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Indonesia is made up of a myriad of islands with Sumatra being the largest and Bali the most well known but the heart of Indonesia is the island of Java. It is an island of scenic and cultural diversity with the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia, a major Buddhist Temple, noted and ancient Hindu temples and a neo Gothic Cathedral. During this visit you will travel from west to east visiting cities like Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Surabaya but also coastal fishing villages, coffee plantations and active volcanoes. This program is for the adventurous traveler but one who likes their adventure blended with superb accommodations and fine dining.

14 Days:$3,583 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, 1st Class rail travel, comprehensive sightseeing with private guide and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures for two persons avalable on request.

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Personal Highlights:

• A locally guided tour of authentic neighborhoods of Jakarta with proceeds benefiting the neighborhood schoolchildren
• Viewing 5,000 species of orchids at Bogor botanical gardens
• Walking around the crater at Tangkuban Perahu volcano
• A scenic rail ride through the Javanese countryside from Bandung to Jogjakarta
• A tour of the Sultan’s Palace and Harem
• Staying at a coffee plantation in Losari
• The sunrise at Mt. Bromo

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for the trans-Pacific journey to the island of Java in Indonesia


Day 2 En Route

You cross the International Date Line "losing" a day which you will "find" on your return trip


Day 3 Welcome to Indonesia

You arrive in the city of Jakarta where your Ultitude guide is waiting to greet you and escort you to the car which will take you to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to relax before enjoying dinner at the hotel


Day 4 Jakarta and Responsible Tourism

After breakfast you meet your guide and start your day with a city tour of Jakarta. You'll visit iconic sites such as the Presidential Palace and Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque on Southeast Asia. Continue to the neo-Gothic Jakarta Cathedral and the National Monument. Known locally as "Monas" this structure was built to commemorate the country's Proclamation of Independence in 1945. You will then visit Kota which was formerly the walled part of Dutch Batavia and which still retains a charming colonial atmosphere. You have lunch and take time to stroll the quiet streets. This afternoon you have the opportunity to step off the tourist trail and discover the "real" Jakarta. Traveling by local transport, walking along hidden laneways and meeting friendly locals you will get a taste of what the city is all about. Your special guide has lived in this area for over 40 years and he will introduce you to the humble people of Jakarta but whose hospitality and local pride knows no bounds. Half the proceeds from this tour go back to the neighborhood providing school books and other necessary items. You will enjoy the experience and feel good about it too. You then met up with your guide and driver and head to the charming town of Bogor where, after checking into your hotel the rest of the evening is at leisure.

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Day 5 Bogor Gardens and the Puncak Pass

You'll begin your day with a visit to Bogor's outstanding botanical gardens home to more than 15,000 species of trees and plants and over 5,000 species of orchids. You have a chance to walk around the gardens before heading to the Presidential Palace which is noted for its distinctive architecture. You then leave Bogor and head for the city of Bandung through the Puncak Pass which is a mountainous road that takes you past one of the first colonial tea plantations, several scenic rice fields and typical Javanese villages. You stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to Bandung. Once known as the "Paris of Java', Bandung is a dynamic, modern city and yet retains many grandiose Art Deco buildings and historical houses resulting in an intriguing mix of old and new. This evening you will attend a very special dinner with Sundanese Gamelan and dances.

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Day 6 Tangkuban Perahu and a Musical Interlude

Today you will visit Tangkuban Perahu a smoldering volcano 6,000 feet wide. You start with a walk around the main crater. Kawah Ratu and continue with a walk to Domas Crater with its bubbling mud, boiling hot water and hissing sulfur vapors. After your visit you will head back to the car for the trip to a nearby tea factory for a tour. As you pass through the expansive tea plantation you will learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of the legendary leaves. You will stop for lunch and then visit a workshop dedicated to preserving the playing of the angklung a traditional bamboo instrument. Local students will play them for you and you can take a try yourself. After arriving back in Bandung you have the evening open to try one of the many fine restaurants in the city

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Day 7 The Express to Jogjakarta

You have an early breakfast before being taken to the station where you board the morning express executive train to Jogjakarta. The journey takes about five hours and the journey takes you through beautiful landscapes of rice fields and mountainous areas. You will have a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at your leisure. Upon arrival you meet your guide and are escorted to your hotel where you have the chance to freshen up. Later in the afternoon you will explore the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan. Built in the 9th Century this collection of temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

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Day 8 The Harem and the Bird Market

Today you will have the chance to learn about Jogjakarta's historic and cultural traditions. You start with a visit to the Sultan's Palace built between 1756 and 1790. As you walk through the various rooms and chambers, you will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture. You will also visit the adjacent water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem. After your visit a local cyclo called a becak will transfer you through the streets to the bird market where you will see a slice of local life. Keeping songbirds as pets is a popular Indonesian tradition and the market is filled with both the birds and their songs. After time for lunch you will travel to the Village of Kotagede dating back to the 16th Century and noted for the making of Batik. This evening you will be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances while dining at a local restaurant

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Day 9 Borobudur and Ambarawa

Awake early this morning to drive to Borobudur which is about thirty miles outside the city. With your guide you will explore this massive Buddhist Temple, the largest in the world, and discover the incredible history behind its construction which took 75 years to complete. Next you'll get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through the village of Candirejo. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you though this peaceful charming village. You'll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying vanilla beans and chilies. After lunch you head north to the Losari Plantation Resort featuring a blend of colonial buildings and traditional Javanese cottages and surrounded by coffee and tea plantations.

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Day 10 Losari Plantation and Gedong Songo

You've heard of a "cup of Java" and now you will see the source of the expression. With your guide you will take a walking tour of the plantation as he explains everything you need to know about the quality organic Robusta coffee grown on the property. At the coffee shed you'll witness traditional techniques of roasting and grinding the beans and have a chance to sample the finished product. Enjoy lunch at the plantation and then head to the nearby Gedong Songo temples complex. This group of small 8th Century Hindu temples is amongst the oldest in Java. A short ride on horseback takes you to the mountain top for spectacular views and a chance to roam among the monuments. You return to the plantation where dinner awaits.

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Day 11 Solo and Blitar

After breakfast you leave the plantation heading for Blitar. Your first stop is the town of Solo which was previously known as Surakarta. The town is the location of Mangkunegaran Palace, built in the 18th Century and housing an extensive collection of 14th Century Jewelry, majestic silverworks and traditional Javanese weapons. For lunch today you will be treated to a traditional Javanese restaurant, Pecel Solo. The fresh tasty food is served in a charming old home filled with locals and often accompanied by gamelan music. Continuing on to Blitar you stop at Sukuh temple noted for its carvings of Hindu phallic symbols. Upon arrival in Blitar you have dinner at the hotel.

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Day 12 Penataran Temples and Malang

Your day starts with a visit to Penataran, the largest Hindu temple in east Java dating back to the Majapahit period. With your guide you walk around this tranquil temple complex with its intricate stone carvings. After your tour you head to Malang which was a popular destination for European residents who were seeking cool air and beautiful countryside. You will have lunch in Malang and then take a tour of the city with its colonial Dutch buildings and wide tree-lined streets. After you tour you head to the village of Ngadisari one of the gateways to Mt. Bromo. Dinner is at the hotel this evening

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Day 13 Mt. Bromo and Surabaya

Awake early in the morning and board a 4wd jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise behind the volcano and then take a ride on horseback to the rim of the crater. After the visit you return to the hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast you head for Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city. En route you will stop at Pasuruan harbor for lunch. In this charming fishing village you'll see traditional wooden boats and the daily activities of the local fishermen. Upon arrival in Surabaya you have the chance to recover from your early morning departure. Later in the afternoon you will take a walk around Kampung Arab one of the most colorful districts of Surabaya. You will then head to a seafood restaurant for a delicious farewell seafood dinner.

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Day 14 Return to USA

Your morning is open for some last minute shopping before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA

Day 3

Alila Jakarta
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Conceived as a haven of relaxation and contemporary style, Alila Jakarta offers a cool, modern retreat for sophisticated travelers. The name Alila comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘surprise’ which suitably describes the refreshing character of the hotel and the reaction of most guests. The eclectic ‘Buzz’ restaurant serves an international menu from an open kitchen while the Space Lounge provides a quiet spot for shipping cocktails
Day 4

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Novotel Bogor Golf Resort is a beautiful 4 star hotel just 45 minutes drive from central Jakarta. Novotel Bogor is set amongst breathtaking gardens and features an 18 hole golf course, 178 rooms (including suites), conferencing and banqueting facilities, Wi-Fi Internet access, two restaurants, a bar, spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and Kids Club. This magnificent hotel is designed to satisfy every need and expectation. Choose from delicious Sundanese-Indonesian or Western cuisine at Verandah Restaurant or indulge in Italian dishes at Capriccio. ~Relax by the water at Jati Pool Par or enjoy the open air atmosphere overlooking the mountains
Days 5 - 6

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Novotel Bandung is a Four Star hotel conveniently located in the centre of Bandung. Close to the main shopping centre and entertainment venues. Featuring 156 rooms, the hotel also offers a Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre & Spa and The Square Restaurant to enjoy meal or an intimate drink in the Lounge Bar The hotel is the perfect base for exploring the rich colonial architecture of the city and is positioned close to great shopping at Cihampelas Walk.
Days 7 - 8

The Phoenix
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The Phoenix Hotel Jogjakarta offers the facilities and comfort of a modern hotel while maintaining the unassuming elegance of a historical property. Dating back to 1918, the colonial building has been painstakingly cared for and updated into an international-standard hotel resulting in an ambient, great value stay in the city center.
Days 9 - 10

Losari Plantation Resort
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Experience the nostalgic charm of Indonesia’s elegant past with a stay at Losari Spa Retreat & Coffee Plantation in Central Java. Nestled amid a lush 56 acre coffee plantation, Losari is ringed by magnificent volcanic peaks, luscious forests and fertile terraced fields.
Day 11

Tugu Blitar
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Hotel Tugu Blitar is located at the heart of the Town of Blitar, and is housed in a colonial building that was built in the 1850s by a distinguished local family. After the Second World War, the building was carefully renovated to preserve its artistic, charismatic, and historical character. The hotel features the Sang Fajar Suite as a tribute paid to the late first president and proclamator of independence of Indonesia, Soekarno. The hotel's restaurant serves the best dining in town, ranging from traditional Indonesian, Chinese and European Cuisines, and was given awards by the local government for its uncompromising quality. To discover the real, unspoiled East Java means a visit to the town of Blitar, Blitar's beautiful temples and beaches, and the first president's grave. Blitar kept its indigenous Javanese character: traditional markets, an old town-square 'Alun-Alun', public transports dominated by becaks, the local pedal cabs.
Day 12

Java Banana
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Perched atop a 6000 foot mountain in Probolinggo, East Java, the Java Banana Bromo Lodge is nestled in an area of astounding natural charm near the famed Mt. Bromo. Affording glorious views of smoldering volcanoes and verdant terraced fields, this boutique property offers a unique alpine-style stay in a tropical highland setting.
Day 13

Hotel Majahapit
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Nestled in the heart of Surabaya’s shopping and business district, Hotel Majapahit stands out as an oasis of elegance and serenity. Set in graceful colonial buildings surrounded by lush courtyards, the 143 guestrooms and suites are beautifully furnished with original artwork and opulent bathrooms. Built in 1910 by the renowned Sarkies family, Majapahit continues to live up to its legendary reputation with five dining outlets, a luxurious spa and a comprehensive health club. The hotel is now a Mandarin Oriental property.