Indonesia
Destination - Sumatra - Jawa - Bali - Sumba - Flores - Komodo - Sumbawa - Lombok - Papua - Sulawesi - Kalimantan
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$12456 from 01/01/2013 until 07/12/2015


INDONESIA ADVENTURE

SUMATRA – JAVA – BALI – SUMBA – FLORES – KOMODO – SUMBAWA – LOMBOK – PAPUA – SULAWESI – KALIMANTAN

57 days – 56 nights

 

Start:     Medan (North Sumatra)

End:      Jakarta (West Java)

 

Day 01: MEDAN

Upon arrival at Polonia Airport, Medan (North Sumatra) our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel. Sumatra is the largest island entirely in Indonesia, and the sixth largest island in the world at approximately 443,000 km². Over half of the country exports come from the riches of Sumatra: oil, natural gas, hardwoods, rubber, palm oil, coffee and sugar. In spite of evolution, Sumatra still maintains strong and well-established traditions that are rooted in their colourful past. Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province and the informal capital of entire Sumatra. This town is a centre for trade and commerce, industry, transportation, and entertainment. It is fast growing city with a mix of several big ethical groups like Malay, Batak, Javanese and Chinese.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: MEDAN – BUKIT LAWANG

In the morning you will visit the most important sights of Medan. You will see the Grand Mosque, of one the most beautiful mosques in Indonesia. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid, designed by Dingemans of Amsterdam in a Moorish style, and stood ready in 1906. It has an imposing arched entrance and is decorated with tiles. Next you will visit Maimoon Palace which is historically related to the Grand Mosque. It was built in 1888 by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid and used as administrative centre until the end of Warld War II. Afterwards you will continue to Bukit Lawang a small village on the bank of Bohorok River on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 03: BUKIT LAWANG – BRASTAGI

Gunung Leuser National Park is the place where orangutans are found. The orangutans were once living in almost all of Southeast Asia; today they are only left in Borneo and Sumatra. 90% of the total orangutan population lives within the borders of Indonesia. Bukit Lawang is very convenient for a day jungle trekking and wildlife watching; with a bit of luck you can spot Sumatran orangutans. Sumatran orangutans have lighter hair and a longer beard than their Borneo relatives, and Sumatran males have narrower cheekpads. Both species are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. The population of wild Sumatran orangutans has declined drastically from over 12,000 in 1994 to 7,300 in 2003. The latest data from 2008 estimates that there are now only around 6,500 remaining in the wild. After the trekking you will back to the hotel for short relax and afterwards depart for Brastagi - a highland resort with refreshing weather and magnificent mountain scenery.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 04: BRASTAGI – PARAPAT – SAMOSIR

You will continue your trip and see the Sipiso-piso Waterfall that drops into the northern tip shore of Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, once created by an enormous eruption. The lake covers approximately 1,265 km2 (excluding Samosir) and is 90 km long. The average depth is 450 m and up to 900 m in some places. The lake is situated at an altitude of 906 m above sea level. On the way you will stop and see the ancient King’s Palace of Simalungun at Pematang Purba. Proceed to Parapat through the fertile vegetable and fruit farms, pine tree forest and spectacular view of Lake Toba. After arrival in Parapat you will continue the trip by boat to Samosir. Samosir is an approximately 50 km long and 15 km wide often referred as island in Lake Toba. Samosir is actually a peninsula, divided from Sumatra only by a narrow man-made canal. It is beautiful, scenic and very relaxing place.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 05: SAMOSIR

Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups found in the highlands of North Sumatra. Samosir is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain here. You will visit Ambarita traditional village where King Siallagan’s stone chairs are point of interest. In the past this place was used by the chief and other tribal leaders were discussing and giving punishments for committed crimes. You will stop at Simanindo village – it has well kept traditional houses, now museum. Here you can also watch traditional Batak dance performance. You will visit also the Tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 06: SAMOSIR – PARAPAT – SIPIROK

In the morning you leave for Siporok - a small town surrounded by green hills, mountains and rice paddies. On the way you will visit Lumban Binanga village and Balige town where you will stop at traditional market – it is built in traditional Batak house style and richly ornamented building.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 07: SIPIROK – BUKITTINGGI

The journey from North to West Sumatra is long but worthwhile; it exhibits the inner part of Sumatra, beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages. The Equator Monument should be remarkable in your personal record. You will stop at Palupuh - a conservation area for Rafflesia Arnoldii and if you are lucky you can see blooming “corpse flower”. Then drive to the most charming town, the heart of Minangkabau Highlands, and the centre of matrilineal society of Sumatra, Bukittinggi.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 08: BUKITTINGGI

You will explore the beauty and the cultural aspects of Minangkabau. You will see Jam Gadang - a clock-tower and major landmark of Bukittinggi. You will visit Museum Rumah Adat Baanjuang and learn more about exceptional Minangkabau architecture and culture. Afterwards drive to Harau Canyon where you can see interesting cliffs and waterfalls. You will continue the trip to Pagaruyung, former place of Minangkabau kings. You will see here a building representing the original Pagaruyung palace, open to the public as a museum. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang architectural style.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: BUKITTINGGI – PADANG – JAKARTA

You will have free time until transfer to Minangkabau International Airport for the flight to 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: breakfast

 

Day 10: 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 11: JAKARTA – CARITA

You will depart to Carita in the morning for your Krakatau adventure. 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. From Carita you will continue the trip by boat to Anak Krakatau for short trekking and close viewing of this famous area. On the way back to Carita you will stop for snorkelling.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 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 15: BANDUNG – WONOSOBO

Drive to Wonosobo located in Central Java. Pass Tasikmalaya located in the lovely Catanduy River valley, is a city and regency in southeastern 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 16: WONOSOBO – YOGYAKARTA

You will continue the trip and explore 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). Continue your trip and stop at Borobudur. Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. 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 17: 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”. 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 18: 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 19: 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 artifacts 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 20: BROMO AREA – KALIBARU

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.s After discovering this one of the world’s most remarkable sights you will continue the trip to Kalibaru, a small village in East Java. Kalibaru is surrounded By the beautiful scenery of Mount Raung (428 metre above sea level) which makes the temperature very pleasant.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 21: KALIBARU – LOVINA

In the morning you will explore surrounding plantation with varieties of crops and spices such as nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, salaks and coconuts. You may also discover a traditional making process of palm tree liquid into palm sugar. Afterwards you will continue the trip to Bali. Bali is a beautiful island known for having a unique colourful spiritual culture. There are its many rituals and practices which originated thousands years ago, and till today they have survived. Such is the endurance of Balinese culture, which in turn reflects on the deep faith and resilience of the Balinese people. With swaying palm trees that beautifully line its many white sandy beaches, Bali welcomes every visitor to her land of songs, dance, colours and culture that are intertwined with its natural beauty. You will cross Bali Strait by ferry then drive to Lovina. Northern coastal villages together are known as Lovina that become a popular beach resort, still far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island's south side.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 22: LOVINA – UBUD

Early morning you will depart for a boat trip off the coast to see dolphins. Afterwards you will continue your trip and stop at Bedugul, a mountain-lake resort. Lake Bratan is surrounded by forested hills, with Gunung Catur rising sheer behind. The lake is essential water source for surrounding farmlands, and Bedugul people honour Dewi Danu, the lake goddess, at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Temple is set in attractive, well-maintained grounds, the temple consist of several shrines, some spread along the shore and others dramatically situated an small islands that appear to float on the surface of the lake, with the water stretching behind and the mountain looming in the distance. You will visit Pura Luhur Tanah Lot, one of the most famous sea side temples in Bali. The picturesque temple, suspended on a little rocky islet, is one of the important and respected temples, closely related with the priest Niratha. On the way you will visit also Taman Ayun Temple, notable for its majestic gateway and soaring meru towers which are dedicated to the gods who dwell on high. Next drive to Ubud, it has long been a quiet heaven for the arts. Set amidst emerald green rice paddies and steep ravines in the stunning central Balinese foothills.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 23: UBUD

You will visit Monkey Forest Sanctuary; walking through tropical forest you will encounter gangs of macaques and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple dedicated to Durga, the goddess of death. You will stop also at the Royal Palace with its maze of family compounds and richly carved doorways. You will have also free time to explore Art Market and try your bargain skills.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 24: UBUD – CANDIDASA

You will visit the Holy Springs of Tampaksiring, discovered in AD 926 and believed to have magical powers, and next to the springs, Pura Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s most significant temples. You will stop also at Gunung Kawi, a complex consisting of series of temple-like structures, standing in two rows of niches, excavated directly from the rock face. Afterwards continue to spectacular area of Batur. Mount Batur itself is a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of huge crater.  Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by high walls of the crater rim. Next you will continue to Bali’s Mother Temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the highest Balinese volcano. The Pura Besakih complex is made up of a number of different sanctuaries – there are 22 temples in all – which are situated on parallel ridges running down the mountainside of Gunung Agung. Viewing the Besakih Temple from a higher ground is like a forest of pagodas set against a panorama of greenness that stretches down to the sea twenty five kilometres away.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 25: CANIDASA – SOUTH BALI

Continue your trip to Taman Ujung, known as "The Water Palace" was a resting place for the King of Karangasem. Afterwards continue your tour and visit the Puri Agung Karangasem, the Royal Palace of Karangasem Kingdom. Built by Anak Agung Gede Jelantik, the first king of Karangasem, the palace is an artistic building combining the styles of Balinese, Chinese and European architectures. Inside this Palace, you will find some old photographs of the royal family, the royal bedroom, the costumes which was formerly used by the king, and other buildings used for various ceremonies and meetings. You will stop also at Tirthagangga, another royal water park with a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. Afterwards you will visit Tenganan, one of the native villages in Bali, known as Bali Aga, the original Balinese. Tenganan is very famous for its traditional culture and custom. The ritual activities have their own calendar and are different from other parts in Bali. Tenganan village offers a nice panorama, the hill providing a beautiful backdrop. The village is also known as the only place where people weave the "ikat gringsing" a special cloth using traditional colours. You will visit also Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple. The cave in the cliff face is full of bats and is said to lead all the way to Besakih, the biggest temple complex in Bali.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 26: BALI – SUMBA

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Sumba. Upon arrival at Mau Hau Airport, East Sumba, our guide will welcome you then direct start your tour program. Sumba island is one of the most culturally fascinating places to visit in East Indonesia. The cultural life of Sumba is famous for spectacular rituals, remarkable peaked houses, huge megalithic graves and ikat clothes. Sumba island is a relatively small island (11,153 km²) with interior made up of grassy highlands, punctured by deep valleys and low hills. Sumba is in East Nusa Tenggara province, its approximately 600 000 inhabitants are divided into four administrative districts. Waingapu is the eastern capital and the largest town on Sumba island. You will visit Prailiang village. There are many types of tomb structures found both in East and West Sumba. The Sumbanese adopted the sarcophagus and the dolmen mode of burial. The stone grave consists of a horizontal single-chamber tomb structure and a menhir close to it, or placed on top of the grave. They are erected as monuments to the deceased. For upper class richly sculpted stone tombs are signs of their hierarchical status as leader, through symbolic images carved on the upright stone menhir. They are also regarded as symbolising the image of the ancestor. You will discover also traditional textiles, famous for their complexity, combining ikat and supplemental ornaments like shells and beads, with beautiful human and animal motifs.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 27: SUMBA

You will visit Pasunga and Galubakul villages to admire tomb stones. Afterwards you will continue your trip to Waikabubak, West Sumba. You will visit Tarung and Waitabar villages where you can see some of West Sumba’s best megalithic graves and the house of the village leader decorated with buffalo horns. From all of islands in the archipelago, the western part of Sumba is possibly the most fascinating with regard to its ancestral culture which is closely related to the megalithic tradition. In spite of the spread of Christianity, the belief in the merpau is still strongly felt in the westen part of the island. Erecting stone tombs accompanied by sacrifices continue to be carried out until recently.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 28: SUMBA

You will drive to Kodi area where you will visit Ranggabaki, Parona Mbaroro and Bondo Kawangu villages where you can see traditional houses and stone tombs. In this area you can see traditional houses with the highest roofs in all of Sumba. Sumbanese house is not just a residence, but also a particular kind of social unit. Uma means both the traditional house and the patrilineal group that claims descent from it. All customary Sumbanese houses are built on piles and, apart from the shapes of their roofs, are similar in plan. Houses without towers are symbolic extensions of the single ancestral peaked house, the uma merpau. This house is the meeting place and main ritual site for all of the descendants of the uma. You will stop also at Tossi beach.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 29: SUMBA – FLORES

You will have free time until transfer to the Tambolaka airport for the flight to Flores. If time permits you can stop at Waikelo Sawah waterfall. Upon arrival in Ende, (Flores Island), our guide will welcome you and transfer to Moni. Flores is a long (360 km), narrow (12 to 70 km wide) island with impressive landscape, including high mountains, spectacular volcanoes, stunning mountain lakes and spider web rice fields. There are approximately 1.8 million people living on Flores, of which 85% are Roman Catholic.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 30: MONI – BAJAWA

The natural attraction of Kelimutu National Park is Kelimutu volcano containing three crater lakes. The lakes, at an altitude of 1,640 metres are separated only by low ridges and, unusually, are of different colours. The colours of the three lakes are constantly changing, because of the varying mineral content of their waters (turquoise, black and dark brown recently). The best time for viewing this spectacular sight is early morning. After morning Kelimutu tour you will back to the hotel for breakfast and short relax and then continue your trip to Bajawa, the capital of Ngada district. On the way stop at Pengga Jawa Beach to see local people collecting blue volcanic stones and Wogo traditional village where you can see sets of ngadhu (ancestral male-identified sacrificial post) and bhaga (female-identified shrines).

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 31: BAJAWA – RUTENG

You will visit Bena village, known for its traditional houses with sharply pitched, towering thatch roofs and groups of megalithic stones. Afterwards continue to Ruteng that lies at the base of a tall mountain range, and at the head of an intricate network of valleys. On the way stop at Aimere to see making palm wine process, view the beauty of Ranamese Lake and visit Ruteng Pu’u traditional village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 32: RUTENG – LABUAN BAJO

Depart to Labuan Bajo – a tiny fishing town located at the west part of Flores Island. On the way you will stop at Cancar village to admire intricate rice fields arranged like slices of a pie around a central point or spider nets. You will also explore Cunca Wulang Canyon with cascades and a series of smaller waterfalls; on the trek you will pass village, rice fields, and farms producing coffee, candle nut and cacao.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 33: LABUAN BAJO – RINCA ISLAND

In the morning you will visit Batu Cermin – limestone cave and extraordinary rock formation. Afterwards 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, lunch and dinner

 

Day 34: RINCA ISLAND – KOMODO ISLAND

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.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 35: KOMODO ISLAND – SUMBAWA

In the morning you will sail to Sape. Upon arrival at Sape harbour you will continue the trip and drive to Bima town. Sumbawa is located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain; its terrain is rough and mountainous. Sumbawa is 15,448 km2, stretches 280 kilometres east-west, but its width varies from 15 to 90 kilometres. Sumbawa is part of the volcanic chain of Nusa Tenggara and while activity took place over the eras, no single explosion seems to have been as dramatic as the Mt. Tambora eruption on 10 April 1815. Tambora volcano produced the largest eruption in recorded history, causing global climatic effects, turned 1816 into the "year without a summer" for much of Europe. Sumbawa is like two cultural islands: Sumbawa Besar in the west and Bima in the east. The whole island is called Sumbawa, but on the island this term is only used for the west. The two parts of the island are divided by both geography and language – that spoken by the Sumbawanese being more like Sasak (the language spoken on Lombok), while that spoken by the Bimans being more like the languages of Flores and Sumba. On the way to Bima town you will stop at Sape market where you can see local women dressing rimpu – a traditional head-and-shoulder scarf – busy with their activities. You will stop at Maria village where you can see, still used, traditional rice barns called lengge.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 36: SUMBAWA

In the morning you will explore Bima, a lively and colourful Muslim town on the edge of a long bay with mountains in the distance. You will visit the Sultan of Bima palace, built in 1927 and restored in 1973, is now a museum containing items such as the royal crown and sultan’s collection of kris knives. You will also stop at Raba where local women are producing traditional clothes using simple looms. Afterwards you will drive to Sumabawa Besar town, the district capital of the western part of the island.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 37: SUMBAWA – LOMBOK

In the morning you will visit Dalam Loka (The Old Palace), the wooden palace of Sumbawa Besar, build around 1885 during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Jalaluddin Syah III. It is standing on 99 strong pillars, the number symbolising God's characteristics in Muslim belief. Now it is used as Sumbawa Museum housing historical objects. You will stop also at Bala Kuning (The Yellow House), the palace of the last Sumbawa Sultan, where you can see royal magical objects. On the way you will visit Bungin island, which is one of the most most densely populated places in Indonesia (approx 14.000 persons/km2). There is no area left on the island to build, so when a man wants to construct a house, he must first expand the island, loading coral rubble in a shallow area to serve as a support for his new house. Afterwards you will drive to Poto Tano harbour, where you start your ferry trip to Lombok. Upon arrival at Kayangan harbour you will continue your trip and drive to Senggigi area. Lombok it is a natural collection of contrasts and diversity, there are mountains, stunning coastline, traditional villages, charming people, and the incredible underwater world. As a tourist destination, Lombok is different from Bali, and is unique in itself. In Lombok one can find aspects of Balinese life but not vice-versa in the case of Bali. In the western part of Lombok, Hinduism and Islam co-exist. The natives of Lombok, the Sasaks, are Muslim, and their art and religious life are quite different from those of their Hindu neighbours. The name “Lombok” is said to come from a fiery red chilli pepper, used as condiment in Indonesia. The island measures about 80 km north to south and about 70 km east to west. Lombok is dominated by 3,726-metre Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano and one of the highest points in the archipelago. Lombok is an island in Nusa Tenggara Barat province, the provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram – the centre of government, education, commerce, industry and services. Three towns constitute the Mataram area: Ampenan, Mataram, and Cakranegara.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 38: LOMBOK

You will stop first at unique Chinese cemetery and afterwards at Pondok Prasi fishing village where you can see traditional boats and observe daily activities of fishermen families. After that you will drive to scenic Benang Sekotel Waterfall. Southern Lombok has incredible coastline with many astonishing bays, you will see Tanjung Aan, a spectacular area with white-sand beach and turquoise water. Afterwards you will continue to Sade village where you can see Sasak traditional houses and rice barns.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 39: LOMBOK

You will stop first at Malimbu Hill to view spectacular panorama of Lombok Strait. Afterwards continue to Bangsal, where you start a short boat trip to Gilis. There are three small picturesque islands off north-west cost of Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Fringed by white-sand beaches and coconut palms, a turquoise sea, ringed by coral reefs and with easy beach access, the Gilis offer superb relax and snorkelling. Gili Trawangan is the largest and by far the most developed, known for its vibrant party scene. Gili Air is a rural island that still retains a strong cultural identity and local customs have been preserved. Gili Meno is the least developed of the three islands, its attractions are not crowded beaches. You may choose to spend a day on Gili Trawangan or Gili Air. In the early afternoon, after snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on white-sand beach you will back to Lombok mainland. You will visit Bentek village and see farming gardens with cacao, vanilla and other tees. You will stop also at Pusuk Hill with its many macaque monkeys.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 40: LOMBOK – BALI

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 41: BALI – JAYAPURA – WAMENA

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Jayapura. 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: breakfast

 

Day 42: 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 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 43: 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 and Wondugul village where you will see honai – Dani’s traditional house.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 44: BALIEM VALLEY

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 45: 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 46: JAYAPURA – MAKASSAR

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Makassar. Upon arrival at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar you will meet our guide and direct start city 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. Makassar (formerly named Ujung Pandang) is the largest city, communication and business centre in eastern Indonesia. You will visit Benteng Rotterdam, built in 1545 during the reign of Tuni Pallanga, the 10th sultan of Gowa. When Gowa capitulated to the colonial forces in 1667, the fort was reconstructed and established as the centre of the civilian government. One of the best preserved forts of that area, only the thick walls of earth and stones remain of the original complex, the fort now houses Makassar Provinical Museum, exhibiting archaeological and historical objects, manuscripts, ceramics and ethnic costumes and ornaments. Next you will visit Museum Ballompoa where you can see weapons and royal costumes and other ancient collection of Gowa Kingdom. You will visit also Sulawesi Minature Garden where you can see different types of houses from South Sulawesi.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 47: MAKASSAR – SENGKANG

In the morning 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 48: 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 49: 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 50: 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 51: 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 52: 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 six 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 53: 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 54: 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 55: 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 56: 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 57 : BALIKPAPAN – JAKARTA

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to Jakarta and then to your the next destination.

Meals included: breakfast


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