Indonesia | Java & Bali | Adult Only
Journey to Indonesia and explore the majestic volcanic mountains, beautiful beaches, and coral reefs
11 days / 10 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Discover the stunning beauty of Java and Bali on this small group adventure to experience these exotic South Pacific islands that were created by volcanoes. Both Java and Bali offer travelers sacred mountains and seaside temples to explore as you journey through Indonesia. Marvel at the majestic Balinese wilderness, scenic landscapes, and intriguing cultural traditions. Spend your days learning to surf from a local surf instructor, hiking up mountains through lush forests, and biking along quiet backroads. Relax on breathtaking Bali beaches with the most sensational sunsets and reward yourself with delicious dinners that will delight your appetite. This Indonesian adventure will leave you enamored with these island jewels of the South Pacific.
- Are you a coffee enthusiast? Then Yogyakarta is for you! Hop on the becak (pedicab) to the area famous for Kopi Joss… a Java made over burning hot charcoal
- Drive to Borobudur to see the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, then bike through rice fields in the Indonesian countryside
- Take a walk through monkey forest as you explore the Balinese wilderness **Tip: Don’t feed the Monkeys!!**
- Visit Bali’s Tanah Lot temple, one of the most famous destinations
A few more reason why you've gotta go:
The arts: From traditional and modern dance to sculpture, metalworking, painting, music, and even film, these Indonesian islands are known for having colorful cultures and traditions.
Balinese cuisine: Some of the most memorable highlights of your trip will most certainly revolve around mealtimes. Sample unique dishes, such as bebek betutu, nasi kuning, and lawar.
The temples: Bali is known as an island rich with spirituality. There are over 20,000 temples throughout Indonesia!
Yogyakarta, Indonesia JOG
Denpasar, Indonesia DPS
Arrive in Jakarta and continue your direct flight to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival at Yogyakarta airport, meet your local tour leader and driver and transfer to your hotel for some rest. This evening, depending on arrival time, we have a special signature program in store. To most travelers, Yogyakarta is known as the cultural center of Java, but Yogya also has a lot to offer for the food enthusiast! Start walking from Tugu Monument or hop on a becak (pedicab) and see traditional and modern angkringan (food stalls) along the way. Head to the area famous for kopi joss, coffee with a brick of burning hot charcoal! After this you’re ready to continue by becak to soak up the hustle and bustle of JalanMalioboro. You will then continue to the alun-alun (square) south of the kraton (palace) where you can try the legendary walk through two warring trees (banyan trees) while blindfolded. Afterward, continue to the Wijilan area to sample different kinds of Yogya’s famous dish gudeg (jackfruit curry). These were just starters, so to wrap up this culinary experience we’ll finish at one of the famous angkringan restaurants popular with students and families alike. Here you can choose from dozens of freshly made dishes cooked up in front of you. Wash it all down with some flavorful and colorful drinks like wedanguwuh (a red herbal drink) or wedangjahe (ginger tea) to round up your culinary Yogya experience!
About Phoenix Hotel
Elegantly set in the heart of Yogyakarta, close to Malioboro street, the majestic building of The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, dating back to 1918, revisits in style the classical bygone era with a fusion of Asian and European décor. This MGallery by Sofitel boutique hotel features a restaurant, a wine bar offering creative cocktails, a terrace overlooking an open courtyard, an inviting swimming pool, and an indulgent day spa. Ideal for travelers in search of unique and memorable experiences, the hotel location is ideal to travel over Yogyakarta.
Meet your guide this morning and prepare to go deep into the culture, people, and history of Central Java. There is a nostalgic feeling found in decaying palaces and old cities. Imagine a walled compound complete with markets, an underground hidden Mosque that resembles an Escher dream, and top it off with the home of the Sultan. Now you start to get an idea of today’s itinerary! From the little maze-like streets of the Taman Sari to the wayang kulit or shadow puppets at the Kraton palace we want to show you the heart and soul of Yogyakarta by foot. Allow yourself some time to get some souvenirs at the shops and markets along Jl. Malioboro or BeringHarjo Market. Take a break at one of the many cafés or restaurants serving local drinks and snacks. Optional afternoon Lava adventure by jeep for those with a strong sense of adventure!
After breakfast, you will drive to Borobudur to see this amazing religious site. The Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world and listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Borobudur predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. “Discovered” in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. Hop on a bicycle and ride through the beautiful rice fields with the mighty Borobudur always in your sight. We will explore local Javanese villages and see how the people make a living and how they work the land. We finish our bicycle trip at the Borobudur where you’ll have plenty of time to amble around and soak up the atmosphere surrounding this fabulous monument. After the tour, you will be served a true Javanese meal in a traditional-style restaurant surrounded by rice fields. Later we will travel to the MesaStila, one of the most unique properties in Indonesia. The views alone are out of this world and the setting amid a plantation takes you back to the days of Old Java.
MesaStila is a luxury five-star resort & spa that incorporates an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting buildings; including Central Java icons such as a Colonial railway station and historic Joglo-villas. At MesaStila, the focus is on luxury yet keeping the traditional, local, and wholesome experiences intact, which accentuate the magnificence of the environment, the people, the culture and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, full of a wonderful experience. Your spacious one-bedroom villa is lavishly furnished with traditional Javanese dÃ©cor and antiquities, featuring a large Mediterranean bathroom, a cozy day-bed, and a large balcony overlooking the spectacular views of Central Java’s mountains.
After the last few active days, it’s time to take it easy back. You may relax by the infinity pool at MesaStila or choose from one of the in-house activities: Traditional Jamu, Coffee Plantation Tour, Batik, or Janur. In the Traditional Jamu class, you’ll learn about the leaves, flowers, and roots that Indonesia’s ancestors experimented with to discover what useful properties they hold. A tour of the coffee plantation will have you learning about growing, harvesting, and producing coffee. Batik is an art image on fabric that originated from the royalty in Indonesia’s bygone cultural era. Godhong klapa is the Javanese word for the coconut leaf, which is used as a tool for daily life in many areas of Indonesia.
This morning meet your guide and transfer to Semarang to continue your trip to Bali. Semarang is in an old Dutch port from the days of the East Indies. Not many travelers visit this city which makes a quiet unique destination off the beaten track. If time allows your guide will show you around some of the city’s historical landmarks. Fly Semarang to Denpasar. Upon arrival, you will then transfer to your hotel in Ubud with the evening at your leisure. Until late in the 19th century, Ubud was a minor principality subservient to the palaces of Peliatan and Gianyar. Through a series of well-chosen alliances and the colonial meddling of the Dutch, Ubud prospered and began attracting refugee painters, sculptors, dancers, and architects who had fallen out of favor in the other kingdoms. Under the influence of Prince Agung Gede Sukawati, Ubud attracted Western artists and scholars such as Miguel and Rose Covarrubias, Margaret Mead, and Walter Spies, who helped secure Ubud as the cultural and spiritual nucleus of the island.
About Komaneka Bisma
Komaneka at Bisma is about grand spaces, luxurious interiors, and a heart-lifting panorama over a valley of tropical rainforest – all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud’s Main Street. The resort’s iconic 33-meter lap pool is the jewel of this beautiful five-hectare resort. Nestled in the tropical gardens are the resort’s own rice fields, the Wanasmara non-denominational wedding chapel, a Spa Villa with an adjacent semi-circular leisure pool, and a jogging path. The Suite Rooms have broad balconies and beautifully appointed living spaces. This luxurious resort is nestled in the Campuhan river valley with breathtaking scenic views, sloping rice fields, and coconut groves nearby and is designated as a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle destination that makes you feel right at home.
This morning, you’ll be taken for a half-day rafting trip on the Ayung River just outside town. This easy, two-hour trip requires no previous rafting experience and traverses some of the most dramatic scenery on the island including passing through eight miles of deep mountain gorges, wild jungles, picturesque rice paddies, and thundering waterfalls. In the afternoon, experience a day in the life of a Balinese artist and uncover the secrets behind Bali’s artistic soul. In addition to its natural attractions, Bali’s soul and character are defined by its people. The island has long been a magnet for the arts and Ubud its epicenter. One of the most remarkable ways of discovering Bali is through its people and the unique art forms the island is known for the world over. This afternoon you’ll interact with local artists at their homes and workshops and have doors opened to a world that is normally hidden from the sight of travelers, a dream chance to meet and photograph interesting local people in their local element. The culmination of the day will be an early dinner with a host family in a real Balinese home. If you like we can tell the family that you will be helping with the cooking! After this unique insider experience, you’ll transfer back to the hotel and enjoy a peaceful evening.
We start the day by exploring the mystical Goa Gajah also known as Elephant cave. Make sure you discover the lower part of the river where there are some enigmatic carvings. You’ll then continue for a visit to the holy spring water temple Tirta Empul. The natural waters here are believed to contain mystical healing and rejuvenating properties. It is possible to take a purification bath here if you don’t mind the cold water! Later we will visit Gunung Kawi temple, an 11th-century temple complex comprised of 10 rock-cut Candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. These monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favorite queens. Local legend has it that a giant carved it out with his fingernails from the rock. Later, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. It is a fun walk just be aware the monkeys can be very naughty.
Time to leave Ubud and proceed to the south of Bali. On the way, we will be making a stop at Tanah Lot temple, one of Bali’s most spectacular sites. Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most photographed temples in the world. It is perched on a barren rock outcrop and at high tide is completely surrounded by the ocean. It is also on the beach so take time to explore and enjoy. After arriving at your hotel in Nusa Dua the remainder of the day at your leisure.
About Nusa Dua Beach Hotel
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is located on Bali’s southern peninsula, just 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport via the Bali Mandara toll road. The hotel has welcomed kings and queens, presidents, and other dignitaries over the years. Each guestroom is decorated with authentic Balinese furnishing and offers stunning views of manicured tropical gardens or vistas of the ocean from the terrace or balcony. The 5-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali features 3 outdoor pools and direct beach access. The resort resembles a Balinese palace with complete Spa facilities, 5 Restaurants, and 4 Bars.
Today you will get the opportunity to ride the Balinese waves during a surf lesson! The lesson will start mid-morning and you will learn the basics of catching waves in a safe secure environment. Learn essential ocean safety: the board, understand the surf, study positioning, paddling, catching waves, control, and standing up. Feel the thrill of riding small waves in easy-to-follow steps. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Free day in the morning. You can just rest and relax at the hotel enjoying the beach. In the afternoon, our driver will meet you at the hotel for an exciting visit to Uluwatu Temple, the amazing Hindu temple on the cliff with the deep rocky beach under it. The temple is blessed with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean and sunset as a backdrop. After that, you will see the amazing performance named Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple. If you have extra energy don’t miss the beautiful Jimbaran Bay and enjoy a dinner al fresco with your feet in the sand.
Today you will be met and transferred to the Denpasar Airport in time for your flight home. Selamat jalan – have a good journey!
* This trip is offered in partnership with Khiri Travel.
**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Khiri Travel.
Arrival & Departure
An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at the Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to the Phoenix Hotel will be provided. On Day 11 you will be transferred from your Nusa Dua hotel to the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport in accordance with your morning or afternoon flight schedule.
- Walking– 1 to 4 hour guided walking excursions to view forests, caves, beaches, temples, ruins, and city splendors.
- Biking – 10 miles cycling near Borobudur to check out the local sites.
- Rafting – Class II-III rapids guided by a whitewater rafting specialist.
- Surfing – Half-day surf lesson on the basics. No experience necessary.
The rich and diverse culture of Bali evokes images of a paradise begging to be explored. Yes, Bali has beaches, beautiful lodging, and temples, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that make it so much more than just another vacation. Discover the “garden of Java” as you cycle around the supremely beautiful region of Borobudur with its impossibly green rice fields and traditional rice-growing kampung (villages), all overlooked by soaring volcanic peaks. Relax in Southeast Asia’s only authentic Hammam Turkish Bath at MesaStila, where steam bathing combines functionality with decadent cleansing rituals. Walk your way through the cultural capital of Ubud, an artful, creative, and serene spot popular because of the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love. Learn the basics of surfing from positioning to catching your first wave with an experienced surf instructor. Come to experience Bali with the leaders in adventure travel!
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets, and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags, and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- All entrance fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
- All drinks and related gratuities.
- Meals as not designated in the daily itinerary.
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization.
- All internal flights within Indonesia.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
As our resident Asia expert, Tim would love to connect with you about the kaleidoscope of landscapes, cultures, eco-systems, and crossroads that lay waiting in Asia. He's had the chance to spend years of his life living and traveling across India, Nepal, Thailand, Fiji, and the rest of Asia. This first-hand experience shines through in his passion for helping other people delight in the magic and mystery of Asia. Tim will listen to your ideas for a perfect trip and then lend his expertise to ensure we build the right experience for you, whether it's your first trip to the Asia-Pacific or your 10th.