Aromatic Indonesia: Aromatic & Herbal Journey through the Spice Islands

Aromatic Indonesia: Aromatic & Herbal Journey through the Spice Islands

Study Abroad

Grab your Passport and join ACHS in Indonesia for our Aromatic Indonesia Study-Abroad program.  

ACHS provides comprehensive holistic medicine study-abroad programs for adventurous adults of all ages. Our rewarding experiential summer study abroad programs provide an invigorating blend of lectures, workshops, and tours of the surrounding areas. You will join a group of like-minded adults in exploring historically significant areas while you expand your theoretical and practical knowledge of the subjects we study.

Your Small Group Tour Highlights: Tour of Bogor Botanical Garden… Excursion to the Manoko experimental and research garden managed by the Indonesian Medicinal and Aromatic Crops Research Institute… Exploration of a traditional nutmeg distillery… Journey to a sustainable vetiver plantation and distillery… Flight to the historical Jamu city of Jogjakarta (Jogja )... Tour the famous Sido Muncul Jamu factory and a home-based Jamu cottage industry… Excursion to the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Borobudur… Visit and tour of a leading spice exporter, Agro Spices… Flight to the island of Bali… Four-night stay at an organic wellness retreat in the Balinese mountains… Jamu spa product class… One spa treatment… Balinese cooking class… Excursion to Tenganan village, a traditional Balinese village… Tour to the volcanic Mount Batur and cycle adventure on return… Excursion to a local village and discover the World Heritage activity, “Subak”.

Our current study abroad opportunities are: Aromatic Indonesia Tour. 



Offered in 2013. Check back for new travel dates.

Indonesia is rich with spices and aromatic and herbal treasures. While staying at excellent hotels, we discover the rich botanical diversity that Java and Bali offer and experience the mysterious, fascinating culture and history of Indonesia.

Get inspired to travel! Check out our 2013 Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Jakarta

2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 1

You arrive in Jakarta early morning or, if you choose to, you could arrive on Sunday night – you will need to add an extra night to the hotel booking.

Based on your flight schedule, we will meet you with a flower garland, chilled towel, and cool water. We can also help you with the arrival visa, immigration, and customs and provide a porter if you need help with your bags after your journey. A private coach will transport you to your hotel – Alila Jakarta, located in the city center, close to the Presidential Palace, Istiqlal Grand Mosque, the Cathedral, and shopping district. Spend the afternoon at the Martha Tilaar Botanical Gardens and see Jamu preparation firsthand (for an optional cost of USD $45 per person). Tonight we have our welcome reception dinner at a local restaurant. There will be vegetarian options.

Day 2: Excursion to Bogor

2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 2Excursion
After breakfast and morning tour briefing, we start the day with a bus journey in our private coach to Bogor, where we visit the Bogor Botanical Gardens herbarium. Rich with botanical diversity, the gardens date back to 1474 and are known as a centre of botanical research. If we have time, we will also visit the spectacular Presidential Palace.

Local Flavor
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the Cicurug Experimental Garden. Learn about the production of nutmeg essential oil – from the tree to the bottle.

Local Flavor
We relax on our private coach back to Jakarta and enjoy a stop for dinner. Arrive at the hotel around 9 p.m.

Day 3: Jakarta - Bandung
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 3Excursion
Check out of the hotel and relax as our private coach takes us to explore the Manoko experimental and research garden managed by the Indonesian Medicinal and Aromatic Crops Research Institute. Learn how the garden is conducting research, conservation, and collection of medicinal and aromatic herbs.

Local flavor
Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Relax and sightsee along the way as our private coach journeys to the historical city of Bandung, which dates back to 1488. After checking in at the comfortable Sensa Hotel, enjoy a visit to Saung Angklung Udjo with an Angklung Performance. Angklung is a traditional instrument made of bamboo and very famous in Indonesia, especially in West Java. Dinner tonight will be held at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Bandung - Garut - Bandung
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 4Today our private coach takes us to Garut, a Journey to a sustainable vetiver plantation and explore vetiver essential oil production – from soil to oil.

Local flavor
Lunch will be served in Kampung Sampireun, the most beautiful resort in this area. Continue the journey by visiting a local vetiver handicraft factory, then back to Bandung. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant on the way. Overnight at Sensa Hotel.

Day 5: Bandung - Semarang - Yogyakarta
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 5Excursion
We breakfast and check out early to transfer to the Bandung Airport to fly to Semarang – Central Java, where we begin our exploration of Traditional Indonesian Herbal Medicine known as Jamu. Enjoy a tour of the famous Sido Muncul Jamu factory. Founded as a cottage industry in 1940 in Yogyakarta, Sido Muncul has evolved into a successful Jamu company. After lunch, we continue to explore Jamu and visit a home-based Jamu producer. Late afternoon, we head to the small city of Magelang where we enjoy dinner together at the MesaStila, a beautifully renovated wellness retreat, an exclusive vacation destination in Central Java. After dinner we journey to Jogjakarta and check in at The Phoenix Hotel.

Day 6: Excursion to Klaten and Prambanan Temple
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 6Excursion
This morning we continue our aroma, herbal, and spice exploration with a journey to Klaten to visit a leading spice exporter, Agro Spices. Learn about the production and export of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and spices from this area. After lunch in a local restaurant, we journey to our first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous 9th-century Hindu Prambanan Temple.

Local flavor
This evening, we enjoy local cultural dance with our dinner at a restaurant in Jogjakarta.

Day 7: Excursion to Borobudur Temple
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 7Excursion
Today, after our breakfast, we journey to the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Borobudur. Barobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to our hotel in Jogjakarta. This afternoon, we enjoy a leisurely break or relax to enjoy the hotel facilities. Dinner will be served at the Hotel.

Day 8: Jogjakarta – Bali
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 8We breakfast and check out early to transfer to the Jogjakarta Airport to fly to Denpasar – Bali.

A private coach awaits us and transports us to Puri Bagus located in a beach area of Candidasa. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After checking in, the afternoon is free to enjoy the pool and the beach or choose a complementary 90-minute spa treatment. Tonight, we enjoy dinner prepared at the resort.

Day 9: Excursion to Pasir Putih
Today, after our breakfast, we join a boat tour along Candidasa beach and enjoy a picnic lunch on Pasir Putih – the white beach area. Rest of the day we will have free time to enjoy the pool and your complementary spa treatment, if you missed out yesterday. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 10: Excursion to Karangasem
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 10After breakfast depart from the Hotel to visit a Tenganan traditional village, Salak Plantation, Tirtagangga Water Palace, Traditional Chocolate and Soap Factory – all around Karangasem district. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Puri Bagus.

Day 11: Candidasa – Bagus Jati
We breakfast and check out and continue our journey to Bali’s Premier health and well-being spa retreat, Bagus Jati, located in the serene mountainous area above Ubud. Some stops will be made at several points of interests, such as the Goa Lawah bat cave temple, Kertagosa Court House, and Gunung Kawi holy spring temple. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Check in late afternoon.

Tonight we enjoy an organic dinner prepared from the organic gardens of the resort.

Day 12: Nature Walk and Spa Treatment
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 12We start the morning leisurely and, if you choose, you can join the morning yoga session before enjoying your organic breakfast.

After breakfast we will enjoy a nature walk around the resort to the neighboring village. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. After lunch we will join a spa product workshop. Dinner will be served at the resort.

Enjoy a complementary Balinese massage or hair treatment.

Day 13: Excursion to Ubud
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 13We start the morning leisurely and, if you choose, you can join the morning yoga session before enjoying your organic breakfast.

Today we will travel close by to the town of Ubud. The town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants; Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word “ubad” meaning medicine, but most recently its claim to fame is from the novel and movie: Eat, Pray Love. Here we enjoy a guided “Bali Herb Walk.” After we enjoy lunch together in Ubud, you are free to shop at your leisure. Then we travel back to the Wellness Resort for the Farewell Dinner before a peaceful sleep in the serenity of the Balinese countryside.

Day 14: Departure
2014 Aromatic Indonesia - Day 14Early today we transfer to the airport at Denpasar to catch our flight home or, if you choose, you can stay longer and enjoy Bali.

VISA Requirements for Indonesia:  

Citizens from 63 countries and 1 region ( are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA). This visa can be applied for after you have landed at Jakarta and certain airports in Indonesia. The Visa on Arrival cannot be converted to obtain an immigration permit. The maximum stay permitted by the visa on arrival is 30 days. The Visa on Arrival can be extended for another 30 days.

Entry Requirements for Visa on Arrival (VOA) are:

  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months as from the date of entry into Indonesia.
  • Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
  • No compulsory vaccinations.
  • Visitors must enter through the selected airports and seaports in Indonesia.

The Visa fees are:

  • Visa for stay up to 30 (thirty) days = US$ 25,-
  • Extension of stay for up to 30 (thirty) days = US$ 25,-

The following 11 countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a Tourist visit of up to 30 days: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Malaysia 

Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (

Click here to download (and sign) the Educational Travel Program Information and Conditions.

[1]The single supplement fee is $1250 for a private room throughout the trip. A first class flight upgrade may also be available upon request.