Asia Trips

Indonesia Tour - Itinerary

Day 1: Bogor

Day 1: Bogor

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Your tour will begin in Bogor. You will be able to check-in to your hotel room from 12pm. The other travellers in the group will also be arriving throughout the day and at 6pm you will meet your English speaking tour leader in the hotel lobby. It is a simple journey to Bogor from Jakarta airport. There are many buses directly to the city which take about 1-2 hours. On arrival in Bogor you can take a taxi cheaply and directly to the hotel.

Day 2: Bogor

Day 2: Bogor

Today you will have time to explore the city. Bogor was declared Indonesia’s most attractive tourist city and as such is visited by around 1.8 million people every year. One of the city’s most popular destinations is the Kebun Raya Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1817 the gardens stretch over 200 acres and are home to 15,000 species of tree, including 400 different palms that surround the ex-presidential palace. Walking through the park you will encounter rivers, lotus ponds and a colonial tea and coffee house.
If you would like to travel a little further afield you can take an excursion to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah amusement park, about 1 hour from Bogor. It is a great fun day out; the name translates as "Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park" and portrays the 27 different provinces in Indonesia as well as their traditions, houses and clothes.

Day 3: Bogor – Puncak Pass - Cipanas/Garut

Day 3: Bogor – Puncak Pass - Cipanas/Garut

Today you will have the chance to see all that the striking Javanese landscape has to offer. We will be visiting tea plantations and a tea factory in Gunung Mas, continuing through the breathtaking Puncak Pass before arriving in Cipanas later on. Cipanas is at the foot of the Gunung Masigit, in an area famed for the natural hot springs, providing hot water to all the hotels in Garut.

Day 4: Cipanas/Garut - Naga - Pangandaran

Day 4: Cipanas/Garut - Naga - Pangandaran

Today you will be able to take the optional excursion to the active Papandayan volcano, accompanied by a local guide. In the afternoon we will continue on to Pangandaran, a fishing village on Java’s southern coast. Along the way we will stop in the traditional Sundanese village of Naga. Here you will be able to go swimming in the clear warm water, just watch out for the apes that run onto the beach and can steal food and sunglasses!

Day 5: Pangandaran

Day 5: Pangandaran

Today you can relax on the beach at Pangandaran, take a dip in the Indian Ocean and watch the men fishing in the traditional Indonesian style. We recommend you take a stroll through the Prenanjun Nature Reserve. The reserve is filled with lush tropical wildlife as well as many different species of animals and birds. You will see many species of bird, apes, deer and sometimes even bantengs. The Indonesian government does sometimes close the reserve to enable the nature in the park to recover. In these circumstances walks will be restricted to particular areas of the park.

Day 6: Pangandaran – Cilacap – Wonosobo

Day 6: Pangandaran – Cilacap – Wonosobo

After breakfast we will take a boat through the calming inland river to Cilacap before travelling to going on to the peaceful mountain town of Wonosobo. The town lies on the edge of the 1.4 mile high Dieng Plateau (if our group has under 6 participants then travel will be by car from Pangadaran to Wonosobo) The nights can be cold here, so a warm jumper is advisable.

Day 7: Wonosobo – Borobudur – Yogyakarta

Day 7: Wonosobo – Borobudur – Yogyakarta

Today we will walk through this enigmatic landscape of mountains, mist and ancient Hindu temples. You can take the time to visit the three multi coloured lakes and explore the deserted mountain passes to Java’s highest village. In the afternoon we will visit the Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist monument decorated with 504 Buddha statues. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is popular with pilgrims and has many terraces on different levels. Pilgrims walk clockwise around the stupa to reach the top, which represents nirvana. It is possible to visit this huge temple with a local guide who can explain its mystical history. Late in the afternoon we arrive in Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java, where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Yogyakarta

Day 8: Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is known as the cultural centre of Java and has an incredibly rich culture to explore. The Kraton (Sultan of Yogya’s palace) is at the heart of the city and from here you will find many batik-studios, silversmiths, the Wayang puppeteers and leather-tanning shops. Visit the famous shopping street of Jalan Malioboro, alleyways and narrow streets with markets that you could spend all day exploring. The artistic heritage of this city makes this the perfect place for souvenir shopping.
In the evening we recommend you see a performance by the Ramayana ballet or a gamelan concert. You could also have dinner at the decadent Old Garden Pavilion belonging to the section of the Ambarukmo Palace that has been converted into a hotel.

Day 9: Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Solo - Tawangmangu

Day 9: Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Solo - Tawangmangu

Today you will be able to take an optional excursion to the Prambanan temples. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 9th century and devoted to the gods Brahma (the Creator), Shiva (the Destroyer) and Vishnu (The Sustainer). We will also stop in Surakarta or Solo where you will have time to visit the magnificent Mangkunegara Palace.
Later in the day we will travel alongside the tobacco and sugar cane plantations to mystifying Sukuh Temple or Candi Suku. From here you will be able to take a relaxing three hour walk through the unspoiled mountain scenery to Tawangmangu.

Day 10: Tawangmangu - Malang

Day 10: Tawangmangu - Malang

Today we will take a bus up to an altitude of 1,287m in order to reach the beautiful mountain village of Sarangan, from here you will have spectacular views of Mount Luwu. This is one of the most picturesque routes through the interior of Central to East Java. Later in the day we will travel to the old colonial city of Malang. We will stay the night in a lovely guesthouse just outside the centre of Malang.

Day 11: Malang - Bromo

Day 11: Malang - Bromo

You will have the morning free to enjoy as you like before we depart in the early afternoon to the Bromo volcano via Probolinggo. We will stay the night in Bromo so that we can start the accent to the volcanic crater early tomorrow morning.

Day 12: Bromo - Kalibaru

Day 12: Bromo - Kalibaru

We will begin heading up the Bromo volcano at 4am, travelling in jeeps in order to catch the spectacular sunrise over the national park beneath. We will then descend to a horizontal plateau which we must cross to get to the inner crater. On arriving at the foot of the inner crater, we will climb 246 steps to the top of the crater wall. In the morning light you can clearly see an amazing spectacle, particularly when the rising sun bathes the area in a pink-red glow.
We will then travel on to Kalibaru, where we can join an optional guided walking tour through the coffee, clove, rubber and cacao plantations. You will also see how tempe (moulded soya bean) and tahu (bean curd) are made in the small home-factories.

Day 13: Kalibaru - Lovina

Day 13: Kalibaru - Lovina

Today we travel to Bali. In the morning we will drive along the northern coast of East Java to Banyuwangi where we will board the boat for Bali. Bali is home to the majority of Indonesia’s Hindu population and as such is known as the “Island of the Gods” where daily life is shaped by a constant struggle between the forces of good and evil. The Balinese people view evil as being necessary to give the forces of good the chance to flow. The populated areas of Bali are certainly crowded but much of the island is uninhabited. We will travel through some of the most beautiful rice fields in the world before arriving in Lovina on the quiet north coast of Bali. We will stay here for two nights in a comfortable hotel with a swimming pool for you to enjoy. Our hotel is also located only 200 metres from Lovina beach. The beach has calm waters and blackish chromatic sand, so in the evening you can walk straight out of your room to watch the romantic Balinese sunset. Today we will travel 156km by bus and ferry. We will travel for around six hours to reach our destination.

Day 14: Lovina

Day 14: Lovina

Lovina beach is famous for being a wonderful place to watch dolphins. The best time to catch these wonderful animals diving out of the water is early in the morning. You can take a boat trip with an experienced guide who will show you to all the best dolphin spotting areas. You can then spend the rest of your free day relaxing on the beach or take a boat out to the nearest coral reef which is the perfect place to snorkel. The area is great for experienced divers as there is the magical underwater nature reserve off the island of Menjangan as well as many more interesting diving locations to explore (please note: you must hold a valid diving certificate to dive in Bali).
If you want to explore more of the island you can rent a moped travel to the former capital of the island, Singaraja or a Buddhist monastery. Lovina has a wide choice of restaurants where you can try many wonderful local dishes including delicious freshly caught fish.

Day 15: Lovina - Bratan Lake - Bedugul - Ubud

Day 15: Lovina - Bratan Lake - Bedugul - Ubud

Today we will take an excursion through the centre of the island. We will travel to the mountain lake of Bratan, located 1,240m above sea level and visit the the striking Ulan Danu temple on the shore of the lake. We will also have time to visit the botanical gardens near Bedugul, where you will be able to just relax and stroll around the peaceful natural environment.
Later in the day we will travel to Ubud, which is in the centre of Bali. Ubud is a cultural hub of Bali, most famous for its paintings and dedication to traditional Balinese culture. There are religious ceremonies, dances and festivals all year round so you will no doubt get to witness one of these traditional celebrations during your visit, making the experience all the more memorable.

Day 16: Ubud

Day 16: Ubud

Today we will continue to explore Bali’s cultural heart, visiting the artists’ village, in this thriving tropical area. You can also walk or cycle through the quiet rice fields and colourful villages and really get to know the unique religious culture that is so prominent on the island. Take a walk down Monkey Forest Road to Monkey Forest where you can watch the makaks playing. For travellers with a taste for adventure, you can go rafting on the Ayun River. In the evening, you can see traditional Barong or Kecak dances, and enjoy delicious Balinese food in one of the many restaurants.

Day 17: Ubud - Padangbai - Senggigi

Day 17: Ubud - Padangbai - Senggigi

This morning we will take the short journey to Padangbai, where we will take the ferry to the island of Lombok before travelling to the coastal town of Senggigi. The area of Senggigi stretches several kilometres along the island’s west coast and boasts some of Lombok’s finest white sand beaches.

Day 18: Senggigi

Day 18: Senggigi

Today you are free to enjoy the spectacular white beaches. You could hire a moped to explore some of the area’s most deserted beaches. Although the sea here is not great for diving or snorkelling, it is the perfect location to try surfing, sea kayaking or fishing.

Day 19: Senggigi

Day 19: Senggigi

Make the most of your final full day in Senggigi, why not trek inland a little to explore the forest or cycle from beach to beach? Later in the day you could opt for a traditional therapeutic massage before watching one last captivating sunset across the bay.

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