(Ubud, South Bali)
Our Premium tour of Bali and Yogyakarta starts you off in artistic and cultural Ubud. Here you visit artistic centers such as Tohpati, Celuk and Mas and have the opportunity to explore the extensive collections of art housed in the Agung Rai museum. From Ubud you will be transferred to the airport in Denpensar for your flight to Yogyakarta where you make your way out to the spectacular temples at Borobodur and make stops to explore local villages along the way. Whilst in Yogyakarta you will also visit the temple complex of Candi Sukuh on a full day private tour. Your trip comes to an end with a flight back to Denpensar where you will be transferred down to the stunning Jimbaran Bay to relax, dine on fish, enjoy the beach or visit the nearby dining and nightlife of Kuta Beach and Seminyak.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Pita Maha is etched into the hillside that overlooks the Tjampuhan valley in Ubud. The Resort and Spa encompasses 24 villas that are spacious and elegantly designed in an Balinese style to anticipate every conceivable need. Immersed into the hillside overlooking the Tjampuhan valley in Ubud, the 5-star hotel Pita Maha Resort & Spa offers a holiday of wellbeing, leisure activities and Balinese culture on the enchanting Island of the Gods, Bali. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talents during the 1930's, Pita Maha means 'great shining' and today this boutique resort is an icon that showcases local artistry and design elements.
Start the day with a visit to Kerta Gosa, or Hall of Justice, built in 18th century in Klungkung. It is beautifully laid out within a moat and provides an exquisite example of the Klungkung style of painting and architecture which can be seen in their ceiling murals. Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali highest volcano. It is called Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and a complex of nearly 24 temples. Our next stop is Kintamani where you can enjoy your lunch with a breathtaking view over the caldera lake, Danau Batur. Driving down, we arrive in the bottom of a lush green valley, where the Gunung Kawi temple, Bali largest ancient monument is located. It consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues and stand in 7m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. Our last stop will be Goa Gajah.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Witness this theatrical experience. The "Cak" or "Kecak" dance is the well-known “monkey dance” which is originally derived from a sacred sanghyang dance, it has subsequently been added to and adapted, incorporating scenes from the story of Ramayana. The Kecak dance is an amazing cacophony of interlocking sounds – 100 men, representing the Ramayana’s monkey army sit in concentric circles and chant. Their arms are thrown up to the skies, fingers outstretched, but the sounds and gestures have no meaning other than to drive out evil.
Fly one way from Bali to Yogyakarta.
You will be picked up by private vehicle with an English speaking guide and transferred between the airport and your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Prambanan village to visit the Prambanan Temples. 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 4 major temples/shrines such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma and Candi Vishu, Candi Nandi as well as the Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples. Enough time is given to stroll around and to observe the beautiful carvings.
Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Hotel is situated in the scenic outskirts of north-western Yogyakarta, elegantly set in 24 hectares of beautifully landscaped hotel gardens. The idyllic location of this hotel affords stunning views of Mount Merapi (the sacred mountain of Java), Seribu Mountain and Java's beautiful landscape. The Hotel is located 15 minutes from Yogyakarta Airport. Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta offers a full range of hotel recreational facilities including a nine-hole golf course and floodlit driving range, floodlit tennis courts, a multi-level free-form pool, and a hotel health club where hotel guests may enjoy.
This tour will bring you to the world's biggest Buddhist monument complex. Pick up from the hotel and drive about one hour to visit 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 located temples such as Candi pawon, Mendut. Around lunchtime return back to the hotel.
Fly one way from Yogyakarta to Bali.
Jimbaran Puri Bali by Orient-Express is a luxury resort hotel in Jimbaran, Bali with a simple, unpretentious and supremely romantic style. Located at the beachfront of Jimbaran Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, the resort promises uninterrupted breathtaking sea views and is perfect for those looking for a private space to relax and unwind. Re-awaken your senses with one of our spa treatments, discover exquisite Balinese cuisine at our beachfront restaurant or just simply indulge yourself in the luxury of seclusion - Jimbaran Puri Bali is the perfect destination for an exotic escape.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali for a visit of the Uluwatu Temple, which is perched precipitously atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf 250 feet above the sea. This is one of the grandest and oldest temples in Bali, built in 11th century. Watch the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere before you are driven to Jimbaran Beach for an extensive BBQ Seafood Dinner on the beach.
Depart from Denpasar international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTThe Indonesian government requires visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreign nationals who arrive with less than six months’ validity on their passports. American and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Indonesia. Visa processing generally takes 7 working days for a Tourist Visa along with a visa processing fee of approximately $55. A 30 days visa can also be applied upon arrival at Jakarta International Airport. This visa costs approximately $25. Tourist passport holders may apply for a non-extendable visitor Visa-on-Arrival at airports.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Indonesia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Jakarta (Java). Government: Republic. Declared independence from The Netherlands in 1945. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language. Altogether, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. The older generation still speaks Dutch as a second language and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Religion: There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Time: GMT + 7 (West) in Sumatra, Java and Western Borneo; GMT + 8 (Central) in Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali and Eastern Borneo; GMT + 9 (East) in Papua and Maluku. Electricity: 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins. Telephone: Country code +62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 361 for Bali, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya). Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage may be limited to main towns and cities. Internet: There are Internet cafes in all major cities and tourist destinations.
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