Highlights of Java Island - Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Prambanan, Volcano Bromo
Arrival in Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta City Sightseeing Tour
On the airport in Yogyakarta your Guide will be waiting and bring you to Hotel The Phoenix Yogyakarta for check-in. You have some time to relax and enjoy this beautiful hotel with pool and can have lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon your guide will take you to city sightseeing tour in Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta in the Centre of the Indonesian Island of Java is together with the neighboring city of Surakarta (Solo) the centre of the traditional Javanese culture. With several universities, particularly with the prestigious Gaja Madah University, Yogyakarta is also the Indonesia's Education Center. Traditional Javanese culture and arts are here firmly rooted and Yogyakarta is home to several art, music and dance schools.
During the city tour, you will have opportunity to visit in the old town (Kota Gede) the Sultans Palace (Kraton) witch is with 14,000 square meters a kind city within a city. The Kraton was built around 1750. Parts of the Palace are open for tourists visit. The Museum shows mainly traditional court scenes and the appropriate clothing are admired.
After that we visit Taman Sare. The water Castle (built 1758 until 1765) served as a pleasure palace of the Sultan where the harem live. The castle was surrounded by a lake and only reachable on the waterway. The Lake no longer exists and the Castle is actual a ruin. Preserved are the bathing pools Taman Sare, which can be visited. If the time allows you can stroll through the traditional Beringharjo market on Jalan Malioboro and in case you are interested a batik factory or silversmiths can be visited. Yogyakarta is known for its fine silver and batik work all around Asia.
The Tempel complexes Borobudur & Prambanan
After an early breakfast we drive to Borobudur Tempel which is located 40km away from Yogyakarta. It's a Buddhist sanctuary and one of the largest Buddhist Tempel in Southeast Asia. The impressive Borobudur Tempel is situated on a hill and is designed as a step pyramid. On a square Foundation of 123m length there are nine storey's. Each higher level represents a further development of the people. On the terraces there are many alcoves and Budda statues and a total 5 km-long reliefs that tell about the live of Buddha. Six terraces are square and the upper three circular. There are 72 stupas each housing a Budda statue on the upper terraces, which are devoted to the enlightenment. From the top, you have a fantastic view over the countryside and over the mountains.
In the afternoon we visit the huge Prambanan Tempel complex, which was built to honor the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Loro Jonggrang Tempel was build in the 10th century and is the largest Hindu Tempel complex in Indonesia. The Tempel consists of a main building in the middle surrounded by eight smaller various deities consecrated Tempels and countless much smaller. All of the Tempels exhibit a high top design. In 2006 the Tempel was heavily damaged by a strong earthquake and not all areas are accessible to visitors.
After that drive back to the 17km far away Yogyakarta.
Flight Yogjakarta to Surabaya - Tour to volcano Bromo
Transfer to airport in Yogyakarta for morning flight to Surabaya. Arrival with flight early morning to Surabaya. Surabaya city tour and transfer to Bromo Volcano
Pick up from airport in Surabay and visit House of Sampoerna in "old Surabaya", which is a Museum and one of the oldest working factory of hand-rolled Kretek cigarettes made of tobacco and cloves. After that visit of Klenteng Hong Tiek Hian Tempel where 3 religions pray at the same place and than visit of Cheng Ho Mosque known for its unique Chinese architecture . After this small city tour in Surabaya driver (approx. 3-4 hours) to Volcano Bromo. The landscape in the surroundings of Bromo is characterized by plantations of vegetables, which are also located on steep slopes. On the volcanic soil and in mild climate there are many types of vegetables growing here. Accommodation in comfortable, scenic and quiet located Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo outside of the touristic and not particularly attractive Cemoro Lawang village.
Jeeptour & Hiking Bromo Volcano
The volcano Bromo is 2329 m high and is a part of the Tengger volcanic massif. It is one of the most active volcanoes on Java and a popular tourist destination. To see the Sunrise, it is necessary to get up early. You will be picked up about 4am from hotel and drive by jeep to View point Penanjakan , where you wait for the Sunrise. Don't forget warm clothes, because at this altitude it is in the morning quite cold. Then we continue to the edge of the crater of Bromo volcano. At first walking through a sandy desert, passing the Hindu Tempel Pura Luhur Poten and then 256-step staircase have to be climbed up to the crater. The way until the stairs you can also ride a horse. If you wish this please talk to your guide and he will organize it.
After hiking back the jeep will bring you back to hotel for breakfast. Then you drive back to Surabaya and overnight in stylish and historic Majapahit Hotel Surabaya
Unfortunately, the view point at sunrise is very crowded. If you like to share the view with just a few people you can start the tour also later or first go to Bromo crater and then to the viewpoint. Planing your travel try to avoid weekends and Indonesian holidays, because at this days the rush of visitors to bromo is particularly high.