Prambanan, Solo & Candi Sukuh
Your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Prambanan, a Hindu temple compound high on atmosphere, where you can take a walk around the eight intricate temples. Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Solo. The driver will drop you off at the ‘Kraton’ in the centre of town where you can roam through the various rooms of this royal palace. You’ll see traditional musical instruments and a large collection of gifts received by the royal family.
Right across from the Kraton, you’ll find a small antique market spilling over with trinkets. Next, you’ll make the 4 hour journey to Sukuh, a town nestled high between mountain peaks, known mostly for its erotic temple. We guarantee that the carvings here will raise an eyebrow or two. It’s a peaceful place that will give you a taste of local life beyond the usual tourist track. You’ll spend the night in simple, rustic accommodation – the only option in the village!
Tawangmangu & Malang
Today, you’ll take a hike through an untouched part of Java. The route starts by Sukuh temple and continues across a gorgeous hilly landscape. As you walk along you’ll pass by plantations where carrots, red bell peppers and green beans are grown. Your driver will wait for you at the end point and you’ll continue travelling east. You’ll spend the night in the large highland city of Malang.
Jeep Safari to Bromo
This morning, you’ll have time to take a wander around Malang’s colonial villas, shady boulevards and colourful flower market. Next, you’ll drive to the southern part of the mountain range (Tumpang), where you’ll switch over to a jeep and cruise across the deserted volcanic plains leading to the foot of Mount Bromo. You’ll spend the night here in a simple hotel under starry mountain skies.
Mount Bromo Sunrise & Departure
Today you’ll set out around 3-4am to reach the scenic viewpoint before sunrise. Bring along a torch and a woolly jumper – it can get more than a little chilly at these heights. When the sun peeps up from behind Bromo’s smoking caldera, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sunrise colouring the mountain range and volcanoes a deep crimson red.
After sunrise, your driver will take you down to the plateau, a desolate sea of black volcanic sand. Here, you’ll walk to the foot of Bromo, climb the steps and stare straight down inside the volcano’s crater. Afterwards, you’ll head back to your hotel. After a quick shower to wash off the volcanic dust and some warming breakfast, you’ll pack up your things and continue with your driver to your next destination.
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As there’s only one hotel in Sukuh, you’ll stay in the same accommodation as our standard option, however when you reach Malang you’ll be treated to a beautiful hotel right in the heart of the city, lovingly decorated with the owner’s antiques, collected from all over the world. In Bromo National Park you’ll enjoy a stylish, modern hotel. There are plenty of amenities here including an art gallery on site. Availability is very limited for these options, so we recommend booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
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