9D/8N Highlights of Java (end in Bali)

Day 1: Arrival Jakarta (with Lunch)
Upon arrival in Jakarta, direct for Jakarta city tour visiting the Old Town Batavia and Sunda Kelapa harbor. Known as Kota Tua, it was the reminiscent of the vicinity during colonial times in 16th century. The city was only within Batavia walled compound (today Kota), while the surrounding areas was only kampong (villages), orchards and ricefields. Dubbed “The Jewel of Asia” and “Queen of the East” in the 16th century by European sailors, Batavia was once a centre of commerce for the whole continent due to its strategic location and abundant resources.
From Kota Tua, it’s a short drive to National Museum, then visit the National Monument (Monas).
Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Jakarta.

Day 2: Jakarta – Bogor – Bandung (with Breakfast & Lunch)
Today’s program is to visit Bogor Botanical Garden with its collection of over 10,000 different species of tropical plants. The gardens officially opened in 1817. They were used to research and develop plants and seeds from other parts of Indonesia for cultivation during the 19th century. This is a tradition that continues today and contributes to the garden’s reputation as the center of botanical research.
The trip will also pass Puncak tea plantation, and an optional stop can be made here.

Upon arrival in Bandung, direct to visit an Angklung performance. The performance are shown by children and is an is a very interesting session. Angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struct and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strucks the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in and angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced.
Overnight in Bandung.

Day 3: Bandung (with Breakfast & Lunch)
A fullday program to explore Bandung and its surrounding. A short drive within the city to the live of local people, then drive to Tangkuban Perahu mountainous area to see Tangkuban Perahu volcano. It is a dormant volcano which last erupted in 1959, and is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface.
Then visit a hot springs nearby.
In the evening, stroll to the city center for fashion or try out the varied local snacks.
Overnight in Bandung

Day 4: Bandung – Jogjakarta (with Breakfast, Lunch Box)
By morning train to Jogjakarta (about 7 hours), and arrive in Jogjakarta in the afternoon. Transfer to hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
In the evening, you can make your own program to the famous Malioboro street, enjoy the hustle bustle and souveniers vendors, and try to bargain to get the best offer.
Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Day 5: Jogjakarta – Borobudur (with Breakfast & Lunch)
Jogjakarta is one of the 3 special districts in Indonesia, and is considered as the foremost centre of Javanese culture. Located at the foot of the active volcano Mount Merapi, the fertile plan of Jogjakarta was established in 16th/17th century.
On this day, visit Jogjakarta Sultan Palace “Kraton” which is built in grand and elegant Javanese architectural style, lies in the centre of the municipality. It was built in 1756 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. Next to the Kraton is the Taman Sari water castle, once a bathing pool for the king and his wifes.

At Kotagede, a neat, little and old town of Jogjakarta which was once the seat of the mighty Mataram kingdom, you will have the chance to visit silver works industry.
Then drive to Borobudur, a Buddhist Temple located 42km west of Jogjakarta. It is one of the world’s most famous temple, standing majestic and serene on a hillock overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. The shrine is the world’s and most complete of Buddhist reliefs.
Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Day 6: Jogjakarta – Solo – Kediri (with Breakfast & Lunch)
It’s about 6 hours driving to Kediri with stop in Solo at Mangkunegaran Palace, a classical repository of classical Javanese art and culture. It has numerous priceless treasures which is believed to be from Majapahit century. From Solo continue to Sukuh Temple, which has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other temples where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells and a male figure grasping his penis. A giant 1.82 (6ft) of lingga (phallus) with four balls, representing penile incisions, was one of the status that has been relocated to the National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta.
Arrive at Kediri, a lively city where one of the biggest cigarette’s company, Gudang Garam, is located.
Overnight in Kediri.

Day 7: Kediri – Bromo (with Breakfast & Lunch)
In the morning, drive to Mount Kelud to see its phenomenon, with its new-born dome of Kelud.
From Mount Kelud, heading to Blitar to visit Penataran Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in East Java. The temple is believed to have been under construction from 12th – 15th century, and played a significant role in the Majapahit kingdom, under its famous King Hayam Wuruk.
Continue the drive upward to Bromo. Overnight in Bromo.

Day 8: Bromo – Ijen (with Breakfast & Lunch)
Early wake-up call, at 3am. Leave the hotel for Cemoro Lawang, about 1 hour drive, to get to the closest point from where we start the discovery of Bromo volcano. The trip continues on foot or horse-back (cost for horse riding is not included) to cross the sand-sea to get to the feet of Mount Bromo. The spectacular view of the range of volcanoes (Bromo, Batok and Semeru) is unveiled along with the rise of the morning sun. Bromo is one of the multitudes of active volcanoes throughout Java. The view of this site is particularly spectacular. The observation may take at leisure. Afterward drive back to the hotel for breakfast and prepare to departure to Ijen.
Late afternoon arrival in Ijen, the evening at leisure.
Overnight in Ijen.

Day 9: Ijen – Bali (with Breakfast & Lunch)
After an early wake-up call and breakfast, a four-wheel drive vehicle carries you through the rural villages, coffee and clove plantations and then into one of Java’s last rainforests. Humidity, wildlife, giant ferns and big trees cover the slope of the mountain, to arrive at the Park Ranger’s station, to begin the 90-minute hike to Ijen Crater along a shady track with spectacular views. The stunning view is unveiled at 2380 meters altitude. The lake eerie color and smoke wafting from bright yellow sulfur deposits crate the landscape desolate, barren and vibrantly alive. Watching miners descend into the crater and re-emerge carrying up to 80 kilos of ore on bamboo basket along the treacherous path. Afterward walk down the mountain and drive back to the hotel for shower. Afterward drive to the harbor for ferry crossing to Bali.
Drop at your hotel in Bali.