Smoking Gunungs

Journey to some of Indonesia’s rawest volcanic landscapes and most ancient temples, travelling between two of Java’s mighty peaks, on our intrepid Smoking Gunungs holiday. Enjoy panoramic mountain views, stroll through Yogyakarta’s historic highlights, hike to see spectacular sunrises, and kick back on Bali’s blissful beaches.

At a glance
  • Follow ancient paths past temple ruins to the top of Mt Ungaran
  • Learn the secrets of coffee production at a mountainside plantation
  • Marvel at sunrise over Borobudur, and Mount Bromo’s volcanic landscape
  • Cycle a rural landscape to Prambanan’s impressive temples
  • Trek to the sulphurous summit of an active volcano
  • Unwind in the unspoilt beauty of north west Bali’s idyllic beaches
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Losari Region - 2 nights

The Losari region in central Java really is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Ringed by eight majestic mountains including Mt Merapi, central Java’s most active volcano, it has excellent trekking opportunities and unparalleled views over the fertile farmland below. Stop at temples along a mountain path and enjoy panoramic views from the top. The cooler highland conditions and rich soils provide ideal conditions for growing coffee and rice, and the region is dotted with fields and plantations where you can learn about every stage of the coffee process, from cherry to cup.

Day 1 - Arrive Semerang, drive to Losari

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

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 - Gedong Songo, MesaStila Coffee Plantation tour

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Set off early for Gedong Songo, an ancient complex of temples scattered across Mt Ungaran’s slopes. Wander up the winding the pathway to the top, stopping at each temples en-route. On a clear day, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views towards Mt Merbabu in the distance. Head on to the MesaStila Resort, built on a 200 year old coffee estate, to learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of coffee at the resort plantation. The island has been producing coffee since the 17th century and the end product has legendary status - there’s a reason behind the slang expression, ‘a cup of Java’. If your visit coincides with harvest time (July - September) you’ll have the chance to get involved in picking of the coffee cherries, and observe the drying process first-hand before, of course, finishing with a tasting session.

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Borobudur - 1 night

Rising majestically from the surrounding farmland and forest, the ancient monument of Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world; an unmissable stop when visiting Java and a significant place of Buddhist pilgrimage. Travel there via the slopes of Mt Sumbing, for a gentle, two hour trek past rice terraces and plantations, through a volcanic stone gate and up to the peaceful 9th century Selogriyo temple. Stop off at the Oei Hong Djien Museum, founded on the personal collection of a local art collector, to contemplate over 2,000 pieces of contemporary Indonesian artwork, before continuing to the Borobudur region.

Day 3 - Selogriyo temple trek, Oei Hong Djien museum, drive to Borobudur

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Another day, another mountain! Begin your day with a gentle two hour uphill trek on the slopes of Mt Sumbing to the 9th century Selogriyo temple and soak up the panoramic views. Return to your car and drive towards Borobudur, stopping en-route to visit the Oei Hong Djien Museum which showcases contemporary Indonesian artwork. On arrival at your hotel in the Borobudur region the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

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Yogyakarta - 3 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. See the sunrise over Borobudur and explore the mandala shaped temple, watch the intricate process of creating Java’s iconic batic fabric, learn about Yogyakarta’s cultural history, and cycle to Candi Prambanan, an impressive cluster of elegantly carved stone temples that illustrate tales from the Hindu faith. Sample the city’s street food, and relax with a smooth glass of smoking kopi joss coffee.

Day 4 - Borobudur sunrise, drive to Yogyakarta, batik workshop

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Make an early start to the Borobudur temple complex, passing busy local farmers making the most of the cooler early hours, and market sellers laying out their stalls. After watching the sun rise above the stupas, spend time wandering around this UNESCO listed complex, constructed during the 9th century from thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, taking over 75 years to complete. After exploring, depart with your driver and guide to Yogyakarta. Stop at a traditional batik factory to try your hand at this traditional art which Indonesian women have been producing for centuries, learn about the philosophy behind some of the patterns, and get a hands-on lesson, culminating in your own batik souvenir to take home.

Day 5 - City tour

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Take a tour some of Yogyakarta’s highlights, beginning with the Sonobudoyo Museum to see Javanese art, including wooden wayang kulit puppets, old gamelan instruments, masks, and over 1,200 keris (Javanese heirloom daggers). Your next port of call is the nearby Sultan’s Palace, the traditional seat of Jogja’s sultan and royal court, which functions as a living museum. If you’re lucky, you’ll be there to observe a performance of classic dance or poetry. Next, visit the adjacent Taman Sari Water Palace, added over 200 years ago by the first Sultan, and continue to Beringharjo, Jogja’s main market. Crammed with stalls selling fruit and veg, a wide range of batik, a variety of spices, sandals, snacks and more, it’s a lively place to people watch. The remainder of your day is at leisure to investigate Yogyakarta’s intriguing cityscape.

Day 6 - Mt Merapi cycling, Prambanan temples

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Start the day’s cycling tour at Kaliadem village, close to Gunung Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. This leisurely, predominantly downhill cycle, takes you through local villages and rural countryside, stopping for photo opportunities and to soak in the views, with Mt Merapi an ever-present backdrop. Eat lunch a local restaurant, accompanied by unbeatable views, then carry on to visit Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. The UNESCO heritage status complex originally housed over 240 temples, centred on three shrines dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - the Hindu holy trinity - but some have been damaged over time. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the site as you wander.

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Mount Bromo - 2 nights

Bromo-Tengger Semeru National Park is the place to come for spectacular sunrises and truly thought-stopping vistas. The park is home to the Tenggerese community (descendents of the rulers of what was once the largest empire in South-East Asia) who live in isolated mountain villages within the Park, practising traditional agriculture and nomadic herding. Bromo itself, named for the Hindu god Brahma, is not Java’s highest volcano but is one of its most picture-perfect. Its cinder cone sits within a vast, mist-filled plain in east Java’s Tengger massif, with puffs of smoke suspended above, and further spectacular volcanoes fading into the distance.

Day 7 - Train & scenic drive to Bromo-Tengger Semeru National Park

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Board the Sancaka Pagi Train at Yogyakarta Tugu Railway station to 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.

Day 8 - Mount Bromo sunrise

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Wrap up warm against the chilly early morning air, and depart at 3.30am for a sunrise jeep tour of Mount Bromo. Take a short walk up to a viewing point on the slopes of Mount Penanjakan, to see one of the best views of Mount Bromo and its neighbouring gunungs. As the sun rises and the mist begins to clear, 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. Once the sun has risen, travel by jeep into the caldera below 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 up to the crater rim where you can gaze down into the smoking interior: a reminder that you are standing on the edge of a still active volcano! After breakfast back at the hotel, the rest of your day will be at leisure.

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Ijen - 1 night

The Ijen Plateau is a vast volcanic region, dominated by three peaks and the spectacular crater lake of Kawah Ijen. The picturesque turquoise waters have about the same pH as battery acid, thanks to the sulphurous rocks that surround the caldera, so no swimming! This eerie landscape, dotted with forested areas and coffee plantations, is perfect for hiking and climbing. Get straight on the road to Ijen after breakfast, for a full day’s drive of through the spectacular landscape, with plenty of time to make stops along the way. Check in on arrival and the remainder of your day is at leisure to soak up the prehistoric feel of the volcanic terrain.

Day 9 - Scenic drive to Ijen

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After breakfast, depart for Ijen. It's a full day in the car, however there will be some spectacular views, with plenty of time to make stops along the way.

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Pemuteran - 4 nights

Cross the Bali Straits to stay at the pretty coastal village of Pemuteran, on Bali’s north-western tip. This area is defined by the National Park, which protects diverse habitats including rainforest, savannah, and the offshore island of Menjangan, within warm turquoise waters. On land, the park is home to hundreds of species, including the endangered Bali Starling, wild boar and leopards, and hikers enjoy trekking along the park’s well-managed trails. The marine area is revered by divers, who come to swim over the recovering reefs that are once-again teeming with life, including sharks and manta rays. Apart from your day of guided snorkelling, your entire stay here will be at leisure to luxuriate on the beaches, snorkel offshore, and enjoy treatments at the resort spa.

Day 10 - Mount Ijen sunrise, ferry & drive to Pemuteran, Bali

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Another early start at 3.30am for a jeep excursion to Mount Ijen. Drive to Paltuding base camp at 6,070 ft, then set off on foot for a 1.8 mile trek along a dirt pathway to the top (7, 824 ft), perhaps encountering local miners carrying up to 200 lb of rock sulphur down the mountainside from the mines at the crater. At the summit, explore the 650 ft-deep mineral lake, full of steaming acidic water. Take in the views and witness the agility and strength of the miners as they collect and carry the sulphur blocks. Return to base camp and continue by road to Banyuwangi for lunch, then on to Ketapang to catch a local ferry across the Bali Straits to Gilimanuk, on Bali’s western shore. Upon reaching Bali, continue on Pemuteran where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 11 - Well deserved R&R

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After a number of early morning starts, enjoy some R&R time on the sands of Pemuteran.

Day 12 - Menjangan Island snorkelling

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Hop aboard a boat for a short ride to Menjangan Island. This small, uninhabited islet off Bali's north west coast is home to one of the most spectacular coral reefs in Bali. Seven world-class dive sites lie off the coast, and the snorkelling here is amongst the best in Indonesia. Enjoy a morning snorkelling over coral gardens and dramatic reef walls which are home to a vast range of marine life: everything from sea fans, pygmy seahorses and vivid gorgonians to schools of snapper and reef sharks. Visibility is normally excellent, ranging from 50 to 160 feet. Head back to your resort in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Day 13 - Day at leisure

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

Day 14 - Depart Denpasar

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Transfer to Denpasar 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 £1,573US$2,061 £1,335US$1,748 £1,212US$1,587

Kayu Arum Resort

Surrounded by peaceful forest, the Kayu Arum Resort is a relaxing retreat with traditional Indonesian style, just a short drive from the centre of Salatiga… See more

Rumah Dharma

A village-style hotel about a mile and a half from the Borobudur temple complex, Rumah Dharma is good value, well presented and ideal if you’d rather stay off the beaten track...

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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...

Ketapang Indah

Situated in 12 acres of tranquil tropical gardens in Java’s spectacular Ijen region, the Ketapang Indah offers pleasant accommodation with lovely views over the Bali Strait... See more

Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa

Offering simple but very pleasant accommodation by Pemuteran Bay in North Bali, Adi Assri is very close to great diving and thriving nature of West Bali National Park... See more
Superior £2,091US$2,739 £1,858US$2,433 £1,735US$2,272

MesaStila

Situated on a 200 year old Dutch coffee estate that still produces a superb cup of Java, MesaStila is a luxurious healthy-living retreat in an absolutely stunning location... See more

Plataran Heritage Borobudur

Nestling between rice terraces in sight of the Borobudur temple and the Menoreh Hills, the Plataran Heritage Borobudur is an oasis of old-world elegance... See more

Dusun Jogja Village

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

Jiwa Jawa Resort, Ijen

Set deep in the forested foothills of the Ijen plateau, the Jiwa Jawa Resort displays its collection of intriguing artwork against a stunning natural background... See more

Amertha Bali Villas

Not far from beautiful diving around Menjangan Island and great nature-spotting in West Bali National Park, the Amertha Villas sit in tropical gardens alongside tranquil Pemuteran Bay... See more
Deluxe £2,356US$3,086 £2,128US$2,787 £2,000US$2,619

MesaStila

Situated on a 200 year old Dutch coffee estate that still produces a superb cup of Java, MesaStila is a luxurious healthy-living retreat in an absolutely stunning location... See more

Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

Set on a hillside with fantastic views overlooking Borobudur and the valley beyond, the Plataran is not the closest hotel to the temple complex, but it is one of the most luxurious in the area... See more

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

Jiwa Jawa Resort, Ijen

Set deep in the forested foothills of the Ijen plateau, the Jiwa Jawa Resort displays its collection of intriguing artwork against a stunning natural background... See more

Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

A luxurious resort nestled discreetly in lush tropical foliage on the Eastern tip of Pemuteran Bay, the Matahari is a stunning spot to enjoy North Bali’s natural delights... 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 two volcanoes are simply not enough then you have come to the right place as Indonesia is a volcanologists utopia. A sunrise trek to the summit of Mount Batur on the island of Bali is an easy addition.
  • Boasting one of the world’s richest eco-systems and more than 10 national parks, the island of Sumatra is all about nature and wildlife. It’s just a short flight from Java, making it an easy combination and will offer a complete contrast to your Javanese experience. Ask your Selective Asia consultant for more information.
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 of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start 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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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

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