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Riding atop a legendary motorcycle, the Royal Enfield, you will travel for more than 1200 kms (745 miles) between Bali and Java. Once you leave behind Ubud, you embark on a discovery of Indonesia’s traditions and natural marvels. You will quickly leave behind Bali, its rice terraces, its dense and lush jungles, its Hindu temples to discover Java’s coffee plantations, wild, untouched beaches and mythical volcanoes: Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen. Upon returning to Bali after the Javanese adventure, you will enjoy crystalline waters and the gentle life in the Island of Gods.
Reception at the airport and transfer to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic center. Check-in at hotel. Free day. Ubud holds all of Bali’s magic, with its daily dance shows, shops and art galleries. It is a true treat for the eyes and the soul.
This morning, your motorcycle tour leader will introduce to your new mount: the Royal Enfield. The journey starts smoothly to the west of Ubud as we discover Bali’s wealth of natural resources. We ride on small roads through typical villages. We stop at Sacred Monkey Forest, a nature reserve with pilfering monkeys before reaching Jatiluwih, known for its magnificent rice fields classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site. After visiting the temple of Batukuru, we arrive at Belimbing, a small village surrounded by greenery.
Tonight, we sleep on Java island! A magnificent road leads us to Bali’s northern coast for around 50 km. We ride along the seaside to reach Gilimanuk where the ferry for Java will be waiting for us. After a journey lasting approximately one hour, we get off on Indonesia’s biggest island. 30 km to go before we reach our stop for the night at the foot of the Kawah Ijen volcano.
The most courageous wake up early this morning to go to Paltuding, and begin a 3 km trek which leads us to the top of Mount Ijen (approximately one and a half hours). On the rim of the crater, the first sunrays unveil astounding landscapes over the biggest acid lake in the world. On the way, we come across sulphur collectors. After a well-deserved breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Jember. We ride along small little-used roads through beautiful coffee plantations.
We continue to go west, far from the main highways, between dense forest-covered hills and authentic villages to reach the region of Bromo. We stop for the night very close to the volcano that we will visit the next morning.
Very early in the morning, we leave for get a breathtaking view on Mt. Bromo and the other volcanoes in the Bromo-Tengger- Semeru National Park. We then go down to the sea of sand and cross the cirque to reach the base of Mt. Bromo. The lunar landscape makes for a visually stunning experience. We get back to our motorcycles and leave this volcanic and mineral region to return to the forests and coffee plantations. At the end of the day we reach the southern coast of Java and the wild untouched beach of Papuma.
Today, a very beautiful day awaits us, completely away from the beaten tracks, on the small roads of the Meru Betiri National Park. We reach Sukamade, to the South-East of Java. Several turtles come to lay eggs at dusk on this pristine beach.
This morning, we head for Banyuwangi from where we take the ferry to go back to Bali island. After around thirty kilometers along the coast, we reach Pemuteran, by the seaside. We stop here for two nights.
Today, we leave your bikes for a well-deserved maritime escapade. We go to Menjangan Island, a protected reserve for its seabed and exceptional coral reefs! Up to you to choose between a diving tour or a snorkeling session with masks and tubas! In the afternoon, we go back to the Balinese coast. Possibility of visiting the one and only vineyard in Bali…
A very beautiful motorcycle stage will make you discover Bali’s riches and treasures. We ride along the extreme east coast for around 70 km before going into the interiors. In the middle of the tropical jungle, we get a glimpse of our last volcano, Batur, before dive into the southeastern part of the island to the small village of Tirtagangga.
Last day of motorbike ride on the small magical roads of the Balinese countryside. We will stop in the charming village of Sidemen lost in the rice fields to enjoy the peacefulness. On the way back, we visit two temples that are very important for the island’s inhabitants. Once in Ubud, you will have the time to do some shopping, relax at your hotel poolside or roam around in the art galleries of Ubud.
Depending on your flight schedule, you can enjoy a few more hours of Ubud. Transfer to the international airport.
“My group of 12 friends had a wonderful experience riding in the Himalayas with Vintage Rides. From the fantastic Pierrey our tour guide to the work done by the backroom staff to ensure this unique experience went without a hitch, this a very experienced and highly recommended company to put your trust in for such a journey. Will definitely use them again at some time in the future - perhaps Mongolia.”
“Vintage Rides represented by Denise had tailormade a bike route in Rajasthan for four of us and I should say they have planned the trip so meticulously that everything went so seamlessly and gave us an experience of a lifetime, in terms of riding and the stay at some awesome places. They have mint condition bikes and an excellent team onboard, who are best in what they do and a note of thanks to the team leader Sid and support staff Ashraf, without whom the trip would have been incomplete. Cheers!”
“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”
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