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Incredible Indonesia

Discover paradise on the islands of Java, Bali and Flores

Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise and experience the flavours of three Indonesian Islands. Converse with the locals, explore a temple or two, snorkel in crystal clear water, meet the monkeys and walk with dragons.

From Jakarta we’ll fly to Yogyakarta, known for traditional art and culture, for an afternoon’s relaxation before dinner. We’ll spend a day in the city visiting the Keraton Sultan Palace complex and taking a becak (rickshaw) to Tman Sari Castle. You’ll take an ox cart to Bugisan Village to see some of the local artisans and also visit the Jamu, the herbal healer of the village. From Plaosan Temple, set on a hillside plateau, there are wonderful views across to Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia. After a morning visit to the Borobudur Temple, we fly to Bali and transfer to Ubud in the cool of the mountains for three days. On one morning ?we cycle off the beaten track through rural villages and rice paddies to a scenic spot for a picnic lunch. Another more adventurous day will take you less populated regions by 4 x 4 vehicle. You’ll enjoy a Balinese lunch in a small restaurant located in a rainforest and also have a fascinating Bali Herbal walk and Jamu class as well as a visit to the Basanta Coffee Plantation.

On the tropical island of Flores we have a full day visit to Komodo Island to see the Komodo Dragons. We’ll have an early morning wakeup call and take a boat to the island where a local ranger will take us in search of the dragons. After lunch you’ll discover the underwater world courtesy of snorkels and fins before the ranger takes us to Rinca for a walk through the forest and local savannah. Back on Flores we’ll visit the Mirror Cave for a natural light display and a local market as well as the village of Melo to see a performance of the Whip Dance (Tari Cari) by the Manggarai people.

We then return to Bali by air for our last night in Sanur. This evening at sunset you’ll see a performance of The Ramayana Kecak Dance in front of the Uluwatu Temple. On our final morning we visit the Tanah Lot Sea Temple, the most photographed temple on Bali, and meet the local wild monkeys that roam the forest and temple of Alas Kedaton.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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    Date
    20 Jan 2018
    Nights
    12
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Date
    18 Feb 2018
    Nights
    12
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    20 Jan 2018 - 01 Feb 2018

    Day 1 - -
    We take an overnight flight to Jakarta, Java via Singapore

    Day 2 - Yogyakarta
    Upon arrival at Jakarta airport we take an internal flight to Yogyakarta and transfer by road to the hotel. You will then have free time to rest and relax before dinner.

    Day 3 - Yogyakarta
    After breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of Yogyakarta. We'll visit the Keraton Sultan Palace, take a Becak ride to reach Taman Sari and tour Bugisan Village by Ox Cart. you'll see several traditional artisan activities in the village such as the making of a traditional Javanese snack called emping. Next stop will be at the house of the jamu. Jamu is used in daily life by the Javanese and you will often see the Jamu lady wandering around the streets with colourful bottles of herbal medicines that treat a variety of ailments. The host will show you how to make beras kencur jamu and of course offer you a glass! You'll also visit the gamelan studio where traditional Indonesian instruments are explained and you have the opportunity to try and play some yourself with the ladies from the village that gather here regularly to practice. A local snack served will be served in the house of one of the villagers before we continue to the Plaosan and Prambanan Temples. This evening a traditional Indonesian dinner will be served in a local restaurant where you can watch the sun set over Mount Merapi.

    Day 4 - Ubud
    We have a morning excursion to Borobudur Temple before we travel by road to the airport for the flight to Bali. On arrival in Bali you will be greeted in the traditional Balinese way by locals with flower garlands. We then transfer by road to Ubud and our hotel for dinner. The evening will be at your leisure.

    Day 5 - Ubud
    After breakfast we have a morning cycle ride through rural villages. We drive from the hotel to the small village of Luwus where you begin your cycle rude with a guide. You'll cycle along quiet countryside roads and pathways only accessible by bicycle. Pass through rural villages and rice paddies, and chance upon farmers at work in the fields and women going about their daily chores. There are plenty of stops along the way for photos and for a well earned drink of fresh coconut. The ride ends in a beautiful location where you can enjoy the views over the lush rice fields while tucking into a picnic lunch. We return to Ubud where you have free time for personal exploration before dinner. Note: Cycling level is easy-medium and is mostly downhill. One section is uphill and is approximately 100m long.

    Day 6 - Ubud
    Today venture off the beaten track by land cruiser and experience rural Bali away from the tourist crowds. Navigating narrow roads and tracks you'll pass through rural Balinese villages where farmers can be seen working in the rice fields. We drive along rough muddy tracks through the lush fields surrounding Mount Batukaru, Bali's second highest mountain. Stops will be made at a rural farmhouse to see the traditional way of life,a hot mineral spring, gardens where tropical spices and herbs are grown and at a natural stone quarry where the villagers have been mining the dry river bed for generations. At midday you'll enjoy a Balinese lunch in a restaurant located in the middle of a tranquil rain forest. We end the day with a cup of locally grown mountain coffee (laced with a shot of cognac!) before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.

    Day 7 - Ubud
    After breakfast we'll take a Bali Herbal Walk and Jamu Class. In addition to discovering herbs that grow along the edges of the sawahs, you learn about methods the farmers use to cultivate rice. We'll stop to taste edible leaves, suck the nectar out of the red flowers of the closed hibiscus tree, and drink fresh, young coconut juice. We also visit Basanta Coffee Plantation to see the traditional coffee roasting process as well as the Tegallalang Rice Fields to enjoy magnificent views.

    Day 8 - Labuan Bajo
    We transfer to the airport for the flight to Flores. Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo we transfer by road to the hotel. We have lunch in a ocal restaurant after which you have free time before dinner.

    Day 9 - Labuan Bajo
    A very early start today for a major highlight of the holiday! After a quick breakfast we depart on the 6am boat to Komodo Island. Here you will find the Komodo Dragons, the largest living lizards on earth. The dragons can reach up to 3 metres in length with weight of up to 90 kilos. The boat to the island glides over blue tropical waters and past hundreds of small islands and will take approximately 2 hours. On arrival we'll walk with a local ranger in search of the Komodo dragons as well as seeing wild buffalo, deer, pigs and various species of tropical birds. We'll have lunch on the beach where you can discover the splendid underwater world of these rich waters (snorkels and fins are provided). We then continue to Rinca with the ranger for a 1 hour walk through the forest and savannah. From the highest point on this walk you will see the beautiful panorama of the surrounding islands. We then return to the harbour to catch the boat back to Labuan Bajo.

    Day 10 - Labuan Bajo
    After breakfast we have an excursion to the Mirror Cave. Batu Cermin cave is set within an impressive prominent rock formation near Labuan Bajo. We'll also stop at a local market as well as the village of Melo to see the performance of the Whip Dance (Tari Caci) by the Manggarai people of West Flores. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant during the day. We then return to Labuan Bajo in time for dinner.

    Day 11 - Sanur
    We have breakfast at the hotel and then free time until the transfer to the aiport for the flight to Bali. On arrival in Bali, we'll enjoy a pleasant short ride along the hills of Bali's southern peninsula en route to the hotel. This area, known as Bukit, offers a landscape and topography unequalled by any other regions of the island. In the corner of this peninsula, perched on a sheer cliff, is the highly venerated Uluwatu temple. We'll experience a performance of The Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance with the majestic temple and sunset as its background and have a seafood dinner served on Jimbaran Beach

    Day 12 - -
    We have a morning visit to Tanah Lot Sea Temple without the crowds and meet the monkey inhabitants of Alas Kedaton. Usually visited during sunset, you'll visit Tanah Lot in the morning to enjoy this ancient temple without the crowds of tourists. It's possibly the most famous and most photographed spot in Bali. The temple sits majestically on a large offshore rock which has been shaped over the years by the crashing waves of the surrounding sea. After photographing the temple exterior and the unusual rock formations, we drive to Taman Ayun temple, a royal temple from the Mengwi Empire. This multi layered temple is set in a beautiful park and surrounded by ponds. A short drive from here will bring you to Alas Kedaton, a small forest where mischievous monkeys roam freely through the temple and forest. You'll then have free time in the afternoon before transfering to Denpasar airport for the overnight flight to UK via Singapore.

    Day 13 - -
    We arrive back in the UK.


  • Accommodation

    Good tourist class hotels throughout.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • En suite accommodation in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels.
    • Half board plus 7 lunches.
    • Entrance fees.
    • An English speaking local guide throughout.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Discovering the magnificent Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island.
    • Being welcomed in the traditional Balinese way.
    • Eating lunch in a rainforest restaurant.
    • Going off road into less inhabited areas of Bali.
    • Exploring the Keraton Sultan Palace on Java.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Flights Heathrow - Jakarta (c15hrs + stop), Denpasar - Heathrow (c16.5hrs) via Singapore both ways, Singapore Airlines
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways
    • Upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote
    • Stopover packages, if you would like to break your journey in Singapore, please contact us for details

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Activity Level
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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