A journey through the diversity of Indonesia: From Bali, where Hinduism determines everyday life, to Sulawesi with the mystical Toraja and its famous traditional boat building under palm trees.
We pick you up from the airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar and bring you to your hotel at the beach.
A day for recovery after the long flight. Enjoy the hotel and the beach. In the afternoon, we take a walk along the beach promenade.
We check out of our hotel and move eastwards to Candidasa. On the way we stop in Muncan for the ‘Farmers walk’: Experience first-hand the tropical countryside and life in Bali on our walk with Suar the farmer and temple guard and his wife Subita.
Today we go on an adventurous tour to the Lempuyang Temple, high up in the mountains, with a spectacular view onto the active volcano Agung. In the afternoon we meet Nyoman, who invites us to taste tropical fruits and to a walk among rice fields.
This day brings us to the ‘Mothertemple’ Besakih. There is time for a break in the afternoon.
We check out of our hotel and move back to Denpasar. On the way we stop in Ubud for a stroll along the art & souvenier market. In the early evening, enjoy a Kecak Firedance performance on the accomplished Batubulan Stage.
This day is dedicated to recreation and the beach!
Today we move on and fly to Sulawesi! We arrive in Makassar in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, we take a stroll along the city’s sea-side, Pantai Losari, to watch the famous sunset.
A drive through Sulawesi’s fisher towns with several stops. Fancy a try of the famous Jeneponto horse soup? We arrive in Bira in the early afternoon, time for a rest or a walk at white beaches under coconut trees.
Today we visit the traditional boat builders in Tanah Beru and have a lunch of home-cooked real fresh fish a la Sulawesi. In the afternoon more white beaches.
Optional: Absolutely off the touristic tracks, Kajang people choose to live without electricity and modern technology. A visit to the main village, Tana Toa, requires permission by the village authorities and guests have to stick to their rules: No photos, black clothing, no shoes.
In the afternoon we continue north through to Sengkang.
Sengkang is the ‘Silk City’. We visit a traditional weaving factory where finest silk clothes are produced. Optionally (if possible), 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. We arrive in Rantepao, capital of North Toraja Regency, in the afternoon.
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. After lunch in a scenic restaurant, we take walk alongside a panorama road, followed by refreshments in a traditional setting. 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, land above the clouds. The scenery gets more spectacular after every curve, until we reach Lokomata, which seems to be world’s end. 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.
A relaxed day in Makassar. There is time for a visit to Fort Rotterdam, representing 300 years of Dutch rule in Sulawesi and (or) Benteng Somba Opu, the 17th-century citadel of the rulers of Makassar with a stroll through the large park, exploring the archaeological remains of the fort and the traditional houses of the numerous Sulawesi ethnics.
Departure back to Bali / Jakarta / Singapore.