Highlights of Indonesia holiday

“An epic trip around three of Indonesia’s most beguiling islands, with plenty of wildlife watching, adventure activities and relaxation built in along the way.”

Highlights

Kalimantan | Tanjung Puting National Park | Sekonyer River | Camp Leakey | Pondok Tanggui | Pesalat Reforestation Camp | Semarang | Gedong Songo temple | Yogyakarta | Bromo | Mount Penanjakan | Makassar | Ubud | Lake Batur | Ayung River | Seminyak

Description of Highlights of Indonesia holiday

This once in a lifetime holiday takes you to three of Indonesia’s islands to enjoy the highlights that this incredible colourful and cultural destination has to offer.

One of our most popular tour of Indonesia, this 14 day holiday takes you to the islands of Kalimantan, Java, and Bali with an opportunity to cruise between some of these islands by boat, allowing you to enjoy the journey as much as the destinations themselves.

See the impressive sights of the Buddhist stupas of Borobudur and active volcanoes near Mt Bromo in Java, go in search of the famous Bornean Orangutans in the protected tropical rainforest, one of the oldest in the world. And a trip to Indonesia wouldn’t be complete without some time spent relaxing on paradise white sandy beaches and indulging yourself at luxury spas.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Take an overnight flight to Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia (own arrangements).
Day 2:When you arrive you’ll be met by our local guide and taken to board your traditional riverboat known as a Klotok. Travel 2 hours along the Sekonyer River into Tanjung Puting National Park looking out for orangutans and proboscis monkeys. (L,D)
Day 3:Head up stream to the Sekonyer River today and travel along ‘Crocodile River’ for 2-3 hours. Enjoying a fresh lunch prepared by the crew en route before arriving at Camp Leakey to look around the centre and see the daily afternoon feeding. There is the option to take a short trek into the jungle surrounding the camp prior to heading back to your boat to overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4:After breakfast you will travel down to the orangutan feeding station at Pondok Tanggui for 1 hour, arriving for the morning feeding of the orangutans. Afterwards head to Pesalat Reforestation Camp where you have the opportunity to plant a tree. Lunch will be served on the boat and on the return journey with a chance of spotting proboscis monkeys along the way. (B,L,D)
Day 5:Fly to Java today. On arrival you will go on a tour of Semarang Old Town and the oldest church in central Java. Explore Semarang’s lively market before continuing to Lawang Sewu which served as the headquarters of the Indonesian railways during Java’s Dutch period. Continue to see Sam Po Kong temple where there are many outstanding stone carvings and sculptures, and several shrines and tombs. This evening you will stay at a hotel in Semarang. (B)
Day 6:Depart Semarang and head inland to Gedong Songo temple before visiting the Railway Museum Ambarawa to ride on these historical vessels. Afterwards you will be taken to your resort located on a coffee plantation. Take a tour of the plantation before returning to your luxury retreat to relax for the rest of the evening. (B,L)
Day 7:Depart Semarang and head inland to Gedong Songo temple before visiting the Railway Museum Ambarawa to ride on these historical vessels. Afterwards you will be taken to your resort located on a coffee plantation. Take a tour of the plantation before returning to your luxury retreat to relax for the rest of the evening. (B,L)
Day 8:Start your day with a visit to a traditional Kris-Maker: an asymmetrical dagger with distinctive blade patterning. Afterwards drive to Yogyakarta and visit the Sultan’s Palace of Yogyakarta, by cycle rickshaw. Later you will visit the Ratu Boko archaeological site and then check-in to your historic hotel for overnight. (B,L)
Day 9:Transfer to Jogjakarta railway station to board a local train and travel east through the volcano-dotted terrain to the Bromo area. The journey will take in the region of 3.5-4 hours with a possibility to stop for photographic opportunities along the way. Upon arrival in Bromo, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 10:An early 3am start as you travel by private jeep to the rim of Mount Penanjakan in time for sunrise. Afterwards make the steep descent back down to the bottom of the volcano and then cross the Laotian Pasir (Sand Sea) to the base of Mount Bromo itself returning to your hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will take a flight to Makassar and visit Madakaripura Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Java, before flying on to Bali where you will be taken to overnight in Ubud. (B,L)
Day 11:Visit 3 villages near Ubud known for their arts and crafts before heading to Gunung Kawi temple. Proceed to Lake Batur for views of Mount Batur and enjoy a buffet lunch served in a local restaurant overlooking the active volcano. On the return journey, stop at Goa Gajah in Bedulu near Ubud; a sanctuary for Buddhist monks. The last stop today is Ubud Monkey Forest, a lush nature reserve and temple complex on the outskirts of Ubud. (B,L)
Day 12:Grab your oars and get ready to for an exhilarating rafting adventure on the spectacular Ayung River. Enjoy a two-hour rafting journey over 11kms. Afterwards meet your local food specialist guide for a traditional Balinese culinary tour. Learn how coconut oil is produced and used to make ‘Pepes Clengis’, a traditional steamed grated coconut dish with Balinese spices wrapped in Banana leaves. End the evening at a hidden local bamboo restaurant near Ubud to experience a traditional ‘Megibung’ dining experience. (B,D)
Day 13:Take a stroll through central Ubud, passing through the local bustling markets before you visit the superb temple complex at Taman Ayun and on to Tahan Lot temple. You will arrive in time for sunset and perfect photographic opportunities. Drive to Seminyak for your overnight stay. (B,L)
Day 14:Today you will be collected from the hotel for the transfer to Denpasar airport for your return flight home (own arrangements). (B)

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Highlights of Indonesia holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Whilst waste is a severe problem in Indonesia as much as in every other developing country in the world, our ground handlers are working with a company called Eco Bali, that offers a responsible waste management on the island. Waste is pre-sorted here in their offices and regularly collected by Eco Bali for maximising recycling and reducing the quantity of waste to landfill and promoting composting. Eco Bali is operating its own sorting and material recovery facility, ensuring that waste is properly managed. For more information visit http://eco-bali.com/

In order to have water saving initiatives on our tours, our ground handlers provide bottled drinking water for guests which are then collected and recycled Eco Bali. They also have water dispensers in their offices for staff, to avoid buying small plastic water bottles.

Transportation will be done in private vehicles according to the numbers of people travelling together. Unfortunately in Indonesia there are no hybrid cars or similar more environment-friendly vehicles available, but in order to reduce the carbon emissions of transportation, our ground handlers only newer vehicles, no older than 5 years, and guides stay overnight in nearby home-stays or guest houses to avoid additional driving times.

The Houseboat Tours in Kalimantan have a low impact on the environment and use. Their principles are respecting local cultures, supporting local communities, as well as helping to protect Orangutans and other wildlife.

This trip includes the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Camp Leakey. Your visit helps to fund the vital work of the centre which strives to protect Orangutans which are currently listed as highly endangered. Camp Leakey is an active research facility which is dedicated to protecting and conserving its resident orangutans and the rainforest which has been destroyed by deforestation and palm oil plantations. The tourism activities here are controlled and run by local guides and local communities who understand that it is imperative that the orangutans and their environment are protected. By visiting Camp Leakey, you are helping to protect the work of the Orangutan Sanctuary through your entry fee and by purchasing any souvenirs while you are there.

While visiting the camp you will be given a full briefing about their work and you will be able to see the researchers in the field, however we do ask that you don't interfere with them and that you respect the wild animals in their natural environment to limit unnecessary contact with humans and allow them to continue their rehabilitation process without interruption. Educating the local community and tourists who visit the centre is an important part of the work the camp is undertaking to ensure that these wonderful animals come off the 'highly endangered' list where they currently are.

The park fees paid to enter Tanjun Putting National Park help to preserve and protect the environment and its wildlife and goes towards its upkeep to ensure future generations will be able to visit. And while in the national park you will also visit a reforestation program which is working to restore the jungle through a tree planting program and your visit will help to continue their important work.

Community

Where possible, we focus on locally owned and managed accommodation, but of course this is not always possible in some locations. On this tour, the boats in Kalimantan, the MesaStila Resort, the Plataran Borobudur Resort, the Jiwa Jawa Resort and the Komaneka Bisma Resort are all locally owned and managed.

The Plataran Borobudur Resort also provides free medical care and medicines for the surrounding villagers.

Jiwa Jawa Bromo works closely with the local organisation Sahabat Bromo, with a shared vision to promote the livelihood of the local Tengger community. Through Sahabat Bromo, they are able to create a platform where all stakeholders at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, including the natives, local guides and local government, could communicate effectively.

Rivers, Oceans, Lands, Ecology (R.O.L.E.) Foundation is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization based in Bali, whose aims are to promote environmental awareness and empower women. Our ground agents support this excellent cause as an educational partner for the foundation. The Women’s Skills Education Program offers a free community centre providing classes in literacy, English language, basic life and work skills, and vocational skills to local women in need, allowing them to gain employment opportunities and achieve a sustainable income. The R.O.L.E Foundation has already helped 843 women through the graduation and employment process. Our ground agents
sponsor five students each year from families that cannot afford to enter them into college education.

As with all our destinations we try to give our clients a ‘real’ experience of the country they are visiting by showing them the cultural traditions and visiting local communities where possible. In this tour you will be taken to see the ancient revered art of Kris making, as well as visiting the local Gianyar Night Market and Balinese restaurant on a culinary tour .

We only work with responsible ground agents, and in Indonesia our Ground Agents live and work in the country and recognise that it is their home. They have fully committed to ‘giving back’ to ensure an improving quality of life for their local communities. They provide local villages with the tools to help improve education along witch social services, assistance programs and structural developments, although any building work is carefully considered to minimise its impact on the natural environment.

Employing local guides and drivers to accompany our clients is an important way of keeping money in the country, but also in offering our clients a genuine experience of Indonesia and chance to learn about the country’s history and culture.

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