Day 02. Bogor – Cisarua
Free morning in Bogor. Bogor’s pride and one of the world’s great biological treasures, is its botanical garden. Established by the Dutch in 1817, this garden is the work of generations of botanists who performed the Herculean feat of assembling over 15,000 species of tropical plants from around the world. You can walk around its 87 hectares, stroll along its lawns, pools and tree-shaded paths. This is a way for you to become more acquainted with tropical flora. In the early afternoon, we transfer to the surrounding area and Mt. Gede’s slopes and walk through its natural surrounds. Overnight at a village house.
Transfers = 1 hr, walking = 3 hrs, A = D = 250 m
Day 03. Cisarua – Bandung
We walk through tropical rainforests and scenic tea plantations in the morning. Then, transfer to Bandung, the capital of West Java. Overnight at a hotel.
Transfers = 3 hrs, walking = 4 hrs
Day 04. Bandung – Mt. Tangkuban Perahu – Bandung
Because of its art-deco style architecture, Bandung has earned for itself the nickname ‘Paris of the East.’ In the morning, we stroll around the town, satisfying our curiosity. Early in the afternoon, we ride to Mt. Tangkuban Prahu, an active volcano located north of Bandung. On top of this volcano, a whole series of craters can be walked around and even walked down into! We walk until its hot springs (swimming is possible). We pass through Kawah Domas, an isolated crater full of boiling mud, and admire other beautiful landscapes of the higher regions. We head back to Bandung in the late afternoon. Overnight at a hotel.
Transfers = 2.5 hrs, walking = 3,5 hrs, D = 300m
Day 05. Bandung – Mt. Galunggung – Tasikmalaya
Following a free morning, we transfer to Tasikmalaya, a town in the shadow of the Galunggung volcano (2,168 m). We discover Kawah Telaga Bodas, its pale green sulphurous lake. To appreciate its beauty, we skirt around its crater, a spectacular rocky cauldron filled with a magnificent green-tinted lake. We walk down to hot springs. Later, in the late afternoon, we head back to Tasikmalaya. Overnight at a local inn (losmen).
Transfers = 4 hrs, walking = 3 hrs, A = 100 m, D = 300 m
Day 06. Tasikmalaya – Pangandaran
We spend the morning in the Pangandaran Natural Park, on the coast of West Java. Pangandaran stands at the entrance of a peninsula covered with forests. It is surrounded with two black sand bays. This small fishing town is Java’s main seaside resort, well known for its idyllic spots. We start our trip roaming in this lush forest, where we find abundant wildlife and see the local flora in blossom, not to mention the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia patura. Everything here is wildlife (athletic squirrels, pugnacious grey macaques, banteng…). Overnight at a hotel.
Transfers = 3 hrs, walking = 4 hrs
Day 08. Yogyakarta – Mt. Merapi’s flank – Yogyakarta
Morning free to tour this colourful city, the cradle of Javanese culture. Early in the afternoon, we leave for the southwest side of the Merapi volcano to safely observe the 1994 lava flows from the top of a balcony-shaped hill. This viewpoint also allows us enjoy the last light of dusk highlighting the volcano’s active slope. Right at this point, we immediately understand how important legends and myths about Mt. Merapi are for the local people. If we are lucky enough, we may even see trails of glowing red lava blocs tumbling down Mt. Merapi’s slopes. We then head back to Yogyakarta early in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 3 hrs, walking = 4 hrs, A = D = 250 m
Day 09. Yogyakarta – Mt. Merapi’s observatory – Prambanan temple – Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta city tour: visit the sultan’s palace built in 1756, the colourful bird market. Visit of Mt. Merapi’s observatory, where is recorded the complete data about its volcanic activity, another way to better understand this volcanic island. We also visit Prambanan Hindu temple, in particular the so-called Loro Jonggrang complex, generally considered Java’s most elegant and awe-inspiring candi (temple), noted for the graceful proportions of its 47 m central Siva temple. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 1 hr
Day 10. Yogyakarta – Borobudur temple – Tawangmangu
We begin our walk in a small daily market hidden away in the Menoreh hills, 25 km west of Yogyakarta. We help you discover the workings of a traditional Javanese market place and test out your bargaining skills. On this walk, up-hill at first, we experience the tranquillity and beauty of local countryside: below us, green fields and rice terraces, and on the horizon the amazing panorama of surrounding volcanoes, including Mt. Sumbing, Mt. Merbabu, and Mt. Merapi… and in the distance, the monumental Borobudur temple. We may join traditional farmers attending to their land. Finally, upon arrival at the astounding Buddhist sanctuary, we visit this huge temple. Later, we transfer to Tawangmanggu, on the slopes of Mt. Lawu, overlooking Surakarta. Overnight at guest-house (losmen).
Transfers = 3 hrs, walking = 5 hrs A=300m – D=500m
N.B: For an extra cost, Borobudur, largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, can also be reached on Sumatran elephants, through rice fields and remote villages. Please contact us for further information.
Day 11. Tawangmangu – Sukuh temple – Tumpang
We begin our walk to the Sukuh temple, the last bastion of Hinduism to remain in Central Java after the expansion of Islam. Situated in the midst of forests and tea plantations, the temple contains an original Hindu iconography, including phallic symbols and turtle-like tables. These relics reveal the past existence of initiation rites, probably orgiastic. In the afternoon, we move to Tumpang, sub-district of Malang. Overnight at village house.
Transfers = 6 hrs, walking = 4 hrs
Day 12. Tumpang – Cemorolawang – Mt. Bromo
In the morning, 4WDs take us to Tengger, a region where the famous smoking peak of Mt. Bromo stands, 2329 m above the sea. The surrounding caldera forms an enormous desolate sea of lava sand. We eventually cross the astonishing Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park. We go partly along on the caldera’s crest before finally walking down to the sand sea. There, we visit the village of Cemorolawang (on another crest, on the opposite side). In the afternoon, we hike up this active volcano and walk around its crater. Looking into its seething cauldron of bubbling water, ash and sulphur, it is easy to understand why the ancient Javanese regarded this as the entrance to purgatory. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 2.5 hrs, walking = 4 hrs, A = D = 350 m
Day 13. Cemorolawang – Mt. Pananjakan – Sempol (Kawah Ijen)
4WDs take us down to the sea of sand and on a drive to the summit of Mt. Pananjakan (2,775 m). From its top, we enjoy a striking sunrise over the caldera, the Bromo volcano as well as the nearby slopes of Mt. Semeru, both mountains belching out volcanic ashes. As aboard an airplane, we see the Tengger volcanoes lined up before us in a single, sweeping panorama. Mt. Semeru’s presence is so immediate we can almost touch it. This is unique scenery! In the middle of the day, we transfer to an area closer to Kawah Ijen. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 6 hrs, A = 350 m
Day 14. Sempol – Kawah Ijen crater (Java) – Pemuteran (Bali)
After a sunrise over the landscapes surrounding Kawah Ijen (the green crater), we proceed to a sulphur-processing site. We observe miners extract sulphur from the largest acid lake in the world, and attend a sulphur weighing. These workers have a difficult job: they carry on their backs 100 kg of sulphur to a plant 15 km away. As for ourselves, we reach the site slowly and carefully, as sulphur is an irritant. Then, we transfer to Pemuteran, Bali’s northwest seaside resort, a nice place to keep away from tourist crowds. Overnight at our hotel overlooking the sea
Transfers = 5 hrs, walking = 3 hrs, A = D = 350 m
Day 16. Transfer to Jimbaran in southern part of Bali
After breakfast, we will leave Pemuteran to Jimbaran in the southern part of Bali in order to make a closer distant to the airport.
Upon arrival at Jimbaran, proceed to hotel – check-in and overnight.
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