Simply Java & Lombok

OurSimply Java & Lombok holiday showcases the complementary highlights of this well matched duo. Visit Yogyakarta’s inspiring temples, wonder at the spiritual sunrise over Mount Bromo, and spend a night in the old colonial city of Malang, before flying to the tropical island of Lombok for some dedicated beach bliss.

At a glance
  • Graze on traditional Indonesian streetfood
  • Hang out in Yogyakarta’s local haunts
  • Watch a panoramic sunrise over Borobudur
  • Perch on the rim of an active volcano at Mount Bromo
  • Cycle past lava ravines in the shade of Gunung Merapi
  • Drift away from it all on remote Lombok beaches
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Yogyakarta - 4 nights

Yogyakarta, affectionately known as Jogja, has long been a revered seat of spirituality, culture and learning in Indonesia. The surrounding region holds an impressive number of Indonesia’s finest temples and historic sites within a strikingly beautiful landscape. Borobudur, an impressive 9th century, mandala shaped Buddhist temple, includes beautifully carved layers that represent the Buddhist universe, while Candi Prambanan, an equally impressive cluster of elegantly carved stone temples located further east, illustrates tales from the Hindu faith. Wander between these temple ruins, sample the city’s streetfood spices and kick back with a cup of smoking kopi joss coffee.

Day 1 - Arrive Yogyakarta

On arrival in Java, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Kraton Palace, batik workshop, evening streetfood experience

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Wander through the Sultan’s Palace, enjoy a 30 minute becak (bicycle trishaw) ride to the holy community of Kauman, and finish at the 200-year old Taman Sari Water Palace bathing pools. Learn about traditional batik production, including the philosophy behind the patterns, before meeting your guide for an evening’s culinary exploration of Yogyakarta, rubbing shoulders with the locals as you try a variety of regional snacks and dishes. Sample Kopi Joss ‘charcoal coffee’, stroll through Jogja’s bustling night market, and continue by andong horse cart to Bakmi Kadin: a popular food stall specialising solely in bakmi – Javanese yellow noodles. Take a becak to Alun-alun Kidul square at the back of the Sultan’s Palace to mingle with the locals before moving on to your final stop: a pendopo pavilion transformed into an innovative evening food venue.

Day 3 - Borobudur sunrise, Mendut & Pawon temples, Coffee plantation tour

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Start out bright and (very) early, at around 3am, to witness a captivating sunrise over Borobudur, and then fully explore the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. Comprising thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple took more than 75 years to complete. Now protected by UNESCO, these stunning ruins, decorated with 500 Buddha statues and over 2,500 relief panels, remains remarkably intact. From Borobudur, continue on to the nearby Mendut and Pawon temples, aligned perfectly with Borobudur and defined by their elaborate stone carvings. Java’s coffee has legendary status and the final stop of the morning will be at an independently owned coffee plantation where you’ll learn about the coffee production process and enjoy a tasting session (of course!)

Day 4 - Mt Merapi cycling, Prambanan temples

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Start today’s cycling tour at Kaliadem village, close to Gunung Merapi: one of Indonesia’s active volcanoes. The village offers magnificent views of this 9,610 feet high volcano, and the dozens of ravines which have been created by molten streams of lava. A leisurely, predominantly downhill, cycle takes you through local villages and rural countryside, stopping along the way for photo opportunities and to learn about the agricultural landscape. Lunch at a local restaurant with views of the Prambanan temples, then continue on to the elaborate complex itself. Transfer back to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Mount Bromo - 1 night

Bromo-Tengger Semeru National Park is the place to come for spectacular sunrises and unforgettable vistas over Bromo - arguably Java’s most picture-perfect volcano. Travel in by train, passing through the spectacular landscapes of central and east Java, and meeting local travellers. Disembark in Jombang to meet your local driver and head to Trowulan, the site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom. Break for lunch and to visit the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus, before continuing a 4 hours stint along a scenic mountain route to the park, where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 5 - Train & scenic drive to Bromo-Tengger Semeru National Park

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Board the Sancaka Pagi Train at Yogyakarta Tugu Railway station for a scenic train ride to Jombang in eastern Java. Pass through the spectacular volcanic landscapes, taking the opportunity to chat with local travellers with the assistance and translation of your accompanying guide. Disembark in Jombang and drive to Trowulan, the former site of the Majapahit Kingdom capital city, to visit the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus, before travelling along a scenic mountain route to the Bromo-Tengger National Park. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to sit back and enjoy the views of this magnificent peak.

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Malang - 1 night

Known for its strong traditions, intricate handicrafts, refreshing climate and historic architecture, Malang has been a thriving cultural hub for centuries. Its high elevation creates a cooler climate than elsewhere in Java, which has attracted communities to settle here for generations. Although the city is quintessentially Javan, its Dutch colonial past can be seen in grand old houses and facades throughout the city. Find peace in its many temples, take in the decorative cityscape and learn to cook a range of delicious Javanese dishes.

Day 6 - Mount Bromo Sunrise, drive to Malang, city tour

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Depart before dawn for a sunrise jeep tour of Mount Bromo. Walk uphill to a viewing platform on Mount Penanjakan where, as the sun rises and the mist clears, you’re greeted with a breath-taking panorama: Mount Batok and Mount Bromo in the foreground and Mount Semeru, Java’s tallest peak, smouldering in the distance. Travel into the caldera and take a 40-minute walk across the otherworldly landscape of grey volcanic ash, commonly referred to as the ‘sea of sand’, to the base of Bromo. Walk 240 steps up to the crater rim to gaze down into the smoking interior: a reminder that you are standing on the edge of a still active volcano! Return to your hotel in time for breakfast, then head off towards Malang, stopping en route at the atmospheric 13th century Singosari Hindu temple. On reaching Malang take an afternoon becak tour of the city, past historic sites and Eng An Kong temple, finishing at the city Cathedral.

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Lombok - 4 nights

Lombok‘s landscape of beautiful beaches with an imposing volcanic backdrop is exactly what many people seek when they visit Indonesia. Much of the community retains a traditional way of life, and the handful of luxury resorts integrate unobtrusively into the natural, picture-perfect surroundings. The pace of life is slow, allowing space for total relaxation and time to rediscover your rhythm. Watch lorikeets soar across the island’s rainforest centre, see Mount Rinjani’s volcanic slops and spend a few days relaxing on the sand in calm, sheltered coves.

Day 7 - Drive to Surabaya, fly to Lombok

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Morning drive to Surabaya airport in time for your onward flight to Lombok. Upon arrival, transfer to your chosen beach hotel. Time to kick off your shoes and sink your toes into the sand!

Days 8 to 10 - Beach time!

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Your days will be at leisure to relax on the beach and make the most of the hotel's facilities.

Day 11 - Depart Lombok

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
First Class £1,214US$1,590 £1,040US$1,363 £960US$1,257

Eclipse

Excellent value hotel conveniently located in central Yogyakarta, the Eclipse is comfortable and very nicely presented... See more

Bromo Cottages

Providing comfortable accommodation in a spectacular mountainside location overlooking Mount Bromo and Java’s Tengger Massif, the Bromo Cottages are modest but very nicely presented...

Hotel Santika Premiere Malang

Ideally located in the city centre, the modern Hotel Santika Premiere is conveniently placed for a short stay in Malang... See more

Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa

Set on the tranquil sandy shores of Mangsit Beach, close to the main town of Senggigi, Puri Mas is a slightly quirky, authentically Indonesian boutique resort... See more
Superior £1,570US$2,057 £1,397US$1,830 £1,313US$1,720

Dusun Jogja Village Inn

With its excellent location in the peaceful neighbourhood of Prawirotaman, not far from the Sultan's Palace, Dusun Jogja is a convenient and cosy hotel with good... See more

Jiwa Jawa, Bromo

For those seeking proximity to Mount Bromo without compromising on creature comforts, Jiwa Jawa offers lovely lodge-based accommodation with just a short drive to some of the most spectacular views... See more

Hotel Tugu Malang

Offering luxury accommodation in the peaceful heart of old Dutch Colonial Malang, Hotel Tugu’s splendour is impeccable and renowned, with a unique style that’s turning into a Javan heritage experience... See more

Qunci Villas

A selection of contemporary suites and villas overlooking Lombok’s lovely Senggigi beach and the Bali Sea beyond, Qunci Villas is a reliable choice whether you’re looking to dive around Lombok... See more
Deluxe £1,822US$2,387 £1,646US$2,156 £1,564US$2,049

Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

A truly stand-out heritage hotel in central Yogyakarta, the Phoenix was built in 1918 as the private residence of a wealthy merchant, and its timeless elegance is unmistakable... See more

Plataran Bromo

The recently expanded Plataran Bromo resort provides chic, chalet-style accommodation with a warm family-friendly vibe... See more

Hotel Tugu Malang

Offering luxury accommodation in the peaceful heart of old Dutch Colonial Malang, Hotel Tugu’s splendour is impeccable and renowned, with a unique style that’s turning into a Javan heritage experience... See more

Tugu Hotel Lombok

Right on the immaculate sandy bay of Sire, opposite the Gili Islands on Lombok’s north-west tip, the Tugu offers superbly luxurious boutique accommodation, perfect for a honeymoon or stylish diving trip... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • If Lombok is how Bali was 20 years ago then the Gili Islands are still waiting for technicolor! However, the days of the islands being just for the trail blazing beach hut backpackers are over and Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air now offer a handful of hotels worthy of consideration for couples and families alike. Located just off the north west coast of Lombok and only accessible by boat, the crystal clear waters that surround the islands are teeming with marine life and offer the ideal day trip solution for those that want a brief but worthwhile change of scene.
  • Those with itchy feet may like to add a few extra days after Lombok and head to Komodo National Park for a truly once in a life time experience, in search of the largest lizard on earth.
  • If you want to break the journey en-route to Indonesia and experience a completely contrasting destination, a stopover in Singapore is made easy with Singapore Airlines flights. Ask your Selective Asia consultant for more details.
  • At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

    Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

    The important stuff

    Please note: During high season periods (such as July - September and Christmas) hotels often levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

    Inclusive:

    • English speaking, local guide
    • All accommodation listed
    • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
    • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals listed
    • International flight reconfirmation.

    Exclusive:

    • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
    • Entry visas
    • International airport departure taxes
    • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Drinks, other than water on activity days
    • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
    • Travel insurance
    • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

    Please note

    All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

     

    Extras

    Flights We will provide any internal flights used within our itineraries. We are a fully ATOL bonded operator and can therefore also provide discounted flights from all UK airports. If you would like us to arrange your flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form. If you do not live in the UK then you will need to contact your local travel agent.

    Visa You will require a visa for this holiday. For full visa details and up-to-date information please click here

    Passport Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting. Ensure that you take a photocopy or scanned image of the key pages and any visas when you travel.

    Insurance On all our holidays you must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

    Vaccinations and Malaria prevention You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your holiday. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

    Booking procedure Once you have selected your ideal holiday we will ask you to complete a booking form. We do not ask for any kind of payment at this stage and you are in no way committed to booking. Only once you are completely happy with all the holiday details will we ask for payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we will usually require a deposit of 20% with full payment due no later than 10 weeks before departure.

    Changes to this itinerary If any of our holidays aren't quite right for you then we will amend the itinerary to your exact needs. Complete the enquiry form taking care to include any changes you would like us to introduce.

    Travelling responsibly We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Further Information on our approach to responsible travel can be found here.

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    Scott – Indonesia tailor-made specialist

    'An itinerary that includes Java's must-sees along with plenty of down time on Lombok's idyllic beaches - a true title contender!'

    ScottIndonesia tailor-made specialist

    Speak to Scott on 01273 670 001

    Make it yours!

    Call us on 01273 670 001

    Get in touch

    Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

    This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

    Your own private guides & drivers

    You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.