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From Jakarta: Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo, Ijen & Bali Tour

1. From Jakarta: Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo, Ijen & Bali Tour

Discover the full beauty and variety of Java Island on this guided multi-day trip from Jakarta. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to volcanoes and taste delicious local cuisine. Over 7 days, travel to highlights such as; Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo and Ijen alongside lesser-known gems. Day 1 Your adventure starts at Jakarta Airport, where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, sit back, and enjoy the ride to your accommodation in Jakarta. Once you've arrived at the hotel, you’ll have time to rest and prepare for the tour on the next day. Day 2 Explore the many highlights that Jakarta has to offer. Visit museums, traditional markets and neighborhoods such as Chinatown. Once you've finished your trip, you will be returned to the hotel. Day 3 Travel by train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, a city regarded as an important center for Javanese arts and culture. Enjoy the beautiful sights and scenery while you are in the train. Once you've arrived in Yogyakarta, head to your accommodation to get settled in. Day 4 Start your day early, heading to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. After, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist structure on earth. After this, you can choose to head back to the hotel and relax, or visit more Yogyakarta's landmarks. Day 5 Travel from Yogyakarta to Mount Bromo by car. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and get some rest in preparation for another stunning sunrise the next day. Day 6 Wake up early and get ready for truly magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After, head back to the hotel to enjoy a breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 7 Your final day starts with a midnight hike to the Ijen Crater. It will take around 90 to 120 minutes to reach the top, where you'll witness blue flames streaming up from the crater. After this, you'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Bali where the tour will come to an end.

Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

2. Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

Drive through the streets of Jakarta’s historic district and pass by the Dutch-style structures dating back to the 17th-century. Learn about the history of the city with visits to the National Museum, Kota Intan, and Jakarta’s Chinatown as you travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Jakarta. Visit the National Museum and see its collection of artifacts from Jakarta’s different ethnic groups. Admire the museum’s costumes, musical instruments, model houses, and fine bronzes from the Hindu-Javanese period. The museum also houses stone pieces from the temples Central Java and a superb display of Chinese ceramics. Explore Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown and a vibrant banking, trading, and entertainment hub. Stop at the Petak Sembilan Chinese Temple dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. Learn about the history of the Batavian Chinese from your guide. Make your way to the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum). The museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, reminding onlookers of Indonesia’s time as a Dutch colony. Continue to the Wayang Museum and see its collection of Javanese puppets. Afterwards, drive over the Kota Intan Drawbridge, the last drawbridge in Jakarta. Visit Sunda Kelapa Harbor, once the heart of Jakarta's maritime trade. During the colonial era, the harbor was known as the “Roads of Batavia” and was the only entrance to Batavia. After visiting the harbor you will be brought back to your hotel.

Jakarta: National Monument and Miniature Indonesia Tour

3. Jakarta: National Monument and Miniature Indonesia Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel then travels to Jakarta’s principal landmark, the 132-meter-high National Monument. Towering over Merdeka Square, the monument is topped with a glittering flame, coated with 50 kg of gold leaf, to symbolize the nation’s independence. The basement of the monument houses an exhibit of 50 dramatic dioramas depicting the history of Indonesia from prehistoric times to the present. Next, visit a nearby Batik shop to peruse through the fabrics in a range of classic and modern designs. There’s also time to visit a Batik exhibition to learn more about the traditional cloth. After the exhibition, travel to Indonesia in Miniature Park, an extensive amusement park on the outskirts of Jakarta. At the park, wander through the realistically reproduced islands of Indonesia set in a central lake surrounded by pavilions that represent the 33 provinces. Each pavilion is designed in the traditional architectural style and displays a selection of cultural items. Finally, the tour concludes at the park's onsite Museum of Indonesia, a three-story building in traditional Balinese architecture. The museum houses a vast collection on Indonesian contemporary arts and crafts, traditional costumes from the various regions, puppets, musical instruments, and masks.

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4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

The tour was good, only I was 1 hour earlier in my hotel.

The tour lasted an hour shorter than planned. The guide went quite quickly to be ready earlier I think.