Essential Java and Bali Indonesia

This is a unique journey where you explore the magnificent region of Java. See the massive Borobudur Temple, one of the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments. At the end of the journey you can have an optional beach extension in the exotic Bali.

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 JAVA AND BALI ITINERARY

Day 1: Jakarta

Upon arrival at Jakarta Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight Borobudur Hotel.

 

Day 2: Jakarta – Bogor – Bandung (B)

After breakfast we will set off to Bogor, the city of flowers, for an excursion to the renowned Botanical Gardens. We will then visit the Gunung Mas tea Plantation to enjoy the scenery of tea plantation, and if we have time, to the tea factory itself to see the process. We continue to Bandung via Cipanas.

Overnight in Grand Preanger Hotel Bandung.

 

Day 3: Bandung (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a scenic drive through the Lembang hills to the crater of Mount Tangkuban Perahu and to the Sari Ater hot springs for a relaxing soak. In the afternoon, we will head back to our hotel in Bandung to spend the afternoon at your leisure. There is an optional tour to Padasuka village to listen to the melodious sound of Angklung music played on traditional bamboo instruments.

Overnight in Grand Preanger Hotel Bandung.

 

Day 4: Bandung – Garut – Baturaden (B)

Today we depart for Cangkuang Lake, a small lake in the vicinity of Garut, around 70km south of Bandung, visiting the Cangkuang temple, the first ancient temple ever discovered in West Java. The temple stands on an island in the middle of the lake and we will reach it by crossing the lake on rustic bamboo rafts. We continue to Naga Village to see the villagers get on with their daily lives and traditional activities. We will then drive to the province of Central Java, passing teak and rubber plantations on the way to Baturaden.

Overnight Green Valley Resort Hotel Baturaden

 

Day 5: Baturaden – Dieng Plateau – Yogyakarta (B)

Today we will drive to Wonosobo, followed by an excursion to the mystical Dieng Plateau (about 2200m above sea level), the site of the first known standing stone structures in Java. Here you will see eight small Hindu temples from the 7th and 8th centuries. Historians believe that the temples originally numbered 400 but today only these eight remain. We drive further to the cultural City of Yogyakarta.

Overnight Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta

 

Day 6: Yogyakarta (B)

Breakfast will be at the hotel before we depart in the morning for the Borobudur Temple Tour, visiting the massive stone monument of Borobudur, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Borobudur is one the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments, comprising six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 stone relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa. Built with peasant labor from the surrounding countryside between AD 750 and 850, Borobudur predates Angkor Wat in Cambodia by three centuries. Though a Buddhist creation, it incorporates Persian, Babylonian and Greek influences.

Borobudur’s stone relief panels are a virtual history of Mahayana Buddhist doctrine as well as an ancient record providing scholars with detailed information about life in 8th and 9th century Java. If you were to look at every panel from base to summit, you would walk for more than three miles. Soon after its completion, the local rulers were overthrown by the Hindus and Borobudur was abandoned. Buried under volcanic ash and tropical growth, it was only rediscovered in 1815. It has recently been fully restored by an International effort under the aegis of UNESCO. In nearby villages, you can still see stone masons working in much the same manner as the peasants who built this astonishing monument. You may also visit the nearby smaller but important temples of Pawon and Mendut.

We will then head back to Yogyakarta, where we can spend the afternoon at leisure.
Optional:
– Yogyakarta City Tour and Prambanan Temple
– Dinner performance at Purawisata, experience local transportation by “Becak” (local Pedi cab)

Overnight Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta

 

Day 7: Yogyakarta – Kediri (B)

We will leave Yogyakarta this morning and head for Kediri. Along route we will be able to stop at the town of Solo where we visit the historic Mangkunegaraan Palace.

Overnight Grand Surya Hotel Kediri

 

Day 8: Kediri – Blitar – Malang (B)

This morning we will embark on a city tour within Kediri to Klentent Tjoe Hwie Kion and Simpang Lima Monument. After this we will visit the Selomangleng cave before heading to Blitar where we will stop at the cemetery of the 1st president of Indonesia. We will continue to the Pentataran temple before ending up at Malang, where we will be staying tonight

Overnight Santika Malang

 

Day 9: Malang – Bromo – Kalibaru (B)

Today we will head to Bromo. We drive to the village of Pananjakan before continuing our journey on foot from the rim of the old crater down into the stunning caldera, crossing the sulfur rich sand-sea to the smoking crater of Bromo to enjoy the stunning scenery. After this excursion we drive to to Kalibaru via the cities of Probolinggo, Jember and Jatiroto. We will arrive at our hotel around midday – where we can spend some time at leisure and get a chance go for a stroll to visit a nearby village to see coffee and cocoa plantations.

Overnight Margo Utomo Agro Resort Kalibaru

 

Day 10: Kalibaru – Bali (B)

We will have breakfast at the hotel before taking a short plantation tour at Kalibaru. After this we drive to Ketapang harbour, where we will cross the Straits of Bali by ferry.
Upon arrival in Bali you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home – or your hotel in Southern Bali if you are opting for the beach extension.

 

Optional Beach Extension – £350

Day 10 Kalibaru – Bali (B)

We will have breakfast at the hotel before taking a short plantation tour at Kalibaru. After this we drive to Ketapang harbour, where we will cross the Straits of Bali by ferry.
Upon arrival in Bali you will be transferred to your hotel in Southern Bali
Optional:
– Visit to the sacred Tanah Lot Temple built on an ocean rock on the exotic west coast of Bali.

Overnight Patra Jasa Bali

 

Day 11- 12 Bali (B)

Free day at leisure

Overnight Patra Jasa Bali

 

Day 13 Bali (B)

Breakfast at hotel – at the appropriate time transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home

 

 

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  • Duration10 days/9 nights
  • Price£1,595$1,975
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