Java to Bali private overland tour

JAVA…. Travel through an extraordinarily diverse landscape, from the historical wonders of Java to the exotic island of Bali. From towering volcanoes to dense forest, manicured rice paddies and teeming cities, discover the splendour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, enjoy cultural shows and witness sunrise over Mount Bromo.

Best time to visit: From May to Sep.

Java to Bali private overland tour at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival Jakarta
  • Day 2: Jakarta - Bogor - Bandung
  • Day 3: Bandung - Tangkuban Perahu Crater
  • Day 4: Bandung - Garut - Tasikmalaya - Baturaden
  • Day 5: Baturaden - Dieng Plateau - Borobudur
  • Day 6: Borobudur to Yogyakarta
  • Day 7: Yogyakarta touring
  • Day 8: Yogyakarta - Prambanan- Solo - Malang
  • Day 9: Malang to Mount Bromo
  • Day 10: Mount Bromo to Kalibaru
  • Day 11: Kalibaru to Bali
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Day 1: Arrival Jakarta

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jakarta.

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Day 2: Jakarta to Bandung

Depart for Bandung. Make a stop at the famous Bogor Botanical Garden and tea plantations in Puncak. Late afternoon you will arrive for your 2 nights’ accommodation in Bandung.

Distance and journey times:

Jakarta to Bogor: 60 km, 1 hr

Bogor to Cipanas: 46 km, 1.30 hrs

Cipanas to Bandung: 86 km, 2 hrs

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Day 3: Bandung to Tangkuban Perahu Crater

Morning, drive through the Lembang Hills to tour Tangkuban Perahu Crater, an active volcano; and the Ciater Hot spring. Return to Bandung to explore the popular market at Cihampelas Street.

Overnight in Bandung.

Distance and journey times:

Bandung to Tangkuban Perahu to Ciater: 38 km, 1.30 hrs each way

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Day 4: Bandung - Tasikmalaya - Baturaden

Depart to Baturaden in Central Java via Tasikmalaya. On the way, stop at the Naga Village to see the traditional Sundanese way of life. Drive crossing the border to Central Java passing teakwood and rubber plantations to Baturaden, a resort on the slopes of Mount Slamet.

Overnight in Baturaden.

Distance and journey times:

Bandung to Tasikmalaya: 114km, 3 hrs

Tasikmalaya to Baturaden: 157km, 3 hrs

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Day 5: Baturaden - Dieng Plateau - Borobudur

After breakfast, drive to Wonosobo. Excursion to Dieng Plateau to see some of Java's oldest temples standing on an open field. Continue to Magelang.

Overnight. 

Distance and journey times:

Baturaden to Dieng Plateau: 115 km, 3.30 hrs

Dieng Plateau to Borobudur: 88 km, 3 hrs

 

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Day 6: Borobudur touring / Yogyakarta

First enjoy a taste of the local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo, a small traditional Javanese village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chilli.
After lunch in the village of Candirejo it is time to 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. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

After the visit of Borobudur, continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues; Sakyamuni (Sitting in a cross-legged pose with turning the wheel of dharma hand gesture), Awalokiteswara (A Buddhist as a human helper), and Maitreya (The saviour of humans for the future). The statues are thought to be some of the most impressive in their original location in Java.
You’ll also make a stop at Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry and a former storehouse for King Indra's weaponry.

Proceed to Yogyakarta and check into your hotel late in the afternoon.

Distance and journey time:

Borobudur to Yogyakarta: 42 km, 1.30 hrs

Distance and travelling time:

Borobudur to Yogyakarta: 42 km, 1.30 hours

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Day 7: Yogyakarta touring

Start with a visit to The Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton, is the central aspect of the Javanese cosmology being at the centre of the Mt Merapi and Parangtritis Beach lines. This building constructed between 1756 and 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese Sultanate architecture. Remaining today as the residence of the Sultan, this living museum features a showcase of Javanese Culture and relics and depending on your day of visiting there will be a cultural performance ranging from Golek Menak Puppets to classical Javanese Poetry performance known as Macapat.

Continue with a 30 minutes ride by becak (similar to a cyclo or trishaw) and explore the neighbouring Kauman village built in the vicinity of the Kraton. : This village is the central keepers of the Islamic religion as authorised by the Sultanate. The small gangs (laneways) of this village are so designed to ensure minimal disturbance of noise and traffic so as to not interrupt the Santri or Islamic students from their study. It was also said that by ensuring the laneways were only passable on foot - every man was equal.
End your becak ride at the Taman Sari Water Palace This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.
Then, visiting a home batik factory you will attend a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, the famous Javanese leather puppet.
Drive to Kotagede a charming suburb of Yogyakarta famous for its traditional Javanese atmosphere and known for its silversmith workshops.
Enjoy a walking tour of Kotagede amongst narrow laneways and discover the unique Kalang style architecture indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles. Return to your hotel. This evening, you’ll be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances after dining at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

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Day 8: Yogyakarta - Prambanan- Solo - Malang

After breakfast, visit the magnificent 9th Century Hindu Temple of Prambanan. Drive to 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 repository of classical Javanese art. Visit a batik museum where you will learn about this famous Javanese art and see the craftsmen at work.

Drive to Malang for overnight. (or overnight in Solo)

Distance and journey times:

Yogyakarta to Solo: 64km, 1.30 hrs

Solo to Malang: 254km, 7 hrs

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Day 9: Malang to Mount Bromo

A short tour of Malang, with its beautiful colonial buildings, green parks, and scenic streets. Afterwards, drive to Sukapura Villages on the slopes of Mount Bromo.

Overnight. 

Distance and journey time:

Malang to Mt Bromo: 48 km, 1.45 hrs

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Day 10: Mount Bromo to Kalibaru

Early morning Mount Bromo excursion. Drive to the village of Pananjakan and continue your journey from the rim of the crater down into the stunning caldera, crossing the sulphur rich sand sea to the smoking crater of Bromo to watch the spectacular sunrise.

Return to your hotel for breakfast, before departing via Probolinggo and Jember to Kalibaru.

Overnight.

Distance and journey time:

Mt Bromo to Kalibaru: 201 km, 6 hrs

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Day 11: Kalibaru to Bali

Take a plantation walking tour with your guide. This plantation is filled with coffee, coconut, snake-fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, rubber trees and cocoa. Afterwards, depart to Ketapang harbour, cross the Straits of Bali by ferry and transfer by car via the beautiful north coast of  Bali to your chosen beach resort. 

Distance and journey time:

Kalibaru to Ketapang: 92km, 2 hrs

Ferry from Ketapang to Gilimanuk, Bali: 30 mins

Highlights

Bali: Island of the Gods

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Dieng Plateau: Abode of the Gods

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Java: Island of ricefields and volcanoes

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Jogjakarta: traditional arts and cultural heritage

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Malang: leafy, colonial-era architecture

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Mount Bromo: Spectacular sunrise

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The Borobudur Temple: World Heritage Site

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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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Bandung, Standard Class
Padma Bandung Hotel

Set on a hillside location, the property enjoys fine mountain views, yet is only a 15 minute transfer by road into the city, and a further 15 to the airport.

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Jakarta, Deluxe Class
Mandarin Oriental

Located centrally on Jalan Thamrin, the 5 star hotel is luxurious, stylish, and welcoming.

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Jakarta, Superior Class
Alila Jakarta Hotel

Cool and contemporary in design, the hotel’s modernist aesthetic - more west than east, offers a stylish counterpoint to traditional Indonesian style, and reflects Jakarta’s flight to the future.

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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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Kalibaru, Standard Class
Margo Utomo Agro Resort

Set idyllically among palm trees within its own lush, green plantation, the property consists of the Agro Resort, forming part of the main plantation house, and the separate Hill View Resort, formed of individual farm cottages.

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Malang, Deluxe Class
Tugu Malang Hotel

Located within the historic Old Town, overlooking tranquil lotus ponds, this fabulous Dutch colonial property is evocative of the rich cultural mix of the Babah Peranakan, of centuries of Chinese migration combined with the native Javanese, in a wonderfully peaceful setting.

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Purwokerto, Standard Class
Hotel Santika Purwokerto

Located in the historic town of Purwokerto on Java’s southern coast, the hotel is stylish and modern, with elements of the region’s heritage in design and decor.

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