Secrets of Sumatra, Java & Bali + Sanur (3 nights)
Explore the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali on this unique tour which takes you off the beaten track to discover some of Indonesia's finest cultural, religious and architectural secrets.
Why not extend your holiday with a relaxing stay in the remarkable region of Sanur? Here you can further indulge in the Indonesian culture and heritage or simply spend some time relaxing on the beach and around the pool. On day 13 transfer to your beachfront hotel, the Mercure Resort Sanur, for the next three nights.
DAY 1: Depart UK.
DAY 2: Arrive Medan.
Rich in Dutch colonial heritage, Medan is a city adorned with fascinating traditional architecture ranging from the old City Hall and the central Post Office to the Tirtanadi Water Tower. After lunch, set off for an afternoon tour of this city's historical highlights, taking in sights such as the Chinese Temple, the Great Mosque and the Maimun Royal Palace. (L)
DAY 3: Medan - Samosir.
After breakfast leave Medan and journey through the Karo-Batak Highlands to Brastagi. These highlands are a volcanic plateau, stretching for miles from the northern rim of Lake Toba and home to some 200 Karo-Batak settlements and villages, of which Brastagi is one of the most important. After lunch, continue through the exceptionally beautiful landscape to Samosir Island. (B, L)
DAY 4: Samosir.
After breakfast set off for a morning excursion to explore the interior of Samosir island and the Batak Toba villages. Begin with a visit to Ambarita, then continue onto Simanindo to see a traditional Batak dance performance (Tor-Tor) and Museum. The next village to visit is Tomok. Here you'll see the old tombs of Kings Sidabutar, one of the most famous kings to ever rule on Samosir as well as observing their traditional houses and their way of life. Return to your hotel by noon, giving you the remainder of the day free at leisure. (B, L)
DAY 5: Samosir - Medan - Jakarta.
Begin today by crossing back to Parapat by ferry boat and then continue onto Medan via Pematang Siantar and Tebing Tinggi whilst taking in views of rubber, oil-palm and cacao plantations. Later, board your evening flight to the island of Java and Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta. (B, L)
DAY 6: Jakarta - Bandung.
Set off this morning for a train journey to Bandung and an exciting cultural tour, visiting the famous Asia Africa Museum. Other visits on the tour include Braga Street where you can walk along to see historical buildings from the Dutch colonial period, before heading for lunch. This afternoon see a traditional musical performance of Angklung Udjo before heading to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)
DAY 7: Bandung - Yogjakarta.
Begin today with a scenic railway journey through the lush Parahyangan Highlands, a glorious landscape of terraced rice fields, green valleys and rural villages set against a backdrop of picturesque volcanic mountains. Reaching Yogjakarta in the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city's outstanding historical and cultural heritage and perhaps take a stroll along Malioboro Street, famed for its handicraft and food stalls. (B, L)
DAY 8: Yogyakarta - Borobudur - Yogyakarta.
A real highlight of your tour, today's trip takes in one of the Buddhist world's most iconic landmarks: the Borobudur Temple. Hidden by the jungle and volcanic landscape until 1814, this huge temple was rediscovered and excavated by the then British governor and is adorned with over 500 intricately carved Buddha statues, 100 carved gargoyle spouts and over 1000 picturesque reliefs. After lunch, continue to the Mendut Temple, with its 3 metre tall Buddha statue, before visiting the village of Candirejo. Your village tour will introduce you to local arts, traditions and other elements of Javanese culture. Head to Prambanan, the largest and one of the most beautiful Hindu temple complexes in Indonesia. (B, L)
DAY 9: Yogyakarta - Jombang - Malang.
After an early breakfast, board a train to Jombang. After lunch, continue onto Malang passing the scenic views of tea plantations and the landscape and atmosphere surround. (B, L)
DAY 10: Malang - Bromo.
Malang is a city popular for its cool climate and beautiful surrounding scenery, not to mention a significant history dating back to 760AD and the time of the Mataram Kingdom. After breakfast, tour the city's colonial quarter to visit a bird market and see Singosari Temple, which dates back to the 14th century. Later, drive amidst traditional hillside villages to Bromo in the Mount Bromo volcano area.
Note: In order to get as close as possible for the morning sunrise journey, the accomodation used in Bromo is inkeeping with the traditional local area. (B, L)
DAY 11: Bromo - Ubud.
Admire a glorious natural spectacle as you watch the sunrise over one of Indonesia's most amazing landscapes this morning. Start early (3.30am), and drive to Cemara Lawang village where you'll continue on a pony-back ride across sandy bluffs and past the steep slopes of Mount Tengger. Finally, ascend the 245 steps to the rim of the Mount Bromo volcano crater to marvel at the spectacular sunrise. Afterwards, return to your hotel for breakfast before transferring to the airport for your flight from Surabaya to Bali, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Ubud. (B, L)
DAY 12: Ubud.
A city filled with culture, Ubud is the spiritual centre of Bali, surrounded by rice fields, small villages and ancient temples and a magnet for artists, musicians and performers. Today, discover the culinary secrets of traditional Balinese cuisine on an optional cookery experience with a local chef. Visit a traditional market to choose fresh ingredients for your meal, that you will later enjoy for lunch. Alternatively, why not join a tour around Ubud with lunch included? (B)
DAY 13: Ubud - Sanur.
Travel to the remarkable region of Sanur for your three night stay at one of the regions premier resort hotels.
DAY 14 to 15: Sanur.
Here you can further indulge in the Indonesian culture and heritage or simply spend some time relaxing on the beach and around the pool.
DAY 16: Sanur - Denpasar - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
DAY 17: Home landing in the UK.
Secrets of Sumatra, Java & Bali + Sanur (3 nights) 17 days
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Secrets of Sumatra, Java & Bali + Sanur (3 nights)
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- Medan City tour
- Samosir Batak Toba villages
- Bandung - Jogjakarta rail journey
- Borobudur Temple, Mendut Temple, Candirejo Village
- Malang Singosari Temple
- Bromo Mountain sunrise
- London Heathrow
- Thursdays - 2014
- Thursdays - 2015
13 Mar 2014 to 26 Mar 2015