Exotic East and Central Java in 14 Days / 13 Nights

D1. Arrival – Transfer to Mt Bromo area (D)
Trip Duration: + 3 hours
Upon arrival at Surabaya airport, meeting service and then direct transfer to Bromo. Upon arrive at Mt Bromo area check-in hotel & overnight.
Dinner will be served at hotel

D2. Mt Bromo Sunrise & Penanjakan Peak Tour – Transfer to Baluran – Savannah Dusk Safari (BLD)
Trip Duration: 5 hours
Activity on site: 12 hours
At 3.30 in the early morning you’ll be wake up and the Jeep will bring you to the world’s most famous view point at Mt Penanjakan on the rim of the Tengger caldera to enjoy the sunrise (if we’re lucky) with its young volcanic including Mt Bromo and an active Mt Semeru in the background.Afterward the adventure continue to an active Mt. Bromo volcano to climb up 245 step of stairs (Horse ride is optional). Then the Jeep will bring you back to hotel for breakfast and re-packing. Next we continue our trip to Baluran National Park. Arriving at Baluran check-in hotel and start Savanna Dusk Safari Tour, which is a “soft-core” excursion that brings you an unique thrill of close encounters with wildlife at dark that you only see at a distance of several hundred meters during day-light hours. Upon completion then back to the hotel for overnight.
Lunch will be provided at local restaurant while dinner will be served at hotel.

D3. Baluran – Tabuhan Island – Transfer to Ijen Crater area (BLD)
Activity on site: 5 hours
Trip Duration: + 7 hours
After breakfast at hotel, check-out and transfer to Kampe Beach. Once we reach Kampe Beach, we will cross by speed boat to Tabuhan Island. Tabuhan Island covers an area of about 5 ha. There are spectacular marine gardens, the coral reefs are homes for myriad of shellfish, sponges, crayfish and marine plants. It is good for scuba diving as the water is very clear. After finish relaxing at Tabuhan Island, we crossing back to Kampe Beach and transfer you to Ijen Crater area for check-in hotel & overnight.
Lunch will be provided at local restaurant while dinner will served at hotel/local restaurant.

D4. Ijen Trekking Tour – Coffee Plantation Tour – Transfer to Kalibaru (BLD)
Activities on site: 9 hours
Trip Duration: 3 hours
Early in the morning short transfer to Paltuding Ranger Post for starting Ijen Tour, Breakfast will be arranged from the hotel (picnic style) – Ijen Crater shows a special type of volcanic feature common to Indonesia, about 1 km in diameter and 175 meters deep. The floor is covered completely by a warm lake, milky blue green in color, held back by a dam built many years ago by the Dutch, in order to keep the hot mineral, laden water from raining for the crop lands below. After finishing the unforgettable trip, we will visiting Jampit Coffee plantation, which is a beautiful scenery place formerly known as colony, which land is arranged by their own. You can have a relaxation time while enjoying the locally grown coffee and local snacks in the local guesthouse during the break.
Afterward we transfer to Kalibaru. Arriving at Kalibaru stay overnight at a Margo Utomo Hill View Cottage.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant while dinner will be served at hotel.

D5. Kalibaru – Piket Nol – Oro-oro Ombo – Drive to Malang (BLD)

Activity & Trip Duration : 8 hours
After breakfast at hotel, check-out and join mini plantation tour featuring coffee and cacao and tropical spices. Next, drive to Malang via Piket Nol scenic route.
We can even see the view of Mt Semeru eruption from Oro-oro Ombo village. Once we reach Malang, we will proceed to hotel for check-in and overnight.
Lunch & Dinner will be provided at local restaurant.

D6. Free and relaxing time at Malang
Today you will have your time to relax after 5 days touring around East Java. You may enjoy yourselves utilizing all hotel amenities or try to explore the Malang City on your own.

D7. Malang – Batu resort – Mt Kelud observatory – Drive to Blitar (BLD)
Activity on site: 5 hours
Trip Duration : 7 hours
After breakfast & check-out from hotel. Start to Visiting Batu resort, Batu is resort area in East Java that located on the foothill of Mt Arjuno and it has superb mountain scenery, a cool climate and has a scattering of nearby attractions and we will visiting Cubanrondo Waterfall; the beautiful waterfall on the slope of Mount Panderman resort & Singosari Temple, which was built on 1292AD to memory the King of Kartanegara (the last King of Singosari). Continue our trip to Mt Kelud. We will enjoy beautiful panorama along the way up to Mt Kelud. From here we will have to walk along 110 meters long tunnel and then trekking up to the crater rim (20-40 degree of elevation – 350 meters long). After enjoying beautiful panorama at the peak of Mt Kelud we continue our trip to Blitar. Once arrive at Blitar then we check-in at Tugu Hotel and overnight, which is the best hotel and restaurant in town and located at the heart of the Town of Blitar, it is housed in a colonial building that was built in the 1850s, and was previously owned by a distinguished family of Blitar.
Lunch & dinner will be served at local restaurant.

D8. Blitar – Penataran Temple – Transfer to Surabaya (BLD)
Activity on site: 2 hours
Trip Duration: 5 hours
After breakfast at hotel, check-out and start visiting Penataran Temple, which was dedicated to the Siva and use for at least three hundred years, from the 12th to 15th centuries. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Next Proceed transfer to Surabaya. Upon arrive at Surabaya check-in hotel & overnight.
Lunch & dinner will be served at local restaurant

D9. Surabaya – by train to Yogyakarta (B)

After breakfast at hotel, free time until check-out time and transfer to airport for your return flight.
Upon arrival in Yogyakarta, proceed to hotel for check-in and overnight.
Situated almost exactly halfway along the length of Java, in an area considered to be the heartland of Javanese, Yogyakarta is home to some of the island’s oldest traditions and blessed with a rich, fertile soil from the volcanic ash. It is the cultural capital of Java, with a real mixture of cultural influences, including Hindu and Buddhist temples, dating from the 8th century, Islamic Palaces from the 18th century and Dutch colonial architecture that harks back to the days when the Netherlands held much of Java in its imperialistic grip.

Day 10. Prambanan Temple and Yogyakarta City Tour – Evening visit to Ramayana Ballet
This morning we drive northeast out of the city, heading for the Hindu temple complex of the Prambanan Plain. This remarkable area, one of the most fertile on the island, is home to an incredible array of temples and palaces from the 8th and 9th centuries. The centrepieces of the complex are the three temples that occupy the central courtyard, towering spires dedicated to the Hindu gods of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva (which at 47 metres is the tallest of the three). We will visit the complex with a local guide, wandering amongst the temples and enjoying some of the finest samples of Hindu sculptural detail left on the island. It is believed that the site was abandoned some 300 years ago, when earthquakes reduced many of the spectacular edifices to rubble.
Abandoned to the elements the lay undisturbed until the early years of the 20th century, when reconstruction of the extensive ruins was begun. On our return we take a tour of the city, believed to be one of the most engaging and best preserved on the island. We will include the Kraton Palace complex, which traditional beliefs hold to be the capital of the kingdom and the hub of the cosmos. Built by Java’s first ruling Sultan, Prince Mangkubumi, the palace lies at the heart of a walled city that houses tens of thousands of people, whilst parts of the outer walls are still occupied by Javanese royalty. This quite remarkable complex houses not only the palace buildings, but also everything you would expect of a small town, including markets, mosques, schools and an assorted array of artisans and traders. We will visit the palace, home of the Sultans since the 18th century, as well as the Sonobudoyo Museum, containing an exquisite collection of Javanese art, including masks, batiks and puppets. We wll also visit the Alun Alun Lor Square, a public area that once served as a courthouse and an arena. Within the centre of the square are two sacread banyan trees, under which opposing protagonists would stand and state their case to the Sultan. Its other, rather more basic function was that of a venue for staged fights between tigers and buffalos (or in some cases tigers and condemned criminals), many of which saw the tiger (and almost certainly the criminal) come out as the loser.
After our visit the rest of the day is free to explore more of the city at your own leisure. You may like to wander through the handicraft shops; Yogya is renowned for its batik, as well as its excellent silver and leatherware. There are a number of museums that are well worth seeing in the city and it is also a centre for the performing arts – the traditional Wayang (shado-puppets shows whose origins date back to over 1000 years ago) are particularly recommended. This evening there is the opportunity to view a performance of ‘Ramayana Ballet’, an adaptation of the Hindu epic (optional).

Day 11. Drive to Wonosobo and Borobudur
This morning we head west to Borobudur, the largest and most impresive Buddhist monument in the southern hemisphere.
Constructed in the 8th century this incredible monument – a petrified a vision of the Buddhist cosmos – was lost for 900 years, when Mt Merapi erupted and covered Borobudur in layer of volcanic ash. The structure itself is immense, a gigantic Buddhist stupa constructed from 2 million blocks that covers an area of 200sq metres and rises some 34.5 metres above the Kedu Plain.
Older by nearly half a century than the site at Prambanan, Borobudur is believed to have been built on the top of foundations for what was originally a temple dedicated to Shiva, abandonded by the Hindu Sanjayas when their Buddhist rivals the Sailendras swept through the Malay peninsula during the 8th century.
A combination of earthquakes, subsidence and the mass migration of the Javanese to the east of the island saw the temple abandoned sometime during the 9th century, to be rediscovered again later by the British. Substantial work has been carried out to salvage the exquisite carvings and designs that adorn the structure and we can wander through the site today and marvel at the incredible detail of its narrative panels, which detail everything from Buddhist doctrines to the daily life of the Javanese. Finally we drive to the small town of Wonosobo, nestling amongst the hills of the central mountains.

Day 12. Visit and Tour at Dieng Plateau
Leaving early in this morning we drive up to the Dieng Plateau (1980m), where we visit Java’s oldest temples, set amongst a spectacular vista of mountain lakes, geysers and thermal springs. Lying within a volcanic caldera, Dieng translates as ‘Abode of the Gods’ and at this altitude low cloud and mists very often hug and folded landscape, instilling the area with an air of mystical serenity. Spread across this surreal landscape lie the remnants of hundreds of abandoned temples that date from the 7th century, when Hindu priests and pilgrims regularly occupied this sacred sight.
Like the other temples we have seen in the area, Dieng too was abandoned during the mysterious exodus that took place some 1000 years ago.
We will visit some of the prime sites around the plateau, including the Arjuna complex, which are believed to be the oldest of the temples. Dedicated to Shiva, one of Hindu’s great deities, the five temples that make up this central complex are all named after characters from the Mahabharata tales.
We will also visit nearby museum at Candi Gatutkaca, where we will find a collection of statuary and sculptures retrieved from some of the other temples around the site. At Candi Bima we discover the fascinating carvings of sculpted faces (kudu), blanklu starring back from the walls of the temple and more often seen in the temples of southern India, but strangely unique to Java.
As well as the temples the Dieng Plateau is as much renowned for its incredible natural features and our visit also includes the sulphur lakes of Telaga Warna and Telaga Pengilon (colored and mirror lake respectively), as well as the smoking fumaroles of Kawah Sikidang. At the end of the tour the rest of your time here is free to explore as you wish, before a late afternoon departure back to Wonosobo.

Day 13. Drive to Tawangmangu via Mangkunegaran’s Palace at Solo; village walk to Candi Sukuh

Departing the highlands this morning we turn east, travelling via Ambarawa and Salatiga and across the Prambanan Plain once more, to the city of Surakarta, more commonly known as Solo. This is Java’s second royal city, situated on the banks of the Kali Solo River and nestling in the shadow of three of Java’s highest volcanoes. Like its younger rival Yogya, the city is a hub of Javanese culture and tradition, but has probably seen more than its fair share of upheaval and bloodshed following its foundation in the mid 18th century. We intend to visit the palace of Puri Mangkunegaran, which has the largest pavilion in Indonesia, a cavernous structure with a vividly decorated ceiling depicting figures of the Javanese zodiac. The palace also houses an excellent museum containing some quite unique artefacts, including gold-plated dresses, unfeasibly large Buddhist rings and his and hers golden genital covers!
After our visit we continue east, towards the hill town of Tawangmanggu, lying on the slopes of Gunung Lawu close to the border with eastern Java. The western slopes of Gunung Lawu, one of Java’s holiest mountains, is blanketed in lush forests and dotted with numerous temples. These religious sites are the last built by the Hindus before the island converted to Islam. One of the most spectacular by far is that of Candi Sukuh, a mysterious structure that sits some 900m above the surrounding countryside.
Built during the 15th century this unusual pyramid seems to bear little resemblance to the earlier structures that we have seen and indeed there is still some mystery as to who built it and why. Its remarkable carvings would seem to indicate that the temple was dedicated to a fertility cult and it is believed that part of the temple’s purpose was to determine the faithfulness of existing wives and the virginity of potential ones. Our return walk to the temple from the village will take us around three and a half hours including our visit.
For those interested there is the possibility of taking a walk this evening to the nearby waterfall of Grojogan Sewu, a favourite haunt for local monkeys and a great place to reflect on the day.

Day 14.  Tawangmangu – Return back to Yogyakarta
After breakfast we will return back to Yogyakarta. Spend one night in Yogyakarta is the best thing to do after many hours traveling.
You will have maximum time to relax or do anything you like on your last night in Indonesia.

Day 15. Yogyakarta – Transfer out
It’s come to the end. The time that you will have to return back to your daily and normal activities.
We’ll take you to Yogyakarta Airport, farewell and see you on your next visit to Indonesia.

What is included in the tour package :
– Accommodations twin/double share
– Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as appeared in itinerary
– Tours and entrance fees for all of the sites the group attends together, as listed in the Itinerary
– All transports required for the whole journey as indicated in itinerary
– Services of a professional Tourist Guide throughout the tour
– Tour production by PT Lintang Buana Wisata Nusantara
– Specified accommodations and meals for the guide and driver
– Return airport to hotel transfer

What is not included yet in the tour package :
– Airfare & airport tax
– Travel Insurance
– Personal expenses, optional tours or additional meals
– Tipping or gratitudes for driver and guide 

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