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Yogyakarta airport – Lombok airport
Private transfer and installation for three nights in Yogyakarta
It would be in Yogyakarta that the Javanese language would be the purest – it is in any case there that the traditions are most alive. In found a nice balance between old way of life and galloping modernity – sultan’s palaces, Buddhist temples and trendy bars.
On the program – The Borobudur site in private. With a French-speaking guide, we set off to discover a marvel of Buddhist art, the most unmissable site in Yogyakarta: the stupa-mandala of Borobudur. With its 72 stupas and 500 statues of Buddha, we have before our eyes the largest Buddhist temple in the world, built in the 8th and 9th centuries. Among its most remarkable aspects, the immense set of bas-reliefs that accompany the pilgrim, ambiguous acts and values of earthly life to the perfection of knowledge. We are surprised, in the strongest sense of the word, by the breadth and consistency of the design; touched by the concern of teaching; often dazzled by the virtuosity shown by the artists.
A guided tour of the large Shaivite complex of Prambanan , its 240 Vesara-style temples and its bas-reliefs illustrating the Râmâyana. The admirable ninth century, decidedly, left a strong imprint on the Javanese heritage. The opportunity is ideal for the whole family to get acquainted with the great Hindu deities that are Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. A visit to the temple of Plaosan, a Buddhist sanctuary located in Bugisan, not far from the temple of Prambanan, completes this discovery.
Also planned – Street food by night. It is between the kaki lima, carts pushed by the vendors, and the Warung Makan, small family restaurants mainly frequented by Indonesians, that we discover different atmospheres and authentic specialties of the city, supervised by a French-speaking gastronome.
Private transfer by becak (rickshaw) to the station and train to Surabaya (5h). Transfer by car with driver to Mount Bromo. Night in the hills, at an altitude of 2000 meters. The chalets are open to the surrounding nature. They are bright, cozy, elegant. The restaurant is located next to a small art gallery: the owner of the hotel is primarily a photographer. The chef serves cuisine made from organic ingredients. Indonesian repertoire, of course, but also mini burgers or entrecote with parsley butter. The establishment has been designed, in terms of materials and operation, to limit its environmental impact as much as possible. You just have to look at your window to adhere to this virtuous attitude.
Climbing Mount Bromo. We leave early to watch the sun rise over the volcanic cones. The fluffy, golden light that gradually erases the haze is admirable. Next, we approach the mount, a 2330-meter gray volcano, which is a deity to Hindus – offerings are made to it every year. Mules wait at the car stop. And we climb there for a walk in the sea of sand that surrounds the volcano, before reaching the crater. Access is not difficult. Return to the hotel, snack, then transfer to Probolinggo station and train to Karangasem. New transfer to Kawah Ijen and overnight in the middle of dense vegetation, in a beautiful mountain setting. The hotel is a brother of the previous one. Services are provided there in the same friendly way and an identical concern for responsible management governs daily use.
Ascent of Kawah Ijen . The green crater is located southeast of the Ijen volcano caldera. It contains a lake, the most acidic in the world. Which, to compensate for this uninviting quality, is a splendid emerald color. At dawn, we climb through the tropical forest to the peeled rim of the crater, at 2800 meters. It requires good physical condition. Along the way, we meet carriers of sulfur, who collect impressive loads. With a little luck, we can see gibbons. And once you get above the fog, the view is fantastic.
Transfer to port and ferry to Bali. Transfer to Pemuteran. Installation for three nights between the beach and the natural park of Bali Barat. Strictly speaking, the hotel does not have its feet in the water, but it is very close, a little above the beach, behind the curtain of trees. This beach is also the hotel’s private domain; the pontoon makes an excellent starting point for kayaking or diving / snorkeling trips. It also hosts many fun activities. The bungalows, built and decorated, are modern Indonesian style, well designed, comfortable. Pretty wooden terraces jut out among the trees and, in the garden, a swimming pool ideal for a swim. The atmosphere is life cool. The sea polarizes teenagers,
Snorkeling on the preserved coral reef of Menjangan , Ile aux Cerfs (which often come to the beach). We get there by boat with an English-speaking guide, equipment and a picnic. You don’t have to be Commander Cousteau to approach the little multicolored world that feeds there. You just need to get into the water with a little flexibility. We understand then that this spot passes for one of the first in the country. Gorgonians, sponges, sandy bottoms on which garden eels undulate in the current, anemones where clown fishes, globes fish … A permanent spectacle.
Also planned – A horseback ride in Bali Barat National Park, 19,000 hectares of wild forests and mangroves. After putting on helmet, boots and gloves, we get in the saddle and we follow our guide through the fauna and flora of the western Balinese. Along the way, you might come across some representatives of 160 different animal species, including the last population of Rotschild’s starlings, one of the rarest birds in the world.
Bali Barat on horseback . It is on horseback that we set off to explore the large park of western Balinese. It is enough to hold in the saddle to be there. An English-speaking guide leads the train and gives naturalistic comments. It is not luxury because, what do we know about all this flora? You can hardly identify the mangrove trees. Perhaps you can see the white plumage and the blue face of a Rothschild starling here: the park is its last refuge.
Private transfer to Ubud (4h30). It is in Ubud that the artistic traditions of the island are most alive; painters and sculptors are numerous in the area and have not entirely devoted their brushes or scissors to “memories”. We appreciate with a child’s soul to see the practice of the kite perpetuated. You can visit the Bali Bird Park, which covers two hectares of gardens and houses the largest collection of birds in Indonesia. The two hundred and fifty species represented live in freedom (supervised) and approach easily. They all keep their tropical promises of color and shape. And then the rice fields have been the world of the inhabitants of the Ubud region for generations. They have splendidly shaped it into terraces undulating on the hillsides.
The Ubud campaign aboard a vintage convertible . It is aboard an authentic Volkswagen cabriolet from the 1970s that we travel through the Ubud region, along country roads, artisan villages, temples and forests. To see: the forest of Sangeh and its monkeys, the village of Mas specializing in wood carving, the typical Sukawati market and its many stalls of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Also planned – A guided walk in the rice fields of Sidemen. The Sidemen Valley, an authentic and wild region, surrounded by mountains, rice fields and forests, is located in the heart of the island, away from the crowds. It is famous for having retained techniques of manual weaving for the creation of the sarong. During the visit, we discover a workshop for weaving and manufacturing Endek and Songket textiles, all the subtlety of this bygone art form, its spiritual role and the use of fabrics in the daily life of the Balinese. A stroll in the middle of the rice fields and fields of peppers also reveals a nice overview of the daily life of the peasants and their way of life – Mount Agung in the background.
Private transfer to Bangli. You get to know the surroundings thanks to a guided bike ride – already planned – on small country roads (approximately 25 km). Once in the area and preventively wearing a helmet, you get on your bike and follow the French-speaking guide through hills and valleys. We pedal in a country that tourism has not yet turned upside down. You go to Lake Batur, in the caldera of the eponymous volcano. From here, the view of the Agung is splendid.
New private transfer and installation for two nights in an ecolodge nestled in the Balinese countryside. All around, the rice fields unfold against the backdrop of the majestic silhouette of the Agung volcano, the sacred mountain of Bali. The buildings have the arched shape of traditional rice granaries. The suites have the rustic feel one would expect, but also offer excellent comfort and perfect privacy. Far from the crowds, we live here on a rustic tempo. The guest house atmosphere fosters a tranquil approach for hours and days.
Bangli is a very Balinese village. We do not hesitate to stroll quietly in the streets of the village to see how life is going here, to visit the school, to stroll through the rice fields and to go to the Pura Kehen temple.
On the program – Rafting on the Telaga Waja river . A rafting trip on the white waters of the Tegala Waja River, ideal to satisfy teens’ desire for adventure! All duly protected by a helmet and a life jacket. The course punctuated by the passage of a few rapids and calmer areas allows you to enjoy a lush natural setting and a superb panorama of the rice terraces of the Karangasem region.
Transfer to the pier and speed boat to Lombok. Installation for three nights at Senggigi Beach. Three infinity pools open onto the beach. In front of the bedroom windows and veranda, a beautiful garden; shards of azure through the trees. The architecture reveals a contemporary Indonesian style. The spa is very well maintained. Everything here speaks of the pleasure of letting oneself live, of finding a rhythm tuned to that of the waves, of being dizzy with the sea air.
Gili Meno with mask and snorkel . The Gilis are three coral atolls with the sweet names of Trawangan, Air and Meno. Located between Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, Meno is the smallest and quieter of the trio. It is still preserved, because there are very few hotels. And from the boat, you can swim with mask and snorkel in the crystal clear waters to explore the seabed and see multicolored fish, sea turtles and manta rays.
Private transfer to airport for return flight