National Geographic Journeys

Discover Bali & Java

  • Duration 15 Days | Jakarta to Sanur
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $3,699 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day tour to the stunning beaches and jungles of Bali and Java. Ride through Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep at sunrise. Visit the exquisite Bogor Botanical Gardens. Enjoy inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and stroll the unforgettable beaches of Sanur. Inspired by Buddhist zen, find harmony in this incredible corner of the world.

Trip Highlights

Explore bustling Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Learn the art of batik making, enjoy a Balinese cooking class with a local chef, meet with a vulcanology expert at Mt Bromo, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 Jakarta

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included.

Day 2 Jakarta/Bogor (1B)

Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fatahillah Square, and the harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, with its stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mt Salak.

Day 3 Bogor (1B)

Visit the Botanical Garden in Bogor, a world famous institution for research and conservation that is home to 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants. With a local guide, tour the gardens and the Zoological museum. Continue onto a Javanese puppet makers' workshop to see how traditional wooden puppets called "wayang golek" are produced by local artisans. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 Bogor/Bandung (1B)

Drive to Bandung and explore the city known as the "Paris of Indonesia". Enjoy the angklung orchestra — with resonating melodies at this traditional bamboo instrument concert.

Day 5 Bandung/Magelang (1B)

A full day of travel by private vehicle and train allows the opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Java. Arrive in Magelang in the evening.

Day 6 Magelang/Yogyakarta (1B)

Rise before dawn to visit the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur and enjoy the sunrise, then tour the stunning ruins. After, continue on to the Village of Candirejo. Along the way, enjoy a peek into the daily life and activities such as making cassava crackers, rotating seasonal crops, and harvesting. Stop in at one of the houses to meet some locals and enjoy a drink and snack. Continue on to Yogyakarta for the evening.

Day 7 Yogyakarta (1B)

Explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about the history of the temples. Marvel at what is considered some of the most stunning Hindu works of art in Asia. Return to Yogyakarta and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 8 Yogyakarta (1B)

This morning, learn about Batik, a traditional textile originating from the island of Java. Delve into the history and tradition of this art form and the Javanese philosophy behind some of the patterns, then partake in a hands-on workshop led by a local artist. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Opt to hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore, visit Kraton Palace, or wander the markets and shops around the city.

Day 9 Yogyakarta/Malang (1B)

Continue the journey by train across the green agricultural heartland of Java to Malang.

Day 10 Malang/Bromo (1B, 1L)

Visit Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt Bromo region. Experience the local culture in this G Adventures-supported community with a village walk and local lunch. After, visit the volcanology office of Mt Bromo and meet with one of their experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption.

Day 11 Bromo/Ubud (1B)

Rise early to take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by 4x4 to catch the sunrise. We then ascend to the top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. After, drive to Surabaya and catch our flight to beautiful Bali.

Day 12 Ubud (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets and a visit to a rice field, helping us learn about the staples of Balinese cooking. We will later gather at our chef's home, where we'll learn how to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and lunch. We can enjoy our afternoon at leisure.

Day 13 Ubud (1B)

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or consider the many optional activities. Opt to explore the stunning UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih Rice Terraces by electric cycle or visit the Monkey Forest, numerous temples, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.

Day 14 Ubud/Sanur (1B, 1L)

Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple and its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields then make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mt Batur towering above. Also enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported-Bali Community Training Lunch Program. This evening, opt to join your CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world.

Day 15 Sanur (1B)

Depart at any time.

Discover Bali & Java

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