ID7 INDONESIA DISCOVERY TOURSEARCH TOUR
Java, Borneo, Sulawesi & Papua
Borobudur: largest stupa-style Buddhist monument in the world; Prambanan: most extensive Hindu temple site in Indonesia; Tanjung Puting National Park; Orangutan encounter; Toraja Highlands; Irian Jaya and the Baliem Valley
Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily; all meals at some locations. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers.
Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, locally paid taxes, and visa fees.
Seasonality and Weather
The climate of Indonesia is almost entirely tropical. The uniformly warm waters that make up 81% of Indonesia's area ensure that temperatures on land remain fairly constant, with the coastal plains averaging 28C (82F), the inland and mountain areas averaging 26C (79F), and the higher mountain regions, 23C (73F). Temperature varies little from season to season.
The main variable of Indonesia's climate is not temperature or air pressure, but rainfall. The area's relative humidity ranges between 70 and 90%. Winds are moderate and generally predictable, with monsoons usually blowing in from the south and east in June through September and from the northwest in December through March. Overall the best time to visit is May-September.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout will be by private air-conditioned bus. Most of the driving days are not long, usually no more than four hours. Internal flights via scheduled regional carriers. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some large site, heat and long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned (except Baliem Valley Resort, though the climate here is cool); 3-5 star properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Laundry facilities are available at most hotels for a reasonable price. Safe deposit boxes are available in most hotels either free or for a nominal fee.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides, local driver/s.
10-14 plus Tour Leader
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