Useful Indonesian phrases:
· My name is Bob: Nama saya Bob
· How much is this?: Berapa harganya?
· Thank You: Terima Kasih
· My hovercraft is full of eels: Hovercraft saya penuh dengan belut
(Was Indonesian Paradise)
Day 1-2 - Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta usually gets shortened to Yogya. But it’s pronounced with a ‘J’ which means Jogjakarta would then be shortened to Jogja. Maybe avoid mentioning it all.
- Arrive in Yogyakarta
- Perhaps take an optional city tour by on a cycle rickshaw (becak) to explore the Sultan's Palace, markets and the batik and puppetry workshops of Yogya
- Enjoy free time to wander through the markets in Malioboro Street and check out the many cafes in town
Day 3 - Borobudur - Yogyakarta
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. There are stupas and temples and live volcanoes as the backdrop. We guess you could say it’s pretty good.
- Spend a day exploring one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in South East Asia
Day 4-5 - Malang
There’s a long drive to Malang ahead but it’s got a great market, and we stay in a really lovely little guesthouse. Are we forgiven yet?
- Visit the famous Prambanan complex, which encompasses 224 ruined Hindu temples
- Stop by Solo and it's interesting markets, and perhaps visit the Mangkunegaran Palace
- Drive on to the Dutch colonial town of Malang, set in lush countryside
- Stay in a guesthouse just outside the centre of Malang
Day 6-7 - Mount Bromo - Kalibaru
Take a jeep ride across a sea of sand and climb 246 steps at sunrise to the rim of a live volcano. Mount Bromo might look cool, but she smells horrible. Seriously, bring a scarf to cover your nose. Sleep in bungalows in the Kalibaru hills surrounded by coffee and cocoa plantations.
- Continue to Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo)
- Set off in a jeep to the rim of this live volcano
- Arrive at the crater rim in time for sunrise
- Take jeeps to a stunning viewpoint for the sunrise and look across to Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and the peak of Mount Semeru
- Cross the 'sea of sand' and climb 246 steps to the cone of Mount Bromo
- Drive to the hills of Kalibaru, and stay the night in bungalows near coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations
- Enjoy a guided walking tour of the nearby plantations and local nature reserves
Day 8 - South Bali
Travel day. Break out the cards.
- Journey along the north coast of East Java heading towards Banyuwangi
- Perhaps see children diving for coins from high poles - a local sport
- Take a short boat trip across to Gilimanuk, in the paradise island of Bali
- Continue on a scenic drive through the villages and forests, and reach the hotel in South Bali a part of the Kuta-Legian area
Day 9-10 - Ubud
Lush jungles, rice fields, temples and incredible local artists – Ubud is one of the most gorgeous places in Bali. Just avoid the Eat, Pray, Love pilgrims. You’ll know them by their floppy straw hats and gearless bikes.
- Drive to Ubud - the cultural centre of Balinese life and visit the temple of Tanah Lot en route
- Explore the nearby Monkey Forest, temples, paddy fields and the famous art and craft market in the centre of town
Day 11 - Lovina
Another travel day, but we’ll stop for a dip in the Gitgit Waterfalls to cool you down.
- Drive towards Bali’s northern coast via the temples of Taman Ayun and the market at Bedugul
- Visit Gitgit Waterfalls and perhaps take a swim
- Drive over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south
Day 12 - Mount Batur - Kintamani
Get up early for a dolphin cruise (optional) before we head into the hills, stopping for Mount Batur along the way.
- Perhaps make the most of waking up early for an optional dolphin cruise
- Leave the coast and ascend the scenic slopes of Mount (Gunung) Batur
- Stop at several viewpoints to take in views of the crater and its lake
- Stay overnight in the Kintamani area - a highland town at an altitude of 1500 metres
Day 13 - Padang Bai
Take a sunrise walk up Mount Batur (optional). Then it’s off to Padang Bai, a sleepy little fishing village known for excellent seafood.
- Perhaps set off on a sunrise walk up Mount Batur
- Head for the lovely fishing village of Padang Bai and visit the temple at Besakih en route
Day 14-15 - Senaru
Ferry to Lombok, then a short drive to Senaru. There’s a great contrast what we've just seen. The scenery is really wild and the people are predominantly Muslim rather than Hindu.
- Cross by ferry to Lombok and drive to Senaru
- Take a free day to enjoy the lovely surrounds
- Undertake optional village walks and visit the nearby waterfalls and rice terraces
- Perhaps set off on an optional trek up Mount (Gunung) Rinjani
Day 16-17 - Senggigi
The trek up Mount Rinjani volcano is optional, but you’d be crazy to miss out. You need to be pretty fit, but we’ll take you up to the rim and you can spend the night camping under the stars.
- Perhaps embark on an early start for a trek up the slopes of Rinjani
- Spend a full day walking and arrive at the rim of this volcanic mountain, and spend the night camping under canvas or under the stars
- Hike through mountain forest that echoes to the call of monkeys, and emerge on the moonscape slopes of the volcanic cone
- Reach the rim at sunrise and enjoy the views from above the clouds and looking down into the crater
- Take in the panoramas of Rinjani’s peak, Segara Anak (the crater lake) and the new volcano
Day 18-20 - Gili Islands
As a reward for your big day of trekking we’ll take you cruising around the Gili Islands. Swim, sunbake, walk or partake in some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving.
- Travel to the Gili Islands - home to the best snorkelling in Lombok
- Spend three days relaxing and exploring on these tranquil islands
Day 21-22 - South Bali
Zip back to south Bali on a fast boat, rather than the slow ferry. This means more time to do a bit of last minute shopping or eat your body weight in prawns.
- Transfer back to South Bali via fast boat
- Enjoy the afternoon shopping or relaxing
- Perhaps take an optional last night out with the group
- The trip ends today in the morning
What to Know
An experienced local tour guide, and there will be the services of local site guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, some meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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