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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.

Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

2. 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.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

3. 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

4. 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: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

5. 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 Temple Half Day Private Tour

6. Borobudur Temple Half Day Private Tour

As the world's largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Encounter 504 life-sized Buddha statues, each carved from a single stone. Discover seated Buddha statues beneath each bell-shaped spire. Admire its grandeur, beauty and uniqueness. See 2,672 relief panels and learn about Buddha’s teachings. Gaze upon green fields, distant hills, and volcanoes. Complete your journey by visiting the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples (optional). These are positioned along a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. Explore the wonder of the ancient world today!

From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

7. From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

Embark on an exciting and unforgettable midnight hike up Ijen Volcano leaving from Bali and trust that this 24-hour adventure is worth the time. Begin your trek in pitch-black darkness and reach the crater in time to see the world's largest blue flame area, rising up to 16 ft. Hike back down as the sun rises and take in panoramic views of the magnificent natural surroundings.  The trip begins with pickup from your hotel and then a 4-hour drive to Gilimanuk Port, where the ferry for Java departs. Arrive at Ketapang, and go out for dinner to get energy for the hike. After your meal, set off for Mount Ijen’s blue fire, and arrive an hour and a half later at the base of the mountain. By midnight, the trek to the summit will start. The trek up will take around two hours. At the first stop, enjoy a spectacular view of the night sky and a photographer will teach you how to take photos of the stars. Head down to the Ijen Crater, which will take another 40 minutes. After a rocky path down to the bottom of the crater, see from a distance the mesmerizing electric blue fire from the volcano’s lava. Going back to the crater’s rim, be greeted by the breathtaking view of the sunrise overlooking the surrounding scenery. The trek will end at a local warung to eat breakfast before returning to Bali and your hotel.

From Bandung: Day Trip to Kawah Putih

8. 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.

Bandung: Private Car or Minivan Charter with Driver

9. Bandung: Private Car or Minivan Charter with Driver

Open up a world of possibilities for your holiday with a private car or minibus charter with an English-speaking driver. Explore Bandung at your own pace during your own 10-hour itinerary. Tick things off your bucket list as you go, and feel safe in the hands of your experienced driver throughout the journey. Check out the white crater of Kawah Putih, discover the active volcano of Tangkuban Perahu, and eat and drink at all of the city's latest hot spots. Your driver will take you anywhere you want to go and will wait for you at every stop. If you love having freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, this is the best way to discover Bandung.

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

10. Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

On this private half-day tour, 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. You will have around 3 hours to fully explore the temple and enjoy the afternoon view before going back to your hotel. 

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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.

One word : amazing ! Our guide Praja was so friendly and tought us more during this visit than we read for one month preparing our trip. The sunrise on Setumbu hill is breathtaking, and the visit of Selogriyo village, paddy fields and temple was a magical moment full of new understandings of javanese culture. Thank you very much ! We now want to come back to Yogya !

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

It was a nice trip with my driver praja. He was very punctual and drives really safe. As well he gaves me some important information about the tour and the destinations. All in all I had fun and see a lot, it’s a beautiful temple tour. Thanks praja

We spent an extraordinary day with our great driver Chawqui who gave very good advice for the organization of the day. What a good surprise for us who had made the reservation very late the night before!