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Overview

Capture the essence of Java with an insightful journey filled with memorable moments. Don a traditional costume to explore Yogyakarta’s royal monuments, sip coffee at a highland plantation and cycle through authentic villages. Marvel at majestic Borobodur temple and watch the sun rise over spectacular Mount Bromo.

Trip Highlights

Java Temples, Plantation and Volcanoes

Explore Yogyakarta’s cultural sites

Visit the insightful Sultan’s Palace, the Mataram Kingdom’s historic compound and the city’s vibrant market. 

Journey through Java’s highlands

Take a local train through volcanic landscapes, drive by verdant tea plantations and spend a night at a coffee plantation.

Visit iconic temples and volcanos

Explore UNESCO-heritage Borobodur and Prambanan temples and journey to the spectacular volcanos of Mount Bromo and Mount Lawu.

Itinerary

1

Semarang Arrival – Ambarawa

Semarang – Salatiga (53 km): 1 hour 30 minutes Semarang – Losari (62 km): 2 hours

Arrive at Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang and, after meeting the local guide and driver, receive a private transfer to the city centre of Semarang.

Recommended flight (not included in the quotation): from Singapore to Semarang by Silk Air MI102, departing at 09:05 and arriving at 10:10 on Monday and Friday, or departing at 14:15 and arriving at 15:30 on Wednesday.

Located on the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang is the capital of Central Java. An Important port on the Java Sea since the Dutch colonial era, Semarang, with its 1.5 million inhabitants is now the 7th most populous city in Indonesia.

Visit Lawang Sewu, the city’s main landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. The building was built between 1904 and 1907 as the former headquarters of the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. Its name in Javanese means ‘Thousands Doors’.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Semarang.

In the afternoon proceed to the hotel near Ambarawa in Central Java’s highlands.

Upon arrival at the hotel, freshen up and relax, and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure

Dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel near Ambarawa (Losari or Salatiga).

2

Ambarawa (Losari or Salatiga) – Selogriyo – Borobudur

Salatiga – Selogriyo (54Km): 1h45 Losari – Selogriyo (31Km): 1h Selogriyo – Magelang (12Km): 30 minutes Selogriyo – Borobudur (31Km): 1h

Morning at leisure until before departing for a brief tour in the resort’s coffee plantation, and then check out time. After being picked up by the guide and driver, head to a small village on the slopes of Mt Sumbing for the start of a soft trekking experience.

Note: for Superior and First Class option, the coffee plantation tour will be at Banaran Coffee on the way to Borobudur

Enjoy lunch en route.

Walk through rice fields and plantations and see local villagers at work taking care of their crops or processing charcoal.

Then visit Selogriyo Temple. Although it’s a rather modest temple, the walk there (about 2 hours) is beautiful and easy to do for everybody.

The next stop is a visit to OHD Museum in Magelang for a look at the area’s contemporary art  and one of the best private collections in the country. (OHD Museum closes on Tuesday)

Afterwards, continue to the Borobudur area and check in to the hotel

3

Borobudur - Candirejo

Wake up early in the morning to reach Borobudur before sunrise, leaving the hotel around 04:30. This is the most mystical time to see the temple.

Explore this massive temple- the largest Buddhist temple 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 labour 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.

After an unforgettable Borobudur sunrise experience, head back to the hotel for breakfast and a bit of downtime.

About midday, meet with the guide and driver for a visit to nearby Pawon and Mendut temples which are older than Borobudur. Mendut is a pyramid-shaped temple which houses three impressively carved stone statues, and Pawon temple is a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

Afterwards, make a stop for lunch at local restaurant with a view of paddy fields.

Then, travel to the village of Candirejo for a taste of the local life. Start with a horse cart ride, known as a dokar, through this peaceful and architecturally charming village.

Travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, learn about the rotating seasonal plantations and the harvesting and drying of chili Also, learn how to climb the coconut tree and take a refreshing drink from a young coconut.

Then, have the opportunity to play the gamelan, a traditional Indonesian musical instrument, using an interesting teaching method devised by the villagers accompanied with tea, coffee and a local snack.

Return to the hotel in Borobudur late afternoon.

4

Borobudur – Merapi/ Kaliurang – Kaliadem Cycling - Prambanan – Yogyakarta

Borobudur – Kaliurang (41 km): 1h20 Kaliurang – Kaliadem (7.5 km): 15 minutes Kaliadem – Prambanan (21 km): 40 minutes

After breakfast and check out this morning, start travelling to Kaliurang, in the cool highlands near Mt Merapi (2,925m).

The village offers magnificent views of the active volcano and dozens of ravines which have been created by molten streams of lava.

Visit Ullen Sentalu, a privately owned heritage museum offering an intriguing insight into the world of the Sultans of Solo, Yogyakarta and the Mataram Kingdom. Please note that Ullen Sentalu Museum is closed on Mondays.

Afterwards, proceed to Kalidem Village for the start of a cycling adventure.

Located near Gunung Merapi, about one hour’s drive from the city, the village offers magnificent views of the active volcano and the dozens of ravines which have been created by molten streams of lava.

From this stunning village, and with Gunung Merapi as the backdrop, set off by bike on a 15km ride, mostly downhill. Passing through the various villages and countryside, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or chat to locals. The guide will also explain the various local agricultural landscapes, such as tobacco, rice and snakeskin fruit plantations and explain the processes of growing and harvesting these native crops.

After 15km, take lunch in a local restaurant while enjoying magnificent views of Prambanan Temple.

After lunch, be driven to the huge Prambanan complex, a set of temples built in the middle of the 9th century, about 50 years after the construction of Borobudur.  Very little is known about the early history of the complex, but it is thought to have been constructed to commemorate the return of a Hindu dynasty in Java.  The temples lay in ruins for hundreds of years, and it was only in the 1930s that restoration began.  Most of the temples within the complex have now been restored.

Follow the guide’s lead around the temple grounds while he or she explains the history, construction processes and religious significance of these buildings. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel in Yogyakarta.

5

Yogyakarta – City Tour – Kota Gede – Ramayana performance

Yogyakarta city center – Kotagede (5 km): 15 minutes

Start with a visit to The Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton, it’s central to Javanese cosmology as 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. Depending on the day of visit, there may also be a cultural performance ranging from Golek Menak Puppet‘s to classical Javanese Poetry performance known as Macapat that takes place at the temple.

Continue with a 30-minute 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 keeper of Islamic religion as authorized by the Sultanate. The small gangs (laneways) of this village are designed to ensure minimal disturbance of noise and traffic so as to not interrupt the Santri, or Islamic students, from their study. It is also said that by ensuring the laneways are only passable on foot - every man in the village is equal. 

End the 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.

Then, visiting a home batik factory, attend a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, the famous Javanese leather puppet.

Lunch in nearby local restaurant in Yogyakarta.

Drive to Kotagede a charming suburb of Yogyakarta famous for its traditional Javanese atmosphere and known for its silversmith workshops.

On arrival In Kotagede, depart on a leisurely bicycle tour around the area and visit a master baker’s house for a taste of Kembang Waru – a delicious type of cookie only produced in Kotagede.

Continue to the traditional market and explore this bustling Pasar, once the main market in the area. Resume the tour, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta dating back from 1575. There, borrow a traditional Javanese costume before entering, a sign of respect to the former kings, and then explore the historical compound of the Mataram Kingdom and its Royal Cemetery.

End the visit of Kotagede with a walking tour amongst narrow laneways and discover the unique Kalang-style architecture indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles.

Return to the hotel.

In evening, be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana dances after dining at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

6

Solo City Tour – Sukuh and Cetho Temples – Solo

Solo city center – Sukuh Temple – Cetho Temple (41 km): 1 hour 30 minutes each way

Today after breakfast, start the day with a visit of Solo.

Also known as Surakarta, the city of Solo was founded in 1745 by a local king. The site for the new Mataram Kingdom’s capital was reportedly chosen through voices heard by the king. Solo is the capital of batik in Java and remains home to some of the most intact Dutch colonial architecture in Indonesia.

Visit Keraton Mangkunegaran - a classical repository of classical Javanese art.

Built as a palace for a ‘junior’ line of the royal family in the 18th century, the splendid building has an extensive collection of 14th century jewelry, majestic silverworks, traditional Javanese weapons and classical dancing body ornaments.

End the morning with a visit to a well-known batik museum and learn about this famous Javanese art developed through the ages. Also, see craftsmen and women at work making new creations. Lunch will be served here as well.

Early in the afternoon, depart for a half-day excursion to Sukuh and Cetho, two of the latest Hindu temples built in Java before the island's courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century.  Located on the western slopes of Mount Lawu (3,265m), this area, at the border between Central and East Java, offers spectacular landscapes with terraces covered by beautiful tea plantations 

Explore Sukuh, located at 910 metres in elevation, and take a look at its unique pyramidal shape -similar in style to the Mayan temples of Central America and its stone carvings of Hindu phallic symbols.

Continue the drive, passing through beautiful tea plantations to Cetho, another Hindu temple located even higher on the mountain and rarely visited. Its carvings are similar to Sukuh Temple, but the multi-tiered temple differs in architectural layout.

Return to the hotel in Solo late in the afternoon.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Solo.

7

Solo – Jombang (by train) – Trowulan – Pasuruan – Mt Bromo (by car)

Solo – Jombang (187 km): 2 hours 50 minutes by train Jombang – Trowulan (20 km): 40 minutes Trowulan – Pasuruan – Puspo – Tosari (115 km): 4 hours Trowulan – Sukapura - Ngadisari (130 km): 4 hours 30 minutes

After an early breakfast this morning, be transferred to Solo Railway Station for a scenic train ride to Jombang, in East Java. The guide will be along during the journey.

Note:

  • Planned route is aboard Sancaka Morning Train from Solo to Jombang, departing 07:44 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.

Upon arrival in Jombang, meet with the local driver.

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 on the northeast coast of Java before continuing by a picturesque mountain road to one of the entrances of Bromo-Tengger National Park

Check in at a hotel in Tosari or Ngadisari, on the edge of Tengger Caldera. 

Check-in late in the afternoon and freshen up before dinner at hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight in Tosari or Ngadisari near Bromo.

8

Mount Bromo – Surabaya – Departure

Tosari – Surabaya City via Pasuruan (100 km): 4 hours Ngadisari – Surabaya City (120 km): 4 hours and 30 minutes Surabaya City – Surabaya Juanda Airport (12 km): 30 to 45 minutes

Awake early this morning for an unforgettable Mount Bromo sunrise tour. Travel by 4WD jeep to a viewpoint with stunning panoramic views of the Bromo volcano and its other-worldly 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 heads to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater for even more spectacular views.

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 horse and jeep to the hotel for breakfast. 

Check out and leave Tosari or Ngadisari for a drive to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

Once in the centre of Surabaya,we stop for a late lunch at the restaurant of Sampoerna Factory and then observe the fabrication of the famous Indonesian kretek cigarettes. 

After the visit, transfer to Surabaya Airport for a late-afternoon onward flight to the next destination.

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:

  • 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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