Beautiful beaches, stunning temples, mouth-watering food, spectacular dance, exquisite art – you can experience it all on this tour of Indonesia. On this tour you get immersed in the culture of Bali – visit with locals, take in art galleries and temples, visit an eco-park that supports endangered elephants, and watch two amazing dance shows. Then fly to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, to learn about Indonesia’s independence and explore this busy city. This tour is compatible with MWC Assembly Gathered.
Indonesia: Bali & A Taste of Java
Monday, June 27 Benoa, Indonesia
Arrive into Depasar Airport and transfer to your hotel in Benoa area. Meet your tour leader and other tour participants over a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
Tuesday, June 28 Benoa, Indonesia
Depart early from the Hotel for a full day adventure. Rumah Desa adventure is organized to explore the hidden paradise of Bali in the village. On this trip you will have a great experience of Balinese life, culture, traditional irrigation system, rice planting, and learn more about tropical plants. (B)
Wednesday, June 29 Benoa, Indonesia
After breakfast, begin the day with a drive to Central of Ubud villages to visit ARMA Museum, one of the island’s largest-wide-ranging private collections under one roof. Then continue to discover the fascinating eccentric pictures of Anotnio Blanco Museum, a Catalan romantic-turned-beloved Balinese expatriate artist who died in 1999. Then drive to the Elephant Safari Park to learn about a new concept of Ecotourism. Here you can enjoy the exciting adventure of Elephant Trekking while you are also helping to save the endangered Indonesian Elephant (one of the world’s rarest elephants). The Elephant Safari Park meets International standards for animal care and is set in more than 2 hectares of exotic ecotourism landscaped botanical gardens, surrounded by national forest and has been acclaimed to be the World’s best Elephant Park. Its museum houses a large collection of elephant memorabilia and the only Mammoth Skeleton of South East Asia. (B, L)
Thursday, June 30 Benoa, Indonesia
Enjoy a relaxing morning or go on your own adventure. Admire the beauty and the dramatic view from Uluwatu Temple perched 30 meters above the cliff facing the Indian Ocean. In the evening, it is time to sit at the nearby stage to enjoy Kecak Dance performance. Accompanied by the chanting of around 50 male dancers, the dance tells the love story of Rama and Shinta while the sun is setting in the background. The performance will be followed by a short drive to a local restaurant by the Jimbaran Beach to enjoy a BBQ Seafood dinner nuanced with the sound of the ocean waves at the backdrop. (B, D)
Friday, July 1 Benoa, Indonesia
Drive to North East Klungkung Regency, the first stop is the ancient court of Kertagosa to its compound and unique paintings on the ceilings. Next, a scenic drive through Bukit Jambul area, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the drive to Besakih, Bali’s mother temple. Explore this vast religious monument and learn its history and role in Hinduism in Bali. Drive back south, with lunch at a local restaurant in Rendang. Then on to a local coffee plantation to find out the secrets behind the famous Luwak coffee and Indonesian spices. This is followed with the exploration of Kehen Temple, the state temple of Bangli Kingdom with great steps leads to the beautifully decorated entrance gate. It is one of Bali’s most beautiful temples dating back to the 11th century. Before transfer back to your hotel a stop at Penglipuran village, well known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique traditional architectural styles. (B, L)
Saturday, July 2 Benoa, Indonesia
In the morning, visit with some locals. In the late afternoon, you will depart for the Contemporary Cultural Show in Bali Nusa Dua Theatre. Devdan Shows is a must-see evening show while you are in Bali. You will be taken through a journey across Indonesian archipelago. The journey starts in Bali, witness the harvest season dance followed with kites flying season ended with the dramatic Kecak fire dance. You will then be taken through a journey to Sumatra with the island signatures dances while also get a glimpse of the traditional activities. Following Sumatra, the performance will take you to wander through Java, Borneo and Papua. Devdan Show has brilliantly crafted hi-tech special effects, such as a rotating stage, pyrotechnics, artificial rain, superb illusion, and dazzling lighting systems to complement its stunning choreography. Encompassing authentic cultural dances with touches of contemporary songs and movements, you will be tempted to explore more of the archipelago! (B)
Sunday, July 3 Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly to Jakarta. Upon your arrival in Jakarta, depart for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit the Museum National/Gajah; it is an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum located in Central Jakarta, afterward to Chinatown or ‘Glodok’ as referred to by locals, is one of the capital’s historically significant sites. It is the place where you can eat traditional Chinese food, shop for anything from Chinese herbal remedies to cut-price electronics, and enjoy sightseeing walks around exotic Chinese temples, some of which have stood the tests of time and are silent witnesses to the formation of Jakarta as Indonesia’s capital city. Then Fatahilah Square; is the heart of the Jakarta Old Town with a cobbled square with historic colonial buildings. Notable landmarks include the Cafe Batavia restaurant and bar, Wayang Museum of puppetry, and Jakarta History Museum, housed in the old town hall. (B, L)
Monday, July 4 Jakarta, Indonesia
Depart for your tour of Jakarta. The first stop is at MONAS: The National Monument is a 132 m (433 ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence. Istiqal Mosque; is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third-largest Sunni mosque in terms of capacity. This national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence and named “Istiqlal”, an Arabic word for “independence”. Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jakarta, currently Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo. Its official name is Gereja Santa Perawan Maria Diangkat ke Surga. Then Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII); (Indonesian for “Beautiful Indonesia” Miniature Park) is a culture-based recreational area. The park is a synopsis of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life in Indonesia’s 26 (in 1975) provinces encapsulated in separate pavilions with the collections of Rumah adat as the example of Indonesian vernacular architecture, clothing, dances and traditions are all depicted impeccably. Your tour will finish at Sunda Kelapa Harbor; one of the main ports that shouldered the busy international trade between kingdoms and nations around the globe. Traders came from China, India, and Europe to get spices, especially pepper, which was Sunda Kingdom’s main commodity. (B, D)
Tuesday, July 5
Transfer to the airport to fly to Semarang for MWC Assembly Gathered or depart for home. (B)
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Cover photo: Uluwatu Temple by Jorge Franganillo