Lying stretched along the equator, steamy, volcanic Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, home to over 230 million people. Lately "Indo" has had a string of bad luck, from the tsunami to earthquakes, fires and political instability. Being a country of islands, though, it is by nature regional, and it would be a mistake to write off this massive area ... you'd miss a lot! Lush green rice terraces line mountainsides, jungle animals roam freely, and pristine surf beaches and lakes abound. Behind the headlines, this mosaic of cultures remains a land of stunning beauty, friendly people and one of the best values in Asia. Not to mention the language is easy to pick up, and the food is excellent. Selamat jalan! (bon voyage)
Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)
Home to 136 million people, the Indonesian island of Java is the most densely populated region on Earth. But while the teeming rivers of humanity that flow through Jakarta’s streets at rush hour can feel overpowering, there’s still a surprising amount of room to stretch out and explore. Travelling with other young travellers eager to experience this unique place, you’ll make your way from big cities to the calming beaches of Bali, soaking up culture and excitement along the way. And as your expert CEOs will be only too happy to show you, there’s plenty more to taste here than just stellar coffee.
Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches.
Classic Bali & Lombok (AESS)
Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Our CEOs will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life.
Highlights: Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu, savour Balinese cuisine, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples, lay eyes on active volcanoes