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From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

1. 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: Private Car Charter with Guide

2. 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

3. 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. 

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

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

Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Bali in the evening. Then travel to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. From there, wait for about an hour before continuing to the Ijen Volcano on the next day which will begin on just few minutes. Day 2 On this second day, your tour starts from Ketapang Port and travel to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Hike up to the Ijen Crater, and witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you will travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your 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 On day three, wake up early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. Witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy your breakfast before traveling to Yogyakarta City, where your accommodation for the Borobudur Temple is located. Once you have arrived into your accommodation in Yogyakarta City, enjoy some free time to explore or rest at your hotel, and prepare for the Borobudur tour on the next day. Day 4 On the final day, begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. Following sunrise, you will explore the Borobudur temple and admire the Buddhist statues. After exploring Borobudur Temple, continue to the Hindu Prambanan Temple. After visiting Prambanan, you can choose to; head back to your accommodation, visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta, be dropped off at Yogyakarta Airport if you already have your flight scheduled, or even extend your stay in Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

5. Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

First, head to the Merapi Volcano and be awed by the magical views. Take cool photos and learn about the history of the volcano and its endless stories. Visit the Kalibiru nature park, where you can take stunning pictures with a background of the lake and jungle. Your next scenic spot will be at the 'Sky Swing' located in the Menoreh hills, about 850 meters above sea level. Experience incredible and challenge yourself with around 18 meters of rope and fly above the valley and jungle. Last but not least, end your day by visiting the hidden waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim. If you go on a weekday, it is likely that you will have the waterfall all to yourself.

Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & The Great UNESCO Temple

6. Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & The Great UNESCO Temple

Explore Yogyakarta, widely renowned as Java's educational center, and see some of the city's most prominent landmarks. Visit the Sultan's Palace, which dates back to the 17th century and is home to the current sultan. You will have 1.5 - 2 hours to spend at the palace before you head to Taman Sari Water Castle. Continue on foot to the neighboring Water Castle and its gardens which was built in the mid-18th century as a resting, workshop, and meditation area for the royal family. After exploring the baths and pools of the complex, leave the city behind and travel to the grandeur Borobodur or Prambanan temple. There will be a stop for lunch before heading to the temple (not included). You will have the option to visit Borobudur which is the world's largest Buddhist temple or to explore and admire the beauty of Prambanan temple. You will have about 2-3 hours to explore the temple before heading back to Yogyakarta.

From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

7. 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.

Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

8. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Book this private customized day tour and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, food, Javanese culture, and the most important sights around Yogyakarta. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned SUV vehicle (Xenia or Avanza). Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this 10-hour program. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.

Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

9. Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

Be collected from your accommodation at 6:00 AM and journey to Southern Yogyakarta for about one hour. Start the day by visiting Jurang Tembelan where you can take pictures of yourself sailing above the clouds. On a good day, see beautiful mists, formed like cotton, obstruct the whole panorama. From Jurang Tembelan, head to the famous Pine Forest to enjoy the fresh air among the relaxing pine trees and take in the aroma as you enter the forest. This forest is also covered by other trees including asmahogany, acacia, walnut, and eucalyptus.  Last but not least, end your day trip by visiting the most breathtaking beach in Yogyakarta, Timang Beach. Well known for the crystal blue waters, huge waves, tall cliffs, and the infamous hand-drawn gondola. Choose to take the manual gondola ride or a rope bridge to the island nearby. Do not miss the experience to have a typical fresh lobster lunch, the local fishermen catch directly from Timang Beach. 

Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave & Prambanan Sunset Full-Day Tour

10. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave & Prambanan Sunset Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta, head straight to the Jomblang Cave to kick off your adventure through Indonesian nature and culture. After being outfitted with rappelling gear, you’ll descend nearly 200 feet to the bottom of the cave before scrambling through a muddy tunnel.  Emerging from the tunnel, you’ll experience what can only be described as heavenly — at the bottom on an immense cave, rays of sunlight stream down towards you through a small hole at the top. After basking in the glow, you’ll exit the cave, bound for the Pramabanan Temple compound. As the sun sets, you’ll explore the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, picking up firsthand knowledge of the country’s rich religious traditions. If you so choose, you can hire a local guide at the temple complex for a tour to enrich your experience. After ambling through the stunning collection of stone temples, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

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What people are saying about Central Java

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Five star tour with the right balance of adventure, culture, and luxury. Time and cost effective if you want to see the highlights of Java. I really appreciated the trip’s driver, Praja Prihana, who speaks excellent English, provides great local recommendations, drives safely, and has a great sense of humor. Incredible trip.

Amazing sunrise, never seen anything like this before, with volcanoes in the back and the temple within the mist of the jungle. Very nice guide also, had lots of fun. Would recommend this tour to everybody who spends time in the Yogyakarta region.

We were a group of two adults and two small children, 5 & 8. Our guide/driver Ahmad was very patient, quick to enjoy the moments with us and very knowledgeable. He helped make this a very special day. Please ask for him!

Great experience thanks to our friendly and responsive coordinator and driver! Everything went very smoothly, the vehicle was comfortable, and we would gladly book with them again in the future.

great guide, good english, we were allowed to choose everything when and where & he was super knowledgeable