Active Java & Bali
This exciting two-week family adventure starts on the fascinating island of Java and ends on the beaches of Bali. Enjoy dramatic sunrises at temples and crater rims, explore spice plantations and batik markets, snorkel with tropical fish and relax on the sandy beach at Sanur – plenty to keep the children amused. A wide range of different accommodation types and activities are available and we can adapt the itinerary to suit your family and travel dates.
Play hide and seek at Borobudur
Take a Javanese street food tour
Climb active Mount Bromo
Picnic on coral island of Menjangan
Explore the famous Monkey Forest
Try out fun water spots at Sanur
16 days from £1,625 pp
Plus international flights from £750
A two-week holiday in Indonesia for a family of four usually costs from £6,500 to £8,000 plus flights, depending on type of accommodation and places visited. Cheaper tours may be possible if you are on a tight budget.
We like our tours to be accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
Our standard Bali and Indonesia holidays will cost around £6,500 for a two week holiday for a family of four based on mid-range boutique hotels (usually with pools). This excludes international flights.
There are also many gorgeous higher-end hotels. If you would prefer to stay in these, the price will start from £8,000 (for a two-week holiday for a family of four).
If you are travelling on a tight budget, there are various cost-cutting measures that we can use such as opting for more simple accommodation and limiting the number of places visited. With these measures we may be able to bring the price down closer to £4,500 (for a two-week holiday for a family of four).
All prices exclude international flights. There are no direct flights from the UK to Indonesia but good connecting flights will start from around £650 per person. We can organise flights for you from any airport so please contact us for a no-obligation quote.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays and Bali is well suited to even the youngest children. We will tailor literally every itinerary to the ages of your children and can accommodate everyone from toddlers to grandparents!
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Active Java & Bali day-to-day itinerary
Welcome to Yogyakarta! Upon arrival in Yogyakarta airport, you will meet your driver and transfer north to your hotel in the Borobudur area (1hr). Afterwards, enjoy some free time to relax.
Day 2 Borobudur
This morning in the pre-dawn hours you’ll head out with your guide to be at famed Borobudur Temple at sunrise. Not only is the mist and lighting at dawn serene, it is also a special time to explore this ancient site before masses of tourists arrive later in the day. The stone relief panels offer a glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. You’ll have plenty of time to amble around and through this fabulous monument – get younger children to play hide and seek among the extensive stairways and corridors so there is no time for boredom…
After exploring Borobudur, you can return to your hotel to relax.
In the afternoon take a fascinating cycling trip with your guide to see Javanese rural living around the villages near Borobudur. You’ll have the chance to watch the making of traditional Javanese sugar and also visit the Pawon and Mendut temples, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 3 Yogyakarta
Make your way back to Yogyakarta. This city is known as one of the main cultural centres of Indonesia being home to some of the most creative people in the country – there is music and art throughout the city.
First stop is the Palace of Yogyakarta, the heart of the old part of the city. You will also get to visit the Sono Bodoyo Museum, which has an excellent collection of Javanese masks and puppets.
We find that walking tours suit families best, allowing children to expend some of that pent up energy whilst sightseeing at the same time. Continue on foot through the Kotagede Heritage District. The market here is thriving and there are plenty of older houses to see. Children and adults alike will be interested to see the locals making batik and it is also possible to see the famous silver works in the area.
The trip ends with a traditional lunch at a local house.
In the afternoon there is the chance to take a Javanese food experience to discover popular treats and hang out with the locals. Perfect for food enthusiasts and a great way to persuade fussy eaters to try something new, you will travel on foot and by becak (pedicab). Stop at traditional and modern angkringan (foodstalls) as you sample kopi joss (coffee with a brick of burning hot charcoal), bakmi (stir fried noodles), gudeg (jackfruit curry) and more. The children can also try the local challenge of trying to walk through two waringin trees (banyan trees) while blindfolded…. your guide will explain!
Day 4 Bromo
It is quite a long day of travelling today so families with younger children may want to break the journey. You will start with a 4-hour train journey to Mojokerto, a great way to view the countryside and meet the locals travelling with you. From here you will drive around 4-5 hours to Bromo.
Day 5 Bromo
The very early start today will be well worth it, as you witness a spectacular sunrise at Mount Bromo’s crater- rim. Waking up far before dawn you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the volcanic landscape during sunrise. Often there are clouds hanging in the valley underneath you and only the mountain peaks are visible, creating an otherworldly scene that will fire the imagination of the children.
Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your hotel for a leisurely breakfast and an afternoon relaxing by the pool.
Read More Day 6 Bromo – Kalibaru Day 7 Kalibaru Afterwards relax around the pool and drink in your beautiful surroundings. Day 8 Pemutaran (Bali) Day 9 Pemutaran Day 10 Bedugul – Ubud You’ll then continue to Jatiluwih. This World Heritage Site is a living museum showcasing the island’s traditional methods of agriculture, where clever use of resources turns almost-vertical hillsides into lush, ‘postcard’ rice paddies. Later this afternoon you will arrive at your resort in Ubud, in the middle of some of Bali’s most picturesque landscape and the island’s artistic and cultural heart. Days 11-12 Ubud One of our favourite trips, and one which gives families a real insight into the local culture, is ‘A Day in the life of a Balinese Artist’. This is a great chance for you and the children to see behind the scenes and meet some genuinely interesting local craftspeople by visiting artists in their own homes. A treat for all the family, especially any budding artists among the children, encountering local artists who practice traditional Balinese art and seeing their workshops, opens a door to a world that is normally hidden from tourists. You will also enjoy a traditional evening meal in a genuine Balinese home. Day 13 Sanur Sanur beach is quiet and good for walks; in the distance you can see Lembongan Island and on a clear morning if you look north you might spot the mighty Agung Volcano. Days 14-15 Sanur Day 15 Departure
Drive around 5-6 hours through the hills to the small town of Kalibaru, in the heart of the region’s coffee and spice plantations. The afternoon is free to enjoy the pool.
This morning visit a nearby plantation and learn about the many varieties of spices such as nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee as well as coconuts. Children will be fascinated to see the traditional process of how palm tree liquid is turned into palm sugar, and visit the dairy farm.
After a relaxed morning, transfer to Ketapang Harbour for your ferry transfer to Pemuteran on the island of Bali. On arrival, transfer to your beach resort, arriving late afternoon.
Enjoy a full free day at leisure. If you wish, we can arrange a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island, a protected marine park offering Bali’s best snorkelling and scuba diving. Spend the morning snorkelling – a great way to appreciate the diverse marine life and colourful corals – followed by a picnic on the beach.
This morning leave the coast behind and head into the centre of Bali to Ubud. En-route visit the town of Bedugul with the well-known temple Puru Ulun Danu in Beratan Lake. This is an important temple (even featured on the 50,000 Rupiah banknote), so expect it to be busy, but the views are fabulous. Since Bedugul is located at a higher altitude the climate is cooler here and there are plenty of stalls on the side of the road selling strawberries; they are delicious and cheap – a great treat when crossing this area and good incentive for any flagging children!
Two free days to enjoy the many delights of Ubud. We find that there are so many activities on offer in Ubud it is best for each family to decide which is most suitable. You could visit the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave (sorry, no actual elephants present) just outside of town, take a leisurely stroll through the stunning Tegallalang Rice Terraces or start the bartering off in the Ubud Art Market. A surefire winner with children will be a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest, an easy walk from town. Here a natural forest sanctuary is home to numerous long-tailed macaques as well as many ancient temples and statues.
Time to head the beach at Sanur. En route you will stop at the Taman Ayun Royal Temple, one of the most beautiful on the island as well as the famous Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most photographed temples in the world. It is perched on a barren rock outcrop, and at high tide, is completely surrounded by the ocean.
Free time to relax and make the most of your time in this staggeringly beautiful area. Sanur is a well established beach resort with tranquil calm waters, white sandy beaches and numerous water-based activities on offer. There is surfing further along the coast and fantastic diving on the nearby reef. One of our favourite options (suitable for swimmers 6yrs+) is a SUP lesson – Stand Up Paddleboarding. Alternatively you can enjoy fascinating walks through the mangrove forests and visit the Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre. Or how about enjoying a ‘snacking tour’ where a local guide will accompany you to a nearby market to sample food from small vendors – start with a Balinese pancake, taste some delicious pork soup then end on the beach where you can enjoy fish satay, grilled corn and fresh coconut.
Perhaps a last-minute swim in the pool before transferring to Denpasar airport for your flight home. Selamat jalan – Have a good journey!
Day 6 Bromo – Kalibaru
Day 7 Kalibaru
Afterwards relax around the pool and drink in your beautiful surroundings.
Day 8 Pemutaran (Bali)
Day 9 Pemutaran
Day 10 Bedugul – Ubud
You’ll then continue to Jatiluwih. This World Heritage Site is a living museum showcasing the island’s traditional methods of agriculture, where clever use of resources turns almost-vertical hillsides into lush, ‘postcard’ rice paddies.
Later this afternoon you will arrive at your resort in Ubud, in the middle of some of Bali’s most picturesque landscape and the island’s artistic and cultural heart.
Days 11-12 Ubud
One of our favourite trips, and one which gives families a real insight into the local culture, is ‘A Day in the life of a Balinese Artist’. This is a great chance for you and the children to see behind the scenes and meet some genuinely interesting local craftspeople by visiting artists in their own homes. A treat for all the family, especially any budding artists among the children, encountering local artists who practice traditional Balinese art and seeing their workshops, opens a door to a world that is normally hidden from tourists. You will also enjoy a traditional evening meal in a genuine Balinese home.
Day 13 Sanur
Sanur beach is quiet and good for walks; in the distance you can see Lembongan Island and on a clear morning if you look north you might spot the mighty Agung Volcano.
Days 14-15 Sanur
Day 15 Departure
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Bali & Indonesia in pictures
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