Indonesia Explorer

Description

Explore Indonesia and marvel at the many Hindu shrines, mosques, dormant volcanoes, tropical plants, and beautiful beaches that are part of this stunning destination. You’ll be touring bustling cities, rice fields, tobacco plantations, mountains, and valleys. Take the journey of a life time, become an Indonesian Explorer.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arriving in Yogya airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driver and you will be privately transfer to your hotel.

  • This is a busy road, lined with houses, rice fields, tobacco barns and vegetable gardens. Just about every little piece of land is used to grow agricultural produce. On busy intersections, becaks, cars and pedestrians scramble for a piece of the road.

  • Rest of the day and night free.

 

Day 2

  • This morning you will get to know Yogyakarta, a city dubbed 'the cradle of Javanese culture'.

  • Top of your list is the stately Kraton, right in the center of town. It was built by venerable Sultans in the second half of the 18th century as a representation of the Javanese cosmos. Nearby Taman Sari or 'Water Castle' reminds us of the whims of these former feudal rulers. This was once a splendid retreat, the playground of mighty kings, a complex of basins, bathing houses, private chambers and watch towers from where kings could observe beautiful women bathing.

  • Then a visit to an intriguing history belies the world famous Borobudur temple, one of the biggest and most impressive Buddhist monuments ever erected by mankind. The backdrop of the spectacular Menoreh mountain range enhances its peaceful image. To reach the top, the pilgrim had to climb nine terraces, of which some are decorated with narrative stone carvings, telling the lives and times of the Lord Buddha. The temple is a prayer in stone. It's a magnificent illustration of the will of man to preserve the past. Once enshrined by a wild jungle, it took more than ten years and great effort to restore the monument.

  • Return to the hotel in the early afternoon.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 3

  • Near the royal city of Yogyakarta, the temple gardens of Prambanan were once dedicated to kings who considered themselves as Gods. The centrally located Shiva temple overlooks a series of smaller shrines, spread out in an open-air museum of Hindu-Javanese antiquities. This marvelous temple garden features prime examples of powerful Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms, who ruled much of Sumatra and Java in the 7th and 8th century AD.

  • Then continue cycling through small villages nearby Prambanan passing Lumbung, Bubrah, and Sewu Temples while enjoying the panorama of seasonal local plantations including the rice fields, tobacco, sugar cane, mais, tomato, cassavas, chili, egg plants and many others.

  • In the villages you pass through, daily life goes on, a stop will be made at a local house to meet the people and you may try out the local harvest. If time permit, visit local home industry of "Pabrik Tahu" Tofu Making Process to see the production. A chance to get to know things beyond the tourist attractions!

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Day 4

  • Experience a morning train journey from Yogyakarta to Mojokerto.

  • Arrive late noon time and continue driving onto the direction of Bromo, one of the most accessible volcanic locations in the world and scene of out worldly beauty.

  • Past amazingly laid out patches of vegetable gardens against the mountain slopes, you'll reach Sukapura.

  • The rest of the day and evening is at own leisure. Take a rest, gearing up for a fascinating early morning excursion.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 5

  • After an early morning rise, you can walk to a nearby point from where a magnificent sunrise can be observed. It is a magic moment when the sun casts its first rays over a sea of sand. At its periphery, volcanic cones rise up from the earth's surface. Mount Bromo is one of them, hissing and fuming with volcanic activity. This awesome sight was the result of a prehistoric eruption eons ago. In a shimmering distance you'll have stunning views over the Semeru massif. Circumstances allowing, you will move toward Bromo for a final ascent to its peak.

  • Then it is back to your hotel for a hearty breakfast.

  • Return to Surabaya to catch your flight to Makassar, the capital of Sulawesi and the gateway to the eastern provinces of Indonesia.

 

Day 6

  • After breakfast, you’ll start traveling upcountry straight to Tanah Toraja, a region located about 300 km away. The road leads past a scenic road with breathtaking panoramas of deep valleys and high mountains.

  • Finally, you will reach Rantepao, the cultural center of the Toraja people.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Day 7

  • Exploring the heartland of the Torajanese

  • All highlights in the area will be visited, but if some of the spectacular burial ceremonies take place, our guide will bring you to the scene of these intriguing and grandly staged events. Young women perform trance like dances, rituals from pre-Christian religions reappear. Visitors include relatives who might come from any far-flung corner of the archipelago. Ritual fights between different village clans are held and numerous expensive water buffalos will be slaughtered, all to appease the animist spirits of an Unseen World. The ceremony goes on and on for days while all the attendees will be sheltered in make-shift bamboo houses, built solely for this purpose of protecting the distinguished guests. All attendees must be given plenty of food. One can imagine the almost unbearable financial burden placed upon the relatives.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 8

  • Continue exploring Tanah Toraja.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 9

  • Transfer back to Makassar.

  • Services on this trip end when you have checked in on your domestic flight to your next destination.

  • End of services.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Indonesia

Low Season From R 29 868.06*

per person sharing

High Season From R 31 165.89*

per person sharing

*All above pricing is based on 4* accommodation and a 2 pax group, inquire with us for 3* accommodation and bigger groups.

9 Days / 8 Nights 

Validity: Immediately - October 2020

Including

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and is based on sharing a double or twin room incl. daily breakfast

  • Porterage at airports

  • Entrance fees, parking fees and customary donations throughout the course of the program

  • Services of a licensed, local, foreign speaking guide during excursions, tours and transfers

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during transfers and tours as described in the attached program, unless specified otherwise

  • Meals as specified

  • Domestic flight SUB-UPG by Garuda Indonesia – economy class

Excluding

  • International Flights

  • All expenses incurred due to flight delay, cancellation or other causes which are beyond our control

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Tips for guide and driver. Tipping in Indonesia is a common way of showing your appreciation and is highly recommended

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Guide/vehicle during days or periods of time marked as ‘(at) leisure/free’ in the attached itinerary

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry, wellness treatments and any other item not mentioned in in the itinerary

  • Meals not mentioned in the attached program

  • This list is exemplary and not limitative

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

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