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New Year on the paradise islands of Indonesia. Java, Bali and Raja Ampat

Price
$2605
Days
17 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

This New Year will rock your world! We will celebrate it on deserted islands in the middle of the most unique coral reef of our planet. 

  • Meet the sunrise on the top of the volcano Bromo and watch the "poisonous lake" glow in the crater of the active volcano Ijen 
  • Explore the shrines famous all over the world - the 9th century Buddhist shrine of Borobudur and the complex of Prambanan temples
  • Jump into the warm waterfalls of Bali in the middle of the pristine jungle
  • Enjoy the white beaches on the tiny uninhabited Raja Ampat islands
  • Swim next to dozens of sea devils - giant manta rays in the open ocean

Tour departures

21 December 2022 - 06 January 2023
$2605

The price of the tour includes

All domestic flights (Yogyakarta-Surabaya, Bali-Sorong) Accommodation during the entire trip All rides along the route, including buses, boats, ferries, rented transport and urban transport of all kinds All food during five days on the islands of Raja Ampat and some breakfasts on the route Professional guiding services during the entire trip

What is NOT included

Flight to Yogyakarta and back home from Sorong (Let us know if you need help finding the best flights) Travel insurance (mandatory) Entrance fees to temples, parks and other attractions (maximum $200); Diving (from $39 per dive) Snorkeling ($7-10 for renting equipment per day) Food ($8-15 per person per day)

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Indonesia, Hindu temple complex of Prambanan

We arrive to Yogyakarta and check into a hotel. We found ourselves in the cultural capital of the country where we begin our group trip to Indonesia. We will try gudeg – a dish made of jackfruit, coconut milk, duck eggs, rice and chicken, enjoy unusual local sweets and then visit the Kraton Palace, where Yogyakarta sultans have been living since the 18th century. 

Imagine the size of this complex, where, besides a sultan and his family, 20 thousand servants have been staying! This place is significant for Java inhabitants, because in 1812 the British burned it after conquering the Java Sultanate. Soon the palace was rebuilt, and now it is a city in the city. There are cafes and shops, a museum of gifts of European monarchs, a museum of carriages and a museum of ancient musical instruments. The part of the palace, where the Sultan's family now lives, is closed.

After lunch we go to the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, where we learn more about Hinduism in Indonesia. The complex consists of many temples dedicated to Hindu gods and was built in the 9th century. The highest temple of Shiva has a height of 47 meters! We visit the most important temples and walk to some remote ones, where tourists rarely go. We enjoy the silence exploring images of deities and ornaments. Being under the impression we greet a sunset on an endless beach.

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Day 3

9th century Borobudur stupa, Market of medicinal plants and spices

In the morning we go to the 9th century Borobudur Buddhist stupa. It consists of nine platforms with 504 Buddha statues. On the upper platform there are 72 small stupas in the shape of bells, and each of them has a statue inside. People who are a little familiar with Buddhism can read this stupa like a book. It reveals the dramatic story of the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni in the family of the king, his years of spiritual quest, and the main principles of his teaching and departure to parinirvana.

Now imagine that all this amazing structure stands against two huge volcanoes. Because of one of them - Merapi – Borobudur in the 14th century was covered with volcanic ash, then overgrown with jungle and forgotten. It was rediscovered only in the 19th century. Since then a great work has been done not only of digging up the complex, but also of its complete dismantling and reconstructing!

In the evening we walk through Muslim quarters of Yogyakarta, observing local authentic life. We visit a restaurant in a traditional Javanese house and a market of medicinal plants and spices.

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Day 4-5

Bromo volcano, 200 meter tall waterfall

We continue our small group trip to Indonesia and in the morning fly to the city of Surabaya (1 hour) and then move to the village of Chemoro Lavang at the foot of Bromo volcano (3.5 hours). We check into a hotel and early in the morning take a vehicle to the crater of the volcano. Here at an altitude of 2 329 meters we will enjoy an incredibly beautiful sunrise!

What does one feel watching the first sun rays illuminating the horizon, flooding the valley and neighboring volcanoes with pink light? We will feel the power of our planet under our feet - after all, we are standing at the crater of an active volcano, whose erupted in 2015! 

We will explore the crater, and then return to the hotel for breakfast. After some rest, we start our way to Bondowoso (6 hours on the way). We make a stop at the cascade of Madakaripura waterfalls. To get to the highest 200-meter waterfall, we have to walk under the cool streams of water. At the end of the day we check into a hotel near the Ijen volcano.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It consists of long walks in cities, national parks and nature, as well as trips on ferries, boats and motor boats. We will also take 4 domestic flights. On Java and Bali, accommodation will be provided in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. Each room has a private bathroom and hot water, as well as wi-fi internet. On Raja Ampat Islands, electricity and a fan are available only from 6 pm to 6 am, and there is no mobile coverage, Internet or hot water. On the islands of Kri and Waigeo, we will live in beach bungalows, and in the most remote places in the south of the archipelago, where living standards are much lower, we will stay in simple wooden rooms for 2-4 people.

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