On arrival Yogjakarta, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel. A group meeting will be held in the hotel lobby where you will meet your guide. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Puri Arta Hotel, Yogjakarta
This morning discover Jogjakarta visiting the Sultan's palace, located in the centre of the city and founded in 1755. Next visit Tamansari (also known as the Water Castle) built in 1758, this was used as a 'place of pleasure' by the prince and his harem. There is also a stop at the bird market before exploring the splendid ancient Hindu monument of Borobudur. This 1200-year-old temple was once covered in volcanic dust for hundreds of years before being rediscovered in the late 19th century by Sir Stamford Raffles. The world's biggest Buddhist monument it was built in the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. Overnight: Yogjakarta
After an early breakfast we visit the beautiful Hindu temple of Prambanan before journeying by road to Dutch influenced Malang. Today's scenic drive from central to east Java is eight hours and we pass small towns, villages and towering mountains before arriving this afternoon in Malang. Overnight: Malang
After breakfast at our hotel, we meet our local team, and drive to Arjuno Lalijiwo Nature Reserve and commence our trek to Lembah Kijang base camp, at the foot of Welirang Volcano. We pass through farmlands, meeting friendly locals and getting to see them at work on their farms and going about their daily activities. We'll also trek through dense jungle where deer and other kinds of wildlife can be seen, if we're lucky we might spot some of the local fauna. The next couple of nights will be spent at Lembah Kijang base camp. Lembah Kijang means 'valley of the deer' and during the night you may hear their loud calls to their mates. Tonight an early night is in order as we'll be rising before dawn tomorrow. Overnight: camping (approx 6 hours walking / 12kms)
Today we'll trek from Lembah Kijang base camp to the summit of Welirang Volcano before returning back to our camp. We'll rise before dawn to begin the trek. A total of approx 7 hours / approx 12kms is normally required to trek up to and back from the summit however depending on the weather we may need longer. At the summit we'll explore the crater and its large fumaroles fields, the sites where the sulphur is being quarried using primitive tools. We plan to arrive back to camp by 10:00am. The remainder of the day is then spent at leisure, you may choose to take some rest after this morning's trek or you may wish to spend some time exploring the beautiful surrounding valley. Overnight: camping
Today we have another summit trek, this time to the summit of Arjuna Volcano. From our camp we commence an interesting trek pass two small peaks, Kembar 1 and 2, which are also part of the Welirang/Arjuna mountain chain. The trek to the summit normally takes approx 3-4 hours. Once we reach the summit we spend some time admiring the view and taking photos before heading back to basecamp. approx 16kms. From here we then continue on to Lawang. Approx 14kms. Lawang is a small tea plantation near the highlands of Tretes. Tonight we'll stay in some simple guesthouse accommodation that belongs to the tea estate. The views from here are spectacular with lush green vegetation surrounding us and towering mountains as a backdrop. We'll also have the opportunity to watch some of the local tea farmers go about their work. Overnight: basic accommodation
We start the day with spending some time to admire the morning views from the tea plantation. You then have time to walk some of the trails surrounding the tea plantation or instead you may wish to stay and relax at the guesthouse. A transfer to Bromo is then provided. It's a smooth drive and normally takes about 4 hours. Along the way we'll see local farmland, small villages and picturesque landscape. Tonight is spent in Bromo. We have a very early start tomorrow morning so an early night is recommended. Overnight: Bromo
This morning's wake up call is at 3:00am. We then commence our journey by 4:00am to Mt Penanjakan. From the summit of Mt Penanjaken we can witness the spectacular sunrise across the glorious vistas of Mt Bromo and the surrounding volcans. We then continue to the crater of Mt Bromo through the middle of a vast plain called the "Sea of Sand" (horse riding is included). We then return to our hotel for breakfast and a shower before the full day journey to Bali. Travelling by road we arrive at Ketapang Harbour and board a public ferry for the one hour crossing of the Bali Strait. Arrive Bali late evening and transferto your hotel at Arrival in Bali late afternoon. Transfer to you hotel in Kuta, Legian, Sanur or Nusa Dua.