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Day 1-2 - February 27-28, 2016: Depart Los Angeles

Departure from Los Angeles (LAX)

Day 3 - February 29, 2016: Arrive Jakarta

Upon arrival in Jakarta, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. En route you will visit Old Batavia. First stop on this interesting day tour is Sunda Kelapa Harbour, which dates back to the 17th century. This was the first harbour to be used by the Portuguese and Dutch when they arrived in Indonesia. The harbour extends for around 3km, so there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Continuing to China Town, known to local people as ‘Glodok’, you'll see a different side of Jakarta, before continuing to your hotel.Starting from Sunda Harbour, you’ll first visit Syahbandar Tower and Maritime Museum – both buildings were previously occupied as a spice warehouse of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or Dutch East India Company). VOC was a Dutch company which managed the trading activities on both sea and land for the interests of the Dutch. Near the fish market we pass Kota Intan Bridge – a bridge constructed in the 17th century in Dutch style. The current bridge has been restored by the Indonesian Government and has become a famous sight in Sunda Kelapa Harbour.

Accommodation: Alila Jakarta

Day 4 - March 01, 2016: Excursion to Bogor

Depart from the hotel in the morning and head to Taman Mini Indonesia ‘the miniature Indonesia’. The park is laid out in a way that you can see all 33 provinces of Indonesia in one area, complete with buildings, traditional costumes, handicrafts, musical instruments and more. With everything from the former cannibalistic tribes of Papua to the unique houses of Toraja and the impressive Sumatra pavilion, this park is sure to hold your interest.

This excursion will also include the Bogor Botanical Garden – Built in 1817 by Proffessor G Reinwardt on 200 hectares of land, the Bogor Botanical Gardens are internationally recognised as one of the best botanical gardens for tropical plants in the world. With more than 15,000 plant species, some of which are indigenous to Indonesia, the gardens are stunning, and you can also see the Presidential Palace from this area on a clear day.

The tour proceeds to Puncak – a cool mountain retreat. Feel refreshed by the beautiful landscape of tea plantations and magnificent views of the valleys below.

Accommodation: Alila, Jakarta (B,L)

Day 5 - March 02, 2016: Yogyakarta

This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to the city of Yogyakarta

Yogya means 'suitable, fit, proper', and karta, 'prosperous, flourishing'. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows.

After meeting your English-speaking guide, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city

Accommodation: M Gallery Phoenix Hotel (B)

Day 6 - March 03, 2016: Yogyakarta City and Prambanan Temple

In the morning your guide will take you for full day tour of Yogyakarta city and Prambanan Temple.

The first stop today is the Sultans palace, also known as the Keraton, located in the centre of the city, which was founded in 1755. Look out for the ornate reception halls as well as the large open-air pendopos, specifically built so that the Sultan could listen to gamelan performances. There is also an air-conditioned room where the desk at which the ninth sultan planned the overthrow of the Dutch is enshrined. Something particularly curious, or just plain odd, is the painting of the eighth sultan on the day of his circumcision!

Lunch will be served at the local restaurant

The next visit is Tamansari (also known as the Water Castle), which is situated just 250m from the Sultans palace, and was built in 1758 by the prince, and was used as a ‘place of pleasure’ by the prince and his harem. The prince would sit in his tower, enjoying watching his harem frolic in the water, and send for any one of them who he fancied at the time.

Sonobudoyo Museum - this Museum is built in traditional Javanese style. It houses weapons, leather and wooden puppets of Wayang Theater, masks, statues, textiles, curios and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

Next, you head to Prambanan Temple, the largest and one of the most beautiful Hindu temple complexes in Indonesia. Built in the 10th century, today, after extensive restoration projects, only the three main temples, and three of the smaller temples, are standing. Since being abandoned in the 13th century, the temple has suffered from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and general weather conditions, yet the restoration is simply wonderful.

Return to the hotel, freshen up and be ready for a becak ride around Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta before heading to the Royal Garden restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: M Gallery Phoenix Hotel (B,L)

Day 7 - March 04, 2016: Yogyakarta - Borobudur Temple

It's an early start this morning, heading to the stunning Borobudur temple before the sun comes up. In around 850AD, the temple was deserted when the Hindu Majapahit Empire overthrew the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur is the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can climb the steps and along the way see the 1,640 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies within the complex. Climb to the top of the monument, and witness the most spectacular sunrise in the world.

You will also visit Candirejo village, traveling by horse drawn buggy (Dokar), giving you the chance to see the farms and plantations. The ride ends with a lesson in traditional Gamelan music at a local house before lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: M Gallery Phoenix Yogyakarta (B)

Day 8 - March 05, 2016: Fly to Bali

Breakfast at the hotel and at the appropriate time, you will be picked up for your transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Bali.

Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people, that make any stay on the island so memorable.

Upon your arrival in Bali, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sanur.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 9 - March 06, 2016: Bali

Enjoy your free day at leisure. Optional tours are available at additional cost.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel(B)

Day 10 - March 07, 2016: Fly to Ternate

Today we fly east from Bali across the archipelago to the spice island of Ternate. Lying off the western side of the sprawling island of Halmahera, the ancient sultanates of Ternate and Tidore are islands rich with history and are visually spectacular with their near perfect volcanic cones enveloped in tropical forest.

The island’s rich and colourful history is the result of the spice trade and the enormous economic impact on them in the 16th and 17th century. At this time the islands were the world’s only source of cloves and the resulting spice trade made Ternate and Tidore’s sultans the most powerful rulers in the East Indies and brought the islands to the attention of the European powers of the time. Battles between the powers eventually lead to Dutch control, a legacy that can be seen in the three fortresses built in the early years of the seventeenth century.

At the northern end of town the Sultans Palace (Keraton) contains a museum of artefacts from the reign of the sultans, a lineage that dates back to 1257.

Ternate feels like, and indeed is, a far outpost of Indonesia visited by few western tourists. When travelling to the Moluccan islands there is a real sense of heading off the beaten track.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 11 - March 08, 2016: Ternate

Free day at leisure. Optional tours are available at additional cost.

In the evening Dr.Scott Young will present a lecture in which he will give full details of the eclipse viewing location.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 12 - March 09, 2016: Eclipse Day

An early start will be required on eclipse day as we will be travelling across to the island of Tidore to gain an additional 20 seconds of totality and enjoy a truly unique experience. Explorers will be chartering a ferry and then driving around this beautiful island to reach the small town of Soasio where we have an exclusive agreement to access the grounds of the Palace of the Sultan of Tidore. The Palace is set in a large and enclosed open space which is perfectly suited for the eclipse viewing. During the eclipse we will provide soft drinks, water, snacks, parasols and chairs and toilets.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Event Time 
Start of Partial Eclipse 00:24:24
Start of Total Solar Eclipse   01:54:47
Maximum Eclipse 01:56:52
End of Total Eclipse 01:58:56
End of Partial Eclipse 03:30:08

 

 

 

 

Day 13 - March 10, 2016: Return to Bali

Today we fly back to Bali on a charter flight.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 14 - March 11, 2016: Bali - Rural Village & Mt Batur Tour

In the morning after breakfast, depart from the hotel for a full day excursionof Rural Bali & Mount Batur.

A warm welcome waits at a Balinese home, where a traditional light snack is served with Balinese coffee or tea.

Walk through the local farms to experience the life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.

Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the “Kori Agung” (stone capped gateway, there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants.

Once inside the temple, there is a small compound, which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.

Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 15 - March 12, 2016: Bali

Enjoy your free day at leisure or optional tour is available at additional cost

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 16/17 - March 13, 2016: Fly home

Today is your last day in Indonesia and, at the appropriate time, you will be picked up by our guide and taken to the airport to catch your flight home.

 

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