After your arrival in Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport) the capital of Java, you will be taken to the nearby Sheraton Bandara Hotel with time to relax and rest up after your journey.
A short flight transports you to Jogjakarta, the cultural center of Java, located at the foot of Merapi Volcano and seat of the mighty Mataram empire during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Travel to Borobudur Temple, the largest monument in the Southern Hemisphere, preserved through several restorations and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the Dieng Plateau, the site of eight small Hindu temples from the 7th and 8th centuries, the oldest Hindu temples in Central Java, and the first known standing stone structures in Java. Located almost 6,000 feet above sea level; mists, poisonous effusions and sulphur-colored lakes make this a particularly auspicious place for religious ceremonies.
The first part of the day is devoted to points of interest in Jogja itself. The Kraton is the name of the palace where the Sultan of the region still lives with his family, a small walled city with 20,000 people living inside. Learn about Javanese history and culture and how many Javanese live today. After lunch in Jogja, drive to the famous Hindu temple of Prambanan. Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple com- pound in Central Java and in Indonesia as well. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Torajaland is one of the most fascinating parts of your whole tour. A 2-hour flight carries you to the old port city of Ujung Pandang on the island of Sulawesi (Previously known as Celebes.) From there travel approximately 190-mile to Torajaland. Nearly half-way you will lunch at the small city of Pare Pare, continuing on your scenic route to Rantepao in Torajaland, where you check into your hotel with time for a swim before dinner.
Your tour of fascinating Tana Toraja (Torajaland) begins. The Toraja people are famous for their unique houses, called Tongkonan, built in the shape of the bow and stern of a ship. You then travel to Lemo, known for its hanging cliff-side graves. The dead are buried in cliff-side caves and life-size effigies, called Tao Tao, stand on balconies looking down at the bright green rice fields.
Visit another traditional Toraja town, Batutumonga, surrounded by beautiful terraced rice fields. As you depart, you pass by more cliff-side gravesites on your way to Palawa, the oldest village in Torajaland, that contains more traditional houses.
Enroute to the airport, lunch again in Pare Pare. Upon arrival in Bali, you’ll be driven to your fantastic hotel, Kupu Kupu Barong, where you spend the next four days. Enjoy a spacious room opening out onto the lush river valley.
The tour of Bali begins with a traditional Balinese dance performance, the renowned Barong dance, representing a struggle between good and evil. Travel on to the towns of Celuk, known for its silver jewelry and Mas, famous for woodcarving. Continue to Kintamani, site of one of the earliest Balinese kingdoms and see beautiful Lake Batur. The volcanic mountain range that cuts the island in half from East to West, goes up to 8,000 feet.
Drive to the Eastern side of Bali and tour Besakih Temple, on the slopes of Mount Agung. Besakih is one of the most sacred temples in Bali and is known as the “Mother Temple”. Visit the town of Klungklung, the base of the ancient Javanese Hindu Kingdom in Bali, from which the Balinese royalty of today draws its bloodline.
Explore another region of Bali, the towns of Antosari and Pupuan. Crossing the central mountain range, descend to the north coast and dine at Lovina Beach, a popular tourist area. Visit an exquisite floating temple on Lake Bratan, devoted to the goddess of water.
Transfer to another luxury hotel, the Laguna Resort and Spa in Nusa Dua on the Indian Ocean. At this hotel you have a chance to enjoy a beautiful beach and get in some pure recreation time before the end of your tour.
Explore one of the most famous seaside temples of Bali-Ulu Watu. The temple is built at the edge of a cliff with dramatic views of the waves breaking on the rocks below. Visit the Alas Kedaton or “Holy Forest,” where hundreds of monkeys live in their natural habitat among the nutmeg trees.
Continue on to another famous seaside temple, Tanah Lot, built on rocks around 600 feet offshore.
Day 14 – 2 choices
Choice 1: An all-day cruise to the island of Lembongan, with a variety of aquatic experiences. The Sea Safari luxury boat to Lembongan Island sails from nearby Benoa harbor to a floating beachclub aboard a 150-long pontoon boat. Included in this trip are snorkeling (equipment provided), a glass-bottom boat for viewing the tropical reefs beneath you, swimming, a giant water slide and banana boat rides. Click Here for Day Cruise Information
Choice 2: For those who prefer a more restful, relaxing day without straying far from your hotel, we offer a second option. Pamper yourself at the spa of the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel and enjoy their Thalasso Spa Experience.
Today is a free day. You can relax on the beautiful grounds of your hotel, swim in the sea or go shopping. We can also suggest some
alternate activities, such as a river rafting trip in the nearby mountains.
It’s finally time to leave Bali and head home. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
Of course, for anyone wanting to extend their stay in Bali or visit some other parts of Indonesia, this can be arranged.
Trip Price Is Per Person – $2775. This cost includes a tax-deductible $250 contribution to CIR. The price is based on attracting a group of at least 8 people. If there are fewer than 8 the price would go up a little and if there are more than 11 the price would go down by $100 per person. Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
In the unlikely event that one or more of these hotels is not available at the time of booking, we will notify you and suggest another hotel of similar quality.
We suggest that you read about each of these hotels on travel websites such as tripadvisor.com and see what people who have been there have to say about them. The only hotel in the group which is not rated 5-star is the one in Rantepao. It is, however, the best hotel available there.
Heritage Hotel Toraja – Deluxe Room
Nusa Dua, Bali:
For further information and any questions, contact Steve Kutay, CIR Travel Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org. A more extensive version of this itinerary is available by email upon request.