Across Java by Rail - Jakarta to Bali
From Jakarta To Bandung, Yogyakarta, Prambanan, Borobudur, Losari, Ambarawa, Solo, Madiun, Malang, Bromo, Jember, Kalibaru, Ketapang, Banyuwangi, Gilimanuk, Ubud - 17 Nights

Departing from:
Jakarta
Destination:
Bandung, Yogyakarta, Prambanan, Borobudur, Losari, Ambarawa, Solo, Madiun, Malang, Bromo, Jember, Kalibaru, Ketapang, Banyuwangi, Gilimanuk, Ubud
Duration:
17 Nights
Offer:
May 2023 - expressions of interest being taken
Tour Operator:
Guidepost Tours
Reference Code:
GPT-Guidepost

Package Details

Overview

Java is the richest and most scenically majestic of Indonesia's countless islands. Its diverse landscape ranges from towering volcanoes to dense forest, manicured rice paddies and teeming cities. Our train adventure explores this 1000km long island starting in Jakarta and travelling through Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang to Jember and Banyuwangi in the east where we take a short ferry ride to Bali. You will experience a variety of modes of transport from a bullock cart ride to becaks. There are 3 chartered steam train excursions. This tour is an undiscovered gem and great value. Be guided through UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals. There is option to extend your stay for a few days at a beautiful resort in Bali.

Details

Our train adventure explores this 1000km long island starting in Jakarta and travelling through Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo to Ketapang in the east where we take a short ferry trip to Bali. Our tour ends in Ubud in a luxurious resort nestled in the lush tropical rain forest along the banks of The Ayung and Campuhan Rivers. This tour really does explore the undiscovered gem that is Java.

Day 1 • Saturday 30 March: Arrival Jakarta

Selamat datang di Jakarta! Welcome to Jakarta!

After checking in to your hotel there will be time to relax before gathering for the Welcome Dinner with Bob and your fellow travellers. Our hotel in Central Jakarta has 23 acres of tropical gardens and extensive recreational facilities. Why not arrive a day or two earlier to relax before the tour?

Overnight: Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta (D)

Day 2 • Sunday 31 March: Jakarta

This morning we have a city tour of the Durian city of Jakarta. We visit the National Museum of Indonesia, featuring a collection of more than 140,000 items spreading from a wide range of subjects. Following this we’ll visit Batavia Train Station (Jakarta Kota), the Taman Prasasti Museum, and Fatahillah Square, with its paved cobblestones. Walk along the historical Kali Besar Barat, lined with Dutch architecture and explore the Wayang Kulit, or Shadow Puppet Museum. Our lunch is served at Batavia Café, set in a 200-year-old building on the north-western corner of Fatahillah Square.

After lunch we head to Sunda Kelapa Harbour, a working port for Buginese Phinisi Schooners which have unloaded goods from across the archipelago – the largest fleet of commercial sailing ships in the world today. Thought to be operational since before the 13th century, the port is a fascinating location that preserves the history of Jakarta. Finally, we stop at the national monument, MONAS, and Istiqlal Mosque for a photo stop.

Overnight: Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta (B, L)

Day 3 • Monday 1 April: Jakarta – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah – Bandung

After breakfast we make our way to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (literally translated: “Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park”), a cultural themed Indonesian tourist park in East Jakarta spread over 150 hectares. Here we will get to know Indonesian cultures from the 33 provinces of Indonesia. We will also view the Indonesian Museum of Transportation with a large collection of steam locos and other vehicles.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Gambir Train Station for the departure of our privately chartered train, The Kereta Wisata, travelling towards Bandung. Upon arrival at Bandung Train Station we’ll transfer to our hotel and settle in.

Overnight: The Trans Luxury Hotel, Bandung (B, L) – dinner?

Day 4 • Tuesday 2 April: Bandung – Tangkuban Perahu – Bandung
After breakfast we proceed to Tangkuban Perahu, a smouldering 2000 metre wide volcano. Start with a walk around the main crater, Kawah Ratu and then onto a natural Ciater (hot springs) with time for a dip. Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Later we drive back to Bandung, stopping along the way for a visit at the Saung Angklung Udjo workshop, a venue aimed at preserving the rich culture of Java. We’ll see an energizing performance of Angklung (traditional bamboo instruments) and dancing by village students, before getting a chance to try the instruments ourselves!

Overnight: The Trans Luxury Hotel, Bandung (B, L)

Day 5 • Wednesday 3 April: Bandung – Yogyakarta
This morning is an early start as we transfer to Bandung’s railway station and board the morning train to Yogyakarta. This is a 7 hour journey so lunch is served on board the train.

Upon arrival in Yogyakarta at around 4pm our local guide will greet us and transfer us to the hotel for check in.

Overnight: Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta (B, L)- dinner?

Day 6 • Thursday 4 April: Yogyakarta
This morning after breakfast we set out to explore the city. Visit the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton), built between 1756 and 1790, a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. As we walk through the various rooms and chambers, we will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.

We continue with a becak (bike taxi) ride to the adjacent Taman Sari water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

Next we make our way to a small “home-factory” where Java’s iconic Wayang Kulit leather puppets are made and the entire process is explained, followed by a short performance. Afterwards we’ll visit the nearby Batik (home-factory) where we’ll see the local women make these colourful textiles.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the Sonobudoyo Museum and a stroll along Jl. Malioboro, the main street of Yogyakarta, which is full of shops and local street vendors. After being transferred back to the hotel, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight: Royal Ambarrukmo, Yogyakarta (B, L)

Day 7 • Friday 5 April: Yogyakarta – Prambanan – Bugisan Village – Yogyakarta
This morning we’ll explore the most iconic attraction in Yogya, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prambanan. This ancient Hindu temple compound is one of the biggest in South-East Asia and was built in the 9th century. Our tour guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.

Next we visit the nearby village of Bugisan where our friendly local hosts will pick us up by ox-cart and take us to their village, passing the intriguing Plaosan temple complex. We are welcomed into a traditional house for refreshing tea and some local snacks before continuing by ox-cart. Call in at the house of the Jamu maker and see how the colourful bottles of herbal medicines are concocted. Try a glass of the healing drink to treat your ailments! Watch how the Javanese snack called ‘emping’ is made and try playing the gamelan, a traditional Indonesian instrument, together with the ladies of the village.

Lunch is served in a local restaurant, after which we’ll return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out for the evening to enjoy a special dinner and the spectacular Ramayana Ballet performance in an open air theatre with Prambanan Temple as the backdrop.

Overnight: Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta (B, L, D)

Day 8• Saturday 6 April: Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Losari
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we are picked up by our tour guide and coach for the drive to Borobudur. Explore this famous Buddhist Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks. There is ample time to explore and photograph this ancient 8th century temple, the largest Buddhist temple in world.

Lunch is served in a local restaurant before continuing with a visit to Candi Mendut and Candi Pawon, both incredible temples nearby Borobudur. After enjoying some time to explore, we drive north through Magelang to our “plantation” hotel in Losari.

Overnight: MesaStila, Magelang (B, L)- dinner?

Day 9 • Sunday 7 April: Losari – Ambarawa – Losari
This morning we visit Ambarawa Railway Museum. This museum has a collection of steam locomotives dating from early 20th century, some of them still in working order. Established in 1976, the railway museum utilises the 1873 Dutch built railway station to store some of the last steam locomotives that saw regular service. A few of the locomotives displayed here are the sole survivors of their type. After visiting the museum we’ll take a trip by steam from Ambarawa to Tuntang and return, travelling along beautiful Lake Rawa Pening, a source of power, irrigation, and flood control, and is used for fishing and recreational activities.

Lunch is served in a local restaurant, after which we’ll travel back to our resort and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: MesaStila, Magelang (B, L)

Day 10 • Monday 8 April: Losari – Solo
Start today with a guided walking tour of the Mesa Stila coffee plantation. Here, we’ll learn about the organic and delicious Robusta coffee grown on the property. At the coffee shed you’ll witness traditional techniques of roasting and grinding the beans. Then, amid the plantation, you’ll stop to enjoy a tasting session of coffee as well as jamu, Javanese herbal drinks. You will also see the organic vegetables and tropical fruits grown on site.

Afterwards we will travel to Solo city and lunch will be served en-route. We visit the batik Museum of Danar Hadi, the biggest in Indonesia, containing a 10,000 piece collection from different cultural periods – Javanese, Chinese, Indian and Dutch. After checking in to our hotel, the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

Overnight: Alila Solo (B,L)- dinner?

Day 11 • Tuesday 9 April: Solo – Madiun
Today we’ll have a Surakarta city tour with a special steam “trem” journey. Trundling through the heart of the city, the Jaladara steam train was built in Germany in 1896 and is a fun morning excursion in carriages with Victorian-style wood fittings. The trip begins at Purwosari train station (3km west of the city centre). Lunch is served before departing for Madiun, East Java.

On arrival in Madiun we’ll enjoy a free evening.

Overnight: Aston Madiun (B, L) – dinner?

Day 12 • Wednesday 10 April: Madiun
Today we have a special tour of the PT INKA, where Indonesian Rail build their locomotives and carriages for the nationwide network, as well rolling stock for other Asian countries and our own Queensland Rail. The train industry is the main one in Madiun city, and a large tourist attraction. As of the mid-1970s steam locomotives were no longer used in Indonesia so the defunct workshop was converted into a railway rolling stock manufacturing workshop. PT INKA is also pioneering the production of a national car called GEA (short for Gulirkan Energi Alternatif) and a prototype was created in 2008.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight: Aston Madiun (B)

Day 13 • Thursday 11 April: Madiun – Malang
This morning we transfer to the train station for our half-day journey to Malang. Enjoy the views of this rich agricultural region as you savour lunch on the train.

Upon arrival in Malang, our local driver will transfer us to our hotel, the Tugu Park, which is listed as one of the world’s 100 most beautiful hotels. The public rooms are adorned with priceless works of art and antiques. Tugu Hotels’ founder, Anhar Setjadibrata, once upon a time a medical student-turned-lawyer and now the owner of the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities in Indonesia, designed these beautiful boutique museum hotels to house his antiques and to share with the world the romantic stories and legends of ancient kingdoms of Indonesia. You will have the opportunity to join a guided tour of the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Tugu Malang (B, L)- dinner?

Day 14 • Friday 12 April: Malang – Bromo
This morning after breakfast we will take a walking orientation tour of Malang which has many grand colonial-era buildings. Prized by the Dutch for its mild highland climate, the city retains much of its colonial architecture. We’ll see historic sites and walk through the local markets (bird and flower) and the small Brawijaya Museum with displays of the military history of East Java from the mid-20th century, before finishing at the city Cathedral. Enjoy lunch is at a local restaurant.

Afterwards we continue the drive towards Mt Bromo, with a stop at the Singosari Hindu temple dating from the 13th century on the way. Proceed through the scenic road up to Bromo-Tengger National Park. Upon arrival at the hotel, check-in and enjoy time at leisure, ensuring you’re well rested for the very early start of our excursion tomorrow morning.

Overnight: Jiwa Jawa Bromo (B, L)- dinner?

Day 15 • Saturday 13 April: Mt Bromo – Jember
Depart our hotel early this morning, travelling by 4WD jeep to a spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise from behind the volcano in Penanjakan as the mist rises from the valleys. Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon. We walk or ride on horses to the crater and take stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo Volcano crater. Return by horse and jeep to the hotel for a late breakfast.

After leaving Bromo mid-morning we continue through spectacular country via Probolinggo to Jember. This is a long day of driving but through some incredibly scenic areas. A lunch stop will be made at a local restaurant en-route as well as breaks and photo stops along the way. We arrive in the hotel in Jember for check in late afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel Aston Jember (B, L)

Day 16 • Sunday 14 April: Jember – Kalibaru – Ketapang
This morning we travel to Kalibaru. Our highlight today is a lorry tour through plantations of cacao, coffee and spices. The “lorries” are small track inspection rail vehicles which travel along the main lines where we get a different view of the tropical Gumitir Valley and Mount Mrawan. This is an adventurous tour through a mountainous part of East Java with its romantic views, entering two tunnels, respectively 684 and 113 metres long, and passing one of the longest hanging bridges in Java, 200 metres long and 80 metres above a deep valley and ravine.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Kalibaru, after which we’ll continue by coach to Banyuwangi at the eastern tip of Java.

Overnight: Ketapang Indah Hotel (B, L)-dinner?

Day 17 • Monday 15 April: Banyuwangi – Gilimanuk – Ubud
After breakfast we drive to Ketapang Harbour and check-in at the ferry terminal before crossing the Bali Strait to the island of Bali. We will then continue by road to Ubud. Along the way we stop at Brahma Vihara Arama, an impressive mini replica of Borobudur located on a mountain, presenting wonderful views of the northern coastline.

After lunch in Lovina, we visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, the most iconic landmark in Bali and a significant temple complex located on the picturesque shore of Beratan Lake in Bedugul. The Bedugul area is a favourite cool upland retreat region in one of the most scenic parts of Bali.

Tonight’s farewell celebration dinner and overnight stay is at the Komaneka at Bisma Resort, a very unique luxury hotel with views of the Campuhan River, coconut plantations and rice fields. – all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud’s main street.

Overnight: Komaneka at Bisma, Ubud (B, L, D)

Day 18: Tuesday 16 April: Ubud (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the resort and a morning at leisure before transferring to Denpasar Airport for your departure flight. We are happy to arrange for you to extend your stay at Komaneka at Bisma or elsewhere in Bali. Call us to discuss the many options.

Inclusions

INCLUSIONS:
• 17 nights’ accommodation in centrally located 4 to 5-star quality hotels
• Breakfast daily, 15 x lunches and 3 x dinners
• All transport mentioned in the itinerary
• Comprehensive sightseeing with expert local guides
• Excursions / entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary
• Tipping and gratuities

EXCLUSIONS:
• International airfares
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure (contact our office for options)
• Excursions / entrances listed as optional in the itinerary
• Items of a personal nature e.g. telephone, laundry, mini bar

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Unique transport including 3 private train charters. One being a “steam trem” through Solo and another being a steam train ride in Ambarawa. Also a bullock cart ride through a local village and ferry across the Bali Strait
• Open track inspection trike tour on the mainline through tunnels and across viaducts with stunning views of mountains, jungles and coffee & spice plantations
• Guided tour of the world UNESCO heritage sites of Borobudur and Prambanan
• A visit to the smouldering volcano of Tangkuban Perahu and an option to view sunrise over volcanic Mr Bromo
• Iconic Ulan Danu Beratan Temple on picturesque Lake Beratan near Bedugul
• Tour the PT INKA in Mediun where Indonesian Rail build their locomotives and carriages
• Cultural experiences such as batik making, leather puppet making, traditional musical instrument demonstrations and a Ramayana Ballet performance

SOME PLACES YOU WILL STAY
• MesaStila Plantation, Losari
• Hotel Tugu, Malang

SOME WAYS YOU WILL TRAVEL
• Executif Class Rail Travel
• Becak in Yogyakarta
• Steam Train at Ambarawa and Solo

Terms

SUGGESTED FLIGHTS
We have recommended flights for this itinerary depending on your departure point from Australia and your pre and post tour activities in Indonesia and / or stopovers en-route. We can investigate your preferred airline and offer you a solution based on connection times and price. Contact 1300 733 323 to discuss your options.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Traveller’s must have a valid passport and many countries require at least 6 months validity from your date of return. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. At time of printing Australian passport holders do NOT require a visa to enter Indonesia.

HOW TO BOOK
Contact Platinum Travel & Tours on 1300 733 323 or enquiries@platinumtravel.com for a booking form. Submit the booking form along with your $1000pp deposit to secure your place on tour. Places are limited so we recommend early reservation.

DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
We endeavour to have all the details of our tours correct at the time of printing however sometimes factors beyond our control such as the availability of requested hotels, the operation of trains and other services may affect the final inclusions and price. Therefore items mentioned in the brochure such as quoted prices, hotels and inclusions are subject to change.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
We can assist you with your flights, pre- and post-travel including extended stays and travel insurance. Call our office on 0418428909 if you would like to discuss options.

YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
Final travel documentation will be posted to you approximately 2 weeks prior to tour commencement.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
For more information on factors that may affect your ability to participate in the tour such as fitness levels, fees and charges, payment schedules, please refer to the Terms and Conditions that accompany the booking form. Terms and Conditions can also be requested at any time.

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