Overview

Java, Indonesia’s main island, is home to more than half of the country’s total population and dominations the nation both politically and economically. You might think with this much population on an island; you might think there is nothing for adventuring. As crowded as it is, this fantastic island has loads of unexplored corners just waiting for travelers looking for something different. The island is blessed with natural beauty. The central part of the island is dominated by hundreds of volcanoes, among which many are still active. To the south of this island is the homeland of the ethnic Javanese and the epicenter of their arts, culture, and language, epitomized by the royal courts of Yogyakarta and Solo. Steel untouched by westernization, these two cities are the center of Java’s tourist industry and offers the finest facilities for travelers. Another major tourist destination is the volcanic massif of Gunung Bromo that lies to the east. There are plenty of other volcanic landscapes on this island to explore. The most popular are the colored lakes of the windswept Dieng Plateau and the world-known Krakatau. The island also contains mountains to hike and national parks to trek. also, the island’s train transport connects from east to west, being the only reliable train network in Indonesia. Javanese are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality.

Best Time to Visit

Weather in Indonesia can be distinct in two; wet and dry. The temperature of Indonesia is warm around the year ranging around 28degree Celsius in the day. In most regions, the dry season falls from May to September, with the monsoon lying between October and April. The best time to visit Java is during the dry season, which falls between May to September; these months has hot, dry, and sunny days. These months are also a great time to climb the mountains of Bromo or Ijen. The months from November to March is the rainy season in Java, although the rainfall is low in east Java than the western regions. Even though the temperatures are warm all year round, it can get colder in the higher mountainous areas such as Mt. Bromo, particularly during nighttime.

Food in Java

Java contains some fantastic tastes. You can find a wide selection of delicious Indonesian meals in Java, and many restaurants in bigger cities offer western-style food.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • A highly experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, and friendly English speaking guide
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • All domestic transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Jakarta

Upon arrival, our airport representative will welcome and escort you to the hotel in Jakarta. On the way, he will give a brief explanation on your further trip. after reaching the hotel, check into your room. Then, you can just rest in your room, or you can explore this bustling city.

Day Two:

Jakarta/Bandung

In the morning, we head out for a guided sightseeing tour of the bustling Jakarta. Jakarta is the main and largest city of Indonesia. This crowded city might give you the idea that it is not great for tourists; however, you have to rethink after visiting the hidden treasures and shopping haven. The city is also famous for its nightlife. Jakarta lies in the northwestern part of Java. Some of the major attraction of the city includes Ancol Dream Park, National Museum, National Monument, Chinatown, History Museum, and many more. Today, we will visit the former Batavia area, see the relics of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa harbor. Sunda Kelapa Harbour was the main port of the Sunda Kingdom, but now is a bustling port full of Makassar schooners. In Bandung, you can choose to see the angklung orchestra where children use bamboo instruments to create melodies. In the afternoon, we depart from Jakarta to Bandung. Bandung lies at the southeast of Jakarta and is a center of industry and traditional Sundanese arts. The major attraction of the place is Tangkuban Prahu volcano from where you can walk for a couple of hours through a pleasant forest that winds down to the city. Another popular highlight of the city is the Kawah Putih, a stunning lake with pristine water. As the lake originated from a volcano, it is a sulphuric lake.

Day Three:

Bandung/ Yogyakarta

In the morning, we take a train to Yogyakarta. Along the way, you will see some picturesque sceneries. Yogyakarta is one of the most attractive cities in Java and is a major center for the classical Javanese arts of batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows. It is also an excellent base to explore the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan or take an early morning hike up Gunung Merapi. This city is not only famous for its natural beauty but also has some delicious cuisine and great shopping. As the city attracts most tourists in Java, the number of hotels here is also more in contrast to other cities of Java. The city’s most popular show is Wayang kulit (shadow puppetry), the essence of Javanese culture. the show uses puppets for performance, and it will be one of the most dynamic and expressive puppets shows you will ever see. You can also see the Ramayana dance drama, which is a modern expansion of the court dances of the nineteenth century with Ramayana as the source of their storylines. You can also visit the famous Hindu Temple, Prambanan. Built in the 9th century for Trimurti, this temple is an expression that God is the Creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu), and also the Destroyer (Shiva). As it is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia, UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site.

Day Four:

Yogyakarta

Today, enjoy the guided sightseeing tour of this gorgeous city. We head out to visit the Sultan’s palace; this Javanese architecture is the collection of ornate kiosks and graceful pendopos. The palace is split into two parts; the Pagelaran that lies south of the Alun-Alun, which has very few things to see. Further south, there is the entrance to the main palace which has remained almost the same in more than 2century. Here, you will see the hushed courtyards, the faint stirs of the gamelan and the old palace retainers, dressed in the traditional style with a kris (dagger) tucked in their back, all of which shows a remarkable sense of timelessness. In the afternoon, we head back to the hotel. The rest of the time is free for leisure. You can explore the city on your own. some of the major highlights of the place are the Kraton Palace, Taman Sari, Candi Sambisari, etc.

Day Five:

Yogyakarta

After breakfast, we will visit the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, Borobudur. Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around the Sailendra dynasty between 778 and 856AD. However, after a bit more than a century, this sanctuary was mysteriously abandoned. At around the same time, Gunung Merapi erupted violently and covered Borobudur in volcanic ash and debris, and concealing it for centuries. However, in 1900, the Dutch government restored the sanctuary, and between the 1950s and 1960s, UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site. Borobudur looks like a mandala when seen from the year. you can get insight into the Buddhist religion on this sanctuary.

Day Six:

Yogyakarta/ Ngadas

After breakfast, we head onto Ngadas village that lies in the scenic Mt. Bromo region. This serene village above the clouds at Mt. Bromo is one of the highest villages on the island of Java. As the village lies on the mountainous region, the temperature here is much colder than any other area in Indonesia. Villages of Ngadas practice the ancient rituals and ceremonies even today. They believe that these rituals and ceremonies bring them to order, good fortune, and prosperity. Most inhabitants of this village work at farming in plantations and horticultural gardens. After reaching this gorgeous village, walk around the village and see how beautiful it is. Today, we will stay at a homestay hosted by a local family. The homestay is basic but very comfortable and is a great way to learn about the local culture, customs, and traditions.

Day Seven:

Ngadas/ Malang

Today, we start the day early with a trek to the Mt. Bromo from where you can get a stunning view of the sunrise. We walk along the sea of sand and enjoy the mesmerizing views as the sun rises over the edge of the crater. Mt. Bromo stands at an altitude of 2329meteres and is the most iconic and most hiked mountain in Indonesia. This active volcano rises out of a vast, windswept, sandy plain. This sea of sand stretches up to 10 km in diameter, with walls soaring up to 300meters high. You don't need any prior trekking experience or climbing skills to reach the top of this volcano; it is an easy walk. Mt. Bromo is one of the major attractions of Java, and you can get a stunning view of the fumaroles belching noxious sulphuric fumes from the peak of the mountain. After enjoying the view from Mt. Bromo, we head back to Ngadas for breakfast. After breakfast, we go for a guided sightseeing tour of the village on foot. Later in the afternoon, we move onto Malang for the night.

Day Eight :

Malang/ Sanur

Malang is one of the largest city in East Java and serves as a cultural capital of Java. Malang Tourism is quite famous for both Indonesians and international travelers. Locals often come to this place to escape from the bustling city and enjoy some quiet, relaxing time. The city lies between two mountains, Mt. Semery, the highest mountain in Java and Mt. Bromo, the renowned volcanic mountain. You can make Malang as a base to visit any of these mountains. Malang is also very famous for its gorgeous landscape and cultural attractions like temples. Ijen Boulevard and Singosari Temple are some of the major attractions of the city. Today, we move towards Sanur. After reaching Sanur, check into the hotel, and the rest of the time is free for leisure. The waters of Sanur are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and a whole array of water sports. the reefs around Sanur produce some of the best waves in the world, although they can be very shallow at low tide. Sanur is also the starting point for visitors wanting to dive and explore the nearby island, Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is one of three neighboring islands of Sanur and is the smallest island among the other two. You can choose to go diving or snorkeling in the waters of Sanur and explore the ever-changing underwater life. The waves are good for surfing, but it can get crowded. You can also head out for biking in the beachfront cycle path that stretches about 5km. if you want to enjoy some relaxing time, hire a banana boat and sail in the calm waters enjoying its serenity. You could also try Sea Walker, which is a unique diving system that allows you to observe the underwater world to the depth of 15feet. You will be walking at the bottom of the sea rather than swimming.

Day Nine:

Sanur

The trip comes to an end today. After breakfast, you can check-out from the hotel at any time. if you have time, you can explore more of this beautiful beach city on your own. or, you can relax at the beach while enjoying the sun, sandy beach, and the salty air.

Inform us about your flight schedule, and we will transfer you to the airport approx three hours before your flight. However, if you are planning to stay longer in Indonesia and want to make a further trip or require an accommodation, we will be happy to manage it for you.

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