Your day-by-day itinerary
Wonders of Yogya
Watch the sun rise over giant buddhas buried in the misty morning jungle at Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. Wander between the stupas in the soft purples of dawn, the air thick with mysticism and a touch of magic. You’ll stay in Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java. Before dawn, you’ll set off to Borobudur to catch the sunrise. It really is something quite special.
Journey from Yogyakarta to Mount Bromo, Java’s most photogenic volcano with a perfectly-shaped cinder cone. En route, you’ll amble around the Hindu temple of Prambanan, get a taste of local life staying in a small village, hike through fertile green plantations and climb the curling scenic road to the volcanoes. Sunrise at Bromo is something quite staggering. Prepare to be knocked sideways.
The Volcano's Treasure
Explore a land of smoking calderas and azure crater lakes hidden in the clouds. The Ijen Plateau is vast, remote and packed with eye-opening natural beauty. Pass working sulphur mines, stare out over the alpine forests and circle the mist-cloaked rim of Mount Ijen, or Lonely Mountain. You’ll stay near the volcano and take an early morning hike up to the crater rim.
Forests and Islands
Snorkel through rainbow coral reefs on tiny Menjangan, an island bursting with wildlife both above and below the water. With mangroves, rainforest, dry savannah and extinct volcanoes, it’s a fascinating world just begging to be explored. You’ll stay on Pemuteran Beach, a short boat trip from Menjangan in West Bali National Park.
Beaches of Southern Bali
Snooze on the sand, stroll on the beach, indulge in a spa treatment (or two) and soak up the tropical sunshine in Sanur, a southern beach with a village feel and a deliciously drowsy vibe. It’s a great place to end a busy trip to Bali, with narrow beaches, spa treatments and seafood by the bucket-load. Stretch out by the pool, take a leisurely walk along the beach and grab a cocktail at sunset. Simple.