Java and the Gili Islands

Java and the Gili Islands

Discover the best of the Indonesian islands of Java and Gili on this 12 night itinerary.

Begin this exciting itinerary with a sunrise visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur Temple, followed by a traditional horse-drawn buggy ride through the countryside. Learn about the history of Yogyakarta on a city tour; explore Prambanan Temple watch the sun come up over Mount Bromo. Spend three nights in barefoot luxury at Karma Reef on the Gili Islands before exploring the villages and countryside of Lombok.

Tour highlights

    • Sunrise at Borobudur Temple 
    • City tour of Yogyakarta 
    • Javanese dance performance 
    • Trekking Mount Bromo 
    • Snorkelling excursions off the Gili Islands 
    • Lombok villages and countryside tours


Day 1

Arrival into Yogyakarta and Transfer Magelang

Fly into Yogyakarta Airport where you’ll be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in the mountainous region of Magelang. Arrive at your hotel, the boutique Plataran Borobudur located just five minutes from the iconic Borobudur Temple, and check into your room complete with private garden and views of the Menoreh Hills.

Accommodation: Plataran Borobudur

Day 2

Borobudur Sunrise and Dokar Ride

Be collected early and driven to Borobudur Temple in time to watch the sunrise. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this iconic compound formed of six square and three round terraces, is the largest single Buddhist monument in the world.

You’ll have plenty of time to explore before heading to the peaceful village of Candirejo; part of your journey will be by traditional dokar (horse-drawn buggy) – or by bicycle for those who prefer to get about on two wheels! Surrounded by plantations you’ll have the chance to learn about local harvesting practices before ending the morning with a lesson in Indonesian Gamelan music followed by lunch.

Accommodation: Plataran Borobudur

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Cultural City Tour

Depart your hotel for a city tour of Yogyakarta (pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’), taking in the history and culture of the area. Drive through paddy fields and local villages before stopping to witness the process of kris (or keris) making; a traditional Indonesia dagger forged from nickel and iron.

Head into the centre of Yogyakarta and visit the Sultan’s Palace with its ornate reception halls, open-air pendopos and mid-18th century royal pleasure park. Your final stop of the day is the city district of Kota Gede where you’ll witness the ancient skill of silver crafting. Following the tour, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Prambanan Temple Tour

Sleep in this morning, waking for a leisurely breakfast before being picked up in the late afternoon for an evening of culture at Prambanan Temple. Spend time exploring this 10th century complex featuring shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Siwa.

Be treated to a performance of Javanese dance, drama, music and costume as the ballet dancers tell a legendary love story narrated by a storyteller. A buffet dinner follows the conclusion of the performance.

Accommodation: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Kertosono – Malang

Board the train at Jogjakarta Railway Station and travel east through the countryside arriving at Kertosono Station where you’ll be met and taken to the town of Kediri for lunch. Continue to the colonial-era city of Malang, stopping on the way to take pictures of the stunning Javanese scenery. Check into the Tugu Malang and settle into your room with private balcony and handcrafted bathtub.

Accommodation: Tugu Malang

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Bromo Sunrise Trekking

Wake before dawn and travel by private jeep to the rim of Mount Penanjakan in time to see the sun rise over Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru. Make your descent and cross the Sand Sea to the base of Mount Bromo before climbing the 250 steps of the rim of the crater – the incredible views are worth the effort!

After freshening up and sitting down to a well-deserved breakfast, transfer to Surabaya Airport in time for your onward flight to Lombok. Continue driving north for an overnight stay at the Tugu Lombok before your journey to Gili Meno tomorrow.

Accommodation: Tugu Lombok

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Arrive at Gili Meno

Following check out you’ll be collected and transferred to your hotel on the island of Gili Meno. Settle into your One Bedroom Sea Tent at Karma Reef complete with air conditioning, boutique kitchenette and unbelievable ocean views. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure – lounge on your personal sun bed beneath the shade of an umbrella or take to the water and go sea kayaking.

Accommodation: Karma Reef

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Snorkelling Activity

Surrounded by shallow clear waters teeming with colourful corals and tropical fish, the Gili Islands are one of Lombok’s best snorkelling spots. Head out on a snorkelling excursion for a chance to explore this underwater world. Return to Karma Reef for wood fire pizzas and lobster at the resort’s on site restaurant or opt for a private dining experience with a candlelit dinner.

Accommodation: Karma Reef

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Gili Meno – Day at Leisure

Get in some serious rest and relaxation at Gili Meno, a five star resort that exudes barefoot luxury. Sitting right on powder-soft white sands and facing crystal clear waters, this is the place to do as much or as little as you like. Lounge on hammocks on the beach, indulge in spa treatments (only ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients are used) and sip cocktails while listening to chilled out DJ tunes at the beach bar.

Accommodation: Karma Reef

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Tetebatu Village and Waterfall Expedition

Nestled within rice paddies and tobacco fields is the peaceful village of Tetebatu. Trek from the village to the 30-metre high Jeruk Manis Waterfall, set within Mount Rinjani National Park. Swim in the bracingly cold natural pond or sun yourself on the large stones before returning to the village. Carry on to your hotel, the Tugu Lombok, on the north west coast of the island.

Accommodation: Tugu Lombok

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Lombok – Day at Leisure

Start the morning listening to bird song from your private patio. The day is free to be spent as you wish, be it relaxing on the private beach or beside the hotel’s swimming pool, taking an Indonesian cooking class or indulging in treatments at the open-air Hening Swarga Spa.

Accommodation: Tugu Lombok

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12

Tour through Lombok’s Countryside

Discover an insight into Lombok’s diverse culture and traditional way of life on a relaxing tour through the countryside. Pick up unique souvenirs for family and friends at the villages of Karang Bayan (known for its rattan and palm baskets) and Nyiur Baya (where handicrafts are made). There will also be time to visit the oldest mosque on the island and a 16th century Balinese temple.

Accommodation: Tugu Lombok

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13


Have breakfast and check out prior to being collected and transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


Travel in 2017 18th January 2017 - 31st March 2018

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