DAY 1: ARRIVAL YOGYAKARTA – PRAMBANAN HINDU TEMPLE
Upon arrival in Yogyakarta airport or train station, you will be picked up by our tour guide and go directly to visit the magnificent Prambanan Hindu Temple, Indonesia’s largest Hindu temple complex built in the 9th century AD. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check in hotel for overnight stay. Then free program at your own leisure.
DAY 2: YOGYAKARTA CITY TOUR – BOROBUDUR BUDDHIST TEMPLE (B)
After breakfast, depart from hotel for tour to visit Yogyakarta Sultan Palace that was built in 1755 by Prince Mangkubumi. The Prince then was called Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. It was built in grand and elegant Javanese Architectural style. Then visit Taman Sari Royal Water Castle.
After that we proceed to Kotagede which is famous for its tiny traditional goldsmith shops and mosaic houses that belong to the aristocrats and royal merchants. Next visit is to Borobudur Buddhist Temple, one of the world’s wonder and great architectural masterpiece located 42km west of Yogyakarta, standing majestically on a hillock overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 3: YOGYAKARTA – MANGKUNEGARAN PALACE SOLO – SUKUH EROTIC TEMPLE – KEDIRI (B)
After breakfast, cehck out hotel and depart to Kediri in East Java on a long 6 hour drive. En route stop at Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo, a place of classical Javanese art and culture. It has numerous priceless treasures which are believed to be from Majapahit era. Stop is also made at Sukuh Temple which is decorated with stone carvings some of which depicting erotic stories. This temple is the only erotic temple in Java. Lunch at local restaurant. Check in hotel and overnight stay in Kediri, East Java.
DAY 4: MOUNT KELUD KEDIRI – PANATARAN TEMPLE – MOUNT BROMO (B)
After breakfast, check out hotel and depart to Mount Kelud with its still-growing new born dome. It is relatively a small volcano with summit elevation at 1731m above sea level or 1650m above the densely populated and fertile plains of Kediri and Blitar. Proceed to Mount Bromo in a 4 hour drive with stop en route to visit Panataran Temple in Blitar. On arrival in Bromo, check in hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 5: MOUNT BROMO – IJEN CRATER (B)
Early in the morning, start Bromo Tour to see Mount Bromo, an active volcano part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. With the height of 2,392m above sea level, it may be small compared to other volcanoes in Indonesia but it will not disappoint you with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. The trip include a pony ride crossing the sea of sand to reach the base of Mount Bromo. After the magnificent sunrise (depending on the weather) return to the hotel for breakfast and shower. Check out hotel and proceed to Ijen at a distance of about 215 km. Overnight stay at Ijen.
DAY 6: IJEN CRATER – BALI (B)
Very early in the morning at around 01.00am, depart to Pos Paltuding (first post before climbing) in about 1.5 hour drive. Upon arrival at Pos Paltuding, getting ready for climbing. We need flashlight, warm jacket, hiking shoes, gloves and masks. Start climbing to Ijen Crater with a distance of about 3.5 km from the first post or about 1.5 hour climbing. Arriving at Ijen Crater, if the weather permits, admire the fantastic landscape of the caldera, the magnificent jade-colored lake and the deep yellow of the continuously sprouting sulfur springs.
Return to hotel for breakfast and check out. Departure to Ketapang ferry port for crossing to Gilimanuk ferry port at the western tip of Bali island. On the way enjoy the wonderful landscape of rice terraces going down to the seaside. Proceed to your hotel in Bali for check in and overnight stay.
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Places of interest to visit :
Prambanan Hindu Temple ‣ Prambanan Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia. Until now it is uncertain when the temple was built and on the orders of WHO, but strongly suspected that the Prambanan temple was built around the middle of the 9th century by the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, the king Balitung Maha Sambu. The allegations are based on the contents of the Syiwagrha inscription found around Prambanan and currently stored in the national Museum in Jakarta. The year-old inscription 778 Saka (856 M) was written during the reign of Rakai Pikatan.
Yogyakarta Sultan Palace ‣ Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace is another name of Yogyakarta Palace, located right in the center of Yogyakarta. In addition to its function as a royal residence, the palace also becomes the center of cultural and historical activities. Yogyakarta Palace was built in 1755 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.
Taman Sari Royal Water Castle ‣ Taman Sari Yogyakarta is a heritage sanctuary of Yogyakarta Palace. Taman Sari was built during the reign of Sri Sultan HB I, in the year 1758. Until now the palace of Taman Sari has undergone several renovations so that it stays in great condition. Taman Sari is located about 300 meters west of the Keraton of Yogyakarta.
Kotagede ‣ In around 16th century, Ki Ageng Pemanahan built a small village in the forest and slowly the village expanded until the year Ki Gede Pemanahan died. His leadership was continued by his son, Senopati Ingalaga. The village under the leadership of Senopati Ingalaga grew and continued to develop rapidly so that it transformed into a very bustling and prosperous city and was eventually called Kotagede or “the great city”.
Borobudur Buddhist Temple ‣ Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur temple is a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple was built in mandala pattern reflecting the universe in the Buddhist beliefs. Located in Magelang, the temple is about one and a half hour drive from the center of City of Yogyakarta.
Mangkunegaran Palace ‣ Solo City has a beautiful and magnificent palace namely Puro Mangkunegaran. Mangkunegaran Palace becomes the center of culture and art in Solo. The various art collections in the palace are believed to have originated from the Kingdom of Mataram and Majapahit era.
Sukuh Temple ‣ Sukuh Temple in Central Java is a Hindu temple built during the Majapahit era. The location of Sukuh temple is on the slope of Mount Lawu at an altitude of approximately 1,186 meters above sea level. It is said that the temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of Suhita, the Queen of Majapahit who ruled in 1429-1446.
Panataran Temple ‣ Penataran Temple is a temple that has existed since the Kingdom of Kediri controlled regions in Java and used until the era of the Majapahit Empire. The original name of Candi Penataran is believed to be Palah Temple, as mentioned in the Palah inscription, and was built in the year 1194 by King Çrnga (Syrenggra) with his title Sri Maharaja Sri Sarweqwara Triwikramawataranindita Çrengalan.
Mount Bromo ‣ This is an active volcano and part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. in East Java. At 2,329 meters it is not the highest peak in the region but is the most well-known. Mt Bromo has particular significance for the Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. The people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.
Ijen Crater ‣ Ijen Crater is the crater of Mount Ijen that has magnificent panorama. On the peak, visitors can enjoy breathtaking scenery that may not be seen in any other mountain craters. One of the special phenomenon that can be seen at Ijen Crater is the blue fire because of sulfur. It is said that there are only 2 places in the world where we can see craters like this. This blue fire can only be seen when it is dark or at night.