Volcanoes & Temples of Indonesia Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Indonesia
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AOJ
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Rice paddies give way to luxuriant jungles which coat towering volcanoes. Ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples bear witness to old and still vibrant cultures and traditions. The longest archipelago in the world made up of over 17,500 beach-fringed tropical islands, this is Indonesia. We journey through the geographical and spiritual heart of the country as we make our way through Muslim Java and Hindu Bali, taking in spectacular ruins, active volcanoes, village life and palm-fringed beaches.

At a Glance

  • 13 nights standard, comfortable and basic hotels (where there are no other options)
  • Travel by minibus and ferry
  • Some long drives on good roads
  • Countries visited: Indonesia

Trip Highlights

  • Ancient Borobudur and Prambanan
  • Watching the sun rise over Mt. Bromo
  • Balinese culture and visit the lesser visited northern part of the island

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is rated Activity Level 2- Leisurely/Moderate

Indonesia is a massive country and whilst this tour focuses on Central and Eastern Java and Bali, there is still a considerable amount of ground to cover in just over 2 weeks. But the itinerary is scheduled in such a way as to not feel too rushed and there are various activities scheduled every day.

Most drives are reasonably short lasting between 2 and 5 hours. There are, however, longer drives including from Bromo to Kalibaru (8 hours). The longest day is from Yogyakarta to Batu, however this day is broken up by mixing modes of transport as we use a train as well as a bus and stop for some sightseeing along the way.

The walks through villages and rice paddies are not strenuous and are accessible to everyone. If you want to do the optional sunrise hike on Mt. Batur you need to be of reasonable fitness as it takes 2-3 hours to climb to the summit but it is not a challenging hike. Those who wish to get up for the sunrise over Bromo and for the Ijen and Batur optional hikes will be getting up in the very early hours (around 3 or 4am).

When travelling in some areas of the country, service may not be as fast or reliable as you are used to in other countries and Indonesian attitudes towards certain things such as animal welfare and food may differ from your own. That said, if you come ready for an experience the country's rewards will not fail to deliver.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Your group will be led by a local leader throughout the tour.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Yogyakarta
End City:
Sanur

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Yogyakarta

    Today is a free day and land only passengers can arrive at any time. The group flights should arrive in the afternoon. Yogya, as the city is commonly referred to, is an ancient city which, a thousand years ago, was the centre of the Mataram Kingdom. Today it is Java’s cultural and traditional heart and is renowned for its batik, ballet, drama, poetry and music.

    This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your tour leader followed by an optional group dinner.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    City tour; afternoon visit of Prambanan

    This morning we explore Yogya by becak (bicycle rickshaw) and visit the Sultan’s Palace. Also known as Kraton, the palace constructed in the 18th century is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. We continue to the ‘Taman Sari’ water palace and garden which was initially built with bathing pools for the Sultan’s harem.

    This afternoon we visit the 9th century Prambanan temple compound, consisting of 224 temples. The Hindu temple complex is stunningly beautiful, and devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. It is the wealth of its sculptural details that these temples are known for, the most famous being on the inner wall of the balustrade, of the Ramayana epic.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Explore the temples of Borobudur

    Today we drive to Magelang 1.5hrs away where we visit one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, Borobudur. Scholars disagree on exactly when it was constructed but many speculate it dates back to between the 7th and 8th centuries. They do agree, however, that a huge workforce must have laboured to move and carve the 55,000 cubic metres of stone and that construction took about one hundred years. The temple was abandoned, probably when the population converted to Islam in the 15th century, and over time it was blanketed by volcanic ash from nearby Mt. Merapi, and then covered in thick jungle growth, until the British rediscovered it in the 1800s.

    Continuing to the village of Candirejo, we get to experience local life with a horse cart ride. Known as dokar, the horse cart takes us through this peaceful, charming village with its small lanes lined with traditional houses. We stop to see local activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan (traditional instrument) and harvesting and drying vanilla and chili.

    We then return to Yogya late afternoon.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Train ride through Central Java and on to Batu

    Today is a long day. We get up very early this morning in order to catch our train for a 4 hour train journey past Central Java’s volcanic scenery to Mojokerto. From here we visit nearby Trowulan, site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom who ruled Java for centuries. We visit the archaeology museum and the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus. Continue to Jombang for a late lunch before transferring (approx. 4 hours) to the Hill Station of Batu along a scenic mountain road around the western slopes of Mt. Arjuna via Pare.
    Kampung Lumbung Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Bromo Volcano; Sand Sea exploration

    As we leave Batu, our first stop is the Cuban Rondo Waterfall where we will take a short, easy walk. Continuing to Malang we visit a local market before heading north towards Bromo via Pasuruan and Probolinggo (please be aware that the market is primarily a flower, bird and live fish market. However, Indonesian attitudes to animals means that some of the animals are not kept in the best conditions which may be distressing to some people).

    At Sukapura we switch to a local shuttle for the final leg of our journey. Our hotel is spectacularly located on the edge of the Tengger crater. The ascent of the volcano is usually the highlight of every visit to Java. The rest of the afternoon is free and there may be time to start exploring the Sand Sea by foot. This is a great time to visit as the Sand Sea is practically devoid of all people (drive about 6.5 hours).
    Lava View Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Sunrise over crater; to Kalibaru

    An early rise (3.00 am) will ensure we have enough time for the jeep ride to the sunrise viewpoint. The view of Bromo and the Semeru volcano in the back is fantastic (despite the crowds), made even better when the slowly rising sun reveals an amazing moon-like landscape. After sunrise we cross the Sea of Sand and climb 246 steps up to the cone of Mt Bromo where you can see smoke rising from the crater.

    Once back at the jeep, we drive back to the hotel for breakfast. We rejoin our bus in Sukapura for the 6 hour drive along the north coast to Kalibaru. We stop along the way for a late lunch near Jember and the final leg of the journey takes us through forests and mountains. Kalibaru, on the eastern tip of Java, is beautifully surrounded by coffee, cacao and rubber plantations.
    Margo Utomo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Plantation and village walk; optional Ijen visit

    This morning we visit the area including some of the plantations such as cacao, coffee, pepper and rubber, and learn about their growing and harvesting. The morning tour is concluded with a coffee tasting session, followed by a free afternoon.

    Those who wish can opt to visit Ijen Volcano (optional extra). Heading off either in the early hours (for sunrise) or after breakfast (if not going for sunrise) the drive by 4WD to the start hike takes about 2.5 hours. The hike starts from Paltuding at 1,850m and takes about 1.5 hours (3km) up to the crater rim at 2,368m. Along the way you may cross local men carrying sulphur loads weighing up to 70kgs on their backs. From the top you can enjoy views of the steaming, acidic crater lake, before returning the same way. Please note that the trail down to the ‘blue fire’ is considered too dangerous.
    Margo Utomo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Pemuteran in Bali, via Pulaki Temple

    The drive to the harbour takes about 2 hours and is followed by a crossing of about 45 minutes to Bali (though depending on schedules we may be waiting 30 minutes-1 hour for the ferry to depart). As Bali is one hour ahead we should arriving at Gilimanuk harbour late morning. Our destination for today is only a short drive away but we first visit the Pulaki Temple. This Hindu shrine is situated in front of a hill overlooking a beautiful beach. The temple is guarded by a troop of Longtailed macaques who, according to local lore, protect the temple from bad influences.

    From here we continue to our beach-front hotel in Pemuteran on Bali’s north coast. The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the beach, snorkel amongst the Bio-Rock garden in the waters just off the beach (a series of cement and wire sculptures and formations placed in the bay to encourage the growth of coral), or make use of the spa.
    Adi Assri Cottages or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Optional Menjangan Snorkelling; to Ubud

    This morning is free with the option of going on a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island off the north coast of Bali, part of the West National Park. The reefs around the island are reputed to be the best in all of Bali. The excursion includes some time snorkelling around the coral gardens as well as a short walk on the island itself where you may see some deer.

    After lunch we depart the coast and head into the interior of the island. We visit Ulun Danu Temple, an important Hindu Shiviaite water temple located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. When the water levels are high (mostly during the rainy season), this 17th century temple looks as though it’s floating on the lake. From here we continue to Bali’s cultural and traditional heartland, the vibrant town of Ubud. 
    Sahadewa Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Free day in and around Ubud

    Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine); the town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants, but these days is known for its artistic community, awash with artists' workshops and art galleries. Ubud's history can be traced back to the 8th century, when a Buddhist priest came to Bali from Java, he meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern day town centre. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, a Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. When Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged.

    From the 1930s onwards, western artists and intellectuals arrived furthering the local art scene, amongst them Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells. Ubud is still a haven for literati, glitterati and art collectors.

    Today is a free day to explore Ubud, wander around Monkey Forest, take in some of the museums, visit some of the temples, do a spot of shopping or sit in cafes and watch the world go by.
    Sahadewa Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Rice terraces and temples of central Bali

    Our first stop today is at one of Bali’s famed rice terraces at Tegalalang before continuing on a tour visiting two ancient and important temples: Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul. The 11th century Gunung Kawi is set amidst lush rice paddies and features ten rock-cut ‘candis’ (shrines) carved into the cliff-face. They combine elements of Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes and are accessed via numerous stairs.

    Tirta Empul is a place where Balinese Hindus come to bathe in the holy waters and wash bad spirits away.

    From here it’s on to the village of Kintamani located on the caldera rim of a huge, ancient volcano. This is the best spot, weather permitting, for views of Mount Batur, the active volcano towering over Lake Batur. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free.

    Hotel Segara or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Mt Batur; on to Sanur

    For those who wish to do the optional sunrise hike to the top of Mt. Batur (see money section for prices), the day starts at around 4am for the short transfer to the start of the trail. After meeting the local guides and getting a safety briefing we start the hike to the summit. The 2km hike takes about 2 hours and goes through jungle before reaching a windswept rocky pathway devoid of almost all vegetation. Whilst not too challenging the walk is a sustained 2 hours+ uphill along mostly fairly steep trails and a reasonable physical condition is needed.

    Reaching the summit (1717m) a hot drink and simple breakfast keeps us occupied as we wait for the sun to rise over Mt. Rinjani on neighbouring Lombok (which can be seen on clear days).

    After the sunrise, head back down via a small steep path on the western slope of Mt. Batur and stop off at a 2nd crater from the 2001 eruption. Lower down the trail is the youngest 1999 crater with a smoking cone. We observe the lava field surrounding the volcano and trek across a black lava sea of sand to the finishing point from where we return to the hotel to rest. The whole excursion normally takes 5-6 hours.

    Those not wanting to do the optional Mt. Batur hike still get to experience the volcano as we head on a 2-3 hour walk starting from the rim of the Batur Caldera and descending through black lava fields. We learn more about the Batur Geopark and take in some of the region’s panoramic views. We depart the hotel for this walk around 7:30am and are back by about 10:00am for breakfast (having had a small refreshment along the way).

    After lunch we check out and make our way to the southern Bali beach resort town of Sanur stopping at Goa Lawah Temple on the way.

    Swastika Bungalows or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day in Sanur

    We end our two-week exploration of Java and Bali with a well-deserved day on the beach in Sanur. This popular resort is more relaxed than some of the other beaches in southern Bali but still offers a number of activities as well as just unwinding and enjoying the restaurants and cafes. As well as relaxing, maybe with a final massage, there are numerous optional activities both on the water and inland, these can change so will be discussed with you in Bali.

    Swastika Bungalows or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Bali

    For land only passengers the trip ends this morning after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken the short distance to Denpasar Airport in time for their flight home and anyone doing the Gili extension will be taken to the harbour in time for the boat across.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Extend Your Trip

Gili Extension

Extend your adventure with our perfectly designed Gili extension.

Only a short boat ride away the Gili islands epitomise tropical paradise with white sand, palm trees and warm waters teeming with rays, sharks and all kinds of marine life.

Spend a couple days snorkelling, diving or just relaxing by the turquoise sea and taking in the atmosphere on Gili Trawangan.

This is a 4 day extension; you will spend 3 nights in a resort right by the beach with 2 full days at leisure. The best place to jump out of bed and into the sea in the morning.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Extension Day 1 - Early morning pick up from hotel (where your tour ends), transfer to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour; ferry to Gili Trawangan

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and transferred to the harbour in time to check in for the ferry. Upon your arrival by ferry at Gili Trawangan (usually mid-morning), you will be transferred to your resort and then the rest of the day is free to explore or simply relax and soak up the sun!

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Extension Day 2 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 3 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Your second full free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 4 - Transfer back to Bali; end Denpasar Airport

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being picked up and transferred to the ferry back to Bali. The ferry usually departs Gili Trawangan around 11:15 and arrives back to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour in Bali at 14:00. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by private transfer to Denpasar Airport (approx. 30 minutes) where your Gili Trawangan beach extension ends.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important: If you have booked this Gili island (Gili Tranwangan) extension after the MOI, AOJ or WOZ trip and intend to depart Bali on the day the extension ends, the boat back to Bali is scheduled to arrive in Bali at around 14:00. However there can be delays depending on currents. Therefore, if booking your own flight and flying out of Bali (Denpasar Airport) on the same day we recommend you book a flight no earlier than 20:00 in the evening.

Accommodation

Basic, Standard and Comfortable Hotels

We stay in a range of hotels ranging from mostly standard to comfortable though we do have two nights (on Mt. Bromo and in Kintamani) in a basic hotel (as there are very limited options). All properties have en suite bathrooms and wifi should be available almost everywhere. It is possible to do laundry in any place where we stay two nights.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Single supplements are available (on request). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £330.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Food is cheap in Indonesia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in Yogyakarta and Bali, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. In more touristy areas, especially Ubud, there is a lot of food options and some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes and requriements. 

Indonesian cuisine is generally fairly simple, with rice as the main staple, though noodles are also common, accompanied by dishes created with various spices including coriander, cloves and chilies as well as coconut and lemon grass. Fish, unsurprisingly is popular but other meats are also common. 

Peanuts are a popular ingrediant especially in dishes such as sate or gado gado and you should inform Exodus and your tour leader if you have a peanut alergy. Nasi (rice) and Mie (noodles) are very popular, especially the staple dish Nasi Goreng (fried rice). The cuisine does vary between Java and Bali and Ubud in particular has some excellent restaurants. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is not always cold and coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary.

Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

 

Transportation

We use a private coach usually with air-conditioning, occasionally using 4WDs. Road conditions are often not good, and progress can be slow because of heavy traffic in Java. Most travel days the average travelling time is between 4 to 6 hours, though there are two long days of travel (though they include stops for site-seeing). One of the long days’ travel, from Yogyakarta to Batu, we take a train part of the way. We use a ferry to cross from Java to Bali.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.

Weather Charts

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Singapore Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 14 days starting in Yogyakarta and ending in Sanur

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Yogyakarta in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense

Location start:
Yogyakarta
Location end:
Sanur

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Casual clothes. As it is generally hot and humid, light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the trip, though it will be colder in the mountains and you should bring a warm jacket with you. Please note that Indonesia is a Muslim country so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered as well as a headscarf for women). Please note that you will be going through some conservative Muslim areas where you should dress modestly. In these areas both men and women should wear trousers or shorts/skirts which go below the knee and tops which cover the shoulders. Additionally women should avoid wearing close-fitting or revealing clothes.
  • If you plan on doing the optional Ijen or Batur hikes you will need hiking shoes with ankle support, torch/flash light and wind-breaker.
  • A first aid kit is carried on each trip, but you should bring your own first aid kit with diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit.
  • Insect repellent is also highly recommended. Repellent containing DEET is thought to be highly effective.
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity)
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Practical Information

Passport

Indonesia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis should be considered if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. 

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Indonesia's Timezone:
Asia/Jakarta WIB (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Indonesia's Electricity:

220V. 2 round pin similar to European plugs. 

Money

Indonesia's Currency

The national currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 19,100 to the GBP, 14,900 to the USD, 11,300 to the CAD, 17,200 to the EUR, 10,600 to the AUD and 9,800 to the NZD.

As you will probably be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt. All your documents should be kept in waterproof plastic bags: the rain tends to come in very heavy showers.

ATM Availability

ATM's are now widespread in Indonesia and is the easiest way of obtaining money. It is possible to draw a maximum 2,000,000 IDR in one go (a few ATMs will give out 2,500,000IDR). Credit card acceptance is not widespread at places that you will visit, except for Yogyakarta and Bali. 

 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Whilst it is possible to obtain Indonesian Rupiah before arriving in Indonesia, the exchange rate outside the country tends to be much lower than within Indonesia. Even within Indonesia the exchange rate can vary greatly between one town and the next depending on how touristy it is.

You should need about £175‐£225 (US$230-300) for all other meals, which will allow you to eat well. Apart from the food, you should allow money to cover soft drinks (more if you like a beer) and souvenirs.

Some temples, sights and national parks charge a nominal camera fee, normally 50,000IDR for photo‐cameras and 150,000 for video‐cameras your leader will be able to advise you on exact amounts.

Optional Excursions 

There are a number of optional activities, which if you wish, your leader can arrange for you. They are subject to schedules and availability; your leader will let you know what is available and the exact local costs. It is not compulsory to join any of these optional activities and your leader can recommend many more options. It is also possible to arrange many of these activities independently if you prefer.

Ijen Hike: US$36‐61 per person depending on group size.

Menjangan Island snorkelling: US$46-60 per person depending on group size

Mt. Batur sunrise hike: US$30-45

 

Tipping

This is entirely at your own discretion however; we suggest that you allow a few dollars/pounds for tips for the local guides and staff. In Indonesia with the increase in tourism, tipping has become customary. The local staff will probably expect some gratuity and we suggest you allow for this. The leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of US$50 per person towards a kitty on arrival. This money is then used for tipping of local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc. It is basically to ensure that the hassle is taken out of various activities for you. If you do not wish to contribute to a central pool for tips you are of course free to do so.

If you feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a guide, £2-3 (US$3-5) per person per day would be a reasonable starting point.

The 'tipping kitty' explained above is entirely separate from any contribution to the tour leader. Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus.

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Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.