A Tale of Two Islands Trip Notes

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Trip code : GTJA
Trip valid from : 01/01/2014
Trip valid until : 31/12/2015
Trip length : 14
Trip starts in : Yogyakarta (Java)
Trip ends in : Sanur
Maximum group size : maximum 16


  • Mount Bromo's lava landscape
  • Solo
  • Borobudur temple complex
  • Dolphin encounter in Lovina

Hoon from Yogyakarta to Sanur, on the way you’ll catch some temples in Borobudur and Prambanan, a sunrise at Mount Bromo, markets in Ubud, waterfalls at Lovina, views from Mount Batur and Bintangs in Sanur. How to steer clear of Bali Belly? Some people swear by drinking a glass of red cordial each morning (worth a shot we reckon).(Was East Java & Bali)




Meet your travel buddies in Yogya. Take a cycle rickshaw (becak) tour to the Sultan’s Palace and learn the tricks of the trade in some puppetry workshops.Arrive in YogyakartaPerhaps take an optional city tour by on a cycle rickshaw (becak) to explore the Sultan's Palace, markets and the batik and puppetry workshops of YogyaEnjoy free time to wander through the markets in Malioboro Street and check out the many cafes in town


Borobudur - Yogyakarta

Borobudur is a temple complex on top of a hill just out of Yogya. We head to a puppetry show or gamelan concert in Yogya tonight.Spend a day exploring one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in South East Asia


Solo - Malang

There's quite a bit of driving over the next two days. First stop is Prambanan and its 220 odd temples, then we stay in Solo and drive to Malang on Day 5.Visit the famous Prambanan complex, which encompasses 224 ruined Hindu templesStay overnight in Solo with its interesting markets, and perhaps visit the Mangkunegaran PalaceDrive on to the Dutch colonial town of Malang, set in lush countrysideStay in a guesthouse just outside the centre of Malang


Mount Bromo

Take the lazy-arse way up a mountain (in jeeps) to watch sunrise. Sleep in bungalows on a coffee plantation in the hills near Kalibaru.Day 6Continue to Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo)Set off in a jeep to the rim of this live volcanoArrive at the crater rim in time for sunriseDay 7Take jeeps to a stunning viewpoint for the sunrise and look across to Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and the peak of Mount SemeruCross the 'sea of sand' and climb 246 steps to the cone of Mount BromoDrive to the hills of Kalibaru, and stay the night in bungalows near coffee, cocoa and rubber plantationsEnjoy a guided walking tour of the nearby plantations



Drive to the port of Banyuwangi, where you’ll see kids diving for coins from high poles. It’s the local sport. There’s more to Bali than cheap beer and novelty t-shirts you know.Perhaps see children diving for coins from high poles - a local sportTake a short boat trip across to Gilimanuk, in the paradise island of BaliContinue on a scenic drive through the villages and forests, and reach the hotel in UbudExplore the temples, paddy fields and the famous art and craft market in the centre of townWe do not recommend visiting the Monkey Forest in Ubud due to safety reasons



On our way to the north coast we'll check out the temples of Taman Ayun and cool off under the Gitgit Waterfalls.Visit Gitgit Waterfalls and perhaps take a swimDrive over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south



Leave the coast and hit the slopes of Mount Batur where we stay the night near Kintamani.Get up early for a dolphin cruise. It's optional, but you won't want to miss thisLeave the coast and ascend the scenic slopes of Mount (Gunung) BaturStop at several viewpoints to take in views of the crater and its lakeStay overnight in the Kintamani area - a highland town at an altitude of 1500 metres



Those who are fit and don't mind a 2 am start can attempt an optional climb up to the top of Mount Batur for sunriseTravel to Sanur and time for shopping, eating and a few Bintangs before the trip finishes.Day 13Transfer to SanurEnjoy the afternoon shopping or relaxingPerhaps take an optional last night out with the groupDay 14The trip ends today in the morning


While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.



Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.


Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures


  • Expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Borobudur Temple complex, Prambanan Hindu Temples, temples of Taman Ayun, market at Bedugul and Gitgit Waterfalls.
  • Sunrise jeep safari and walk to the cone of the live volcano Mount Bromo.
  • Overnight stay in bungalows near plantations.
  • Free time to explore Yogyakarta, Solo, Malang, Ubud, Lovina, Kintamani and Sanur.
  • Ferry from Java to Bali.


International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


13 breakfasts


Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.


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