Central Java Temples, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations

Explore the unique, cultural and geological wonders of Java with this comprehensive tour. From the coastal city of Semarang, visit the spectacular 9th Century Buddhist temple of Borobudur, before arriving in Indonesia's cultural capital, Jogjakarta. Visit traditional villages and markets, see magnificent views of volcanic craters, visit Solo to see the traditional 'Batik' style of design and spend time in the plantations that produce the famed Java coffee.

Best time for this itinerary: is during dry season from May to September,

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

  • Central Java Temples, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations
Central Java Temples, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrive into Semarang and drive to Ambarawa
  • Day 2: Ambarawa to Borobudur and Jogjakarta
  • Day 3: Jogjakarta touring
  • Day 4: Jogjakarta Mount Merapi to Solo
  • Day 5: Solo touring
  • Day 6: Solo to Mount Bromo
  • Day 7: Sunrise over Mount Bromo and departure
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Day 1: Arrive into Semarang and drive to Ambarawa

Your guide will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the city centre of Semarang, the capital of Central Java. A short city tour of Semarang visiting Lawang Sewu, the city’s landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. Drive to Ambarawa in Central Java highlands. Time at leisure to explore the resort’s coffee plantation.

Overnight.

Journey distance and driving time: 62 km / 2 hours

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Day 2: Ambarawa to Borobudur and Jogjakarta

Drive to Borobudur. Take a horse cart ride through the small traditional Javanese village of Candirejo. Explore the massive Buddhist Temple of Borobudur, the largest in the world, and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labour and took more than 75 years to complete.

Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple which houses three impressively carved stone statues. Make a stop at Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument.
Leave for Jogjakarta for overnight.

Journey distance and driving times:

Ambarawa to Borobudur: 42 km / 1.30 hours

Borobudur to Jogjakarta: 42 km / 1.30 hours 

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Day 3: Jogjakarta touring

Start the day with a visit to the Sonobudoyo Museum. Focusing on Javanese culture, the museum features exhibits of artefacts such as hand-crafted weapons, wooden wayang puppets, masks and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

Next, visit The Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. This building constructed between 1756 and 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese Sultanate architecture. Cultural performances ranging from Golek Menak Puppets to classical Javanese Poetry performance are performed on certain days.

Visit a home batik factory for a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, the famous Javanese leather puppet before proceeding to the charming town of Kotagede, famous for its traditional Javanese atmosphere and its silversmith workshops.

In the evening, enjoy a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance while dining at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Jogjakarta.

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Day 4: Jogjakarta to Mount Merapi and Solo

Drive to Kaliurang in the cool highlands near Mount Merapi for magnificent views of the active volcano. 

Afterwards drive to the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Drive to Solo for overnight.

Journey distance and driving times:

Jogjakarta to Kaliurang: 25 km / 1 hour

Kaliurang to Prambanan: 25 km / 1 hour

Prambanan to Solo: 46 km / 1.30 hours

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Day 5: Solo touring

Start your day with a visit of Solo, the capital of Batik in Java and remains home to some of the most intact Dutch colonial architecture in Indonesia. Visit Keraton Mangkunegaran - a classical repository of classical Javanese art. Visit a batik museum where you will learn about this famous Javanese art and see the craftsmen at work.
In the afternoon, depart for a half-day excursion to Sukuh and Cetho, two of the latest Hindu temples built in Java. The temples are located on the western slopes of Mt Lawu (3 265m), amidst terraces covered by beautiful tea plantations and are known for their stone carvings of Hindu phallic symbols.
This evening, enjoy a classical performance of the Wayang Orang, a live masked dance drama, similar to Shadow puppet performances (Wayang Kulit).

Overnight in Solo.

Journey distance and driving times: 41 km / 1.30 hours each way

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Day 6: Solo to Jombang - Trowulan - Mount Bromo

Transfer to Solo Railway station for a scenic 3-hour train to Jombang in East Java. Meet your driver on arrival and drive to Trowulan, the site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom to visit the archaeological museum and the temples of Candi Banjang Ratu and Candi Tikus.
From Trowulan, drive Bromo through picturesque mountain roads to Bromo-Tengger National Park.

Overnight in Tosari or Ngadisari near Bromo.

Journey distance and driving times:

Solo to Jombang by train: 187 km / 3 hours 

Jombang to Trowulan: 20 km / 40 minutes

Trowulan to Mt Bromo: 115 km / 4 hours

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Day 7: Mount Bromo to Surabaya and departure

Early morning sunrise tour of Mt Bromo. Depart by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano. Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera and take a 20-minute ride on horseback to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater for a magical sunrise view over Mount Bromo.
Return by horse and jeep to your hotel for breakfast before a drive to Surabaya Airport for departure.

Journey distance and driving times:

Mt Bromo to Surabaya: 100 km / 4 hours 

Highlights

Jogjakarta: traditional arts and cultural heritage

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the sultanate of Jogjakarta, or Yogyakarta, is also a place of great historical and cultural interest.
Trek the magnificent and mysterious Gajah Mountain. Explore fascinating Selarong Cave.

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Mount Bromo: Spectacular sunrise

Set within a dramatic landscape in East Java, the truly awe-inspiring volcano of Mt Bromo forms part of the vast Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
From a vantage point on Mt Penanjakan, almost 3000m above sea level, experience the sun rising over the savage majesty of Mt Bromo.

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Mount Merapi: Fire Mountain

Located centrally on the island of Java, Gunung Merapi, or Fire Mountain raises its perfect, smoking cone almost 3000m above sea level, and is one of the most active volcanoes on earth.

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Prambanan Temple: UNESCO World Heritage site

Located on the island of Java, the Hindu temple of Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest of its kind in South East Asia. At 47 metres high it towers over the Candi Sewu, or surrounding 1000 temples of legend.

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Surabaya: East Java

Set at the mouth of the Brantas River in East Java, and dating in legend to the 13th Century, Indonesia’s second city is rich in culture.
Explore the Chinese temples of the old town. Wander the Arab quarter to discover a delightful early mosque, and a fascinating tobacco museum

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The Borobudur Temple: World Heritage Site

Located on the island of Java, and set idyllically on a hilltop with commanding views to distant mountains, 9th Century Borobudur is widely held to be the world’s finest Buddhist temple complex.

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Accommodation

Mt Bromo ( Wonotoro ) Standard Class
Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo

Located in East Java, close to Mt Bromo, the resort is set 2000m above sea level, with stunning views across the national park towards Mt Tengger.

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Jogjakarta, Deluxe Class
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Set conveniently for Yogyakarta’s cultural attractions, this former private residence of a Chinese merchant is a happy fusion of east and west, and a haven of calm amid the bustle of the city.

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Jogjakarta, Deluxe Class
Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta

Located a short transfer from the airport, the hotel is also conveniently set for the Sultan’s Palace, Pramabanan Temples, and the popular shopping district of Malioboro.

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Magelang, Luxury Spa Hotel
MesaStila

Set among the lush tropical vegetation of a coffee plantation in Java’s Central Highlands, the property enjoys a refreshing, temperate climate, and is a short journey by road from the world renowned Borobudur Temple.

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Magelang, Superior Class
Plataran Borobudur Resort and Spa

Set idyllically on a hillside within a teak forest in Central Java, the property enjoys stunning views over the temple of Borobudur to Mount Merapi, and the Menoreh Hills.

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Solo, Deluxe Class
The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo

Located in the heart of the Central Business District, the 5 star boutique hotel is exquisitely designed and furnished in Javanese Batik style.

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