Immerse yourself in Inodnesian culture on this trip to Java is the world’s most populous island, home to 140 million people. Sitting at the epicentre of the Archipelago, it is the beating heart of business and the cultural soul of the nation. Java is a long strip of an island running from Sumatra in the West, to Bali in the East; splitting the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean with a rugged landmass along the ring of fire. A powerhouse on the modern stage, Java traces its influence back through the centuries in its artistry, traditions and architecture. This is a land of fire, stone and spices; home to volcanoes, palaces and Hindu-Buddhist relics that have witnessed the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, sultanates and empires.
So come see traditional Javanese craftsmanship in action in Yogyakarta, where the Sultan’s Palace represents the capital of Javanese culture. You'll also visit Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument and explore the Hindus Temple of Prambanan. Experience Malang and the beautiful village surroundings of coffee & cocoa plantations. You might also want to see the sunrise at Mount Bromo (optional) which is a wonderful scene you will never forget. In Kalibaru, breathe in the smells and feast your eyes on the many colours of Indonesia at beautiful garden plantations. From then, it’s a ferry ride over to Bali and the next chapter in your Indonesia adventure.
Today you'll gather with your fellow travelers art the designated meeting point at about 07.30-08.00 to start today's journey. You'll visit the Kraton and Taman Sari, then witness local handicraft in action, with craftsmen working on both batik and silver. You'll then have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, after which you'll take a trip to explore Borobudur Temple; one of the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments. It was built in the 9th century and has recently been fully restored by an International effort under the aegis of UNESCO. Next, you'll return to your hotel in Yogyakarta.
Overnight in Yogyakarta (Breakfast, Lunch).
Yogyakarta - Solo
After a hearty breakfast, you'll leave your hotel in Yogyakarta to drive some 16 km to Prambanan and visit the Hindu Temple Complex of Rara Jongrang, built by King Smaratungga of the Sañjaya Dynasty in the 9th century. You'll also visit the beautiful Wisnu Temple. You'll be amazed by the magnificent 9th-century Hindu Temple of Prambanan, before driving to the town of Solo to explore the Palace of Mangkunegaran. You'll also have lunch at a local restaurant before going to your hotel.
Overnight in Solo (Breakfast, Lunch).
Solo - Malang
This morning you'll start your day with an appetizing breakfast and go visit Pasar Gede, a bustling local market where you can see people bargaining to get their daily items. You'll continue to the beautiful Mantingan forest and stop to see some different species of animals and birds. You'll have lunch at a local restaurant, then proceed to Malang via a winding road at Pujon, and arrive in the evening.
Overnight in Malang (Breakfast, Lunch).
Malang - Kalibaru
The city is known as an old retirement town with some colonial buildings, beautiful green parks, and streets. You'll depart to Kalibaru via the cities of Probolinggo and Jatiroto. You'll have lunch in Jember before reaching Kalibaru where you'll experience living in the atmosphere of a village surrounded by coffee & cocoa plantations.
Overnight in Kalibaru (Breakfast, Lunch).
Bromo Excursion (USD 140) - Dep. 01:30 AM
You'll wake up in the early morning for an excursion by minibus to Wonokitri via Malang, Purwodadi, Nongkojajar and Tosari, and then continue to Bromo Volcano in Tengger. From the rim of the caldera of Bromo Volcano, you will enjoy the spectacular and ethereal scene of sunrise. You'll have breakfast at a local restaurant during the excursion.
Kalibaru - Bali
After breakfast at your hotel, an experienced tour guide will escort you to Margo Utomo Agro Resort to see some picturesque plantations and gardens. You'll encounter a variety of crops of coffee, coconut, snake-fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, rubber trees and cocoa. Next, you'll head to Ketapang harbour and cross the Straits of Bali by ferry. You'll have lunch on your way, then your last lap takes you along the beautiful west coast of Bali in the direction of Denpasar. The trip then ends at Panorama Destination Bali Office.