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From Krakatau to Bali

- 16-days study and photo tour to Java, Indonesia -

Krakatau to Bali (16 days Java)

Note:
Depending on weather, volcanic activity, preferences of the group etc. small variations on the actual itinerary could be necessary.

Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Jakarta

Arrival in Jakarta and transfer from Jakarta International airport to a hotel in a lively downtown district of central Jakarta, where you are awaited with a welcome cocktail. In the evening, we meet for group dinner in a local restaurant and discuss the program ahead.
Acc.: good mid-class hotel in Jakarta (D)

Day 2: Transfer to Krakatau volcano

On the way to Krakatau
On the way to Krakatau
In the morning, a private minibus picks us up at the hotel and brings us straight to the West Coast. After a lunch and a visit to the Krakatau Volcano Observatory, we embark on a motor boat that brings us to the famous island group of Krakatau, where we will set camp on a paradise beach facing the often active Anak Krakatau volcano.
In the afternoon and evening we will climb the volcano (conditions allowing) and observe its activity.
Acc.: camp on the beach of Krakatau (B, L, D)
Camp on Krakatau in the evening
Camp on Krakatau in the evening
On the crater rim of Anak
On the crater rim of Anak

Day 3: Full day on Krakatau

Eruption of Anak Krakatau
Eruption of Anak Krakatau
A full day to observe Krakatau, visit the island group, sail around and explore photographic opportunities.
Acc.: camp on Krakatau (B, L, D)

Day 4: 2nd day on Krakatau - return to coast

After a hearty breakfast on the beach and perhaps a morning swim and an optional second visit to the crater of Krakatau, we prepare to depart from Anak Krakatoa. Before we leave the caldera, we make a snorkeling stop at a coral reef near the cliffs of Rakata island is made if the sea is calm. Return to Carita and transfer back to the hotel by lunchtime. Rest of day to spend as you please. As optional program, a visit to the nearby volcanologic observation post of Krakatau is offered.
Acc.: hotel or bungalow on West Coast beach (B, L, D)

Day 5: Transfer to Garut in West Java

After an early breakfast, we leave the W cost in a private minibus and begin the 300km-long travel along a scenic route, reaching the Sundanese town of Garut in the late afternoon (total driving time: 6-8 hours). Garut is a small university town with a scenic backdrop of volcanoes, a nice climate and very pleasant ambience.
Acc.: good mid-class hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6-7: Papandayan + Galunggung volcano - Cipanas hot springs

A large tree unrooted during the last eruption of Papandayan volcano (2001)
A large tree unrooted during the last eruption of Papandayan volcano (2001)
We have two full days to explore the fascinating area around the little university town of Garut, perched in a high plain between several volcanoes: Options to explore include Papandayan volcano, Galunggung and the hydrothermal area near Cipanas with its numerous hot springs.
Papandayan is a particularly rewarding excursion: it erupted spectacularly in 2001 and produced a lateral blast similar to Mt. St. Helens in 1980 which devastated the area and left a bizarre moon-like landscape: ash and block deserts, steaming craters with turquoise lakes, violently hissing fumaroles and sulphur deposits, boiling mud pools, stinking rivers of foul water in different colours, charred trees that were stripped off, un-rooted and buried by recent pyroclastic flows.
Acc.: as before (Garut) (B, L, D)

Day 8: Scenic train ride to Yogyakarta - Prambanan Temple

An early train (first class) brings us comfortably directly to the beautiful, lively city of Yogyakarta, Central Java's capital, and Java's cultural and spiritual heart. The train ride (about 7-8 hours), an intense cultural experience in itself, passes spectacular landscapes of rice fields and mighty volcanoes in the background. It is considered as one of the most beautiful train rides in Asia. Lunch is served from the train's restaurant.
Upon arrival in Yogya, the famous riskaws will bring us to our friendly, quiet and very comfortable hotel in a central downtown location. The rest of afternoon and the evening is for you to relax at the hotel's swimming pool or start walk around and exploring the city.
Acc.: very good mid-class hotel in downtown Yogya(B, L, D)

Day 9: Free day in Yogya

Today is mostly free program, but you are invited to join an amusing & interesting 4-5 hour city tour on becak (the local name for rickshaws): we can visit the Kraton (the old walled city) with its Sultan's Palace, the famous bird-market, the water-castle etc... Yogya is a charming city with many and busy colourful markets,- inviting to explore near-infinite possibilities of culinary and shopping offerings, esp. local crafts such as batik, silver, wood carvings etc. In the evening, we visit Java's largest Hindu temple complex near Prambanan (ca. 1 hr from our hotel). Those who are interested could combine this with attending one of the traditional Ramayana ballet performances held out against the silhouette of the temples in the evening (if there is performance that day; otherwise, one of the following nights could be used instead).
Acc.: as before (Yogya) (B)

Day 10: Borobodur temple and Merapi volcano

Borobodur temple
Borobodur temple
In the morning, we take time to visit the monumental temple of Borobodur, the largest Buddhist temple in Asia. Erected between 750 and 850 AD, then partly buried under volcanic mudflows from Merapi volcano around 1000 AD and again excavated starting in 1815, Borobodur counts as one of Asia’s major archaeological sites. The visit to Borobodur will include a guided tour with extra time to spend in or near the complex. After lunch, we drive to the slopes of Merapi volcano where we can observe the impressive evidence of its recent eruption (e.g. the fresh deposits and destruction caused by the pyroclastic flows in June 2006).
Acc.: as before (Yogya) (B, L, D)
Merapi volcano in eruption as observed during our tour in May 2006
Merapi volcano in eruption as observed during our tour in May 2006

Day 11: Flight to East Java, Tengger volcano

Jeep ride through the "Sand Sea" desert in the caldera of Tengger.
Jeep ride through the "Sand Sea" desert in the caldera of Tengger.
In the morning, we leave Yogya and take a short but very scenic flight or a train to East Java's capital Surabaya. A minibus waits for us at the airport and we drive to the west side of the huge Tengger volcano massif where we have a good lunch in a charming restaurant. After lunch, we continue on open-roof jeeps and drive into the massif (ca. 1.5 hrs) through the most rarely, but most scenic route from the west. Standing on the jeeps gives us opportunity to enjoy the very spectacularly sculptured landscape on the way up dominated by deeply eroded steep canyons.
When we arrive on the W rim of the huge Tengger caldera, we stop to enjoy the amazing views onto the active volcano Semeru as well as the caldera floor itself with its various volcanic cones including the active cone of Bromo volcano. Then, the jeep ride continues descending into the caldera, crossing its floor and finally climbing the opposite rim where we stay in a nice bungalow hotel right perched on the edge of the caldera.
Acc.: hotel or bungalows on the rim of the Tengger caldera overlooking Bromo volcano (B, L, D)

Day 12: Bromo volcano & Tengger caldera

Passing by the old volcano of Batok on the way to Bromo´s crater rim
Passing by the old volcano of Batok on the way to Bromo´s crater rim
This day is used to further explore the Tengger caldera and to make the easy to moderate hike up to the rim of Bromo´s active crater in the centre of the large Tengger caldera. (about half a day round trip on foot from the hotel; you can also rent horses or take a jeep ride) In the afternoon we can visit the nearby volcanological observation post of Bromo and get an introduction to volcano monitoring techniques.
Acc.: as before (Bromo) (B, L, D)
Looking into Bromo´s large central vent from the volcano´s summit
Looking into Bromo´s large central vent from the volcano´s summit
Taking a closer look at an old lava bomb from Bromo
Taking a closer look at an old lava bomb from Bromo

Day 13: Sunrise over the Tengger Kaldera & Transfer to Ijen volcano

Sunrise over the Tengger caldera
Sunrise over the Tengger caldera
Early start & jeep drive to one of the world's most spectacular sunrise viewpoints over the huge Tengger caldera. After returning to the hotel and a breakfast, we drive through scenic landscapes until we reach the Ijen Plateau, another large caldera where we spend the following two nights in an amazing lodge in the middle of coffee plantations and rice fields.
Acc.: Ijen Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 14: Ijen volcano

Ijen's turquoise acid crater lake
Ijen's turquoise acid crater lake
Early start to climb Ijen volcano's crater with its impressive sulfur deposits and the turquoise crater lake. Observe the medieval-style mining operations inside the crater and learn about the processing of sulfur. Return to relax in the Ijen Lodge in the afternoon.
Acc.: as before (Ijen Lodge) (B, L, D)
Sulfur mining on Ijen´s caldera floor
Sulfur mining on Ijen´s caldera floor

Day 15: Transfer to Bali - beach

After a relaxed breakfast in the stunning surroundings of the lodge, we drive to Bali, where the trip ends in a hotel on the beach of Jimbaran.
Acc.: beach hotel on Bali (B, L, D)

Day 16: End of tour on Bali

Final day of your volcano adventure with transfer to Denpasar airport for your international flights back home (or own extension program on Bali).
Acc.: none (B)
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