Round trip 16 days Java by train
Java has an excellent rail network where you can travel comfortably from one place to another. It is a fast and sustainable way of traveling with some trains even more luxurious than those in Europe. There is air conditioning and catering on board and your seats are reserved, which is useful on the longer train journeys. One of the well-known Indonesian expressions is Jam Karet, which means "rubber time", which means that not everything always leaves or arrives on time.
With the exception of the transfer upon arrival in Jakarta, you can arrange how to get from the station to your hotel or from your hotel to the station. You can use a taxi for this and ask the hotel to take you to the station. Would you rather have this arranged in advance? Then that is of course also possible!
If you book the Borobudur, the Bromo excursion and the Sukamade excursion in advance, you will have a car with driver at your disposal on site, which will then take you to the next one.
At the end of the trip, you can travel from Kalibaru to Surabaya or Banyuwangi to fly back home or continue to the next destination. You can also travel to Ketapang and then cross over to Bali by ferry to experience a few days of beach and culture.
Of course it is also possible to make the trip the other way around. You then start from Bali or Surabaya and travel by train along the highlights to Jakarta. The program is a guide, you are free to decide for yourself what you want to do per place, but you can also book the described day trips in advance. To and from the station is standard, with one exception, on your own,
When you travel with a guide, he has your full attention and explains the country and its customs. He will also arrange taxis for you on site and ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Included and excluded
•Intercontinental and domestic flights
•Accommodations based on middle class hotels, including breakfast
•Mentioned train tickets
•Bromo excursion including entrance fee and jeep
•Excursions and entrance fees
•English speaking guide
•Tips and personal expenses
•Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
•Booking costs € 30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person
Day 1 flight Amsterdam-Jakarta
Day 2 Aankomst Jakarta
Day 3 Jakarta
Day 4 Met de trein naar Bandung
Dag 5 Bandung dagtocht Lembang, Tangkuban Perahu en Ciater hotspring
Day 6 Bandung citytour and music at Saung Angklung Udjo
Day 7 Met de trein van Bandung naar de Borobudur
Day 8 Sunrise on the Borobudur, further to Yogyakarta
Day 9 Yogyakarta city tour
Day 10 Yogyakarta fietstocht door de kampungs
Day 11 Met de trein van Yogyakarta naar Malang
Day 12 Van Malang naar de Bromo vulkaan
Day 13 Sunrise bij de Bromo vulkaan en daarna door naar Kalibaru
Day 14 Kalibaru
Lori Wisata Kalibaru-Garahan
Day 15 Met de trein naar Surabaya of de ferry naar Bali
Day 15 continued vlucht Surabaya-Amsterdam via Jakarta
Surabaya-Amsterdam (Garuda)Vertrek vanuit Surabaya in de avond naar Jakarta Hier stapt u over op de nachtvlucht naar Amsterdam. Aankomst op Schiphol in de loop van de ochtend.
Day 16 Arrival Amsterdam
Santika Premiere Jakarta - Jakarta
Hotel Santika Premiere is located in the district of Slipi, West Jakarta. The friendly staff will do everything to make your stay in this hotel as pleasant as possible. All rooms have AC, TV, telephone, bathroom with shower, bath and hairdryer, desk, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar and safe, Number of rooms: 273 Facilities: Swimming pool, fitness room, spa, tennis court, shopping arcade, 24 hour room service and doctor service, multiple restaurants, bar and laundry service. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Savoy Homann - Bandung
Selamat datang di tempo doeloe! The beautiful Art Deco-style Savoy Homann is located in one of the colonial neighbourhoods in the centre of Bandung on the old Post Road Jalan Asia Africa. The rooms have now been modernized but the public areas have luckily kept the Art Deco style. In the beautiful domed restaurant surrounded by galleries you can still see the small inside balconies and the glass elevator. All spacious rooms have air conditioning, TV, telephone, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, marble bathroom and safe. Some rooms have a balcony. Very extensive breakfast buffet. Number of rooms: 185 Facilities: Swimming pool, Garden Restaurant (Asian and Western cuisine), Batavia bar and lounge (cocktails, regular live music), Sidewalk Café (cocktails, snacks), karaoke, game room (video games), fitness room, Spa, hairdresser, shop, laundry- and room service, meeting rooms and wifi. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Boutique hotel Saraswati - Borobudur
This small and very beautiful hotel is named after the Hindu goddess Saraswati and is situated at a short distance from the Borobudur in Magelang. The luxurious, somewhat colonial-style hotel has 18 differently decorated and comfortable rooms. Most rooms overlook a tropical garden, some rooms have a view on the Borobudur. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. A lovely hotel. Number of rooms: 18 All rooms have AC, bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, Wifi, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar, safe and (small) balcony. Facilities: Restaurant (local and international cuisine), bar, very nice swimming pool, garden, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning / laundry service, massages, babysitting, lockers, bike rental, horse and carriage ride (andong tour) is possible, golf course and small-scale local businesses nearby. Since 2015, the hotel has stopped serving alcoholic beverages. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Duta Garden - Yogyakarta
Comfortable family hotel with very good service at a short distance from the centre. All spacious rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom and terrace with garden view. Facilities: Swimming pool, meeting room, laundry service, communication centre and 24 hour reception. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Merbabu guesthouse - Malang
The small-scale Merbabu guesthouse is located in the historic mountain district in the center of Malang within walking distance of Ijen Cathedral and Ijen Boulevard. Nearby you will find Indonesian and Western restaurants and a traditional Indonesian market. The Guesthouse has 8 deluxe rooms and 3 suites. All deluxe rooms are equipped with bathroom, TV, air conditioning, safe and kettle. The 3 suites also have a sofa bed and a hairdryer. The rooms do not have a seating outside, but it's nice to stay in the courtyard. Number of rooms: 11 Facilities: Cosy courtyard and friendly staff. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Lava View Cottages - Bromo
Lava View is a very simple hotel, but ideally located directly on the edge of the Caldera, about half an hour's drive from the viewpoint of the sunrise over the Bromo. With good weather you have a magnificent view of the Bromo and other volcanoes from the hotel. The sunset over the volcanic landscape is also very impressive. The hotel has various room types divided into superior, deluxe, family rooms and bungalows. The superior rooms are not recommended and only have twin beds. Number of rooms: 28 The simple rooms are equipped with bathroom, TV, coffee / tea making facilities and have a terrace. Facilities: Restaurant serving Asian and European dishes, breakfast buffet, Café, Wifi. There is often live music in the evening. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
Margo Utomo I and II - Kalibaru
The plantation hotel Margo Utomo I is a simple guesthouse with a farm with Dutch cows and a mini plantation. When you stay at this hotel you can get a free guided tour of the plantation. Nutmeg, coffee, salak and palm oil are produced here in an eco-friendly way. You can also buy these products at the reception. The pool is a nice place to relax and you can eat inside or outside at the restaurant. All cottages are located in a beautiful garden, have a fan, private bathroom and terrace. The Superior and Deluxe rooms are located in the Margo Utomo II (Hill view) and are a bit further away. Number of rooms: 51 (I) and 30 (II) Facilities: Pool, restaurant, wifi (lobby), doctor, massage, Spa, tours-transport service and laundry service. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires
JakartaJakarta, The Big Durian, you either love it or you walk away from it. It is the hometown of my mother, then called Batavia. In 1993 I was still in her birth house, a privilege that few Indos can still experience, as Jakarta has grown into a metropolis with about 17 million inhabitants. A lot of low-rise buildings have had to make way for skyscrapers that define the skyline of Jakarta.
Only the old city, Kota Lama, still shows many traces from the Dutch period. Be sure to visit Fatahillah Square with the National Museum and drink a cup of coffee in the nostalgic Café Batavia. Glodok, Jakarta's China town is within walking distance of Kota Lama. The old VOC warehouses and the fish market Pasar Ikan are also worth a visit.
I find it difficult to name a favorite restaurant. What I write today will be obsolete tomorrow. I would say check the internet and selamat makan, enjoy your meal!
BandungBandung was often called "Paris of Java". It was not until 2020 that I found out where that name came from: the many fashion shops, Mediterranean restaurants and other luxury boutiques gave Bandung a Parisian look at the beginning of the 20th century. Bandung no longer has that look, except perhaps in the famous Bragaweg, one of the best-preserved shopping streets in the world in Art Deco style.
It is a busy and modern student city, where many old buildings and houses from the colonial period have been preserved. There are architectural highlights such as the Gedung Sate, Villa Isola, the old Concordia, but also the hotels Savoy Homann and Grand Hotel Preanger take you back to the times when the planters came to enjoy their Sunday drink.
North of Bandung are the volcano Tangkuban Perahu, the mountain village of Lembang and the Dago Tea House are worth seeing. In the south you will find the Malabar tea plantation. Kawah Putih, the white crater, is also located in the south and together with Malabar is good for a full day trip. The golden crater Papandayan is more to the east and is special because of the many geysers and the golden rim at the top. The Papandayan is again good to combine in a day trip with the hot springs of Garut.
If you are on time, make sure to visit Saung Angklung Udjo in the afternoon: a dazzling performance of angklung music with dance and wayang golek performance by children from the neighborhood, accompanied and accompanied by descendants of the late Pak Udjo. He once founded a music school for the street children here, which has now grown into a beautiful stage for the children in the neighborhood. At some point you play along, despite your musical illiteracy.
Favourite restaurantJust like in other big cities, good food is not hard to find. My favorite is Dapoer Pandan Wangi. Order the fried perch Gurame Goreng, not available in the Netherlands, with Terong Raos as a vegetable: aubergines baked in dough. You will never regret it!
CimahiSouth of Bandung is the town of Cimahi. During the Japanese occupation, the current barracks served as Jappenkamp, where my grandfather and father had been interned for several years. In Cimahi is also the honorary cemetery Leuwigajah.
BorobudurThe Borobudur is a famous temple complex built in the 9th century. It’s situated on a small hill near Yogyakarta and surrounded by other temples and volcanoes. The complex is 47 meters high and consists of nine stacked platforms. The platforms represent the Buddhist cosmos. On the top floors there are 72 small stupas, which are built around one large central stupa, which symbolizes Nirvana.
The Borobudur is best visited during sunrise. The Sarasvati Borobudur hotel is a 1.1 kilometer walk. There are several hotels and resorts within 10 minutes, of which both small scale Rumah Dharma I and II are our favorites. For the traveler with a well-filled wallet, the Plataran Borobudur resort & spa is the ultimate choice (not to be confused with the big brother Plataran Heritage hotel, which is mainly geared towards wealthy local tourists).
YogyakartaYogyakarta is the cultural center of Java, the soul of the island. It is also one of the nicest and most interesting cities in Indonesia. Partly because of the walled royal palace, Kraton, which is already a town in itself. You will find countless historical works of art and paintings. The gamelan is rehearsed daily in the morning hours, some days with dance and / or singing. The current sultan still lives on the palace complex.
The Water Palace, which can only be visited in the morning, is within walking distance.
For shopping you can visit the Marlioboro street with numerous stalls during the day and tasty food stalls in the evenings. Also visit the bird market Pasar Burung, one of the many batik galleries or go to the silver town of Kota Gede. In the evening you can attend a performance of the Ramayana ballet in the center.
Yogya surroundingsAn hour from Yogyakarta is Borobudur, the world-famous Buddhist temple from the 8th and 9th centuries.
Closer is the Hindu temple Prambanan, where the Ramayana ballet is regularly performed.
Towards the coast is the town of Imogiri. Here is the final resting place of the rulers of Mataram, the Susuhunans of Surakarta, the sultans of Yogyakarta and other high Javanese nobles. The name comes from Sanskrit and means "Snow Mountain". You can decide to visit the sultans graves on the spot.
Especially on Sunday go to the beach of Parangtritis. You will be amazed how the locals enjoy the beach and get through the day taking selfies (preferably with you)!
Favourite restaurantYogyakarta has a lot of delicious restaurants, from murah (cheap) to mahal sekali (very expensive). The latter category includes Gadjah Wong , but the choice is huge and I believe I've never eaten such a tasty sambal goreng tempe Nice ambiance too!
If you are staying in the Prawirotaman district you should definitely visit Via Via a > for lunch pr dinner. Very nice atmosphere, not expensive and very tasty and you can find a lot of information about Yogya. They also give cooking classes.
The most authentic is to eat Nasi Gudeg at one of the lesehan (food stalls) at the Jalan Malioboro, a jackfruit stewed in coconut milk.
MalangNinety kilometers south of Surabaya is the charming city of Malang. Malang owes its first riches to coffee cultivation, but is now known as an apple city. The apples from Malang are exported worldwide. There are several fruit orchards in the vicinity of Malang. Malang is truly a breath of fresh air with its clean, spacious streets and neighborhoods lined with old colonial houses. Those who have a connection with the former Dutch East Indies will quickly feel at home here and recognize the house style. The 'mountain neighborhood' with the main street the IJen Boulevard was the neighborhood where my father grew up in the 1940s.
The beautiful Tugu hotel with ancient Chinese art is definitely worth a cup of coffee or an ice cream.
Also special is a walk through Kampung Warna Wira: the drab poor neighborhood has been completely refreshed by students in all kinds of colors. To enter the kampung, cross the river via a glass bridge.
Malang surroundingsA day trip through the mountains, along the places Batu and Selecta, Prigen and Lawang will take you to beautiful panoramas, various waterfalls, fruit plantations, hot springs and other nice stops.
The Bromo volcano is more than three hours away; our advice when you want to visit the Bromo is to stay overnight near the Bromo.
Favourite restaurantI will not say that Toko Oen has Malang's most culinary cuisine, but definitely go there for lunch! The interior has not changed in 80 years. In addition to Indonesian dishes, there are also traditional Dutch dishes on the menu such as Uitmijter and Wiener Schnitzel .
Bromo - Tosari
BromoThe most famous volcano in Java, the Bromo, is located in the Tengger massif. Together with the craters of the Batok and Widodaren, the Brom crater is located in a sand sea of 80 square kilometers, which is surrounded by the caldera rim.
Before sunrise, numerous jeeps with tourists drive to the Pananjakan viewpoint to watch the sun rise over the Bromo from there, watch the clouds sink into the sand sea and regularly see the Semeru volcano blowing off steam.
During the high season it is very busy, but about 500 enthusiasts can shoot photos and videos in peace and quiet.
After sunrise, the jeeps drive into the sand sea, to the foot of the Bromo crater and you walk another fifteen minutes through the sand sea (you can also rent a horse) to climb the 300 high steps to the crater rim. Your reward awaits ..
KalibaruKalibaru is most of the time your last stop on Java before you take the ferry to Bali. It’s a little village in the mountains close to the Raung Volcano near the Kawa Ijen plateau. The village is surrounded by plantations and it’s very pleasant to stay there.
You can make a trip with a Dokar (a small horse drawn carriage) or visit one of the plantations.
SurabayaSurabaya is named after a shark, Sura, and a crocodile, Baya, who should have fought in the river Kalimas (the Golden River). Neither of them survived, and the place where they died is the centre of Surabaya.
The harbour is the second biggest harbour in Indonesia, the biggest harbour is in Jakarta.
The old harbour is a nice place to visit when you’re driving to it through the colourful quarters.
Nowadays Surabaya is a real trading town with lots of big office buildings and shopping malls. Old buildings, like the post office are still there, though a bit neglected.
The zoo in Surabaya is certainly worth a visit
HistoryA month and 2 days after the Proklamasi, the proclamation of the Republic of Indonesia, the Dutch tricolor fluttered on the roof of the then Oranjehotel (Nu Majapahit). Some Pemudas (freedom fighters) climbed on the roof to pull the blue stripe from the flag. It was the beginning of the Bersiap period, where especially in Surabaya the struggle turned out in all its ferocity and cruelty.
My Grandmother, uncle and mother lived in Soerabaya at the time as so-called Buitenkampers (who could prove that 50% or more was Indonesian was not interned in a Jappenkamp). During the Bersiap my uncle was arrested and held in the Van der Werfstraat prison. After an English / Indian liberation action, he was released with a fright. Grandma, uncle and my mother just escaped the attack on the Goebeng transport, because the trucks were full of other refugees. 200 women, children and soldiers were killed in the attack.