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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.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

3. 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.

Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

4. 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 Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Tour

5. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Tour

Following pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Surabaya at 00.05 AM, travel to Mt Bromo for about 3 hours. Upon your arrival at Cemoro Lawang - the meeting point for the sunrise attraction - climb aboard a 4WD vehicle to start the adventure. Drive along a bumpy road to the sunrise viewpoint called Penanjakan. Walk for about 10 minutes from the parking area to the sunrise viewpoint and witness the magical Bromo sunrise view. After the sunrise is over, return to the parking area and travel to the sea of sand. Hike for 30 minutes to the peak of Mt Bromo. Take in the views of the crater, a temple, caldera and surrounding mountains including Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java. After you have finished exploring Mt Bromo, enjoy a breakfast at a local restaurant. Choose the optional tour to Madakaripura waterfall, before journeying back to Surabaya city.

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Guide

6. 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.

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.

Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

8. Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Bali–Ferry to Ketapang–Ijen Volcano You'll start your three-day adventure in the evening with pickup from your hotel. Then you'll head to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang. From there, drive to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Day 2: Ijen Volcano–Crater–Bromo Village Day two begins with a brief safety session before starting the roughly 2-hour trek to the crater. Once at the crater, you’ll be able to see the remarkable blue flames that can reach up to 16 feet tall. After exploring the area, refuel with a delicious breakfast and start the long drive to Bromo Village. Stop for rest and lunch along the way. Day 3: Bromo Village–Bromo Volcano Sunrise–Bali Day three will start with another early wake-up call and a drive to the Penanjakan Sunrise Point. You'll trek up another active volcano, Mount Bromo, before stopping to watch the majestic sunrise and take in panoramic views from the top of the volcano. Before it gets too hot, you’ll head back for breakfast before heading back to Bali.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

9. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Java

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 845 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

Our driver Steven tailored the tour to our liking (destination south of Bandung). We had enough time for our desired sightseeing and also enough breaks for eating and drinking. We particularly liked the fact that our driver really took the entire 10 hours for us and even did a small city tour through the center of Bandung at the great end. Thanks again Steven for the nice day.

Cokey was a great guide, had a lot to tell and a good sense of humor, very open person with whom it is easy to bond. The crater lake was truly an experience to remember as was the small crater with the steam baths. Deer resarvation was also nice but a bit of a tourist trap. In addition, the tea fields were beautiful

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.

This trip was well worth it. Our driver Dewa was very accommodating and knowledgable, happy to call him a friend now. Couldnt recommend him enough