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The Great Java and Bali

Duration: 20 Days

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Arrive in Jakarta, meet and greet with our guide for transfer to your hotel for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel, Start your day in Indonesia with visiting Old City or Kota Tua, Monument National (Monas), then passing Istiqlal mosque and Cathedral church and stop at National museum to get overview about Indonesia history and last visit Sunda Kelapa harbor. Sunda Kelapa Port is one of the oldest ports in Indonesia and is the forerunner of Jakarta Jakarta. This port was renamed several times but based on the Decree of the Governor of DKI Jakarta dated 6 March 1974 the name of Sunda Kelapa was named as the official name of this port. The Port Harbor on the north coast of Jakarta never dies. It is always crowded by human activities. Gigantic wooden ships were kept awake. The activities of loading and unloading goods from the hull and deck are always full this port. Back to your hotel for overnight.

Early morning at 05:00 am, be picked up at the hotel by a guide and driver. 

Then drive for around 3.5 hours to the border of Baduy Tribe by private car. Breakfast will be provided at a local restaurant with a cup of coffee to enjoy. After breakfast, prepare to explore the unique Baduy Tribe. Get to visit and learn about the ethnic Sundanese ethnic. (Please note: It is not allowed to visit the inner Baduy Tribe. Only the outer Baduy Tribe is accessible.)

Learn all about the Baduy Tribe who call themselves Kanekes. They are a traditional Sundanese community living in the western part of Indonesia in the province of Banten, near Rangkasbitung. The population of 11,700 is centered in the Kendeng Mountains at 300-500 metres above sea level. Ethnically the Baduys belong to the Sundanese ethnic group. Their racial, physical and linguistic traits bear much resemblance to the rest of the Sundanese people, however, the difference is in their way of life.

Baduy people resist foreign influences and strive to preserve their traditional way of life, while most modern Sundanese are more open to foreign influences. The Baduy are divided into two sub-groups, the Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), and the Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy).

No foreigners are allowed to meet the Inner Baduy who practice limited contact with the outside world. The origin of the word Baduy may come from the term ‘Bedouin’ although other sources claim the source is a name of a local river. Overnight will be at Gazebo at the outer Baduy.

This morning, have breakfast at the local house at 07:00 while enjoying the beautiful glory of morning at the gazebo. After breakfast, prepare to drive to Bogor. Enjoy the long and scenic drive before arriving at the beautiful and green Bogor. Arrive in Bogor, we will visit Bogor Botanical Garden before check in at your hotel for overnight in Bogor . Dinner is provided at the hotel.

Gunung Padang or mount Padang is a giant pyramidal megalithic site lies on a hilltop. The site consists of 5 terraces that form a pyramid with an elevation of 885 meters above sea level on its base. Its peak has an elevation of about 989m. According to researches, Gunung Padang site is one of the oldest and the biggest pyramids in the world  located in Karyamukti village, District Campaka, Cianjur regency, West Java
There are many prehistoric megalithic site in Indonesia. But the discovery of Gunung Padang made geologist and scientist around the world open their eyes. The discoveries shocked the world of sciences, archaeology, and anthropology because it could change our common knowledge about history. It is like a big elephant entering a crowded anthropology classroom. Two things that shocked the world is about the age and the size of the site.

Then drive to Bandung for overnight .


Breakfast at Hotel, Depart from hotel then visiting Tangkuban Perahu about 45minutes driving, a smoldering 2000 m wide, surrealistic volcano 1800 above sea level. Continued to Ciater Hot Spring with passing through the huge wonderful tea plantation. Here, you will have lunch by personal account and possible to take a bath in the hot natural water pool.  Afternoon

visiting Padasuka village to enjoy the Angklung (traditional bamboo instrument) performance at Saung Angklung Ujo. check in to your hotel.

Early breakfast at Hotel, then transfer to Bandung Train Station  for your next journey to Jogjakarta by Argowilis Executive Train about 6 hours. Arrive in Yogyakarta then driving to Prambanan temple about 45 minutes from Jogjakarta Train Station, visit Prambanan Hindu’s temple,  Prambanan built during the Canjaya dynasty in the 9 century. Check in to your hotel .

Start with a visit to The Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton, it’s central to Javanese cosmology as being at the centre of the Mount Merapi and Parangtritis Beach Lines. This building, constructed between 1756 and 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. Remaining today as the residence of the Sultan, this living museum features a showcase of Javanese culture and relics. Depending on the day of visit, there may also be a cultural performance ranging from Golek Menak Puppet‘s to classical Javanese Poetry performance known as Macapat that takes place at the temple.

Continue with a 30-minute ride by becak (similar to a cyclo or trishaw) and explore the neighboring Kauman Village built in the vicinity of the Kraton. This village is the central keeper of Islamic religion as authorized by the Sultanate. The small gangs (laneways) of this village are designed to ensure minimal disturbance of noise and traffic so as to not interrupt the Santri, or Islamic students, from their study. It is also said that by ensuring the laneways are only passable on foot – every man in the village is equal. 

End the becak ride at the Taman Sari Water Palace. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

Then, visiting a home batik factory, attend a short 30 minutes demonstration of Batik course  and lunch in nearby local restaurant in Yogyakarta.

Drive to Kotagede a charming suburb of Yogyakarta famous for its traditional Javanese atmosphere and known for its silversmith workshops.

On arrival In Kotagede, depart on a leisurely bicycle tour around the area and visit a master baker’s house for a taste of Kembang Waru – a delicious type of cookie only produced in Kotagede.

Continue to the traditional market and explore this bustling Pasar, once the main market in the area. Resume the tour, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta dating back from 1575. There, borrow a traditional Javanese costume before entering, a sign of respect to the former kings, and then explore the historical compound of the Mataram Kingdom and its Royal Cemetery. End the visit of Kotagede with a walking tour amongst narrow laneways and discover the unique Kalang-style architecture indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles. Then transfer to your hotel in Borobudur area for overnight.

NOTE : Traditional Ramayana dances & dinner with optional expenses

Wake up early in the morning to reach Borobudur before sunrise, leaving the hotel around 04:30. This is the most mystical time to see the temple where you can see Borobudur sunrise from Dagi Hill and enjoy your breakfast. Then after breakfast, we will take a walk to explore Borobudur temple from Dagi Hill . We will take a walk around Borobudur (we no longer allow to climb up the temple by Indonesia government), this massive temple- the largest Buddhist temple in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labour and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure. You will admire the thousands of intricate carvings found along the walls of Borobudur and learn about the incredible history behind its construction. This UNESCO heritage site is sure to surprise even the most seasoned travelers. A mystical experience that will remain in your heart. Then continue for 1 Hour Meditation at Vihara Mendut which will be followed by a short exploration of the monastery, it is older than Borobudur, the pyramid shaped temple of Mendut houses three carved stone statues, learn about the history of the temple and the unique architecture. Then the Pawon Temple, located right on an axis between Borobodur and Mendut. Due to its simplicity and the contrast with the style used in East Java, it has been called a “jewel” of the architecture of Java times. Then back to hotel for rest. About  11.00, we will drive to Pak Tijab House for 1 hour Javanese Gamelan instrument lesson. Feel the music on your trip to the villages around Borobudur. Take some music lessons from the local gamelan artists and have fun practicing a tune or two an on this traditional instrumental ensemble and have Javanese food lunch at Pak Tijab traditional house. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an in-depth exploration of Candirejo, a typical rural village. You will travel from Dokar, with a local cart, crossing small streets lined with traditional houses. You will pass by scenes of everyday life, such as making cassava crackers or drying chilies. You can stop often to take pictures or chat with the locals, to learn more about their typical activities and their rich traditions. Late afternoon back to hotel for overnight .

Depart hotel in Borobudur at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 2 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century. Check in at your hotel in Yogyakarta

Today after breakfast, start the day with a visit of Solo.

Also known as Surakarta, the city of Solo was founded in 1745 by a local king. The site for the new Mataram Kingdom’s capital was reportedly chosen through voices heard by the king. Solo is the capital of batik in Java and remains home to some of the most intact Dutch colonial architecture in Indonesia. Visit Keraton Mangkunegaran – a classical repository of classical Javanese art. Built as a palace for a ‘junior’ line of the royal family in the 18th century, the splendid building has an extensive collection of 14th century jewelry, majestic silverworks, traditional Javanese weapons and classical dancing body ornaments. End the morning with a visit to a well-known batik museum and learn about this famous Javanese art developed through the ages. Also, see craftsmen and women at work making new creations. Lunch will be served here as well.

Early in the afternoon, depart for a half-day excursion to Sukuh and Cetho, two of the latest Hindu temples built in Java before the island’s courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century.  Located on the western slopes of Mount Lawu (3,265m), this area, at the border between Central and East Java, offers spectacular landscapes with terraces covered by beautiful tea plantations 

Explore Sukuh, located at 910 metres in elevation, and take a look at its unique pyramidal shape -similar in style to the Mayan temples of Central America and its stone carvings of Hindu phallic symbols.

Continue the drive, passing through beautiful tea plantations to Cetho, another Hindu temple located even higher on the mountain and rarely visited. Its carvings are similar to Sukuh Temple, but the multi-tiered temple differs in architectural layout. Overnight in Solo.

After an early breakfast this morning, be transferred to Solo Railway Station for a scenic train ride to Jombang, in East Java. The guide will be along during the journey.

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of Central and East Java. Upon arrival in Jombang, meet with the local driver.

Continue to the nearby Trowulan, the site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom who ruled the island of Java for centuries. Visit the archaeological museum and the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus. From Trowulan, take lunch in a local restaurant before proceeding to Mount Bromo, passing by the coastal town of Pasuruan on the northeast coast of Java before continuing by a picturesque mountain road to one of the entrances of Bromo-Tengger National Park Check in at a hotel in Tosari or Ngadisari, on the edge of Tengger Caldera. 

Check-in late in the afternoon and freshen up before dinner at hotel’s restaurant.

Awake early this morning for an unforgettable Mount Bromo sunrise tour. Travel by 4WD jeep to a viewpoint with stunning panoramic views of the Bromo volcano and its other-worldly surroundings. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.

Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground form to create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon.

A 20-minute ride on horseback heads to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater for even more spectacular views. Return by horse and jeep to the hotel for breakfast. 

Check out and leave Tosari or Ngadisari for a drive to Ketapang, Banyuwangi about 6 hours drive with stop on the to see vegetation of East Java . Check in at your hotel in Ketapang, Banyuwangi

Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4×4 Jeep.Reach Paltuding, the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850m. The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway for about 1 hour 30 minutes. At the top of Mt Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines. During the walk, it is highly likely to encounter local miners carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside. Return to the hotel late in the morning.

In the afternoon, transport will be provided to the Ketapang ferry terminal near Banyuwangi. Check-in before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry (45-minute journey.) . Upon reaching Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores, continue by road to Lovina beach for overnight

Breakfast at hotel. Depart pemuteran to visit Pura Beji Temple  then we will pass by old city of Singaraja, previously the capital of Bali to continue our trip to Gitgit Watterfall. After lunch we will drive to visit Ulun Danu Temple before check in at your hotel for overnight.

Depart Bedugul, we will visit Jatiluwih , UNESCO heritage site then we will visit Batukaru temple, and last we will visit Tanah Lot temple before we drive to Seminyak for overnight

Leave hotel and first stop will be Ubud Palace, Monkey forest , Tegallalang for rice paddies then we continue to Kintamani for lake and mount Batur, here we will stop for lunch (optional) . Then we continue to visit Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali. Last we will stop at Tirta Empul holy spring temple before we drive back to hotel for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel. Check out time at hotel at 12.00 noon .

Transfer to Airport for your flight home

More Information

  • Air-conditioned  private transportation during the program
  • Tour and meal program base on mentioned above
  • Mineral water during tour
  • 19 nights accommodation + Daily breakfast  during tour based

on twin share

  • Entrance fees, parking fees as per program
  • Professional English speaking guide during the program
  • Other optional not mentioned in program  
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in program
  • Suggested tipping USD.5 per person(guest)  per day
  • VISA arrangement
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