Ancient Temples, Ancestors and Cultures
14 Days, Fully Inclusive from Jakarta to Jakarta.
Minimum of 6 and a Maximum of 12 guests.
From AU$5,950 per person
(Single supplement available on request)
This privately guided small group expedition showcases the spectacular temples of central Java, the amazing ancient culture of Tana Toraja and the spectacular rainforests and Orang-Utans of Tanjung Puting National Park.
Our Journey begins in Jakarta, an easily accessible international Hub. We travel to Yogyakarta in central Java to marvel at the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples of Prambanan and Borobudur. Then on to Makassar and the highlands of South Sulawesi to Tana Toraja, a breathtakingly beautiful region that is home to the ancient Torajans and their custom of ‘Aluk to Dolo.’ From Sulawesi we travel to Kalimantan Tengah to visit Tanjung Puting National Park. He we are surrounded by spectacular rainforest and peat swamp environments, the preferred habitats of the endemic proboscis monkeys and Orang-Utans. We will spend time walking through the park and visiting the world famous Camp Leakey.
DAY 1. ARRIVAL DAY
On arrival at Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta, guests will be met and transferred to our local hotel where we will have a briefing and introductory session.
DAYS 2 – 4. BOROBUDUR, PRAMBANAN & RATU BOKO
We will travel to Yogyakarta in Central Java and have two full days to discover the ancient temples of this region.
A lush tropical landscape dotted with hundreds of archaeological temples, including two UNESCO world heritage sites, Borobudur and Prambanan, this is a destination that leaves you spellbound. The grandeur and complexity of the temples has to be seen to be believed, and photography struggles to convey the depth. At a time when Europe was still in the dark ages, the “Central Javanese Period“ was building religious structures and art, now recognised as being the oldest and highest level of art within South East Asia
DAYS 5 – 8. TANA TORAJA & MAKASSAR
From Yogyakarta we fly to Sulawesi and discover the ancient Torajan culture of the highlands of South Sulawesi.
Tana Toraja is a land of unique culture set amid stunning scenery. Globalisation and tourism have had little impact and as you venture from the main roads you find a way of life that has not changed much in the last 100 years. Traditional Tongkonan houses stand proudly in this setting. These intricately decorated houses with upward-sloping roofs are the centre of all ‘Aluk to dolo’ (The way of the ancestors) rites. Tana Toraja's beauty is also reflected in its people. Although they are nominally Christian, they combine this religious belief with magic and mysticism, and welcome visitors to witness their ceremonies.
DAYS 9 – 13. CAMP LEAKEY & TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
From Sulawesi we travel to Kalimantan Tengah to visit Tanjung Puting National Park and the landmark Camp Leakey.
Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest which used to cover much of southern Borneo. Tanjung Puting is recognized as one of the most important and outstanding provincial treasures in Kalimantan Tengah.
The best known animals in Tanjung Puting are the Orang-Utans, made famous through the efforts of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) based at Camp Leakey research facility. Tanjung Puting also boasts 8 other primate species including Proboscis monkeys and Gibbons. There are over 220 species of birds, two species of crocodiles, dozens of reptiles and amphibians, many of which are highly threatened species.
DAY 14. DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast this morning guests will be transferred to the International airport for their onward journey.