Embark on a journey of epic proportions whisking you along rice paddies and volcanic craters, black sand beaches and historic palaces during your custom tailored Indonesia vacation. Witness the enrapturing blue flames sparking in the caldera of Mount Ijen and walk along temple footpaths in the company of watchful monkeys. Learn the secrets to the art of batik and wander along a private coffee plantation. Balinese dancers tell of folklore with elegant movement, and you watch the sun rise over the...
Yogyakarta – The Journey’s Beginnings
Yogyakarta possesses the heart of the island of Java, central to artistic heritage and Javanese language. Customs continue unadulterated, protected by the sultan, whose royal palace retains a deep connection to traditional life. Your flight lands at Adisutjipto International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you into the wealth of urban life in the center of the city. Malls and cafes mix with archeological attractions. You take the time to settle into your luxurious hotel erected during the colonial era. The interior décor fuses traditional Javanese style with classical European comforts, along with an elegant swimming pool that feels like a private spa and resort.
Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to a batik workshop to learn the traditional art. The workshop fills with the aroma of wood shavings and paint. The colors from drying textiles bring rainbow hues to the forefront of the workspace. Your instructor explains the art of producing colored designs by applying wax to the textiles before dying them, leaving parts of the cloth untouched. After a quick demonstration, your instructor hands you some fabric. The cloth is soft in your hands, and the wax is firm but pliable. You find a basic traditional pattern of swirling circles bordered by straight lines, allowing you to create a stunning combination of vibrant colors bursting from the different shapes.
Yogyakarta – Out Amongst the City
Surakarta – Shrines and Temples of the past
Mount Bromo – Along the Scenic Rail
Kalibaru – The Thrills of the Countryside
Ijen – In the Company of Coffee
Lovina – Stunning Mountaintops to Refreshing Coastline
Ubud – On the Temple Edge
Ubud – Around the Soul
Ubud – The Journey’s Tail End
- Learn the beauty of traditional batik before designing and crafting your own during an introductory workshop
- Trek to the top of Mount Ijen to witness the enchanting blue flames flicker in the volcanic crater during a sunrise tour
- Sample the seductive flavors of Javanese coffee during a private tour of a coffee plantation
- Traverse the stunning Ubud Art Market for insight into the extraordinary works of local artists whether in paint, jewelry, or woodwork
- Visit the largest Buddhist temple in the world when visiting the stunning temple of Borobudur
- Traverse the several terraced grounds of the Mother Temple at Pura Besakih, which contains over 23 structures ascending the mountain slopes
- Relish a scenic train ride alongside rice paddy fields and forest terrain en route to Ngadisari Village
- Bask in the remarkable culture of Yogyakarta to discover the splendor of the sultan’s palace
- Dip your toes into the hot black sand along the narrow stretch of beaches at Lovina, located on Bali’s northern shores
- Wander the remarkable walkways of the Monkey Forest in Ubud to see the wildlife and hidden temples decorating the dense vegetation
Your Indonesian adventure takes you from the beaches heights of Java to the beaches of Bali, immersing you in the remarkable temple culture, lavish history, and stunning tales of the neighboring islands during a 10-day excursion. The journey begins with your arrival at Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to your hotel located in the heart of the city. After settling in, you make your way to a local batik workshop for an introductory class on the local traditional textile craft.
The next day, your guide leads you on an encompassing tour of the city, taking you to the Sultan’s Palace, along with the water palace and garden of Taman Sari. Spend time wandering along Borobudur before visiting the village of Candirejo to partake in the chili and vanilla harvesting. Then, you leave Yogyakarta behind, following your private transfer to the Hindu Temples at Prambanan en route to the city of Solo. When you arrive in the city, you have time to explore the Mangkunegaraan Palace before seeing the Ceto and Sukuh temples. Relish the countryside scenery during a first-class train journey taking you from Solo to Surabaya.
Your private transfer meets you at the station to continue the scenic ride to Ngadisari village on the foothills of Mount Bromo. The following morning, you have an early start, venturing by four-wheel-jeep to reach Mount Penanjakan for sunrise, continuing on horseback across the lunar landscape of Mount Bromo. After descending the mountain, you spend the evening in the town of Kalibaru. Next, you have a splendid tour and tasting at a local coffee plantation before traveling to a town near the summit of Mount Ijen for the remainder of the day. Rise early for a sunrise tour taking you into the crater of Mount Ijen to see the iridescent blue flames. Once down the mountain, you take a ferry to the shores of Bali at Lovina Beach, where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Delight in the morning waters and sand around Lovina Beach before your private transfer escorts you to the city of Ubud. Traverse the hills around Mount Batur, enjoy the terraced rice paddies and visit Pura Besakih en route to the cultural capital of Bali. Spend the day touring Bali, from visiting the art market to discovering the majestic ambiance of Monkey Forest. In the evening, you can bask in the beauty of a traditional Balinese dancing show. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Ngurah Rai International Airport for your flight home.
$1,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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