Java Explorer – Temples, Plantations & Volcanoes

IndonesiaCulture, Landscapes, Nature

Explore the unique cultural and geological wonders of Java with this extensive week-long tour. From the coastal city of Semarang, visitors are taken to the spectacular 9th Century temple of Borobudur, before arriving in Indonesia's cultural capital, Jogjakarta. Cycle through traditional villages and markets, then venture into the rugged volcanic highlands, and on to Solo – the home of Indonesia's traditional 'Batik' style of design. Visit plantations and venture up to volcanic craters before finishing in Surabaya.

7 Nights
From SGD 2,173Per Person

Tour Itinerary

MON/FRI MI102 SIN/SRG 08.45/09.55

Arrive at Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang.

Your guide and private car will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the city centre of Semarang.

Located on the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang is the capital of the province of Central Java. An Important port on the Java Sea since the Dutch colonial era, Semarang, with its 1.5 million inhabitants is now the 7th most populous city in the country.

Visit Lawang Sewu, the city’s landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. The building was built between 1904 and 1907 as the former headquarters of the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. Its name in Javanese means "Thousands Doors".

Lunch in a local restaurant in Semarang.

Afternoon drive to your hotel located near Ambarawa in Central Java highlands.

Upon arrival at your hotel, freshen up and relax before departing for a brief tour in the resort’s coffee plantation.

Note for Superior and First Class options, the coffee plantation tour will be replaced by a visit of the Banaran Coffee plantation, on Day 02, on the way from Salatiga to Borobudur.

Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight in your hotel in Ambarawa area (Losari/Salatiga).

Meals: Lunch | Dinner

After breakfast depart Ambarawa area for Borobudur via the town of Magelang.

Upon arrival in Borobudur area, you will first enjoy a taste of the local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo, a small traditional Javanese village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses, and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan, and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili.

After lunch in Candirejo, it is time to explore the massive Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur - the largest in the world - and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory - with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

After the visit of Borobudur, continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses 3 impressively carved stone statues; Sakyamuni (sitting in a cross-legged pose with turning the wheel of dharma hand gesture), Awalokiteswara (a bodhisattva as a human helper), and Maitreya (the savior of humans for the future). The statues are thought to be some of the most impressive in their original location in Java.

You’ll also make a stop at Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry, and a former storehouse for King Indra's weaponry.

Proceed to Jogjakarta and check-in (late in the afternoon or early evening) to your hotel.

Dinner at leisure and overnight in your hotel in Jogjakarta.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Start with a visit to The Sultan’s Palace, also known as the Kraton. It is the central aspect of the Javanese cosmology being at the centre of the Mt Merapi and Parangtritis Beach lines. This building constructed between 1756 and 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. Remaining to this day the residence of the Sultan, this living museum features a showcase of Javanese culture and relics, and depending on your day of visit, there will be a cultural performance ranging from Golek Menak Puppet‘s to classical Javanese poetry performance known as Macapat.

Continue with a 30-minute ride by becak (similar to a cyclo or trishaw) and explore the neighboring Kauman village built in the vicinity of the Kraton. This village is the central keepers of the Islamic religion as authorized by the Sultanate. The small gangs (laneways) of this village are so designed to ensure minimal disturbance of noise and traffic so as to not interrupt the Santri or Islamic students from their study. It was also said that by ensuring the laneways were only passable on foot - every man was equal.

End your becak ride at the Taman Sari Water Palace. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

Next, visit a home batik factory and later, attend a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, the famous Javanese leather puppet.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Jogjakarta.

Drive to Kotagede, a charming suburb of Jogjakarta famous for its traditional Javanese atmosphere and known for its silversmith workshops.

On arrival in Kotagede, go on a leisurely bicycle tour around the area. You will visit a master baker’s house where you can test Kembang Waru – a delicious type of cookie only produced in Kotagede.

Continue by bicycle to the traditional market where you will explore this bustling Pasar (market), once the main market in the area. Resume your tour, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta dating back from 1575. You will borrow a traditional Javanese costume, a sign of respect to the former kings, to enter and explore the historical compound of the Mataram Kingdom and its Royal Cemetery.

End your visit of Kotagede with a walking tour amongst narrow laneways and discover the unique Kalang-style architecture indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles.

Return to your hotel.

This evening, after dinner, you’ll be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dances.

Overnight in Jogjakarta.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After breakfast, drive to Kaliurang in the cool highlands near Mt. Merapi (2,925m).

The village offers magnificent views of this active volcano and the dozens of ravines which have been created by molten streams of lava.

Visit Ullen Sentalu, a privately owned heritage museum offering an intriguing insight into the world of the Sultans of Solo, Jogjakarta and the Mataram Kingdom. Enjoy the eco-friendly building and verdant gardens which adds to the charm of this hidden gem and have lunch in Beukenhof restaurant within the museum. (NB: Ullen Sentalu is closed Mondays).

After lunch you will be driven passing by small roads with breathtaking views over Mt Merapi to reach the huge Prambanan complex, a set of Hindu temples built in the middle of the 9th century, about 50 years after the construction of Borobudur. There is very little early history about the complex but it is thought to have been constructed to commemorate the return of a Hindu dynasty to Java. The temples lay in ruins for hundreds of years, and it was only in the 1930s that reconstruction was started. Most of the temples within the complex have now been restored.

Your guide will take you around the temple grounds explaining about the history, building process and religious significance of these buildings.

In time, transfer to your hotel in Solo.

Dinner at own leisure.

Overnight in Solo.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

After breakfast, start your day with a visit of Solo.

Also known as Surakarta, the city of Solo was founded in 1745 by a local king and the site for the new Mataram Kingdom’s capital was reportedly chosen through voices heard by the King. Solo is the capital of Batik in Java and remains home to some of the most intact Dutch colonial architecture in Indonesia.

Visit Keraton Mangkunegaran - a classical repository of classical Javanese art. Built as a palace for a ‘junior’ line of the royal family in the 18th century, the splendid building has an extensive collection of 14th century jewelry, majestic silverworks, traditional Javanese weapons and classical dancing body ornaments.

End your morning with a visit to a well-known batik museum where you will learn about this famous Javanese art developed through the ages. You can also see the craftsmen and women at work making new creations. Lunch will be served here as well.

Early this afternoon depart for a half day excursion to Sukuh and Cetho, two of the latest Hindu temples built in Java before the island's courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century. Located on the western slopes of Mt Lawu (3 265m), this area at the border between Central and East Java also offer spectacular landscapes with terraces covered by beautiful tea plantations

You will first explore Sukuh located 910m with its unique pyramidal shape similar in style to the Mayan temples of Central America and its stone carvings of Hindu phallic symbols.

Continue the drive, passing through beautiful tea plantations to Cetho, the another Hindu temple. Located even higher on the mountain and rarely visited. Its carvings are similar to Sukuh temple but the multi-tiered temple differs in architectural layout.

Return to your Hotel in Solo late in the afternoon.

Dinner at leisure before a performance of the Wayang Orang, a live masked-dance drama. Similar to Shadow Puppet performances (Wayang Kulit), it was once only performed as a classical court dance in Jogjakarta and Surakarta. (NB: not scheduled on Sundays).

Overnight in Solo.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Solo Railway Station for a scenic train ride to Jombang in East Java.

Your guide will accompany on the journey.

NB: Planned route is aboard Sancaka morning train, departing 07:46 and arriving 10:32; Schedule subject to change without notice.

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people, and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of Central and East Java.

Upon arrival in Jombang, your local driver will be there to greet you.

Continuing to the nearby Trowulan, the site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom who ruled the island of Java for centuries. Visit the archaeological museum and the temples of Candi Banjang Ratu and Candi Tikus.

From Trowulan, have lunch before proceeding to Mt. Bromo passing by the coastal town of Pasuruan located on the northeast coast of Java. We drive the picturesque mountain road to one of the entrances of the Bromo-Tengger National Park.

Check in at your hotel located in Tosari or Ngadisari on the edge of Tengger Caldera.

Overnight in Tosari or Ngadisari near Bromo.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAILY MI225 SUB/SIN 18.40/21.55

Rise early this morning for a sunrise tour of Mt Bromo. You’ll travel by 4WD jeep to a viewing spot with stunning views of the Bromo volcano and surroundings. Watch the sun rise up from behind the volcano in Penanjakan.

Continue by jeep down to the volcano caldera, often still covered by mist in the early morning. The mist, combined with the grey ashen-covered ground form to create an unusual atmosphere, often compared to the surface of the moon.

A 20-minute ride on horseback will take you to a set of stairs which lead to the rim of the still-active Bromo crater.


  • Please bring warm clothes for your sunrise excursion next morning in Bromo as the temperature is low and cold.
  • Weekend surcharge USD $10 per person will be applied for all visits to Bromo.

Return by horse and jeep to your hotel for breakfast.

Check out and leave Tosari or Ngadisari for a drive to Surabaya, Indonesia’s 2nd largest city.

On arrival in Surabaya, we will stop for a late lunch at the restaurant of the Sampoerna factory before observing the fabrication of the famous Indonesian kretek cigarettes.

After the visit, transfer to Surabaya airport for your late afternoon departure flight for Singapore.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Minor programme changes are sometimes necessary, depending on the confirmed flight, road conditions, weather and availability of rooms.

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars

7D6N Java Explorer - Temples, Plantations & Volcanoes

Valid until Apr 01 - Sep 30, 2017
Deluxe Option
SGL. FIT. 02 Persons 03-04 Pax SGL. Supp.
                    TBA TBA TBA

Deluxe Hotels

Location Hotel Cat                     Hotel                     Room
Ambarawa, Losari Deluxe MesaStila Plantation Villa
Jogjakarta Deluxe Hotel Tentrem Premier
Solo Superior Rumah Batu Candi Deluxe
Ngadisari, Bromo Superior Jiwa Jawa Resort Deluxe

Seasonal Surcharge

  • MesaStila
    • No High/Peak Seasons Surcharge.
  • Hotel Tentrem
    • Dec 25, 2016 to Jan 03, 2017 at SGD $33 per room per night.
  • Rumah Batu
    • Dec 24-25, 2016, and Dec 29-31, 2016 at SGD $28 per room per night.
  • Jiwa Jawa Resort
    •  Kasada (to be advised), Eid ul Fitr (Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016), Christmas at SGD $65 per room per night, New Year at SGD $74 per room per night

7D6N Java Explorer - Temples, Plantations & Volcanoes

Valid from Apr 01 - Sep 30, 2017.
Superior Option
SGL. FIT. 02 Persons 03-04 Pax SGL. Supp.
                    TBA TBA TBA TBA

Superior Hotels

Location Class                     Hotel                     Room
Ambarawa, Salatiga Superior Kayu Arum Resort Deluxe
Jogjakarta Superior Phoenix Deluxe
Solo Superior Roemahkoe Heritage Deluxe
Tosari, Bromo First Class Bromo Coattages Superior

Seasonal Surcharge

  • Kayu Arum
    • Black out dates during Eid ul Fitr (Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016), Christmas & New Year (Dec 23, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017).
  • Phoenix Yogyakarta
    • Jul 05-14, 2016 at SGD $59 per room per night
    • Jul 15 Sep 15, 2016 at SGD $17 per room per night
    • Dec 29, 2016 to Jan 02, 2017 at SGD $70 per room per night.
  • Roemahkoe Heritage
    • To be advised
  • Bromo Cottage
    • Eid ul Fitr (Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016), and Dec 23, 2016 to Jan 01, 2017 at SGD $65 per room per night and
    • Dec 31, 2016 at SGD $75 per room per night.

7D6N Java Explorer - Temples, Plantations & Volcanoes

Valid from Apr 01 - Sep 30, 2017.
First Class Option
SGL. FIT. 02 Persons 03-04 Pax SGL. Supp.

First Class Hotels

Location Class                     Hotel                     Room
Ambarawa, Salatiga Superior Kayu Arum Resort Superior Room
Jogjakarta First Class Eclipse Hotel Deluxe Room
Solo First Class Rumah Turi Deluxe Room
Tosari, Bromo First Class Bromo Cottages Superior Room

Seasonal Surcharge

  • Kayu Arum
    • Black out dates during Eid ul Fitr (Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016), Christmas & New Year (Dec 23, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017).
  • Eclipse Hotel
    • No High/Peak Seasons Surcharge.
  • Rumah Turi
    • No High/Peak Seasons Surcharge.
  • Bromo Cottage
    • Eid ul Fitr (Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016), and Dec 23, 2016 to Jan 01, 2017 at SGD $65 per room per night and
    • Dec 31, 2016 at SGD $75 per room per night.
  • Our prices are quoted in Singapore dollars (SGD), however some services (like transportation, guide fees, entrance fees, some activities, meals, air tickets and train tickets and sometimes accommodations) are based on local prices in Indonesian Rupiah in (IDR). In the case of a major change in the exchange rate (5% or more) between the Indonesian Rupiah and the Singapore dollar (SGD), we reserve the right to correct our prices to align our rates and revise the value of the Singapore dollar (SGD).
  • All rates are based on the current gasoline price (1 litre of premium gasoline costs IDR 6,500). Should the gasoline price increase by more than 10% we would readjust transfer rates with a 30-day prior notice
  • All timings are approximate. As the world’s most populated island, travel times can vary greatly during Eid ul Fitri holiday break and other National Public Holidays. Eid ul Fitr period is from Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2016.
  • All language guides other than English-speaking guides subject to availability during high season from July to September.
  • Compulsory gala dinners and special conditions may be applied during the peak season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.


  • International open-jaw 'Q' class airfare on Silkair: SIN/SRG//SUB/SIN
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • 06 nights hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • English-speaking local guide (supplements apply for other language guides)
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.


  • All airport departure taxes, fuel surcharge and security taxes
  • Indonesian Visa and Visa arrangements, where applicable
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses, e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, tips & gratuities for guide/driver, etc.
  • Travel insurance covering missed flights, curtailed travel and emergency medical evacuation, etc.
  • Pre and/or post-tour accommodation in Semerang and/or in Surabaya
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions