Best of Java and Bali Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights

  Yogyakarta - Bromo - Kalibaru - Banyuwang - iIjen - Sanur

12 Days / 11 Nights

Best of Java and Bali Tour

  Yogyakarta - Bromo - Kalibaru - Banyuwang - iIjen - Sanur

From Central Java, travel eastward overland via hilltop towns and active volcanoes to eventually reach alluring Bali. Begin in Yogyakarta where resolute Javanese culture pulses through this special region and intricately designed temples of historical significance are a must-see. Journey to the top of active volcanoes, Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen, to witness incredible sunrises and a sulphuric crater lake. Apart from the natural wonders of this trip, be prepared to encounter cultural diversity head-on with journeys on local trains and visits to quaint authentic towns. Eventually cross over to Bali and enjoy several days relaxing on the seaside in Sanur. 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit two iconic, ancient temples – Borobudur Buddhist Temple and Prambanan Hindu temple
  • Explore Yogyakarta and the historic neighbourhood of Kotagede
  • Ride a jeep up Mount Bromo and marvel at a truly inspiring sunrise
  • Journey through landscapes of East Java on a local train
  • Hike to the turquoise crater lake atop Mount Ijen

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Meals as mentioned
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Ferry cruises from Java to Bali
  • Local standard train tickets - air-conditioned from Yogyakarta – Jombang and Kalibaru - Banyuwangi
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Yogyakarta

DAY 1 - Yogyakarta

Touch down at Yogyakarta airport and be greeted by a local guide. Often referred to as ‘Jogja’ for short, this Javanese city is a hub for traditional arts and cultural heritage. Check into a hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring the area independently or just simply relaxing after the journey.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Candirejo Village – Borobudur Temple

Head outside the city to explore beautiful landscapes by bicycle in Candirejo Village. Set amidst lush rainforest, this quaint village maintains Javanese culture at its core and has many cultural attractions on offer. Pedal along the quiet countryside lanes and encounter friendly locals before paying a visit to the renowned Borobudur Temple. Constructed during the 8th Century using slabs of lava rock from nearby volcanoes, this complex still remains the single largest Buddhist structure in the world. With thousands of carved reliefs leading to distinctive stupas at the top, this temple is overflowing with detail and symbolism telling stories of the Buddha’s path to enlightenment. Learn all about this incredible site from the local tour guide then return to the hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta City Tour

Start the day with some more cycling, this time to Pramaban Temple - a site dedicated to a different religion. Although Indonesia’s largest Hindu site, this collection of jaggedly sculpted towers is equally as impressive as Borobudur but with smaller crowds. Admire this magnificent spectacle and iconic piece of Indonesia’s cultural heritage before transferring back to Yogyakarta.

In the afternoon, join a city sightseeing tour and visit Yogyakarta’s main highlights. Explore the Sultan’s Palace, known as the Kraton of Yogyakarta, and let the guide explain the history of this significant place. The palace still maintains some of its walls (which once bordered the entire complex) and this unique compound remains home to thousands of people who serve the current Sultan. Wander over to Taman Sari Water Castle with its large artificial lake and bathing complex which over the years has had a host of different functions – from a simple resting and meditation area to a hiding and defence spot. After soaking up the atmosphere, find some local Batik artists working on their latest pieces. Using only hand-waxing and dyeing methods, this is a traditional Indonesian artform which is very prominent in Yogyakarta.

Return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Kotagede

Journey back to the 16th Century with a visit to Kotagede, a historic neighbourhood of Yogyakarta containing the remains of Mataram Sultanate’s first capital. This area is also known as the centre for silverwork and has several open workshops where visitors can observe the process of turning raw silver in to beautiful works of art.

Return to Yogyakarta in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day exploring independently or relaxing at the hotel.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Yogyakarta – Bromo

Depart Java’s cultural capital and head for one of the island’s most well-known natural wonders – Mount Bromo. This active volcano stands 2,329 metres tall in the middle of a plain called ‘Sea of Sand’. Begin today’s journey aboard a train to Jombang; get a glimpse at the daily life of Indonesian’s along this scene route. From here, transport by car the remainder of the way to Bromo.

After a journey of more than 400km, check in and relax at the hotel before embarking on tomorrow’s early morning adventure.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Bromo – Kalibaru

Rise before dawn and board a jeep bound for the crater of Mount Bromo. Watch the sky change hues behind a silhouette of the mystical volcano and stand in awe of a stunning piece of nature’s art. With the sun now above the horizon, return to the hotel before driving further east of Java island to the small hill town of Kalibaru.

 

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Kalibaru – Banyuwangi

Clinging to volcanic foothills, Kalibaru is surrounded by plantations of cocao, coffee, cloves, vanilla and rubber. This morning, explore the area and learn more about the farming of these different crops. From here, board a local train to Banyuwangi on the Eastern tip of Java; onboard facilities are very basic, but this journey provides an opportunity to really understand the local way of life and experience the real Indonesia. Arrive in Banyuwangi, a regency well-known for its diverse nature.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Banyuwangi – Ijen – Sanur

Get an early start and begin a beautiful hike to the crater of Mount Ijen. At the top, find an acidic, turquoise crater lake where local miners collect baskets full of yellow sulphate from the crater floor and transport it to a nearby valley for remuneration. Absorb the view of this incredible ‘mountain of fire’ then descend the volcano back to Banyuwangi. Take the ferry across to Bali then transfer by car down the west coast to eventually reach Sanur in the south. Check into a hotel in Sanur for some relaxation.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Sanur

Located on the southeast of Bali, Sanur is a seaside town known for terrific sunsets and a more relaxed vibe than other beaches on the island. Spend today at leisure; there are lively streets to explore or simply relax on the beach watching waves lap the sand.

DAY 10

DAY 10 - Sanur

Spend today at leisure in Sanur.

DAY 11

DAY 11 - Sanur

Spend today at leisure in Sanur.

DAY 12

DAY 12 - Departure

After travelling overland from Yogyakarta to Bali, it’s time to depart. Transfer to the airport for a departure flight.

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