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, 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.
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.
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 8:00am, 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.
After exploring Borobudur, you'll head back to Yogyakarta. Here you'll have a highlights tour of the city. Start with a visit to the Kraton. This walled compound is the heart of the old part of the city and once the palace of Yogyakarta's sultans. Also visit the ruins of Taman Sari, the Water Palace, which was a pleasure park for the sultans.
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.
Later this afternoon 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 used to be a popular destination for the Dutch in colonial times. You can still experience the colonial atmosphere in town at the famous Toko Oen.
Enjoy the leisurely morning at Malang. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Bromo (About 3 hours driving). Settle in at the resort and enjoy the rest of the day free.
Today around 3:00am you willl have a very early start in order to catch a spectacular sunrise at Bromo’s crater- rim. You’ll be pick up with a 4WD jeep for a visit to Mt. Penanjakan where you will see the sunrise. Waking up far before dawn you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the volcanic landscape during sunrise. Often there are clouds hanging in the valley underneath you and only the mountain peaks are visible making you feel like you are standing on the moon.
You’ll be driven back to your hotel and enjoy the breakfast.
After checkout time you’ll be driven three-to-four hours to Kalibaru.
Enjoy the leisurely morning in your beautiful resort at Kalibaru. There are plenty beautiful sights to be seen since the resort is located at the plantation or enjoy the lazy day in the pool.
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 3:00am in the hotel to experience a memorable trekking 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 in the 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 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 afternoon.
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 Menjangan Island, part of Bali Barat National Park. You'll take a short, boat trip to the island and then enjoy the snorkeling here. This area has the best diving on the island, crystal clear waters, colorful corals and pristine waters teeming with tropical fish.
You'll break for a simple picnic lunch on the boat and then continue diving this afternoon before returning to the mainland where you will be met and driven back to the resort.
Later this evening, you’ll get a romantic Dinner on the Boat. Sail along the calm and peaceful Bay of Gawana with the natural sounds compliment the night as you enjoy the 3 courses of international cuisine. (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, there is the most spectacular view of Mt. Batur, Mt. Agung, and the north coast of Bali which lies below. You will then proceed to your hotel in Ubud.
On arrival, check in with the remainder of the day at your leisure.
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.
Your day will start early in the morning! Our Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Master will pick you up at the hotel around 7:30am with a car packed full with boards and paddles. From the hotel you will travel about one and half hour up to the North of the Island, toward the beautiful area of Bedugul, where Buyan, Beratan and Tamblingan lakes are located. Before you jump into the water, Rita Pires, a former European champion of surfing, will do a short explanation about SUP on site, teaching the SUP basic techniques, the security procedures and how to use the equipment. The boards used on the tours are custom designed by Rita.
After the SUP experience in the Lake, our host will take you to the beautiful waterfalls of GitGit. A fresh and pure water channel that comes from the mountains toward the North Coast of Bali. Around the GitGit waterfall you will visit a local village and enjoy a Balinese traditional meal cooked by native people with fresh and local ingredients.
You will then be driven back to your hotel in Ubud in the late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day free.
Enjoy leisurely free morning at the beautiful resort.
In the afternoon at 2.00pm meet your guide and driver to start this signature programs in Bali. A great chance for you to see the real Bali that is often hidden for travelers this will be a day to remember. One of the most remarkable ways of discovering Bali is through its people and the unique art forms the island is known for the world over. We invite you to join us in a memorable trip to the soul of the island. Meeting local artists at their homes and workshops we open the door to a world that is normally hidden form the sight of travelers. You can buy an art piece in a showroom but how about meeting the masters themselves.
We always dream about a chance to meet interesting local people, we will give you the opportunity of meeting some local maestros and then having a dinner with a host family in a real Balinese home. Back to hotel in the evening after dinner.
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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