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Java Bali Overland Tour: Yogyakarta City, Mount Bromo & Ijen Crater

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Travel overland from Java all the way to Bali! This tour takes you to an amazing road trip you will never forget. From discovering the ancient wonders Borobudur and Prambanan in Yogyakarta, a city rich of authentic Javanese culture, to climbing the majestic volcanoes of Bromo and Ijen to witness the spectacular sunrises and unique blue fire, and finish on the island of the gods, Bali. You have the option of going by train from Yogyakarta until Surabaya before you reach Bromo, less tiring, more convenient but it comes at different price. On the other hand, with car you can make some stops along the way so you have a chance to see something new. It is up to you!

  • 4 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Yogyakarta, Java (YIA)
Itinerary: Java Bali Overland Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN YOGYAKARTA      ▼

Welcome to the cradle of Indonesian culture, Yogyakarta! We begin our Java Bali Overland Tour from a tourist destination known for its ancient palaces, temples and batik workshops

Arrival at the airport, meeting service with our guide and transfer to your hotel. Arrival at the hotel, check in and rest of the day at your leisure.

Meals:

Accommodation:

A. The Phoenix – Superior Room

B. Gallery Prawirotaman – Superior Room

C. Lynn Hotel – Superior Room 

 

DAY 2:YOGYAKARTA CITY TOUR - PRAMBANAN & BOROBUDUR TEMPLE       ▼

After breakfast and at the indicated time we will tour around the heart of this cultural city as well as the magnificent temples.

Yogyakarta City Tour

We will visit the Keraton known as the Sultan Palace. The palace is a complex building of two centuries old, located in the heart of the city. You will listen to the song of the “freedom” of the birds in the bird market, we will visit the Water Castle which occupies the highest part at the northern end of the vast complex of Taman Sari. Also, visit Malioboro Street with its merchants, horse carts, tricycle taxis and markets

Borobudur Temple

Afterwards, we drive to Magelang district to visit the Borobudur temple. It is the largest Buddhist monument in the world and one of the seven wonders. We will tour the temple, observing the hundreds and centuries-old Buddha statues and observing how dozens of Buddhists come to preach from all over the world. Historically it was made during the relatively brief Shailendra dynasty of Central Java between 778 and 856 BC and is under constant restoration due to the breaks that the tremors of the neighboring Merapi volcano have produced during its history. After that, you will continue the trip to Mendut and Pawon temple.

Prambanan Temple

Lastly, we will go towards Prambanan Temple, the temple of Hinduists and classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1991. This temple was completed around the year 856 to commemorate the return of Shailendra dynasty of Central Java. Take your time to enjoy each carving on the rocks and feel the spirituality that each of the perched stones gives off in this set of more than 200 Hinduist smaller temples. They are dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the destroyer. After this day that you will never forget, we will take you back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

A. The Phoenix – Superior Room

B. Gallery Prawirotaman – Superior Room

C. Lynn Hotel – Superior Room

DAY 3:YOGYAKARTA - SOLO - MOUNT BROMO (BY CAR)      ▼

You are halfway in this Java Bali overland tour!

Today, we are going to leave Yogyakarta and begin our adventure towards the Java volcanoes. At the indicated time, around 6.00 am, we will pick you up at your hotel to start a long journey to Jombang/Surabaya by car (around 7 hours). Along the way, we make a stop to rest and eat. Upon arrival, transfer to the slopes of the Bromo Volcano. Check-in at your hotel for deserved rest after so many hours traveling.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

A. Jiwa Jawa Bromo – Deluxe Room

B. Bromo Cottage – Superior Room

C. SM Bromo – Superior Room

 

DAY 4:MOUNT BROMO, THE DAWN - IJEN CRATER      ▼

Very early, your guide and a jeep driver will be waiting for you at the hotel to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises in Indonesia. Even if you have to get up early, it will be worth it. In a jeep, we will go to the slopes of the volcano where after climbing some stairs you can get to the very edge of its crater and see the impressive activity it has.

You will go up to a high point first in the dark and, little by little, the first rays of sun give way to a huge and indescribable caldera that makes up the entire view of the Bromo and Semeru Natural Park.

Behind Bromo with its large fumaroles, is the Semeru Volcano with explosions almost every 20 minutes. Together will make you have one of the most rewarding experiences ever. We return to the hotel to refresh you and enjoy your breakfast.

At the agreed time, we will leave for our next destination, the Ijen volcano. This journey lasts about 7-8 hours by car but we will make a stop to eat. Take advantage of this journey to rest. Arriving in Ijen, we will drop you off at your hotel, check in and deserved rest.

Meals: Breakfast

AccommodationKetapang Indah Hotel – Superior Room

 

DAY 5:IJEN CRATER - KETAPANG - BALI      ▼

The day has finally come to visit one of the most attractive volcanoes in Indonesia! One of the last surviving open pit sulfur mines on the planet.

Ijen Crater

For this climb you can choose between two schedules. Either leave very early to see the blue fire (leave the hotel around 1.30am) or leave more calmly only for sunrise (around 4am). You can choose depending on how tired you are from the trip from Bromo to Ijen, you can decide the day before with your guide. Once we pick you up from your hotel, you will head towards the village of Licin to get to the side of the volcano to start the upward slope to the crater of the volcano itself. During this trekking, your guide will give you double filter masks to protect you from natural sulfur chemicals.

Once up, at an altitude of 2883 meters and when it begins to dawn, an incredible contrast of colors will open before your eyes. A scene of yellow earth and a large turquoise blue lake inside the crater that contrast with a suspended white cloud that is continuously expelling the volcano.

In turn, among so much beauty you will see the locals working where it is said to be one of the hardest jobs in the world. These miners go down to the crater of the volcano to load 80 to 100 kilos of sulfur on their shoulders and then sell it.

After this amazing experience on the edge of the Ijen volcano crater, we begin the descent with an incredible panoramic view of the mountains that make up the national park. We will take you to your hotel to cool off and have breakfast. 

Journey to Bali

Afterwards, we start the long journey to reach Bali. It takes about 4 hours to reach the Ketapang port to cross to Bali, but then it can be 1 to 4 hours more to reach your accommodation in Bali. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel for the deserved rest after so many hours traveling. You must remember to add an hour to your watch, because we change the time zone. Welcome to the island of the Gods.

This concludes our Java Bali overland tour. Thank you for marching your footprints in this land with Come2Indonesia. Sampai jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

 

Photos: Java Bali Overland Tour

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Jeep drive in Bromo
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Horse riding in Bromo
  • Camera fees in Bromo & Ijen
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations or delays, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Java Bali Overland Tour

FAQ

How do I get to Yogyakarta?

Direct flights to Yogyakarta are available from Jakarta (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). There are also some direct international flights from Singapore by Lion Air, AirAsia and SilkAir.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October. Although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays. Whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia like Banda and Raja Ampat would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not. There are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:
  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags
Land tours and trekking:
  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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