Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world encompassing 13,466 big and small tropical islands surrounded with pristine white beaches. Many islands are still uninhabited and a large number are still unnamed. Situated in between the continents of Asia and Australia, in the middle of Pacific and Indian Ocean, it equals to the distance in between London and Moscow. The national language being Bahasa Indonesia.
Amon the most renowned islands, are – Bali, Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (previously known as Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands) and Papua. Even though many of these islands are internationally famous for being best island resorts, the country still has an untapped potential of unexplored area with extensive mountainous views, rainforests to go trekking, rolling waves of deep blue pristine seas to surf and dive in where one can also swim with dolphins, large mantarays and dugongs etc.
Indonesian culture has been formed due to long term contact in between indigenous traditions and numerous foreign influences. Indonesia is situated in the center of the ancient trade routes between the South Asia, Far East and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being highly influenced by a variety of religions- which include Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity – in all major trading cities.
This has resulted in a complex cultural integration that is very diverse from the original indigenous cultures. The fusion of Buddhism, Hinduism, animism in Bodhaand Islam-Hindu fusion in the Javanese Abangan belief, are few of the examples. Balinese dances depict ancient stories of Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms, while Islamic architecture and art form influence can be seen in Sumatra, especially in the Aceh and Minangkabau regions.
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most colorful and vibrant cuisines of the world and greatly varies by region and diverse influences. Sumatran cuisine for e.g. has middle east and Indian influences – featuring curried vegetables and meat in gulai and curry, Javanese cuisines in mostly indigenous with some Chinese influence.
Some of the most popular dishes to be enjoyed in Indonesia are as follows –NasiGoreng
A type of fried rice dish. The steamed rice is stir-fried with eggs, chicken/ beef/ shrimp, assorted vegetables, meatballs. The rice is made brown with thick and sweet soy sauce.Gado-gado
A delectable mix of veggies, fish crackers or shrimps with peanut sauce. It’s also called as the Indonesian salad.Satay
This is a roasted skewered meat dish. The skewered barbecued meat that usually has sweet soy sauce or peanut sauce. Many varieties can be found in the Saray dish through Indonesia.Tumpeng
Tumpeng is the national dish which contains a cone shaped rice dish with side dishes (which usually comprise of meats and vegetables).
As for desserts, recipes like klepon (sweet rice balls and coconut), BakpiaPathok (Bean cakes), Buburketanhitam (sweet porridge), Onde-onde (sweet sesame rice balls) etc are for those with sweet tooth.
Beyond the bronzed beach tan and peacefulness, there is plenty you can buy and bring home as a souvenir from this South Asian paradise.WayangGolek (Indonesian wooden puppets)
Indonesia is known for its local arts and crafts, made from various materials, everything from wood carving, to silver art leather goods etc. One such handicraft you can buy is the exotic WayangKulit (shadow theatre puppet).Designer Threads
Petitenget and Seminayak house some of the finest boutiques of Bali. In fact, the Bali brands for super fine linens, kaftans, cottons that are of premium standard quality.Batik Stamps
These are delicate dyed and intricately painted stunning pieces of paintings and textiles which are one of the most prized exports from the countryBalinese Sarong
Unlike Batik stamps, sarong are woven rather than simply dyed, making them on of the most meticulously designed handicrafts you will find in the country.
Other than these you may also shop for organic soaps, incense sticks, chocolates, Celuk Jewelry etc.
Indonesia - Places of attractionYogyakarta
This is the historical and cultural hub of Indonesia; it has everything from ancient attractions, to food, to shopping and culture. It also homes the two of the most magnificent temples of Indonesia, they are Prambanan and Borobudur.Mount Bromo
The majestic looking Mt Bromo at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park stands tall at 2329 m and contributes to one of the most scenic beauty in Indonesia.Lake Toba
With its quiet and serene beauty, Lake Toba is the perfect way to spend a day relaxing and swimming.Lombok
Lombok is often considered to be like Bali, except for fewer commercialization and less people. Tourists therefore come here to enjoy privately in clear blue water and sky privately.
Other places to be visited are TanaToraja, Balieum valley, Komodo national park, Raja Ampat, Lake Maninjau, and Bandung.
Jakarta International Airport – Check in in Hotel
Welcome to Jakarta. On your arrival you will be introduced to our local representative who will transport you to the city hotel.
Day 2:Jakarta- Bogor
Leisure time for visitors to do anything of their interest.
Full day mode of transportation at your disposal in Bogor with guide
Day 4:Bogor- Jakarta
Bali International Airport – Hotel stay in Kuta. Saminyak, Legian, Nusa Dua Area Welcome to Bali. Upon arriving you will be greeted by our local representative who will then transport you to the city hotel.
No services included
Full day free time for guests to do whatever they are interested in.
Hotel in Kuta. Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua area - Bali International Airport You can check out from the hotel and then transferred to the airport for your journey further destination.Jakarta International Airport – Hotel (Jakarta)
Welcome to Jakarta. Upon arriving at the Airport you will be greeted by our local representative and you will be then transferred to the city hotel.
Hotel – Jakarta International Airport
Check out from the hotel. You will be escorted to the airport for your journey to further destination.Inclusions
- Two Nights’ accommodations in Jakarta at Ibis Jakarta Senen
- Two Nights’ accommodations in Bogor at the Papyrus Tropical Bogor
- Two Nights’ accommodations in Bali at the Best Western Resort Kuta
- All tour and sightseeing as in the itinerary and are operated on shared basis
- Return airport transfers on private basis
- Including all preset applicable taxes
- Festive period surcharge
- Beverages not included in the quotation
- Entrance fees
- Domestic flight
- Driver/ Guide tipping
- Early check in/ Late Check off
- Luggage truck and porter
- Visas and Airfare
- 50% supplement on arrival departure in between 10 pm to 7 am
- If the city fees/ resort charge and tourist taxes are applicable, then it will be payable to the guest directly at the hotel or apartment
Hotel Accommodations for this tour
|City||Selected Hotels||Room Details||Meal Plan||Amenities|
|Jakarta||Ibis Jakarta Senen (3 Star)||Room 1: Standard Twin||Room Only|
|Bogor||Papyrus Tropical Bogor (3 Star)||Room 1: Superior Room||Room Only||
|Bali||Best Western Resort Kuta (3 Star)||Room 1: Superior Room||Room Only|
|Jakarta||Ibis Jakarta Senen (3 Star)||Room 1: Standard Room, 1 Double Bed||Room Only||