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  • Guidepost Discovery & Cultural Tours in Indonesia

    Indonesian Odyssey 13 days - IND-T-35


    Day 1 Yogyakarta

    Arrival in Yogyakarta Transfer from Airport/Train Station to Yogyakarta Area Overnight in Yogyakarta.

    Day 2 Prambanan - Yogyakarta (Breakfast: Hotel )

    Sightseeing in Yogyakarta Visit Prambanan Temple Prambanan temple compound is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, a typical Hindu architecture. Built in the 9th

    Century, this temple is dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creater (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The Prambanan compound, which is also known as Rara Jonggrang complex, consists of 3 zones; first the outer zone, second the middle zone that contains hudnres of small temples, and the third is the holiest inner zone that contains eight main temples and small shrines. Bugisan Village Tour by Ox Cart Visit traditional village of Bugisan where you are greeted by the friendly local hosts and set off by ox cart to the village. You will see several traditional artisanal activities such as the making of a traditional Javanese snack called emping. Next stop will be at the house of the jamu maker. Jamu is used in daily life by the Javanese and you will often see the Jamu Lady wandering around the streets with colourful bottles of herbal medicines that treat a variety of ailments. The host will show you how to make this beras kencur jamu and of course offer you a glass. Also visit the gamelan studio where these traditional Indonesian instruments are explained and you get to try and play it yourself together with the ladies from the village that gather here regularly to practise. A local snack and thee are served in the house of one of the villagers. Overnight in Yogyakarta.

    Day 3 Yogyakarta - Magelang (Breakfast: Hotel )

    Sightseeing in Yogyakarta Visit Borobudur Temple Borobudur is a 9th Century Buddhist Temple located in Magelang, about 1 hour drive Yogyakarta. It is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. It consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three

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  • circular, topped by a central dome (stupa). The temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture that blends Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with narrative relief panels on the walls about Buddhas teachings. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through 3 levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology, Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). Borobudur is regarded as the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefts in the world. Visit Candi Mendut This exquisite temple, set within a cute neighbourhood around 3.5km east of Borobudur, may look insignificant compared with its mighty neighbour, but it houses the most outstanding statue in its original setting of any temple in Java. Mendut temple is a ninth century Buddhist temple, located in Mendut village, Magelang Regency, Central Java. Mendut, Borobudur and Pawon, all of which are Buddhist temples, are located in one straight line. There is a mutual religious relationship between the three temples, although the exact ritual process is unknown. Visit Candi Pawon Pawon Temple is a small Buddhist Temple and known locally as Candi Pawon) situated in central Java, Indonesia. It is a beautiful temple in line with Borobudur Temple as well as Mendut Temple. Its location is between two other Buddhist temples, Borobudur (1.75 km to the northeast) as well as Mendut (1.15 km (0.71 mi) to the southwest). Pawon Temple is also built during the Sailendra dynasty (8th - 9th centuries). Examines the detail and style of its carving, this temple is slightly older than Borobudur. Nowadays, this government has appointed it as one of the tourist destinations in Central Java and a stop point during Borobudur Tours. Overnight in Magelang.

    Day 4 Magelang (Breakfast: Hotel )

    All day at leisure Overnight in Magelang.

    Day 5 Semarang - Pangkalanbun - cabin / onboard (Indonesia) (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Indonesia) / Dinner: Meals incl. in itinerary (Indonesia) )

    Transfer Semarang Airport/Train Station to Losari/Grabag Area (MesaStila) Orangutan Deluxe Borneo Eco Tour Houseboating. Welcome to Pangkalanbun, the entry point to central Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Upon arrival at Pangkalanbun Airport you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to the Kumai port to board local Klotok boat for a scenic journey along the Kumai and Sekonyer River. Start your cruising first on the wide Kumai River and after 20 minutes enter the much smaller Sekonyer river that marks the border of the Tanjung Puting National Park. The lush vegetation along the river bank first consists of Nipa palm (a palm tree only found near estuaries as they grow in salty water), slowly replaced by Pandans trees. Lunch is served on board. While cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park, you can spot many wild tropical animals because this area is notable for the ecologically and biologically diverse areas with mangrove swamps, rain forest and dense jungles filled with primates such as orang utans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, leopards, lizards, crocodiles and more than 250 bird species. Dinner is served onboard the boat. Overnight in cabin / onboard (Indonesia).

    Day 6 cabin / onboard (Indonesia) (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Indonesia) / Dinner: Meals incl. in itinerary (Indonesia) )

    Orangutan Deluxe Borneo Eco Tour Houseboating, After breakfast on board your house boat you continue cruising upstream the Sekonyer river towards one of the feeding stations where you can see several orangutans. To get there you walk for about 1 km over a pier and a natural path. After a while the boat will turn off the main Sekonyer River and enter a small narrow branch of the river where suddenly the water changes from its brown colour to a natural black colour. Along the way your guide will point out the various birds that live in the jungles around the river: kingfishers, broadbill, Hornbills. Continue the cruising until we reach Camp Leakey the most famous place for orangutan research in the world. Over the years as many as 200 orangutans were gradually reintroduced to the wild since the camp was founded in 1971. Today the camp only operates as a feeding platform but orangutans are still fed and medically monitored by the local rangers. There are no more reinsertions nowadays in Tanjung Puting

    National park as the overall population of Orangutans has reached a sustainable number of between 5,000 to 6,000 individuals spread across the 4,000 km2 of the park. There are only 3 feeding platforms in Tanjung Puting providing supplementary food to the orangutans so that they do not remain wholly dependent on the feeding sites and are instead encouraged to get their own food in the jungle. Most of the orangutans in the park are born in the wild and the ones that do come to the feeding sites are generally mothers with young offspring and animals that have been recently released Lunch is served on board just before arriving at Camp Leakey. Around 13:30, disembark at Camp Leakey for a 30 minute walk along a wooden pontoon then following a jungle path with a chance to observe more wild animals along the way: gibbons, long tail macaque as well as wild pigs. Feeding at Camp Leakey is taking place daily at 1400 when rangers bring bananas or other fruits to wooden platforms inside the jungle. Slowly many Orangutans start coming down: Watching them going from branch to branch sometimes high up in the trees with agility and grace really is an unforgettable experience. You will sit on fallen trunks only about 10 meters away from the platform and will have rangers with you. The orangutans may come to the platform from anywhere in the jungle with the dominant male usually always coming first and followed by females coming one after the other with their offspring. Return to the boat and around 16:00 start cruising again. At this time

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  • of the day many proboscis monkeys, an endemic species of Kalimantan and easily recognizable by their long red nose, are coming close to the river banks to spend the night in large groups hanging in the trees You also have a good chance to watch wild Orangutans coming down to the riverside to pick up the fruit of the pandan trees, one of their favourite foods. Dinner is served onboard the boat. Overnight in cabin / onboard (Indonesia).

    Day 7 Pangkalanbun - Bali - Ubud (Breakfast: Hotel )

    Orangutan Deluxe Borneo Eco Tour Houseboating, After breakfast on board, cruise back to Kumai and transfer by private vehicle to Pangkalanbun airport for your onward flight to your next destination Arrival in Bali Transfer (Ubud) Overnight in Ubud.

    Day 8 Ubud (Breakfast: Hotel )

    All day at leisure Overnight in Ubud.

    Day 9 Ubud (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Bale Picnic Lunch )

    Authentic Ubud Nature Walk Take a trek with a specialist farmer guide for an insiders view into rural Balinese life. Travel to Pejeng village situated on the outskirts of Ubud. Located between two rivers this small village is surrounded by rice paddies that cascade down the hillside in lush green terraces. On arrival meet Nyoman, a local farmer who will be your expert guide during the trekking adventure. He will take you thro