8 Days Java Adventure Highlights
In this adventurous trip you can explore cycling, temples and a non crowded hike to Mt Bromo
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN YOGYAKARTA – TRANSFER TO HOTEL
Welcome to Yogyakarta! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by your teman and you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your accommodation.
DAY 2 : SUNRISE HIKE OR JEEP TO MERAPI – HALF DAY PRAMBANAN TOUR (OPTIONAL ARRANGEMENT FOR RAMAYANA BALLET)
Today you will get closer with one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Merapi. It is a towering fortress, bordering north of Yogyakarta with Central Java. A sunrise hike or jeep ride to this place is surely irreplaceable. Jeep ride is the popular visit choice, taking travelers to see the bunker, alien (human-shaped) stone, and remnants of houses and artifacts from the massive 2010 eruption. Meanwhile, 1-hour sunrise hike or advanced 4-hours trekking towards the summit is sure challenging as well.
Your next destination is Prambanan Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in Java. Optional arrangement: Finish the day as most others do with watching Ramayana Ballet Theatre performance.
Next, you will drive back to your accommodation to rest.
DAY 3 : SUNRISE HIKE AT MENOREH HILL – FULL DAY TOUR OF BOROBUDUR, MENDUT, AND PAWON TEMPLE – JAVANESE LUNCH AT KOPI BADHEK
Another sunrise adventure! You will be driven to the starting point to hike Menoreh Hill. There are 1 to 3 hours route available depends on your physical condition. When you are on top then you will be able to get upclose with the locals on their plantations and enjoy the fantastic view.
Your next destination is Borobudur Temple, one of the must-see sites while in Java. The magnificent temple gives a panoramic view of the city, and also breathtaking view of Mount Merapi from far. You will then continue to Mendut and Pawon Temples, located at the Borobudur Temple Complex.
Continue on, you will be taken to Kopi Badhek Restaurant to have an authentic Javanese lunch. Experience Javanese authentic culinary at its best In this beautiful place; a small plantations surrounded by sweeping rice fields.
Next, you will be driven back to your accommodation.
DAY 4 : TRANSFER TO MOJOKERTO (EARLY TRAIN) – DRIVE TO BROMO
You will take early train to Mojokerto before you will be driven to Bromo.
Check-In at your accommodation and rest.
DAY 5 : ‘BROMO THE KOSTUBA WAY’ – DRIVE TO KALIBARU
We know that it is hard to really visit Bromo without the crowd, however, we can “cheat” other visitors by doing Bromo differently (changing the normal route). We will first visit Mentigen Hill. Despite located in lower elevation, this viewpoint provides a fantastic closer look of Mount Bromo from different angle. Afterwards, head down to the crater of Mount Bromo for a short hike. We will then continue to Penanjakan and enjoy Bromo’s iconic viewpoint. Finally, we will descend down again to visit the savanna and whispering sand of Bromo. Alternatively, this second part of the trip can be arranged in the late afternoon; starting in the savanna and whispering sand, before driving to Penanjakan for sunset.
You will then be driven to Kalibaru and check-in at your accommodation.
DAY 6 : KALIBARU PLANTATION – MERU BETIRI NATIONAL PARK – SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION (MIDNIGHT)
Before reaching Meru Betiri National Park, you will make a stop at a small hill town of Kalibaru. The area has many plantations and scenic views; a great stop surrounded by ranges of hills in the west and south, while Mount Raung is on your north. At elevation of 428 meters above sea level, Kalibaru has nice cool climate and well-known for its potential home industries of Tahu (beancurd). Next, you will continue to Meru Betiri National Park. You will have a chance to visit the fabled refuge of the Javan Tiger and a famous nesting beach for sea turtles. While tiger sight requires a huge luck (and perhaps more time in the jungle), this trip will give you guarantee an exciting off-road jeep ride through the jungles and rivers. You will also start midnight trek to Sukamade Beach where you can see the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs. You will be driven to your simple accommodation inside the national park.
DAY 7 : MERU BETIRI NATIONAL PARK – DRIVE TO IJEN
Today is your second day exploring Meru Betiri National Park! Explore the jungle more and take a good look, because you may take sight of the Javan Tiger! You will continue to Ijen afterwards.
DAY 8 : IJEN BLUE FIRE & SUNRISE HIKE – DEPARTURE (BANYUWANGI SEAPORT/SURABAYA AIRPORT)
You will start midnight, around 12AM to go to the starting trekking point of Ijen Crater. It is the biggest crater lake in Java and famous with its “Blue Fire”. The midnight hike down to the crater lake lies between natural dams of deeply etched rock. You can also see sulfur miners carry individual loads of up to 70kg, often barefooted, up to the crater rim and then 17km down the mountainside to a factory. You will enjoy simple breakfast on top.
After descending down, you will be transferred to the seaport or Surabaya airport (depending on your departure schedule).