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Indonesia: Java & Bali

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GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 20 DAYS

Indonesia: Java & Bali

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Indonesia: Java & Bali

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.


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Bandung is called 'the Paris of Java' once in a while because of its many colonial buildings. |Indonesia




Pangandaran is a fishing village where you can relax totally. This village is surrounded by beautiful scenery and great beaches. |Indonesia




Yogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java. Visit the many museums and the famous shopping street Jalan Malioboro. |Indonesia




Visit the tourist centre Malang. The city is known for its worldwide export of apples and its cool climate. Highlights: traditional dances, colonial houses, colourful orchards and shops.



Climbing the top of the crater of the Bromo is without a doubt a highlight of your tour of Java. The view of the Tengger crater and the volcanoes Bromo and Batoken Semeru is phenomenal. |Indonesia



Many plantations and small house factories are situated in Kalibaru. The little factories produce palm sugar, tofu or tempé and you can visit them on a hike. |Indonesia



The black beach of Lovina is of volcanic origin and lined with palm trees. Many colourful wooden boats give the beach a happy atmosphere. |Indonesia



Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and well known for its paintings. The traditional culture of Bali is still honoured here. |Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is part of a group of three islands southeast of Bali. The other islands are Nusa Ceningan and the bigger Nusa Penida. Nusa Lembongan is surrounded by white sandy beaches, mangroves and palm trees. The inner island is dry with pristine forest. The island inhabitants live mainly of growing seaweed.



In the centre of Sanur you'll find numerous shops and restaurants. Close by, you can enjoy one of the many water sport possibilities like surfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing. |Indonesia

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Bandung Bandung
2 Bandung Bandung
3 Bus Bandung – Puncak Pass - Cipanas/Garut Cipanas/Garut
4 Bus Cipanas/Garut - Naga - Pangandaran Pangandaran
5 Pangandaran Pangandaran
6 Bus Pangandaran – Cilacap – Wonosobo Wonosobo
7 Bus Wonosobo – Borobudur – Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
8 Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
9 Bus Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Solo - Tawangmangu Tawangmangu
10 Bus Tawangmangu - Malang Malang
11 Bus Malang - Bromo Bromo
12 Bus Bromo - Kalibaru Kalibaru
13 Boat, Bus Kalibaru - Lovina Lovina
14 Lovina Lovina
15 Bus Lovina - Bratan Lake - Bedugul - Ubud Ubud
16 Ubud Ubud
17 Boat, Bus Ubud - Sanur - Lembongan Lembongan
18 Nusa Lembongan Nusa Lembongan
19 Boat, Bus Nusa Lembongan - Sanur Sanur
20 Sanur End of tour Sanur


Day 1: Bandung

Welcome to Indonesia!

Your tour starts in Bandung, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Your hotel has a pool so you can relax after your long flight. Your travel companions will also arrive at the hotel today. You will meet your tour leader at 18:00 hours in the lobby of your hotel.

You should book a flight to arrive into Bandung International airport (BDO).

Day 2: Bandung

Bandung is also called "the Paris of Java", where the temperature is more pleasant than in Jakarta. You will find many colonial buildings and around the street "Jalan Braga" you will find the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. Be sure to visit the Savoy Homann Hotel, one of the finest examples.

You are free today to do as you please. You may consider a trip to Tangkuban Perahu volcano and the only crater top in Indonesia that can be reached by road. It is very special to see this active volcano with various gases emitting from its 12 different crater mouths.

Day 3: Bandung – Puncak Pass - Cipanas/Garut

Today we travel through the stunning Javanese landscape visiting tea plantations and a tea factory in Gunung Mas, journey through the breathtaking Puncak Pass before arriving in Cipanas at the end of the day. Cipanas lies at the foot of the Gunung Masigit, close to Garut, an area famous for its hot springs which supply naturally heated water to all of the hotels in the region.

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Day 4: Cipanas/Garut - Naga - Pangandaran

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You can visit the still-active but infrequently visited Papandayan volcano today (optional), accompanied by a local guide. We then continue to Pangandaran a fishing village on Java’s southern coast. Stopping on the way at Naga, a traditional Sundanese village. Once we arrive why not go for a dip in the sea, be careful of the apes that sometimes appear on the beach and run off with food and sunglasses!

Day 5: Pangandaran

Kick back and relax on the beach at Pangandaran take a dip in the Indian Ocean and watch the fishermen fish in the traditional manner. A walk through the exotic Prenanjun Nature Reserve is not to be missed due to its luxuriant tropical vegetation and rich wildlife. You can see many species of bird, apes, deer and maybe even bantengs, however, the Indonesian government closes the reserve from time to time, to give the flora and fauna a rest. If that is the case during this trip, walks will be restricted to certain areas.

Day 6: Pangandaran – Cilacap – Wonosobo

Today we travel by bus to Cilacap before going on to the lively town of Wonosobo, on the edge of the Dieng Plateau, at 2000 meters in altitude. The nights can be cold here, so a warm jumper is advised.

Day 7: Wonosobo – Borobudur – Yogyakarta

In the morning take a walk through the mysterious landscape where the oldest Hindu temples in Java appear out of the mist. We also recommend seeing the three multi-coloured lakes and taking a walk along the deserted but spectacularly scenic mountain paths to the highest village in Java.

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world, the Borobudur. This popular pilgrim site, dating back to the 9th century, boasts many terraces on ascending levels, adorned with 15,000 Buddhist relief panels and 400 bell-shaped stupas (Buddhist sculptures/monuments). Pilgrims walk clockwise around it to reach the top, which represents nirvana. It is possible to visit this huge stupa with a local guide who can explain its mystical history and point out the best things to see. In the late afternoon we arrive in Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java.

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Day 8: Yogyakarta

The Kraton (Sultan of Yogya’s palace), has many batik-studios, silversmiths, the Wayang puppeteers, leather-tanning shops, the famous shopping street of Jalan Malioboro, alleyways and narrow streets with markets you can explore for hours: Yogya is a city which completely enraptures visitors. All forms of artistic expression and crafts make this the perfect place for souvenir hunting. The optional city tour by becak is a great way to see the sights. 

Day 9: Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Solo - Tawangmangu

We set out from Yogya and pay a visit en-route to the renowned Prambanan temples. This Hindu temple complex, built in 850 AD, is an imposing architectural wonder, devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. We will also stop in Solo, also known as Surakarta where you can visit the Mangkunegara palace. Entrance fees for Prambanan and Solo are included.

We drive along tobacco and sugar cane fields to the mysterious and exotic Sukuhtempel or Candi Suku. From here you can make a nice walk of about three hours through this pristine and little visited mountain to Tawangmangu.

Day 10: Tawangmangu - Malang

A steep drive, using a local bus (chartered) will take you to the beautiful mountain village of Sarangan at an altitude of 1287 meters with views of Gunung Luwu. This is one of the most beautiful routes through the interior of Central to East Java.

Then we travel on to the ex-colonial city of Malang. We’ll stay the night in a charming guesthouse just outside the centre of Malang.

Day 11: Malang - Bromo

In the early afternoon we travel on to the Bromo volcano via Probolinggo and stay the night in Bromo, where the climb to the crater of the mountain is one of the highlights of the whole trip.

Day 12: Bromo - Kalibaru

At 4am we head up the Bromo volcano in jeeps to experience the amazing sunrise before we descend to a horizontal plateau which we must cross to get to the inner crater. The rocky, rugged terrain resembles a lunar landscape and on arriving at the foot of the inner crater, we will climb 246 steps to the top of the crater wall. The morning light  makes it an amazing spectacle, particularly when the rising sun bathes the area in a pink-red glow. The above is an optional excursion which is included in the excursion package.

We then travel on to Kalibaru, where we can join an optional guided walking trip through the coffee, clove, rubber and cacao plantations. You will also see how tempe (moulded soya bean) and tahu (bean curd) are made in the small home-factories.

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Day 13: Kalibaru - Lovina

We drive today to Banyuwangi along the northern coast of East Java, to board the boat for Bali, the Island of Gods and Demons, where daily life is shaped by a constant struggle between the forces of good and evil. Balinese see evil as being necessary to give the forces of good the chance to flow. The contrasts are not as black and white as we may sometimes think.

Bali is a crowded island, but the majority of it is unknown. In Bali, can you also visit the most beautiful rice fields in the world. The ride ends in Lovina on the rarely visited north coast of Bali. The next two nights you will stay in a hotel with a pool near the beach with a beautiful sunset that you have only to walk 200 meters to see! Lovina beach is beautifully black in colour, that is because of its volcanic origin.

Today is 156 km by bus and ferry stops you with a total of six hours on the road).

Day 14: Lovina

During your free days in Lovina, you can relax on the beach, but you can also in the early morning take a boat trip in search of dolphins. Close to shore is a coral reef that you can reach by boat and then go snorkelling with your own/rented equipment. You can also dive (if you are in possession of a diving certification) in the beautiful underwater nature reserve at the island of Menjangan, Lovina or dive the wreck that is northwest, off the coast of Tulamben.

You can also rent a moped and take excursions to the (for example) former capital of Bali, Singaraja or a Buddhist monastery. Lovina has a wide choice of restaurants where, amongst other things, you can try the delicious, freshly caught fish.

Day 15: Lovina - Bratan Lake - Bedugul - Ubud

Today is a beautiful trip through the heart of Bali. The ride takes you to the mountain lake of Bratan at 1240 meters. You can visit the beautiful Ulan Danu temple on the shore of Lake Bratan and visit the botanical gardens near Bedugul, where you can enjoy walking around.

During the afternoon we arrive in Ubud, center of the island. Ubud is the cultural center of Bali, famous for its' paintings. The traditional Balinese culture is honored here. There are also many religious ceremonies, dances and parties. Almost certainly will you find at least one of these colourful festivities and it will be a memorable experience.

Day 16: Ubud

Explore the artists’ village, in this lush tropical region and walk or cycle through the rice fields and lively villages. You can also walk down Monkey Forest Road to Monkey Forest where you can watch the makaks play and practise your photography. Another option is to stroll through the green rice fields and get a taste of village life, which is delightfully coloured by the island’s religious culture. Rafting on the Ayun River is possible for the adventurous at heart and in the evening, you can see the traditional Barong or Kecak dances, and enjoy delicious Balinese food in one of the many restaurants.

Day 17: Ubud - Sanur - Lembongan

Leaving Ubud, you drive about 1.5 hours to Sanur. Here you'll board the boat that will take you to the island of Lembongan in about 40 minutes. The island of Nusa Lembongan has an area of ​​only 8 square kilometers and has about 5000 residents most of which are involved in seaweed cultivation. Saunter down the white beach, take a swim in the refreshing sea, enjoy a relaxing Balinese massage and read a book in the shade of an overhanging palm; some ingredients for a great 'lazy' day.

Lembongan is often called 'The Bali of forty years ago' and you’ll often see day-trippers coming over from Bali for the snorkelling and diving. You will love this pristine paradise. Walk to the rugged cliffs on the south side of the island and drink a fruit juice at a deserted seaside restaurant.

Day 18: Nusa Lembongan

Free day. Not in the mood for a lie-in? Then go to the beach in the early morn. Not only is this the 'golden hour' for making beautifully exposed images, for the locals the beach is really 'the place to be'. Small fishing boats come ashore by the dozens and trade up their catches as soon as they do.

Experience total enjoyment of sun, sea and sand. Nusa Lembongan offers excellent snorkelling, diving and surfing. You can also take a beautiful walk or bike ride along the deserted roads of the island. Keep in mind that the interior is not flat and that you will encounter significant climbs when crossing the island.

Day 19: Nusa Lembongan - Sanur

A short boat ride takes you to the cosy seaside town of Sanur. Off the coast is a large pier that breaks the waves of the sea. On the pleasant gently sloping beach of Sanur, you can swim with confidence in the beautiful blue water. Enjoy a balmy tropical night, go and buy last souvenirs or feast on a serving of satay. The center of the town boasts many shops and restaurants. You can kick back on the beach or try some of the various water sports on offer such as surfing, water skiing, diving, sailing and fishing.

Day 20: Sanur

The last day of your tour. Your hotel room will usually be available until around 12 noon at which point your tour will conclude. You should arrange your own transfer to Denpasar (Bali)airport . We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Indonesia.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 20) is not included.

Please note: For groups of 2-7 participants it may be that the tour leader does not sleep in the same hotel as the group. With 8 participants and above, the tour leader will sleep at the same hotels as the group.


Extend your trip

  • Gili Islands extension
    You can extend the end of this group tour with a stay on the Gili Islands. On day 20 you travel from Sanur to Padangbai and then sail to the Gili Islands. Once on the Gili's you can stroll the beaches, enjoy sunbathing and snorkelling among the beautiful coral reefs. On day 23 you will travel from the Gili's back to Padangbai and then Sanur, where you will stay another night. 

    Note: If you want to book this extension to the Gili Islands, you must specify this when you book. If you book alone, a single room supplement will be charged if there is no one in the group to share a room with. Of course you can also opt for the single room anyway and for this you will pay a fee.
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