21 days Indonesia Sparkling tour

Covers area of Sumatra, Java, Toraja highland and Bali
22/Feb/2015
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21 DAYS INDONESIA SPARKLING TOUR

 

 

(Covers area of Sumatra, Java, Toraja highland and Bali)

 

 

Day 1
Arrive in the airport with flight ...at...We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to Bohorok/Bukit Lawang, the orangutans rehabilitation centre. The journey leads you past the scenic rubber and palm oil plantations. In the afternoon you will arrive in Bohorok. Overnight stay in Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages, located directly on the bank of Bohorok river.

Day 2
Bohorok - Brastagi. After breakfast, we will walk for around 45 minutes at the side of Bohorok river to the orangutans feeding area. Prior to arrival at rehabilitation centre you have to cross the river by small wooden canoe. Then do a short climbing through the tropical rainforest at the slope of Mt. Leuser. Watching the park ranger feeds the orangutans. It is suggested to have comfortable sportive shoes. At noon we depart to Brastagi via Medan. Brastagi is a mountain resort in the Karo Highland that surroundings with 2 active volcanoes, Sibayak and Sinabung. Before we arrive in hotel, you can also make a stop at fruits market. Overnight stay in hotel Grand Mutiara or Brastagi Cottages in Brastagi.

Day 3
Brastagi - Samosir island. In the morning you will visit Dokan, a traditional batak Karonese village. Here you can observe traditional houses of the tribe & daily activities of the villagers. Afterthat we depart to Lake Toba. En route we can stops at the Sipiso-piso waterfall with its splendid view over the lake Toba & resorted Royal Palace of King Purba at Pematang Purba. You can also make couple stops at local farms such as pineapple, ginger & coffee plantations that belong to the local farmers. In the afternoon you will arrive in Parapat at the lake Toba, from where you embark the ferry to cross the lake to Samosir island. Overnight stay in hotel Toledo Inn or Samosir Cottages, both are located on the lake side.

Day 4  
Samosir - Tour on this island. After breakfast we will make excursion to several Batak Toba villages on this island. First we will visit Simanindo village where you can see a performance of traditional Batak Toba dances, then to Ambarita village where you can hear the interesting legend of megalithic cultural objects.
From Ambarita you can enjoy scenic view over Lake Toba from Sigarantung view while drink a cup of hot coffee/tea (OPTIONAL).  After that we go to Tomok to visit the noble cemetery of King Sidabutar in Tomok.  During the excursion you will have a chance to walk & see the way of life of the local Batak Toba tribe. Overnight stay in hotel Toledo Inn or hotel Silintong. Your room has beautiful view to the lake Toba.

Day 5
Samosir island - Medan via Pematang Siantar. Today we will transfer your back to Medan. You will drive through endless plantations of rubber, palm oil and cacao. Upon arrival in Medan you can do city tour in Medan. You can visit the beautiful mix architectures of Maimoon palace built in 1888 by the Sultan of Deli (former name of Medan) Sultan Mahmood Al Rashid. Then a visit to Grand Mosque "Mesjid Raya" built in 1906 where you can see its interesting ornaments, to Chinese and Hindu temples. As one of the most important cities during Dutch colonial time, you can see also colonial architectural touch in building likes: the Post office, the old City Hall, Central bank, etc. Overnight stay in hotel Madani or similar, located in the centre of Medan for overnight stay. Here you can rest after long journey.

Day 6
Medan - Yogyakarta via Jakarta. After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your  flight to Yogyakarta. Arrive in Yogyakarta.We will fetch you from the airport and transfer to hotel Grand Rosela or similar for overnight stay. In the afternoon you can make an excursion to Borobudur temple, one of the great wonders of the world. This temple built in the 8th century and has the most complete ensemble of Buddhist relics in the world. It is standing about 40 meters above the ground with 10 terraces, each smaller then the one below rising to the Great Stupa of Buddha on the top. From Borobudur, we will also visit the nearby smaller temples, Mendut with its huge Buddha statue and Pawon temple. After that we return to Yogyakarta. 

Day 7
Yogyakarta - City tour in the centre of Javanese culture and tradition. First we visit: Keraton (the Sultan palace) built in 1755. Nearby Birds market and Water Castle. Thereafter to batik workshop to see the intricate processing of the Batik cloths, Kota Gede famous for fine Javanese silver works. In the evening you can enjoy dinner & Ramayana Ballet (optional). The best performance of Ramayana Ballet is in Prambanan Amphitheatre (open air). Overnight stay in Grand Rosela or similar.

Day 8
Yogyakarta - Prambanan temple - Solo - Malang. After breakfast depart to Solo with stop en route at Prambanan temple, the most beautiful Hindu temple in Java. In Solo you will visit the Mangkunegara Prince Palace and Triwindu flea market. Thereafter we continue the trip to a small hill town of Malang in East Java province. Overnight stay in hotel Kartika Graha or similar in Malang.

Day 9
Malang - Sukapura. In the morning you can do city tour in Malang. Here you can visit the colonial buildings and make a stop for coffee break and snack at the famous Toko Oen (optional). At noon depart to Sukapura at the foot of mount. Bromo. Overnight stay in hotel Lava View in Sukapura.

Day 10
Bromo - Ijen Plateau.  Getting up before dawn for the famous Bromo excursion to see the beautiful sunrise views over mount Bromo and its surroundings. You can climb the mount Bromo by foot or horse riding (can be hired but on your own account). It is suggested to wear a jacket as the temperature can be very low on the top of the volcano. After enjoying the beauty of mount Bromo, return to hotel for breakfast. Then we drive further to the east to Ijen Plateau where we will arrive in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a simple accommodation named Arabica Homestay.

Day 11
Ijen Plateau - free program - Surabaya. In the morning you can do a half day hike to the spectacular Ijen Crater (optional). The sulfuric lake of Ijen reflects eerie colors over the surrounding walls to give an apocalypse like impression. Here you can watch how local people seeking the sulfur descend into the crater and climb back up along the dangerous rim with loads of sulfur on their shoulders.  In the afternoon we depart to Surabaya. Overnight stay in hotel Garden Palace or similar in Surabaya.

Day 12 (D)
Surabaya - Makassar. After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Makassar in South Sulawesi province. Arrive in Makassar at... We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to the down town of Makassar. Here we will visit Fort Rotterdam, the old Dutch fortress. Then to Sulawesi Miniature Garden, where we can find all types of South Sulawesian traditional houses. From here, we direct to Akkarena Beach, Tanjung Bunga for refreshment while enjoy the beautiful sunset. Dinner we will be served at a local restaurant in Tanjung Bunga. Then check in Pantai Gapura Hotel or similar for overnight stay.

Day 13 (L & D)
Makassar – Toraja Highland. After breakfast, take approx. 8 hours drive to Tana Toraja passing through the Buginese villages with their typical wooden houses. Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. In the afternoon have some drink or snack on Bambapuang cafe while enjoy the wonderful view of Mount Buttukabobong. In the afternoon arrive in Rantepao. Dinner and overnight stay at Marante  Hotel or similar in Rantepao, Toraja highland.

Day 14 (L & D)
Full day Toraja Tour. After breakfast, we drive into the mountains and visit Tinombayo where we can enjoy the spectacular view of the megalith stones spread over the extensive rice fields. Then to a burial cave of Lokomata. From Lokomata, we continue our trip to Batutumonga where we will a have short trekking, enjoy the beautiful panorama and experience a moment of the unique Torajan life style. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Rantepao. After lunch, we will visit the stone grave of Lemo with its Tau-Tau effigies. Onwards to Kambira where we can find the peculiar baby graves in the trees. Then we will explore the architecture of Tongkonan Houses in Ketekesu. Finally, we visit the tomb of Londa where we can see the entombed deceased. Back to the Marante Hotel or similar for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 15 (L)
Toraja - Makassar. After breakfast we drive back to Makassa through  the same road, Stop in Pare-Pare for having lunch at a seafood restaurant. Afternoon arrival in Makassar.  Overnight stay in hotel Pantai Gapura in Makassar. The rest of afternoon  free at your own program.

Day 16
Makassar - Ubud, Bali. Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Bali. Arrive in Bali at... We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to the artist village of Ubud. Overnight stay in De Munut Cottages or similar in Ubud. Type of room: Standard. The rest of the day free at your own program in this beautiful village.

Day 17
Ubud - excursions. Drive to Batubulan to see the Barong and Kris Dance. Further visit the handicraft villages of woodcarvers and silver and goldsmiths. Then to Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) that dates back to the 11th century. At Penelokan-Kintamani you can enjoy the spectacular panorama of mount and lake Batur. On the way back to Ubud we make a stop at Tampaksiring where the royal tombs and holy springs are. Overnight stay in De Munut Cottages or similar in Ubud. Type of room: Standard.

Day 18
Ubud - Tuban in Kuta area. In the morning free at your own program. You can walk through Monkey forest street where a lot of fine galleries is available. In the afternoon we will make tour to 3 different locations. Firstly you will visit the temple at Taman Ayun (beautiful garden) at Mengwi. This temple is surrounded by a moat, was built in 1634 for the Royal family. The next stop is the Monkey forest at Kedaton, where over 500 monkeys of varying sizes inhabit the forest along with numerous fruit bats. Finally to Tanah Lot Temple, which is built on an outcrop of rock just off the coastline and can only be reached by wading across at low tide. When the tide is high, waves thunder around the island and at sunset, the spray and sun weave fantastic rainbows. Thereafter we depart to Kuta. Overnight stay in hotel Aneka Beach or Adika Sari Bungalows in Kuta area. Type of room: standard.

Day 19
Kuta - free at your own program. No transport and guide. Overnight stay in hotel Aneka Beach or Adika Sari Bungalows in Kuta area. Type of room: Standard.

Day 20
Kuta - free at your own program. No transport and  guide. Overnight stay in hotel Aneka Beach or Adika Sari Bungalows in Kuta area. Type of room: Standard.

Day 21
Kuta area - airport. Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to next destination. The end of your fine tour on Sumatra, Java, Toraja and Bali.

The prices for the above tour are :

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2 - 3 persons

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6 - 8 persons

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The prices are already included:

- Overnight stay in above mentioned hotels based on twin share bedrooms

- Daily breakfast

- 3 x lunches + 3 x dinners

- English speaking guide

- Transportation using an air-conditioned car incld. Fuel from day 1 to day 15, day 17 & 18

- Driver, his meals and overnight accommodation costs

- Excursions as mentioned in the above itinerary

- Entrance and parking fees

- Permit and local guide to see the orangutans at the feeding area on day 2.

- Ticket of ferry Parapat - Samosir island vice versa

- Transfer from hotel in Makassar to the airport on day 16

- Transfer from the airport of Bali to Ubud on day 16

- Transfer from hotel in Tuban to airport of Bali on day 21

Not included:
- Air tickets and airport taxes
- Handy cam or camera fees in Bohorok
- Insurance
- Personal expenses such as tips, donation, drinks, lunches, dinners, meals etc.

Individual Tour
The above tour program is an individual tour. You will travel individually with your own driver and guide. There is no body else in your transportation. You have your own privacy and decide your own time.