Dieng Plateau which literally translate as ‘Abode of the Gods’ is one of the most lovely and archaeological rich highlands in Indonesia. The misty landscape with its bubbling craters, sulphurous springs, coloured lakes and collection of pretty small ancient temples make this place a world apart from the tropical island of Java. The route up to Dieng is stunning, passing through terraced fields of potatoes, onions, cabbage and carrots where you can witness locals busy with tilling the land or harvesting the fruits of their labor. Drive through the tea and tobacco plantations of Sindoro-Sumbing valley to Yogyakarta, the cultural centre of Java, to visit the UNESCO Heritage Sites of Borobudur and Prambanan where you can immerse in the rich cultural heritage of Java.
SINGAPORE – YOGYAKARTA
Fly direct from Singapore Changi Airport to Adisucipto International Airport. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by our friendly driver to your hotel in Yogyakarta. In the afternoon, you will visit the two centuries old Sultan’s Palace (Kraton) where the current Yogyakarta sultan and his family still reside. The Javanese dominated style complex consists of the sultan residence, throne hall, performance pavilions, mosque, museums and an immense royal garden. Catch the regularly performed Gamelan music and classical Javanese dances and look out for the bare footed palace guards in their traditional customs and Keris. Visit the Water Palace (Taman Sari) a partly ruined complex built as a pleasure garden by the first Sultan and be marveled by its large artificial lake, bathing pools, labyrinth network of tunnels and chambers and an imposing mansion of European design. At night, visit the shopping district of Jalan Maliboro for souvenirs, handicrafts and street foods.
Overnight: Hotel in Yogyakarta
YOGYAKARTA – DIENG PLATEAU
After hotel breakfast, you will be transferred via private vehicle (~3.5 hrs. drive) to the Dieng Plateau (also known as Abode of Gods) – a lofty 2000m tall highlands dotted with ancient temple ruins, steaming volcano craters, mineral lakes and villages. Along the way, you will be able to see a very dramatic mountain scenery as we travel through the Sindoro-Sumbing Valley interspersed with tobacco and tea plantations. Walk through the beautiful landscape watching locals tending their terraced fields of potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, etc. Roam around the 7th century Arjuna temple complex – a collection of small attractive temples that are probably the oldest surviving religious structures ever built in Java. These attractive small temples built a century or two before the great temples of Borobudur and Prambanan provides a glimpse of ancient Javanese culture and architectural style. Get up close with Kawah Sikidang an active volcanic crater with steaming vents and bubbling mud ponds. Be mesmerized by the tranquil Telaga Warna Lake which changes colour with the times of the day. Proceed back to your hotel in Yogyakarta for rest and relax.
Overnight: Hotel in Yogyakarta
YOGYAKARTA – BOROBUDUR – PRAMBANAN
Enjoy a leisurely one-hour drive through scenic villages and padi fields to Borobudur – the biggest Buddhist monument in the world. From a bird’s eye view, Borobudur which sits on a square base with four entry points supporting a hemispheric body and a crowning spire forms a mandala, a geometric aid for meditation. The structure in the form of a stepped pyramid consists of 10 levels – six rectangular storeys, three circular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit – which represents the ten levels of a Bodhisattva’s life which he or she must develop to become a Buddha or the awakened one. The rectangular storeys contain galleries of carved stone reliefs depicting moralistic fables and Buddha’s life from the Jataka tales. The top level terraces contain circles of mini stupas of Buddha statues in various mudras (meditative hand gestures) facing outward from the temple. In the afternoon, you will visit Prambanan, a Hindu temple complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built around AD 856 to commemorate a major battle victory. The complex which is situated inside a large, pleasant and visitor friendly park consists of 224 temples (many are in ruined state); the most important of which are the three restored temples Candi Siva, Candi Brahma and Candi Vishnu, each dedicated to the three principal Hindu gods of trimurti. In the evening, visit Parangtritis beach, a wide stretch of black volcanic sandy beach with big surfing waves backed by dramatic jagged cliffs. You may ride on horse drawn carriage or try out ATV (All-terrain vehicle) along the beach while waiting for sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Overnight: Hotel in Yogyakarta
YOGYAKARTA – SINGAPORE
After enjoying your breakfast in your hotel, you will be transferred to Adisucipto International Airport for your flight home.
- All local land transfers including airport transfers
- All accommodations
- All hotel breakfasts
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees of all attractions stated in above program
- Return international air tickets*
- Travel insurance*
- Indonesian VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
*International fights and AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
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We can also customise an itinerary to suit your interest. Other itineraries for your consideration are as follow:
- 3D2N Mount Bromo & Surabaya
- 4D3N Ijen Crater & Mount Bromo
- 4D3N Mount Bromo, Malang & Surabaya
- 5D4N Mount Bromo & Borobudur
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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