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Indonesia trip ideas

Indonesia trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

Blessed with ancient monuments, exquisite wildlife, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches and numerous distinct cultures, Indonesia is a remarkably diverse nation. Its thousands of islands stretch across a distance roughly that of London to New York however, so careful planning is needed to make the most of your time here. Our specialists can offer expert advice on travelling from island to island, where to take short flights and when to use a private guide and driver. They’ve also devised a series of itinerary ideas to make planning your route a little easier and can use these as a starting point for your bespoke tour.

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Ideas for your trip to Indonesia

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Indonesia, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Bali uncovered

  • The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.

  • Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.

  • Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

  • Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.

  • Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.

15 Days from £2,375pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Eastern Bali's culture & coast

  • Visit Ubud, the cultural centre of the island.

  • Learn some traditional Indonesian cooking skills during a hands-on cooking course.

  • Scale Bali's 'holy mountain' (Mount Agung) to watch the incredible sunrise.

  • Escape the crowds and relax on quiet, unspoilt beaches.

13 Days from £2,650pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Round island Bali tour

  • Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

  • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.

  • Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).

  • Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.

  • Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.

  • Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.

19 Days from £2,805pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Java & Sumatra

  • Track down orangutan in the dense jungles of Sumatra.

  • Trek through the rainforest and rivers of Gunung Leuser National Park on the back of an elephant.

  • Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.

  • Visit the ancient Buddhist relic of Borobudur as the sun comes up.

13 Days from £3,120pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Java tour

  • Visit the ancient Buddhist relic of Borobudur.

  • Enjoy the temple district of Prambanan.

  • Explore the Sultan's Palace in Yogyakarta.

  • Watch a spectacular sunrise over Mount Bromo.

  • Learn how to cook traditional Javanese dishes and visit a local food market.

15 Days from £3,275pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Honeymoon to Bali & Lombok

  • Experience both the more relaxed and more vibrant beach areas on Bali and Lombok.

  • Enjoy a cooking class in a traditional Balinese home near Ubud.

  • Take in the beautiful scenery around Munduk.

  • Stay in luxurious tented accommodation.

18 Days from £3,375pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Indonesia: Sumba explored

  • Take in the breathtaking coastline of Sumba with sheer cliff faces and immense stretches of white sand beaches pounded by huge surf.

  • Visit local Sumban villages, first seeking permission from tribal chiefs.

  • See the traditional homes with buffalo horn and other artefacts decorating the entrance.

  • Chew betel nut like a local and watch a traditional ceremony unfold.

13 Days from £3,545pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Heart of Indonesia tour: Borneo & Java

  • Visit the Hindu temple of Prambanan.

  • Explore the spectacular Buddhist relic of Borobudur.

  • Head to the viewpoint over Mount Bromo for sunrise.

  • See orangutans in the wild on the island of Kalimantan.

  • Stay in the quaint Dutch heritage town of Malang.

14 Days from £3,625pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Bali & Sulawesi discovery tour

  • Experience the hospitality of the Balinese.

  • Sample the amazing food around Ubud.

  • Visit the fascinating Toraja Lands and witness one of the region's famous funeral ceremonies.

16 Days from £3,830pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Bali and Lombok

  • Learn to cook authentic Balinese dishes in Ubud.

  • Snorkel in the clear waters of the Gili Islands.

  • Explore the island of Lombok by jeep.

  • Watch a traditional kecak dance at sunset.

  • Sample fresh seafood on the beach at Jimbaran Bay.

15 Days from £3,990pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Discovering Java and Bali

  • Marvel at the spectacular ancient Buddhist relic of Borobudur.

  • Visit the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan.

  • Take a bike ride through the paddy fields of central Java.

  • Watch a spectacular the sun rise over Mount Bromo.

  • Spend time in Ubud - the cultural heartbeat of Bali.

  • Visit the volcanic region of Ijen to observe the sulphur mining and the stunning turquoise blue crater lake.

  • Visit Bali's only national park.

  • Relax on one of Bali's lovely beaches.

15 Days from £4,115pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hidden highlights of Java

  • The 8th century Buddhist relic of Borobudur.

  • Dutch colonial architecture and cafes in Jakarta.

  • Prambanan's vast temple site of 244 Hindu temples.

  • A visit to Java's true hidden gem - Kura Kura Resort on the Karimunjawa Archipelago.

  • The iconic site of Mount Bromo volcano at sunrise.

  • Ijen Plateau's plantations, sulphur lake and colourful villages.

18 Days from £4,810pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Komodo & Flores: Indonesian island explorer tour

  • Take a boat through the islands of the Komodo archipelago to enjoy snorkelling and tracking down the Komodo Dragon.

  • Begin and end your trip by relaxing on the palm fringed beaches of Bali.

  • See the sunrise over the eerie three coloured lakes of Kelimutu on Flores.

15 Days from £4,930pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Indonesia

  • Visit the spectacular Borobudur temple.

  • Spend two nights cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park.

  • Enjoy a few days exploring the hills of Ubud.

  • Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure around Komodo National Park.

17 Days from £4,950pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Flores: Indonesia's Wild Frontier

  • Encounter komodo dragons and fantastic marine life.

  • Trek to spend a night in one of the most fascinating villages in Asia.

  • Visit the famous crater lakes of Kelimutu.

  • The stunning Seventeen Islands Coral Garden Marine Park.

  • Relax in two contrasting Balinese towns.

19 Days from £5,330pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Indonesia's Eastern Islands Explorer Tour

  • Cruise through the beautiful Komodo National Park on board the Ombak Putih.

  • Relax on one of Bali's white sand beaches.

  • Enjoy some world class snorkelling and diving opportunities.

  • Journey off the beaten track and sample island life on Flores.

16 Days from £5,395pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cruising Raja Ampat

  • Visit the lesser visited and beautiful Raja Ampat.

  • Immerse yourself into local life far off the tourist trail.

  • Enjoy a few days of world class diving and snorkelling.

  • Explore Bali and finish your trip relaxing on the white sand beaches of Lombok.

15 Days from £7,865pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury tour of Indonesia

  • Stay at Amanjiwo in Java looking out to the largest Buddhist relic in the world, Borobudur.

  • Stay at Amanusa in southern Bali which boasts one of the most beautiful pools in Bali and its own private beach club on the white sands of Nusa Dua.

  • Stay at Amanwana on Moyo Island after enjoying a truly memorable float plane journey to this tented paradise where turtles swim in the turquoise waters and deer graze in the forest.

  • Stay at Amandari in Ubud, Bali and watch the local villagers as they make daily offerings at the Amandari shrine which was a gift from the village.

  • Stay at Amankila and enjoy the signature three tiered pools looking out over the blue waters to Lombok or explore the stunning east Bali countryside and villages.

17 Days from £8,765pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Spa Village Resort Tembok and Munduk

Stay at a working plantation surrounded by lush paddy fields before travelling to the quiet north coast to relax on the beach at a wonderful spa resort.

12 Days from £1,972pp

3 nights Munduk, including breakfast; 7 nights Spa Village Resort Tembok including full board and daily spa treatment. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Tandjung Sari and Ubud

Discover Ubud's pretty temples, beautiful rice terraces and exquisite handicrafts before heading to Sanur to enjoy a week relaxing on the beach.

13 Days from £2,108pp

3 nights Ubud including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Tandjung Sari including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Tugu Lombok and Singapore

Experience great shopping, museums, colonial architecture, and fabulous cuisine in Singapore before spending time relaxing on the beach on the picturesque, quiet island of Lombok.

13 Days from £2,257pp

3 nights Singapore, including breakfast; 7 nights Hotel Tugu Lombok, room-only. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Alila Seminyak and Yogyakarta and Borobudur

Discover Indonesia with Audley. Visit Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java before flying to Bali to stay at the beach resort, Alila Seminyak.

12 Days from £2,258pp

3 nights Yogyakarta, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Alila Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Samaya Seminyak & Kerambitan

Get off the beaten track exploring rural Bali’s rice fields and traditional villages before a relaxing week at your pool villa close to the restaurants and bars of Seminyak.

11 Days from £2,868pp

3 nights Kerambitan, including breakfast; 7 nights Samaya Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Beach hopping

Nihi Sumba Island & Seminyak

Spend a few days enjoying the galleries, boutiques and restaurants of the upmarket beach resort of Seminyak before heading to the undiscovered island of Sumba for a very different experience in beautiful seclusion.

12 Days from £5,491pp

3 nights Seminyak including breakfast, 7 nights Nihi Sumba Island including all meals, soft drinks and mini bar.

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Some of our favourite travel guides

What to do in Bali: our highlights guide

What to do in Bali: our highlights guide

With beaches accessible only through caves, and Hindu dances at cliff top temples, Bali is characterized by the spirituality of the people and the variety of cultural and environmental experiences it has to offer.

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