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- Borobudur and Prambanan temples
- Visit of Jogjakarta, the cultural soul of Java
- A dream panorama: the sunrise over the Bromo, Semeru and Batok volcanoes
- The impressive Kawah Ijen crater and the sulfur carriers
Get a good sense of Java’s culture with this tour by visiting e.g. Prambanan temple, a complex of Hindus temples.
We take you to Kraton, the Sultan’s Palace. Borobudur is a spectacular Buddhist monument. Pawon temple and Mendut temple will be visited as well. Penanjakan provides a beautiful sunrise view. Ijen crater will surely impress you.
Day 1: Arrival Yogyakarta
Arrival at Yogyakarta International Airport (expected morning arrival), meet and greet by our guide who will then lead you the car for your transfer to Yogyakarta.
On the way, you will visit Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was erected in the 9th century while Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram.
It consists of 3 major temples/shrines in the main area dedicated to respected Hindu’s God Trinity such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu.
Enough time is given to walk around and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighborhood shrines such as the Candi Palosan and The Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples.
Afterward proceed to your hotel for check in and enjoy the rest of the day free at your own leisure.
Day 2: Yogyakarta city tour
You will start your day for a cultural tour through the city. Our guide will bring you to the Kraton (Sultan Palace) walking over the remains of the past centuries, you will understand the history of this artistic city. (Kraton is open from 08.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. except Friday closes at 01.00 p.m. and closed on national and Kraton holidays).
It was built in 1756 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubowono I. which is also a model of traditional Javanese palace architecture and it lies in the center of the municipality. Up to now, Kraton still serves as the Sultan Palace.
Over 25,000 people live within the greater Kraton compound named Taman Sari, which contains its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, schools and mosques.
Afterwards continue to Kota Gede, which has been famed as the hub of Yogyakarta’s silver industry since the 1930’s. But this quite old town, which is now a suburb of Yogyakarta, was the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom, found by Panembahan Senopati in 1582. You will visit the busy silver workshops to watch the process.
In the afternoon we will bring you to the most spectacular and world’s biggest Buddhist monument, Borobudur; built around 800 A.D.
Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal Buddhist relic is one of the continent’s marvels.
After the decline of Buddhism and the shift of power to East Java, the monument was abandoned soon after its completion. For centuries the complex laid forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash.
Climb up to the top and enjoy a wonderful view on the Menoreh Mountains. Enough time is given to stroll around the complex and to discover its beauty and learn about the story of Buddhism in Indonesia.
Afterwards we continue to visit the nearby located temples such as Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple.
Day 3: Yogyakarta – Jombang/Mojokerto by train – Bromo
Early morning transfer to the train station for your journey to East Java by Sancaka train.
Arrive in Jombang / Mojokerto train station; meet your driver and continue by car to Tosari. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon for check in and overnight.
Day 4: Mt. Bromo – Ijen
You will be picked up early this morning by a 4x4 vehicle and make the drive to Penanjakan viewing platform to witness the beautiful sunrise over Mount Bromo (if weather permits). The spectacular view of the range of volcanoes (Bromo, Batok and Semeru) is unveiled along with the rise of the morning sun.
Continue over rough terrain reach the foot of the mount Bromo where you can climb the stairs to the crater.
After your Bromo experience you will drive you back to the hotel for refreshment and then continue driving to Ijen.
The Bromo Tengger National Park is a popular getaway destination for local tourists, so the platform on the peak of Mt. Penanjakan can be very busy during weekends and public holidays. For those wishing to avoid the crowds we recommend going after 8am.
Day 5: Ijen – Bali
After an early wake-up call and breakfast, a four-wheel drive vehicle carries you through the rural villages, coffee and clove plantations and then into one of Java’s last rainforest's. Humidity, wildlife, giant ferns and big trees cover the slope of the mountain.
Arrive at the Park Ranger’s post to begin the 90 minutes hike to the rim of Ijen Crater.
The stunning view is unveiled at 2883 meters altitude. The lake offers eerie colors and smoke wafting from bright yellow sulfur deposits which create a spectacular landscape. Watching miners descending into the crater and finding them re-emerge carrying up to 80 kilos of ore on bamboo baskets along the treacherous path is a breath-taking reality.
Afterwards, we walk down the mountain and return to the hotel.
After short rest, continue the trip to Bali by private car then take ferry via Ketapang Harbor. Upon arrival, drive along the northern shore or western coast to reach your hotel in Bali.
- Transportation in air-conditioned car / minibus / coach
- Transportation from/to your accommodation
- All entrance fees to visits
- Double room with air conditioning in selected or similar rooms
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses
- Please contact us by email via the contact form if you wish to get more information about this tour