Indonesia's fascinating history and beautiful present combine in this amazing trip idea
An immersive Indonesian odyssey, traversing historic sites in Yogyakarta, capturing Java's beauty, indulging in Bali's cultural richness, and exploring Komodo's natural wonders.
Embark on an enriching journey in Yogyakarta, exploring the grandeur of Borobudur, the tranquility of Candirejo village, and the artistry of Kris-making. Dive into history at Kraton and the panoramic Ratu Boko archaeological site. Travel to Bromo, capturing Java's picturesque landscapes. Witness Mount Bromo's sunrise, explore Laotian Pasir, and visit Madakaripura Waterfall.
Head to Bali for a sojourn in Ubud, indulging in artistic villages, white-water rafting, and Balinese culinary traditions. Discover the vibrant market and historical palace in Ubud, then transition to Seminyak for a luxurious two-night stay. Explore Komodo National Park from Flores, encountering Komodo dragons and enjoying pristine beaches. Conclude in Labuan Bajo with cultural explorations and a seafood feast at Jimbaran Bay Beach Club. The journey ends with a night of luxury in the area.
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Day 1: International departure
Head to the international airport and board your overnight flight to Indonesia.
Day 2: Arrival Yogjakarta
Upon landing at Yogyakarta airport and clearing the arrival formalities you will meet your guide for the transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Borobudur area, where you will check-in to the Plataran Borobudur, your hotel for two nights. After check-in, the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Day 3: Borobudur and Candirejo Village
Embark on an enchanting journey before sunrise to Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist monument. Explore its exquisite structure adorned with 2,500 relief panels and over 500 Buddha statues. Afterward, discover the tranquility of Candirejo village, surrounded by lush scenery, with the option to travel by a traditional Dokar or your own bicycle. Conclude the morning with a lesson in Indonesian Gamelan music and relish an authentic lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is yours to unwind and reflect on the cultural richness experienced during this morning's excursion.
Day 4: Borobudur – Yogyakarta
Commence your day with a visit to a traditional Kris-Maker, exploring the artistry of forging the Kris, a UNESCO-listed masterpiece. Learn about its cultural significance and the rituals performed by Kris-Makers. Drive to Yogyakarta to explore the Kraton and Taman Sari Water Castle, gaining insights into the Sultan's history and leisure activities. Visit the Ratu Boko archaeological site for panoramic views before exploring the meticulously restored Prambanan Temple complex. Marvel at the main and smaller temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity. Return to Yogyakarta for an overnight stay in the historic Phoenix Jaga hotel, concluding a day filled with cultural exploration and historical wonders.
Day 5: Mojokerto
Time for a morning train journey from Yogyakarta to Mojokerto, experiencing the mesmerizing volcano-dotted terrain. Accompanied by a guide, enjoy the scenic ride. Disembark at Mojokerto, greeted by a local representative, and embark on a picturesque 3.5 to 4-hour drive to Bromo. Capture classic Javanese scenery with potential photo stops. Arrive in Bromo, and transfer to the Plataran Bromo hotel for a well-deserved overnight rest, setting the stage for exploration in the enchanting Bromo area.
Day 6: From Bromo to Bali
Rise and shine early today for a pre-dawn adventure to witness the magical sunrise over Mount Bromo, capturing panoramic views of its mystical surroundings. After descending and exploring the Laotian Pasir, ascend to the crater rim for more breathtaking vistas. Return for breakfast and an optional horseback ascent. Visit the majestic Madakaripura Waterfall before heading to Surabaya Airport for a flight to Bali. Upon arrival, transfer to Ubud for a leisurely evening. Experience the enchantment of Bali's landscapes and cultural richness, setting the stage for a memorable stay in the heart of the island. You will be transferred to the Komaneka Bisma, your hotel for the next three nights.
Day 7: Kintamani
Today brings a diverse array of activities, starting with an artistic village tour near Ubud, exploring Mas for woodcarvings, Celuk for silver and goldsmith crafts, and Tohpati for traditional batik fabrics. Discover the mesmerizing Gunung Kawi Temple, carved into cliffs, and soak in panoramic views of Mount Batur in Kintamani while enjoying a buffet lunch. Visit Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave, known for its ancient carvings. Conclude the day at Ubud Monkey Forest, observing diverse tree species and playful macaque monkeys. Exercise caution with the monkeys, heeding the guide's advice. Reflect on Bali's rich cultural and natural heritage throughout the journey.
Day 8: Ayung River
Exciting adventures await today – you’ll get to experience a thrilling white-water rafting journey on the Ayung River, covering 11 kilometres of rapids suitable for all ages. Post-rafting, delve into Balinese culinary traditions at a traditional house, witnessing coconut oil production and savoring 'Pepes Clengis.' Refresh at a local Warung with 'Cendol' before exploring the vibrant Gianyar Night Market for diverse Balinese delicacies. The evening concludes at a secluded bamboo restaurant, immersing in a traditional 'Megibung' dining experience, sharing a variety of rich and exotic Indonesian specialties served family-style—an authentic way to savor the local cuisine.
Day 9: Ubud and Bali culture
After breakfast, set out on a morning exploration of Ubud, traversing its bustling market and visiting the Ubud Palace, where the local royal family resides. Dive into the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition and enjoy free time to explore vibrant shops. Venture to Mengwi, known for the Taman Ayun temple complex, an attractive site used in Balinese ceremonies. Conclude the day at Tanah Lot, an essential sea temple in Balinese mythology accessible at low tide. Capture the sacred sunset and witness the temple's inner sanctum, reserved for Balinese Hindus. Later, check into the Seminyak Beach resort for an two-night stay.
Day 10: Free day in Seminyak
Today you are free to do as you like. Perhaps start with a leisurely stroll along the vibrant streets, discovering trendy boutiques and art galleries. Unwind on Seminyak Beach with its golden sands and surf-worthy waves. Treat yourself to a spa day for ultimate pampering, and savor local and international cuisines at beachfront restaurants. Complete your day by immersing in Seminyak's lively nightlife, enjoying beach clubs or cultural performances. A free day in Seminyak offers a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement.
Day 11: Bali - Komodo
Today marks an exciting shift in your trip, starting with an early flight to Flores, landing in Labuhan Bajo. Transition seamlessly from airport to a local wooden boat, venturing into the Komodo National Park. Explore pristine beaches for snorkeling or scuba diving, discovering coral-laden sands. Trek through Rinca Island's jungle, encountering diverse wildlife, including the formidable Komodo dragons. Marvel at these creatures' agility and deadly prowess. Spend the night on board off the island of Kalong, witnessing a breathtaking display of thousands of fruit bats. Choose between a cabin or an open-air deck for an two-night stay under the stars, complemented by onboard meals. Each activity offers a captivating two-hour experience in this nature-rich paradise.
Day 12: Komodo National Park
The boat will depart at dawn, allowing for you to enjoy a 7:00am breakfast. Trek around 2km in Banunggulung to encounter Komodo dragons and diverse wildlife. The flat terrain offers changing flora, from dry and dusty to lush greenery. Cruise to Pantai Merah (Pink Beach), renowned for its unique coral-induced pink sand. Snorkel in clear waters, observing various marine species. After lunch on board, sail to Kanawa Island for relaxation and snorkeling amidst its pristine beaches. The boat moors off Kanawa for dinner and an overnight stay, creating a harmonious blend of exploration and tranquility in Komodo National Park's captivating surroundings.
Day 13: Back to Bali
Embark on a morning cruise back to Labuan Bajo, relishing the final onboard breakfast. If time permits, explore the local market and venture to Batu Cermin Cave, where sunlight creates mesmerizing reflections on canyon walls. Transfer to the airport for a Bali-bound flight. In Bali, your guide leads you to the southern tip for the awe-inspiring Uluwatu Temple, perched on a cliff above the Indian Ocean. Witness a captivating Kecak dance, depicting the ancient Ramayana story. Conclude your day with a seafood feast at a Jimbaran Bay Beach Club, harmonizing delicious rijstaffel with the coastal ambiance. Spend the night at the Belmond Jimbaran for your final sleep in Indonesia.
Day 14: Leaving Indonesia
Today you will be collected from the hotel for the transfer to Denpasar airport. Upon arrival, check in for your onward flight home.
Day 15: Arrive home
Arrive back in your home country, ready to start planning your next holiday!
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Indonesia holidays, Southeast Asia
From £4,695 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:
- 2 nights at Plataran Borobudur - Deluxe Room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 1 night at The Phoenix – Deluxe Legacy Room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 1 night at Plataran Bromo - Deluxe Room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 3 nights at Komaneka Bisma – Bisma Suite Room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 2 nights at The Seminyak Beach – Beach Room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 2 nights aboard MV Pasolle – private charter, full board included.
- 1 night at Kayumanis Jimbaran – 1 Bedroom Estate, breakfast and dinner included.
- All transfers, private guides and fees where stated as included.
- Live aboard experience on the MV Pasolle vessel or similar boat in the Komodo National Park
This trip excludes:
- Single Supplements.
- International flights to/from Indonesia.
- Meals not mentioned as included.
- Park fees not mentioned as included.
Bali Bucket List
- Central Bali
- 11 Days
- £1995 PP
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When to go to Indonesia
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January in Indonesia is pleasant, with minimal rainfall. Explore Bali's lush landscapes or dive in Raja Ampat for clear underwater views.
February sees Indonesia somewhat still dry with comfortable temperatures. Check out Northern Sumatra, which has less rainfall than the rest of the country at this time of year or visit Yogyakarta for cultural festivals.
In March, the climate starts to get humid and warm. Witness the Nyepi (Balinese New Year) celebrations in Bali, or trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani in Lombok.
April sees the heat and humidity ramp up, with the addition of occasional rainfall. Head to Flores to visit the mesmerizing Kelimutu volcanic lakes.
May is the ideal time for travel as temperatures balance out and the humidity dropping. Take the opportunity to explore Java's historic temples or go hiking in Sumatra's lush rainforests.
June is a continuation of May’s good weather, dry (for Indonesia) and warm. Try diving in Komodo National Park or witness the Pasola festival in Sumba.
July sees Indonesia’s peak tourist numbers hit. The weather is great and there is plenty to see and do. Witness the Bali Kite Festival or enjoy water sports in the Gili Islands.
August is also a great time to visit, as most of the archipelago is dry and warm. Many locations across the country hold Independence Day celebrations, so join in the festivities or explore the pristine beaches of Nusa Penida in the excellent weather.
September sees more great weather but is generally less crowded in terms of tourism. Use this time to trek in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, or explore the cultural gems of Yogyakarta.
Depending on the year, October can be the start of the rainy season but generally it stays nice and dry. Attend the Balinese Arts Festival in Denpasar, or hike Mount Bromo in Java.
November is the official start of the rainy season in most regions. Stay dry in Jakarta by ducking into the numerous cultural sites, or explore the rich history of Borobudur Temple in Java.
In December, the monsoon season is in full swing with frequent heavy rain. Enjoy Christmas festivities in Bali, but remember to bring a raincoat!
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