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Temples & Volcanoes of Central Java, Indonesia

11 days from £3,455 per person

Java has an abundance of natural beauty and cultural intrigue, and this journey will give you a taste of its most exotic Indonesian holiday experiences.

Begin your trip in the lively city of Yogyakarta. This royal capital was once the home of dynasties founded in the 18th century when the Mataram Empire was fast fading. Discover the city’s many attractions and experience the rich local culture. In the evening, embark on a sunset tour of Prambanan Hindu temple, a lasting tribute to the Hindu epics and their fearsome gods. The next stop will take you on to Borobudur to discover this ancient shrine to Buddha, and a popular place for Buddhist pilgrimage. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will not fail to impress. The best time to visit the temples is at sunrise, an utterly unforgettable start to your day.

Fly to Surabaya and visit the breathtaking Mount Bromo, and from there take a scenic drive along the north eastern coast until you reach the impressive Ijen Plateau. One cannot help but be amazed by the dramatic landscape here. Trek into the crater of Mount Ijen to see the ethereal Blue Fire before spending a few days recovering from your adventures at the charming Puri Ganesha. And as you slowly start to relax in your own bungalow by the sea, we guarantee you will not want to leave! 

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your perfect tailor-made tour of Indonesia. If you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Honeymoons and Family Holidays; as well as our favourite Active, Beach and Spa itineraries.

If you would like to extend your trip and experience some of Indonesia’s incredible biodiversity, have a look at our Komodo Islands extension. Get up close and personal (though not too close!) with the world’s largest lizard: the Komodo dragon and explore these rugged islands in style whilst sleeping aboard your very own phinisi boat. You can continue wildlife spotting under the sea as you snorkel and dive in some of the world’s best diving spots. 


Itinerary details

11 days from £3,455 per person

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