Fri 18 August – Fri 01 September 2017

Beyond Bali, much of Indonesia is unfamiliar to many travellers.

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. For the traveller, opportunity knocks: here is a frequently overlooked destination that begs exploration.

Indonesia is the largest archipelago nation-state in the world. Its extremities are six thousand four hundred kilometres apart, as far as Perth, Western Australia is from Wellington, New Zealand. Almost seventeen thousand islands both separate and link the Indian and the Pacific Oceans and contain a rich human diversity of over three hundred and fifty different ethnic groups. The people are a subtle blend of cultures that have invaded since neolithic times – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Melanesian, Portugese, Arabian, English and Dutch. Their history is a saga of wave after wave of human migration who either absorbed earlier arrivals, eliminated them or drove them into less favorable regions such as deep forests, high mountains, or remote islands (where they can still be found to this day).

Highlights include …

Our starting point is the capital Jakarta, centre for government, politics and business – the brain of Indonesia. West, Central and East Java follow including train trips to Bandung and Yogyakarta, the World Heritage Listed sites of Buddhist Borobudur and Hindu Prambanan. Other interesting centres such as Solo and the nearby World Heritage Listed Sangiran ‘Java Man’ site and Trowulan are included. Our final stay is at a famous hotel in historical Surabaya before the tour conclusion in Denpasar,Bali.

It’s a good time to visit some of the lesser known landscapes of one of the world’s most interesting societies.

Please consider joining us on A Journey Across Java and travel with a knowledgeable WEA Sydney lecturer you can trust, who shares your values, listens to you and adds value to your journey.