This ‘Classic Java – Bali’ itinerary offers more than just beautiful landscapes, you will learn about the local culture and traditions. Java is where you will also get to see Bali in the past before it became a hotspot like today. Discover life in Yogyakarta with a foodie walking tour and visits to the local chocolate factory and a batik workshop, for which the city is renowned. Experience the village life in Candijero, a local village supported by the government to preserve its culture. Admire the fascinating architecture of Borobudurone of the most prominent Buddhist monuments in the world, which was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. In Bali, learn about the local’s rich culture at Uluwatu temple and in Batubulan before ending the trip at Sanur, a beautiful seaside town.
- Day 1: ARRIVE IN YOGYAKARTA - NIGHT CULINARY
- Day 2: YOGYAKARTA
- Day 3: CANDIREJO VILLAGE - BOROBUDUR
- Day 4: BALI - SANUR
- Day 5: BALI - BEST OF CULTURE & NATURE
- Day 6: SANUR
- Day 7: BALI - DEPARTURE
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
ARRIVE IN YOGYAKARTA - NIGHT CULINARYDay 1
A warm greeting awaits at Bali International Airport; your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals lounge and drive you directly to your hotel. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
After a short rest, we’ll head out for some sightseeing.
Near the royal city of Yogyakarta, Prambanan is a magnificent spectacle and an icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage, see the Prambanan Temple and take wonderful photos.
Afterward, we will head to Malioboro, the most famous street in Yogyakarta. The street is packed with shops selling curiosities, and street vendors offering souvenirs at affordable prices, so you’re bound to find something of interest on this street. At night, the street comes alive with merchants opening up tents and serving all kinds of local cuisine. You will need to sit down cross-legged in the tents, which the locals refer to as “lesehan”. Enjoy your meal while taking in Malioboro’s vibrant nightlife. It’s an experience for your lens to shoot. This food walking tour will not only present a variety of distinctive traditional Yogyakarta dishes, ranging from nasi campur to bakmi, and also signature drinks that will warm you up while enjoying the nighttime atmosphere of Yogyakarta.
YOGYAKARTA - DISCOVER LOCAL SWEETS & BATIK WORKSHOPDay 2
Explore the typical sights and sounds of Yogyakarta. The city calls itself the vanguard of Javanese culture. The venerable Sultan’s palace is the centerpiece. First, you’ll visit the local chocolate factory, then to the local mungbean sweet cake factory-local people call it “Bakpia” where you may also have a taste. Taman Sari as it is called by the locals is the former pleasure dome of the Sultans.
Afterward, we’ll visit a batiks workshop, where you will see the complete batiks processing. Yogyakarta is well known as the city of batiks.
Note: All museums are closed on Monday.
CANDIREJO VILLAGE - BOROBUDURDay 3
Today you will experience a model village, supported by the Indonesian government and overseas aid organizations in its role to conserve local culture. It is located very near the Borobudur area at the base of the Menoreh mountain range.
After lunch, we’ll continue to discover the mystery and history of the world-famous Borobudur temple, one of the most impressive Buddhist monuments ever erected by mankind. It lies tranquil against the splendid background of the Menoreh mountain range, some 40km northwest Yogyakarta.
ARRIVE IN BALI: RYTHEM OF THE NIGHTDay 4
Arrive in Bali, depending on your arrival time, you’ll have a leisure lunch before heading to Uluwatu.
Late afternoon, drive to one of Bali’s holiest and most important temples – Pura Luhur Uluwatu. In addition to a marvelous location, in the evenings in front of the entrance to the temple, you can see the Kecak dance performance. During this dance, hundreds of men in black and white sarongs, sitting in a lotus position and raising their hands, say monotonously “ke-cak-ke-cak”.
Afterward, transfer to your hotel in Sanur.
BALI - BEST OF CULTURE & NATUREDay 5
Today we will have the best of culture and nature in a day, you will first attend a playful introduction to the Balinese philosophy. The gracious Barong dance in Batubulan, performed by professional actors and dancers. Proceed to the rightfully famous woodcarving center of Mas. Young artisans with amazing skills emblaze tropical woods with life.
Then drive further to the east, enjoy the breathtaking view over the volcano and Lake of Batur, while having lunch in Penelokan, Kintamani. This is the largest lake in Bali and can be found in the smaller, secondary caldera of the Batur volcano, right at the foot of Mount Abang. The final stop will be Tegalalang Rice Terraces before you reach Sanur.
Enjoy morning breakfast and day at your leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities or self-exploration of the beautiful surrounding.
BALI - DEPARTUREDay 7
Free at your leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities or more exploration until departure time, meet your guide at the hotel lobby for your transfer service back to Denpasar airport. End of services.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Bali
- Indonesia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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