From the cradle of Javanese civilization in Yogyakarta to the elaborate funerary rites of the Toraja in Sulawesi, Indonesia offers a vast and varied landscape of cultures and natural wonders. On this 15-day tour, you’ll gain genuine insight into the fascinating regions of Java, Sulawesi and Bali with walking tours of local villages, volcano treks, beach excursions, guided temple explorations and more.
From Yogyakarta, you’ll embark on an island-hopping journey that reveals the very best of Indonesia. On Java, make your own personalized batik piece from scratch and see the region’s ancient temples, including Borobudur and Prambanan. A scenic train ride will whisk you into the eastern reaches of Java, where you’ll scale a stunning volcano by car, horse and on foot.
After flying to Sulawesi, you’ll venture into the interior of the island to immerse yourself in the mysterious culture of the Toraja people, famed for their elaborate funerary rites. Visit the “balconies of death” that feature cliff coffins and hanging effigies, mingle with local villagers, and catch a spectacular sunrise over Lake Tempe as you take in the unique customs and architecture of one of Indonesia’s most fascinating people.
Once in Bali, it’s time to unwind. You’ll stay in charming Ubud, which has a lovely bohemian vibe, and visit quiet villages surrounded by rice terraces. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to live a day in the life of a local Balinese farmer while supporting community-based tourism. With ample beach time in world-famous Sanur and day trips to Balinese must-sees such as Tanah Lot and Tirta Empul, you’ll finish out your trip with a wonderful dose of culture, pampering and stunning tropical landscapes.