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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.

Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

4. 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

5. 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.

From Bali: Bromo, Ijen, Borobudur and Yogyakarta 4-Day Tour

6. From Bali: Bromo, Ijen, Borobudur and Yogyakarta 4-Day Tour

Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Bali in the evening. Then travel to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. From there, wait for about an hour before continuing to the Ijen Volcano on the next day which will begin on just few minutes. Day 2 On this second day, your tour starts from Ketapang Port and travel to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Hike up to the Ijen Crater, and witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you will travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 On day three, wake up early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. Witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy your breakfast before traveling to Yogyakarta City, where your accommodation for the Borobudur Temple is located. Once you have arrived into your accommodation in Yogyakarta City, enjoy some free time to explore or rest at your hotel, and prepare for the Borobudur tour on the next day. Day 4 On the final day, begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. Following sunrise, you will explore the Borobudur temple and admire the Buddhist statues. After exploring Borobudur Temple, continue to the Hindu Prambanan Temple. After visiting Prambanan, you can choose to; head back to your accommodation, visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta, be dropped off at Yogyakarta Airport if you already have your flight scheduled, or even extend your stay in Yogyakarta.

Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

7. Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

Join an unforgettable 3-day trip to see the natural highlights of east Java. Visit Mount Bromo, the Madakaripura waterfall, and the Ijen crater. Day 1 Head straight to Bromo, where you’ll stay overnight in a Tosari village hotel. After a safety briefing and kit check, enjoy free time in the evening. Day 2 In the morning, travel by 4x4 vehicle to Mount Pananjakan to watch the sunrise from the viewpoint on the rim of the Tengger Caldera. Continue to the active Mount Bromo volcano to see the crater before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Stop for lunch on the way to Banyuwangi, where you’ll check in at your hotel. Day 3 Start out early to see Ijen’s blue-flame panorama at its best. There is a tough descent down into the caldera to see the blue flames and to reach the turquoise lake. Head back up to the crater rim to take in the spectacular sunrise, before the descent back to the car.

3-Day Excursion to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater from Bali

8. 3-Day Excursion to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater from Bali

Spend 3 days exploring the volcanic landscapes of East Java. Take in a spectacular sunrise and panoramic views from the peak of Mount Bromo. Marvel at the blue flames on a descent into the Ijen crater. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Bali–Gilimanuk Harbour–Mt. Bromo From western Bali travel by ferry to the eastern tip of Java. Drive to the Mount Bromo area, with a lunch stop along the way. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Day 2: Mt. Bromo–Banyuwangi (Ijen Crater) Very early in the morning, head to the rim of the Tengger caldera. Marvel at the panoramic views at sunrise with the active Mount Semeru volcano in the background. Continue to Mount Bromo. Take a short walk and climb the 240 stairs to the peak. After breakfast back at the hotel, drive to Banyuwangi, with a lunch break en route. Check in at the hotel. Day 3: Blue Fire Ijen Crater–Bali Just after midnight head out to the Ijen crater. Descend into the crater to see the amazing blue flames and the sulfur miners at work. Stop at the miner’s shack for a short rest and head back to the hotel for breakfast before the return trip to Bali.

From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

9. 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 Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

10. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

Join this 4-day trip from Yogyakarta and discover Java Island. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls, and taste delicious local cuisine. Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta 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. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. Day 2 On the second day, travel from your accommodation in Yogyakrta to Mount Bromo, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 Wake up early on day 3 to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 4 On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. Hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Bali, Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

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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

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

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