Get to know Indonesia from a more varied perspective on an astounding two weeks' adventure from Jakarta to Ubud. Explore both the ancient capital and the current capital in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, climb up to Mt. Bromo for incredible views of the countryside. Wander through the verdant woods of Seloliman Nature Reserve in search of local wildlife, and leave the ditch to the north coast of Balli with lots of time to lay back and chill out on the sandy beaches of Permuteran. This trip takes you from city to jungle, coast, market, and temple to the mountain, hop on and visit some of Indonesia's hotspots more authentically.
Is This Trip Right for You?
- Java is a vast island, and we will be covering a lot of distance on this trip. You might need to travel for long times, and delays are common.
- You will be carrying your bags onto and off trains and also need to walk them for short distance, so it is essential not to make bags heavy.
- We will be hiking and cycling on this trip. So, keep in mind that you need to have a moderate level of fitness to get the most out of this trip. Also, bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes.
- You need to respect local cultures and sensibilities while traveling with us. This way, you can enjoy more interaction with locals. Java's dress standards are conservative compared to other parts of Indonesia. When visiting temples, wear clothes that cover knees and shoulders.
- You will be staying at basic guesthouses at Seloliman Nature Reserve, and near Mt Bromo, however, the accommodation will be comfortable.
Cycle through the countryside road of Yogyakarta
Guided trip of Seloliman nature Reserve; soak up nature and learn about flora and fauna of the area
See the enchanting sunrise over the sea of volcanoes from Mt. Bromo
See some of Java's fascinating local industries of coffee, cocoa, and palm sugar
Chill out at the beachside paradise of Pemuteran on Bali's less-visited north coast
- Ground Transport
- Entry fees
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
Welcome to Indonesia. Upon arrival, our representative will greet and escort you to the hotel in Jakarta. On the way, he will give you a brief explanation on your further trip. After reaching the hotel, check-in, and rest or head out to explore this adventurous city. You can check out some interesting museums in Jakarta like the Wayang (puppetry), Balai Seni Rupa (fine arts), and maritime museums. There is also the National Museum, which is great for first-time visitors. Also, visit the Si Jagur, an old Portuguese cannon richly adorned with a hidden meaning, or the National Monument, the Monas dedicated to the spirit of the Indonesians.
Go on a full-day guided tour and familiarize yourself with the city. Head to the Sunda Kelapa port, this is the port where the Dutch first landed. Then, move onto the Chinatown containing numerous temples, and the old town of Batavia. Tour a Chinese mansion, Chandra Naya. Here, you can learn about this gorgeous Peranakan architecture. Roam around Fatahillah Square, then delve into the religious side of the city at Cathedral Church and Istiqlal Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Also, we will stroll through the antique market at Jalan Surabaya.
We have to cover some distance today, so we will mostly spend the day traveling. Board on a train and head towards Purwokerto city, it takes approximately 5.5hours to reach Purwokerto city. From here, take a private minivan and move towards Pangadaran, which will take around three hours. Pangadaran is a small fishing village popular among travelers looking for a coastal escape. There is also a nature reserve on the adjoining peninsula where you can see some gorgeous flora and fauna.
Explore the local surroundings, villages, cottage industries, and the impressive Green Canyon in Pangandaran. The trip begins by visiting a local market where you can find the products and home industries like palm sugar and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese Wayan Golek (traditional wooden puppets). Then, we head towards the Green Canyon. Board on a boat and cruise through splendid jungle landscape and stop for a swim-up in the canyon. The spot has got as green water as its name and is a popular hangout for locals, so interact with locals while enjoying the scenery. Then, we move to a nearby beach where we will take a short lunch break and then in the late afternoon, we head back to the accommodation.
We move from hotel by a private minibus to a train station from where we board a train to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia. The city has a great atmosphere, and you will surely fall in love at first sight. Yogyakarta contains a wide variety of cultural avenues to explore.
We wake up early in the morning to avoid the crowds as Candi Borobudur, which is the largest Buddhist structure in the world. This impressive UNESCO listed site lies in a peaceful park. As you get near the structure, you will see the mysterious temple soaring before you, approaching amongst the tropical foliage. Follow the route of ancient pilgrims with your local guide and circle the mandala-shaped structure from the early realms towards Nirvana. Its' truly a Southeast Asia's treasure. Later in the afternoon, you will have free time to explore more of the city. You may visit one of Yogya's other heritage temples like the Hindu Temple, Prambanan Temple. Prambanan Temple isJava's largest Hindu complex. You can also choose to see a performance of the epic Ramayana Ballet. If you want to know the available dates for this show, tell your leader, and he can look it up for you.
Hop on your bike and pedal out of the city on a cycling tour, moving past the rice fields and countryside that surrounds Yogyakarta. You can also witness locals of the area making different goods from bricks to tofu and Tempe. You will also see palms and verdant green grasslands and the odd burst of yellow and pink flowers beside the road. This is a great place to capture attractive photos. We will be cycling mostly on a flat road so the trip won't be strenuous. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the sceneries of local rural life. This afternoon, enjoy your free time by engaging in many activities that Yogyakarta offers. If you like, you can join a cooking class and learn about Indonesian cuisine or get active with a yoga class.
Day Eight :
Seloliman Nature Reserve
We head out of Yogyakarta on a train; then, we move to Seloliman Nature Reserve by minivan. Seloliman Nature Reserve is an education facility that lies on the slopes of the Mt. Penanggungan and is not opened for individuals. The restaurant at the reserve serves delicious locally grown organic food prepared by their staff. Meet some volunteers working at the Seloliman Environmental Education Center. Even the center's accommodation is atmospheric with open-air bathrooms built between the surrounding forests. Enjoy the bath while taking in the atmospheric sceneries. This is a great spot to admire nature, enjoy the stars in the evening, and take in the ambiance of what's around. You can also learn about the local plants, see some huge spiders, and learn a lot about trees.
Seloliman Nature Reserve – Mt. Bromo
Today, go for a walk around the reserve accompanied by the reserve staff and get an insight into the local environment and the Javanese tradition of herbal medicine. You can also learn about the region's flora and fauna, traditional farming methods, rice production, the mini hydroelectricity plant, and the local village coffee shop. Conclude the trip with a traditional Jamu demonstration, and you can also taste this Javanese herbal medicine. Later, we move onto Mt. Bromo, which is the homeland of the Tenggerese. It will take about four hours to reach Mt. Bromo. This active volcano stands tall at an elevation go 2329meters and is the most famous among the Tengger mountain range. This region is also the Tenggerese and the steep, cultivated hills of the Tengger Valley. Today, we finish the tour early to prepare for the next days' early start.
Mt. Bromo- Kalibaru
We start this day early. First, we drive to a viewpoint in jeeps from where you can see the mesmerizing view of sunrise over the sea of sands. If the weather permits, you will see an unforgettable view of the sun rising over the sea of volcanoes. Afterward, we go down in the jeep to the sea of sands and ascend to the volcano crater to see what's inside. The ascent itself is not difficult; however, it gets very cold, so be sure to carry an extra layer of clothing. It can also get quite dusty, so also carry a scarf to cover your nose and mouth. We return to the hotel after enjoying the views and then depart from the hotel to head towards Kalibaru. We take a minivan and move to Kalibaru; it takes about five hours to complete the trip from Mt. Bromo to Kalibaru. On the way, we will stop for lunch and then reach Kalibaru in the afternoon. After reaching Kalibaru, you can relax by the pool or even pamper yourself with a local massage.
Kalibaru to Permuteran
We move out early from the hotel in the morning to visit nearby coffee, cocoa, and rubber plantations. Here, you will see how rubber is processed, how coffee is dried, and if there's time, how cocoa is fermented. Before leaving the plantation, you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea and snack on a fried banana. Today, we travel by minibus to Gilimanuk that lies in the far eastern end of Java. We will be passing through the main entrance to Bali today, and there might be a lot of heavy traffic, so you might face some delays. Later, you will hop on a ferry and cross the Java Strait before riding another minibus for a trip along the west coast of Bali, which will take approximately an hour. Then, we head to Pemuteran, where we will be staying for the next couple of days.
Today, you can enjoy the time relaxing in this stunning beachside spot. You may begin the day with a relaxing yoga class and then roam around the area at your own pace. you can also visit the nearby temples that are full of monkeys, swim off the coast, or book a snorkeling trip and head out to explore the turquoise and marine life-rich waters of Menjangan Island. Besides, you can always sit back and relax while watching the fishermen go about their day-to-day on one of the beaches.
This morning, we depart Pemuteran and head to Ubud, which will take about five hours. along the way, we will stop at Taman Ayun Temple, where you can see some imposing Balinese architecture while strolling around the serene gardens. Ubud is a hub for Bali's main arts and culture; a booming center of markets, shops and warungs and close by to verdant rice terraces and lavish jungles. Ubud is a highland haven of Bali with nature and wellbeing at its core. It's a great place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination. In the evening, you can join with your fellow travelers and head out to some local restaurants to enjoy some traditional Balinese cuisine.
Your trip comes to an end today. After breakfast, you can depart the hotel anytime you like. If you are planning to stay longer, there are lots of things to see and do. You can rent a bicycle to explore nearby fields and villages or visit galleries, museums, and handicraft merchants in town. If you like to make a further trip to Bali, we will gladly organize an additional trip and accommodation for you.