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

1. 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.

Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

2. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day 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, 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

3. 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.

From Malang: Mount Bromo Sunrise Day Trip with Breakfast

4. From Malang: Mount Bromo Sunrise Day Trip with Breakfast

Admire the glow of the rising sun from the Penanjakan viewpoint and take a short hike to the peak of the Mount Bromo volcano on this day trip from Malang. Fill up with a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Malang. Relax in an air-conditioned car on the drive to Cemoro Lawang. Transfer to a 4WD vehicle and begin your adventure along a bumpy road.  Stop at the Penanjakan viewpoint and watch the sun come up over the mountains from this elevated position. Return to the parking area and hike for 15 minutes to the peak of Mt Bromo.  Take in the views of the crater, a temple, the caldera, and the surrounding mountains including Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java. After you have finished exploring Mt Bromo, sit down to a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant. Have the option purchase a trip to the Madakaripura waterfall, before journeying back to your hotel in Malang.

From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Trip

5. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Trip

Following pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Surabaya at 00.15 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 drie to Madakaripura waterfall, before journeying back to Surabaya city.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

6. 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.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

7. 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. 

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Guided Tour

10. Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Guided Tour

Be collected from your hotel or accommodation in Yogyakarta and head to Prambanan Temple. Visit Prambanan Temple (Loro Jonggrang), part of the Prambanan Temple compounds, and witness the magical afternoon view. You will have the opportunity to explore the largest Hindu temple complex in the country and learn about its history and folklore. The Prambanan Temple Complex was build in the 9th century and is located in Central Java around 17 kilometers from Yogyakarta. It was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest ones in Southeast Asia. Enjoy the afternoon view of Prambanan temple and explore the temple with a knowledgeable guide. Once you have finished exploring Prambanan Temple, enjoy a seamless transfer from the temple to your accommodation in Yogyakarta. 

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What people are saying about Java

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Amazing tour, Borobudur and Prambanan were spectacular, Merapi was also very interesting and also worth seeing and understanding the impact of the previous eruptions. In hindsight I would have booked Prambanan as a seperate tour. I think it merits more time spent and there are also interesting cultural activities such as archery of the evening dance that I think would have been worth seeing

Anang is amazing! He was so friendly and knowledgeable! He easily adapted the schedule to suit our needs and made sure he was a friend over a guide. Highly professional and personable. We enjoyed our day thoroughly and it was all thanks to Anang!

Great experience! Bagus, was not only an excellent driver but also a great guide for this trip; comprehensive history & local cultural knowledge…

Excellent tour!!! Our guide Cokey did an excellent job and explained so much. It was an unforgettable experience for us! Highly recommended!!!

It was foggy at sunrise but it was still a lovely view and I’m glad to have gone.