Explore Bali & Java

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Yogyakarta to Sanur
  • Group Size: Max 15

Trip Details


Set loose your spiritual side on a 12-day tour to the stunning beaches and jungles of Bali and Java. Travel by cycle-rickshaw to local markets and the Sultan’s Palace in Yogyakarta. Enjoy inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples. Take high tea at the Mangkunegaran Palace and stroll the coastline of the unforgettable beaches of Sanur. Inspired by Buddhist zen, find harmony in this incredible corner of the world.

Trip Highlights

    • Venture into Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw, exploring the Sultan’s Palace and batik workshops.
    • Explore the extraordinary temple complex of Borobudur.
    • Climb to the top of an active volcano in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
    • Visit a Balinese market to select ingredients for a feast you’ll create with a local chef.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Yogyakarta

Arrive at any time. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. (1D)

Days 2 & 3 — Yogyakarta

Take in the city’s sights during a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride. See the Sultan’s Palace, colorful markets, and batik workshops. Then embark on an excursion to the Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur. Examine the artistic and architectural marvels of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which once lay buried under layers of volcanic ash. (2B)

Days 4 & 5 — Solo (Surakarta)

Take a tour of Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java. Continue on to Solo and visit the Mangkunegaran Palace for a traditional dance class and high tea. The next day, travel to Mount Lawu to visit the Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh temples. (2B)

Days 6 & 7 — Malang

Journey to the beautiful colonial city of Malang, the second largest city in East Java. The next morning, hop in a jeep to catch the sunrise at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Ascend to the top of Mount Bromo—part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. Later, visit the volcanology office to meet with one of the researchers and learn about the geology of this beautiful area. (2B, 1L)

Day 8 — Ubud

Catch a flight and transfer to Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of Bali and our base for the next three nights. (1B)

Days 9 & 10 — Ubud

Venture into markets and rice fields with a local chef to discover the secrets of Balinese cuisine. Then roll up your sleeves for a fun cooking class and learn how to prepare a traditional meal. The next day, explore spiritual Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple and its bubbling spring, said to hold curative powers. Continue to the 11th-century Gunung Kawi, an ancient Balinese monument surrounded by terraced rice fields, and the village of Kintamani, perched on the edge of a giant crater. (2B, 1L)

Day 11 — Sanur

Head to the coastal village of Sanur and enjoy free time with the option to visit a beautiful beach. (1B)

Day 12 — Sanur

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,539

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (11 nights)

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $175–230 for meals not included.

Minibus/van, cycle-rickshaw

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.