As the sun catches the golden temples that rise from bottle-green rice paddies, you’ll be left speechless at the grandeur of the world’s largest Buddhist temple complex that slumbers peacefully in rural Java.
In serene Ubud, trek through aromatic coffee, clove and cacao plantations that surround mountainous Munduk village; refresh your senses at a remote jungle waterfall; bask in the vibrant greens of the terraced rice fields in Jatiluwih; pay your respects at a holy temple on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain; and visit Bayad village for an eco walk where you’ll learn about the healing powers of native plants. In Yogyakarta, you’ll explore the 9th century Hindu temples at Prambana; encounter the world’s largest complex of Buddhist monuments that rise from a patchwork of bottle-green rice paddies; and visit impressive Keraton Palace in the heart of the old city. In the island paradise of Lombok, you’ll cruise turquoise waters en route to the peaceful villages of Tetebatu and Loyok where you’ll trek through local forests filled with wild black monkeys, soaring mahogany trees, aromatic clove plantations and village temples.
From the rich art of Ubud and the lush rice paddies of Yogyakarta, to the ancient temples of Prambanan and the pristine pink-hued beaches of idyllic Lombok island, this trip combines a decadent cultural experience with Indonesia’s most breath-taking natural wonders. Of course, your knowledgeable team of local guides and private drivers will be at your side to ensure you get the most from every experience, and you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge your senses at a range of luxury spa resorts, charming colonial villas and boutique beach hotels.
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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Depart in the morning from your hotel and transfer to the Munduk village. Upon arrival, enjoy a beautiful trekking experience through coffee plants, cloves, cacao, and other exotic tropical plantations around the village. Your guide will give you the insight to mountain farming life and the importance of the plantations that once attracted the arrival of Europeans to the archipelago. Visit the waterfall with its refreshing breezes - a great photo opportunity. After, enjoy a short refreshment, carry on to Jatiluwih where you can enjoy a pleasant walk to discover the beautiful terrace rice fields of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Jatiluwih, stop for lunch at the G Terrace Restaurant while enjoying the lovely views over the paddy (beverages are not included). Afterwards, continue your visit to the holy site of Batukaru Temple, located on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain.
In the morning, visit the Bayad Village and join your local Balinese guide for the eco walk through the jungle. Explore the wealth of healing plants with your guide. Start with coffee or tea and refreshments while having a short introduction on the venture. Continue with a light hike through the spice and herbal garden where you will be introduced to the plants that are used for first aid emergencies up to the treatment of chronic illnesses. Continue the walk down to a cave and return through the underground labyrinth to the finish point at Petanu Restaurant where your Indonesian lunch will be served. After, you’ll be driven back to your hotel.
Fly from Bali to Yogyakarta. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Prambanan village to visit the Prambanan Temple. The hindu temple complex was erected in the 9th century while Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjayas Old Mataram in the north. The complex consists of 3 major temples/shrines such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma, and Candi Vishnu. Enough time will be given to walk around and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighborhood shrines such as the Candi Palosan and the Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples.
Start your day with a cultural tour through the city. Your guide will bring you to the Kraton Sultan Palace walking over the remains of the past centuries, enabling you to understand the history of this artistic city. It was built in 1970 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubowono I., which is also a model of traditional Javanese palace architecture and it lies in the center of the municipality. Up to now, Kraton still serves as the Sultan Palace. Over 25,000 people live within the greater Kraton compound named Taman Sari, which consist of its own market, shops, batik, and silver cottage industries, schools, and mosques. You’ll also get to do a tour to the Water Castle. Afterwards, continue to Kota Gede which has been famed as the hub of Yogyakarta’s silver industry since the 1930’s. But this quite old town, which is now a suburb of Yogyakarta, was the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom, found by Panembahan Senopati in 1582. You will visit the busy silver workshops to watch the process.
This tour will bring you to the world's biggest Buddhist monument complex, Borobudur. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal Buddhist relic is one of the continent's marvels. Built around 800 A.D. after the decline of Buddhism and the shift of power to East Java, the monument was abandoned soon after its completion. For centuries the complex lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. Climb up to the top and enjoy a wonderful view on the Menoreh mountains. Enough time is given to stroll around the complex and to discover its beauty. Afterwards, continue to visit the nearby temples such as Pawon and Mendut Temple.
Fly from Yogyakarta to Lombok via Jakarta.
Visit the village of Tetebatu and Loyok, popularly known as a peaceful and tranquil village. You will do some soft trekking to the local forest inhabited by the wild black monkeys (pitu), mahogony trees, and clove plantations while enjoying the simple and natural way of life of the locals. You will also visit Lingsar temple, which symbolizes the harmony of Muslim and Hindu and Taman Narmada, a kingly garden which is also the replica of Lake Segara Anak in Mount Rinjani. Lunch will be provided along the way.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly from Lombok to Bali. Flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
Etched into a hillside overlooking the Tjampuhan ridge, Pita Maha Resort & Spa encompasses private pool villas in a style reminiscent of a Balinese village. Located just 5 minutes from central Ubud, this boutique hotel is an elegant retreat steeped in local tradition. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talent during the 1930’s, Pita Maha Resort & Spa is an elegant hotel in Ubud where travelers can experience the true charm of Bali. Pita Maha means ‘great shining’ and this boutique resort honors the island’s artistic legacy.
This historic colonial style hotel has been fully renovated. The hotel offers the facilities and comfort of a modern hotel while maintaining the traditions of the past. All 144 rooms, including 10 suites, offer private balconies and are furnished in a modern style with local touches. The Paprika restaurant specializes in Asian fusion cooking. The 1918s terrace bar overlooks an open-air courtyard and the trendy Vino Wine Bar features nightly entertainment.
Qunci Villas Hotel is 'The Boutique Hotel of Lombok', comprised of 20 units on a beautifully landscaped beachfront property with many of the units boasting an ocean view under swaying palm trees. It's a tasteful mixture of modern architecture combined with the architectural style of Lombok and Bali. The complex itself is specifically designed to take full advantage of stunning views across exotic gardens out across the sparkling blue waters of the Lombok Straits.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
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November 19, 2013
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October 10, 2013
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September 04, 2013
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August 30, 2013
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August 02, 2013
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July 25, 2013
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August 07, 2013
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