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Active Java and Bali
Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo, Surabaya, Ijen, Menjangan, Ubud, Nusa Dua
Best for: Highlights, Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking
This active itinerary is a great option for those wanting to explore the wild landscapes and cultural highlights of Bali and Java. Ascend smouldering volcanoes, explore ancient temples and experience some of the best sunrises Indonesia has to offer.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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This two-week itinerary takes you on a varied adventure through the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java. The trip begins with the cultural treasures that surround Yogyakarta, including sunrise over UNESCO listed temple complex of Borobudur and a cycle tour to the World Heritage Site of Prambanan. Your journey then continues through Central Java by train and car to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Mount Bromo, before ascending the steep steps to its crater rim to enjoy endless views over the mountainous landscape of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Continuing east, the next stop is the rolling hills of Ijen and an early morning trek to Ijen Crater, known for its bright turquoise crater lake. Departing Java for its neighbouring isle of Bali, experience world-class snorkelling and diving in Menjangan before an early morning climb to the summit of Mount Batur from Ubud. The itinerary comes to an end on Bali’s south coast, which can be a relaxing or as energising as you like, visiting temples, enjoying water-sports or simply unwinding by the beach.
Day 1 - 2 : Borobudur, Java
Stay at Amata Borobudur Resort for 1 night
Upon arrival in Yogyakarta, you will be met by one of our representatives and driven to a hillside property near the UNESCO listed temple complex of Borobudur. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure soaking up the wild scenery of Central Java before arising early the following morning to ascend the steps of Borobudur in time for sunrise. After watching a glorious sunrise and exploring the numerous stupas that make up the complex, you will make your way to the local village of Candirejo to explore the picturesque countryside by horse-cart, learn how to play a traditional Indonesian instrument, and get a taste of rural Javanese village life.
Days 2 - 4 : Yogyakarta, Java
Stay at Phoenix Yogyakarta for 2 nights
After visiting the village of Candirejo, you will be driven back to Yogyakarta to spend two days exploring this culture-rich city. Enjoy a cycle tour through the city’s lush surroundings to the little-visited Buddhist temple complex of Plaosan, comprised of more than 150 buildings, stupas and shrines. Continue to the UNESCO listed temple complex of Prambanan, a 9th century Hindu temple compound known for its towering and pointed architectural design. Spend some time exploring the impressive collection of Hindu temples before cycling back to the village of Kaliopak and returning to your hotel in the city.
Day 4 - 5 : Mount Bromo, Java
Stay at Jiwa Jawa Bromo for 1 night
On the morning of day four, you will be driven to Yogyakarta’s railway station in time to catch a local train through volcano dotted terrain to Mojokerto, followed by a four-hour drive to Mount Bromo. It is an early start the following morning as you travel by private jeep to the rim of Mount Penanjakan to watch the sunrise over the dramatic scenery of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru. You will then continue a short distance to the base of the volcano to begin the ascent to the crater rim of Mount Bromo itself.
Day 5 - 6 : Surabaya, Java
Stay at Majapahit Surabaya for 1 night
After taking in the magnificent views from atop Mount Bromo and descending to the bottom, you will be driven approximately four hours to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city. The rest of the day and evening is at your leisure to relax at your hotel, unwinding by the pool, or a private tour of the city’s highlights can also be arranged.
Day 6 - 7 : Ijen, Java
Stay at Ijen Resort for 1 night
On the morning of day six, you will be driven to Surabaya’s Gubeng train station to board a 6 hour train to Banyuwangi, followed by a two-hour drive to your hotel within the rolling hills and rice terraces of East Java. The following morning, you will be transferred by four-wheel drive jeep to the base of the Ijen Crater. A fairly challenging 90-minute hike will take you up the volcano’s steep slopes to the crater lake. Enjoy extraordinary views over the lake and surroundings from the top, and observe the local miners emerging from the crater with baskets full of yellow sulphur to take down for sale.
Days 7 - 9 : Menjangan, Bali
Stay at The Menjangan for 2 nights
After descending to the base of Ijen, you will be driven to a nearby harbour to catch a short ferry to Java’s neighbouring island of Bali. Upon arrival in Bali, you will be driven a short distance to Menjangan, a lesser visited area of Bali that offers some of the island’s best diving and snorkelling. Spend two days here, relaxing by the beach, heading off on snorkelling and diving trips to nearby Menjangan Island or enjoying jungle walks through West Bali National Park.
Days 9 - 12 : Ubud, Bali
Stay at Alila Ubud for 3 nights
From Menjangan, it is a three-hour drive to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at your leisure before embarking on your final volcano trek the following morning, to the 1,717 metre high summit of Mount Batur. After an ascent of approximately one a half hours you will arrive at the summit just in time for sunrise. On the way back to your hotel, make a short stop at the hot springs in the village of Penelokan for a soothing dip. The rest of your time in Ubud is free to spend as you wish. Stroll through the market, browse the boutique shops or head away from the centre to explore the picturesque surroundings on a number of cultural and active excursions.
Days 12 - 14 : Nusa Dua, Bali
Stay at Melia Bali for 2 nights
Departing Bali’s green interior for its golden shores, today you will be driven to Nusa Dua on Bali’s southernmost tip. Enjoy two days at your leisure. Try some water sports, continue with cultural excursions across the island, visit nearby islands, head off on snorkelling or diving trips, or simply unwind and enjoy the spoils of your hotel. On your final day in Indonesia, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Bali’s international airport in time to catch your flight home.
When to go
Straddling the equator, the Indonesian Archipelago enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and dry season. The wet season generally runs from October to April and the dry season tends to last from May to September, with days characterised by high temperatures and clear skies. Islands further east, such as Lombok, Flores and Komodo, experience more pronounced seasonal differences, with monsoon rains in the wet season and periods of drought in the dry season. The eastern islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali experience more intermittent rainfall in the wet season, when visitors can benefit from cooler temperatures and reduced crowds.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $3078 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private and shared transfers
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.