15 Day Java & Bali Escorted Tour!
Small group of up to 22 people ~ from $3998*usd

15 Day Java & Bali Tour!

Trip Highlights

Package Includes

 

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights Montreal-Jakarta, Denpasar-Montreal
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Jakarta-Surakarta & Yogyakarta-Denpasar
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 29 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners with wine (including a home-hosted dinner with a Balinese family and farewell dinner)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Special Features

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour Jakarta’s ancient roots at the National Museum, one of the finest in Southeast Asia
  • Visit Surakarta’s Sangiran Museum and view a fascinating multimedia presentation
  • Visit the Sukuh Temple one of Java’s most enigmatic and striking temples on Mount Lawu
  • At the Kemuning Tea Plantation, savor excellent varieties of teas at the Tea House
  • In Yogyakarta visit the spectacular 9th century Prambanan Temple complex
  • Admire the awe-inspiring Temple of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A pony-drawn carriage takes you to the Temples of Plaosan with their remarkable carvings
  • Stay in Ubud, cultural center of Bali, inspiration for painters and writers around the world
  • Visit the astonishing Jatiluwih rice fields, named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape
  • Exclusive invitation to join a Balinese family in their home for home hospitality and dinner
  • Refine your culinary skills at a Balinese cooking class demonstrated by a local Chef
  • Attend a rollicking performance of Barong, a well-known Balinese traditional dance
  • Astonishing views await you at Tanah Lot, a temple perched atop a seaside rock

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Itinerary Map
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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – Depart for Indonesia

Depart for Indonesia

DAY 2 – Arrive in Jakarta

Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia’s sprawling and energetic capital city; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone in this vast cultural melting pot that reflects the many faces of modern Indonesia Overnight: Jakarta

DAY 3 – Old and New Jakarta

Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing on the extraordinary journey that lies ahead in Indonesia. Your taste of Jakarta’s ancient roots begins at the National Museum, the pride of the country, one of the best archaeological museums in Southeast Asia. At Merdeka Square, view the National Monument which houses the original tattered red-and-white flag flown on August 17th 1945, day of independence. Continue to Kota Tua Jakarta, the Old Town area of the city, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the modern capital. This quaint part of the city has an old world charm and a distinguished history, named Batavia by the Dutch settlers. Enjoy lunch at a local antique café – it’s time to savor your first cup of real Java coffee! The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps linger in the Old City and visit the Jakarta History Museum, the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum or the Wayang Museum which showcases the traditional art of shadow puppetry Overnight: Jakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – Surakarta, Danar Hadi Batik Museum

Depart Jakarta by flight to Surakarta, traditional capital of the old Javanese Kingdom, a city steeped in history, and proud of its heritage and culture. Upon arrival, visit Triwindu antique market before having lunch at a local restaurant. After enjoying a typical Javanese lunch, visit Danar Hadi, one of the world’s finest batik museums, housed in a stunning whitewashed colonial building, with an impressive collection of antique and royal textiles from Java, China and beyond. Then drive to Lawean Village where you will practice making Batik, cloth made using a technique of wax resist dyeing. Tonight, discover that food is a major part of life in this city with an endless selection of eateries open 24 hours a day. No matter what the time, you’ll never go hungry in Surakarta! Overnight: Surakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – Sukuh and Ceto Temples, Parang Ljo Waterfalls, Kemuning Tea Plantation

Today, visit the isolated 15th century Sukuh Temple, (Candi Sukuh) on the slopes of Mount Lawu, one of Java’s most enigmatic and striking temples, constructed of rough-hewn stone in the shape of an ancient pyramid, accented by dramatic reliefs and statues. Several explicit carvings have dubbed Sukuh the “erotic” temple; it is thought that a fertility cult once dwelled here. At the nearby Javanese-Hindu Ceto Temple, a series of terraces climb the side of the hill and ascend to an altar. Afterwards, travel to the beautiful Parang Ljo Waterfalls, surrounded by colorful flowers and ferns. Here, people bathe under the falls or indulge in reflexology massages from one of the many stalls. Traveling on through the steep and winding mountain roads with breathtaking views, arrive at the Kemuning Tea Plantation, where green hills of tea trees spread as far as the eye can see. View the art of picking tea leaves and savor some of the excellent varieties of teas at the Ndoro Donker Tea House in an old plantation building with Dutch colonial architecture. After lunch, return to Surakarta to enjoy exploring on your own Overnight: Surakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – Mangkunegaran Palace, Temples of Plaosan, Yogyakarta Prambanan Temple

Start your day with the ornate Mangkunegaran Palace, set within lush gardens and sparkling fountains, which was founded by a dissident prince who, in the 18th century, was awarded a portion of the Sunan’s (King’s) fiefdom to ensure he remained loyal. Continue to the well-known Triwindu antique market, a favorite for lovers and collectors of antiques. Wandering across the many aisles, see displays of splendid craftsmanship made of gold, silver, wood and ceramics. Lunch at a local restaurant before a pony-drawn carriage takes you to the twin Temples of Plaosan with their remarkable detailed decorations combining both Hindu and Buddhist religious symbols and carvings. Two giant statues welcome you in the front of each main temple and intricately carved dragon heads adorn the many windows. On your scenic journey to Yogyakarta the cultural heart of Java, (called Yogya by the locals), glimpse emerald mountains, tropical rainforests, terraced rice fields and rows of rural villages. Situated at the base of the Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram in the 16th and 17th centuries. Continue to the spectacular 9th century Prambanan Temple complex, a lavish example of ancient architecture, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, meet for dinner together Overnight: Yogyakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – Borobudur Temple, Pawon Temple & Mendut Monastery, Village of Jumoyo

Your day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 8th century artistic and architectural marvel takes the shape of a sacred mandala when seen from above; admire some of its over 2,600 bas relief panels and more than 500 Buddha statues. After, tour the Pawon Temple built with volcanic stones, a blend of Javanese, Hindu and Indian art, and the exquisite Mendut Temple and Monastery. All of the temples you see today were built in one straight line, in order for the devout to ease their pilgrimage during the full moon. Later, visit the village of Jumoyo to view the Merapi volcano, known as the “mountain of fire,” active since the 16th century – villagers believe that the volcano houses a palace that is home to rulers of the spirit kingdom. Tonight at dinner, recall your interesting day Overnight: Yogyakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – Sultan of Yogya Palace, Taman Sari Water Castle, Bird Market

On to the impressive Kraton, an 18th century palace built by the Sultans of Yogya, a gilded splendor of Javanese royalty with time to stroll the grounds of the Taman Sari Water Castle, the Sultan’s pleasure garden. Then, explore Yogya’s Bird Market with song birds, pigeons and occasionally ravens, owls and birds of prey. Later, shop for magnificent handmade batik! Conclude the tour today with lunch at a local café. The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure Overnight: Yogyakarta Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 – Denpasar, Ubud, Monkey Forest Sanctuary

A morning flight takes you to Denpasar, capital of the exotic island province of Bali, known for its pristine beaches, aura of spirituality and long tradition of the arts. Arrive in Ubud, the island’s cultural center that has inspired painters, sculptors and writers from around the world. View terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and bubbling rivers on your picturesque drive to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a sacred area inhabited by hundreds of long-tailed macaques who have a symbolic place among Balinese Hindu culture. This evening, dinner at the hotel in Ubud Overnight: Ubud Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – School Visit, Jatiluwih Rice Fields, Ulun Danu Temple, Home Hosted Dinner

Your day begins with a visit to a local school; meet the children and teachers. Then, to the astonishing Jatiluwih rice fields, named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. This spectacular site of terraced, green paddies is stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where it meets the sea. The rice fields that make up this area use a cultivation method preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. It’s indeed an amazing sight to behold! Walk through the fields with a local farmer and learn more about life in this magical green paradise. Later, head into the mountains to the 17th century Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes. This evening, an exclusive invitation to join a Balinese family for home hospitality and dinner along with an interesting conversation about life in Bali Overnight: Ubud Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – Local Market, Balinese Cooking Class, Lecture on Festivals and Customs

A stroll through the bustling local market this morning reveals stalls brimmed with colorful fabrics, wooden idols, paintings, handmade batik and other beautiful Balinese creations. Afterwards, it’s time to refine your culinary skills at a cooking class that introduces you to the fine techniques of Balinese cuisine, demonstrated by a local Chef. The dishes prepared by you can be enjoyed for lunch! On your return to the hotel, meet with a Balinese teacher who enlightens you about local customs and festivals. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own. Just outside of Ubud, choose to visit the Bali Zoo, the Bird Park or the Elephant Park to get a taste of the Southeast Asian wildlife. You might even see the rare Komodo Dragon! In the evening, be adventurous and visit the Night Market for some typical local cuisine Overnight: Ubud Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – Barong Dance Performance, Highlands of Kintamani, Seaside Sanur

Start the day at a rollicking performance of Barong, a well known Balinese traditional dance that acts out stories and myths of the conflicts of good and evil. Then travel to the rugged highland area of Kintamani, with its dramatic views of the spectacular volcanic caldera of Mt. Batur with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs. Enjoy the wonderful mountain air and dizzying views in all directions, as well as several important temples and ancient villages. After a delightful lunch, drive to Sanur an old fishing village that has blossomed into an exquisite seaside community. Leisure time to enjoy the new surroundings and gorgeous beaches. Tonight, a special Balinese-style dinner by the sea Overnight: Sanur Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – Denpasar’s Museums, Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot, Kuta Market

A morning at leisure for personal pursuits before traveling to Denpasar. Here, visit the towering Bajra Sandhi Monument, said to symbolize the soul and spirit of the Balinese people, the Bali Museum and the Werdhi Budaya Arts Center. At Taman Ayun, view the striking royal temple dating back to the Mengwi Empire, set amidst a peaceful pond and gardens. Astonishing views await you at Tanah Lot, a temple perched atop a seaside rock shaped by hundreds of years of ocean tides. Meander the lanes of the Kuta Market, where artisans sell Bali’s famous handicrafts. Enjoy dinner at Tanah Lot before returning to Sanur Overnight: Sanur Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – Full Day in Sanur, Farewell Evening

Today is yours to discover on your own. Relax at the pool, indulge in spa treatments or just treasure your last day in this paradise on the sea. Your final evening in Indonesia is spent together at a festive Farewell Dinner. Reflect on a memorable journey highlighted by tonight’s magnificent Balinese sunset Overnight: Sanur Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 – Depart Indonesia

Transfer to the airport in Denpasar for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

Hotel Santika Premiere Jakarta, Jakarta

This first class hotel is located in the business triangle of West Jakarta. Guest Rooms: The rooms are decorated with contemporary minimalist style furnishings and decor. All rooms are fitted with an in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a private bathroom. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Location: The hotel is located in West Jakarta’s business triangle. The National Monument is about a twenty minute drive away, and the Old Town of Jakarta is about a twenty five minute drive away. The Tanah Abang railway station is about a fifteen minute drive away. Restaurants: The hotel’s Harmony restaurant serves Indonesian, Western and Asian fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy Chinese fare at the hotel’s Yan Palace Restaurant.

The Royal Surakarta Heritage Hotel, Surakarta

This first class hotel is centrally located in the city of Surakarta. Guest Rooms: The rooms are decorated with Javanese style decor and elegant furnishings. All rooms offer a range of amenities for a pleasant stay, including tea and coffee making facilities, an in-room safe and air conditioning. Location: The hotel is situated in the city of Surakarta. Mangkunegaran Palace and Kraton Kasunanan Surakarta are within a mile of the hotel. The Solo Balapan railway station is about a fifteen minute drive away. Enjoy the hotel’s on-site fitness center and pool. Restaurants: The hotel’s Srikandi Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet that features international fare. The restaurant also serves regional cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Beverages are available at the Tirto Tedjo pool bar.

Royal Ambarrukmo, Yogyakarta

This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the historic and cultural districts. Guest Rooms: Elegant guest rooms are decorated with contemporary style decor and furnishings. All rooms are well equipped with a range of modern amenities for a comfortable stay, including a balcony and a private bathroom. Location: The hotel is situated next to the Plaza Ambarrukmo shopping mall. Museum Seni Lukis Affandi is located within a mile of the hotel. Enjoy the hotel’s garden, pool, fitness center and spa. Restaurants: The hotel offers an on-site restaurant that serves fine international cuisine as well as local dishes. A lobby lounge is available for drinks.

Bebek Tepi Sawah Villas, Ubud, Bali

This first class hotel is located amidst tropical grounds in Bali’s Ubud area. Guest Rooms: Guest rooms are modern and comfortable featuring a private veranda or balcony. All rooms are well equipped with a variety of amenities. Location: The hotel is set in a beautiful location close to the Rudana Museum. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and the Arma Museum are a short ride away. Enjoy the hotel’s pools and full service spa. Restaurants: The hotel offers a restaurant serving western cuisine as well as Indonesian specialties. A bar is available on-site as well.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Sanur, Bali

This first class resort has magnificent ocean views. Guest Rooms: The modern rooms feature stylish decor, teak wood floors and comfortable furnishings. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a private marble and glass bathroom. Location: This beachfront resort is located in the town of Sanur. Kuta is about a twenty-five minute drive away. Enjoy the resort’s pools, yoga studio, spa and fitness center. Restaurants: The Reef restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Graze serves cosmopolitan fare, and Japanese dishes are available at Kuu. The Tree Bar features splendid views of the ocean.

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*Price displayed in US dollars, per person, double occupancy, Applicable to October 31, 2017 departure, other dates available at various prices. Includes return airfare from Montreal plus domestic flights, airport taxes, transfers, accommodations, certain meals plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold is additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available. Subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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