Tour Itinerary

Mt Merapi near Yogyakarta, seen from the world-famous Borobodur temple. Photo by James Walsh.Indonesia from the ground up! will include:

Jakarta (3 nights)

  • An orientation program including a briefing on health and security, an Indonesian language basic survival skills tutorial, and a reception organised by the Australian embassy (subject to confirmation).
  • Briefings on current Indonesian politics and the vibrant post-Suharto media scene in Jakarta, including a tour of an Indonesian newspaper.
  • A tour of the Sunda Kelapa harbour area.
  • A visit to a community school in one of Jakarta's slum areas that power the informal economy of Southeast Asia’s largest city.

Bandung (2 nights)

  • A tour of an active volcano near Bandung.
  • An introduction to the Indonesian view of international relations at Parahyangan University, including group discussions with Indonesian students.
  • An angklung performance and workshop.

Yogyakarta (4 nights)

  • Visits to World Heritage-listed temples such as Borobudur and Prambanan, and a tour of Kota Gede.
  • An overnight stay in a village and a tour of one of the lava fields.
  • An evening performance of the epic Hindu Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan temple or perforemance area.
  • A visit to an Islamic boarding school (pesantren).
  • Practical workshops on batik making and silver making.

Bali (3 nights)

  • Tours highlighting Balinese architecture and culture, a visit to a turtle breeding program and a visit to a school participating in the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE program.

Example Itinerary






Fly to Jakarta
2 Orientation briefing from ACICIS Jakarta ACICIS Security and health
  Everyday Indonesian Jakarta Atma Jaya University Language basics
3 Indonesian history Jakarta Sunda Kelapa port Indonesian history
  Indonesian media Jakarta Jakarta Post Indonesian media
  School visit Jakarta Kartini Emergency School Urban poverty
  Welcome reception Jakarta Australian Embassy Welcome to Indonesia
Bus to Bandung
  Volcano tour Bandung Vulcanology Centre Geology, Earth science
5 Discussion forum Bandung Parahyangan University International relations
  Angklung workshop Bandung Angklung Mang Udjo Indonesian music
Train to Yogyakarta
7 Batik workshop Yogyakarta Giriloyo Women’s Batik Cooperative Traditional craft & Arts
  Tour of Kota Gede Yogyakarta   Culture and Arts
  Silver workshop Yogyakarta   Traditional craft & Arts
  Ramayana Ballet Yogyakarta Prambanan temple Traditional dance/Arts
8 Prambanan temple Yogyakarta Tour of Prambanan and Plaosan temples History & culture
  Islamic boarding school Yogyakarta Krapyak pesantren Education & culture
9 Borobodur temple Yogyakarta Sunrise tour of Borobodur temple History & culture
  Village stay Yogyakarta Village living seminar Culture
Fly to Bali
11 BRIDGE school visit Bali Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Education partnerships
  Architecture & Culture tour Bali   Indonesian culture
12 Turtle conservation Bali Serangan Island turtle tour Nature and Conservation
Fly to Australia

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.