BALI – IJEN CRATER – MOUNT BROMO – SURABAYA – BOROBUDUR SUNRISE – JOMBLANG CAVE – YOGYAKARTA TOUR (6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS)
WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR INTERESTING?
This tour is designed for travelers who start their holiday from the beautiful Bali Island and are willing to explore Java Island from there. Here is the six days itinerary that covers the must-see destinations in East Java and Central Java.
We will be visiting Ijen Crater / Ijen Volcano, Mount Bromo, Borobudur Temple at sunrise, Jomblang Cave, and Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta. We also will invite you to try our local train that will bring you from Surabaya (East Java) to Yogyakarta (Central Java).
Overall, this tour has a lot of experiences to get, especially Java Island is a completely different lifestyle compared to Bali Island. Our guide will explain to you what can and cannot do upon your arrival in the harbor before taking a ferry to Java Island. To read more about what the itinerary looks like, you can scroll down to the detail below:
DAY 1: BALI – ACCOMMODATION IN BANYUWANGI
Ijen Crater tour from Bali will start at 10:00 AM (Balinese timezone), our staff will pick you up from your hotel in Bali. Then you will drive to Gilimanuk Ferry Port, it will take about ±5 hours. Afterward, you will take the ferry for about an hour to reach Ketapang Ferry Port. Then, we will escort you to a local restaurant for lunch and then continue our trip to your hotel in the Banyuwangi area for an enjoyable stay before you do a tour in Ijen Crater the next morning.
UBUD, SANUR, KUTA, LEGIAN, DENPASAR TO GILIMANUK FERRY PORT (±4-5 HOURS), PEMUTERAN (± 30 MINUTES) AND LOVINA TO GILIMANUK FERRY PORT (±2HOURS)
DAY 02: IJEN CRATER TOUR – HOTEL IN BROMO AREA
Ijen crater tour will start at 4:00 AM from your hotel then our car will bring us to the village of Licin and then continue to the slope of Mount Ijen, passing through plantations and rainforest. This is one of few remaining on the island of Java with giant ferns, plants & big trees. This journey takes approximately 1, 5 hours. Arriving at the parking area of Ijen Crater (1850m), From here, you need 1, 5 hours will be required to hike the slope o Ijen Crater. Along the path, you will enjoy the stunning natural scenery with fresh air & shade. Resting on the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2385 meters and enjoy the best panorama of the lake of acid water which reflects the spectacular view in the surrounding walls that gives the impression of doom. The sulfur miners go down into the crater and climb back up by passing a dangerous path on the edge of the Ijen crater with a load of as much as 80 kilograms on their shoulders. This is really a dangerous and hard job. Here also, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ijen Crater as one of God’s amazing creations. Do not forget to take pictures in this area as proof that you have visited one of the most amazing places on earth. After enjoying the natural scenery at Crater of Ijen and then descend the slope of Mount Ijen until the vehicle’s parking area where our vehicle is waiting for escorting you to the plantations. Afterward, we will escort you to a local restaurant for lunch and then continue our trip to Mount Bromo for about 5-6 hours for overlooking the active volcano of Mount Bromo, staying overnight in the Mount Bromo area before taking the Bromo sunrise tour tomorrow morning.
If the weather is good enough and you have a good condition for trekking at night, you can take Ijen blue fire tour at Ijen Crater but you are required to leave the Hotel or Homestay around 1:00 AM or Midnight. Please check the picture of the blue fire at Ijen Crater on the Internet.
DAY 03: BROMO SUNRISE TOUR – TRAIN STATION IN SURABAYA – ACCOMMODATION IN BOROBUDUR TEMPLE AREA
Mount Bromo tour will start at 3:30 AM from your hotel and then the jeep will bring you to the world’s most famous viewpoints, those are Penanjakan and Kingkong Hill, it’s located on the rim of the Tengger caldera (2,700m). From here, you can see the enchanting sunrise with the amazing scenery of Mount Bromo, Batok, and Semeru. After you have enjoyed the view here, we will go back to the jeep then the jeep will continue our adventure to reach the sea of sands in the Mt. Bromo area. We will stop at the parking area then you will cross the sea of sands by riding a horse or on foot (it is optional) till reach the stairs up at the slope of Mt. Bromo which will lead you to reach the peak of Mt. Bromo.
At about 8:00 AM, the 4WD vehicle (jeep) will bring you back to the hotel for breakfast, take a shower, pack, loading bags into our van, and then we will continue our trip to Surabaya Gubeng Train Station for about 3-4 Hours (it depends on the traffic situation).
There are two train schedules that we take normally at 16:40 and 17:26, here is the detail below:
The train that leaves at 17:26, takes about 5H7M, so you will be arriving in the Yogyakarta area at 22:33 and for the train that leaves at 16:40, you will arrive in Yogyakarta around 20:50.
Upon your arrival at Yogyakarta airport/ train station, you will be escorted by our local driver to check in at your accommodation in the Borobudur temple area, it will take about 2 hours to drive.
DAY 04: BOROBUDUR SUNRISE TOUR – MERAPI JEEP TOUR – ACCOMMODATION IN YOGYAKARTA CITY
At about 4:00 AM, you will be escorted by your driver to Manohara Hotel to buy the tickets for the Borobudur Sunrise Tour. Borobudur is best seen at dawn when the air is fresh and full of birdsong. As the mist begins to lift, the sun scales the surrounding volcanoes and terraced fields and highlights the stone reliefs and the many faces of Buddha. Glimpsing Borobudur for the first time is often a deeply felt emotional experience.
Important News from Borobudur Temple
There will be no sunrise tour anymore on the top of the temple and no one is allowed to visit the top of the temple as well. From now on, we can only see the BOROBUDUR TEMPLE at the bottom of the temple, and for sunrise, we will go to Setumbu Hill.
Good news: There is a trial to climb up to the top floor but with special shoes and additional cost for it. It’s still not so sure when this trial stops or continues.
**We will keep you posted when we have another upcoming news
Borobudur sunrise tour offers a different experience where participants were given a special pass to enter the monument early in the morning at approximately 4:30 am before public visitors and visitors have to walk from the hotel to Borobudur with a pre-dawn stroll through the dewy grass of a lush tropical garden. Super scenery and a very beautiful morning at Borobudur temple could be seen when the sun would appear from the horizon. This is a truly good experience for someone who loves nature and culture.
Around 7:30 AM, your driver will meet you in the Manohara Hotel for taking you back to your accommodation in the Borobudur temple area. After having breakfast and packing your luggage, you will be invited for doing an adventurous tour in Mt. Merapi, we will drive for ± 2 hours from Borobudur area to Kaliadem Basecamp. Kaliadem Basecamp is the last place before you do the “Kaliadem Lava Tour in Merapi Volcano”. Around 10:00 AM, your jeep’s driver will escort you to Kaliadem Village; it’s a village on the slope of Mt Merapi that is totally destroyed after the last great eruption of Merapi on November 4th and 5th, 2010. The hot cloud (pyroclastic flow) hit this village. This position of the Kaliadem is 1100 meters above sea level. It makes the air still relatively cool, although the tree forest was destroyed when the hot clouds hit on. When the area was opened again, hundreds of visitors have been coming until today, locals and foreigners reach the location by American Jeep and motor riding. And now, these objects can be seen at Gunung Merapi Museum. The tour will be started at the Kaliadem Parking area, from here the jeep will be ready to take you around the volcano for 2-3 hours, such as visiting the museum, alien stone, yellow river, the cemetery, and the village of the shaman of Mt. Merapi, Kaliadem hill, and Kaliadem bunker. At about 2:00 PM, the driver will escort you to our normal car then we are going to your hotel in the Yogyakarta area. At about 04.00 PM, arrive at your hotel in the Yogyakarta area and then stay overnight here.
RAMAYANA BALLET PRAMBANAN (OPEN AIR THEATER)
This dance-drama is a marvelous visualization of legendary epos in Javanese culture, Ramayana. Performed on an open stage, Ramayana ballet invites you to enjoy the story in a set of typical Javanese dances accompanied by gamelan music. In the evenings (07.30 pm – 09.30 pm), this ballet comes to life, enacted by over 200 professional dancers and musicians on an open-air stage that takes advantage of the Prambanan Temples as a backdrop but sometimes it’s also indoor too. But it will be at your own cost and it will be depending on their calendar too. I will attach the price for this optional program and you can choose your seat if you are interested in it. Please check the picture of the Ramayana ballet open-air/indoor theater on the Internet
DAY 05: YOGYAKARTA CITY – JOMBLANG CAVE IN GUNUNG KIDUL
After having breakfast at 7:00 am, we will drive from your hotel to Jomblang Cave. Jomblang Cave is one of the natural highlights of Yogyakarta. The caves are located in Semanu Village, Gunung Kidul Regency. It’s a 2-3 hours drive from the center of Yogyakarta and it’s the perfect day trip from the city. Going to Jomblang cave, you need to set off early from Yogyakarta, because you need to be at Jomblang cave by 10:00 (and it’s good to get there early because only 25 people a day are allowed to visit). It’s super easy to get to Jomblang Cave. The roads all the way to Jomblang Cave are really good. Well, most of the way. The last part of the journey is a bit bumpy. The last 200 meters are literally dirt with rock and no tarmac.
Jomblang cave isn’t really a cave, it’s part of a cave system that covers the whole of Gunung Kidul. The caves were formed over thousands were formed by rainwater and underground rivers that eroded the karst rock (a bit like the famous underground caves in Yucatan, Mexico). The actual cave (or the bit that the tourists see) is made up of three parts. The first is a large huge sinkhole that was formed by the roof of the cave collapsing. The second part of the cave is a long tunnel and the final part is Grubug cave, the central cave. It’s hard to put into words just how big the sinkhole is. The hole is easily 25 meters in diameter and drops 50 meters straight down. It must have been formed hundreds of years ago because there’s a forest at the bottom of the sinkhole.
You need to be lowered on a rope to get to the bottom of the sinkhole. It’s perfectly safe. You have to get strapped up in all the proper safety equipment before they even let you near the edge of the sinkhole. Still, I have to say I felt nervous stepping off the edge into thin air 50 meters above the forest floor. Once you have reached the forest at the bottom of the sinkhole you need to wait around for the rest of the group to join you (remember, there’s a maximum of 25 people per group and only one group per day). As soon as everybody is at the bottom you follow the trail to the tunnel.
The entrance to the main tunnel linking Jomblang and Grubug cave is at least 7 meters wide and 4 meters high. The tunnel itself is 250 meters long. At the start, you don’t need the torch, but in the middle, it becomes pitch black. It’s also muddy and the rocks are slippery. The word amazing is used a lot. As you turn the final corner of the tunnel you start to see the rays of sunlight pouring through the roof of Grubug cave. The view is amazing (trust me, ‘amazing’ is the right word)!
After you take in the view, the second thing you notice is just how large Grubug cave is. You could probably easily fit a cathedral, a large mosque, or the first five floors of a skyscraper in the cave. Space is just that big. You will feel like you should be holding your breath. The view around me was amazing. The cave is huge. The roof of Jomblang cave was 50 meters or more above our heads. Sunshine was flooding in through the hole in the roof of the cave. It is time to pose on a rock, a dark silhouette against the light. After doing the most adventurous trip here, you will be escorted to go back to your hotel in Yogyakarta city.
DAY 06: YOGYAKARTA CITY – YOGYAKARTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
After having breakfast around 8:00 AM, we will escort you to the airport for catching the flight back to your home, it will be depending on your flight time schedule because the new airport is 2 hours away from the city now. If we still have time, we can do a short city tour on the way to Airport.
TOUR’S SERVICES FINISHED.
Note: Do not book a flight in the morning, it’s better to book the flight in the afternoon. So, you can take a full of city tour in Yogyakarta before flying back home.
PRICE IS IN IDR & INCLUDES:
- Pick-up service from Bali and transfer out to Yogyakarta Airport
- 1N stay in the Banyuwangi area with breakfast
- 1N stay in the Mount Bromo area with breakfast
- 1N stay in the Borobudur Temple area with breakfast
- 2N stay in the Yogyakarta area with breakfast
- Land transportation with the driver and fuel during the trip
- Jeep for Mount Bromo and Mount Merapi tour
- Private English-speaking guide for Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater
- Cost for the train ticket from Surabaya to Yogyakarta
- Cost for highway or parking during the trip and mineral water
- Cost for Jomblang cave, Borobudur sunrise, and entrance tickets for Mount. Merapi
- Cost for Ferry from Bali to Java Island
- Local guide for the temple in Borobudur temple and Yogyakarta city tour
- Travel Insurance
- Entrance tickets in Mt Bromo ( IDR 230.000 on Monday – Friday and IDR 330.000 Saturday – Sunday )
- Entrance tickets in Ijen Crater ( IDR 100.000 on Monday – Friday and IDR 150.000 Saturday – Sunday or on Public Holiday )
- Horse riding at Mount Bromo
- Bar, laundry, phone calls, internet, tipping & other personal costs
- Cost for lunch & dinner during the trip
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