This Kalimantan & Java Bali overland adventure includes a number of the country's highlights and hidden gems. Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforest, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. All of this provides an endless resource for adventurous trekking, surfing, scuba diving, or just lounging by the pool.
Today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
The sprawling capital of the world's most populous island, Jakarta concentrates all of Indonesia's diversity and energy into one bustling city. With more than 300 different ethnic groups speaking 750 different languages, Indonesia's capital - Jakarta is a diverse mix of fascinating history and culture.
This morning, you will be met and transferred to the airport for your direct flight to Pangkalanbun, Kalimantan, which is the closest airport to Tanjung Puting National Park.
On arrival in Pangkalunbun, meet your guide and driver and transfer to the Kumai River Harbor to board a traditional klotok—a flat-bottomed riverboat. Cruise through this bustling river port, passing shipyards where Makassar schooners are handcrafted from tropical hardwoods. Continue the cruise upriver, through forests that provide habitat for many species of birds and monkeys. Experience the vibrant life along the riverfront—take in scenes of people scaling fish, washing babies, fishing, repairing boats and curious local children waving as you pass.
During your time here, you will visit the three ranger stations at Tanjung Puting National Park—the orangutan camp at Tanjung Haraphan, Camp Leakey and Pondok Tanggui. Here, you will more than likely encounter several of the resident ex-captive orangutans that roam within the grounds of the research camp. There will be multiple opportunities to see orangutan feedings at various sites. When your guide calls out the whooping sound to announce the feeding, you will begin to hear the rustle of leaves and then experience the heart-pounding moment when these great apes swing toward you.
After checking in at your lodge, if time permits, depart by boat to the Tanjung Haraphan and hike to the feeding platform for your first chance to view these beautiful creatures in the wild.
Return back to the boat and continue on to observe and learn more about proboscis monkeys along the river banks. Proboscis monkeys are endemic and can only be seen in Borneo.
Tanjung Puting National Park is located in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The park is famous for it's resident ape - the orangutan. Here you can explore the variety of ecosystems found within the Indonesian Borneo rain forest and visit the rehabilitation center at the landmark Camp Leakey research station to get a closer look at these incredible creatures!
Start each day bright and early with your guide to be on the river at prime wildlife viewing times. See playful proboscis monkeys bounding through the trees. These large primates, whose pendulous noses give them a comic appearance, are found only in isolated areas of Borneo. See majestic hornbills flying low over the jungle canopy, leaf-eating macaques and the occasional wild orangutan. A river journey in Borneo is a travel classic, mysterious and wondrous—at times the river narrows to the point that passage may seem to be in doubt.
This morning, visit Camp Leakey, founded in 1971 by Dr. Birute Galdikas for the study and conservation of orangutans. Like Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees and Dian Fossey's with gorillas, Dr. Galdikas' hands-on approach to researching orangutans—she has lived for decades in this jungle—has resulted in a profoundly influential body of work.
This afternoon, hike to the Pondok Tanggui feeding platform. If interested, take a nighttime river cruise to see the fireflies along the river.
This morning, depart on your boat back to the airport, enjoying breakfast as you cruise back to Pangkalanbun. On arrival, check in for your flight to Semarang.
Upon arrival in Semarang, after lunch at a local restaurant (on own expense), you'll be met by your private guide and depart on the approximately four-hour drive to your hotel in the city of Yogyakarta. On arrival, check into your lovely hotel with the late afternoon and evening free at your leisure.
Tonight, come hungry for exploration! Your adventure will begin by walking from Tugu Monument, or hopping on a becak (pedicab), if you prefer, to head to the area famous for" kopi joss"...coffee with a brick of burning hot charcoal! Along the way, you will can admire many traditional and modern angkringan (foodstalls). After this, you’re ready to continue by becak to soak up the hustle and bustle of Jalan Malioboro. If you want, you can try the famous bakmi (stir fried noodles) from Pak Pele (named after the Brazilian football player) at the north alun-alun (square).
You will then continue to the alun-alun (square) south of the kraton (palace), where you can try the legendary walk through two waringin trees (banyan trees), while blindfolded. Afterwards, continue to the Wijilan area to sample different kinds of Yogya’s famous dish gudeg (jackfruit curry). These were just starters, so to wrap up this culinary experience we’ll finish at one of the famous angkringan restaurants, popular with students and families alike. Here, you can choose from dozens of freshly made dishes cooked up in front of you. Wash it all down with some flavorful and colorful drinks like wedang uwuh (red herbal drink) or wedang jahe (ginger tea) to round up your culinary Yogya experience! (This service is on a private basis.)
The city of Yogyakarta is located in the southern region of Java. Here, you'll see the progressive movement of culture, industry, arts and traditional rituals. It serves as the main access point for those looking to explore further onto central Java and it's iconic temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.
This morning around 8:00 AM, you'll head out with your guide to be at famed Borobudur. Borobudur predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. "Discovered" in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. You'll have plenty of time to amble around and through this fabulous monument.
In the afternoon, you will then continue for a visit to the Prambanan Temple complex. This Hindu temple city was built between the 8th and 10th centuries to honor Shiva, and it complements the Buddhist temple city of Borobudur, located 40 kilometers away. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today, you will be picked up and transferred to the train station in good time to board your train . Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Malang has a rich history, dating back to when it used to be a popular destination for the Dutch during colonial times. Today, you can still experience the prevalent colonial atmosphere in town at the famous. Stroll the main boulevard for a unique taste of Indonesian styles, blending together with grand mansions. Well liked for its mild climate, the city is sometimes called the "Paris of East Java". From volcano visits and nature explorations, to historic centers and long stretches of picturesque beaches, you can find them all in Malang.
Today you will enjoy a morning tour of Malang with a Becak, a local cyclo. Start from Ijen Boulevard to explore the streets of Malang, filled with colonial buildings. Marvel at the historic works and the local bird market before ending the tour with the visit of the city cathedral.
From here, cross the road to Toko Oen, where you will have lunch (own expense). This splendidly nostalgic place is located in a charming colonial building from the 1920s and has been open since 1936. The restaurant offers a mixture of Dutch and Indonesian cuisine, as well as delicious homemade ice cream.
After lunch, continue to Mt Bromo over a picturesque mountain road through breathtaking scenery to the entrance of the Bromo-Tengger National Park. On arrival at your hotel, check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Make sure to get a good night's rest last night, because this morning you will be up bright and early, before the sun! This early morning adventure will be unlike anything you have ever experienced! Around 3:00 AM, you will be whisked away on an excursion to catch a spectacular sunrise at Mount Bromo’s crater- rim. From the hotel, you will be driven in a 4WD jeep to Mt. Penanjakan, from where you will have the perfect seat to admire the colorful light show. Waking up far before dawn may not be easy, but being rewarded with this unforgettable view over the volcanic landscape will make everything worth it. Often times, there are clouds hanging in the valley underneath you, causing only the mountain peaks to be visible. This setting creates the sensation that you are standing on the moon! After taking plenty of photos and savoring time to soak in the views around you, you will be driven back to your hotel to enjoy a well deserved breakfast.
After checkout time you’ll be driven three-to-four hours to Kalibaru.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in your lovely resort at Kalibaru. There are plenty beautiful sights to be seen on property, since the resort is located at the plantation, or you may prefer to simply lounge by the pool and be lazy.
After checkout time, you’ll be driven into the mountains where there is a resort with a beautiful view of Ijen volcano. This is a haven of peace and quiet.
Meet your driver at 3:00 AM this morning to head off on a memorable trekking experience to the Ijen Crater in East Java. The top of the volcano at Kawah Ijen is the world's largest body of water filled with hydrochloric acid. Within the 20km caldera complex lays an amazingly blue lake. With massive amounts of sulfur coming out of the mountain, this is one of the most acidic bodies of water on the planet. You can see the local miners walk deep in the sulfur clouds to collect hardened sulfur and trek back out often carrying nearly twice their body weight. Breathtaking views from within this active volcano is something you will never forget and most certainly unlike any other experience in the world. Finish the experience in the Ijen and transfer back to your hotel for breakfast.
Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to Ketapang harbor for your ferry transfer to your next destination in Pemuteran, located in west Bali. The road along the north-coast brings you less then 1 hour to Pemutaran, a small fishing village with a number of hotels on the beach. The vineyards of Hatten, Bali’s biggest wine-producer are situated here. Just off the coast lies the island of Menjangan, which offers excellent snorkeling, with clear waters and few currents. The island and surrounding coral gardens are part of Bali’s only national park: Bali Barat. Here, the endangered Bali Sparrow lives. In certain places captured birds are released back in the park. You’ll be arriving at the resort by the early evening.
Pemuteran - far removed from the busy Bali tourist centers, the unspoiled northwest offers a view into the uniqueness of Bali. Still undeveloped, with nature and marine parks preserving the area, one finds a grand expanse of coconut groves and beautiful ancient temples dotting the landscape. The magnificent volcanoes of Java are a perfect backdrop for spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
This morning, you will be transferred to the heavenly Menjangan Island, part of Bali's Barat National Park. A short boat trip will lead you to the island, where there will be no time to waste in hopping into the sparkling, refreshing sea. This will be the perfect spot for snorkeling. This area has the best diving on the entire island, thanks to the crystal clear waters, colorful corals and pristine temperatures bringing in schools of tropical fish.
During the tour, you can enjoy some time to rest and indulge in a simple picnic lunch from the boat. Once you have gained your energy back, you can continue diving and exploring the underwater wonders, until it is time to return to the mainland. At the dock, you will be met by a driver and transferred back to your resort, where you can relax and freshen up before your special evening adventure.
Later this evening, you will have the luxury of attending an elegant dinner service on a boat. Sail along the calm and peaceful bay of Gawana with the natural sounds complimenting the atmosphere, as you enjoy 3 courses of international cuisines. Please note however that beverages are not included.
This morning, meet your guide for a drive into the highlands and the village of Kintamani on the caldera rim of Mt. Batur. Kintamani is famed for its prized fruits and vegetables, which are sold at its colorful market. Continue north along the crater rim to Penulisan, where several steep flights of stairs lead to Bali's highest temple, Pura Puncak Penulisan, at 5,789 feet. From here, you can admire the most spectacular view of Mt. Batur, Mt. Agung and the north coast of Bali, which lies below. After plenty of time for pictures, you will continue on the journey to Ubud, where you will be dropped off at your luxurious new resort property. Enjoy the rest of the day as you desire.
Ubud is considered the cultural heartland of Bali, famous for its iconic rice terraces and countless Hindu temples, where painters, mask makers, sculptors, stone and wood carvers, dancers and musicians thrive. Ubud also offers visitors the opportunity to explore Bali's natural beauty serving as a base camp for adventure activities including volcano trekking, river rafting, cycling and canyoneering.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Ubud is changing fast, and today you are invited to witness it's natural beauty at the golden hour of dawn. First thing this morning at 5:30 AM, you will be taken to Ubud Market alongside your private guide and driver. This is where you will begin your sunrise walk. Vendors arrive in the wee hours of the morning to sell vegetables, food and beautiful flower offerings, that you will see all over the island. This market transforms into a commercial affair by the mid-morning, so having the opportunity to see it at dawn is a unique and special experience.
You will continue your stroll through Ubud's quaint lanes, towards the verdant dew-covered rice fields north of Ubud. After witnessing the sunrise and herons taking flight, you will stop to enjoy a private picnic breakfast in a farmer's hut, high up in the middle of a rice field. Relax, sip on a cup of coffee or mint tea that was freshly harvested from a nearby garden and soak in the morning ambiance of this once in a lifetime experience. Descending through the rice fields back into Ubud, you will pass by the Monkey Forest. After the walk is time to relax with a unique massage therapy followed by a delightful lunch. Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, you will then be transferred back to your hotel, with the rest of the day to spend as you wish. (This service is on a private basis.)
Embark on an amazing food and cultural journey with Dewa and Jero, who live with their children and extended family in the village of Keliki, an artist village nestled in the terraced foothills just north of Ubud. Dewa works as a tour guide and is passionate about sharing the culture of Bali. He and his wife serve delicious Balinese food that promotes good health and spiritual well-being.
Your experience will start with a walk around Dewa's family compound where Dewa will give you some insight into the Balinese culture and how they live. You will then join his wife and extended family in the kitchen and help them cook a range of Balinese dishes, using local ingredients and spices, over a traditional wood-fired oven. Your cooking class will finish with a delicious meal served at a dining area adjacent to the family temple. However, the family will not share the meal with you, because the Balinese believe you should never eat together as a family. The idea is that when you sit down to eat you are hungry after a long day’s work and consequently have negative energy. However, they will be with you for the dessert portion of the experience. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a truly exclusive experience. This unique tour has been specially designed to reveal a behind the scenes look into the life of a Balinese artist. Today, you are given the chance to uncover the secrets of Bali's artistic soul. Although there are many attractions that make this island so enticing, Bali's soul and character is ultimately defined by its people. This destination has long been a magnet for the arts and Ubud is its epicenter.
The best way to discover Bali is through its people and their unique art forms. Today, your guide will introduce you to a variety of local artists within their personal homes and workshops. You are welcomed into a world that is normally hidden from the sight of travelers. It really is a dream to meet and photograph the fascinating local people in their most authentic element. Later on, you will sit down to a lovely meal with a host family in their home. After saying goodbye to your new friends once you are finished, you will head back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be met and transferred to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your time in Indonesia and we wish you a pleasant flight home.
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