This nostalgic excursion is one of many highlights of the Great Java Rail Tour, conducted each year since the 1980s by train buff and Indonesian enthusiast Kevin Pearce. It covers more than 1800 kilometresby rail through some of the most spectacular scenery you will ﬁnd anywhere in Asia.With a population of more than 140 million the fertile island of Java is the most densely populated island on earth and its extensive railway system is perfect way to soak up the scenery and savour an exotic land.Passengers on the Great Java Rail Tour are accommodated in two chartered air-conditioned carriages commissioned exclusively for the group. A 52-seat carriage furnished with comfortable reclining seats and boasting wide panoramic windows is attached to a special private lounge car where drinks and refreshments are provided and passengers can relax and soak up the ever-changing panorama.
- Gaze from the crater’s edge into the Tangkuban Perahu volcano.
- Eighth century Borobudur Buddhist Temple.
- Specially chartered mountain steam train excursion behind a113 year old locomotive.
- Stay in the splendour of the Tugu Park Hotel with its beautiful artworks and antiques.
- Watch as village school children perform in a traditional bamboo orchestra.
On arrival in Jakarta we will be greeted by our local tour guide and transferred to our centrally located hotel.
SARI PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
This morning our city sights tour will introduce you to the many delights of both the old and new Jakarta. We see the National Monument, China-town and the Jalan Surabaya flea market.
A special highlight is the Sunda Kelapa harbour where you can see the tall masted Bugis schooners – the largest fleet of commercial sailing ships in the world today. Tonight we enjoy a welcome cocktail party at our hotel.
SARI PAN PACIFIC HOTEL (BD)
This morning we visit Taman Mini Indonesia (Indonesia in miniature). This beautiful 170 hectare park features the ethnic culture and traditions of the country with permanent exhibits of traditional architecture native to the 27 provinces. This afternoon is free time for shopping in the nearby department stores close to our hotel. This evening we enjoy a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
SARI PAN PACIFIC HOTEL(BD)
After breakfast we check out fromour hotel and transfer to the nearby Gambir Railway Station in readiness to board the express to Bandung. Leaving bustling Jakarta behind, our train soon reaches the more tranquil highlands. Spectacular, breathtaking scenery abounds as the train passes over huge bridges and viaducts constructed more than 100 years ago by the Dutch. Upon arrival in Bandung we check in to our delightful colonial era hotel and later transfer to one of the city’s big shopping malls with free time for shopping. This evening’s dinner is pro-vided at a local restaurant.
SAVOY HOMANN HOTEL (BD)
A spectacular day unfolds as we drive up in to the mountains to the resort of Lembang. We pause to visit the many fruit and flower markets before continuing our climb to the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. After step-ping down from the bus you can walk to the actual rim of this still-active volcano. For those a little more active... your guide will lead you through a delightful rain forest walk. On our return we visit the Ciater Hot Springs where there is time for a refreshing swim in the hot mineral baths before our lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we visit Pak Ujo’s workshop to enjoy a traditional performance of angklung music. This orches-tral performance played on tinkling bamboo instruments by scores of school children is guaranteed to enchant you !
SAVOY HOMANN HOTEL (BL)
After breakfast we transfer to the Bandung Railway Station to board our special private carriage attached to the morn-ing express train to Yogya-karta. Today’s journey takes us through fascinating rural countryside passing terraced paddy fields, plantations and villages. Lunch is served on board by our catering crew as you enjoy the superb scenery. Mid afternoon we arrive in Yog-yakarta one of the foremost cultural centres and former capital of the ancient Javanese Kingdom, where we are trans-ferred to our central hotel.
MELIA PUROSANI HOTEL (BL)
Our sightseeing tour today takes us to one of the great wonders of the world – the mighty Borobudur Buddhist Temple. There is ample time to explore and photograph this ancient temple built in the 8th century, before we have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue our journey north to Ambarawa to see the railway museum. Here we board our chartered vintage train hauled by a 112 year old steam rack locomo-tive for the spectacular climb to Bedono. Our waiting bus returns us to our hotel after an unforgettable day’s excursion.
MELIA PUROSANI HOTEL (BL)
Today is a free day to explore Yogya yourself or you may want to take an optional tour with our guide to visit the Sultan Palace (Keraton) where court retainers still wear the traditional dress of dark batik sarongs, batik head wear with tight jackets and Kris. The tour also includes the water castle - a maze of underground passages and pools built as a pleasure garden by the first Sultan, and the local Batik and Silver works at Kotagede.
Evening we travel by traditional becak (Trishaw)transport to Purawisata where we will enjoy the open air Ramayana Ballet performance accompanied by a traditional Javanese gamelan orchestra. An Indonesian buffet dinner is provided before the show commences.
MELIA PUROSANI HOTEL (BD)
After breakfast we check out from our hotel and transfer to the station to board our waiting private carriage. Our journey to Malang travels the main Yogyakarta - Surabaya line as far as Kertosono where we branch on to the southern scenic line to Malang via the towns of Kediri and Blitar. At Karangkates we pass the huge Sutami/Selorejo Dam and hydro electric power station. On arrival in to Malang we check in to our hotel, the Tugu Park, which is listed as one of the world’s 100 most beautiful hotels. The public rooms are adorned with priceless works of art and antiques.
Shortly after our arrival you are invited to experience an authentic, traditional High Tea ritual with homemade cakes, on the first floor balcony. Dinner tonight is served in the hotel’s garden restaurant.
TUGU PARK HOTEL (BLD)
The delightfully cool town of Malang is nestled between a group of mountains, and offers the visitor a more tranquil escape after the bustling coastal cities on Java. Our tour today will take us through the main shopping precinct with many vestiges of the Dutch colonial past still evident, such as the Toko Oen tea shop. We continue our tour in to the highlands and pass many plant and flower shops, fruit markets and produce stalls before reaching the recreational area of Selecta. Here there is time to take a stroll through the hillside gardens before lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back to our hotel we stop to see the Dinoyo Ceramic Centre where you will have the opportunity to shop for a local souvenir. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
TUGU PARK HOTEL (BLD)
This morning we check out from our hotel and transfer to the Malang Station to board the local Bima Express train for the two hour journey to Surabaya. On arrival we transfer to the 104 year old heritage hotel, The Majapahit, built by Lucas Martin Sarkies of the famous American family whose collec-tion of grand hotels included the Raffles in Singapore. Tonight’s dinner is at the Hotel’s poolside.
MAJAPAHIT HOTEL (BD)
Surabaya is Indonesia’s second largest city with a population of around seven million in-cluding the surrounding rural areas. It is the main seaport and commercial centre for the eastern region of Indonesia. Our city sights tour will show us some of the city’s historic buildings and the central busi-ness area. In 2009 the nearby island of Madura was connect-ed to the mainland of Java by the 5.4km Suramadu Bridge, the longest in Indonesia. The Madurese people are noted for their colourful batik textiles and after crossing the bridge we visit one of the local markets where you will have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs. There is some free time this afternoon before our evening dinner at a local steakhouse and afterwards we tour some of Surabaya’s bustling night life areas.
MAJAPAHIT HOTEL (BLD)
After breakfast we transfer to Surabaya’s Pasar Turi Railway Station to board our private carriage for the train journey to Jakarta. Our return journey travels along the north coast passing through two major cities, Semarang and Cirebon. Lunch is served on board be-fore our late afternoon arrival in to Jakarta where we transfer to our hotel.
SARI PAN PACIFIC HOTEL (BL)
Today is a free day to explore Jakarta on your own. You may like to join your tour escort for a trip on the Trans Jakarta Busway to the Block M shop-ping complex where you can purchase lunch from the many restaurants and shop in the department stores.
This evening we enjoy a special farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
SARI PAN PACIFIC (BD)
This morning we transfer to the airport for the flight home the end of your Great Java Rail Tour. (B.)
5 NIGHTS JAKARTA
2 NIGHTS BANDUNG
3 NIGHTS YOGYAKARTA
2 NIGHTS MALANG
2 NIGHTS SURABAYA
Every night you will be fully accommodated in FIRST CLASS HOTELS including sumptuous breakfast each morning.
Most meals are included and some special feature meals with Indonesian culinary delights are all inclusive.
built-in side tours will show you how the local inhabitants live, work and practice their unique culture.
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