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To cover Indonesia in just one trip is a mind-boggling proposition—a staggering 17,000 islands make up this delightful archipelago. This captivating GeoEx journey provides a judicious sampling. You begin with an introduction to the region’s rich religious diversity, first at Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and then at the massive Borobudur Temple, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. Next, watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo while your guide shares legends of sacrifice to this active volcano.
After migrating north to Lake Tempe and visiting traditional floating homes via long-tail boat, you travel to Tana Toraja, assimilating the rice-paddied landscape dotted with curiously shaped roofs. Here you’ll delve into a culture that celebrates death to protect the living and reserves cliff-side, hanging graves for the upper class. Then you’re whisked by air to Bali for several days of in-depth exploration.
Your last chapter is a sweetly salubrious cruise by private boat charter from one deserted beach to the next. There’s time for swimming and island visiting, including at Komodo National Park, a place that calls Mars to mind. Watch for its namesake dragons, wild orchids, and flittering bats, and ponder the cornucopia of cultural and scenic points you’ve observed thus far, satisfied, but already twinging to return.
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Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1:
arrive in Yogyakarta, visit Prambanan Temple
- Day 2:
Sultan’s Palace, Borobudur Temple
- Day 3:
fly to eastern Java, scenic drive to highlands
- Day 4:
Mount Bromo, on to Surabaya
- Day 5:
fly to Sulawesi, drive to Sengkang
- Day 6:
Lake Tempe, Bugis villages, drive to Torajaland
- Days 7 & 8:
Tana Toraja discovery
- Day 9:
fly to Bali, on to Ubud
- Days 10 & 11:
- Day 12:
fly to Labuan Bajo, embark on private boat charter
- Day 13:
cruising Komodo National Park
- Day 14:
fly to Bali
- Day 15: