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What makes Better Tours BETTER

Absorbing Itineraries

We go to all the good places and then we go BEYOND so you can enjoy amazingly rich and rewarding experiences of the REAL Indonesia. We also ensure that you are fully informed so you can truly appreciate what you are seeing.

Great Food Choices

We take food very seriously. We introduce you to some of the best of Indonesian and Asian cuisines, but also ensure that Western alternatives usually are available. Special dietary needs? – just let us know.

Top Accommodation

We choose beautiful lodgings with character, facilities, traditions or histories that make them special and memorable. Often they are among the best places to stay in each location because we believe in COMFORT.

First Rate Transport

We believe also in travelling in COMFORT and choose spacious, modern coaches with careful drivers from leading transport companies. We travel Tourist Class on short flights and go top Executive Class on trains. 

Health and Medical

We ensure members of our team are trained in first aid and CPR and we carry a first aid kit and a defibrillator. Contrary to popular belief, Indonesia has many well-equipped hospitals and clinics with qualified staff. Travel insurance medical cover is mandatory to cover costs.

Safety & Security

Your safety and security is always a top priority. Our itineraries, transport, accommodation, crewing and all other aspects of our tours are planned with this top of mind. You can relax and rest easy when you tour with us. We have your back

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More Included Meals

Our packages include MORE MEALS – breakfast EVERY DAY, lunches on 14 days and 7 special-occasion complimentary dinners (with two pre-dinner receptions with complimentary drinks). That leaves 14 evenings for you to independently sample Indonesian cuisines. We give you tips on top places to try.

Top Leaders and Guides

We select congenial, knowledgeable and helpful tour leaders and well-informed, personable local tour guides who know their regions intimately.  All speak English and Indonesian, know the do’s, don’ts of the locations we visit and ensure all runs smoothly. You will know you are in excellent hands.

Sensible Pacing

A rushed tour is likely to be a frustrating and unsatisfying tour (meaning you may well need a holiday to get over the holiday, right?). That’s why we allow three weeks for our package and schedule FREE TIME where you can choose to rest and recuperate or do your own thing for a while, perhaps with new friends made along the way.

No Buying Pressures

Don’t you hate it when Tour Guides herd you into souvenir shops and pressure you to buy so they can rake off a commission? We will give you a heads up from time to time as to value buying so you won’t be ripped off, but we promise you will never be constantly pressured to buy. We pay our people properly so they don’t need to rely on kickbacks.

Social Awareness

It might seem a little old fashioned, but we urge all our tour members to join us in remembering always that we are GUESTS in this country and the Indonesian people are our hosts. They deserve our utmost respect for themselves, their customs, culture, traditions and beliefs. We treat all we meet with dignity and consideration and the places and environments we visit with respect and care. Put simply, we believe in good manners – this attitude  comes back to us many times over.

Plenty of Fun

We aren’t entertainers and we aren’t into wild parties, but we do like to have some fun, frivolity and jokes  along the way. Not forced fun but laid-back Indonesian-style entertainment with sights, sounds and happynings to bring plenty of laughs and smiles. And if you have a party piece or three there will be opportunities to star.


Our Complete ‘Know Before You Go’ program

We know from our own travels that the more information we have in advance, the more we to look forward to seeing the places we are visiting and the more fascinating we ultimately find them to be …

Because we then know what  to expect we will be be seeing, what to look for, how it came to be and why it is meaningful.

Good information and explanations empower us to sometimes look at the  ordinary but to see so much more.

And those weeks and days of looking forward to our dream holiday can become almost as exciting as actually being there!

Most tour companies will send a brochure or refer you to a website with glossy pictures, a brief and cryptic itinerary, a list of inclusions and exclusions, the don’ts of your arrangements and a legalistic statement of terms and conditions.

We think you deserve BETTER!

That’s why we have published so much information on this website about the places we visit, the places we stay and heaps of general advice on traveling Indonesia .

And when you sign up to travel with us you will receive all this expert information plus MUCH MORE in the form of videos and tidy, downloadable PDF documents that you can print out and carry with you for reference on tour.

The information flows continue  with welcome briefings for important destinations, daily briefings on events, attractions, and arrangements,  and great commentary from our Tour Leaders, local guides and hosts. You’ll love it.

Exploring Indonesia

This FREE, 10-part GUIDE tells you stuff you need to know to enjoy easy, safe independent or group travel in Indonesia with a minimum of fuss.

A special bonus - the



The day you set foot in Indonesia to join our tours you will receive a COMPLIMENTARY day-pack of useful goodies to smooth your visit.  It means you avoid the hassles of racing around before you leave home or after you arrive to buy stuff you may need.

It comes inside a light and easy day backpack and all items are yours to keep. 

What's inside ...

A tube of 35+ sunscreen (the ultra-violet rays can get fierce in this part of the world).

A better tours hat (you will often need shade as well as sun screen lotion)

Insect repellant spray – bugs generally are not a problem, but we may sometimes encounter mosquitoes or midges.

A tube of lip balm plus face cream or moisuriser

A roll-up travel umbrella

A plastic raincoat or poncho and a small hand towel

A small torch (flashlight) in case you need to go outside in the night

A fold-out paper or fabric hand fan

A Power plug adaptor – the standard voltage for Indonesian mains electricity is 220V to 240V with a frequency of 50Hz. (Note – These adaptors are NOT transformers for 120V appliances.)

Your bottle of water – We provide two bottles of water for you every day. More if needed.

A you-beaut Better Tours shirt – a souvenir for you and a help for us in ensuring we don’t lose anyone along the way.

A sarong, in case your clothing is deemed unacceptable for entry to a place of religious significance.

A strip of paracetamol tablets or caplets, just in case. We try to think of everything. (Our team carries other commonly used medications, and dressings etc in the first aid and medical kit.)

A packet of Band-aid adhesive dressings

A pack or roll of tissue – many Indonesian toilets in public areas do not have tissue available. (Yep – like we said, we try to think of everything.)

A contacts card with names and telephone numbers for your Tour Leader, other key crew, and the hotels where we will be staying.

A fold-up map of Indonesia showing the places and regions we visit (useful for you on tour and handy when relating your adventures to friends and family back home).

The GOODIES DAYPACK is also intended as an easy and convenient way for you to carry your other important items, like your camera, sunglasses, pills, phone charger, extra power pack etc AND a colour photo-copy of your passport identity page.

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