the most well known volcano of the Tengger massif. This region is also the homeland of the Tenggerese and the steep, cultivated hills of the Tengger Valley. Retire early tonight, in preparation for tomorrow's early start. Our guesthouse tonight is basic, but we stay here so we can be close to start the hike tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seloliman - PPLH Guided village and rice terrace walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your early start (3.30 am) will be well worth it. You'll climb to a nearby hill for fantastic views over Mt Bromo. The climb is not too difficult (approximately 45 minutes), 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. If the weather is clear, the sunrise over this eerie sea of volcanoes is an unforgettable experience. Take a bus transfer to Probolingo, and travel by train to Kalibaru (approximately 4.5 hours). You'll stop for lunch en route, then arrive in the afternoon, with time to relax by the pool or perhaps indulge in a local massage.

Notes: At times of increased volcanic activity the crater of Mt Bromo is closed. There may be amendments to your sunrise hike and this portion of the trip depending on necessary safety precautions.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head out early in the morning to tour nearby coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations. You'll see how rubber is processed, how coffee is dried, and, if there's time, how cocoa is fermented. Before you set off, enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea and snack on fried banana. Travel by minibus to the far eastern end of Java, Gilimanuk (approximately 3 hours). There is often a lot of heavy traffic on this stretch of road as it's the main entry point for Bali, so there may be some delays. Next you'll board a ferry across the Java Strait (approximately 1 hour), before boarding another minibus for a journey along the north west coast of Bali (approximately 1 hours). Travel on to Pemuteran, your destination for the next two nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalibaru - Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a relaxing day in this gorgeous beachside spot. Maybe the day
with a relaxing yoga class and then explore the local area at your
own pace. Visit the surrounding monkey-filled temples, go
swimming, snorkelling, or simply sit back, relax and watch the
fishermen go about their work.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pemuteran - Yoga lesson
Optional Activities
  • Pemuteran - Temple tour - IDR275000
  • Pemuteran - Cooking class - IDR250000
  • Pemuteran - Jungle trekking - IDR650000
  • Pemuteran - Snorkelling - IDR650000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make the journey to Ubud (approximately 5 hours). En route,
stop in at Taman Ayun Temple, taking in the impressive Balinese
architecture while you stroll around the tranquil gardens. Ubud is
Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the
Hollywood movie 'Eat Pray Love'. It's a wonderful place to
experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel
destination.

Notes: Your hotel room in Ubud has a simple ceiling fan. Airconditioning
is not included, but can be provided at an additional
cost. You can pay for this locally – please enquire at the hotel
reception.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayu Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There is plenty to see and do if you're staying longer. Hire a bicycle and explore the surrounding rice paddies and small villages; or visit galleries, museums and handicraft merchants in town.
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Ferry, Private Minibus, Private Bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (9 nights)

Included Activities

  • Jakarta - City Tour
  • Pangandaran - Green Canyon and local industries tour
  • Yogyakarta - Borobudur temple complex tour
  • Yogyakarta - cycling tour
  • Seloliman - PPLH Guided village and rice terrace walk
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
  • Kalibaru - Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
  • Pemuteran - Yoga lesson
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayu Temple

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Important notes

1. In order to book the train tickets on this trip we require your full passport details at time of booking. Failure to provide these at least 60 days prior to departure may result in additional fees or additional transport costs.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to 'Your Fellow Travellers' section of trip notes for excluded nights.

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