With horseback rides to hilltop Hindu temples, refreshing dips in jungle caves, and musical performances by Javanese locals, you’ll discover all the beauty and diversity of West Java on this gently active 9-day tour. From the splendid botanical gardens of Bogor to the smoldering volcanoes of the “home of the gods,” you’ll never forget your time in this wildly captivating land.
You’ll start your West Java tour amidst the cosmopolitan buzz of Jakarta and end your journey in Yogyakarta, long considered the cultural capital of Java. From Jakarta, you’ll be dazzled by the flora and fauna of Bogor’s lush botanical gardens, and you’ll visit Java’s famed coffee and tea plantations. You’ll be serenaded by village students playing traditional bamboo instruments and perhaps even have a go at playing them yourself.
A variety of Javanese cultures and customs will be revealed to you as you tour local villages, ancient temples and wild regions, from the thatched-roof homes of a Sundanese village to the smoking, volcanic landscape of Dieng Plateau, known colloquially as the “home of the gods.” Catch your breath on the lovely beaches of Pangandaran, then take a river cruise through Pangandaran National Park to meet the wild denizens of the jungle, including monkeys, flying squirrles and monitor lizards.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the oldest temples in Java before ending your tour in culturally rich Yogyakarta with some last-minute shopping and sightseeing.