Discover the natural beauty and ancient architecture of Java on this introductory small group tour, staying at boutique accommodation along the way. Visit colossal temple sites including Prambanan and Borobudur, and witness one of Indonesia’s most famous sights – sunrise over Mount Bromo.

• Jakarta: 1 night
• Magelang: 1 night
• Yogyakarta: 2 nights
• Solo: 1 night
• Malang: 1 night
• Bromo: 2 nights
• Ubud: 2 nights

12nights Escorted Small Group Tour
12nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Day 1: UK to Jakarta Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Jakarta.

Day 2: Jakarta On arrival, meet your English-speaking guide for a city tour of Jakarta. Highlights include the old port of Sunda Kelapa and Taman Fatahillah Square, a colonial-era plaza that’s home to the Kota Post Office and the Jakarta History Museum. Later, you’ll head to the National Monument in Merdeka Square; a 433-foot obelisk that was built to commemorate Indonesia’s fight for independence in 1945. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Novotel Jakarta Gajah Mada (or similar). D.

Day 3: Jakarta to Magelang After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Yogyakarta. Transfer to Magelang and continue to the village of Candirejo. Experience authentic life in this charming village, where ancient traditions and practices are still used each day. Join a local chef in a hands-on cooking lesson, using traditional techniques and family recipes to create some of Java’s most delicious local cuisine. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Plataran Heritage Borobudur (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Yogyakarta There’s a very early morning start today (4.30am) to see the spectacular sunrise at Borobudur Temple. One of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, this colossal temple complex was built in the 8th and 9th Centuries and is today a popular pilgrimage spot for Indonesian Buddhists. Against an epic backdrop of distant volcanoes and rice fields, watch this remarkable site transform as its illuminated in the soft morning light. Have breakfast back at the hotel and continue to the Prambanan Temple; a 9th-Century Hindu complex with over 200 temples. This evening you’ll experience one of our tour highlights; a spectacular performance at the world-famous Ramayana Ballet. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Yogyakarta Discover Central Java’s most important city on a guided tour. Yogyakarta has a population of one million and is known for its art production and forward-thinking universities. Visit the 18th-Century Sultan’s Palace, also known as the Kraton, where you can stroll around ornate courtyards and admire the elegant Javanese architecture. The tour also takes in the ruins of the water palace of Taman Sara, the Old City and a silver factory. Continue to Kauman Village, known for its beautiful batik workshops and local markets. Have a wander around to get a feel for the local culture and pay a visit to the Great Mosque to see its fantastic architecture. Stay: The Phoneix Hotel Yogyakarta (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Yogyakarta to Solo After breakfast, head to the city of Solo (or Surakarta), once a seat of the great Mataram Empire. On arrival, head out on a guided tour to discover this ancient city’s fascinating history. See historic treasures in the palace of Mangkunegaran and search for antiques in Triwindu Market. Next, discover the area’s famous temples starting with a tour through the mountains towards Mount Lawu and the Ceto Temple. Built in the 15th Century by the royal family of the Majapahit Empire, this grand temple sits 1400 metres above sea level and is recognised for its distinctive shape and panoramic views. You’ll also visit the Sukuh Temple; an exotic Hindu shrine dedicated to fertility. Before you return to the city, your guide will take you on a short walk to the Jumog Waterfall, a natural treasure hidden on the slopes of Mount Lawu. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Novotel Solo (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Solo to Malang Today is a full day of travel. Have an early breakfast before transferring to the station for your train to Malang; the second largest city in East Java. The remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Santika Premiere Malang (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Malang to Mount Bromo This morning visit the tea plantations outside of Malang and join a tour exploring a traditional tea factory. Continue towards the striking Mount Bromo region, where on the way you’ll stop to see some beautiful Hindu temples and shrines. On arrival, check into your next hotel; a chalet-like lodge that looks over spectacular mountain views. Enjoy dinner before you make the most of a restful night, ahead of an early adventure up the mountain tomorrow. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Jiwa Jawa Bromo (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Mount Bromo It’s another very early start this morning (4am) for Penanjakan, leaving the hotel by Jeep to arrive at the Tengger crater in time for sunrise. This is one of the most famous sights in Indonesia, and it’s deservedly popular. While it can get busy, the sunrise will be one of the most memorable experiences of your trip. Once the sun has risen, you’ll drive down into the huge caldera of the Bromo crater. Return to the hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll visit the 200-metre-high Madakaripura waterfall. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Jiwa Jawa Bromo (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Mount Bromo to Ubud Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Bali. On arrival, continue to your hotel where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Head out into Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart, and discover its quirky restaurants and mass of art galleries. Bargain for goods at the local markets, or spend some time with the monkeys in the forest sanctuary. Approx. journey time: 5½ hours. Stay: Ubud Village Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 11: Ubud After breakfast, visit a traditional market in Ubud. Both a haven for fresh food and souvenirs, this is a wonderful hub of activity, especially in the morning. Head out of the town’s centre towards the beautiful rice terraces of Tegallalang; one of the most iconic landscapes on the island. One of our tour highlights is a sunset visit to the Tanah Lot sea temple in the Tabanan Regency. Perched on a rock just offshore, this popular pilgrimage site has incredible sunset backdrops and picturesque views. Stay: Ubud Village Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 12: Ubud Check out and transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. B.

Stay longer

Bali beach 3 nights
Extend your stay in Bali to enjoy further post-tour relaxation on Sanur Beach.

Singapore 2 nights
Spend some time exploring the vibrant city of Singapore before your tour.

Stay longer

Bali beach 3 nights
Extend your stay in Bali to enjoy further post-tour relaxation on Sanur Beach.

Singapore 2 nights
Spend some time exploring the vibrant city of Singapore before your tour.


Is this for you?

Taking in its natural and cultural highlights, this tour is a great choice for a first time visit to Indonesia.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Walking shoes and waterproof walking gear are recommended, especially on Day 9 which includes a one-hour trek (each way) to reach the Madakaripura Waterfall
• Expect a considerable amount of travelling with some very early starts. Delays are likely to occur due to heavy traffic.
• Occassionally you will drive over rough terrain, especially around the volcanic areas. Please expect the drives to be a bit bumpy at times
• Warm clothes are a must for the early morning starts – temperatures can drop to as low as two degrees for the sunrise viewing at Mount Bromo
• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot, so a reasonable level of fitness is required
• Knees and shoulders must be covered during temple visits.

Accommodation on tour

There’s a boutique feel to the accommodation throughout. We’ve chosen some hotels because they’re in the most scenic location, like the Jiwa Jawa Resort in Bromo, a charming ski-like lodge that overlooks gorgeous mountain views in East Java. Then there’s the Phoenix Hotel in Yogyakarta; a deluxe heritage hotel and colonial landmark that dates back to 1918.

Solo travellers

Sole use room from £2994


Tour dates

2020 Jun 09; Sep 10

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2831 per person.

Kuoni highlights

This escorted tour offers an introduction to the highlights, history and culture of Java. It visits some of the island’s most famous sights – including two of South East Asia’s finest temples – and includes the iconic experiences of watching a Ramayana Ballet performance and witnessing the sun rise over Mount Bromo. We’ve ended this itinerary in Bali so it’s easy to extend your time in Indonesia with a few extra days on the beach.

Kuoni highlights