Discover Bali & Java

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Indonesia

Tour Itinerary

Explore bustling Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Learn the art of batik making, enjoy a Balinese cooking class with a local chef, meet with a vulcanology expert at Mt Bromo, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day tour to the stunning beaches and jungles of Bali and Java. Ride through Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep at sunrise. Visit the exquisite Bogor Botanical Gardens. Enjoy inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and stroll the unforgettable beaches of Sanur. Inspired by Buddhist zen, find harmony in this incredible corner of the world.

Day 1: Jakarta
Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Artotel Thamrin Jakarta (or similar)

Day 2: Jakarta/Bogor
Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fatahillah Square, and the harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, with its stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mt Salak.
Activity: Tour Bandung and see the former Batavia area, where Jakarta began before it grew to its current size. Visit the Sunda Kelapa Harbour — once the main port of the Sunda Kingdom, it's now a bustling port full of Makassar schooners.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: The 101 Bogor Suryakancana (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Bogor
Visit the Botanical Garden in Bogor, a world famous institution for research and conservation that is home to 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants. With a local guide, tour the gardens and the Zoological museum. Continue onto a Javanese puppet makers' workshop to see how traditional wooden puppets called "wayang golek" are produced by local artisans. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
Activity: Enjoy a tour of The Bogor Botanic Garden, Indonesia's foremost botanical garden, showcasing 87 hectares (210 acres) of beautifully kept trees, ponds, flowers and sweeping lawns. The centre is also a world famous institution for research, conservation and cultivation of tropical plants. Also, stop by the onsite Zoological Museum.
Activity: Observe how intricately carved, wooden puppets called "wayang golek" are made in a local studio. Indonesia has a rich history of puppetry, with many of its traditional puppet plays depicting Hindu epics and Javanese folktales. "Wayang golek" (or "rod puppet") characters are known for their beautifully painted headdress and costume - all handmade by artisans whose knowledge of puppet making has been passed down through generations.
Accommodation: The 101 Bogor Suryakancana (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Bogor/Bandung
Drive to Bandung and explore the city known as the "Paris of Indonesia". Enjoy the angklung orchestra — with resonating melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Opt to go to the angklung orchestra — a unique musical treat. Be moved by beautiful melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert performed by children.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Bandung/Magelang
A full day of travel by private vehicle and train allows the opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Java. Arrive in Magelang in the evening.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Magelang/Yogyakarta
Rise before dawn to visit the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur and enjoy the sunrise, then tour the stunning ruins. After, continue on to the Village of Candirejo. Along the way, enjoy a peek into the daily life and activities such as making cassava crackers, rotating seasonal crops, and harvesting. Stop in at one of the houses to meet some locals and enjoy a drink and snack. Continue on to Yogyakarta for the evening.
Activity: Take in the stunning artistic and architectural marvel that is the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur, a not-to-be-missed World Heritage Site. Learn about its interesting history and restoration; the site lay undiscovered under layers of volcanic ash until 1815, when Sir Stamford Raffles, then Governor of Java, ordered the area to be cleared.
Activity: Visit Candirejo, a captivating village sitting among vibrant green fields and rainforests. Meet friendly residents, and learn all about ancient traditions and Javanese culture. Take home the perfect souvenir — homemade handicrafts and furniture can be found here, including wonderful pieces made of bamboo.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Yogyakarta
Explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about the history of the temples. Marvel at what is considered some of the most stunning Hindu works of art in Asia. Return to Yogyakarta and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Tour Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about the history of the temples. Built between the eighth and tenth centuries, these temples now stand as one of the most outstanding works of Hindu art. View their intricate design, particularly on the Shiva temple.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Yogyakarta
This morning, learn about Batik, a traditional textile originating from the island of Java. Delve into the history and tradition of this art form and the Javanese philosophy behind some of the patterns, then partake in a hands-on workshop led by a local artist. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Opt to hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore, visit Kraton Palace, or wander the markets and shops around the city.
Activity: Get an insider's look into the traditional textile of Batik - one of the most popular artforms within the region, originating from the island of Java. Delve into its history and tradition and gain understanding of the philosophy behind some of the patterns. Used in local clothing and design, Batik is an integral part of life here. Enjoy a hands-on demonstration by a local artist before practicing making the patterns yourself.
Free Time: Get a taste of Indonesian culture by watching a Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet show or Ramayana dance performance, or visit the silver markets of Kota Gede
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Yogyakarta/Malang
Continue the journey by train across the green agricultural heartland of Java to Malang.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Santika Malang (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Malangbr/omo
Visit Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture in this G Adventures-supported community with a village walk and local lunch. After, visit the volcanology office of Mt Bromo and meet with one of their experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the volcanology office at Mt Bromo, one of the most iconic volcanoes in Indonesia. Here you'll meet the experts who study and monitor this active wonder. They'll discuss the 2010 eruption.
Activity: Nestled amongst the green hills of the Mt Bromo region, the village of Ngadas is home to a Tengger farming community. Enjoy a village walk and local lunch at this G Adventures-supported initiative. Take in views of the scenic hills as you walk along, passing farming areas and stopping to visit the local temple, vihara, and mosque. Learn about the local culture, customs, and traditions from your hosts.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 11: Bromo/Ubud
Rise early to take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by 4x4 to catch the sunrise. We then ascend to the top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. After, drive to Surabaya and catch our flight to beautiful Bali.
Activity: Jump in a jeep and explore the winding landscape of Eastern Java, climbing upwards and outwards towards the grandeur of Mt Bromo to witness a stunning sunrise. Hike to the peak of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Calder, the largest volcanic range in the area. A distinct site, the volcano blew its top off completely and is constantly smouldering with white smoke.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Ubud
Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets and a visit to a rice field, helping us learn about the staples of Balinese cooking. We will later gather at our chef's home, where we'll learn how to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and lunch. We can enjoy our afternoon at leisure.
Activity: Meet our local chef who accompanies us to the traditional morning markets, introducing you to the tropical fruits, vegetables and spices used in Balinese cooking. Continue on to a rice field to learn about this staple food in Bali. After, arrive at our chef's home where we learn how to make a traditional offering before heading onto a lively cooking class to learn the basics of regional cooking. Finally, sit down to enjoy our efforts for lunch.
Free Time: Enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe try Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. Stroll through the rice fields, chow down on some organic food, or white water raft. Just outside of Ubud, opt to visit the Bali Zoo, the Bird Park, or the Elephant Park to get a taste of the wildlife of Southeast Asia.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 13: Ubud
Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or consider the many optional activities. Opt to explore the stunning UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih Rice Terraces by electric cycle or visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.
Free Time: There's plenty to see and do in Ubud, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like attending a yoga class or indulging in a traditional massage. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Ubud/Sanur
Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple and its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields then make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mt Batur towering above. Also enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. This evening, opt to join your CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Take in the beauty of this Hindu temple, built in 962 and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Wade through its bubbling springs, believed to hold curative powers.
Activity: Take in the stunning vistas surrounding this charming village. Perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level, it's on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mount Batur towering above.
Activity: Explore this ancient Hindu temple complex, an ancient funeral monument of the Balinese Kings. Be sure to check out the shrines carved into the cliff -- they stand at an impressive 7m (23ft).
Activity: Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Bali Community Training Lunch Program. This initiative supports and assists people living with disabilities in Bali to find independence and meaningful employment through training in the hospitality sector. In Hindu-Bali, it is a societal belief that being born with a disability is a product of "bad karma". Our ground partners are working in the community to break down these stereotypes, and provide resources, training, and education to adults living with disabilities to gain independence and confidence, and find employment within their community. Fully managed and operated by individuals living with disabilities, enjoy a delicious traditional Balinese buffet lunch prepared by the organization while learning more about this initiative that empowers individuals through skills and employment training. All proceeds from this included lunch support the organization's training, education, advocacy and outreach programs, as well as resources such as wheelchairs and three-wheeled mopeds.
Accommodation: Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 15: Sanur
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport
Private vehicle, cycle-rickshaw, plane, train, walking, cycling.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Batik Experience, Yogyakarta Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Volcanology Talk at Mt Bromo, Malang Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Balinese Home Cooking, Ubud Your G for Good Moment: Ngadas Village walk & lunch, Desa Ngadas Your G for Good Moment: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud Your Discover Moment: Ubud. Arrival transfer. Jakarta and Bandung city tours. Tour of Botanical Gardens and zoological museum. Visit a traditional Javanese puppet maker. Angklung show. Excursion to Borobudur temple complex. Visit Village of Candirejo. Prambanan Temple Complex tour. Hiking and jeep trip to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Visit Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Hindu temple complex and Kintamani. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts).

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