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Indonesia: Land of the Dragons

Indonesia

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Experience volcanoes, dragons and UNESCO-listed temples

Embark on an island-hopping adventure through Indonesia, a land boasting natural beauty, exotic wildlife, ancient temples and friendly locals. Explore Bali’s beautiful rice paddies, and the island’s cultural heart – Ubud. From Flores Island, see the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon, and relax on the white sand beaches of Sebayur and Penga islands. Finally visit Java, home to incredible volcanic landscapes. Meet indigenous tribes in the foothills of Mount Bromo, and explore Yogyakarta, a culinary heaven for foodies, and home to world-famous Buddhist and Hindu temples. Staying in a selection of modern and well-appointed hotels, you’ll have free time to relax by the pool or choose to discover more of Indonesia on a selection of optional excursions.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed13 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Plate30 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Local expert guides
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • Ubud walking tour
  • Guided walk of Sidemen
  • Orientation tour of Labuan Bajo
  • Komodo National Park visit
  • Heritage tour of East Java
  • Tengger Massi sunrise experience
  • Yogyakarta culinary tour
  • Borobudur and Prambana temples tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Yogyakarta
  • Sanur orientation tour

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours.

Flavours of Java

During your holiday, embark on a culinary tour of Yogyakarta. Featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’, the city is famed for its gudeg, a savoury stewed jackfruit cooked with herbs and spices, which you’ll have the chance to try at Beringharjo market. For lunch try mie lethek, known locally as ugly noodles, Yogyakarta’s signature noodle dish. You’ll visit the last remaining traditional factory, where a cow-pulled mortar grinds dried sweet potatoes and cassava into flour. Finally explore Jalan Malioboro at night, when the street comes alive with food stands. Try Indonesian street treats including onde-onde, a fried rice cake, and bakpia, a sweet pastry.

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Day 1 UK-Bali

After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Bali, Indonesia.


Day 2 Ubud, Bali

The lotus pond at Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace) in Ubud

Arrive in Bali today, and transfer to Ubud (23 miles, 90 minutes). Ubud is considered the cultural centre of Bali, with its temples, ceremonies, art galleries, cuisine and local handicrafts.

Stay three nights at the 4-star Alaya Resort Ubud (4Q+). The hotel has a central location, and offers an outdoor swimming pool, spa and a fitness centre. A complimentary cold plate will be provided due to late arrive. Enjoy a welcome drink this evening.


Day 3 Ubud

A monkey jumps across monkey statues in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Join an orientation walking tour of Ubud this morning. See the Ubud traditional art market, the historic Ubud Palace, and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a Hindu temple complex home to Balinese long-tailed macaques. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure, or you can join an optional Balinese cooking experience. B


Day 4 Ubud

Green rice fields in Jatiluwih, near Ubud

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Ubud, perhaps exploring independently, or choosing to enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Alternatively, an optional tour visits Bali’s rural heartland. B


Day 5 Ubud-Sidemen

Rice fields in the village of Sidemen

Journey to Sidemen, a traditional village located in the foothills of Bali’s largest volcano, Mount Agung (20 miles, one hour).

On arrival, join a short walk through the Sidemen countryside, passing rice terraces to reach the small village. Here you’ll visit a Balinese home to see local women creating weaving fabric using the traditional ikat method. Ikat is a unique dying technique used to create patterns in the fabric, and Sidemen is considered one of the best producers of ikat fabric in the world. Continue through the countryside and forest, stopping for a picnic lunch. Visit Besakih Temple, the largest and holiest Hindu temple in Bali.

Stay overnight at the 4-star Wapa Di Ume Sidemen (4Q). This boutique resort has an outdoor swimming pool, gardens, and a spa, and boasts impressive views of the surrounding mountains and rice paddies. B, L


Day 6 Sidemen-Labuan Bajo, Flores Island

Labuan Bajo Harbour

Transfer to the airport (33 miles, two hours), then fly to to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island (one hour). Join a short orientation of downtown Labuan Bajo and have lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing to your hotel.

Stay two nights at the 5-star AYANA Komodo Resort (4Q+). The stylish hotel has a beachfront location, two swimming pools, a jetty and a yoga deck. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 7 Komodo National Park

A Komodo dragon sitting in long grass

Join a full day exploration of the islands of Rinca, Sebayur and Penga.

Transfer to the harbour to board your vessel, heading first to Rinca Island, part of the Komodo National Park and home to the Komodo dragon – the world’s largest lizard. These impressive lizards can weigh up to 300 pounds, and have a powerful bite and venom glands loaded with deadly toxins. Visits to the island are strictly controlled and you’ll be required to follow a number of rules during your visit. Walk past dragon nests and observe the natural behaviour of these incredible creatures. Continue to Sebayur and Penga islands, which are renowned for their beauty above and below the water.

Take time to relax or explore independently before cruising back to Labuan Bajo. B, L


Day 8 Labuan Bajo-Mount Bromo, Java

Pretty purple and orange sky over Mount Bromo

Spend the morning at leisure, then transfer to the airport and fly to Surabaya (90 minutes) in East Java.

Continue by road to Mount Bromo (78 miles, three hours), where you’ll stay for two nights at the 3-star Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo (3Q). The hotel is committed to sustainability, and boasts panoramic views of Mount Tengger, with cabin-style accommodation. Located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Mount Bromo is an active volcano, standing at 7,641 feet above sea level. B, L, D


Day 9 Mount Bromo

A village near Mount Bromo in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Spend the day touring East Java.

The villages and tribes inhabiting the foothills of Mount Bromo have a unique culture and traditions which have stood the test of time. Meet the Tengger community, an indigenous ethnic group believed to be the descendants of the of the Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit empire. The community still adheres to ancient ways of Javanese culture and Hindu Dharma, and have been largely isolated from external influences. Experience the ancient traditions, distinctive cuisine, spectacular landscapes and warm welcomes of the Tengger people. B, L, D


Day 10 Mount Bromo-Yogyakarta

The crater of the active volcano, Mount Bromo

Rise early this morning to watch the sunrise over Bromo, Batok and Sereru volcanoes, travelling by 4x4 to a popular viewing platform across from the smouldering Tengger Massi volcanic complex. Cross to the foot of Mount Bromo and climb the steps to the crater to peer inside the rumbling volcano.

After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the train station for a scenic journey to Yogyakarta (five hours) with dinner included on board. Transfer to the 5-star Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection (4Q+) late this evening for a three night stay. Set in a colonial building from 1918, the elegant hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. B, L, D


Day 11 Yogyakarta

Traditional street food being cooked in Yogyakarta

Known as the cultural capital of Java, Yogyakarta is the only province in Indonesia still ruled by a sultan. The city, of the same name, is an important centre for fine arts including ballet, batik textiles and silversmithing, and the city has a thriving food scene. Join a half day culinary tour through the city. Begin with breakfast at the traditional market of Beringharjo, then drive into the countryside to visit the Garuda factory, specialising in the traditional production of cassava noodles for lunch. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon.

After dinner at a local restaurant, take an evening tour of the city’s street food stalls. Soak up the atmosphere of the city nightlife, and perhaps taste traditional dishes such as nasi campur or bakmi. B, L, D


Day 12 Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta

Embark on a tour of the world’s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur.

Dating from 8th and 9th centuries, the UNESCO-listed monument’s style was influenced by Indian Gupta and post-Gupta art. Borobudur was buried under volcanic ash and overgrown with vegetation from the 11th century until it was discovered in 1814 by English lieutenant governor Thomas Stamford Raffles. The site comprises two million square feet of volcanic stone across three tiers. Climb to the top to admire the views, and learn about the history of Buddhism in Indonesia.

Continue to the nearby temples of Pawon and Mendut before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. Next, explore Indonesia’s largest Hindu site, UNESCO-listed Prambanan. This complex of 224 ornate temples dates from the 9th century, and feature scenes from the Ramayana epic carved into the walls. Explore the three revered temples of Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma and Candi Vishnu, and a selection of neighbouring shrines. B, L, D


Day 13 Yogyakarta-Nusa Dua

Kraton Palace of Yogyakarta

Join a sightseeing tour of Yogyakarta this morning. Visit the Kraton, a grand complex containing palaces, pools and waterways, with over 25,000 inhabitants, its own market and craft industries. Continue to Kota Gede, the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom, which today is the hub of the city’s silver industry. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Bali (90 minutes).

Continue by road to Nusa Dua (eight miles, 20 minutes). Stay two nights at the 5-star The Laguna Resort and Spa (5Q). The hotel is located on a pristine white sand beach and has lagoon-style pools, tropical gardens and selection of dining options. B, L, D


Day 14 Nusa Dua

The coast of Nusa Dua

Join a short orientation tour of Nusa Dua this morning, then spend the remainder of the day at leisure, making the most of the hotel’s facilities.

Alternatively, choose from optional excursions cruising off the coast of Sanur, or exploring Uluwatu Temple. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. B, D


Day 15 Nusa Dua-UK

Nusa Dua beach

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 16 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning.


Balinese cooking school

This Balinese cooking experience takes place in a fully equipped community village kitchen, where your Balinese chef will teach you about local ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Your cooking class is concluded with you sitting down to enjoy your creations against the beautiful backdrop of Balinese countryside.

Half day
Learn how to cook Balinese food
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

The heartland of Bali

Spend a full day exploring Bali’s rural heartland. Visit Pura Taman Ayun, a temple of the former royal family situated in the middle of an artificial lake. Continue to Lake Bratan, whose small Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple honours Dewi Danau, the goddess of the lake. Stroll through the Candi Kuning market, then after lunch, journey through the valleys of rice paddy fields near Jatiluwih, to visit Pura Luhur Batukaru temple. This ancient temple sits on the slopes of Bali’s second highest mountain, Gunung Batukaru.

Full day
Pura Taman Ayun Temple
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

Traditional sail boat experience

Board a traditional Balinese fishing boat, known as a jukung, for a three hour cruise around the Sanur coast. These colourful boats use only one main cloth sail, and with favourable winds, can reach rapid speeds. Enjoy the scenery with sandwiches and drinks served on board.

Full day
Traditional balinese jukung fishing boats on Sanur beach
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary

Uluwatu Temple

Head to the south-western tip of the island to visit the 11th-century Uluwatu Temple, one of the six prominent shrines recognised as one of Bali’s ‘spiritual pillars’. Located on a cliff, 230 feet above the sea, the temple offers excellent sunset viewing opportunities.

Evening
Uluwatu Temple
  • Optional on 15 nights itinerary
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