Arts & Isles of Indonesia

A Condé Nast Traveler Editor’s Itinerary

  • Meet local artists in galleries and homes, and enjoy lessons in Balinese dance and gamelan playing
  • Hike through stunning terraced rice paddies, then snorkel, dive, and kayak at one of the world's healthiest coral reefs
  • Participate in a traditional Hindu offering ritual at a remote temple
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Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 13 Days
Activity type(s): Cruises, Cultural Tour, Day Hiking, Water and Beach
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This new journey, a Condé Nast Traveler Editor’s Itinerary, is a gratifying exploration of Indonesia’s diverse culture and beautiful island life, from Bali to the Raja Ampat Islands and Central Java. Our Indonesia experts have arranged rare insider visits to temples, villages, and artists’ homes, and have lined up a whole host of active outings to fully engage us in this paradisiacal archipelago.

We start in and around Ubud, a wonderland of captivating art galleries, museums, temples, and markets. Led by an inveterate expert, we take in the highlights, then hike through breathtaking rice terraces to a sacred waterfall. For complete immersion, we don local dress for a Hindu ceremony and enjoy a private Balinese dance lesson.

Next we fly to eastern Indonesia and board the 151-foot Alila Purnama, a hand-built, phinisi-style schooner. For 6 delicious days we cruise the Raja Ampat Islands, stopping to scuba dive, snorkel, fish, swim, kayak, hike, bird-watch, lounge on white-sand beaches, and learn the island way of the life.

After disembarking, we jet to Yogyakarta, renowned for Javanese arts, such as batik making and shadow puppetry. Historic sites are ours to discover, including the 9th-century Hindu temple of Candi Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the impressive Buddhist Borobudur Temple at sunrise (an unusual treat). To end on a high note, we play the gamelan in the village of Kaliopak, then pack our bags contemplating another art we’ve enjoyed practicing this trip: the art of relaxing.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Denpasar, drive to Ubud
  • Day 2: Ubud exploring
  • Day 3: rice terrace hike to Benben waterfall, Hindu ceremony
  • Day 4: visit artist in Ubud home, private Balinese dance lesson, downtime
  • Day 5: fly to Sorong, board Alila Purnama
  • Days 6–10: cruise through Raja Ampat Islands, with snorkeling, diving, kayaking, hiking, beaches, and village visit
  • Day 11: fly to Yogyakarta in Central Java
  • Day 12: Yogyakarta sightseeing, private gamelan lesson
  • Day 13: visit Borobudur Temple, fly home or onward.