National Geographic Journeys

Discover Bali & Java

  • Duration 15 Days | Jakarta to Sanur
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $4,119 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Set loose your spiritual side on a 15-day journey 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

  • Visit a batik workshop in Yogyakarta to watch artisans at work, then try your hand at creating these intricate textiles.
  • Climb to the top of Mount Bromo, and meet with researchers from the volcanology office of this active volcanic peak.
  • Stroll a Balinese market and select ingredients for a feast you’ll prepare with a local chef.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 Jakarta

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel included.

Days 2 & 3 Jakarta/Bogor

Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta including the old city, Fathaillah Square, and the harbor. In the afternoon, depart for Bogor, which boasts a stunning volcanic backdrop of imposing Mount Salak. The next day, visit the Botanical Garden in Bogor, a world-famous institution for research and conservation that’s home to 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants. With a local guide, tour the gardens and the zoological museum before continuing to a gong factory to see how these unique instruments are made by local blacksmiths. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (2B)

Day 4 Bandung

Drive to Bandung and enjoy an afternoon city walk through the former Batavia area. Stroll by colonial buildings and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. Later, listen to the sounds of the angklung, a traditional bamboo instrument. (1B)

Day 5 Magelang

Travel by private vehicle and train as you enjoy the stunning landscapes of Java. Arrive in Magelang in the evening. (1B)

Day 6 Magelang/Yogyakarta

Rise before dawn to visit the Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur. Enjoy the sunrise before touring these stunning ruins. Afterward, continue on to the village of Candirejo. Stop in at one of the houses to meet some locals and enjoy a drink and a snack. Continue to Yogyakarta for the evening. (1B)

Days 7 & 8 Yogyakarta

Explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and learn about its history. Marvel at what is considered some of the most stunning Hindu art in Asia. Return to Yogyakarta and enjoy the evening at leisure. The next morning, learn about batik, an ancient method of decorating fabric that originated in Java. Delve into the history and tradition of this art form and the Javanese philosophy behind some of the patterns, then enjoy hands-on instruction by a local artist. During a free afternoon, opt to hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore, visit Kraton Palace, or wander the markets and shops around the city. (2B)

Day 9 Yogyakarta/Malang

Continue the journey by train across the green agricultural heartland of Java to Malang. (1B)

Day 10 Malang/Mount Bromo

Visit Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mount Bromo region. Experience the local culture in this G Adventures-supported community with a village walk and local lunch. Then visit the volcanology center near Mount Bromo and meet with one of the experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano. (1B, 1L)

Day 11 Mount Bromo/Bali

Rise early to take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep to catch the sunrise. Then ascend to the top of Mount Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. Afterward, drive to Surabaya and catch our flight to Bali. (1B)

Days 12 & 13 Ubud

Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets and on a visit to a rice field. Then we’ll gather at our chef’s home to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and lunch. The afternoon and next day are free to explore. (2B, 1L)

Day 14 Ubud/Sanur

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, an 11th-century temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields. Then make your way to Kintamani, perched 4921 feet above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur. Also enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Bali Community Training Lunch Program. Opt to join our CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu statue in the world. (1B, 1L)

Day 15 Sanur

Depart at any time. (1B)

Discover Bali & Java

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