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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: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

2. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided 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.

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

3. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

There is 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 would 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 knowledgeable driver 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.

Yogyakarta: Mount Merapi Jeep Safari with Guide & Transfer

4. 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.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

5. 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 Surabaya: Mt. Bromo, Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu 3-Day Tour

6. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo, Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu 3-Day Tour

Discover highlights like the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Mount Bromo, and the Ijen Crater on this 3-day trip from Surabaya. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Bromo and Bondowoso. Choose from tour options with drop-off at your accommodation in Banyuwangi, Bali, or Surabaya.  Day 1:  After early morning pickup in Surabaya, travel in a climate-controlled car to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. Explore this tiered waterfall surrounded by lush jungle and go around the corner to visit the Tetes Cave.  Take in beautiful landscapes on the drive to your accommodation in Mount Bromo. Settle in to your accommodation in the late afternoon and have some free time to rest or explore the local area.  Day 2:  Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience: watching the magical sunrise over Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. Take the time to see the highlights of Mount Bromo before heading back to the hotel for breakfast.  Kick back and take in the scenery on your way to check-in to your accommodation in Bondowoso. Enjoy free time to rest and relax before your the last day of your trip.  Day 3:  Start your tour to the Ijen Crater in the middle of the night. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater to witness the blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Banyuwangi, Bali, or Surabaya. 

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

7. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, the world's biggest Buddhist monument. Marvel at the architecture and stonework of this unique temple that sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Discover a monument that is a marvel of design, covering a total surface area of around 2,500 square meters, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and originally featuring 504 Buddha statues. See the stone carvings attached to the temple that display legends and stories with great philosophical significance. Choose to walk through Green Park from the entrance. As you walk through the area, spot vendors who will offer you souvenirs and other knick-knacks (there are regulations to prevent them from disturbing visitors). Built between AD 780 and 840 during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region. However, there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. In the 1970s, the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty. The restoration took eight years to complete, making Borobudur one of Indonesia’s most valuable treasures.

Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

8. Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

Be picked up from your hotel in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill. Witness the breathtaking sunrise views overlooking Borobudur Temple. 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. After the sunrise on Setumbu Hill, you will enter the Borobudur Temple and explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth with a knowledgeable local guide. 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 have finished exploring Borobudur Temple, ask your driver and do not miss the chance to stop for an optional visit to the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Borobudur for an unknown ritual process, before your friendly driver take you back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

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

9. 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 Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

10. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 810 reviews

We had a great time Our guide Anang Nasir wijaya was fabulous Picked us up from the airport at 7 am took us to the temples and dropped us off at our Airbnb The next day was a 3.30 am pick to get to the sunrise hike followed by the jam long caves That trip was easily the best trip we had ever had! Highly recommend Anang for his courteousness , energy and charming personality

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

Good mix of the three locations: Nice viewpoint in the morning followed by peaceful Pine Forest and adventurous Timang Beach. The road to the beach is pretty bumpy, otherwise it should be a place that many more tourists would like to go.

Though it was more expensive than I had thought, it was a good choice to go around Yogyakarta including Borobudur and Prambanan! An airport pick-up was really appreciated and the driver was good.

Thank tO our tour guide pak Yoyokk very informative and friendly