Malang, Bromo & Ijen

Malang is a historical city worth to explore, to relax in and to enjoy its atmosphere. Then take your time in the outerspace landscape of mount Bromo and visit fabled Ijen crater lake with its world famous blue fire phenomenon.

Day 1: Yogyakarta - Malang

This trip starts when you set foot in the train. The Malioboro Express to Malang departs at 07:45. Not too early and not that late.... As you will arrive at 15:43 in Malang you have a day to enjoy Java's varied landscape. The train is a relaxed ride for such a long distance compared to the bus or even private transport. You can walk around, talk with others and enjoy the scenery. In Malang you will be brought to your hotel by becak.

Discovery ideas: street food: bakso, sate or nasi goreng
Hotel: a bamboo gazebo in Kampong Tourist at the roof of Hotel Helios or a room in Hotel Helios

Meals: welcome drink Kampong Tourist

07:00 - 07:15 Arrive at the train station Yogya
07:15 - 07:45 Take your seat
07:45 - 15:45 Train ride to Malang
15:45 - 16:00 To Hotel Helios

Day 2: Breezy Malang moves at a leisurely pace

Explore Malang on your own, or with a student guide if available. Although Malang city is 'only' one hundred years old, it has plenty interesting sights to offer. During the colonial era it was a place for relaxation and refreshing, because of its cooler climate compared to other cities in Java. Most places are at walking distance, such as Tugu monument, the bird and flower market, the renovated town square, and the chinese temple. Other interesting spots are Kampong Warna-Warni (also called Kampong Jodipan), Badut temple, the ceramic area in Dinoyo, Araya swimming pool, the Chinese area, and the Arab quarter. Enjoy some street food in the evening when the city is as vibrant as ever or go for a movie in theater Movimax in Sarinah.

Discovery ideas: 1. take a cooking class in the kampong just behind Hotel Helios. You will shop with your cook and guide at the market, before heading to the cook's house. 2. ride your bike - see more: cycle in Tumpang village. A 3 to 4 hours ride through bottle green rice fields bordered by swaying palms, meet locals doing their daily activities, cross small bamboo bridges, and be part of daily life.
Hotel: A gazebo in Kampong Tourist or a Standard Fan room at Hotel Helios
Meals: Breakfast at Kampong Tourist

according to your own wishes - it can be discussed

Day 3: Visit the caldera of Bromo volcano

At midnight you depart to Cemara Lawang village. You will need about 3 hours to reach the Hindu village.
Once in Cemara Lawang you will change cars to a local Jeep. The Jeep will drive in about 40 minutes to Pananjakan. Cemara Lawang will look stunning in the early morning mist seen from Pananjakan's viewpoint. Pananjakan is one of the highest viewpoints in the area.
It is cold early morning. Drink a hot cup of coffee or tea at one of the local coffee shops. Get used to temperatures between 0 and 10ยบ Celsius. A local warm snack is recommended for the food lovers.
When the sun is about to rise, a short walk of about 150 m will lead you to the 'arena'. Choose your spot to witness the sun brightening the sky and mount Bromo. After sunrise you might warm up a bit.
Then it is time to go to the crater itself. Since Mt. Bromo is an active volcano its looks often change. The Sand Sea and the savanna that surround mount Bromo are nowhere else to be seen. Take your time walking up and down to see all stunning features the surroundings have to offer.
Once back at your Jeep, you will be escorted back to Cemara Lawang to continue your travels in the direction of the Ijen Plateau. Views via the Arak-Arak hill are beautiful. It might be a good moment to have your lunch (not included).

Discovery ideas: if you like to see more of the Ijen Plateau, you can decide to spend the night at the Plateau itself. There are 2 homestays: Catimor Homestay and Arabica Homestay (please read the reviews). The Plateau is a coffee plantation surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. You can see local life, the coffee plantation, the coffee factory (when season), a waterfall and relax in a sulphuric hot spring.
Hotel: Ijen View Hotel Resort & Restaurant

Meals: Breakfast

00:00 - 03:00 Drive to Cemara Lawang village
03:00 - 03:40 Drive by Jeep to Pananjakan
03:40 - 04:15 Cup of coffee or tea
04:15 - 06:00 See the sunrise
06:00 - 07:45 Drive to Bromo via Sea of Sand
07:45 - 09:45 Visit mount Bromo
09:45 - 10:15 Back to Cemara Lawang
10:15 - 15:00 Drive to Bondowoso city

Day 4: Exploration Ijen crater lake

The next morning the car will bring you to Paltuding from where you can start hiking to the Ijen crater lake (kawah Ijen). The famous colored and most acidic lake on earth! It is a three kilometers hike. Depending on how fit you are, it might take you one to two hours. Enjoy as much as you can and take a wonderful rest at the lake. Don't forget to explore...
Sulphur miners are at work. Their day starts early. They get into the crater to collect solidified sulphur. Liquid sulphur pours out of ceramic pipes. Sulphur is chopped up and the lumps are put into bamboo baskets. The miners carry weights up till 100 kg out of the crater. Once at the rim the sulphur is reloaded on trolleys and then wheeled down the slopes of the volcano.
Once back at the parking area, don't forget to visit the sulphur weighing area. All sulphur is weighed and then brought to the factory in Licin village.
Then enjoy a coffee break before you get back in the car. You will be dropped of at Ketapang harbour (or let us know your next destination). You can take the ferry to Gilimanuk in Bali. Keep in mind that Bali time is one hour ahead of Java time.

Discovery ideas: 1. Ijen's blue fire is famous as it is one of the biggest blue fire areas in the world. If you would like to see the blue fire, you can discuss the options with your driver. He will know the local situation (status of the volcano, weather conditions). 2. Visit the sulphur factory in Licin village
Meals: Breakfast

04:00 - 06:00 Drive to Paltuding
06:00 - 07:30 Walk to Ijen crater lake
07:30 - 09:00 Visit Ijen crater lake
09:00 - 10:00 Hike back
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:00 Drive to Ketapang

If you are interested and would like to know the price, please send us an email and let us know when you would like to do the tour and with how many participants you are. We will answer your email withing 24 hours.
INCLUDED: Train ticket "Malioboro Express" executive class, private transport with ac, driver and fuel during the tour, driver speaks a little English, 4wd Jeep for the sunrise tour at Mt. Bromo, 2 nights in a hotel, meals: 3x breakfast, daily mineral water in reasonable amounts, daily seasonal fruit, coffee break in Pananjakan, all entrance fees to the places stated in the program, ferry to Bali
EXCLUDED: travel insurance, personal expenses, all lunches and dinners, optional tours