Duration: 9 nights private tour
Price from: £2775pp
Jakarta 1 night
Bandung 2 nights
Batu Raden 1 night
Yogyakarta 2 nights
Malang 1 night
Bromo 1 night
Kalibaru 1 night
Day 1 Jakarta: Fly to Jakarta.
Day 2 Jakarta: You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Jakarta/Bandung: Travel to the Bogor Botanical Gardens, home to a huge variety of trees, palms, bamboo, plants and orchids. The journey continues up into the hills passing mile upon mile of plantations en route to Bandung, the capital of west Java which is surrounded by volcanoes and mountain ranges (approx 120 miles/3 hours 30 minutes drive).
Day 4 Bandung: Travel north into the hills to visit the colourful fruit and vegetable market at Lembang. Climb higher into the mountains to the rim of Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, a volcanic crater which, on clear days, offers spectacular valley views. If time permits enjoy a dip in the hot mineral water pools (additional cost) before travelling on to Padasuka Village.
Day 5 Bandung/Batu Raden: Begin with a visit to Naga Village, a traditional West Javan village with houses built on stilts made of wood, bamboo and palm fibre. Observe the simple way of life here and how the villagers work the terraces by hand. Travel onwards to Batu Raden, a cool hillside resort in Central Java (approx 106 miles/4 hours drive).
Day 6 Batu Raden/Yogyakarta: Pass vivid rice terraces before the steep climb up to the Dieng Plateau, a mysterious world of swirling mists, Hindu temple ruins, hot geysers, bubbling mud and sulphurous lakes. In the late afternoon visit Borobudur, one of the world’s most famous Buddhist temples, dating from the 8th century. Finally, head to the fascinating town of Yogyakarta (approx 78 miles/4 hours drive).
Day 7 Yogyakarta: Begin with a tour of the Sultan’s Palace, which dates from 1755 and has exquisite, ornately decorated pavilions. See some of Yogyakarta’s skilled craftsmen at work before a “Wayang Kulit” shadow puppet performance and visit to Prambanan temple. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8 Yogyakarta/Malang: Spend the day travelling to East Java (approx 100 miles/5 hours drive).
Day 9 Malang/Bromo: Morning at leisure. After lunch, explore the old colonial town of Malang. Visit the Chinese Temple, Bird Market and Ceramic Cinoyo before driving to Sukapura Village on the slopes of Mount Bromo (approx 32 miles/4 hours drive).
Day 10 Bromo/Kalibaru: Early morning wake up call to see the spectacular sunrise (subject to weather). Ensure you have some warm clothing, as you will be over 6,500 feet above sea level. Travel by jeep and ascend the mountain for a moonlit view of the Bromo caldera. Once it’s light you’ll drive down to the crater floor, which is known as the “sand sea” with its desert-like terrain. Stopping at the foot of Mount Bromo either walk the 245 steps to the top (or alternatively, hire a horse - additional cost) and look down into bubbling water, ash and sulphur inside the crater below you. Return to the hotel for breakfast before departing to Kalibaru passing picturesque countryside, rural villages, tobacco drying houses and thick tropical forest (approx 106 miles/5 hours drive).
Day 11 Kalibaru/Bali: Take a short plantation tour around the villages and drive to Ketapang for the ferry across the Bali strait (approx 44 miles/2 hour drive and 1hour by ferry). The tour concludes with your onward journey. Alternatively, why not extend your stay at one of our beach hotels?
Departures: Daily from Jakarta exc 22 Dec 19-08 Jan & 22 Dec 20-08 Jan 21.
Accommodation: 4* accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 9 nights accommodation, private services of an English speaking guide, ferry travel from Kalibaru to Bali, sightseeing and entrance fees as outlined.