Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Ubud – Seminyak

9 days

Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Ubud – Seminyak

9 days

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ascend Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple and one of the great ancient wonders
  • Indulge in a day of spirituality in Ubud, Bali’s spiritual, arts and cultural epicentre
  • Enjoy a traditional Javanese dance performance within ancient Prambanan, the largest Hindu Temple complex outside India
  • Relax on a world-class surf beach in Seminyak, Bali’s party-loving cosmopolitan neighbourhood
  • Days 1- 2: Jakarta | Discovering Old Jakarta

    Located in the north-west of Java, Indonesian capital Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis with a population of over ten million.  Powering ahead as a global business hub and developing at a dynamic rate, Jakarta presents a city of huge contrasts, from glittering high-rises to humble neighbourhoods. The city also bears a rich and fascinating history, which we explore today. Learn more with a visit to the National Museum of Indonesia, one of South-east Asia’s finest museums, located on symbolic Merdeka Square. The 141,000-plus exhibits – including prehistoric, archaeological and  Indonesian ethnography collections – are amongst Indonesia’s best. Head to Fatahillah Square, at the heart of  ‘Kota Tua’ or Old Town quarter, originally known as Batavia, de facto capital of the colonial-era Dutch East Indies. Today, this bustling square is a vibrant haunt for tourists and locals, surrounded by historic Euro-colonial buildings. While here, we visit Museum Wayang, dedicated to traditional puppetry, an important art form in Indonesian culture. 

  • Day 3: Jakarta – Yogyakarta | Ancient Hindu Wonders

    In central Java, the royal city of Yogyakarta ranks as Java’s foremost cultural, intellectual and artistic centre, with a strong legacy of Javanese arts and culture. Yogyakarta is also a sprawling modern city and gateway to Indonesia’s two most important ancient wonders and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Borobudur and Prambanan temples. A short drive from Yogyakarta, we explore Prambanan, the largest Hindu Temple complex outside India. Amongst numerous shrines and temples, the most revered and iconic Hindu site is the six jagged-shaped, intricately detailed temples, with three towering temples dedicated to Hindu divinities, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Later, enjoy a traditional Javanese dinner and dance performance within Prambanan’s temple grounds. 

  • Day 4: Yogyakarta | A Sultan's Palace & Borobudur Temple Complex

    As one of Indonesia’s oldest cities, Yogyakarta boasts many historical buildings and monuments– but magnificent Kraton, the Sultan’s Palace, is the main drawcard. It is also the city’s cultural and political heart and source of royal court traditions. Established 1755, The Kraton is effectively a walled city-within-a-city, a vast royal compound home to around 25,000 residents. We tour the innermost original palace buildings and ornate pavilions, where the current Yogyakarta Sultan resides and rules, plus the royal museum. Beyond Yogyakarta, explore  9th century Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple and one of its greatest Buddhist monuments. Preserved for centuries under volcanic ash, this colossal temple (2,500sqm or 8202ft), resembles a pyramid-shaped mandala. Ascending a series of square and circular terraces, we reach the uppermost stupa, rewarded with astounding volcano views.

  • Day 5: Yogyakarta – Ubud | Explore a Royal Town’s Palace & Market

    Nestled in Bali’s cooler central highlands, the ancient town of Ubud has been Bali’s cultural and artistic capital for centuries. This charming royal town is also known as the guardian of Balinese ancient Hindu traditions. Puri Saren Agung, is Ubud’s Royal Palace, home to the Sukawati Royal Family that ruled from the late 1800s until World War II.  Today, descendants of the last King still reside here, now a cultural repository of arts, dance and literature. Stroll through the palace’s beautifully maintained grounds and inner courtyard, resplendent with exquisitely ornate pavilions. Opposite the palace is Ubud Art Market, a cavernous local market selling everything from handicrafts to fresh produce and temple offerings.   

  • Day 6: Ubud | A Day of Spiritual Cleansing & Rejuvenation

    Over the centuries, Ubud has evolved as a centre of healing and spirituality, home to numerous holistic healers and practitioners of alternative health. Ubud is also one of Asia’s leading destinations for spas and wellness – the perfect spot for a day of spiritual awakening!  We begin with an early morning yoga session in an open-air pavilion, continuing onto to Dalem Pingit, a miniscule riverside temple. Here, we participate in a special blessing and water purification ceremony, administered by a Hindu priest.  Balinese Hindus believe this traditional ‘Melukat’ ritual cleanses the body, purifies the soul and prevents misfortune and ill-health. The purification site is accessed down steps to a small, ‘cure-all’ waterfall. Later, we meet with a traditional Shaman (or ‘Balian’), receiving a palm reading and having our chakra energy points opened.

  • Days 7- 8: Ubud – Seminyak | Royal Temples & Surf Beaches

    Drive from Ubud to Seminyak, stopping-off in Tabanan Regency, one of Bali’s most picturesque regions and former seat of the Tabanan Royal Family. We visit Mengwi Kingdom’s Royal Temple, Taman Ayun, built in 1634 by a Mengwi King. Not only is Taman Ayun one of Bali’s most sacred Hindu temples, but it’s one of the most visually stunning. Continuing on to nearby Alas Kedaton, a sacred temple immersed in small forest, observe the hundreds of monkeys and hanging bats in their lush natural habitat. Our day concludes at Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s most venerated Hindu sea temples, originating from the 16th century. Perched upon a wave-lashed rocky islet, we watch the sun sink behind the temple’s iconic silhouette of shrines. Enjoy free time in Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan and trendiest neighbourhood – and party capital – set beside a world-class surfing beach. The perfect place to wind down after your Indonesian adventure!

  • Day 9: Departure

    Transfer to Bali airport for your onward flight.

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