Yogyakarta Overland Tour was design for travelers who want explore the culture, nature and tradition in Java. This tour will start From Yogyakarta, in this town you will see the most beautiful temple, like Borobudur temple and Prambanan temple, moreover we also will bring you to see the the sultan palace and lava tour in Merapi volcano. After you experience the temples and culture vibes of Yogyakarta then we continue our adventure to Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen, which is both volcanoes are the most famous and attractive volcano in East Java.
Yogyakarta City is located in the south part of Java Island and it is neighboring to Center Java Province. It is also bordering to the Indian Ocean. The region is also known for its karst mountains, located in the south part of it (Gunungkidul Regency). When it comes to nuance, the region feels soothing and welcoming. Besides, this city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From strolling through the living museum of The Kraton or The Keraton (Sultan’s Palace), to hanging out at the famous Alun Alun, to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelry at Kotagede and maybe try a splurge shopping up at Malioboro road. Yogyakarta was known with the slogan of “Jogja The Never-ending Asia “for its endless appeals. Today, it is also renowned as “Jogja Istimewa “, a tagline that elaborates its special values.
Merapi, a steep stratovolcano north of Central Java’s capital Yogyakarta, is Indonesia’s most active volcano. It erupts on average every 5-10 years and is feared for its deadly pyroclastic flows – avalanches of hot rocks and gas that are generated when parts of new lava domes constructed during eruptions in the summit crater collapse and slide down the mountain’s steep flanks. The name “Merapi” from old Javanese language means “the one making fire”.
Despite its frequent eruptions, Mt. Merapi is very central to the lives of the Javanese people. For through its eruptions Merapi spews lava, ash, and minerals to the surrounding areas. These provide nutrients to the soil, making this one of the most fertile areas in the world, and consequently the most densely populated.
This majestic, perfectly cone-shaped volcano, with its peak at 2,911 meters above sea level, has also determined the lives of kings and realms. In the early 11th Century, the once-mighty ancient empire of Mataram mysteriously disappeared, and power suddenly shifted to East Java. Scientists surmise that a violent eruption of Merapi in 1006 AD was the ruin of the empire. If you are very adventurous and are dying to know how a volcano erupts and see for yourself its dire aftermath, take the Lava Tour up Mt. Merapi and follow in the lava’s deadly path. You will find many Jeep communities at Kaliadem who can offer you an off-road adventure of the devastated area covered by ash and lava in the last eruption. The tour will always be led by professional drivers who double as guides. The rushing feeling of adrenaline will keep in as your Jeep zig-zag over the trail.
The tour usually includes visits to important landmarks such as the Mini Museum “Sisa Hartaku” (translated meaning: My Remaining Treasure Museum) that serves to inform about the impact made on the people living in the area during Merapi’s the latest eruption in 2010. There is also an underground bunker that was the last refuge for 2 volunteers, but who sadly died by the extreme heat of the lava. There’s also the Alien Stone, a unique rock that resembles a human face. Be sure to pack a sweater against the cool mountain air. You can also take the tour by riding your own off-road motorcycle if you’re skilled enough to ride over challenging rough terrain.-Yogyakarta Overland Tours
The Temple of Borobudur or sometimes “Barabudur” is a Mahayana Buddhist temple located close to Muntilan on the island of Java in Indonesia. Built during the rule of the Sailendra Dynasty (c. 650-1025 CE), Borobudur remains the world’s largest Buddhist temple. According to the Karangtengah epigraph, Borobudur Temple was built by King Samaratungga of the Syailendra Dynasty, but was only completed during the reign of his daughter, Queen Pramudawardhani, around the 9th century. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash.
In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty, the restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures.Little was known about other things, including who the architect that designed the building—which was constructed of 2 million (55,000 m3) interlocking andesite slabs arranged like a giant puzzle. A Javanese legend told the story of Gunadarma, who lied staring to Borobudur Temple until he fell asleep and his body eventually turned into what now known as Menoreh hills. Gunadarma was then thought as the architect of Borobudur Temple, although there were no actual historical epigraphs stating such fact.
Prambanan is Indonesia’s largest Hindu site and one of Southeast Asia’s major attractions and it was listted as World heritage. With three main temples for the Trimurti; Shiva the destroyer of the universe, Vishnu the keeper of the universe, and Brahma the creator of the universe. Back in the glory days of the old Mataram Kingdom, Prambanan is used as a Candi Agung for various royal and religious ceremonies.The temple was first built at the site around 850 CE by Rakai Pikatan and expanded extensively by King Lokapala and Balitung Maha Sambu the Sanjaya king of the Mataram Kingdom. According to the Shivagrha inscription of 856 CE, the temple was built to honor Lord Shiva, and its original name was Shiva-grha (the House of Shiva) or Shiva-laya (the Realm of Shiva). According to the Shivagrha inscription, a public water project to change the course of a river near Shivagrha temple was undertaken during the construction of the temple. The river, identified as the Opak River, now runs north to south on the western side of the Prambanan temple compound.
(Early morning of day 3 of Yogyakarta Overland Tour, you will travel by train to Mojokerto East Java and meet the driver to continue the tour to your hotel in Bromo area).
Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (East Java) that covers a massive area of 800 square km. Mount Bromo is one of the most incredible volcanoes in the world. It just so happens to be surrounded by several other volcanoes in one of the most magnificent landscapes you will ever set eyes on. At 2,392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. If you are wondering what the term ‘Bromo’ means you are correct if you guessed it held some great significance. It is derived from the Javanese pronunciation of ‘Brahma, which is the Hindu creator God.
Ijen Crater is the biggest crater lake in Java. The sulfur crater lake lies between a natural dam of deeply etched rock. It is 200 meters deep and contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming acid water, shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. Inside the crater the different color and size of stones are found. Indeed, the crater of Ijen is beautiful garden of stone as well. The view of sulfur miners who climb and go down to the crater is also amazing. A man puts about 10 kg of yellowish stone in to his basket, before he descends the mountain slope to sell his load, carrying the same basket, going in the same direction, digging the same mineral. It is the natural picture that can be seen everyday.
Ijen plateau or known as ‘Kawah Ijen‘ is highly recommended to mountain buffs and hikers. The Plateau was at one time a huge active crater, 134 sq km in area. Ijen is a quiet but active volcano, and the landscape is dominated by the volcanic cones of Ijen (2,368 asl) and Merapi (2,800 asl) on the northeastern edge of the Plateau, and Raung (3,332 asl) on the southwest corner. The vent is a source of sulfur and collectors work here, making the trek up to the crater and down to the lake every day.
08:00 Pick up at air port or hotel
08:20 Drive to Sultan’s Palace of Yogyakarta
09:00 Visit Sultan’s Palace
10:30 Taman sari or water castle
11:30 Batik processing and practice
13:30 Drive to kali adem for merapi lava tour
14:30 Lava tour by 4WD jeep
16:30 Back to hotel
17:30 Arrive at hotel and stay overnigth
03:00 Early wake for Borobudur sunrise
03:30 Drive to Borobudur temple
04:30 Arrive at Manohara hotel to get ticket
04:45 Entering the temple area
05:30 Enjoy the most spectacular sunrise through the stupa
07:00 Back to Manohara hotel for Tea or coffee and some snack (compliment)
08:00 Visit two small temple around Borobudur temple (Pawon & Mendut temple)
09:00 Back to your hotel in Yogyakarta
10:00 Breakfast and take a rest before prambanan sunset
13:00 Drive to the local restaurant for lunch
14:30 Visit Sambisari temple
15:30 Visit Prambanan temple
17:00 Enjoy the sunset
18:00 Back to hotel
Note: You can transfer your luggage to the driver. Because next day, you and the tour guide will travel to East Java by train and driver will wait you in next station with the luggage.
05:30 Transfer Tugu Yogyakarta train station
06:30 Depart to east Mojokerto East Java by train
10:30 Arrive in Mojokerto station and meet the driver
11:30 Drive to Bromo area
12:00 Lunch in the local restaurant
13:30 Continue the journey to Bromo
15:30 Arrive in hotel, check in and free time
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
04:00 Early wake up
04:10 Drive to Paltuding as starting point for Ijen hiking
05:00 Arrive in Paltuding area
05:10 Hiking to the Ijen cretar 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
10:30 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 677 per person, please contact for more information.