Arrive into Jogjakarta where you will be met by a guide before transfer to your hotel to freshen up in time for a local lunch to kick-start your trip. The afternoon is set aside for you to take part in an excursion that will introduce you to Batik - one of the most famous crafts in Indonesia. On a visit to a traditional factory, you’ll get to see skilled craftsman at work before having a go at creating your own masterpiece from scratch – making a design, applying wax and mixing the dye. Your creation will be delivered to your hotel later on after drying.
- Overnight in Jogjakarta (L)
The day starts with a city tour around Jogjakarta, starting with the chance to admire the impressive Sultans Palace, built back in the 1700s and seen as a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. You’ll also be able to take a walk about the former royal garden known as Taman Sari before returning to Jogjakarta for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll head for Prambanan to visit the imposing 9th century Hindu temple; the largest of its kind in all of Indonesia. You’ll then make the short trip to Plaosan to marvel at the intricate carvings of a temple that combines Buddhist and Hindu elements before exploring the complex at Sewu prior to returning to Jogjakarta. After freshening up at your hotel, you’ll dine at a local restaurant and be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances.
- Overnight in Jogjakarta (B,L,D)
Day 3: Jogjakarta - Borobudur - Candirejo
Head out from Jogjakarta and head west to the largest Buddhist Temple in the word at Borobudur, which dates right back to the ninth century and was built using nothing more than human labour. From the huge square building, you’ll then head for the pyramid-shaped Mendut temple to admire a number of impressive carved stone statues before the morning ends with a visit to the smaller Pawon Temple. Following lunch, you’ll get to experience local life with a ride on a dokar – or horse cart – through the village of Candirejo. Passing traditional houses and journeying along small, narrow lanes, you’ll be able to watch the local people going about their daily business; playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying both vanilla and chilli. Following the conclusion of your dokar ride, you’ll return to Jogjakarta.
- Overnight in Jogjakarta (B,L)
Following breakfast, you’ll head for the train station to make the journey to Jombang, with the trip providing the opportunity to meet with local people onboard and to admire the stunning scenery as you pass by. Having arrived in Jombang, you’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before driving to the village of Ngadisari and one of the gateways to Mt Bromo.
- Overnight in Ngadisari or Bromo (B,L,D)
An early start will allow you to enjoy a sunrise tour of Mt Bromo by four-wheel drive vehicle, travelling to the viewing point on Mount Penanjaken to see the sun come up behind the volcano. You’ll then drop down to the volcano caldera, before a 20-minute ride on horseback will take you to a set of stairs that lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater. After breakfast at the Lava View Inn, you’ll then travel to the second largest city in Indonesia, Surabaya. On the way, you’ll stop to visit the factory where Indonesia’s famous kretek cigarettes are produced and to enjoy lunch before continuing to Surabaya to take a flight to Makassar on the island of Sulawesi.
- Overnight in Makassar (B,L)
Following breakfast, you’ll enjoy a short tour around Makassar, including a visit to Paotere Harbor and Fort Rotterdam; the latter having been renamed after being seized by the Dutch in the 1600s. You’ll then start a drive across Sulawesi towards Rantepao, stopping for lunch at the Bukit Indah Restaurant in the port of Pare-Pare. As you cross the island you’ll pass through a number of villages as you cross the hills to your overnight halt, which you’ll reach in the late afternoon ready for two days exploring the villages of the Toraja people – who are known for their elaborate funeral rites - to discover more about their life and culture.
- Overnight in Rantepao (B,L,D)
Following breakfast, you’ll head south to visit a number of traditional Indonesian villages, starting off with time in Lemo and Suaya – where you’ll be able to check out the royal graves that litter the surrounding cliffs. Heading onwards to Sangala, you’ll see how locals traditionally bury their young with the chance to see a series of graves dug into the trunks of trees before breaking for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After a visit to Londa village, you’ll then head to Ketekesu to marvel at the traditional Toraja homes; a series of boat shaped buildings that create strange silhouettes against the sky. On your return to your hotel, the remainder of the day will be spent at leisure.
- Overnight in Rantepao (B,L)
Having spent the previous day exploring to the south of Rantepao, today you will head north to examine more of the villages to be found in the area; starting with Batutumonga on the slopes of Mt Sesean. With stunning views over the land below, you’ll get to meet the locals as you taken part in a walk through the villages of Bori and Palawa before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll then visit the village of Marante, with the possibility of seeing some Tau Tau statues; created from wood or bamboo as representatives of the deceased. You’ll then enjoy an evening at leisure back at your resort.
Between July and September (dry season) many funerals take place and during this period many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. Your programme will be tailored to allow you to attend a ceremony if you wish during your stay in Toraja.
- Overnight in Rantepao (B,L)
Following an early breakfast, you’ll travel back to Makassar, stopping en-route for lunch in Pare-Pare. On arrival in Makassar, you’ll board a flight to Bali where a guide will great you when you land in Ubud before being transferred on to your resort.
- Overnight in Ubud (B,L,D)
Your first day on Bali starts after breakfast with a visit to the Agung Rai Museum of Art to gain an insight into come of the culture of the area before a trip to the nearby Monkey Forest to meet some of the inhabitants of the temple complex. You’ll then visit the home of the Ubud royal family and visit the local market before breaking for lunch. A busy afternoon sees you head away from Ubud to visit the Tirta Empul temple, a Hindu complex famed for its holy water, and the seven-metre high shrines cut into the cliff face at the Gunung Kawi complex. After a stop off at one of the local plantations, you’ll return to Ubud before enjoying a performance of traditional Indonesian dancing ahead of an evening at leisure.
A day to enjoy the tranquillity of the Balinese countryside begins with a visit to the terraced rice fields and tropical vegetation that can be found around Gulingan Village. While there, you can enjoy the chance to try a spot of fishing in one of the many local ponds or simply take a stroll through the plantations before taking part in a cookery lesson to learn the art of Balinese cuisine on your return to the village. Your walking tour will take in a visit to a traditional house compound before visits to the Taman Ayun Temple and the stunning rock formation at Tanah Lot that is home to Bali’s famous pilgrimage temple. Having had the chance to witness a dramatic sunset, over the temple, you’ll head to the coast for your overnight halt in Sanur.
- Overnight in Sanur (B,L,D)
Spend a day at leisure relaxing on the beach or shopping for souvenirs in the local area, or perhaps go a little further afield by hiring a bike at your own expense to take a scenic ride along the coastside path. The more adventurous could also investigate the various watersports available in the town. In the evening, you’ll enjoy the chance to experience a traditional Kecak dance in a dramatic cliff top location looking out over the Indian Ocean and the Uluwatu temple. Your farewell seafood dinner will then be served under the stars on the sandy white beach at Jimbaran.
Following a free morning at leisure, you’ll head for the airport in Denpasar for your return flight home.
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