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Discover Java Bali and the Dragon Island

Duration: 14 Days

Overview

The heart of the nation, Java is a complex island of great antiquity: this, after all, is where ancient Java Man stood upright and walked abroad. As such the island, home today to 140 million people and the most populated island on earth, is defined primarily by people. Human ingenuity has left the island sprinkled with ancient treasures, such as the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. It has also shaped a culture that resonates in modern life, as expressed through the artistic traditions of Yogyakarta and Solo, and contributes to the modern dynamism of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Java's megacities may be crowded and gridlocked but they have a restless energy that is magnetic.

Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. It is also famous for surfers’ paradise! Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, its arts, and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. And everywhere, you will find intricately carved temples.

Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the East Nusatenggara province,  sits the vast and impressive Komodo National Park.. The Komodo National Park encompasses a total of 29 volcanic islands (including the 3 major islands Rinca, Padar and Komodo) and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo Dragons and other terrestrial fauna such as various species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. The park’s terrain is uniquely diverse, consisting of a mountainous hillside, tropical rain forests, grass-woodland savannah, and pristine white sandy beaches that harbor rich marine biodiversity. The marine environment in the Komodo National Park is one of the world’s richest in flora and fauna and is still relatively undiscovered.  The 2,000 km2 park (which includes protected land and water), is recognized as a global conservation priority area and has an array of natural attractions.

Highlights

  • City tour of Jakarta,visit National Monument, pass by Merdeka Square, Istiqlal Mosque, Independence statue, Catholic Cathedral, President/Merdeka Palace, Stop and visit The Kota Tua or old city of Jakarta and visit TMII (2 hours for visiting TMII
  • Visit to Sultan Palace, the Kraton built in 1755, a large part of Kraton is used as museum and holds an extensive collections and it becomes a living museum of antiquities and grandeur. The architect of this elaborate retreat built between 1758 and 1765 was a Portuguese from Batavia. Continued visit to Tamansari by Becak traditional vehicle
  • Drive to Tarumartani Cigar Factory, since 1918, Taru Martani always created the formulas for blending tobacco to create cigars with high color of tastes to satisfy the craves of cigars lovers. The shipment of cigars has reached markets in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, the United States, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Southeast Asian countries.
  • Afternoon visit Prambanan Hindu’s temple, Prambanan built during the Canjaya dynasty in the 9 century
  • Explore Dieng Plateau with it is crater and Borobudur Temple is one of Seven wonders of the world which was built by SANMARATUNGGA in the most glorious time of CAILENDRA Dynasty in the 8 century
  • Next visit Mendut & Pawon temple
  • Mangkunegaran palace of Solo and drive by car to Bromo about 9-10 hours
  • Early morning to Mount Bromo by jeep to Sunrise from Penanjakan Hill (by local transport (Jeep) and Mount Bromo crater
  • With 4WD Jeep and drive to Ijen Crater, we drive a short way to the start of the trail that leads up to the active beautiful crater of Kawah Ijen volcano (about 1 h 30 soft trekking climbing) with its famous blue acid
  • Cross to Bali and drive to the Middle of Bali. Drive pass Singaraja city ,stop at Git Git Waterfall ,Ulun Danu Temple, stop for lunch at Jatiluwih; UNESCO Heritage site for rice paddies then Tanah Lot Temple for sunset
  • Explore Museum Puri Lukisan, then to Ubud Palace,Tegallalang for rice paddies, Kintamani for lunch with enjoy breathtaking view of Mount and Lake Batur then to Tirta Empul temple and last to Gunung Kawi temple
  • Visit the numerous historical sites of the Karang Asem regency, including the ancient Puri Agung Karang Asem or Karang Asem palace built in 19th Century, see the east Bali monarchy
  • Our purpose today is to see the Komodo Dragon. This largest living lizard on earth lives on
  • Trekking in Komodo island to see the Komodo Dragons and other wild animals and also some kinds of birds in their pure environment and boat cruising to Pink Beach for snorkeling and swimming
  • Next day to Rinca island for trekking to see the Komodo Dragons
  • Cruise to Kelor island for snorkeling and swimming on beach

Itinerary

Upon arrival Jakarta airport meeting service with guide then transfer to hotel about 1hrs.

Drive passing National Monument

  • National museum
  • Merdeka Square
  • Istiqlal Mosque
  • Independence statue
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • President/Merdeka Palace
  • Stop and visit The Kota Tua or old city of Jakarta

Continue visit TMII (2 hours for visiting TMII), Then drive to Airport for flight to Jogjakarta, Upon arrival at Adi Sucipto Airport of Jogjakarta, transfer to hotel for overnight.

Breakfast at hotel, (09:00) depart from hotel and driving to Sultan Palace, (09:20-11:30) visit to Sultan Palace, the Kraton built in 1755, a large part of Kraton is used as museum and holds an extensive collections and it becomes a living museum of antiquities and grandeur. The architect of this elaborate retreat built between 1758 and 1765 was a Portuguese from Batavia. Continued visit to Tamansari by Becak traditional vehicle, It was no doubt intended as a cool place for the Sultan and ladies of the heaven to relax in the days when it was surrounded by gardens and from the tower overlooking the pools the Sultan was able to witness what was going on down below.

From the Palace, we will proceed to visit the factory of hand made batik factory (11:45-13:30). Here you can still see the clothes are being made manually. Jogjakarta is famous also of its silver ware which is still, until nowadays made manually. Continue visit to Tarumartani Cigar Factory (14:00-15:00), since 1918, Taru Martani always created the formulas for blending tobacco to create cigars with high color of tastes to satisfy the craves of cigars lovers. These days, the company produces fourteen types of cigars which are well known worldwide, namely: Cigarillos, Extra Cigarillos, Senioritas, Panatella, Slim Panatella, Half Corona, Corona, Super Corona / Grand Corona, Boheme, Royal, Perfecto, Rothschild, and Churchill. The fourteen types of cigars have become promising export commodity.

The shipment of cigars has reached markets in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, the United States, Asia, and soon Eastern and Central Europe, and the Southeast Asian countries. Taru Martani blends three formulas of cigar mixtures, namely: 1) natural cigars (pure tobacco), 2) flavor cigars (tobacco with accent sauce of Mint, Amareto, Vanila, Rum and Hazelnut), and 3) mild cigars (with mild tobacco). The main material of tobacco comes from Besuki area, Jember, East Java. It is called Java Besuki. The taste is dominant and the color is brownish black. It is used for inner liner wrap (omblad) and outer liner (dekblad) of the cigars.

The filler is a combination of Java Besuki and tobacco from Havana – Cuba, Dominican Republic and Brazil. The uniqueness of Taru Martani cigars is that all the processes are hand rolled. Every single cigar is carefully and accurately wrapped by hand to become a quality of cigar. Visit Prambanan Hindu’s temple, Prambanan built during the Canjaya dynasty in the 9 centur . Back to your hotel and free program.

Option: Dinner Ramayana Dance at USD.45 pr person /Duration 3,5hrs (18:30-22:00)

Breakfast at hotel, (08:30) After breakfast driving Dieng Plateau abot 3 hours drive and then continue to Borobudur, Located northwest of Jogjakarta, (09:30-11:30) the Borobudur Temple is one of Seven wonders of the world which was built by SANMARATUNGGA in the most glorious time of CAILENDRA Dynasty in the 8 century, the entire monument was conceived as a Buddhist vision of the cosmos in stone, starting in the everyday world and spiraling up to Nirvana-eternal nothingness, The Buddhist heaven. (11:40-12:15) Mendut & Pawon temple also visited. (13:30) Back to your hotel and free program.

Mankunegaran palace of Solo and drive by car to Bromo about 9-10 hours, Arrival in Bromo for overnight.

Wake up call at 04.30 am start with hot tea then leave early morning to Mount Bromo by jeep to Sunrise from Penanjakan Hill (by local transport (Jeep) – Mount Bromo crater.
After breakfast drive to Banyuwangi via plantation road about 7-8 hours drive, Check in at hotel.

Early breakfast at hotel (05:00) starting point from your hotel at Banyuwangi area ride to 4WD Jeep and driving to Ijen Crater (1h:30 ) we drive a short way to the start of the trail that leads up to the active beautiful crater of Kawah Ijen volcano (about 1 h 30 soft trekking climbing) with its famous blue acid lake (which is the most acid in the world!) and the hot, partly liquid sulphur deposits. (8:00-10:00) The fumaroles are so hot that sulphur comes out as green vapor. (12:00) After plenty of observation time, we leave the Ijen Plateau and drive to Ketapang Harbour to take the one hour trip ferry boat to Bali (15:00) Transfert to your hotel in Pemuteran .

Depart after breakfast to the Middle of Bali. Drive pass Singaraja city ,stop at Git Git Waterfall ,Ulun Danu Temple, stop for lunch at Jatiluwih; UNESCO Heritage site for rice paddies then Tanah Lot Temple for sunset .Check in at your hotel in Ubud.

After breakfast drive to Museum Puri Lukisan, then to Ubud Palace,Tegallalang for rice paddies. Then we will drive Kintamani for lunch (optional ) with enjoy breathtaking view of Mount and Lake Batur then to Tirta Empul temple and last to Gunung Kawi temple before back to hotel.

Visit the numerous historical sites of the Karang Asem regency, including the ancient Puri Agung Karang Asem or Karang Asem palace built in 19th Century, see the east Bali monarchy. As well as their heritage including Taman Ujung and water palace of Tirta Gangga and stop en route in Tenganan Village, the oldest traditional Balinese village on the island. Check in and dinner at your hotel in Legian, Kuta.

Our purpose today is to see the Komodo Dragon. This largest living lizard on earth lives on 3 islands Rinca, Padar & Komodo and some parts of West Flores. Its length can go up to 3 meters with weight of up to 90 kilo.

Morning flight by Garuda Indonesia GA 7026 at 07.30 to Labuan Bajo, on arrival at Komodo Airport you will be welcomed by our guide then direct transfer to the harbor to get local boat to Komodo island. On arrival direct trekking to see the Komodo Dragons and other wild animals and also some kinds of birds in their pure environment. Lunch on boat while the boat cruising to Pink Beach. Then you can snorkeling and swimming at Pink Beach, afterwards sail to Rinca island.
Dinner and overnight on boat.

Breakfast on boat, trekking to see the Komodo Dragons and other wild animals and also some kinds of birds in their pure environment. While the boat cruising to Kelor island for snorkeling and swimming on beach. Lunch on boat while the boat returning to Labuan Bajo. On arrival direct transfer to Komodo airport to catch your afternoon flight by Garuda Airlines GA 7027 at 16.00 to Denpasar, Bali.
Upon arrival transfer to your pool villa for overnight.

Transfer to Airport for your flight home.

More Information

  • Air-conditioned car during the program;
  • 13 nights accommodation in hotel and Live aboard for Komodo + Daily breakfast;
  • Tour as mentioned on above program;
  • AC-Deluxe Car private;
  • Domestic flight from Jakarta – Jogjakarta;
  • Jeep 4WD and Pony ride for Bromo tour;
  • Jeep 4WD for Ijen Crater tour;
  • Entrance fees, parking fees as per program;
  • Ferry Pas from Ketapang-Gilimanuk Harbor;
  • Return transfer / Drop off at Pemuteran Bali;
  • Local English speaking guide during the program.
  • High season surcharge for period of July – August;
  • Return flight Denpasar – Labuan Bajo,Komodo
  • Meal if not mentioned in program;
  • Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature;
  • Tipping for guide and driver is compulsory;
  • Travel insurance.
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