Java and Bali - Volcanoes and Gamelans in a tropical Eden

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How big are the groups and what are they like?
What is included in the price for this program?
Are these “educational” tours?
Why travel to Indonesia?
How do we travel while in Indonesia?
What are our accommodations like?
What are the meals like?
What about weather?
What clothing is necessary?
Is Indonesia a safe place to visit?
How strenuous is the tour?
 

How big are the groups and what are they like?

Each group is limited to 16 participants, usually made up of an equal number of singles and couples, and an equal number of men and women. Tour members represent an extremely wide range of backgrounds, but all share in an independent, tolerant and curious attitude toward travel (and toward life in general).

 

What is included in the price for this program?

All accommodations; all meals (except in Singapore where travellers are responsible for their own meals); all internal transportation as specified in the itinerary; all day trips as outlined in the itinerary; and the services of an experienced trip escort. In Sumatra, we also include guides, cooks and porters for the optional Siberut Island trekking adventure. Not included in the land cost are the following: Singapore / Medan flight, guides in Singapore, departure taxes, tips, and any items of a personal nature.

 

Are these “educational” tours?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word “educational”. Although we visit many temples and historical sites, and have talks and discussions on many apsects of Indonesian history and culture, this is only one aspect of what we do. We believe that it is equally educational to really get to know another culture in-depth, to meet new people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes, and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most “educational” moments are spent sipping a cold drink in a street market.

 

Why travel to Indonesia?

The members of our Indonesia tours in the past have all been delightfully surprised at how one country can contain such spectacular beauty, wonderfully open and friendly people, a highly developed sense of art, music and spirituality, along with a wealth of history to boot. In short, there is something for everyone. Many of our clients have also relished the opportunities for many heartfelt moments spent with some of our friends in the country: the type of experience that makes us feel lucky to have the opportunity to meet such lovely people within their own culture.

Whether your interests lie in the beauty and colour of the flowers or jungle, the spectacular and varied architecture that is exemplified in temples and homes across the country, or in the bustling markets with their goods for shoppers (including textiles, silver, batik, wood carvings, laquerware, ceramics, and a host of others), you will surely collect a wonderful set of memories from a visit to Indonesia.

 

How do we travel while in Indonesia?

All land transportation is included in the cost of the trip. We have airconditioned minivans for road travel, and we travel by ferry boat from Java to Bali. On the Sumatra trip, for those joining the option to Siberut Island there is a local ferry service transporting Siberut locals, cargo and livestock from Sumatra to the island and back. For those combining our two Indonesian trips, we fly from Sumatra to Java.

 

What are our accommodations like?

We always stay in very good accommodations, both hotels and guest houses, where every room has a private shower or bath (please note the exception on the Siberut Island adventure option). The accommodations have been chosen on the basis of location, atmosphere and local charm.

For example, in Sumatra, we stay at a lovely small hotel where all 9 rooms look out over the Ngarai Canyon in Bukittinggi.

 

What are the meals like?

Other than breakfasts at our guest house or hotel, we will be eating in local restaurants where there is always a full selection of vegetables, chicken, beef, fish or shrimp, as well of course as the ubiquitous servings of rice or noodles. In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes, and all share - “Indonesian style”. Generally, the food is delicious with something for everybody.

 

What about weather?

Our tours to Indonesia all take place between late February and the end of November, or the “dry” season in Indonesia. Daytime temperatures are around 80 - 85 , while nighttime temperatures are around 70 . It does, however, occasionally rain during these months.

 

What clothing is necessary?

Generally, you will need only casual summer weight clothing for the trip, although a sweatshirt or jacket for cool evenings and a collapsible umbrella are very practical. Laundry facilities are readily available, and are inexpensive. You will not need many clothes - many people in the past have brought too much; no one yet has brought too little. You will find a detailed “what to bring” list in our Trip Kit booklet that we will send you a couple of months prior to departure.

 

Is Indonesia a safe place to visit?

Indonesia is very safe to visit, and a man or a woman can walk alone, almost anywhere, and not only be safe, but feel safe. The food is generally safe anywhere you go, although there are some necessary precautions that your guide will explain to you with respect to drinking water (bottled water is readily available everywhere).

 

How strenuous is the tour?

This trip is an active tour in that we are moving through many different places in the country, exploring most of them on foot, and visiting some temples and reserves which require walking uphill. As with travel in most countries, the more fit you are the better you will enjoy your trip.

Please note that for those joining the trekking option in Sumatra, you must be prepared to hike along paths, (sometimes muddy) for about 2 hours in the morning, and 2 hours in the afternoon. The pace is relaxed with frequent rest stops. Nights while trekking are a wonderful experience, spent in the homes of local tribal villagers, where we will be sleeping on the floor (foam sleeping mats are provided). However, there is a price to pay for this unique cultural experience: on these two nights there are no private rooms, no bathroom facilities, and no electricity.

 

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