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10 Asia Regions: eSIM Data Plan (Google/Facebook/Youtube)

1. 10 Asia Regions: eSIM Data Plan (Google/Facebook/Youtube)

Make your trip more convenient with this high-speed eSIM option to stay online without having to switch your SIM card. Simply scan an eSIM QR profile and get access to all your essential apps and websites, with added perks. Skip the hassle of changing SIM cards, carrying multiple devices, and risking losing your original SIM card with this digital SIM card option. Purchase your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose between a 14-day, 3GB option and a 30-day, 5GB option. You won’t need to wait for delivery or go pick up a physical SIM card. Get all the same benefits as a traditional SIM card, but without the hassle: use apps or sites like Google, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, and more. Easily stay connected with friends or family during your trip. As an added perk, get access to all your apps and websites without being restricted by the Chinese firewall or needing to use a VPN.

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

2. Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen: 4-Day Tour from Yogyakarta

You will begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning to marvel at the stunning sunrise over Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s most ancient monuments. Following sunrise, you will explore the temple and admire the symbolic Buddhist statues around. 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 Watercastle. On the second day, you will 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. You will wake up early on day three 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. You will 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 head back to your hotel, or Ketapang Harbor for those continuing onto Bali, Surabaya City, or another destination.

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Jakarta: Bogor Cultural Tour with Botanical Gardens Visit

3. Jakarta: Bogor Cultural Tour with Botanical Gardens Visit

The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation in Jakarta, then it’s time to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and travel out into the peaceful countryside as you head to the nearby city of Bogor. Admire the stunning scenic views along the drive and see a side to Jakarta you might have missed if you stayed in the city. Your first stop of the day is Bogor's beautiful botanic gardens located at the heart of the city. These world-class gardens cover an area of around 85 acres and were officially opened by the Dutch in 1817. Early researchers used these gardens to develop a variety of crops including tea and tobacco, and the park is still a major center for botanical research in Indonesia. Next, take a visit to one of the very few remaining gongsmiths in Indonesia and watch how the traditional techniques are still in use today. Learn about the way the instruments are melted over fire and beaten by hand, a process which takes weeks to produce just one gong. After the gongsmiths, immerse yourself in the traditional Kampung way of life at a local handmade puppet souvenir shop. Follow the winding streets of Kampung to find the store and admire the incredible array of wooden puppets on display from the factory.

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Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

4. Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

Drive through the streets of Jakarta’s historic district and pass by the Dutch-style structures dating back to the 17th-century. Learn about the history of the city with visits to the National Museum, Kota Intan, and Jakarta’s Chinatown as you travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Jakarta. Visit the National Museum and see its collection of artifacts from Jakarta’s different ethnic groups. Admire the museum’s costumes, musical instruments, model houses, and fine bronzes from the Hindu-Javanese period. The museum also houses stone pieces from the temples Central Java and a superb display of Chinese ceramics. Explore Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown and a vibrant banking, trading, and entertainment hub. Stop at the Petak Sembilan Chinese Temple dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. Learn about the history of the Batavian Chinese from your guide. Make your way to the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum). The museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, reminding onlookers of Indonesia’s time as a Dutch colony. Continue to the Wayang Museum and see its collection of Javanese puppets. Afterwards, drive over the Kota Intan Drawbridge, the last drawbridge in Jakarta. Visit Sunda Kelapa Harbor, once the heart of Jakarta's maritime trade. During the colonial era, the harbor was known as the “Roads of Batavia” and was the only entrance to Batavia. After visiting the harbor you will be brought back to your hotel.

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From Bandung: Day Trip to Kawah Putih

5. From Bandung: Day Trip to Kawah Putih

Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature and the lush green forests of the Ciwidey area at the enchanting Kawah Putih crater lake. Explore this gorgeous destination without having to worry about transportation and the like with this 8-hour tour from Bandung. Get picked up by your guide at your hotel/accommodation, then immediately head 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the city to arrive in Kawah Putih. Once there, check out the stunning sight of the lake, surrounded by locals and campers milling about. Walk along its clear waters as you take photos, before you travel to Glamping Lakeside, a resort located by Kawah Putih. Take a quick break for lunch at the nearby restaurant that's shaped like a ship, at your own expense. Next, tour the Rancabali Tea Plantation, one of the most beautiful tea plantations in Bandung. Learn about how it runs on a day-to-day basis from your English-speaking tour guide as you wander through the tea bushes. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Rancaupas Deer Conservation Center, where you'll get to see cute deer and maybe even pet them by buying some treats. Your last stop for the day is a local strawberry farm. Pick and sample tasty strawberries, before you pack up and get dropped off back at your hotel in Bandung.

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Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

6. 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.

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Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

7. Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

Benefit from pick-up from your hotel in Bali, and then travel to the westernmost tip to catch the ferry to Java from Gilimanuk. Upon arrival at Ketapang port in Banyuwangi, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Licin and drive through a rainforest of giant ferns and trees on the slopes of Mount Ijen.  Ascend to the summit to look into the crater and marvel at the blue fires of the volcano under a canopy of stars. Get a panoramic view of the sulfur lake and surrounding landscape in the first light of day. Then, return to the base of the mountain to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before the drive back to the Bali.

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Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

8. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

On this private tour you will visit Jomblang Cave, and witness a heavenly light where it feels as if angels could descend. Use rappelling equipment to descend around 59 meters to the bottom of the cave, then walk about 270 meters through a slippery muddy tunnel to the spot where you will catch this spectacular ray of light. You will have around 4 - 4.5 hours to fully explore the cave before being returned to your hotel.  

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

9. 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.

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Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

10. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

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 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 will take you to your favorite spots 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.

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based on 767 reviews

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.

It was a great adventure!!! What we saw was amazing, but even more impressive was the logistics behind our travel. Our trip was flawless. Our local guide, Widi, was on time and extremely friendly. He was wonderfully knowledgeable, and he made our trip special. We highly recommend this tour to everyone!!!

Great Guide ! Wedi was a true professional ! Very articulate and clear in his explanations of history Of the area, he was helpful in all ways ! Consequently The tour was made complete , the sunrise was incredible , the timing was perfect , there was only 18 other people so it was majestic !

The place is beautiful, it is very worth it ... in the middle of the mountain to observe the rural life and the small temple of Selogriyo ... our guide a boy's charm that even helped us with other activities

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