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Monday, October 22, 2012

Indonesia holidays, tailor made, Orangutans & Komodo dragons

On arrival you spend the first three nights in Yogyakarta to enjoy the main areas of interest both in the city and the surrounding countryside of Java's cultural capital. You will have the opportunity during your stay to visit Prambanan temple complex and the ancient relic of Borobudur, the largest Hindu and Buddhist monuments in Southeast Asia, both dating from the 8-9th century. You will also visit the Sultan's Palace in Jogja and enjoy a cycle ride through the tranquil villages that surround Borobudur.

Next stop on the trip is one of the best places in the world to see orang-utans in the wild, Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan. You will be able to spend the days cruising the backwaters on a traditional Klotok boat, visiting the three orang-utan outposts and enjoying the diverse wildlife including proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaques and hornbills.

Ubud is the arts and crafts centre of Indonesia and is a fantastic place to spend a few days at leisure exploring the lush valleys and gorges and visiting local temples to witness the colourful ceremonies. You may like to visit rescued Sumatran elephants at Taro Elephant Park or trawl the handicraft shops, museums and galleries that have made Ubud famous since the 1930's. For the more active and adventurous there are a wealth of activities available nearby including white water rafting, cycling, hiking and volcano trekking.

From Ubud your journey continues to Flores to spend some time exploring Komodo Islands National Park by private boat. You can visit both Komodo and Rinca Island and enjoy the thrill of seeing the feared Komodo Dragon in the wild in the only area of the world that they are found.

A great way to end the trip is with some time on one of the beautiful beaches in Bali or Malaysia. Or you may like to consider a city break in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore before flying back to the UK.

Please note: The first and final nights are spent on board the aircraft. Best time to go It is possible to visit Indonesia year round although we generally recommend avoiding the wetter months of December to February. Being a country in the tropics you can expect short spells of rain anytime in the year with the islands east of Java generally having a much drier climate.

It is worth noting that prices do increase during school holidays and availability can be limited in July/August and over Christmas.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Kuala Lumpur. International flights with Malaysia Airlines departing from London at midday arriving into Kuala Lumpur the following morning. Overnight on the aircraft.
Day 2:Arrive Yogyakarta. Your connecting flight to Yogyakarta departs a few hours later. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax after your long flight. Overnight at the Grand Mercure.
Day 3:Explore Yogyakarta. Full day exploring the sights of Yogyakarta including a city tour and a visit to the ancient Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. Overnight at the Grand Mercure.
Day 4:Explore Borobudur. Rise early to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of Borobudur at sunrise, following this enjoy a cycle ride through the local villages that surround Borobudur. Overnight at the Grand Mercure.
Day 5:Tanjung Puting National Park. Early morning transfer to the airport in Semarang for your flight to Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan where you board your boat to Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting National Park. Afternoon cruising and exploring the backwaters of the national park. Overnight Rimba Lodge.
Day 6:Camp Leakey. Enjoy a memorable visit to Camp Leakey where you will see the work that has been done to rehabilitate orang-utans back in to the wild. Overnight Rimba Lodge.
Day 7:Full day at National park. Enjoy the full day exploring the national park and orang-utan outposts. Overnight Rimba Lodge.
Day 8:Arrive Ubud. You will be taken back to the airport in time for your return flight to Semarang. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Yogyakarta for your evening flight to Denpasar. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Ubud. Overnight Tjampuhan Hotel.
Day 9-10:Free day in Ubud. Full day at leisure in Ubud to relax or explore the region. Overnight Tjampuhan Hotel
Day 11:Labuan Bajo. Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure in Labuan Bajo. Overnight Bajo Komodo Ecolodge.
Day 12:Komodo Islands National Park . Full day exploring Komodo Islands National Park by boat and having the chance to encounter the mythical Komodo Dragon. Overnight Bajo Komodo Ecolodge.
Day 13:Kuala Lumpur. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Denpasar and onto Kuala Lumpur to connect with your flight to the UK. Overnight on the aircraft.
Day 14:Arrival London. Early morning arrival into London.
Tailor made holidays
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

How Indonesia holidays, tailor made, Orangutans & Komodo dragons makes a difference

Grand Mercure in Yogyakarta has been faithfully restored to its former glory from the turn of the century in the Dutch colonial period. It has a responsible attitude towards the environment and serves as a great base to explore the cultural heart of the city.

Rimba Lodge on the Sekonyer River is committed to the environment and protecting the Tanjung Puting National Park for many years to come. They work very closely with the orang-utan centre at Camp Leakey and organise guided trips to the various feeding outposts. You can see as many as nine primate species, crocodiles, birds and butterflies in the jungle whilst you cruise the backwaters.

The internationally acclaimed Elephant Safari Park near Ubud is not only a sanctuary for this protected and endangered species but is a complete elephant experience that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world. All the elephants at the park were rescued from deforestation in central & southern Sumatra and are now looked after in the spacious grounds. A trip to the park can be combined with some trekking in the surrounding foothills, paddy fields and local villages.

The Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge has developed environmentally friendly buildings with the use of solar power for hot water, a rain water storage system, and the use of a reed-bed and water garden sewage treatment system where all waste water is returned to the gardens through irrigation. Our guides are all employed locally and have a passion for their homeland and a desire to share their cultural heritage with visitors. Using local guides, agents and hotels provides employment opportunities. You may like to carbon off-set your long-haul flights to Indonesia with a donation of £33.15 to Friends of Conservation - ask for more details.

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