Indonesia’s Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures

Indonesia's Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures explores the world of orangutans and allows you to spend some time in the company of these extraordinary animals. Discover the rich cultural tapestry and important historic Hindu temples of Bali and Ubud. Venture out on a thrilling helicopter exploration over villages, deep river valleys, beautiful picturesque rice fields and the volcanic Kintamani Caldera. This is a spectacular Indonesian experience.

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Indonesia's Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures Enrichment Series

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Romantic Getaways


Safari Tours


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

16 Days

Tour Highlights

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  • New copyTravel to two orangutan wildlife centers to spend some time in the company of these extraordinary animals that have been orphaned and rescued, and learn about their lives and their future
  • Discover the rich cultural tapestry and important historic Hindu temples of Bali and Ubud
  • At Tirta Empul Temple in Ubud, you  have the unusual opportunity to receive a ritual blessing from a Balinese priest
  • Venture out on a thrilling helicopter exploration over villages, deep river valleys, beautiful picturesque rice fields and the volcanic Kintamani Caldera
  • Relax and enjoy the wonderful beaches of Jimbaran as well as the traditional culture of the area

Day 1: Jakarta, Indonesia
Upon arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, you are greeted by our guide, who transfer you to the hotel, about a 30-minute drive depending on traffic. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Sheraton Bandara Hotel

Day 2: Jakarta / Pangkalan Bun / Kumai / Tanjung Puting National Park
After an early breakfast, your guide return you to the airport in time to connect with the flight to Pangkalan Bun, about one and a half hours. Upon arrival at Pangkalan Bun Airport, you are greeted and transferred to Kumai, a seaport and gateway into the Tanjung Puting National Park in the Western Sumatra. Your eco lodge sits in an area of some 2.5 hectares/6.2 acres fronting a beautify quiet beach overlooking the Indian Ocean while it backs up to the Bukit Barisan Mountains covered with a dense rainforest. Some of the forest adjacent to the lodge was given the protected area status several years ago. It is connected by a corridor to an even bigger forest of tens of thousands of hectares, and is made up of 70% of primary forest.

Once you reach the Kumai River, you take a short boat ride on it to reach Seikonyer River, the main river in park. Then you have a two-hour boat ride to reach Rimba Lodge, a simple but comfortable lodge with beach huts that are equipped with cupboards and mosquito nets for all beds. The terraces are facing the sea and each one has a small lounge. Furnishings made from rattan, bamboo and ruyung come from local crafts. The huts are not air-conditioned nor equipped with fans. But the fresh sea air and the nearby jungle bring the nighttime temperatures to 18-22°C/64-72°F. Note : in order to save water, towels provided only upon request. This evening, discover the world of the improbable Proboscis monkeys along the riverbanks. These endemic monkeys can be seen only in Borneo. Return to the lodge for dinner. Rimba Eco Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Tanjung Puting National ParkCamp Leaky & Pondok Tanggui
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before setting out to upstream to Pondok Tanggui, a second rehabilitation center where you encounter baby and juveniles orangutans in the feeding area this morning. Photography these remarkable creatures as your guide talks about them and their daily lives. Continue on and pass the Black River, which is full of wildlife including a rich variety of birdlife as well as primates, fish and crocodiles. Arriving at Camp Leakey, you will set out on a trek into the forest to learn about and observe the heterogenic forest wildlife. Return to the boat for lunch before the orangutans enjoy their afternoon feeding of milk and fruits. Savor a couple of hours in the company of these remarkable animals before returning to the lodge in late afternoon. Rimba Eco Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tanjung Puting National Park / Pangkalan Bun / Semarang / Magelang
After an early breakfast at the lodge, you are transferred directly to Pangkalan Bun Airport to catch the hour-flight to Semarang. Upon arrival at Semarang’s Ahmad Yani International Airport, you will be met and greeted by your guide, and will transfer you to Magelang, approximately two hours depending on traffic. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Amanjiwo Resort (B)

Day 5: Magelang – Yogyakarta City – Magelang
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, overlooking the rice fields to Borobudur and its surrounding volcanoes. After breakfast, you will meet our guide and proceed to Yogyakarta. You begin your exploration with a visit to the palace complex of the Sultan Yogyakarta. Known as the Keraton, or kraton, this grand compound that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos, and is among the finest examples of traditional Javanese architecture. Designed and built in stages, the kraton was completed in 1790 and faces north towards the majestic Mt. Merapi, with its back facing south to the Indian Ocean. The ocean is believed to be the home of Kanjeng Ratu Loro Kidul, the Queen of the South Seas and the mystical consort of the sultan. Malioboro Road was originally used as the ceremonial route, not unlike London’s Pall Mall, and forms a straight line drawn from the sultan’s palace to the Merapi Volcano.

Then, take in Watercastle, also called Tamansari, southwest of the kraton, which once served as a pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways for the sultan and his entourage. It's said that the sultan had the Portuguese architect of this elaborate retreat executed, to keep his hidden pleasure rooms secret. Built between 1758 and 1765, the complex was damaged first by war, and an earthquake in 1865. Much of what you see today lies in ruins. The bathing pools have been restored, and the tunnels and underground mosque are quite special. Admire the famous traditional handicraft works of Kotagede silver smiths; traditional batik industry; famous Malioboro Street with its colorful bazaar of souvenir shops and the old market Beringharjo.

In the afternoon explore Java’s most interesting Hindu shrine – Prambanan Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. The beautiful and graceful temple is a magnificent spectacle and an icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage. Return to your resort in Magelang. Amanjiwo  Resort (B)

Day 6: Magelang – Borobudur – Candirejo Village – Magelang
Set out early this morning to enjoy sunrise at Borobudur. Climb up to top to Borobudur Temple or to the third level to savor the sunrise and the magnificent panoramic views. Visit the temple to see the relief of the Buddha's life depicted on the wall of the temple. Your local guide will help you to discover its secrets, and will bring its bas-reliefs to life. Return to the hotel for breakfast and a shower.

Later, explore to explore the village by riding in an andong (horse cart). These carts are used every day by country folk throughout the province. They provide a leisurely pace allowing you to take in rural life. On the village tour, you stop on the way to witness the many home industries that are thrive in the area, from tofu to glass noodles to traditional pottery. It is a fascinating excursion to see how rural life in Central Java is still in its traditional form. Then return to your hotel. Amanjiwo Resort (B)

Day 7: Magelang
Today is a leisure day for you to use as you wish to enjoy the facilities and activities of the resort. Amanjiwo Resort (B)

Day 8: Magelang / Bali / Ubud
This morning you are transferred to the Yogyakarta Airport for your flight to Bali. At the airport, you will be met and greeted by your guide, who will lead you to the car. The transfer to Ubud will take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on the traffic. You will be taking the new toll way road from the airport in order to save time. Upon arrival at your resort, you settle in and have the remainder of the day at leisure. Four Seasons Resort Sayan (B)

Day 9: Ubud / Semana
Relax this morning and enjoy breakfast. This afternoon you dine at Ayung Restaurant, situated on the crest of a gorge offerings breathtaking views of the river below. Depart with your guide to the Semana Village where a tented house is set up for a high tea picnic. Along the way, you will pass through handicrafts villages among which are Batubulan and Singapadu, where stops can be made at the silver or gold workshops to see the artisans in action.

In Semana village, you relish a short scenic trek to the picnic spot on the Ayung riverbank where you will be welcomed with a foot bath experience before enjoying a 60-minute session of Balinese massage. Next, lay back and relax in the set up tent and enjoy your picnic experience with lavish choices of teas, fruit juices, mineral water, chilled white wine and canapés. As the sun goes down, appreciate the beauty of a small traditional dance performance by local kids from the nearby village. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax or enjoy the facilities of the resort. Four Seasons Resort Sayan (B)

Day 10: Ubud
Your guide meets you early at your hotel, and you drive to towards Tirta Empul Temple, which was founded around a large water spring in 962 CE. Here you where you will meet with a Balinese priest, who can perform a blessing or gratitude ritual for you, which is basically a ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods.

Then, discover the Sacred Monkey Forest, home of long-tailed Macaques. Here, you see the Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal Temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and a temple used for cremation ceremonies. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere that serves a selection of international dishes including fresh rice-paper rolls and basil-infused gnocchi. After lunch, continue to Pura Saraswati Temple with its unique and beautiful architecture. This temple was devoted to “Dewi Saraswati,” the goddess of learning, literature and the arts. Stroll around the Ubud Market, with its selection of art. Four Seasons Resort Sayan (B,L)

Day 11: Ubud
This morning, you drive north to arrive at Taro, one of Bali’s ancient Hindu villages rich in tradition and culture. From here, you begin an easy trek of about two and a half hours that takes you through the bamboo forest and rice terraces. Your guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna including king and queen palm trees, ferns, wild orchids, hanging liana and a variety of indigenous birds such as the Java kingfisher and black Bali starling. You encounter plantations of coffee, coconut and palms as well as tropical fruits such as salak, durian, jackfruit, papaya, oranges, mandarin, mangoes and mangosteen and local spices such as cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. Trek ends at Bali Elephant Safari Park with a sumptuous buffet lunch and transfer back to your hotel. Four Seasons Resort Sayan (B,L)

Day 12: Ubud / Jimbaran
This morning, set out with your guide towards Pura Luhur Batukaru, one of Bali’s most important temples dating back to 11th century. Take in the rice fields of Jatiluwih, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of rice terraces stretching as far as the eye can see. Lunch will be served at a private venue amid the rice fields. Afterwards, travel to Bedugul and the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, one of nine “Kahyangan Jagat Temple” that surround the island of Bali. Along the way, stop at Taman Ayun, which is the Mother Temple of Mengwi Kingdom that is surrounded by beautiful water gardens. Arrive at Tanah Lot Temple at sunset. Stroll the site and learn a little bit about its role in Balinese Hinduism. Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (B,L)

Day 13: Jimbaran – Kintamani Volcano – Jimbaran
Today you are in for a treat. You are picked up from your hotel in South Bali and driven to Benoa, where your helicopter awaits. You will venture out on a thrilling helicopter exploration over the surrounding villages of Taro, the deep river valleys, and the beautiful picturesque rice fields with the rim of the Kintamani Caldera in the distance. Soon the helicopter takes you right over the top for a spectacular view of the volcanic crater lake of Mt. Batur, the remains of a huge explosion that happened thousands of years ago. Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake, is situated within this crater, next to a younger active volcano that is constantly recreating itself in periodic eruptions of ash and rock. The helicopter circles the volcano, an exhilarating experience. There are lots of photo opportunities during this memorable tour. On the return, the helicopter heads south back to Benoa. Transfer back to your hotel with the remainder of the day to relax or pursue your own interests. Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (B)

Day 14: Jimbaran
Today, you begin the journey early and drive northeast to Klungkung Regency, a governing district. First stop is the ancient court of Kertagosa with its unique paintings on the ceilings of Bhima Swarga, a Hindu epic, it is an example of Balinese architecture and was first built in the early 18th century by Dewa Agung Gusti Sideman. The paintings on the ceiling of the pavilion is the story of Bhima Swarga, a Hindu epic referenced from the Mahabharata. Then enjoy a scenic drive through Bukit Jambul area to Besakih, Bali’s mother temple. Explore this vast religious monument and learn its history and role in Hinduism in Bali. After lunch you visit a local coffee plantation to discover the secrets behind the famous Luwak coffee and Indonesian spices. Then visit Kehen Temple, the state temple of Bangli Kingdom with great steps leads to the beautifully decorated entrance gate. It is one of Bali’s most beautiful temples and dates from the 11th century. The last stop of the day is the village of Penglipuran, known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural style. Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (B,L)

Day 15: Jimbaran
Your morning is free to relax. Later today, drive to Uluwatu Temple, which is perched 30 meters/98 feet above the cliff facing the Indian Ocean. Admire the stunning and dramatic views from this temple. This evening you enjoy the Kecak Dance performance. Accompanied by the chanting of some 50 male dancers. With the sun setting in the background, the traditional dance relates the love story of two young royals, Rama and Shinta. After the show, drive to a local restaurant at Jimbaran Beach to savor dinner with the sound of the ocean waves. Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (B,D)

Day 16: Jimbaran / Depart
This morning is a leisure. Late this afternoon, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Jimbaran and transfer you to the Bali airport in time to connect your international flight home. (B)


Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$450 per person per day

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