Beyond Bali, much of Indonesia is unknown to many Australians. But in many respects, Indonesia is Australia’s most important overall relationship. Yet the historical and cultural differences of our nearest neighbour are vast, possibly among the widest of any pair of adjoining countries.
Strong relationships are based on mutual knowledge and understanding – and travel plays an important role. So it is a good time to visit one of the most interesting societies in the world, accompanied by an authoritive and highly qualified leader.
For the traveller, opportunity knocks, and here is a frequently overlooked destination that begs exploration. At the end of our Journey Across Java tour you may join Heritage Destinations on a 7 day tour across Flores from August 31 – September 8, 2016, with Ian Burnet, the author of the recent book Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia, as your leader.
We will fly from Bali to the town of Ende in South Central Flores and then wind our way up the Wolowona River Gorge to the mountain village of Moni. Then an early morning start to view the sunrise from the top of the Kelimutu National Park and see its uniquely coloured crater lakes.
We then make our way westwards as far as the mountain towns of Bajawa and Ruteng for overnight stays. Along the way we will pass photogenic volcanoes, visit traditional villages, see megalithic tomblike structures and admire traditional woven textiles.
From the port town of Labuan Bajo we travel by boat to the islands of the Komodo Archipelago, where we will trek with our guides in search of the Komodo ‘dragons’, the largest reptiles on the planet, which can reach up to twelve feet long.
For all the tour details please go to the Heritage Destinations website: