Indonesia Encompassed

Classic, Medan to Sanur

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Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes, and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas G Adventures for Good: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud Recharge: Local Hot Springs Visit, Kintamani Carte Blanche: Ubud
  • Medan city tour
  • Jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser NP
  • Sumatra coffee plantation tour
  • Jakarta city tour
  • Nglanggeran village homestay
  • Mt Nglanggeran hike
  • Prambanan temple complex visit
  • Borobudur visit
  • Mt Bromo sunrise visit
  • Beach time in Sanur
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces visit (UNESCO-protected)
  • Lake Bratan temple visit
  • Highlands of Kintamani visit
  • Mt Batur view
  • Local Indonesian meal experience
  • Kerta Gosa visit
  • Ubud orientation walk
  • Sasak village visit
  • Snorkelling trip
  • Easy trekking in Tetebatu
  • Sendang Gila Waterfall swim
  • Free time on the white-sand beaches of the Gili Islands
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit the rice field and tobacco plantations of tetebatu in lombok
  • Snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand
  • Explore hindu temples and buddhist sanctuaries
  • Learn where famous sumatra coffee comes from
  • Live like the locals in a traditional village

Itinerary

Day 1 Medan Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Medan/Bohorok (1B, 1D) Enjoy a city tour of Medan, including a visit to Maimoon Palace. Continue to Bohorok, one of the largest national parks in the world, famous for its orangutan rehabilitation centre. Included Activities: Medan City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 87km)
Day 3 Bohorok/Berastagi (1B) Enjoy the cooler weather in the hilly resort town of Berastagi. Included Activities: Jungle Trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 163km)
Day 4 Berastagi (1B) Hike up Sibayak Volcano for sunrise and take in the stunning view of the valley. Enjoy a free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs. Included Activities: Sibayak Volcano Hike
Day 5 Berastagi/Samosir Island (1B) Depart for the island of Samosir. En route, stop for an included visit to a coffee plantation. Included Activities: Coffee Plantation Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 188km)
Day 6 Samosir Island (1B) Enjoy a free day with options to relax or explore Samosir Island. Venture out for an excursion to see traditional batak houses and the tombs in Tomok.
Day 7 Samosir Island/Medan (1B) Enjoy a free morning, then drive back to Medan for the final night in Sumatra. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 188km)
Day 8 Medan/Jakarta (1B) In the evening, there may be new travellers joining the group. Opt to head out for a welcome dinner in town. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Jakarta/Bandung (1B) A guided city tour will visit the former Batavia area, remnants of the colonial past, and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. In Bandung, opt to see the angklung orchestra — resonating melodies created when children shake bamboo instruments. Included Activities: Jakarta City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)
Day 10 Bandung/Nglanggeran (1B, 1D) Take the morning train to Yogyakarta, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way, then transfer to Nglanggeran village for a homestay. Transport: Train (7.00 hour(s), 402km) Private Vehicle
Day 11 Nglanggeran/Yogyakarta (1B, 1L) Enjoy a hike on Mt Nglanggeran before getting a closer look at local life. After lunch in the village travel back to Yogyakarta, visiting the Prambanan Hindu temple complex en route. Included Activities: Mount Nglanggeran Hike Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 12 Yogyakarta (1B) Spend time at Borobudur and come away with a deeper understanding of the Buddhist culture here. Included Activities: Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Yogyakarta/Ngadas (1B, 1D) Continue the journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture with a G Adventures-supported community homestay. Included Activities: Ngadas Homestay Transport: Local train (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 14 Ngadas/Malang (1B, 1L) Start early today (approximately 2:30am) for a pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to watch the sunrise over the crater’s rim, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa. Included Activities: Sunrise Walk to Mount Bromo Viewpoint Village Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 15 Malang/Sanur (1B) Drive from Malang to Surabaya airport for a short flight to Sanur and enjoy some free time. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 95km) Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 16km)
Day 16 Sanur (1B) New travellers may join the tour today. You are welcome to join them for an optional welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 17 Sanur/Munduk (1B, 1D) Visit the Lake Danu Bratan Temple and take a walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces before arriving at the guesthouse in Munduk. Enjoy some delicious Balinese cuisine. Included Activities: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Visit Ulun Danu Temple Complex Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 30km) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 35km) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 15km)
Day 18 Munduk/Kintamani (1B) Arrive in Kintamani with its breathtaking views of Lake Batur and the Batur crater. Take a wander through town and mix with the locals, visit the market, and marvel at the variety of local produce for sale. Stop for lunch at a black sand beach. Included Activities: Local Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 70km)
Day 19 Kintamani/Ubud (1B, 1L) Opt for a sunrise hike to the top of Mt Batur before travelling to the cultural heart of Bali, stopping for lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. Arrive in Ubud in the late afternoon for an orientation walk and some free time. Included Activities: Bali Community Training Lunch Program Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 35km)
Day 20 Ubud (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore exactly what interests you in Ubud. Opt to visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, rice paddies, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.
Day 21 Ubud/Candi Dasa (1B) Visit Kerta Gosa, the historic court of justice, before the journey to Candidasa, a superb beach location perfect for relaxing. Included Activities: Kerta Gosa Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 43km)
Day 22 Candi Dasa (1B) New travellers may join today for the Lombok portion of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Day 23 Candi Dasa/Kuta (1B) Arrive at the shores of Lombok and head to a traditional Sasak village. Meet the locals and learn more about their unique culture and way of life. Continue on to Kuta for the night. Included Activities: Sasak Village Visit Transport: Ferry (6.00 hour(s)) Stop to visit a Sasak village on the way. Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 50km)
Day 24 Kuta (1B) Enjoy a full day exploring the area around Kuta. Opt for a surf lesson or visit one of the beautiful beaches nearby.
Day 25 Kuta/Senggigi (1B) Enjoy a spectacular drive through the middle of Lombok. Stop at the Tetebatu community and enjoy an easy trek through the surrounding rice fields led by a local guide. Continue on to Senggigi for the night. Included Activities: Tetebatu Countryside Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 60km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 26 Senggigi/Gili Trawangan (1B) Drive to the coast and hop on a ferry to Gili and settle in for a few days on the islands. The Gilis are paradise incarnate with a tiny population, no cars, and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Additional Notes: Please note there is limited fresh water available on the Gilis and electricity is supplied by generators. Showers often use desalinated salt water and rooms are typically fan-cooled (no air conditioning). Included Activities: Sendang Gila Waterfall Swim Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 90km) Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 90km) Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Day 27 Gili Trawangan (1B) Enjoy a half-day snorkelling trip and check out what's living under the sea. The rest of the day is free for exploring. Opt to rent a bike and cycle around the island, visit the shopping area, or try some yoga. Included Activities: Snorkelling Excursion
Day 28 Gili Trawangan/Sanur (1B) Spend the final evening with an optional dinner together, reflecting on the adventure under a beautiful Balinese sunset. Transport: Ferry (1.50-2.00 hours, 65km) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 40km)
Day 29 Sanur (1B) Depart at any time.
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