Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Visit a batik workshop in Yogyakarta to watch artisans at work, then try your hand at creating these intricate textiles.
  • Climb to the top of Mount Bromo, and meet with researchers from the volcanology office of this active volcanic peak.
  • Stroll a Balinese market and select ingredients for a feast you’ll prepare with a local chef.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day journey 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.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Jakarta
Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included.
Accommodations:Artotel Thamrin Jakarta (or similar)
Day 2: Jakarta/Bogor
Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fathaillah Square, and the harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, with its stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mt Salak.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:The 101 Bogor Suryakancana (or similar)
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 before continuing on to a gong factory to see how these unique instruments are made by local blacksmiths. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:The 101 Bogor Suryakancana (or similar)
Day 4: Bogor/Bandung
Drive to Bandung and explore the city known as the "Paris of Indonesia," visiting a traditional puppet "wayang golek" maker along the way. Later, enjoy the angklung orchestra — with resonating melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert.
Meals Included: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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Manohara Hotel (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel (or similar)
Day 9: Yogyakarta/Malang
Continue the journey by train across the green agricultural heartland of Java to Malang.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Santika Malang (or similar)
Day 10: Malang/Bromo
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Bromo Permai (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Sri Bungalow Ubud (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Sri Bungalow Ubud (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Sri Bungalow Ubud (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar (or similar)
Day 15: Sanur
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast