Our wandering biker still avidly ventures far and wide to discover sublime routes and share his stories – of which he has quite a stock.
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.
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 Amed.
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.
“Vintage Rides provided a very exciting and interesting overseas motorcycle adventure tour in Thailand and Laos. The product was delivered in a well structured and thoughtfully composed manner. Well done guys and gals, will ride with you again someday. Cheers James”
“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”
“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”
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