Day 2 – Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Yogyakarta
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. If time allows it, we transfer to the village of Babadan, on Mt. Merapi’s western slopes, where we visit the volcano observatory. We eventually reach the top of a small hill facing the 1994 lava flows and which offers, at sunset, an amazing view of the volcano! Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 4 hrs, walking = 7 hrs
Note: For an extra cost, Borobudur, the 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 3 – Yogyakarta – Prambanan – Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta city tour: we visit the sultan’s palace built in 1756, Taman Sari, the colourful bird market and Mt. Merapi’s observatory, where is collected all data about its volcanic activity: another great way to better understand this volcanic island. We also visit the Prambanan Hindu temple, in particular the so-called Loro Jonggrang complex, generally considered to be Java’s most elegant and awe-inspiring candi (temple), and noted for the graceful proportions of its 47 m central Siva temple. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 1 hr
Day 4 – Yogyakarta – Mt. Merapi – Yogyakarta
Non-Indonesians can barely understand the unique relationship between Yogyanese and Mt. Merapi, which overlooks the cultural capital of Java. It is actually one of the most active and monitored volcanoes in the world. Its own ‘gatekeeper’ leads every year an offering ceremony to its summit. The volcano’s fertile ashes make it possible for thousands of local people to earn a living. Scientific curiosity, inspiration of spiritual feelings, as well as part of the economic life, Mt. Merapi is present throughout daily life. This walk aims at helping you understand this famous volcano a little more! We therefore drive early and directly to Kinahrejo, where Mbah Marijan, the ‘gatekeeper’ of the volcano lives. After a short walk around his village, we proceed to Kaliurang and Pakem. After lunch, we drive to Muntilan and its lava quarries. Back to Yogyakarta. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 4 hrs, walking = 1 hr
Day 5 – Yogyakarta – Solo – Sukuh temple/Cetho temple – Malang
In the morning, we leave Yogya for Solo, where renowned batik manufactures and an antique market are awaiting you. Then we visit the Sukuh temple, situated on the slopes of Mt. Lawu, overlooking Surakarta (or ‘Solo’). This temple was the last bastion of Hinduism remaining in Central Java after the expansion of Islam. Situated in the midst of forests and tea plantations, this temple has a original Hindu iconography, including phallic symbols and turtle-like tables. These relics reveal the past existence of initiation rites, probably orgiastic. Should time allow it, we visit the Cetoh temple located close by. In the afternoon, we proceed to Malang. Overnight at hotel.
Transfers = 8 hrs
Day 6 – Malang – Tumpang – Cemorolawang – Mt. Bromo
In the morning, 4WDs takes us to Tengger, a region where the famous smoking peak of Mt. Bromo stands at 2,329 m. The surrounding caldera forms an enormous desolate sea of lava sand. Our discovery trip takes us through the astonishing Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park. We walk partly on the caldera’s crest, before continue down to the sand sea. We visit the village of Cemorolawang (on a crest situated 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 it as the entrance to purgatory. Overnight at hotel
Transfers = 2.5 hrs, walking = 4 hrs, A = D = 350 m
Day 7 – Cemorolawang – Mt. Pananjakan – Kalibaru
4WD takes us down to the sea of sand and on a drive to the summit of Mt. Pananjakan (2,775 m). From the top, we enjoy a striking sunrise over the caldera, Mt. Bromo as well as over the nearby slopes of Mt. Semeru, both mountains belching out volcanic ashes. As aboard an airplane, we admire 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 Kalibaru village on the slope of Mt Raung.
Transfers = 6 hrs, A = 350 m
Day 8 – Kalibaru village – Sukamade Beach at Meru Betiri National Park
Morning Andhong tour (horse cart). In the mid day, we stop at the Meru Betiri Natural Reserve, then at Sukamade’s famous beach home to green turtles. We may stroll briefly on the beach’s white sand, as well as in the heart of the surrounding rainforest. Overnight at a boarding house.
Day 9 – Sukamade – Banyuwangi
At night, we walk and observe turtles. In the morning, you have some free time and may swim or stroll in this marvellous park. Transfer in the afternoon to Banyuwangi. The city is the earlier capital of Blambangan, the last Hindu kingdom on Java, destroyed in the 18th century in a three-way tussle between Madurese pirates, Balinese Rajas and Dutch Armies.
Day 10 – Banyuwangi – Kawah Ijen crater – Banyuwangi
Following an early walk to enjoy the sun rising over the landscapes surrounding Kawah Ijen (the “green crater”), we proceed to the sulphur-processing site. We observe miners extracting sulphur from the largest acid lake in the world, and attend a sulphur weighing. Miners have a difficult work indeed. They carry on their backs 100 kg of sulphur to a factory 15 km away. As for us, we reach the site slowly and carefully, as sulphur is an irritant. Then, towards the end of the morning, we head back to Banyuwangi.
Walking = 3 hrs, A = D = 350 m
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