Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok
Day 1 Jakarta
Arrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner. There are no activities planned for today so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.
Day 2 Bandung (1B)
Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta. Visit the former Batavia area, see remnants of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bandung. Opt to see the traditional angklung orchestra. Approximate distance: Estimated travel time: 3 hrs (including stops)
Days 3-4 Yogyakarta (2B, 1L)
Morning train to Yogyakarta, with beautiful scenery along the way. In the evening, opt to take in a dance performance by the Ramayana Ballet. On Day 4, drive to Candirejo, a village near Borobudur. Here, experience the reality of a local village. Take a tour by horsecart through the village and see native customs, traditions and the agricultural system. Enjoy an included local lunch in the village. Later, visit the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, the Borobudur (1.5 hrs from Yogyakarta). Approximate distance: Estimated travel time (train): 7 hrs
Day 5 Solo (1B)
Drive to Solo, the traditional capital of the old Javanese Kingdom. En route, visit the Prambanan temple complex, a lavish example of ancient architecture. In the afternoon, opt for a bike tour around the region (3-4 hrs). Approximate distance: Estimated travel time: 2.5 hours
Days 6-7 Batu (2B)
Continue the journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Batu, a large hill resort on the lower reaches of Gunung Arjuna, surrounded by volcano peaks. On Day 14, visit Mt Bromo (4 hr excursion), then enjoy a free afternoon with options to visit nearby waterfalls or wander around the village. Day 13: Approximate distance: Estimated travel time: 9 hrs
Day 8 Malang/Sanur (1B)
In the morning, drive from Batu to Malang for a short flight to Sanur. Enjoy the final night with any group members departing the next morning. Approximate distance: Estimated travel time Batu to Malang: 3 hrs Flight to Sanur: 1 hr
Day 9 Sanur (1B)
Free day in Sanur to enjoy the beach. There is a welcome meeting at 6pm for anyone joining the trip here. Then. head out for an optional dinner with the new group members.
Day 10 Bedugal/Munduk (1B,1D)
The drive today ascends from the lowlands through rice fields and villages then lush tropical jungle. Take the chance to stop at the Angseri Hot Springs to bathe in therapeutic waters surrounded by nature (approx 2.5 hrs). After, continue up for another 30 minute drive over the mountains and into the caldera surrounding the town of Bedugal. Surrounded by serene crater lakes and majestic mountains over 2,000 metres tall, spend the afternoon exploring the sights including the Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded in the 17th century by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes, before continuing to our overnight stop at Munduk. At 813 meters above sea level, the village of Munduk is surrounded by coffee plantations and boasts a temperate climate, much cooler than the beach areas. Tonight, experience true Balinese hospitality with a local dinner.
Day 11 Kintamani (1B)
Leave Munduk in the morning and travel along small local mountain roads, winding through jungle and terraced rice paddies. Stop at Blantih Village to see how traditional coffee is made. The next stop is at Tampaksiring for the chance to visit Tirta Empul Temple with its bubbling spring said to hold magical healing powers. Finally, arrive to Kintamani, perched 1500 metres above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, Mount Batur towering above. You may need warmer clothes here as the temperature is often much cooler then the coastal regions. Take a wander through town and mix with the locals, visit the market and marvel at the variety of local produce for sale.
Days 12-13 Ubud (2B)
This morning we have the option of a 2-hour guided hike up Mt Batur to view this active volcano and the panoramic views of Bali spread out below. After, visit the 22 temples that make up the 14th Century Besakih Temple complex, the preeminent Hindu Temple in Bali. Over 70 festivals are held here each year so don't be surprised to be caught up in one of these amazing events. Lava flows from the devastating 1963 eruption of Mt Agung narrowly missed the temple adding divine mystery to the location. Travel the short distance to Ubud, taking an orientation walk with your CEO upon arrival. Along the way, visit the Monkey Forest. Keep your valuables close as these cheeky creatures are bound to grab anything that isn't nailed down. Surrounded by scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces, it's easy to see why Ubud has inspired painters, sculptors, poets, musicians and writers from all over the world. You too will be inspired by the laid back way of life, the beauty and the scenic splendor that is Ubud, the "heart of Balinese culture". Perhaps it's time to refine you culinary skills with an optional Balinese cooking class. In the evening, opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe try the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. You could also take a stroll through the rice fields, chow down on some organic food or go whitewater rafting. Yoga is also a highlight here, with tons of classes in different studios and environments. Just outside of Ubud, choose to visit the Bali Zoo, the Bird Park or the Elephant Park to get a taste of the Southeast Asian wildlife. You might even see the rare Komodo Dragon!
Days 14-15 Candidasa (2B)
Drive to the resort on the coast and the legendary beaches of Candidasa for a swim and some time to relax. Opt to visit the water temple, Tirta Gangga. Choose to take a diving course or swim off the white sand beaches. This is also a great place to have a massage, take a yoga class or check out some of the more secluded beaches in the area. On Day 15, there is a welcome meeting at 6pm for anyone joining the trip here. Then, head out for an optional dinner with the new group members.
Day 16 Tetebatu/Lombok (1B)
Take the ferry to Lombok- the time here can vary depending on which boat turns up for the journey. (Fingers crossed for the express boat!) Once you arrive to Lombok, drive to the village of Tetebatu (about 2.5 hrs) on the slope of the Rinjani Volcano. In the afternoon, explore the area– the ricefields, tobacco fields and the small village.
Day 17 Senaru (1B)
Enjoy a spectacular drive through the middle of Lombok. You will travel through parts of the forest on the slopes of the Rinjani Mountains and continue through the dry, eastern part of the island. Once on the north side, you will drive up the slope of the Rinjani Volcano once more in order to arrive in Senaru for the night.
Days 18-20 Gili Islands (3B)
In the morning, hike through the valley situated at the base of Mt Rinjani. During the hike, visit local villages along the way where the people are happy to greet you with warm hospitality and welcome you to their homes. End the hike at a secluded waterfall for a refreshing swim. After, drive about four hours to the harbour. Take a small outrigger boat to the Gili islands (30 minutes). We usually stay on Gili Air Island but will sometimes stay on Gili Meno Island depending on seasonality. The Gili Islands are the ideal location to relax, enjoy the sun, sand and sea and let go of all your cares and worries. With a tiny population, no cars, an industry consisting of tourism, coconut plantations and fishing plus hte added bonus of beautiful white sand beaches, pristine waters and coral reefs, there's nothing to do here but enjoy. If you feel particularly energetic your CEO can organise an optional snorkeling trip or yoga classes. Please note there is limited fresh water available on the Gilis and electricity is supplied by generators. Showers use salt water and rooms are typically fan-cooled (no air-con). Approximate travel time: Senaru to Gili Island: 2 hours drive followed by a 30 minute ferry
Day 21 Sanur (1B)
Return by boat to Bali today and transfer to Sanur. Spend the final evening with an optional dinner together, reflecting on our adventure under a Balinese sunset.
Day 22 Sanur (1B)
Depart at any time.