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Beautiful Bali

Duration: 5 days

Based at the cultural center of Bali, celebrate the island’s thousand year history of culture, music, song, drama, beauty and lush abundance. Your Balinese guide provides an intimate view of island life featuring access to villages, interaction wit... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive denpasar

Welcome to DenpasarWelcome to Denpasar

Arrival day into Denpasar, Indonesia. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight. If you have not been to Bali before, you will probably want to extend at the end of this trip to fully explore the island and its culture.

After check-in at your hotel the rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to enjoy the beach.

Lodging
Griya Santrian, Sanur

Day 2: sanur

The morning is yours to relax and take in the exotic surroundings. The group will meet for lunch at the hotel for orientation and then the rest of the day is open for exploring.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Griya Santrian, Sanur

Day 3: arrive semarang, java

Buddhist and Muslim TempleBuddhist and Muslim Temple

Fly today from Bali to Java, and spend a transit night in Semarang. This city has historically been at the crossroads of maritime trade routes, and continues to be a center of commerce.

While you are here, enjoy visits to Sam Po Kong Temple Complex, a holy site for both Buddhists and Muslims, and the Chinese Buddhist Temple, where you will have the chance to make traditional offerings. Spend the night at the Ciputra, a 4-star hotel with a fantastic breakfast spread.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Ciputra Hotel

Day 4: tanjung puting national park

Proboscis monkey (Photo by Dick Seibel)Proboscis monkey (Photo by Dick Seibel)

After breakfast, fly to Pangkalan Bun in central Kalimantan (Borneo). Transfer to the river port to board your klotok (a traditional motorized wooden boat) to cross Kumai Bay toward the main waterway in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the Sekonyer River.

The two-hour float on the Sekonyer passes incredible riverside plant life. The vegetation varies from nipah palms and mangroves, dominating the coastal forest, to the evergreen plants that proliferate in the peat swamps and dry land forest. Tanjung Puting National Park covers more than 1,600 square miles and hosts a diverse population of flora and fauna—most notably, the orangutan.

The National Park is in a continuous battle against loggers, gold miners, poachers, and corporate palm oil developers. Tourism in this area offers an economic rationale for preserving the natural habitat.

After a stop at Tanjung Harapan to arrange the permits, it’s straight to Rimba Lodge for three nights. Begin your search for proboscis monkeys and the many birds of the area during your three-hour float up the river. If you're lucky, you may even spy an orangutan en route. Your 35-room lodge, built of ironwood and set on stilts, is quite simple but beautifully sited—and really the only accommodation in this area. A group of long-tailed macaques lives all around the rooms, so be sure to keep your doors closed!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rimba Lodge

Day 5: camp leakey tour

En route to Camp Leakey in BorneoEn route to Camp Leakey in Borneo

Today, visit Camp Leakey, the historic research station in Tanjung Puting National Park. Birute Galdikas set up this research station in 1971. She named it for Louis Leakey, who was both teacher and mentor for three young primatologists who would then go on to international renown: Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, who gained fame for their work with chimpanzees and gorillas, and Birute Galdikas, who studied orangutans here at Camp Leakey and authored the book Reflections of Eden (1995) about her early studies in this area.

Take the boat to Camp Leakey right after breakfast. Enjoy a beautiful 2½-hour upstream float with bird- and primate-spotting opportunities along the way. Enjoy lunch on the boat, then at Camp Leakey, hike into the primary forest and stop at the visitor center where you may come very close to semi-wild orangutans. At the afternoon orangutan feeding, usually starting around 2:30, you'll spot the orangutans as they approach from above or behind you. Stay and watch their mealtime and gymnastics for as long as they are there. This is a great opportunity to take close-up photographs of the animals.

Orangutans are often quite curious about human beings, and they may want to investigate your pockets and your belongings. Keep a safe distance of at least 5 meters, and follow the guide’s instructions carefully. Return to the boat to ride back to the lodge for the evening.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rimba Lodge

Day 6: pondok tanggui orangutan visit

Camp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutansCamp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutans

After breakfast at the lodge, head out by boat to Pondok Tanggui. After a short walk in the jungle, reach the feeding site for baby and juvenile orangutans who are in the course of rehabilitation and return to the wild. Lunch aboard the boat, then visit a village in Tanjung Harapan, just outside the border of the National Park, to learn about the Malayan and Semi Dayak people’s settlements and ways of life.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rimba Lodge

Day 7: sightseeing en route to borobudur

Borobudur at sunset (Photo by Luann Capozzoli)Borobudur at sunset (Photo by Luann Capozzoli)

Return downriver to Kumai, and head back to the airport for a return flight to Semarang where you'll be greeted by your Java guide. Drive across the island of Java, sightseeing en route to the Manohara Hotel, housed within the Borobudur monument complex. If time allows, enjoy a sunset walk around the grounds. Dinner at the Manohara.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Manohara Hotel

Day 8: borobudur / yogyakarta

Explore the Borobudur complexExplore the Borobudur complex

This will be a full and glorious day! Arise before dawn to visit Borobudur, the most spectacular ancient Buddhist archeological site in Indonesia. This gigantic three-dimensional mandala was constructed between the eighth and the ninth centuries by the kingdom of Sailendra, using an estimated 1,600,000 blocks of volcanic stone, each dredged out of the river and assembled piece-by-piece by thousands of workers. The architecture and embellishment of the temple depicts the path to the heavens and nirvana through its 1,500 intricately carved figures stretching more than three miles.

Modern study of the site began in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. The monument was first restored in 1907, but suffered from both passive degradation of neglect and the more active destructions of war. It was then restored in the 1970s under the guidance of UNESCO, which declared the Borobudur temple complex a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Climb the incredible pyramidal structure at dawn to witness the sunrise and the very active, steaming volcanic cone of Mount Merapi in the distance. When ready, amble back to the hotel for breakfast, then drive for about an hour to Yogyakarta, where you will check in to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a Ramayana Ballet performance at Purawisata.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jogjakarta Plaza

Day 9: prambanan / yogyakarta

Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (Photo by Edith Gralla)Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (Photo by Edith Gralla)

Early this morning, tour he highlights of Prambanan, a spectacular example of Hindu temple architecture and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Prambanan is one of the largest and most ornate Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It was built around 850 CE, during the Sanjaya Dynasty, and then abandoned. Reconstruction began in 1918, and the main building was restored in 1953. An earthquake in Java damaged the temple in 2006, but the complex remains a stunningly ornate relic of a vanished dynasty.

Drive to Yogyakarta to visit the Sonobudoyo Museum, which features a vast collection of traditional "keris" (Indonesian daggers), masks, and "wayang" (shadow puppets). Afterward, head to the Sultan's Palace, known for its grand and elegant Javanese architecture. Next, visit Batik home industry, your chance to learn about Jogja’s Batik and see how painting and printing Batik are made. Also this is a great opportunity to buy some Batik souvenirs!

The afternoon is spent at Malioboro market to hunt for more local souvenirs that abound along this boulevard. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Jogjakarta Plaza

Day 10: yogyakarta to sanur

Travel days offer amazing viewsTravel days offer amazing views

After an early breakfast, depart for an airport transfer to Denpasar, Bali. Upon arrival, meet your guide and head to your hotel in Sanur. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Griya Santrian, Sanur

Day 11: fly to labuhan bajo, begin cruise

All aboard for more adventure (Photo by Dick Seibel)All aboard for more adventure (Photo by Dick Seibel)

Transfer to Denpasar airport for an early morning flight to the seaport of Labuhan Baho on Flores, where you board your lovely schooner for a three-night cruise around the islands of Komodo National Park in the Flores Sea.

Your ship is completely prepared with modern safety and navigational equipment, small but adequate cabins with bathroom facilities and an experienced, attentive crew. Set sail for Rinca Island, one of three islands belonging to Komodo National Park. Lunch will be served on board before you stop at Bidadari, known for it's excellent white sandy beach, calm water and a beautiful coral reef. This is the perfect place for some snorkeling! 

If time allows, set sail for Kalong Island for another spectacle: flying-foxes leaving the island around sunset. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
On board a motorized schooner

Day 12: rinca island

Visiting the islandsVisiting the islands

After breakfast, park rangers escort you on a Rinca Island hike in search of wild Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced "Rin-cha") is home to the world’s largest lizard (Varanus komodoensis) in its natural habitat. You may also encounter other animals like wild deer, macaques, wild boar and some of the many species of birds which live in the park. Don’t get too close and keep a safe distance when taking photographs!

Afterwards, cruise toward Komodo Island, where your afternoon is spent at a pink beach for world-class snorkeling experiences. If time permits, more snorkeling at Manta Point may be an option as well. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Motorized schooner

Day 13: komodo island

Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earthKomodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth

Today, wake up to the gentle light and breathtaking vistas of the Flores Sea. Enjoy breakfast on board before setting off for a hike on Komodo Island, again escorted by park rangers. The landscape is dramatic and you'll likely encounter a number of Komodo Dragons. 

There may be time to also visit Kampung Komodo, the only village on Komodo Island, inhabited mostly by Bugis people, known for their seafaring culture and their woodcraft. Lunch aboard the boat, then enjoy more opportunities for snorkeling and beachcombing. Later, begin your trip back to Labuhan Bajo.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Motorized schooner

Day 14: labuhan bajo to bali

Indonesian cuisine is bold and flavorfulIndonesian cuisine is bold and flavorful

Enjoy breakfast on board before transferring back to Labuhan Bajo for a return flight to Bali. Tonight enjoy a final group dinner to celebrate the end of a magnificent adventure. 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Griya Santrian, Sanur

Day 15: extend in bali or return home

Extend your stay in BaliExtend your stay in Bali

Continue your Indonesia exploration with an extension on the beautiful Hindu island of Bali, or transfer to the airport for your international departure.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,650
2 person rate: $5025 6-9 person rate $4990 10-14 person rate: $4650 Internal air estimate: $850
Single Supplement:
$1,150
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 27-Aug 10, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
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Group Size:
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Terms & Conditions: 

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Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Indonesia's Gems: Apes, Arts, & Dragons

Trip Leader Gail Scherer and her husband traveled with six other adventurers to Indonesia for "Apes, Arts, and Dragons." Check out her pictures for a glimpse of this unique itinerary.…

Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth
Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth
Mt. Agung is the Mother goddess of Bali
Mt. Agung is the Mother goddess of Bali
En route to Camp Leakey in Borneo
En route to Camp Leakey in Borneo
Camp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutans
Camp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutans
Buddhist and Muslim Temple
Buddhist and Muslim Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Borobudur at sunset (photo by Luann Capozzoli)
Borobudur at sunset (photo by Luann Capozzoli)
Visit Prambanan early in the morning
Visit Prambanan early in the morning
Proboscis monkey (photo by Dick Seibel)
Proboscis monkey (photo by Dick Seibel)
Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (photo by Edith Gralla)
Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (photo by Edith Gralla)
All aboard for more adventure (photo by Dick Seibel)
All aboard for more adventure (photo by Dick Seibel)
Visiting the islands
Visiting the islands
Relax and scope the riverbank for Proboscis monkeys en route to Camp Leakey
Relax and scope the riverbank for Proboscis monkeys en route to Camp Leakey

Apes, Arts, and Dragons

An adventure to Borneo, Java, Flores, Komodo, and beyond

overview

Orangutans, monkeys, traditional dancers, puppeteers, clown fish, pulsing purple corals, and lots and lots of friendly faces await you on this journey through the Indonesian archipelago.

Explore corners of this many-island country that few tourists have visited, in more depth and detail than most trips can offer. Engage with natural history, living culture, and human origins. Spend time with orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park on Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Learn about traditional island arts and folk expression at the cultural heart of Java, and tour the iconic religious monument of Borobudur at sunrise. Search for Komodo Dragons while cruising on a private live-aboard boat around six small volcanic islands. And, return to Bali as a hub of your experience, where you can extend if you'd like to experience more unique Hindu art and culture (or to spend a few days on the beach).

Take a look at photos from Adventures with Apes, Arts, and Dragons, and check out a video from the trip.

 

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overview

Orangutans, monkeys, traditional dancers, puppeteers, clown fish, pulsing purple corals, and lots and lots of friendly faces await you on this journey through the Indonesian archipelago.

Explore corners of this many-island country that few tourists have visited, in more depth and detail than most trips can offer. Engage with natural history, living culture, and human origins. Spend time with orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park on Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Learn about traditional island arts and folk expression at the cultural heart of Java, and tour the iconic religious monument of Borobudur at sunrise. Search for Komodo Dragons while cruising on a private live-aboard boat around six small volcanic islands. And, return to Bali as a hub of your experience, where you can extend if you'd like to experience more unique Hindu art and culture (or to spend a few days on the beach).

Take a look at photos from Adventures with Apes, Arts, and Dragons, and check out a video from the trip.

 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive denpasar
    Welcome to DenpasarWelcome to Denpasar

    Arrival day into Denpasar, Indonesia. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight. If you have not been to Bali before, you will probably want to extend at the end of this trip to fully explore the island and its culture.

    After check-in at your hotel the rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to enjoy the beach.

    Lodging
    Griya Santrian, Sanur
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: sanur

    The morning is yours to relax and take in the exotic surroundings. The group will meet for lunch at the hotel for orientation and then the rest of the day is open for exploring.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Griya Santrian, Sanur
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: arrive semarang, java
    Buddhist and Muslim TempleBuddhist and Muslim Temple

    Fly today from Bali to Java, and spend a transit night in Semarang. This city has historically been at the crossroads of maritime trade routes, and continues to be a center of commerce.

    While you are here, enjoy visits to Sam Po Kong Temple Complex, a holy site for both Buddhists and Muslims, and the Chinese Buddhist Temple, where you will have the chance to make traditional offerings. Spend the night at the Ciputra, a 4-star hotel with a fantastic breakfast spread.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Ciputra Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: tanjung puting national park
    Proboscis monkey (Photo by Dick Seibel)Proboscis monkey (Photo by Dick Seibel)

    After breakfast, fly to Pangkalan Bun in central Kalimantan (Borneo). Transfer to the river port to board your klotok (a traditional motorized wooden boat) to cross Kumai Bay toward the main waterway in the Tanjung Puting National Park, the Sekonyer River.

    The two-hour float on the Sekonyer passes incredible riverside plant life. The vegetation varies from nipah palms and mangroves, dominating the coastal forest, to the evergreen plants that proliferate in the peat swamps and dry land forest. Tanjung Puting National Park covers more than 1,600 square miles and hosts a diverse population of flora and fauna—most notably, the orangutan.

    The National Park is in a continuous battle against loggers, gold miners, poachers, and corporate palm oil developers. Tourism in this area offers an economic rationale for preserving the natural habitat.

    After a stop at Tanjung Harapan to arrange the permits, it’s straight to Rimba Lodge for three nights. Begin your search for proboscis monkeys and the many birds of the area during your three-hour float up the river. If you're lucky, you may even spy an orangutan en route. Your 35-room lodge, built of ironwood and set on stilts, is quite simple but beautifully sited—and really the only accommodation in this area. A group of long-tailed macaques lives all around the rooms, so be sure to keep your doors closed!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rimba Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: camp leakey tour
    En route to Camp Leakey in BorneoEn route to Camp Leakey in Borneo

    Today, visit Camp Leakey, the historic research station in Tanjung Puting National Park. Birute Galdikas set up this research station in 1971. She named it for Louis Leakey, who was both teacher and mentor for three young primatologists who would then go on to international renown: Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, who gained fame for their work with chimpanzees and gorillas, and Birute Galdikas, who studied orangutans here at Camp Leakey and authored the book Reflections of Eden (1995) about her early studies in this area.

    Take the boat to Camp Leakey right after breakfast. Enjoy a beautiful 2½-hour upstream float with bird- and primate-spotting opportunities along the way. Enjoy lunch on the boat, then at Camp Leakey, hike into the primary forest and stop at the visitor center where you may come very close to semi-wild orangutans. At the afternoon orangutan feeding, usually starting around 2:30, you'll spot the orangutans as they approach from above or behind you. Stay and watch their mealtime and gymnastics for as long as they are there. This is a great opportunity to take close-up photographs of the animals.

    Orangutans are often quite curious about human beings, and they may want to investigate your pockets and your belongings. Keep a safe distance of at least 5 meters, and follow the guide’s instructions carefully. Return to the boat to ride back to the lodge for the evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rimba Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: pondok tanggui orangutan visit
    Camp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutansCamp Leakey is one of the best places to observe orangutans

    After breakfast at the lodge, head out by boat to Pondok Tanggui. After a short walk in the jungle, reach the feeding site for baby and juvenile orangutans who are in the course of rehabilitation and return to the wild. Lunch aboard the boat, then visit a village in Tanjung Harapan, just outside the border of the National Park, to learn about the Malayan and Semi Dayak people’s settlements and ways of life.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rimba Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: sightseeing en route to borobudur
    Borobudur at sunset (Photo by Luann Capozzoli)Borobudur at sunset (Photo by Luann Capozzoli)

    Return downriver to Kumai, and head back to the airport for a return flight to Semarang where you'll be greeted by your Java guide. Drive across the island of Java, sightseeing en route to the Manohara Hotel, housed within the Borobudur monument complex. If time allows, enjoy a sunset walk around the grounds. Dinner at the Manohara.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Manohara Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: borobudur / yogyakarta
    Explore the Borobudur complexExplore the Borobudur complex

    This will be a full and glorious day! Arise before dawn to visit Borobudur, the most spectacular ancient Buddhist archeological site in Indonesia. This gigantic three-dimensional mandala was constructed between the eighth and the ninth centuries by the kingdom of Sailendra, using an estimated 1,600,000 blocks of volcanic stone, each dredged out of the river and assembled piece-by-piece by thousands of workers. The architecture and embellishment of the temple depicts the path to the heavens and nirvana through its 1,500 intricately carved figures stretching more than three miles.

    Modern study of the site began in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. The monument was first restored in 1907, but suffered from both passive degradation of neglect and the more active destructions of war. It was then restored in the 1970s under the guidance of UNESCO, which declared the Borobudur temple complex a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Climb the incredible pyramidal structure at dawn to witness the sunrise and the very active, steaming volcanic cone of Mount Merapi in the distance. When ready, amble back to the hotel for breakfast, then drive for about an hour to Yogyakarta, where you will check in to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a Ramayana Ballet performance at Purawisata.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jogjakarta Plaza
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: prambanan / yogyakarta
    Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (Photo by Edith Gralla)Batik is a beautiful art form in Indonesia (Photo by Edith Gralla)

    Early this morning, tour he highlights of Prambanan, a spectacular example of Hindu temple architecture and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Prambanan is one of the largest and most ornate Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It was built around 850 CE, during the Sanjaya Dynasty, and then abandoned. Reconstruction began in 1918, and the main building was restored in 1953. An earthquake in Java damaged the temple in 2006, but the complex remains a stunningly ornate relic of a vanished dynasty.

    Drive to Yogyakarta to visit the Sonobudoyo Museum, which features a vast collection of traditional "keris" (Indonesian daggers), masks, and "wayang" (shadow puppets). Afterward, head to the Sultan's Palace, known for its grand and elegant Javanese architecture. Next, visit Batik home industry, your chance to learn about Jogja’s Batik and see how painting and printing Batik are made. Also this is a great opportunity to buy some Batik souvenirs!

    The afternoon is spent at Malioboro market to hunt for more local souvenirs that abound along this boulevard. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Jogjakarta Plaza
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: yogyakarta to sanur
    Travel days offer amazing viewsTravel days offer amazing views

    After an early breakfast, depart for an airport transfer to Denpasar, Bali. Upon arrival, meet your guide and head to your hotel in Sanur. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Griya Santrian, Sanur
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: fly to labuhan bajo, begin cruise
    All aboard for more adventure (Photo by Dick Seibel)All aboard for more adventure (Photo by Dick Seibel)

    Transfer to Denpasar airport for an early morning flight to the seaport of Labuhan Baho on Flores, where you board your lovely schooner for a three-night cruise around the islands of Komodo National Park in the Flores Sea.

    Your ship is completely prepared with modern safety and navigational equipment, small but adequate cabins with bathroom facilities and an experienced, attentive crew. Set sail for Rinca Island, one of three islands belonging to Komodo National Park. Lunch will be served on board before you stop at Bidadari, known for it's excellent white sandy beach, calm water and a beautiful coral reef. This is the perfect place for some snorkeling! 

    If time allows, set sail for Kalong Island for another spectacle: flying-foxes leaving the island around sunset. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    On board a motorized schooner
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: rinca island
    Visiting the islandsVisiting the islands

    After breakfast, park rangers escort you on a Rinca Island hike in search of wild Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced "Rin-cha") is home to the world’s largest lizard (Varanus komodoensis) in its natural habitat. You may also encounter other animals like wild deer, macaques, wild boar and some of the many species of birds which live in the park. Don’t get too close and keep a safe distance when taking photographs!

    Afterwards, cruise toward Komodo Island, where your afternoon is spent at a pink beach for world-class snorkeling experiences. If time permits, more snorkeling at Manta Point may be an option as well. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Motorized schooner
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: komodo island
    Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earthKomodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth

    Today, wake up to the gentle light and breathtaking vistas of the Flores Sea. Enjoy breakfast on board before setting off for a hike on Komodo Island, again escorted by park rangers. The landscape is dramatic and you'll likely encounter a number of Komodo Dragons. 

    There may be time to also visit Kampung Komodo, the only village on Komodo Island, inhabited mostly by Bugis people, known for their seafaring culture and their woodcraft. Lunch aboard the boat, then enjoy more opportunities for snorkeling and beachcombing. Later, begin your trip back to Labuhan Bajo.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Motorized schooner
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  • Day 14: labuhan bajo to bali
    Indonesian cuisine is bold and flavorfulIndonesian cuisine is bold and flavorful

    Enjoy breakfast on board before transferring back to Labuhan Bajo for a return flight to Bali. Tonight enjoy a final group dinner to celebrate the end of a magnificent adventure. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Griya Santrian, Sanur
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  • Day 15: extend in bali or return home
    Extend your stay in BaliExtend your stay in Bali

    Continue your Indonesia exploration with an extension on the beautiful Hindu island of Bali, or transfer to the airport for your international departure.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,650
2 person rate: $5025 6-9 person rate $4990 10-14 person rate: $4650 Internal air estimate: $850
Single Supplement:
$1,150
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 27-Aug 10, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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Activity Level:
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Group Size:
10-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Beautiful Bali

Duration: 5 days

Based at the cultural center of Bali, celebrate the island’s thousand year history of culture, music, song, drama, beauty and lush abundance. Your Balinese guide provides an intimate view of island life featuring access to villages, interaction wit... read more

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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