Yogyakarta (“Johg-Jakarta,” or just “Johg-Ja”) is a city on the Indonesian island of Java. It is known for an abundance of art and cultural heritage. It’s ornate 18th-century royal complex, 'Kraton', or the Sultan's Palace, is the cultural heart and soul of the city. There are open-air pavilions that host puppet and Javanese dance shows. Galleries exhibit historical batik fabrics, portraits and royal treasures.
In the Yogyakarta city’s lively Jalan Malioboro, you can find bargains on batik and other goods. South of Kraton, Taman Sari, once served as a former royal garden and bathing complex for the Sultan. Further south, the Gunungkidul Region is home to the most beautiful beaches. In the surrounds, Kalibiru National Park and Gunung Merapi are popular hiking destinations. Other activities available are sandboarding in Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo, Luweng Sampang waterfall and Cave Tubing on river in Jomblang Cave. Yogyakarta is a gateway to the 9th-century Prambanan and the Borobudur Temples.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY BALI HONEYMOON…
And, stay at a resort overlooking Borobudur and another at Jimbaran Bay.
This tour is ideal for couples seeking soft adventure and top-end luxury accommodation for relaxation. Stay at our favourite Aman resort, located in the lush hills overlooking Borobudur, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Also Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, perfect for romantic couples. There will be time for hiking options around lush rice terraces and visit small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces.
Begin in Bali with three nights stay at a beachside resort in Jimbaran Bay. With some of the best sandy beaches in south Bali, and high-end villas in this area, Jimbaran Bay has resulted in monikers such as the "Beverly Hills of Bali" or "Millionaire's Row".
Enjoy pure luxury and beachside relaxation with free days to enjoy the spa, beach, tennis, golf, water activities, cooking school, nearby shops, and superb local seafood restaurants as you please.
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.
Return to Bali for several days near Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Once a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians; Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs. Take advantage of your resort’s spa and your decadent room with a private pool or request for flexible touring of lush rice terraces, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces.
Alternatively, try Ubud’s many cafes and boutiques and take advantage of your resort’s spa and your private plunge pool; or book additional activities such as river rafting, mountain biking, or cooking classes.
Stay at the Aman resort overlooking Borobudur and Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay.
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bali & Java
Day 1 – Arrive Bali
Jimbaran Bay Arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights.
Days 2 & 3 – Rest
Jimbaran Bay At leisure at beach resort.
Day 4 – Transfer
Yogyakarta, Java Flight to Yogyakarta, on Java, for 4 nights.
Half-day private tour of Yogyakarta and Prambanan temples.
Day 5 – Tour
Yogyakarta, Java Early morning private tour of Borobudur.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 – Tour
Yogyakarta, Java Half-day touring options include: hiking in the hills, a horse cart ride through villages, meditation, biking or walking to nearby villages.
Day 7 – Rest
Yogyakarta, Java At leisure at resort.
Day 8 – Transfer
Bali, Ubud Flight back to Bali for 4 nights in Ubud.
Visit artisan studios and local villages en route.
Day 9 – Tour
Bali, Ubud Morning private touring in Ubud.
Evening Balinese dance performance.
Day 10 – Explore
Bali, Ubud Full-day excursion to villages, palaces and temples in eastern Bali.
Day 11 – Rest
Bali, Ubud At leisure in Ubud and at resort.
Day 12 – Depart
Bali, Ubud 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