From Southeast Asia’s busiest metropolises with delirious nightlife to the peak of volcanoes, many of which are still very evidently active, which the fertile slopes are dotted with glimmering rice fields and small villages. Java (Indonesian: Jawa) is the heartland of Indonesia. With more than 130 million people inhabiting an area as big as Greece, Java is one of the most populated places on this planet. No wonder that Java has become Indonesia’s political and economic epicentre throughout the history.
Java is Indonesia’s fifth-largest island. Its 130 million people make up 65% of Indonesia’s entire population, and makes Java the most populated island in the world. Covering an area of 127,569 sq. km (7% of Indonesia’s area) and with a population density of 940 people/sq. km, Java is the world’s most crowded major island as well.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is located on northwest region of Java. Surabaya (the second largest city in Indonesia), is located on East Java. Java acts as Indonesia’s center of cultural and economic activity. Java has 121 active volcanoes. Add to that a host of major national parks and, despite its very crowded nature, the island has lots to offer the visitor who appreciates outdoor attractions. The main ethnic group in Java is Javanese, except for the West Java region where most people are Sundanese. In the province of East Java, 22% of the population is of Madurese descent. Half of them live on the island of Madura.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Population: 8 million (within city limits). The total population of Jakarta and its suburbs: 12 million people. The population of Jakarta is a mix of many ethnic groups. The group native to Jakarta is Betawi.
Explore Java Island with the greet train railway experience. Enjoy the beautiful natures, mountain, valley and cultures.
Day 1 : Arrive Jakarta
Arrive at Soekarno Hatta Jakarta International Airport, meeting service and transfer to hotel.
- Overnight in Hotel Jakarta.
Day 2 : Jakarta – Botanical Gargen
Depart to Bogor located about 50 km south of Jakarta in the city of Bogor, It is a huge, world-class botanical garden, covering an area of around 80 hectares. Founded in 1817, the gardens contain streams and lotus ponds and it has a collection of magnificent palms. The garden’s orchid houses are reputed to contain more than 3000 orchid varieties.
- Overnight in Hotel Jakarta.
Day 3 : Jakarta – Bandung (by train)
Climb aboard a train to Bandung, a bustling regional city in the heart of West Java. Enjoy a guided city tour and continue to Pada Suka Village to listen to the traditional melodies of Angklung music using bamboo instrument. Over night in Hotel Bandung.
Day 4 : Bandung
Scenic drive through Lembang hills to the crater of Mount Tangkuban Perahu. To reach Sari Ater hot spring (don’t forget to bring swimsuit and towel), passing through beautiful Tea plantation. Over night in Hotel Bandung.
Day 5 : Bandung – Pangandaran
Morning transfers to the train station of Bandung, then depart by train. in the Afternoon you will arrive in Banjar Station. Continue drive by car to Pangandaran. Over night in Hotel Pangandaran.
Day 6 : Pangandaran – Green Canyon
Visit the spectacular Green Canyon sailing by boat through the Canyon and have an exciting swim along the river. Cross a traditional handmade bridge from bamboo (Bamboo Bridge) and stop at Batukaras beach ( for having lunch and surfing ). Over night in Hotel Pangandaran.
Day 7 : Pangandaran – Country Side
Discover Pangandaran Village with bicycle. Visit home-industries and experience the traditional process of Brown sugar, Krupuk and Wayang golek (wooden puppet). Enjoy the sunset from Blu Lagoon ( Karang Tirta ). Over night in Hotel Pangandaran.
Day 8 : Pangandaran – Jogjakarta (by train)
Morning transfers to the train station of Sidareja, then depart by train. Early Afternoon you will arrive in Yogyakarta. In the night we visit traditional dance performance of Ramayana ballet. Overnight in Hotel Jogjakarta.
Day 9 : Jogjakarta
Visit the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace) and see traditional Javanese crafts silversmiths and batik processing. In the afternoon visit Borobudur Temple. The massive stone stupa of Borobudur is one the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments. Built with forced labor from the surrounding countryside between about AD 750 and 850, Borobudur predates Angkor Wat in Cambodia by three centuries. Though a Buddhist creation, it incorporates Persian, Babylonian and Greek influences. Overnight in Hotel Jogjakarta.
Day 10 : Jogjakarta – Surabaya (by train)
After breakfast, depart by train to Surabaya. Upon arrival in Surabaya, city sightseeing visiting Kayoon Flower market. Spend the night in Hotel Surabaya.
Day 11 : Surabaya – Bromo
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pasuruan and visit traditional harbor. Continue to Ngadisari Village. Spend the night in Hotel Bromo.
Day 12 : Bromo – Probolinggo
Enjoy Bromo excursion: drive to the village of Tengger and continue the journey from the rim of old crater down into Caldera, cross the sand sea to the smoking crater of Bromo. From here we watch the spectacular scene during sunrise. After the excursion we go back to hotel. Continue drive to Probolinggo and Spend the night in Hotel Probolinggo.
Day 13 : Probolinggo – Banyuwangi (by train) – Ijen
Catch the executive train to Banyuwangi. Enjoy the view from the train crossing the eastern part of Java. Arrive at Banyuwangi, direct transfer to Ijen. Spend the night in Hotel Ijen.
Day 14 : Ijen – The end
Wake up early to enjoy Ijen Crater, drive to the village of Ijen. The volcanic cone of Ijen dominates the landscape at the eastern end of Java. Crater of Ijen is filled by a spectacular turquoise blue lake, its surface streaked in wind-blown patterns of yellow sulphur. Kawah Ijen is the world’s largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor. Coffee plantations cover much of the Ijen caldera floor. After the excursion we go back to hotel for a short rest and breakfast. At the appropriate time, transfer to Ketapang for a ferry to Bali.