From Sumatra, home to Southeast Asia’s largest lake and dense jungles, Indonesia stretches over 3,000 miles to Papua, and is as varied as it is unique. Hindu-Buddhist monuments at Borobudur, Komodo dragons, orangutans, and countless deserted beaches and natural wonders grace an archipelago filled with mystique, nature and beauty. On your trip, search for orangutans at Camp Leakey, trek for the largest monitor lizard in the world at Komodo, and swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters filled with gorgeous coral. Visit the crown jewel of Indonesia’s many islands, Bali, a paradise framed by sweeping beaches and natural wonders, and graced by a rich and intriguing culture. If you love the true exotic and appreciate experiences that are rare and magical, this is the ultimate expedition for you!
Moderately Active. May involve some moderate hikes in forests and nature reserves, getting in and out of vehicles and rocking boats, and walking in uneven pavement in archaeological sites, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.
Indonesia straddles the equator with typical tropical monsoonal climate and relatively mild temperatures. Indonesia experiences two seasons: a dry season from April through September, and a wet season from October to March. Although rain generally comes in tropical downpours, on occasion, the storms can last for several days. Kalimantan generally has little variation – the dry season just seems to be slightly hotter and drier than the wet season.
Fly to Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, arriving on day 3 where you transfer to your hotel. Time permitting, this afternoon enjoy a tour of Jakarta which will include Old Batavia, Sunda Kelapa Harbor, and China Town, ‘Glodok’ in local parlance, with a wealth of small shops and excellent examples of Chinese architecture. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. Your striking, modern hotel combines luxury with simplicity, centrally located amidst many restaurants and shops. ALILA JAKARTA. (Meals Aloft, D)
Fly to Pangkalan Bun, Borneo today. When you arrive, board a wooden riverboat or ‘Klotok’ to the locals, and enter Tanjung Puting National Park, the location of the Tanjung Harapan and Pondok Tanggui orangutan rehabilitation centers. Over the next few days, witness daily orangutan feedings at the two sites, concluding with the 3:00 p.m. feeding at Tanjung Harapan. While here you will observe the reclamation efforts in Pesalat, a part of the national park that was largely destroyed by illegal logging and forest fires. Your timber eco lodge is remote and only accessible by boat. Perched on the edge of the Sekonyer River, it is surrounded by forest, and built in a series of adjoining elevated pavilions. RIMBA LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)
Transfer back to Pangkalan Bun to catch your flight to Semarang, Java. Check into your hotel after you arrive and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Your charming boutique hotel offers stunning views of Borobudur Temple, Mount Merapi, and Menoreh Hill. The spacious cabanas are designed in a traditional Indonesian style, and are spread out amongst lush tropical gardens. PLATARAN BOROBUDUR RESORT. (B)
Head to the stunning Borobudur Temple which represents the transition of the spirit toward enlightenment symbolized at the top of the temple, where you will be when the sun rises. Travel by horse drawn buggy to Candirejo village, and take a lesson in traditional Gamelan music at a local house. Drive to Yogyakarta in the afternoon. Located in the heart of the city near the popular Malioboro district, your historic hotel is a colonial landmark dating back to 1918 and features a fusion of Asian and European décor. PHOENIX HOTEL YOGYAKARTA. (B,L)
In the morning tour Yogyakarta and see the Sultan’s Palace, Taman Sari (Water Castle) and the Kota Gede. In the afternoon, fly to Denpasar, Bali – the ‘Island of the Gods,’ and proceed to Ubud. Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano, lakes and beautiful beaches, which pale in comparison to the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people. The perfect Balinese hideaway, your hotel is located on the verdant hillsides of Ubud and is surrounded by rice paddy terraces. UBUD VILLAGE RESORT & SPA. (B)
Start with a warm welcome at a Balinese home on your full-day excursion in rural Bali and Mount Batur. Walk through the local farms, and learn more about Subak, a one-thousand-year-old irrigation system for rice paddies that combines religious practice with sustainable agriculture, and follow the process from seed to table. At the 13th century temple of Pura Kehen see the “Kori Agung”, a stone-capped gateway with elephant sculptures, which is guarded by the mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon). The next day is at leisure to enjoy your resort’s facilities or explore the island. UBUD VILLAGE RESORT & SPA. (B,L; B)
Your early morning flight takes you to Labuhan Bajo. Transfer to the harbour, board your luxury chartered vessel and set sail! Visit Rinca Island where you will search for Komodo dragons on the beach and take a short trek, Kambing Island for swimming and snorkeling, and end your day at Komodo Island. Next day, trek to see the Komodo dragons, the largest monitor lizard in the world which can grow to ten feet long. It is estimated that there are 2,000 lizards on the island. The island is also a good place for birdlife such as cockatoos and gosong birds. At midday, sail back to Labuan Bajo. A/C CHENG HO BOAT or similar. (B,L,D Daily)
Return to Bali by air and transfer to your hotel in the Tuban area. Enjoy the beach and relaxation at your stunning beachfront resort. PATRA JASA BALI RESORT & VILAS. Next morning is at leisure to take a last swim. Shortly after lunch, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your return flights home. (B, Meals Aloft)
Extend to Lombok for further exploration of Indonesia’s unique cultures. In Senggigi, visit Banyumulek Village, famous for its pottery decorated with fibber covering, as well as the more traditional forms of transport, a horse and cart called “Cidomo.” Stop at Sukarare Village – known for its fine weavings. Explore famed beaches and the very traditional village Sade. Discover Gili Trawangan where there are no cars… just bicycles and Cidomos. The waters around Gili Terawangan are teaming with coral, rich with tropical fish, turtles and other marine life. Don’t miss the sunset on the western side of the island with panoramic views across to Bali.
Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.
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