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15 Days 14 Nights
Availability : Jan 17’ - Dec 19’
Java, Sulawesi, Bali
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 6
Java Sulawesi Bali Tour

Java Sulawesi Bali Tour – In this Best of Java Sulawesi and Bali tour you will cover the broad spectrum of the archipalegos diverse attractions. Begin your tour in Jogjakarta a center of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture. While here you will explore the city’s exotic markets, create your own batik and encounter awe-inspiring architecture, with visits to the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan that are best admired at sunrise.

The tour continues with a scenic train ride to Kertosono, on which you will have the opportunity to meet the friendly locals and admire Indonesia’s superb volcanic terrain. Ascend the magnificent Mt.Kelud, by car, walking the last stretch to the top before continuing on to the grand colonial-era buildings, historic sites and local markets of Malang. Your second volcano encounter of this Indonesia tour, involves rising early to catch the sunrise up behind the epic Mt Bromo revealing stunning views, before descending upon volcano caldera where a short horse ride will take you to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.

The second part of this Indonesia package tour (Java Sulawesi Bali Tour) takes an intrepid turn as you fly to Sulawesi where you will meet the enigmatic Bugis people. Immerse yourself in the age-old traditions of the Toraja tribes, famed for their elaborate funeral rites. Going off-the-beaten-track in Indonesia we unveil the incredible tribal activity of Sulawesi where the tribal groups stand oblivious to the hand of time.

The final stretch of this adventure takes the tour to Ubud, the centre of Balinese art and culture. Explore this artistic haven: watch an enthralling dance-and-music performance, browse eclectic collections in the art galleries, examine the vast assortment of handicrafts at bustling markets and stroll through the centuries-old Royal Palace. To cap off this Indonesia tour visit the nearby attractions of Panglipuran and Kehen Temple.

Our 13- day Indonesia tour package is perfect for those who are curious about the regions culture and in search of an experience that goes beyond the traditional sightseeing tour.

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7 Days (168 Hours)

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.
  • Empty return vehicle and guide from East Java to Jogjakarta.

Price Excludes

  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
Creating Unique Touring Experiences

All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Indonesia tour to your individual specifications.


Day 1 Arrive in Jogjakarta (L)

Arrive at Adi Sucipto International Airport in Jogjakarta.

Recommended flights (Not included and quoted separately– Tariffs and schedule subject to change without prior notice): Silk Air from Singapore to Jogjakarta MI152 arriving at Adi Sucipto International Airport in Jogjakarta at 09:30 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Jogjakarta for check-in.
Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced and often written Jogjakarta or simply Jogja. It is the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is a center of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture.
After freshening up, enjoy lunch at the hotel before setting off on an afternoon excursion. You’ll be introduced to one of Indonesia’s most famous crafts with a visit to a traditional batik factory. Not only will you learn about the ancient techniques and observe skilled craftsmen, but you will also have the chance to create your own batik. Start from scratch, making a design, applying wax and mixing your own dye. Your creation will be delivered to your hotel after drying.Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Jogjakarta

Distance and travel times
Adi Sucipto International Airport Jogjakarta – Jogjakarta hotel (8 km): 20 minutes

Day 2Jogjakarta - Prambanan - Jogjakarta (B,L,D)

Today you will have the chance to learn more about Jogjakarta’s historic and cultural traditions with a city tour.
Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 –1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. As you walk through the various rooms and chambers, you will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.
You’ll also visit the adjacent Taman Sari, water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.
A local cyclo, becak, will then transfer you through the streets of Jogjakarta for a view of the local life of this vibrant but yet laidback city.
Lunch in a local restaurant in Jogjakarta.
This afternoon will be spent exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.
Following your visit to Prambanan, continue to the twin temple of Plaosan. Located just 1 kilometer from Prambanan, this temple combines Buddhist and Hindu elements and has over 100 domes and dozens of intricate carvings. You’ll then proceed to Sewu, a Buddhist temple located 800 meters from Prambanan. Here, you will explore the 257 buildings that fill the grassy, rectangular complex.
Return to Jogjakarta later this afternoon. After freshening up at your hotel, you’ll be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances while dining at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Distance and travel times
Jogjakarta – Prambanan Temple (19 km): 40 minutes

Day 3Jogjakarta - Borobudur - Candirejo (B,L)

This morning drive to Borobudur, 42 kilometers west of Jogjakarta. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues; You’ll also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

Following the temple touring, stop for lunch at a restaurant set amid the rice fields.

In the afternoon, you’ll get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili. Following the dokar ride, return to Jogjakarta

Dinner is at leisure this evening in Jogjakarta.

Important note: This evening you need to bring down you main luggage to the reception before 22:00 with clear name identification. Main luggage will be transferred during the night with the driver and vehicle that will pick you up the next morning on arrival at Jombang Railway station in East Java. It is advisable to bring a small bag with a change and toiletry and a jersey as air conditioner in the train can be quite chilly.

Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Distance and travel times

Jogjakarta – Borobudur area (40 km): 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 4Jogjakarta - Jombang (By Train) - Trowulan - Mt. Bromo (B,L,D)

Early morning wakeup call at 05:30
A Breakfast box will be provided by your hotel (to be eaten on board the train).
At 06:00 or 06:15 this morning you will be transferred to Jogjakarta Railway station for a scenic train ride to Jombang in East Java
Your guide will accompany on the journey.

Note: Planned route is aboard Sancaka Morning Train on executive air conditioned class, departing at 06:55 and arriving in Jombang in East Java at 10:32. Train Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Important note: Full name and Passport details are required to book train ticket and must be provided at the time of reservation
Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of central and East Java.

Upon arrival in Jombang, drive with your local driver and guide and stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
The final leg of today’s journey is a 4 hour drive to the village of Ngadisari on the edge of Tengger Caldera. This spectacular village is one of the gateways to Mt Bromo.
Check-in to your hotel and freshen up before dinner at the lodge.
Overnight in Ngadisari or Bromo.

Distance and travel times
Jogjakarta – Jombang (250 km): 4 hours by train
Jombang – Sukapura – Ngadisari, Bromo (147 km): 5 hours
Jombang – Pasuruan – Puspo – Tosari, Bromo (135 km): 4 hours 30 minutes

Day 5Mt. Bromo - Surabaya (B,L)

Awake early this morning for a sunrise tour of Mt Bromo. You’ll travel by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.
Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground form to create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon.
A 20-minute ride on horseback will take you to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.
Return by horse and jeep to your hotel in the town of Tosari for breakfast and proceed for a four hour drive to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.
Almost in Surabaya we will stop by for a visit at the Sampoerna factory where the famous Indonesian kretek cigarettes are produced after which we will have lunch.
After lunch, drive the final one hour to Surabaya arriving mid-afternoon.
Check in to your hotel in Surabaya for the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Surabaya.

Distance and travel times
Tosari – Surabaya city via Pasuruan (100 km): 4 hours
Ngadisari – Surabaya city (120 km): 4 hours and 30 minutes

Day 6Surabaya - Makasar (B)

Spend the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, you will be brought to the airport for your ongoing flight from Surabaya to Makassar.

Recommended flights (Not included and quoted separately– Tariffs and schedule subject to change without prior notice): Garuda Indonesia from Surabaya to Makasar GA667, departing at 14:10 and arriving at 16:45.

Check in to your hotel in Makassar and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Makassar.

Distance and travel times
Surabaya city – Surabaya Juanda Airport (12 km): 30 to 45 minutes
Makassar Hasanudin international Airport – Makassar Hotel (15 km): 30 minutes

Day 7Makasar - Sengkang (B,L,D)

After breakfast, around 09:30 meet your local driver and guide for a half day tour of the city. Start with a visit to the bustling fish market where locals come to buy their fish for the day – straight from the boat to the market. Talk a walk through local streets to arrive at Paotere harbor to learn about the famed Bugis Phinisi Schooner shipbuilders of the region.
Return to the vehicle for a short drive to the city’s most iconic landmark, Fort Rotterdam. Recently refurbished it is perhaps one of the best preserved Dutch forts in all of Indonesia; learn more about the diversity of Sulawesi at the La Galigo Museum.
Stroll along the Somba Opu street lined with the craft shops.
An early lunch is served at Surya Restaurant – enjoy the freshest of seafood, Sulawesi style in this popular local dining restaurant.
After lunch we depart to the village of Sengkang a former capital of the Bugis kingdom which overlooks Lake Tempe, the largest in Sulawesi. Stop enroute at Bantimurung waterfall.
Enjoy a Local Bugis style feast dinner at Glory Restaurant.
Overnight in Sengkang.

Distance & travel times
Makassar – Sengkang (190 km): approximately 6 hours

Day 8Sengkang - Sunrise on Lake Tempe - Enrekang - Rantepao (B,L,D)

Rise early this morning at 05:15 to take advantage of the picturesque scene across the Lake Tempe. The Bugis people have a unique housing style where their traditional houses float on the lake. Take this opportunity to travel on a local longboat to enjoy the Bugis hospitality with a cup of tea or coffee, and maybe some fried banana (a favourite snack in Indonesia). There are about 30 houses that remain on the lake and participate in the old traditions of fishing and fish drying.
Return to the hotel for breakfast before checking out and depart to Rantepao. But first, you will visit a family silk workshop in Sengkang.
Take lunch in a restaurant with views of ‘Erotic Mountain’ also known as Gunung Nona. The cooler mountain clime is a refreshing change from the heat of the lowlands.
Your drive continues through a variety of landscapes. Take a photographic stop at the entrance to the Toraja region and interact with the locals selling vanilla, cinnamon and other locally grown spices. Rantepao is the small capital of Toraja, with an estimated population of around 450,000. The Toraja ethnic group is renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, traditional houses and spectacular carving and dancing. You will spend the next two days exploring the Toraja villages and learning about their unique culture.
Upon arrival in Toraja visit the unique village of Kete Kesu which has one of the finest ensembles of Tongkonan (Toraja traditional houses) in Sulawesi. These boat-shaped houses have tall roofs made of slender bristles and create strange silhouettes in the sky. The Tongkonan facades boast many carved and painted motifs and a buffalo head wood adorns the wealthiest homes. Kete Kesu village also has a rice granary of the traditional Toraja country style. Take a short walk around the village and view the bones and ornate coffins that still reside in the rocky outcrops.
Arrive to the hotel late afternoon for an evening at leisure.
Dinner is served at the hotel.
Overnight Rantepao.

Distance & travel times
Sengkang – Enrekang (150 km): around 5 hours
Enrekang – Rantepao (75 km): around 2 hours

Day 9Touring The Southern Part of Toraja (B,L,D)

This morning is a full day touring around the Toraja region with many varied villages and funeral traditions.
Start the morning with a visit to Lemo and Suaya. All these villages have very unique burial sites, some in caves, some on cliffs and others have royal tombes. Continuing to the village of Sangala you’ll see graves dug into the trunks of trees, the traditional Toraja burial for babies.You will also stop at Kenbira before continuing to Maruang to see Liong Tongkonan.
Here you will sit and enjoy lunch under the tongkonan.
After lunch, proceed to the village of Londa walking past a cove of verdant rice fields to a series of caves which house wooden coffins that are set amidst the hollows. The last stop this afternoon will be at Marante, a village noted for its Tau-Tau which are located on a cliff and all dressed in white.
Return to the Hotel.
Dinner is served at the hotel.
Overnight Rantepao.

Day 10Batutumonga - Village Experience Northern Toraja (B,L,D)

Take breakfast before visiting Bolu Market in the town centre – a unique experience to witness the influx of surrounding villagers to the market and the trade of live Buffalo & Pigs, that are so important in the lives of the Toraja people.

Note: Bolu Market is upon schedule and only held once every 6 days. In case there is no market on the day you visit, we will replace it by a visit to a local market in Rantepao.

Proceed to Palawa, a typical Toraja village, and on to the highlands of Batutumonga for stunning views across the Toraja valley. Here you will take lunch at Mentirotiku.
Following your lunch we will do a soft trekking.

According to your preference, take a 1 or 2 hour light trek through fascinating Toraja villages.
Perched on the slopes of Mt Sesean, these villages offers beautiful views of rice fields dotted with large black rocks, remains of ancient volcanic eruptions. A 1 hour trek will take you through the village of Lempo and Tinongbayo while the easy two-hour walk takes you through the villages of Bori and Tikala where you will get to meet the locals and observe their traditional lifestyle and customs. These two villages have ancestral stone circles, part of the local lore of the Toraja people, with each stone representing an important noble who has passed away. They also feature impressive Tongkonan houses.
Return to Rantepao with a stop at a Todi weaving factory where the ancient technique and motifs for Torajans textile known as Ikat’s are preserved.
Return to the hotel late afternoon.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Rantepao.

Note: If during your visit to Toraja you have the opportunity to see a funeral ceremony the guide will advise. This ceremony can be very confronting for people as it involves the slaughter of live buffalo. Please let your guide know before you arrive to the ceremony if you would like to witness this unique cultural experience or not.

Day 11Rantepao - Makasar - Ubud (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast, drive back to Makassar and stopping en route for lunch in Pare-Pare.
You will be transferred to the Makassar airport for your onward flight.

Recommended flights: Garuda Indonesia from Makassar to Denpasar GA621 departing at 18:35 and arriving at 19:55 (not included in package and quoted separately – airfares and schedules subject to change without prior notice).

Upon landing, your local Exo Travel guide and private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to your selected resort in Ubud (90min drive).
Check in, dinner at Hotel.
Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and travel times
Rantepao, Toraja – Makassar (324 km): 9 hours
Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali – Ubud (37 km): 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 12Ubud - Tirta Empul - Pura Gunung Kawi - Ubud (B,L)

This morning after breakfast your guide and driver will be waiting for you to start your first day with visits on the Hindu Island of Bali. We start with some culture at the ARMA museum.
This visit is followed by a trip to Ubud Monkey Forest where you can admire the cheeky inhabitants. After this we continue in Ubud centre with a visit to the royal palace (where the royal family lives still lives today) and then we cross the street to the market where you can watch the locals buying and selling their produce from food to souvenirs to clothing.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant with stunning views over the rice terraces in the village of Perkedui.
We continue today’s visits with a stop at the water temple of Tirta Empul and also Gunung Kawi near Tampaksiring. One more stop at plantation and we drive back to Ubud.
At the end of the afternoon, return to Ubud
No visit to Bali would be complete without witnessing traditional dance and this evening you will be treated to a performance in a nearby village.
Return to Ubud for dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and travel times
Ubud – Tirta Empul – Pura Gunung Kawi (15 km): 30 minutes

Day 13Ubud - Taman Sari Buwana - Sanur or Nusa Dua (B,L,D)

After breakfast and check out from your hotel you will be picked up by your driver and tour guide for today’s visits and activities. You will be transferred to the centre of the island for an amazing sustainable tourism excursion at Taman Sari Buwana farm. During this excursion you will experience local Balinese life while supporting a community-based tourism project in the village of Tunjuk.
Upon reaching Tunjuk village, you will have the opportunity to learn how to make a variety of traditional Balinese temple offerings. Continue through the rest of the compound and learn the animal and vegetable components that are the basics of any Balinese home.
Next meet the older generation of the village as they show you how to weave pandanus leaf and make floral temple offerings.
You’ll then walk with the local farmers to their rice fields, locally referred to as sawah. Alongside the farmers, you will learn how to plant, transplant or harvest rice (depending on the season).
Prepare for farming activities by donning a farmer’s hat, covering up with mosquito repellent and picking up a local mattock (small farm tool) all provided by the farm. We recommend wearing flip-flops or similar as well as bringing sunscreen.
After farming, you’ll visit seasonal vegetable and flower plantations including coconuts where locals will demonstrate their ability to climb up the trees and gather young coconuts for some refreshment for you to enjoy.
Next, return to the home base where you take a snack of boiled cassava with freshly grated coconut in the traditional kitchen before enjoying a delicious lunch at the farm.
Following a late lunch, set off by road to begin the drive towards your beach hotel. Along the way you will stop at the serene Taman Ayun temple near Mengwi. This temple features wide tropical gardens and a large courtyard as well as traditional multi-story roofs.
After this visit we go for an incredible sunset at the famous (and most photographed temple in Bali) Tanah lot Temple.
After your visit, continue the journey to your southern beach hotel for check in.
Dinner is at the Hotel.
Overnight in Sanur or Nusa Dua.

Distance and travel times
Ubud – Taman Sari Buwana, Tunjuk (30 km): 1 hour
Taman Sari Buwana, Tunjuk – Taman Ayun, Mengwi (13km): 30 minutes
Taman Ayun, Mengwi – Tanah Lot (16 km): 30 minutes
Tanah Lot – Sanur (30 km): 1 hour
Tanah Lot – Nusa Dua (35 km): 1 hour 10 minutes

Day 14Sanur or Nusa Dua - Uluwatu Kecak Dance - Seafood Dinner (B,D)

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches or indulge in a bit of shopping in the local area.
This evening experience the trance like Kecak dance in a superb location overlooking Uluwatu temple. Originating in the 1930’s this dance is performed only by men and occurs without musical accompaniment as an ode to the Monkey of the Ramayana Ballet. The location for this dance is set on a cliff top, overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset with Pura Uluwatu in the background.
Following this performance, dine under the stars on the freshest of seafood on one of Bali’s more expansive beaches – Jimbaran.
Overnight in Sanur.

Distance and travel times
Sanur – Uluwatu (33 km): 1 hour 30 minutes
Uluwatu – Jimbaran (15 km): 30 minutes
Jimbaran – Sanur (17 km): 40 minutes

Day 15Sanur - Departure (B)

Your morning is free until your private transfer picks you up from your hotel for your onward flight from Denpasar airport.

Distance and travel times
Sanur – Ngurah Rai International Airport (15 km): 40 minutes


Good to Know


A deposit of 25% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

The tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomad’s travel insurance.


For this tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.


No additional cancellation fees apply for this tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 45 days of departure.