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)
Highlights of Sumatra (AESH)
If the only thing you think of when you hear “Sumatra” is “coffee,” then we need to have a chat. If you’re looking to plunge right into a nature-filled adventure with elephants and orangutans aplenty, here’s where you’ll want to be for two weeks of city touring, hiking, and having a great time bonding with your fellow travellers. We’re pretty sure you’ll agree that everything is a highlight in Sumatra.
Highlights: Encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal, hike down to a crater lake, trek in the jungle of national parks, chill out on Lake Samosir.
Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)
If you’re looking to free your spiritual side–with a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles–Bali and Java are waiting. Travel by bicycle rickshaw to local markets and workshops, and get your “om” on at the Borobudur temple. Participate in a traditional cooking class with an expert chef. And of course, it wouldn’t be the full Balinese experience if you didn’t take some leisure time to relax on the picturesque beaches. It’s the perfect mix of beauty and Buddhist zen.
Highlights: Explore Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, learn to prepare Indonesian specialties under the guidance of a local chef, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces and green jungles
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