INDONESIA

Java Bali Overland

12 days

During this tour you will visit an array of incredible palaces, stunning temples, a tea factory, a Monkey Forest and an art museum. You will have the opportunity to witness sunrise atop a volcano, watch traditional dance performances, and barter in local markets. You will also have the chance explore the relaxed beach lifestyle on offer in Bali - a culture strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture. These rich exotic experiences will be enhanced by the accommodation and food on offer throughout your tour.

Day 1: YOGYAKARTA

On arrival at Yogyakarta Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: YOGYAKARTA

We take a city tour using a cycle rickshaw (becak) to explore the Sultan's Palace located in the heart of the old city. The huge palace of the Sultans of Yogyakarta is actually the centre of a small walled city within the city. More than 25,000 people live within the greater Kraton compound, which has its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, school and mosques. We then visit Sono-Budoyo Museum, the pick of Yogya's museums, the water castle Taman Sari - a splendid park featuring pools and waterways built for the Sultan and his entourage - and the Ngasem Market (Bird Market). After lunch at your hotel we discover the history and mystery of Borobudur temple, one of the world's great architectural masterpieces, Pawon temple which is in the middle of a typical village, and Mendut temple with its magnificent statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni.

Day 3: YOGYAKARTA - MALANG

On the way to Malang you will visit the famous Prambanan temples - a site which encompasses 224 ruined temples. This Hindu temple complex is stunningly beautiful and is devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. We will also stop in Solo to visit the Sultan's palace where a local guide will show you around. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. You will arrive in the afternoon at the cool and old colonial city of Malang.

Day 4: MALANG

Today we explore Malang, visiting the Singosari temple, which is also known as Kendedes temple. This temple was founded in honour of King Kertanegara, the last king of the Singosari dynasty who died in 1292 AD. We then visit Jago temple which was constructed in 1275-1300 AD. It is believed to be the burial place of the ashes of King Wisnuwardhana - the fourth king of the Singosari kingdom. Finally you will explore Malang itself with its interesting places such as the Eng Ang Kiong Chinese Temple, and colonial architecture along Ijen Boulevard.

Day 5: MALANG - BROMO

In the morning, we will visit the tea gardens of Wonosari and the tea factory while enjoying the stunning vistas. This is a great place for our lunch. In the early afternoon, we will travel via Probolinggo to the Gunung Bromo Volcano. Your hotel is located near the edge of the Tengger crater. The ascent of the volcano is usually the highlight of every visit to Java.

Day 6: BROMO - KALIBARU

An early rise - at 4am - will ensure you have enough time for the Jeep ride to the vantage point to see the sunrise. Cross the 'Sea of Sand' and climb the 246 steps to the cone of Mt Bromo, where in the morning light you will see flames and smoke rising from the crater. This is a fantastic view, made even better when the slowly rising sun reveals an amazing moon-like landscape. After this adventure you head back to your hotel for breakfast before continuing on to Kalibaru, where you stay two nights in beautifully situated bungalows surrounded by coffee, cacao and rubber plantations.

Day 7: KALIBARU - UBUD (BALI)

Drive along the north coast of East Java to Banyuwangi, Java's east coast port. Here you'll be fascinated by locals diving into the water off high construction poles to fetch the coins dropped into the water by boat passengers. A short boat journey on the local ferry will bring you to Bali, the fabled Island of Gods and Demons.

Day 8: BALI

Today we start our Bali full day tour with a visit to Wenara Wana - the Monkey Forest with its friendly monkeys and sacred temple. Continue to Goa Gajah - the Elephant Cave which is a Hindu meditation centre. Then we will travel on to Tampak Siring to see the holy spring water temple, Tirta Empul, and Besakih, the mother temple, with lunch on the way. We will return to Ubud via the scenic road of Bukit Jambul. In the early evening, you will attend a traditional dance performance.

Day 9: UBUD - TANJUNG BENOA

This morning you will test your bargaining skills at an Ubud art market prior to visiting a famous art museum in Ubud which has an extensive collection of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary style. Then you will be taken to Benoa to enjoy the beaches of Bali.

Day 10: TANJUNG BENOA

Today you will have a free day to enjoy the beaches of Bali at your leisure.

Day 11: TANJUNG BENOA

Enjoy a free morning before visiting Uluwatu Temple - an impressive temple built on a rock with a straight drop of more than 75 metres - in the afternoon. Then witness the famous Kecak dance performance while the sun goes down. Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner at Langsam Cefe in Jimbaran Bay before returning to your hotel.

Day 12: TANJUNG BENOA - DENPASAR

Transfer to the airport for your departure from Denpasar.

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