Islands of Java, Sulawesi, Bali & Lombok
BOROBUDUR & YOGYAKARTA
(ISLAND OF JAVA)
(ISLAND OF SULAWESI)
ISLAND OF BALI
ISLAND OF LOMBOK/GILIS
22 Days / 21 Nights
Commences and terminates in Jakarta
Ideal for 1 to 8 Travellers
This is a 22-day sample itinerary. Remember that IndoExcursions can create a journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.
* DAY 1
Selamat datang, welcome to Indonesia! On Day 1, you will arrive in Jakarta, perhaps after completing a very long flight from abroad. With this in mind, we've arranged for a lovely hotel very near to the airport which will provide all the amenities you need to relax and unwind for a few hours.
At 7pm, we'll convene for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation in the hotel's premiere dining room, where you'll meet your Escort/Tour Leader for the first time. Over dinner, the Tour Leader will give you a detailed Trip Itinerary and a Mobile Telephone (so we can stay in touch throughout our journey). After dinner, we'll head to bed for a good night's sleep before embarking on our journey across Indonesia in the morning.
* DAY 2
Wasting no time on Day 2, we'll enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast at our hotel, then immediately depart for the airport. We'll fly to the centre of the Island of Java, where we'll begin our journey with a visit to the ancient TEMPLE OF BOROBUDUR. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal
ninth-century relic is the world's largest Buddhist monument and a World Heritage Site. Like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur makes the rest of Southeast Asia's spectacular sites seem almost incidental.
IndoExcursions travellers will receive special passes to stay on the Borobudur site outside of public visiting hours, which will allow us to watch the sun set over Borobudur - a wonder to behold - before enjoying a sumptuous dinner and settling into our accommodations for the evening.
* DAY 3
We'll wake early on Day 3 and head to a hill overlooking Borobudur, where we'll have a "picnic breakfast" whilst watching the sun rise above the enigmatic temple. After breakfast, we'll drive through the Java countryside to our next destination, the CITY OF YOGYAKARTA (or "JOGJA").
Ruled by a Sultan to this day, Jogja is the "soul" of Java. Central to the island's artistic and intellectual heritage, Jogja is where Java's arts are at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible. After checking into our Jogja hotel, we'll visit several of the galleries that line the streets of the city and showcase the highest craftsmanship in Java, then end our day at a landmark restaurant.
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* DAYS 4, 5
On Days 4 and 5, we'll spend two full days exploring the pulsating culture of Jogja. Highlights will include the walled palace of the Sultan (the Kraton); the royal gardens (Taman Sari); the resplendent Prambanan Hindi Temple Complex, erected in the ninth century about 50 years later than Borobudur; and an outdoor evening perfor -
mance of a centuries-old dance of the Javanese court, set against the stunning backdrop of Prambanan's main temple. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to visit batik galleries, silversmiths, and other local artisans producing products unique to this region of Java.
Late in the day on Day 5, we'll take a short flight to the City of Makassar on the Island of Sulawesi, where we'll make an overnight stop enroute to our next destination.
* DAYS 6, 7, 8, 9
On Day 6, we'll board a small aircraft and take a 45-minute flight to TANA TORAJA, a tiny mountainous region in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi.
The indigenous people of this region (the Toraja) lived in isolation for centuries, protected by a rugged mountain -
landscape and granite cliffs. Through millennia, untouched by the outside world, the Toraja developed a highly-unique set of customs and traditions.
Perhaps the most fascinating of these are the spectacular Torajan funeral ceremonies, involving ritual dances, buffalo fights, and the slaughtering of pigs and buffalos to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife. Following each ceremony, the deceased is buried in a small cave, and a tau-tau effigy (a small statue of the deceased, made from wood or bamboo) is placed in front of the cave, either inside a hollowed-out tree or hung from a cliff. Equally fascinating are the Tongkonan houses of the Toraja, distinguished by their boat-shaped roofs, intricately carved exterior walls, and buffalo horns hung over the front door.
In the 1970s, Tana Toraja was finally opened up to the world, and it's been the fixation of cultural anthropologists ever since. But due to difficult overland access, it remains one of the least visited destinations in Indonesia. At IndoExcursions, we overcome this access problem by flying our Travellers directly to the Sulawesi highlands by small plane.
We'll have four full days to explore the stunning scenery and vibrant tribal culture of Tana Toraja. Our native Torajan guides will choose a selection of sites and villages for us to visit, but, if the opportunity presents itself, we'll opt to forego a day of sightseeing in favour of attending a local funeral or other cultural event.
For most IndoExcursions trippers, Tana Toraja is the highlight of their Indonesian experience. It is, truly, a mecca for travellers!
* DAY 10
On a journey across Indonesia, it's next-to-impossible to avoid at least one full day of transit somewhere along the way . . . and Day 10 will be our "transit day."
On the morning of Day 10, we'll depart Tana Toraja on a small plane and take a 45-minute
flight to the City of Makassar in southern
Sulawesi, then connect to a larger plane and fly on to the island of BALI. Upon arrival in Bali, we'll be greeted by our local guides and driven to the City of UBUD, Bali's "cultural capital," located in the centre of the island.
By the time we arrive and settle into our dreamy Ubud accommodations, we'll only have time to freshen up and head out for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants. But given that you'll now be in Bali, we're sure you'll think that the trip was well worthwhile.
* DAY 11
The first day in Ubud, Bali will be entirely yours - a "Free Day." From sun up to sun down, you'll be on your own. You can take in Ubud's famed sacred monkey forest, shop for gift items and local handicrafts or enjoy a dazzling array of food stalls at the Gianyar night market. The choice is, ultimately, yours.
* DAYS 12, 13, 14, 15
We'll devote four full days to a cultural exploration of Bali.
For many, Bali is the very definition of tropical paradise : magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, lush green forests and terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides.
But Bali is so much more than this. It's the extraordinary richness of the Balinese culture - it's the "essence" of Bali - that sets it apart from any other island in the world. From the flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully-garbed locals shutting down roads, to the elaborate temple ceremonies, to the enchanting traditional dances, to the otherworldly gamelan music played island-wide, almost everything in Bali has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility.
Over four days, our Bali tour guides will take us off the well-trodden path for a true "insider journey" across the island - a journey filled with opportunities that would normally only be available to natives. We'll venture to intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists; we'll stop at villages where locals will prepare us meals whilst excited youngsters perform ritual dances; we'll visit traditional spice plantations - we'll experience "authentic Bali" and discover the true essence of the "Island of the Gods."
Before heading out each morning from our Ubud accommodations, our guides will deliver a 30-minute language lesson and a short briefing on Balinese customs (such as how to correctly tie a Balinese sarong and sash before entering a sacred temple). And we'll end each day back in Ubud, so we can spend our evenings eating at amazing world-renown restaurants and attending fascinating Balinese dance and musical performances.
* DAY 16
We never go to Bali that we don't wish we had more time. As full as our 6-day Itinerary is, there is simply NOT sufficient time to see all the scenery, visit all the temples, attend all the performances, and eat at all the world-famous restaurants concentrated on this small island.
With this in mind, on Day 16 (our last day in Bali), you'll have a second "Free Day" (from sunup until 3:30pm). We'll keep one tour guide on call for the day, in the event that you or any of your fellow-travellers require assistance with transport to your desired location(s).
At 3:30pm, all travellers will meet back in Ubud for a very special final evening in Bali. It's our custom at IndoExcursions to end our Bali tours with a private dinner and private performance at a surprise location - something arranged exclusively for IndoExcursions travellers!
* DAYS 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
After 16 Days of intense cultural activity , it will be time for a "Beach Vacation." So, on Day 17, we'll take a 30-minute flight to the Island of LOMBOK (just a flying fish skip off the east coast of Bali), where we can slow down, unwind, and "chill out" for the remaining days of our journey.
Unlike it's superstar neighbour, Lombok is the island-of-choice for those seeking 'relaxation and serenity.' It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. When IndoExcursions Travellers arrive in Lombok after visiting Bali, we tell them, "Exhale and stretch out a little. You're in Lombok now."(For all its charms, Bali has an 'intensity' that simply doesn't exist on Lombok.)
Over five days, our native Lombok tour guides will introduce us to an island blessed with white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs, exquisite marine life, vivid sunsets, wonderful beach resorts . . . everything you dreamed of when you planned your tropical holiday!
In addition to its beach-fringed coast, Lombok's lush forested interior is home to Indonesia's second-highest volcano, Mount Rinjani, and, at the foothills of Rinjani are some of the most serene waterfalls in the archipelago. It's our habit to encourage IndoExcursions travellers to take a (moderate) hike to the base of Rinjani to catch a glimpse of at least one of these exquisite waterfalls . . . but, if you decide to stay behind and chill out at the beach, we'll understand. After all, you're in Lombok.
After a relaxing five days in Lombok, we'll spend our final evening enjoying a lavish farewell dinner together at the seaside, before going our separate ways the following morning.
* DAY 22
Having completed a cultural journey spanning four Indonesian islands, you should have restored balance to your mind, body and spirit. We expect you'll be well-tanned, have heaps of photos, and lots of stories to tell when you get back home. But, more importantly, we hope you'll have many fond memories of experience shared with new friends.
On Day 22, we'll make our way to the Lombok airport to say our goodbyes. Then, you'll fly back to Jakarta (your original entry point in Indonesia), where IndoExcursions will have arranged a final night's accommodation for you before you head back to your home country.
Unless, of course, you live in Indonesia, or choose to remain in Indonesia for some independent travel.
WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR 22 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP AND CONVERSATION . . .
AND THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TRAVELLING WITH YOU
IN THE WEEKS OR MONTHS AHEAD.
SAMPLE PRICING FOR THIS 22-DAY ITINERARY
Approximately Rp 165,000,000 per person
(Roughly € 10,340 / USD 11,682 / CAD 15,620 / AUD 16,588 / SGD 15,862)
Estimated price per person based on 2 travellers sharing a room
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INCLUSIONS FOR THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE JOURNEY
INDOEXCURSIONS' LUXURY JOURNEYS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE.
If there's one thing you won't need to worry about on your IndoExcursions Journey, it's unforeseen out-of-pocket expenses!
We take great pains to ensure that our Travellers are rarely in need of personal funds.
Your all-inclusive Trip Fee will include :
* Luxury Accommodations everywhere.
* Domestic Airline Flights throughout your journey.
* Overland Travel in spacious, air-conditioned vehicles.
* All Meals and Snacks.
* Escort/Tour Host for the duration of your journey.
* Professional English-Speaking Tour Guides at each locale visited.
* Mobile Telephone (with calling time) for use during your journey.
* Written Materials.
* Miscellaneous Items.
* Admission Fees to all Sites and Performances.
* Donations to all villages visited.
* Contributions to the INDOEXCURSIONS EDUCATION FUND.
* All applicable Government Taxes.
Other than a some spending money for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages and laundry expenses . . .
you need have little worry about out-of-pocket expenses on your all-inclusive IndoExcursions Journey.