Created Just For you
Get deep inside Indonesia
Go where others simply can not go . . .
Explore Your Next Journey
Cross-Indonesia Journeys of 7 to 27 Days
All Journeys commence and terminate in either JAKARTA or DENPASAR, BALI
(the primary entry points into Indonesia).
At the end of each Journey,
travellers are flown back to their original entry point in Indonesia,
where IndoExcursions provides a final night's accommodation.
Destination Visited By IndoExcursions
Mix and match to create your own journey.
Our Most Popular Combinations
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE (Island of Java)
The World's Largest Buddhist Monument
In Central Java sits the magnificent Buddhist temple of Borobudur, a World Heritage Site and one of Indonesia's most valuable treasures. Like Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar, Borobudur makes the rest of Southeast Asia's spectacular sites seem almost incidental.
Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal Buddhist relic is one of the continent's marvels. Built in the ninth century, the temple takes the form of a massive symmetrical stupa representing a Buddhist vision of the cosmos in stone.
After centuries laying forgotten under volcanic ash, the Borobudur site was cleared in 1815, revealing the world's largest Buddhist monument and a marvel of design. Constructed with two million block stones and decorated with the largest ensemble of Buddhist bas-relief panels known to man, Borobudur remains as enigmatic and beautiful today as it must have been 1,200 years ago.
Watching the sun come up and go down over Borobudur is a wonder to behold, and IndoExcursions Travellers do both.
YOGYAKARTA (Island of Java)
A Sultanate In The Heart of Indonesia
The city of Yogyakarta (pronounced "Jogjakarta," and called "Jogja" for short) is Java's premiere tourist city and the country's second most visited destination after Bali. Jogja is a self-governing 'special region' of Indonesia, allowed to exist as a 'sultanate' in the otherwise democratic Republic. The Sultan of Jogja rules the city to this day and is greatly revered throughout the country.
Jakarta may be Java's financial and industrial powerhouse, but Jogja is its "soul." Central to the island's artistic and intellectual heritage, Jogja is where the Javanese language is at its purest, Java's arts at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible. Notable sites include the walled palace of the Sultan (the Kraton) and the resplendent Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex, erected in the ninth century, about 50 years later than Borobudur.
Visitors flock to Jogja to purchase batik (traditional fabrics produced with natural colourants and wax) and other cultural items. Traditional dance performances are held most nights in front of Prambanan's exquisite main temple. IndoExcursions Travellers pertake in it all.
TANA TORAJA (Island of Sulawesi)
A Mecca for Travellers
Located in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi is a small mountainous region known as Tana Toraja. The indigenous people of the 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.
For most IndoExcursions Travellers, Tana Toraja is the highlight of their Indonesian experience. And why wouldn't it be? With its vibrant tribal culture and stunning scenery, the fascinating region of Tana Toraja is rightly a mecca for travellers.
Originating and Terminating
ISLAND OF BALI
Island of The Gods
In 1597, the first Europeans to set foot in Bali were Dutch seafarers who arrived on a ship captained by Cornelius Houtman. It was to be a short stay but, when Captain Houtman was prepared to set sail from Bali, many of his crew refused to leave with him. They had found the tropical paradise of their dreams.
Ask travellers what Bali means to them and you'll get as many answers as there are flowers on a frangipani tree. The welcomimg smiles of the gentle Balinese people, dressed in their traditional Hindu garb; virescent rice terraces decorating every slope; enchanting temple ceremonies around every corner; mesmerising dance performances set to gamelan music, and ribbons of beaches lining the coastline - these are some of the images people cherish.
But counterpoints to these cultural images are the world-class spas which seemed to be tucked on every hillside; shopping that will put 'extra bag' at the top of your list; food from around the globe, prepared by renowned chefs and served in world-class restaurants; and the artistic swirl of the charming city of Ubud.
Bali may be small, but small obviously doesn't mean limited. As you stumble upon the exquisite little Hindu offerings that are left all over the island and materialise as if by magic, you'll see that the tiny tapestry of their colours and textures is a metaphor for Bali itself.
At IndoExcursions, we take our travellers on the road less travelled, in search of the 'true essence' of Bali and to discover the mysterious allure that has attracted visitors to the exotic "Island of the Gods" for centuries.
ISLAND OF LOMBOK
The Ultimate Beach Vacation
When IndoExcursions Travellers arrive in Lombok from 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.)
Lombok is Bali's much less renown neighbor to the east, and it's an island that is synonymous with 'relaxation.' Lombok (together with its lesser three islands, known collectively as the Gilis) offers white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs and marine life, vivid sunsets and wonderful beach resorts.
In addition to its beach-fringed coast, Lombok is home to the country's second-highest volcano, Mount Rinjani. At the foothills of Rinjani are some of the most serene waterfalls in the Indonesian 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.
4 Glorious Days on A Luxury Liveaboard Boat
East of Bali and Lombok is the Island of Flores. And just a stone's throw off the western tip of Flores lay the Komodo Islands, a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and home to the famed Komodo Dragon, the world's largest monitor lizard.
Whilst intrepid travellers and dragon chasers have been coming to the Komodo Islands since the 1980s, it wasn't until 2011, when Komodo National Park was named as one of the NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE, that the islands caught the attention of the world at large. Since that time, a flurry of boat owners have permanently docked their luxury phinisi boats at the port in Labuan Bajo (the Capital of Flores and gateway to the Komodo Islands) to capitalise on the growing demand for luxury boat tours to the Komodos.
Upon arrival in Flores, IndoExcursions Travellers spend a day exploring the ramshackle port town of Labuan Bajo, then depart on a luxurious liveaboard boat for a tour of the Komodo Islands. Over 4 glorious days, Travellers sail through crystal blue waters teeming with dolphins, green turtles, giant mantas - more marine life than anywhere else on earth ; snorkel on pristine white beaches and one of the few pink beaches in the world ; and trek the craggy coastlines that dot the shores of the Komodo Islands, in search of a few of the 2,500 Dragons that inhabit the islands. All this, whilst enjoying world-class meals and accommodations on a luxury sailing vessel. What's not to love?
ISLAND OF BORNEO
A Riverboat Excursion in Search of Orangutans
There are only two places left in the world where orangutans can be found in the wild : on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
Over three days and two nights, IndoExcursions travellers are offered the opportunity to eat and sleep aboard a traditional wooden houseboat (klotok) and cruise up the Sekonyer River in south Borneo, in search of wild orangutans, long-nosed proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaque monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds and tropical vegetation.
Along the way, travellers stop at the three orangutan rehabilitation centres on the Sekonyer River - the Tanjung Harapan Centre, the Pondok Tanguy Centre, and the renown Camp Leaky Centre - to witness "orangutan feeding times" at each location.
IndoExcursions' Borneo Riverboat Excursion is NOT strenuous and is suitable for travellers of all ages. However, it is important to note that the humble houseboats used are NOT luxurious ; they're "basic" and "rustic," in keeping with the culture and jungle environment of the Sekonyer River.
We hope you'll join us for this fascinating and educational adventure.
Let's start planning your next journey.
To get your questions answered or
throw around some travel ideas . . .
Call us in Jakarta, Indonesia
+62-21 . 2297-6155
IndoExcursions' Official WhatsApp
+62-81 . 316-207-312
and we'll call you
Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm
GMT + 7 Hours
Ready to Start Planning Your Indonesian Holiday?
Start by looking over our SAMPLE ITINERARIES, then
We will immediately
REACH YOU BY TELEPHONE
to discuss particulars of your Journey
PREPARE A PROPOSED ITINERARY AND COST BREAKDOWN
for your consideration.
We hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you to Indonesia in the near future,
and that we can look forward to establishing a long and successful association
in the months and years ahead.
The IndoExcursions Team