Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Savor the aroma of world famous Java coffee plantations and classical fine arts at Yogyakarta, the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy. The island of Java is also home to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, a Buddhist temple complex dating back from the 8th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the single largest Buddhist structure that took 75 years to construct. End your trip at the paradise island of Bali, famous for its colorful Hindu traditions, intricate handicrafts and stunning resorts galore on idyllic beaches

Private, Local Guides!

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Choose Your Dates!

This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.


Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Village Bike Rides and Hiking Trips to experience Rural Life and Coffee Plantations
  • 8th Century Borobudur Buddhist Temple
  • Private Museum of Modern and contemporary Indonesian art by famous art collector Dr. Oei Hong Djien
  • Unique lunch experience with a Puppeteer from the World Famous Papermoon Theatre
  • Village Cooking Class with a Balinese Host Family
  • Nature Walk & Cleansing Ritual with a Balinese-Hindu Priest
Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Savor the aroma of world famous Java coffee plantations and classical fine arts at Yogyakarta, the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy. The island of Java is also home to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, a Buddhist temple complex dating back from the 8th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the single largest Buddhist structure that took 75 years to construct. End your trip at the paradise island of Bali, famous for its colorful Hindu traditions, intricate handicrafts and stunning resorts galore on idyllic beaches

  • Day 1Arrive Yogyakarta, Drive to Borobudur

    Upon arrival at Yogyakarta Airport, proceed on an hour’s drive to your resort in Borobudur, home to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Borobudur and world famous Javanese coffee beans. 

    If schedule permits, visit a small family-run coffee plantation to learn more about the history of Javanese coffee and the different varieties grown in this region. Take a short walk around the plantation followed by a tasting session.

    Overnight at Borobudur 

  • Day 2Village Bike Trip, Borobudur Temple

    Today explore the local life of people in this historic area. Before the bike trip, visit a local village market to see local produce and mingle with the community. You can cycle or hop on a horst cart along flat trails and quiet village paths for about 6 miles. Along the ride, stop at traditional home cottage industries to learn about local livelihood like noodle making, “tempeh” and a traditional pottery workshop where you will get to make your own pot. 

    Transfer back to your resort for some relaxing time after the bike trip. Later in the afternoon, explore the historic Borobudur Temple when it is less warm. 

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur temple is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex dating back from the 8th century. One of world’s truly great ancient monuments, this single largest Buddhist structure was thought to be constructed over 75 years, completing around the year 825. Borobudur complex consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, decorated with no less than 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues of various types. Before sundown, head up to Dagi Hill for scenic sunset views of the temple 

    Overnight at Borobudur 

  • Day 3Village Hike, Art Museum

    Enjoy a half day hike around a rural Javanese Village. To get to the tail head, you need to take a short motorbike ride. The hike then goes through a rain forest jungle, rice terraces and little streams of crystal-clear water river on the foot of Sumbing Mountain. The 1.5 hour hike has gradual ascents and descents, enjoy stunning view rice terrace fields, plantations of cassava, sweet potato and long beans, all against beautiful mountain views in background. The hike ends at the sacred Selogriyo temple, a small 9 BC Hindu temple on a hilltop. Then continue walking through small country paths in the village leading to the main road where the car will transfer you back to the resort. 

    Afternoon, visit a private museum of modern and contemporary Indonesian art, founded and owned by the well-known art collector Dr. Oei Hong Djien (OHD). He started his collection in 1970s and currently owns more than 2000 artworks, ranging from paintings, sculptures, installations and new media art.  

    At sundown, enjoy a small picnic and drinks at a scenic viewpoint of sunset views over the sprawling rice fields.

    Overnight at Borobudur 

  • Day 4Fly to Bali, Drive to Ubud

    Depart Borobudur this morning to explore the city of Yogyakarta. Visit the Sultan’s Palace located in the heart of old city. The huge palace of the Sultans of Yogyakarta is the center of a small walled city within the city. Over 25,000 people live within the greater Keraton compound with its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, school and mosques. Go to the nearby water castle Taman Sari, a splendid pleasure park of palace, pools and waterways where Sultan and his entourage enjoy. 

    Enjoy a special lunch experience with a puppeteer from the Papermoon Theatre, a world famous puppet theatre who has toured over 10 countries, included the United States. Highly rated by the New York Times and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, you will watch a short performance and learn more about their amazing work. 

    Late afternoon take a flight to Bali. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your resort in Ubud, the cultural heartland of Bali surrounded by spectacular rice paddies and steep ravines. The drive takes about 2 hours.  

    Overnight at Ubud 

  • Day 5Village Cycling, Cooking with a Balinese Family

    Start the morning with an hour’s drive to Penelokan Village located on Batur Volcano rim about 1,717-meter elevation. Enjoy a traditional coffee break at a small food stall with stunning view of Mount Batur before cycling through an orange plantation at Pisang Village. Stop to meet some friendly farmers before continuing pedaling through rice fields, tropical rain forest valley and an irrigation River.  

    Pedaling down to Pejeng Aji village, known for its Garuda Wisnu wood carvers to see a local carving artist. Then continue to Bentuyung Village, made famous by the novel, Eat Pray Love. Your bike journey ends at a local restaurant where lunch will be served. 

    This bike journey is mostly on descending paved roads except for a few miles through rice fields. It is not technical and suitable for all fitness level. Along the ride, you will be followed by a support van and you can continue by van anytime. 

    Afternoon meet your friendly hosts at their traditional multi-generation home for a cultural and culinary experience. At their gardens, gather fresh vegetables and herbs before a short walk of 10 minutes to Dewa’s family compound where you will learn Balinese cooking technics using a traditional wood-fired stove. Expect a very hands-on, communal cooking experience during which you grind spices and chilies in their heirloom mortar and pestle, which dates back 3 or 4 generations! Enjoy a sumptuous meal before returning to your hotel. 

    Overnight at Ubud  

  • Day 6A Day with a Balinese Hindu Priest, Tour of Ubud Town

    This morning you will meet a special host who is on the highest Balinese caste of Brahmana and dedicates his life to preserving the Balinese culture. He is also a teacher of Keliki, a traditional style of painting with shades of black and white.  

    Enjoy an easy nature walk around his village and rice paddies to see spices, plantations and a tropical forest. Along the way, he will explain the way how Balinese cultivate rice and the Subak irrigation system. Learn about traditional medicinal herbs and plants used commonly by locals. After a picnic lunch, drive about 30min to a hidden holy shrine at Sebatu Village. About 200 steps down to a small natural spring waterfall and a temple shrine, you will participate in a cleansing ritual Melukat with a holy bath by the waterfall and a sacred blessing ceremony to release all the bad things while praying for a good future. 

    Afternoon explore the Art Market in Ubud town to shop for traditional crafts and visit the Palace of the Ubud Royal Family. Continue to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a 27 acre range of cool and dense jungle in the Padangtegal area of Ubud.. This exceptional nature reserve and mysterious temple complex is inhabited by a tribe of grey-haired long-tailed macaque monkeys. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual and conservation center for the village  

    Overnight in Ubud 

  • Day 7Batu Karu Temple, Scenic Rice Terraces, Seminyak Beach

    Enjoy a relaxing morning before heading to the coast for your beach stay. Along the drive to your beach resort, stop at Batu Karu Temple, a beautiful 11th century Hindu temple by on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. Very little is known about the builder and origins. Continue to Jati Luwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. This is the most famous picturesque rice fields overlapping the foot of Mount Batukaru 

    Rest of the afternoon is free to relax at your beach resort.  We recommend an evening stroll on your own to the lively shops and restaurants dotted throughout the beach areas.   

    Overnight at Seminyak 

  • Day 8Tanah Lot Shrine

    Depending on your preference, you can take up a private surfing class with a local instructor, a snorkeling or fishing trip off the coast.  

    Later afternoon visit Tanah Lot, a 16th century Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves. This spot is world famous for its unique offshore setting and spectacular sunset views.  The shrine is accessed by a stone causeway that allows visitors to walk to the complex at low tide.  

    Overnight at Seminyak 

  • Day 9Free Day at Seminyak

    Today is free to relax by the beach or explore the vibrant shopping area around Seminyak. 

    Overnight at Seminyak 

  • Day 10Depart Bali

    Transfer to airport for your onward journey.  

Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • In Country Flight
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Extensions to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Indonesia or Singapore depending on which city your international flight is routed through. Take a short flight to Labuan Bajo, gateway to cruise around the famous Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Utilize direct air connections from North American to spend a couple of days in Singapore, a fascinating multi-cultural city state and one of the most modern in the world.

Komodo National Park Explorer

Starting Price : $1100 / Person

Cruise onboard a traditional Indonesian schooner liveaboard or stay at an exclusive small beach resort to explore the islands dotted with the world's largest lizards. Enjoy snorkeling above colorful reefs or diving among manta rays.

Singapore Discovery

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Go behind the glitzy skyscrapers where locals live and learn true facts about the Singapore life. Despite being one of the most modern city states in Asia, this tiny island offers some of the most fascinating multi-cultural and culinary experiences under one roof.

Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

The best times to travel in Indonesia are from April to September when the weather is typically dry. October to March can see heavy downpours especially from November through January, we do not recommend heading to off beaten track areas where roads can see heavy flooding.

Most popular areas in Bali are busy throughout the year, but May, June and September can see lesser crowds outside of the school summer vacations. The dry season is also ideal for snorkeling and diving off the coast of Bali, Lombok and Komodo Islands.

Private Tour

Highlights of Java and Bali - 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Starting From: $4000 / Person
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  • When you want to travel – are your dates fixed or flexible?
  • Destinations of interest – country or countries, plus destinations within a country
  • Activities of interest – like beaches, wildlife, hiking, shopping, art, local culture, adventure, etc.
  • Purpose of trip and Special Occasions – holiday, honeymoons, important birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Approximate budget per person

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