17 day tour
Indonesia Family

  • Explore temples on Java
  • Visit the colourful island of Bali
  • Relax on white sandy beaches

This 17-day tour of indonesia with kids starts with the famous Borobudur temple. From here you will travel to the sultanate of Yogyakarta, the Prambanan temples, Bromo volcano and green plantations at East Java. From here you cross the Bali Straits by ferry and enter into the Hindu world at Bali. Stay at the beach at Pemuteran for a few nights before visiting the green heart of the island at Ubud. Here you will cycle a half day through the green rice paddies, before making another trip by boat, this time to Nusa Lembongan. This small island offers nice beaches, some good snorkelling and diving and is the end of your voyage.

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17 day tour of Indonesia:

Route: Borobudur – Yogyakarta – Malang – Bromo – Kalibaru – Pemuteran – Munduk – Ubud – Nusa Lembongan

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Day 1 – Arrival at Yogyakarta, transfer to Borobdur
Upon arrival at Yogyakarta Airport you will be met by our driver who is waiting to take directly to the Javanese country side near Borobudur Temple. You will stay near the temple for one night at a small scale accommodation. This way you will have the opportunity to visit the temple straight away or take an off-the-beaten track approach, by bicycle next day.

Day 2 – Cycling near Borobudur temple, then on to Yogyakarta
An early start shows you the true beauty of this architectural masterpiece, as Borobudur is at its best early morning. A cycling tour in the area is the best combination of visiting the temple and the surrounding country side. From here our driver will bring you to Yogyakarta, to your hotel in the city centre.

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Day 3 – Yogyakarta
The sultanate city of Yogyakarta offers a lot to do and see. Wander through the small and quiet streets of the kraton, the heart of the city. In the centre of this area you can visit the sultans palace, an old bathhouse  and others. If you are getting tired, just take a becak, a cycle taxi. You can also take a batik or cooking class, just to get yourself some local skills.

Day 4 – Yogyakarta/visit Prambanan temples
One of the other great sights near Yogyakarta are the Prambanan temples. It is easy to get here by car. Combine this with a visit to Kota Gede (small silver factories) or the beach at Parangtrittis. Do not forget to shop a bit at the famous Malioboro street in the city centre, the place to be for local souvenirs.

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Day 5 – Yogyakarta – Malang, by train
A nice way to travel on the island of Java is by train. It is a pretty long ride from Yogyakarta to Malang, but by train it is pretty relaxing. Reclining seats, air-conditioning on board and some nice volcanoes that pass by. In Malang you will stay at a comfortable hotel where you can take a dive in the pool.

Day 6 – Malang to Bromo Volcano
It is time to get into the mountains! By car you will be taken from Malang to Cemoro Lawang, a small village on the craters edge at an altitude of around 2000 meters high. The views here are stunning, with a landscape that is something like Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings. You take a walk into the crater in the afternoon.

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Day 7 – Bromo sunrise by car to Kalibaru
Start the day with a sunrise tour by jeep. The views are fabulous. From here you will be travelling east, to the small village of Kalibaru. It is a plantation area, filled with coffee, cloves and rubber.

Day 8 – Kalibaru Pemuteran, by ferry and car
It is time to leave Java and move on to the small but famous neighbour, Bali. In about 1,5 hour you will arrive at Banyuwangi, from where the ferry boat will take you across the Bali Strait. Once docked at Bali, it is about an hour drive to Pemuteran, a small resort town on the north coast of the island. Here you will stay in a nice resort, right at the black sandy beach.

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Day 9 – Pemuteran, free day
Stay for a relaxed day at Pemuteran. Snorkeling is possible right in front of the hotel, but you can also take a tour to the small atoll of Menjangan, a national marine reserve. Other possibilities are a walk in National Park West Bali or a mangrove boat trip.

Day 10 – Pemuteran Munduk, by car
From Pemuteran it is a short drive to the small village of Munduk, up in the mountains right between the clove trees. But we will take you on a D-tour, so that you will visit the hot water springs and the Buddhist monastery  of Banjar. From here is a steep ride up to Munduk, where you will stay in a nice hotel with views all the way down to Java.

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Day 11 – Munduk Ubud, by car
Wake up early in the morning and start with a walk to a nearby waterfall. After the walk you will start your trip by car through a beautiful part of the island. You will pass the crater lakes of Tamblingan, Buyan and Bratan, then on to the rice terraces of Jatiluwih (Unesco World Heritage site) and the temple of Batu Karu. From here it is a few hours down to to Ubud.

Day 12 and 13 – Ubud
Ubud is like the beating hearth of Bali. It has got a lot of nice cultural places, some very good museums, a lot of good restaurants and it is surrounded by green rice fields and small forests. 2 days in this pleasant town gives you some opportunity to discover the hearth of Bali. Visit the Monkey Forest, the Royal Palace and the Neka Museum. Make a walk through the rice paddies just outside town or take a bicycle tour from Mt. Batur down to Ubud.

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Day 14 – Ubud Nusa Lembongan, by car and fast boat.
In about an hour drive from Ubud is the village of Sanur. Most fast boats depart from this place to the latest hotspot Nusa Lembongan, just in front of the coast of Bali. Lembongan has got nice bays, some good beaches and small roads good for trips on a scooter.

Day 15 and 16 – Nusa Lembongan
A few days at Nusa Lembongan gives you the opportunity to go snorkelling, to relax on the beach, have a drink at sunset and have a candle light dinner on the beach. The perfect place to end a wonderful journey through Indonesia.

Day 17 – Nusa Lembongan next destination/ back home
This is the end of your journey where you will travel back home or possibly continue to another destination.

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