Bespoke Tours of Basic Elements, Guilford
Want to get a feel of a different Indonesia to Bali?
Maurice Sawyer has been involved in all things Indonesian since 1983. He has lived and worked in many different areas of the country, working with the late Governor of Bali Ide Bagus Mantra and the Australian government whilst based in Bandung, West Java. He has lived for long periods in remote villages in Java and Sumatra gaining first hand understanding of Indonesian cultural and social mores.
From 1990 he has organised and led tours from one person to 30 people throughout the archipelago, concentrating on the area around Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Tours are structured on a personal basis, focusing on Business, Education, Culture or Gourmet travel. The tour is totally up to the members of the group, with all levels of accommodation and transportation catered for. As Maurice has taught the Indonesian language, culture and Interpreting in Secondary Schools, Tertiary Institutions and Undergraduate University courses since 1988, each accompanied group has its own in built in Interpreter. Maurice is NAATI qualified.
Participants are usually adults, but younger people have travelled to learn Indonesian in Yogyakarta, if accompanied at a ratio of one adult per four children.
A popular itinerary is the cross Java trip, Jakarta - Bandung - Yogyakarta - Surakarta - Malang - Surabaya - Denpasar of two weeks duration. A concentrated one week in Yogyakarta, taking in Borobudur, Mendut, Pawon, Prambanan, Candi Ratu Boko, Keraton Hamengkubuwono, Taman Sari and surrounds is also popular.
Itineraries can be developed for self run trips, with helpful and informed advice given to aid in a smooth journey. Affordable flexible tours based on three couples with similar interests are easily accommodated.
If you want to discuss a trip or if you want more information on a particular destination please contact Basic Elements.
For a relaxing time in some fabulous antique Javanese teak homes visit http://www.villajoglo.com/, just outside Semarang on the north coast of Central Java.