The Great Java and Bali

Arrive in Jakarta, meet and greet with our guide for transfer to your hotel for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel, Start your day in Indonesia with visiting Old City or Kota Tua, Monument National (Monas), then passing Istiqlal mosque and Cathedral church and stop at National museum to get overview about Indonesia history and last visit Sunda Kelapa harbor. Sunda Kelapa Port is one of the oldest ports in Indonesia and is the forerunner of Jakarta Jakarta. This port was renamed several times but based on the Decree of the Governor of DKI Jakarta dated 6 March 1974 the name of Sunda Kelapa was named as the official name of this port. The Port Harbor on the north coast of Jakarta never dies. It is always crowded by human activities. Gigantic wooden ships were kept awake. The activities of loading and unloading goods from the hull and deck are always full this port. Back to your hotel for overnight.

Early morning at 05:00 am, be picked up at the hotel by a guide and driver. 

Then drive for around 3.5 hours to the border of Baduy Tribe by private car. Breakfast will be provided at a local restaurant with a cup of coffee to enjoy. After breakfast, prepare to explore the unique Baduy Tribe. Get to visit and learn about the ethnic Sundanese ethnic. (Please note: It is not allowed to visit the inner Baduy Tribe. Only the outer Baduy Tribe is accessible.)

Learn all about the Baduy Tribe who call themselves Kanekes. They are a traditional Sundanese community living in the western part of Indonesia in the province of Banten, near Rangkasbitung. The population of 11,700 is centered in the Kendeng Mountains at 300-500 metres above sea level. Ethnically the Baduys belong to the Sundanese ethnic group. Their racial, physical and linguistic traits bear much resemblance to the rest of the Sundanese people, however, the difference is in their way of life.

Baduy people resist foreign influences and strive to preserve their traditional way of life, while most modern Sundanese are more open to foreign influences. The Baduy are divided into two sub-groups, the Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), and the Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy).

No foreigners are allowed to meet the Inner Baduy who practice limited contact with the outside world. The origin of the word Baduy may come from the term ‘Bedouin’ although other sources claim the source is a name of a local river. Overnight will be at Gazebo at the outer Baduy.

This morning, have breakfast at the local house at 07:00 while enjoying the beautiful glory of morning at the gazebo. After breakfast, prepare to drive to Bogor. Enjoy the long and scenic drive before arriving at the beautiful and green Bogor. Arrive in Bogor, we will visit Bogor Botanical Garden before check in at your hotel for overnight in Bogor . Dinner is provided at the hotel.

Gunung Padang or mount Padang is a giant pyramidal megalithic site lies on a hilltop. The site consists of 5 terraces that form a pyramid with an elevation of 885 meters above sea level on its base. Its peak has an elevation of about 989m. According to researches, Gunung Padang site is one of the oldest and the biggest pyramids in the world  located in Karyamukti village, District Campaka, Cianjur regency, West Java
There are many prehistoric megalithic site in Indonesia. But the discovery of Gunung Padang made geologist and scientist around the world open their eyes. The discoveries shocked the world of sciences, archaeology, and anthropology because it could change our common knowledge about history. It is like a big elephant entering a crowded anthropology classroom. Two things that shocked the world is about the age and the size of the site.

Then drive to Bandung for overnight .


Breakfast at Hotel, Depart from hotel then visiting Tangkuban Perahu about 45minutes driving, a smoldering 2000 m wide, surrealistic volcano 1800 above sea level. Continued to Ciater Hot Spring with passing through the huge wonderful tea plantation. Here, you will have lunch by personal account and possible to take a bath in the hot natural water pool.  Afternoon

visiting Padasuka village to enjoy the Angklung (traditional bamboo instrument) performance at Saung Angklung Ujo. check in to your hotel.

Early breakfast at Hotel, then transfer to Bandung Train Station  for your next journey to Jogjakarta by Argowilis Executive Train about 6 hours. Arrive in Yogyakarta then driving to Prambanan temple about 45 minutes from Jogjakarta Train Station, visit Prambanan Hindu’s temple,  Prambanan built during the Canjaya dynasty in the 9 century. Check in to your hotel .

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 30 minutes demonstration of Batik course  and 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. Then transfer to your hotel in Borobudur area for overnight.

NOTE : Traditional Ramayana dances & dinner with optional expenses

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 where you can see Borobudur sunrise from Dagi Hill and enjoy your breakfast. Then after breakfast, we will take a walk to explore Borobudur temple from Dagi Hill . We will take a walk around Borobudur (we no longer allow to climb up the temple by Indonesia government), 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. You will admire the thousands of intricate carvings found along the walls of Borobudur and learn about the incredible history behind its construction. This UNESCO heritage site is sure to surprise even the most seasoned travelers. A mystical experience that will remain in your heart. Then continue for 1 Hour Meditation at Vihara Mendut which will be followed by a short exploration of the monastery, it is older than Borobudur, the pyramid shaped temple of Mendut houses three carved stone statues, learn about the history of the temple and the unique architecture. Then the Pawon Temple, located right on an axis between Borobodur and Mendut. Due to its simplicity and the contrast with the style used in East Java, it has been called a “jewel” of the architecture of Java times. Then back to hotel for rest. About  11.00, we will drive to Pak Tijab House for 1 hour Javanese Gamelan instrument lesson. Feel the music on your trip to the villages around Borobudur. Take some music lessons from the local gamelan artists and have fun practicing a tune or two an on this traditional instrumental ensemble and have Javanese food lunch at Pak Tijab traditional house. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an in-depth exploration of Candirejo, a typical rural village. You will travel from Dokar, with a local cart, crossing small streets lined with traditional houses. You will pass by scenes of everyday life, such as making cassava crackers or drying chilies. You can stop often to take pictures or chat with the locals, to learn more about their typical activities and their rich traditions. Late afternoon back to hotel for overnight .

Depart hotel in Borobudur at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 2 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century. Check in at your hotel in Yogyakarta

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. Overnight in Solo.

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.

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.

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. Return by horse and jeep to the hotel for breakfast. 

Check out and leave Tosari or Ngadisari for a drive to Ketapang, Banyuwangi about 6 hours drive with stop on the to see vegetation of East Java . Check in at your hotel in Ketapang, Banyuwangi

Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4×4 Jeep.Reach Paltuding, the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850m. The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway for about 1 hour 30 minutes. At the top of Mt Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines. During the walk, it is highly likely to encounter local miners carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside. Return to the hotel late in the morning.

In the afternoon, transport will be provided to the Ketapang ferry terminal near Banyuwangi. Check-in before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry (45-minute journey.) . Upon reaching Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores, continue by road to Lovina beach for overnight

Breakfast at hotel. Depart pemuteran to visit Pura Beji Temple  then we will pass by old city of Singaraja, previously the capital of Bali to continue our trip to Gitgit Watterfall. After lunch we will drive to visit Ulun Danu Temple before check in at your hotel for overnight.

Depart Bedugul, we will visit Jatiluwih , UNESCO heritage site then we will visit Batukaru temple, and last we will visit Tanah Lot temple before we drive to Seminyak for overnight

Leave hotel and first stop will be Ubud Palace, Monkey forest , Tegallalang for rice paddies then we continue to Kintamani for lake and mount Batur, here we will stop for lunch (optional) . Then we continue to visit Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali. Last we will stop at Tirta Empul holy spring temple before we drive back to hotel for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel. Check out time at hotel at 12.00 noon .

Transfer to Airport for your flight home

Explore Exotic Indonesia

Arrive in Jakarta International Airport  . Transfer to your hotel for overnight

Breakfast at hotel. Start your day in Jakarta with city tour around the city. First stop will be Old City Batavia. The Istiqlal Mosque with passing by Indonesia President palace before we stop at Indonesia monument. Back to hotel for rest .

Breakfast at hotel .Transfer to Jakarta Airport from flight to Pangkalan Bun by Trigana Air IL 708 at 09.25.

Upon arrival at the airport of Pangkalanbun direct transfer to the boat for cruise up for Rimba Lodge and afternoon watching proboscis monkeys and wild Orang Utan by boat. Dinner and overnight are provided on Klotok .

Breakfast at Klotok then half day trek for exploring The Orang Utans. Research for feeding time at 13.30  at camp Leaky by trekking at rainforest about half hours  watching  such as the King during feeding time at 14.00. Meals & overnight provided at Klotok.

Breakfast at Klotok, morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Semarang by Nam Air IN 195 at 08.30 . Arrive Semarang 09.30.

Upon arrival in Semarang , Meet and greet  by our guide and drive to Borobudur temple

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE was built during the golden age of Syailendra Dynasty, sometime in the beginning of the 8th century.The word BOROBUDUR is believed to mean monastery on a hill. It is derived from the words baram and buduhur. Bara is from Sangskrit word Vihara meaning a complex of temples monasteries or dormitories, Beduhur is a old Javanese word meaning above. BOROBUDUR TEMPLEwas built on a small hill in the Kedu Basin, a rich, fertile valley surrounded by the spectacular volcanoes.

To the East lies Merapi and Merbabu and to the North lies Sumbing and Sindoro.The unsual jagged Menoreh Hills encircle the temple to South and West. The temple is also located near the meeting place of two rivers, the Elo and the Progo, these rivers are believed to be symbolic of Gangga and Yamuna, two rivers feeding the Indus valley in India. We get a sense of the grandness of the landscape when we rise to final terrace of the monument wich opens up into 360 degrees view of the magnificent valley.

Breakfast at hotel .Enjoy your first day in Jogjakarta by visiting Sultan Palace,Taman Sari then to Batik Centre. Late afternoon visit Prambanan Temple and last ratu Boko temple before back to hotel for overnight.

Breakfast at hotel. Merapi takes and Merapi gives. Merapi destroyed and then Merapi provide. And Merapi always keep his promises.
Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia that erupting around 5 years cycle. Last 2010 eruption of Merapi was considered as the biggest eruption of Merapi in the century. it swept all the jungle and buried many villages deep under the pyroclastic cloud, Hot sand, Tons of stones and Ashes.
Our adventure will start early to get the better chance to see the whole Merapi. We explore Merapi ex eruption area using Jeep with the stunning view of the devastating effect of the eruption, the nature that try to heal and the amazing landscape.
Then, we will visit Ullen Sentallu Museum which is the best museum in Jogjakarta. Ullen Sentallu Museum is the museum about Javanese Culture and tradition, Jogjakarta-Solo Kingdom history, Hindus and Buddhist statue and history and many Javanese traditional things. This Museum will provide guide that will explain about the collection that they have in the museum

Breakfast at hotel .Transfer to Jakarta Airport from flight to Pangkalan Bun by Trigana Air IL 708 at 09.25.

Upon arrival at the airport of Pangkalanbun direct transfer to the boat for cruise up for Rimba Lodge and afternoon watching proboscis monkeys and wild Orang Utan by boat. Dinner and overnight are provided on Klotok .

At 3.30 in the early morning you will be wake up & start Mt. Bromo tour, to witness sunrise from rim of crater. The tour will conducted by pony riding ( own expenses ) cross sea of sand and climb up 245 stairs. After enjoy the surrounding of Mt. Bromo, back to hotel for breakfast and drive to Surabaya to visit Submarine Monument  Monumen Kapal Selam / navi museum / SEE Suramadu National Bridge.Last visit Sampoerna before check in at your hotel in Surabaya  

Early morning flight to Ujung Pandang .Arrive and drive to Toraja via Pare Pare.

Your journey takes you through several villages of the Bugis people whose stilted houses line magnificent mountain passes. Stop at a local restaurant in Pare-pare for a late lunch.

After lunch, the journey leads through several villages of the Bugis people, whose stilted houses line magnificent mountain passes. Stop at a local restaurant in Pare-Pare for a late lunch. The drive continues through the hills reaching Rantepao in the late afternoon. Rantepao is the small capital of Toraja, with an estimated population of around 450,000. The Toraja ethnic group is renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, traditional houses and spectacular carving and dancing. Here, spend next two days exploring the Toraja villages and learning about their unique culture and customs.

Check in to the hotel in Rantepao.

Dinner at the hotel.

This morning after breakfast, if the timing is right, have the chance to be immersed in the bustling life of the Torajan’s with a visit to their once-a-week traditional Buffalo Market in Bolu. This market is important to the local society as buffalos and pigs are an essential part of the intricate funeral ceremonies that take place here.

Note: Bolu Market depends on the schedule and is only held once every 6 days. In case there is no market on the day of visit, we will replace it by a visit to a local market in Rantepao. Afterwards, head south of Toraja and visit two traditional villages. After exploring these cultural hotspots, head to the villages of Lemo and Suaya, which are enveloped  by cliffs pierced with graves and tau tau (hanging effigies) of deceased nobility. These cliffs are also referred to as the ‘death balconies’ due to their perilous locations. Lunch is served in a traditional ‘Liong Tongkonan’ (local name for housing structure). While enjoying some unique local food, learn about the spiritual elements of ancestral Torajan architecture.

After lunch, visit Londa Village where wooden coffins are suspended by ropes and poles extending from the cliffs. Continue to Kete Kesu, a village which has one of the finest ensembles of Tongkonan (Toraja traditional houses) on the island. These boat-shaped houses have tall roofs made of slender bristles and create strange silhouettes in the sky. The Tongkonan facades boast many carved and painted motifs and a wooden buffalo head typically adorns the wealthiest homes. Kete Kesu Village also has a rice granary of the traditional Toraja country style. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Overnight in Rantepao.

After breakfast in the morning, head to Palawa, a typical Toraja village, and then on to the highlands of Batutumonga for stunning views across the Toraja Valley.

In this incredible surrounding, take lunch at Mentirotiku Local Restaurant.

According to preferences, take a 1 or 2-hour light trek through fascinating Toraja villages.

Perched on the slopes of Mt Sesean, these villages offer beautiful views of rice fields dotted with large black rocks -remains of ancient volcanic eruptions. The one-hour trek leads through the villages of Lempo and Tinongbayo, while the easy two-hour walk leads through the villages of Bori and Tikala. In both instances, there will be an opportunity to meet locals and observe their traditional lifestyles. These villages have ancestral stone circles, part of the local lore of the Toraja people, with each stone representing an important noble who has passed away. They also feature impressive Tongkonan houses.

Return to Rantepao, with a stop at a Todi weaving factory where the ancient technique and motifs for Torajans textile known as Ikats are preserved. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Rantepao.

Note: Between July and September (dry season) many funerals take place and during this period, and many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. The program will be tailored to allow guests to attend a ceremony if they choose to do so.

 

After breakfast in the morning, check out from the hotel and begin the day’s journey to Sengkang.  Stop enroute in Enrekang and enjoy a  late lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue to the village of Sengkang, a former capital of the Bugis Kingdom which overlooks Lake Tempe, the largest lake in Sulawesi.  

Enjoy a Local Bugis style feast dinner at Glory Restaurant while soaking up spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Overnight in Sengkang.

Depart from Sengkang to Makassar city Tour , firstly we will visit The fort of Makassar harbour, also known as Fort Rotterdam dates back to 1545 and built by King of Gowa. Today, it is considered one of the best preserved examples of Dutch architecture in Indonesia. Walk to Museum Negeri La Galigo in the same complex, where about 5,000 itesm of exhibits, including sailing boats, artefacts from Tana Toraja, ancient musical instruments, and ethnic costumes are displayed. Paotere, is a large port where Bugis Pinisi sailing ships berth. They are hand-built in the South Sulawesi style by Bugis or Makassan shipwrights and trading all over Indonesia. UNESCO formally recognised the cultural significance of the boat-building and listed it as world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage The port and the nearby fish market are atmospheric places from dawn until mid-morning, when giant tuna and every sea creature imaginable are traded Somba Opu, a street lined up with souvenir shop, within walking distance from Losari beach. Late afternoon flight to Bali . Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight

Breakfast at hotel . Relax on at hotel or enjoy optional tours

After breakfast drive to Monkey Rorest, Ubud palace ,Tegallalang for rice paddies. Then we will drive Kintamani for lunch with enjoy breathtaking view of Mount and Lake Batur then to Coffee plantation and last to Tirta Empul temple before back to hotel .

Breakfast at hotel . Free days in the hotel  

Depart after breakfast to visit  lake Temple at Lake Beratan of Bedugul, continue to Jatiluwih ; Unesco heritage rice paddies in Bali then last we will stop at Tanah Lot Temple for sunset before we drive to Nusa Dua for overnight

Breakfast at hotel . Relax on the beach or enjoy optional tours

Transfer to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport for flight HOME

Classic of Java & Bali Overland

Arrive in Jakarta, meet and greet before transfer to your hotel near Airport of Jakarta for overnight.

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. 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

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

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.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

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 where you can see Borobudur sunrise while you enjoy your breakfast from Dagi Hill. Then we will explore surrounding (we not allow to climb up the temple) 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 walk around Borobudur temple and drive 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, drive for traditional Javanese food cooking class where we will take you to experience exclusive cooking class. Our chef will teach you how to cook traditional Javanese food with prepare healthy and fresh traditional dishes. Learn how to tune the food by the herbs and spices from the Indonesian archipelago. Your host will supervise the right amounts while you’re peeling, chopping, seasoning and cooking the different ingredients together. Enjoy a delicious and healthy self-cooked lunch with Indonesia taste.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.

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 to your hotel in Yogyakarta for overnight.

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 30 minutes demonstration of Batik course  and 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 hotel for overnight.

 

NOTE : Traditional Ramayana dances & dinner with optional expenses

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. Overnight in Solo.

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.

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.

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. Return by horse and jeep to the hotel for breakfast. 

Check out and leave Tosari or Ngadisari for a drive to Ketapang, Banyuwangi about 6 hours drive with stop on the to see vegetation of East Java . Check in at your hotel in Ketapang, Banyuwangi

Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4×4 Jeep.Reach Paltuding, the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850m. The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway for about 1 hour 30 minutes. At the top of Mt Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines. During the walk, it is highly likely to encounter local miners carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside. Return to the hotel late in the morning.

In the afternoon, transport will be provided to the Ketapang ferry terminal near Banyuwangi. Check-in before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry (45-minute journey.) . Upon reaching Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores, continue by road to Lovina beach for overnight

Depart after breakfast to the north with stops en route in Pura Beji then we continue visit Sekumpul Waterfall  and last Julah Village before we drive to Amed Beach for hotel check in.

Early breakfast . Depart to Gate of heaven Temple to see the sunrise and mount Agung then we continue to visit Tirta Gangga, Karang Asem and last visit Tengana Village ; one of the oldest Balinese village in Bali , then check in at your hotel in Candidasa

Leave hotel and first stop will be Ubud Palace, Monkey forest , Tegallalang for rice paddies then we continue to Kintamani for lake and mount Batur, here we will stop for lunch (optional) . Then we continue to visit Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali. Last we will stop at Tirta Empul holy spring temple before we drive back to hotel for overnight .

See the unique Balinese culture and experience some thing different on the island through cooking Experience. In this program you will learn more about Balinese spices and have greet opportunity to Cook authentic Balinese cuisine and taste delicious meals and will be guided by Balinese chef.

In this traditional Balinese cooking Class you will learn How to:

  • Visit traditional markets to see the daily activity in selecting local fruits, vegetables and spices that used for cooking.
  • Learn about the complex irrigation system, called “Subak” that is used in the paddy fields.
  • You will be welcomed into a traditional Bali Compound with a beautiful setting overlooking a deep ravine complete with spice plant organic.
  • You will meet the family who’s warmth will make you feel very welcome.
  • Make Bali offering for the Gods, Kuwangen and canang sari which area beautiful array of color and nature.
  • Make Traditional Bali Coffee, beans grown on the premises and roasted over an open fire to the crushing + straining then enjoy the best cup of coffee we believe you will ever have.
  • Make coconut oil, which is the best for Balinese cooking.
  • Make traditional Balinese spice paste used as a Base for many dishes –very fragrant and a sensation for your taste buds.
  • You will learn so much for in a short time.
  • The kitchen is run by Local Balinese Chef Ketut Budi who has studied at Hotel and Tourism Education Bali and who has worked at several hotels. He overlooks many hands that will later cater to all your needs.
  • No experience necessary.

After lunch , we will drive for 3 – Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class ; Silver jewelry making is an age-old Balinese craft that’s vital to the island’s rural economy. On this private tour from Ubud, try out the art coached by a silversmith at a traditional village workshop. Tour the village to understand the craft’s importance; and learn to shape, cut, and finish your design before keeping it as a memento. Pre booking will secure your place for a time that fits your schedule. Learn Balinese silver jewelry making on a private workshop tour from Ubud . Pre book to ensure your place for a class time that suits you Create a design with tutelage from a silversmith and keep it as a souvenir.

Breakfast at hotel. Check out time at hotel at 12.00 noon .

Transfer to Airport for your flight home

Discover Magic of Java and Bali

Arrive in Jakarta, transfer to your hotel in Jakarta for overnight
Breakfast at hotel . Early Jakarta city tour depart at 08.00 with visiting Old City or well known as Kota Tua, National Museum then Indonesia monument before transfer to Airport for afternoon flight to. Arrive in Yogyakarta International Airport, then transfer to your hotel for overnight in Borobudur area .
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 where you can see Borobudur sunrise from Dagi Hill and enjoy your breakfast. Then after breakfast, we will take a walk to explore Borobudur temple from Dagi Hill . We will take a walk around Borobudur (we no longer allow to climb up the temple by Indonesia government), 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. You will admire the thousands of intricate carvings found along the walls of Borobudur and learn about the incredible history behind its construction. This UNESCO heritage site is sure to surprise even the most seasoned travelers. A mystical experience that will remain in your heart. Then continue for 1 Hour Meditation at Vihara Mendut which will be followed by a short exploration of the monastery, it is older than Borobudur, the pyramid shaped temple of Mendut houses three carved stone statues, learn about the history of the temple and the unique architecture. Then the Pawon Temple, located right on an axis between Borobodur and Mendut. Due to its simplicity and the contrast with the style used in East Java, it has been called a “jewel” of the architecture of Java times. Then back to hotel for rest. Afterwards, drive for traditional Javanese food cooking class where we will take you to experience exclusive cooking class. Our chef will teach you how to cook traditional Javanese food with prepare healthy and fresh traditional dishes. Learn how to tune the food by the herbs and spices from the Indonesian archipelago. Your host will supervise the right amounts while you’re peeling, chopping, seasoning and cooking the different ingredients together. Enjoy a delicious and healthy self-cooked lunch with Indonesia taste.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.
After breakfast and 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 Kaliadem 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 to your hotel in Yogyakarta for overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. We will start our tour by visit Sultan Palace the Keraton and experience the constant hustle and bustle of Javanese life as you tour the city of Yogyakarta in a becak, which is the local name for a rickshaw. With three tires and one seat at the front, the becak is manually pedaled by the driver to Taman Sari water castle, then by car continue for 1 hour Batik Painting class . After lunch we will visit Fort Vredeburg Museum and last visit Kota Gede before transfer to your hotel for overnight .
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. Back to hotel in Yogyakarta for overnight .
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning flight to Denpasar, Bali. Transit Jakarta and Jakarta –Denpasar by GA 410 at 14.25. Arrive in Denpasar Airport at 17.20 and transfer to your hotel in Ubud .
Take part in a day of shamanic healing and spiritual cleansing at Tirta Empul Temple. Firstly we will meet the Balinese healer near Ubud who will combines Yagna, Yatra and Mantra healing practices. The Yagna practice is performed to remove the negative factors in life, and to help find peace and happiness. Mantra practice, performed by reciting mantras, removes the lower vibrations of your system and elevates your energy. A mantra is a precise combination of sacred sounds, which forms a core of spiritual energy to stimulate high spiritual vibrations, inducing spiritual awakening and invigoration. The Yantra practice is designed to remove the afflictions that prevent you from achieving a certain goal. This can result in the removal of obstacles in your career or the bad intentions of your enemies. The ritual also protects you from negative forces, heals your aura and balances your chakra. The whole ritual is known as melukat by the locals and is done to spiritually purify the mind and soul. It can be practiced in any place considered sacred by the Balinese, then we will drive to Tirta Empul temple for most recommended this kind of purification. After this first experience, we head a Balinese lunch in Ubud and after lunch we will visit Ubud palace and Monkey Forest before we back to hotel for overnight
The first stop will be the village of Trunyan. The locals in this village live a very traditional life, quite different from that in the rest of Bali. The Trunyanese do not cremate their dead. After a cleansing ritual, the corpse is placed in a bamboo cage, known as ancak saji, which is placed under the Taru Menyan tree. Taru Menyan means pleasant-smelling tree and gives off a scent that neutralizes the smell of decaying bodies. It is from this tree that the name Trunyan derives. Only the bodies of married people are placed in the bamboo cages. Continue the tour and visit another ancient village called Bayung Gede which is believed to be the one from which all the ancient villages of Bali derive. Many people come here to see the hanging newborn placentas, unique to Bayung Gede. In Trunyan, the bodies of the dead are placed on the ground without burial, but here it is the placenta that is not buried. It is the only village in Indonesia to have this custom. Your trip won’t be complete without a visit to Kehen Temple, an important Hindu temple in Bali. It is located on the slope of Bukit Bangli. It is considered to be the original temple of Bangli. See the wonderful stairway to heaven and the unique wooden bell hanging from the old secret banyan tree.

Leave hotel early morning with first stop will be Penglipuran ; one of traditional village in Bali, then drive to Kintamani for lake and mount Batur . Lunch will be in Ubud area  before we drive to Small village nearby for 3 – Hour Traditional Silver Jewelry Making Class ; Silver jewelry making is an age-old Balinese craft that’s vital to the island’s rural economy. On this private tour from Ubud, try out the art coached by a silversmith at a traditional village workshop. Tour the village to understand the craft’s importance; and learn to shape, cut, and finish your design before keeping it as a memento. Pre booking will secure your place for a time that fits your schedule. Learn Balinese silver jewelry making on a private workshop tour  . Pre book to ensure your place for a class time that suits you.  Create a design with tutelage from a silversmith and keep it as a souvenir.

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to your hotel in Sanur Beach area

Breakfast at hotel. Check out time at hotel at 12.00 noon .

Transfer to Airport at 22.00 for your flight home

Yogyakarta Heart of Java

Arrive in Yogyakarta Airport for meeting service with our Local English speaking guide then transfer to Melia Purosani Hotel for overnight.

After breakfast at hotel we will start our tour by visit Sultan Palace the Keraton and Taman Sari water castle,Museum Kereta,the Royal Carriage museum passing through Gajah Mada university ,then visit Silver and Batik home industry at Kota Gede village and the last program we will visit Hindu’s Prambanan temple and sightseeing.Back to your hotel

After breakfast at hotel we start our program driving to Dieng Plateau ,passing through tropical plantation and vegetables in terrace found on this plateau, and visiting Sikidang crater, Panca Warna lake and Pandawa temple complex ,on the way back to Yogyakarta we visit biggest Buddhism’s Borobudur temple. Back to your hotel

After breakfast at 08.00 ,we drive directly to Solo about 1 hour 45 minutes to visit Mangkunegaran Palace,Kasunanan Palace,Kampong Batik Laweyan,lunch at local restaurant,and last we visit Pasar Klewer before back to hotel in Yogyakarta

After breakfast free program until time transfer to Airport for next destination

Blue Fire Ijen Crater and Mount Bromo Sunrise Tour

Arrival Surabaya Airport ( must be morning flight ) then direct transfer to Ketapang, on the way we will visit Pasuruan Old Harbour, Local Market.. Break at Pasir Putih Beach for hand craft made from seashell, fishing boat and coral watching. Arrive in Ketapang and overnight stay at Hotel Ketapang Indah. Free at your own leisure.

Early wake up and breakfast, depart to Paltuding; ranger’s post on 4 WD jeep to the awesome beauty of Java’s wonder volcano; Mt. Ijen. Then walk up the Ijen plateau through the hilly landscape till to the crater edge. The reward of your effort is a breath taking morning view and during clear weather you may see the great sulfur lake. After enjoying the lake and the activities for the local sulphur mining at the lake shore, back down to the ranger’s post then drive on to Tosari. Arrive early evening in Bromo and check in to Bromo Terrace Hotel.

Morning call and coffee morning then drive to Mt. Pananjakan; a viewing point for sunrise. Afterwards drive down to Mt. Bromo crossing the sea of sand. From here will change with a local pony and ride to the foot of the Mt. Bromo. Then walk up to 246 steps straight up to the rim of the mountain and experience the great view on top. Back to your hotel for breakfast. Free at leisure until your time to transfer Surabaya Airport for your onward destination.

Yogyakarta Classic Story Tale Journey

Arrival at Yogyakarta Airport meeting service with our Local French speaking guide then transfer to Melia Purosani Hotel.

After breakfast at hotel we will start our tour by visit Sultan Palace the Keraton and Taman Sari water castle, Museum Kereta, the Royal Carriage museum passing through Gajah Mada university, then visit Silver and Batik home industry at Kota Gede village and the last program we will visit Hindu’s Prambanan temple and sightseeing.Back to your hotel.

After breakfast at hotel we start our program driving to Dieng Plateau, passing through tropical plantation and vegetables in terrace found on this plateau, and visiting Sikidang crater, Panca Warna lake and Pandawa temple complex, on the way back to Yogyakarta we visit biggest Buddhism’s Borobudur temple. Back to your hotel.

High on the mountains near Solo in Central Java, the temple of Candi Ceto is sited. Candi Ceto is situated further up the Candi Sukuh temple in the mountains. The temple is at an elevation of five hundred meters or 1630 ft above the sea level. One can get a splendid view of the city from the temple. Located high up on the mountains one will certainly enjoy the nip in the air.

Inscriptions found here is evidence to the fact that the Candi Ceto temple dates back deep into history. Some of the dates found inscribed here are AD 1468, 1472 and 1475.then continue to Candi Sukuh popularly known as the Sukuh temple is situated at Desa Berjo, Karangpandan and stands at a height of 910 meters on the slopes of Gunung Lawu.

The temple stretches from the East to the West and the main gate of the temple lies to the West. The construction of the Candi Sukuh is pre historic and reminds one of the Meghalitic eras of Punden Berundak (terrace graves). Candi Sukuh can be considered to be one of the interesting Hindu temples in all of Southeast Asia. then proceed to Solo city for having lunch continue to Museum Radya Pustaka.

It was built in 1890, located at JL. Slamet Riyadi. The statue of Ronggowarsito, a Kraton poet of the past stands in the front yard. It has a good collection of antiquities, gamelan, keris, puppets, scroll of wayang beber, some Javanese and Dutch books continue to Sangiran Museum and Early Man Site, Solo is a popular tourist spot near the city, which attracts tourists from all over the world. Sangiran Museum and Early Man Site is actually an archaeological excavation site located in the island of Java in Indonesia. The site covers a area of about 48 square kilometer and it is only 15 km away from north of Surakarta in the Bengawan Solo River valley.

DAY 05 : MELIA PUROSANI HOTEL – AIRPORT(B)
After breakfast free program until time transfer to Airport for next destination

Best Java Bali Overland

Upon arrival at Jakarta Soekarno – Hatta International Airport, will meet and greet with our guide. We start to have Jakarta city sightseeing, driving through the bustling city, pass Merdeka Square, National Monument, Presidential Palace and visit National Museum (close on Monday) that is reputedly to be the finest in the South East Asia. Then we will visit Oldy city of Jakarta before transfer to hotel for overnight .

Breakfast at hotel, our guide will pick up you on (10:00am) in the meeting point and start our overland journey to visit Bandung. Drive to Bandung, its about 2 hours drive, on the way we will passing  trough  the huge tea plantation in Puncak Area, which has beautiful sightseeing “a green view” as well then visiting Padasuka village (12:30-14:00) to enjoy the Angklung (traditional bamboo instrument) performance at Saung Angklung Ujo. (15:00pm 17:00) check in to your hotel.

Breakfast at Hotel, (09:00am) Depart from hotel then visiting Tangkuban Perahu (09:45-11:30) about 45minutes driving, a smoldering 2000 m wide, surrealistic volcano 1800 above sea level. (12:45-14:30) Continued to Ciater Hot Spring with passing through the huge wonderful tea plantation. Here, you will have lunch by personal account and possible to take a bath in the hot natural water pool (15:30) Afternoon back to your hotel in Bandung and free program.

Early breakfast at Hotel, then (06:00am)  transfer to Bandung Train Station for your next journey to Jogjakarta by Argowilis Executive (07:00-14:08). Arrival Jogjakarta then driving to Prambanan temple about 45 minutes from Jogjakarta Train Station, (15:00-16:30) visit Prambanan Hindu’s temple,  Prambanan built during the Canjaya dynasty in the 9 century. Check in to your hotel (17:15)

Breakfast at hotel, (09:00) depart from hotel and driving to Sultan Palace, (09:20-11:30)  visit to Sultan Palace, the Kraton built in 1755, a large part of Kraton is used as museum and holds an extensive collections and it becomes a living museum of antiquities and grandeur. The architect of this elaborate retreat built between 1758 and 1765 was a Portuguese from Batavia. Continued visit to Tamansari by Becak traditional vehicle, It was no doubt intended as a cool place for the Sultan and ladies of the heaven to relax in the days when it was surrounded by gardens and from the tower overlooking the pools the Sultan was able to witness what was going on down below. From the Palace, we will proceed to visit the factory of hand made batik factory (11:45-13:30). Here you can still see the clothes are being made manually. Jogjakarta is famous also of its silver ware which is still, until nowadays made manually. Continue visit to Tarumartani Cigar Factory (14:00-15:00), since 1918, Taru Martani always created the formulas for blending tobacco to create cigars with high color of tastes to satisfy the craves of cigars lovers. These days, the company produces fourteen types of cigars which are well known worldwide, namely: Cigarillos, Extra Cigarillos, Senioritas, Panatella, Slim Panatella, Half Corona, Corona, Super Corona / Grand Corona, Boheme, Royal, Perfecto, Rothschild, and Churchill. The fourteen types of cigars have become promising export commodity. The shipment of cigars has reached markets in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, the United States, Asia, and soon Eastern and Central Europe, and the Southeast Asian countries. Taru Martani blends three formulas of cigar mixtures, namely: 1) natural cigars (pure tobacco), 2) flavor cigars (tobacco with accent sauce of Mint, Amareto, Vanila, Rum and Hazelnut), and 3) mild cigars (with mild tobacco). The main material of tobacco comes from Besuki area, Jember, East Java. It is called Java Besuki. The taste is dominant and the color is brownish black. It is used for inner liner wrap (omblad) and outer liner (dekblad) of the cigars. The filler is a combination of Java Besuki and tobacco from Havana – Cuba, Dominican Republic and Brazil. The uniqueness of Taru Martani cigars is that all the processes are hand rolled. Every single cigar is carefully and accurately wrapped by hand to become a quality of cigar. (15:30) Back to your hotel and free program.

OPTION: DINNER RAMAYANA DANCE at USD.45 per person/Duration 3,5hrs (18:30-22:00)

Breakfast at hotel, (08:30) After breakfast driving to Borobudur, Located about 42 km northwest of Jogjakarta, (09:30-11:30) the Borobudur Temple is one of Seven wonders of the world which was built by SANMARATUNGGA in the most glorious time of CAILENDRA Dynasty in the 8 century, the entire monument was conceived as a Buddhist vision of the cosmos in stone, starting in the everyday world and spiraling up to Nirvana-eternal nothingness, The Buddhist heaven.(11:40-12:15)  Mendut & Pawon temple also visited. (13:30) Back to your hotel and free program 

Breakfast Box, (06:00) After breakfast at hotel transfer to Tugu Train Station for your continue journey to Surabaya by Sancaka Pagi Executive Train( JOG: 07:17-SUB: 12:13). Arrival Surabaya city continue driving to Kalimas Traditional Harbor to see the phinisi ship (handmade ship) operating in traditional ways (1hrs sightseeing). Then out site visit continue to see the heritage buildings around Rajawali street (1hrs), those building were built and designed by the Dutch in colonialism period. The buildings include: Gedung Cerutu (Cigar Building), International, Post Office and Cathedral Church. After looking around the buildings, the journey continues to visit The House of Sampoerna Museum (1hrs). This is an exotic heritage building that is used as a museum that showcases the legacy of Chinese Indonesian in building his cigarette business in Indonesia. Transfer to Malang city, (2hrs) then (17:30) check in to your hotel 

Breakfast at hotel, (08:30) After breakfast drive to Tumpang village in half in hour when we change our ride to 4WD Jeep to reach Ranu Pane village.(09:30) The starting point to enjoy about 2hrs soft trekking or driving by Jeep to Cemoro Lawang village Bromo (11:00-13:00) You will enjoy the magnificent view of Mt Semeru and Mt Bromo from the summit of Mt Penanjakan. Then we will drive you through vast of sandy area (lautan pasir = ocean of sands)  across to go to summit of Mt Bromo. It is a concrete well mark steps to the edges of great crater. From here you can see the ocean beach and viewing the Hindu’s temple held by Tengger Tribe from Bromo. (16:00) Back to Malang and overnight

After breakfast (08:30) transfer to Banyuwangi about 6,5hrs, (15:00) check in to hotel for overnight

Early breakfast at hotel (05:00) starting point from your hotel at Banyuwangi area ride to 4WD Jeep and driving to Ijen Crater  (1h:30 ) we drive a short way to the start of the trail that leads up to the active beautiful crater of Kawah Ijen volcano (about 1 h 30 soft trekking climbing) with its famous blue acid lake (which is the most acid in the world!) and the hot, partly liquid sulphur deposits. (8:00-10:00) The fumaroles are so hot that sulphur comes out as green vapor.  (12:00) .

After plenty of observation time, we leave the Ijen Plateau and drive to Ketapang Harbour to take the one hour trip ferry boat to Bali (15:00)  Transfer to your  hotel in Pemuteran Beach .

Depart after breakfast to the Middle of Bali island with passing Old city of Singaraja and stop at Gitgit Waterfall then Ulun Danu Temple ,stop for lunch at Jatiluwih ; UNESCO Heritage site for rice paddies then Tanah Lot Temple before we drive to Nusa Dua for overnight. 

Leave hotel after breakfast for day of sightseeing. we will stop at Kesiman village for Barong and Keris dance performance then we will continue our visit traditional at Batuan village, Monkey forest and Ubud palace then Kintamani for lunch with superb breathtaking view of Mount Batur volcano .

After lunch we will stop at Coffee plantation and then stop Holy spring temple of Tirta empul before return to hotel

Free days on the beach

Leave from hotel in afternoon and then we drive to Padang – Padang Beach or Eat, Pray & Love Beach  is a famous surf point in Bali with the great waves and white sandy stretch 100 meters from the north to the south. This surf point is situated the white stone hill with nature scenery to the Indian Ocean and spectacular sunset at late afternoon that creates the romantic nuance and then  drive to Uluwatu to enjoy sunset of Bali from our holy Uluwatu temple located in southern part of Bali or about 45 minutes from famous Sanur Beach, this afternoon tour we’ll see a high cliff temple with sunset  and last Jimbaran BBQ seafood dinner (include) before back to hotel. 

Transfer to Airport for your flight home

Java Overland : Yogyakarta – Bromo- Ijen- Bali

Arrive in Jogjakarta by train/plane at noon for Java overland. Meet and greet by our guide then drive to the Prambanan Hindu Temples, one of the region’s most impressive archeological sites. Check into the hotel.

Full day tour of this rich repository of cultural treasures. We begin with the Sultan’s Palace, the Kraton built in 1755, and the Water Palace where the ladies of the court could enjoy the baths. Visit batik and silver jewellery workshops. Then proceed to the Taru Martani cigar factory which produces 14 types of vintage cigars since 1918. Return to the hotel.
Optional : Dinner and cultural dance program on an outdoor stage.

Today’s tour takes you to Borobudur Buddhist temple, the largest of its kind in the world, built in 800 A.D. and on the UNESCO world Heritage list. The sculptures lining each step are a good summary of Javanese history. Proceed to the Mendut and Pawon temples. Return to the hotel.

Departure for the village of Tumpang in Mount Bromo National Park. Change to a 4X4 jeep for the ride to the village of Ranu Pane, then to Cemoro Lawang on the side of Mount Penan-jakan. Proceed through a sandy crater to Mount Bromo. The climb up is by well arranged steps. From the top enjoy an amazing view of the sea of sand, and the Tengger tribal temple. Return to the hotel in Malang.

Drive to Banyuwangi, and pass through the cities of Probolinggo and Paiton en route. Note the mangroves as you approach the coast for lunch on Pasir Putih Beach. Continue on toward the city of Situbondo and the Baluran National Park with its teak forest. Check into the hotel.

DAY-7 BANYUWANGI – IJEN VOLCANO – LOVINA (Bali) (B)
Early breakfast and partial ascension of Ijen volcano with 4X4 jeep. Then proceed to a 2 hour climb on a comfortable dirt road to the top. Observe the men who climb down to the crater to gather sulphur blocks. Proceed back to the jeep, and your car for the drive to Ketapang harbour, where you will board a ferry to the island of Bali. Meeting and drive to Lovina on the north coast. End of service.