One Week on Java Highlights, started in Jakarta and ended in Bali

Nobody can't argue that Bali is the most attractive and popular destination in Indonesia, despite many people might say some negative points such as touristy or pricey.
And the second popular touristic place in Indonesia is Yogyakarta in Central Java, with surrounding UNESCO World Heritage spectacular Buddhist centuries old temple, Borobudur.
Many people follow direct land tours connecting Yogyakarta and Bali, with stops to popular Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen in East Java. However, for my point of view, this tour is tiring since we have to spend too many hours on small bus or van, especially for the route between Yogyakarta and Mt. Bromo, it requires more than 10 hours drive.

Following itinerary I made for trip with my Taiwanese friends in February 2015, with limited times about one week, to see the highlights of Java mentioned above, i.e. Yogyakarta, Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen, starting from Indonesian bustling capital of Java and ending at Bali for relaxing, with a stop in Surabaya, Indonesian second biggest city.
My itinerary was as short as one week and allows only quick stops in each places. You can freely adjust the stay time on each location, also to alter transportation means depend on your time and budget.

Day 1-2 Jakarta 
Day 1 includes arriving in Jakarta.
We visited Jakarta highlights only, like Fatahilah Park, Monas Tower and Istiqlal Mosque.

Jakarta-Yogyakarta by airplane, about 1 hour, bout USD 50 by Garuda Indonesian Airways.

Day 3-4 Yogyakarta
We arrived in Yogyakarta before lunch, and had Gudeg (Yogyakarta most famous traditional meal) lunch.
We visited Prambanan Temple (the most famous and largest Hindu temple in Indonesia) then to another temple for sunset.
The next morning, we departed early morning from our hotel in Malioboro (Yogyakarta central district) to see the sunrise in Borobudur.
We chartered a car to pick us up from hotel, then to Borobudur.
After Borobudur, with the same car, we went to Goa Pindul, a cave famous for the river tubing.

Yogyakarta-Surabaya by train, about 4-5 hours

Day 5 Surabaya
We stayed in Surabaya on Day 4 after the train trip.
In Surabaya, we went to Sampoerna Tobacco Museum and Factory and visited Hero Tower, then went to shopping malls and enjoyed Surabaya yummy food.

Surabaya-Mt.Bromo-Mt.Ijen-Bali by chartered car.
Departed midnight from Surabaya.
The transportation by chartered car was expensive, but comfortable and saved a lot of time. More people means cheaper sharing the cost.

Day 6 Mt. Bromo
Following popular touristic route, we went to Mt. Penanjakan, to see Mt. Bromo's sunrise, then going to the crater desert and climbing to the crater.
With a late lunch stop in Pasir Putih beach, we drove to a city nearby not so far from Mt. Ijen.
We arrived before sunrise in the hotel, relaxing in the pool, then had an early sleep, because we had to wake up shortly after midnight.

Day 7 Mt. Ijen
We arrived about 2AM in the morning, at the trekking gate to Mt. Ijen, and started about 2 hours hiking to the crater.
Brave people got down into the crater to see the blue fire.
After the sunrise, we hiked down then drove to Bali.

Candi Prambanan (Prambanan Temple)

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