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Long tailed Macaques, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Beyond Bali

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£3,750 ex. flights

Moving away from Bali to discover more of Indonesia, this 14-day holiday showcases the rainforest wildlife of Borneo followed by Java to explore the temples of Borobudur and Javanese culture. No trip to Indonesia would be complete without a few days of sand between your toes so a short hop from Bali takes you to idyllic Lombok.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Orangutan, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia 1

Man of the Forest

Come face-to-face with the threatened orangutans in their fragile natural environment.

Traditional red and green rickshaws lined up along the kerbside. 2

Train and Becaks

Travel by train to Yogyakarta and explore the city’s secret alleyways by Becak, the traditional cycle-rickshaw.

Underwater shot of diver above coral and shoal of neon green fish. 3

Laid back Lombok

Stay on Lombok with its aquamarine waters teeming with fish, candlelit beach dinners and mountain walks.

Buddha Statue in Stupa, Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 4

Shadow Puppets and Sultans

Explore Yogyakarta’s hidden history and the temples of Borobudur.

Why we like it

This holiday to Indonesia combines some of the countries less visited but incredibly rewarding and varied islands. As well as the temples and culture of Java and the beaches of Lombok we have also included a stay in Borneo, one of the best places in the world to see orangutans in the wild. Stay on a houseboat and learn about the rainforest and its residents from expert guides and conservationists. Wildlife is combined with culture and time to relax bringing to life the true essence of Indonesia and its eclectic geography.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
Train Journey
  • Day 1
    Jakarta
  • Day 2
    Jakarta - Pangkalan Bun (Indonesian Borneo)
  • Day 3 - 4
    Indonesian Borneo
  • Day 5
    Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta
  • Day 6
    Jakarta - Yogyakarta
  • Day 7 - 9
    Yogyakarta
  • Day 10
    Java - Bali - Lombok
  • Day 11 - 13
    Lombok
  • Day 14
    Lombok
Infant and Mother, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia
Orangutan
Tropical Jungle, Borneo, Indonesia
Tropical jungle, Borneo
Up Close with Proboscis Monkey, Camp Leakey, Borneo, Indonesia
Up close with a proboscis monkey in Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia

Orangutans

Sharing 97% of their DNA with humans, orangutans are remarkable creatures to see in the wild and Indonesian Borneo is one of few places they can be seen. Now critically endangered, a visit to Tanjung Puting National Park allows the opportunity to spend time in the forests with rangers and conservation experts. Explore the waters and jungle surrounding Camp Leakey, travelling by traditional river boat to feeding stations with time to engage in local conservation projects.

Staying overnight on a private houseboat offers unique accommodation and an intimate encounter with the local wildlife. Alternatively, Rimba Lodge, other option, a low key, simple hotel. With our expert guides on hand to educate and inform, it’s a privileged insight into these ‘men of the forest’.

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Borobudur detail, Java, Indonesia
Carvings at Borobudur
Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple
Mount Merapi from Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
View to Mount Merapi
Woman in Rice Field, Ubud, Indonesia

Javanese Joglos

With their curved roofs, the joglo is traditional Javanese architecture and Yogyakarta with its silver artisans, former palaces and hidden royal mosques, is home to many. Included in this holiday, Jogya, as it known locally showcases a truly cultural side to Indonesia. Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Best seen at dawn or later in the day once the crowds have left, to explore the stone inscriptions and carved statues of this 9th century monument.

Travel by train from Jakarta for a change to flying and time to watch the paddy fields, villages and countryside pass by.

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Indonesia, Lombok beach
Lombok beach
View of water filled crater with ridge of volcano against blue sky.
Mt Rinjani crater, Indonesia
Pool, Oberoi Lombok, Lombok, Indonesia
Oberoi Lombok
Four local people wearing traditional hats, bending over harvesting rice in water field paddy fields.
Rice paddy harvesting

Sacred Peaks and Beaches

Just a stone’s throw from Bali lies Lombok, ringed by white sand beaches and dominated by the sacred Mount Rinjani, the second highest peak in Indonesia. A relaxed beach vibe sits alongside traditional island life and home to tobacco farmers, small villages and spectacular snorkelling. Choose a simple hotel on a peaceful beach or opt for one of the more luxury options such as the Oberoi. The neighbouring Gili Islands, without cars or large hotels offers a different world. Key for diving, and in some parts partying, the smaller Gili’s such as Meno and Air have a Robinson Crusoe feel.

Floating Markets, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Floating market
Aerial View, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Sulawesi
Tau Tau Effigies Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tau Tau Effigies, Sulawesi
Celebes Crested Macaque, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Celebes Crested Macaque

Buffalos and Cliff Graves - A Possible Extension

Extend your trip to include Sulawesi with its verdant green landscape and evocative traditional customs. After a long but fascinating drive arrive at the iconic Tana Toraja community. A few days to explore the eerie cliff graves, local villages with Tonkonan Houses and markets gives a fascinating insight into this orchid shaped island. Our expert guides will talk you through the intricate traditions, bringing to life this mystical destination.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Oberoi Lombok £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Located near Tanjung on the west coast of Lombok, this sensational resort has 50 rooms of which 18 are villas with private walled gardens and pools. The landscaped pool and lagoons are lit by flaming torches at night, the service is immaculate, the atmosphere serene and the combination of this together with the spa, tennis courts, excellent scuba diving, local villages to explore and some of the best food in Asia, makes the Oberoi Lombok a truly exceptional resort.

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Amanjiwo £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Boutique

Amanjiwo, overlooking the UNESCO site of Borobudur and set in the heart of central Java’s rainforest, is one of the most luxurious and beautifully designed hotels in Indonesia. Built to reflect 9th-century Buddhist style and set in two crescents, the 36 suites are home to beds on raised terrazzo platforms, sunken baths and thatched-roof pavilions, opening onto private terraces or private pools. Set amongst the rice paddies and banyan trees are tennis courts and an expansive 40-metre swimming pool. Two stylish restaurants and a large wellness spa complete this beautiful hotel.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £3,750 Per person

When to travel

Indonesia in January

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in February

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in March

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in April

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in May

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in June

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in July

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in August

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in September

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in October

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in November

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in December

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

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