From Jakarta we drive west to Anyer to take a boat trip to the shores of Krakatau island and its active offspring Anak Krakatau (“child of Krakatau”). We also visit remote Ujung Kulong National Park before returning to Jakarta and commencing a two week overland journey across Java to Bandung, Pangandaran on the south coast, the colonial market town of Wonosobo, high Dieng Plateau, the Buddhist stupa at Borobudur, the Sultan’s palaces of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo), climb to the rim of Mt Bromo to gaze into the volcanic depths, then drive to the Ijen crater on the eastern tip of Java to see locals mining sulphur.
On Bali’s north coast we stay overnight at beautiful Menjangan and the old capital of Lovina, browse the many galleries of Ubud and make our first visit to Nusa Dua.
We then embark on Ombak Putih, a fully refurbished Buginese phinisi schooner to sail through the fabled ‘spice islands’ making shore excursions on Moyo, Sumbawa, Komodo and Rinca islands – home of the mighty Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis).
From Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, we continue east by road to Ruteng, Bajawa, Moni and Maumere then fly back to Bali for a relaxing end to this incredible journey of discovery.
JAVA – Jakarta (1 night), Anyer (1), Krakatau, Ujung Kulong National Park, Peucang (1), Jakarta (2), Bogor, Puncak Pass, Bandung (2), Pangandaran (1), Wonosobo (1), Dieng Plateau, Magelang (1), Borobudur, Yogyakarta (2), Prambanan, Surakarta (1), Blitar (1), Malang (1), Ijen Crater (2), Banyuwangi
BALI – Gilimanuk, Menjangan (1 night), West Bali National Park, Lovina (1), Ubud (2), Kintamani, Celuk, Mas, Nusa Dua (1)
SPICE ISLANDS CRUISE (6 nights) with shore excursions on the islands of Lombok, Moyo, Sumbawa, Komodo and Rinca
FLORES – Labuan Bajo, Ruteng (1 night), Bajawa (1), Moni (1), Maumere (1)
BALI – Nusa Dua (1.5 nights), Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples