Day 1- … Arrival – Yogyakarta
Upon arrival at Yogyakarta, meet & greet and transfer service to hotel.
Day 2 – Yogyakarta – Mt. Merapi’s side – 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 3 – Yogyakarta – Mt. Merapi’s observatory – Prambanan’s 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 4 – Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Tawangmanggu
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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – 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 8 – Sempol- Kawah ijen Crater– Banyupoh (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 Banyupoh, 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 9 – Banyupoh – Munduk
Free morning on Banyupoh’s wonderful beaches to observe the marine wildlife and the island of Menjangan. A boat can be rented for further discovery. Early in the afternoon, we go on a discovery-walk around Munduk. The area of Munduk is a beautifully picturesque region with coffee and clove plantations, nearby forests, waterfalls and some of the most beautiful views of the island. Overnight at losmen.
Transfers = 1 hr, walking = 3 hrs
Day 10 – Munduk – Tamblingan and Buyan Lakes – Ulun Danau Bratan temple – Bedugul – Catur
The Munduk region is the cradle of primeval Balinese culture. Dutch settlers in the old colonial capital of Singaraja, on the north coast, enjoyed spending holidays in this region. We continue walking to Bedugul, along the volcanic lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. These lakes were a single body of water until a landslide divided it into two in 1818. We proceed to the placid lake of Bratan, source of life-giving water for the springs, rivers and rice fields below. In delightful scenery and surrounded by spectacular mountains, we make a stop at the marvellous Ulun Danu Bratan Hindu-Buddhist temple. We later on cross the picturesque market of Bedugul, before setting off again to Catur, located halfway between the Bratan lake and Mt. Batur’s caldera. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Transfers = 1 hr, walking = 5 hrs, A = 500 m, D = 100 m
Day 11 – Catur – Penelokan – Toyabungkah (Mt. Batur)
Our day starts with a short stroll around Catur, through orange and coffee plantations. Early afternoon, we head back to the slopes of Mt. Batur (1,717 m) and enjoy from Penelokan (literally meaning ‘look-out’) a superb view over the lake lying at its foot. The large size of its crater (14 km across) implies that Mt. Batur used to be a much larger mountain (certainly as tall as Mt. Agung), which blew its top thousands of years ago. Now, this old crater is half-filled with a huge lake, the largest of Bali. Its other half is cultivated and covered with lava fields. The blackened cone of Mt. Batur sits in the middle of this stunning panorama. We carry out our ascent of Mt. Batur through its old lava flows, and skirt around its four craters. Overnight at a local inn (losmen).
Transfers = 45 minutes, walking = 5 hrs, D = 300 m
Day 12 – Toyabungkah – Mt. Batur – Toyabungkah – Kehen temple – Ubud
We start our ascent of the Batur volcano before dawn, reaching the top of the oldest crater before sunrise. We walk down to the youngest and most active crater, keeping at a safe distance. The afternoon, we visit the second temple, Kehen (often considered to be the most attractive temple in Bali), in the vicinity of Bangli. Then, we set off to Ubud, a small town amidst emerald green rice paddies and steep ravines in the stunning Central Balinese foothills. Ubud is known as the cultural centre of the island. Despite tourist expansion, this place has preserved its peacefulness and beauty. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 2 hrs, walking = 5 hrs, A = D = 600 m
Day 13 – Ubud – Tampaksiring – Jimbaran
Warm-up walk through the rice fields of Tampaksiring. There, a family of Balinese artists welcomes us, serving a delicious typical lunch in their traditional home. They later perform typical Balinese dances. Free afternoon back in Ubud, followed by transfer to the idyllic beaches of Jimbaran, in the south of the island. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 1 hr, walking = 5 hrs
Day 14 – Jimbaran – Next destination
Free day before transfer to the airport. The landscape surrounding Jimbaran totally differs from that found in the rest of the island. Most of Bali’s soil is volcanic covered with tropical vegetation and watered year-round by various huge mountain lakes. Jimbaran and Bukit Badung constitute in contrast a non-volcanic limestone plateau with a unique ecology. Flight to your next destination.
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