Java Road Trip 8D7N

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8 Days 7 Nights
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USD 814 Per Person
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Java Road Trip

Day 1

Java road trip will start from Yogyakarta city

Java Road Trip will start from Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta Special Region is located near the southern coast of Java, surrounded on three sides by the province of Central Java, and with the Indian Ocean on the south side. It’s the second-smallest area of the provinces in Indonesia, after the Jakarta Capital Region. Yogyakarta is claimed as special region because there is still a kingdom which existed until now.  Among the country’s 34 provinces, only two were granted ‘special region’ status: Aceh and Yogyakarta. For the latter, that means recognition and certain autonomies are still given to the monarchy of Yogyakarta, despite being part of the Republic of Indonesia. That leaves city planning, governance, and cultivation of culture in the hands of centuries-old tradition carried on by the monarchy. And it is also interesting to visit, because there are a lot of famous tourism objects. –Java Road Trip

For foreigners who ever been to Yogyakarta, they must have been to Prambanan Temple, Parangtritis beach, Kaliurang and Kaliadem lava tour in Merapi Volcano. Mount Merapi is located to the immediate north of the region. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548.During this Java road trip, you will see more than one volcano, start from yogyakarta until Banyuwangi east Java.

Merapi Lava tour

Merapi is a highly active stratovolcano located in Indonesia, just north of the city of Yogyakarta. The current eruption episode began in May 2018 and was characterized by phreatic explosions, ash plumes, block avalanches, and a newly active lava dome at the summit. This reporting period updates information from October 2019-March 2020 that includes explosions, pyroclastic flows, ash plumes, and ashfall.

During its resting time of volcanic activities, it will enable those who have much interest in mountaineering to have fun and to make them more acquainted with the flora of its tropical rain forest. From the observation post located on Plawangan hill that can be reached through the forest resort of Kaliurang, we will see the incredible sights of molten rocks oozing over the rim, sometimes accompanied with hot lava pouring out regularly and leaving a long trail of smoke.

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Taking an off-road jeep on a Merapi Lava tour is one of the most fun things to do in Yogyakarta. The tour is easy to arrange. Let me tell you about the tour and show you how you can make a booking (Merapi is also a popular destination for trekking, something to consider if you like the outdoors). There are three options available for the Merapi Lava Tour. These are the short, medium and long route. The short route consists of an 1,5 – 2 hours journey around Merapi. It costs Rp350,000 to rent the jeep.

Malioboro street

Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of the city, this is the main street and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton. Some say that the name Malioboro derives from the name of the British governor Marlborough from the era when Britain ruled the archipelago, between 1811-1816. The street is packed with shops selling curiosities, and street vendors offering souvenirs at affordable prices, so you’re bound to find something of interest in this street. If you’re after some batik to take home as a souvenir, then Malioboro is the right place for you. Batik can also be made into bags, table cloths, bed sheets, pillow covers, curtains, and a whole lot more.

“Before it developed into a busy road, Malioboro was a silent road with a tamarind tree increasing on the right as well as left. This road was just passed by people that wished to go to the Royal residence or complicated areas such as Very first Indische first in Yogyakarta, as an example, Loji Besar (Vredeburg Fort), Loji Kecil (area beside the Terrific Hall/Gedung Agung), Loji Kebon (Great Hall/Gedung Agung), as well as Loji Setan (Workplace of the Parliament/DPRD workplace). However, the existence of Pasar Gede or Beringharjo Market on the south side and the visibility of Chinese indigenous residential in Ketandan area progressively increased the economic climate in the area. Chinese made Malioboro as its business owner canal, so the field location which was originally based in Beringharjo and Chinatown at some point increased to the north to Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Train Station).”

Day 2

Borobudur Sunrise

Borobudur is considered to be the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Being established by Sailendra Dynasty, the construction of the temple can be dated back to the 9th century. Due to the history of the temple, Borobudur is now under the protection of UNESCO. It comes with a unique design and the size of the temple is extremely large. The design of the Borobudur Temple has layers that feature relief with high detailed carving. The reliefs tell the epic story of Mahabharata. Being located on a hill, the temple offers a fantastic view once you reach the top of it. Not only that, but the location of the temple also allows you to enjoy epic sunrise with the lush nature and Mount Merapi as the background, making it perfect for Borobudur sunrise tour.

The temple also features many Buddha statues and multiple-sized stupas with the largest one is placed on the top of it. Borobudur Temple comes with three different stages, they are Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu, and Arupadhatu. They represent three cycles of human life.

The official temple opening is at 6:00 AM, so I had to go for the “Sunrise at Borobudur Ticket” from the Manhoara resort. Manohara is located on the Borobudur temple property and is the only option for early access. Borobudur is situated about an hour outside of Yogyakarta. You can either stay in Yogyakarta and take a tour to the temple, or you can stay near Borobudur (which is what we did). If you want to see the sunrise, then it is recommended to stay at the Manohara hotel (see down below), as all sunrise tours leave from here. Otherwise you would have to get up extremely early, as you have to gather at Manohara before 4.30am to join in on the sunrise tour.

Prambanan temple

Comprising the remains of some 244 temples, World Heritage–listed Prambanan is Indonesia’s largest Hindu site and one of Southeast Asia’s major attractions. The highlight is the central compound, where eight main and eight minor temples are assembled on a raised platform – an architectural crescendo of carved masonry and staircases, the high note of which is Candi Shiva Mahadeva. Prambanan sits within a large park dotted with lesser temples – a day is needed to do the site justice. This is the most famous and also the most magnificent of Central Java’s temples or more precisely complex of temples. Situated about 15 kilometers from Yogyakarta, the top of the main shrine is visible from a great distance and rises high above the scattered ruins of the former temples.

Prambanan is the masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable. Seventeen kilometers east of Yogyakarta, King Balitung Maha Sambu built the Prambanan temple in the middle of the ninth century. Its parapets are adorned with bas-reliefs depicting the famous Ramayana story. This magnificent Shivaite temple derives it name from the village where it is located.

Day 3

Visit Solo as sister city of Yogyakarta during Java road trip

Solo or Surakarta has been a center of power in Central Java. Historically, the Kasunanan Kingdom was the true heir of the Mataram Sultanate which ruled the whole Java from the 16th century to the late 17th century. In 1745 the Sultanate moved its court to Solo, however by the end 18th century it had suffered from internal court intrigues, rebellions and foreign manipulation by the VOC (the Dutch East India Company).

In 1755 the Sultanate was split, with the Kasunanan Kingdom, ruled by the reigning sovereign (Pakubuwono II) based in Solo and the Yogyakarta Sultanate, led by the rebel prince Mangkubumi (later Sultan Hamengkubuwono I) in Yogyakarta. Later in 1757, another rebel prince named Raden Mas Said formed the Mangkunegaran Principality, the move was motivated by the disappointment of the prince with the king, who had collaborated with the VOC.

During the following Dutch colonial rule, the kingdoms, termed as Vorstenlanden in Dutch (Land of the Princes), enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy and were recognized as vassal states of the Dutch empire (much like the Princely States of British India). After independence, however unlike Jogja, the two kingdoms lost their autonomy and rule over the city due to political reasons.

Today, Solo is part of the province of Central Java. With a population of over 550,000 people, Solo is a densely populated city. But while people may live close together there are no high-rise buildings, so this city has a community atmosphere that is difficult to find in any other city in Indonesia.

Kraton Surakarta

Once the hub of an empire, today the Kraton Surakarta, established in 1745, is a faded symbol of a bygone era. It’s worth a visit, but much of the kraton was destroyed by fire in 1985. Many of the inner buildings were rebuilt, but today the allure of this once-majestic palace has somewhat vanished and its structures are left bare and unloved – though restorations will hopefully improve things. The main sight for visitors is the Sasono Sewoko museum. When the sultan, Pakubuwono II, moved from Kartosuro to Solo in 1745, the procession took a day to accomplish and included the removal of everything belonging to the king. Not surprisingly this included the sacred Nyai Setomo cannon (the twin of Si Jagur in old Jakarta), which now sits in the northern palace pavilion.

When you visit to Kasunanan Palace, there are some places that are not allowed to enter like the residence of the King. But you are allowed to enter in public spaces like pavilion in Sasana Sewaka. When you enter to Sasana Sewaka, you must release your footwears and walk barefoot on the sand that taken directly from Parangkusumo Beach and Merapi Mount. You can also visit to museum in Kasunanan area. There are many collections such as royal carriages, palanquins, sculptures, ancient weapons and some other collection.

Beside enjoying beautiful buliding, Kasunanan Palace also offers tour of cultural heritages such as traditional ceremonies, dances and music. One of famous traditional ritual are Sekaten and Suro Night. Sekaten is a celebration to commemorate Muhammad’s birthday and the last day of the celebration will closed with Gunungan Mulud. Suro Night is held to commemorate new year eve in Javanese calendar. The celebration’s marked by Mubeng Beteng Carnival, bringing heirlooms of the palace with Kyai Slamet buffalo.

Tri Windu Antique Market

Triwindu Antique Market is the center of excitement for lovers and collectors of antiques. Also known as Windujenar Market, Triwindu Antique Market is located on Jalan Diponegoro, not far from the Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo, Central Java. Upon entering the market complex, you will be greeted by a pair of statues, a man and a woman sitting in the cross-legged position. Solely dedicated to the sale of antiques, the atmosphere in Triwindu differs from other markets.

The building itself, wherein the market is situated, is a two-story, wooden structure that has stood since 1945, adding to the “antique” feel of the building. Strolling across the numerous aisles, you will be treated to various forms of antiques from different times in the past. The artifacts housed within these walls vary greatly in shape, history and cultural background, yet all display an element of high artistic value and admirable craftsmanship. Antiques found in the market can be made of gold, silver, copper, wood, ceramics, paper or cloth.

Although most items in Triwindu Market are the old ones that can’t work or no longer used by the owner but not all of them are just an antique stuff, because they are still attractive visually for an ornament to beautify a room. Some stuff in this market are new ones that specially made in classic and antique style like the furniture, “old” padlock, until the painted plates with classic drawing and colors. Exploring Triwindu Market was like entering the time machine. I saw many things that commonly used by our parents or grandparents like an old phone, traditional typewriter, and even the classic wallet or bag.

Day 4

Java road trip package will to Blitar as one of historical city in Java

In East Java Province, tourists may find lots of interesting regions to visit during holidays. For a new experience, you must consider visiting Blitar City. The location is in the south part of the province and in the southwest of Surabaya City (the capital of East Java). People who live in Indonesia commonly recognize Blitar as the burial place of the nation’s first president, Soekarno. In terms of name, it has several nicknames including the Proclamation City and the city of Koi. Soekarno’s grave is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Blitar. The grave is actually more of a mausoleum or national monument. To enter the site, you pass through a huge stone gateway and enter a large open square. The grave is located under a large pointed wooden gazebo. The interior roof of the gazebo is decorated with carvings of flames that touch the sky. In the canter of the gazebo is Sukarno’s grave.

Penataran Temple

Penataran temple or his real name is temple Palah is a group of Hindu Siwaitis religious temple located in the village Penataran, Nglegok Subdistrict, Blitar, East Java. Widest and grandest temple in East Java is located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Kelud, in the north of Blitar, at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level. By inscriptions stored at the temple is estimated temple was built during King Srengga of Kadiri Kingdom around the year 1200 AD and continued to use until the reign Wikramawardhana, King of Majapahit Empire around 1415.

The temple grounds are surprisingly well preserved with intricate stone carvings of daily life and large statues that look like they could come from Central America. Candi Penataran is the main temple complex that is shaped like a stepped pyramid and a single tall rectangular shrine. The temple complex is a 20-minute drive outside of Blitar city center and is located in the middle of a small village.

The site is being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and after visiting you will understand why. Penataran temple is a temple rich with various shades of reliefs, statues, and a Hindu -style structures. The existence of Kala sculpture (a giant grin), Ganesya statues (god of science in Hindu mythology), statues Dwarapala (giant statue guards the gates), and also relief Ramayana is indisputable evidence that the temple is a Hindu temple upgrading.

Day 5

Malang City

Malang is the second largest city in East Java. It has a history dating back to the Singhasari. During the period of Dutch colonization, it was a popular destination for European residents due to its cool climate. People in East Java sometimes call it “Paris of East Java.”

The history of Malang Regency could be revealed through the Dinoyo inscription 760 AD as the primary official document to support the birth of Malang before a new inscription was discovered in 1986, which is so far not yet revealed. According to the inscription, it was concluded that the 8th century was the beginning of the existence of Malang Regency’s government due to the birth of King Gajayana’s ruling of his kingdom in Malang. Malang together with its neighboring city called Batu, has become the main destination for holiday in East Java. From the range of mountains surrounding this city, world-class theme parks that built here, pristine beaches on the south, and yummy culinary, bring families and friends to spend their weekends in this heart-warming city.

Today, Malang is a thriving cultural center with its own unique character. Identifying themselves as the Arema culture, Malang residents take great pride in preserving and performing their traditional music, theater and sports activities. Outside the city are some stunning mountains and national parks for nature lovers to explore. Within easy reach is East Java’s main port city, Surabaya.

Bird Market

Birds and Flowers Market on Jl. Brawijaya collects various kinds of Indonesian birds and flowers. Several birds and animals are sold here as well as plants and flowers. Here not only local bird are sold; some imported ones can also be found in the market. Cages and bird food are also available here. Truly a paradise for bird’s lovers. Next door to the bird market is the flower market with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and hibiscus being among the dominant blooms alongside ferns, palms, cacti and lots more.

Kampung Warna

The village of Kampung Warna – Warni (Indonesian for “Village of Color”) was once drab and polluted, lacking the economic resources required to build a healthy community. But eight event management students from a nearby university lent a helping hand by applying their class skills to the real world. The students partnered with a local paint company looking to do a social responsibility project, which donated over 6,000 pounds of colorful paint, and voila, a hue less city got a brilliant new paint job.

Walking through the narrow alleys is like diving into a rainbow. Every house along the small lanes functions as an art wall for murals and graffitis (mostly 3D), a showcase for the creativity of local street artists and artist communities It’s no secret that Asians love selfies – consequently, a stroll through the village will take a good while.

Although it may seem like the paint job would benefit visitors more than those actually living in the village, the makeover has revitalized the community. The beautiful colors improved the village’s standard of living by drawing in new tourist dollars, and the beauty of the colorful houses has inspired many community members to improve the sanitation of their river. 

Day 6

Explore Tumpak sewu and Kapas Biru waterfall During Java Road Trip Adventure

Tumpak Sewu waterfall

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall (also known as Coban Sewu) is arguably Indonesia’s best waterfall. It isn’t the largest, even in East Java, but is definitely the most impressive. From above it looks like the tree of life, from below it is immensely powerful and from all angles, it is quite simply mind blowing. Although such a unique wonder, the waterfall is still undisturbed by mass tourism and there is a good chance of meeting just a few people on the day especially if visiting on week day and early in the morning.

Tumpak Sewu’s real highlight is at the foot of the fall. An adventurous trek down the cliffs will lead you inside the sunken hole. You will need to cross over bamboo bridges and makeshift stairs also part of the trek is through a water stream. A pair of good sandals would be ideal or otherwise rent a pair of rubber shoes before going down (although this option is not available if you start climbing down the hill early in the morning).

Kapas Biru waterfall

After visiting the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, you can also enjoy the other waterfalls since Lumajang is quite popular for having many wonderful waterfalls. One of them is Kapas Biru (or Blue Cotton) Waterfall. The name Air Terjun Kapas Biru means ‘blue cotton waterfall’ and probably comes from the hazy blue color of the falls in the evening. The hike is pretty straightforward and only takes about 30 minutes one way. The way back is very uphill though, so you may want to bring some water.

There’s one slightly sketchy section where you climb down a ladder, but it’s not too bad and only takes a minute to be done with. When you reach a clearing with some rice paddies, you’ll know you’re almost to the waterfall! There are some great photo spots near the waterfall, including a group of huge bamboo trunks you can peek through for a creative shot. It’s a photographer’s paradise, but keep in mind there’s a lot of tree cover here so the lighting gets pretty dim later in the afternoon.

Day 7

Mount Bromo

Without a doubt, Mount Bromo is the most photographed natural attraction in Java, attracting foreigners and Indonesian’s by the tens of thousands each year. At 2,329m high, it’s not the highest of the volcanoes comprising the Tengger massif but it is the most active.

Standing majestically inside the huge caldera of the once ancient Mount Tengger, Mount Bromo is surrounded by a vast stretching sea of volcanic sand that radiated a certain mystical beauty. Mount Bromo and the Tengger area is also the home of the Tengger sub-ethnic group who still preserve their age-old traditions and way of life. Here, you can observe the unique indigenous culture and traditions of the ‘Tenggerese’ including their rituals and ceremonies.

Bromo is the extremely popular for a number of reasons, including otherworldly view, breathtaking sunrise, and overall majestic mountaintop view. However, Bromo is also home of Tenggerese people who are decedents of Majapahit princess. There are many places you can enjoy wonderful sunrise in Bromo. The most popular spot for this is Mount Penanjakan. Located at the western border of the Tengger Caldera, Mount Penanjakan is higher than any peak within the caldera. Mount Penanjakan is ideal to watch the sun rises with the sea of sand and the peaks on the foreground.

Stretching as far as the eyes can see, the desert-like-sand-sea around Mount Bromo also offers another adventure. Since Jeeps are the only vehicles capable to ride the difficult terrain around Mount Bromo, why not make the most of it and set yourself on an exciting off-road jeep adventure on the sea of sands? There are a lot of operators that will happily arrange an off-road tour around the mountain, so you just need to get yourself ready and prepare for a sensational ride.

Day 8

Ijen Crater

Ijen Crater is one of the most famous volcano with the biggest crater lake in Indonesia even in Asia. Ijen Crater is one of the most active volcano that every day it spews the sulfuric smoke from its hole. This volcano has turquoise crater lake that make your picture becomes epic and wonderful.

Having more than two thousand visitors every month, Ijen Crater becomes a tourist attraction that makes many people curious. This is a must-see if you are in the area or planning a trip to East Java Indonesia. You can enjoy many interesting things in the Ijen Crater, ranging from the phenomenon of the Blue Fire to the sunrise point. Moreover, Mount Ijen has an altitude of 2,386 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the most beautiful lush green countryside with rice fields and forests. And bordered by two other mountains right next to it (Meranti and Merapi).

On top of that is the famed blue flame, visible only before sunrise and apparently only the second. Unfortunately, the blue fire phenomenon, which only occurs in two places in the world, Indonesia and Iceland, does not always appear at any time of day. This bluish light appears only at 3:00 to 4:00 a.m and decrease in size at around 5 a.m. During the rainy season, the blue flame is a bit ‘shy’ or a little smaller than in the dry season. Meanwhile, the dry season is believed to be the ideal time to see this blue fire.

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    Day 1

    08:00 Pick Hotel or Airport

    09:00 Visit Sultan’s Palace

    10:30 Taman sari or Water Castle

    12:00 Lunch

    13:00 Depart to Kali adem for Merapi lava tour

    14:00 Lava tour adventure with 4 WD jeep

    16:00 Drive to Malioboro street

    17:30 walking tour in Malioboro street

    18:30 Back to Hotel

    Day 2

    03:00 early wake up to catching sunrise in Borobudur temple

    03:30 Drive to Borobudur temple

    04:30 Arrive in Manohara Hotel and get the ticket for sunrise

    04:45 Entering the temple area

    05:30 Enjoying the golden sunrise through the stupa

    06:00 Explore the temple

    07:00 Morning coffee and tea in Manohara (complimentary)

    07:45 Back to hotel

    10:00 Breakfast at hotel and take a rest for couple hours

    13:00 Start the sunset tour to Prambanan temple

    13:30 Lunch

    14:30 Visit Sambisari temple

    15:30 Visit Prambanan temple

    17:00 Waiting for the sunset

    18:00 Back to hotel

    Day 3

    08:00 Check from hotel

    08:15 Drive to Solo/Surakarta

    10:30 Visit Mangkunegaran Palace

    12:00 Explore Tri Windu Antique Market

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Drive to Cetho temple

    15:00 Visit Cetho temple

    16:00 Back to hotel

    17:00 Check in hotel and stay over night

    Day 4

    08:00 Check out from hotel and Drive to Blitar

    13:00 Lunch in the local restaurant

    14:00 Visit Sukarno cemetery

    15:00 Candi Penataran

    17:00 Check in hotel and stay overnight

    Day 5

    08:00 Check out and drive to Malang

    11:00 Visit Bird market

    12:00 Explore Kampung warna

    13:00 Lunch

    14:30 check in hotel

    16:00 Visit toko oen (on your own expenses)

    18:00 Back to hotel and stay overnight

    Day 6

    07:00 Drive to Tumpak sewu waterfall

    09:00 Visit Tumpak sewu waterfall (Just to take picture from view point)

    10:00 Kapas biru waterfall adventure

    12:00 Drive to Bromo

    14:00 Lunch

    17:00 Check in Hotel and stay overnight

     

    Day 7

     

    02:45 Early wake up for sunrise in Pananjakan

    30:00 Drive to Pananjakan by 4WD jeep

    04:00 Arrive in Pananjakan area

    04:10 Reach the sunrise spot around 10 minutes

    04:20 Arrive on the sunrise spot (you can order tea or coffee while waiting for the sunrise)

    05:20 Enjoy the golden sunrise with through the most beautiful volcano landscape “Bromo”

    06:00 Back to your jeep

    06:30 Drive down to the kaldera of Bromo volcano

    07:00 Hiking to Bromo Volcano to see the crater

    08:00 Back to your hotel

    09:00 Breakfast at hotel

    10:00 Drive to Banyuwangi for Ijen tour

    13:00 Lunch at local restaurant

    14:00 continue the journey to Banyuwangi

    16:00 Arrive in your hotel in Banyuwangi

    16:15 Check in

    16: 30 Free time

     

    Day 8

     

    04:00 Early wake up

    04:10 Drive to Paltuding as starting point for Ijen hiking (Reguler hiking/not Blue fire hunting)

    05:00 Arrive in Paltuding area

    05:10 Hiking to the Ijen crater about one and half hour

    06:40 Enjoy the great view of Ijen crater and the volcano around it

    08:00 Back to Paltuding

    08:45 Drive to hotel for breakfast

    09:45 Breakfast

    10:45 Crossing to Bali by Very

    12:00 Drop in your hotel in Bali as end of our service

    The price for this tour package is start from USD 841 per person, please contact us for more information.

    Price Inclusions:

    • Car and driver
    • Fuel and parking fees
    • Entrances fees
    • Jeeps for Lava tour, Bromo and Ijen
    • English speaking Guide
    • Breakfast 8 times at Hotel
    • Lunch 8 times
    • Hotel ****

    Price exclusions:

    • Dinner
    • All personal expenses
    • Tipping for guide and driver
    • Souvenirs
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