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The Magnificent Jawa
8 days 7 nights

The main Indonesian island of Java is very interesting with various things to be explored on this roundtrip. You will be amazed by the impressive ruins of the Hindush temple town on Dieng-Plateau like the very popular Buddhist temple Borobudur. Enjoy the colorful sunrise of Mount Bromo. The original lifestyle of the locals and many other cultural things make Jawa or Indonesia to be the most interesting destination in Southeast Asia.

Day 1: Jakarta
Arrive in Jakarta and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be your free day at your own leisure in a hotel or its surroundings. Explore the town at your own wish. Jakarta is a town full of contrast. It is a very active town with many skyscrapers, lightened shopping malls, big and expensive residences, and many roads and overpasses. You may visit the traditional harbor Jakartas Sunda Kelapa or take a walk through the china town to explore the cultural highlights like the world's biggest mosque. Soon you will find out that most part of the town has been modernized. But in some places, you will see that these places never move on into this modern era.

Day 2: Jakarta – Bandung
In the morning at 7.30 departure heading to Bandung. On our way, we are going to visit the botanical garden in Bogor southeast Asia's biggest botanical garden with 15.000 kinds of trees and plants, 3.000 kinds of orchids, and 400 kinds of palm trees. Furthermore, the botanical garden has more than 50 different species of birds and sleeping place groups of bats. Proceed to Angklung Music School at the house of Pak Udjo. Angklung is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo. Evening arriving in Bandung the capital city of west Jawa. The flower city with 3 million population belongs to the fourth biggest city in Indonesia. In colonial times Bandung was a very important town for the European ambient and a very popular name for the town was Paris van Java. Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

Day 3: Bandung – Wonosobo
Early morning transfer to the train station in Bandung. From we start our 7-hour train ride to Argowilis Executive class to Kutoarjo. From Kutoarjo we leave by car about 3 hours to Wonosobo. Enjoy the beautiful views on your ride passing the central Jawa with various landscapes. Wonosobo is located on the slope of the mystical Dieng-Plateau. In the evening is time for your leisure. Overnight in the Hotel of your choice.

Day 4: Wonosobo – Yogyakarta
On our way to Yogyakarta, you will enjoy the beautiful sceneries from Wonosobo to Yogyakarta, Dieng-Plateau. Passing the beautiful landscape of the volcano with a lot of serpentines from Wonosobo to the height of 2.100 m plateau will make your trip unforgettable. On the plateau, you will find some oldest temple (which was originally more than 400 temples) on the island which came between the 8th and 9th century. The name Dieng comes from the words Di-Hyang – the Seats of the gods. Proceed to the temple Borobudur the world's biggest and most important cultural Buddhist monument. From 775 to 856, there were around 30.000 stone carvers and 5.000 people involved in building this religious monument we can enjoy today. It consists of 9 levels in square shape 123 m in length. On the walls, you will find about 5 km long reliefs depicting the story of Buddha's life. Even from the far end of the temple complex you still be impressed by the beauty of the temple. Furthermore, we can also visit the two other smaller temples Candi Mendut and Candi Pawon. Arrival in Yogyakarta in the evening. Yogyakarta is one of the two still existing Sultanates in Indonesia. Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

Day 5: Yogyakarta – Solo
In the morning we go on a city tour through the city of Yogyakarta to visit the Sultan's palace, the ruins of Taman Sari water palace, and the old town with its traditional market. We also have the chance to visit the Batik factory and the silversmith. You are going to explore more about the capability of the handicrafts and your chance to find your souvenirs from this place. Afternoon we proceed to the Prambanan temple complex, the biggest Hindush temple in Indonesia. This temple was announced in 1991 by UNESCO to be a world cultural heritage. Characteristically the height and the top of the building belong to the typical style of Hindush building style. The main temple in the middle is 47 m high. Besides the 8 main altars and temples, there are more than 250 smaller temples surrounding the main building. The three biggest altars are called Trisakti (three holy areas) for the three main gods Shiva the destroyer, Vishnu the maintainer and Brahma the creator. The oldest temple in the whole complex comes from the same century like the temple Borobudur. Proceed to Solo which will take 1,5 hours. 2 overnights in a hotel of your choice.

Day 6: Solo
After breakfast, we leave for the highlight of Solo. On the city tour, we will visit Mangkunegaran Palace and the interesting antique market Tri Windu. A ride of around 1,5 hours through the mountain view of Ceto temple from the 5th century will make your visit more enjoyable. There is a beautiful view from this area. Furthermore Sukuh temple with its special architecture like Maya culture in South America. About 15 minutes of trekking to Jumog waterfall will round your program today. Return back to Solo and transfer into your hotel in the afternoon. Evening is your time to enjoy yourself. 

Day 7: Solo – Mount Bromo
After early breakfast is the transfer to the train station in Solo. From Solo, we go to Jombang 3 hours by train. From Jombang we still need to drive 4 hours passing the beautiful sceneries of mountains and plantations in east Java. At 16 we reach Mount Bromo where we are going to spend our night this evening. The hotel is located on the slope of a mountain where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of this site. Evening is a free program. Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

Day 8: Mount Bromo and flight Surabaya - Denpasar (Bali)/Lombok
In the middle of the night in the dark, we leave for the highlight of this trip. You are going to enjoy the natural attraction the spectacular sunrise in Mount Bromo. In the early morning at 2, we leave on a wheel drive to the plateau in front of us with the beautiful view of Mount Bromo. After sunrise, we proceed to the volcano crater Mount Bromo the height of 2.000 m. We can also have a pony ride there. If the weather allows you will be able to enjoy the most spectacular sunrise ever on Bromo. You can enjoy the morning mood from the volcano and watch the smoking crater before we return back to our hotel for breakfast. Before noon we take a ride 2 hours to Surabaya to catch your flight to Denpasar, Bali/Lombok.

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