Project Description

Java & Bali Discovery

13 Days / 12 Nights

Jakarta • Yogyakarta • Malang • Bromo• Bali


April  – March CAD 4,380 CAD 1,050

Prices include accommodations with breakfasts, transfers, tours, admissions, domestic flights & some meals. Prices exclude gratuities, visa fees, compulsory dinner, flights between Canada & Indonesia, and high season surcharges .

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Day 01: Arrival Jakarta

Today when you arrive at Jakarta Airport and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in and overnight.

The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

Meal included   : None.

Accommodation: 4* FM7 Hotel Superior Room or similar.

Day 02: Half Day Jakarta City Tour – Fly Yogjakarta – Prambanan Temple             B

Suggested to check out and begin the excursion at 08.30 AM.

After breakfast, check out from your room and depart for Jakarta City Sight Seeing tour around 8 o’clock, visiting some attractions in the central city and surrounding area before heading to the airport to catch your flight to Yogyakarta.

The first visit stop of the day will be the National Monument, a 433 ft (132 meters) tower in the center of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta.  Commonly referred to simply as MONAS, the monument symbolizes the fight for Indonesia’s independence. Construction of MONAS began in 1961, under President Sukarno’s rule, and it was opened to the public in 1975.

Move on to Sunda Kelapa Harbor.  This port which has been in use since the 12th century was originally used by the Portuguese and Dutch when they were trading with Indonesia.  Now, the port is a minor port, yet it is great for photo enthusiasts, as many of the boats in the harbour are the old style two mast ‘penisi’ boats. Afterwards, proceed to Jakarta airport in time to board your flight to Yogyakarta.

Upon arrival in Yogyakarta drive onwards to visit the 9th century Hindu temple compound of Prambanan. This impressive collection of temples is dedicated to the Trimurti, a concept of Hinduism whereby Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Shiva is the Destroyer which is often referred to as the ‘Great Trinity’ or ‘Hindu Triad’.

Identifiable by its towering and pointed architectural design, Prambanan was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991 and is the largest, as well the finest, Hindu temple complex in the country. Following your visit to Prambanan, continue to your hotel for check in and overnight.

Meal included   : Breakfast.

Accommodation: 5* Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Deluxe Legacy) or similar.

Day 03: Jogjakarta Tour & Borobudur                     B/L

Following breakfast in the hotel, pay a visit to a local cigar factory – which tourists tell us is not an expected industry to be found in Indonesia!  The Tarumartani factory was built in 1918, and today they produce fourteen types of cigars which are known around the world. The uniqueness of Tarumartani cigars is the fact that they are hand rolled and wrapped, ensuring a high standard for every product that leaves the factory.

Next stop is the Sultans palace, also known as the Kraton, located in the centre of the city, which was founded in 1755.  Look out for the ornate reception halls as well as the large open-air pendopos, specifically built so that the Sultan could listen to gamelan performances. There is also an air-conditioned room where the desk at which the ninth sultan planned the overthrow of the Dutch is enshrined.  Something particularly curious, or just plain odd, is the painting of the eighth sultan on the day of his circumcision!

Tamansari (also known as the Water Castle) is situated just 250m from Sultan’s palace, and was built in 1758 by the prince, and was used as a ‘place of pleasure’ by the prince and his harem. The prince would sit in his tower, enjoying watching his harem frolic in the water, and send for any one of them who he fancied at the time.

Visit Kota Gede, where you can visit batik factories, silver smiths and other shopping, as well as a lunch stop.  After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the stunning Borobudur temple.  In around 850AD, the temple was deserted when the Hindu Majapahit Empire overthrew the Sailendra Dynasty.  Borobudur is the largest single Hindu monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Climb to the top of the monument, and don’t forget to look inside the bell-shaped domes, where you can see Buddha statues inside.  It is said to be good luck if you can reach inside and touch the Buddha.

Meal included   : Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (Deluxe room) or similar.

Day 04: Train to Mojokerto – Drive to Malang                    B/L

Begin today with a transfer to Jogjakarta railway station. Here you will board a local train and travel east through the volcano-dotted terrain to Mojokerto station, an important junction on the main Yogyakarta-Surabaya railway line. Disembark at Mojokerto, you will be met by our local representative and driven along beautiful sceneries to Malang area. Upon arrival in Malang, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Meal included   : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: 3* Tugu Hotel Malang (Superior Deluxe room) or similar.

Day 05: Half Day Malang City Tour – Transfer Bromo                      B

After breakfast, be ready with tour to Malang City. You will walk through the Pasar Bunga (Flower Market). As you weave your way through Pasar Bunga’s maze of small alleys, you will be accompanied by the sounds of the many different and colourful birds for sale: parakeets, cockatoos, budgerigars (imported), java eagles, owls and even bats and tree squirrels and, of course, exotic cages and bags and bags of birdseed.  In the Bird Market you will also find many other animals and even tropical fish.

Before heading to Bromo Tengger National Park, enjoyed your day with a real treat: home-made preservative-free ice cream and other culinary delights at the Dutch-built Toko Oen café cum restaurant, probably the most famous cake and ice-cream shop in Malang.  If you are there on a quiet day, sit in the corner and soak up the ambience of the place while listening to old world Dutch and Indonesian music.

Start the journey before midday to the Bromo area where your hotel is located for a check-in and overnight.

Meal included   : Breakfast.

Accommodation: 3* Plataran Bromo (Deluxe Room) or similar.

Day 06: Bromo Sunrise Trekking – Surabaya – Fly to Bali                               B

Departing in the early hours of the morning, head to Mt Bromo, a smouldering volcano, which is best seen at sunrise. The trip involves taking a pony over the ‘sea of sand’ to the foot of the mountain, where you will begin the ascent up a well-made staircase and walkway.

Once at the top, enjoy the view whilst the sun rises over the horizon.  This is a truly magical experience that will be remembered for years to come. Afterwards, head onwards to your hotel for check out and later drive-in time to Surabaya airport for your next flight.

To the uninitiated, Bali might seem just like another popular tourist destination, but for anyone who visits its shores, it is impossible not to be touched by certain magic from the ‘Island of the Gods’. The predominantly Hindu Island, gives visitors the chance to have a unique and fascinating cultural experience, while still being able to partake in any number of exciting or relaxing activities, like surfing, golf, massage, and diving.

Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people that make any stay on the island so memorable.

Bali has developed into a sophisticated tourist destination offering some of the most exclusive, award winning, hotels, restaurants, and spas in the world, all of which are just a short drive from Bali’s international airport.

Upon arrival in Bali, you will be met by our English-Speaking Guide and transferred to your hotel in Ubud area, where you will check in.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, before gathering in the hotel

Meal included   : Breakfast.

Accommodation: 4* The Sankara Resort Ubud (Deluxe Room) or similar.

Day 07: Picturesque Central Bali                               B/L

Your excursion begins with a drive into Central Bali and small town of Mengwi. Long associated with the Balinese Royal Family, Mengwi is home to the superb temple complex at Taman Ayun. Translating as ‘beautiful garden’ Taman Ayun is considered by many to be one of the island’s most attractive temples and is still used today by people from all over Bali for special ceremonies and events.

Drive further north to Bedugul Regency (district), renowned for its stunning beauty and three caldera lakes (Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan). First stop is the market at Candi Kuning.

Bali is famous for fresh fruits and exotic spices and there are plenty of seasonal varieties to discover at the market, together with stalls selling beautiful, scented flowers used for ceremonies and offerings. The iconic Ulun Danu Temple is the next destination. This important Hindu Shivaite water temple is located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. If the water level is high (normally only during the rainy season) it gives the illusion that this 17th century temple is ‘floating’ on the lake.

After a break for lunch, return south stopping to view the rice terraces at Jatiluwih en route. Recognised by UNESCO, these seemingly endless rice paddies offer superb vistas in all directions and are a marvel to behold. There will be an option to walk along some of the terraces (*) before returning to your vehicle and heading back to your hotel.

(*) Please note the rice terraces are often wet and slippery and we recommend footwear with good grip.

Meal included   : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Sankara Resort Ubud (Deluxe Room) or similar.

Day 08: Ubud’s Ridge, Village & Valley – Balinese Street Food Experience                            B/L/D

Today your walk passes through the river valley of Tukad Wos, offering fine views of the stratovolcanic mountain Gunung Agung and glimpses of small village communities and rice fields along the way. Prior to commencing the trek, you will receive a brief orientation of the very beautiful Gunung Lebah (small hill) Temple. The temple, a subak temple (dedicated to the regulation of the water used in the rice paddies) was constructed in the 8th century and started the development of the settlement later to become Ubud. From the temple you’ll follow the path north, walking up onto the ridge between the two rivers, the Cerik and the Wos.

Continue north along the Campuhan ridge, arguably one of the best trekking routes around Ubud. This area has been considered a holy place for centuries. Enjoy the peaceful scenery while you walk between the tall green grasses. It’s truly amajestic walk. The trek also visits one of the Balinese compounds situated in the area, where you can learn about traditional house building and interact freely with the inhabitants. Your guide will assist you in this exchange.

Step once more outside the village to enjoy the rice paddy views and farming activities of the villagers until you arrive at a local resort situated on the edge of the Wos River and the end point for today’s trek. Here you will enjoy a sumptuous set menu lunch on the local restaurant, overlooking riverside greenery that remains untouched by the hands of time.

In the afternoon you will meet your local food specialist guide and drive to a traditional Balinese house at the outskirts of Ubud. You will be welcomed by a local Brahman and see how coconut oil is produced and used to make ‘Pepes Clengis’, a traditional steamed grated coconut dish with Balinese spices wrapped in Banana leaves.

Continuing your culinary discovery, you will stop at a small local Warung for a popular refreshment called.

‘Cendol’, a jelly-like drink consisting of green pieces of Tapioka, mixed with water and coconut milk and sweetened with brown sugar.

Next, take a walk around the famous Gianyar Night Market, which any local will tell you has some of the best food in Bali. The scene is brilliant, a local food haven on its own with the sound of hundreds of cooking pots, where families gather to eat delicacies such as roast pig, sweet cakes, chicken and coconut balls, fried bananas and tempeh and tofu. Try another Balinese speciality named ‘Bubur Injin’, a fermented black sticky rice cake.

End the evening at a hidden local bamboo restaurant near Ubud to experience a traditional ‘Megibung’ dining experience, in which people share several meals on a plate or Banana leaf. This is an authentic and special style of dining that was historically enjoyed during ceremonies and special occasions. The family-style served dishes consist of many rich and exotic Indonesian specialties and – the ideal way to try out the local cuisine.

Meal included   : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Sankara Resort Ubud (Deluxe Room) or similar.

Day 9: Transfer Sanur / Seminyak – Sunset Over Uluwatu & Kecak                           B/D

After breakfast, you will be transferred by private air-conditioner vehicle to Sanur or Seminyak area.

Afterwards at 3.30pm, travel to the southern-most tip of Bali to visit the famous Uluwatu Temple (*). One of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island, it is undoubtedly one of the region’s most venerable places of worship. Perched approximately 70 metres above sea level atop a steep cliff, the temple also has one of the most dramatic locations on the island and is the perfect vantage point from which to observe the huge waves as they roll in from the Indian Ocean and crash against the rock face below.

One of the highlights of this excursion is the opportunity to witness a traditional display of Kecak dance, which is regularly performed at Uluwatu. The Kecak dance features up to a hundred male performers who form a circle and sway and chant to hypnotic music. This ritual dance is based on an ancient story from the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana. King Rahwana captures Sita, the wife of Rama and the drama depicts the battle between King Rahwana and the monkey god, Hanuman.

A seductive crescent of white sand and blue sea, Jimbaran Bay has a reputation for having some of the best seafood on the island and after your visit to Uluwatu you will have the chance to dine in one of Jimbaran’s best beach restaurants overlooking the Jimbaran Bay. The fresh seafood menu and ambient beachside location merge perfectly into a truly sumptuous dining experience.

(*) Please note there are macaque monkeys at Uluwatu Temple, and they can be a considerable annoyance. Please heed the advice from your guide on the precautions you should take when visiting temples or forests inhabited by monkeys. 

Meal included   : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Segara Village Hotel Sanur (Deluxe Room) / Viva Dash Seminyak (Dash Studio) or similar.

Day 10-12: Free day at Leisure                  B

Enjoy your free day at your own leisure.

Meal included: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Segara Village Hotel Sanur (Deluxe Room) / Viva Dash Seminyak (Dash Studio) or similar.

Day 13: Departure                           B

You will be advised of the time of your departure transfer from the hotel to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport for your return flight home.

Meal included   : Breakfast.