Travel Overland through Java to Bali

sHARE TO facebook twitter mail
expdetail

Tourists at Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. Mike Aquino.

The islands of Java and Bali both share centuries of history and culture: it was on Java where the Majapahit empire arose in the late 13th century, growing to encompass Bali and much of present-day Indonesia. The Majapahit may be long gone, but you can still find its traces in an overland tour through its former haunts.

Start at Indonesia's capital Jakarta, where you can explore buildings that define Indonesia's identity – among them the National Museum and Monas (National Monument).

Ride a bus to the West Java capital Bandung: a former Dutch colonial garrison town that now boasts of culture and nature in equal measure. Watch a Sundanese cultural show at the Saung Angklung Udjo; explore two simmering volcanic craters, Tangkuban Perahu to the north and Kawah Putih to the south; and go shopping in Bandung's many factory outlets!

From Bandung, you'll ride down a newly-constructed highway to Borobudur, a massive Buddhist stupa built in the 9th century. Come early to watch the sunrise from atop Borobudur, then walk around the monument to admire the carved reliefs that adorn the walls.

The closest major city to Borobodur is also the cradle of Javanese civilization. At Yogyakarta, you can visit a number of sites that introduce you to the vibrant culture of the Javanese, among them the royal palace (Kraton) and a nearby Water Palace (Taman Sari); the Kota Gede silverworks and the shopping street of Malioboro for the local crafts; and the ancient Hindu temple of Prambanan, an ideal sunset viewing site.

A train or bus ride brings you to Surabaya, then on to Bromo, a smoldering volcano in the middle of a “Sea of Sand”. After watching the sun rise from nearby Mount Penenjakan, ride down to the Sea of Sand, where you can walk up a 250-step stair to the brim of Mount Bromo itself!

Ride on to Banyuwangi, Java's easternmost point, where the ferry at Ketapang makes the short sea crossing over to Bali. While Bali is worth its own long travelogue, beginners can explore its highlights at the tourist town of Kuta, the cultural town of Ubud, and the holy mountain Gunung Agung, where the “mother temple” Pura Besakih can be found.


Borobudur in the morning. Mike Aquino.


Silverworks at Kota Gede, Yogyakarta. Mike Aquino.


Bromo in the morning. Mike Aquino.

Similar Southeast Asia Experiences
Explore some of the region's other major cities for a unique look at the local culture: Brunei's Bandar Seri Begawan; Cambodia's Phnom Penh; Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur; Singapore; Thailand's Bangkok; and Vietnam's Hanoi.


TOUR packages

View All
Waterways & Train Tracks through Thailand & Cambodia
tour packages

Tour takes you down river currents and train tracks to Thailand and Cambodia's most authentic destinations both on and of...

VIEW DETAILS
The Turn Back Time Tour
tour packages

Yogyakarta and Bali. Begin at Southeast Asia's city of the future, Singapore: a cultural melting pot and technological w...

VIEW DETAILS
The Consummate Myanmar & Singapore Experience
tour packages

What You'll Get A 10-day, 9-night voyage through Myanmar & Singapore's highlights, suitable for young traveler...

VIEW DETAILS

MASTERCARD'S PRICELESS EXPERIENCES

View All
Explore Phang Nga Bay and famous James Bond Island & Ko Panyi aboard a private yacht
tour packages

Bring your entourage and explore Phang Nga Bay aboard your own private yacht while staying at Ocean’s 11 Villa.

VIEW DETAILS
Oasia Hotel Novena
tour packages

The Oasia Hotel Novena, Singapore is still a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life

VIEW DETAILS
A mystery culinary experience like no other!
tour packages

Enjoy the luxury and colour of Bali’s foodscape in the quintessential dining tour, taking guests on a mystery dinner to...

VIEW DETAILS

AIR AND CAR BOOKINGS

View All
The Best Way To See Asean
tour packages

Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...

VIEW DETAILS
Hertz Car Rental Deals
tour packages

Rent a car for 2 days or more at participating locations in Asia and enjoy up to 15% off

VIEW DETAILS

HOTEL DEALS

View All
Sheraton Towers Hotel
tour packages

Whether you are looking to get your retail fix, have a go at the iconic local dishes or discover the kaleidoscope of cultures...

VIEW DETAILS
Premier Inn at Beach Road
tour packages

Premier Getaway Package @ SGD 290 nett (includes complimentary breakfast and dinner for 2, small bottle of wine, 1 Premi...

VIEW DETAILS
Quality Hotel Marlow Singapore
tour packages

‚óŹ 1st Night at S$160.00++, 2nd Night at S$140.00++ and 3rd Night at S$120.00++ (Above rates are subject to 17.7% Service Ch...

VIEW DETAILS