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

1. 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. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, 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 a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi 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, get dropped off back at the hotel or at Ketapang Harbor if you are continuing on to Bali.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

2. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

Be collected at your accommodation in Bali or Banyuwangi. The hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint takes 90-120 minutes from the foot of the path, which leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see the magical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. After witnessing the stunning blue flames from the viewpoint, continue to catch the beautiful sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island, called Ijen's Crater. On the way back to the parking lot, appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily tough life to continue fulfilling their family bread and butter.  After 1-hour trek down, you will reach the parking lot around 7:00 AM. Do not miss the experience to stop at the coffee and cloves plantation on the way back to your accommodation in Banyuwangi or Bali.

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

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

Discover Java Island on this guided 4-day trip from Yogyakarta. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls and taste delicious local cuisine. 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, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. On the second day, travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. 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 Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. 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, and head back to your hotel in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

4. From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in Yogyakarta at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 3 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century.

Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

5. Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness breathtaking sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. 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. After the sunrise at Setumbu Hill or Borobudur Temple, then travel to Dieng Plateau. Enjoy views along the way of rows of rice fields and picture-perfect villages clinging to terraced hillsides. Head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill. Telaga Warna Lake, or "Colorful Lake", contains water that changes color. At times it can be green, purple, yellow, or even all the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfuric content. From Telaga Warna Lake, visit Sikidang Crater, an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel as if you've arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses 8 small Hindu temples that date back to the 7th century. Sit back and relax as your friendly driver escorts you back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

We had a great day with our guide and driver Widi. we choosed to go to borobodur in the early morning to see the sunrise there and going to dieng plateau afterwards which was a good decision in the rainy season as there were too many clouds to see the mountains. Borobodur wasn't too crowded and we had enough time and space to explore. It is a long trip to the plateau but Widi brought us safe to the best spots and told us many things about the sights and the Indonesian culture. His English is very good and we talked and laughed a lot. We recommend this trip especially in the rainy season because there are fewer tourists and more time to experience it for yourself.

I had an excellent tour! Everything was very well organized by the tour company and the very reliable and knowledgeable driver and guide. All the sites we visited were fabulous, starting from the Buddhist and Hindu temples around Yogjakarta to the impressive volcanoes in East Java. Yogjakarta has a lot to offer and I feel I could have spent a day or two more there. Consider arriving a few days before starting the tour to explore the city. The way from Yogjakarta to the volcanoes is quite long, but it gives you a chance to sit back in the car, observe local life and learn about the country and its culture from the local guide.

The tour was great! It was more than we expected. Our guide Widi told us a lot about the country and the people and also showed us. Through him we were able to sip tea with the locals and see places we would not otherwise have come. He was extremely committed and was able to provide us with everything in excellent English. Many thanks dear Widi! The tour has a lot to offer, so be prepared for the cold temperatures at Bromo! We would recommend the tour at any time!

The experience was totally worth it, very unique and impressive. Roedy was one of the best tour guides I've ever had, he was very attentive and knew every single detail about the place. He is also very kind and respectful with locals miners and the environment

Was quite an experience. Everything went excellent, from pick up to drop off. Ask for Malik. He is a great guide!!