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Indonesian Passage

Yogyakarta to Bali
July 01- 11, 2020
11 Days

Wed, July 1

Arrive in Yogyakarta

Welcome in Yogjakarta, Indonesia's cradle of civilization on Java. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, and relax in this vast cultural melting pot that reflects the many faces of modern Indonesia. This evening, a welcome dinner will be served at our hotel

Accommodation: The Phoenix Yogyakarta, Deluxe Legacy or similar

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Thu, July 2


This morning, after breakfast, our day begins with the Kota Gede Heritage walk. On this fascinating heritage walk, explore Kotagede, a part of Yogyakarta that is rarely visited by outsiders. Known for its silver workshops, it is a maze of alleyways and narrow streets where you can get a real feel of traditional Javanese daily life. During the walk you will explore the unique architecture of this close-knit community and see how people live. No visit to Kotagede would be complete without a visit to the local market and mosque, with its royal graveyard and bathing complex. A delicious local lunch will be provided.

After lunch, we visit Prambanan Temple, the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. The three temples, were built in the centre of the square and were dedicated to the three Hindu divinities and to the animals who serve the temples. These temples were decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic (poem), which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is thought to date back to approx. 500 BCE to 100 BCE.

Our day ends with dinner during the Ramayana Performance at Purawisata. While you enjoy a traditional Indonesian dinner, watch a ballet performance in a semi-open arena that depicts the famous Hindu epic, Ramayana. The ballet is presented in a series of graceful dance movements, accompanied by gamelan music – an orchestra of traditional Javanese instruments. Enjoy cultural and religious performances, which is a fascinating act, not to be missed. The ballet brings together different aspects of traditional Javanese culture with dance, drama, music and costumes. Performers do not speak during the dance. The only storyteller is the sinden, a female singer, who 'tells' the story through Javanese songs. After the performance you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Fri, July 3

Yogyakarta – MesaStila

This morning we depart for MesaStila. On the way, we visit Candirejo, a typical Javanese village, where the residents are supported by a local NGO that started a sustainable tourism project. Aimed at introducing typical Javanese village life to visitors. We leave our coach briefly behind and travel at a slower pace - riding in a traditional horse and cart, as we explore this peaceful village and the surrounding countryside. We ride along small rural lanes to fields, as people work on the land, stopping along the way to interact with locals, and learn from our guide the different things you observe – such as harvesting and drying chili (seasonal), or making cassava crackers and handicrafts from bamboo. We then visit a local house, where the community will give a performance of traditional gamelan music, played with traditional Javanese percussion instruments. Afterwards, there is an opportunity to join in and try and master some of these instruments if you wish. During the tour, enjoy a delicious Javanese meal at a community-funded pavilion house, known locally as a pendopo pumah.

After lunch it is time to visit The Borobudur Temple. Built in the 8th and 9th century, it is considered one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Indonesia, and is also the world's largest Buddhist temple. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2 with more than 500 buddha statues.

We then continue to our hotel, and stay that will incorporate an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting nuildings, whilst surrounded by eight mountains, tropical gardens and lush vegetation. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Accommodation: MesaStila

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Sat, Jul 4


Today, a day with a difference “The Historical Ambarawa Railway Tour Ride”.

Board an original cog steam train The "Queen of the Mountain” – a 1902 steam locomotive with two charming authentic Dutch passenger carriages – will allow you to step back in time on a ride you will never forget. Visit the beautiful Ambarawa Train Museum with its wonderful locomotives from the bygone Dutch era and taste the Central Java’s pancake as you pass through plantations, stunning rice fields, by Rawapening Lake and traditional Javanese villages. After our ride, lunch will be at a local restaurant, before returning to the hotel and some leisure time, followed by dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sun, July 5

MesaStila to Ubud, Bali

The morning is at leisure. We will meet for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we depart for Denpasar, the capital of the exotic island province of Bali, known for its pristine beaches, aura of spirituality, and long tradition of the arts.

After arriving in Denpasar, we transfer to Ubud, Bali's cultural center. Bali has inspired painters, sculptors, and writers from around the world. We view terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and bubbling rivers on the picturesque drive to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a sacred area inhabited by hundreds of long-tailed macaques who have a symbolic place among Balinese Hindu culture.

This evening, we head to the Peliatan Royal Palace, one of the oldest palaces in Ubud. The elaborately designed building was constructed in 1769. Adopting the traditional Balinese architectural concepts based on deep philosophical and spatial division. We are taken on a tour around the palace and told stories of the Balinese King, the Kingdom of Ubud, as well as Balinese philosophy, traditions and the religions of Bali. At the end of your tour, there is the opportunity to meet and converse with one of the princes in the palace We will then have a Balinese royal dinner with him and you are free to ask questions about Balinese kingdoms past & present, and Balinese culture in general. We end our wonderful experience with a spectacular performance featuring Balinese dances set to gamelan music

Accommodation: SereS Springs Resort & Spa

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Mon, July 6


We have an early start today, as we leave the resort to visit the Jatiluwih rice terrace, which is named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. This spectacular site of terraced, green paddies is stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where it meets the sea. The rice fields that make up this area use a cultivation method preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation, it is an amazing sight! We walk through the fields with a local farmer and learn more about life in this magical green paradise.

Later, our day continues as we head into the mountains to the 17th century Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes. We will enjoy lunch before returning to our hotel, and some free time, before dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Tue, July 7


Our journey today, takes us to Penarungan Village, located in a remote part of Central Bali. Here, members of the community work together to deliver a unique program on culture and daily life in rural Bali. You can join in a series of activities that include walking through the village rice fields, making traditional coffee and coconut oil, help with the animals, plant rice, and enjoy Balinese music and dance. A sumptuous Balinese-style lunch will be served as our visit draws to an end. (Important: Please bring a change of clothes if you plan to participate in the rice planting activity as you will be working in mud.)

Later in the afternoon, it will be time for us to refine our culinary skills as you take part in a cooking class that will introduce you to the art and techniques of Balinese cuisine, guided by a local chef.

Finally, in the evening, we are invited to join a Balinese family for dinner where we will have the opportunity to better converse and ask questions about daily life in rural Bali. This experience is guaranteed to be fun, relaxing, and memorable.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Wed, July 8

Ubud to Sanur

Today our mode of transport are old 1980 Volkswagens Kombi Limo’s, that are fully restored and modified! Travel through some Balinese villages as you head toward the stunning 10th-century temple of Paiguman temple, perched in the lush jungle. As we make our way, we will have a short lecture at the private house of Bapak Enong Ismail. He is the curator of the Sukarno Museum and the leading expert on the recently world heritage. Listed is the Pakerisan river area and its ancient temples and monuments. His simple house sits amongst the rice field on a ridge to the sacred river of Pakerisan, and is a beautiful place to start the day. Enong’s life passion is to give back to the country that he loves and through his work documenting Balinese culture since 1979, he now would like to share his findings to help preserve the temples and monuments you will visit for future generations to enjoy.

In the afternoon we continue to the water temple, where you can have the option to have a shower in the natural spring water, before travelling on to the biggest Budha’s temple and a superb Balinese lunch viewing rice terraces. Afterwards, we continue to Sanur. Tonight, we are treated to a special Balinese-style dinner followed by dance performance.

Accommodation: Maya Sanur, Deluxe Garden View

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Thu, July 9


We start the day at a performance of Barong, a well known Balinese traditional dance that acts out stories and myths of the conflicts of good and evil. Next we travel to Taman Ayun and view the striking royal temple, that dates back to the Mengwi Empire, which is set amidst a peaceful pond and gardens.

After lunch at a local restaurant, astonishing views await you at Tanah Lot, a temple perched on top of a seaside rock, that is shaped by hundreds of years of ocean tides. We meander the lanes of the Tanah Lot, where artisans sell Bali's famous handicrafts.

The rest of the day is at leisure for your to relax and enjoy the surrounding beaches, or explore a little more. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Fri, July 10


Today is at leisure to enjoy your last full day before it is time to depart. You can relax at the pool, indulge in spa treatments (not included) and just enjoy your last day in this paradise on the sea. Our final evening in Indonesia is spent together at a festive Farewell Dinner, where we can reflect on a memorable journey highlighted by tonight's magnificent Balinese sunset.  

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Sat, July 11

Depart Bali

After breakfast, the day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport in time for your flight (not included)

Meal Plan Breakfast


Price in USD per person


$ 4,069


$ 5,516


* Based on a minimum 15 passengers. 


  • All transport as mentioned 
  • All the activities as mentioned 
  • Flight Semarang (SRG) to Denpasar (DPS) Economy class by Garuda including 20 kg luggage 
  • All entrance fees during the trip 
  • English Speaking Tour Leader 
  • Penarungan Village Life experience & Cooking Class 
  • Ancient Temple with VM Combi 
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin/triple sharing room) 
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), 7x Lunch & 9x Dinner with 1 glass of wine or beer.


  • Air tickets both domestic (unless noted in itinerary) and international
  • Early check in/or late check-out is not mentioned above
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks 
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Transfer to LCI hotel departure point


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