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Overview

Take this 14-day tour to Bali’s well-known beaches, tropical forests and temples. Trek through a mountain village passing by fruits, vegetable and spice produce. Snorkel at a beach club in Menjangan Island, ride a horse, go bird watching or hike  the terraced rice fields on the way to Selogriyo Temple. Enjoy a scenic train ride from Yogyakarta to Malang and cruise past colonial buildings via a local rickshaw. It’s a trip of a lifetime to Bali!

Trip Highlights

Java Bali Overland in Style

Explore the best of both Java and Bali

well-known beaches, tropical forests and temples

Trek through a mountain village passing by fruits

vegetable and spice produce

Snorkel at a beach club in Menjangan Island

ride a horse, go bird watching

Itinerary

1

Arrival Yogyakarta – Borobudur

Yogyakarta Airport – Borobudur (45 km): 90 mins

Be received by the guide and driver upon arrival at the Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, and transfer to the hotel in Borobudur.

Recommended flights: Silk Air from Singapore to Yogyakarta MI152 arriving at 09:30 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Note: Check in time at 14:00 (an early check-in might be possible; a guaranteed early check-in can be booked)

Option: After taking some time to freshen up and relax in the hotel, meet with the guide again in the mid-afternoon and take a visit to two small temples in the vicinity of Borobudur. Visit Mendut, a pyramid-shaped temple housing three impressively carved stone statues and Pawon Temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

Be sure go to bed early in preparation for the sunrise experience the next day.

Overnight in Borobudur

2

Borobudur

Borobudur – Selogriyo (32 km): 1 hr 15 mins Selogriyo – OHD Museum (12 km): 35 mins OHD Museum – Borobudur (17 km): 35 mins

Wake up early this morning for a departure at dawn (around 04:00) to Borobudur temple. Dawn is the most mystical time to see the temple; the sun rises over the structure in the tranquil morning air, before the tourists flock-in.

Coffee, tea and snacks are served at Plataran Borobudur.

Meet an anthropologist, Mohamad Yusuf, who works for Universitas Gadjah Mada, one of the most reputable educational institutions in the country. He will guide the exploration of this massive Buddhist Temple –the largest in the world. Learn about the incredible history behind its construction while soaking up magnificent views of the temple. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was built by hand and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO World Heritage site is still visible in its full glory with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure. There is an option to take lunch (not included) at the restaurant, from where there will be views of the temple in the horizon.

This afternoon, set off and discover some of the best kept secrets of Central Java and the surroundings of Magelang. The private museum of Dr. Oei Hong Djien has one of the most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary Indonesian art. It features paintings, sculptures, installations and new media art.

Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Continue to a small village on the slopes of Mt. Sumbing for a two-hour hike through beautifully terraced rice fields and plantations to Selogriyo Temple. The structure of the temple itself is rather modest but the walk there is beautiful and resembles some of the finest landscapes in Java.

Return to the hotel in Borobudur.

Overnight in Borobudur

3

Borobudur – Yogyakarta

Borobudur – Yogyakarta (40 km): 90 mins Prambanan Temple – Hotel area (20 km): 40 mins

Check out after breakfast and continue to Yogyakarta. The town is considered to be the cradle of Javanese culture, and until today it serves as an important centre of art and education.

Visit the Sultan’s Palace. Also known as Kraton, it was constructed between 1756 and 1790, and is one of the best examples of traditional Javanese architecture. This museum, showcasing Javanese relics, remains to be the residence of the Sultan today. Depending on the day of visit, there will be cultural performances ranging from Golek Menak puppet performances to classical Javanese poetry performances known as Macapat. Continue on foot to Taman Sari Water Palace. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan to provide bathing pools for women in his home.

For lunch, dine at the office of the chef of a heritage hotel in Yogyakarta. The chef will present a degustation menu of six surprise dishes. Share the table with the chef and observe through the huge glass window how the  meals are prepared. Get them served with the respective anecdotes by the chef.

Check in at the hotel and freshen up.

This afternoon proceed to Prambanan; explore the ancient Hindu temples in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Yogyakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples while walking around.

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

4

Yogyakarta

Hotel area – Kotagede (7 km): 25 mins Kotagede – Restaurant (12 km): 35 mins Restaurant – Batik class(5 km): 15 mins Batik Class – Hotel Area (300 m): 2 mins

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the old town of Yogyakarta, Kotagede. Meet a guide from the quarter and embark together on a leisurely cycling tour on a vintage bicycle. This charming village retains some of central Java’s best examples of traditional Javanese architecture; it’s also known as the ‘Silver Village’ due to its high concentration of silver artisans. Upon arriving at the village, visit a master baker’s house to sample Kembang Waru – a type of cookie only sold in Kotagede. Continue by bicycle to the central traditional market and take a tour of this bustling location. Resume the tour, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta and don a traditional Javanese outfit, a sign of respect for the former kings, and then visit the Royal Cemetery of the First King of the Mataram Kingdom. Take a tour of the linking laneways to discover the Kalang-style architecture, which is indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and colonial styles.

Leave Kotagede for lunch at a local restaurant which is also popular for its gallery.

Visit the residence, boutique shop and factory of Ms. Chaliet and Mr. Bambang. The lovely couple are true masters in the art of Batik and have been engaged around the globe as ambassadors of Indonesian Batik. Get an introduction into this fine art at the small factory and private house. Assisted by the experts, learn the techniques in pattern making, waxing and colouring the cloth that makes a unique piece every time. Pick a technique, dye colours and utensils and create a personalised piece of Batik under the careful guidance of masters. It will be ready for delivery once it’s finished drying.

Return to hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

5

Yogyakarta – Mojokerto (by Train) - Malang

Yogyakarta – Mojokerto (287 km): 4 hours by train Mojokerto – Malang (121Km): 2hours 40 minutes Mojokerto – Singosari Temple (84Km): 2 hours 15 minutes Singosari Temple – Malang (12Km): 35 minutes

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Yogyakarta Railway Station for an early scenic train ride to Malang via Mojokerto in East Java. The train departs at 06:45. Be accompanied by the guide on this journey.

Note:

  • Planned route is aboard Sancaka Pagi from Yogyakarta to Mojokerto departing at 06:45 and arriving at 10:57. Schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • Full name and passport details are required to book a train ticket. It must be provided at the time of reservation.
  • The evening before, make sure to bring down the main luggage to the reception before 22:00 with clear name identification. The main luggage will be transferred during the night with the driver and vehicle who will be waiting the next afternoon at Malang Railway station in East Java.
  • It is advisable to bring a small bag containing toiletries, a change of clothes and a jacket (the air conditioner in the train can be quite chilly).

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and a good way to see the volcanic landscapes of central and East Java.

Upon arrival in Mojokerto, be met local driver at the railway station.

Lunch box is served en route

On the way to Malang, stop for a visit of the charming Singosari Hindu temple dating back from the 13th century

Continue to Malang, check-in hotel and enjoy the remaining afternoon.

Get dinner at the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Malang  at Tugu Malang 4 stars (Superior)

In Devata Suite/ Babah Suite/ Zamrud Suite for 2 night stays

6

Malang

Hotel area – Eng An Kiong Vihara (3 km): 10 mins Eng An Kiong Vihara – Malang Cathedral (4.5 Kl): 15 mins Malang Cathedral – Hotel area (1.8 km): 6 mins

This morning after breakfast, take a short tour to Malang by becak, a local rickshaw. Cruise past the grand colonial-era buildings on the streets of Malang, the bird and flower markets and the Chinese temple Eng An Kiong before finally finishing at the city cathedral.

Return to the hotel to freshen up and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Have an early night in Malang.

Note: Please make sure all luggage is packed before bed.

7

Malang – Bromo – Probolinggo – Banyuwangi (by train)

Malang – Bromo (64 km); 2 hrs 30 mins Bromo – Probolinggo (47.7 km): 1 hr 30 mins Probolinggo – Banyuwangi (193 km): 4 hrs 20 mins (by train)

Awake early this morning and check out of the hotel before dawn for a drive to Puspo in the Bromo area. Then continue by 4x4 jeep and drive through the scenic caldera to the eastern gate of Bromo Tenger National Park. Once inside the park, head to Mt. Penanjakan which is a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and the surrounding area. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.

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

Note:

Please bring warm clothes for the sunrise excursion next morning in Bromo as the temperature can get low and cold.
Weekend surcharge USD 10 per person will be applied for the visit to Bromo.

Stop at a local restaurant for breakfast.

Afterwards, continue to the station and catch the train for Banyuwangi from Probolinggo. The train departs at 11:04 and arrives in Karangasem Railway Station, Banyuwangi at 15:20. This is another opportunity to witness the exotic scenery of eastern Java.

Lunch is prepared by the local restaurant and can be enjoyed during the trip on board the train.
Upon arrival in the late afternoon, check-in to the hotel in Licin village near Ijen.

Overnight in Licin, Banyuwangi

8

Banyuwangi – Menjangan Island (cruise day)

Hotel area – Paltuding (16 km): 40 mins Hotel area – Watu Dodol harbour (33 km): 1 hr Watu Dodol – Menjangan Island (30 km): 1hr 30 mins Menjangan Island – Hotel’s jetty (5 km): 30-45 mins

Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mount Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4x4 jeep. Reach Paltuding,  the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850 metres above sea level. 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 Mount Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines and during the walk, there may be encounters with men carrying loads of up to 70 kilograms, often barefooted, down the mountainside.

Upon reaching the top (2,385m above sea level) there is time to enjoy the views of the Crater Lake which is 200 metres deep and contains about 36 million cubic metres of steaming, acidic water. Witness the agility and strength of the miners as they collect and carry the sulphur blocks up to the crater rim.

Important notes:

  • Local authorities only allow viewing from the rim of the crater. It is strictly forbidden to walk down to the lake shore due to the very toxic fumes that escape the lake. Only the sulphur porters are allowed in this area.
  • This trekking requires good physical condition as well as good walking shoes and some warm clothing because of the low morning temperatures.
  • Mount Ijen is an active volcano therefore access is subject to volcanic activity at the time of visit. An alternative program to Kaliklatak coffee and rubber plantation will be provided if the volcano is closed during the visit.
  • Weekend surcharge of USD 5 per person will be applied for visit to Ijen.

Continue to Banyuwangi harbor and board a traditional Phinisi Schooner where brunch is served while crossing the Bali Strait and cruising towards Menjangan Island. Arrive at the holy island inhabited only by a few temple priests and jump off the boat, enjoying the colourful underwater world with a snorkelling session in the afternoon.

Later, continue the cruise toward the West Bali National Park.

Check in and overnight at West Bali National Park

9

Menjangan Island

Breakfast is served at the resort.

After the long overland journey across central and East Java, enjoy a tranquil day in the West Bali National Park situated right by the sea. The occasional deer or rabbit may pass by the villa. From the jetty, there is direct access to beautiful snorkelling grounds. Various activities, such as hiking, cycling, bird-watching, horse riding, snorkelling or diving or spa services are available (client’s account). There is also a beach club that has an inviting swimming pool.

Overnight at West Bali National Park

10

Menjangan Island – Munduk

Hotel area – Munduk (73 km): 2 hrs

Check out of the hotel at around 11:00. Be picked up by the guide and driver, and drive along the scenic road up into the hills.

Enjoy lunch with a view up in the mountains near Munduk.

After lunch, check in to the accommodation in Munduk.

Munduk is the ideal location for outdoor activities and this afternoon, have the chance to explore this mountain village with a light trek. Munduk is surrounded by a tropical rainforest with beautiful waterfalls; because of its cool temperature (20-25°C) many fruits, vegetables and spices are grown in this area. Starting from the hotel, take a nice 2-hour trek in ​​Munduk, exploring areas with numerous plantations including coffee, cloves and local spices. On the way back, stop at the village to taste the local coffee.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Munduk

11

Munduk – Ubud

Munduk – Ulun Danu, Bedugul (15 km): 30 mins Ulun Danu, Bedugul – Jatiluwih (24 km): 45 mins Jatiluwih – Ubud (41 km): 1 hour 20 mins

Depart after breakfast from Munduk and pass by the two volcanic lakes: Buyan and Tamblingan. Stop for photos and enjoy the scenery before descending to the thriving village of Bedugul. Enroute, stop at the major water temple of Pura Ulun Danu by the shores of Batur Lake. Founded in the 17th century, this is perhaps one of the most photographed temples in Bali and is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of water, featuring a beautiful thatched Hindu Meru which seems to float on the lake. This temple is also home to a Buddhist shrine and a small mosque.

Continue the drive to the rice terraces of Jatiluwih which is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique Subak irrigation system. Explore the terraces by e-bike for a comfortable experience viewing the best parts of the region. After a short safety briefing, set off for a 1-hour bicycle ride led by an experienced guide. Ride along farmers doing their daily routine and stop at Besi Kalung temple located in the middle of the rice fields.

Lunch will be served at a restaurant set in a bamboo forest.

After lunch, continue to Ubud and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud

12

Ubud

Ubud – Mas Village (12 km): 30 mins Mas Village – Campuhan (10 km): 20 mins

Get a true taste of the local culture, traditions and lifestyles with this immersive Balinese Eat, Pray and Love experience: Be picked up by the guide and driver at the hotel for a short drive to a small village known for its wood carving tradition just around 15 kilometres from Ubud. Once here, take part in activities that are ‘uniquely Bali’. Receive a blessing by a pedanda, a traditional Balinese priest, meet an astrologer who uses ancient methods handed down from generation to generation to read fortunes.

Return to Ubud for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, the Bridges located by the little bridge in the Champuhan Valley.

This afternoon, complete the experience with a relaxing 1-hour Balinese massage followed by a flower bath.

Transfer back to the hotel early this evening and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud

13

Ubud – Jimbaran

Ubud – Uluwatu (53 km): 1 hr 50 mins Uluwatu – Bukit Peninsula (11 km): 25 mins Peninsula – Jimbaran (8 km): 20 mins

After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Ubud and set off to South Bali, with a full-day exploration of the sun-kissed Bukit Peninsula, home to the important Uluwatu Temple and mecca for sun worshippers and surfers. Spend the first half of the day at a cool beach club in a hidden cove, accessible only through electric funicular, worshipping the sun, chilling and relaxing by the turquoise sea.

Lunch will be served under the shade. In the early afternoon, continue to visit the impressive temple, majestically perched on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is one of the key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars.

Drive across the peninsula to Padang Padang. A sundowner will be served at a restaurant venue atop the cliffs, from where panoramic views open up over the long ‘Impossibles’ break where surfers shred waves during the sunset.

Finally, venture to the Jimbaran hills and be greeted by culinary artists serving a signature cuisine . Enjoy a chef tasting meals the tapas-style dinner shared for the whole table.

Overnight in Jimbaran  at Belmond Jimbaran Puri 5 stars (Deluxe)

In Deluxe Pool Villa  for 1 night stay

14

Jimbaran - Departure

Jimbaran – Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (10 km): 25 mins

Enjoy breakfast at hotel.

This morning is spent at leisure until the transfer to Denpasar International Airport for the departure flight.

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Luxe Benefits
    • Airport Special Service
    • Welcome kit
    • Upgraded transportation
    • Borobudur visit with scholar
    • Chef table lunch in Yogyakarta
    • Encounter at the private house and studio of true Batik masters
    • Crossing Bali strait on a private Phinisi
    • Blessing by a Hindu Priest
    • Meeting an astrologer in Bali
    • Sunset cocktail atop the cliffs of Bukit peninsula
  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by upgraded private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English/French/Spanish-speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary
  • Empty return vehicle and guide from East Java to Yogyakarta

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax .
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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