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Java Overland

Travel by local train, road and boat from Central Java to Bali on our exciting new 2-week Indonesia tour

Ancient temples, towering volcanoes, vibrant street life

Our fascinating, varied and original Java Overland tour takes you on a 12-day journey by road, rail and boat through Central and East Java to finish at a charming eco-lodge in a little-visited corner of the island of Bali.

Beginning in delightful Yogyakarta Town, we’ll travel through emerald paddy fields, lush forests and past towering volcanoes, traditional villages and ancient World Heritage temples. We’ll visit the fun and friendly towns of Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang with their ancient, Dutch colonial-period architecture, colourful markets and vibrant street life, and of course, delicious street food.

A few of the many varied highlights on our Java Overland tour include awe-inspiring Borobudur – a 9th-century Buddhist temple and a dusk visit to Prambanan Temple – both World Heritage sites, an early morning jeep ride through an active caldera to watch the sunrise over Mount Bromo; a walk through Malang’s amazing labyrinthine ‘Rainbow Village‘; meeting the extremely friendly locals on a walking tour of Solo’s colourful market and a day’s exploration on foot, by boat and by jeep of the remote and rarely visited Alas Purwo National Park.

As with our other tours, the emphasis is on combining both the famous and off-the-beaten-track sites, while staying in smaller. boutique and eco-style hotels, sampling the superb, authentic local cuisine and meeting plenty of the island’s fantastically friendly inhabitants.

We’ll finish the tour in Bali, which, along with its convenient flight connections, offers the opportunity for a variety of beach or island extensions including our fantastic 1-week mini-tour to Flores and Komodo.  For those with more time, a 7-day Sumatra tour – including Lake Toba and UNESCO-listed Gunung Leuser National Park – can be added before joining the tour in Yogyakarta making for an 18-day Sumatra, Java and Bali tour while, last but not least, an optional 4-day/3-night tour of the capital Jakarta is also available.

Includes: Meals: B x 11, L x 3, D x 6



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Indonesia, Java Overland, Locla market in Yogkyakarta

Day 1 - Arrival in Yogyakarta

Arrival in Yogyakarta and transfer to our well-located eco-hotel, with time at leisure to explore the area before a local-style, welcome dinner.

Overnight: Yogyakarta Transport: Taxi, Walk,  Meals: D, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Rice threshing near Yogyakarta

Day 2 - Yogyakarta - village cycling tour and Borobudur

Head out of town to a nearby village for a leisurely cycle ride along country lanes past farms, orchards and scenic countryside. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to meet the locals and discover some of the villagers’ traditional cottage industries. Afternoon visit to the famous Borobudur Temple with a return to ‘Jogja’ city for an evening street food tour.

Overnight: Yogyakarta Transport: Bike, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

Indonesia. Java Overland. Borobudur sunrise

Day 3 - Kotagede and sunset at Prambanan

Morning visit to Kotagede – the fascinating site of the 16th-century capital city – displaying a fusion of earlier Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The ancient city is also the site of a colourful local market so, after a wander, we’ll return to our hotel for lunch and time to relax. Our afternoon programme takes us to another UNESCO site – the 10th-century Hindu temple Prambanan from where we walk through the historical park to catch sunset at the spectacular, but less-visited temple, Candi Sewu.

Overnight: Yogyakarta Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Local market, Solo

Day 4 - Solo - walking tour of the friendly town

Short drive to nearby Solo where we’ll head for the bustling and very friendly market, Pasar Legi, plus the town’s fascinating flea market and the famous old Sultan’s Palace. In the afternoon we’ll do a walking tour of Laweyan – a charming labyrinth of narrow lanes and old houses that form Solo’s traditional batik-making quarter.

Overnight: Solo Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

Indonesia, Java Overland, landscape near Solo

Day 5 - Head east on a train ride to Malang

Departure across country, past scenic villages, plantations, paddy fields and, of course, volcanoes, on a train ride to the leafy and charming City of Malang in Eastern Java. (Note; post-COVID train schedules have been, to put it politely – erratic – so while it is our preferred means of travel, availability will vary from tour to tour according to dates.)

Overnight: Malang Transport: Train,  Meals: B, D, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Malang

Day 6 - Malang - the 'Rainbow Village'

Explore the fantastic ‘Rainbow Village’. This crumbling, labyrinth-style quarter was formerly earmarked for demolition before local students teamed up with a paint company to create one of the best urban renewal schemes we’ve come across. We’ll also have time to take in some of the City’s celebrated Dutch-period architecture, before a drive to Bromo National Park.

Overnight: Bromo Transport: Minibus, Train,  Meals: B, L, D, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Bromo

Day 7 - Bromo - up a volcano before breakfast!

Early morning jeep drive into the national park for sunrise views of awe-inspiring Bromo Volcano, plus a hike through the caldera itself. Return to our charming, little family-run chalet-style resort for breakfast and relaxation time with an optional afternoon hike to one of the park’s nearby waterfalls.

Overnight: Bromo Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Margo Utomo Hillview Resort, Kalibaru

Day 8 - Kalibaru - east by train

Transfer to Probolinggo Town to catch the train further east to the small country town of Kalibaru where we’ll stay in garden chalets at a beautifully situated, riverside eco-resort.

Overnight: Kalibaru Transport: Minibus, Train,  Meals: B, D, 

Indonesia, Alas Purwo National Park

Day 9 - Alas Purwo National Park - boat and jeep tour

Day tour by jeep to the nearby Alas Purwo National Park, located on a remote peninsula in the far southeastern corner of Java.  On the itinerary are wildlife spotting, a picturesque beach, a boat trip through the mangrove swamps and a visit to a turtle sanctuary.

Overnight: Kalibaru Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

Indonesia. Java Overland. Pemeturan dusk, Bali

Day 10 - Pemuteran - catch the ferry to Bali

A drive to nearby Ketapang for a short ferry ride across the Straits to the island of Bali where we’ll transfer to our charming, low-key eco-resort in the small fishing port of Pemuteran.

Overnight: Permuteran Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

Indonesia, Java Overland. Bali, Kubuku Eco Lodge

Day 11 - Pemuteran - day at leisure

Day at leisure. Options include relaxing by the pool or at the spa, or for the more energetic, a snorkelling trip on some nearby islands, a hike through the lush surrounding countryside or even trying your hand at an Indonesian cookery class.

Overnight: Permuteran Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

Indonesia, Java Overland, Bali landscape

Day 12 - Pemuteran and on to Denpasar

Morning at leisure before a transfer across the island to Denpasar Airport for a return flight.

Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, 

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The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

Indonesia. Java Overland. Local-style nasi campur

Just a few of the many highlights

The island of Java offers a wealth of picturesque, photogenic, fascinating, historic and unusual sites which you can discover on this unique 12-day Yogyakarta to Bali adventure

  • Sunrise and sunset at 2 the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage sites, Borobudur and Prambanan
  • Streetlife, markets and architecture of Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang - 3 of Indonesia's most interesting, fun and friendly towns
  • Take the boat from Java to Bali for a stay at a delightful eco-resort in tranquil Pemuteran fishing village
  • An early morning ascent of Mount Bromo by jeep for dawn over the volcano and a hike through the caldera
  • Bucolic landscapes of emerald paddies, patchwork plantations, traditional villages and lush forest set against towering volcanic cones
  • Colourful markets, vibrant street life, awesome food and some of the friendliest locals in Southeast Asia

Air Departures (UK) *From

  • 16 August 24 2,675 GBP
  • 13 September 24 2,675 GBP
  • 11 October 24 2,675 GBP
  • 8 November 24 2,675 GBP
  • 13 December 24 3,050 GBP
  • 3 February 25 3,100 GBP
  • 7 March 25 3,100 GBP
  • 11 April 25 3,150 GBP
  • 16 May 25 3,150 GBP
  • 13 June 25 3,150 GBP
  • 11 July 25 3,150 GBP
  • 15 August 25 3,150 GBP
  • 12 September 25 3,150 GBP
  • 10 October 25 3,150 GBP
  • 14 November 25 3,150 GBP
  • 12 December 25 3,150 GBP

Land Departures

  • 17 August 24 1,625 GBP
  • 14 September 24 1,625 GBP
  • 12 October 24 1,675 GBP
  • 9 November 24 1,675 GBP
  • 14 December 24 1,675 GBP
  • 4 February 25 1,725 GBP
  • 8 March 25 1,725 GBP
  • 12 April 25 1,775 GBP
  • 17 May 25 1,775 GBP
  • 14 June 25 1,775 GBP
  • 12 July 25 1,775 GBP
  • 16 August 25 1,775 GBP
  • 13 September 25 1,775 GBP
  • 11 October 25 1,775 GBP
  • 15 November 25 1,775 GBP
  • 13 December 25 1,775 GBP

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*As fares are fluctuating wildly at present all ‘with flight’ prices are approximate.

*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Yogyakarta.

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Greenhost Yogyakarta

Greenhost Boutique Hotel Yogyakarta view

  • Quiet location yet close to cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Super friendly, helpful and efficient staff members
  • Tons of plants plus a rooptop, hydroponic veg garden!
Bromo Terrace Java

Bromo Terrace Hotel

  • Delightfully low-key: simple, cosy and comfortable
  • Garden setting with a volcano backdrop!
  • Stunning views from their terrace bar & restaurant
Indonesia, Java Overland. Margo Utomo Hillview Resort, Kalibaru

Margo Utomo Hillview Resort Kalibaru view

  • Stunning setting with pool, river and jungle backdrop
  • Chalets set in a lush tropical garden
  • More friendly staff and great restaurant and bar area
Indonesia, Java Overland. Bali, Kubuku Eco Lodge

Kubuku Eco Lodge Pemuteran view

  • Charming low-key garden setting with mountain views
  • Snorkelling, spa, cookery, hiking are a few of the options
  • Wonderful staff, great cafe/restaurant - all-round top spot!

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Visas: For most nationalities, a 30-day visa on arrival is issued on arrival at any international airport such as Medan, Yogyakarta or Jakarta. The cost is 500,000 rupiah, which looks like a lot of zeros but $35 (approx. depending on exchange rates) also does the trick. (See list here.) As usual, 6 months validity from the date of arrival is essential as is at least 1 empty page in your passport and you may be asked to show proof of departure from Indonesia.

Your standard entry point for this tour is Yogyakarta International Airport and exit port is Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasara, Bali).

Tipping: we recommend a kitty system for the smaller, daily tips such as hotel/restaurant staff and local guides and drivers. Amounts inevitably vary with group size but would generally be in the region of around $2-3 per person, per day. With regards to guides accompanying you for longer periods we’d recommend a separate tip of approximately $2-3 per person, per day though of course, this is always discretionary and performance-related. (Local currency or USD are fine.)

Meals: as usual breakfasts are generally hotel buffets with lunch and dinners based on local food. Many Indonesian dishes are internationally famous such as sate, nasi goring, rendang, gado gado etc but there’s much much, more with the already varied cuisine supplemented by plenty of regional specialities as well. Dishes are generally mildly spiced with sambal, the ubiquitous chilli sauce, served separately and there’s a wealth of vegan and vegetarian choices.

For certain, included, meals your tour-leader will order a selection of dishes, local-style, while a number of meals are not included, which allows you to ‘do your own thing’ or take a break if you’re feeling ‘riced out’. 

Accommodation: our selection consists of comfortable 3-4* options with en-suite bathrooms, air-con and, in most cases, pools with the emphasis on smaller heritage and/or eco-style choices.  We have posted a selection of sample accommodation on the lefthand hotel tab but please note that as we try and avoid the larger hotels, availability, in high season particularly, means we use several options in each destination

Activities: note that no activities are compulsory and that any offered, including trekking, can be tailored for any fitness level or alternatives suggested. Be warned there are a couple of very early starts for sunrises on this one!

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