14 DAYS NATURE SUMATERA – JAVA - BALI
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL JAKARTA INDONESIA
Upon arrival in Jakarta, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. En route you will visit Old Batavia. First stop on this interesting day tour is Sunda Kelapa Harbour, which dates back to the 17th century. This was the first harbour to be used by the Portuguese and Dutch when they arrived in Indonesia. The harbour extends for around 3km, so there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities.
Starting from Sunda Harbour, you’ll first visit Syahbandar Tower and Maritime Museum – both buildings were previously occupied as a spice warehouse of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or Dutch East India Company). VOC was a Dutch company which managed the trading activities on both sea and land for the interests of the Dutch. Near the fish market we pass Kota Intan Bridge – a bridge constructed in the 17th century in Dutch style. The current bridge has been restored by the Indonesian Government and has become a famous sight in SundaKelapa Harbour.
Continuing to China Town, known to local people as ‘Glodok’, you’ll see a different side of Jakarta, before continuing to your hotel.
DAY 2 : TMII (INDONESIA MINIATUR PARK) – BOTANICAL GARDEN – PUNCAK LANDSCAPE
Depart from the hotel in the morning and head to Taman Mini Indonesia ‘the miniature Indonesia’. The park is laid out in a way that you can see all 34 provinces of Indonesia in one area, complete with buildings, traditional costumes, handicrafts, musical instruments and more. With everything from the former cannibalistic tribes of Papua to the unique houses of Toraja and the impressive Sumatra pavilion, this park is sure to hold your interest.
This excursion will also include the Bogor Botanical Garden – Built in 1817 by Proffessor G Reinwardt on 200 hectares of land, the Bogor Botanical Gardens are internationally recognised as one of the best botanical gardens for tropical plants in the world. With more than 15,000 plant species, some of which are indigenous to Indonesia, the gardens are stunning, and you can also see the Presidential Palace from this area on a clear day.
The tour proceeds to Puncak – a cool mountain retreat. Feel refreshed by the beautiful landscape of tea plantations and magnificent views of the valleys below.
DAY 3 : JAKARTA – MEDAN – DELI PALACE – BUKIT LAWANG
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Medan. On arrival you will be met by our tour guide and then taken for a short city tour visiting the Sultan’s Deli Palace built in 1888. In former times the Palace was considered as the town’s administrative centre before the city of Medan developed around it. The tour continues to the Great Mosque. It was built in 1906 by the first sultan and is still considered as one the most beautiful mosques in the country. Drive to Bukit Lawang, part of Gunung Leuser National Park. The driving time is approx. 3 hours driving from Medan pass via Binjai and Kuala villages.
DAY 4 : ORANGUTAN BUKIT LAWANG TOUR
Bukit Lawang is located 90km from Medan, the largest city in Indonesia’s northern island of Sumatra, at the entrance to Gunung Leuser National Park and is the last sanctuary of the Sumatran orangutan.
It’s an early start today in order to be on time and ready for the first feeding of the orangutans at 08.00am.
The excursion starts with a short walk along the riverbank, then crossing the river in a traditional canoe, continuing the hike amidst the thick and hilly bushes until you reach the platforms where the orangutans are fed, twice a day.
From here you continue climbing up further into the jungle to see the orangutans enjoying their breakfast. Take some time to savour this special moment, before walking deeper into the jungle. Here, you have the opportunity to see several species of indigenous flora and fauna. Total walking time is approximately 3 hours before returning to the hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure, we recommend strolling down to the village of nearby Bukit Lawang.
DAY 5 : BUKIT LAWANG – TOBA LAKE – PARAPAT
This morning you leave Bukit Lawang and drive for Lake Toba along the coastal road of TebingTinggi and Pematang Siantar (265km). The journey takes approximately 6 hours but is very scenic with views over estate plantations of rubber, oil palm, cocoa and cassava/tapioca.
Upon arrival at Parapat, a small town on the eastern shore of Lake Toba, you will cross to Samosir Island by local ferryboat (60 minutes). This small island is located in the middle of Lake Toba, the caldera lake of the Toba Volcano, which was formed over 75,000 years ago.
DAY 6 : LAKE TOBA BY BOAT EXPLORE – MUSEUM BATAK TOBA
Today you will spend a full day exploring Lake Toba and its shores by boat (08:00-15:00)
Surrounded by towering volcanic walls, you will cruise along the calm waters of this 100-kilometre long lake.
Visit Ambarita whose villagers are known for making chairs and tables out of stone and which was the infamous execution place of the Siallagan Kings.
Stop at Simanindo where you’ll be treated to a performance of Batak Toba, traditional dances called Tor-Tor and a visit to the fascinating museum.
Along on the way you may have the time to stop at a local school to see the activities of young children and visit a village where the people make traditional hand weaving.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en route and you’ll return to your hotel mid-afternoon. The remainder of today is at leisure.
DAY 7 : PARAPAT – WATERFALL – BRASTAGI
In the morning, cross back by ferry to Parapat (approx. 60 minutes) and then continue to Brastagi with a stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy the fantastic view of Lake Toba, there will also be a further stop at the village of Pematang Purba.
Here you will be able to observe the long house constructed on pile works about two centuries ago which was known as the dwelling of the ancient Batak Simalungun Kings. The trip will continue to the 120 meter Sipiso-piso waterfall that is located in the Batak Karo highlands. An underground river that then plunges from a cave into Lake Toba caldera forms the beautiful waterfall.
Arrive in Brastagi, located at some 1,400 metres above sea level, visiting the traditional fruit market and Gundaling Hill (for observing the two active volcanoes, Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak).
DAY 8 : BRASTAGI – MEDAN – YOGYAKARTA
At 07.00AM drive from Brastagi to Medan airport takes approx. 3 hours passing the villages of Sibolangit and Sembahe.
Fly from Medan to Surabaya via Jakarta.
Upon arrival in Surabaya, our representative will meet you and drive you to Bromo (approx. 3-4 hours) and stay overnight in BromoTosari Village.
DAY 9 : SUNRISE BROMO – BROMO VOLCANO – MALANG
Early wake up call; join a jeep ride to the viewpoint at Mt. Penanjakan (2,700 m) providing a bird’s eye view of the whole national park with Mt. Semeru in the background.
After sunrise, cross the sea of sand to Tengger Temple then proceed to the crater of Bromo. You’ll return to the hotel for breakfast before heading to Malang (approx. 3.5 hours). Overnight in Malang
DAY 10 : MALANG – YOGYAKARTA
Travel from Malang to Yogyakarta by train (approx. 5 hours)
Yogya means ‘suitable, fit, proper’, and karta, ‘prosperous, flourishing’. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows.
After meeting your English-speaking guide, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city
DAY 11 : CITY TOUR – PRAMBANAN TEMPLE – PALACE – TAMAN SARI – MUSEUM
In the morning your guide will take you for full day tour of Yogyakarta city and Prambanan Temple.
The first stop today is the Sultans palace, also known as the Keraton, located in the centre of the city, which was founded in 1755. Look out for the ornate reception halls as well as the large open-airpendopos, specifically built so that the Sultan could listen to gamelan performances. There is also an air-conditioned room where the desk at which the ninth sultan planned the overthrow of the Dutch is enshrined. Something particularly curious, or just plain odd, is the painting of the eighth sultan on the day of his circumcision!
Lunch will be served at the local restaurant
The next visit is Tamansari (also known as the Water Castle), which is situated just 250m from the Sultans palace, and was built in 1758 by the prince, and was used as a ‘place of pleasure’ by the prince and his harem. The prince would sit in his tower, enjoying watching his harem frolic in the water, and send for any one of them who he fancied at the time.
Sonobudoyo Museum – this Museum is built in traditional Javanese style. It houses weapons, leather and wooden puppets of WayangTheater, masks, statues, textiles, curios and old Javanese gamelan instruments.
Next, you head to Prambanan Temple, the largest and one of the most beautiful Hindu temple complexes in Indonesia. Built in the 10th century, today, after extensive restoration projects, only the three main temples, and three of the smaller temples, are standing. Since being abandoned in the 13th century, the temple has suffered from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and general weather conditions, yet the restoration is simply wonderful.
Return to the hotel, freshen up and be ready for a becak ride around Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta before heading to the Royal Garden restaurant for dinner.
DAY 12 : SUNRISE BOROBUDUR & SMALL TEMPLE – VILLAGE TRADITIONAL TOUR
It’s an early start this morning, heading to the stunning Borobudur temple before the sun comes up. In around 850AD, the temple was deserted when the Hindu Majapahit Empire overthrew the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur is the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can climb the steps and along the way see the 1,640 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies within the complex. Climb to the top of the monument, and witness the most spectacular sunrise in the world.
You will also visit Candirejo village, traveling by horse drawn buggy (Dokar), giving you the chance to see the farms and plantations. The ride ends with a lesson in traditional Gamelan music at a local house before lunch at a local restaurant.
DAY 13 : YOGYA – BALI TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel and at the appropriate time, you will be picked up for your transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Bali.
Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people, that make any stay on the island so memorable.
Upon your arrival in Bali, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sanur.
DAY 14 : RURAL VILLAGE – BATUR MOUNTAIN TOUR
In the morning after breakfast, depart from the hotel for a full day excursionof Rural Bali & Mount Batur.
A warm welcome waits at a Balinese home, where a traditional light snack is served with Balinese coffee or tea.
Walk through the local farms to experience the life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.
Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the “Kori Agung” (stone capped gateway, there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants.
Once inside the temple, there is a small compound, which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.
Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater. END TOUR.
- All Domestic flights, Private Car, Boat
- Entrance fees & Sighseeing Tour by Itinerary
- English Speaking Guide & Tour Leader (Group)
- Accomodation, Activities, Meals