Yogyakarta I Magelang, Java I Ubud I Kintamani I Bedugul I Seminyak I Uluwatu, Bali
Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Central Java and Bali on this enchanting 14-day tour. We’ve combined the islands’ highlights with some hidden local gems to bring you a unique travel experience.
Start in Yogyakarta that situated on Java island; a strong cultural nuance will cover most of your holiday here. A visit to the largest Hindus and Buddhist temple as well as a world cultural heritage, join batik class, discover the Yogyakarta historic sites, and explore the remnant of the last eruption of Mount Merapi using a vintage jeep are part of the itinerary. Arrive in the enchanting island of Bali, spend nine days touring the Bali’s most stunning ancient temples, excellent watersports which including surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing, and flyboarding lesson; sunrise ascent to Bali’s most famous active volcano, swing over a dense jungle of palm trees, and bike riding from Ubud to Kintamani. Amongst those incredible itineraries, upscale resorts bring opulent comfort during your holiday here – in the two best islands in the world based upon Travel and Leisure 2018.
Welcome to Special Region of Yogyakarta! Nestled on the best island of the world, Yogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. Upon your arrival at Adi Sucipto International Airport, our guide will greet you and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you may spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Meals included: No meals included on this day.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then spend a half day at your leisure. You may stroll around the hotel and enjoy the hotel’s excellent amenities until lunch before we take you to the largest Hindus temple in Indonesia, Prambanan Temple. Dedicated to three great Hindu divinities: Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, Prambanan is a complex consisting of more than 500 temples representing not only an architectural and cultural treasure but also a standing proof of past religious, peaceful cohabitation. Next up, you will visit Ratu Boko Temple, about three kilometers south from Prambanan Temple. The site covers 16 hectares in two hamlets displaying attributes of an occupation or settlement site. After dinner, you will back to Prambanan Temple to watch a spectacular Ramayana Ballet Dance performance. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Wake up bright and early for a unique chance to see the sunrise over the majestic Borobudur Temple – a UNESCO World’s Heritage Site. Here you will explore the temple at the most mystical time and watch the sun rays make their way through the morning mist along with your loved one. Take photos as many as you wish or simply enjoy looking at the sunrise. You will also stroll around Borobudur for more in-depth exploration of the temple after enjoying a sumptuous breakfast. If you still have enough stamina, after lunch this tour takes you to Candirejo village to experience rural Java’s traditional life. We will then back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Today a Merapi Lava Tour will fulfill your memory with thrilling experience as you will ride the vintage jeep to explore the remaining of the latest Mount Merapi eruption. There are short, medium, and long route you can pick up where the short itself takes 1.5 – 2 hours journey around Merapi! It’s indeed a perfect adventure every adrenaline seeker dreams of. A little visit to Ullen Sentalu Museum probably may soothe your nerve after the jeep riding. There you can enhance your knowledge about the history, art, and culture of Yogyakarta and Solo Royal Palace. After lunch, you have an option to visit Kalibiru Kulon Progo, a national park with an idyllic view of green forest under the tropical atmosphere. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Your fifth-day tour in Central Java will take you to the heart of Yogyakarta – The Royal Sultan Palace of Yogyakarta, locally known as Keraton, the palace was built with traditional Javanese architecture. Each feature of the complex has a special symbolic meaning related to sophisticated Javanese worldview. Taman Sari Water Castle will then be your next stop. It is known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta. The most famous place in Tamansari is the bathing and resting place of the Sultan and his Princesses named Umbul Pasiraman. Most tourists find this place interesting as there is a unique story behind its origins. After lunch, your trip continues to Tirtodipuran Village to learn about the profound Javanese philosophy behind some of the batik patterns and you can create your own Batik here. You have an option to visit Ansor’s Silver Kotagede for silver making experience and silver craft souvenirs shopping after batik learning. Then, you may stroll around at Malioboro Steet and Alun-Alun Yogyakarta, contemplating the tumult of the city while seeing how local people live, try the traditional cuisine of Yogyakarta and shop for local souvenirs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
This morning the journey to the island of Gods begins. You will set off to Adisutjipto Airport and have a flight to Denpasar, a capital city of Bali. Upon your arrival, you will transfer to an art and culture capital – Ubud. There you will check in to your hotel and may spend the rest of the day at leisure. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
After breakfast, you have another free program to relish until lunchtime coming. Next up, prepare yourself for Ubud City Tour and be ready to be enchanted by cultural and art nuances it offers! You can start in Monkey Forest where you can discover the Balinese long-tailed monkey known scientifically as ‘Macaque,' and then visit one of the most beautiful temples in Bali – Saraswati. The icon here is pretty lotus blossoms which cover the pond and a pathway with ornate architectural designs that lead to the main temples. You can stroll around at Ubud Art Market that offers myriad of Balinese merchandises at a low price, such as handicraft, clothes, paintings, and silver jewelry. If you are into paintings, Ubud seems like the perfect place! There are many museums which display many beautiful arts including collages and illustrated poetry. You can visit two of them at The Agung Rai Museum of Art or Antonio Blanco Museum. At the end of the day, you may watch the enchanting Bali traditional dance performances - Barong and Legong, in Ubud Palace. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Start your eighth day trip with a morning drive to see the famous lava sunrise landscape in Mount Batur. You’ll rise before dawn and be picked up from your hotel around 02:00 or 02:30 to the base of Mount Batur, and then begin your sunrise ascent of Bali’s most famous active volcano. Soothe your feet after the trekking by enjoying a long soak in a natural hot spring with expansive views over Lake Batur, or if you’re still excited for vibrant activity, you may want to try white water rafting at Ayung River. Feel the sensation of your adrenaline rush when the boat rafting through cascades and boulders. Once in a while, enjoy the fresh air and scenic view around you as there is a grove of trees in the riverside. Then, a one and a half hour drive will take you to Besakih that commonly known as the 'Mother Temple' of Bali. Located on the western slopes of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung (2,567 meters), Besakih is the largest and most revered temple on the island. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
This morning let you go off the beaten path by a fantastic bike ride through farms, lush vegetation, neighborhoods, and rice fields from Kintamani to Ubud. Then, we will visit Pura Gunung Kawi, a temple complex centered around royal tombs carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century and Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s most renowned water temples. Famous for its sacred spring water, Tirta Empul is annually visited by all Balinese Hindus who come to bathe in these holy waters dedicated to Vishnu as an act of ritual cleansing. A once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating swing will then rush your adrenaline by swinging on the edge of a scenic cliff over a dense jungle of palm trees at Zen Hideway or Bali Swing. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
On the tenth day, this tour takes you to the most beautiful scenes of rice paddies at Tegallalang Rice Terrace. The dramatic view of the rice fields is incredible for Instagram pictures! You will have an excellent lunch before heading out to Seminyak – one of Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area. After check-in, enjoy free time with activities that you like the most! Our suggestion is an afternoon stroll on the beach will be a good idea! Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Today will be full of fun water activities! We will set off to Sanur or Benoa Bay that renowned for its water sports heaven. Here you will have an opportunity to learn surfing or try something new like a flyboarding or kite surfing with certified instructors. Then, continue with the banana boat, jet skiing, parasailing, sea walking, flying fishing, or turtle glass bottom boat. Recover your energy with a sumptuous lunch, and then pick up either one of these leisure selections: Spa or Sunset Cocktails. Pamper yourself at the best spa & massage treatment in Seminyak to rejuvenate your body and mind or enjoy sunset cocktails while chilling out at one of the globe's most popular sunset spots in Jimbaran. At the end of the day, a fresh seafood dinner is specially served for you to savor. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
After a hearty breakfast, fill your half days with leisure activities you are fond of. At 4 PM, we will take you to Uluwatu Temple that sits majestically on the edge of a cliff overlooking the blue Hindia Ocean and watch the Kecak Fire Dance, one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. The best spot to watch the performance is from the cliff-top amphitheater located at the south of the Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
This morning we will set off to one of UNESCO heritage sites – Jatiluwih Rice Paddies. You can explore the rice paddies by an electric bike while learning about its unique subak irrigation system. Then, the trip continues to the "floating" temple - Ulun Danu Beratan, which surrounded by the second largest lake in Bali, Beratan Lake. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop. Close the day by visit the famous temple of Tanah Lot that sets dramatically on a rocky outcropping in the sea to enjoy a magical sunset. The temple can only be reached on foot during low tide. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Today is the end of your Central Java and Bali Discovery tour. Spa and massage treatment seems so tempting to rejuvenate your body and mind after 13 days of the exciting trip. If you want to bring something unique for your family or friends home, you may buy souvenirs instead at the best local and international fashion boutiques, galleries, art shop, or fun markets on Seminyak Street. Then, spend the rest of the day at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Meals included: Breakfast.
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