Origins of Indonesia

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Highlights
  • Visiting Jakarta Old Town
  • Dinner at Braga Permai
  • Bandung city tour
  • Kawah Putih
  • Train journey's through beautiful countryside
  • Yogyakarta
  • Javanese dinner with local family
  • Mangkunegaran Palace
  • Plantage De Grote Tuin
  • Snorkelling in Menjangan
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Overview

Indonesia is a country that is a land of breathtaking natural beauty, a rich cultural legacy, and an unending adventure that is just waiting to be found. Indonesia's various landscapes and lively culture captivate the imagination and enchant the soul. From the mist-shrouded summits of its volcanic mountains to the sun-kissed beaches that edge its coastline, Indonesia is a country that captivates the imagination and enchants the imagination.
 
There is a symphony of noises that reverberate through the canopy of the forest in Indonesia, where you will find yourself surrounded by lush tropical woods that are filled with exotic wildlife. The calls of monkeys and the flutter of palm fronds create this magnificent soundscape. Discovering hidden waterfalls, old temples, and sacred caverns that are nestled away among the luscious flora is possible here, and you may embark on exciting jungle hikes to find them.
 
However, Indonesia's fascination extends far beyond its earthly landscapes; beneath the waves, a kaleidoscope of colours awaits, enticing adventurers to dive into its crystal-clear seas and experience a world of wonder. Indonesia is a country that provides a wide range of opportunities for tourists. Indonesia provides some of the most wonderful opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling in the world. These opportunities range from stunning shipwrecks and underwater tunnels to bright coral reefs that are alive with life.
 
Menjangan Island is a place that should not be missed by anyone who is interested in diving or snorkelling because it is home to immaculate coral gardens and a plethora of marine life that can be found beneath the water's surface. While you are here, you may put on your snorkelling gear and glide through the warm, turquoise seas, marvelling at the kaleidoscope of colours that you see as schools of tropical fish rush about you and brilliant corals sway in the current.
 
At the surface of the water, however, you will discover a world of cultural riches that are just waiting to be discovered. The wonder of Indonesia does not end there. Wander through ancient temple complexes that are covered in mist, where the aroma of incense fills the air and the rhythmic singing of prayers reverberates through the hallways of the hallowed buildings.
 
It is a country where every minute is an adventure, where the beauty of nature and the warmth of its people combine to produce an experience that will stay with you long after you have returned home. Indonesia is a destination where you will never forget your time spent there. Therefore, come, immerse yourself in the enchantment of Indonesia, and let its splendour and awe to enliven your spirit and reawaken your sense of adventure.

Itinerary

Welcome to Jakarta, Indonesia's thriving city, where every corner is brimming with life and excitement! As you step off the airport and into the balmy tropical air, prepare to immerse yourself in a city that perfectly blends tradition and contemporary, giving a fascinating tapestry of experiences waiting to be discovered.
 
Throughout your stay in Jakarta, you'll find a city of contrasts, where towering skyscrapers coexist with ancient temples and local markets thrive alongside sophisticated shopping complexes. From the historic elegance of Kota Tua to the fashionable neighbourhoods of Kemang and Senopati, Jakarta has a wide range of sights and experiences to satisfy every traveler's preferences.
 
Explore the city's lively culinary scene and savour the tantalising flavours of Indonesian cuisine, from fiery rendang to fragrant soto ayam. Whether you're sampling street food from a crowded night market or dining in luxury at a sophisticated rooftop restaurant, Jakarta is a foodie's dream.
 
Let's not forget about the shopping! From bargain-hunting in the busy marketplaces of Pasar Baru and Tanah Abang to splurging on designer labels in the flashy malls of Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia, Jakarta has limitless chances for retail therapy.
 
However, Jakarta is more than simply the hustle and bustle of daily life; it also has green places and calm oasis where you may escape the urban commotion and reconnect with nature. Take a leisurely stroll around Taman Suropati's beautiful gardens, or enjoy a lovely boat ride through the Thousand Islands' meandering canals.
 
Accommodation: Jambuluwuk Thamrin Hotel or similar
 
Meals: Dinner
Good morning, explorers. Today begins with a leisurely morning, providing you the ideal time to get into the rhythm of Jakarta life at your own pace. Whether you prefer to have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, swim in the pool, or simply wander through the local streets taking in the sights and sounds of the city, the morning is yours to enjoy as you see fit.
 
As the afternoon approaches, prepare to delve deep into Jakarta's rich history and cultural heritage on a half-day city tour. Our first stop? The picturesque old town of Jakarta, commonly known as Kota Tua. This historic quarter is a treasure trove of colonial-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and fascinating museums that provide a window into Jakarta's history.
 
After seeing the old town, we'll head to Acaraki, a typical Jamu café located in the centre of the Old Town. Jamu, Indonesia's traditional herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to improve health and well-being, and Acaraki provides a unique opportunity to try a range of Jamu mixtures produced with natural ingredients.
 
As you enjoy your delicious Jamu drink, take a moment to appreciate the ambiance of Acaraki's attractive surroundings, which are surrounded by thick foliage and the sounds of the city outside. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or just looking to try something new, Acaraki promises a completely authentic Indonesian experience.
 
So grab your camera, your sense of adventure, and your thirst for exploration—it's time to uncover the magic of Jakarta's Old Town and indulge in the flavours of traditional Jamu at Acaraki. Let's make some memories together in this exciting part of Indonesia's capital city!
 
Accommodation: Jambuluwuk Thamrin Hotel or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today's adventure takes us on a lovely train ride from Jakarta to the charming city of Bandung, tucked in the breathtaking surroundings of West Java. Sit back, relax, and take in the amazing scenery as we travel to Bandung over lush green valleys, terraced rice fields, and towering mountains.
 
Upon arrival in Bandung, we will begin our city tour, exploring the city's rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Our first stop? The renowned Gedung Sate is a wonderfully maintained colonial-era structure that represents Bandung's rich architectural legacy. Admire the delicate intricacies of its Art Deco style and discover its intriguing history as the former seat of the Dutch East Indies government.
 
Next, we'll immerse yourself in Bandung's colourful culture by exploring the busy streets of Braga. This historic avenue is lined with beautiful cafes, boutique boutiques, and art galleries, showcasing Bandung's diverse arts and culinary culture. Take a leisurely stroll down Braga Street, stopping to try local foods, shop for souvenirs, and enjoy the colourful environment.
 
No trip to Bandung is complete without a visit to the stunning Kawah Putih, or White Crater. This spectacular volcanic crater lake, located just outside the city, is noted for its vivid turquoise waters and strange environment.
 
Accommodation: Savoyy Homann Hotel or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Prepare for an adventurous half-day journey to Kawah Putih, a beautiful volcanic crater lake in Bandung.
 
We'll begin our excursion by boarding the Bandros Bus Tour, a colourful double-decker bus that will transport us on a sightseeing tour through Bandung's bustling streets. From historic buildings to lively marketplaces, you'll get to explore the city's rich history and tradition in a unique and enjoyable manner.
 
Following our city tour, we will go to Kawah Putih, where you will be astounded by the spectacular grandeur of the volcanic crater lake. With its turquoise waters and hazy surrounds, Kawah Putih provides a strange and amazing experience that will leave you speechless.
 
Take some time to explore the crater's edge, take some photos, and enjoy the serene atmosphere of this natural wonder. Then we'll return to Bandung, where you'll have the remainder of the day to relax and unwind at your leisure.
 
Accommodation: Savoyy Homann Hotel or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Today we proceed on a six-hour journey aboard a modern train, complete with comfortable seats and sumptuous amenities to ensure your maximum comfort. But hold on to your hats, because there is a whole new world waiting to be explored just outside your window!
 
As we glide across the countryside, prepare to be captivated by the spectacular scenery that unfolds before your eyes. Picture-perfect neon-green rice paddies stretch as far as the eye can see, with local farmers meticulously tending to their crops, their colourful conical hats bobbing in the soft breeze. In amongst it all, splashes of sky appear, giving a captivating glow across the countryside.
 
Don't worry about missing out on any of the fun; we'll be serving a wonderful lunch right on the train! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the sights and sounds of rural Indonesia.
From your seat, you'll get a front-row perspective of the Indonesian countryside's beauty and serenity, with each twist and turn offering a new and stunning view.
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Yogyakarta or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
The adventure begins with a visit to the beautiful Keraton, the Sultan of Yogyakarta's regal palace. Travellers can step back in time and catch a glimpse of Javanese royalty as they meander through the palace's ornate halls and lush gardens, taking in the rich history and cultural significance of this historical landmark.
 
The next stop on the agenda is Taman Sari, an old water palace that was previously used as a royal retreat. Visitors can immerse themselves in the quiet surroundings by exploring the maze of courtyards, pavilions, and bathing pools.
 
Travellers are invited to continue their adventure by learning about the art of wayang making, in which experienced artists bring Indonesia's traditional shadow puppetry to life. Craftsmen demonstrate their expertise by designing elaborate designs that represent the essence of Indonesian culture and heritage.
 
The journey concludes with a visit to Beringharjo, Yogyakarta's lively market, where the sights, sounds, and smells come to life. From vivid batik fabrics to exotic spices and tropical fruits, visitors can immerse themselves in the lively ambiance of this local hotspot while savouring culinary pleasures and shopping for unique mementos to take home.
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Yogyakarta or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with local family
Borobudur is a spectacular Buddhist temple on the Indonesian island of Java near the city of Yogyakarta. It is one of the world's largest and most impressive Buddhist monuments, attracting visitors from all around to admire its grandeur and beauty.
 
Borobudur, built in the ninth century by the Sailendra dynasty, is a UNESCO World legacy Site and a symbol of Indonesia's rich cultural legacy. The temple is well-known for its magnificent architecture, elaborate carvings, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
 
Borobudur is made up of nine stacked platforms, crowned by a central dome and ornamented with approximately 2,500 relief panels and 500 Buddha sculptures. The complex carvings portray themes from Buddhist teachings and narratives, offering insight into ancient Java's spiritual and creative traditions.
 
Visitors to Borobudur can take their time exploring the temple complex, ascending the terraces and circumambulating the great stupa, appreciating the elaborate carvings and taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding environment. After visiting the temple you will also look at the local home industries in the surrounding area.
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Yogyakarta or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
 
 
Today is loaded with cultural exploration in Solo, also known as Surakarta, a city famous for its rich Javanese heritage and strong artistic traditions. Today, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Solo as we explore its most iconic sites and hidden jewels.
 
Our first trip is Pasar Gedhe Solo, a lively traditional market that captures the sights, sounds, and smells of Javanese life. Lose yourself in a maze of stalls selling everything from fresh food and spices to colourful textiles and handicrafts, while friendly vendors invite you to try their items and bargain for the best price.
 
Next, we'll travel back in time to see the majestic Mangkunegaran Palace, which represents Solo's royal past and cultural legacy. Explore the sumptuous halls, elegant pavilions, and lush gardens of this historic palace while experienced guides tell stories about Javanese royalty and the Mangkunegaran dynasty's rich history.
 
After our palace tour, prepare to unleash your creativity as we learn the technique of batik making at a local's home. You will learn traditional batik techniques, including as waxing and dyeing, as well as elaborate patterns and designs, from professional artisans. Get hands-on and make your own one-of-a-kind batik masterpiece to take home as a memorable souvenir of your trip to Solo.
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Yogyakarta or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Malang is set among the lovely scenery of East Java. Our experience begins with a picturesque rail excursion that provides panoramic views of the countryside as we wind our way through verdant rice farms, towering mountains, and charming villages.
 
Settle into your comfy seat and relax as we travel through the magnificent landscapes, taking in the splendour of Java's rural environment that unfolds outside your window. From the neon-green rice terraces to the mist-shrouded peaks of volcanic mountains, each turn of the road provides a fresh and breathtaking view.
 
As we reach Malang, we'll take the road, passing through picturesque towns and vibrant markets on our way to our destination. Along the way, we'll take breaks to stretch our legs, try local foods, and possibly take some photos of the breathtaking beauty that surrounds us.
 
Finally, we'll arrive in Malang, where you'll be free to explore this colourful city at your own speed. 
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Malang or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Optional tours:
 
Sunrise Bromo Tour:
 
This excursion begins before dawn as we travel to the entrance of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. From there, we'll board 4x4 jeeps for an exciting journey through the steep terrain of the Tengger Caldera, surrounded by towering cliffs and magnificent panoramas lighted by the rising sun.
 
Tea Plantation Wonosari:
 
The visit begins with a leisurely stroll through the tea fields, where rows of vivid green tea bushes extend as far as the eye can see. Take in the pure mountain air and the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside as our knowledgeable guide discusses Indonesia's tea production history and legacy.
 
As we tour the plantation, you'll learn about the tea growing and harvesting process, from caring for the tea trees to precise hand-picking of the tea leaves. Discover the secrets of the perfect cup of tea as we tour the processing facilities, where freshly harvested leaves are converted into the delicious tea that we all know and enjoy.
But our experience does not stop there! Following our tour of the plantation, we will be able to sample a range of freshly brewed teas, each with its own distinct flavour profile and aroma.
 
Accommodation: Santika Premier Malang or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
 
As we leave our starting location, the train steadily moves forward, providing panoramic vistas of the lush countryside and lovely settlements that dot the terrain. From beautiful rice paddies to towering mountains, every curve of the road reveals a fresh and enchanting scene to behold.
 
Along the trip, keep a look out for glimpses of local life unfolding beyond your view; from farmers tending to their fields to youngsters playing by the tracks, the train journey provides an intriguing glimpse into the everyday rhythms of life in rural Java.
 
As we approach Banyuwangi, the topography changes, giving way to the coastal sceneries and palm-fringed beaches that define this stunning region. We'll continue our journey by road from the train station to Kalibaru, a lovely village with lush plantations and undulating hills.
 
Accommodation: Kalibaru Cottages or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Plantage de Grote Tuin is a place where the bounties of nature and traditional practices that date back hundreds of years come together to create an experience that is absolutely amazing. As we delve into the rich history and tradition of this exquisite destination, you should get ready to go on a journey that will take you through verdant landscapes, aromatic gardens, and abundant plantations.
 
The first step of our journey is to take a tour of the plantation, which is filled with rows of emerald crops that spread as far as the eye can see. By visiting the plantation, you will have the opportunity to observe the wide variety of products that are cultivated there, ranging from coffee and cocoa to spices and tropical fruits. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the cultivation and harvesting process from our professional guides.
 
There have been generations of farmers who have worked in unison with the land to develop crops using methods that are both sustainable and traditional. As we explore the plantation, you will learn about the complicated link that exists between humans and environment throughout the plantation. As we travel through the processing facilities, where raw materials are turned into the magnificent products that we all know and love, you will get the opportunity to gain an understanding of the difficulties and achievements that are associated with plantation life.
 
Accommodation: Kalibaru Cottages or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
After travelling across the strait to reach Bali, we continue our journey along the coastal roads, which provide us with breathtaking vistas of the glistening water and the sandy beaches that border the coastlines of the island. Maintain a sharp lookout for glimpses of traditional Balinese villages, which are characterised by the presence of exquisite temples and attractive dwellings with thatched roofs that are scattered across the terrain.
 
Now that we have arrived in Lovina, you should get ready to unwind and rest in this peaceful paradise that is tucked away along the north coast of Bali. Lovina is the ideal place to get away from the rush and bustle of everyday life because of its tranquil beaches with black sand, waters that are crystal clear, and coral reefs that are vivid.
 
Accommodation: The Lovina or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Our trip starts with a boat ride through the beautiful scenery from Lovina to Menjangan Island. Once we arrive, we will be greeted by untouched beaches, palm trees that sway in the breeze, and some of the most renowned snorkelling places in Bali. When we finally enter the water, you should get ready to be blown away by the kaleidoscope of colours and marine life that is waiting for us below.
 
Due to the fact that Menjangan Island is recognised for its abundant biodiversity and healthy coral reefs, it is the ideal playground for snorkelers of all ability levels. From colourful coral fish and graceful sea turtles to majestic manta rays and joyful dolphins, you will come face to face with a spectacular assortment of marine wildlife as you glide smoothly through the warm tropical waters.
 
With visibility that frequently exceeds 30 metres, you will have the opportunity to explore a number of snorkelling areas throughout the island, each of which offers its own special allure and beauty.
 
Accommodation: The Lovina or similar
 
Meals: Breakfast
Today is your last day, however you may wish to extend your stay in Bali. Please send through an enquiry if you would like to book this tour with an extension.
 
Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Accommodation based on Double/Twin sharing at selected hotels with daily breakfast.
  • English speaking guide during guide time (During sightseeing).
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned.
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Tour insurance, service charges and any government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International Airfares.
  • Meals other than mentioned in the programme.
  • Drinks with meals unless specified in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees (if required).
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Any optional tours and services.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness).