September 20, 2017
22-Day Cross-Indonesia Journey (4 Islands)
Written By indoexcursions
Sprawling across the equator for nearly 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth. On this fascinating 22-Day Hosted Expedition, (limited to 8 participants) travellers visit the exotic islands of Java, Sulawesi, Bali, and Lombok, exploring their azure waters, slumbering volcanoes, towering temples, lush tropical forests and untouched coastal marine habitats.
The expedition is designed exclusively for discerning travellers who are seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.
We pride ourselves on demanding only the highest calibre of service delivery, and have carefully crafted tours that include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path taken by traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you’re not likely to discover on your own.
On Day 1, travellers make their way to JAKARTA, the Indonesian Capital, where we meet at a 5-star hotel for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation.
Wasting no time on Day 2, we fly to Central Java to visit the ancient TEMPLE OF BOROBUDUR. This colossal 9th-century relic, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, is a World Heritage Site which makes other Southeast Asia sites seem almost incidental.
On Day 3, we awake early at Borobudur to watch the sun rise over the enigmatic temple, then drive through the Java countryside to the CITY OF YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJA”), the “cultural capital” of Java. On Days 4 and 5 we explore Jogja, including the palace of the ruling Sultan, and PRAMBANAN, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, built in the 9th century.
Early on Day 6, we board a small plane and fly to TANA TORAJA, a tiny mountainous region in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi. The indigenous people of Toraja lived in isolation for millennia. Cut off from the outside world, the Torajan people developed highly-unique customs and traditions which have been the fixation of cultural anthropologists since the early 1970s. Overland vehicles await us when we touch down in Toraja, so we can immediately begin our exploration of this vibrant tribal culture. On days 7, 8 and 9, we have 3 more days to explore the sites, villages and stunning scenery of Tana Toraja with our native Torajan guides. A true mecca for travellers!
On Day 10 we fly to Island of BALI to spend 7 days on an island where almost everything has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility. Our native Bali tour guides take us off the well-trodden path to intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists, magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, crater lakes, lush green forests, terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides, and villages where locals prepare us meals while excited youngsters perform ritual dances.
On Day 17, we leave Bali and fly to the Island of LOMBOK to finish out our Cross-Indonesia adventure. After 16 days on an intense cultural journey, we know you need some time to chill out on the beach and enjoy margaritas for a few days before heading back to your home-country. Lombok (sitting just a flying fish skip off the east coast of Bali) is just what the doctor ordered. The island offers 120 white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs, outstanding marine life, vivid sunsets, exquisite resorts . . . everything you dreamed of when you planned your tropical vacation.
After 5 days honing our tans and catching up on our reading on Lombok, we enjoy a farewell dinner together, and, on Day 22, we fly back to our original entry points in Indonesia.
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