Uncover the fascinating history of Indonesia with this luxurious 10-day tour of some of the country's best historic sites. Travel in style and experience the ultimate in comfort and convenience by flying to destinations on a private aircraft. Feel at home on your own personal Beechcraft King Air Turboprop and discover remote lands, ancient relics and abandoned kingdoms, without having to deal with the hassle of long transit times, waits and delays caused by commercial air transportation. Start your adventure off by marveling at Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple complex on the globe and visiting Prambanan, a series of elaborate Hindu temples. Next, fly to Pangkalan Bun and stop at Camp Leakey, a famous orangutan research and rehabilitation center. Here, you’ll witness exotic orangutans in their natural habitat. After, experience ancient Indonesian rituals at Kete Kesu and witness the deadly Komodo dragon at Komodo National Park. Finish your travels in Bali and take a stroll through the gorgeous Water Palace or hike through the ancient Elephant Cave to see Buddhist remnants and antique statues.
Why fly by private jet?
Being transported around in your own personal aircraft is the best way to discover the hidden gems of Indonesia. Commercial flights within the country are often unreliable and it is not unusual for flights to be late or cancelled altogether. Rest assured as your personal King Air Turboprop will get you to your destinations in a comfortable and timely manner. Time is precious while you're on vacation, so don’t waste it layovers and worrying about flight delays!This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Arrive on the island of Java and explore the lively city of Yogyakarta on your own for the day. Consider making a trip to the outskirts of town to marvel at Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist complex considered to be the largest Buddhist structure in the world. A famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient temple is sure to amaze and astound travellers with its unique architectural style, historical significance and beautiful volcanic backdrop. After, head back into town and check in at your hotel. We recommend staying at the luxurious Amanjiwo Hotel.
After breakfast, see Yogyakarta at your leisure for the day. We suggest visiting Prambanan, a complex made up of ornate and intricate Hindu temples. Built in the 10th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is still intact and adorned with art and murals depicting Hindu gods. Here, you can take a stroll through timeworn pathways and feel yourself go back through the ages as you experience ancient Indonesian history and culture.
Today, you’ll enjoy one last day in Yogyakarta. We recommend visiting one of Yogyakarta’s numerous bustling traditional markets for an unforgettable shopping experience. Take a stroll past endless aisles of vendors and shop for fresh produce, exotic spices, local handicrafts, clothing and more at Pasar Beringharjo, Pasar Kranggan or Pasar Klithikan Pakuncen.
This morning, step into your elegant private plane and enjoy a scenic flight to the fascinating island of Borneo. You’ll arrive in Pangkalan Bun, a charming town that sits on the beautiful Arut River. From there, you’ll make your way to Camp Leakey, a renowned orangutan research and rehabilitation center. Here, you’ll take a tour of the camp and have a chance to witness exotic orangutans in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, depart from Borneo and fly to Makassar on the island of Sulawesi.
Wake up in Makassar and enjoy exploring the lively city on your own for the day. We suggest journeying to Old Gowa to see the remains of the ancient Kingdom of Gowa. Here, you’ll have the chance to walk through the former royal residence known as the Museum Balla Lompoa, which houses a variety of regal artifacts. You’ll also get to see the impressive wooden Bugis-style palace and tour an ancient tomb compound.
After breakfast, board your personal jet and head to Tana Toraja, a highland region on the island of Sulawesi. Famous for its stunning scenery, Tana Toraja will take your breath away with its bamboo forests, misty mountains and lush rice fields. In the afternoon, trek to Kete Kesu, a traditional village famous for its fascination with death. Here, you’ll witness a sacred funeral ceremony, hanging graves and embellished burial sites.
Begin the day by flying to Labuan Bajo and continue to Komodo Island by speedboat. After a scenic river ride, you’ll arrive at Komodo National Park and enjoy a guided tour with a knowledgeable park ranger. Here, you’ll get up-close and personal with the dangerous Komodo dragon and even venture to their secret lairs. In the afternoon, leave the park and fly to Ubud, where you will stay the night. We recommend checking in at the elegant COMO Shambhala Estate or Ritz Carlton Mandapa.
Today, you’ll have the chance to explore Ubud on your own. We suggest visiting the Puri Saren Agung, also known as the Water Palace. Here, you can take a stroll through lavish temples adorned with gold décor and intricate statues. The palace was home to kings until the 1940s and some royal descendants still live there to this day.
Enjoy another day at your leisure in Ubud. Consider journeying to the exciting Elephant Cave known as Goa Gajah. Built in the ninth century, the cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular destination for travellers. Here, you can walk through an opening shaped like a demon’s mouth. From there, you can trek deep inside and discover timeworn statues, Buddhist remnants, waterfalls and more.
Finish your amazing adventure off with one final free day in Ubud. We suggest a bicycle tour to discover the gorgeous Indonesian countryside. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit rich bamboo forests, lush rice paddies and traditional villages. After, we say farewell, and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel arrangements. In the afternoon, head to Ngurah Rai International Airport and check in for your flight home or to your next exciting travel destination.
In the heart of Central Java lies Amanjiwo, built from Yogya, the area’s famed local limestone. The bell-shaped rotunda of the main building echoes the nearby Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia’s most visited sites. The resort offers unspoiled views of this wonder, in addition to the fertile paddyfields of Kedu Plain. Indonesian and Western cuisine are served in the Dining Room, which is opulently decorated with gold-leaf murals of scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and breakfast, lunch and light snacks can also be served in the colonnaded Pool Club that extends into the rice fields. Other places for guests to unwind include the library, art gallery, spa, tennis center and outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool. Amanjiwo’s 36 suites are arranged in two crescents, which frame the main building. Each suite is topped with a traditional volcanic ash tinted roof and interiors include hand-carved coconut wood furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. Wireless broadband access is available in all public spaces and in all accommodations.
For ease, comfort, and five-star luxury, visitors to South Sulawesi, Indonesia need look no further than Hotel Aryaduta Makassar. Part of one of Indonesia’s leading hospitality brands, this hotel is geared toward business travelers, offering modern conveniences and amenities while providing a comfortable place for guests to rest their heads. The hotel, situated on the famous Losari sea, has 226 rooms and suites ranging from Superior and Deluxe rooms to the Aryaduta Club rooms and suites, whose guests may take advantage of lounge and complimentary breakfast, tea, and cocktails on the Club Floors. All guests may enjoy quality dining in the sun-drenched Bellini All Day Dining Restaurant, the cocktail and art lounge, Le Bar Atelier, and The Rotunda, a snack bar with an exquisite view. Just a 20-minute drive from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport and within walking distance of major tourist attractions, Hotel Aryaduta Makassar is the perfect base for business and pleasure.
At Toraja Heritage Hotel, guests are in for a real treat: located 2,300 feet above sea level, looking out over one of Indonesia’s largest mountain ranges, this hotel prides itself on following the architectural style of traditional Torajan clan houses, complete with traditional furnishings and handicrafts, and a roof shaped like a ship’s prow. But the hotel - the first four-star international hotel in Toraja - also provides world-class amenities and comforts seen around the world, with two outdoor swimming pools, a bamboo bar featuring fresh juice and a “drink of the day”, and even as a flying ropes course for the adventurous type! Venturing off-site, guests can enjoy visits to nearby sites including rice fields and a traditional plait center; staying on the grounds, they can indulge in a spa treatment and order some room service to their luxurious suite.
COMO Shambhala Estate is a haven of wellness situated in the heart of Ubud. The Estate is the flagship property of the COMO Shambhala brand and offers the services of a wide variety of health professionals, including a nutritionist, naturopath, Ayurvedic doctor, physiotherapist, as well as fitness, yoga and pilates instructors. The property’s spacious rooms and suites have a host of amenities including direct dial telephones, Internet access, satellite TV, a DVD player, CD player, electronic safe, private bar, and COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities. Hotel amenities are equally plentiful: indoor and outdoor fitness centers, a natural spring that feeds into Kedara garden, which has four treatment bales and other relaxation areas, lap and hydrotherapy pools, a full-service business center, Ojas, the Sanskrit word for “essence of life” and the name for the Estate’s principal treatment area, a yoga pavilion, pilates studio, rock climbing wall, tennis courts and two restaurants.
Set amid lush rolling hills and rice paddy fields, surrounded by the mandapas for which it is named and overlooking the Ayung river in Ubud, there’s scarcely a more picturesque location for a peaceful getaway then at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. Each of the 60 private villas and suites is attended by a personal butler and features its own outdoor space with views of the natural scenery in abundance. Guests can relax on their terrace, in their private pool or within the elegant interior, or opt to venture out to enjoy the resort’s outdoor vitality pool, indulging in a light snack from the pool bar. Full relaxation is guaranteed at the spa, where local herbs are used in ancient therapies, or in the fitness center where yoga pavilions overlook the river’s waters. Dining, meanwhile, is a delight: with four outlets to choose from, guests can enjoy fresh cuisine from Bali and beyond in beautiful settings.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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