Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa on a remote hilltop on the Indonesian island of Java, 40-kms from Yogyakarta. Built around 750 AD, in the Mahayana tradition, it is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. The magnificent temple is a three-dimensional mandala (diagram of the universe) and a visual representation of Buddhist teachings.
Borobudur was designed to be climbed, and follow the path of enlightenment to the top. Sunrise and sunset are particularly special times to be at the site. Thus, climbing Borobudur is a pilgrimage in itself, meant to be experienced physically and spiritually according to the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism. As the faithful climb, upward from level to level, they are guided by the stories and wisdom of the bas-reliefs from one symbolic plane of consciousness to the next, higher level on the journey to enlightenment.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY INDONESIA JOURNEY…
And, experience holy shrines and time to snorkel the coral reefs.
This luxury tour visits the most important cultural destinations on three islands in Indonesia. Lombok has rural villages and holy shrines as well as great places to snorkel the coral reefs. Ubud in the interior provides walking options around rice terraces, mountains and artisan towns. Yogyakarta is a good base to explore Prambanan and Borobudur, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics.
Begin on the island of Lombok. With a private guide and driver, venture deep into the interior of this fascinating island. Visit deeply traditional rural villages known for their crafts (including pottery, weavings and basketry), see lush terraced rice paddies, a volcano, and beautiful waterfalls.
Alternatively, enjoy free time at the seaside resort or spend a day cruising and snorkelling the coral reefs around the Gili islands of Trawangan, Meno and Air off Lombok's west coast.
Transfer to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where the spirit and culture of the island are most accessible. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. Once a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians; Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs.
Request for flexible touring of lush rice terraces, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces or try one of the many spas, yoga and meditation centres that are big news here, particularly after the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love.
Next, fly the short distance to Yogyakarta, the cradle of civilization in Java. Once the seat of power, it has magnificent temples of Prambanan and Borobudur, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Stay at the Amanjiwo, a favourite Aman resort, located in the lush hills overlooking Borobudur.
With a private guide, visit Borobudur at dawn, the most magical time to visit. Take a private tour to explore one of Asia’s oldest treasures; old houses, museums and handicraft shops dot the city with woodcarvings, paintings and silverwork amongst the crafts on offer. Other activities include hiking and biking or a lesson in meditation.
Mountains and artisan towns, rural villages and holy shrines and snorkel the coral reefs.
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Lombok, Bali, Java
Day 1 – Arrive
Lombok Private transfer to resort for 4 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Lombok Full-day private tour of island interior and local villages.
Day 3 – Rest
Lombok At leisure at resort.
Day 4 – Tour
Lombok Half-day flexible tour (water activities or inland cultural touring).
Day 5 – Transfer
Ubud Transfer to airport for flightto Bali. Transfer to resort for 4 nights.
Day 6 – Tour
Ubud Half-day tour of Ubud and local attractions.
Day 7 – Explore
Ubud Full-day excursion villages and temples in eastern Bali.
Day 8 – Rest
Ubud At leisure in Ubud.
Day 9 – Transfer
Yogyakarta, Java Transfer and flight to Yogyakarta for 4 nights. Private afternoon Yogyakarta tour.
Day 10 – Tour
Yogyakarta, Java Morning private tour of Borobudur.
Day 11 – Tour
Yogyakarta, Java Half-day touring.
Day 12 – Rest
Yogyakarta, Java At leisure at resort.
Day 13 – Depart
Yogyakarta, Java Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are a number of International airlines that offer direct flights to Bali. From Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia and Sempati Air have around a dozen departure times to Bali. Internationally, Garuda also has direct flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, and a number of Australian cities; as well as flights from Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and other European cities.
From Asia, direct flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong are readily available from Garuda Indonesia, Thai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines. Airasia has made a big impact on how people travel through this region. Flights are cheap and overall service is simple, straightforward and efficient.
When to go In general, Bali and Lombok have similar weather, though Lombok is dried and receives less rain than Bali. The hot and sticky rainy season lasts October to March with the worst falling between December and February. From June to August, the temperature drops slightly and there is usually a refreshing cool breeze in the air. The best time to travel is the dry season, from April to September. It is also when humidity is at its lowest. Be warned that prices will rise between July and September.
Visa You don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days. Visa-free visits can’t be extended or transferred to another type of visa. If you’re travelling to Indonesia for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa before you travel, or get a visa on arrival at a cost of US$35, or the equivalent in Indonesian rupiah. This type of visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by applying to an immigration office within Indonesia.
Source: Foreign travel advice: www.gov.uk