Welcome to Indonesia. On arrival at Jakarta Airport, first obtain your Indonesian visa, then clear Immigration and Customs formalities followed by luggage claim. Proceed onward through the arrival hall then turn to the RIGHT. On this side of the Arrival Hall, the less busy and congested side, you will meet your English-speaking guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it.
JAKARTA – PANGKALAN BUN – CAMP LEAKEY
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, you will be met and transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Pangkalan Bun - Borneo, Indonesia.
Upon arrival in Pangkalanbun, meet your guide and transfer to Kumai Harbor, a thriving river harbor located on the edge of the vast Borneo interior. Then, cruise by klotok (traditional Borneo river craft) for approximately three hours up the Sekonyer River to the Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge. As you leave Kumai Harbor, you will have an opportunity to witness riverfront life in this busy port-town, including the incredible shipyards, where traditional methods are still employed to build giant, wooden schooners. Watch along the river bands for prolific bird life and many of several species of monkeys, including the large proboscis. Late in the day you'll arrive at your rustic but comfortable eco-lodge. Settle in and enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening.
After a sunrise breakfast, depart the lodge with your guide and cruise for two hours upriver to Camp Leakey. Along the way, the river narrows to the point where, in places, you are passing underneath thick forest canopy. Keen observation will be rewarded by occasional glimpses of colorful birds including rhinoceros hornbills, kingfishers, flycatchers and many species of primates.
Camp Leakey was established over 30 years ago by Dr. Birute Galdikas. Like her peers Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall, she was supported by the late Louis Leakey to study large primates.
On arrival at Camp Leakey's river pier, you're likely to be greeted by some of the resident orangutans. Spend the rest of day hiking through the Borneo rainforest, searching for wildlife and exploring the swamp and lowland dipthocarp forests displaying numerous varieties of epiphytes, liana, mosses, and ferns. Return to Camp Leakey to view the 15:00 (3:00 pm) feeding of the resident orangutans followed by a dusk cruise back to the jungle lodge.
This morning after breakfast, meet your guide and enjoy a hike to explore the dense jungles and swamps of lowland Borneo, where you will encounter firsthand some of the varied and thriving flora and fauna that have made this one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. If you are lucky you will spot orangutans high in the forest canopy or more likely, innumerable macaque monkeys and the rare proboscis monkey (found only on the island of Borneo).
This afternoon, continue to Pondok Tanggui—another jungle feeding station, sort of a halfway house for rehabilitated orangutans. Return to your lodge late this afternoon with the evening free for dinner and the symphony of the jungle that surrounds you.
CAMP LEAKY – PANGKALANBUN – SEMARANG
Early this morning you will return by Klotok down river to Kumai and then by car to Pangkalanbun Airport. Here you will check in for a short flight to Semarang on the north coast of Java.
In Semarang, you will be met and then immediately depart the city on a three hour drive south to Central Java toward the ancient Buddhist city of Borobudur. It is the world's largest Buddhist monument and the largest human constructed structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Once here check in at your beautiful villa-style resort, overlooking lush paddy fields and in the distance, jungle shrouded Mt. Merapi and the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Borobudur. Settle in and enjoy a relaxing evening.
BOROBUDUR – PRAMBANAN - YOGYAKARTA
This morning in the pre-dawn hours, you'll head out to be at famed Borobudur at sunrise. Not only is the mist and lighting at dawn serene, it is also a special time to explore this ancient site before masses of tourists arrive later in the day. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and the largest man-made structure in the southern hemisphere. It predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. "Discovered" in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. You'll have plenty of time to amble around and through this fabulous monument. Return to your hotel.
Afterwards, visit the Prambanan Temple complex. This Hindu temple city was built between the 8th and 10th centuries to honor Shiva, and it complements the Buddhist temple city of Borobudur 25 miles away. Start by viewing Candi Shiva Mahadeva, the largest and finest of the temples of Prambanan. Flanking it are Candi Brahma and Candi Vishnu, and just to the north is Candi Sewu, which you will also have the opportunity to view. Continue to the northern Plaosan group of temples. The site is made up of two larger, identical temples that have been restored, as well as ruins of some 130 smaller stupas and shrines. Finish your exploration of Prambanan with the southern group of temples including Candi Sajiwan and the hilltop Kraton Ratu Boko. Return your hotel. Drive to Yogyakarta about 1 hour. Arrive in Yogyakarta, check in at your hotel for accommodation.
JOGJAKARTA CITY TOUR - BALI
This morning spend the day visiting Yogyakarta. Enjoy a highlights tour of the city. Start with a visit to the Kraton. This walled compound is the heart of the old part of the city and once the palace of Yogyakarta’s sultans. Also visit the ruins of Taman Sari, the Water Palace, which was a pleasure park for the sultans. Yogyakarta is also a center for craft markets, batiik textiles and artist studios, which you can visit depending on your interests.
Afterwards, transfer to airport for flight to Denpasar – Bali.
Covarubias in 1935 probably the first person who wrote about Bali as a tourist destination since He was invited by Thomas Cook, Inc to promote this island then followed by numbers of writers with their own talents to emphasize the beauty and the magic power of the island which is also named as Island of Paradise, Island of Thousand Temples, Island of Festivals, Island of Gods and still many other names.
Since 1960's, Bali has been so popular as one of the most interesting tourist destination in the world and probably more popular than the country where it belongs to, Indonesia.
Many names have been given by those who came to this island with great satisfaction and pride like "Paradise Island", "The last Paradise on Earth", "The island of Gods", The morning of the world", or whatever they call it, in fact Bali island is one of more than 13.000 islands in Indonesia with its special beauty of landscape and seascape, its unique tradition and culture, art and craft, as well as its friendly and simple people.
Though more than a million tourists come to this island every year, the way of life of Balinese people remains the same. They are open to any different culture and welcome any people from every corner of the world, but one thing for sure is that they are strictly filled with their belief and tradition which unable the outside influences change their basic way of life. They like you to come and see them, and when you leave, they want you to come back and become their friends or even part of their family.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Kuta area.
BALI – LABUAN BAJO (FLORES ISLAND)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Labuan Bajo.
Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel for accommodation. Labuan Bajo is a little town inhabited by fishermen, lies at the extreme western part of Flores. The town serves as a jumping-off point for the trip to Komodo and nearby islands. This town is also as an entrance to 7 or 8 Days Flores Island Discovery to the East, where people, traditional villages, traditional custom, different language from one district to another, hand weaving textile with different pattern, colors and size spread in all over Flores, active volcano mountains, river, valleys and lakes. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. If they wish, they can visit Batu Cermin Cave – 5 km away from the town. From the car parking area clients need to slowly walk 15 – 20 minutes. They have to step on rocks and then climb up 60 – 75 degrees steps then enter the cave. The cave is 75 by 5 m large, and contains stalactites and stalagmites. There is a hole just enough for a body to go into and have to be crawl for 5 – 7 meters, then clients can stand up again. The sunlight enters the cave through the hole then reflect to the stone wall as a mirror. That is way it called Batu Cermin or Mirror Stone. Please note that this beautiful cave might be do not suit for the elderly in their 65 up to 78 years old. The stairs and the wall are steeply. The cave is dark but clients can use the flashlight inside the cave which is prepared by the local Ranger. The elderly can be bruised or stumble in the cave. To exit the cave, clients have to step out and then step down again to go to the main entrance.
Proceed to a local restaurant to see the beautiful sunset. Return to Jayakarta Hotel for accommodation and dinner. (L,D)
LABUAN BAJO – FULL DAY KOMODO TOUR
After breakfast cruise to Komodo Island for about 4 hours by a local wooden boat passing several small islands. Upon arrival in Komodo island, walk for 1.5 miles to Banugulung to see the activities of the giant Monitor Lizard "Komodo Dragon" which was scientifically described in 1912 as VARANUS KOMODOENSIS, which is up to 3 m long and about 150 kg, weight. The total number of these lizards is estimated at 3.500 - 5.000 inhabited in Komodo, Padar and Rinca Island. Return to the based and an opportunity to swim or snorkel on clean and white sandy beaches of Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) where is also considered as the best spot for under water life and corals (snorkel equipment does not supplied). Meals will be served on boat.
KOMODO – RINCA - LABUANBAJO
After breakfast, boating to another Dragons' Island called Rinca Island to observe the Komodo dragons in this island in their pure environment and an opportunity to observe other wild animal such as deer, horses, bird, wild buffaloes etc. Return to the boat for having lunch then depart for Labuanbajo. Transfer to your hotel for accommodation and meals.
LABUANBAJO - DENPASAR (BALI) – UBUD
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to depart for Denpasar-Bali.
Fly Labuan Bajo to Denpasar, Bali on Garuda Indonesia GA, departing, arriving, Economy Class.
Welcome back to Bali. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will meet you then transfer to your hotel in Ubud area.
In the evening, attend Kecak dance performance.
Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali’s major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry.(B)
KINTAMANI VOLCANO & LAKE TOUR
To witness the beauty of Batur volcano, drive to Batubulan where you could see the stone and wood statue along the way. The identity and image as an art village, Batubulan has been famous in Indonesia and all over the world which has been built based on an artistic blessing dance of Barong (Barong and Keris dance). Continue drive to Taro a village which is located 6 Km in the north of Pujung, has magnificent rice terrace. Taro villagers main activity is agriculture. It shows from many plantation such as Orange, Aloe Vera, etc. In this village you also will see thousands of Sanggah/house shrine along the way. Sanggah is a holy place to venerate God for a family. Every Hindu in Bali has Sanggah in northheast corner of their house. The word Sanggah is from Sanggar which means holy place. Continue to Gunung Raung Temple in Taro Kaje Village.
Arrive in Bayung Gede Village where the baby’s placentas are hanging on the trees’ brances. The unique of this grave is the baby’s placentas are not buried but it is hung. The placentas are put inside of the coconut shell then hang in the Bungkak trees. Eventhough the placentas are only be hung, you will not smell the placenta or the blood scent. The scent of the coconut shell covers the fishy smell. Every placentas of the villager have to be put and hang in this place. For villager who already went outside Bali, they also have to hang their baby’s placenta there. It symbols for every villager who leave the village, they will always return to the village. The second uniqueness of this village is the similarity of several houses which arranged like in Penglipuran Village. In fact, Penglipuran’s villagers were from Bayung Gede. When the (Guerrilla) war at 1900, the armies from Bayung Gede were sent to Penglipuran. Since the distance from Bayung Gede and Penglipuran is far, they built a village with custom, building style and daily life like in Bayung Gede. There is a small building beside the placenta grave (isolate place). That building is for couple who married their own cousin or for mother who gives birth a male-female twin. The mother will stay in this building if She delivers her daughter first and the son is second. But, if She delivers the male baby first and female in second, She can stay in her own home.
After visit the hanging placenta, you will continue drive to Kintamani and have lunch in local restaurant while enjoy the Batur Volcano and the lake while having lunch. After lunch, drive down to Tampak Siring, made a stop in Cantik Agro plantation. This Agro plantation is the right place to see many kind of organic plants such as cocoa, lemongrass, snake fruit, coffee and etc. See the process of making coffee from the beans, dry process, the beans are roasted, until it becomes coffee powder. Tourist can try several drinks such as Ginseng coffee, Lemongrass tea and Ginger tea.
UBUD - KLUNGKUNG - BESAKIH
Besakih is the holiest Hindu Temple among all built by a high priest named Mpu Markandeya in 11th century. The temple is located in the slope of Mount Agung and considered to be the mother temple of Hindu in Bali and beyond. In Besakih Temple Complex, there are some clan temple centers belong to groups of Balinese from the same ancient. The biggest ceremony on this temple is held every 100 years called " Eka Dasa Ludra " to purify the entire world or macro cosmos. Here is where the Almighty, the Supreme God, with all his manifestations is worshipped by all Hindu followers.
Enroute, we stop at Klungkung to see the ancient Kertha Gosha Court House. Kerta Gosa is a traditional religious court hall built in 1622 in Klungkung. This hall is absolutely unique and different from any other building in Bali. Its ceiling is fully decorated with typical Kamasan Painting Style representing cause and effect between life in the world and after death.
A side trip will be made to Goa Lawah (Bat Cave)-a temple built in front of a cave inhabited by thousand of bats and snakes. Goa Lawah means " Bat Cave ", a holy Hindu Temple located in a rocky cliff cave. Thousands of long nose fruit bats live on this cave and holy python snake as well. A holy high priest, Mpu Markandeya, arrived here around 1007 and built a shrine to worship the God of Siwa and the spirit of the mythical dragon, Basuki. In the front of this cave is a beautiful soft black sand beach where people make salt in traditional way. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Then visit the mother Temple of Bali high upon on the slope of Mt. Agung. Besakih temple is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali.
BEDUGUL - JATILUWIH – TANAH LOT – SANUR
When the heat and humidity gets to you, why not escape to Bedugul. Bali's highland retreat tucked into the crater of an extinct volcano 1400 metres above sea level.
Here three lakes provide everything from recreation to the water for springs, rivers and rice fields below. Lush pine forests seem to create a freshness in the air. Bedugul is known for the quality of its fruit, vegetables and flowers.
This morning after breakfast, you will start your spectacular drive to Bedugul visiting the Beratan Lake and Candi Dewi Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the water. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
You will continue to Jatiluwih village where you can see the cascading rice terraces that seem to tumble down the steep hillsides. This village is really the most beautiful country side with its breathtaking view of rice terraces with mountain background and palm trees as well as rivers.
Then, drive to Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot means " the land of ocean " is a wonderful Hindu Temple built on a piece of cliff in Indian Ocean shore. This temple is dedicated to the God of Ocean " Baruna " built by a high Hindu Priest name Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. In high tide, the cliff is surrounded by water that the temple is like floating. In the bottom part of the cliff there is a fresh water holy spring while on the beach cave there are some holy snakes that guard the temple. In the South and North part of the temple is absolutely beautiful view and best for watching sunset.
Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Sanur area for accommodation.
SANUR – FREE AT LEISURE
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure or take an optional tour to know more about Bali.
SANUR - OUT
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to your next destination.