Jakarta to Ubud Trip Notes

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  • Trip code : ITISE
  • Trip length : 14 Days
  • Trip starts in : Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Trip ends in : Ubud, Indonesia
  • Maximum group size : 12
  • Ages : Min 15
  • Meals : 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation : Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (11 nts)
  • Transport : Ferry, Minivan, Private Bus, Private minibus, Taxi, Train

daily-itinerary1

Day
1

Jakarta

Selamat datang! Welcome to Indonesia.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

If you arrive early, Jakarta has some interesting museums, such as the Wayang (puppetry), Balai Seni Rupa (fine arts) and Maritime museums. The National Museum is also a good introduction for first time visitors. If you'd like to learn about Indonesia's more recent history, head to the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, where the life of Suharto is on display, along with many of the gifts that were given to him during his tenure in office.Monuments abound in the city - don't miss Si Jagur, an old Portuguese cannon ornately decorated with sexual imagery, or the Monas (National Monument) dedicated to the spirit of the Indonesian people. For architecture, head to Kota - the old Dutch area of Batavia - or go 1 km north to visit the old port, Sunda Kelap, and try to catch a glimpse of a wooden schooner still plying the waters.

Accommodation: Dreamtel Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day
2

Bandung

Embark on a train journey across the hills and stunning classic Java landscape of deep gorges and lush rice terraces bound for Bandung (approx 4 hrs).

Once known as the 'Paris of Java' Bandung still retains relics of its previous Dutch colonial past with some fine examples of architecture from the time. The higher altitude and cooler climate also makes Bandung a pleasant relief from the low-lands.

Take a city tour around Bandung to uncover some culture and history of this historic town. Begin by 'Jalan Asia Afrika' - the street where the best buildings left from the Dutch colonial era still stand, then on to the oldest coffee factory built int he same period and still in operation today. After this we head to an area known as the Gedung Sate - where the central government controls west Java, before finishing up at the Ujo Angklung to see a traditional bamboo music performance!!

Accommodation: Zodiak Hotel Kebun Kawang or similar (1 nt)

Day
3-4

Pangandaran

Travel by private minibus to Pangandaran (approx 7 hrs).

Pangandaran is a small fishing village popular with visitors looking for a coastal escape. The Penanjung Nature Reserve on the adjoining peninsula boasts some impressive flora and fauna.

Set off on a tour of the local surrounds, villages, cottage industries and the impressive green canyon. Our day trip begins with a stop at a local market to check out the produce and home industries such as palm sugar, tempe, and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets), before continuing on to the Green Canyon. We hop aboard boats and travel up river (approx 30 mins) through superb jungle scenery, before a swim up into the canyon itself. The water here is green hence its name and is a popular hangout for locals so a great opportunity for some local interaction. Our day concludes at a nearby beach where we can break for lunch and swim in the afternoon before heading back.

Accommodation: Sunrise Beach Hotel or similar (2 nts)

Day
5-7

Yogyakarta

Head inland by private minibus (approx 1 hr) before catching a train to Yogyakarta (approx 4 hrs) - one of our favourite towns in Asia.

Java's cultural heart has a great atmosphere and is an Intrepid favourite. From batik workshops to the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples, 'Yogya' is one of South-East Asia's gems.

Explore Borobodur - the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa. Completed in the 9th century, with a local guide we uncover this true highlight of Asia at sunrise, when the temperature is at its most pleasant, the crowds at their lowest, and the light picture perfect.

Visit Yogya's other great site - this time of the Hindu variety. Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu complex in Java, and one of the world's greatest. Also built in the 9th century we enjoy the mastery of this site in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Grand Rosela Hotel or similar (3 nts)

Day
8

Seloliman Nature Reserve

Travel by train (approx 5 hrs) before transferring on a minivan (approx 1 hr) to Seloliman Nature Reserve.

The peaceful Seloliman Nature Reserve is situated on the slopes of the sacred Penanggungan volcano.

Meet volunteers working at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre and eat delicious locally grown organic produce cooked by their staff. The centre's accommodation is atmospheric, with open-air bathrooms built in harmony with the surrounding forest, so take this opportunity to relax. This is also a beautiful spot to appreciate nature - be sure to sit outside at night under the stars to take in the peacefulness of the surrounding mountain scenery.

Accommodation: PPLH Seloliman or similar (1 nt)

Day
9

Mt Bromo

Join reserve staff on a walk around the reserve, learning about the local environment and the Javanese tradition of herbal medicine (approx 2.5 hrs). The walk includes discussion on local fauna and flora, traditional farming methods & rice production, a mini hydro electricity plant, local village coffee shop and concludes with a traditional Jamu demonstration and tasting 'Javanese medicine'.

Journey on to Mt Bromo - the timeless homeland of the Tenggerese (approx 4 hrs).

Active Mount Bromo (2,329) is the most well known volcano of the Tengger massif. Known locally as 'Gunung Bromo' the name is actuallyis derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. This region is also the homeland of the Tenggerese and the steeply cultivated hills give rise to the amazing Tengger Valley.

We head to bed early in preparation for an early start tomorrow.

Accommodation: Yoschi's Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day
10-11

Kalibaru

An early rise (3.30am) is necessary to ensure enough time to climb a nearby hill, for fantastic views over Mt Bromo. The climb is not too difficult (approx 45 mins), but it can be very cold so don't forget to bring extra layers of clothing. As it is often quite dusty here a scarf is useful to cover your nose and mouth,Sunrise over this eerie sea of volcanoes is an unforgettable experience!

Travel by private minibus to the Kalibaru (approx 5 hrs).Having lunch on the way we will arrive at our accommodation in time to relax in the afternoon by the pool, or maybe try a local massage.

We head out early in the morning to enjoy a tour of surrounding coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations. We'll see how rubber is processed, how coffee is dried, and the fermentation of cocoa if time allows. Before we set off we'll enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea, and snack on fried banana.

Accommodation: Margo Utomo Agro Resort or similar (2 nts)

Day
12

Tanah Lot

Travel by minibus to the far eastern end of Java (approx 3 hrs). There is often a lot of heavy traffic on this stretch as it is the main entry point for Bali – delays are common. We then board a ferry across the Java Strait (approx 1 hr), before boarding another minibus for a journey across southern Bali to Tanah Lot (approx 3.5 hrs).

Wind down the pace here and enjoy some time relaxing poolside and don't forget to catch the sunset over the famous Tanah Lot temple.

Accommodation: Dewi Shinta or similar (1 nt)

Day
13-14

Ubud

Complete the short journey to Ubud (approx 2 hrs).

Ubud is Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie, Eat Pray Love. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.

In the evening there may be an option to view a traditional kecak dance where performers are whipped up into a trance-like frenzy, concluding with fire walking - a highlight for many.

For those with extra time in Ubud there are plenty of things to see and do. Bicycles can be hired to explore surrounding rice paddies and small villages or get to the lush Botanic Gardens just outside of town. There are numerous art galleries and interesting museums that can take up your day, and If shopping is more your thing, there are plenty of woodwork, silverware and other handicraft shops to browse through.

Please note that in your hotel room in Ubud is fan-cooled by a ceiling fan. Air-conditioning is not included, but can be made provided at an additional cost. You can pay for this locally - please inquire at the hotel reception

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Accommodation: Artini 2 Cottages or similar (1 nt)

included1

  • Bandung city tour & Angklung music performance
  • Borobudur temple complex
  • Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
  • Green Canyon and local industries tour
  • Guided jungle, village and rice terrace walk
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
  • Tanah Lot Temple

not-included1

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.

tripgrade1

Standard

For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for an fun, informative experience.

Style Facts

  • Comfortable tourist class hotels
  • Family Homestays
  • Private and local transport
  • More inclusions than Basic tours
  • Fully trained and experienced leaders

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid.

visa1

A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

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health-and-fitness

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Money1

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

responsible-travel1

Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-information

NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.

RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL:
In 2015, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 18th June through until 18th July and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days.
Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. Please note that drivers and leaders of Muslim faith are likely to be fasting over Ramadan. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.

BALINESE NEW YEAR:
Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
In order to book the train tickets on this trip we require your full passport details. Please ensure that these are given to your agent at time of booking to prevent any delays in the purchase of these tickets.

PACKING:
We recommend taking a backpack and packing lightly as we will be getting on and off trains.

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