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Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen: 4-Day Tour from Yogyakarta

1. Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen: 4-Day Tour from Yogyakarta

You will begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning to marvel at the stunning sunrise over Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s most ancient monuments. Following sunrise, you will explore the temple and admire the symbolic Buddhist statues around. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Watercastle. On the second day, you will travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free-time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. You will wake up early on day three to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. You will hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to head back to your hotel, or Ketapang Harbor for those continuing onto Bali, Surabaya City, or another destination.

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Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

2. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Book this private customized day tour and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, food, Javanese culture, and the most important sights around Yogyakarta. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned SUV vehicle (Xenia or Avanza). Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this 10-hour program. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.

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Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

3. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

On this private tour you will visit 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. You will have around 4 - 4.5 hours to fully explore the cave before being returned to your hotel.  

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

4. 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. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, 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 a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi 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, get dropped off back at the hotel or at Ketapang Harbor if you are continuing on to Bali.

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Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

5. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

There’s 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’d 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 driver will take you to your favorite spots 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.

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Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

6. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

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From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

7. From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in Yogyakarta at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 3 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century.

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Borobudur Temple: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

8. Borobudur Temple: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

Encounter 504 life-sized Buddha statues, each carved from a single stone. Discover seated Buddha statues beneath each bell-shaped spire. Admire its grandeur, beauty, and uniqueness. See 2,672 relief panels and learn about Buddha’s teachings. Climb steep steps and be rewarded with a panoramic view. Marvel at the majestic sight of central Java and Mount Merapi. Explore the largest Buddhist temple in the world with your local guide who will explain more about the site. Alternatively, visit this impressive monument at sunrise and admire the incredible carvings in the first morning light. Pick the Sunrise Tour option upon check-out. Also, choose an optional shared transfer service from Yogyakarta.

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Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

9. Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

First, head to the Merapi Volcano and be awed by the magical views. Take cool photos and learn about the history of the volcano and its endless stories. Visit the Kalibiru nature park, where you can take stunning pictures with a background of the lake and jungle. Your next scenic spot will be at the 'Sky Swing' located in the Menoreh hills, about 850 meters above sea level. Experience incredible and challenge yourself with around 18 meters of rope and fly above the valley and jungle. Last but not least, end your day by visiting the hidden waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim. If you go on a weekday, it is likely that you will have the waterfall all to yourself.

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From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

10. From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

Get picked up from your hotel, head to the airport and hop on a plane for a full-day adventure in Yogyakarta on Java Island. Once landed, you will meet your professional guide and head to Indonesia's largest and most beautiful Hindu temple, Prambanan. Learn about the history and folklore of the ninth-century temple before going to the Sultan Palace Kraton. Built in 1790, the Sultan Palace Keraton remains a center of the walled city with shops, markets, schools, mosques and the city’s batik dyeing and silver industries. Your next destination is the world's largest Buddhist Temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple. An example of Indonesia’s classic art and architecture, the temple consists of three monuments, which together represent the phases in the attainment of nirvana. Upon arrival back in Bali, you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel. This is a perfect tour if you have only one day for exploring the Yogyakarta area and want to see its most famous sites.

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4.8 / 5

based on 603 reviews

This activity was excellent!! Ivan was my driver, and he is such a nice person who was very knowledgeable about the region and was just great to talk with. He was able to help set me up with tour guides at Borobudur and Prambanan as well as a driver who spoke English for the Jeep excursion. After we finished at Prambanan, he offered to take me to Kota Gede, the area where silver is made, since it was on the way back to my hotel. He was very accommodating and I would highly recommend anyone request him if you are doing this activity. The only issue I had was that although I was told I would receive an email or call the day before the activity, I received neither. Thankfully Ivan was there on time, but I would have appreciated receiving some type of confirmation from the company as had been stated on the initial booking email I received.

I had an excellent tour! Everything was very well organized by the tour company and the very reliable and knowledgeable driver and guide. All the sites we visited were fabulous, starting from the Buddhist and Hindu temples around Yogjakarta to the impressive volcanoes in East Java. Yogjakarta has a lot to offer and I feel I could have spent a day or two more there. Consider arriving a few days before starting the tour to explore the city. The way from Yogjakarta to the volcanoes is quite long, but it gives you a chance to sit back in the car, observe local life and learn about the country and its culture from the local guide.

It was a great adventure!!! What we saw was amazing, but even more impressive was the logistics behind our travel. Our trip was flawless. Our local guide, Widi, was on time and extremely friendly. He was wonderfully knowledgeable, and he made our trip special. We highly recommend this tour to everyone!!!

Great Guide ! Wedi was a true professional ! Very articulate and clear in his explanations of history Of the area, he was helpful in all ways ! Consequently The tour was made complete , the sunrise was incredible , the timing was perfect , there was only 18 other people so it was majestic !

The place is beautiful, it is very worth it ... in the middle of the mountain to observe the rural life and the small temple of Selogriyo ... our guide a boy's charm that even helped us with other activities