Sumatra - Java - Bali
Destination - Sumatra - Java - Bali
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26 days – 25 nights


Start:     Medan (North Sumatra)

End:      Bali


Day 01: MEDAN

Upon arrival at Polonia Airport, Medan (North Sumatra) our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel. Sumatra is the largest island entirely in Indonesia, and the sixth largest island in the world at approximately 443,000 km². Over half of the country exports come from the riches of Sumatra: oil, natural gas, hardwoods, rubber, palm oil, coffee and sugar. In spite of evolution, Sumatra still maintains strong and well-established traditions that are rooted in their colourful past. Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province and the informal capital of entire Sumatra. This town is a centre for trade and commerce, industry, transportation, and entertainment. It is fast growing city with a mix of several big ethical groups like Malay, Batak, Javanese and Chinese.

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In the morning you will visit the most important sights of Medan. You will see the Grand Mosque, of one the most beautiful mosques in Indonesia. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid, designed by Dingemans of Amsterdam in a Moorish style, and stood ready in 1906. It has an imposing arched entrance and is decorated with tiles. Next you will visit Maimoon Palace which is historically related to the Grand Mosque. It was built in 1888 by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid and used as administrative centre until the end of Warld War II. Afterwards you will continue to Bukit Lawang a small village on the bank of Bohorok River on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park.

Meals included: breakfast



Gunung Leuser National Park is the place where orangutans are found. The orangutans were once living in almost all of Southeast Asia; today they are only left in Borneo and Sumatra. 90% of the total orangutan population lives within the borders of Indonesia. Bukit Lawang is very convenient for a day jungle trekking and wildlife watching; with a bit of luck you can spot Sumatran orangutans. Sumatran orangutans have lighter hair and a longer beard than their Borneo relatives, and Sumatran males have narrower cheekpads. Both species are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. The population of wild Sumatran orangutans has declined drastically from over 12,000 in 1994 to 7,300 in 2003. The latest data from 2008 estimates that there are now only around 6,500 remaining in the wild. After the trekking you will back to the hotel for short relax and afterwards depart for Brastagi - a highland resort with refreshing weather and magnificent mountain scenery.

Meals included: breakfast



You will continue your trip and see the Sipiso-piso Waterfall that drops into the northern tip shore of Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, once created by an enormous eruption. The lake covers approximately 1,265 km2 (excluding Samosir) and is 90 km long. The average depth is 450 m and up to 900 m in some places. The lake is situated at an altitude of 906 m above sea level. On the way you will stop and see the ancient King’s Palace of Simalungun at Pematang Purba. Proceed to Parapat through the fertile vegetable and fruit farms, pine tree forest and spectacular view of Lake Toba. After arrival in Parapat you will continue the trip by boat to Samosir. Samosir is an approximately 50 km long and 15 km wide often referred as island in Lake Toba. Samosir is actually a peninsula, divided from Sumatra only by a narrow man-made canal. It is beautiful, scenic and very relaxing place.

Meals included: breakfast



Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups found in the highlands of North Sumatra. Samosir is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain here. You will visit Ambarita traditional village where King Siallagan’s stone chairs are point of interest. In the past this place was used by the chief and other tribal leaders were discussing and giving punishments for committed crimes. You will stop at Simanindo village – it has well kept traditional houses, now museum. Here you can also watch traditional Batak dance performance. You will visit also the Tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok village.

Meals included: breakfast



In the morning you leave for Siporok - a small town surrounded by green hills, mountains and rice paddies. On the way you will visit Lumban Binanga village and Balige town where you will stop at traditional market – it is built in traditional Batak house style and richly ornamented building.

Meals included: breakfast



The journey from North to West Sumatra is long but worthwhile; it exhibits the inner part of Sumatra, beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages. The Equator Monument should be remarkable in your personal record. You will stop at Palupuh - a conservation area for Rafflesia Arnoldii and if you are lucky you can see blooming “corpse flower”. Then drive to the most charming town, the heart of Minangkabau Highlands, and the centre of matrilineal society of Sumatra, Bukittinggi.

Meals included: breakfast



You will explore the beauty and the cultural aspects of Minangkabau. You will see Jam Gadang - a clock-tower and major landmark of Bukittinggi. You will visit Museum Rumah Adat Baanjuang and learn more about exceptional Minangkabau architecture and culture. Afterwards drive to Harau Canyon where you can see interesting cliffs and waterfalls. You will continue the trip to Pagaruyung, former place of Minangkabau kings. You will see here a building representing the original Pagaruyung palace, open to the public as a museum. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang architectural style.

Meals included: breakfast



You will have free time until transfer to Minangkabau International Airport for the flight to Jakarta. Upon arrival at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel. Jakarta is Indonesia’s heartland, its political and economic centre; it is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of Java, it has an area of 661 km2 and population of 9,580,000. Java is the 13th largest island in the world and the 5th largest island in Indonesia. The area of Java is approximately 139,000 km2, with a population of around 136 million, it is the world's most populous island, and one of the most densely populated regions in the world. It is home to approximately 60% of Indonesia's population.

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The trip begins with a visit at National Museum. Officially opened in 1868, it is the oldest and the best museum in Indonesia, containing fascinating stone, bronze and ceramic, archaeological and ethnography collections. Afterwards you will see National Monument – 137-metre-high column towering over Merdeka Square (Freedom Square). Its construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Sukarno and the monument was opened to the public in 1975. You will see also Istiqlal Mosque – the largest mosque in Indonesia. Next you will drive to Sunda Kelapa Harbour. The Dutch colonial city of Batavia grew up around this ancient spice-trading harbour; now it is a minor port, accommodating pinisi, a traditional two-mast wooden sailing ships serving inter-island freight service in the archipelago.

Meals included: breakfast



You will depart to Carita for your Krakatau adventure. Upon arrival in Carita you will continue the trip by boat to Anak Krakatau for short trekking and close viewing of this famous area. The renowned Krakatau lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Caldera collapse, perhaps in 416 AD, destroyed the ancestral Krakatau edifice, forming a 7-kilometer-wide caldera. Remnants of this volcano formed Verlaten (Sertung) and Lang (Panjang) islands; subsequently Rakata, Danan and Perbuwatan volcanoes were formed, coalescing to create the pre-1883 Krakatau Island. Caldera collapse during the catastrophic 1883 eruption destroyed Danan and Perbuwatan volcanoes, and left only a remnant of Rakata volcano. The post-collapse cone of Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau), constructed within the 1883 caldera at a point between the former cones of Danan and Perbuwatan, has been the site of frequent eruptions since 1927. On the way back to Carita you will stop for snorkelling activities.

Meals included: breakfast



You will continue your trip to Bogor city. Bogor is famous for many things, but most of all for its world-class Botanic Gardens, situated just behind 19th century presidential palace. The gardens officially opened in 1817, cover more than 80 hectares and contain more than 15,000 species of trees and plants. Continue driving to Puncak, cool and spectacularly scenic mountainous area, beautiful landscape surrounded by tea plantations and magnificent views of the valleys below.

Meals included: breakfast



Continue trip to Bandung – the capital of West Java province. Bandung largely laid out around 1920 by Dutch urban planners as the first “modern” city in the Indies, and still today perhaps the most “European” of all Indonesian cities. In the afternoon you will visit Saung Angklung Udjo, Sundanese Art & Bamboo Craft Centre, where you will see how angklung is made, how to play it and witness breathtaking performance. Angklung is traditional musical instrument consisting of bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords; Angklung is listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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The city of Bandung is located on a high plateau at an altitude of 768 metres and surrounded on all sides by lofty mountain ridges and volcanic peaks. You will visit Tangkuban Perahu Nature Reserve and its main attraction “drive-in” Tangkuban Perahu volcano. Next you will see Geological Museum where you can see exhibitions and learn about geological activities in Indonesia, various types of rocks and minerals, volcanoes of Indonesia, mining and many other interesting subjects. Afterwards you will visit Museum of the Asian-African Conference (inaugurated on 24th April 1980). The Asian-African Conference which was held on 18th to 24th April 1955 in Bandung gained a big success both in formulating common concerns and in preparing operational guidance for cooperation among Asian African Nation as well as in creating world order and world peace.

Meals included: breakfast



Drive to Wonosobo located in Central Java. Pass Tasikmalaya located in the lovely Catanduy River valley, is a city and regency in south-eastern West Java province. On the way you will stop at Kampung Naga, one of the most beautiful traditional villages in West Java, where residents maintain old Sundanese customs, indigenous traditions, customary minimalism and ecological wisdom.

Meals included: breakfast



You will continue the trip to Dieng Plateau, which lies within the old caldera of a volcano, enclosed by steep mountain walls. Intense volcanic activity is present all around – brightly coloured sulphur springs and lakes, bubbling mudholes and screaming fumeroles. You will see here Telaga Warna lake, the water of which is tinged with brilliant colours by underwater sulphur vents. Dieng Plateau is known also as the site of the oldest Hindu temple complex in Central Java (date from between late 7th century and about 780). On the way to Yogyakarta you will stop at Borobudur. Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Borobudur stands on a small hill above the Kedu Plain, 42 km to the west of Yogyakarta. The construction of Borobudur probably begun in about 780 and evolve through different phases over a period of more than 50 years.  Borobudur’s horizontal plan is a great mandala, it consists of six outer square terraces and three circular terraces above them. A large dome, the principal stupa, stands in the centre. Next you will drive to Yogyakarta. The Special Region of Yogyakarta is the province of Indonesia, it is still governed by that area's pre-colonial monarchy; the Sultan of Yogyakarta serves as the hereditary governor of the province (at the moment it is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X). The province is located near the south coast of Java, wholly within the province of Central Java, with the population approximately 3 million and an area of 3,185.80 km2 (the area of the city of Yogyakarta is 32.5 km²). Most tourists come to Yogyakarta for its strong Javanese culture and tradition. Yogyakarta is known for its silver work, leather puppets used for shadow plays (wayang kulit), and a unique style of making batik dyed fabric.

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In morning you will visit Keraton Yogyakarta – a splendid example of traditional Javanese court architecture. Construction of the Keraton (palace) began in 1755 and continued for almost 40 years, through the reign of Hamengkubuwono I. Keraton is constructed to form a model of the Javanese cosmos in miniature; each entry, courtyard, tree and field has a specific symbolic meaning. You will see also remarkable Taman Sari complex, known during Dutch colonial times as the “Water Castle”. Yogyakarta is famous as a centre for batik production; Indonesian batik is included in UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You will have the opportunity to visit batik home industry and learn about techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments. You will visit also Prambanan, which contains the greatest single concentration of ancient sites in Indonesia. Prambanan Temple Compounds is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main site at here is the so-called Loro Jonggrang complex considered to be Java’s most elegant and awe-inspiring candi, noted for its 47-metre central Siva temple. An inscription records that the complex was completed in 856 to mark the victory of a Hindu king, Rakai Pikatan, over his Buddhist rival.

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You will continue exploring Central Java. First you will visit Sangiran Museum. Sangiran is an archaeological excavation site, in 1996 accepted as World Heritage by the UNESCO. Excavations from 1936 to 1941 led to the discovery of the first hominid fossil at this site. Later, 50 fossils of Meganthropus palaeo and Pithecanthropus erectus/Homo erectus were found – half of all the world's known hominid fossils. Inhabited for the past one and a half million years, Sangiran is one of the key sites for the understanding of human evolution. You will continue your trip to Surakarta, popularly known as Solo, which competes with Yogyakarta as the centre of Javanese culture. You will visit Mangkunegaran Palace belonging to Surakarta royal family. Surakarta is famous as a centre for batik production; Indonesian batik is included in UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You will visit Danar Hadi Antique Batik Museum which displays various collections of antique batiks from different eras, both before and after the Dutch colonial period, the Japanese occupation and Indonesian independence. You can see here batik with high artistic value e.g. royal, Dutch, Chinese, Hokokai and Indonesian batik. You can observe the traditional batik-making process and visit historical site of nDalem Wuryaningratan.

Meals included: breakfast



Continue the trip to East Java. On the way you will stop at Trowulan – former capital city of Majapahit Kingdom. Founded in the late 13th century, its famous prime minister, Gajah Mada, claimed suzerainty over area larger that modern Indonesia. The Trowulan site is the only city site of the Hindu-Buddha classical age in Indonesia that can still be found. The diverse artefacts that support the Trowulan Site as the capital city of Majapahit Kingdom can be observed until today. In this area you will see Candi Tikus – resorted bathing place, and Bajang Ratu – a brick gateway decorated with narrative reliefs from the Ramayana and other stories. Afterwards drive to spectacular Tengger region, there is perhaps no other volcanic terrain in the world that can be compared with it. Mount Bromo (2,329 m) is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, the most visited tourist attractions in East Java. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a desert-like “sand sea”. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 metres above sea level. Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a “sand sea”.

Meals included: breakfast



You will wake up early in the morning and explore Tengger region. You will witness sunrise and panorama of Mount Bromo, Batok and Semeru (spectacular if the weather is fine). After sunrise drive to the “sand sea” and climb up concrete steps to the rim of Mount Bromo's crater. The crater of Mount Bromo has a diameter of about 800 metres from north to south and 600 metres from east to west and occasionally emits smoke and ash. The region is a home of the indigenous Tenggerese that adhere to ancient Hindu beliefs. At the foot of Mount Bromo there is significant temple, Pura Luhur Poten. After discovering this one of the world’s most remarkable sights you will continue the trip to Kalibaru, a small village in East Java. Kalibaru is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Mount Raung (428 metre above sea level) which makes the temperature very pleasant.

Meals included: breakfast



In the morning you will explore surrounding plantation with varieties of crops and spices such as nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, salaks and coconuts. You may also discover a traditional making process of palm tree liquid into palm sugar. Afterwards you will continue the trip to Bali. Bali is a beautiful island known for having a unique colourful spiritual culture. There are its many rituals and practices which originated thousands years ago, and till today they have survived. Such is the endurance of Balinese culture, which in turn reflects on the deep faith and resilience of the Balinese people. With swaying palm trees that beautifully line its many white sandy beaches, Bali welcomes every visitor to her land of songs, dance, colours and culture that are intertwined with its natural beauty. You will cross Bali Strait by ferry then drive to Lovina. Northern coastal villages together are known as Lovina that become a popular beach resort, still far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island's south side.

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Early morning you will depart for a boat trip off the coast to see dolphins. Afterwards you will continue your trip and stop at Bedugul, a mountain-lake resort. Lake Bratan is surrounded by forested hills, with Gunung Catur rising sheer behind. The lake is essential water source for surrounding farmlands, and Bedugul people honour Dewi Danu, the lake goddess, at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Temple is set in attractive, well-maintained grounds, the temple consist of several shrines, some spread along the shore and others dramatically situated an small islands that appear to float on the surface of the lake, with the water stretching behind and the mountain looming in the distance. You will visit Pura Luhur Tanah Lot, one of the most famous sea side temples in Bali. The picturesque temple, suspended on a little rocky islet, is one of the important and respected temples, closely related with the priest Niratha. On the way you will visit also Taman Ayun Temple, notable for its majestic gateway and soaring meru towers which are dedicated to the gods who dwell on high. Next drive to Ubud, it has long been a quiet heaven for the arts. Set amidst emerald green rice paddies and steep ravines in the stunning central Balinese foothills.

Meals included: breakfast


Day 23: UBUD

You will visit Monkey Forest Sanctuary; walking through tropical forest you will encounter gangs of macaques and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple dedicated to Durga, the goddess of death. You will stop also at the Royal Palace with its maze of family compounds and richly carved doorways. You will have also free time to explore Art Market and try your bargain skills.

Meals included: breakfast



You will visit the Holy Springs of Tampaksiring, discovered in AD 926 and believed to have magical powers, and next to the springs, Pura Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s most significant temples. You will stop also at Gunung Kawi, a complex consisting of series of temple-like structures, standing in two rows of niches, excavated directly from the rock face. Afterwards continue to spectacular area of Batur. Mount Batur itself is a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of huge crater.  Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by high walls of the crater rim. Next you will continue to Bali’s Mother Temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the highest Balinese volcano. The Pura Besakih complex is made up of a number of different sanctuaries – there are 22 temples in all – which are situated on parallel ridges running down the mountainside of Gunung Agung. Viewing the Besakih Temple from a higher ground is like a forest of pagodas set against a panorama of greenness that stretches down to the sea twenty five kilometres away.

Meals included: breakfast



Continue your trip to Taman Ujung, known as "The Water Palace" was a resting place for the King of Karangasem. Afterwards continue your tour and visit the Puri Agung Karangasem, the Royal Palace of Karangasem Kingdom. Built by Anak Agung Gede Jelantik, the first king of Karangasem, the palace is an artistic building combining the styles of Balinese, Chinese and European architectures. Inside this Palace, you will find some old photographs of the royal family, the royal bedroom, the costumes which was formerly used by the king, and other buildings used for various ceremonies and meetings. You will stop also at Tirthagangga, another royal water park with a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. Afterwards you will visit Tenganan, one of the native villages in Bali, known as Bali Aga, the original Balinese. Tenganan is very famous for its traditional culture and custom. The ritual activities have their own calendar and are different from other parts in Bali. Tenganan village offers a nice panorama, the hill providing a beautiful backdrop. The village is also known as the only place where people weave the "ikat gringsing" a special cloth using traditional colours. You will visit also Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple. The cave in the cliff face is full of bats and is said to lead all the way to Besakih, the biggest temple complex in Bali.

Meals included: breakfast


Day 26: BALI

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination.

Meals included: breakfast

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