Indonesia - Sumatra, Java & Bali

with Timor-Leste (East Timor)
TOURCODE: ID10

Duration:
18 Days

Activity Level:
2

When To Go:
Mar

Countries Visited:
2

Arrive In / Depart From:
Denpasar (DPS) / Dili (DIL)

Max Group Size:
18

Tour Style:
Cultural

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • Authentic local experiences with lots of inclusions.
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Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

Indonesia, for its part, offers far more than just the legendary beach in Bali. This equatorial country features awe inspiring sights at every turn, whether it's an intricate Hindu temple surrounded by lush, terraced rice paddies or a laconic orangutan reaching for a tender shoot in the jungles of Borneo.

Iconic Bali (home to the majority of Indonesia's Hindu population) follows, beginning in the east coast town of Candidasa. After a visit to the native, walled village of Tenganan, its on to the ancient law courts of Klung Klung and finally Bali's most significant temple Besakih.

Rounding out this series is an optional extension to Timor-Leste (East Timor), one the world's newest countries. Explore the still unspoiled beauty of Timor-Leste. From the traditional markets and villages in the mountainous coffee region to the charm of local fishing villages and spectacular white and black sand beaches on the coast. Expect a variety of vegetation, wildlife, and culture as many communities have their own traditions and language.

 


 

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Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

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The above prices are subject to an additional $85 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.

Optional Single Supplement: $850 USD (number of singles limited).

 


 

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Day 1 Arrive in Medan
Today we arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra.

North Sumatra is a land of great mountains, waterfalls, lakes, a mixture of cultural groups, plantations of rubber, tobacco, palm oil, and coffee.

Overnight in Medan.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Medan - Samosir Island, Lake Toba
After breakfast we depart for a brief city tour of Medan. We stop to see the Maimoon Palace, recently renovated from its original founding in 1888 by the Sultan of Deli. We will also stop to visit the Grand Mosque, built in the Moroccan style. Before leaving Medan, we'll also visit Tjong a Fie Mansion. Often referred to as a "historical jewel," the 35-room, 2-storey mansion was built in 1895 by the Hakka merchant who came to own much of the land in Medan through his plantations while contributing to the building of the island’s railway.

Afterwards we travel southwards by road from Medan to Lake Toba, where we take a ferry across the lake to Samosir Island. At 630 sq km, Samosir is notable as being the largest island within an island, and the fifth largest lake island in the world. This is a full day of travel with stops for rest and points of interest.

Overnight on Samosir Island.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3 Samosir Island, Lake Toba
The island is the centre of Batak culture, and has several villages of historical interest. Here, traditional houses are made of wood with high roofs; the main posts, walls, and gable ends carry carved decorations of buffalo horns.

We will learn about the animist culture of the Batak people with visits to the cultural centre and some unusual houses, with roofs shaped like boats. The Batak were formerly head-hunters and cannibals, and due to their isolation in the high mountains, they have retained many of the ancient proto-Malay cultural traditions. According to tradition, all Bataks are descendants of Si Raja Batak, a hero-ancestor of super-natural parentage born on a holy mountain adjacent to Lake Toba. Today they maintain a tight-knit and distinctive culture.

Our stops today include a visit to the King Sidabutar Tomb in Tomok, a stop at the 300-year old stone chairs, site of village discussions and decisions, and we explore the museum at Simanindo, converted from a traditional house lived in by Rajah Simalungun, a Batak king. We will enjoy the view from one of the highest points on the island where we can begin to appreciate the massive volcanic explosion that formed both Samosir Island and Lake Toba.

We continue back to our hotel on Samosir Island for the night. We usually have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy our resort and/or swim in the lake.

Overnight on Samosir Island.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 4 Samosir Island - Berastagi
This morning we take a long, leisurely drive toward Berastagi, starting across the narrow land bridge that connects the "island" to the mainland. This region of North Sumatra is volcanic in nature and many sulfurous hot springs are to be found. At the northern end of Lake Toba we stop to see the impressive 120 m (394 ft) high Si Piso-Piso Waterfalls. From the viewpoint at the top of the falls there is a 360-degree panoramic view over Lake Toba and the surrounding countryside.

The area to the north of Lake Toba is known as Karoland, or the Karo Highlands, as it is where the Karo Batak tribal people live. The five Karo Batak clans and 83 subclans inhabit a high, lush plateau of mountain slopes and rich volcanic valleys in the area between Lake Toba and Medan. There are many volcanoes in the area, some of them still steaming. Gunung Sibayak at 2070 m (6,790 ft) and Gunung Sinabung at 2417 m (7,930 ft) are the highest and can be seen from many locations as we explore the area. We will have the opportunity to stop in Dokan, a Karo Batak village.

Overnight in Berastagi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Berastagi - Medan (Sumatra) - Yogyakarta (Java)
This morning we drive from Berastagi to Medan (2-3 hours with stops) and fly to Yogyakarta, Java's cultural heart. Located at the foot of the volcano Merapi, the fertile plain of Yogyakarta was, in the 16th and 17th century, the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataran.

NOTE: Our flight from Medan to Yogyakarta will likely transit through Jakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Yogyakarta: City Tour
Today we visit the most extensive Hindu temple site in Indonesia -- Prambanan.

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m (154 ft) high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. It was built around AD 850 by either Rakai Pikatan, king of the second Mataram dynasty, or Balitung Maha Sambu, during the Sanjaya Dynasty. Not long after its construction, the temple was abandoned and began to deteriorate.

After our comprehensive guided tour, we return to Yogyakarta. This afternoon's sightseeing includes the Sultan's palace, the Kraton, a vast complex of courtyards, halls and pavilions in Javanese traditional style. The most important structure is the Golden Pavillion; ornately carved, and heavily gilded, its graceful roof is supported by finely carved wooden beams. Here the Sultan used to receive royal guests and hold balls and banquets.

We also visit the nearby Taman Sari (Water Castle), the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal Family.

At some point during our stay in Yogyakarta we hope to attend a performance of the Ramayana ballet, a dance based on ancient Hindu folklore.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 7 Yogyakarta - Borobudur - Yogyakarta
From Yogyakarta we drive north to the largest stupa-style Buddhist monument in the world -- Borobudur. This incredible monument, built and decorated before AD 800, should be on anybody's list of the ten greatest art-complexes in the world for its size, quality, sophistication and excellent state of preservation.

Borobudur was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2500 sq m. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s.

After a guided site tour, we return to Yogyakarta. Your afternoon is free. Wandering in the narrow streets of the markets you will see many beautiful crafts for sale, including the famous wayang wooden and leather puppets, but especially the batik. Yogyakarta is famous for its batik.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Yogyakarta (Java) - Denpasar (Bali) - Candidasa
Today we fly from Yogyakarta to Denpasar (possibly via another connecting point) on the island of Bali and transfer to our hotel at Candidasa.

Bali is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. 93.18% of Bali's population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.

On arrival at Denpasar airport, we travel by road through verdant Balinese countryside to the east coast town of Candidasa, a tranquil coastal area nestled between the Lombok Strait to the east and mountains to the west. Candidasa is within close proximity to many historical landmarks of Bali.

Overnight in Candidasa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Candidasa: Eastern Bali & Besakih Temple
Today we explore the highlands and the east coast area of Bali where elegant Balinese Hindu temples sprout amid lush green rice terraces.

We will also visit the native village of Tenganan, a symmetrically laid out Bali Aga village with walled homes and unique crafts. Bali Aga was the original inhabitant of Bali, before the arrival of Hindu Javanese. Tenganan retains its ancient pre-Hindu customs through a strong code of non-fraternization with outsiders, further enforced by the protection of its surrounding walls.

We continue to the ancient law courts at Klung Kung. Klung Kung was the oldest Kingdom on the island, and its "raja" was the most exalted. At the walled-in "Court of Justice", which dates from the 18th century, a mural portrays punishment in hell and the rewards of heaven.

Our final stop is Bali's most important temple, Besakih, and sacred Mount Agung. This volcano is to the Balinese what Mount Olympus was to the ancient Greeks. Steps over 1,000 years old ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where there are many shrines. This temple was built on a site where animist rites, ceremonies and feasts once took place. The structure incorporates the holy triad of temples venerating the Hindu trinity. Every district of the island maintains its own temple within the complex.

Overnight in Candidasa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Candidasa - Penglipuran - Lovina
Today we journey from Candidasa to Lovina.

En route we will stop at Penglipuran village, well known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75-hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village.

We also stop at Kintamani, famous for its view of Mt. Batur and Lake Batur. The whole area around Kintamani is known for its orange groves. After a lunch break here, we continue to Beji Temple (Pura Beji), an excellent example of the colourful architectural style of northern Bali. The temple is famous for its Barong architecture and virtuoso relief carvings.

Our destination is Lovina, a coastal area on the northeastern side of the island containing the small villages of Temukus, Kalibukbuk and Anturan. It is becoming more popular with tourists but remains far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island's south side. At night the whole fishing fleet is working, their lanterns glowing yellow along the ocean front.

Overnight in Lovina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 11 Lovina Area
This morning we check out the spices and fruits at Lake Bratan market. Making our way back toward Lovina we visit the Buddhist monastery of Brahma Arama Vihara. It is a spectacular looking place, and a bit out of place in Hindu Bali. It is the most important Buddhist monastery in Bali and is complete with golden Buddha statues and a pristine natural setting. Strictly speaking the monastery is not a tourist site but accepts respectful visitors.

We return to Lovina in the afternoon.

Overnight in Lovina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 Lovina - Tanah Lot - Ubud
Today we depart Lovina and travel past spectacular rice terraces to the artists' village of Ubud.

Along the way we visit the spectacular rice terraces at Pupuan. We proceed from there to Tanah Lot, an ocean temple built atop a huge rock surrounded by the sea at high tide by one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century. Its rituals include the paying of homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. Sea snakes found at the base are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders.

We continue to Ubud, a remarkable town located in the middle of the island. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. While it once was a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs.

Overnight in Ubud.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Ubud: Area Tour
Today we a full day exploring the Ubud area. In the morning we attend a Barong traditional dance performance. The Barong play represent an eternal fighting between good and evil spirit. A Barong (a mythological animal) represent good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represent the evil one. Bali is known for its fine arts, and it is in this village that most of the best batik painters, mask carvers, dancers, weavers, and musicians live. This is an excellent place to buy authentic Balinese handicrafts.

Overnight in Ubud.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 Denpasar, Indonesia - Dili, Timor-Leste
Today transfer to the airport for our flight to Dili. Welcome to Timor-Leste! (East Timor)

East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. Timor-Leste was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonisation of the country. In late 1975, Timor-Leste declared its independence, but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and declared Indonesia's 27th province the following year. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory, and Timor-Leste became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on May 20, 2002.

After a break to freshen up (and flight timing-permitting), we an introductory tour of Dili, Timor-Leste's largest town with only 150,000 people. It is beautifully-situated along a crescent beach at the base of steep hills. One end of the bay is dominated by a 27m statue of Christ and the other by a centuries old lighthouse. From the peculiar coloured Portuguese colonial buildings, the local shopping areas, and a history of trade with China, India, and Arabia.

Our tour includes the Chega Exhibition, Santa Cruz Cemetery, statue of John Paul II, and the statue of Cristo Rei.

Overnight in Dili.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 15 Dili: WWII Memorial - Aileu - Maubisse - Village Visit
Today we drive up the backdrop hills of Dili en route to Maubisse. This drives gives you a bird's eye view of the capital city, Dili Bay, and the Island of Atauro set 32km across to the North of Dili.

We stop at the Dare Australian WWII Memorial before continuing the drive to the historic town of Aileu in the central ranges, where we stop for a coffee break at a popular restaurant. After a break we resume the drive to Maubisse, a once favoured town by the Portuguese for the cool climate. Maubisse is a town set in the central mountain ranges, where farming is the main activity, and the abundance of locally-grown vegetables supplies the capital city's demand.

The cone shaped thatched homes, built with bamboo or mud that can be spotted throughout the drive, are the traditional house typical of this region. After lunch we visit one of the many local traditional villages set on top of a hill and get an insight of how people in the rural areas live and learn about some Timorese traditions.

Overnight in Dili.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 16 Dili: Aipelu - Liquica - Maubara Fort
This morning we depart Dili once again and follow the West Coast Road along the ocean to the town of Aipelu where we visit the crumbling ruins of the Ai Pelo Prison, which stare hauntingly out to sea on the windswept coast. This stone-walled and weather-beaten prison is a colonial stain on the landscape, a place built by the Portuguese to house dissidents and criminals, the dark memories of which are still fervently avoided by the locals today.

We continue to Liquiça, where most of the inhabitants speak Tocodede, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by only about 39,000 people. We pass some historic sites including the Liquiça Church, site of a notorious massacre during which most of the city’s buildings were destroyed in the period before the 1999 independence referendum.

Our next stop is the town of Maubara to visit the 16th Century Dutch-built fort. Maubara is situated on the coastline of Liquiça Municipality; the beaches that border this region are particularly beautiful.

We'll have some refreshments here and stop by the basket weaving huts along the beach front before transferring back to Dili.

Overnight in Dili.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 17 Departure
Departure from Dili.

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Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Full-time Tour Leader services.

Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels) are included daily; lunches also included in Timor Leste.

All transport (including internal air), 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 and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their air AND extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour.

Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Optional trip cancellation insurance (for information click on the "resources" tab).

Seasonality and Weather
INDONESIA
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. April / May brings fine weather to many areas with the least chance of high winds / storms.

TIMOR LESTE (EAST TIMOR)
Tropical monsoon climate. It is very hot and dry from July to November with the western monsoon bringing the rains from December to March. It is cooler and more humid in the mountain region.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Local ground transport with mostly be provided by air-conditioned bus. In some locals, multiple smaller vehicles may be employed. Local flights by scheduled carriers.

The tour is not strenuous per se, but there are several activities/walks that, to be fully enjoyed, Require that you be steady on your feet and able to walk on rough/uneven surfaces for a considerable distance. Heat is also a consideration, as is the generally busy and ambitious nature of this itinerary. We have some long road journeys and full days of travel and sightseeing.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Activity Level: 2
These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.

Accommodation
Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4 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. All are air-conditioned.

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Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides, local driver/s.

Group Size
Maximum 18 (plus Tour Leader)

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Southeast Asia
Countries visited: Indonesia and East Timor


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Carolina Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Samosir Island
Country: Indonesia
Hotel is situated right on the shore of Lake Toba at Samosir Island. Located at the end of a quiet road in a beautiful and lush tropical garden with flowering shrubs and ... trees.

From most of the rooms of the hotel and the restaurant you will have a splendid view over Lake Toba and the surrounding mountains. Part of the restaurant is built in traditional Batak style. Offering tasteful dishes in Indonesian, Western as well as Chinese style. In the restaurant and hotel area the hotel offers free Wifi, so you can access the internet.
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Tabo Cottages
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Samosir Island
Country: Indonesia
TABO is situated on the shore of Lake Toba at Samosir surrounded by ricefields and plantations. It offers magnificent views over Lake Toba and the mountains. The unique style of the restaurant ... the rooms in the lush tropical garden make a great atmosphere to get rid of stress and weariness. Our free WiFi spot gives you the opportunity for updating travel blogs or and catch up on business from our airy, laid back restaurant or several pavilions.
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Grand Mutiara Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Berastagi
Country: Indonesia
Grand Mutiara Hotel offers the following five facilities: 24 hour room service, coffee shop and international restaurant, lobby shop, spaciously carpeted rooms with satellite TV channels, rooms with access to a balcony ... the panoramic garden and swimming pool.
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Mikie Holiday Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Berastagi
Country: Indonesia
Mikie Holiday is the perfect place to discover the treasures of North Sumatera; from nature and the fresh mountain breeze where our hotel resort is located, to the comfy interiors of an ... residence, or the adventure of rides and games in Funland Theme Park. There is something for everyone in the family to take on a journey along the breathtaking sceneries to reach Mikie Holiday.

Mikie Holiday offers you a full-service hotel facility with luxurious amenities, full-service accommodations, on-site restaurants, and the highest level of hospitality. Each room at Mikie Holiday follows a minimalist design yet is comfortable, maximizing the best of nature to create a zen-like atmosphere.
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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Yogyakarta
Country: Indonesia
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta welcomes you with the luxury of another era. You will be immersed in a unique heritage boutique hotel and experience "Memorable Moments" from your very first step in ... hotel. The best choice to discover the charm of Yogya.

Ideal for travellers in search of unique and memorable experiences, the hotel location is ideal to travel over Yogyakarta. Discover the Sultan Palace in 10 minutes, Taman Sari water castle and Kota Gede silver craft makers in 15 minutes.
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Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Yogyakarta
Country: Indonesia
Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta, is a 4-star hotel, ideally located in the heart of Yogyakarta’s bustling Malioboro Road and the city’s icon Tugu Monument. The neighbourhood area provides easy access to Beringharjo ... market, Malioboro shopping street, and Tugu railway station. They are designed for both business and leisure travellers. Grand Zuri Malioboro Yogyakarta promises a district level of service and facilities.
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Ramayana Candidasa Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Candidasa
Country: Indonesia
Ramayana Candidasa is a lovely spacious seaside resort with a panoramic ocean view located in eastern Bali surrounded by lush tropical gardens. A complete sanctuary for dream holiday seekers.

Ramayana Candidasa
... a perfect place for spending a peaceful and relaxing holiday in Bali as well as exploring the magnificent underwater paradise of Bali, such as Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon and many more.
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Puri Bagus Lovina
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Lovina
Country: Indonesia
Set on the charming coast of northern Bali, Puri Bagus Lovina promises to deliver a truly distinctive experience. Let the lukewarm ocean breeze lull you into serenity, as you blow off steam ... our villa or suite, indulge in a selection of relaxing spa treatments, sunbathe by the pool, partake in energizing yoga lessons, or even attend a business meeting.

Set sail at the break of dawn and you might encounter dolphins leaping gracefully in the open seas—one of the many wonderful spectacles to see in Lovina. Uncover the incredible treats that Lovina has to offer and we will ensure that you have a pleasant time throughout your stay.
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The Lovina Bali Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Lovina
Country: Indonesia
The Lovina Bali Resort is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, North Bali. Nestled between the Bedugul mountains and the Bali Sea, it really is a slice of ... Enjoying 200 metres of absolute beachfront only a short stroll from the centre of town, The Lovina really is perfection. From superb accommodations to the wonderful, friendly staff, The Lovina really does have it all.

Finish your day at our famous Sunset Bar with a signature cocktail, followed by our authentic local and international cuisine, before retiring to your private suite or villa.
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Timor Plaza Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Dili
Country: East Timor
Conveniently nestled amongst Dili's burgeoning CBD and Dili Central, Timor Plaza Hotel is Timor Leste's leading, international hotel.

 


 

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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 90-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 90 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

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To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.
Tour Style: Cultural

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