Palaces & Temples
In Yogyakarta, the vibrant cultural centre of Java, we explore the Kraton Palace and lively streets and markets. We spend time at magnificent 8th century Borobodur; its skilfully sculpted shrines and bas-reliefs are dedicated to the life of the Buddha. Heading to the highlands we discover the misty Dieng Plateau, the so-called “Abode of the Gods”, where some of Java's oldest Hindu temples are to be found in a huge sunken crater, surrounded by steaming mud pools.
Volcanoes & Coffee
Spend time in Kalibaru where we stay on a coffee plantation, discovering the many crops grown in this fertile region. An early start is worthwhile in order to climb to the crater lake of Mt Ijen, the largest crater lake in Java, with a chance to spend sunrise at the highest point in East Java.
Crossing the Bali Strait by ferry, we make our way to Lovina, where we relax on black volcanic sands or perhaps take a boat to look for dolphins (optional). We then drive on to the thriving artistic centre at Ubud; its nearby villages set amidst tumbling lime-green terraces. After visiting the caves and elephant pool of Goa Gajah and the Pejeng temple, there's time to explore the many handicraft workshops or ramble through the rice paddies.
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