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Cultural and Historical Tours

17-Day Paradise Islands Journey (3 Islands)

Indonesia

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Sprawling across the equator for nearly 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth. On this fascinating 17-Day hosted journey, (limited to 8 participants) travellers visit the exotic islands of BALI, LOMBOK and KOMODO, exploring their azure waters, slumbering volcanoes, towering temples, lush tropical forests and untouched coastal marine habitats.

The expedition is designed exclusively for discerning travellers who are seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.

We pride ourselves on demanding only the highest calibre of service delivery, and have carefully crafted tours that include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path taken by traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you're not likely to discover on your own.

Arrival location:

Jakarta, Indonesia

Departure Location:

Jakarta, Indonesia

Included in your experience:

INDOEXCURSIONS' JOURNEYS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE.

If there's one thing you won't need to worry about on your IndoExcursions Journey, it's unforeseen out-of-pocket expenses! We take great pains to ensure that our Travellers are rarely in need of personal funds.

Included in your Trip Fee are :

Mobile Telephone (with calling time) for use during your trip

Upon arrival, your Tour Leader/Escort will loan you a basic mobile telephone (with calling time), so that you're able to reach her/him at any time during your Tour.

Transportation

Domestic airline flights; overland travel in spacious, air-conditioned vehicles; and (on trips which include Komodo-Flores) 4 days of travel aboard a luxury liveaboard boat.

Meals and Snacks

Except on a few "free days," all your meals are included. You'll eat at carefully-selected restaurants (the ones we love), and you'll order directly off the menu, thus eliminating any concerns about dietary restrictions and/or preferences.

Drinking water, juice, soft drinks and snacks are always be available during overland travel.

Accommodation

You'll stay at our favourite luxury hotels, each selected for its charm and Indonesian ambiance.

Should your tour include stops where such accommodations are unavailable, you'll stay at the highest class of hotel available.

If your Tour involves visits to more than one island, you'll be provided an additional night's stay (after termination of your Tour) at a hotel in the city where your tour originated.

Escort/Tour Leader for the duration of your Journey

Upon arrival in Indonesia, you and your fellow-travellers will be met by an IndoExcursions Escort/Tour Leader who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. IndoExcursions Escorts/Tours Leaders are highly-credentialed individuals who have held positions of responsibility for many years prior to joining our organisation. Among the ranks are former university professors, school teachers from Indonesia’s international school community, writers, editors, and business leaders from the hospitality industry.

Professional English-Speaking Tour Guides at each locale visited

At each locale visited, you'll be served by a world-class team of tour guides who are native to the area. All IndoExcursions Tour Guides are university-accredited and knowledgeable in the history and cultural heritage of their region. All are fully trilingual, speaking English, an Indonesian local language, and the national language, Bahasa Indonesia.

Written Materials

Your Escort/Tour Leader will, from time to time, provide you with written materials relevant to your current location and its cultural/historic sites.

Miscellaneous Items

Your Escort/Tour Leader will attempt to anticipate the needs of you and your fellow-travellers. She/he will carry a store of supplies to cover most eventualities - collapsible umbrellas, raincoats, torches/flashlights, electrical adapters, insect repellent, bandages, ziplock bags, electrolyte powder, playing cards - you name it.

Admission Fees to all Sites and Performances

Tips and Gratuities as appropiate throughout the Journey

Donations to all villages visited

Contributions to the INDOEXCURSIONS EDUCATION FUND. A portion of your Trip Fee will be allocated to the INDOEXCURSIONS EDUCATION FUND. Your purchase of an IndoExcursions trip will keep one selected outstanding student in school or university for one month.

Other than a some spending money for souvenirs, meals and activities on your "free days," alcoholic beverages and laundry expenses . . . you need have little worry about out-of-pocket expenses on your IndoExcursions Trip.

Ground Transportation, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Not included in your experience:

Flights to and from the destination where your IndoExcursions trip begins and ends

Visa and Passport Fees

Travel Insurance

Excess Baggage Charges

Meals and Activities not specified on the Trip Itinerary

Alcoholic Beverages

Personal Expenses

Required Equipment:

OUR RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST

* First and foremost, your Airline Ticket to Indonesia!

* Passport + Coloured Copy of Passport

* 2 ATM Cards

(We recommend having a spare ATM Card in the event that 1 is lost or damaged)

* 1 Credit Card (2 if possible)

* Information/Documents you will need :

NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE FIRST HOTEL YOU WILL STAY AT IN INDONESIA.

This information will be sent to you prior to your arrival in Indonesia.

You'll need to present this information at Immigration upon entry to Indonesia.

TRAVEL INSURANCE DOCUMENTS AND YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS.

You'll need to present this information to your Escort/Tour Leader at your

Orientation Meeting upon your arrival in Indonesia.

ADDRESSES OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO MIGHT LIKE TO RECEIVE A POSTCARD.

* Pen and Notepad

* Book / Reading Material

* Camera

* Backpack / Small Day Pack (for day trips)

* A (very) few changes of Top (T-Shirt /Shirt / Blouse)

* A (very) few changes of Short Trousers

* At least 1 'Nice Outfit' for going out in the evening -

Collared Shirt and Long Pants / Possibly a Dress or Skirt and Blouse for women)

* Pajamas / Sleepwear

* Bathing Suit / Swimwear

* Light Jacket (for high altitudes and airline cabins)

* Hat / Cap (for shelter from the sun)

* Sunglasses

* 1 Pair of Flip-Flops or 'Slip-On' Shoes

In Indonesia, footwear is removed before entering homes and temples,

so it's essential you have shoes which can be easily slipped on and off.

* 1 Pair of Closed-Toe Shoes for walking or trekking

* 1 Pair of Comfortable Shoes for going out in the Evening.

* Socks and Undergarments

* Toiletries

* Prescription Drugs / Medications

* Preferred Over-the-Counter Drugs for headaches and upset stomachs

* Waterproof Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)

* Aloe Vera Gel

* Lip Balm (preferably one with SPF protection)

* Spare Pair of Glasses (if you wear corrective eyewear)

    None Available for this package
  • Day1
    Selamat datang, welcome to Indonesia! On Day 1, you and your fellow travellers will arrive at the Bali airport at various times throughout the day. Regardless of your arrival time, we will have an IndoExcursions driver greet you at the airport and deliver you to our dreamy hotel in the City of UBUD, Bali's "cultural capital," located in the centre of the island. At 4:30pm, we'll convene for an Orientation at the hotel, where you'll meet your Escort/Tour Leader and travel companions for the first time. Over dinner, the Tour Leader will give each traveller a detailed Trip Itinerary and a Mobile Telephone (so we can stay in touch throughout our journey). Following the Orientation, we'll head out for dinner at one of our favourite eating spots, so you can immediately begin to get a feel for the vibrant and pulsating culture of Ubud - a town often described as the "soul" of Bali. Central to the island's artistic and intellectual heritage, Ubud is where Bali's arts are at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible. After a sumptuous dinner, we'll return to our hotel for a good night's rest before setting off on our journey in the morning. IMPORTANT NOTES : * Each month, IndoExcursions conducts at 27-DAY JOURNEY ACROSS INDONESIA which includes the islands of Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Lombok and Flores. You'll be joining this journey in Bali, midway through the tour. With this in mind, please expect to meet up with additional travel companions on Day 2 (who were NOT with you at your Orientation on Day 1). * At no time will the total number of travellers ever exceed 8 persons.
    Best Hotel in location visited | Breakfast Included
  • Day2 - 5
    We'll devote 4 full days to a cultural exploration of Bali. For many, Bali is the very definition of tropical paradise : magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, lush green forests and terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides. But Bali is so much more than this. It's the extraordinary richness of the Balinese culture - it's the "essence" of Bali - that sets it apart from any other island in the world. From the flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully-garbed locals shutting down roads, to the elaborate temple ceremonies, to the enchanting traditional dances, to the otherworldly gamelan music played island-wide, almost everything in Bali has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility. Over 4 days, our native Bali tour guides will take us off the well-trodden path for a true "insider journey" across the island. The journey will be filled with unprecedented behind-the-scenes opportunities that reach far beyond the predictable stuff, offering unique access that you simply couldn’t plan on your own. We'll venture to intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists; we'll stop at villages where locals will prepare us meals while excited youngsters perform ritual dances; we'll visit traditional spice plantations . . . we'll experience "authentic Bali" and discover the true essence of the "Island of the Gods." Before heading out each morning from our Ubud accommodations, our guides will deliver a 30-minute language lesson and a short briefing on Balinese customs (such as how to correctly tie a Balinese sarong and sash before entering a sacred temple). And we'll end each day back in Ubud, so we can spend our evenings eating at amazing world-renown restaurants and attending fascinating Balinese dance and musical performances.
    Best Hotel in location visited | Breakfast Included
  • Day6
    We never go to Bali that we don't wish we had more time. As full as our 5-day Itinerary is, there is simply NOT sufficient time to see all the scenery, visit all the temples, attend all the performances, and eat at all the world-famous restaurants concentrated on this small island. With this in mind, on Day 6 (our last day in Bali), you'll have a "Free Day." From sunup until 3:30pm, you'll be on your own. You can take in Ubud's famed sacred monkey forest, shop for gift items and local handicrafts, visit temples not included in the IndoExcursions Itinerary, or just relax poolside and do nothing at all. The choice is, ultimately, yours. (We'll keep 1 tour guide on call for the day, in the event that you or any of your fellow-travellers require assistance with transport to your desired locations.) At 3:30pm, all travellers will meet back in Ubud for a very special final evening in Bali. It's our custom at IndoExcursions to end our Bali tours with a private dinner and private performance at a surprise location - something arranged exclusively for IndoExcursions travellers!
    Best Hotel in location visited | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 11
    After 6 Days of intense activity on Bali, it will be time for a "Beach Vacation." So, on Day 7, we'll take a 30-minute flight to the Island of LOMBOK (just a flying fish skip off the east coast of Bali), where we can slow down, unwind, "chill out." Unlike it's superstar neighbour, Lombok is the island-of-choice for those seeking 'relaxation and serenity.' It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. When IndoExcursions Travellers arrive in Lombok after visiting Bali, we tell them, "Exhale and stretch out a little. You're in Lombok now." (For all its charms, Bali has an 'intensity' that simply doesn't exist on Lombok.) Over 5 days, our native Lombok tour guides will introduce us to an island blessed with white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs, exquisite marine life, vivid sunsets, wonderful beach resorts . . . everything you dreamed of when you planned your tropical holiday! In addition to its beach-fringed coast, Lombok's lush forested interior is home to Indonesia's second-highest volcano, Mount Rinjani, and, at the foothills of Rinjani are some of the most serene waterfalls in the archipelago. It's our habit to encourage IndoExcursions travellers to take a (moderate) hike to the base of Rinjani to catch a glimpse of at least one of these exquisite waterfalls . . . but, if you decide to stay behind and chill out at the beach, we'll understand. After all, you're in Lombok.
    Best Hotel in location visited | Breakfast Included
  • Day12 - 16
    After 5 days of R&R on Lombok, you should be well-tanned and caught up on your reading. So, on Day 12, we'll take a short flight to the Island of FLORES and check into a beach resort in Labuan Bajo (the Island capital). As we enjoy dinner at our resort, we'll watch the sun set over the infamous KOMODO ISLANDS just west of Flores. Early on Day 13, we'll make our way to the Labuan Bajo port and board IndoExcursions' large and luxurious phinisi ship - a magnificent traditional Indonesian sailing vessel with "mile-high" sails. With 8 IndoExcursions travellers onboard, a private chef and a full staff, we'll set sail for the KOMODO ISLANDS - a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and home to the famed Komodo Dragon, the world's largest monitor lizard. For 4 glorious days, we'll glide through the crystal blue waters of the Komodo Islands - an area boasting the greatest marine biodiversity on earth, and teeming with dolphins, green turtles and giant mantarays. During our voyage, you may snorkel on pristine sandy white beaches; or explore the island coasts in search of Komodo Dragons; or, if you prefer, you may spend the entire 4 days relaxing on deck with a margarita in hand. All this, whilst enjoying world-class meals and accommodations on a luxurious sailing vessel. What's not to love? The Komodo Islands will provide the perfect climax for our Indonesia Tour. On Day 16, upon returning from our 4-day cruise, we'll spend one final evening in Labuan Bajo, where we'll enjoy a lavish farewell dinner together and check into our resort for another night.
    Aboard a luxury liveaboard sailing vessel | Breakfast Included
  • Day17
    Having completed a cultural journey spanning 3 Indonesian islands, you should have restored balance to your mind, body and spirit. We expect you'll be well-tanned, have heaps of photos, and lots of stories to tell when you get back home. But, more importantly, we hope you'll have many fond memories of experiences shared with new friends. On Day 17, we'll make our way to the Flores airport in Labuan Bajo and say our goodbyes. Then, you'll fly back to your original entry point in Indonesia, where IndoExcursions will have arranged a final night's accommodation for you before you head back to your home country . . . Unless, of course, you live in Indonesia, or choose to remain in Indonesia for some independent travel! _____________________________________________ WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR 17 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP AND CONVERSATION . . . AND THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! WE LOOK FORWARD TO TRAVELLING WITH YOU IN THE WEEKS OR MONTHS AHEAD.
    Best Hotel in location visited | Breakfast Included
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