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14 days

From Java to Bali with a Beach Holiday

Experience iconic volcanoes, fascinating landscapes, charming Yogyakarta and some of the world’s most amazing temples, including Borobodur. Finish with beach holiday on Bali, Island of the Gods.

From Java to Bali with a Beach Holiday From Java to Bali with a Beach Holiday
14 days

From Java to Bali with a Beach Holiday

Experience iconic volcanoes, fascinating landscapes, charming Yogyakarta and some of the world’s most amazing temples, including Borobodur. Finish with beach holiday on Bali, Island of the Gods.

Why choose this tour

  • Fascinating landscapes, iconic volcanoes and some of the most beautiful Buddhist and Hindu shrines and temple complexes at Borobudur and Prambanan
  • Enjoy the sunrise over the spectacular Mt. Bromo volcano, and later, the view of the turquoise crater lake at the top of Ijen
  • You visit Java’s renowned coffee, clove and rubber plantations in the eastern highlands
  • You finish up your tour with relaxation and a beach holiday on the beaches of Sanur in Bali

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

Java is located on the Indonesian “ring of fire” – the line of the world’s most active volcanoes, and everywhere on Java, you are in an utterly fascinating landscape with scenic, almost verdigris green paddy fields with the beautiful iconic volcanoes in the background. You will discover villages and towns that are centuries old, some with paved streets and alleys, others shaded by 20-metre-high, thigh-thick bamboo. And in between lies the deeply impressive Borobudur, one of the world’s tallest and most beautiful Buddhist shrine. And not far from there is the incredibly beautiful Hindu temple compound, Prambanan. You visit the active Bromo volcano and walk through the legendary “desert of sand” to the volcano. On the tour of Java, you will also discover the spice, coffee and tea plantations, the contrasts between traditional and modern living, as well as a smiling and welcoming population. All topped off with a beach holiday on Bali’s beautiful beaches in Seminyak.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Yogyakarta
  • Flight from Denpasar to the UK airport
  • Ferry from Java to Bali
  • 7 nights at 3-star hotels in Java
  • 4 nights a 3-star hotel in Seminyak, Bali
  • 11 x breakfast
  • Local, english-speaking guide on excursions and tours
  • Transport by train and car or minibus with air conditioning
  • All excursions take place in small groups of up to 14 people, and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your tour
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants
  • Opportunity to extend the beach holiday at Seminyak

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Cycling trip in Candirejo including a visit to the Borobudur temple complex
  • Prambanan Temple Complex
  • City tour of Yogyakarta
  • City tour of Kota Gede
  • Bromo volcano, spice, coffee and tea plantations
  • Hiking tour around the Iljen volcano
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Yogyakarta with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Java

On your arrival at Yogyakarta Airport, you go through immigration and then collect your luggage. Your guide is waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asia Tours sign, and you are driven to your hotel where you will spend the next four nights. When you get to the hotel, it’s time to relax and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

It is claimed by many that Java’s history originates from Yogyakarta, and that the city is the centre of Javanese civilisation. What cannot be disputed, though, is the fact that the city is located between the Indian Ocean in the south and the Merapi volcano in the north. And equally true is the fact that very large and significant temples have been built for several of the world’s great religions right here in the heart of the vast Indonesian empire. Hinduism is represented in Prambanan, while the largest Buddhist shrine, Borobudur, is located here.

Day 3: Cycling tour at Candirejo - Visit to the Borobudur temple

The day begins with a scenic ride through the stunning landscapes around the little village of Candirejo, where life is still lived in the traditional way. You cycle approx. 5-6 km along a flat and straightforward path. From the saddle of your bike, you gain a good and current insight into the Javanese culture and how life is lived in the countryside. It’s wonderful to feel the wind in your hair and breathe in the scents of the landscape around you. There’s time to stop along the way and have a chat with the locals. Later in the day, you continue on to the magnificent Borobudur, the “Buddhist monastery on the hill”, and explore the massive temple compound on foot. During the visit you will learn about the fascinating history of the temple and the clear symbolic language of the stone carvings, as well as discover hidden corners and carvings in the compound. At the end of the day, you return to your hotel.

Day 4: Cycling tour at Prambanan – Tour of Yogyakarta

Again today, you’re off on an exciting bike ride to explore Hinduism’s large temple compound, Prambanan. You cycle 10-12 km on a flat road with a car following behind the whole way, so you can drive the rest of the way if you don’t feel like cycling anymore.

The temple compound was built in around 800 and originally consisted of more than 200 temples, large and small. However, a number of the temples collapsed during an earthquake in the 16th century, and for centuries, only local people knew about the complex. In fact, it was not until 1918 that the Dutch started restoring the temples destroyed. The highlight of all of them is the Shiva shrine Lorojonggrang, generally considered Java’s most elegant temple with its 47 well-proportioned metres rising into the sky.

Later in the day, you head off on a city tour of Yogyakarta, visiting the Sultan’s Palace, Kraton Yogyakarta, which, according to Javanese beliefs, is not only the residence of the ruler, but also “the world’s navel”.  At the palace is Taman Sari, the royal gardens. From here, the tour heads to the workshops for a traditional craft that originates in Java, namely batik. You witness how the beautiful patterns are created using natural dyes and wax, later converted into unique clothing.

Day 5: City tour of Kota Gede

After breakfast, a trip back to the 16th century awaits you when you visit the suburb Kota Gede, 5 km south-east of Yogyakarta. Kota Gede is probably best known for being the centre of Yogyakarta’s silver industry since the 1930s, but Kota Gede was, in fact, the first capital of the Mataram kingdom, founded in the 16th century by Panembahan Senopati. The guide takes you on an exciting city tour, where you discover the legacy of the past, which includes the ancient palace, the royal cemetery, where the ancient Mataram kings are buried, and the royal mosque, which is Java’s oldest mosque with authentic Javanese architecture.

The afternoon is at your leisure, giving you time to explore on your own or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Day 6: Yogyakarta – Bromo

Today, you can expect a fair bit of travelling. You are picked up from the hotel after a hearty breakfast and driven to the train station, where you take the train to Jombang – a trip of around 3½ hours. A driver is waiting for you in Jombang to drive you the last stretch of the way to Bromo, another good 3 hours away. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive, which also gives you a good insight into local life in Indonesia. You arrive at your accommodation in Bromo in the afternoon and the rest of the day is spent at your leisure, enjoying the spectacular view of the cone-shaped volcano.

Day 7: Sunrise over Mount Bromo – Kalibaru

Today, you’ll be getting up early. You are picked up in a jeep before sunrise and driven to Mount Bromo, Java’s most famous active volcano, where you will experience one of the most beautiful sunrises you may ever see. It is absolutely indescribable and magical to stand in the cool darkness, waiting for the sun to rise slowly over Mount Bromo. As the sun rises further and further into the sky, you feel the heat becoming more intense, and what was the black night before is now the most beautiful picture postcard view you can imagine. Enjoy!

After witnessing this beautiful sight, you will be driven back to the hotel for breakfast. You will then check out and head east to Kalibaru on the next step of the tour. When you get to Kalibaru, you have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 8: Visit to a plantation in Kalibaru – Train to Banyuwangi

Here in the highlands on the eastern side of Java, the climate is particularly beneficial for the cultivation of coffee, vanilla, cloves and other rare plants. This morning, the tour takes you to one of the many coffee and clove plantations that Java is world famous for. You also visit a rubber plantation, where you can see how rubber is produced.

You will then be driven to the train station, where you take a train to Banyuwangi – a trip of approx. 1½ hours. Upon your arrival at Banyuwangi, you will be picked up by a driver who will drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is your own.

Day 9: Banyuwangi – hike at Mount Ijen – with a ferry ride to Bali

You have another early start today. You drive approx. 25 km to Pal Tuding, from where the roughly 3 km hike to the top of the Ijen crater starts. The hike to the top takes about 2 hours on a gravel path, where we recommend good shoes with a solid sole. The crater lies at an altitude of 2300 metres above sea level, and here you have plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic view of an utterly wonderful turquoise crater lake. When the sun is higher in the sky, you drive back to the hotel, check out and leave Java behind.

You sail to Bali and drive to eastern Bali, a trip that takes about 6 hours. You will be spending the next 4 nights at the splendid seaside resort of Seminyak.

Days 10-12: Beach holiday in Seminyak

The days in Seminyak are spent at your leisure.

Seminyak is known for being Bali’s hippest and most exclusive beach area, offering everything from legendary massage treatments to trendy beach clubs and surfing. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, Seminyak is a veritable surfers’ paradise. For beginners, there are good waves to be found at Kuta and Legian Beach, while the more practised generally seek the waves to the north of the town. Surfboards can be rented at many places in the town, and there is a wide range of surf schools.

If surfing is not your thing, just enjoy the beach, relax at the hotel’s pool, shop to your heart’s content at all the cool stores, or immerse yourself in Seminyak’s gallery scene. End the afternoon with a walk along the sea front at Double Six Beach or at the town’s chilled beach club La Plancha, where you can sit back in a soft beanbag and bury your feet in the sand as you prepare for the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean. In the evening, you can eat your way through Seminyak’s array of good restaurants, finishing off with a colourful cocktail at one of the town’s trendy bars.

Day 13: The journey home begins

You are picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Denpasar, from which you fly home to the UK, with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after a lovely holiday.

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Discover Komodo Island and West Flores, 4 nights

Komodo Island is home to the great Komodo dragons. The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard in the world. It can grow up to three metres long and weigh up to 165 kg. Despite its huge size, it can move at speeds of up to 20 km/h – and it is carnivorous with an aggressive and pretty brutal hunting technique. And yet a visit to the monitor lizards is on the wish list of many travellers. It’s not every day you get see the world’s largest lizard, which has survived here on the island for some 10 million years! Besides the Komodo dragons, you can also see buffaloes, wild boar, wild deer, macaques, and beautiful birds, not to mention a landscape that is both scenic and rugged. The water is crystal clear; the seas full of brightly coloured fish and corals. Designated as a national park, Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The extension consists of a full-day excursion to Komodo Island, snorkelling at Pink Beach and Kelor Island as well as a full-day excursion in western Flores, taking in the Cunca Rami waterfall, Batu Cermin Cave and a visit to a local market.

Please note that on this extension, you have three nights in Labuan Bajo on Flores and round off with one night in Sanur in Bali.

Children on the tour must be aged 7+.

Please note: This extension is not possible during periods from 20 – 27 May 2020 and 30 – 31 July 2020.

Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan, 4 nights

If you wish to conclude your holiday with a stay on a perfect paradise island, then Gili Trawangan is an excellent choice. Gili Trawangan is one of the three Gili islands – and the most popular. There are no cars on the island, so getting about is on two feet, two wheels or perhaps a horse-drawn carriage. During the day, the atmosphere on the island is relaxed, with things livening up in the evening at the numerous small restaurants and bars around the island. The days are spent on the long, white beaches or in the clear water. Gili has the reputation of being one of the best places to dive in Indonesia.

Note that on this extension, you will spend 3 nights at Gili Trawangan and 1 night in Sanur.

When travelling between Bali and Gili, you should be aware that the Lombok Strait can be choppy in the months of June/July and January/February. If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, the ferry will be cancelled for safety reasons. This generally happens once or twice a year and usually lasts for about one to two days at a time. If the ferry is cancelled, we will of course find the best possible solution and alternative for you.

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