TANJUNG BENOA, UBUD, AND YOGYAKARTA
Immerse yourself in Indonesia’s most remarkable destinations on our air-inclusive Bali & Java tour, which features exciting cultural experiences. After arrival in Tanjung Benoa (Bali), begin this magical journey with a visit to the picturesque Tanah Lot sea temple, followed by a stop at the Taman Ayun Temple and Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest. The next day brings you to the Teras Agrowisata plantation to learn about agritourism, sample herbal coffees and teas, and try fried banana. You’ll also visit the Mother Temple of Besakih and village of Tenganan to observe traditional basket weaving and take a nature hike. You’ll then explore the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Kintamani on the way to Ubud. Your first day here includes the Jamu Organic Remedy Workshop, a visit to the Ubud palace, and more. Following a day at your leisure, travel to Yogyakarta (Java), where you’ll spend your last couple days admiring temples, incredible natural scenery, and many unique aspects of the culture.
- 3 nights in Tanjung Benoa (Bali)
- 3 nights in Ubud (Bali)
- 2 nights in Yogyakarta (Java)
- 1 night in Jakarta (Java)
- Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles or New York (+$100)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations in First Class hotels
- 15 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
USA to Bali
Your unforgettable adventure to Bali & Java begins this evening as you check-in for your Cathay Pacific Airways flight bound for Hong Kong. Enjoy Cathay Pacific Airways award-winning service as you cross the international date line and jump forward one day en route.
Arrive Tanjung Benoa (Bali)
This morning, wake up in Hong Kong and board your onward flight to Bali. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a beach-side restaurant. Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach or similar (D)
Tanjung Benoa (Bali)
After breakfast this morning, visit the Tanah Lot sea temple. Possibly the most famous and most photographed place in Bali, the temple sits majestically on a large offshore rock which has been shaped over the years by the crashing waves of the surrounding sea. After photographing the temple exterior and its unusual rock formations, visit Taman Ayun temple, a royal temple from the Mengwi Empire. This multi-layered temple is set in a beautiful park and surrounded by ponds. Continue to Alas Kedaton, a small forest where mischievous monkeys roam freely through the temple and forest. This…
Tanjung Benoa (Bali)
After breakfast, travel to Teras Agrowisata to learn about how agritourism boosts local economies. You will sample eight different types of herbal coffees and teas, and then choose one among the samples to enjoy with fried banana. Afterward, visit one of the most sacred Hindu Temples, Mother Temple of Besakih. Located in the slopes of an active volcano, Mt. Agung. Learn about the history of the temple and enjoy a tour of the temple complex, which features many striking monuments and eye-catching architecture. After lunch, travel to the village of Tenganan, known as the home of Bali’s…
Tanjung Benoa / Ubud (Bali)
After breakfast this morning, depart for Ubud with sightseeing stops along the way! First, enjoy a performance of the Barong and Keris Dance, a traditional Balinese dance narrating the fight between good and evil. Continue to Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave – an archaeological site of significant historical value located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village and dating back to the 11th century. Descend into its relic-filled courtyard and view the rock wall carvings, central meditational cave, bathing pools, and fountains. Next, visit Kintamani, an area known for its stunning views of…
Following breakfast you’ll visit the Jamu Organic Remedy Workshop. Enjoy a nature walk as you pick your own herbs and learn about Indonesian traditional medicine, known as Jamu. Make your own organic body mask, body oil, and body scrub out of herbs and spices with a local farmer who takes you through all the steps from picking the herbs to creating the finished product. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Museum Puri Lukisan. This museum opened in 1956 to preserve and exhibit both traditional and modern Balinese artwork. You’ll also visit the Ubud Palace. This compound was…
Today is at your leisure to rest and relax or explore Bali independently. Consider an optional white water rafting tour at Ayung River! (B)
Ubud / Yogyakarta (Java)
This morning, board your flight from Bali to Java. In Java, you’ll visit the Prambanan temple compound, the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Built in the 9th century, this temple features typical Hindu architecture and is dedicated to Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu), and the Destroyer (Shiva). The Prambanan compound is also known as Rara Jonggrang complex and consists of three zones: first, the outer zone; second the middle zone, which contains hundreds of small temples; and the third is…
Early this morning, travel to Borobudur which is best seen at dawn. Enjoy a pre-dawn stroll through the dewy grass of the tropical garden. As the mist begins to lift, the sun scales the surrounding volcanoes and terraced fields and highlights the stone reliefs and the many faces of Buddha. Afterward, learn the art of batik at a traditional workshop. Batik is a cultural heritage activity that is passed down from generation to generation in Java. Before the workshop, you’ll learn about the batik making process and the Javanese philosophy behind some of the patterns. Have fun discovering…
Yogyakarta / Jakarta (Java)
This morning is at your leisure. Consider joining an optional half-day tour exploring the city of Yogyakarta. Later today fly from Yogyakarta to Jakarta. The balance of the day is at your leisure. FM7 Resort Hotel or similar (B)
Jakarta / USA
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong and connecting flight to the USA. Arrive home filled with memories from your Indonesian adventure! (B)
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
- Day 7
- From approx. $55 Per Person
Embark on a culinary adventure unlocking the secrets of authentic Balinese cooking! Visit a fully-equipped community village kitchen where you’ll use traditional ingredients and preparation methods. This optional tour begins with an early visit to the Ubud markets where you’ll pick from fresh herbs and spices, crisp vegetables, and choice cuts of meat before heading off on guided ‘padi’ expeditions. Upon return to the kitchen you’ll be guided by your host who will help you discover how to create your very own delicious authentic Balinese…
White Water Rafting at Ayung River
- Day 8
- From approx. $60 Per Person
Ayung River provides a thrill that starts the moment you push off from the riverbank! As you traverse both Class II and Class III rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance. End the activity with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms followed by a hot gourmet buffet feast at a restaurant overlooking majestic mountains and rice fields.
- From approx. $50 Per Person
Ubud is the right place to practice yoga. The atmosphere of this village fits well to holistic wellness activity. Located near rice fields, Ubud Yoga House is about 15 minutes walking from the main road. At this tranquil Yoga House, you will have a yoga lesson for an-hour, tailor-made to suit the group participants.
Yogyakarta Half-Day City Tour
- Day 11
- From approx. $30 Per Person
Explore the city of Yogyakarta! Here in Java’s cultural capital city, visit the enchanting grounds of the Sultan’s palace. To enter the kraton is to step back in time to airy 18th-century courtyards, typical Javanese architecture, and traditional old world values. Still the official residence of the Sultan, the palace is guarded by wizened old courtiers in traditional costume, complete with the kris, a Javanese ceremonial dagger, tucked into their sarongs. Continue to the nearby Taman Sari Water Castle situated inside Kraton Sultan’s Palace compound. The castle used to be…
Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach
- Tanjung Benoa
Jalan Pratama 68X
Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua 80363, Bali – Indonesia
Arma Museum & Resort
Jalan Raya Pengosekan
Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta
Jalan Laksda Adisucipto no. 81
Yogyakarta 55281 – Indonesia
FM7 Resort Hotel
Jl. Raya Perancis 67
Dadap – Tangerang, Indonesia
Your flights from the USA to Indonesia and back are on Cathay Pacific with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.
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Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Cathay Pacific does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at the Tanjung Benoa hotel on Day 3 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at the Jakarta hotel on Day 12 of the itinerary on the tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
Travel to Indonesia requires a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and some additional travel tips will be sent to you by email 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Bali’s tropical climate has two distinct seasons: dry season which lasts from May through September, and wet season which lasts from October through April. Even during wet season, this tropical paradise is likely to be sunny for the large part of the day. Enjoy warm temperatures year-round with average highs in the 80’s and nighttime lows in the 70’s!
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) is $15 – $20 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and many stores accept major credit cards (with a 3% surcharge). However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.