Day 1 : Arrival Jakarta to Bogor
Individual arrival in Jakarta and transfer to your hotel in Bogor. Bogor was during the Dutch colonial times called Buitenzorg. Buitenzorg literally means without worry. At this pleasant place the worries of the big city could be escaped.
Up to today Bogor is an escape from the Metro pole Jakarta. Bogor is located at the foot of the 2211 m high Gunung Salak and its higher elevation makes its temperature more pleasant then in Jakarta.
Day 2 : Bogor
Today you have ample time to visit the world-famous botanical gardens: Kebun Raya. This beautiful garden of 80 hectares has at least 15,000 tree kinds below which 400 different kinds of palms and it is around the former presidential palace. A walk through the park leads you along rivers and lotus ponds. At the highest point of the garden lays an atmospheric colonial tea and coffee house.
Day 3 : Bogor – Bandung
You continue your journey through the beautiful landscape of Java. Via the spectacular Puncak Pass at an altitude of 1439 meters, overlooking tea plantations and sawa’s, you will arrive in Bandung. On the way you will be passing through the tea plantations as far as the eye can see and a tea factory can be visited. When Bandung was erased in 1920, the plan was to make a modern city, and architects were called from Europe to use the art deco style here for the design of the buildings. There are still some nice examples to be seen. The museum Geologi and museum Asia Afrika here are worth a visit. (closed after 14.00)
Day 4 : Bandung
By car you can get up as high as the crater of the active volcano Tangkuban Perahu. It is beautiful to walk along the rim of the crater of this 2076 high volcano. Nearby the volcano you can take a relaxing hot bath at the natural hot springs at Ciater.
Day 5 : Bandung – Pangadaran
On the way you visit the only temple of West Java, Cangkuang. To get there you need to cross a lake filled with water lilies on a bamboo raft. Further on you can visit Naga, a traditional Sudanese village that still lives a step back in time. Late In the afternoon you will arrive at the small Peninsular where Pangandaran is located.
Day 6 : Pangadaran
You have two full days in Pangandaran. On the beach, fishermen get on traditional manner the fish in. You can laze away at the beach, but you can also bring a visit at the Green Canyon. With a small boat the guide will lead you through the caves where beautiful stalagmites and stalactites can be seen. The small nature reserve Prenanjun has a variety of wildlife as experienced local porcupines, deer and monkeys
Day 7 : Pangadaran – Wonosobo
In the morning you you leave the south coast and drive up to the mountains to the city of Wonosobo. Wonosbo lays on the edge of the 2000 m height situated Dieng Plateau. The night here can be cold thus a sweater can come handy.
Day 8 : Wonosobo – Borobudur
In the early morning the mysterious landscape of Dieng is at its best. The oldest Hindu temples of Java appear serene from the mist. A walk down along mountain paths with beautiful views on the slopes and along the vegetable gardens of the farmers is hard on the knees but very pleasant. In the afternoon you will arrive at your unique accommodation located on the complex of the largest Buddhist sanctuaries in the world, the Borobodur. A stunning sunset can be experienced.
Day 9 : Borobudur – Yogyakarta
In the early morning you can visit Borobudur at its best when it still quiet as the day visitors has not yet arrived. The morning light is great for photographing this awe-inspiring World Heritage Site of Borobudur. Built in the 8th century, this stunning artistic and architectural marvel lay undiscovered until 1815. Before you head on to Yogyakarta you will visit the nearby Pawon temple, which is in the middle of a typical village, and Mendut temple with its magnificent statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni.
Mid day you will continue to Yogyakarta â€“ the cultural heart of Java.
Day 10 : Yogyakarta, free program
Many opportunities today; take a city tour with a cycle rickshaw (becak) to explore the Sultan’s Palace which is located in the heart of old city. The huge palace of the Sultans of Yogyakarta is actually the centre of a small walled city within the city. Over 25,000 people live within the greater Kraton compound, which its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, school and mosques. Then on to Sono-Budoyo Museum, the pick of Yogya’s museums and go to the nearby water castle Taman Sari, a splendid pleasure park of palace, pools and waterways of the Sultan and his entourage to enjoy. In the evening you can attend a performance of the classic Ramayana dance and theatre.
Day : 11 – Yogyakarta, Prambanan – Solo
Today you continue with your tour with a short drive to Solo. On the way, you will visit the famous Prambanan temples. This encompasses 224 ruined temples. The Hindu temple complex is of stunning beauty, and devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. You will check in at the hotel in Solo by midday. The afternoon you can visit the Sultan palace. Here a local guide will show you around. At walking distance from the Sultan palace there is the Batik Museum Danar Hadi. This private museum houses the great collection of excellent Batik, antique and Royal textiles from Java and China etc. A guide will lead you to the 11 rooms with all kind of Batik. At the end and in the back of the museum you see about 200 people working in a big hall processing the batik textiles using different techniques.
In the evening there are great dining opportunities in the city. Interesting is the town centre where the night market is put up around the Alun Alun- the city centre.
Each day there are Theatre performances of Wayang Orang in the Sriwedari theatre. Performances are long, from 19.00 till 22.00, but you can drop in and go as you like. Since the Indonesians know the story by heart they can follow it from any point during the performance.
Day 12 : Solo – Malang
You will continue your overland tour to Malang. You will arrive in the afternoon at the cool and old-colonial city of Malang. (travel time approximately 8 hours)
Day 13 : Malang – Bromo
Morning is free to explore Malang town on your own. In the early afternoon, you ride via Probolinggo to the Gunung Bromo Volcano. Your hotel is in or nearby Cemoro Lawang, situated spectacularly on the edge of the Tengger crater. The ascent of the volcano is usually the highlight of every visit to Java. You can watch the sunset at spectacular Bromo.
Day 14 : Bromo – Kalibaru
An early rise (4.00 am!!) will ensure you have enough time for the jeep ride to the sunrise viewpoint up above. Cross the sea of sand’ and climb 246 steps upwards to the cone of Mt Bromo, and in the morning light you will see smoke rising from the crater; a fantastic view, made even better when the slowly rising sun reveals an amazing moon-like landscape. After this adventure you head back to your hotel for breakfast and continue to Kalibaru, where you stay the night in beautifully situated bungalows surrounded by coffee, cacao and rubber plantations. Â (travel time approximately 7 hours)
Day 15 : Kalibaru – Lovina (Bali)
Drive along the north coast of East Java to Banyuwangi, Java east coast port. Here you’ll be fascinated by locals diving into the water off high construction poles to fetch the coins dropped into the water by passengers. A short boat journey with the local ferry will then bring you to Bali, the fabled Island of Gods and Demons. (travel time approximately 5 hours)
Day 16 : Lovina
A day with lots of options. If you want to see dolphins, prepare to get up early, and go out on the sea by small boat. Very often the dolphins will show you their jumping skills. Or for excellent snorkeling and diving head to Menjangan (Deer) island, part of the West Bali National Park. Or take a step back in time and visit the old Colonial houses or the only Buddhist temple there is on Bali. The warm springs of Banjar, finally, are also worth to visit.
Day 17 : Lovina – Ubud
First you visit the Gitgit Waterfall and proceed onto Bratan Mountain Lake, which is situated at a height of 1240 meters. The Pura Ulun Danu temple in this lake is said to be home of the Danu goddess, who is responsible for the water distribution to Bali many rice terraces. (travel time approximately 6 hours)
Day 18 : Ubud, free program
A wide range of optional excursions is possible for exploring Ubud and its surroundings. Interesting temples and palaces as the Elephant Cave, Tampak Siring or the famous Pura Besakih (the mother temple) and Kintamani are only a few of the interesting sights to visit. Trekkings around Ubud rice fields, white water rafting and spa treatments are also available. Interesting dance performances in former palaces or temple ceremonies are worth a visit, too! And last but not least, the many galleries in and around Ubud offer all handicrafts and arts.
Day 19 : Ubud – Sanur
A short drive will bring you to Sanur, a tranquil coastal town on the south-east coast of Bali. A perfect place to relax and let all the impressions of last two weeks settle down in your mind forever. The accommodation for the night is a pleasant cozy bungalow near the beach.
Day 20 : Sanur
You will have the opportunity to visit Bali highlights, rafting, cycling etc. Sanur has a wide range of excellent restaurants and shops for your souvenirs. It also has a nice and rather quite beach.
Day 21 : Sanur, tour ends
Tour ends after breakfast.