Discover Java's fascinating culture and spectacular natural landscapes on this 10-day itinerary. Hike to mountaintops for sunrise views of volcanoes, admire the countryside during a scenic train ride, and gaze upon a turquoise volcanic crater. Then you'll sightsee in the cultural capital of Yogyakarta and visit two world-famous temples—Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Highlights

  • Spot leopards in the wild in Baluran National Park
  • Admire nature's vibrant colors at Ijen Crater
  • Take a sunrise hike up the Mount Batur volcano
  • Step into the mist of the most impressive waterfall in East Java
  • Tour the majestic temples of Borobudur and Prambanan

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Java Banyuwangi, Java
Day 2 Explore Baluran National Park Banyuwangi, Java
Day 3 Trek to the top of Mount Ijen Mount Bromo, Java
Day 4 Enjoy a Sunrise View over Bromo Volcano Mount Bromo, Java
Day 5 Visit the Most Impressive Waterfall in Java Malang, Java
Day 6 Take the train to Yogyakarta Yogyakarta, Java
Day 7 Discover Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta, Java
Day 8 Experience Local Culture in Candran and Giriloyo Borobudur, Java
Day 9 See the Majestic Borobudur Temple Borobudur, Java
Day 10 Depart Yogyakarta, End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Java

Javanese traditional dance
A traditional Javanese dance performance

Welcome to Indonesia! Your adventure in Java begins on the eastern tip of the island. From there, it's a short transfer to Banyuwangi, a small town near the base of Mount Ijen. Check in to your hotel and relax, or head out to explore the surrounding area on your own.

Day 2: Explore Baluran National Park

A quiet road in Baluran National Park

Today you'll explore Baluran National Park. The area is characterized by savanna, lowland forests, mangroves, and hills, with Mount Baluran as its highest peak. Here, you will find some of Indonesia's endangered plant species and wildlife, including leopards, rhinoceros, and various kinds of monkeys.

Day 3: Trek to the top of Mount Ijen

Vibrant colors at the Ijen volcano complex

You'll have an early wake-up time today for a trip to Mount Ijen, a volcano and crater lake. Trek for 2 hours to the crater rim, following winding paths. You'll reach the top in time for the sunrise and breathtaking views of the turquoise lake at the center of the crater. After soaking in the stunning surroundings, return to the base of the volcano. Later in the day, you'll travel in the direction of Bromo Volcano—tomorrow morning brings another sunrise excursion.

Day 4: Enjoy a Sunrise View over Bromo Volcano

Mount Bromo volcano as seen from Mount Penanjakan

Wake up early for a Jeep ride to the top of Mt. Penanjakan, where you'll watch an unforgettable sunrise over the Bromo Volcano and Semeru Volcano. Bromo is set in a "sea of sand," a surreal and dramatic backdrop that draws crowds of foreign and local visitors alike. Despite its popularity, the experience and the views are well worth the visit. 

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Day 5: Visit the Most Impressive Waterfall in Java

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Today is full of outdoor adventure. First, your driver will take you to Tumpak Sewu, also known as Coban Sewu, a tiered waterfall that's located between Lumajang and Malang Regency. The name means a 'thousand waterfalls' in the Javanese language. The cascades are overshadowed by Semeru Volcano, the highest mountain in Java. Continue to the cave known as Goa Tetes. Then drive to Malang and relax at your hotel.

Day 6: Take the Train to Yogyakarta

An aerial view of a beach in Yogyakarta

Enjoy beautiful views of the Javanese countryside as you ride the train to Yogyakarta today. After arriving and checking in at your hotel, you'll go for a sightseeing tour around the city, visiting the Sultan Palace and the water palace of Taman Sari

Day 7: Discover Prambanan Temple

A sunset in Prambanan
Sunset in Prambanan
Today you'll do some more sightseeing in Yogyakarta, a city known for its traditional cultural landmarks and art history. Stop by the bird market, where you'll see a host of live birds and other animals for sale. You'll go on to visit the sacred temple of Prambanan, erected in the 9th century. This stunning temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to more than 200 shrines. Sample Indonesian cuisine in a local restaurant before getting some rest at your hotel. 

Day 8: Experience Local Culture in Candran & Giriloyo

Making batik in Giriloyo

Leave the city for the countryside today, starting with a visit to the nearby agricultural village of Candran, where you'll see rice paddies and meet local farmers. Then head to the village of Giriloyo, where you'll learn how to make traditional batik fabric. After a day of cultural immersion, make your way to your hotel near the Buddhist archaeological site of Borobudur, about an hour outside of Yogyakarta.

Day 9: See the Majestic Borobudur Temple

Sun is peeking through Borobudur temple
Early morning sunshine at Borobudur Temple
In the early morning, begin your journey to the world's largest Buddhist temple. The famous Borobudur Temple, built between the 8th and 9th centuries, is located about 25 miles northwest of Yogyakarta. Roam around six terraces, three circular platforms, and 504 Buddha statues. Your guide will tell the story of this UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way back to town, stop in the village of Candi Rejo to learn about the production of tobacco. You'll also have a chance to ride a bicycle or a horse with villagers. Back in Yogyakarta, enjoy one last Indonesian dinner before the trip is over.

Day 10: Depart Yogyakarta, End of Trip

Goodbye Java
One last view from the plane

Today the trip comes to an end. You'll transfer to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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Map of Best of Java - 10 Days
Map of Best of Java - 10 Days