15 Day Indonesia: Java & Bali

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces, many steps or up and down steep slopes. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Los Angeles-Jakarta, Denpasar-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Jakarta-Surakarta & Yogyakarta-Denpasar
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Jakarta
    • 2 nights Surakarta
    • 3 nights Yogyakarta
    • 3 nights Ubud
    • 3 nights Sanur
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners with wine (including a home-hosted dinner with a Balinese family and farewell dinner)
  • Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit Surakarta's Sangiran Museum and view a fascinating multimedia presentation
  • Visit the Sukuh Temple one of Java’s most enigmatic and striking temples on Mount Lawu
  • At the Kemuning Tea Plantation, savor excellent varieties of teas at the Tea House
  • In Yogyakarta visit the spectacular 9th century Prambanan Temple complex
  • Admire the awe-inspiring Temple of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A pony-drawn carriage takes you to the Temples of Plaosan with their remarkable carvings
  • Stay in Ubud, cultural center of Bali, inspiration for painters and writers around the world
  • Visit the astonishing Jatiluwih rice fields, named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape
  • Exclusive invitation to join a Balinese family in their home for home hospitality and dinner
  • Refine your culinary skills at a Balinese cooking class demonstrated by a local Chef
  • Attend a rollicking performance of Barong, a well-known Balinese traditional dance
  • Astonishing views await you at Tanah Lot, a temple perched atop a seaside rock

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces, many steps or up and down steep slopes. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Indonesia
Depart for Indonesia

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Jakarta
Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia's sprawling and energetic capital city; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone in this vast cultural melting pot that reflects the many faces of modern Indonesia
Overnight: Jakarta

DAY 3, Thursday - Old and New Jakarta
Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at this morning's orientation meeting on the extraordinary journey that lies ahead in Indonesia. Your taste of Jakarta's ancient roots begins at the National Museum, home to an extensive collection of prehistoric, archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Indonesia and Southeast Asia. At Merdeka Square, view the National Monument which houses the original tattered red-and-white flag flown on August 17th, 1945, the day of independence. Continue to Kota Tua Jakarta, the Old Town area of the city tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the modern capital. This quaint part of the city has an old world charm and a distinguished history, named Batavia by the Dutch settlers. Enjoy lunch at a local antique café; - it's time to savor your first cup of real Java coffee! The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps linger in the Old City and visit the Jakarta History Museum, the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum or the Wayang Museum which showcases the traditional art of shadow puppetry before tonight’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Jakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Surakarta, Danar Hadi Batik Museum
Depart Jakarta by flight to Surakarta, the traditional capital of the old Javanese Kingdom, a city steeped in history, and proud of its heritage and culture. Upon arrival, visit Danar Hadi, one of the world's finest batik museums, housed in a stunning whitewashed colonial building, with an impressive collection of antique and royal textiles from Java, China and beyond. Then drive to Lawean Village where you will practice making Batik, cloth made using a wax-resist dyeing technique. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel.
Overnight: Surakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Sukuh and Ceto Temples, Parang Ljo Waterfalls, Kemuning Tea Plantation
Today, visit the isolated 15th-century Sukuh Temple, (Candi Sukuh) on the slopes of Mount Lawu, one of Java's most enigmatic and striking temples, constructed of rough-hewn stone in the shape of an ancient pyramid, accented by dramatic reliefs and statues. Several explicit carvings have dubbed Sukuh the "erotic" temple; it is thought that a fertility cult once dwelled here. At the nearby Javanese-Hindu Ceto Temple, a series of terraces climb the side of the hill and ascend to an altar. Afterward, travel to the beautiful Parang Ljo Waterfalls, surrounded by colorful flowers and ferns. Here, people bathe under the falls or indulge in reflexology massages from one of the many stalls. Traveling on through the steep and winding mountain roads with breathtaking views, arrive at the Kemuning Tea Plantation, where green hills of tea trees spread as far as the eye can see. View the art of picking tea leaves and savor some of the excellent varieties of teas at the Ndoro Donker Tea House in an old plantation building with Dutch colonial architecture. After lunch, return to Surakarta to explore on your own
Overnight: Surakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Sunday - Mangkunegaran Palace, Temples of Plaosan, Yogyakarta Prambanan Temple
Start your day with the ornate Mangkunegaran Palace,* set within lush gardens and sparkling fountains, which was founded by a dissident prince who, in the 18th century, was awarded a portion of the Sunan's (king's) fiefdom to ensure he remained loyal. Lunch at a local restaurant before a pony-drawn carriage takes you to the twin Temples of Plaosan with their remarkable detailed decorations combining both Hindu and Buddhist religious symbols and carvings. Two giant statues welcome you in the front of each main temple and intricately carved dragon heads adorn the many windows. On your scenic journey to Yogyakarta the cultural heart of Java, (called Yogya by the locals), glimpse at the emerald mountains, tropical rainforests, terraced rice fields and rows of rural villages. Situated at the base of the Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram in the 16th and 17th centuries. Continue to the spectacular 9th century Prambanan Temple complex, a lavish example of ancient architecture designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, meet for dinner together
*For Aug 28 departure, Mangkunegaran Palace will be visited in the morning on Day 5, due to holiday related closures.
Overnight: Yogyakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Candirejo Village, Borobudur Temple, Pawon Temple & Mendut Monastery
This morning, depart for Candirejo Village, a typical Javanese village, set amid lush greenery and tropical rainforests. Take a ride in a dokar, traditional horse-drawn cart and explore this peaceful village, making stops along the way to see the people's way of life. Observe different activities such as the harvesting of vanilla and chili, making cassava crackers and making handicrafts from bamboo. Next, visit a local house where the local community performs traditional gamelan music. Savor a Javanese meal before driving to the awe-inspiring Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 8th century artistic and architectural marvel takes the shape of a sacred mandala when seen from above; admire some of its over 2,600 bas relief panels and more than 500 Buddha statues. After, tour the Pawon Temple built with volcanic stones, a blend of Javanese, Hindu and Indian art, and the exquisite Mendut Temple and Monastery. All of the temples you see today were built in one straight line, in order for the devout to ease their pilgrimage during the full moon. Tonight at dinner, recall your interesting day
Overnight: Yogyakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Gamelan Ensemble, Bird Market
This morning participate in a workshop and learn about the Indonesian Gamelan ensemble. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, created by integrating sounds of gong, kenong and other musical instruments. Try your hand at learning how to play these traditional instruments. Then, explore Yogya's Bird Market with song birds, pigeons and occasionally ravens, owls and birds of prey. Later, shop for magnificent handmade batik! Conclude the tour today with lunch at a local café. The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure
Overnight: Yogyakarta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Denpasar, Ubud, Monkey Forest Sanctuary
A morning flight takes you to Denpasar, capital of the exotic island province of Bali, known for its pristine beaches, aura of spirituality and long tradition of the arts. Arrive in Ubud, the island's cultural center that has inspired painters, sculptors and writers from around the world. View terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and bubbling rivers on your picturesque drive to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a sacred area inhabited by hundreds of long-tailed macaques who have a symbolic place among Balinese Hindu culture. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, head to Peliatan Royal Palace, one of the oldest palaces in Ubud. This elaborately designed building, home to the last king of Ubud, was constructed in 1769. Spend time exploring the palace and the exotic surroundings. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to meet and chat with one of the royal descendants that lives in the palace. Enjoy an elaborate Balinese royal dinner, followed by a spectacular performance featuring Balinese dances set to gamelan music
Overnight: Ubud
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - School Visit, Jatiluwih Rice Fields, Ulun Danu Temple
Your day begins with a visit to a local school; meet the children and teachers. Then, to the astonishing Jatiluwih rice fields, named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. This spectacular site of terraced, green paddies is stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where it meets the sea. The rice fields that make up this area use a cultivation method preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. It's indeed an amazing sight to behold! Walk through the fields with a local farmer and learn more about life in this magical green paradise. Later, head into the mountains to the 17th century Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This evening, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Ubud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Traditional Balinese Village, Cooking Class, Home Hosted Dinner
This morning, journey to Penarungan Village, a village that is located in a remote part of central Bali. Here, get an insight into rural life and learn about the local culture. Engage in a series of activities that include walking through the village rice fields, making traditional coffee and coconut oil, planting rice* and enjoying Balinese music and dance. A sumptuous Balinese-style lunch will be served at the end of your visit. In the afternoon, it's time to refine your culinary skills at a cooking class that introduce you to the fine techniques of Balinese cuisine, demonstrated by a local chef. This evening, an exclusive invitation to join a Balinese family for home hospitality and dinner along with an insightful conversation about life in Bali
*Bring an extra change of clothes, if you wish to participate in the rice planting activity
Overnight: Ubud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Barong Dance Performance, Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot, Seaside Sanur
Start the day at a rollicking performance of Barong, a well known Balinese traditional dance that acts out stories and myths of the conflicts of good and evil. Then travel to Taman Ayun, view the striking royal temple dating back to the Mengwi Empire, set amidst a peaceful pond and gardens. Astonishing views await you at Tanah Lot, a temple perched atop a seaside rock shaped by hundreds of years of ocean tides. Meander the lanes of the Tanah Lot, where artisans sell Bali's famous handicrafts. The rest of the day leisure time to enjoy the new surrounding and gorgeous beaches. Tonight, a special Balinese-style dinner
Overnight: Sanur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Balinese Ancient Temples
Embark on a historical tour through Balinese ancient temples and monuments, tracing the creation of the unique Balinese Hindu religion “Hindu Dharma”. Journey through quaint Balinese villages toward the stunning 10th century Paiguman temple, surrounded by a dense rainforest. Attend a short lecture at the private house of Bapak Enong Ismail, curator of the Sukarno Museum and the leading expert on the recently World Heritage listed Pakerisan river area. His simple house sits amongst the rice field on a ridge overlooking the sacred river of Pakerisan. He would be happy to share his work documenting Balinese culture since 1979 and explain the efforts made to preserve the temples and monuments for future generations. In the afternoon, make your way to the Holy Water Temple, known for its holy spring waters where you have the option to shower at the natural spring water. Afterward, enjoy a superb Balinese lunch and admire the surrounding beautiful scenery. The rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Sanur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Monday - Kuta Market, Leisure Time in Sanur, Farewell Evening
Discover Kuta Market, a colorful beachside bazaar-like compound this morning. Shopping in Kuta has evolved in recent years, starting off from humble beginnings with a few art studios and local stalls being the main attractions to famous international brands. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax at the pool, indulge in spa treatments or, just treasure your last day in this paradise by the sea. Your final evening in Indonesia is spent together at a festive Farewell Dinner. Reflect on a memorable journey highlighted by tonight's magnificent Balinese sunset
Overnight: Sanur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Depart Indonesia
Transfer to the airport in Denpasar for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
Borneo, Nature, Diversity & Grace, April 2018
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The trip to Borneo was totally amazing! Our guide, Jerome, did an outstanding job keeping the groups’ attention and interest throughout the whole trip. I enjoyed everything, in particular, the visit to the Mengkak Longhouse and the visit with the native Iban people, the various caves we entered at Mulu National Park, the beautiful Mountain Gardens and orchids we saw in Kinabalu Park, and the visit to Mari Mari village and seeing how the different Sabah tribes lived in the rainforest. The main highlight, however, was the visit to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, and, not to exclude, the playful Sun Bears at their Sanctuary.

Kathleen S. Homestead, FL
Gems of Southeast Asia, April 2018
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Our trip was so amazing. I cannot even come up with enough words to describe it. This was my first trip with gate 1 and it will NOT be my last. The organization was impeccable from start to finish. I could not believe how smooth everything went and the hotels were amazing. Ray our guide was the best throughout helping with any questions we had with our flights and anything else. I am so impressed with everything.

Kelly D. Riverview, FL
Discover Burma (Myanmar), December 2017
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We had an excellent time. It was a "life experience" as we didn't know what to expect and were amazed at the poverty but beauty in Myanmar. I wanted to give a shout-out for our guide - Mojo. He was fantastic. He never stopped helping us out and kept things organized. We have been on a few Gate1 trips and in most cases there is a lead and a local guide. Mojo did both. In addition, he also ensured that at restaurants that the staff were informed as to what to do. He told me that the staff at restaurants don't always get the right training, so he took charge and made sure we were taken care of. I just wanted to make sure he was recognized because without him, the trip would not have been as enjoyable. We will definitely keep traveling with Gate1 as this is a great organization and the trips are fantastic!!!

Heidi L. Austin, TX
Gems of Southeast Asia, December 2017
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We had a great trip! We had a very good tour manager, very knowledgeable local guides and a great group of people to travel with. We were thrilled at the opportunity to learn about and experience the rich history and culture of the places we visited. We enjoyed the hotels we stayed at, the accommodation at Luang Prabang was particularly impressive. We liked the experience of trying many different kinds of food with the exception of a few dishes. All in all, it was a very memorable trip.

Soham D. San Carlos, CA
Discover Burma (Myanmar), November 2017
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Burma was all that Kipling wrote about and more. Each day was an adventure, that will be a memory forever. Our guide "MoJo" was a bonus for us all, as his fountain of knowledge, pride in his country, was shared with a warm smile, and contagious laugh. The hotels in Myanmar were each special, and the Lotte will soon become a Grand Hotel like those in Banff & Jasper, Canada. Still recovering from 27 hour flight home...but wonderful memories dance in our heads.

Earl M. Minneapolis, MN
Indonesia: Java & Bali, October 2017
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It was fantastic! Indonesia is a fascinating country culturally, historically, geographically, gastronomically, and above all in hospitality. Gate 1 exceeded our expectations--our tour director Cika was a 15 on a 1 to 10 scale--what a resource for Indonesian cultural, historic, religious, political, and social/local customs. He takes great pride in his country and in representing Gate 1. Hotel in Ubud sat in the middle of rice patties and was the most beautiful and exotic place I've ever stayed. The group was very culturally diverse which added to the overall experience too. Gate 1 Discovery Tour experience set a new standard of excellence for us and we are hoping to visit Ireland in the Fall with a DT.

Sue D. Stockton, CA
Indonesia: Java & Bali, November 2016
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I was very happy with the trip to Indonesia, All the arrangements were great. The Tour Director Mr. Awan was very good, knowledgeable and helpful. He and his assistant Mr. V.D.were always ready to answer our questions. They really took good care of all of us especially those who got sick during the tour. Indonesia is a beautiful country and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Michael L. Houston, TX
Indonesia: Java & Bali, October 2016
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The trip to Java and Bali was great, from tour guides to accommodations, sights and people. Most memorable events were the visit of the Temple of Borobudur in Yogyakarta and the trekking at the rice terraces in Ubud.

Godofredo D. Rowland Hts, CA
Indonesia: Java & Bali, September 2016
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The trip was amazing!!!!!! So many great memories! Bali was the highlight of it all including the trip to the local elementary school! I can't wait for my next Gate 1 trip!

Boguslawa G. Rockway Bch, NY
Indonesia: Java & Bali, June 2016
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We had a great vacation to Java and Bali. My wife and I and our two teenage sons enjoyed it a lot! The people of Indonesia were very friendly and welcoming to us. We always felt very safe. Everything was well organized with very good itinerary, hotels, meals, flights and transfers. With only 10 people in our group it felt as if we had a semi private tour. Edy, our tour director, was very professional and patient making sure all our needs were taken care off. All other local guides, drivers and assistants were very helpful, knowledgeable and hardworking. This was our third Gate 1 tour and we will definitely consider your company in the future.

Ilya F. Longwood, FL
Indonesia: Java & Bali, May 2016
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The trip was great. It was our 6th trip with Gate 1, first with Discovery Tours. All of them were very good, but this one was exceptional. People in the group were very nice and friendly, maybe an advantage of a small group. The itinerary was very well organized, we saw a lot but had enough free time to relax at a swimming pool. The country itself, temples, museums, food, people, landscapes are very impressive and exotic. Hotels were really amazing. What allowed us to enjoy and appreciate each minute of each day was our tour manager A-Wan, who was excellent - good English, knowledgeable, broadly educated, caring and friendly. We thank him very much.

Alexander K. Bloomington, IN
Indonesia: Java & Bali, May 2016
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Our trip was the best one ever! Our trip was amazingly wonderful, over the top splendid in every way! The people were lovely, places fabulous, our guides went over beyond every time, our food was great, the itinerary awesome, the hotels amazing, the weather was extremely cooperative, the many extras made our days special, the entire trip was tops! Both my husband and I plus all the people on our journey were bowled over by the incredible experiences of this remarkable journey! There are a number of people who saw our photos posted on Facebook asking about this itinerary. It was a joy to send them the info. It was sheer luck that you offered a special deal last week that included air for possible travelers. We are keeping our eyes peeled for further choices in the coming year. Pity both the Antarctica and Japan were sold out, but we are signed for South Africa in September and Burma in May!

Firdeal B. New Orleans, LA
Indonesia: Java & Bali, May 2016
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We had a wonderful time in Indonesia. Our tour manager A-Wan was excellent. Indonesia is a diverse and fascinating country with much culture and nature. Our experience on this trip is above our expectations.

Chi-Ming H.
Irish Culture, April 2016
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It was wonderful. From the very beginning when we landed, Gate 1 was there to pick us up. All the hotels were excellent, so was the food. Our tour director Maureen was terrific along with Pat our driver. The welcome dinner complete with drinks was enjoyed and our excursions (lunch at a working farm, poetry lunch, boat ride, castle dinner, dinner with music and Irish storytelling) were most enjoyable as were our tour guides for various other places we visited. We lucked out with the weather . The only downside is the short time allowance for visiting certain historical places but the positive things we did much outweighed the one shortcoming of the trip. To sum up - a vacation of a lifetime!!!!!

Arlene S. Southampton, PA