Java - Sulawesi - Kalimantan
Destination - Java - Sulawesi - Kalimantan
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INDONESIA ADVENTURE

JAVA – SULAWESI – KALIMANTAN

23 days – 22 nights

 

Start:     Jakarta (West Java)

End:      Balikpapan (East Kalimantan)

 

Day 01: 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.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: JAKARTA

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

 

Day 03: JAKARTA – CARITA

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

 

Day 04: CARITA – PUNCAK

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

 

Day 05: PUNCAK – BANDUNG

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.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 06: BANDUNG

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

 

Day 07: BANDUNG – WONOSOBO

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

 

Day 08: WONOSOBO – YOGYAKARTA

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.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: YOGYAKARTA

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.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 10: YOGYAKARTA – SURAKARTA

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

 

Day 11: SURAKARTA – BROMO AREA

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

 

Day 12: BROMO AREA – SURABAYA

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.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13: SURABAYA – MAKASSAR – SENGKANG

Transfer to the airport for the flight Makassar. Upon arrival at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar you will meet our guide and direct start tour. One of the world’s most strangely formed island, Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes) is the island of contrasts. Rugged mountains, virgin rainforests, lush paddy fields, highland lakes and perfect beaches, rich coral reefs, the island’s dramatic geographical features share a fabulous tropical setting with an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km2. The highlight of South Sulawesi is, except striking landscapes, remarkable people; this part of the island is home to four major ethnic groups and several minor ones. The costal and lowland regions of South Sulawesi are occupied mainly by Bugis, great seafarers and shipbuilders; other groups, as Makassarese and Mandarese are closely related to the Bugis. In the northern part of peninsula is a region inhabited by people collectively known as Toraja. You will continue the trip and first stop at Bantimurung Waterfall located in a steep limestone valley with lush vegetation, popularly known as “The Butterfly Valley“. Brightly coloured butterflies, indigenous to this area, are considered among the most beautiful in the world. Proceed to Sengkang - the capital town of Wajo Regency is well-known for its silk weaving and Lake Tempe. You will cross the lake by motorized canoe and visit floating village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 14: SENGKANG – TANA TORAJA

You will visit the traditional silk weaving home industry where silk sarongs and clothes are woven. Afterwards depart to Tana Toraja – the regency of South Sulawesi and home of Toraja ethnic group people. It is one of most beautiful regions of Indonesia because of distinctive cultural exceptionality, extremely gorgeous scenery, funeral ceremonies, old traditions, traditional carvings and craftsmanship. The Toraja have unique culture based on strong animistic beliefs, they practice an ancestor cult where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts. A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages and for an important figure, wedding and burial ceremonies, can take days to perform, when buffalos are sacrificed, the deceased's remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs. The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, who diligently look out from a balcony at the families and friends they have left.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 15: TANA TORAJA

You will explore highlights of the region. Scattered among rice fields are several gravesites where rows of wooden effigies gaze from hanging balconies like guards of their stony graves. In Lemo you will see cliff graves where burial chambers are cut out of the rock and several balconies are filled with tau tau - effigies of the dead. You will see tree baby graves and next ancient cave graves at Londa. You will visit one of the region’s oldest traditional villages Ke’te’ Kesu, famous for its wood carvings and paintings. Afterwards you will stop at Rantepao market full of handicraft and souvenir shops.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 16: TANA TORAJA

You will drive to Palawa, a village where you can find big and beautiful tongkonan - traditional Toraja houses. Toraja people usually live in small settlements; several extended families live in a series of tongkonan houses in each village, which are arranged in a circle around an open field. Tongkonan houses are built on stilts with the roof rearing up at either end, representing the prows of the first ship to arrive in the area with the Torajan's ancestors. The houses all face north and some say that this because it was from the north that the ancestors of the Toraja came. Afterwards drive to Batutumongga where you can view Rantepao and surrounding valleys. Then you will start walking through seldom visited small village compounds, coffee, cloves, bamboo plantations and rice fields (approximately 3 hours walk).

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 17: TANA TORAJA – MAKASSAR – BALIKPAPAN – SAMBOJA

Early morning drive back to Makassar to catch the flight to Balikpapan. On the way you will stop at Bambapuang to have a view over the “Erotic Mountain“. Upon arrival at Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan, our guide will welcome you then direct transfer to Samboja. Balikpapan is a seaport city on the eastern coast of the island of Borneo, in the East Kalimantan province. The population is a mixture of people from the Indonesian archipelago with Dayaks and Kutai as indigenous ethnic groups living in rural areas. East Kalimantan has Borneo’s richest and most diverse natural resources, its oil, coal, timber fuel coastal development. Samboja is a small village, located about 35 km north of Balikpapan, it is base of The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Orangutan Reintroduction Program here was established to protect Bornean orangutans and support the research and education activities. Orangutan is the only member of the world's great apes family in Asia. There are two species of orangutans, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) distributed over Sumatera Island and the Borneaen orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) distributed in Kalimantan Island (Borneo).

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 18: SAMBOJA

In the morning you will enjoy the tour in the rehabilitation centre. It is the place where the handed over or rescued orangutans can undergo quarantine and rehabilitation processes and then they can be released back to their natural habitat. Some orangutans live on man-made islands, a special class of chronically ill, blind or severely disabled orangutans and that are not release candidates. In Samboja you can find also Sun Bear Sanctuary, brought in from all over Indonesia, confiscated from the trade or from people who kept them as a status symbol or handed over by people voluntarily. Afterwards you will drive to Bukit Bangkirai forest and conservation parkland for short trekking and unique experience of walking through canopy bridge. Later drive to Black River area for boat tour to observe proboscis monkeys. The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or long-nosed monkey, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the island of Borneo. The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda ("Dutch monkey") as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had a similarly large belly and nose.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch box and dinner

 

Day 19: SAMBOJA – TENGGARONG – MAHAKAM RIVER

In the morning you will depart to Tenggarong, the point of departure for inland boat travel on the Mahakam River. The Mahakam River – the largest river in East Kalimantan, approx 920 km-long – and its tributaries reach far inland in East Kalimantan, providing access to relatively remote Dayak villages. There are many lakes spread in the Mahakam area including the three main lakes: Jempang, Semayang and Melintang. The Dayak are a people indigenous to Borneo. There are over 200 ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, though common individual traits are readily identifiable.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 20: MAHAKAM RIVER – TANJUNG ISUY

In the morning you will arrive at Muara Muntai. Built on mud flats, it is a lively market village in the heart of Mahakam lake country, with boardwalks for streets and many wooden buildings. After short village sightseeing you will continue your trip by motor canoe passing wetlands, shallow lakes, villages built on a flooded mud flat. In Mancong village you will see rebuild longhouse that gives an idea of past grandeur, the building now is reserved for folk dances and ceremonies. Longhouses are the traditional communal houses of the local people, one building may accommodate as many as 100 families. The chief area of a longhouse is the common veranda, which serves as a social area. Next you will continue to Tanjung Isuy, village located on the shore of Jempang Lake where you can observe local village life.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 21: TANJUNG ISUY – MAHAKAM RIVER

You will back to Muara Muntai by motor canoe. You will continue cruise to Lekaq Kidau where you can see traditional dance performance.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 22: MAHAKAM RIVER – TENGGARONG – BALIKPAPAN

Continue cruise to Tenggarong, the former capital of the Kutai sultanate. You will visit Mulawarman Museum, which is located on the site of the old palace, and honours the Kutai sultanate that ruled for 19 generations. You can see royal remnants, including puppet theatre with gamelan, royal porcelain, historical statues and antiquities. You will visit also Wood Museum to see collection of wood found in Kutai Kartanegara regency. Afterwards you will drive back to Balikpapan.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 23 : BALIKPAPAN

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

Meals included: breakfast


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