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A Tale of Two Islands

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days GTJA

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Yogyakarta (Java) Sanur
A Tale of Two Islands

Hoon from Yogyakarta to Sanur, on the way you’ll catch some temples in Borobudur and Prambanan, a sunrise at Mount Bromo, markets in Ubud, waterfalls at Lovina, views from Mount Batur and Bintangs in Sanur.


How to steer clear of Bali Belly? Some people swear by drinking a glass of red cordial each morning (worth a shot we reckon).

(Was East Java & Bali)

A Tale of Two Islands

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Yogyakarta

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Meet your travel buddies in Yogya. Take a cycle rickshaw (becak) tour to the Sultan’s Palace and learn the tricks of the trade in some puppetry workshops.

Day 3: Borobudur - Yogyakarta

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Borobudur is a temple complex on top of a hill just out of Yogya. We head to puppetry show or gamelan concert (both optional) in Yogya tonight.

Day 4-5: Solo - Malang

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

There's quite a bit of driving over the next two days. First stop is Prambanan and its 220 odd temples, then we stay in Solo and drive to Malang on Day 5.

Day 6-7: Mount Bromo

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Take the lazy-arse way up a mountain (in jeeps) to watch sunrise. Sleep in bungalows on a coffee plantation in the hills near Kalibaru.

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8-9: Ubud

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Drive to the port of Banyuwangi, where you’ll see kids diving for coins from high poles. It’s the local sport. There’s more to Bali than cheap beer and novelty t-shirts you know.

Day 10-11: Lovina

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

On our way to the north coast we'll check out the temples of Taman Ayun and cool off under the Gitgit Waterfalls.

Day 12: Kintamani

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Leave the coast and hit the slopes of Mount Batur where we stay the night near Kintamani.

Day 13-14: Sanur

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Those who are fit and don't mind a 2 am start can attempt an optional climb up to the top of Mount Batur for sunrise

Travel to Sanur and time for shopping, eating and a few Bintangs before the trip finishes.

Day 13

Day 14

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Borobudur Temple complex, Prambanan Hindu Temples, temples of Taman Ayun, market at Bedugul and Gitgit Waterfalls.

• Sunrise jeep safari and walk to the cone of the live volcano Mount Bromo.

• Overnight stay in bungalows near plantations.

• Free time to explore Yogyakarta, Solo, Ubud, Lovina, Kintamani and Sanur.

• Ferry from Java to Bali.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals




Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Important Information

In case of emergency or if you need assistance please call our local emergency number on +62 (0) 811 380 3820 (Hotline no: 4 – Edy).

If unsuccessful please try +62 (0) 811 380 3821 (Hotline no: 3) or +62 (0) 813 376 18480 (Hotline no: 5).

Monkey Forest in Ubud
Due to safety reasons, we no longer include a visit to the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Many of the monkeys are now getting very aggressive and there have been instances of people getting bitten and bags being snatched.

Cultural Differences
There are many cultural differences that you will notice whilst you visit Indonesia. For example:


- Being friendly and polite in Indonesia is considered a very high quality to have. Anger is often considered a weakness. If you find yourself in a situation remember that a smile is often your strongest weapon!


- Try not to criticize someone in front of others. This causes embarrassment, and whilst they will not show it, you will find it hard to get anything done afterwards.


- Indonesians find it difficult to give bad news. So much so that they will often postpone it to the very last minute. They will often deliver it within a beautiful story!


- If you find yourself asking for directions always best to ask a number of times. If a local has no idea what you are asking they will often provide incorrect instructions - this comes hand in hand with not wanting to pass on bad news!


- Whether you are male or female you may find yourself being greeted with "Hello Mister".


- You may find locals asking quite a number of questions, when you meet them they usually want to know where you are going (Mau Kemana), where you are from (Dari mana), whether you are married, how many children you have, how long you are wanting to stay, even how much your salary is etc. If you prefer not to answer any of these questions it's best to make up an answer!


- Indonesians are very religious, to have no religion in Indonesia is considered very strange!


- You may find yourself coming from a culture that is driven by time and money. In Indonesia this is not the case, please remember that you are on holiday and there may be times when things do not go to plan. A popular saying in Indonesia is to be on "rubber time" (Jam Karet).


- Never touch someone's head, or point with your finger (instead use your thumb). If you wish to call out to someone do so with a downward wave. It is also impolite to put your feet on a table or to point the sole of the foot towards other people!

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

6 October 2014

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