1 month / 30 days Travel in Indonesia Itinerary

Q: I will be traveling a month (30 days) in Indonesia, cause that’s the maximum days in visa requirement, so what itinerary is best for the making my trip worth it? I know this is quite a general question as I understand Indonesia is huge. I will be flying into Jakarta as starting point and do not have an exit point yet, so can be flexible.
– Billy

I agree it is a really general question indeed. What kind of things are you interested in? Cultural? Historical? Beach? Relax? Diving? But anyhow, you can always do a mix and match of our Indonesia Itineraries. For a start, below is a suggested itinerary for you for 1 month / 30 days traveling in Indonesia:

Day 1 to 3 – Jakarta

As you will land here in Jakarta, plan to stay at least one or two night to explore this capital city of Indonesia. It is the epitome of a mega city in Asia and well worth the hustle and bustle to get a feel of it. This city had many hidden treasures and it is well known as a shopping haven. It is also famous for its nightlife.

-> Check out our Top 10 Things to do and Must See in Jakarta and also our 3 days Itinerary in Jakarta

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Jakarta Skyline at Night, Indonesia

Jakarta Skyline at Night. Photo by yohanes budiyant

Day 4 to 7- Yogyakarta

Jump on the train and ride the only extensive train network in Indonesia from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. This city is also one of my favourite spot in Java, and if anyone is to ever ask me where is one place to see in Java, this would be it. Here you will have access to the largest ancient Buddhist temple Borobudur and the ancient Hindu temple Prambanan. Besides, the food here is amazing and there are also castles and parks to check out.

-> Check out our Top 10 Things to do in Yogyakarta

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Borobudur at Central Java Indonesia

Borobudur at Central Java

Day 8 to 10 – Mount Bromo

After that move on to Mount Bromo at Eastern Java, one of the a must visit places in Java. Here you will hike for a sunrise view over the famous Bromo volcanic crater. After that, get down have some breakfast and then trek onwards to the mouth of the crater. There is also a Hindu temple to visit on the way there. From here, head on to Banyuwangi to catch a bus to get over to Bali.

-> check out our Guide to Hiking Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, Java, Indonesia. Photo by Kai Seidler

Day 11 to 21 – Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands

Spend up to 10 days here to explore Bali’s must visit places. Here you can relax at some of the best beaches of Bali, eat the best foods, catch the famous Kecak Dance performance, visit some of the best temples in Bali and also any of the top activities in Bali.

-> Check out our 10 days itinerary in Bali

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

If you want, you can also split the days with Lombok or Gili Islands, which are recommended if you are looking to dive. Lombok is the sister to Bali but minus the tourist crowds. Gili Islands would be your remote paradise islands, with no motorized vehicles on land and untouched seas for you to explore.

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Day 22 to 28 – Komodo Island, Flores

Hop on a Komodo boat tour from Bali to Flores that includes exploring remote islands or fly directly from Bali to Komodo Island. Here you will come face to face with the famous Komodo Dragon, not many of its kind left in the world. Here you will also find the best diving sites in Indonesia, with rich marine life and coral reefs.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdia

Day 29 to 30 – Jakarta

Return to Bali from Komodo Island and from here you may fly out via Denpasar international airport. Do some last minute shopping before heading out, either flying back to Jakarta for a transit or to other international places that Bali airport serves.

Comfortably counting all the travel days, this itinerary will take up about almost a month. There are also some buffer times if you want to do some sidetrack or stay longer in any places. This covers basically from cityscape to cultural and historical, beaches and nightlife of Indonesia. It includes the regions of Java, Bali, Lombok and Flores. With this, you would have covered most of the best of Indonesia, but rest assured there are more to explore next time when you come back!

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Author: Pearl

Living in Jakarta for more than 20 years now, she still have not manage to cover the tip of Indonesia’s diverse destinations, people and even food! Pearl loves shopping as much as enjoying luxury but she knows all these have to be done sensibly and on a budget. Therefore you may find the best scoop and offers in Jakarta and beyond with her.

5 thoughts on “1 month / 30 days Travel in Indonesia Itinerary”

  1. Hey. I’m in desperate need for some advice. I am planning a one month trip to Indonesia in October. I would really appreciate any advice on the itinerary I’ve laid out. Ok here goes. Fly into Medan Sumatra, do a 2day trek in Bukit Lawang, after that check out Lake Toba. Then I want to fly out of Medan again to Yogyakarta. After a day or to get a bus to Mount Bromo. after a day or two get a bus to Malang. As soon as I’m done with Malang, hop on a very to Bali. In Bali a few good beaches and def Ubud. Then I want to do a four day trip from Lombok to Flores with Kencana (including Komodo Island) After that back to Lombok, see Mt Rinjani, and then relax on one of the gili islands before I make my way back to Denpasar. Will this work?

    1. Sounds like a good plan. Only question is are you going to travel around Yogyakarta? Also if you plan to do overland, then it is better to get to Malang first and then to Mount Bromo and onwards to Bali. Other than that all seem doable! Have a good trip!

  2. Hi everyone,
    I’m new to the solo travel scene and would love to hear any advice fellow travellers.
    I have 5 weeks in Indonesia in August. I would like to do a bit of everything- diving, hiking, culture, beach!!
    I have read a few posts and I would like to see as much as possible..
    I was wondering what the best iternary would be if I were to start in the west, possibly Jakarta or Java, then move eastward to explore Bali and Flores, maybe some other islands around there, then move up to see Sulawesi.
    Would this be comfortably feasible in 5 weeks? What would be the highlights of each?
    Much love xx

  3. Hello,

    I am planning to spend approximately a month or slightly longer in Indonesia next March or April. I was thinking of flying into Jakarta, spending 1 to 2 days then 2-3 days in Yogyakarta, 3 days doing Orangutan trek in Borneo, 2 days Komodo Island, 1 week Lombok (Mt. Rinjani and Gilis) and rest of the time Bali. Is this doable and what sequence of places would make the most sense?

    Thanks all:)

    1. the plan is is pretty good except that the Orangutan trek in Borneo will be a little out of the way to the west in Sumatra. If you are planning to take domestic flights, it is definitely doable. You may consider flying into Medan/Banda Aceh first to cover the Orangutan in Sumatra, and then head on to Java for Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and finally make way to Bali and Lombok. Have fun!

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