Essential Java and Island Beach
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Essential Java and Island Beach

You'll explore Java’s diverse culture, history and scenery in depth on this exciting trip around the island. After experiencing the magic of Java you'll be whisked to an island paradise. Your travel consultant will help you choose between exotic beach resorts in either the remote Karimunjuwa or Riau Islands or unique properties in more bustling locations on Bali and Lombok. 

Highlights include:

  • Exploring the dramatic volcanic peak of Mount Bromo.
  • Watching the breath-taking sunrise over Borobudur temple in the cultural heartland of Java.
  • Relaxing on a paradise island.

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive Journey Planner here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £3,500 per person inclusive of flights from the UK, this is based on a beach stay in the Karimunjawa Islands. Prices may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Indonesia experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

As every holiday is unique - Call our experts on 1-888-577-8452 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates or use the quote request form below...


Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include.

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding). 
  • Meals as described, 
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.  


Day-to-Day Itinerary : Essential Java and Island Beach


Depart the UK about Garuda Indonesia for your flight to Surabaya.


Arrive at Surubaya Airport to be where you will be transferred to your hotel within the bustling city of Surubaya, East Java’s largest city.


Drive south of Surubaya through the beautiful countryside of East Java towards your hillside hotel in Bromo.


Following an early rise you will be taken to view the spectacular sunrise over the crest of the Bromo volcano. After a short pony ride you will climb to the peak of Bromo, where you can take in the magnificent view of its crater lake and the surrounding mountains. After time to relax back at the hotel, you will go for a stunning walk around the mountain as the sun sets over this breath-taking scenery.


Drive through the dramatic volcanic peaks of East Java towards your hotel in Malang.


Your guide will take you on a tour of Malang to see the colonial architecture, various art centres, the botanical gardens and a range of local temples. Malang is refreshingly cool and is surrounded by fantastic countryside.


Leave Malang by car and drive through beautiful countryside via the small plantation villages of Pujon Batu, where you will have a chance to stop and take in the scenery and explore the villages to Jombang. Here you will take a train west through the stunning central mountains towards Yogyakarta. You will be accompanied by your tour guide, while your driver can take your luggage to Yogyakarta. You will be met at the train station and taken to your hotel, where you luggage will be dropped.


Today you will visit the Kraton, the traditional home of the sultan and the royal court, and the elaborate two story mansion retreat known as the Water Palace. In the afternoon you will leave the city and visit the magnificent tenth century Hindu temple, Prambanan. While it is not as well restored as Borobudur, it is a magnificent piece of architecture consisting of 8 main and 8 minor temples on a central courtyard, surrounded by 244 small temples in the outer compound. You will stay at the temple until the sun sets, when on a clear day the temple will appear as a silhouette against the backdrop of a sky of bright reds, pale blues and wisps of white clouds.


From Yogoyakarta you will be transferred west to your hotel amongst the stunning setting around Borobudur temple, with the rest of the day to explore the surrounding area or relax in your scenic hotel.


Today you will rise before the sun rises and be taken by your guide to climb Borobudur in order to reach the top in time to witness the majestic sun rise over Mount Merapi and the forested plateau to the east. Built in the 8th century and constructed from two million individual bits of stone, the Buddhist temple is made of 6 square terraces with three circular terraces and 72 small stupas on top. The temple is covered by delicately sculptured reliefs representing the life of Buddha and the Buddhist belief in kharma and reincarnation. After the temple you will have the choice of going back the hotel to recoup or to spend the afternoon visiting a range of smaller temples in the area.

DAY 11 – 14  beach

From Borobudur you have the choice of a range of beach escapes. Fly from Yogyakarta directly to Bali, Lombok or the remote Riau Islands. Another option is to travel north to Semerang and fly to the nearby Karimunjawa Islands, part of a marine national park with extensive coral reefs and a huge range of snorkelling and dive spots. This itinerary is priced including the latter but please call our travel experts to discuss the best beach option for you. Alternatively we could tailor your holiday to link in to a more comprehensive tour of other Indonesian islands. 


Depart Indonesia for your flight back to the UK. 

Customer Feedback
Our guide (Jun) in Jogjakarta and Borobudur was exceptionally good - excellent with our two boys (aged 5 and 3), really friendly and informative and added a lot of value. Our boat guide (Jack) was amazing too - he was brilliant with the boys, really thought about making the most of the 3 days, very flexible and really did everything possible to make sure we all had a great time.

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