Explore the temples, volcanoes and stunning scenery of Java and Bali and cruise to unravel the unique wonders of East Indonesian islands
Flight - 1 night
Yogyakarta - 3 nights
Malang - 1 night
Bromo - 1 night
Ubud - 3 nights
Cruise - 7 nights
Flight - 1 night
The heart of the nation, Java is a complex island of great antiquity. Explore the temples, ancient history and stunning natural landscapes on the island of Java which has a history of kingdoms, dynasties, Hindu-Buddhist empires, Islamic sultanates and the Dutch East Indies.
Yogyakarta is known as Java’s cultural capital, situated at the foot of Mount Merapi volcano and be impressed by the nearby 9-tiered stone ‘mountain’ of Borobodur, the largest existing Buddhist monument in the world, taking over 75 years to construct during the 8th-9th century.
Malang is beautifully situated city, surrounded by volcanoes, the best known is Mount Bromo, an active volcano best viewed from Mount Penanjakan. The island of Bali retains an almost mystical quality, with beautifully constructed temples built amongst dense forest or on rocky promontories overlooking the Indian Ocean, such as Tanah Lot Temple. The Besakih temple, over 1,000 years old, is perched on the slopes of Mount Agung and the most important religious and ceremonial centre on the island.
The cruise will take you to experience the Indonesian archipelago on an island-hopping adventure, snorkel off Keramat Island and explore the colourful coral reefs below, bathe beneath a waterfall on Moyo Island with its luxuriant vegetation and virgin beaches. Flores island has become Indonesia’s Next Big Thing. Explore smouldering volcanoes, emerald rice terraces arranged like a spider web, prehistoric riddles, exotic cultures, hot springs and hidden beaches.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, volcanic Rinca Island, which is part of Komodo National Park, is inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards that exist nowhere else in the world, the 'Komodo dragons. More authentic than nearby Komodo Island, Rinca Island has more Komodo dragons and sighting are more frequent. The rugged hillsides of dry savannah and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white sandy beaches and the blue waters. Uninhabited and lush Satonda Island took its name from its dormant volcano and its extraordinary crater lake in its centre but what makes this island so special is that it is the only volcano in the world that has a crater lake filled with seawater.
Landscapes range from dense jungle, with lush greenery unique to Bali, to picturesque rice fields, savannah and barren volcanic cones. The Indonesian island of Java has changed little over the centuries and both Java and Bali’s spectacular natural environment and ancient legacies combine with cultural traditions of music, dance and art to create the Indian Ocean’s most intriguing destination.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
3 UNESCO Sites
Group Size: 2 – 25
Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Yogyakarta via Singapore.
Day 2 Arrive in Yogyakarta for three nights at 4-star The Phoenix Hotel. Afternoon visit to Prambanan Temple, a Hindu Temple complex built in the 9th century and the Buddhist temples of Candi Plaosan and Candi Sewu. (L)
Day 3 Visit Borobudur Temple and the traditional Javanese village of Candirejo explored by ‘Andong’ (horse-drawn carriage). (B, L)
Day 4 Visit the Sultan Palace Kraton, Taman Sari water palace and a batik factory. Later visit Kota Gede, Masjid Gedhe Mataram Mosque and the Royal Cemetery by rickshaw or bicycle. (B, L)
Day 5 By train (3.5hrs), travel to Jombang and continue by road to Malang (3 hrs) stopping en-route at Coban Rondo Waterfall. Overnight at the 4-star Santika Premiere Malang Hotel. (B, L)
Day 6 Malang tour of the old Dutch Town Hall, known as Balai Kota and Ijen Boulevard by becak rickshaw. Visit Candi Singosari and a tea plantation. Continue to Tosari Village by Mount Bromo (4 hrs) for overnight at the 4-star Jiwa Jawa Bromo. (B, L)
Day 7 Early morning departure by jeep to Mount Penanjakan (2770m) to view the sunrise (weather permitting) and spectacular landscapes of the volcano range of Bromo, Batok and Semeru. Travel from Bromo to Surabaya (3 hrs) for the flight to Bali. Three nights in Ubud at 4-star Ubud Village Hotel. (B, L)
Day 8 Visit Gunung Kwai on the Pakrisan River and Tirta Empul Temple, a purification temple from 10th century. In Kintamani, enjoy views of the active volcano Mount Batur and the volcanic lake. Continue to Pura Besakih, the most important of all Balinese temples and visit the Elephant Cave of Goa Gajah. (B, L)
Day 9 Visit an original Balinese house compound and garden. Enjoy a traditional Balinese family style lunch. Afternoon free to explore Ubud. (B, L)
Day 10 Visit Taman Ayun Temple, a 17th-century family temple founded by the King of Mengwi, a series of garden terraces with courtyards surrounded by a moat. Continue to Tanah Lot Temple. Embark the MS Panorama II for seven nights. (B, L, D) Day 11 Visit Bedil and Kramat Islands which are uninhabited and connected by a sand bank. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Sail to uninhabited Satonda Island, a spectacular island that took its name from its dormant volcano and its extraordinary crater lake in its centre. Optional walking tour (€30) to the crater edge. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Morning arrival in Flores Island. Optional excursion (€78) to Batu Cermin market and Melo Village to watch a traditional dance and see more of Flores village life. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Morning arrival in Rinca Island, one of the main islands part of the Komodo National Park and is the refuge of the world famous Komodo dragon. Morning optional tour (€55) approx. a 2 hour trail. Sail to nearby Padar Island and relax at the famous Pink Beach or walk to an observation point to admire three of Padar’s magnificent beaches, one with black sand, one with pink sand and one with yellow sand. Afternoon sailing to Moyo Island. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Moyo Island is hidden paradise which became famous after the visits of Princess Diana and Mick Jagger. It offers a beautiful pristine forest, waterfalls, rivers and grassy savannah. Optional Half day tour (€30) of the village of Labuhan Haji with a walk to Mata Jitu waterfall passing through a cashew nut plantation. (B, L, D)
Day 16 Optional full day excursion (€82) of Lombok Island. Admire the panorama view of Gili Islands and of Bali’s mount Agung from Malibu cliff and continue to Tanjung traditional market. Drive through paddy fields to reach the Senaru Village, walk to the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls. Afternoon visit to a traditional village, where mountain tribal life and traditions remain alive. (B, L, D)
Day 17 Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection is luxury accommodation in a colonial landmark from 1918. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and Wi-Fi (free). 144 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Centrally located in Malang, Santika Premiere Malang is a refreshing interpretation of traditional Javanese design with a modern twist. Restaurant, bar, pool and Wi-Fi (free). 112 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located in Bromo, 2.1 miles from Mount Bromo, the hotel has breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located in the heart of Ubud, Ubud Village Hotel boasts modern sophistication with true Balinese hospitality. Restaurant, bar, gym and Wi-Fi (free). 62 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Nestled along the golden shores of Sanur Beach in Bali, only a 15-minute drive from Denpasar Town. Restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi (free). 199 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Operated by Variety Cruises, the modern 165 ft. MS Panorama II as renovated in 2015. Take advantage of the indoor and outdoor spaces available: the restaurant at the lower deck is the perfect indoor setting for meals or dine al fresco on the semi-covered upper deck; curl up with a book from the library; drink from the bar in the cosy indoor lounge; relax on the sun deck with chairs; slip easily into the water from the swimming platform (when open). Panorama II moves under engine power, sails may be raised in favourable conditions. 25 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, mini-fridge, TV, hairdryer and safe. Standard double (Cat. C): lower deck bow (113 sq. ft.) – with porthole Twin (Cat. B): lower deck midship (129 sq. ft.) – with porthole Main Deck Premium Cabin (Cat. A): (118 sq. ft.) – with windows, twin and double Upper Deck Premium Cabin (Cat. P): (172 sq. ft.) – with windows, twin and double.
per person in a twin/double room/cabin
Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £995
Cat. B cabin £195
Double for sole use £1195
Cat. A cabin £595
Double for sole use £1995
Cat. P cabin £995
Double for sole use £2595
Extra Nights - Singapore
Park Regis Hotel
(per night) £95
Single supplement £85
Optional half-day panoramic tour £190
Airport transfers (per way) add £35
Extra Nights - Bali
(per night) £75
Single supplement £65
Departure transfer add £25
We offer a wide variety of shore excursions, click here for more information.
Arrival or departure transfer add £25
Air travel and taxes, transfers and all port charges and conservation fees, 8 nights’ hotel and a 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 15 lunches and 7 dinners, complimentary tea and coffee on the cruise, itinerary as described, the services of expert local guides, a cruise director and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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