Indonesia Encompassed - Indonesia
Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes, and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...
Day 1 Medan
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Medan/Bohorok
Enjoy a city tour of Medan, including a visit to the massive Maimoon Palace. Continue to Bohorok, one of the largest national parks in the world, famous for its orangutan rehabilitation centre.
Day 3 Bohorok/Berastagi
Trek through the diverse jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park for a chance to spot wild orangutans, among many other primates. Afterward, continue to Berastagi and enjoy the cooler weather of this picturesque alpine town, with a landscape dominated by two active volcanoes.
Day 4 Berastagi
Hike up Gunung Sibayak Volcano for sunrise and take in the stunning view of the valley. Spend the free afternoon getting to know charming Berastagi. Opt to visit a rejuvenating hot spring, explore the surrounding Karo Highlands and villages, and indulge in local delicacies.
Day 5 Berastagi/Samosir Island
Depart for the island of Samosir, situated in the centre of one of Southeast Asia's deepest lakes - Lake Toba. En route, stop for a visit at a coffee plantation and learn about the beloved Sumatra blend.
Day 6 Samosir Island
Enjoy a free day relaxing or exploring the paradise of Samosir Island, which was formed, along with the lake, by a super volcano eruption almost a hundred-thousand years ago. Venture out to explore the tomb of King Sidabutar in Tomok village and wander past traditional batak houses and rice fields, shop till you drop in the colourful market, or swim in the pristine water to your hearts content.
Day 7 Samosir Island/Medan
Soak up your last morning on this peaceful island before driving back to busy Medan. For your final night in Sumatra, opt for a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 8 Medan/Jakarta
Fly from Medan to Jakarta and settle into this modern metropolis on the coast of Java.
Day 9 Jakarta/Bandung
Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta visiting the former Batavia area, remnants of the colonial past, and stroll through the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bandung surrounded by volcanic peaks and tea plantations. Opt to see the angklung orchestra - resonating traditional melodies created by children shaking bamboo instruments.
Day 10 Bandung/Yogyakarta
Board a morning train and take in the beautiful scenery on the ride to Yogyakarta, steeped in ancient ruins and culture. On arrival, opt to go on a cycling tour or take in a Ramayana dance performance.
Day 11 Yogyakarta
Venture to the Prambanan Hindu temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through the remains of some 244 temples, with some towering out of the rubble. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 12 Yogyakarta
Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring the pyramid-like complex, admiring the intricate carvings, and come away with a deeper understanding of Buddhist culture here. Later, enjoy free time to continue exploring Yogyakarta.
Day 13 Yogyakarta/Ngadas
Continue the journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture with a G Adventures-supported community homestay.
Day 14 Ngadas/Malang
Start early today (approximately 2:30am) for a pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to Mt Bromo. Watch the sunrise over the crater’s rim, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa. Head back to Ngadas for lunch before exploring more of the village on an included walk. Later, travel to Malang for the night.
Day 15 Malang/Sanur
Drive from Malang to Surabaya airport for a short flight to Sanur, a serene seaside town on the island of Bali. Spend the afternoon on the beach, and cheers to a beautiful sunset.
Day 16 Sanur
Enjoy some free time in Sanur.
Day 17 Sanur/Munduk
Visit the Lake Danu Bratan Temple and take a walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces before arriving at the guesthouse in Munduk. Enjoy some delicious Balinese cuisine.
Day 18 Munduk/Kintamani
Drive through lush rice fields and winding mountain roads to Kintamani, then take a dip in the local hot springs.
Day 19 Kintamani/Ubud
Opt for a sunrise hike to the top of Mt Batur before travelling to the cultural heart of Bali, stopping for lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. Arrive in Ubud in the late afternoon for an orientation walk and some free time.
Day 20 Ubud
Enjoy a free day to explore exactly what interests you in Ubud. Opt to visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, rice paddies, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.
Day 21 Ubud/Candidasa
Visit Kerta Gosa, the historic court of justice, before the journey to Candidasa, a superb beach location perfect for relaxing.
Day 22 Candidasa
With more free time here, opt to visit the Tirta Gangga temple or the traditional village of Tenganan, go snorkelling, or relax on one of the secluded beaches along the coast.
Day 23 Candidasa/Kuta
Take a local ferry to Lombok and visit a Sasak traditional village en route to Kuta.
Day 24 Kuta
Enjoy a full day exploring the area around Kuta. Opt for a surf lesson or visit one of the beautiful beaches nearby.
Day 25 Kuta/Senggigi
Enjoy a spectacular drive through the middle of Lombok. Stop at the Tetebatu community and enjoy an easy trek through the surrounding rice fields led by a local guide. Continue on to Senggigi for the night.
Day 26 Senggigi/Gili Trawangan
Before heading to the stunning Gili Islands, visit the slopes of the Rinjani Volcano and hike to a secluded waterfall and take a dip in the fresh water. Once at the islands, opt to swim, snorkel, or kick back and relax.
Day 27 Gili Trawangan
Enjoy a half-day snorkelling trip and check out what's living under the sea. The rest of the day is free for exploring. Opt to rent a bike and cycle around the island, visit the shopping area, or try some yoga.
Day 28 Gili Trawangan/Sanur
Travel back to Bali by boat for a final dinner and farewells.
Day 29 Sanur
Depart at any time.
Reference : GAH