Discover Bali & Java

National Geographic Journeys, Jakarta to Sanur

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day tour to the stunning beaches and jungles of Bali and Java. Ride through Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep at sunrise. Visit the exquisite Bogor Botanical Gardens. Enjoy inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and stroll the unforgettable beaches of Sanur. Inspired by Buddhist zen, find harmony in this incredible corner of the world.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Batik Experience, Yogyakarta Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Volcanology Talk at Mt Bromo, Malang Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Balinese Home Cooking, Ubud Your G for Good Moment: Ngadas Village walk & lunch, Desa Ngadas Your G for Good Moment: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud Your Discover Moment: Ubud
  • Arrival transfer
  • Jakarta and Bandung city tours
  • Tour of Botanical Gardens and zoological museum
  • Visit a Gong factory
  • Angklung show
  • Excursion to Borobudur temple complex
  • Visit Village of Candirejo
  • Prambanan Temple Complex tour
  • Hiking and jeep trip to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
  • Visit Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Hindu temple complex and Kintamani
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore bustling jakarta and yogyakarta
  • Learn the art of batik making
  • Enjoy a balinese cooking class with a local chef
  • Meet with a vulcanology expert at mt bromo
  • Delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient hindu and buddhist temples

Itinerary

Day 1 Jakarta Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included. Additional Notes: Should you wish more time to explore Jakarta on your own, we do recommend booking a pre-night. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Jakarta/Bogor (1B) Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fathaillah Square, and the harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, with its stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mt Salak. Additional Notes: This is a fast paced tour covering a lot of ground using a variety of different modes of transportation and sometimes departure times can be delayed and roads a bit rough. We ask that you have a bit of patience and understanding that this is the nature of this type of travel. There also is a lot of walking and temperatures can be quite hot and humid, so bring a good pair of walking/hiking shoes and be sure to hydrate. Included Activities: Jakarta City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 3 Bogor (1B) Visit the Botanical Garden in Bogor, a world famous institution for research and conservation that is home to 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants. With a local guide, tour the gardens and the Zoological museum before continuing on to a gong factory to see how these unique instruments are made by local blacksmiths. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Included Activities: Bogor Botanic Gardens Gong Factory Visit
Day 4 Bogor/Bandung (1B) Drive to Bandung and explore the city known as the "Paris of Indonesia," visiting a traditional puppet "wayang golek" maker along the way. Later, enjoy the angklung orchestra — with resonating melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert. Included Activities: Angklung Orchestra Performance Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 5 Bandung/Magelang (1B) This is a long travel day, so wear comfortable clothes and have your book/e-reader ready. That said the scenery is stunning so sit back and enjoy the views. Transport: Train (6.00-7.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Magelang/Yogyakarta (1B) This is an early start day to best take advantage of the stunning sunrise. Included Activities: Borobudur Temple Complex Excursion Candirejo Village Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 7 Yogyakarta (1B) Explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about the history of the temples. Marvel at what is considered some of the most stunning Hindu works of art in Asia. Return to Yogyakarta and enjoy the evening at leisure. Included Activities: Prambanan Hindu Temple Complex Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8 Yogyakarta (1B) Yogyakarta is very walkable, so a stroll around the fascinating bird market is always interesting. If silver is of interest to you, then a trip to Kota Gede to pick up a hand-beaten bowl or some fine filigree is definitely worthwhile. As the home of arts, this really is the place to take in a Wayang (puppet) show or a dance performance, usually based on the Ramayana story. Included Activities: Batik Experience
Day 9 Yogyakarta/Malang (1B) This is a long travel day, so wear comfortable clothes and have your book/e-reader ready. That said the scenery is stunning so sit back and enjoy the views. Transport: Train (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 10 Malang/Bromo (1B, 1L) Visit Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture in this G Adventures-supported community with a village walk and local lunch. After, visit the volcanology office of Mt Bromo and meet with one of their experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption. Included Activities: Volcanology Talk at Mt Bromo Ngadas Village walk & lunch Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Bromo/Ubud (1B) This is an early start day (approximately 2:30am) to watch the sunrise over the crater’s rim. This is a popular view with both visitors 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: Mount Bromo Jeep Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Ubud (1B, 1L) Free time today allows us to opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe roam the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. Other options include strolling through the rice fields, devouring delicious organic foods, or white water rafting. Included Activities: Balinese Home Cooking
Day 13 Ubud (1B) Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or consider the many optional activities. Opt to explore the stunning UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih Rice Terraces by electric cycle or visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.
Day 14 Ubud/Sanur (1B, 1L) Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple and its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields then make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mt Batur towering above. Also enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. This evening, opt to join your CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world. Included Activities: Tirta Empul Temple Visit Gunung Kawi Temple Visit Kintamani Visit Bali Community Training Lunch Program Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 15 Sanur (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking post-accommodation in Sanur to further explore or take advantage of the beaches. Included Activities: Departure Day
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