A Tale of Two Islands
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)
Day 1-2 - Yogyakarta
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.
- 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 a temple complex on top of a hill just out of Yogya. We head to a puppetry show or gamelan concert in Yogya tonight.
- Spend a day exploring one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in South East Asia
Day 4-5 - Solo - Malang
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.
- 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
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.
- 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 8-9 - Ubud
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.
- 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 Ubud
- Explore the temples, paddy fields and the famous art and craft market in the centre of town
- We do not recommend visiting the Monkey Forest in Ubud due to safety reasons
Day 10-11 - Lovina
On our way to the north coast we'll check out the temples of Taman Ayun and cool off under the Gitgit Waterfalls.
- Visit Gitgit Waterfalls and perhaps take a swim
- Drive over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south
Day 12 - Kintamani
Leave the coast and hit the slopes of Mount Batur where we stay the night near Kintamani.
- Get up early for a dolphin cruise. It's optional, but you won't want to miss this
- 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 13-14 - Sanur
Time for shopping, eating and a few Bintangs before the trip finishes.
- Transfer to Sanur
- 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
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Trip Dates and Prices
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
A Tale of Two Islands
Nick - Canada, 23 Sep, 2012
Overall it was a really great trip-I saw and did a lot in Indonesia in two weeks, and met some really great people on the way.