Best of Java, Sulawesi & Bali

This two weeks & three islands tour gives intrepid travelers a taste of the diverse cultures and sceneries of Indonesia. Starting in Jogjakarta you’ll visit Borobudur and Prambanan as well as villages, volcanoes and plantations across Central and East Java. A short flight takes you to Sulawesi where you will come face to face with the exotic cultures and traditions of the Toraja people before heading to Bali for five days of exploring the island’s beaches, villages and culture.

Day 1

Jogjakarta Arrival

Upon arrival in Jogjakarta airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Day 2

Jogjakarta (B,L)

This afternoon, visit a batik factory and learn about the ancient techniques before you take a chance to create your own batik. Your creation will be deliver to your hotel after drying.

Day 3

Jogjakarta – Prambanan (B,L,D)

Start your day by visiting the Kraton, the Sultan’s Palace. Then, discover the local life by becak (local cyclo), before to visit in the afternoon the UNESCO listed Hindu temples of Prambanan. Finally, conclude your day with a performance of  traditional Ramayana Dances while dining at a local restaurant.

Day 4

Jogjakarta – Borobudur – Candirejo (B,L)

This morning visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, then continue to Mendut temple and Pawon temple. In the afternoon, have a horse cart ride through the village of Candirejo and discover the local life.

Day 5

Jogjakarta – Jombang – Mt Bromo (B,L,D)

 Start your day with a scenic train ride with your guide from Jogjakarta to Jombang. Upon arrival, your local driver will meet you and you will continue the journey by AC vehicle to the edge of Mt Bromo.

Day 6

Mt Bromo – Surabaya (B,L)

Awake early this morning in order to admire the sunrise on Mt Bromo. Travel by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot for stunning views, then continue to the volcano caldera across a sea of ashes, often compared to the surface of the moon. Then have a horseback ride all the way to the stairs leading to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.

In the afternoon, drive to Surabaya, with a stopover in the Sampoerna factory.

Day 7

Surabaya – Makassar  (B)

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Makassar.

Day 8

Makassar – Rantepao/Toraja (B,L,D)

After a short visit of Makassar, have a day driving through the amazing landscape of Sulawesi all the way to Toraja (9hrs). You will have several stopovers during the day, including Bugis villages and the small port of Pare-Pare, before to arrive in Rantepao, the small capital of Toraja.

Day 9

 Rantepao/Toraja (B,L)

Today, visit two traditional Toraja villages and their surroundings. The Toraja ethnic group is renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, traditional houses and spectacular carving and dancing. Discover the unusual cliffs pierced with graves and the realistic tau tau (hanging effigies). Later visit Kekesu and its finest ensembles of Tongkonan (Toraja traditional boat-shaped houses).

Day 10

Rantepao/Toraja  (B,L)

Continue your visit of the Toraja country. Have a light trek on the slopes of Mt Sesean for stunning view over the rice fields, then continue to local villages to observe traditional lifestyle and customs.

Note: Between July and September (dry season) many funerals take place and during this period many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. Possibility to tailor your program  in order to attend a ceremony during your stay in Toraja.

Day 11

Rantepao – Makassar – Ubud (B,L,D)

Today, drive back to Makassar and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Bali. Upon arrival, your local guide will transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel in Ubud (90min drive).

Day 12

Ubud – Tirta Empul – Pura Gunung Kawi – Ubud (B,L)

Explore the surroundings of Ubud, starting by a visit to the ARMA museum, followed by a trip to the Monkey Forest and by a visit to the royal palace. In the afternoon, discover the water temple of Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi. Finally, witness in the evening a performance of traditional Balinese dance.

Day 13

Ubud – Taman Sari Buwana – Nusa Dua (B,L,D)

After breakfast, enjoy an amazing sustainable tourism excursion at Taman Sari Buwana farm and experience Balinese life while supporting a community-based tourism project. Learn how to make traditional temple offerings, learn how to plant, transplant or harvest rice (depending on the season), visit seasonal vegetable and flower plantations before to enjoy a delicious lunch at the farm.

In the afternoon, drive to your selected hotel in Nusa Dua, with a stopover for an incredible sunset in the famous Tanah Lot Temple.

Day 14

Nusa Dua – Uluwatu Kecak Dance – Seafood dinner (B,D)

Have a day free at leisure.
In the evening, experience the Kecak dance in a superb location overlooking Uluwatu temple. Finally, dine under the stars on one of Bali’s more expansive beaches – Jimbaran.

Day 15

Nusa Dua departure (B)

Morning free at leisure until your transfer to Denpasar airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation on this tour:

 Jogjakarta Accommodation

 

 

Ngadisari Bromo Accommodation

 

 

Surabaya Accommodation

 

 

Makassar Accommodation


 

Toraja Accommodation


 

Ubud Accommodation

 

 

Nusa Dua Accommodation

 

 

 

What is included in this tour:

  • Return flights ex. Dublin.
  • All internal flights.
  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (other language available).
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

 

What is not included in this tour:

  • Visa for Indonesia
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Other meals then mentioned in the program.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

 

Please note:

  • Price stated is subject to availability & based on two people sharing.
  • Small deviations in the tour are sometimes necessary depending on road conditions and availability of rooms.
  • 31st March is the Day of Silence in Bali – airport is closed and clients are advised to stay in their hotels
  • Travel insurance is not included in this tour However, we recommend you take out insurance for such a trip. Please ask our experts for a quote today.

 

Country Information

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Vaccinations: No compulsory. Please check with your GP.

Visa: Irish Citizens are able to apply for a Visa on arrival (VOA) valid for 30 days upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta and a few other international airports. A 30-day visa currently costs US$25. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months as from the date of entry into Indonesia. Onward or return tickets are compulsory.

Best time to Travel:  Indonesia has only two seasons– wet and dry –  and the tropical climate is quite similar all year long.  In most parts of the country, the wet season falls between October and April (low season), and the dry season between May and September (high season).

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