Sumatra to Bali tour
Description of Sumatra to Bali tour
This fascinating and varied tour takes you across the vast Indonesian Archipelago by road, rail, boat and air from out starting point in Sumatra, across the island of Java to our finishing point at Bali’s Denpasar.
On the way you’ll have the chance to spot wild orangutans in the Sumatran rainforest, stay on an island in Lake Toba, explore Java’s old towns of Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang, discover the World Heritage sites of Borobudur and Prambanan and take a dawn jeep ride to the summit of Bromo volcano. Among our wide range of destinations and landscapes activities include jungle trekking in UNESCO-listed Gunung Leuser, travelling by boat and jeep through the forest and mangroves of Alas Purwo National Park, sunrise and sunset visits to Java’s ancient temples and a hike across the black dunes of Bromo’s caldera.
As well as the famous historical sites and magnificent scenery we’ll also have plenty of time to take in everyday life in the local markets, experience the vibrant street-life and the sumptuous street food as well as taking a countryside and village cycling tour. You’ll meet plenty of the exceptionally friendly inhabitants, sample the fantastic local cuisine and stay in eco-lodges, boutique-style hotels and low-key, family-run resorts.
A wonderful introduction to Indonesia’s rich culture, history and fabulous landscapes.
1. Look out for wild orangutans on a jungle hike in World Heritage Gunung Leuser National Park
2. Stay at waterfront resort on spectacular Lake Toba's Samosir Island
3 Sunrise and sunset at Java's 1,000-year-old Borobudur and Prambanan
4. Take a jeep to the summit of Mt Bromo and hike through an active caldera
5. Explore the delightful old towns of Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang
6. 2-day stay at a charming eco-resort in Bali's secluded Pemuteran
1. Jakarta: add on a few days to explore the rich history and culture of Indonesia’s fascinating capital
2. Beach stay in Bali or Lombok
Note groups sizes are 4 to maximum 12 persons with most meals (local-style) included and accommodation in comfortable 3-4* hotels.
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PlanetOur Sumatra to Bali tour is a small group, low impact tour including off the beaten track destinations as well as the well-known ones. Wherever possible we use public rather than private transport and stay in small, family-run accommodation and eco-lodges. All staff are local residents and fully trained in sustainable tourism practices.
Our group sizes are from 4 to a maximum of 12 persons and we believe such smaller groups have far less impact on the environment and local culture and allow for more genuine interaction with the local people while a higher guide to guest ratio facilitates instruction and information sharing on the part of our guides. Furthermore, such limited numbers mean we can use smaller, local cafes and restaurants for our inclusive meals.
Despite covering a very wide geographical range we’ve managed to create an itinerary keeping largely to the public rail and ferry system and including just a single flight and limited private bus transfers.
We also include visits to 3 national parks: Gunung Leuser, Bromo and Alas Purwo where we employ local guides/rangers and drivers and where entrance fees go towards upkeep of park facilities and staff employment.
PeopleAs well as including the famous sites we’ve added plenty of lesser-known ones as well as local markets, street tours and villages thus helping to spread the ‘tourist dollar’ into otherwise rarely frequented areas.
Our emphasis with meals, as well as coffee/drinks breaks, is on genuine local-style cafes and street food rather than hotel and tourist-style set meals. With regards accommodation we stay at eco-lodges in Bukit Lawang, Yogyakarta, Kalibaru and Pemuteran. Wherever possible, drinking water is from large, refillable containers or reusable glass bottles avoiding single-use plastic ones.
Community-based tourism schemes included in the tour are a village and cottage industries project near Yogyakarta, visits to urban renewal projects in Yogyakarta and the ‘Rainbow Village’ scheme in Malang. A farm and orchard visit in Berastagi and optional bird-watching tour in Pemuteran are also in the itinerary.
All accommodation is locally owned and locally staffed while our tour-leaders are fully-licensed Indonesian national guides. At each point, activities such as national park hikes and city walking tours are also accompanied by locally-sourced guides and drivers.