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Overview

Explore the ancient temples of Java and Bali on this road trip and learn about the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism over the years. See many UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Borobudur Temples and the Jatiluwih rice fields. Take a trek up active volcanoes Mount Bromo and Ijen and be rewarded with breathtaking views.

Trip Highlights

Classic Java Bali

Visit Ancient Temples

Explore many ancient temples of Java and Bali and learn about the influences of Hinduism and Buddhism religions.

Trek up active volcanoes

Take a challenging trek up Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen and see local miners working around the active craters.

Traditional shows and crafts

Partake in creating traditional Batik and watch traditional cultural shows like Wayang Kulit and Macapat.

Itinerary

1

Yogyakarta Arrival – Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta Airport – Yogyakarta city center (8 km): 20 minutes

Arrive at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta.

Recommended flights (Airfares are not included and quoted separately. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice): Silk Air from Singapore to Yogyakarta MI152, departing at 08:10 and arriving at 09:30 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday or MI154, departing at 15:40 and arriving at 17:05 on Sunday.

Be met with guide and driver upon arrival and transfer to the hotel in Yogyakarta.

Enjoying a lunch at the hotel restaurant before hotel check in. After checking in and getting settled, the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure either exploring independently or relaxing at the hotel.

Note: Legal check-in time at 14:00.

Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced Jogjakarta and often written as simply Jogja. It is the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is a center of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Optional evening tour

Evening Food Hopping Around Yogyakarta

After work or school, many of Yogyakarta’s local people go for a glass of kopi joss on the street. A piece of blazing charcoal is dropped into the coffee producing a sizzling sound which leads to the name “joss.” More than just a great drink, joss is an experience. Enjoy this unique beverage as locals do while bumping shoulders with them.

A short stroll away is bustling Malioboro Street. Visit a street vendor from South Sumatra who has been selling delicious Pempek fish cakes there since 1984. Served with spicy and sour tamarind sauce, it makes a great appetizer and is best enjoyed with Indonesia’s unofficial national drink, Botol.

The next stop, the popular Bakmi “Kadin”, named after the Indonesian Chamber or Industry of Commerce simply because it is located by the office building, is reached quickly by local Andong horse cart. Javanese-style fried noodles are on the menu, which are usually accompanied to the sound of traditional Javanese songs played by street musicians on a karaoke machine.

Move on by becak through the South-Square of the Sultan’s Palace to Alun-alun Kidul Field with its sacred twin Banyan. Locals gather here to ride on carts decorated with colorful lamps. Try to walk in a straight line between the two Banyan trees with blindfolded eyes: local legend says a wish will come true!

The journey continues to a so-called Pendopo, a semi-open royal house that turns into a food venue at night. Both sweet and savoury coconut and palm sugar treats are here in abundance. The atmosphere is a bit quirky and invites sitting down with a good cup of coffee or tea as day fades into night and the evening vibes settle in. (D)

2

Yogyakarta – Kraton – Prambanan – Ramayana performance

Yogyakarta city center – Prambanan Temple (22 km): 45 minutes

After breakfast engaging in exploring the many cultures of Yogyakarta.

Start with a visit to The Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton, is the central aspect of the Javanese cosmology being at the centre of the Mount Merapi and Parangtritis Beach lines. This building constructed between 1756 and 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. Remaining today as the residence of the Sultan, this living museum features a showcase of Javanese Culture and relics and depending on your day of visiting there will be a cultural performance ranging from Golek Menak Puppet‘s to classical Javanese Poetry performance known as Macapat.

Continue with a 30 minutes ride by becak (similar to a cyclo or trishaw) and explore the neighboring Kauman village built in the vicinity of the Kraton. This village is the central keepers of the Islamic religion as authorized by the Sultanate. The small gangs (laneways) of this village are so designed to ensure minimal disturbance of noise and traffic so as to not interrupt the Santri or Islamic students from their study. It was also said that by ensuring the laneways were only passable on foot - every man was equal. 

End your Becak ride at the Taman Sari Water Palace This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

Attend a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, the famous Javanese leather puppet before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant

In the mid-afternoon, leave Yogyakarta for Prambanan: These huge ancient Hindu temples were built in the 9th century and the three main inner shrines are dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.

After the visit continue to the nearby Prambanan local restaurant where you will enjoy an early dinner followed by a traditional performance of the Ramayana ballet dance at an opened theatre with the illuminated temples of Prambanan as a background.

Note: Ramayana dance at Prambanan are seasonally (between May and October) and only performed on certain days of the week. When there’s no show at Prambanan, it will be replaced by the similar one performed at the Pura Wisata theatre in Yogyakarta.

Return to hotel in Yogyakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

3

Yogyakarta – Candirejo – Borobudur

Yogyakarta – Borobudur (42 km): 1 hours 30 minutes Borobudur Temple – Candirejo (3 km): 10 mins Candirejo – Mendut Temple – Pawon Temple (5 km): 15 mins

This morning be picked up by the tour guide and driver for the drive to one of the highlights of the trip, Borobudur.

Explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant near Borobudur.

Next, get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo Village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting of local crops.

Continue with a visit to Mendut and Pawon temples, nearby Borobudur. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues

Return to Yogyakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

4

Yogyakarta – Jombang – Mt Bromo

Yogyakarta – Jombang (250 km): 3 hours 30 minutes by train Jombang – Trowulan (20 km): 40 minutes Trowulan – Pasuruan – Puspo – Tosari/Bromo (115 km): 4 hours Trowulan – Sukapura – Ngadisari/Bromo (130 km): 4 hours 30 minutes

Early morning wakeup call at 05:30. A Breakfast box will be provided by the hotel (to be eaten on board the train).

At 06:00 this morning be transferred to Yogyakarta Railway station for a scenic train ride to Jombang in East Java.  

The guide will accompany on the journey.

Note:

  • Planned route is aboard Sancaka Pagi from Yogyakarta to Jombang, departing 06:45 and arriving 10:33. Schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • Full name and Passport details are required to book train ticket and must be provided at the time of reservation
  • The previous evening you need to bring down your main luggage to the reception before 22:00 with clear name identification. Main luggage will be transferred during the night with the driver and vehicle that will pick you up the next morning on arrival at Jombang Railway station in East Java.
  • It is advisable to bring a small bag with a change and toiletry and a jersey as air conditioner in the train can be quite chilly.

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of Central and East Java.

Local driver will be there at the railway station upon arrival in Jombang.

Continue to the nearby Trowulan, the site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom who ruled the island of Java for centuries. Visit the archaeological museum and the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus

From Trowulan, take lunch in a local restaurant before proceeding to Mount Bromo passing by the coastal town of Pasuruan which is located on the northeast coast of Java, before continuing by a picturesque mountain road to one of the entrance of the Bromo-Tengger National Park.

Check in at your hotel located in Tosari or Ngadisari on the edge of Tengger Caldera. 

Check-in late in the afternoon to your hotel and freshen up before dinner

Overnight in Tosari or Ngadisari near Bromo.

5

Mount Bromo – Banyuwangi

Tosari – Puspo – Pasuruan – Ketapang (288 km): 9 hours Ngadisari – Sukapura – Ketapang (247 km): 8 hours Ketapang – Banyuwangi – Licin/Ijen (22 km): 45 minutes

Awake early this morning well before dawn for a sunrise tour of Mt Bromo.

Travel by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.

Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground form to create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon.

A 20-minute ride on horseback will take you to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.

Note:

  • Please bring warm clothes for your sunrise excursion next morning in Bromo as the temperature is low and cold.
  • Weekend surcharge USD 10 per person will be applied for visit to Bromo.

Return by jeep to your hotel for breakfast and time to refresh before checking out

Afterwards set off on a long drive along the northern coast of Java towards its Eastern end with a late a late lunch being served in a local restaurant en route.

Upon arrival late afternoon or early evening, check in at the hotel in Ketapang or Licin village near Ijen.

Dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight in Ketapang or Ijen.   

6

Mount Ijen – Pemuteran

Ketapang – Banyuwangi – Paltuding Ijen base camp (38km): 1 hour 15 minutes Licin – Platuding Ijen Base camp (22 km): 45 minutes to 1 hour Ketapang harbor East Java – Gilimanuk harbor Bali (6 km): 45 minutes (by ferry) + 1 hour time difference between Java and Bali Gilimanuk – Pemuteran (32 km): 45 minutes

Awake early this morning for an excursion to Mount Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4WD jeep (or alternatively a breakfast box will be provided).

After a 90-minute drive, reach the Paltuding base camp (1,850m). The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway. At the top of Mount Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines and during your walk, you will probably encounter men carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside.

Upon reaching the top (2,385m) there is time to enjoy the views of the Crater Lake which is 200 meters deep and contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming, acidic water. Witness the agility and strength of the miners as they collect and carry the sulphur blocks up to the crater rim.

Important notes:

  • Local authorities only allow watching the scenery from the rim of the crater – It is strictly forbidden to walk down to the lake shore due to very toxic fumes that are escaping from the lake. Only the sulphur porters are allowed to this area.
  • This trekking requires good physical condition as well as good walking shoes and some warm clothing because of the low morning temperatures.
  • Mount Ijen is an active volcano therefore access is subject to volcanic activity at the time of visit: an alternative program to Kaliklatak coffee and rubber plantation will be provided if the volcano is closed during your stay.
  • Weekend surcharge USD 5 per person will be applied for visit to Ijen.

Return via the same route to base camp and continue by road to Banyuwangi for a late lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, check in at the Ferry terminal in Ketapang before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry for a scenic journey to Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores.

Upon reaching Bali, you will continue by road to Pemuteran

Overnight at Pemuteran

7

Pemuteran

Today is a day at leisure after a long and exhausting trip from Java Island.

Optional:  Snorkeling in  Menjangan Island pre-booked, please see the rate below

Overnight in Pemuteran.

8

Pemuteran - Munduk

Pemuteran – Munduki (55Km): 1 hour 30 minutes

After check-out be picked up from the hotel by guide and driver for transferred to Munduk with some stops.

This morning drive to Brahma Vihara Arama, a rare Buddhist temple in Bali for a visit and from here we go to the hot springs where you can take a bath in these sacred waters (changing facilities are basic).

A holy spring at Banjar on the north coast, the natural Sulphur hot springs with their greenish milky water are believed to have healing powers. Take a dip in the soothing waters with a choice of two pools of different temperature.  After a good soak, towel off and wrap up today’s exploration of the mountainous regions of Bali with the final leg of the trip to further up the hills over scenic roads before descending to the beautiful remote area of Munduk in Northern Bali.

Check in to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Munduk

9

Munduk - Ubud

Munduk – Bratan Ulun Danu Lake (20.4 Km): 40 minutes Bratan Ulun Danu – Jatiluwih (22Km): 45 minutes Jatiluwih – Ubud (41Km): 1h30minutes

Munduk is the ideal location for outdoor activities and this morning you’ll have the chance to explore with a light trek. Munduk is surrounded by tropical rainforest with beautiful waterfalls and because of its cool temperature (20-25°C) many fruits, vegetables and spices are grown in the area.

This 2-hour trek begins this morning from your hotel. The trek takes you through many plantations growing coffee, cloves, vanilla, avocado and more- you’ll see how they are grown and harvested.

Return to the hotel for refreshing and check out after which we drive to a nearby local restaurant for lunch.

This afternoon, drive over a small mountain road overlooking two superb lakes: Buyan and Tamblingan.  We continue to Lake Bratan where you will stop for a visit to the very scenic Ulun Danu Temple. The temple is set in the middle of the lake’s calm waters on a small bit of land giving the impression that it is ‘floating’. 

From here, go to the nearby traditional local market of Bedugul where a myriad of fruits, vegetables and orchids are for sale from the area’s gardens.

There are also stalls selling exotic spices and souvenirs.

After your visit, return to the south via the UNESCO heritage listed rice fields of Jatiluwih for a photo stop and having a coffee break.

Proceed to Ubud and check in at hotel in Ubud. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud.

10

Ubud

Today’s began with Ubud Palace and Ubud market where local vendors come to buy and sell food as well as handicrafts and textiles.

Afterwards, make a way to Sacred Monkey Forest and to get into the local spirit, there will provide a traditional sarong (the fabric wrap worn by men and women) for everyone.

After exploring through this Monkey Forest, visit ARMA Museum (Agung Rai Museum of Art) and enjoy one of the best permanent collections of Balinese and Indonesian paintings & sculptures. A visit to ARMA provides a great overview of the island’s rich artistic traditions.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a view of Indus valley.

Going back to hotel and this afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud.

11

Ubud - Sanur

Ubud –Sanur (27Km): 1hour

After checking out the hotel for going to Sanur, have a visit to Pura Gunung Kawi. Set amid lush rice terraces in the village of Tampaksiring, the 11th-century temple can only be accessed by a series of stair cases. The effort is worth it, arriving at the top to admire a series of ten shrines carved directly into a cliff face. See elements of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, learning from the guide about the significance of the temple and its carvings.

Continue to nearby Pura Tirta Empul, a popular water temple for local devotees. Discover why water is such an important element in Balinese Hindu culture, hearing how it is used as holy medium at special ceremonies. Then take a soak in Tirta Empul’s cool spring water, with the water pouring from the numerous fountains that fill the pools.

Following lunch, drive on more scenic roads, pausing to take photos or to chat with the friendly locals. A special stop will be made in Penglipuran, a traditional countryside village well known for its typical Balinese entrance gates and unique architectural traditions.

Check in at the beach hotel.

Overnight in Sanur

12

Sanur - Departure

Sanur – Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (14 km): 30 minutes

Enjoy breakfast at hotel.

This morning is free at leisure until transferring to Denpasar International Airport for your departure flight.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.
  • Empty return to Yogyakarta for vehicle and guide.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Accommodation in Bali (Pemuteran or Lovina Beach).
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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