On this active 1-week Java tour, you’ll explore temples, summit volcanoes, and see stunning landscapes aboard a train, on horseback, via 4-wheel-drive jeeps, on a cycling tour and, of course, on foot. Hitting all the best historical sites and natural wonders of Java, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to mingle with locals and immerse yourself in Javanese life.
Start with a taste of local life with a horse cart tour of the little village of Candirejo, where you’ll journey through little lanes lined with traditional houses and gaze upon lush rice terraces. Then, as you wander through the stone walls of Borobodur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist temple on earth, a private guide will be on hand to answer all of your questions. A full-day city tour of Yogyakarta, the heart and soul of old Javanese culture, will familiarize you with the architectural gems of the Sultan’s Palace, the water gardens of Taman Sari and other sites that will titillate your curiosity.
After being whisked across dramatic landscapes by train to East Java, you’ll stay at the foot of Mount Bromo, Java’s most famous active volcano. There, you’ll have the chance to watch the sunrise and ride on horseback to the crater rim. Hands-on visits to plantations growing cocoa, coffee and spices will reveal local agricultural customs and traditions, and a 4-wheel-drive excursion to the stratovolcano Mount Ijen will bring you face to face with a turquoise crater lake. Breathe the ocean air and transfer by ferry to Bali at the end of your trip before your onward journey.