On this six-day tour of Java, Indonesia, you'll see some of the most magnificent sights the island has to offer. Enjoy unforgettable sunrises over volcanoes and ancient temples, learn about rural life on visits to traditional villages, and explore the fascinating city of Yogyakarta. You'll hike up a volcanic crater, go on a classic train ride through the countryside, and roam around Buddhist and Hindu archaeological wonders along the way.

Highlights

  • Hike up Kawah Ijen to see the blue flames
  • Watch the sunrise over the Bromo Volcano
  • Learn about farming and crafting techniques from village locals
  • Visit the largest Buddhist temple in the world at Borobudur

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Ubud - Kawah Ijen Kawah Ijen
Day 2 Kawah Ijen – Bromo Volcano Bromo Volcano
Day 3 Bromo Volcano - Yogyakarta via Jombang  Yogyakarta
Day 4 Yogyakarta  Yogyakarta
Day 5 Yogyakarta - Borobudur  Borobudur
Day 6 Bodobudur - Yogyakarta Airport   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Ubud - Kawah Ijen 

Kawah Ijen
Mt. Kawah Ijen in eastern Java

Welcome to the island of Java! Travel by ferry from Ubud, Bali to reach Banyuwangi region in eastern Java, where you'll spend the night at the foot of the volcanic Mt. Kawah Ijen. Settle into your hotel in time for dinner, and try to get an early night ahead of your sunrise ascent of the volcano tomorrow.

Day 2: Kawah Ijen – Bromo Volcano 

The blue flames of Kawah Ijen
The blue flames of Kawah Ijen

Rise before dawn for your climb to the top of Kawah Ijen's crater, where you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sunrise washing over the valley and sea below. Kawah Ijen is famous for its blue flames, caused by burning sulfur found inside the crater, and its incredibly acidic, but beautifully green crater lake.

After taking in the views, start your descent of the mountain and head back to your hotel for breakfast. Then make your way to  Mt. Bromo, another active volcano, where you will spend the night.

Transfer time: 5.5 hours

Day 3: Bromo Volcano - Yogyakarta via Jombang 

Bromo
The magnificent sunrise over Bromo Volcano

Wake up early for a Jeep ride to the top of Mt. Penanjakan, where you'll watch an unforgettable sunrise over the Bromo and Semuru volcanoes. Bromo's setting in a "sea of sand" makes for 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. 

After a late breakfast, drive to Jombang, where you'll board a train to the city of Yogyakarta. The long journey is an excellent opportunity to see the Indonesian countryside as you pass through Javan villages. You'll be greeted at the Yogyakarta train station by your driver, who will take you to your hotel for the night.

Transfer time: 5 hours driving, 5 hours on the train

Day 4: Yogyakarta 

Prambanan
Prambanan Temple

Today you'll do some sightseeing in Yogyakarta, a city known for its traditional cultural landmarks and artsy, urban vibe. Start with a tour of the sultan's royal palace, the Kraton, and a visit to the nearby Taman Sari Water Castle, a historic royal garden oasis for the sultan and his family. Stop by the bird market, where you'll see a host of live birds and other animals for sale, and then learn how traditional wayang theater puppets are made.  

Later in the afternoon, you'll go to the temples of Prambanan to enjoy a magnificent sunset. This 9th-century Hindu temple complex is the largest of its kind in Indonesia and one of the country's most important archaeological sites. In the evening, sample some of Yogyakarta's traditional dishes at the street food stalls of Malioboro Road, the city's main drag.

Day 5: Yogyakarta - Borobudur via Candran and Giriloyo

batik
The centuries-old practice of dying fabric with intricate patterns, known as batik

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 and get a chance to practice your technique.  

After your day of cultural immersion, make your way to your hotel near the Buddhist archaeological site of Borobudur, about an hour outside of Yogyakarta.

Day 6: Borobudur, Candirejo, and Selogriyo; Depart Yogyakarta

Borobudur
The view of Mt. Sumbing from Borobudur

Get ready for another early morning today! Wake up before dawn to avoid the crowds and catch the sunrise over the world's largest Buddhist temple at Borobudur. This vast 9th-century complex features over 500 statues of Buddha, and is an excellent example of Javanese architecture.

After lunch, tour the small village of Candirejo by horse-drawn carriage, stopping at traditional houses and a craft factory. Then drive to Mt. Sumbing for a 1.25-mile (2 km) walk through the rice fields to reach a small but beautiful 8th-century Hindu temple called Selogriyo.  Enjoy this last glimpse of country life before the hour-and-a-half drive back to Yogyakarta.

Say farewell to Java and transfer to the airport to continue on to your next destination.

 

Map

Map of Highlights of Java - 6 Days
Map of Highlights of Java - 6 Days