A journey through Indonesian’s diversity: From Bali, where Hinduism defines every-day life, to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi and the site of turbulent colonial history, on to mystical Toraja where animistic traditions are still alive.
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See also our accessibilty information on Bali and Sulawesi.
DAY 1 – Arrival on Bali
- We pick you up from the airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar, or we accompany you already during your journey to Bali.
- Check in at the hotel and relax. Our car is at stand-by.
Choose your own hotel: Do you require full wheelchair accessibility, wish to live at a calm ocean and in relaxed atmosphere or, rather, close to waves and active beach-life? Or do you like to stay outside of town in the mountains and rice fields? Contact us for detailed hotel information.
- Our first destination is Tirta Empul, a water temple at a holy spring, used by the local communities for ritual washings.
- Lunch at Kintamani, with stunning views over the volcano Mt Batur and its lake.
- Optional, we stop for coffee or tea at a beautiful agro tourism plantation in the mountains.
- On our way back we pass several villages specialising in their own unique version of Balinese art: wood carving, Balinese painting or silver work. Chose where to stop!
- In the early evening witness a performance of the Balinese Kecak and Fire Dance in the village Batubulan.
- We visit the village Tenganan of the indigenous Aga people, the only community still weaving the sophisticated double-ikat fabrics.
- Lunch at a secluded restaurant in the middle of paddy fields.
- We then drive up into the mountains to the rarely visited Lempuyang temple with its dragon staircase and spectacular views onto the Great Mountain, Gunung Agung.
- If you prefer an easier accessible alternative to remote Lempuyang, we visit Taman Ujung instead, a palace in a beautiful park between mountains and ocean.
- Today is a short day: In the morning we drive to the southern tip of Bali, where the temple Uluwatu hangs at the edge of a cliff.
- Lunch in Kuta, with a visit to the famous, crowded and touristic Kuta Beach.
- In the afternoon it is possible to go shopping in Kuta, or just relax at your hotel or beach.
- Visit to Goa Lawah in the morning, where thousands of holy bats inhabit a cave the temple is built into.
- From there we go to the north, having lunch at the slope of Mount Agung, the highest and holiest mountain on Bali.
- The mother temple, the great Pura Besakih, with its many levels build into the mountain, is our main destination for this day.
- A day at your free disposal, to rest and enjoy the beach, with the car at stand-by.
- To the north west: We visit Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, most beautifully located at the shores of Lake Beratan, where we also have lunch.
- Optional, we may take a coffee or tea up in the mountains at the twin lake viewpoint, or stop at Candikuning market for some exotic shopping.
- Back southwards we visit Jatiluwih, extensive rice terraces cultivated with a traditional irrigation system and an UNESCO heritage site.
- Visit to Taman Ayun, the ‘temple of the beautiful garden’, a water temple and important part of the Balinese irrigation system. A UNESCO heritage site together with the rice terraces of Jatiluwih.
- Close by lies the Sangeh Monkey Forest with its unique forest of tall, monkey-inhabited nutmeg trees.
- Before traveling on to Yogyakarta, enjoy another day of rest or at the beach. The car is at stand-by during the day.
- In the later afternoon we drive to Tanah Lot, the famous temple on a rock in the ocean, to watch the sunset.
- Today we travel to Sulawesi.
- In MAKASSAR, we are picked up from the airport. After check in at the hotel there is time for relaxation. Our car is at stand-by. In the late afternoon, we take a stroll along the city’s sea-side, Pantai Losari, to watch the famous sunset.
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- Today we explore Makassar. In the morning we visit Fort Rotterdam, representing 300 years of Dutch rule in Sulawesi.
- Lunch in one of Makassar’s numerous Seafood restaurants.
- In the afternoon: Benteng Somba Opu, the 17th-century citadel of the rulers of Makassar. A stroll through the large park, exploring the archaeological remains of the fort, finally visiting the musician Daeng Serang and his traditional drummers and watch their practice.
- We start our journey to Toraja with an excursion to the limestone mountains of Maros, where ancient caves contain some of the oldest rock paintings known worldwide.
- The road, then, winds up through spectacular mountains covered with tropical forest into the heart of South Sulawesi.
- We have lunch at a local roadside eatery, or take our own lunch boxes and enjoy the panorama at a picnic.
- After a drive through the scenic land of the Bugis, arrival in Sengkang in the late afternoon, where we will stay overnight.
- Sengkang is the ‘Silk City’. We visit a traditional weaving factory where finest silk clothes are produced.
- Optionally, we go for a boat trip to the floating houses on the Tempe Lake in Sengkang.
- Lunch in a panorama restaurant in the mountains of Enrekang.
- Passing the city of Makale, we arrive in Rantepao, capital of North Toraja Regency, in the afternoon and check in at our hotel
- Today we explore the south of Toraja: A short drive brings us to the Tau Tau of Suaya, and the baby grave tree of Kambira.
- Lunch in a restaurant with scenic views of Toraja’s mountain skyline.
- After lunch, there is opportunity for some exercise: Easy walking or wheeling alongside a panorama road, followed by refreshments in a traditional setting.
- Another option is to visit an orphanage where children love to show you their skills in playing traditional self-made music instruments.
- On the way back north we visit Lemo and/or Londa, famous stone graves nominated as UNESCO World Heritage.
- We are heading further north today. First stop is Palawa, a beautiful traditional village.
- The road then takes us high up into the slopes of Mountain Sesean and the area of Batutumonga. The scenery gets more spectacular after every curve, until we reach Lokomata, which seems to be world’s end.
- Lunch on the way back in the cool refreshing mountain air.
- In the afternoon, Kete Kesu will be our last stop: One of the oldest villages in Toraja, and, at the outskirts of the village, one of the spookiest burial sites.
- We return to Makassar on a different route which takes us along South Sulawesi’s longest river, the Sungai Saddang, through endless rice fields and, finally, to the ocean.
- Lunch in the pretty coastal city Pare Pare.
- We arrive in Makassar in the late afternoon and check in at the hotel.
- In the morning we leave Sulawesi and its people and fly back to Bali to spend a last afternoon at the beach.
- Back in BALI, after check in at the hotel there is time for relaxation. Our car is at stand-by.
- Transfer to the airport in Denpasar, and departure from beautiful Indonesia.
Our group sizes are limited to max 7 guests. The itinerary can be modified, shortened, extended and combined with other destinations. We strive to accommodate your wishes and suggestions!
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