13 days Jakarta to Gili Trawangan
13 day Indonesia Group Tour (Including Bali)
This magical tour offers backpackers the ultimate Indonesian adventure. We journey through Java, Bali and the Gili Islands and discover Indonesia's incredible natural beauty.
This trip showcases so many of the highlights of this incredible country. From volcanic sunrises, witnessing orang-utans in the wild to relaxing on black sand beaches- this tour really has a bit of everything. Our passionate Adventure Leaders take you off-the-beaten-track on this unforgettable Indonesia trip. Immerse yourself in the country’s rich history and culture, hopping from one island to another as you visit temples, mosques, rice terraces and local hangouts. Delight in the natural wonders of Mount Bromo and the Madakaripura Waterfalls, snorkel through Bali’s crystal-clear waters and embrace Ubud’s natural splendour. Surround yourself with stunning sunsets and delve into Indonesia’s nightlife as you party by the ocean. Packed full of inclusions- this tour is the ideal Indonesian adventure tour.
Including hostels, homestays and camping under the stars.
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each place
Transport within Indonesia, including the flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta
Itinerary & map
If you’re arriving to Jakarta the day before the tour starts, we can book you into pre-tour accommodation.
Day 1 – Jakarta
Meet your Adventure Leader and the rest of the group in the hostel’s roof top bar and listen to a trip briefing whilst gazing out across the city.
We’ll wander over to the nearby National Monument which offers sweeping views of this metropolis.
Day 2 – Bogor
We’ll begin our journey with a visit to the Cikananga Wildlife Centre.
This is a very special conservation project not usually open to the public which helps rehabilitate animals that are rescued from the illegal pet trade. You will have the opportunity to see orangutans, leopards and many other animals, and help the staff prepare food and activities for them, such as bamboo tubes filled with honey, which the bears love!
After a full day at the conservation centre, you will depart by private transfer to Bogor. Upon arrival, you will experience typical Indonesian home-life as you stay with a local family who will be hosting you for the night.
Day 3 – Bogor & Yogyakarta:
In the morning, embark on a nature walk led by a former animal smuggler, who has changed his life’s direction, and now focuses on animal conservation. Notice the incredible skill he has for spotting animals in the wild!
After the walk, you will enjoy a brunch provided by your homestay family, where you can enjoy authentically cooked Indonesian dishes.
Then you will be transferred to Jakarta airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Yogyakarta. When you arrive, you will head to the hostel and check in.
Before dinner, we recommend visiting the Water Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of gardens and bathing complex of the ruling family. Here, you can taste the unique ‘kopi luwak’ coffee and enjoy the surroundings.
Afterwards, you can visit a mosque for a discussion with an Imam, an Islamic preacher. Feel free to ask any questions you have about Islam, the religion practiced by 90% of Indonesia’s people. On your return to the hostel, why not join in the fun at Alun Alun Kidal Square?
Day 4 – Yogyakarta:
Today is a full-day trip to Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. This temple dates from the 8th and 9th centuries and is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The monument was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.
You will also get the opportunity to visit the Prambanan & Ploasan Temples.
Day 5 – Mount Bromo:
Today you’ll say goodbye to Yogyakarta and start your journey to Mount Bromo by minibus. Arriving in the afternoon, you will set up camp for the night and enjoy a relaxing dinner around a bonfire as the sun sets. Soak in the peace and quiet of your surroundings and fall asleep under the stars.
Day 6 – Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen:
Start the day bright and early at 5.30am to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the volcano from a nearby viewpoint. Once you’ve taken in the beauty, a four-wheel drive will take you to the ‘sea of sand’ from where you can hike up to the edge of the volcano crater for very impressive views. From this point, you will also be driven to another spectacular viewpoint to see the volcanoes.
You will then fill up on a local breakfast and head to Mount Ijen. On route, you will stop at the Madakaripura Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in East Java! Here, we will have a lunch break and relax before heading to the charming small fishing village of Pemuteran on the Northern Coast of Bali.
Day 7 – Canggu on Bali Island:
A morning of snorkelling to discover some of the best coral in the region at Menjangan Island. You can boat over to this stunning enclave or relax on the beautiful beaches. Swim over the Biorock project and learn more about the conservation at the world’s largest coral-planting project!
We’ll then head South towards the buzzing and beautiful Canggu.
From checking out stunning coral reefs to checking out the island’s bar scene with some sundowners on the shore before a beach club party.
Day 8 – Canggu on Bali Island:
The first full day of your Bali tour awaits. This morning, we get up early to try your hand at surfing and become a master of the waves! This is experience is included in your trip too so there’s no excuse not to give it a shot! The super-cool beach-side backpacking town of Canggu is known for its cafe culture, beaches and world class gyms.
If you fancy going out-out in the evening, then you can enjoy the nightlife after dinner, we recommend a couple of beach clubs. The Old Man’s Beach and Echo Beach are famous for their great atmosphere and affordable prices.
Day 9 – Ubud:
A new day and a new island: Ubud! Eat a budget breakfast at the hostel before departing to Ubud, where you will arrive at around 1 pm.
Either spend the afternoon wandering around the tranquil surroundings or explore the area outside Ubud and visit the Tukad Cepung Waterfall, a stunning natural cascade which you can swim in. After, travel to Penglipuran, one of the cleanest villages in the world and a great place to witness Bali’s daily life and explore the sense of simple living. We’ll also check out the village of Kintamani and admire the amazing views of Lake Batur and the volcano.
The next stop is Pura Tirta Empal, a spring for holy water, and the Tegallang Rice Terrace, which is Ubud’s most famous attraction.
To finish the evening, you’ll enjoy drinks at a rooftop bar that overlooks the local rice fields.
Day 10 – Ubud:
Today is going to be a busy day – so why not begin your morning with a spot of yoga before learning the secrets of Bali cuisine in a traditional Indonesian cooking class.
In the afternoon, you will explore Ubud City with a walking tour of the area, as you explore the main streets, Kajeng Rice Fields and local villages. You will continue your tour with visits to the Monkey Forest, the Royal Palace and Goa Gajah before heading back to the centre to stroll through the markets for some delicious street food! You will also get to experience the local culture as you watch an Ubud Fire Kecek dance show.
Day 11 – Gili Trawangan:
Around 9am, you will take a minivan and then board a ferry to the Gili Islands. Hop ashore at Gili Trawangan and check into your hostel. Here, you will have the opportunity to bike around the beautiful island and stop for swims along the way. To finish the tour, you will stop off at one of the Gili T swings, where you can take some photos whilst the sunsets in the distance.
Enjoy an evening of fun at the Sama Sama Reggae Bar.
Day 12 – Gili Trawangan:
Today is a free day! Have a lie-in, relax on the gorgeous beaches, hire a bike to explore the island by yourself, or take part in an optional half a day snorkelling tour around the 3 Gili islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. They are characterised by sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, and they’re known for their coral reefs just offshore. At Gili Trawangan, the largest island, a sunken ship sits at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach.
Day 13 – Farewell to paradise:
Grab your last idyllic island glimpses before we head back to Kuta – near the airport. We can book your accommodation there or you can choose to stay on the Gili Islands and take part in a 3 day PADI course.
We can arrange this or additional nights on the islands. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish you safe travels!
Our Indonesia adventure tour price includes the following:
- Bilingual Adventure Leaders throughout the trip
- Transport within Indonesia, including the flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta
- Accommodation (including hostels, homestays & camping)
Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard on our Indonesia tours.
Check out our included activities below:
- Cikananga Wildlife Centre (Jakarta)
- Local Indonesia homestay (Bogor)
- Nature walk with a former smuggler turned conservationist (Bogor)
- Day trip to Borobudur, Prambanan & Ploasan (Yogyakarta)
- Campfire at the base of a volcano (Mt. Bromo)
- Sunrise over Mt. Bromo, 4-wheel drive and hike to the edge of the crater (Mt. Bromo)
- Visit Madakaripura Waterfall (Mt. Ijen)
- Walking tour around Ubud’s centre, visiting the Monkey forest, Kajeng Rice Field, Ubud Market and a walk around the town centre.
Find our extra optional activities here.
Below are the meals that are included on this tour. Your Adventure Leader will make sure that you try as much of the local food as possible while catering to your dietary requirements.
We cannot guarantee that the group will be seated together on flights between Indonesia’s islands. Our Adventure Leaders will do their best to keep you together, sometimes switching seats with local passengers. However, these flights are short and sweet and are a good time to relax in between days spent exploring.
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.
The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers in Jakarta and Gili. The cost of this is £15 per car and £12 per car, respectively. Airport transfers need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance and we will need your flight details.
If you would like to find out more about transfer arrangements, please email us at email@example.com.
Room upgrades are not available for this tour.
We can arrange a stay on the Gili Islands for 3 more days and learn to scuba dive on the Padi Open Water Dive Course. It is 490 USD and this includes the course, 3 nights accommodation and a transfer back to Kuta.
Need additional accommodation before or after the group tour finishes? We can arrange this for you.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Indonesia tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Indonesia tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.