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Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

1. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, you have the option to explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Continue your tour on board a jeep to the Merapi volcano, one of the most popular volcanoes in the country. Snap your own momentous memories over the picturesque spots of the volcano. Finish the tour with a visit to one of the most beautiful Hindu temples, Prambanan. Built-in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma) and the animals who serve them. Once your tour is finished, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

2. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy the breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater on a 90 to 120-minute hike, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, you will be dropped off at Ketapang Harbor and you are pleased to continue your journey to Bali.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

3. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

Start your tour with pickup from either Bali or Banyuwangi and take in the beautiful sunrise over Ijen Crater. For those traveling from Bali, start your tour in the evening by making your way to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. Once you have arrived at Ketapang Port, relax at the lounge before getting picked up by your team and continue to Ijen Volcano. For those traveling from Banyuwangi, enjoy pickup from your accommodations at 12:30 AM and travel to Ijen Volcano to start your hike. Take in the scenery during your 1.5-2-hour hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint and admire the views from the top. On a clear day, you can see the volcano's mystical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. Catch the sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island and appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily life to provide for their families. After exploring the volcano, trek down and back to the parking lot. For those staying in Banyuwangi, you will return to your hotel around 9:00 AM. Those traveling back to Bali will return to their accommodations in the afternoon.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

4. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After visiting Borobudur, you will travel for 1.5 - 2 hours to Prambanan Temple. Spend 2 hours exploring Prambanan. This temple was built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. You will also see three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. After finishing exploring Prambanan, you can opt to choose to head back directly to the hotel, or stop for lunch on the journey back.

Yogyakarta: Mount Merapi Jeep Safari with Guide & Transfer

5. Yogyakarta: Mount Merapi Jeep Safari with Guide & Transfer

Leave Yogyakarta and explore Mount Merapi on this private guided Jeep Safari. Feel the thrill of driving on one of the world's most active volcanoes, visit the museum and learn all about the devastating 2010 eruption, which took the lives of 353 people. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta. Jump in the car and marvel at the passing views while your guide fills you in on the region's history.  Drive up the epic Mount Merapi volcano and feel the endorphins rush through your body as you enjoy the ride. Stop at several viewpoints, such as the Bunker, to get Instagram-perfect pictures of the active volcano. Visit the Mini Museum with your guide, and learn about the 2010 eruption that affected 350,000 people who had to be evacuated from the area. See pictures of the sacred mountain and find out why this eruption was the largest since the 1870s. End your day with memories and photos that will last a lifetime on this unforgettable tour.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

6. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

Be collected at your accommodation by your friendly driver and travel to Setumbu Hill for 5:00 AM. Witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. You will leave at dawn.  Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. Borobudur is one of the world's truly great ancient monuments and is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. You can continue your journey and visit the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. 

Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave and Timang Beach Day Tour

7. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave and Timang Beach Day Tour

Descend into Jomblang Cave with abseiling equipment and see the famous light enter the cave. Eat lunch and then gaze at the blue ocean at Timang Beach. Sit back and relax on a 2-hour drive to Jomblang Cave. Meet your driver at your hotel and sit back as you are taken through the streets of Yogyakarta to Jomblang Cave. Put on your rappelling harness and enter the cave vertically by rope. Walk 270 meters through a dark, muddy tunnel and reach the spot where the rays of sunlight enter the cave from above. Eat lunch then continue your tour at Timang Beach. Marvel at the blue waters, huge waves, and tall cliffs. Walk across to the island by rope bridge or take the hand-drawn gondola over the sea. Do not miss the experience to have a typical fresh lobster dish, the local fishermen catch directly from Timang Beach. Relax as you are driven back to your hotel.

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

8. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

There is much to see in Yogyakarta, a large city with limited public transportation options for visitors. Hire a private vehicle and experience all the city has to offer. The driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you wherever you would like to go on this 10-hour program. Check out the ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan that look like hand-drizzled sand castles or explore the Sultan's palace which is reminiscent of a gilded music box filled with jewels. The city is also well known for its arts and handicrafts, a nerve center for traditional and modern puppetry. Your knowledgeable driver will take you to your favorite spots, explain everything you need to know about the attractions, and will wait for you. If you love having freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

9. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning. Meet and greet your friendly driver at the lobby of your accommodation, then travel for about 2 hours to Jomblang Cave. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Yogyakarta traffic. Once you’ve arrived into the cave, explore Jomblang Cave and witness a heavenly light where it feels as if angels could descend. Use rappelling equipment to descend around 59 meters to the bottom of the cave, then walk about 270 meters through a slippery muddy tunnel to the spot where you will catch this spectacular ray of light. After finish exploring the cave, do not miss the experience to visit another interesting attractions such as; Pindul Cave or Timang Beach before being returned to your hotel.  

Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

10. Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

Be picked up from your hotel in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill. Witness the breathtaking sunrise views overlooking Borobudur Temple. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. You will leave at dawn. After the sunrise on Setumbu Hill, you will enter the Borobudur Temple and explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth with a knowledgeable local guide. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you have finished exploring Borobudur Temple, ask your driver and do not miss the chance to stop for an optional visit to the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Borobudur for an unknown ritual process, before your friendly driver take you back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 825 reviews

We had a great time Our guide Anang Nasir wijaya was fabulous Picked us up from the airport at 7 am took us to the temples and dropped us off at our Airbnb The next day was a 3.30 am pick to get to the sunrise hike followed by the jam long caves That trip was easily the best trip we had ever had! Highly recommend Anang for his courteousness , energy and charming personality

I had an amazing morning with Yuni and Boim. Yuni is so funny and fun to hang out with, and I learned a lot about Merapi and Yogyakarta. Boim was a great guide around the volcano, I learned a lot about the 2010 eruption, and riding in the jeep was so much fun. Perfect way to start 2023

Good mix of the three locations: Nice viewpoint in the morning followed by peaceful Pine Forest and adventurous Timang Beach. The road to the beach is pretty bumpy, otherwise it should be a place that many more tourists would like to go.

Though it was more expensive than I had thought, it was a good choice to go around Yogyakarta including Borobudur and Prambanan! An airport pick-up was really appreciated and the driver was good.

Thank tO our tour guide pak Yoyokk very informative and friendly