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Volcano Mount Merapi

Volcano Mount Merapi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

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

After being 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. Once your tour is finished, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

Yogyakarta: Mount Merapi Jeep Safari with Guide & Transfer

2. Yogyakarta: Mount Merapi Jeep Safari with Guide & Transfer

Leave Yogyakarta and explore Mount Merapi on this private guided Jeep Safari. Feel the thrill of driving on one of the world's most active volcanoes, visit the museum and learn all about the devastating 2010 eruption, which took the lives of 353 people. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta. Jump in the car and marvel at the passing views while your guide fills you in on the region's history.  Drive up the epic Mount Merapi volcano and feel the endorphins rush through your body as you enjoy the ride. Stop at several viewpoints, such as the Bunker, to get Instagram-perfect pictures of the active volcano. Visit the Mini Museum with your guide, and learn about the 2010 eruption that affected 350,000 people who had to be evacuated from the area. See pictures of the sacred mountain and find out why this eruption was the largest since the 1870s. End your day with memories and photos that will last a lifetime on this unforgettable tour.

Mount Merapi Sunrise, Jomblang Cave, & Timang Beach Day Tour

3. Mount Merapi Sunrise, Jomblang Cave, & Timang Beach Day Tour

Discover the breathtaking natural landscape of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, on a guided tour. Experience the imposing Mount Merapi at sunrise and descend to the magical Jomblang Cave. Visit the unique Timang Beach, with an incredible gondola linking it to a nearby island. Be collected from your accommodation in Yogyakarta early in the morning and travel to Mount Merapi to see the sunrise. Feel the thrill of driving on an active volcano, explore the museum, and learn about the devastating 2010 eruption, which took the lives of 353 people. After witnessing the colorful sunrise, continue your trip toward Jomblang Cave, on the southern side of Yogyakarta. Use rappelling gear to descend around 59 meters to the bottom of the cave, then walk about 270 meters through a muddy tunnel to the spot where you'll catch a spectacular ray of light. End your journey at Timang Beach, known for its crystal blue waters, huge waves, tall cliffs, and iconic hand-drawn gondola. Choose to take the manual gondola ride or a rope bridge to the island nearby at an extra cost. Before taken back to your accommodation, do not miss the experience to have a typical fresh lobster dish, the local fishermen catch directly from Timang Beach.

From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

4. From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

Get picked up from your hotel, head to the airport and hop on a plane for a full-day adventure in Yogyakarta on Java Island. Once landed, you will meet your professional guide and head to Indonesia's largest and most beautiful Hindu temple, Prambanan. Learn about the history and folklore of the ninth-century temple before going to the Sultan Palace Kraton. Built in 1790, the Sultan Palace Keraton remains a center of the walled city with shops, markets, schools, mosques and the city’s batik dyeing and silver industries. Your next destination is the world's largest Buddhist Temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple. An example of Indonesia’s classic art and architecture, the temple consists of three monuments, which together represent the phases in the attainment of nirvana. Upon arrival back in Bali, you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel. This is a perfect tour if you have only one day for exploring the Yogyakarta area and want to see its most famous sites.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Merbabu Sunrise & Sunset Hike

5. From Yogyakarta: Mount Merbabu Sunrise & Sunset Hike

Day 1 Be picked up from your accommodation in Yogyakarta at 11.00AM and take the approximate 2 hour journey to New Selo Village, located on the northern side of the volcano. At afternoon, go through some preparations and start the climb. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach the Savanna peak, depending on your fitness level.  Once at the Savanna's peak you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the sun setting. After watching the sunset, you will settling up your campsite for overnight stay with the help of your guide. Enjoy some free time or take a rest and prepare for the sunrise hike on the next day. Day 2 Rise early to get ready and hike up to the top of the mountain on a 1.5 hour hike for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Merbabu, the most popular volcano in Central Java. Admire the views of the cities of Central Java Province in the Northern side, and the Merapi Volcano on the southern side. After sunrise, trek back down to the Savanna peak, enjoy a light breakfast at the campsite, and continue your trek down to the starting point of the hiking basecamp. Once you've reached the basecamp parking lot, meet your friendly driver and travel back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

From Yogyakarta: 2-Day Temples, Volcano Sunrise, & Cave Tour

6. From Yogyakarta: 2-Day Temples, Volcano Sunrise, & Cave Tour

Day 1 start your tour with pick up at 4am, and heading to the volcano, one of the most active volcano in Indonesia. Here you will ride a classic jeep. The first point is the Kali Adem bunker, the closest point that is allowed to see the volcano. If the sky is clear you will see smoke continuously coming out of the crater. After that, Heading to the small museum which has a collection of evidence of the damage caused when this volcano erupted. Then we go to Borobudur, This temple was built on 8th century by King Samaratungga ruled in 782 to 812 AD, during the Syailendra Dynasty. The construction of the temple aims to glorify Mahayana Buddhism. Borobudur Temple was once abandoned. According to expert, the cause of the abandoned temple complex was the eruption of Mount Merapi in 1006. And In 1814, Borobudur Temple was re-discovered by the British Governor General, Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. After walking around the temple complex, we will return to the hotel, this first day tour will end at your hotel around 12pm. Day 2 You will picked up at 7am from your hotel and heading to Jomblang cave. It is a vertical cave due to geological processes. Jomblang Cave is a vertical caving that requires special tools to get down and explore the cave. You will see a scene called 'The Light of Heaven'. Sunlight enters the cave and illuminates the flowstone. The beauty of the 'light of heaven' can only be enjoyed at certain times, the best time in Jomblang Cave is around 10am. Where, the sun shines right at the mouth of Jomblang Cave. To explore Jomblang Cave you will use the equipment for vertical caving that has been provided, and you will be guided by an experienced licensed cave guide. Then, we are heading to Prambanan Temple. This Hindu temple have been built by the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, King Balitung Maha Sambu. The Prambanan Temple Complex has four cardinal directions. The main temple faces east. The temple complex itself consists of 3 Trimurti temples, namely the Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma temples. The temple follows the mandala pattern and the rising temple structure is characteristic of Hindu buildings. In 1999, Prambanan Temple was designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. At 4am, we will return to your hotel, this tour will finish around 5 pm.

Yogyakarta: Breakfast at Borobudur & Prambanan Private Tour

7. Yogyakarta: Breakfast at Borobudur & Prambanan Private Tour

Enjoy the sunrise from Bukit Dagi, a hill located within the Borobudur temple complex, about 500 meters away. This small hill offers the charm of a beautiful panorama of Borobudur, the best spot to enjoy the beauty of Borobudur in the morning. After Sunrise you will be served a Picnic Breakfast, breakfast with a casual concept, relaxing among the green trees and unexpected panoramas. Local menus with distinctive flavors will accompany you to relax and linger there. Borobudur Story telling and making Janur (Coconut Leave) Handicrafts will complete your memorable experience at Borobudur. Then we go to Borobudur gate by Shuttle. This temple was built on 8th century by King Samaratungga ruled in 782 to 812 AD, during the Syailendra Dynasty. The construction of the temple aims to glorify Mahayana Buddhism. Borobudur Temple was once abandoned. According to expert, the cause of the abandoned temple complex was the eruption of Mount Merapi in 1006. And In 1814, Borobudur Temple was re-discovered by the British Governor General, Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. After walking around the temple complex Then, we are heading to Prambanan Temple. This Hindu temple have been built by the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, King Balitung Maha Sambu. The Prambanan Temple Complex has four cardinal directions. The main temple faces east. The temple complex itself consists of 3 Trimurti temples, namely the Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma temples. The temple follows the mandala pattern and the rising temple structure is characteristic of Hindu buildings.

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What people are saying about Volcano Mount Merapi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 158 reviews

I had an amazing morning with Yuni and Boim. Yuni is so funny and fun to hang out with, and I learned a lot about Merapi and Yogyakarta. Boim was a great guide around the volcano, I learned a lot about the 2010 eruption, and riding in the jeep was so much fun. Perfect way to start 2023

I booked this trip to visit Borobudur and Prambanan on the same day and it didn't disappoint. 100% recommended. Atok, the guide, was fantastic. He was fun, knowledgeable and friendly. He is an amazing photographer. If you need any photo taken, don't hesitate to ask him.

We had a great time. Yuni (driver from Jogja) and Nur (jeep driver) explained us a lot about Mount Merapi, culture, tradition and spiritual connection between people and mountain. It was our pleasure to meet them. We highly recommend booking this tour :)

Recommended. A quite different kind of experience about the devastating effects of Volcano eruption.

Nice guide, punctual pick-up at the hotel, booked at short notice, everything worked out great