Day 2 – Yogyakarta – Prambanan – Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta city tour: we visit the sultan’s palace built in 1756, Taman Sari, the colourful bird market and Mt. Merapi’s observatory, where is collected all data about its volcanic activity: another great way to better understand this volcanic island. We also visit the Prambanan Hindu temple, in particular the so-called Loro Jonggrang complex, generally considered to be Java’s most elegant and awe-inspiring candi (temple), and noted for the graceful proportions of its 47 m central Siva temple. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 1 hr
Day 3 – Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Babadan
We begin our walk in a small daily market hidden away in the Menoreh hills, 25 km west of Yogyakarta. We help you discover the workings of a traditional Javanese market place and test out your bargaining skills. On this walk, up-hill at first, we experience the tranquillity and beauty of local countryside: below us, green fields and rice terraces, and on the horizon the amazing panorama of surrounding volcanoes, including Mt. Sumbing, Mt. Merbabu, and Mt. Merapi… and in the distance, the monumental Borobudur temple. We may join traditional farmers attending to their land. Finally, upon arrival at the astounding Buddhist sanctuary, we visit this huge temple. If time allows it, we transfer to the village of Babadan, on Mt. Merapi’s western slopes, where we visit the volcano observatory. We eventually reach the top of a small hill facing the 1994 lava flows and which offers, at sunset, an amazing view of the volcano! Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 4 hrs, walking = 7 hrs
Note: For an extra cost, Borobudur, the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, can also be reached on Sumatran elephants through rice fields and remote villages. Please contact us for further information
Day 4 – Babadan – Surrounds of Mt. Merapi – Tawangmangu
This amazing walk starts from the village of Babadan, on Mt. Merapi’s western slopes, where a volcano observatory is located. From here, the summit of Mt. Merapi actually seems very close and the lava fields are quite impressive. Our walk aims at safely passing round these fields. We reach the top of a small hill which faces the 1994 flows and which offers, at sunset, an amazing view of the volcano! While crossing beautiful tropical forest and plantations, we also have the opportunity to meet with local farmers as well as other workers, crushing lava blocks inside a drained river, who explain their special relationship with Mt. Merapi. We travel on to Tawangmangu, on the slopes of Mt. Lawu, overlooking Surakarta. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Transfers = 1,5 hrs, walking = 5 hours
Day 5 – Sukuh Temple – Malang
In the morning, we leave Yogya for Solo, where its renowned batik manufactures and its antique market are awaiting us. We then visit the Sukuh temple, situated on the slopes of Mt. Lawu, overlooking Surakarta (or ‘Solo’). This temple was the last bastion of Hinduism remaining in Central Java after the expansion of Islam. Situated in the midst of forests and tea plantations, the temple contains original Hindu iconography, includes phallic symbols and turtle-like tables. These relics reveal the past existence of initiation rites, probably orgiastic. If time allows it, we may visit the Cetoh temple located close by. In the afternoon, we proceed to Malang. Overnight at a hotel.
Transfers = 6 hrs, walking = 4 hrs
Day 6 – Malang – Tumpang – Cemorolawang – Mt. Bromo
In the morning, 4WDs take us to Tengger, a region where the famous smoking peak of Mt. Bromo stands, 2,329 m above ground. The surrounding caldera forms an enormous desolate sea of lava sand. On this trip, we cross the astonishing Tengger–Bromo-Semeru National Park. We go partly along on the caldera’s crest before finally going down to the sand sea. There, we visit the village of Cemorolawang (on another crest and on the opposite side). In the afternoon, we hike up this active volcano and walk around its crater. Looking into its seething cauldron of bubbling water, ash and sulphur, it is easy to understand why the ancient Javanese regarded this as the entrance to purgatory. Overnight at a hotel.
Transfers = 2.5 hrs, walking = 4 hrs, A = D = 350 m
Day 7 – Cemorolawang – Mt. Pananjakan – Sempol (Kawah Ijen)
4WD take us down to the sea of sand and on a drive to the summit of Mt. Pananjakan (2,775 m). From its top, we see a striking sunrise over the caldera, Mt. Bromo as well as the nearby slopes of Mt. Semeru, both mountains belching out volcanic ashes. As aboard an airplane, we admire this sweeping panorama over the volcanic region. Mt. Semeru’s presence is so immediate we feel we can almost touch it. This is unique scenery! In the middle of the day, we transfer to an area closer to Kawah Ijen. Overnight at a local inn (losmen).
Transfers = 6 hrs, A = 350 m
Day 8 – Sempol- Kawah ijen Crater– Banyupoh (Bali)
We enjoy a sunrise over the landscapes surrounding the Kawah Ijen crater, and proceed to the sulphur-processing site. We see miners extracting sulphur from the largest acid lake in the world, and we attend a sulphur weighing. These workers have a difficult job: they carry on their backs 100 kg of sulphur to the factory 15 km away. As for us, we reach the site slowly and carefully, as sulphur is an irritant. Then, we transfer to Banyupoh, Bali’s northwest seaside resort, a nice place to keep away from tourist crowds. Overnight at hotel overlooking the sea
Transfers = 5 hrs, walking = 3 hrs, A = D = 350 m
Day 9 – Banyupoh – Munduk – Lake Tamblingan – Kayu Pandak
After a peaceful swim in the wonderful crystalline waters of Banyupoh, observing marine wildlife as well, we set off again to Munduk. We first pass through the preserved village of Munduk, with its lush natural surrounds and its traditional gardens reminiscent of primeval Balinese culture. We head to Bedugul, around the volcanic lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. We discover local life, walking across some of this island’s most beautiful forests and visiting some of the balinese temples in the surrounds: a magnificent walk! Then, we enjoy a delicious Balinese meal, before strolling for an hour through passion fruit plantations towards Kayu Pandak, situated on the edge of a pristine forest. We also discover the traditional way of life during our walks through kebun (stunning Balinese orchards). For those who wish to do so, we may head up Mt. Lesung walking through a mysterious cave. Overnight at a village house.
Walking = 4 hrs
Day 10 – Kayu Pandak – Gunung Sari – Jatiluwih
We walk through one of the last preserved forest of Bali, on the slopes of Mt. Lesung and Mt. Batukaru. Impressive images of pristine mountainous forests strike our eyes (tree fern, and, if we are lucky enough, we may see orchids and monkeys, playing around our track). We have lunch close to a temple lost in this jungle. Its priest is our guide for the day. In Jatiluwih, we discover a marvelous Balinese village, with orchard-gardens, and terraced rice fields. Back to ‘civilization,’ we realize how unique our morning in the forest was. For our evening activities, we have the option of attending a rehearsal of the village’s traditional orchestra: gamelan. Overnight at a village house. Our host is the chief gardener of the temples in the surrounding area.
Day 11 – Jatiluwih – Baturiti – Pacung – Candi Kuning – Ulun Danau – Lake Bratan – Lovina
We discover today more Balinese gardens and various types of plantations. As we meet with the inhabitants of villages, we deepen our knowledge about rice and coffee cultivation, for instance the system of putak (the Balinese exemplary collective way to organize rice fields irrigation). We even meet with the Bujangga Wesnawe, a very respected religious community. We freshen up by the side of a waterfall and admire rice fields extending as far as the eyes can see! On our way to the north of the island, we visit various towns, including their markets, like the fruit and vegetable market of Baturili or the flower and local crafts market of Candi Kuning. Finally, we proceed our discovery tour to the placid lake of Bratan, source of life-giving water for the springs, rivers and rice fields below. Surrounded by delightful scenery and spectacular mountains, we make a stop at the marvellous Ulun Danu Bratan Hindu-Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, we transfer to the preserved beach of Lovina, kept away from tourist crowds. Strolling, swimming, snorkeling… Overnight at a unique hotel overlooking the sea.
Day 12 – Lovina – Sangsit – Kubutambahan – Kintamani – Toyabungkah (Mt. Batur)
At sunrise, we see dolphins led by jukung, local fishing boats. After few relaxing hours lying on the beach, we proceed to visit unusual temples (Maduwe Karang, Sangsit). We taste some typical and delicious Balinese dishes. We follow a beautiful road through the hills, to reach the Kintamani temple, situated on the ridge of the splendid caldera of Mt. Batur. Overlooking the lake and volcano, we enjoy an amazing view of the surroundings. We walk down to the caldera and spend the night at a losmen (local inn). You may even wish to enjoy a massage there!
Day 13 – Mt. Batur – Besakih – Rendang – Selat – Sidemen
We start our ascent of the Batur volcano before dawn and reaching the top of the oldest crater before sunrise. At the peak, we are stunned by the view provided over Mt. Agung and even over Mt. Rinjani, on the island of Lombok. We walk down to the youngest and most active crater, keeping at a safe distance. We also have the opportunity to visit the famous Besakih temple, located 1,000 m up Mt. Agung, and even have our lunch in this delightful scenery. On our drive to Sidemen, lush terraced rice fields once more amaze our eyes. Crossing through Rendang and Selat, we discover some workshops, where songket – ceremonial clothes woven with gold thread – are made. Overnight at a village house, overlooking a valley. At night, we may witness a performance of Topeng or Legong, traditional dances.
Day 14 – Sidemen – Tirtagangga – Sibetan – Bebandem – Tenganan – Ubud
Early in the morning, we enjoy the liveliness of a traditional market and pay a visit to Tirtagangga. Officially known as Tirta Ayu (‘lovely waters’), the pleasure palace of a former king of Karangasem lets us enjoy its cool, spring-fed pools (their name literally means ‘Ganges’ water’). These dip pools surrounded by captivating terraced rice fields are particularly refreshing after our long hike in. From the fruit plantations of Sibetan, the animal market of Bebandem, the workshops of blacksmiths… to the farmers of Abang working in steep terraced rice fields, we discover the very heart of the most traditional area of Bali. We continue our walk from Bebandem through rice fields never the same from one hill to the next until we arrive in the Bali Aga (or ‘original Balinese’) village of Tenganan. This village has preserved its traditional Balinese culture as it was prior to the influence of the Majapahit Hindu kingdom. For religious reasons, outsiders are welcome from noon until evening, at what point they are kindly asked to leave. Some say that footprints of visitors (be them Balinese or foreigners) are literally erased after they leave. Then, we will transfer to Ubud. At night, we may enjoy as an option some dance or puppet show performances. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 15 – Ubud – Yeh Puluh – Tampaksiring – Sukuwati – Uluwatu – Jimbaran
Ubud is a small town amidst emerald green rice paddies and steep ravines in the stunning Central Balinese foothills. This city is known as the cultural centre of the island. Discovery morning in the city and its surroundings: Stroll in the market, visit of the prince’s palace, visit of the temples of Pejeng, the sanctuaries of Yeh Puluh, Gunung Kawih and Tampaksiring. We go on a short stroll through these sacred areas, villages and rice fields. The afternoon, we travel toward the South. We may stop at another famous market if needed, the one of Sukawati. On our way to the Uluwatu temple, standing on a cliff, we observe the famous surf spot at Uluwatu beach and its intrepid surfers. We may even see a performance of the traditional dance kecak, at sunset. Overnight at a hotel in Jimbaran.
Day 16 – Jimbaran – Airport – Next destination
Morning free till your transfer to the airport. Most of Bali is volcanic covered with tropical vegetation and watered year-round by the island’s various huge mountain lakes. Jimbaran and Bukit Badung are in contrast a non-volcanic limestone plateau with a unique ecology. Flight to your next destination.
What is included in the tour package :
– Accommodations twin/double share
– Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as appeared in itinerary
– Tours and entrance fees for all of the sites the group attends together, as listed in the Itinerary
– All transports required for the whole journey as indicated in itinerary
– Services of a professional Tourist Guide throughout the tour
– Tour production by PT Lintang Buana Wisata Nusantara
– Specified accommodations and meals for the guide and driver
– Return airport to hotel transfer