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Treasures of Sumatra, Java and Bali

19 days from £3950 per person

A journey for the more adventurous traveller, this itinerary traverses northern Sumatra, Java and Bali. Arriving in Medan, learn about the Sultan’s reign in the city, explore the dense jungle and visit Gunung Leuser National Park to see orangutan in their natural habitat. After visiting Lake Toba and Samosir Island fly to Java and the capital Jakarta then drive to Bogor to see the stunning botanical gardens and little-visited Mountain Tilu Nature Reserve. Travelling by train to Yogyakarta, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Borobudur then fly to Bali to end with four days by the sea in Seminyak.

Route: Singapore – Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang – Berastagi – Samosir IslandJakarta – Bogor – Bandung – Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Seminyak

Itinerary Highlights

On the island of Sumatra within Lake Toba, volcanic Samosir Island is a popular destination due to its exotic history and views. Samosir is the largest island within an island.

In the eighteenth century Dutch colonial tea planters created estates in the mountains of West Java, gradually Bandung became a resort city with luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Borobudur is a 9th century Buddhist temple in central Java, Indonesia. The massive monument consists of nine levels of platforms, decorated by reliefs and statues, topped by a central dome.

Itinerary: Treasures of Sumatra, Java and Bali

Depart the UK on the Singapore Airlines flight non-stop to Singapore. (N)
Arrive into Singapore assistance on arrival and transfer to your accommodation. This small island republic at the tip of the Malay Peninsula is the ideal base for visiting Indonesia and this afternoon, under your own arrangements, you may wish to explore the city. Highlights include the charming colonial centre, bustling Chinatown and the 156 year old Singapore Botanic Gardens. (N)
Accommodation in Singapore: Fullerton Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Raffles Hotel (or similar)
Early this morning fly to Medan on the Indonesia island of Sumatra. On arrival you will be met by your guide and will begin a short city tour visiting the Sultan’s Deli Palace built in 1888 and the hundred year old Great Mosque. In the afternoon continue by road to Tangkahan, close to Gunung Leuser National Park. (B/L)
Accommodation in Tangkahan: Mega Inn Lodge (or similar)
Start the day with a short, memorable ride on a Sumatran elephant along the river and into the jungle. An endangered species, the Sumatran elephant is native to the island. In the afternoon travel by 4x4 Jeep, partially off-road, to Bukit Lawang passing by plantations, dense jungle and some stunning panoramic views. On the way stop at oil-palm, rubber and cacao plantations as well as a school. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bukit Lawang: Bukit Lawang Lodges (or similar)
This morning enter Gunung Leuser National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last sanctuaries of the Sumatran orangutan. Gunung Leuser is also home to the rare Sumatran tiger and Sumatran rhinoceros, gibbon, serow and wild cat. With your guide, today enter the reserve and hike to the sanctuary where the orangutans are fed. In the afternoon drive to Berastagi a picturesque town in the beautiful Karo highlands that was developed in the 1920s as a Dutch hill station. (B/L)
Accommodation in Berastagi: Grand Mutiara Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast leave for Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Stop on the way to see the Sipisopiso Waterfall, the village of Pematang Purba and Rumah Bolon, a former royal palace which commands great views over the lake. After lunch reach Parapat, a small town on the eastern shore of Lake Toba, and cross to Samosir Island by local ferry. This small island is located in the middle of Lake Toba, the caldera lake of the Toba Volcano, which was formed over 75,000 years ago. (B/L)
Accommodation in Samosir Island: Samosir Villa Resort (or similar)
Today explore the villages of Samosir Island with your guide. Spend the morning in Ambarita which is known for its stone working and Simanindo for a performance of Batak Toba traditional dance called Tor-Tor. From here head to Tomok to see the tombs of the former Sidabutar kings and, if possible, also stop to visit the local school. Returning to your hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. (B/L)
Accommodation in Samosir Island: Samosir Villa Resort (or similar)
This morning return by ferry to Parapat then continue by road to Medan. In the afternoon take a flight to Jakarta, capital of Indonesia. A vast urban metropolis, Jakarta is a bewildering, bustling, cosmopolitan city and the political heart of the nation. (B)
Accommodation in Jakarta: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast explore Jakarta. Pass the Presidential Palace and enter the Istiqlal Mosque – the largest in South East Asia – then continue to Jakarta Cathedral and the National Monument. From here take a memorable walk through historic ‘Kota’, the former walled city of Dutch Batavia which still retains many examples of colonial Dutch architecture. After lunch see the experience local Jakarta – travel by public transport, walk narrow lanes and gain an understanding of Indonesian city life. Later travel by car to Bogor where you will stay overnight. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bogor: Novotel Bogor (or similar)
After breakfast visit Bogor’s outstanding botanical gardens which are home to 15,000 species of flora and more than 5,000 different types of orchid. Later travel by road via the Puncak Pass through rice paddies and Javanese villages to Bandung. Once known as the ‘Paris of Java’, Bandung is a dynamic, modern city yet retains many grandiose Art Deco buildings and historical houses resulting in an intriguing mix of the old and new. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bandung: Papandayan Hotel (or similar)
This morning visit Kawah Ciwidey and the area near the Mountain Tilu Nature Reserve which is home to leopard, deer, gibbon, monkey and wild boar. Later head to Mount Patuha where you can see two volcanic craters 600 meters apart. On your return to Bandung stop at Saung Angklung Udjo, a workshop aimed at preserving the rich culture of Java. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bandung: Papandayan Hotel (or similar)
This morning wake early and transfer to Bandung railway station to board the morning express train to Yogyakarta. On arrival visit the UNESCO protected Hindu temples of Prambanan. This spectacular complex is over 1,000 years old and the Shiva Temple has arguably the finest sculptural art in the country. In the afternoon return to Yogyakarta. (B)
Accommodation in Yogyakarta: Phoenix Hotel (or similar)
Today visit the Sultan’s Palace, also known as the Kraton, which is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. From here spend time in the Sono Budoyo Museum, with its excellent collection of Javanese and Balinese art, then take a ‘becak’ ride to Taman Sari, a water palace and garden, built over two centuries ago by the first Sultan for his harem. After lunch leave Yogyakarta and drive to Borobudur for an overnight stay at Plataran, a boutique hotel overlooking the temple complex. (B/L)
Accommodation in Borobudur: Plataran (or similar)
Enjoy sunrise at Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then explore this massive Buddhist temple – the largest in the world – to discover the incredible history behind its construction. There will also be time to visit the nearby temples of Pawon and Mendut which predate their more eminent neighbour Borobudur. Later transfer to Yogyakarta airport and take an afternoon flight to Denpasar for a four night stay in Seminyak. (B)
Accommodation in Seminyak: Tugu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Legian (or similar)
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel and Seminyak. (B)
Accommodation in Seminyak: Tugu Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Legian (or similar)
Today leave Seminyak by car and return to Denpasar. In the evening depart on the Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore connecting on to your flight to the UK. (B)
Arrive back into the UK in the morning. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

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