Java - Papua - Komodo
Destination - Java - Papua - Komodo
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INDONESIA ADVENTURE

JAVA – PAPUA – KOMODO

16 days – 15 nights

 

Start:    Jakarta

End:      Bali

 

Day 01: JAKARTA

Upon arrival at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel. 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. It is Indonesia’s heartland, its political and economic centre. Jakarta 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.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: JAKARTA – YOGYAKARTA

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. 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. Afterwards transfer to the airport for the flight to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival at Adi Sucipto Airport, Yogyakarta, our guide will welcome you then direct transfer to the hotel. 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. It is also known for its vivid contemporary art scene.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 03: YOGYAKARTA

In morning you will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur – 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. Afterwards 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).

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 04: YOGYAKARTA

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.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 05: YOGYAKARTA – SURAKARTA – BROMO

Continue the trip to East Java. You will stop at 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. On the way you will stop at 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, aristocratic house with ancient Javanese style. 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

 

Day 06: BROMO – SURABAYA – JAYAPURA

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 Surabaya for the night flight Jayapura.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 07: JAYAPURA – WAMENA

Upon arrival in Sentani airport, a connection flight to Wamena, in Baliem Valley. New Guinea is a hot, humid island rising from the sea with some of the most impenetrable jungles in the world and yet also has snow caps covering almost 5,000 metre–high mountain peaks, island is full of mysterious rivers, birds of paradise, endless swamps and impassable rainforests. New Guinea (world's second largest island – after Greenland) is now divided into two parts: the eastern part is called Papua New Guinea, independent state, and western part (formerly known as Irian Jaya), two Indonesian provinces: Papua and West Papua. Those two provinces are the least populated, least visited and most remote provinces of Indonesia. It is a land of outstanding natural splendour, with stunning scenic beaches, huge stretches of marshlands, cool grassy meadows and powerful rivers carving gorges and tunnels through dark and dense primeval forests. The people of the island can be divided into more than 250 sub-groups, which are closely related to the islands along the southern rim of the Pacific and include among others: Asmat, Dani, Kamoro, Korowai and Yali. Those in the central highlands still maintain their customs and traditions and because of the terrain have virtually been untouched by outside influences. The Baliem Valley is located at the highlands of Papua, is occupied by the Dani people. The valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies at an altitude of about 1,600-1,700 m. Upon arrival at Wamena Airport, Wamena, the main town in Baliem Valley, you will meet our guide who will escort you to the hotel. On the way you will visit Jibama traditional market.

Meals included: -

 

Day 08: BALIEM VALLEY

You will explore to southern part of Baliem Valley. The road ends about 3 km before Kurima village and your walking tour starts here. On the way to Kurima you will cross small river, walk through Dani settlements and sweet potato fields. Sweet potato, cassava and banana are staple crops of Dani. Walking from Kurima to Seinma village you will cross hanging bridge. Enjoying great views of the Baliem river and Baliem valley, crossing on the way one more hanging bridge, you will reach Sogogmo village. Your car will be waiting in Sogogmo and your walking tour ends here.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: BALIEM VALLEY

First you will drive to Kurulu district to see the salt spring and the process how Dani make the salt. Afterwards you will visit Jiwika village and “meet” the mummy. In the past, important Dani were preserved with the use of herbs and a process of smoking in a secret ceremony known only to a select few. Afterwards you will explore Wosi cave with extraordinary rock formations.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 10: BALIEM VALLEY – PIG FESTIVAL

Then a special welcome will be given to you upon your arrival in the village, all clan members will be gathering in their best outfit to show their appreciation, the tribe chief will stand on a traditional observation post and give the order to his people to celebrate. A special “pig festival”, probably the most interesting thing to see on a travel to Papua, will be arranged for you. The Dani use an earth pit (a pit in the ground) technique of cooking pig and their staple crops. They heat stones in a fire until they are very hot, then wrap parts of meat and vegetable inside banana leaves. The food is then placed into a pit with hot stones, some of hot stones are placed on top, and the whole pit is covered in grass to keep the steam in. After a couple of hours pit is opened, food removed and then eaten. Pigs are reserved for very special occasions only. Before coming back to Wamena, you will trek around Seroba village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 11: WAMENA – JAYAPURA

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport and flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival at Sentani Airport, you will start city tour. Jayapura is the capital of Papua province, it is situated on Yos Sudarso Bay. You will visit Mac Arthur monument (the area served as General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters until the conquest of the Philippines in March 1945) and Anthropology Museum.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 12: JAYAPURA – BALI

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13: BALI – LABUAN BAJO – RINCA ISLAND

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival at Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo (western part of Flores Island), our guide will welcome you then transfer to the harbour. You will get aboard and sail to Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park was established in 1980 to conserve firstly Varanus komodoensis and its habitat; over the years expanded to protect Park’s entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. To show biological significance the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1991. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total area of 1,817km2 (marine and land). These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called Komodo dragons. Upon arrival at Loh Buaya, the entry point on Rinca Island you will start trekking to see Komodo dragons at their natural habitat. During the trekking tour you may spot also long-tailed macaques and wild water buffaloes. In Komodo National Park area you can see spectacular beaches and crystal clear blue waters. If time permits you will stop for swimming and snorkelling.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 14: RINCA ISLAND – KOMODO ISLAND – LABUAN BAJO

Early morning sail toward Komodo Island – the largest island in Komodo National Park. Upon arrival at Loh Liang you will start the trekking tour and will have another chance to see the world's largest living lizards. You may spot also wild animals such as wild buffalos, wild pigs or birds like yellow-crested cockatoo. After trekking you will visit friendly Komodo village and observe daily community life. After discovering the land and its life you will sail to the Pink Beach for swimming and snorkelling. Islands in Komodo National Park are mostly dry and harsh, but below the surface of the water the view is the exact opposite. Marine life of all shapes and sizes enjoys the rich waters surrounding the islands. The Park is one of the richest marine environments in Indonesia and therefore one of the best snorkelling sites. In the afternoon you will sail toward Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo harbour you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 15: LABUAN BAJO – BALI

In the morning you will visit Batu Cermin – limestone cave and extraordinary rock formation. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 16: 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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