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Very well planned and organized trip in which we covered in four weeks Java, Sulawesi, Flores, Sumbawa, Lombok and Bali. Particularly Sulawesi and Flores we found exciting, but we only had one day on the latter Island. Java we found disappointing - Bromo overrated, Borobudur and Prambanan overcrowded. Travelling during the Christmas school holidays made Java even more crowded - we might have been warned about this period when planning the trip.
Communication with Hemy - before and during the trip (she rang twice) - was otherwise excellent. We feel, however, that we should have made clearer that we were less interested in the well known and overcrowded tourist sites and places where we were expected to buy something.
The local guides were mostly very good and informative, but used different and thus somewhat confusing methods of extra payments. A fully organized, detailed and paid for trip should not charge for extra tips for extra guides that have already been paid, for fresh water in the car and for extra, not asked for visits. One of the guides now asked in advance EUR 54,- for a 'fooienpot' and EUR 70,- for city tours in Malang (becah trip) and Surabaja (we only asked to see the Freedom Museum and were more or less forced to visit the Kretek Factory which we had specifically asked not to). The Palace and the Batik Museum in Solo turned out to be closed (bad planning) and were replaced by a visit to the Pasar. A refund from the 'fooienpot' was not considered. I will take this up with Hemy.
Sometimes the trip seemed a bit over-organized in the number of specific sights we visited. With little room for relaxation (except the last 4 days) we did see a lot, but it made the trip also very tiring - setting off most mornings well before 8am. May be Hemy should have warned us about this, but at the same time it was us who proposed the itinerary.
The trip was absolutely fabulous and the itinerary that Didiet helped us put together was perfectly tailored to our interests and wishes. Overall it was a memorable experience and we would recommend Didiet to anyone who would like to visit Indonesia.
Nicole helped organize my trip in February/March 2015 and it was a beautiful time. The tour was well organized and Nicole was always there for me for all questions I had... from the beginning until my tour booking and for the time after my booking. I felt I can safely travel to Bali and I experienced a great time in Bali. Thank you Nicole ...KanRead More Read More Less
We were very professionally and personally guided in organizing our holiday on Bali. First we were brought to a good hotel in Negara in order to see the Buffalo race the next day (a unique village spectacle). The next day we went to Menjangan to go snorkeling in the clear blue sea. It is one of the most beautiful diving sites on Bali with beautiful coral, fishing in a wide variety of color combinations and a beautiful nature.
The tour then went to Sigirit where we spent the night and our bike ride through Bali really began. At our bike ride through Bali we had a lot of benefit from the numerous practical advice which make our vacation an unforgettable event was. Thanks for the fantastic guidance.
Me and friends went to Belimbing for few days and it was amazing. In a wonderful place, we had cooking lesson, trekking, cycling, spa,everything was already very well organized! A peaceful and pleasant stay!