iExplore Indonesia Experience

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $3,275
  • Length: 13 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Bali
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Tour Description

From Sumatra, home to Southeast Asia's largest lake, dense jungles and the orangutan, Indonesia stretches 5000km to Papua; the largely unexplored eastern province home to the once 'headhunting' Asmats, peaceful Dani and breathtaking mountain ranges. Indonesia is as varied as it is unique, from the Hindu-Buddhist monuments of Borobudur to the famous Komodo Dragons, countless deserted beaches and natural wonders grace an archipelago filled with mystique and beauty.

Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesia's 17,000 islands. It is an island where the mystical and magic define everyday life in a paradise framed by sweeping beaches and natural wonders. The rich and intriguing culture is at once enthralling and hypnotic, with the island's beauty exceeded only by the friendliness of its charming people. Sun drenched beaches and exotic temples, thrilling adventures and world-class spas are all within proximity to boutique hotels, resorts and private villas, made famous by their Balinese designs.

From the primal jungles of Sumatra to the lavish luxury of Nusa Dua, Indonesia is unique in its diversity. For those of us who are searching for the true exotic, who challenge themselves with experiences that are rare and magical yet appreciate service, quality and an unique insight into a destination, Indonesia presents an opportunity to fulfill the ultimate travel experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Jakarta, Indonesia

Welcome to Jakarta! Today when you arrive at Jakarta Airport and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

You will be confirmed for the night at the Shangri-La Hotel in a Deluxe Room including breakfast.

The Shangri-la Jakarta is a quiet luxurious oasis in the center of the business district just 30 minutes from the Soekarno-Hatta airport. All guest rooms are beautifully appointed with rich fabrics and dark wood furniture. When it is time for relaxation a spacious pool - three tennis courts - spa - and 9-hole putting green await. If you want a more vigorous workout, there is a fully equipped health club.

Shangri La Hotel- Deluxe Room

Day 2: Jakarta- Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan- Camp Leakey

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel for the transfer to airport for your flight (Riau Air #161, departing at 9:50 and arriving at 11:20) to Pangkalan Bun.

Upon arrival you are met by our local staff and transferred to the Kumai boat dock for cruise to Tanjung Harapan. Your boat, a traditional Klotok wooden riverboat, measuring 6 by 2 meters, with roof that forms the upper deck where you can view the rain forest as it glides by. The boat crew includes boatman, cook and expert guide.

Lunch is served en route to Camp Leakey (3 hours from Kumai), a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans. Here the playful and friendly baby orangutans are taught to fend for themselves in the jungle. In the peaceful afternoon you have a chance to observe monkeys along the riverside. Disembark at Rimba Lodge.

The word Rimba means great wilderness or forest on the Indonesian language. Strategically located besides the orangutan sanctuary, the Rimba Lodge is simple, clean and comfortable. Its Dayak architecture, spaciousness and airiness, as well as bright surroundings combined to give you an enormous feeling of serenity and harmony with nature. There are 15 river-edge bedrooms and 20 rooms inland, all with teak bathroom. The restaurant is superb and catered successfully for the hundred delegates who attended the great apes conference. You will be confirmed for three nights at the Rimba Lodge in an Emerald Room inclusive of daily breakfast.

Breakfast, Lunch

Rimba Lodge- Emerald Room

Days 3 & 4: Tanjung Puting National Park

Enjoy two full days exploring with your guide in Tanjung Putting National Park. Trek deep in to the jungle on the different trails with lunch provided.

Located in the Tanjung Puting Reserve, Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas. It was named after the legendary anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas, as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now an assemblage of permanent wooden structures designed to provide a base for scientists, staff, students, and PHPA guards. Over the years, Camp Leakey has supported the research efforts of dozens of scientists and graduate students from Indonesia and North America.

Breakfast

Rimba Lodge- Emerald Room

Day 5: Camp Leakey- Semarang- Yogyakarta

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel and driven to the Pangkalan Bun Airport for your flight (Riau flight #162 11:50/12:50) to Semarang.

When you arrive, you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Or, perhaps you would enjoy an optional Semarang city tour (no included- additional cost applies)

You will be confirmed for two nights at the Hyatt Regency in a Regency Club Room, including breakfast. The hotel is situated in the scenic outskirts of northwestern Yogyakarta. The idyllic location affords stunning views of Mount Merapi (the sacred mountain of Java), Seribu Mountain and Java's beautiful landscape. It is also strategically situated near the main highway with convenient access to Borobudur Temple, the city center and many other places of interest. Adisucipto Airport Yogyakarta is just a 15-minute journey by car. The hotel offers a full range of hotel recreational facilities including a nine-hole golf course and floodlit driving range, floodlit tennis courts, a multi-level free-form pool, and a hotel health club that hotel guests may enjoy.

Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta- Regency Club Room

Day 6: Borobudur & Prambanan

Enjoy breakfast at hotel before departing for a full-day tour of Borobudur and Prambanan including lunch.

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple and one of the best-preserved ancient monuments. The architectural style found at Borobudur has no equal throughout the world.

The Prambanan temple is regarded as the most elegant of Hindu shrines and the largest Hindu structure in Java. The Prambanan temple complex originally comprised of over 54 smaller surrounding temples, with three main temples in the center, is located near Loro Jonggrang and was started in the 8th century under the Mataram Hindu kingdom. Today only the three main temples, and three of the smaller temples, are standing. The reconstruction process is slow and extremely difficult. The temples have severely deteriorated since they were abandoned in the 13th century, when the Javanese Hindu kings began migrating from Central to East Java fleeing the Muslim conquerors.

Breakfast, Lunch

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta- Regency Club Room

Day 7: Yogyakarta- Denpasar- Ubud, Bali

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll be transferred to airport for your flight (Garuda #252 12:55/15:10) to Bali. When you arrive, you will be met by a local iExplore Representative and taken to your hotel in Ubud.

You will be confirmed for two nights at the Maya Ubub in a Superior Garden Villa, including breakfast.

The Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is set in 10 hectares of hillside garden, stretching 780 meters along a peninsula set high above two river valleys. It flows from hilltop down to riverside hideaway, 30 meters below. Just minutes by foot from Ubud, with all its cultural and dining attractions, The Maya Ubud Resort & Spa provides a spacious, stylish, luxurious environment in which to enjoy some of life's better moments.

Enjoy the remainder of day at leisure.

Breakfast

Maya Ubud- Superior Garden Villa

Day 8: Ubud

Today is at leisure. Enjoy some of the facilities of the resort or just relax in the spa.

Breakfast

Maya Ubud- Superior Garden Villa

Day 9: Kintamani- Penglipuran- Nusa Dua

Full day tour of Kintamani-Penglipuran region with lunch.

This morning drive to Kehen Temple and the ancient village Penglipuran. Continue on to Kintamani for lunch on the beautiful slopes of Mt Batur with stunning views of the volcano and the lake in the distance. Visit Gunung Kawi Sebatu, a spring water temple built in 16th century surrounded by lush trees and tropical plants. Continue on to Tegalalang with its magnificent rice terraces, and Ubud the artist colony, famous for its painters' studios, art schools and an art museum. Visit an art gallery and watch painters at work. Continue to the village of Mas, where skilled carvers turn slabs of teak and ebony into pieces of art. Take time to browse in the large gift shop where you can purchase the finished products. Next visit Tohpati, home of handmade fabric known as Batik. Watch people making fabric using traditional tools and visit the gift shop where you can purchase materials and finished products.

Your tour ends at Nusa Dua. Check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa- Deluxe Room

Day 10: Nusa Dua

Today is unscheduled. Enjoy the full day at leisure.

 

Nestled within lush tropical landscape gardens, the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa features all the elegance of a Balinese palace, and caters to those who enjoy sport, fitness and spa activities. A wide range of cultural, recreational, water, and children activities are present in the resort. Five minutes away from the resort is the Bali Collections Lifestyle and Entertainment-shopping and restaurant complex- and adjacent to that is the award winning 18-hole Bali Golf and Country Club overlooking the Indian Ocean to the south and Mt. Agung to the north. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa is only a short distance away from the nightlife and shopping spots of Kuta beach and Legian street.

Breakfast

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa- Deluxe Room

Day 11: Nusa Dua

Full day "Treasures of the North" tour. This morning depart for the beautiful rice terraces of Pacung. Continue on to Lake Bratan. Veiled by mist and home to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a temple built entirely on small islands and dedicated to Dewi Danu, the water goddess. Driving towards Munduk, there are stunning views of the twin lakes of Bali before arriving in Banjar to experience the hot springs for which this village is famous. Its properties are healing and soothing, and the sulfur content gently nourishes the skin.

After a fresh water shower, enjoy lunch at a local seaside restaurant in Lovina, an area famous for its early morning sightings of playful Dolphins. The beach is beautiful, with colorful outriggers lining the peaceful sands. After lunch visit the former Dutch capital of Bali, the port city of Singaraja, meaning 'Lion King.' Once a bustling center of commerce and government, it is now a sleepy town with tree lined boulevards and old colonial residences. Lastly, arriving at Munduk, you will visit a local waterfall that will refresh you before returning to your hotel from a memorable and highly enjoyable day!

Breakfast, Lunch

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa- Deluxe Room

Day 12: Nusa Dua

Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, depart the hotel and head to Bali's southern tip.

After a noon pick up from your hotel, your tour starts with a visit to Jenggala, a fine ceramic manufacturer, located in Jimbaran.

Next stop at "Garuda Wisnu Kencana", a fascinating cultural park, where a massive statue of the mythical Garuda bird and the God Wisnu is being created. When completed, this statue will dwarf the Statue of Liberty.

Finally venture on to southernmost part of Bali, home of the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu, undoubtedly the regions most illustrious temple perched on 100 foot limestone cliffs. Watch the huge waves roll in from the Indian Ocean and crash against the cliffs - and keep an eye out for the cheeky monkeys. One of today's highlights is to see the Uluwatu Kecak dance performed in this unique setting.

Afterwards, head to Jimbaran Bay, where you enjoy Bali's most stunning sunset and a sumptuous fresh lobster-seafood dinner (non-seafood alternative available.) Situated on the beach in Jimbaran Bay, the Balinese style or BBQ seafood is a must for a trip to Bali.

Breakfast, Dinner

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa- Deluxe Room

Day 13: Nusa Dua- Ubud- Depart

Day at leisure until transfer to the airport for your onward departing flight.

Breakfast

Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary as stated; however, due to schedule changes beyond organizers control, we reserve the right, without prior notice, to change the routing.

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

Prices valid from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.

$3,275 per person double occupancy.

$3,075 per person double occupancy, based on four persons traveling together.

$4,995 solo traveler.

$1,095 single room supplement.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of April, 2010. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Inclusions:

· Airport meet and assist in Jakarta, Kalimantan, Yogyakarta and Bali.

· Land transfers via private air-conditioned vehicles (except in Pangkalan Bun where air-conditioned vehicles are not available)

· Hotel accommodation as indicated, including hotel taxes and breakfast.

· Accommodation at the Rimba Lodge in "Emerald" rooms (AC, hot & cold water)

· River transportation at Orang Utan

· All tour & sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

· Economy class air from: Jakarta/ Pangakalan Bun /Semarang and Yogyakarta/Denpasar, Bali. Please note: airfare and flight schedules are subject to change at anytime without prior notice.

· Meals as indicated

· Permit & entrance fee to the Orangutan Reserve and National Park Ranger

· Simple snack and drinking water at Orang Utan

· English-speaking local guides

· Entrance fees

Exclusions:

· International airfare, airport tax, airport porter

· Services which are not mentioned on the program above

· Airport taxes and extra baggage

· Laundry, telecommunication fee

· Meals that are not mentioned at above itinerary

· Extra meals and beverages

· Personal expenses

· Travel insurance

· Holiday surcharges

· All expenses incurred due to flight cancellations/delays or due to other causes beyond our control ("force majeure")

Note:

· The Rimba lodge, an eco lodge, provides electricity only from 5pm until after breakfast as part of its conservation effort

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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