Tour Java – The Peaks and Temples of Java and Bali
Tour Java to immerse yourself in the beauty and architecture of Java and Bali, taking in intricate history and sculptural design including Prambanan and the Borobudur temple. Take with you spellbinding memories of the magnificent Mount Bromo sunrise, experience the artisans of Ubud and unwind on the beaches of South Bali. A fitting tour for those seeking outstanding historical and religious frames of reference in relation to South East Asia but who also want to savour a relaxing few days at a beach spa resort.
DAY 1 - YOGYAKARTA
Join an afternoon excursion to Prambanan, a ninth century Hindu complex in central Java containing over 200 temples and currently the largest in Indonesia. Characterised by its tall and painted architecture these masterpieces are abundant in sculptural detail. Spend two nights at either the Yogyakarta Plaza (Three Star) or The Phoenix hotel (Four Star). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
DAY 2 - YOGYAKARTA
After breakfast begin your full day city tour of Yogyakarta, first stopping at the striking Borobudur temples, one of South East Asia's most sacred sites and awash with detail. This temple complex was built around 800 AD and is the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. You will visit the 18th century Sultan's Palace, also known as the Kraton, where you can stroll around ornate courtyards and walkways. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing the tour with visits to a Batik factory and the Kotagede silver factory. Your evening is at leisure.
DAY 3 - YOGYAKARTA TO MOUNT BROMO
Early breakfast at the hotel before catching the morning train to Surabaya, travelling in Executive class (train departs at 7.15am). Arrive in the afternoon and transfer by car to Mount Bromo with fantastic photo opportunities en route. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to your hotel. Spend one night at Bromo Cottage (Standard) or Java Banana (Superior). Due to its location, accommodation is simple but comfortable and worth the journey for your incredible tour to Penanjakan early the next morning.
DAY 4 - MOUNT BROMO TO UBUD
A very early morning start (4am) for Penanjakan, leaving the hotel by jeep and arriving in time for an enchanting sunrise over the stunning panorama, no doubt one of the most memorable images of your trip. As the sky gets brighter, the magnificent beauty of the peaks becomes even clearer. Continue on horse-back across a nature reserve known as the Sand Sea to reach the foot of active volcano Mount Bromo, the most well known peak in East Java. Drive back to the hotel in time for breakfast and a short rest before driving to Surabaya airport for your onward flight to Bali. On arrival, transfer to Ubud for three nights at your chosen Spa Resort. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
DAY 5 - UBUD
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, teeming with literati and art lovers, and packed with colourful and inspiring sights. After breakfast at the hotel your day is at leisure to discover this attractive town with many options to get off the beaten track for the day.
DAY 6 - UBUD
After breakfast drive to Kintamani and take in the views over Danau Batur, Bali's largest crater lake, created by an eruption of Mount Batur approximately 30’000 years ago. Drive onwards to the Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano. Lunch is at a local restaurant before driving back to Ubud to visit the Palace and central art market, stopping en route at a handicraft workshop in Mas Village.
DAY 7 - UBUD TO BALI BEACH
Breakfast at your hotel before embarking upon a drive to South Bali. En route visit Pura Taman Ayun in the town of Mengwi. This 17th century royal temple is famous for its beautiful wooden pagoda-like shrines and is surrounded by a wide moat. Continue onwards to Ulun Danu temple on Lake Beratan, and Candi Kuning, with a stop at a local flower fruit market, renowned for delicious treats, wild orchids and roses. Visit the mountain resort of Bedugul and the famous Tanah Lot Sea Temple. Arrive in South Bali for four nights at your chosen Beach Spa Resort. Enjoy a relaxing stay, close to pristine white sands and emerald waters.
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