On your way from Yogyakarta to Bali? Do some travel planning via a less famous route to avoid long days on the road. Here is an idea. Visit the Gudan Garam cigarette factory in Kediri. Mt. Kelud is world's youngest volcano and enjoy the luxurious hotel Tugu in Blitar. Then head to 2 world classics: the iconic mount Bromo and volcano Ijen with the biggest blue fire area in the world and the most acidic lake on earth.

Coffee plantation Sempol village - East Java, Indonesia




Day 01

Solo's palace Mangkunegaran
Antique market in Solo
Hotel Tugu Blitar

Day 02

Mt. Kelud
Temple complex Penataran
Grave of Sukarno, Indonesia's first president

Day 03

Mt. Pananjakan
Sunrise over Mt. Bromo
Black Sea of Sand
Crater of Mt. Bromo
Temple Poten Luhur
Pasir Putih beach
Sempol village
Ijen Plateau
Sulphuric hot spring
Coffee factory
Coffee plantation

Day 04

Ijen crater lake
Sulphur miners
Sulphur factory in Licin village

Day 01. Yogyakarta - Solo's palace - hotel Tugu in Blitar

After breakfast at your hotel in Yogyakarta, you will be picked up. About 7 or 8 o'clock would be perfect. To stretch your legs and to get new vibes in this modest but even characteristic version of Yogya, you will stop in the unique city of Solo to visit the palace Mangkunegaran and the antique market. The history of Solo and Yogyakarta, their links and ungoing struggle to be seen, connects these cities forever.
In Kediri you can visit Gudang Garam cigarette factory, where the cigarettes are still hand rolled by hundreds of woman. Gudang Garam is a leading clove cigarette factory in Indonesia.
Blitar city is next during your adventure. Before you get to visit the spectacular large crater of mount Kelud, you will spend the night in a real treat; the luxurious hotel Tugu. If you do not yet feel like resting, you could consider to visit Soekarno's family home which has turned into a museum or Kampung Coklat.

Day 02. Mt. Kelud - Penataran temple - Cemara Lawang

After breakfast you depart to mount Kelud. Mt. Kelud - also spelled Kelut - is one of East Java's most active volcanoes. In 2007, this mountain was only 1113 m high and held a crater lake that resembles Ijen's. A new lava dome grew impressively seemingly overnight within the lake to form an island, replacing most of the water. Nowadays, the volcano stands 1731 m tall. The last eruption was in February 2014; an ash plume of about 16 km high which extended several hundred of kilometers drifted off over the Indian Ocean.
You continue to the temple complex Penataran. The main temple dates back to 1347 and was built in the flourishing days of the Majapahit kingdom. The reliefs tell the story of Ramayana. If time is sufficient you could also visit the grave of Indonesian's first president Sukarno, which is more like a pilgrimage or a mausoleum. Then it definitely is time to continue to Cemara Lawang village. If you arrive before sunset, you can see the process from the ancient crater rim in which volcano Bromo rose.

Note: if you like trekking, you could consider to hike to the crater of mount Kelud. The hike will take about 7 hours, but of course depends on your hiking speed and on the time you spend at the spot.

Day 03. Bromo sunrise tour - Ijen Plateau

You will be waken up at 03.00 o'clock in the morning and have a cup of coffee or tea before we leave for Pananjakan. Mount Pananjakan is one of the highest viewpoints in the area. Sunrises can be marvelous. Whether you are able to see the sunrise depends on the weather conditions. After sunrise, you will descend to the black Sea of Sand, from where you start walking to mount Bromo to see its crater. Once back at the car, you will be brought back to the hotel to have breakfast. You can freshen up before checking out and continuing to Pasir Putih Beach to have lunch (not included) at a beach side restaurant. Then it is another 2 hours drive before you arrive at Bondowoso city to spend the night.

Day 04. Ijen trekking - Ketapang/Bali

To see the blue fire, you will depart around midnight. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Paltuding. In Paltuding your local guide is waiting for you. He brings your gas mask. It takes more than 1 hour to reach the top of mount Ijen. The climb is rather steep at some points (about 17%), while the hike is only 3 km. Once at the top, you will have to descend into the crater to get near the most acidic lake on earth. You will be standing in the biggest blue fire area in the world. Enjoy!
When the sun is about to rise, you can climb back to the crater rim to experience sunrise over Ijen's turquoise lake. While waiting for the sunrise, sulphur miners are already at work. The sulphur miners carry loads of around 80 kg on their shoulders out of the crater. Then they put their loads on trolleys to wheel it down the slopes of mount Ijen. They walk several times up and down the rim to collect sulphur, before they descend to the sulphur weighing area near the parking lot. Don't forget to visit this spot when you hike back to your car. There is still time to visit the sulphur factory where sulphur is purified and packed in Licin village. If you are still going strong, a coffee plantation and a waterfall are next on your way to Ketapang harbour. In Ketapang you can catch the ferry to Bali. But, if you wish, we can also drop you somewhere in Bali (additional costs involved).
Estimated time of arrival in Ketapang (ferry): around 12.00 noon
Estimated time of arrival in Bali around 17.00