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Java – also spelled Jawa – is the heartland of Indonesia

What to Expect

Java – also spelled Jawa – is the heartland of Indonesia. Lying southeast of Malaysia and Sumatera, south of Kalimantan and west of Bali; it is the fifth largest island in Indonesia, yet the most densely populated; especially in the nation’s capital, JAKARTA (formerly Batavia) on the northernmost tip of the island. Home to over 140 million people, the island of 127,569 sq. km is Indonesia’s most complex and culturally compelling island. Flanked by limestone ridges and lowlands with a longitudinal mountain chain surmounted by 121 volcanoes; Java acts as Indonesia’s center of culture and economic activity.


There are around 300 distinct native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects spoken all over the archipelago which differ with each region, but Bahasa Indonesia is widely spoken as the nation’s official language. The main ethnic group is Javanese, although in West Java most people are Sundanese and in East Java, Madurese make up around 22% of the population. Jakarta itself is a mix of many ethnic groups, with Betawi considered as the native.

Embark on a journey to unveil the richness of Java with its many beautiful landscapes; the warm welcome of the people; the strong preserved culture, beliefs and myth; and the diversity of the cities. This 12-day overland package provides you with an opportunity to experience traveling not just by air, but also on land, with train rides and scenic drives passing through remote villages dotted along the way – perfect for those who want to delve deeper into the diverse landscape and traditions of Java. Visit the most iconic landmarks along the way and learn more about the culture, history and allure of this magical, mysterious island of Java.

Java – also spelled Jawa – is the heartland of Indonesia. Lying southeast of Malaysia and Sumatera, south of Kalimantan and west of Bali; it is the fifth largest island in Indonesia, yet the most densely populated; especially in the nation’s capital, JAKARTA (formerly Batavia) on the northernmost tip of the island. Home to over 140 million people, the island of 127,569 sq. km is Indonesia’s most complex and culturally compelling island. Flanked by limestone ridges and lowlands with a longitudinal mountain chain surmounted by 121 volcanoes; Java acts as Indonesia’s center of culture and economic activity.


There are around 300 distinct native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects spoken all over the archipelago which differ with each region, but Bahasa Indonesia is widely spoken as the nation’s official language. The main ethnic group is Javanese, although in West Java most people are Sundanese and in East Java, Madurese make up around 22% of the population. Jakarta itself is a mix of many ethnic groups, with Betawi considered as the native.

Embark on a journey to unveil the richness of Java with its many beautiful landscapes; the warm welcome of the people; the strong preserved culture, beliefs and myth; and the diversity of the cities. This 12-day overland package provides you with an opportunity to experience traveling not just by air, but also on land, with train rides and scenic drives passing through remote villages dotted along the way – perfect for those who want to delve deeper into the diverse landscape and traditions of Java. Visit the most iconic landmarks along the way and learn more about the culture, history and allure of this magical, mysterious island of Java.

What You Will Do

Day 1

Arrival Jakarta

(No Meals)

Upon your arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in JAKARTA the capital city, you will be welcomed by your assigned guide who will escort you on a chauffeured vehicle directly to your hotel located in the city center, where you will stay for the next two nights. Arrive at your choice of hotel approximately 55 minutes later, check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Jakarta (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 1

Arrival Jakarta

(No Meals)

Upon your arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in JAKARTA the capital city, you will be welcomed by your assigned guide who will escort you on a chauffeured vehicle directly to your hotel located in the city center, where you will stay for the next two nights. Arrive at your choice of hotel approximately 55 minutes later, check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Jakarta (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 2

Colonial Jakarta

(B/L)

Enjoy breakfast served at the hotel’s restaurant then embark on a full day of sightseeing in Jakarta. Your assigned guide will pick you up in the morning at your hotel lobby at 09:00 AM. Get some insights about the Old Jakarta (Batavia) during the colonialism era and Jakarta in present day as you drive to the 500-year-old harbour area of Sunda Kelapa, a trading port between the Portuguese with Hindu Kingdom Padjadjaran in the early 16th century. Located in the northern part of the city, it is a bustling historical site where traditional wooden phinisi schooners are docked and still ply their trade on the seas between the islands as they did centuries ago, carrying goods to all corners of the archipelago . Proceed afterwards to Fatahillah Square in the Old Town area, formerly Batavia City Square during the Dutch settlement. Here you can visit the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum) housing over 23,500 objects from the Dutch East Indies Company and other archaeological objects from the prehistoric era divided into several themed rooms. Located in the building which was the former city hall of Batavia and last renovated in February 2015, the museum now has a new section called the “Conservation Room”, displaying the vision and mission of Jakarta Old Town Reborn for the future of Old Batavia.

Lunch will be served at Cafe Batavia (food only), a 200-year-old building which is the second oldest building in central Jakarta after Fatahillah Museum. Step into 19th-century Jakarta during the colonial era as you sit by the window overlooking the old town square. After lunch, stroll around the square then continue on foot to arrive at Museum Bank Indonesia (closed every Monday and during public holiday). Founded by Bank Indonesia and opened in July 2009, the museum is housed in a heritage building which had been the first headquarters of De Javasche Bank, the central bank of the Dutch East Indies. More than just a history of banking in Indonesia, the museum also houses some educational exhibits such as different currencies from all over the world as well as an interesting background to the spice trade which made Indonesia famous during Dutch colonial times.

Continue to drive to the center of the business district area and arrive at one of the most famous rooftop restaurants in the city to enjoy the skyline of Jakarta with its skyscrapers and sunset in the background as you sip your cocktail in a luxurious and spectacular setting. Transfer back to your hotel afterwards.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Jakarta (Same as Day 1)

Day 2

Colonial Jakarta

(B/L)

Enjoy breakfast served at the hotel’s restaurant then embark on a full day of sightseeing in Jakarta. Your assigned guide will pick you up in the morning at your hotel lobby at 09:00 AM. Get some insights about the Old Jakarta (Batavia) during the colonialism era and Jakarta in present day as you drive to the 500-year-old harbour area of Sunda Kelapa, a trading port between the Portuguese with Hindu Kingdom Padjadjaran in the early 16th century. Located in the northern part of the city, it is a bustling historical site where traditional wooden phinisi schooners are docked and still ply their trade on the seas between the islands as they did centuries ago, carrying goods to all corners of the archipelago . Proceed afterwards to Fatahillah Square in the Old Town area, formerly Batavia City Square during the Dutch settlement. Here you can visit the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum) housing over 23,500 objects from the Dutch East Indies Company and other archaeological objects from the prehistoric era divided into several themed rooms. Located in the building which was the former city hall of Batavia and last renovated in February 2015, the museum now has a new section called the “Conservation Room”, displaying the vision and mission of Jakarta Old Town Reborn for the future of Old Batavia.

Lunch will be served at Cafe Batavia (food only), a 200-year-old building which is the second oldest building in central Jakarta after Fatahillah Museum. Step into 19th-century Jakarta during the colonial era as you sit by the window overlooking the old town square. After lunch, stroll around the square then continue on foot to arrive at Museum Bank Indonesia (closed every Monday and during public holiday). Founded by Bank Indonesia and opened in July 2009, the museum is housed in a heritage building which had been the first headquarters of De Javasche Bank, the central bank of the Dutch East Indies. More than just a history of banking in Indonesia, the museum also houses some educational exhibits such as different currencies from all over the world as well as an interesting background to the spice trade which made Indonesia famous during Dutch colonial times.

Continue to drive to the center of the business district area and arrive at one of the most famous rooftop restaurants in the city to enjoy the skyline of Jakarta with its skyscrapers and sunset in the background as you sip your cocktail in a luxurious and spectacular setting. Transfer back to your hotel afterwards.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Jakarta (Same as Day 1)

Day 3

Jakarta – Bandung

(B/L)

Check out after breakfast. At 09:00 AM, pick up at the hotel lobby and escape the city by driving southeast to arrive at the capital city of West Java province, BANDUNG. Lying on a river basin surrounded by volcanic mountains about 2,520 feet above sea level, Bandung has cooler temperatures year-round than most other Indonesian cities.

Enjoy a 3-hour scenic drive, winding through the tea plantations in Puncak (traffic congestion is expected during weekends). Another alternative is the 2-hour drive through the intercity toll highway road. The tea plantations around the mountains were established by the Dutch back in the eighteenth century, followed by the rise of luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes built with art-deco style; hence the nickname Parijs van Java. Other than being famous as a shopping destination with factory outlets, the city also earned other nicknames such as the City of Flowers.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you may opt for a cultural experience to observe an angklung performance by an orchestra of children at Saung Angklung Udjo. Using instruments made from bamboo, here you can also learn how to play the traditional musical instrument (entrance fee at own personal expense). Those who would like to shop for branded clothing items at a bargain price can opt for shopping at factory outlets. Transfer to your hotel of choice afterwards. Check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day free at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Bandung (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 3

Jakarta – Bandung

(B/L)

Check out after breakfast. At 09:00 AM, pick up at the hotel lobby and escape the city by driving southeast to arrive at the capital city of West Java province, BANDUNG. Lying on a river basin surrounded by volcanic mountains about 2,520 feet above sea level, Bandung has cooler temperatures year-round than most other Indonesian cities.

Enjoy a 3-hour scenic drive, winding through the tea plantations in Puncak (traffic congestion is expected during weekends). Another alternative is the 2-hour drive through the intercity toll highway road. The tea plantations around the mountains were established by the Dutch back in the eighteenth century, followed by the rise of luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes built with art-deco style; hence the nickname Parijs van Java. Other than being famous as a shopping destination with factory outlets, the city also earned other nicknames such as the City of Flowers.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you may opt for a cultural experience to observe an angklung performance by an orchestra of children at Saung Angklung Udjo. Using instruments made from bamboo, here you can also learn how to play the traditional musical instrument (entrance fee at own personal expense). Those who would like to shop for branded clothing items at a bargain price can opt for shopping at factory outlets. Transfer to your hotel of choice afterwards. Check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day free at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Bandung (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 4

Tangkuban Perahu & Ciater Hospring

(B/L)

Today at 08:00 AM, embark on an excursion to northern Bandung. Drive uphill through Lembang to arrive at an active volcanic mountain of Tangkuban Perahu. Notice the unusual shape similar to an upside-down boat while listening to the tale of a disobedient Sangkuriang. After snapping some pictures, hike to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud.

Proceed to drive for lunch at a local restaurant, followed with a visit to Ciater Hotspring. Enjoy the afternoon soaking in the pool of sulfuric warm spring water with natually occuring minerals. Soaking in sulphuric spring water can be traced back to ancient and Roman times – it is a medical hydrology.

On the way back to your hotel, a few stops can be made for sampling some local delicacies such as tahu pong (deepfried tofu made from soybean mixed with fresh cow milk), cireng (deepfried snack made from tapioca starch), batagor (deepfried tofu battered) served with peanut sauce, various chips (made from soybean cake, banana, or shrimp crackers), or Sundanese pancakes cooked using claypots on charcoal called surabi. In Lembang, you can also sample some fresh cow milk and ketan bakar (grilled sticky rice cake).


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Bandung (Same as day 3)

Day 4

Tangkuban Perahu & Ciater Hospring

(B/L)

Today at 08:00 AM, embark on an excursion to northern Bandung. Drive uphill through Lembang to arrive at an active volcanic mountain of Tangkuban Perahu. Notice the unusual shape similar to an upside-down boat while listening to the tale of a disobedient Sangkuriang. After snapping some pictures, hike to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud.

Proceed to drive for lunch at a local restaurant, followed with a visit to Ciater Hotspring. Enjoy the afternoon soaking in the pool of sulfuric warm spring water with natually occuring minerals. Soaking in sulphuric spring water can be traced back to ancient and Roman times – it is a medical hydrology.

On the way back to your hotel, a few stops can be made for sampling some local delicacies such as tahu pong (deepfried tofu made from soybean mixed with fresh cow milk), cireng (deepfried snack made from tapioca starch), batagor (deepfried tofu battered) served with peanut sauce, various chips (made from soybean cake, banana, or shrimp crackers), or Sundanese pancakes cooked using claypots on charcoal called surabi. In Lembang, you can also sample some fresh cow milk and ketan bakar (grilled sticky rice cake).


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Bandung (Same as day 3)

Day 5

Bandung – Yogyakarta by train

(B/L)

Check out after an early breakfast today to continue your journey to the countryside in the centre of Java. At 06:30 AM, your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the train station. Accompanied by your guide, embark on a train journey sitting comfortably on reclining seats in a fully air-conditioned compartment. An approximate eight-hour train ride passing rural villages provides you with a scenic journey, with light lunch served onboard. Arrive in Yogyakarta - dubbed as the heart of Javanese culture - where a chauffeured vehicle awaits to transfer you and your guide directly to your choice of hotel located in the city centre, where you will stay for the next three nights.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 5

Bandung – Yogyakarta by train

(B/L)

Check out after an early breakfast today to continue your journey to the countryside in the centre of Java. At 06:30 AM, your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the train station. Accompanied by your guide, embark on a train journey sitting comfortably on reclining seats in a fully air-conditioned compartment. An approximate eight-hour train ride passing rural villages provides you with a scenic journey, with light lunch served onboard. Arrive in Yogyakarta - dubbed as the heart of Javanese culture - where a chauffeured vehicle awaits to transfer you and your guide directly to your choice of hotel located in the city centre, where you will stay for the next three nights.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 6

Yogyakarta City Tour & Prambanan Temple

(B/L)

Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant and get ready to embark on a full-day excursion to unfold the history and culture of the city. Visit the 18th-century Sultanate’s palace of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and the former royal garden of the Sultanate Tamansari Water Castle. Authentic Javanese cuisine for lunch will be served at one of the best restaurants in the city. Proceed to visit a Batik Workshop to see the manual making process of this famous fabric and to try your skill in making your own piece of batik.

In the afternoon, visit the compound of Prambanan Temple which was built in the 9th century AD. The largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, the temples in Prambanan Archeological Park are decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of Ramayana – dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. There are 508 stone temples of various shapes and sizes, either in a complete and preserved condition or retained as ruins. Transfer back to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free at leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Same as Day 5)

Day 6

Yogyakarta City Tour & Prambanan Temple

(B/L)

Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant and get ready to embark on a full-day excursion to unfold the history and culture of the city. Visit the 18th-century Sultanate’s palace of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and the former royal garden of the Sultanate Tamansari Water Castle. Authentic Javanese cuisine for lunch will be served at one of the best restaurants in the city. Proceed to visit a Batik Workshop to see the manual making process of this famous fabric and to try your skill in making your own piece of batik.

In the afternoon, visit the compound of Prambanan Temple which was built in the 9th century AD. The largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, the temples in Prambanan Archeological Park are decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of Ramayana – dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. There are 508 stone temples of various shapes and sizes, either in a complete and preserved condition or retained as ruins. Transfer back to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free at leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Same as Day 5)

Day 7

Borobudur Sunrise

(B)

Wake up before the break of dawn and you will be transferred to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world, Borobudur. Situated in Magelang regency and nestled between the Progo and Elo Rivers, this sacred 8th-century monument is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A short, leisurely walk from the entrance and the steep narrow stone stairway will get you to the top of the monument. Erected on a hill, the top deck surrounding the mother stupa is the best spot to catch the sunrise promising a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings, serene ambience and near-mythical experience on a clear day.

Explore the monument accompanied by an experienced guide and admire the most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs to be found anywhere in the world, with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. Transfer back to the hotel afterwards. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure, this will give you opportunity to explore the city at your own pace.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Same as Day 5)

Day 7

Borobudur Sunrise

(B)

Wake up before the break of dawn and you will be transferred to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world, Borobudur. Situated in Magelang regency and nestled between the Progo and Elo Rivers, this sacred 8th-century monument is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A short, leisurely walk from the entrance and the steep narrow stone stairway will get you to the top of the monument. Erected on a hill, the top deck surrounding the mother stupa is the best spot to catch the sunrise promising a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings, serene ambience and near-mythical experience on a clear day.

Explore the monument accompanied by an experienced guide and admire the most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs to be found anywhere in the world, with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. Transfer back to the hotel afterwards. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure, this will give you opportunity to explore the city at your own pace.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Yogyakarta (Same as Day 5)

Day 8

Yogyakarta – Surabaya by train

(B/L)

Your breakfast today is packed in a box as you need to check out early in the morning in order to catch the morning train which will take you to SURABAYA. The five-hour scenic train ride unfolds scenic rice fields and lush greenery as you sit back on a reclining seat in a fully air-conditioned compartment accompanied by your guide.

A port city on the island of Java, Surabaya is the vibrant capital of East Java province. A sprawling metropolis where modern skyscrapers mix with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past, Surabaya is the second most condensed city after Jakarta. It is known as the ‘city of heroes’ due to the importance of a battle fought in the city for Indonesian independence in 1945. Your chauffeured vehicle will be waiting when you arrive in Surabaya. Transfer directly to your hotel of choice in Surabaya and the remainder of the afternoon is free at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Surabaya (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 8

Yogyakarta – Surabaya by train

(B/L)

Your breakfast today is packed in a box as you need to check out early in the morning in order to catch the morning train which will take you to SURABAYA. The five-hour scenic train ride unfolds scenic rice fields and lush greenery as you sit back on a reclining seat in a fully air-conditioned compartment accompanied by your guide.

A port city on the island of Java, Surabaya is the vibrant capital of East Java province. A sprawling metropolis where modern skyscrapers mix with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past, Surabaya is the second most condensed city after Jakarta. It is known as the ‘city of heroes’ due to the importance of a battle fought in the city for Indonesian independence in 1945. Your chauffeured vehicle will be waiting when you arrive in Surabaya. Transfer directly to your hotel of choice in Surabaya and the remainder of the afternoon is free at your own leisure.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Surabaya (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 9

Surabaya City Tour – Probolinggo – Cemoro Lawang

(B/L)

Check out after breakfast and then embark on a short excursion in the city using chauffeured vehicle to visit a few of the highlights of the city. Drive past the Monument of Surabaya the symbol of the city as you drive towards House of Sampoerna. It is believed that the name of the city was inspired by the tales of the white Sura fish and the crocodile. En-route you will also see the iconic Heroes Monument with its 41-metre tall obelisk. Officially opened by the first President of Indonesia Ir. Soekarno in 1952, it was built to commemorate the Battle of Surabaya on 10th November 1945.

At House of Sampoerna, which was founded in 1932, you can discover the story of the founding family and the development of Sampoerna's business, and observe a real hand-rolled production facility with more than 400 women hand-rolling cigarettes at a speed of more than 325 cigarettes per hour. Situated in ‘old’ Surabaya, the Dutch colonial-style building compound was built in 1862 as an orphanage. Serving as Sampoerna’s first major cigarette production facility, today the compound still functions as a production plant for Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette Dji Sam Soe, equipped with a museum, a shop, a café and an art gallery.

Further attracting visitors to this historic preservation site, the museum cafe has built up its own reputation as one of the best places to eat in Surabaya. Sample the dishes in a notable art deco building that combines antique painted windows and classic teak panelling with tasteful modern design. After lunch, proceed to drive towards the town of PROBOLINGGO and arrive at Cemoro Lawang – the major access point to Mount Bromo, where you will stay overnight prior to your journey early the next morning. Check in at a resort that used to be called Java Banana Lodge, where the rest of the evening is free at leisure.


Overnight at Jiwa Jawa Resort

Day 9

Surabaya City Tour – Probolinggo – Cemoro Lawang

(B/L)

Check out after breakfast and then embark on a short excursion in the city using chauffeured vehicle to visit a few of the highlights of the city. Drive past the Monument of Surabaya the symbol of the city as you drive towards House of Sampoerna. It is believed that the name of the city was inspired by the tales of the white Sura fish and the crocodile. En-route you will also see the iconic Heroes Monument with its 41-metre tall obelisk. Officially opened by the first President of Indonesia Ir. Soekarno in 1952, it was built to commemorate the Battle of Surabaya on 10th November 1945.

At House of Sampoerna, which was founded in 1932, you can discover the story of the founding family and the development of Sampoerna's business, and observe a real hand-rolled production facility with more than 400 women hand-rolling cigarettes at a speed of more than 325 cigarettes per hour. Situated in ‘old’ Surabaya, the Dutch colonial-style building compound was built in 1862 as an orphanage. Serving as Sampoerna’s first major cigarette production facility, today the compound still functions as a production plant for Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette Dji Sam Soe, equipped with a museum, a shop, a café and an art gallery.

Further attracting visitors to this historic preservation site, the museum cafe has built up its own reputation as one of the best places to eat in Surabaya. Sample the dishes in a notable art deco building that combines antique painted windows and classic teak panelling with tasteful modern design. After lunch, proceed to drive towards the town of PROBOLINGGO and arrive at Cemoro Lawang – the major access point to Mount Bromo, where you will stay overnight prior to your journey early the next morning. Check in at a resort that used to be called Java Banana Lodge, where the rest of the evening is free at leisure.


Overnight at Jiwa Jawa Resort

Day 10

Bromo Sunrise – Malang

(B/L)

Rising from the ancient Tengger caldera, the volcanic trio of Mount Bromo (2,392m), Mount Kursi (2,581m) and Mount Batok (2,440m) emerge from a vast crater that stretches 10km across. The smouldering cone of Bromo stands in a sea of ashen, volcanic sand, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater’s edge – giving it a lunarlike landscape with epic proportions and breathtaking views. Situated in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park to the southeast of Surabaya, it is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea with total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 1,200m which also contains the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3,676m) in the south, along with four lakes and 50 rivers.

Wake up when it is still dark for a journey to catch the majestic view of sunrise. Mount Bromo provides the backdrop for one of the most stunning sunrise views on earth. Depart from your resort at 04:00hrs on a 4WD vehicle and make your way to Penanjakan viewpoint to witness the awe-inducing Tengger Caldera before your eyes as the night turns into day. Your 4WD vehicle will then take you closer to the top of Mount Bromo. Arrive at the parking area, then from here you will proceed on horseback. The hike up through the 253-stone steps is worth the view from the top. Afterwards, continue on with the exploration of Tengger Caldera area where a unique ecosystem exists. Your 4WD vehicle drives over Pasir Berbisik, a landscape of volcanic sand that is reminiscent of an arid dessert, then a couple of hundred metres away feel as if you are transported into yet another different world of savannah.

Enjoy breakfast once you return to the resort and check out afterwards to continue on with your journey to MALANG in a chauffeured vehicle. Drive for two hours and transfer directly to your choice of hotel where you will stay for the next two nights.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Malang (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 10

Bromo Sunrise – Malang

(B/L)

Rising from the ancient Tengger caldera, the volcanic trio of Mount Bromo (2,392m), Mount Kursi (2,581m) and Mount Batok (2,440m) emerge from a vast crater that stretches 10km across. The smouldering cone of Bromo stands in a sea of ashen, volcanic sand, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater’s edge – giving it a lunarlike landscape with epic proportions and breathtaking views. Situated in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park to the southeast of Surabaya, it is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea with total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 1,200m which also contains the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3,676m) in the south, along with four lakes and 50 rivers.

Wake up when it is still dark for a journey to catch the majestic view of sunrise. Mount Bromo provides the backdrop for one of the most stunning sunrise views on earth. Depart from your resort at 04:00hrs on a 4WD vehicle and make your way to Penanjakan viewpoint to witness the awe-inducing Tengger Caldera before your eyes as the night turns into day. Your 4WD vehicle will then take you closer to the top of Mount Bromo. Arrive at the parking area, then from here you will proceed on horseback. The hike up through the 253-stone steps is worth the view from the top. Afterwards, continue on with the exploration of Tengger Caldera area where a unique ecosystem exists. Your 4WD vehicle drives over Pasir Berbisik, a landscape of volcanic sand that is reminiscent of an arid dessert, then a couple of hundred metres away feel as if you are transported into yet another different world of savannah.

Enjoy breakfast once you return to the resort and check out afterwards to continue on with your journey to MALANG in a chauffeured vehicle. Drive for two hours and transfer directly to your choice of hotel where you will stay for the next two nights.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Malang (Standard OR Superior OR First Class Hotel)

Day 11

Javanese Cooking Class & Museum Angkut

(B/L)

Malang is the second largest city in East Java with a great historical significance, as it was the seat of government of the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singosari Kingdoms during the 8th century. During the 17th century, the city became part of the great Hindu-Javanese Mataram kingdom. Popular due to its cool climate, attractive rural surrounds and easy access from Surabaya, Malang has retained much of its historical character, remains vibrant and is regarded as by far the most attractive large city in the East Java region.

Today, discover the spiced flavors of Javanese cooking, providing a fascinating introduction to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Java, as well as a valuable insight into the various techniques of food preparation and the cooking styles used. Pick up at the hotel lobby at 09:00 AM then drive to start your culinary adventure with a becak ride to a local market. Experience the hustle and bustle at the local market and source the freshest ingredients before continuing to start your class. The final task after the two hours in the kitchen is to sample and to enjoy mouthwatering dishes you have prepared.

On the way to Museum Angkut, admire the beautiful Dutch colonial-style houses as well as the Alun-Alun town square. Museum Angkut was built in March 2014 to exhibit the many and various modes of transportation used throughout the world. It is the first modern transportation museum in Indonesia, with an ethos of education and entertainment and a building that houses many interesting automobiles from all over the world, complete with historical information about each vehicle displayed.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Malang (Same as Day 10)

Day 11

Javanese Cooking Class & Museum Angkut

(B/L)

Malang is the second largest city in East Java with a great historical significance, as it was the seat of government of the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singosari Kingdoms during the 8th century. During the 17th century, the city became part of the great Hindu-Javanese Mataram kingdom. Popular due to its cool climate, attractive rural surrounds and easy access from Surabaya, Malang has retained much of its historical character, remains vibrant and is regarded as by far the most attractive large city in the East Java region.

Today, discover the spiced flavors of Javanese cooking, providing a fascinating introduction to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Java, as well as a valuable insight into the various techniques of food preparation and the cooking styles used. Pick up at the hotel lobby at 09:00 AM then drive to start your culinary adventure with a becak ride to a local market. Experience the hustle and bustle at the local market and source the freshest ingredients before continuing to start your class. The final task after the two hours in the kitchen is to sample and to enjoy mouthwatering dishes you have prepared.

On the way to Museum Angkut, admire the beautiful Dutch colonial-style houses as well as the Alun-Alun town square. Museum Angkut was built in March 2014 to exhibit the many and various modes of transportation used throughout the world. It is the first modern transportation museum in Indonesia, with an ethos of education and entertainment and a building that houses many interesting automobiles from all over the world, complete with historical information about each vehicle displayed.


Overnight at your choice of hotel in Malang (Same as Day 10)

Accommodation

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Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk (Jakarta)

Hotel Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk is a 4-star hotel in the center of a historic colonial Dutch town. Today, the street lies at the heart of thriving business district, with an abundance of shops and offices and a bustling atmosphere day and night.

Hotel Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk is a 4-star hotel in the center of a historic colonial Dutch town. Today, the street lies at the heart of thriving business district, with an abundance of shops and offices and a bustling atmosphere day and night.

Sukajadi Hotel (Bandung)

Sukajadi Hotel are located in a very convenient area of north Bandung. Various factory outlets such as the famous Rumah Mode, Cihampelas Jeans Center, restaurants, cafes, spas, and the trendy Paris Van Java Mall, are all within 3 to 15 minutes of waking distance.


Sukajadi Hotel are located in a very convenient area of north Bandung. Various factory outlets such as the famous Rumah Mode, Cihampelas Jeans Center, restaurants, cafes, spas, and the trendy Paris Van Java Mall, are all within 3 to 15 minutes of waking distance.

Novotel Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta)

Strategically located in Yogyakarta, the hotel features spacious and cozy rooms. Unwind at the outdoor tropical pool, entertain your palate in our Italian restaurant, get fit in our fitness center, relax in our sauna. Novotel Yogyakarta's teams, known for their attention to detail, are expecting you!


Strategically located in Yogyakarta, the hotel features spacious and cozy rooms. Unwind at the outdoor tropical pool, entertain your palate in our Italian restaurant, get fit in our fitness center, relax in our sauna. Novotel Yogyakarta's teams, known for their attention to detail, are expecting you!

The Alana (Surabaya)

The Alana Surabaya is a four star hotel, blends design, pleasure, and comfort. Less than 10 minutes from Juanda International Airport and close to the city’s main business areas. Close proximity to Jatim International Exhibition Center, DBL Arena, Shopping Center, Surabaya Carnival, Frontage, and the toll road to Sidoarjo and Gresik


The Alana Surabaya is a four star hotel, blends design, pleasure, and comfort. Less than 10 minutes from Juanda International Airport and close to the city’s main business areas. Close proximity to Jatim International Exhibition Center, DBL Arena, Shopping Center, Surabaya Carnival, Frontage, and the toll road to Sidoarjo and Gresik

Jiwa Jawa Resort (Bromo)

Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.


Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.

Harris Hotel (Malang)

Peacefully situated in the "green" of Riverside, nearby the Malang - Surabaya main road with an easy access to the bus station and to the airport, HARRIS Malang is The place for a constructive seminar or to simply and naturally relax.


Peacefully situated in the "green" of Riverside, nearby the Malang - Surabaya main road with an easy access to the bus station and to the airport, HARRIS Malang is The place for a constructive seminar or to simply and naturally relax.

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Alila Jakarta (Jakarta)

Conceived as a haven of relaxation and contemporary style, Alila Jakarta offers a cool, modern retreat for young urbanites and executives. The clean, modern lines of our stylish Jakarta hotel embrace an abstract-minimalist interior combining functional office space and chic living areas.


Conceived as a haven of relaxation and contemporary style, Alila Jakarta offers a cool, modern retreat for young urbanites and executives. The clean, modern lines of our stylish Jakarta hotel embrace an abstract-minimalist interior combining functional office space and chic living areas.

Grand Preanger (Bandung)

Walk back in time to the days of art deco era and get acquainted with one of Bandung's most historic hotel. First opened in the 1928, Prama Grand Preanger Bandung played its role in Indonesia's history in hosting the Asia Africa Conference delegates in 1955.


Walk back in time to the days of art deco era and get acquainted with one of Bandung's most historic hotel. First opened in the 1928, Prama Grand Preanger Bandung played its role in Indonesia's history in hosting the Asia Africa Conference delegates in 1955.

The Phoenix Hotel (Yogyakarta)

Let us lead you into a land of traditions. Indonesia is a land of escape with its sublime white sandy beaches and stunning landscapes. But this dream destination also offers its visitors many cultural riches, where local crafts and age-old art blend together.


Let us lead you into a land of traditions. Indonesia is a land of escape with its sublime white sandy beaches and stunning landscapes. But this dream destination also offers its visitors many cultural riches, where local crafts and age-old art blend together.

TS Suites (Yogyakarta)

Conveniently located at Town Square Surabaya, TS Suites Surabaya offers stylish accommodation, only a 30-minutes drive from the International Juanda Airport and Surabaya’s city centre. Free internet access is available.


Conveniently located at Town Square Surabaya, TS Suites Surabaya offers stylish accommodation, only a 30-minutes drive from the International Juanda Airport and Surabaya’s city centre. Free internet access is available.

Jiwa Jawa Resort (Bromo)

Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.


Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.

Santika Hotel (Malang)

Hotel Santika Bandung is set amidst cool and lush surroundings, offering a refreshing alternative to other destinations in tropical Indonesia. Our elegant hotel provides a calm and soothing accommodation for both long and short term visitors.


Hotel Santika Bandung is set amidst cool and lush surroundings, offering a refreshing alternative to other destinations in tropical Indonesia. Our elegant hotel provides a calm and soothing accommodation for both long and short term visitors.

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Gran Melia Hotel (Jakarta)

Luxury hotel in a prime golden triangle location Stunning architecture, timeless luxury with an avant-garde flair and a commitment to outstanding service with Spanish passion make this hotel an iconic and popular downtown hotel.


Luxury hotel in a prime golden triangle location Stunning architecture, timeless luxury with an avant-garde flair and a commitment to outstanding service with Spanish passion make this hotel an iconic and popular downtown hotel.

Hilton Bandung (Bandung)

Enjoy your stay at the Hilton Bandung, which showcases contemporary style, spacious rooms and suites, and modern conveniences. Our Bandung hotel is just 10 minutes from Bandung International airport and a two hour drive from Jakarta.


Enjoy your stay at the Hilton Bandung, which showcases contemporary style, spacious rooms and suites, and modern conveniences. Our Bandung hotel is just 10 minutes from Bandung International airport and a two hour drive from Jakarta.

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta)

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta is a 5 star hotel in Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java. The hotel is situated in the scenic outskirts of north-western Yogyakarta, elegantly set in 22 hectares of beautifully landscaped hotel gardens.


Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta is a 5 star hotel in Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java. The hotel is situated in the scenic outskirts of north-western Yogyakarta, elegantly set in 22 hectares of beautifully landscaped hotel gardens.

Majapahit Hotel (Surabaya)

Originally built in 1910 by the famous Sarkies brothers, the Hotel Majapahit is a classic landmark institution filled with national pride, where history blends with romance and elegance. Its graceful colonial architecture with immaculate landscaped gardens


Originally built in 1910 by the famous Sarkies brothers, the Hotel Majapahit is a classic landmark institution filled with national pride, where history blends with romance and elegance. Its graceful colonial architecture with immaculate landscaped gardens

Jiwa Jawa Resort (Bromo)

Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.


Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with a soulful service for those with an appreciation of beauty. Enjoy a breathtaking view from 2,000 metres above the sea level. Also, dine under the stars where nature’s sound serenades you.

Hotel Tugu Malang (Malang)

Tugu Malang is located at the heart of the old town, looking out to the main monument of Indonesia’s struggle for independence and a beautiful lotus pond park. Tugu Malang houses a vast, priceless collection of antiques influenced by the Javanese Babah Peranakan.


Tugu Malang is located at the heart of the old town, looking out to the main monument of Indonesia’s struggle for independence and a beautiful lotus pond park. Tugu Malang houses a vast, priceless collection of antiques influenced by the Javanese Babah Peranakan.

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