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Discover Bali & Java

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day tour to the stunning beaches and jungles of Bali and Java. Ride through Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep at sunrise. Visit the exquisite Bogor Botanical Gardens. Enjoy inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and stroll the unforgettable beaches of Sanur. Inspired by Buddhist zen, find harmony in this incredible corner of the world.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AEING/205150
  • Starts: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Finishes: Sanur, Indonesia
You will Visit
  • Jakarta
  • Bogor
  • Bandung
  • Magelang
  • Yogyakarta
  • Malang
  • Bromo
  • Ubud
  • Sanur

Itinerary

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Day 1: Jakarta

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included.

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Day 2: Jakarta/Bogor

Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fathaillah Square and harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, with its stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mount Salak.

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Day 3: Bogor

Visit the Botanical Garden in Bogor, a world famous institution for research and conservation that is home to 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants. With a local guide, tour the gardens and the Zoological museum before continuing on to a Gong factory to see how these unique instruments are made by local blacksmiths. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

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Day 4: Bogor/Bandung

Drive to Bandung and explore the city known as the "Paris of Indonesia," visiting a traditional puppet "wayang golek" maker along the way. Later, enjoy the angklung orchestra — with resonating melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert.

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Day 5: Bandung/Magelang

A full day of travel by private vehicle and train allows the opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Java. Arrive in Magelang in the evening.
This is a long travel day, so wear comfortable clothes and have your book/e-reader ready. That said the scenery is stunning so sit back and enjoy the views.

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Day 6: Magelang/Yogyakarta

Rise before dawn to visit the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur and enjoy the sunrise then tour these stunning ruins. After, continue on to the Village of Candirejo. Along the way enjoy a peak into the daily life and activities such as making cassava crackers, rotating seasonal crops and harvesting. Stop in at one of the houses to meet some locals and enjoy a drink and snack. Continue on to Yogyakarta for the evening.
This is an early start day to best take advantage of the stunning sunrise.

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Day 7: Yogyakarta

Explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about the history of the temples. Marvel at what is considered some of the most stunning Hindu works of art in Asia. Return to Yogyakarta and enjoy the evening at leisure.

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Day 8: Yogyakarta

This morning, learn about Batik, a traditional textile originating from the island of Java. Delve into the history and tradition of this art form and the Javanese philosophy behind some of the patterns and enjoy a hands on instruction by a local artist. Enjoy your afternoon free, opt to hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore, visit Kraton Palace, or wander the markets and shops around the city.
Yogyakarta is very walkable, so a stroll around the fascinating bird market is always interesting. If silver is of interest to you, then a trip to Kota Gede to pick up a hand-beaten bowl or some fine filigree is definitely worthwhile. As the home of arts, this really is the place to take in a Wayang (puppet) show or a dance performance, usually based on the Ramayana story.

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Day 9: Yogyakarta/Malang

Continue the journey by train across the green agricultural heartland of Java to Malang.
This is a long travel day, so wear comfortable clothes and have your book/e-reader ready. That said the scenery is stunning so sit back and enjoy the views.

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Day 10: Malang/Bromo

Visit Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture in this G Adventures-supported community with a Village walk and local lunch. After, visit the volcanology office of Mt Bromo and meet with one of the experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption.

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Day 11: Bromo/Ubud

Rise early to take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep to catch the sunrise. We then ascend to the top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. After, drive to Surabaya and catch our flight to beautiful Bali.
This is an early start day (approximately 2:30am) to watch the sunrise over the crater's rim. This is a popular view with both visitors and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.

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Day 12: Ubud

Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets and a visit to a rice field, helping us learn about the staples of Balinese cooking. We will later gather at our chef's home, where we'll learn how to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and lunch. We can enjoy our afternoon at leisure.
Free time today allows us to opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe roam the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. Other options include strolling through the rice fields, devouring delicious organic foods, or white water rafting.

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Day 13: Ubud

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or consider the many optional activities. Opt to explore the stunning UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih Rice Terraces by electric cycle, visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.

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Day 14: Ubud/Sanur

Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple and its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields then make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mount Batur towering above. Also enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. This evening, opt to join our CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world.

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Day 15: Sanur

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Batik Experience, Yogyakarta National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Volcanology Talk at Mt Bromo, Malang National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Balinese Home Cooking, Ubud G Adventures for Good: Ngadas Village walk & lunch, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud
    • Arrival transfer
    • Jakarta and Bandung city tours
    • Tour of Botanical Gardens and zoological museum
    • Visit a Gong factory
    • Angklung show
    • Excursion to Borobudur temple complex
    • Visit Village of Candirejo
    • Prambanan Temple Complex tour
    • Hiking and jeep trip to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
    • Visit Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Hindu temple complex and Kintamani
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, cycle-rickshaw, plane, train, walking, cycling
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore bustling Jakarta and Yogyakarta
  • Learn the art of batik making
  • Enjoy a Balinese cooking class with a local chef
  • Meet with a vulcanology expert at Mt Bromo
  • Delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples