Java Self Drive Overland Family Journey
Embark on the most unforgettable journey through the heart of the nation through a self drive journey, by visiting some highlights including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse natural scene, wealth of arts & cultures in every city, and many other unbeaten path that you might not want to miss.
April – October
11 Days 10 Nights
Couple / Group Friends / Family
The Highlights of the Journey
- Borobudur VIP Sightseeing accompanied by an archeologist
- Picnic on an apple orchard in a countryside
- Orientation of the historical city of Malang with ‘becak’ traditional rickshaw
- See a spectacular wide-open savanna grasslands in Baluran National Park
- Private Majestic Bromo experience
**Rates are per person based on USD, 2 person occupancy per room, and 4 people traveling with own vehicle
**Rate & availability are subject to change upon making reservation
**Itineraries can be tailor made according to specific request
Day 1 - 3
Magelang | 3 Nights
Today we depart for Magelang with quick detour of Semarang for some sightseeing to see Central Java. From there we continue our journey to Magelang, located few minutes away from the Magical Borobudur Temple. Overnight in Magelang.
- Jakarta – Semarang: 440 km (5 hour 30 minutes) via highway
- Semarang – Magelang: 100 km (2 hour 30 minutes) via highway
- Duration not include traffic, toilet or lunch break
VW Cabrio Tour
Sit back and relax on a Classic Volkswagen Safari Car as you ride through the surrounding area of Borobudur and local villages. Discover more about life in the countryside and experience the traditional process of creating batik at batik home industry, before witnessing the local honey harvest in action.
A Ride in an Andong
Is suggested for those of a less energic disposition. These horses and their buggies are used every day by country folk throughout the province, their leisurely pace allowing you to quietly blend into rural life.
Borobudur Sunrise with Archeologist
Wake up early in the morning head to the Borobudur Temple to witness the magical sunrise. Feel the mystical atmosphere when the first rays of the day breach the horizon between the stupas and the morning mist.
An archeologist will follow and guide you trough the temple explaining the architecture of the temple and how it is connected with Buddhism values.
Family Jamu Making Lesson
Roll up your sleeves to craft your very own jamu, a traditional herbal medicine made from natural ingredients, such as roots, leaves, barks, and fruits. With this in-depth workshop, you will learn the benefits of each ingredient and secrete tips on the best blends.
Day 4 - 5
Malang | 2 Nights
Start your second leg of long drive to Solo, known for the center of art and culture of Central Javanese. Solo is also a much less touristy than her ‘twin sister’ city, Yogyakarta.
After a quick detour, continuing your drive to Malang. Malang is the second-biggest city in East Java that has a lot of charms. Famously known for its apple harvest, this district offers a picturesque view and a wondrous atmosphere around the city. Overnight in Malang
- Magelang – Solo: 100 km (2 hour 30 minute) via highway
- Solo – Malang: 330 km (4 hour 30 minute) via highway
- Duration not include traffic, toilet or lunch break
Countryside & Picnic by the Apple Orchard
Get ready to be picked up in the morning and head to Omah Kayu in Gunung Banyak. Omah Kayu, literally means wooden house, features several tree houses from which you can see a panoramic view of Batu City.
After that, visit other attractions in Batu, such as Coban Talun Waterfall and an apple picking orchard. As you probably know that Malang and batu cityof apple, because indeed in Indonesia at that time the apple could only be found in the region around Malang. We will setup the picnic in the middle of orchard for you and your family
Malang By Becak
Awarded as the loveliest town in South East Asia during the colonial times, Malang has its own charm attracting you to drift along in an air of nostalgia where old Dutch planters and civil servants used to retire to a life of ease and luxury.
Highlight of this unique guided tour are the traditional bird and flower market, the old Dutch historical neighborhood of Oro Oro Dowo with the oldest market in Malang, its most famous boulevard, Jalan Ijen and Malang’s china town where an old and largest Chinese temple “Klenteng Eng An Kiong” lies gracefully.
This tour will last around 3 hours, letting the charms of this old town allure you into a relaxed ride. The tour includes the ride in becak, complimentary mineral water, seasonal fruit platter, soft drinks and a small snack at Und Corner café (Jalan Ijen) and an English speaking enthusiastic guide.
Temples and City Sightseeing
Malang’s nostalgic atmosphere results from the fact that Dutch planters and civil servants used to retire here until the early 1900s. Many old houses and buildings from ‘Tempo Doeloe’ (Dutch Colonial times) are still available and well maintain, also some small antiques shops are worth to visit.
The tour would include a visit to Wonosari Tea Plantation also.This vast and beautiful plantation is situated on the slope of Mount Arjuna, about 30 km from Malang, with a view of Mt. Arjuna. The visitors may watch the tea leaf picking, the process of tea-making, as well as other traditional daily activities of this tea plantation.
Day 6 - 7
Banyuwangi | 2 Nights
This morning continuing your journey to the tip of eastern Java, Banyuwangi with lunch stop at Paiton.
And then continuing the journey to Banyuwangi, the tip of eastern Java Island. Overnight in Banyuwangi
- Malang – Paiton: 161 km (3 hours drive)
- Paiton – Banyuwangi: 150 km (4 hours drive)
Savanna Safari with Naturalist & Barefoot Dining Experience
You don’t need to travel to Africa to experience the thrill of a safari. Head instead to Baluran National Park whose wide-open savanna grasslands are home to a myriad of wildlife roaming free.
Covering 250 sq km, the park is well worth visiting to catch sight of native creatures such as the endangered Javanese water buffalo and the Javan Rusa Deer as well as a variety of spectacular birds, including hornbills and peacocks. It is sure to be a day of precious memories. Your local naturalist will take you on a deep insight like no other before.
Slow down and savour the moment on a Barefoot Dining experience surrounded by East Java’s most exotic and dramatic landscapes. Soak up the ambience and watch the world, or the wildlife, go by while enjoying a leisurely lunch in this tranquil setting. Our carefully selected lunch menu offers locally inspired dishes and delicacies such as nasi tempong and our signature chicken wings along with a selection of International pastries, topped off with a bucket of cold beer or wine.
amily Seaside Escapade
Tabuhan Island, a paradise located between Java and Bali, surrounded by mountainous scenery. Reached by a 20-minute boat ride from Bangsring Beach, it is not only a top spot for diving, snorkeling, and also fishing, but also a heaven for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts in Indonesia.
Or you can opt out for the magnificent Menjangan Island offers white sand beaches with sublime views over Bali and the volcanoes of Java. It is also well known for its pristine underwater world, making it a dream diving and snorkeling destination. Take your kids to the beach and learn how to build a sandcastle!
Batik Making Class & Tortoise Laying Egg Procession
Enjoy a fascinating introduction to making Batik “Gajah Oling“ in a private class with a local artist, and bring your own creation home as a precious memory of this fun and unforgettable experience.
Afterwards visit Sukamade in Meru Betiri National Park by jeep through plantations, jungle and rivers to this very remote location for the rare opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Witness turtles arriving on the beach to lay their eggs. You may also be able to release some of the hatched turtles into the ocean.
Day 8 - 9
Bromo | 2 Nights
From here we are driving back to east. You may also opt in for the previous lunch are in Paiton (Rumah Makan Handayani) as that is the most proper restaurant in the area and located in the right proximity from Banyuwangi for lunch time.
After lunch, we are going to visit Mount Bromo area. Mt. Bromo, stands tall at 2,329 meter asl, is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. Overnight in Bromo
- Banyuwangi – Paiton: 150 km (3 hour 30 minutes)
- Paiton – Bromo: 132 km (3 hour)
- Also passing the Jalur Pantura for a no highway route. Distances & driving duration depends on the traffic, toilet or lunch break etc.
Private Sacred Bromo in Style
Bromo is more than just a landscape; it is imbued with the culture and heritage of the tribes who make that landscape their home. Take your wheels out with you and we will arrange a private Bromo Experience for you guided with the very own specialist in Bromo & savannah area.
Sunrise Al Fresco Picnic with Family
Enjoy the sunrise from a secluded spot in the highlands of Bromo with Sunrise Al Fresco Picnic. Start your day with exquisite views of Bromo accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea, delightful light bites and whole fruits.
Family Traditional Dance Lesson
Spend your afternoon at a Tenggerese village, where you can engage fully with the distinctive customs, heritage and artistry of the local people.
Learn to dance, play gamelan or simply chill out watching Tenggerese children as they practice the steps and notes of their traditional performance together.
Day 10 - 11
Semarang | 1 Night
This morning start your engine to drive from Malang to Semarang for a quick detour, city to visit before heading back to Jakarta
- Bromo – Semarang: 430 km (6 hour) via highway
- Duration is depending on the traffic, road situation, toilet / lunch break
The Grandeur of Semarang with “Bemo”
Semarang is the biggest city in Central Java. On this sightseeing we will see some of the most famous landmark in Semarang such as Grand Mosque, Old Town, Chinatown, Lawang Sewu, Simpang Lima and many more.
This is not your ordinary city sightseeing. Experience a vanished old vehicle that used to be the king of transportation around Java island, Bemo which is a three-wheeled that has been around Java for half a century.
Unbeaten Path of Central Java
First we visit Gedong Songo Temple, which is a heritage of the Sanjaya Dynasty in the 8th Century. Here you can try a horseback riding accompanied by the locals who will give you a history of the place and help to snap your best moments.
After that, sip a morning coffee at the Umbul Sido Mukti overlooking cascading tea plantation terrace located in 1,200 meter above sea level. And then coming down from here, we take you to a place that resembles Grand Canyon in Arizona, Brown Canyon.
The drive today will bring you back to Jakarta as your journey concludes here. You may opt out on a short detour around Cirebon and for lunch.
After that continuing your drive back to Jakarta. End of Journey.
- Semarang – Cirebon: 240 km (3 hours)
- Cirebon – Jakarta: 210 km (3 hours)
End of journey.