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Yogyakarta, Center of Java's Culture & East-Java, Plantations and Volcans

Island: Java

Duration: 7 days

Day 1 : Denpasar - Yogyakarta
After breakfast transfer to the airport of Ngurah Rai for the domestic flight to Java. Upon arrival we first go visit the Prambana complex, a Hindu-Budhist complex. Prambanan, situated on the border between the provinces Yogyakarta and Central Java is a real open air museum. The Trimurti or Holy Trinity is without a doubt the most impressive. This complex is made up of no less then 200 big and small temples, most of them dating back to the 9th centuary. The three main temples are decorated with beautiful reliefs epicting the important Ramayana and Krishnayana Hindu stories. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the city we can see the art of Batik. Batik is closely connected to the Javanese culture and plays an important role in the many ceremonies. With endless patience and experience these people make the most inticrate patterns on coton or silk. Check-in hotel. Free dinner and overnight
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Day 2 : Yogyakarta
Breakfast. Yogyakarta, founded in 1755 has developed itself as the most Javanese part of the island. Consequently the city is the centre of the Javanese culture. We take the becak or traditional bicycletaxi and drive around throught the well known Malioboro street untill we arrive at the Palace of the Sultan. The Keraton, or palace is for the people of Yogya the spiritual centre. After this visit we have some time to stroll around the cozy and busy Malioboro street. In the evening we take our diner in the city, and enjoy the Javanese dancing theatre afterwards. These royal dances have been perfectionized en show the fine body expression while telling the traditional Hindu story’s. Overnight.
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Day 3 : Yogyakarta - Borobudur
After breakfast we visit the biggest budhist monument in the world, situated in the northeast of Yogyakarta. This unique monument was built around a natural hill en exists of different terraces decorated with hundreds of buddha statues and stuppa. The thousands of murals tell the life story of the buddha en show how ordinary people can find the way to enlightening. After an extensive visit we have lunch at the foot of the temple. Candi Mendut, a smaller budhist temple dates from a more early period and is today still a place of worship. Free diner and overnight.
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Day 4 : Yogyakarta - Surabaya - Bromo
Breakfast. We take the train to East-Java passing stunning landscapes in a comfortable way and arrive close to the city of Surabaya. From here we drive inland and arrive in our hotel on the border of the Bromo-Tengger National Park. Lunch. We take a stroll in the village. This ethnic minority, Tengger, are Hindu in a mostly Islamitic island and are descendants of the ordinary people from the mighty Hindu empire that existed here till the 16th century. Dinner and overnight
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Day 5 : Bromo - Kalibaru
Early morning after coffee we take a 4*4 jeep to go up the mountain. From a high viewpoint we witness the sunrise above this extraterrestrial landscape filled with no less than 4 volcano’s and see the colors change every minute. A short drive over the sand sea inside the main crater makes us realize how big these volcano’s really are. By horse we go to the rim of the Bromo volcano, protecting our respiration against the occasional sulfurcloud. Later we go back to our hotel for breakfast. We leave the Tengger National Park and drive further east. The daytrip up to Kalibaru will be worthwhile as we can experience the daily life of the Javanese people along the road. Several short stops will be made, including a break for lunch. We arrive in our hotel in Kalibaru in the late afternoon. Time for a swim and relaxing. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
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Day 6 : East-Java and its Old Dutch Plantations
Breakfast. This morning we visit a coffee, rubber and cacao plantation, nationalized after the independent struggle from the Dutch. Here we learn more about these mountain crops that meant power and fortune in the old days. A local guide explains us the cultivation, harvesting and processing in detail. Lunch in our hotel. The trip to the most eastern tip of Java takes us to the Mountain Resort of Ijen. Dinner and overnight
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Day 7 : Kawen Ijen - Banyuwangi - Gili Manuk - Sanur/ Kuta
Early morning we drive to the starting point of our 4-hour trek up the Ijen Volcano. On the way up we already encounter several local people carrying bamboo woven baskets on their back with up to 70 kg (!) of sulfur walking down the mountain. The liquid sulphur coming out of the crater mollifies when in contact with the air and is taken by hand. We can see the sulphurus lake and the sulphur workers from the rim of the volcano before heading down again the same way we came up. Lunch in the resort. In the early afternoon we take the short drive to the ferry harbor at Banyuwangi. The Strait of Bali is only 3 km wide and at its deepest 60 meter which means that the island of Bali used to be part of Java in a far geological past. The 1 hour ferry trip to Gili Manuk gives us the opportunity y to mingle with the locals going the same way. From here we drive to the south of Bali to our next accomodation.