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Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

1. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Yogyakarta, Borobudur, and Mount Merapi on this private tour with your own personal driver. Venture to the Merapi volcano by jeep and visit the Prambanan Temple, entry tickets included. Add an optional visit to the Borobudur Temple to your trip. Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, you have the option to explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Continue your tour on board a jeep to the Merapi volcano, one of the most popular volcanoes in the country. Snap your own momentous memories over the picturesque spots of the volcano. Finish the tour with a visit to one of the most beautiful Hindu temples, Prambanan. Built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia.  See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma) and the animals who serve them.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

2. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy the breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater on a 90 to 120-minute hike, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, you will be dropped off at Ketapang Harbor and you are pleased to continue your journey to Bali.

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Guide

3. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Guide

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta – a large city with limited public transportation options for visitors. Hire a private vehicle and experience all the city has to offer. The driver-as-guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you wherever you’d like to go on this 10-hour program. Check out the ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan that look like hand-drizzled sand castles or explore the Sultan's palace which is reminiscent of a gilded music box filled with jewels. The city is also well known for its arts and handicrafts, a nerve center for traditional and modern puppetry. Your driver-as-guide will take you to your favorite spots, explain everything you need to know about the attractions, and will wait for you. If you love having freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

4. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

Be collected at your accommodation by your friendly driver and travel to Setumbu Hill for 5:00 AM. Witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. You will leave at dawn.  Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. Borobudur is one of the world's truly great ancient monuments and is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. You can continue your journey and visit the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. 

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

5. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, the world's biggest Buddhist monument. Marvel at the architecture and stonework of this unique temple that sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Discover a monument that is a marvel of design, covering a total surface area of around 2,500 square meters, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and originally featuring 504 Buddha statues. See the stone carvings attached to the temple that display legends and stories with great philosophical significance. Choose to walk through Green Park from the entrance. As you walk through the area, spot vendors who will offer you souvenirs and other knick-knacks (there are regulations to prevent them from disturbing visitors). Built between AD 780 and 840 during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region. However, there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. In the 1970s, the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty. The restoration took eight years to complete, making Borobudur one of Indonesia’s most valuable treasures.

Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

6. Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After visiting Borobudur, you will travel for 1.5 - 2 hours to Prambanan Temple. Spend 2 hours exploring Prambanan. This temple was built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. You will also see three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. After finishing exploring Prambanan, you can opt to choose to head back directly to the hotel, or stop for lunch on the journey back.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

7. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

Join this 4-day trip from Yogyakarta and discover Java Island. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls, and taste delicious local cuisine. Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. Day 2 On the second day, travel from your accommodation in Yogyakrta to Mount Bromo, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 Wake up early on day 3 to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 4 On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. Hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Bali, Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

8. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

Start your tour with pickup from either Bali or Banyuwangi and take in the beautiful sunrise over Ijen Crater. For those traveling from Bali, start your tour in the evening by making your way to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. Once you have arrived at Ketapang Port, relax at the lounge before getting picked up by your team and continue to Ijen Volcano. For those traveling from Banyuwangi, enjoy pickup from your accommodations at 12:30 AM and travel to Ijen Volcano to start your hike. Take in the scenery during your 1.5-2-hour hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint and admire the views from the top. On a clear day, you can see the volcano's mystical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. Catch the sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island and appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily life to provide for their families. After exploring the volcano, trek down and back to the parking lot. For those staying in Banyuwangi, you will return to your hotel around 9:00 AM. Those traveling back to Bali will return to their accommodations in the afternoon.

Yogyakarta: Night Walking and Street Food Tasting Tour

9. Yogyakarta: Night Walking and Street Food Tasting Tour

Discover the beauty of Yogyakarta by night, and visit sites that most tourists only see during the daytime. Zip thorugh the streets of Yogyakarta in the front of a "becak" and stop to try some delicious food and drinks. Take in some of the city's most important local landmarks as your guide shows you around. Stop to sample some of the best food in the city, whether that be random snacks in a market, some of the city’s best noodles, or dessert. You certainly won’t go hungry, so there’s no need to eat beforehand! Try traditional games and enjoy fairground rides at Alun-Alun Kidul. Your trip will end for approxiamately 3 hour.

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

10. Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (Loro Jonggrang), part of the Prambanan Temple compounds, and witness the magical afternoon view. You will have the opportunity to explore the largest Hindu temple complex in the country and learn about its history and folklore. The Prambanan Temple Complex was build in the 9th century and is located in Central Java around 17 kilometers from Yogyakarta. It was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest ones in Southeast Asia. You will have around 3 hours to fully explore the temple and enjoy the afternoon view before going back to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Central Java

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 637 reviews

Our guide, Indra, was top notch. If one can ask for a particular guide with this organization, we strongly recommend requesting him if possible. He has good English, which made communication easy. Being a resident of Jogja, he made our 'sunrise' tour to Borobudur extra special by following country lanes on our return to the city, allowing us to stop for photos along the way, and patiently answering a host of questions. A perfect way to see the countryside, & learn about the country. He was 'on the ball' with the Bromo experience, making sure we got the most out of that, altho' that meant a rather early wake-up in the morning. The Ijen trek was disappointing, in that we made the ascent in cloud & drizzle, hence the views from the top were non-existent - one can hardly blame the guide or company for poor weather; but note possibility. Accommodations were good too. At end, he ensured we were on the ferry to Bali & had a driver ready to meet us on arrival. Highly recommended

One word : amazing ! Our guide Praja was so friendly and tought us more during this visit than we read for one month preparing our trip. The sunrise on Setumbu hill is breathtaking, and the visit of Selogriyo village, paddy fields and temple was a magical moment full of new understandings of javanese culture. Thank you very much ! We now want to come back to Yogya !

It was a nice trip with my driver praja. He was very punctual and drives really safe. As well he gaves me some important information about the tour and the destinations. All in all I had fun and see a lot, it’s a beautiful temple tour. Thanks praja

Very nice trip if you want to visit both Bromo and Ijen in a short time without having to take public transport! Everything is arranged for you, Indra is a very nice guide/driver and all you have to do is enjoy yourself.

Amazing experience with a lovely driver who was always helpful and available to answer all our questions and even take us to many places not included in the tour. Tiring, but the perfect way to discover Java!