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Indonesia: Java & Bali

The emerald of the equator - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,099,-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 20 DAYS

Indonesia: Java & Bali

Get to know the smoking volcanoes, tropical forests, tea plantations, rice paddies and pearly white beaches of the lovely islands of Java and Bali. Experience the differences between the Asian city life and the rustic countryside during this stunning Indonesia group tour. The magnificent temples and palaces, the music and dance and especially the friendly, colourful population will all make a big impression on you. The delicious Indonesian cuisine is another plus. These emerald drops on the equator are for many the most beautiful islands in the world!

Travel documents

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents for your trip. You should have a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport beyond your return travel date.

For a number of nationalities, it is possible to gain a free 30-day tourism visa (depending on point of entry). For those not qualifying for the free visa, it is possible to organise the visa upon arrival at a cost of US$35 per person (11/14). If you need to organise your visa in advance of travel then you should do so either through your closest Indonesian embassy or through an agency such as CIBT

Please check visa information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one

Accommodation and transport

During this trip we have access to a private bus. For the journey between Java and Bali we will travel by public local boat. From Bali to Lembongan (and v.v) we travel by speedboat. Please note that the airport transfers are not included.

Departure tax: Please note that you must pay a departure tax at the airport in Indonesia. We do not list any amounts for this as they are often changing.

During the tour we stay in hotels in double/twin rooms with private bathroom.

Some of the planned hotels have a swimming pool! This applies to accommodations in Pangandaran, Yogyakarta, Kalibaru, Lovina and Ubud. In exceptional cases it may happen that we change the planned hotels. If there is no longer a pool at the hotel(s) in question then a suitable alternative will be found.

Most hotels have a restaurant, sometimes with a lovely garden or patio.

Travellers booking alone will share a double/twin or sometimes triple room. We of course keep in mind that you share with others of the same sex. If you would prefer a room for yourself for the entirety of the trip, this can be arranged. You should indicate this on your booking and a supplement will be charged.

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.

Ramadan: It is possible that (especially in Java) unexpected changes in the program are made due to the congested roads and/or overbooked trains/hotels during Ramadan. It seems like the whole of Indonesia is going somewhere at that time! If this is encountered then suitable alternatives will be found.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This holiday is classified as Category B

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

The Indonesia adventure is a Category B holiday. It can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. In the summer the trip is considerably more difficult than during the rest of the year. Although in the cities we stay in simple medium-priced hotels, remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the Trip
During this varied tour of Java and Bali you will encounter smoking volcanoes, tropical vegetation and pearl-white beaches. You will experience Asian city life, the impressive temples and palaces, local dance and music, friendly colourful people and delicious Indonesian cuisine. You can choose to extend the trip with a weeklong holiday on the paradise island of Lombok.


We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here


Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.


Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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