Treasures of Java Trip Notes

Trip Overview


Embark on a mesmerizing 9-day trip to Java, the heart of Indonesia’s cultural and historical treasure trove as we explore the enchanting island of Java. This extraordinary tour invites you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Java’s diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and ancient traditions. Your adventure begins in the bustling metropolis of Jakarta, where modernity meets tradition. From there, we’ll venture to the charming city of Malang, known for its scenic landscapes and vibrant street art. Surakarta, or Solo, beckons with its royal heritage and regal palaces, offering a glimpse into Java’s majestic past.

Join us on this unforgettable 9-day Indonesia tour, where the treasures of Java await your discovery, promising a travel experience filled with wonder, history, and cultural richness.

Duration : 9 Days

Destination : Jakarta / Bali

Start/Ends in : Jakarta / Sanur

Group Size : 12-42 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Overland

Hotels : 5 & 4 Star

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * This 8-day Java tour is a cultural odyssey, where you’ll delve deep into the rich heritage and traditions of Indonesia. Explore historical palaces, ancient temples, and vibrant markets, offering an immersive experience in Java’s diverse culture.
  • * Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 5 & 4-Star hotels and ride in private modern coaches.
  • *  Java’s landscapes are breathtaking, and this tour lets you witness it all. From the bustling streets of Jakarta to the serene coastal town of Sanur, you’ll be treated to a diverse range of scenery, including lush mountains, pristine beaches, and lush rice terraces.
  • * Uncover the historical treasures of Java, including the magnificent Borobudur and Prambanan temples, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These ancient wonders provide a glimpse into Java’s rich past.
  • * Java is a food lover’s paradise, and this tour offers a gastronomic adventure. Sample delectable Indonesian cuisine, from street food stalls to elegant restaurants, and savor the flavors that define Java.

  • *  Immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals as you visit markets, interact with artisans, and witness traditional ceremonies. It’s a chance to connect with the warm and welcoming people of Java.

  • * The tour concludes in Sanur, a tranquil coastal town where you can unwind on pristine beaches, enjoy water sports, or simply bask in the sun. It’s the perfect ending to an enriching journey through Java.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting Point:

The meeting point for the tour is :

Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – 5 Star – Jakarta

Address :Hayam Wuruk St No.125, RT.5/RW.6, Mangga Besar, Taman Sari, West Jakarta City, Jakarta 11180, Indonesia

Phone : +62 21 2600818

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Finishing Point:

The finishing point for this tour is:

Prama Sanur Beach Bali – 5 Star – Bali

Address :  Jl. Cemara, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia

Phone : +62 361 288011

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200


  1. Jakarta: Indonesia’s bustling capital city, Jakarta, is a dynamic metropolis that blends modern skyscrapers with rich cultural heritage and vibrant street markets.
  2. Lovina: Situated on the quieter northern coast of Bali, Lovina is known for its black sand beaches and the opportunity to spot playful dolphins on morning boat trips.
  3. Mount Bromo: Mount Bromo is an iconic volcano in East Java, attracting adventurers and photographers alike with its otherworldly landscapes and dramatic sunrise views.
  4. Sanur: Sanur, a tranquil coastal town on Bali’s southeastern coast, offers a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere compared to other beach destinations on the island.
  5. Surakarta: Also known as Solo, Surakarta is a cultural hub in Central Java, celebrated for its Javanese traditions, palaces, and vibrant batik art.
  6. Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta, often referred to as Jogja, is a historic city in Java famous for its ancient temples, royal palaces, and rich Javanese culture.


Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Upon your arrival at Bali Airport, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our experienced guide waiting for you in the arrivals hall. We’ll ensure a comfortable and private transfer to your hotel, where you’ll enjoy your first overnight stay in the vibrant city of Jakarta. Discover the heart of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, known for its dynamic blend of modernity and tradition. Explore its iconic landmarks, bustling markets, and indulge in its diverse culinary delights during your stay.

  • Accommodation
    Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – 5 Star

Embark on a captivating tour of Jakarta, where the old meets the new in this bustling metropolitan city. Explore the Central-National Museum, a cultural treasure trove open daily (except Mondays), showcasing Indonesia’s rich heritage. Discover the historic Sunda Kelapa fisher and local merchant’s harbor, where traditional wooden schooners grace the waters.

Stroll through Fatahillah Square, where you’ll encounter the iconic Old Town Hall and catch a glimpse of the majestic National Monument. To add a touch of antiquity to your journey, we’ll also make a brief stop at the Jalan Surabaya antique and flea market, where treasures from the past await.

Unwind and rest in the comfort of your accommodation in the vibrant Jakarta area, ready to embark on more adventures in this dynamic city.

  • Accommodation
    Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Jakarta

Embark on a seamless journey as we transfer you from Jakarta to Jakarta Airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Surabaya. Upon your arrival at Surabaya Airport, our friendly team will be there to greet you and provide a comfortable transfer to your hotel in the enchanting Bromo area. Get ready to experience the beauty and adventure that await you in this captivating destination.

  • Accommodation
    Jiwa Jawa Bromo – 4 Star
  • Meals Included

Start your day early with a captivating Bromo excursion, where you’ll witness the breathtaking beauty of the Bromo Sunrise. As part of this adventure, you’ll also have the opportunity to cross the sea of sand in a jeep (optional horse rides available). After this mesmerizing experience, return to your hotel for a hearty breakfast. Following your meal, we’ll continue the journey to Malang, where your next accommodation awaits, promising more exciting moments on your Indonesian adventure.

  • Accommodation
    Santika Premiere Malang – 4 Star
  • Meals Included

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a transfer to the captivating city of Surakarta. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Trowulan, renowned as the historical capital of the mighty Majapahit kingdom. Dive into history as you explore the Bajang Ratu and Tikus temples, both masterfully constructed in the distinctive red-brick Majapahit architectural style. This journey promises not only cultural immersion but also a deep dive into Indonesia’s rich heritage, making your trip an enriching experience.

  • Accommodation
    Novotel Solo – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Bajang Ratu and Tikus Temples

Embark on a scenic car journey bound for Yogyakarta, where every step of the way promises exciting discoveries. As we travel, we’ll first make a stop at the Royal Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo, a testament to Indonesia’s royal heritage. You’ll have the chance to explore the Triwindu antique and flea market, brimming with hidden treasures.

Continuing our adventure towards Yogyakarta, we’ll unveil the magnificent 9th-century Hindu Temple of Prambanan. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also renowned as the Roro Jongrang Temple, often referred to as ‘the slender virgin.’ Get ready to be enchanted by the intricate artistry and cultural significance of this historical gem.

  • Accommodation
    Santika Premiere Jogja – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Royal Mangkunegaran Palace
    Sightseeing of Prambanan Temple

Today’s journey takes you to some of Java’s most captivating destinations. We’ll start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as ‘Kraton.’ This architectural marvel, constructed between 1756 and 1790, stands as a magnificent example of traditional Javanese sultanate design. As you explore its intricate rooms and chambers, you’ll delve deeper into the rich heritage and culture of Java.

Next on the itinerary is a trip to the nearby ‘Taman Sari,’ a historic water palace and garden that dates back over two centuries. This oasis was initially built by the first Sultan, featuring elegant bathing pools for his harem.

The day’s highlight is undoubtedly the Borobudur Temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage-protected site. Dating back to the 9th century, Borobudur predates Cambodia’s Angkor Wat by three centuries, making it a true historical gem.

After these enriching explorations, we’ll return to your hotel, ensuring you have the opportunity to relax and reflect on the day’s cultural discoveries.

  • Accommodation
    Santika Premiere Jogja – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Taman Sari
    Sightseeing of Borobudur Temple

Prepare for a smooth departure as we transfer you to Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) for your flight to Bali, the Island of Gods. Upon landing at Bali Airport, our welcoming team will be there to greet you and ensure a comfortable transfer to your hotel in the serene Sanur area. Your journey continues in Bali, where beautiful beaches, rich culture, and exciting adventures await you.

  • Accommodation
    Prama Sanur Beach Bali – 5 Star
  • Meals Included

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your convenience. Then, get ready to meet our guide, who will assist you with a seamless transfer to Bali Airport. Your journey begins with a hearty meal and the assurance of a hassle-free departure.

  • Meals Included

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 5 & 4 Star Hotels

Airport Transfer : Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour

Meals : 8 Breakfasts

Transportation : A/C Vehicles

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing :

Fatahillah Square
Central-National Museum
Bajang Ratu Temple
Tikus Temple
Royal Mangkunegaran Palace
Triwindu Flea Market
Prambanan Temple

Kraton – Sultan’s Palace
Borobudur Temple

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.

Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – Jakarta – 4 STAR

A modern hotel that features a fitness center and an on-site restaurant offering delicacies from around the world.

Jıwa Jawa – Bromo – 4 STAR

The hotel is surrounded by forests and offers its guests an on-site restaurant, a fitness center and rooms equipped with free toiletries.

Santika Premiere – Malang-4 STAR

A comfortable hotel located in the heart of Malang, where the services provided include an outdoor pool, a fitness and a SPA center.

Novotel Solo -Surakarta -4 STAR

The modern-design Surakarta hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and an on-site restaurant & bar.

Santika Premiere Jogja – Yogyakarta – 4 STAR

This contemporary Yogyakarta hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a SPA & fitness center, an on-site restaurant and a bar.

Prama Sanur Beach – Bali- 5 STAR

Located on the Sanur Beach, the 5 star Sanur hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, three different restaurants, a fitness and a SPA center.


Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Essential Information: Indonesia

Passport & Visas

Travelers to Indonesia must ensure they have the appropriate visa and passport documents before embarking on their journey. For many nationalities, Indonesia offers a 30-day visa-free entry option for tourism purposes, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days. However, it’s essential to check the specific requirements and eligibility based on your country of origin, as some nations may need to obtain a visa in advance.

A passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry is mandatory. Additionally, travelers should be prepared to show proof of onward or return travel and sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia. It is advisable to double-check the latest visa regulations with the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry into this diverse and beautiful archipelago.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Indonesia and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

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Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.


Indonesia experiences a tropical climate with a distinct wet season (November to March) and dry season (April to October). The best time to visit depends on your preferences and the region you plan to explore. Generally, the dry season is popular for outdoor activities and beach vacations, with July and August being the peak tourist months. For a more tranquil experience, consider the shoulder seasons of April, May, September, and October when you can enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Keep in mind that diving and surfing enthusiasts should check specific regions and seasons for their preferred activities. It’s crucial to research the climate of your intended destination and stay informed about local events and holidays that might impact your travel plans.

Money Matters

Money matters in Indonesia are relatively straightforward for travelers. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), and it’s advisable to carry some cash in small denominations for minor expenses, as many smaller businesses and local markets may not accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in cities and tourist areas, making it easy to withdraw cash in IDR using international debit or credit cards. However, it’s a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with card transactions. Credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments, especially in more touristy areas. Still, it’s wise to have some cash on hand, particularly in remote or less touristy regions. Money exchange services are also readily available at banks and currency exchange offices, although rates may vary, so it’s advisable to compare rates and fees before exchanging currency.

Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping.

Tipping in Indonesia is appreciated but not mandatory. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is often added, but if not, leaving a 5-10% tip is customary. In smaller eateries, rounding up the bill is appreciated. For hotel staff, tour guides, and drivers, a tip of IDR 10,000 to 100,000 is appropriate based on the service provided.

Eating & Drinking

Indonesian cuisine is a flavorful and diverse culinary experience, known for its rich blend of aromatic spices and ingredients. With over 17,000 islands, the cuisine varies across regions but commonly features staples like rice, noodles, coconut, and an abundance of fresh herbs and spices like lemongrass, ginger, and chili. Signature dishes such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Rendang (slow-cooked meat in coconut milk), and Satay (grilled skewered meat with peanut sauce) showcase the depth of Indonesian flavors. Sambal, a spicy chili paste, is a ubiquitous condiment. Indonesia’s cuisine offers a tantalizing mix of sweet, savory, and spicy tastes that appeal to a wide range of palates, making it a must-try for any food enthusiast.

Nasi Goreng: This is Indonesia’s version of fried rice, typically cooked with a mix of vegetables, meat (such as chicken, prawns, or beef), and a fried egg on top.

Rendang: A flavorful and tender meat dish, often beef or chicken, slow-cooked with coconut milk and a blend of aromatic spices until it’s rich and fragrant.

Satay: Skewered and grilled meat, usually served with a peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, or a spicy condiment called sambal.

Gado-Gado: A vegetable salad typically served with a peanut sauce dressing, often accompanied by tofu, tempeh, and boiled eggs.

Soto: A flavorful soup made with either chicken or beef, enriched with spices, herbs, and coconut milk, and served with rice.

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Internet access in Indonesia has greatly improved, particularly in urban areas and tourist destinations, with reliable 4G and 5G networks available. Rural regions may still have slower and less reliable connections, often limited to 3G. Mobile internet is widely used, and SIM cards with data plans are easily obtainable for travelers. Wi-Fi is prevalent in urban areas but varies in quality. Internet cafes are common, providing affordable access. However, there are some internet content restrictions, and a VPN may be needed to access blocked content. Overall, internet access is affordable and accessible in most parts of Indonesia, but it’s advisable to plan for potential variations in speed and reliability.

Culture, Religion, and Traditions

Indonesia is a diverse and culturally rich nation with a complex tapestry of traditions, religions, and cultures. The country is predominantly Muslim, with Islam being the most widely practiced religion, and it greatly influences daily life and traditions. However, Indonesia’s unique blend of Hindu, Buddhist, and indigenous animist influences has resulted in a fascinating cultural diversity, exemplified in the arts, architecture, and festivals. Balinese Hinduism, for instance, has a profound impact on the island’s vibrant arts and rituals. The country’s traditions are marked by elaborate ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, where communal participation is highly valued. Traditional arts like batik, wayang kulit (shadow puppetry), and gamelan music showcase Indonesia’s artistic heritage. Indonesia’s cultural and religious diversity fosters a spirit of tolerance and pluralism, making it a harmonious and inclusive society despite its vast and varied landscapes.

Etiquette and How to Dress

Etiquette and dress code in Indonesia are influenced by the country’s rich cultural and religious diversity. Modesty is highly valued, particularly in interactions with locals and when visiting religious sites. When dressing, it’s essential to cover your shoulders and knees, so wearing long pants, long skirts, and tops with sleeves is advisable. In more conservative areas, such as Aceh, it’s even more important to dress modestly. When entering a temple, mosque, or someone’s home, it’s customary to remove your shoes. When greeting others, a slight bow or a handshake is common, but it’s polite to use your right hand as the left is considered impolite. When receiving or giving something, use both hands. Additionally, it’s crucial to show respect for elders and those in positions of authority. Overall, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and modesty in your dress and behavior will help you navigate Indonesian etiquette with respect and courtesy.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at

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