Krakatau to Bali (16 days Java)
Depending on weather, volcanic activity, preferences of the group etc. small variations on the actual itinerary could be necessary.
Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Jakarta
Arrival in Jakarta, transfer to downtown hotel and group dinner.
Day 2: Transfer to Krakatau volcano
In the morning, a private minibus picks us up at the hotel and brings us straight to the West Coast. After a lunch and a visit to the Krakatau Volcano Observatory, we embark on a motor boat that brings us to the famous island group of Krakatau, where we will set camp on a paradise beach facing the often active Anak Krakatau volcano.
In the afternoon and evening we will climb the volcano (conditions allowing) and observe its activity.
Day 3: Full day on Krakatau
A full day to observe Krakatau, visit the island group, sail around and explore photographic opportunities.
Day 4: 2nd day on Krakatau - return to coast
Second day on Krakatau for observation / visit of Anak Krakatau. After a snorkeling break at a coral reef near Rakata Island return to West coast.
Day 5: Transfer to Garut in West Java
Transfer day: drive through West Java to the small university town Garut in West Java
Day 6-7: Papandayan + Galunggung volcano - Cipanas hot springs
Two full days in the beautiful volcanic area to explore hot springs & volcanic craters (Papandayan, Galunggung etc.).
Day 8: Scenic train ride to Yogyakarta - Prambanan Temple
An early train (first class) brings us comfortably directly to the beautiful, lively city of Yogyakarta, Central Java's capital. The ride is very scenic and takes about 7-8 hrs.
Day 9: Free day in Yogya
Opportunity to explore downtown Yogya (Sultan's Palace, water castle, museums, markets etc.). Optional fun city-tour on becak (rickshaws). Option to visit the important Hindu temples of Prambanan and to attend a Ramayana ballet performance in the evening.
Day 10: Borobodur temple and Merapi volcano
In the morning, we take time to visit the monumental temple of Borobodur, the largest Buddhist temple in Asia. Erected between 750 and 850 AD, then partly buried under volcanic mudflows from Merapi volcano around 1000 AD and again excavated starting in 1815, Borobodur counts as one of Asia's major archaeological sites. The visit to Borobodur will include a guided tour with extra time to spend in or near the complex. After lunch, we drive to the slopes of Merapi volcano where we can observe the impressive evidence of its recent eruption (e.g. the fresh deposits and destruction caused by the pyroclastic flows in June 2006).
Day 11: Flight to East Java, Tengger volcano
Short and scenic flight to Surabaya, transfer to Malang town, lunch. Enter into the Tengger caldera via an impressive route on open jeeps to enjoy the dramatic landscape of deep valleys and steep cliffs.
Day 12: Bromo volcano & Tengger caldera
Relaxed day to explore Bromo volcano and the Tengger caldera. Visit of the local volcano observatory and introduction to monitoring techniques of the volcano.
Day 13: Sunrise over the Tengger Kaldera & Transfer to Ijen volcano
Early start & jeep drive to one of the world's most spectacular sunrise viewpoints over the huge Tengger caldera. After returning to the hotel and a breakfast, we leave to the beautiful Ijen Plateau where we will stay two nights in an amazing lodge in the middle of lush gardens and rice fields, with views to Raung and Ijen volcano.
Day 14: Ijen volcano
Early start to climb Ijen volcano's crater with its impressive sulfur deposits and the turquoise crater lake. Observe the medieval-style mining operations inside the crater and learn about the processing of sulfur. Return to relax in the Ijen Lodge in the afternoon.
Day 15: Transfer to Bali - beach
After a relaxed breakfast in the stunning surroundings of the lodge, we drive to Bali, where the trip ends in a hotel on the beach of Jimbaran.
Day 16: End of tour on Bali
Your tour with us ends on Bali.