After breakfast, check out from the hotel and set off for an excursion through Bogor and on to Bandung.
In less than 30 minutes, we stop to visit Bogor’s botanical gardens that preserve more than 15,000 species of trees and plants and over 5,000 species of orchids. The gardens also provide habitat to various bird species and bats. We stroll through the garden, learning about the plants, and enjoying the beautiful landscapes. The garden is also the viewpoint for Bogor’s Presidential Palace, noted for its distinctive architecture. It was built in 1744 as a retreat for the Dutch governors, and the palace was later used for the British administration. The palace is not open to the public, but you can still view from outside.
We drive along the Puncak Pass- a mountainous road that leads past one of the first colonial tea plantations, several scenic rice fields, and typical Javanese villages. There will be plenty of opportunities for a photo stop or short walk through the tea plantation.
We will have a quick lunch stop in a local restaurant and then continue on our scenic journey to Bandung. We travel a total of 84 miles and spend about five hours on the road.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take rest for the balance of the day. Or you can take a relaxed stroll through the city- known as the Paris of Java. Bandung is a dynamic; modern city yet retains many grandiose Art Deco buildings and historical houses resulting in an intriguing mix of old and new.