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)
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)
Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day--Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...
Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village
Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.
Highlights: Explore bustling cities, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia