Immerse yourself into the enchanting landscape and captivating culture of Indonesia, from mesmerizing rice paddies to majestic Hindu temples overlooking the Indian Ocean. Your customizable Java and Bali vacation tour immerses you in heritage and tradition, art and archeology, combining iridescent forests with gold-sand beaches, smoldering volcanic summits with shimmering reflective lakes. Craft markets highlight hibiscus woodcarvings, and coffee plantations thrive in the tropical foothills. Images...
Yogyakarta – Invitation to Culture
Yogyakarta is often considered the soul of Java, the largest of Indonesia’s islands. The city houses the artistic and intellectual heritage of the country, maintaining the purity of the Java language and the bright tradition of the arts. The aroma of jackfruit and turmeric, fresh rice noodles and coconut milk emanates from Pasar Beringharjo, the lively traditional market. Your flight lands at Adisutjipto International Airport where your private transfer greets you at baggage claim. The city pulses with daily life around the city center, out of which the antique walls of the historic city rise to surround markets, shops, mosques, and schools.
Your introduction to Indonesia comes in the captivating form of Prambanan Temple, a masterpiece of Hindu culture with spires rising upwards of 154 feet tall. The temples were erected between the 8th and 10th centuries AD, adding to the mystical allure spreading across the complex with both Shaivite and Buddhist architectural and cultural elements. The aroma of the lush trees sweeps across the walkways. The silver stone towers above the canopy. Your guide points out the intricate statues adorning the structures alongside balustrades and bas-reliefs. The statue of Durga Mahisasuramardini, the Invincible One, protrudes from the stone of the Shiva Temple, depicted in traditional jewelry and crown. The complex encompasses 224 temple bases around the outer compound, offering insight into the magnitude of the historic grounds.
Yogyakarta – The Java Sunrise
Yogyakarta – The Heart of Java Island
Nusa Dua – On the Bali Seaside
Nusa Dua – A Touch of Eastern Bali
Ubud – A View from the Top
Ubud – Temple on the Water
Ubud – At the Center of Culture
Nusa Dua – Luxury and Culture
Nusa Dua – Soaking in Elegance
- Uncover the treasured culture of Java and Bali while visiting the celebrated markets filled with local craftspeople continuing Balinese artistic traditions
- Explore the wonders of artistic detail and massive scale of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in world, at sunrise
- Enjoy a unique view of Danau Batur Caldera Lake reflecting the volcanic peak in its waters
- Indulge in the luxuries of Seminyak, a town known for charming boutique shops and comforting spas
- Experience the awe-inspiring site of Tanah Lot at sunset to view the shifting colors of the sky over the temple situated on rock surrounded by water
- Relish a Wayang Kulit show to view the mixture of dance, acting, and puppetry telling unique tales of Hindu mythology and legend
- Wander the countryside for insight into the lavish colors of the natural landscape emanating from the rice paddies, mountains, and pristine villages
- Delight in the opulent gold sand beaches of Bali and luxurious accommodations throughout your journey
- Witness the wonderful view and sensational drama of Uluwatu Temple, which was erected on a seaside cliff in the 16th century
Vacations in Java and Bali encapsulate the splendors of Indonesia, from pristine villages maintaining their heritage to jade-colored hills rising above fields of rice paddies. Your 10-day journey encompasses the rich culture and historic architecture, the stunning landscape and stylish luxury. You arrive at Adisutjipto International Airport to meet your private transfer. Venture first to the stunning grounds of Prambanan Temple for an introductory tour into the history of Java’s soul-filled city of Yogyakarta. After lunch, you traverse the countryside passing by villages and farms until reaching your luxurious hotel at Borobudur.
The following morning, you rise early to witness the sunrise over Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Tour the grounds to view the elaborate decorations before traveling to Yogyakarta to see the Sultan Palace and Taman Sari, which means the Fragrant Garden. In the evening, you have an entertaining viewing of the Wayan Kulit, a leather puppet show. Travel to Solo next for insight into the traditional clothing of Batik by visiting the antique batik museum.
Wander along the former royal grounds of the Solo Palace before returning to Yogyakarta for the night. The next day, you fly from Adisutjipto International Airport to Bali at Ngurah Rai International Airport near Kuta. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to a luxurious resort seaside in Nusa Dua. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the comforts of your accommodation and stunning landscape of the garden island. Travel to eastern Bali, strolling through Rendang village before reaching Besakih Temple.
The terraced sanctuary encompasses 30 temples and hundreds of shrines to explore until you continue to the Tirta Gangga gardens. The next day, you travel to the rim of Mount Batur to view the lake and enjoy the cultural village of Kintamani. Relax at the local hot springs at Tirta Empul and learn about the region’s coffee cultivation on a guided tour of a plantation en route to your luxurious hotel in Ubud. The following day, you visit Ulun Danu Temple and the Sacred Monkey Forest.
Venture to the artistic center of Sukawati Market for a morning exploration of the boutique crafts center. Reach the elephant cave of Goa Gajah Temple before wandering around the island monolith atop which Tanah Lot temple stands. The next day, you can enjoy the calming effects of a spa treatment in Seminyak or visit the boutique shops of the town en route to the sacred cliff top temple of Uluwatu. Your private transfer meets you on the final day and escorts you to Ngurah Rai International Airport for your flight home.
$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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