ARRIVAL IN YOGYAKARTAWelcome to Yogyakarta! A city known for its blend of history and modernity, the main highlight for anyone staying here is sure to be Borobudur, a 1200-year-old temple that was covered in volcanic dust for hundreds of years before being rediscovered in the late 19th century by Sir Stamford Raffles. After relaxing, head out in the evening to the famous Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street), which is often called the 'crossed leg eating place'. The reason for this is that the food vendors set up on the street with plastic mats, so guests can sit cross legged at low-rise tables whilst listening to the street performers, who perform songs for small change. The food is fresh, and includes local delicacies such as 'gudeg' (made with young jackfruit, palm sugar and coconut milk) and 'pecel lele' (fried fish, vegetables, sauce and rice).
YOGYAKARTA CITY & BOROBUDUR TEMPLE TOURVisit Borobudur the largest Buddhist temple and one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Asia. The architectural style found at Borobudur has no equal throughout the world. Next stop is the Sultans palace, also known as the Kraton, located in the centre of the city, which was founded in 1755. Look for the ornate reception halls as well as the large open air pendopos, specifically built so that the Sultan could listen to gamelan performances. There is also an air-conditioned room where the desk at which the ninth sultan planned the overthrow of the Dutch is enshrined. Tamansari (also known as the Water Castle) is situated just 250m from Sultans palace, and was built in 1758 by the prince, and was used as a 'place of pleasure' by the prince and his harem. The prince would sit in his tower, enjoying watching his harem frolic in the water, and send for any one of them who he fancied at the time. Visit Kota Gede, where you can visit batik factories, silver smiths and other shopping, as well as a lunch stop at Ndalem Ngabean.
PRAMBANAN TEMPLE TOUR Visit to Prambanan, the largest and one of the most beautiful Hindu temple complexes in Indonesia. Built in the 10th century, today, after extensive restoration projects, only the three main temples, and three of the smaller temples, are standing. Since being abandoned in the 13th century, the temple has suffered from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and general weather conditions, yet the restoration is simply wonderful. Continue your trip today visiting Ceto & Sukuh temple which are an ancient Hindu temples located in Karanganyar, Central Java, Indonesia. They were built around 15th century, few years before Majapahit's era was ended.
SEMARANG / PANGKALAN BUN / 3 NIGHT BOAT EXCURSIONDrive to Semarang to catch your flight to Pangkalan Bun.Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport, meet your local guide and go to the nearby port of Kumai, where you will board a local 'Klotok', a wooden river boat. The boat will be your home for the next three nights of authentic jungle adventure. Lunch is served on the way to Tanjung Harapan, a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans, about 2 hours up-river from Kumai. It is not unusual to see female orangutans building their nests high in the treetops as you cruise up the river. Explore the river and observe the many different forms of wildlife along the riverside.
ORANGUTAN EXPLORATION / BOAT EXCURSIONAfter sleeping under a mosquito net on an open (yet roofed) deck, an early morning wake up will have you see the jungle as it slowly comes to life. Often surrounded by proboscis monkeys, this is a wonderful experience, and something that everyone should do at least once in their life. Travel up river for about 2 hours boating and then up a side creek to Camp Leakey where older orangutans are reintroduced into the rain forest. En route stop at Pondok Tanggui, a rehabilitation center for ex-captive orangutans. Wooden walkways will have you in the jungle in no time, and you will be lucky enough to be there for feeding time! Moving on to Camp Leakey, take the opportunity to trek into the rain forest with your expert guide and the forestry rangers to appreciate the flora as well as perhaps sighting wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. Dinner and overnight on the boat.
ORANGUTAN EXPLORATION / BOAT EXCURSIONAfter another beautiful early morning wake up call from the local wildlife, enjoy breakfast on the boat whilst sailing to the Pesalat area, home to many rehabilitated orangutans. Trek with a ranger through the rain forest canopy and observe the rich diversity of flora and fauna life of Tanjung Puting National Park. Gibbons and long tailed macaques can be found near the riverbanks. With small creeks feeding into the river, there is the chance to spot water creatures such as crocodiles, snakes and lizards. Return to the boat overnight.
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PANGKALAN BUN / SURABAYA The last day of your adventure has sadly arrived. After sailing back to Kumai, take the short drive to Pangkalan Bun airport and fly to Surabaya, where a well earned hot shower awaits!
SURABAYA / BROMO Take a Surabaya City Tour before heading to Bromo. Visit the oldest temple in Surabaya, the Chinese Hong Tiek Hian Temple, which was built by the Tar-Tar troops during the Khu Bilai Khan emperors era in the early stages of the Majapahit Kingdom. Head over to the beautiful colonial Sampoerna house which offers a truly unique experience for visitors. The 19th century building was originally an orphanage, and later converted to a theatre (believe it or not, but Charlie Chaplin once visited here) and is now home to Sampoerna Cigarettes. You can see thousands of staff hand rolling cigarettes from an upstairs viewing area. Some of these ladies can produce up to 4,000 cigarettes a day! Drive to Bromo.
BROMO SUNRISE TREK / BALI Early wakeup call; and join another jeep ride to the viewpoint at Mt. Penanjakan (2,700 m) providing the bird's eye view of the whole national park with Mt. Semeru stands high in its grandeur far in the background. After sunrise, crossing to sea of sand to Tengger temple then ride on horse ready step to the crater of Bromo. Drive to Surabaya airport to catch your flight to Bali.
RURAL BALI CYCLING Upon arrival, you will receive a warm greeting at a traditional Balinese house compound. Step inside and take a look around and see how local Balinese people live. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with Balinese cakes in the calm of the village before being taken to the starting point of the cycling trip, Manuk Village. Rural Bali Cycling will take you through the back roads of authentic villages along 21km (min 2 hours), where you can catch glimpse into the life and culture of the local people going about their daily activities. Why not stop in at the elementary school and give the local children some English lessons?. Along the way, you will see serene landscapes, rural villages and terraced rice fields often dotted with tropical fruit trees, papaya, durian and bananas. You may see farmers working in their fields along with their ducks and buffalo.
BALI / LABUHAN BAJO Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Labuan Bajo. After arriving at Mutiara airport of Labuhan Bajo, transfer directly to the harbour, where you will board a boat for Komodo Island. Sit back and watch the passing scenery as you enjoy lunch on board, before arriving at Pantai Merah (Pink Beach), named so because the red coral on the seabed breaks off with the tidal changes and mixes with the sand, causing it to turn a pale pink color. Jump overboard and snorkel in the clear waters, where you can see many different types of fish including parrot fish, clown fish, and many other species including turtles. There is plenty of time to swim here and to relax on the beach before overnight on the boat.
KOMODO ISLAND / RINCAL ISLAND / LABUHAN BAJO Walk around 2km to Banunggulung to spot Komodos. Komodo Dragons, the largest lizard in the world, grow up top 3 metres in length, and weigh up to 65kg. It is estimated that there are around 2,000 Komodos on the island, as well as other wildlife such as wild boar, deer and buffalo. The island is also excellent for bird watchers, cockatoos and gosong birds (megapodius reindwardti). Proceed to Rinca Island the home of deer, horses, buffaloes, pigs, Komodo Dragon and megapode birds. Trek through the jungle and see the Komodo hiding in the grassy undergrowth, waiting for its prey.
LABUHAN BAJO / BALI Take a short tour to Batu Cermin Cave. Batu Cermin is the Indonesian name for Mirror Rock. Depending on the time of year the sun shines into a canyon between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is reflected on the walls of the cave. This creates a stunning visual effect, so if you are there at the right time, you are in for a real treat. Depending on the flight schedule, transfer directly to the airport for your flight to Bali.
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