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January 28, 2019

Semeru Trekking 3D2N

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

Bromo Tengger National Park is the most desired destinations of Indonesia and international hikers. It has extraordinary trekking landscape and will give mount climber unforgettable experience. Therefore, this Semeru Trekking will be a superb challenge in the heart of every hiker.

From the top of Mount Semeru, you will be able to view magnificent scenery of pine forest. You will get lost in the natural outfit of the trekking path. In the middle of the journey, you will be able to appreciate serene atmosphere in Ranu Kumbolo Lake. The true adventure is begun.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Surabaya – Malang – Ranu pane

To start Mount Semeru trekking package an air-conditioned vehicle picks you up at Surabaya airport. We suggest that your flight shall land in the morning time (around 8 a.m). The car then transfers you directly to Malang for a thorough medical checkup before trekking.

As a Standard Operating Procedure, the medical checkup can save you from unexpected hazards. The car is changed with a 4 WD jeep, and it drives up and down to Pane, the closest village at the foot of Mount Semeru. 2.5 hours driving to Ranu Pane through countryside lets you enjoy apple plantation and tropical rainforest.

Arriving at the first base camp of Ranu Pane, take a rest and spend one night at a camp. The place is about 2,100 meters above sea level.

Day 2 Ranu Pane – Ranu Kumbolo – Kalimati

Trekking tour to Ranu Kumbolo starts after having breakfast. It takes 13 kilometers to arrive there (2,400 meters above sea level). At noon, while preparing the lunch, you can enjoy the beauty of Ranu Kumbolo Lake or take some photographs. The lake has pure water and if you are lucky, you can take pictures of wild grouse flying in the sky. Further trekking to Kalimati will be steeper and harder, but don’t miss the magnificent lake behind you from the spot where you stand. Kalimati is at 2,700 meters above sea level when you will have your dinner and stay overnight in an open savannah. It is the best place to monitor Mount Semeru and see stars in the night sky. Accommodation available at this high spot is a tent.

Day 3 Kalimati – Mahameru – Ranu Pane – Bromo

On day 3, you are required to wake up at midnight to start trekking to Arcapada (2,900 meters above sea level). A headlamp is mandatory for this night view trekking. Trekking to the summit of Mount Semeru called Mahameru at 3,676 meters above sea level takes 3-4 hours through steep sand dune. All goods you have shall be left in Arcapada or Kalimati to make your move easy and light in weight.

Make yourself enjoy the sunrise from the top, but it depends on the weather. Sunrise may be blocked by an occasional eruption from the vent locally named as Jonggring Saloka Crater. You shall stand back minimum 500 meters away from the vent. After witnessing the sunrise, go back to Kalimati to take a rest and have breakfast, and further walk down to Ranu Kumbolo for lunch.

Afterwards, you will leave Semeru area and transfer to Surabaya or Malang.

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January 28, 2019

Yogyakarta Bromo Kalibaru Sukamade Ijen 8D7N

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

If you have a week to spend in Indonesia, you have to take this tour. This 8 Days and 7 Nights tour can show you the breathtaking parts of Java. The heritage sites and old city tour of Yogyakarta will leave in awe. Next, you will go to world-class outdoor tour spots that you will never find somewhere else in the world.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival Yogyakarta

The driver will pick you up at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta. You can head to the hotel directly to get some rest. The free program will give you great chance to get relaxed on your first day. 

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 2 Yogyakarta city tour

After enjoying a breakfast in the hotel, you will go to the first stop on the city tour. The bird market will give the atmosphere of Javanese daily life through the beautiful chirps of various kinds of exotic birds in the market. Next, Keraton Yogyakarta, the Ancient Sultan Palace will bring you the royal sides of this city. Right after that, you will visit Taman Sari. This place looks shabby but so much chic. This is a Water Castle where princess used to take a royal bath. The next stop is Candi Prambanan. It is the biggest Hindu Temple with an interesting myth and stories. In the end of the tour, you will need to get some rest at the hotel.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

 

Day 3 Candi Borobudur – Candirejo Village

Your previous hotel is an introduction to the next stop. After having the breakfast, you will head to Candi Borobudur. This temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist temple.It is an amazing temple made of stone. The temple tells stories through sculpture and reliefs on the walls. The temple is a majesty heritage site that is unmissable.

Next, you will love to spend some hours in Candi Rejo. You can stroll the traditional village by delman (horse cart). You can see the daily lives of Javanese people in this village. You can even join the families activities of dining and have meals. After that, you are going back to the hotel.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 4 Yogyakarta – Surabaya – Bromo

This is going to be more than fun because you will head to Surabaya by train. The executive class train departs at 06. 45 am. The arrival will be at 11.45 am.

The driver will pick you up by a car at Surabaya train station. You will head to Ngadisari village. It is a small village of Tenggerese Bromo. Next, you will need to have some rest in the hotel.

Hotel: Lava View 

The hotel has the view of Bromo volcano. That is more than enough to make this hotel special. People can get relaxed in the famous banana gallery cafe that is only 20 meters from the resort. This is a place where Jazz festival is held twice a year. The hotel has the ambiance of a world resort with the amazing natural design. It will give you refreshment and inspiration at the same time. 

Day 5 Bromo – Kalibaru 

The driver will pick you up at 3.30 am by jeep to start the Bromo Tour. You will be back to your hotel for packing up and check out. Now, you are heading to Kalibaru for the next journey. Before going to Kalibaru, you will drop by Probolinggo traditional market before taking a rest in the hotel 

Hotel: Margo Utomo Hill View Resort

Day 6 Kalibaru – Sukamade

Breakfast in the hotel. Next, you will be off to the amazing plantation tour. You will visit cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and other plantations in the same area. After that, you will ride a jeep to reach Sukamade. You can get some rest in a simple guest house at Sukamade. After dinner, you are going to the beach to see turtles laying eggs. However, this depends on the natural condition. You will need some rest at the guest house after the tour completed.

Hotel: Wisma Sukamade

Day 7 Sukamade – Banyuwangi

Day 7 will be a perfect tour in Banyuwangi. You will release baby turtle to the sea before heading to Banyuwangi. You will love to visit the biggest port of Muncar. After that, you can get some rest at Banyuwangi Ketapang Indah hotel.

Hotel: Ketapang Indah

Day 8 Ijen – Ketapang ferry port

The tour starts at about 01.00 am to the Paltuding or the kick off point. The trekking to Ijen summit takes 1 hour and a half. You will head to Bali by ferry by then. The tour ends when the driver drop you off at Ketapang ferry port.

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January 27, 2019

Bromo Ijen 3D2N

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

When the sun rises in the sky of Bromo, the smokey volcano is the majestic icon that will start your brightest day. A Bromo and Ijen tour will be one of the most exciting outdoor tours you love. It gives a lot of fun experiences through soft trekking sites. You have to get prepared for the physical activities while getting pleasure with the breathtaking scenery.

Bromo and Ijen tour will show you that the precious icons of outdoor tours are here in Java, Indonesia. The spots have world class scenic views that you will never forget. The sunrise in both locations is amazing. Plus, the package is affordable for the excellent beauty of Bromo sunrise and Ijen blue fire legends.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Surabaya – Bromo

Your arrival will be easy since the driver will pick you up at Juanda Airport, Surabaya. You will directly head to Bromo. Now, take a good rest in the hotel and do the free program.

Hotel: Lava View

Day 2 Mount Penanjakan – Banyuwangi

It will be an early morning tour. You have to get ready for a tight itinerary from the early morning. It starts around 03.00 a.m to prepare for Bromo tour. You will head directly to Penanjakan Mount. It is the point of view of sunrise to reach by jeep. You will be amazed by Lautan Pasir, the caldera. Also, the Bromo crater is one of the most stunning ones in the world. After that, you can take a rest, take a bath, pack, and check out the hotel. You will head to Banyuwangi for the Ijen tour. On the way, you will drop by Probolinggo traditional market. This will give you another bond to the Javanese people. You can rest in the hotel at Ijen area after that.

Hotel: Ketapang Indah

Day 3 Ijen excursion – Surabaya / Ketapang Harbor Banyuwangi

The tour starts at around 1 am. So, you need to pack your back initially. You will need to get well prepared to go to another wonderful journey to a volcano. It takes 1 hour driving to reach Paltuding. After that, you will go medium trekking along the slope for about 1 hour and half. The ijen crater will welcome you personally and beautifully.

Next, you will go down the slope of Mount Ijen and get back to Paltuding. It is time for a see you later. The car will transfer and drop you off at Juanda Airport or Ketapang Harbor Banyuwangi.

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January 25, 2019

Ijen Bromo Karimunjawa Yogyakarta 10D9N

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

For those who admire outdoor tour with many challenging activities, this will be the flawless choice. You will visit some of the best tourist spots in Java. First, you will go visit the unique volcano of Ijen. After that, you can head to Bromo where the sacred atmosphere of a majestic volcano meets rich culture. Next, Karimun Jawa will show you the exotic sides of Java. The tour will be closed with the Yogyakarta tour to reveal its culture and royal richness. The package is available from April to October annually.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Airport pick up – Bondowoso

It will be started by a pick up at Surabaya Airport. You will head to Bondowoso right away. The car is air conditioned and the driver is experienced. Next, you will check in hotel. Please inform the hotel that you reserve breakfast box for Ijen tour the next day upon arrival. Now, you can enjoy the free program.

Hotel: Ijen View

Day 2 Ijen Tour – Bromo

The tour starts at around 3 a.m. You need to pack and check out for preparing the Ijen tour. The ride to Paltuding will take 1 hour. Now, you can head to Mount Ijen slope by trekking. It takes at least 1 hour and a half to reach the place. Ijen crater, the view, and the turquoise lake will pay it off. The amazing view will give you more than experience. It creates a memorable enrichment right to your soul. After that, you will go down through the slope of Mount Ijen. You can get some rest before heading to Bromo area. It will take some hours to reach Bromo. Arriving in Bromo area, you can take a good a rest in the Bromo hotel.

Hotel: Lava View

Day 3 Bromo Tour – Surabaya – Semarang – Jepara

Wake up early at 3.00  to prepare for Bromo tour. Next, head to Penanjakan Mount by jeep to reach the point of view. The sunrise in this spot is one of a kind. After that, you will go to Lautan Pasir (Bromo Caldera). The Bromo crater is one of the most famous outdoor tourist spots in Indonesia. You can go back to the hotel to shower, pack up, and check out for the next destination.

You will go by train from Surabaya. You will ride Gumarang Executive Class train. The train departs at 03:30 pm and arrives at Semarang at 07:30 pm. You will be picked up at the train station for transfer to Jepara. Right after that, you will check in at Jepara Hotel.

Hotel: Syailendra Hotel

Day 4 Kartini harbor Jepara – Karimunjawa (L – D)

Departure Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will head to Kartini Harbour. You will be prepared there by 7 am. The next tour is to cross the Java Sea to Karimunjawa Islands. Arriving at the site, the hotel will serve welcome drink as part of your accommodation. You will get a briefing about your tour package. Next, you will have lunch at your Hotel or Resort where you are staying.

After that, you will go exploring Karimunjawa and Kemujan by motorbike. You can do those activities without a guide. The service includes 1 L petrol and map of the islands. When you are back, you can take a rest and enjoy your dinner in the hotel.

Hotel: Cocohut Hotel at Karimunjawa 

Day 5 Island Hopping and Snorkeling (B – L – D)

Breakfast is a necessary step for enjoying your tour. After that, you will be picked up from your hotel to harbor for water activities. The full day Island Hopping and Snorkeling in this place will be simply unforgettable. You will love your snorkeling experience at Menjangan Kecil, lunch at Geleang Island or Cemara Kecil Island, Snorkeling at Gosong or Alang-Alang Coral, Sunset at Tanjung Gelam Beach.

Next, you will be back to the hotel in the main island of Karimun Jawa. The dinner is ready and you can use your free time to get relaxed.

Hotel: Cocohut Hotel at Karimunjawa 

 

Day 6 Island Hopping and Snorkeling (B – L – D)

Have your breakfast and get ready for another water activities. You will spend another fantastic day for a full day Island Hopping and Snorkeling. You can never forget the experiences in the Visit Gosong Sloka (by low water), Snorkeling at Cilik Island, Lunch at Tengah Island, Snorkeling at Sintok Island, Visit shark pool at Menjangan Besar Island. The view and the atmosphere will be the priceless moment you experienced in life.

After completing the journey, you will be back to the hotel in the main island of Karimun Jawa. You can take a rest, have your dinner, and enjoy your free time.

Hotel: Cocohut Hotel at Karimunjawa 

 

Day 7 Karimun Jawa – Jepara – Yogyakarta (B)

This is the day when you have to cross back to Jepara. Have your breakfast and get prepared to cross the sea back. You will arrive at Kartini harbor at Jepara at around 12 pm (mid-day). You will head to Yogyakarta and spend overnight at the special region.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

 

Day 8 Candi Prambanan – City Tour 

The city tour requires your huge enthusiasm and energy. After having your breakfast, you will go to Candi Prambanan, the biggest Hindu Temple. After that, you will pay a visit to Keraton (the Ancient Sultan Palace). The bird market visit is the next destination. Next, you will leave for Taman Sari. It is a pretty Water Castle with a stunning architecture. At the end of the day, you can have a good rest in the hotel.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 9 Candi Borobudur – Candi Rejo

After enjoying your breakfast you will go you will go visiting the world biggest Buddhist Temple, Candi Borobudur. The tour will take you back in time with the spectacular architecture of the temple.

After that, you will visit Candi Rejo, a traditional village with humble people and gorgeous view. You can go there by delman, a traditional horse cart. There, you can see the daily lives of Javanese. You will go back to the hotel at last.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 10 Drop off at Yogyakarta Airport

After breakfast time, the car will pick you up from the hotel then transfer and drop you off at Adi Sutjipto Airport, Yogyakarta. This is the time to say goodbye.

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January 23, 2019

Yogyakarta City Tour 4D3N

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

A tour of 4D3N in the precious old town with amazing heritage sites will be your journey of a lifetime. Yogyakarta offers a sweet memory with the super glorious heritage destinations, local foods, and traditions. The cultural shows in Yogyakarta are integrated into their amazing art performances and everyday life. The humble of Yogyakarta people will make the tour one of the most memorable one.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival Yogyakarta

Pick up at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta in the morning. The drivers are experienced so you do not have to worry about the uncomfortable travel to your hotel. After that, you will have some pleasurable time in the hotel. Most tourists will hate to spend much time in the hotel rooms because that is not the reason why they are leaving for a holiday. But, the free program in the hotel will be something to treasure.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 2 Yogyakarta City Tour

Early in the morning, you will enjoy your delightful breakfast in the hotel. After that, you will need to get ready to go to a traditional bird market. After that, the Keraton visit will be an awesome experience. It is an Ancient Sultan Palace with lovely architecture. Right after, the serene look of Taman Sari (Water Castle) will make the journey lasts. Next, Candi Prambanan awaits. It is the biggest Hindu Temple in Yogyakarta. The day will not be tiring but you will need to get some rest at the hotel.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Day 3 Candi Borobudur – Candirejo Village

You will start your unforgettable tour with a breakfast in the hotel. After that, the guide will take you to the world’s iconic and biggest world Buddhist Temple, Candi Borobudur. As you climb the top of the temple, devote some more time to rest and marvel at beautiful mountain landscape and feel the gently blowing wind up there.

Considerably close to Borobudur, you will arrive at a modest memorable village Candirejo. Many interesting things you can learn from the people of Candirejo, ranging from local arts, local traditions, to household industries run by the community. The people in this village still keep the local wisdom very well, various traditional ceremonies you will probably encounter during the tour. You can enjoy the lush green fields, tropical rainforests and its fresh air typical of the countryside by riding delman (horse chart).

The day ends in the afternoon when the car transfers you back to your hotel.

Day 4 Yogyakarta

After breakfast is a perfect time for leisure. You have a time till 12.00 a.m (standard checkout time). The driver will bring you to Adi Sucipto Airport Yogyakarta for a drop off.

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January 23, 2019

3-Day Private Desert Tour From Marrakech to Fes

Written By TogetherSahara

DAY 1: MARRAKECH – SKOURA – BOUMALNE DU DADES

Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, meet your guide and take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the Atlas mountain range, where local Berber farmers work the land as they have for centuries. Head through Ouarzazate — also known as ‘The Gate of The Sahara’ — and onward for lunch (own expense) at the UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou kasbah. Follow your guide on a tour of the kasbah and hear of the many famous films and photo shoots that have taken place there. Travel onward past the palm trees and olive groves of the Skoura oasis to Kasbah Amridil and gain insight into its construction and history from your guide. Continue on through the Valley of Roses to Kelaa Mgouna, a local rose plantation. Visit one of the rose-growing cooperatives and watch as workers blend their ingredients to make rose-scented perfumes, then head on to your guest house in Boumalne du Dadès for dinner and your overnight accommodation.

DAY 2: BOUMALNE DU DADÈS – TINGHIR – ERG CHEBBI

Depart Boumalne du Dadès after breakfast and take the famous Road of 1,000 Kasbahs through the Dadès Valley. Visit one of the valley’s traditional kasbahs and listen as your guide details the role it has played in the region’s history. Head into the foothills of the High Atlas to the oasis of Tinghir and enjoy a 1-hour walk along the Todgha River, where olive groves and palm trees flourish by the riverbanks. Visit Berber villages with your guide to meet one or two of the locals, then head into the mighty Todgha Gorge for lunch (own expense). Travel through the oasis towns of Erfoud and Merzouga, then meet your camel train in Erg Chebbi for the onward journey by camelback into the Sahara Desert. Enjoy beautiful views of the Saharan sunset, then arrive at your desert camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars while local nomads play traditional folk songs.

DAY 3: ERG CHEBBI – MIDELT – FEZ

Wake early to watch the morning sun rising over the dunes. Enjoy breakfast in the desert, then hop back into your vehicle for the onward journey to the holy town of Rissani, the birthplace of 17th-century ruler Moulay Ali Cherif — founder of Morocco’s ruling Alaouite Dynasty. Continue on to Midelt for lunch (own expense), then head along the Ziz River where fortified kasbahs (traditional Moroccan fortresses) lie among dense palm groves. Travel through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains and onward through the fertile Saiss plains, where native flora and fauna thrive. In the early evening, arrive at your riad or hotel in Fez where your 3-day tour will come to an end.

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January 23, 2019

Kilimanjaro Climbing – Machame Route

Written By Wilson William

This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. The accommodation on the way up and down is strictly camping (mobile tents) only. This trek is strenuous and may be better suited to more adventurous hikers. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days/5nights on the mountain.

DAY 1

Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi.

DAY 2

Transfer to Machame Gate and begin ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. Upon completion of entry formalities, begin walking through the mist on a 4 x 4 track for about an hour into the forest. The track ends, and the trail continues up through the dripping, verdant forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys as they hike along the forest floor. The trek is quite long, though not very steep, and it takes from 5 to 7 hours trekking to reach the first camp. Machame Camp is just above the forest zone, in the heather zone. When it is clear, there are views of jagged Shira ridge and the summit itself.

MACHAME GATE (5,950 ft./ 1,815 mt.) ~ MACHAME CAMP (9,850 ft./ 3,000 m)

DAY 3

Wake early to a steaming cup of tea of coffee served in your tent, and then after breakfast, begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant Heather and Erica. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers atop which mark the summit; Uhuru Peak. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by the bizarre lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. You’ll reach camp after descending a small valley and crossing a brook, then ascending up onto the Shira Ridge, after a total of about 4 to 5 hours of trekking.

MACHAME CAMP ~ SHIRA CAMP (12,600 ft./ 3,840 m)

DAY 4

Proceed steadily upward over long ridgelines of high desert about 4 hours, and break for lunch at about 14,500 feet (4,420 mt.). After lunch, continue to Lava Tower, a 300 foot-tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet (4,600 m). In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Trekking time is from 6 to 7 hours.

SHIRA CAMP ~ BARRANCO CAMP (12,950 ft./ 3,950 m)

DAY 5

The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then we trek 3-4 hours and stop in the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.

BARRANCO CAMP ~ BARAFU CAMP (15,200 ft./ 4,630 m)

DAY 6

The steaming hot drink will arrive very early on this momentous day. A midnight wake-up call is the start of a juggernaut (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. The winding path of endless switchbacks will take form and shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers at early dawn, and behind you the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater, at Stella Point, at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.), which is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope upward about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then again summon your strength for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night. BARAFU CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK(19,340 ft./5,895 mt.) ~ MWEKA CAMP(10,200 ft./3,110 m)

DAY 7

Descend straight to the gate (2-3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. On arrival at the gate you will have lunch, and then will be transferred transferred back to a Base Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight. . MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft. /1,830 m)

DAY 8

After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town. End of our services

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January 23, 2019

SURABAYA – IJEN – PEKALEN – BROMO – YOGYA – WEST JAVA – UJUNG KULON – KRAKATOA – JAKARTA (14D/13N)

Written By Nanda Rani Herlina

SUMMARY

Indonesia is the home of the most beautiful heritage places from the ancient civilization and royal life. Besides, the natural landscapes of Indonesia serve the exciting trekking and hiking tours for everyone. Indonesia is a one-stop destination when it is for an outdoor tourist package. It has the exotic beaches and wonderful mountains. The natural phenomena in various places in Indonesia are one of a kind. Also, Indonesia consists of thousands of islands. Therefore, the culture and natural richness are varied. There are many stunning tourist sites to visit in Indonesia. To summarize the tour, this package offers compact journey in nine places.

The tour starts at Surabaya. There are some ideas that tourists can do while getting some rest in Surabaya after the arrival. Next, tourists will explore Ijen with its world-class lake and blue fire. After that, Pekalen River will show the tourists how a rafting tour should feel like. The tour in Bromo will even be more exciting. Royal culture and ancient temples are in Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, West Java will show the different sides of Indonesia. Next, Ujung Kulon can leave tourists in awes with the amazing National Park. Krakatoa Volcano will also be a gorgeous stop in this package. And finally, Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia will show tourist magnificent side of Indonesia through its international service level in the airport.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Airport Pick up – Surabaya

The experienced driver will pick you up at Juanda Airport Surabaya. The car is air conditioned so the hot weather of Surabaya will be no problem. After that, you can get relaxed and take a good rest in the hotel. Next, you can have a free program.

Hotel: Santika Hotel Pandegiling

Day 2 Surabaya – Banyuwangi

Surabaya is a special city because of the history and art. You will love to join Surabaya City tour. It covers Museum house of Sampoerna, Pabean Market, and Kalimas Harbor. There are some ancient architectures as the traces of Dutch colonialism in Surabaya. After that, you will head to Banyuwangi. It takes up to 8 hours driving from Surabaya. Now, you can get some rest in the hotel before continuing the journey. Please reserve breakfast box for Ijen tour the next day to the receptionist upon arrival.

Hotel: Ketapang Indah

Day 3 Ijen Tour – Probolinggo

PICTURE 3 ─ Ijen Crater

The tour starts at around 3 am, so you need to get up a little earlier than that. Next, you have to be prepared for Ijen tour. It takes 1-hour driving to the Paltuding. After that, you will spend 1.5-hour trekking the slope of Ijen. You do not have to be expert to do this. Even, the soft trekking is recommended for a family. The trekking might be a little tiring. However, the superb scenery during the journey will make the hardship paid off. Ijen Crater is your destination up there. The crater is special because of the turquoise lake. You can even learn art and culture in the wonderful spot as you meet the local miners. They excavate the big chunk for a living. After that, you can take your time to go down the slope and go back to Paltuding. Next, head down to Probolinggo and take a rest in the hotel.

Hotel: Bromo Park Hotel

Day 4 Pekalen White Waters – Bromo

You will have a longer time to sleep because the tour will start at 07.00 a.m. You can have your breakfast before heading to Pekalen River. It takes 2 hours driving. Arriving at the spot, you will get a short briefing for getting prepared with the safety equipment.

Rafting in the Pekalen River takes 12 kilometers. It means you will spend 3 to 4 hours until reaching the end of the rafting track. That is so satisfying. You will have fun time conquering the current. It will be challenging as well if you are the first timer. The view is amazing, and the green forest will give you an unforgettable experience. This tour will end by maximum 02.00 p.m. Now, you will head to Bromo and take a good rest in the hotel in Bromo area.

Note: Pekalen River is one of the best rivers in East Java which suits for white water activities. During the rafting, guests will pass a bat’s cave, dripping gorges, and various booms on the river. Fun activities such as jumping from river cliffs are also possible and safe.

Hotel: Lava View Lodge

Day 5 Bromo Tour – Surabaya – Yogyakarta

It is time for you get ready for an early morning tour once again. Wake up before 03.30 before you need to get prepared for Bromo tour around that hour. Head to Penanjakan Mount by jeep and feel the moment of the prettiest sunrise in the point of view. Next, you will go to Lautan Pasir. It will bring a totally new experience of the outdoor tour. You can ride horses to stroll the spot. Besides the caldera, Bromo Crater is definitely the star in this tourist spot. You will see and hear how the volcano continuously erupts the smokes beautifully.

You can go back to the hotel to prepare the checkout. Now, you will head to Surabaya to continue your next journey. Train lovers will love it. You will take a train to reach your next stop, Yogyakarta. You continue to Yogyakarta by Sancaka executive class train. The departure is 5.25.pm and the arrival will be at 10.32 p.m. The driver will pick you up at the train station. Yogyakarta hotel will welcome you by the superb services.

Hotel: Dusun Jogja Village Inn

Dusun Jogja Village Inn is one of the best picks. This place has the essence of anything that crosses your mind about Yogyakarta. It has the calm and romantic atmosphere. The name Dusun Jogja Village Inn mirrors the look of a real village of Yogyakarta. The ornaments represent the high culture and precious art of Yogyakarta. It has the wooden art, sculpture, and exotic trees. The swimming pool is designed for providing a hidden heaven of the inn.

Every room is designed with the essence of Javanese culture. It is a wonderful place to stay while spending a holiday in Yogyakarta.

Day 6 Countryside cycling – Candi Prambanan

Yogyakarta is a city with a peaceful ambiance. The streets of villages in Yogyakarta are safe to explore. Therefore, this cycling countryside adventure will be one of the best experiences in Yogyakarta tour. First, have your breakfast in the hotel. The tour starts at around 9 a.m. The countryside cycling covers plantation areas, villages, rice fields and the gorgeous countrysides. If the day is clear, you will get the chance to see the backdrop of Merapi Volcano during the cycling. That will be so much awesome. The adventure covers 17 kilometers down to Prambanan Temple. You will love how the scenic view of rice fields and the biggest Hindu Temple make the experience lasts. You can spend some more times in Candi Prambanan to snap many beautiful poses before going back to the hotel.

Day 7 Candi Borobudur – Candi Rejo

As usual, you need to get your breakfast in the hotel before leaving for the tour. The tour starts at around 8.00 a.m. The first stop is the Bird Market. This will give opportunities for you to see the life of the locals. Many kinds of tropical birds and other pets are offered in the market. So, it will be a pleasant experience before visiting other tourist spots.

Next, you will go to Keraton, the Ancient Sultan Palace. It is a sacred place where the royal used to live. Also, you will go to the Taman Sari. The Water Castle has the unique architecture that now looks shabby but still artistic. The next stop is Candi Borobudur. It is the world biggest Buddhist Temple that has a complicated architecture. Even, some scholars claim that the art and architecture styles of Borobudur are higher than those of Pyramid in Giza. After that, you will spend some relaxing time for a village tour to Candi Rejo. You will ride delman, the traditional horse cart to see the daily lives of Javanese. This will be the last on the tour, and you have to go back to the hotel.

Day 8 Yogyakarta – Bandung

Yogyakarta is a place with awesome culinary products. You can try the unique breakfast menus in the hotel before checking out. After that, you can enjoy your time heading to Bandung by train. Lodaya train departs at 08.08 and arrives at 15.48. When you get there, you can a get a peaceful rest in hotel Bandung.

Hotel: Sapu Lidi Resort  

Day 9 Bandung City Tour – Mt. Tangkuban Perahu – Ciater hot spring

After having breakfast, you will head to Tangkuban Perahu mountain. This mount is full of beauty that is covered with myth and legend. Besides, you will visit Ciater Hot Spring. After passing the stunning plantation of tea, you will enjoy the hot spring. After enjoying some relaxation, you can sit nicely while listening to the Angklung bamboo orchestra in Padasuka. When the itinerary is done, you will head to Bogor and take a rest in hotel Bogor.

Hotel: The Grand Hill

Day 10 Bogor – Carita

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready to explore the beautiful Puncak Pass. This will not be an ordinary experience because you will go to Gunung Mas tea factory. So, there will be an industry tour inserted in this package. You will also go visiting Bogor botanical garden. The fresh air will recharge your energy. Next, go to Carita and check in the next hotel.

Hotel: Mutiara Hotel

The best thing is the cleanness. This hotel gets good review for its excellent cleanness. Besides, the staffs are friendly. You will feel relaxed since the ambience is peaceful in this hotel. You can also get a great satisfaction as you can take a good rest. The location is strategic as well.

Day 11 Carita – Krakatoa – Peucang Island   

Have your breakfast in the hotel and taste the delicious foods of West Java comfortably. Prepare to continue to go by a cruise to Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) by a speed boat which takes around 1,5 hours. Explore Krakatoa and go by the cruise to Rakata Island where you will do for snorkeling activity. Yet, this is an optional itinerary that can be replaced when the weather does not permit. This tour will show that you can truly explore from mountains to the sea when spending a holiday in Java. Exploring the beauty of Rakata Island is not the main item on the list. You will be more amazed when you arrive at Ujung Kulon National Park. It is one of the prettiest forests in Java and even Indonesia. You will check in the lodge after all. The dinner will be served at 7.00 p.m

Hotel: Flora Lodge B Peucang Island

This hotel apparently gets three keywords for the services: holiday, wildlife, and nature. You will stay in this warm and comfortable place before continuing your tour in Peucang Island. This lodge might look humble and ordinary. But, the most essential thing is the location. It is located right in the location so you can start the tour right away from the lodge. Besides, the staffs are friendly. In this place, you can enjoy a casual dinner while talking with the locals.

Day 12 Peucang Island – Karang Copong – Handeuleum Island  

Breakfast will be provided at 7am at the restaurant where you will enjoy the beautiful morning fresh at Peucang Island. Next, you will head to Karang Copong by walking or jungle trekking. Can you imagine that? It will be super fun to trek the real jungle with your group tourists. After that, proceed back to the lodge. In the afternoon at 5 p.m, you will continue to go by the cruise to Cidaon Grazing Grounds Trips. The trip will leave a sweet memory as you will see only exotic and gorgeous view along the adventure. After the tour is completed, proceed to Handeuleum Island where you will stay overnight.

Day 13 Handeuleum Island – Cigenter River – Badul Island – Carita

Breakfast will be served at 7 am. Then proceed to Cigenter River where you will enjoy the beautiful canoeing activity. Next, explore Badul Island where you can do the last snorkeling activity. Apparently, the area is not only pretty with the jungle. The underwater garden is mesmerizing as well. Exotic species of fish and coral reefs create a fancy look of underwater view. After that, proceed back to Marina Carita by a speed boat. Check in the hotel and get a peaceful rest there. 

Hotel: Swiss-Bellin Airport Jakarta

Day 14 Carita – Jakarta

You need to be really energetic in this last day. So, have your breakfast in the hotel then check out for transfer to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. it will take around 3-4 hours driving. Make sure you choose afternoon flight (3 pm – above). You are ready to end the tour. This is the ending of your long holiday in Java, Indonesia. You will never forget how the tour offers the most unforgettable and splendid journey with outdoor tours and culture-rich excursion within private affordable packages.  

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January 18, 2019

St Tropez Villa with chef

Written By Edward Marquis

GRIMAUD VILLAGE

Charming property in peaceful and beautiful garden, with views of the countryside, a few minutes walk from the centre of the village with shops, restaurants and bars. Near St Tropez and beaches. Sleeps up to 10 guests from €7500 per week, and a chef included for one night.

Grimaud Village

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January 16, 2019

Morocco desert tour from Marrakech 4 days

Written By TogetherSahara

Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi N’tichka Pass – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Valley

You will be picked up from your Hotel / Riad in Marrakech, and departure to Ait Ben Haddou over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude), visit the kasbahs and lunch in one of the restaurants in the foothills of the kasbahs. Afterwards we continue to Skoura where we will visit the Kasbah of Amredil, a beautiful Kasbah situated in the palm groves “Route of one thousand Kasbahs”. After that heading to Boulmane du Dades Dinner and overnight in Kasbah hotel.

Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorges – Tinejdad – Touroug town – Erfoud – Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)

After breafsat we will drive to to Tineghir then to Todra Gorges to enjoy its marvelous views of Canyons. Take a short walk around the Palm Plantations and enjoy the panoramic views of Todra River. Later on, we drive toward Tinjedad for a lunch meal on a local restaurant. Later you will pass by several villages such us Touroug (Berber village) and El-Jarf before reaching Erfoud. You will visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes. Arrive to the hotel and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp or an overnight in traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac in the middle of the dunes.

Day 3: Merzouga – Alnif – Nkob – Tazarine – Agdez – Ouarzazate

Early wake up to climb the dune & see the beautiful sunrise, walk down and ride the camels back to the hotel, afterwards get on the 4WD & head to Ouarzazate through Alnif, Tazzarine & the scenic Draa valley, crossing the nice rocky mountains Ait Saoun via Tizi ntnifift, to Ouarzazate. Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Day 4: Ouarzazate – Ounila Valley – Telouet – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular ounila valley to get to telouet one of the famous kasbahs in Morocco. After lunch we will cross the High Atlas mountains and we will then drop you off at your riad/hotelFile is empty. Please upload something more substantial.

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