Cultural Treasure & Mystical Temples
The natural and built heritage sites of Java and Bali encapsulate Indonesia’s rich and complex cultural history - this tour takes you on a journey to both of these islands. Start by exploring the history of Jakarta with a visit to Sunda Kelapa Port and a number of museums in old Batavia. Then fly to the central highlands of Java to Magelang where you can luxuriate for a couple of days in a spa retreat located within a charming coffee plantation. From here your will travel to the Plataran Borobudur resort. Here you a can soak up the atmosphere and wonderful views of the amazing UNESCO-listed Buddhist temple, Borobudur. Visit the Borobudur for a sensational sunrise before heading to Yogyakarta. Spend a couple of days here and visit the sprawling Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. Explore they city of Yogyakarta, considered the artistic hub of Java – see the Sultan’s Palace (the Kraton), take a ride in a traditional dokar (horse- drawn cart) or stroll the local neighbourhoods to get a glimpse of daily life in the city. Your next stop is Ubud. Located in the heart of Bali, Ubud is a great base to explore the cultural and natural attractions of Bali. Start with an introduction to daily Balinese Hindu rituals and visit Tirta Empul with its sacred bathing pools. The following day visit Bali’s most important temple, Pura Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung. Finally make you way to Jimbaran beach in the south of Bali and enjoy some sea, sand and sun before you end your unforgettable tour of cultural Java and Bali.
Upon arrival at the airport of Jakarta you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel in the city.
As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is steeped in history and is home to a wide range of interesting cultural attractions. Your tour of this populous city starts in the Port of Sunda Kelapa - since the 12th century the port has been an important trading post; initially for the Kingdom of Sunda and later in the 16th century for Portuguese and Dutch colonists. Here you can see colourful wooden Buginese schooners (“pinisi”) lined up at the docks while porters unload and load cargo from the sailing ships by hand and trolley. From the harbour the city sprawls outward into what was once Old Batavia. Several colonial buildings can be found close by including a traditional Dutch bridge and the city hall. There are many museums as well and today you will visit the Bahari, Historical and Wayang Museums.
After a short flight from Jakarta our local representative will meet you in Yogyakarta. From here you drive to your hotel, the MesaStila Retreat in Magelang, Central Java. MesaStila is located in a spectacular tropical highland setting and built within a charming coffee plantation that produces up to seven tons of coffee a year.
A day for you to relax and enjoy the hotel and its surroundings. Check out the daily schedule of Wellness Programmes and Cultural Activities including their spa, which offers a unique hammam experience. Take a tour of the coffee plantation or explore the surrounding area by bicycle.
After lunch you will make your way to your next destination – the Plataran Borobudur, a boutique resort close to Borobudur Temple. From the hotel you have a stunning view of the temple and the surrounding hills
Get up early for sunrise at the Borobudur Temple. A local guide will show you around this complex, the largest Buddhist shrine in the world. Constructed in the 9th century the Borobudur features no less than 15.000 different reliefs and over 400 open work stupas that depict the road to Nirwana.
Transfer to Yogyakarta for your overnight stay. Yogyakarta is a colorful, vibrant city and it is considered the cultural capital of Java. It is a centre for the production of handicrafts and traditional textiles and has Javanese dance, theatre and shadow puppet (wayang kulit) performances on nearly every day and night of the week.
Explore the historic Sultan's Palace, with its elegant Javanese architecture. Then visit the famous Prambanan temple complex. Build in 850 A.D. this complex is dedicated to the supreme Hindu gods; Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.
In the morning relax or explore the markets in Malioboro Street, the busy main street that bustles with activity from early morning until late at night. You will be transported by traditional horse-drawn carriage, known as a Dokar. Later in the afternoon, stroll along the Code River to experience one of Yogyakarta’s most vibrant and populated neighbourhoods. Soak up the atmosphere and learn how the locals live, work and spend their free time.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bali and transfer to your hotel in Ubud. Ubud is in the center of the island and is considered the cultural and artistic heart of Bali. It is also a good starting point for exploration of Bali’s temples and nature. There is plenty to do in Ubud and its surrounds. You can explore the museums, shops and restaurants - learn how to prepare Balinese food at a cooking class, visit the art museums, take a walk through the rice paddies and local villages, do a yoga class or get a relaxing massage.
Immerse yourself in the spiritual side of Bali. From your hotel you will visit several iconic heritage and cultural sites east of Ubud. After breakfast your guide will explain temple offerings and you can create your own, before you head to the sacred temple of Tirta Empul. If you wish you can participate in a purifying bathing ritual in the holy waters. Then at Gunung Kawi take in the rice field vistas and temples that date back to the 11th Century and which commemorate the Udayana Kingdom. Have lunch with the children at a local foundation, the Yayasan Widya Guna education centre - a good way to give something back to Bali.
The day starts with a visit to the Mother Temple or Pura Besakih located high upon the slopes of Mount Agung. En route, stop at the ancient Kerta Gosa Pavilion and see the intricate wayang-style paintings depicting part of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. Pura Besakih is the biggest and most important temple for the Balinese. Because of its significance, elaborate ceremonies frequently take place here. On the way back to Ubud you visit the picturesque traditional village of Penglipuran.
Spend the morning exploring Ubud. Great souvenirs can be found at the market and the boutique shops and galleries. After lunch your driver will take you to Jimbaran in the south of Bali. Jimbaran was formerly a tiny fishing village and market - since the 1980’s it has become home to several 5 star beach resorts and villas. The bay is a pleasant white sand beach and is safe for swimming. The grilled seafood restaurants on the beach and the stunning sunsets are a major attraction.
Spend the day at your leisure. Relax or explore the nearby Bukit peninsula - here you will find world-renowned surf beaches and the beautiful Uluwatu Temple which is perched high on a cliff. Watch the sun go down on the beach and enjoy a seafood barbecue on the beach.
You will be transferred to the Bali airport for you flight out – the end of a wonderful Indonesian experience.
- All accommodation in comfortable hotels during the whole tour
- All meals according to the program
- All transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
- Parking fees
- Domestic flights from Jakarta - Yogyakarta / Yogyakarta - Bali
- English speaking Tour Guide (other languages on request)
- Local English-speaking guides at most sights during the tour
- All services as mentioned in the program
- Additional travelers information upon booking
All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees such as:
- City Tour Jakarta
- City tour Yogyakarta & Prambanan visit
- Kali Code cultural walk Yogyakarta
- Borobudur Sunrise tour
- Spiritual Tour Ubud area
- Penglipuran village & Besakih temple visit
Note: additional peak season surcharges might apply to the above mentioned price.
- Visa (fees) to enter Indonesia
- International flights and taxes
- Airport departure taxes per person (between USD 2,- up to USD 15,-)
- Travel insurances
- Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
- Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
- Other expenses not mentioned in the program
Why this tour? This tour focuses on the cultural highlights and attractions of Java and Bali. Visit heritage sites, temples and traditional villages and immerse yourself in the fascinating cultural traditions and history of Indonesia.
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During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your experience in Indonesia is running smoothly and to your expectations.
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