January 23, 2019
SURABAYA – IJEN – PEKALEN – BROMO – YOGYA – WEST JAVA – UJUNG KULON – KRAKATOA – JAKARTA (14D/13N)
Written By Nanda Rani Herlina
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.
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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